As far as I can tell Michael Palin was led a wonderful, rewarding, rich life. He’s well-educated, enjoyed a long run with the brilliant Monty Python team and now he earns money travelling all over the world, then writing about his adventures. The powers that be have decided to reward him even more by giving him a knighthood. Same with Twiggy and Alistair Cook. As I get older, I become more disillusioned with the honours system. Yes, the statistics say that ‘ordinary people’ feature more often these days but few get the top honour and there’s still room for the likes of John Redmond to be lauded for his services to politics.
Last night, I watched a round up of Sports Relief 2018 presented by a young lady with cerebral palsy who needed subtitles. She was word perfect and really cool. Sports Relief Heroes included a man who cycled from Brussels to Barcelona for a thousand pounds and a man who was told he would never walk but managed to complete a hundred metre sponsored one in his local sports hall, a record distance for him.
I wish the front pages were full of the latter kind of people rather » Continue Reading.