From the BBC, last week:
Woman runner-up in one-horse race
A grandmother won second prize in a cake-baking contest at a fete, only to discover she was the only entrant.
Jenny Brown, 62, entered her Victoria Sponge into the competition and was initially pleased to have come second. But she was left shocked when a friend revealed to her that she was the only person to take part.
The contest was organised by the Wimblington Sports Committee and judges marked down the cake because it had indentations from a wire rack...(the rest)"
The picture that accompanies the article is priceless:
Second place? Quite right. It is good to see that in this day and age someone is keeping up standards- the cake did not deserve first place, with its unsightly rack marks, so second place it is. Hold the line, Middle England! Hold to standards!