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16 December 2022


Have a go at our next caption competition (above)Send entries by email only to captioncompetition@churchtimes.co.uk by 9 a.m., Thursday 29 December

Here are the winning entries for the previous competition:     

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Marsupial bonds with primate (Frank Willett) 

I said the Eucharistic Prayer, not the eucalyptus bear! (Nicola Marson)


WHEN the Archbishop of Canterbury went down under, it raised suspicions about a lucrative reality-television contract:

“A step nearer to entering I’m a Celebrity . . . ?” (Chris Coupe); “The koala was less impressed than the Archbishop by I’m a Celebrity’s latest bushtucker trial” (Nick Ralph); “I’m an Archbishop — get me out of here!” (Sue Chick); “Applications for the next series of I’m a Celebrity. . . are now being accepted” (Catherine Wilkins); I’m an Archbishop Get Me Out of Here! (Felicity McDowell); “Ant and Dec have a lot to answer for, persuading the Archbishop it was all cuddling koalas in the jungle” (Vicky Deasley); “No stars for my Bushtucker Trial. This is what I won instead! (Colin Fielding); “J is for Justin; K is for Koala; L is for Lunch! The Archbishop enters into the spirit of the latest Bushwhacker challenge” (Peter Chapman).

Other television shows are available:

“The Australian version of Strictly Come Dancing left a lot to be desired” (Ken Wilkinson).

Easy to mistake the two words:

“The koala has mistaken a minister of the eucharist for a eucalyptus” (Julian Ashton); “I thought they asked me to hold the eucharist, not to hold a koala in the eucalyptus” (Fiona Drinrkell); “Justin, I’ve spoken to my agent, and unless the manger is lined with eucalyptus this year, I’m not playing baby Jesus again” (Shelley Everall Hoban); “What’s the difference between an Archbishop and a koala? Well, one’s a eucalyptic and the other a eucharistic” (Peter Sebbage); “I did warn you not to eat too many eucalyptus cough sweets” (Rob Falconer).

Some other entries that we enjoyed:

“If Downing Street can have a pet, and new wallpaper. . .” (Martin Kettle); “‘When I saw such an uncommon primate, I had to pose with it,’ said the koala” (Philip Lickley); “Following Donald Trump, Archbishop asserts right to bear arms” (Michael Doe); “You know, Archbishop, we marsupials are an endangered species!” (Che Seabourne); “A Welby with a wallaby? No, he’s cuddling a koala!” (Olivia Thompson); “Who says I’m not cuddly?” (Valerie Budd); “You may have a smile on your face . . . but I won’t be smiling if you drop me” (Natalie Blyth); “The Archbishop had always said he’d give his right arm for a cuddle with a koala” (Caspar Bush); “Are you sure you have the correct koalafications to handle me?” (Sarah McLeod).

“The Archbishop’s future as a ventriloquist looked a little uncertain” (Malcolm King); “I found her in the Burning Bush” (Janet Stockton); “‘All this posing and I only get paid peanuts.’ ‘Yeah, but at least you get a nice hat to wear’” (Paul Vincent); “Up jumped a swagman, camping by a billabong, under the shade of a coolibah tree” (Richard Spray); “Primates in the Garden of Os!” (Sue Kesley); “Archbishop’s solution to climate emergency: ‘Less coal, more koalas’” (Ian Falconer); “‘I love people of all faiths, and none,’ says the bear” (Robert Shooter); “Synod’s move to involve the Global Anglican Communion in selecting the next Archbishop of Canterbury yields an interesting panellist” (Aled Seago); “The Archbishop’s family decided he needed a cuddly, uncontroversial friend” (Richard Hough); “The Archbishop’s Christmas message: ‘Bear with me’” (Michael Foster); “He is much cuddlier than the Archbishop of Sydney” (Patrick Irwin); “A down-under pet service saw the Archbishop left holding the baby” (Lynda Sebbage); “The Archbishop came bear-ing gifts” (Alison Woods); “Actually, I asked for a Coca-Cola” (Michael Watts).

“A koala-ty piece of bonding” (Kevin O’Neill); “It is a pleasure to spend koala-ty time with the Anglican Church in Australia” (James Dwyer); “Even a koala needs a cuddle from a Father” (Ian Davidson); “If I’m a koala, you must be a Wellerby!” (Pearl Davison); “What does the Archbishop want for Christmas? Just the bear necessities” (Nick Baker); “Post Office unveils latest nativity stamps” (David Wilbourne); “I feel a little over-koalafied to be doing this” (John Radford).

As ever, the winner receives a prize of Fair­trade chocolate, courtesy of Divine Chocolate.


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