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SLIDESHOW: From politicians to rugby players - the craze of the selfie hits the area

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

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IF the Pope, the President of the United States and even Burton’s MP are getting in on the act, it seems as if the era of the ‘selfie’ has truly arrived.

For the uninitiated, a ‘selfie’ is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a mobile phone and uploaded to a social media site such as Facebook and Twitter.

The phenomenon has grown and grown in recent years, so much so that when the Mail put out a call for readers to send in their best ‘selfies’ more than 20 landed in the editor’s email inbox in hours.

We had a variety of pictures sent in – from people in a rowing boat to others enjoying a glass of beer (well this is Burton after all, the home of brewing) to Burton Rugby Club players.

We even have our own politicians getting in on the act. Following in the footsteps of Barack Obama and David Cameron, Burton’s own MP Andrew Griffiths and Michael Fabricant, who represents Barton under Needwood in his role as Lichfield MP, can be regularly seen featured in a ‘selfie’.

Mr Fabricant has come so adept at it that, in the halls of Westminster, he has earned the title of ‘Minister for Selfies’.

But don’t just take our word for it that ‘selfies’ are here to stay.

‘Selfies’ have become such a part of popular culture that the Oxford English Dictionary crowned it word of the year in 2013 and the process is also now the basis of a pop song currently riding high in the charts.

So, it seems, it is simple.

Turn your camera around, take a snap and send us your ‘selfie’.

We look forward to seeing you ...

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