Arise Sir Bradley: knighthood for cyclist

Malvern Gazette: HONOURED: Cyclist Bradley Wiggins HONOURED: Cyclist Bradley Wiggins

BRADLEY Wiggins, the Mod from Kilburn who made sporting history by winning the Tour de France and an Olympic gold this year, is knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours.

Sir Bradley heads a sparkling list of sporting heroes, including sailor Ben Ainslie, who gets a knighthood, para-cyclist Sarah Storey, who is made a dame, and Jess Ennis, Victoria Pendleton, Mo Farah and David Weir, who all get CBEs.

There was also recognition for the people who made the games such a success, from Lord Coe, who becomes a Companion of Honour (CH), to Jean Tomlin, who was in charge of the Games Maker programme and gets an OBE.

Away from sport, the Companion of Honour also goes to Professor Peter Higgs, the namesake of the Higgs boson, or so-called “God particle”, which was finally proved to exist in July, 48 years after he first proposed it.

The main list includes a knighthood for illustrator Quentin Blake and CBEs for artist Tracey Emin, choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips and singer/songwriter Kate Bush.

Actor Ewan McGregor and fashion designer Stella McCartney get OBEs, while former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash gets an MBE.

Tony Blair’s wife Cherie Blair is given a CBE in recognition of her service to women’s issues and to charity in the UK and overseas.

A CBE also goes to UK digital champion Martha Lane Fox, as well as actor-turned- politician Michael Cashman MEP, best known for his role as Colin Russell in EastEnders – a participant in the first gay kiss in a British soap opera.

A total of 1,223 people were recommended to the Queen for an award.

One notable name missing from the roll is Danny Boyle, who created the epic Olympic opening ceremony.

The Trainspotting director is believed to have turned down an honour

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10:15am Sat 29 Dec 12

RobertR says...

Why?. Whilst I appreciate their sporting efforts, they are paid sportsmen and women. Tracey Emin, an artist?, you're having a laugh!.
Why?. Whilst I appreciate their sporting efforts, they are paid sportsmen and women. Tracey Emin, an artist?, you're having a laugh!. RobertR
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10:45am Sat 29 Dec 12

uptonX says...

Exactly, Honours shouldn't go to sports people.
They should go to people who do things to benefit society, save lives, advance science, make the world a better place.
Peter Higgs and maybe Lane Fox are the only deserving names on that list.
Exactly, Honours shouldn't go to sports people. They should go to people who do things to benefit society, save lives, advance science, make the world a better place. Peter Higgs and maybe Lane Fox are the only deserving names on that list. uptonX
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11:16am Sat 29 Dec 12

pronstar says...

They dish these out to anyone these days. Doesn't Beckham have one? Makes a mockery really.
They dish these out to anyone these days. Doesn't Beckham have one? Makes a mockery really. pronstar
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1:42pm Sat 29 Dec 12

TDH123 says...

Shameful!!! Although I appreciate his efforts as a bicycle rider is he really deserving of a knighthood?? I note that the one surviving member of a team of four who cracked the Nazi code and are attributed to saving many lives and shortening the 2nd World War received just an MBE!!
All of these "do-gooders" tinkering with the honours system are doing nothing more than making a mockery of the process.
Shameful!!! Although I appreciate his efforts as a bicycle rider is he really deserving of a knighthood?? I note that the one surviving member of a team of four who cracked the Nazi code and are attributed to saving many lives and shortening the 2nd World War received just an MBE!! All of these "do-gooders" tinkering with the honours system are doing nothing more than making a mockery of the process. TDH123
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2:27pm Sat 29 Dec 12

CJH says...

Bradley Wiggins is involved in a charity supporting children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, for which there is currently no cure. It's not all about sport.
Bradley Wiggins is involved in a charity supporting children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, for which there is currently no cure. It's not all about sport. CJH
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3:04pm Sat 29 Dec 12

pudniw_gib says...

Giving sports stars gongs is valid. If more people are inspired to ride a bike or start running then that cant be a bad thing surely?
Business people get awards all the time, some are slightly dubious to say the least.
Wiggins and the other sports notables have brought honour to the country, they can be seen as heroes in the traditional sense. I personally don't see some thieving banker or over paid ceo getting a knighthood in the same way.
While these stars get paid a lot in some cases, they do sacrifice a large part of their lives and more often than not put a lot of time into sport when they retire from competition.
Giving sports stars gongs is valid. If more people are inspired to ride a bike or start running then that cant be a bad thing surely? Business people get awards all the time, some are slightly dubious to say the least. Wiggins and the other sports notables have brought honour to the country, they can be seen as heroes in the traditional sense. I personally don't see some thieving banker or over paid ceo getting a knighthood in the same way. While these stars get paid a lot in some cases, they do sacrifice a large part of their lives and more often than not put a lot of time into sport when they retire from competition. pudniw_gib
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4:45pm Sat 29 Dec 12

More Tea Vicar says...

I've no problem with honours for sportspeople, within limits.

I'd really like to see more scientists and leading academics getting the limelight, though.

And let's stop this 'heroes' nonsense. Firefighters, ambulance crews, carers, some health staff, soldiers in Afghanistan, they might deserve the accolade, but it's hard to see how a bloke running fast round a track compares to a soldier under fire.
I've no problem with honours for sportspeople, within limits. I'd really like to see more scientists and leading academics getting the limelight, though. And let's stop this 'heroes' nonsense. Firefighters, ambulance crews, carers, some health staff, soldiers in Afghanistan, they might deserve the accolade, but it's hard to see how a bloke running fast round a track compares to a soldier under fire. More Tea Vicar
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7:38pm Sat 29 Dec 12

pronstar says...

Well done to Danny Boyle and Ken Livingstone.
Well done to Danny Boyle and Ken Livingstone. pronstar
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9:19pm Sat 29 Dec 12

saucerer says...

How did Derek Prodger get his MBE? A reward for fouling up Worcestershire's roads to an immense degree perhaps, as that is one hell of an achievement.
How did Derek Prodger get his MBE? A reward for fouling up Worcestershire's roads to an immense degree perhaps, as that is one hell of an achievement. saucerer
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10:43pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Redhillman says...

saucerer wrote:
How did Derek Prodger get his MBE? A reward for fouling up Worcestershire's roads to an immense degree perhaps, as that is one hell of an achievement.
And his successor is an OBE. So, take charge of the roads, mess everything up, and you get honoured for the privilege. That means the whole highways department may be in line for a knighthood then!
[quote][p][bold]saucerer[/bold] wrote: How did Derek Prodger get his MBE? A reward for fouling up Worcestershire's roads to an immense degree perhaps, as that is one hell of an achievement.[/p][/quote]And his successor is an OBE. So, take charge of the roads, mess everything up, and you get honoured for the privilege. That means the whole highways department may be in line for a knighthood then! Redhillman
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12:58am Mon 31 Dec 12

pronstar says...

saucerer wrote:
How did Derek Prodger get his MBE? A reward for fouling up Worcestershire's roads to an immense degree perhaps, as that is one hell of an achievement.
I think his was out of sympathy
[quote][p][bold]saucerer[/bold] wrote: How did Derek Prodger get his MBE? A reward for fouling up Worcestershire's roads to an immense degree perhaps, as that is one hell of an achievement.[/p][/quote]I think his was out of sympathy pronstar
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5:21pm Tue 1 Jan 13

RobertR says...

When it comes to defending the Queen and Realm , Sirs Cliff, Elton and Kate Bush could repel our enemies with their awful music. What a cunning and dastardly weapon!.
When it comes to defending the Queen and Realm , Sirs Cliff, Elton and Kate Bush could repel our enemies with their awful music. What a cunning and dastardly weapon!. RobertR
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