Caption competition

by
11 March 2016

PA

Pancake race with landmines; what will reality TV come up with next? Vicky Lundberg The Moveable Feast Preservation Society holds its first meeting Richard Barnes

Pancake race with landmines; what will reality TV come up with next? Vicky Lundberg The Moveable Feast Preservation Society holds its first meeting Ri...

ONE political topic dominated the last Church Times caption competition.

“It’s an in/out referendum — out of the frying pan. . .” (John Saxbee); “This might be the last chance to run the traditional Shrove Tuesday race before it gets banned by the EU” (Richard Hough); “Burnt side up, vote to stay in; soft side up, vote to leave” (John Hutchinson); and “Batter out than in” (Chris Coupe).

We are afraid that our readers did not show a great deal of respect for the institutions housed in the background. “The new method of selecting members of the House of Lords was only partially successful” (John Smith); “The hot air from the nearby building caused lift-off” (Chris Coupe); “Even the Commons accounts office felt that this was too short a distance to justify ordering a special chauffeur-driven car” (Richard Hough); and “MPs boycotted the parliamentary pancake race after they discovered that the ingredients could not be claimed on expenses” (Mervyn Cox).

There were a number of crêpe jokes, just to show how sophisticated our readership is. Or perhaps not: “All the other crêpe tossers were still in the Chamber” (Richard Barnes) “Having discovered that Church decline had crêped up on them, General Synod sent out a flipping good runner to discover why things had gone so flat” (John Radford, risking a three-match ban); and possibly: “Tired of the more common forms of political protest, one disgruntled voter attempted to act out exactly what he thought of the honourable members” (David Hill).

Not forgetting parish life: “Yet again, George found he was on two rotas simultaneously: this week it was refreshments and sacristan” (Valerie Budd); “As always, Cecil chased after those leaving early before the collection hymn” (Eric Lishman); and “The curate’s penance for saying that he didn’t give a toss for church traditions?” (Ray Morris).

Two winners — one as a special reward for sharp eyes. Both will receive some Fairtrade chocolate, courtesy of Divine (divinechocolate.com)

 

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