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Brendan McCarthymoderator

31-12-01, 10:18 AM (GMT)
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"New Year's Honours"
 
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While these are mentioned in the daily links, I thought they deserved a separate posting. Siobhan Davies becomes a CBE in the New Year's Honours lists; Monica Mason, Assistant Director of the Royal Ballet is an OBE, while John Percival, the Independent's dance critic, is awarded an MBE.


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  RE: New Year's Honours lara 31-12-01 1
     RE: New Year's Honours Pete 31-12-01 2
         RE: New Year's Honours AnnWilliams 31-12-01 3
             RE: New Year's Honours AEHandley 03-01-02 5
                 RE: New Year's Honours Paul A 04-01-02 6
         RE: New Year's Honours lara 31-12-01 4
             RE: New Year's Honours Helen 04-01-02 7
                 RE: New Year's Honours AEHandley 04-01-02 8

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lara

31-12-01, 04:36 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: New Year's Honours"
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   What does CBE, OBE and MBE mean please?

Lara


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Pete

31-12-01, 05:03 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: New Year's Honours"
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   Lara

CBE = Commander of The British Empire
OBE = Officer of The British Empire
MBE = Member of The British Empire

In ranking order, three of the the five divisions of the 'Most Excellent Order of the British Empire'- GBE & KBE/DBE come higher and are generally referred to as knighthoods (...are you still awake?)

Nice to see Monica Mason getting a gong.

Hope all US friends have a Happy New Year!


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AnnWilliams

31-12-01, 10:29 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: New Year's Honours"
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   Speaking of 'gongs' is it not a little odd that Lynn Seymour is not a Dame? There's Dame Beryl Gray, Dame Merle Park, Dame Antoinette Sibley and Ms Lynn Seymour. There may be some obvious reason for this (perhaps she was offered and declined?) but I'm not aware of it. Does anyone know?


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AEHandley

03-01-02, 08:52 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: New Year's Honours"
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   I found it odd that Monica Mason should only have got an OBE compared with Deborah Bull's CBE of a couple of years back. I suppose Ms Bull is wider ranging but Ms Mason has the years of service...


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Paul A

04-01-02, 08:53 AM (GMT)
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   Honours are supposedly given not for service - but for going beyond/ outside one's normal work.

But your observation is still a valid one methinks.


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lara

31-12-01, 11:37 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: New Year's Honours"
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   Thanks Pete! And yes I am still awake. All that stuff so very interesting...REALLY!

So, what is GBE - figured out the BE part but couldn't manage the "G" part

..and DBE too - is that Dame?

And what is a Dame - is like that a female Knight rank? Gee, you guys get all the fun stuff like Knights and things.

Happy New Year to all!!!!!


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Helen

04-01-02, 10:03 AM (GMT)
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   Yes, a Dame (DBE) is the female equivalent of a Knight (KBE). I had to look up GBE as I have never heard of it, but apparently it is a Grand Cross knight or dame, one up on a common knight or dame!


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AEHandley

04-01-02, 07:53 PM (GMT)
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   But isn't it usually written GCBE? (I'm a civil servant so study the honours list v carefully so I can tut at the rewarding of total idiots I have known!)


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