The Nether Regions

The blog that slips an affectionate hand between the thighs of the regional media

Gazette Faces, Vol. 1

with 4 comments

In the first installment of a running feature on The nether regions, it’s time to introduce the incredible phenomenon of the Gazette Face. Readers: the Gazette Face. Gazette Face: the readers. Pleasantries done.

A Gazette Face refers to the obligatory facial expression adopted by practically all those who find themselves at the centre of a local news story and ergo are faced with a newspaper photographer. Gaining notoriety on the messageboard of seminal Middlesbrough Football Club fanzine Fly Me To The Moon, posters have often shared and delighted in what came to be termed ‘Gazette Faces’ from local paper the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette. Obviously, all regional newspapers encounter this phenomenon, but for the purpose of The nether regions it shall hereby be known exclusively as the Gazette Face.

Middlesbrough mum calls for fireworks ban

To call it a facial expression is perhaps to go too far; in reality, it is a non-expression. It communicates neither happiness nor sadness, neither anger nor apathy; just an emotional void. And yet repeatedly the people display it, regardless of whether the story is about some trivial day-to-day irritation, a genuinely heartbreaking tale of family tragedy, or even one of supposed immense personal joy. You can only assume people simply don’t know what face they should be pulling when they’re in the paper.

If in doubt, pull a Gazette Face.

Coach driver’s fury at kerbside parking ticket

Christmas comes early for homesick Delia

Young mum pays tribute to brave daughter

Middlesbrough tenants shock at service charges

Yes, that’s the same face for a family mourning the sad death of a baby girl as for some residents slightly miffed about how much they pay for communal services in their block of flats.

Fire kills 80 pigeons as Port Clarence loft destroyed

Redcar angler’s joy as stolen kit is returned

Middlesbrough allotment holders in fear after vandal attacks

Debt nightmare dad speaks out

Evening Gazette, 5 November 2009:

FOR a man who came close to losing everything, including his kids, wife, house and job, Graeme McIntosh is upbeat.

Err, are you certain…?


Written by Paddy

January 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Posted in Gazette Faces

4 Responses

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  1. That really is a Jolly Angler there.

    Beat Poet

    January 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm

  2. haha


    January 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm

  3. too good!


    January 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm

  4. I though my wife looked miserable

    Tom Thomas

    December 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm

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