Chair person and STD Expert Mrs Amanda J Threadbone writes:
The Annual Hornimint Beat the Post-Easter Back to School Blues Children's Spot the Difference Competition has now officially closed and no further entries will be accepted - though you may still be charged outrageous amounts by Her Majesty's Mails for the so-called privilege of posting via the First Class service. [Does anyone still remember when Her Majesty's Mails were de facto first class and required no down-grading to second? On the few occasions I allowed him to go away on his own [eg National Service and an outing to Barnstaple which will neither be forgotten not forgiven] Mr Threadbone regularly sent communications via the mails. In those days such was the efficiency of the GPO that he could send a letter at 6pm and I would have plenty of time and sufficient notice to ensure that, come 9am the following morning, I would have something warm waiting for him. Similarly had he indulged in activities involving STDs I would have been the first to know - though not necessarily via the once excellent Royal postal services. But, I digress.]
The winner of the 2019 Annual Hornimint Beat the Post-Easter Back to School Blues Children's Spot the Difference Competition is Julie-Anne Sizemore - the adorable great niece of our very own Shelley-Lulette. So congratulations to her and commiserations to all those who did not win but who will be comforted to know that by entering, they helped Julie-Anne come first! Well done everybody.
PS The mystery prize will remain a mystery to all but Julie-Ann to avoid STD Prize envy.
The differences, illustrated below were:
In the second photograph:
1 The sky is bluer
2 The flowers on the bush (don't ask) are purplier [Check there is such a word [Ed]]
3 The garden cuttings bag is 2.4 cms further to the right [GPS and Dorset Weather Bureau certified: it was a warm day with a slight breeze 0.25mph blowing from a north-easterly direction]
4 The yellow flowers (really? just don't ask) have 2 extra buds
5 There is a bright strip of sunlight on the lawn.
TIE-BREAKER [not used]: The sun has moved 120 miles in its orbit - the time difference between the photographs [not shown].
The judging panel has taken the unusual step this year of recognising a proxime accessit: Ms Diana Eros-Nosbig, Though Ms Eros-Nosbig scored only 2 out of 5 according to the official check sheet of correct answers she did spot that a large tree was missing in the second photograph; something which even those composing the competition had failed to spot! So well done Diana - your special prize will be delivered personally by Enrique de los Chicos Perdidos or by a representative authorised by him. [We suggest, however, that - to be on the safe side - you ask for ID if anyone plays "merry hell" on your front knockers.]