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In the Picture Caption Contest

The Barber Association newsletter, In the Picture, includes a caption contest with each issue. Though only one ‘winning’ caption will be shared in the newsletter, we thought it would be fun to share our favourites for your enjoyment!


Winter 2019/20

‘Lovers in a Landscape (The Turtle Doves)’ by Nicolas Lancret


Autumn 2019

‘Three Persons Viewing the Gladiator by Candlelight’ by William Pether


Spring 2019

The Cobbler’ by Adriaen Van Ostade

The winning caption was:

“George, why are you working in the dog’s kennel?”

“I normally sit on the roof but he looked so sweet I didn’t want to disturb him.”

Our runner up was:

‘Well heeled shoe box’


Winter 2018/19

‘Paolo and Francesca’ by Ingres

Winning Caption:

‘No, really, I love the smell of garlic.’

Runners Up:

‘Who? Oh, him at the door. It’s just the milkman, dear.’

‘When he thinks leaving the pub early will be a pleasant surprise but you were enjoying your book.’

‘Paolo: Oh no, I’ve done my back in!’

‘Paolo was an enthusiastic amateur chiropractor.’

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