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New Years Honours List (General)

The Belfast Gazette (like its London and Edinburgh sister publications) is a weekly “government” publication. Usually it just lists things like bankruptcies and “royal” business. Twice a year, it lists the New Year and Birthday “Honours”. About 45 years ago, … Continue reading

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New Year “Honours”?

It is difficult to explain the British “Honours” System to my American friends. It is an undemocratic nonsense. But here goes. Britain is a “monarchy”. The Head of State is Mrs Elizabeth Windsor. Now well into her eighties, she has … Continue reading

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“Sir” Fred Goodwin Becomes “Mr” Fred Goodwin

I am no fan of the British “Honours” System. In so far as there should be awards at all, they should be for actually achieving something. But the system of awarding a MBE to a long-serving midwife who has delvered … Continue reading

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The British “New Years Honours” Explained

Those dull days between Christmas and New Year can be brightened by idle speculation on the New Years Honours List. Twice a year…….on her “official” birthday and New Year the “Queen” awards honours to her subjects. Of course these “honours” … Continue reading

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