WE WERE inundated with entries for this week’s caption competition. Sadly, we have space to publish only a selection.
It was perhaps inevitable that this week’s picture would invite puns and references to violence. (Some even managed to combine both.)
Let’s start with the puns: “The Bishop knew that he would be skating on thin icing” (Andy Macqueen); “Come down, O knife divine” (Patrick Irwin); “As his sermon didn’t cut much ice, he thought he’d try the icing” (John Saxbee); “He wasn’t used to cutting cakes, but he said he’d have a stab at it” (Alison Rollin); “A Bishop making cuts in his diocese?” (Chris Coupe); “Icing — a new song to the Lord” (John Appleby).
And the violence: “‘I could murder a cake,’ said the Bishop” (David Wilbourne); “The Bishop said, ‘Now children, never mind the sixth commandment, I could murder a cake’” (Edward Chase); “Just imagine it’s the Archdeacon!” (Patrick Irwin); “It’s a role reversal, Bishop. The Dean has the knife. He’s right behind you” (Catherine Taylor).
It appears that The Great British Bake Off’s migration to Channel 4 stopped our readers watching: “The BBC’s latest wheeze was to combine Songs of Praise with The Great British Bake Off (Patrick Irwin); “The final of the Diocesan Junior Bake Off competition was rather a let-down. The entrants thought that they would get Paul Hollywood, not just the Bishop” (Vicky Lundberg); “This didn’t win me Bake Off, but I’m hoping to go on Strictly (Valerie Budd); “He was determined to reach the final of the Great Bishops’ Bake Off” (Michael Foster); “Just one last ceremony before they were dedicated to their new Patron: St Mary Berry” (Jeremy Fletcher).
“And Abraham looked up, and there in the thicket was a ram caught by its horns. . .” (Andrew Greenhough); “The children finally understood why clergy wore aprons and bishops had chef’s hats” (Richard Barnes); “I know, Tom, I said that with Jesus you can have your cake and eat it, but it was a metaphor” (Robert Shooter); “The Bishop’s illustration of the Trinity as one cake with three slices was rather lost on the young confirmands” (Kate Morris); “The glint in the Bishop’s eye put the icing on the cake to the Sunday school’s day on ‘Original Sin’” (Alan Mustoe).
One reader dug up some painful memories of the diocese’s relationship with Jersey and Guernsey: “Yes, children, I was just reminding the Vicar what happened to the Channel Islands” (Andy Macqueen).
And some other entries that we enjoyed: “Mrs Disley’s icing proved difficult to penetrate” (David Hanford); “Right, you two! Who’s been messing about with the Superglue?” (Ian Barge); “What’s that you say, Chaplain? I’ve got diocesan synod after this?!” (Che R. Seabourne); “Finally, drizzle with lemon juice, and serve” (Barry Lear); “At last, Bishop David felt he knew how Jael felt with the tent peg in her hand” (Pen Potter); “‘Evanesco’, the Bishop said, but the knife didn’t entirely disappear” (Sue Chick); “We’ll soon find out if it has a soggy bottom” (Bridget Swan); “Mrs Blenkinsopp’s cakes always had to be killed before they could be eaten” (Eric Lishman); “Winchester’s new safeguarding policy clearly needed some fine tuning” (David Wilbourne).
A prize of Fairtrade chocolate, courtesy of Divine (divinechocolate.com), goes to the winner.
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