Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Thanet Nativity Play?

I read that a Christmas card, entitled "Nativity in Thanet", which is reportedly being passed around the island, is causing a level of controversy. Here it is (pictured) what do you think?

A wry and very personal interpretation from the artist or an insult to all of us living here?


On a totally different and un-related subject, the potential 'China Gateway' project was presented at last night's full council meeting. If it proceeds as planned - and you'll find more on this in earlier stories - then it represents an enormous business opportunity for the island which may act as a catalyst in creating the same thriving economic environment that similar 'Gateway' projects have had in ther countries. The Chinese don't see Thanet's geographical position at the far-eastern edge of England as a disadvantage, quite the opposite in fact, so 2008 may yet be the modest start of our own "Great Leap Forward" with help from our new Chinese partners. Well, I hope so anyway!

6 comments:

ZumiWeb said...

Good though the story is, it's just not true - this image was produced as a 'Glasgow Nativity Scene' and has been misused by endless local journalists in search of a cheap vote - see Dr Ladyman making a pillock of himself by ranting about the image in today's yourthanet. More on my blog...

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Zumiweb

At least you appear to be an active Blogger!

Now what's all this about Ladyboy?

Anonymous said...

I suspect the original artist is absolutely amazed at the way this is zipping around blogs and Facebook.

What I find interesting is that there is barely a town in the country that could not identify with this picture and 'adopt' it!
The sad fact about this picture is that it captures the essence of an element in our society that does exist; supported by benefits, drug taking, alcohol abuse and utter disrespect for the law and can be seen on Jeremy Kyle's TV show on many a morning. Charles Dickens caught the street gangs of Victorian London in similar sharp focus in Oliver Twist and the 'chav'element caught by the modern artist so well is just the modern version.

As for Ladyman's posturing, he would be better mulling over the fact that he knew about the DVLA data loss fiasco in June whilst he was Transport Minister and it was hushed up!

Michael Child said...

Couple of thoughts here on the picture, first how lucky we are to live in a country where the artist isn’t imprisoned for blasphemy, second Mary and Joseph were a young couple running from the law that had become impossible for them to abide by, making it a lot closer to celebrating the nativity than eating too much turkey. O and finally, in these politically correct times one would have expected at least one of the magi to be of oriental extraction.

Anonymous said...

I fort it was a larf.

Anonymous said...

I don't much like the idea of a steel manufacturing plant on the Island.