Caption competition – the desk


The past week has been rather hectic – keeping several metaphorical plates spinning on sticks at the same time – and there has hardly been a moment to do a post on the blog.  (Even tweeting has been limited.)  I thought I would make up  for the lapse by offering another caption competition.  The photograph is of my desk in my university office.  (You will have to take my word for it that there is a desk under the books.)  Can you think of an appropriate caption?

 There will be a prize for the best entry. The winner of the previous competition won a signed copy of Eminent Parliamentarians.   For a really outstanding entry for this competition, a copy of the new edition of Parliament in British Politics may be on hand…

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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43 Responses to Caption competition – the desk

  1. MrJontyF says:

    Day 4 and Lord Norton still refused to emerge from his book fort.

  2. “When I asked you to book a table, this isn’t what I had in mind.”

  3. Louis Rynsard says:

    Supporters of an elected second chamber buried under the sheer weight of academic opinion.

  4. Mark Brown says:

    Everything has its place, and in that place it shall be. Now where did I put my keys…

  5. dehenna27 says:

    “They said it was the last day of the free press, so I grabbed as much as I could.”

  6. Dehenna Davison says:

    “They said it was the last day of the free press, so I grabbed as much as I could.”

  7. craigieb10 says:

    In the House of Commons, the Chancellor today hailed Lord Norton as a “one-man Growth Strategy for the book publishing industry”

  8. Prof. Norton prepares the course reading list for the first term & his students await in terror.

  9. Kathryn Rix says:

    Academics world-wide breathe a sigh of relief as they realise perhaps their own book-accumulating tendencies aren’t THAT bad.

  10. Chris says:

    “When the floor is full please use the shelves or desk”

    “I used to suffer from piles but you mustnt read too much into it”

    “I hate it when my Kindle explodes!”

  11. Stuart Wilks-Heeg says:

    “I refuse to return any of these books to the library until Mr Larkin apologies for what he said about my parents”.

  12. MR MILLER says:

    Is that twitter on the computer I can see? If so:

    “I really must get off twitter, I have one or two books to read”

  13. The books what I wrote.

  14. Wesley Parkinson says:

    Oh Lord- a poltergeist!

  15. Paul says:

    The hunt for the overdue library book begins.

  16. Princeps Senatus says:

    “Where is Lord Norton”? I exclaimed, as I cast a furtive glance around his office. A voice piped up from behind the intellectual fortress that is his desk “I’m at my desk, just structuring my light reading”.

  17. ‘Too many books and too little space’

  18. Tory Boy says:

    Lord Norton of Louth goes to great depths to hide Fifty Shades of Grey

  19. Neil M says:

    At last, answers to the questions “Who buys all of Lord Norton’s books?” and “What do they do with them?”

  20. Neil M says:

    Lord Norton thinks that he really must start handing out some of those previously awarded Caption Competition prizes.

  21. Mag Mell says:

    An empty desk is a sign of an empty mind.

  22. Matthew says:

    and they say the universe is expanding…

  23. maude elwes says:

    ‘Too many books spoil the trough’.

  24. ladytizzy says:

    The latest in the series of “How to…”

    No. 23: …get a ground floor office.

  25. Lord Norton had read all of his books, and with nothing left to do, decided to create a den in which he could hide and eat cake!

  26. Alex M says:

    – “Now where did I leave that cake?”

    – Annoyed at the tea getting cold, an improvised tea cosy was constructed …

  27. Wenbo Chen says:

    “Life is Short, Reading is Long”

  28. Wenbo Chen says:

    “Life is Short, Reading is Long”, A Voice from An Academic-addicted Man Buried in Books says

  29. D F Rostron says:

    1. Just another days work.

    2. What idiot shelved the idea of more shelves?

    3. At a time like this a Hull University Joinery Department would be nice.

    4. One day Lord Lucan will emerge riding Shergar.

    5. Lord Norton is fully booked.

    6. Everything in its place, but why my place?

  30. Lord Norton’s taking a nap, he’s between the covers!

  31. craigieb10 says:

    “Lord Norton has been missing in his book mountain for some years now. Here is the latest picture: Have you seen this peer? Reward offered, probably tea-related.”

  32. “Perhaps it’s time to invest in a Kindle, thought Lord Norton.”

  33. maude elwes says:

    Presently I’m fully booked, perhaps next year.

  34. Annamarie says:

    Caution! Bookworm at work!

  35. Lord Norton says:

    I’m clearly spoilt for choice. Some readers realised that there was nothing confining one to a single caption, with the result that, excluding repetitions, there are 41 distinct entries (so far). I shall make a decision shortly.

    I should perhaps mention, though, that I do own a kindle and I cannot remember the last time I took a book out of the library – ten or twenty years ago (or more). And all the books are on politics. I don’t have time to read anything else. What is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’?

    • maude elwes says:

      Mmm, well it’s a novel that leans toward the sadistic side of erotic nature, covert affairs with domination of the female lover. Obviously it’s thrilled a big section of the populations women. DH Lawrence and his Lady Chatterley has nothing on this, I’m told.

      Here’s a teaser:

      or, a darker shade of pale,

      • Lord Norton says:

        Hhmm, too much information.

      • lagwolf says:

        Prof Norton realised that his students were getting younger each year when he was talked into playing hide and seek in a tutorial.

      • maude elwes says:

        For a man who has a book pile the size of yours, I’d say there is no such thing as too much information!


      • Neil M says:

        Perhaps not surprisingly, as I am reading this at work whilst eating my lunchtime box of lettuce, I cannot see the links in Maude’s posting. Moreover, on the basis that it is warning me of “unauthorised access to inappropriate content”, I suspect that Security are even now approaching to have me escorted from the building.
        And there was me thinking it was simply a history of Dulux paints.

  36. Maureen MacLaren says:

    Sorry, I am fully booked on that date.

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