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Icon 11 posted March 02, 2005 12:25      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It looks like Billy boy has been knighted.

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I wonder if a bunch of other KBE's will be burning their credentials in protest? [evil]

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this upsets me quite a bit [Mad]

too bad its not KDE, then his name would be advertising for his competition haha

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Icon 1 posted March 02, 2005 12:45      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
... and Tony Blair loses another vote. (Yeah, right - like I was gonna bother ... )

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Which brings us to these guys, ardent labour supporters who love Tony so much, they'll circumvent democracy to get him in...
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Icon 1 posted March 02, 2005 18:08      Profile for magefile     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Now, I'm not a British citizen or anything, but my understanding was that the Queen chose who she wanted to knight. Does Blair have a say in the matter?
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No pie????? [Confused]

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I think she's been having hard times and is selling the durn things for spendin' money.
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I'm just glad he doesn't get the ego boost of using "Sir" before his name (being an American and all).

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Icon 1 posted March 03, 2005 04:44      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by magefile:
Now, I'm not a British citizen or anything, but my understanding was that the Queen chose who she wanted to knight. Does Blair have a say in the matter?

It's basically the Prime Minister and his/her cronies that write the list each time. Hence they are often very political choices (just look at all the civil servants that get rewarded every year). Gates probably bribed his way in. I'd love to ask Bliar how he can justify honouring a convicted monopolist.

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Icon 1 posted March 03, 2005 14:53      Profile for Erbo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
On the other hand, Tim Berners-Lee has also been honored (or should that be "honoured"?) with a KBE, and, since he is a British subject, he can style himself "Sir." Take that, Billy-boy!

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Loving the new comic!!
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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Gates probably bribed his way in. I'd love to ask Bliar how he can justify honouring a convicted monopolist.

When I read that the first time, I thought it said "monogamist". And I thought, what's so wrong with monogamy? Then I realized it was spungo posting....

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Icon 1 posted March 04, 2005 03:07      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Black Widow:
... And I thought, what's so wrong with monogamy?

Nothing at all, but you'd probably find that pine is cheaper.

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quote:
Originally posted by Erbo:
On the other hand, Tim Berners-Lee has also been honored (or should that be "honoured"?) with a KBE, and, since he is a British subject, he can style himself "Sir." Take that, Billy-boy!

I noticed that a lot of reports got this wrong: you don't need to be a British subject - a Commonwealth citizen can also be called 'Sir'. Hence Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Donald Bradman, etc. (I'm pretty sure that the term 'British subject' doesn't mean what it used to mean following the 1981 Immigration Act.)

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Hold on - are you telling me Sir Mix-a-Lot isn't actually a Knight?

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Unfortunately, for Canadians the prospect of one day being called 'Sir' is quite remote as well. This Wiki entry on the Nickle Resolution clarifies things.

Apparently similar practices now exist in Oz and NZ. Looks like Sir Les Patterson must have been somewhat lucky. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Unfortunately, for Canadians the prospect of one day being called 'Sir' is quite remote as well. This Wiki entry on the Nickle Resolution clarifies things.

Apparently similar practices now exist in Oz and NZ. Looks like Sir Les Patterson must have been somewhat lucky. [Wink]

Yet, it is quite common for Quebec politicians and high-profile artists to receive France's Légion d'honneur (Or Legion of Honour, if you prefer) knighthoods. But it might be due to some particularity of this order.

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quote:
Originally posted by Stereo:
quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Unfortunately, for Canadians the prospect of one day being called 'Sir' is quite remote as well. This Wiki entry on the Nickle Resolution clarifies things.

Apparently similar practices now exist in Oz and NZ. Looks like Sir Les Patterson must have been somewhat lucky. [Wink]

Yet, it is quite common for Quebec politicians and high-profile artists to receive France's Légion d'honneur (Or Legion of Honour, if you prefer) knighthoods. But it might be due to some particularity of this order.
I don't think the Légion d'honneur is a title (what with France being a Republic and all). I think the Nickle Resolution specifically prohibits titular awards. (But I ain't sure. )

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quote:
Originally posted by Erbo:
On the other hand, Tim Berners-Lee has also been honored (or should that be "honoured"?) with a KBE, and, since he is a British subject, he can style himself "Sir." Take that, Billy-boy!

Yes but Tim told me that if I ever call him 'Sir' he is going to do nasty things to me.

(For newcomers on the board, I do know Tim, I was at CERN when he developed the Web. He was also a member of one of the Geneva amateur theatre groups, and that was where I met him. My claim to fame is that when he first showed me the web I told him it was a nice gadget but I did not think it would catch on!)

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quote:
Originally posted by Swiss Mercenary:
Yes but Tim told me that if I ever call him 'Sir' he is going to do nasty things to me.

How about if you address him as "my lord"? [Big Grin]

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(For newcomers on the board, I do know Tim, I was at CERN when he developed the Web. He was also a member of one of the Geneva amateur theatre groups, and that was where I met him. My claim to fame is that when he first showed me the web I told him it was a nice gadget but I did not think it would catch on!)
For all I know, he didn't really think it would catch on either...certainly not to the point where URLs are plastered on billboards, bus signs, and those little signs by the side of the road advertising homes for sale...

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Funny, for years I've thought it was a shame Americans couldn't be knighted because "Sir William Henry Gates III" has a nice ring to it. And now it's reality! Weird.

Sir William Henry Gates III... it sounds so regal [Big Grin]

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Maybe Bill will FINALLY get his long overdue photo spread in Tiger Beat.

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