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The Bellinghman
Date: 2008-12-31 00:46
Subject: Congratulations to the lad
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So it's now Sir Terry Pratchett. I can't think of anyone more deserving.

(My maternal grandfather turned one down - it would have been for services to reconstruction after the second World War, and I think he was slightly disappointed not to be asked again, so that he could accept it.)
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User: redcountess
Date: 2008-12-31 04:48 (UTC)
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I presume that he accepted it because it's for his services to Alzheimer research and not literature, like Bill Oddie did with wildlife and his OBE.

It's a shame that your grandfather wasn't offered one again. Did you know that Keith Richards has always turned one down because of the way the band was treated by the Establishment in the 60s? I respect that, but I would also get such a kick out of Sir Keef ;)
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Kimberley Verburg: black fish
User: sierra_le_oli
Date: 2008-12-31 06:09 (UTC)
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BBC says it's for services to literature. Knighting for Alzheimer's support would be a bit early?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-12-31 06:18 (UTC)
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The Alzheimers will have raised his profile somewhat, though. Without that, it might have been a year or two more before someone said "You know, we've forgotten that Pratchett fellow, must be time now."
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Kimberley Verburg: black fish
User: sierra_le_oli
Date: 2008-12-31 07:22 (UTC)
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You're right, I'm sure it didn't hurt. The timing is good for Alzheimer's publicity too. Though it has been something of an anniversary year for him as well. I don't know on what time-scale these things are decided.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-12-31 07:27 (UTC)
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I suspect it's on something of the order of six months to a year ahead that they start thinking (though getting 3 golds at the Olympics like Sir Chris Hoy, or winning the F! World Championship like Lewis Hamilton, would get you into the club even quite late).

The double birthday won't have hurt, either.
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