This week's competition
Have a go at our next
caption-competition picture (above). Entries must reach
us by Friday 31 October.
by email to:
by post (postcards only) to: Caption
Competition, Church Times, 3rd floor, Invicta
House, 108-114 Golden Lane, London EC1Y 0TG
by fax to:020 7490 7093
Last week's competition
SADLY, the Cornish reader who cancelled his subscription because
he thought we were making fun of his bishop, the Rt Revd Tim
Thornton, won't be reading this, we presume. Thus he can't be
persuaded that appearance in the caption competition is a sign of
affection and respect, afforded to popes and patriarchs
(admittedly, not without the occasional misunderstanding).
Anyway, on with the signs of affection: "The Bishop
enjoyed his visit to Alton Towers until the fateful moment when he
swallowed his false teeth" (Rosemary Corfield);
"It was quickly obvious which one had sat on the chair with
the exposed spring" (Chris Coupe); "Are you sure
that was only Vino Sacro?" (Sue Chick).
There were various suggestions for look-alikes: "Fans of
Father Ted were delighted at Dougal's promotion to
Bishop" (Paul Bradbury); "Stan Laurel really
amused his adoring fans" (Dave Elkington); "Well,
Timothy, that's another fine mess you've gotten me into"
(Roger Bush); and "The Bishop tried his best to look like
George Clooney" (Audrey Elkington).
Chris Coupe suggested a few more entries; among them:
"It looked like at least two people were pleased that their
time in the departure lounge was over" and "As
departure time neared, the Bishop's large fry- up breakfast was
making it's presence felt."
And Eric Lishman was another multiple contributor:
"She'll pull your chain harder, Bish, if you don't
smile"; "Very informal, these women bishops, he
thought"; and "No more lifts in stretch limos for
Gallant efforts: "Two Graces were enough for the
Bishop" (Robert Shooter); "A Thorn t'ween two
roses" (Shelley Porter); and "A Thornton between
two roses" (Michael Doe). Slightly less so: "This
is what happens when a fat-fingered party girl Googles 'whereabouts
of nearest beer shop?'" (Ray Morris); and "Believe
me, I know neither of these actresses" (Michael Doe).
More randomly: "Former students returning to St
Stephen's House were amazed at how much had changed"
(David Hill); "The call to bishops to reveal their
sexuality publicly brought a not entirely predictable
response" (Christopher Tookey); and, from a man who
recognised the location as Newquay Airport, we had:
"Seaside Postcard: "Bish you were here!" (John
We especially enjoyed: "Becky and Debs had planned a
girls' night in with a big box of luxury chocolates; but the
replacement item in the Sainsbury's delivery would do"
(David Hill); "Come on, Bishop: you can hold your breath
for a couple more minutes" (Lynda Sebbage); "It
slowly dawned on the Bishop that he was sitting on a Cornish
pasty" (Audrey Elkington): and "Oh dear, a photo,
and I told the wife I was leading a prayer group. . ."
One winner, again, this week. Thanks to Divine (divinechocolate.com) for providing the