Caption competition

08 December 2017


Dolly the Sheep wondered what had happened to the development of humans in 2016 Richard Barnes

Dolly the Sheep wondered what had happened to the development of humans in 2016 Richard Barnes

THERE was no escaping puns in our latest caption competition. “No more bleating about the bush, it’s not Baalam or Baalak, it’s Baarak Obaama!” (Geoffrey Parkinson); “Oh! That is Ba-a-rack Ob-a-ama. He’s the one that gives me food!” (Daphne Foster); “The baa-lot box” (Valerie Budd); “Another example of O-baa-ma-care?” (David Hanford); and “Dear Mr Obama, I’m behind baas” (Janet Stockton).

Then there was the other strain: “My vote’s on ewe” (Lynda Sebbage); “A politician making a ewe turn? Surely not” (Andrew Greenhough); and “Ewe look familiar” (David Hanford). John Radford contributed three: “Here’s looking at ewe, kid!” “As seen on ewetube”; and “I miss ewe.”

A sheep brought to mind, perhaps inevitably, biblical imagery: “I’m practising for the day when the sheep and the goats get to do the separating” (John Appleby); “Normally, it was the sheep and goats who were sorted. Now the tables were turned” (Tom Page); “The line-up for who had stolen the other 99 was somewhat limited. If this is a trial, where are the sheepdog and the pens?” (Chris Coupe)

And there were the more politically minded competitors: “The American people were not amused at Donald Trump’s tweet of how Barack Obama got elected” (Vicky Lundberg); “Woolly liberal” (Shaun Clarkson); “Voting is difficult when you can’t hold a pen” (Patrick Irwin); “Transgender sheep exercises her/his right to use the facilities for males” (Richard Hough).

Among our favourites were: “His ‘Yes ewe can’ was good, but ‘Make America bleat again’ is better” (John Saxbee); “Being a rather fat sheep, perhaps I’ll try the Obama diet” (Maree Foster); “Meanwhile, in the Other Place, a goat venerates an icon of the current president” (Alan Tadiello); and “They had very much liked the old shepherd, and she asked nicely if they could have him back” (Jeremy Fletcher).

Some others that caught our eye: “At the opening of the annual Blessing of Livestock service, the organist played J. S. Bach’s ‘Sheep may safely gaze’” (Andrew Dow, and several other entrants); “No, I’m sure they weren’t there — anyway, there were three of them. . .” (Peter Sebbage); “Dolly was sad that neither of them recognised her” (Michael Doe); “I’m not that stupid: there’s chocolates in this one” (Bridget Swan).

The winner will receive Fairtrade chocolate, kindly provided by Divine (

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