3 SEPTEMBER 1988, Page 36

No. 1541: Moment of truth

A well-known writer once began a news- paper article: 'At about 21 minutes past two today I suddenly saw that asparagus is the secret of aristocracy.' You are invited to carry on, as best you can, for a further 150 words. Entries to 'Competition No. 1541' by 16 September.