But my point was more laughing at the Poms who seem to award their sportsmen for the tiniest little deeds, though I certainly don't call a TdF tiny. It bemuses me that the first time they do something they are rushed to get an award, whereas with our honours lists, we tend to take it over time.
(And yes, we still dine out on the Poms being awarded MBEs/OBEs for winning the Ashes, including one batsman who played just one Test, and scored 7 and 11. And yes, he got an MBE too.)
Thanks for the explanations--it makes sense. I guess I happen to believe Wiggins's accomplishment was huge but that is just me.
But then the poster moaning about it is obviously bitter about something other than the honours we 'Poms' bestow on those who have achieved something in their lives!! I just hope they continue to enjoy their dining out - regardless that the current holders of the Ashes are the Poms having won it on Australian soil back in 2011 - but then I guess that is the issue
Speaking of Honours and Canada...The New Year's Order of Canada list has just been released and Paul Henderson is on in some manner. I'm guessing promotion w/in the Order. Will be back w/the list once I find it.
eta ~Found it over at the CBC and no wonder they've got it up so fast. Michael Enright has been named as a Member of the Order, as has Paul Henderson.
CBC ~ Order of Canada bestowed on 91 new appointees
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At any rate, I have said, half a dozen times, that Wiggins' achievement is great. I do not demean it. It just amuses me that the Poms rush to honour little things. In Australia we wait many years and evaluate the body of work as a whole at its completion, normally.
Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are both OBEs, I believe, as soon as their championships were won, but it took Sir Jack Brabham many years before he was recognised (and became Sir), and his feat is many, many, many times greater.
Though I grant that the Poms may have a chance at beating us if this current selection board is still in power by the next Ashes.
I'm surprised Paul Henderson wasn't already given the Order of Canada. Ken Dryden got promoted to Officer as well.
I think Michael Enright's award will cause a bit of a stir, seeing as how he dissed Catholicism a few years ago and ended up having to apologize for what he said.
Stale pastry is hollow succour to a man who is bereft of ostrich. - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
Then again...If any GG was going to agree w/Paul finally being given at least one of two long overdue honours, it would be this GG.