Competitions nos. 152A and 152B: results

Philip Jordan asks us to believe that there is a Society for the Suppression of all Social and Civil Liberties and that a mix-up has sent its (nameless) chief supporter a letter of abuse, and a request to be their after-dinner speaker to A.P. Herbert. (Herbert, as noted in an earlier competition, was a great favourite with WR readers and judges, for his independence of mind and liberal and rational points of view.) This speech was to be delivered with Herbert’s customary urbanity (Herbert having accepted the invitation). Jordan berates himself for not spotting that speeches don’t often translate to the page, and also notes that Herbert is hard to mimic, despite the quantities of entries. It’s too complex a competition, I’d have said. Several have Herbert perversely accepting the position of chairman; one entrant called Arrow sends in a poem that rhymes ‘panties’ and ‘scanties’ (evidently a popular rhyme – it’s used in Forty-Second Street). Apologising for the low standard, Jordan lets E.W.Fordham and L.V.Upward take the moolah.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe B competition asks for an epigram on a fashionable wedding. Jordan receives shed-loads of these (‘what a cynical lot you are’, he says). Some competitors make the silly error of sending in eight-line epigrams …

The winners are Anthony Munday and Pibwob, although runners-up W. Leslie Nicholls and Brer Rabbit also get printed:

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Munday is a new name, by the way, but is a pseudonym – it’s the name of one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries – see here.

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