February caption competition

052A number of people have asked me when the next caption competition is being held.  They include someone who enjoys the competition even though never offering a caption.  So, by popular demand, here’s the February competition.  The winner will be whoever provides what in my opinion is the wittiest caption for this photograph.  The prize will be a copy of either Eminent Parliamentarians or The Voice of the Backbenchers.

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Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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34 Responses to February caption competition

  1. Matt K says:

    [David Attenborough voice-over] “And here we find a prime example of the political academic, content in his native habitat, surrounded as he is in his nest of books and journals. This home has been painstakingly built up over a period of many years, and he must be careful that his enthusiasm for expansion doesn’t lead to a devastating literature landslide that would trap him inside permanently…”

  2. CRAiG B says:

    A Health & Safety letter finally confirmed the inevitable: a fire exit in Lord Norton’s office was clearly a ludicrous idea.

  3. Gerry McMahon says:

    Lord Norton : ” Why on earth would I need a kindle? I would never be able to find it ! “

  4. Sam Hargreaves says:

    Studies from the University of Hull have shown that academics that build a fort out of their own publications, reduce their chances of being interrupted outside office hours by up 64%.

  5. D F Rostron says:

    Books kindle knowledge

  6. Dean B says:

    You want to borrow “50 Shades of Grey”? If you can find it, you can keep it.

  7. seanjm72 says:

    sorry we dont have flyfishing by JR hartley

  8. Andrej says:

    They say Lord Norton built his fort out of the most impenetrable material he could find…

  9. mym says:

    Latest flooding crisis: “I had to move everything off the floor” says Hull academic as he sits at desk in wellies.

  10. JH says:

    Hull of a lot of books

  11. Pegah Moulana says:

    Guide books to the English parliamentary sovereignty.

  12. Paperless office they said….

  13. D F Rostron says:

    Hull’s answer to the Hampton Court Maze

  14. Paddy says:

    That’s the way the money comes, Pop! goes the weasel

  15. franksummers3ba says:

    The little observed but fiercely competitive House of Lords snowball fight last all day and continues throughout the palace. The outdoor committee of team Tory prepares the orbs and the interior committee hides the standards and undertakes defensive preparations.Lord Norton digs in days in advance.

  16. D F Rostron says:

    I once was lost but now I’m found………….

  17. Mark Shephard says:

    Give it 6 months and I’ll have an igloo…

  18. Above the clouds, below the pen; political academia requires purveyance of deductive capacity, using a narrowing of mental faculties to sophisticated assessment of visual and audio stimulation of the physical manifestation as material presence to produce a calculated summarisation in a short but effectively used space of time in the reduced but functional piercings of the subtle facts within an overarching mystery of spontaneous activity as a careful reader or gifted lecturer.

  19. D F Rostron says:

    Lord Norton disappears down Westminster’s bibliophilic sink hole

  20. Mario Rabaiotti says:

    It was Lord Norton, in the Library, with the hole punch

  21. franksummers3ba says:

    “These are the books due to be returned to the Hull library or the House of Lords library this week. The ones I own are in the adjoining room.”:

  22. Matthew Clayton says:

    “They asked me for a comprehensive view on the follies of political machinations within the British parilmentary system, I’m proud to announce after a herculean effort the completion of chapter one.”

  23. Princeps Senatus says:

    “Books are my forte”, said Lord Norton. He paused, then continued “fort, anyway”.

  24. Princeps Senatus says:

    “Books are my fort”, said Lord Norton in a Freudian slip. He corrected himself “forte, anyway”.

  25. “The University asked to see a small sample of what I published last year…”

  26. tizres says:

    There were so many amazingly good entries that Lord Norton decided all were winners.

  27. D F Rostron says:

    Head and shoulders above the books

  28. seanjm72 says:

    The next student who says Britain doesn’t have a written constitution might find it landing on top of them !

  29. D F Rostron says:

    That’s the walls built, now the roof, if only there was a Thatcher at Westminster.

  30. Tony Sands says:

    It’s really a result of growing-up in the swinging sixties. The permissive society hadn’t quite arrived in Louth, so I went for the only addiction that was available.

  31. Dean B says:

    My favourite? Probably “My Bookywook” by Russell Brand…

  32. A Smith says:

    Lord Norton was more than happy to get involved with the Library’s new outsourcing scheme, especially with the new “ease of access” system in finding books against House of Lords Reform.

  33. Tony Sands says:

    Why do I have two computers in my office? Well, of course, the main one is for my e-book library. One finds it’s much more convenient on the Hull to London train to have one’s library in an electronic format. So my books and I are never parted.

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