I know this goes against the grain but it seems to be get a gold medal, get an OBE/CBE/MBE etc.
I'm pleased they got recognised for what they've acheived but as in the Olympics when Rebecca Addlington was interviewed and the other swimmer (forgotten who) came behind her saying "Dame Rebecca". It just pi$$ed me off.
The interview with Eleanor Simmonds on TV this morning, she was saying that when she won her gold would she have an OBE etc because she was only 13 (at the time).
For the people who do charity work, the guy who restored a church, Chris Hoy's mother for her work on sleep-related illnesses, YES these deserve them.
Apologies if this annoys anyone out there, it's just my opinion.
It may annoy some people, but I tend to lean towards your thinking on this.
I'm not taking anything away from the fact that these are wonderful athletes/sportsmen etc. but am I wrong in thinking that these sort of awards used to be given for work and services that were for the good of others and that often involved considerable personal sacrifice of one kind or another?
Sure, top athletes sacrifice a lot for their chosen sport but ultimately that is for their
benefit, no one else's.