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Happy New Year Everyone …

Posted by Big John on December 30, 2012

 … and I’m sorry if I have been a bit slow with my blog comments lately, and please forgive me for taking a short break from posting due to  important family busi… me being a lazy bugger at this time of year.

However, I’ve just got time for a quick rant about that annual ‘medieval’ nonsense which must give people living in the rest of the world a bloody good laugh.

Yes, it’s time once again for the New Year’s Honours list to be published, and this year, of course, it’s overflowing with Olympic heroes athletes and the like: and can you believe that some skinny bloke who won a French cycle race has been awarded a knighthood, and is already being referred to by the dignified name of ‘Sir Wiggo’, while a 92 year old World War II veteran codebreaker, who saved thousands of lives by helping to shorten that war by possibly two years, has had to wait for more than 65 years to receive one of the lowest ranked honours, the MBE ! .. Doesn’t it make you …

… proud to be British ?


4 Responses to “Happy New Year Everyone …”

  1. Grannymar said

    The codebreaker is elevated to Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), but is there any Empire left these days to be a member of?

  2. Grannymar said

    John, I forgot to wish you a very Happy & Healthy New Year.

  3. Betty said

    Happy New Year, John. I’ve been kind of lazy about blogging for a while, now. But, I’m not going to quit, altogether. And, who knows? Maybe 2013 will be a more interesting year.

  4. Ginnie said

    I’m glad you’re in my blogging life, John … it makes for interesting reading so keep writing and Happy New Year to you and the Mrs.

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