Thursday, 30 December 2010

New Year Honours 2011

I've just scanned the 2011 New Year Honours List and several names have caught my eye:

The most senior award in the Province is bestowed upon the head of the NI Civil Service, Bruce Robinson, who is appointed Knight Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath - KCB.

Brian Ambrose, Chief Executive, Belfast City Airport, is appointed Officer of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - OBE - for services to the Aviation Industry.

Jonathan Mark CARRUTHERS, Chairman, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, becomes OBE for services to Drama in Northern Ireland.

Graeme McDowell becomes a Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - MBE - for services to Golf.

George Hill CHAMBERS is appointed MBE for services to Jazz Music in Northern Ireland.

I am glad to see that the actor David Suchet, OBE, best known for his role as Hercule Poirot, is promoted to Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - CBE.

The former ITN foreign correspondent Sandy Gall is made a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George - CMG - for his decades of charity work supporting disabled Afghans.


Anonymous said...

Thank God I live in a country that doesn't have this silly honnors system.

Timothy Belmont said...

The various Orders granted in the United Kingdom are an integral part of our heritage and have been for many centuries indeed.

We are the envy of many countries. Those who accept awards and "honnors" {sic} hardly consider them "silly".

Anonymous said...

I agree it is silly - what is the point of these ridiculous names?

I have a friend who received an OBE a few years ago and he thought it silly too. His pictures of the day underpin the craziness of all the pomp. There are people homeless on the streets and starving for food/shelter whilst all this goes on.

Timothy Belmont said...


Utter nonsense.

Anonymous said...

You're saying there are no homeless people living on the streets? Or what is utter nonsense??

Timothy Belmont said...

Of course there are homeless living on the streets; that has no relevance to the Honours system at all, though.

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