Thursday, 19 November 2009

Pope Tour 2010: Kiss My Ring

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When we heard back in September that Pope Benedict XVI is set to grace Britain next year, we realised that, with the entourage and stadium masses, there's a certain rockstar quality to a Papal visit. So we decided that, like all good stadium rock tours, Pope Tour 2010 needs a snappy title (you know, in the same way U2 have the 360° Tour and the Rolling Stones had the A Bigger Bang Tour). This led to a fun afternoon on Twitter, as we invited our followers to send us their suggestions - you can see the best ones in this blogpost.

But it didn't stop there – New Humanist contributor Roger Davidson (who as a writer and illustrator often provides us with his own drawings to accompany his pieces) loved the suggestions for tour names, and decided to turn them into tour posters – we have four in total, but with up to a year to go until Benedict lands on these shores, we thought we'd put them out one at a time. Here's the first – you can get a bigger version by clicking on it.

3 comments:

neil said...

Ok so there's the kiss my ring joke from "The Pope Must Die" but what else? If this is making some point what is it?

Joe said...

Readers may want to check out "The Pope's Toliet"(2008), a film about John Paul's visit to Uruguay in 1988. http://www.filmmovement.com/filmcatalog/index.asp?MerchandiseID=173
The effects of the Pope's visit on the residents of a small town suggest it's best for the kings and queens of the world to stay home. From the film movement synopsis: "It's 1988, and Melo, an Uruguayan town on the Brazilian border, awaits the visit of Pope John Paul II. 50,000 people are expected to attend, and the most humble locals believe that selling food and drink to the multitude will just about make them rich. Petty smuggler Beto thinks he has the best idea of all--he decides he will build a WC in front of his house and charge for its use. His efforts bring about unexpected consequences, and the final results will surprise everyone." I saw it a month or so ago, and it indeed is deserving of its many awards - funny, sad, local, real.

Anonymous said...

YOU JUST RIPPED THIS IDEA OFF FROM AN OLD EDDIE MURPHY SKIT ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE...THATS WHERE THE POPE KISS MY RING TOUR CAME FROM......BUSTED!