#BBCtrending: #Davecalls... David Cameron lampooned on Twitter

The tweet from @David_Cameron Image copyright Cordelia Hebblethwaite

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has tweeted a picture of himself calling President Barack Obama - prompting countless parodies and the hashtag #davecalls.

"I've been speaking to @BarackObama about the situation in Ukraine. We are united in condemnation of Russia's actions." This was the simple, serious, and seemingly unremarkable tweet posted from David Cameron's account on Wednesday.

But, as we have reported on this blog before, it can be a pretty harsh world out there on social media if you are a top politician. And it was the photo posted with the tweet, showing the prime minister - phone-receiver-in-hand, apparently in the midst of the call - that triggered a wave of tongue-in-check tweets.

Actor Patrick Stewart - famous for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek - was one of the first in there. "I'm now patched in as well. Sorry for the delay," he tweeted, with an image of him holding a tub of hand wipes to his ear. And so it continued... Soon there was a dedicated #davecalls hashtag - which has had more than 2,500 tweets - which people used to share the images. Here is a selection.

Image copyright @danielsolis
Image caption "This call was too important for just one banana!"
Image copyright @kahahuna
Image caption "Speak up! I'm getting some wibbly interference"
Image copyright @MacMoreno
Image caption "Ok, guys, thanks for holding": Comedian Michael Moreno poses with his dog Champ
Image copyright @kenningtonkitty
Image caption "Hi Dave, yes I agree, everything is most definitely not awesome": Julie finds a use for her daughter's Lego
Image copyright @leafwarbler
Image caption And there were many, many more...

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