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24 October 2014

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: captioncompetition@churchtimes.co.uk

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 me."

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 Porteous).

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. . ." (Steven Atack).

One winner, again, this week. Thanks to Divine (divinechocolate.com) for providing the prize.

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