A heart-warming and implicitly anti-rockist letter to The Times from an Oxford legend:

Sir, The outcry against David and Victoria Beckham as Joseph and Mary is risible. What character tests were imposed on the persons so portrayed in the churches and art galleries of the world?

How many courtesans (and no one is calling Posh that) must have served as models for the Virgin — or do the critics imagine that painters and sculptors were all vouchsafed personal visions?

Yours faithfully,