There were some excellent entries to the competition to find the most appropriate caption for this picture. They were notable for their quantity and their quality. I was spoilt for choice and narrowed it down to two or three before selecting a winner. I also formed a small panel drawn randomly from the two peers in the office at lunchtime, namely Baroness O’Cathain and Lord Lucas. They read through the entries, laughed aloud at a good many, but fortunately laughed the loudest at the one that I had selected as the winner.
I can thus announce that the winning entry is Neil M with:
“Academic realises that he may have overdone his preparation for the speed dating evening.”
There are two runners-up:
21st Century with: “‘Just a small sample of what I wrote this week’ says proud author Professor Norton.” [Not sure why that appealed so much; possibly the same reason why I liked Andrew Ian Dodge's entry.]
Dean B with “I’ll have 2 from the top and 3 from anywhere else please, Carol.”
There is a special commendation from my judging panel for Craig B’s entry: “After years of waiting the ‘House of Lords Reform (Bring and Buy Sale) Act’ completed its final stages in Parliament today.” [I think it's a Lords thing.]
Congratulations to Neil M. I will arrange for him to receive a special prize, which may be in the form of a book (see previous posts). Many thanks to all readers who submitted an entry. I may well offer another caption competition shortly…