There were some splendid entries for the caption competition and, as ever, I was spoilt for choice. The entry that was most geared to the subject of the lecture – the classics and Parliament – was Neil M with ‘Judicial, deliberative and epideictic. Oh, sorry, I didn’t realise it was a rhetorical question’. My scholarly readers will be smiling with knowing approval. The entry by Nicholas Hackett – ‘Stay with me, I still have 520 pages of Brexit to explain’ – was perhaps a little too close for comfort. (Think Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’). The entry by colin MacArthur – ‘trust me I have done an Escape Room challenge before, I know how to get us out of here in record time’ – may well have won if I knew what the Escape Room was. (I have it on good authority, namely the aforementioned Colin MacArthur, that I am not keeping up with modern culture.) Likewise, with Mark Shephard and ‘As a Harry Potter fan, Lord Norton attempts to escape the encircling mob by disapparating’, may have done better had I actually been a Harry Potter fan and knew what disapparating was.
The entries that met the ‘laugh out loud’ test most successfully were those that focused on the hand movements. The one that had the edge – not for the first time – was the first entry submitted. The winner, also not for the first time, is Gary Weatherhead, with:
‘And with plenty of practice, you may eventually be able to solve the Rubik’s cube in under ten seconds, without even looking’.
I appreciate you may need to be of a certain age to appreciate why this is funny. If Gary Weatherhead cares to get in touch, a publication will be on its way.