The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
Saints and sinners? They're the usual choices offered in the Abrahamic tradition, not least when it comes to Christ's crucifixion.
Well, Gospel of Us certainly separated the sheep from the goats as a lady from the BBC walked out towards the end followed by a host of others.
The reason for their exodus? Some claimed it clashed with the junket planned to launch Battleship, which had no national press screening.
So no need for 30 pieces of silver - simply free plonk and canapes.
Which was ironic since Dave McKean's contemporary retelling of the Passion in Port Talbot was clearly aimed at those who worship Mammon.
Starring and co-directed by Michael Sheen, it featured the local community as the cast and crew and created a whole new sight of the famous steel town.
It opens on the sand dunes where somebody says, "It's nicer than Swansea Bay," then we see a business man confronting a suicide bomber - the terrorist.
Enter a bearded weirdo wearing a hoody and checked trousers who rejects his mam while attracting a local dancer - he's called The Leader (Michael Sheen) but insists he has no family and isn't in the business of leading just simply listening.
Port Talbot is run by an authoritarian capitalist regime and people are angry. They are concerned that building the motorway has marginalised the city as nobody stops there any more and now another is about to be constructed.
Glorious natural landscape contrastingly surrounds the steaming steel mill alongside and the increasing industrial and urban decay.
The town is the stage for Passion. The trial is in Civic Square, the procession in Station Road and the Cross on Aberavon seafront.
The Sermon on the Mount is performed with six sandwiches and the Last Supper in a working men's club.
The company man presents the choice of either the Leader or the terrorist. It's explained that while one offers himself, the other offers nothing.
Employment and goodies are, however, irresistible - so it's off to the dunes with the whole film suddenly looking like Mel Gibson meeting The Wicker Man.
Despite is spiritual inspiration and insisting humans have choices it is clear some of them will always choose the junket.
Like it or not, it's an impressive event and should become a staple source of tourist income if they can get the traffic off the motorway.