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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, December 27, 2003
    Card of the Year - Runner-Up

    This unusual card is the outcome of a project called So Loved in Maidstone. An art installation inspired by the words of John 3:16 portraying Mary and Joseph in a contemporary setting reinforcing the Christian message of "God with us" (it says on the back).

    I like the idea. But I'm troubled a little by the detail. Look closely at the background, behind the woman in the stripey knitted jumper and the girl with the pink hat - there's a bloke there looks very, very like me. Shifty looking character sporting what seems like a clerical shirt and my well-worn Everton blue jacket.

    How could this have happened? I've never been to Maidstone in my life. To the best of my knowledge. And why am I seemingly ignoring the holy family - indeed why is everyone (bar the Ned Flanders lookalike to their left) seemingly ignoring the holy family? Also, why are Mary and Joseph keeping Jesus to themselves? Why is their family unit so clearly nuclear, so awfully semi-detached? I shall be seeking answers to these vital questions and more besides, from Jim, who sent the thing, during our annual get-together in The Volly this evening.