CONGRATULATIONS to Ray Morris for his entry: "I am sorry
that I cannot enter this competition, as I am not an official
Olympic caption sponsor." Unfortunately, neither is Divine
chocolate; so we cannot send him any.
Our less well-regulated readers adopted other approaches. There
were, for example, several along the lines of: "The GB
quidditch team check out their Olympic venue" (Andrew
Naturally enough, the rain got a mention: "The British
team took an immediate lead in the 2012 Thames Brolly
Hurdles" (Jenny Veasey); and "Perhaps the Lord
misunderstood all those 'long to reign over us' requests last
month" (Gillian Newton). But these were rare: another sign
of the British ability to ignore the weather?
Various Olympic sports were suggested: "On current form,
it seemed unlikely that the UK synchronised umbrella-twirling team
would be among the medals" (Derek Wellman); "Two
spectators have secured their places in plenty of time for the
Olympic bungee-jumping event" (Bob Torrens); and
"The GB Synchronised Diving Team was dismayed at the degree
of difficulty of the Diving Through Hoops event" (James
Johnston). There was also another nod to Locog: "Cheerios
advertising is getting out of hand" (Anna Appleby).
It wouldn't be the Church Times caption competition
without a few ecclesiastical references: "So, our Fresh
Expression of Trinity is designed to include the Virgin Mary (in
blue) and a person of your choice" (Richard Barnes);
"And here we have the new logo for the Church of England -
while some rings overlap, there is no common territory shared by
every ring" (James Betteridge); and the almost inevitable:
"Oh dear, yet more hoops to jump through before we get to
be bishops" (John Appleby); or "The supporters of
women bishops realise that they still have several hoops to jump
through" (John Middleditch).
We especially liked: "I see the ringing master has been
up the Tower . . ." (Neil Inkley); "Greek games,
North Atlantic weather, and umbrellas from China. Isn't it great to
be British!" (Chris Hammett); "Well, it is
certainly the best-disguised army rocket-launcher I've ever
seen" (Chris Coupe); "Are you sure we're near
enough the Olympic stadium to see the main events?"
(Richard Hough); and: "The Crown Nominations Commission had
set up a Large Halo Collider to search for the new Archboson of
Canterbury" (Richard Barnes).
Thanks to Divine (divinechocolate.com) for yet again providing
the prize of Fairtrade chocolate.
Have a go at our next
caption-competition picture (right). Entries must reach us
by Friday 10 August.
by email to:
by post (postcards only) to: Caption Competition,
Church Times, Invicta House, 3rd Floor, 108-114 Golden
Lane, London EC1Y 0TG
by fax to: 020 7490 7093