31 December 2009


The 2010 New Year's Honours List has been released. (For a brief review of it, see here.) Looking through it, I see:

Knights Bachelor

Actor. For services to Drama.
(London, SE16)

Order of the British Empire
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire

Ms Margaret Maud TYZACK, OBE
Actress. For services to Drama.
(London, SE3)

Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Ms Anthea BELL
For services to Literature and to Literary Translations.
(Histon, Cambridgeshire)

Ronald Gordon KING-SMITH
Author. For services to Children's Literature.
(Keynsham, Bristol)

Members of the Order of the British Empire

Ms Lauren CHILD
Author and Illustrator. For services to Literature.
(London, W1F)

Sir Patrick, of course, was the star of Star Trek: The Next Generation, aka TNG. Tyzack has had numerous roles in films and TV shows over the past 50+ years. Bell has translated numerous works - most notably the Astérix comics by Goscinny and Uderzo* - into English. King-Smith was the author of many children's books, including The Sheep-Pig, which was the basis for the movie Babe. Child is the author of, amongst other books, the Clarice Bean series of children's books (which I haven't read), and received the 2000 Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato.

And I have to admit to being amused by the MBE awarded to Norman Barrett, circus ringmaster, for services to entertainment.

The names of military personnel (and MOD civilians) included on the Honours List can be found here.**

(Left: Insignia of a knight bachelor. Right: Emblem of a member of the Order of the British Empire.)

* And if you're not familiar with Astérix, you certainly ought to be!

** Congratulations to Warrant Officer 1st Class Coxswain (Submarine) John Ronald Hendren MBE and to Warrant Officer 1st Class Coxswain (Submarine) Andrew Mark Rainey MBE.

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