British Viral Videos: The Snoring Dormouse and ‘BENTON!’

The Snoring Dormouse (pic by Surrey Wildlife Trust)

It’s not often the Brits get to claim a viral sensation in the video world. We didn’t invent the Mentos bottle rocket, and keyboard cat is clearly too funky for our hemmed-in, starchy national persona.

So it’s a source of some delight to discover TWO viral videos are doing the rounds on the same day.

Here is a quite beautiful video, taken by the Surrey Wildlife Trust, of a dormouse having a lovely nap:

And, at the other end of the emotional scale, here’s a video in which a man chases his runaway dog Benton across London’s Richmond Park. Benton appears to be keen on herding all the deer he can, and making them run into the traffic. It’s fair to say the bulk of the joy is in the way the man calls for his dog:

And here is what some absolute genius has done, in tribute.

I love the internet sometimes. Don’t you?


Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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