Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Dame Edna creator gets CBE

Dame Edna creator gets CBE

What about Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Ershad Manji ?


--- In freeamericanow@yahoogroups.com, "union_faruque" wrote:

Salman Rushdie's sexual impotence and conversation with God earned him a knighthood! LOL. One must wonder the majesty of the sanctimonious British Royal System!


Dame Edna creator gets CBE

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June 16, 2007 - 12:15PM
Dame Edna EveragePhoto: Greg Gorman


Australia's First Lady, Edna Everage, has been a dame of the realm for years, but now her creator Barry Humphries has cracked it for a royal gong.

Comedian and satirist Humphries, one of Australia's funniest and most beloved performers, was today awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.



Dame Edna, Humphries' most celebrated alter ego, once welcomed the Queen at a concert in Buckingham Palace with the words: "The Jubilee girl is here, possums.'' It brought the house down.

Indeed, Humphries' royal connections are impeccable.


Another of his comic characterisations is a knight of the realm: Sir Les Patterson - Australia's lecherous, dribbling, hugely offensive 'cultural attache to Britain'.


Humphries's characters, especially Dame Edna, the self-confessed international gigastar, have earned him international renown.

He has appeared in numerous films, stage productions and TV shows.


In addition he is an award-winning writer and an accomplished landscape painter.
Humphries's fourth wife, Lizzie Spender, is the daughter of the British poet Sir Stephen


Salman Rushdie, the novelist who spent years under threat of death after an Iranian fatwa, received a knighthood in the birthday honours.


Oleg Gordievsky, the former Soviet spy who defected to Britain, is also honoured along with cricketer Ian Botham and fund-raiser and terminal cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson.

The honours list contains the usual array of stars from sport, showbusiness, fashion, the arts, and industry.


They rub shoulders with hundreds of unknown "ordinary people'' honoured for voluntary work and charity fundraising at what Downing Street describes as the "sharp end'' of society.

It is "Arise Sir Beefy'', as Botham gets a knighthood not only for his cricketing prowess but for his long-distance walks which have raised millions for charity.


And there is a CMG (Companion of the Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George) in the Diplomatic List for Gordievsky, a one-time colonel in the KGB, who became the highest-ranking KGB defector ever. The citation is "for services to the security of the United Kingdom''.
Other big names in the list include:


Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United footballer, who has just retired from the Welsh national team; Teddy Sheringham, the West Ham striker and former England star; Last Of The Summer Wine actor Peter Sallis, along with actress Sylvia Syms, rock star Joe Cocker, TV historian David Starkey - once described as "the rudest man in Britain'' - and Nicky Clarke, hairdresser to the stars. But for the second list in succession, widespread speculation of a knighthood - or indeed of any honour - for David Beckham, proved groundless.

PA
Source: Free America Now

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