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Re: Dr. Michael Edward Palin CBE by Spursfan on 14 March 2009 2:38pm
Pats - no, I don't agree that Michael has earned the Doctorate at all. Just by visiting different countries and learning about the people (AND of course, being paid for it at the same time)? In that case, pass me my PhD. I have visited several countries and learned loads about them and their people. I am intending one day to put our travels around non-tourist Turkey in a book too.

By all means reward people for what they do, within their own field - an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Booker Prize, a Nobel Peace Prize, whatever - but PLEASE PLEASE don't hand them something on a plate that should take years of graft.

And Judy - the fact that Mike Tyson thought it was a medical qualification (Doctorate) just proves my point.

Re: Dr. Michael Edward Palin CBE by suzulu on 14 March 2009 7:23pm
I agree with you there, Anne!

Just looked at the list of Honorary Doctorates at Sunderland University, they included Sir Stirling Moss (an Honorary Doctorate of Technology, Mark Knopfler (Honorary Doctorate of Music) and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Music).

Anyway, that aside, I'm glad you enjoyed the evening, Ken.
Re: Dr. Michael Edward Palin CBE by Miss-M on 15 March 2009 5:09am
Kaz, can you tell us the story about when you met Brian May? :)
Re: Dr. Michael Edward Palin CBE by kazzzz on 15 March 2009 5:14am
Yes, yes I can.
Re: Dr. Michael Edward Palin CBE by Spursfan on 15 March 2009 9:35am

Re: Dr. Michael Edward Palin CBE by bIG bLOGGER on 15 March 2009 2:28pm
I am very pleased to hear Edinburgh University has seen fit to award Michael Palin an honorary doctorate of letters (Lld),and the (David)Livingstone Medal.

I don't at all mind celebrities getting honoured in this way.
For example,Scottish comedian Billy Connolly was give an honorary doctorate from Glasgow University in 2001 ; in 2003 he was given a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List; and in 2006 he was given an honorary doctorate by the Scottish Royal Academy of Drama for services to the performing arts.

Is anybody seriously saying he SHOULDN'T have been awarded any of these things?

Michael Palin got his CBE in 2000 for "services to television",--no doubt an accolade for his numerous popular BBCTV travelogue series.
Ken Dunn omitted to mention that MP also has an asteroid named after him,"Asteroid 9621 Michaelpalin" (-he must be real chuffed about THAT!)
Also 2 British trains have been named after him ("for services to Travel" -?):
In 2002,Virgin Trains' new £5million-pound high-speed Super Voyager (train number 221130) was named "Michael Palin" and has an onboard shop displaying much 'Palin' info,etc. Also, National Express East Anglia named a British Rail Class 153 (unit number 153335) after him.

In 2008, MP received the James Joyce Award from the Literary and Historical Society of Dublin,Ireland,for his written works.

His name also features in the Michael Palin Centre For Stammering Children,which he helped fund and set up in 1993.
Michael Palin is an Oxford Graduate,after all,and a seriously erudite( but funny) chappie.
It just seems that MP can't stop getting nominated so we should expect him to get ever more honorary awards in the future.
Re: Dr. Michael Edward Palin CBE by geordiegirl on 15 March 2009 4:30pm
I believe he was also Chancellor of Edinburgh university some years ago - a friend's neice was given her degree by him, you have a photo on these occasions & he made lovely speeches.

Nice round-up of the career, Peter!
Re: Dr. Michael Edward Palin CBE by Spursfan on 15 March 2009 4:33pm
You haven't changed my mind b-b - and if you read my last post (at the top of page 2) you will have seen that I suggested they should have their awards from their own field such as a BAFTA or whatever it might be.

And no - I don't think Billy Connolly (much as I love his humour etc) should've been awarded either the doctorates OR in fact the CBE. Why should someone become a Commander of the British Empire for just doing their (usually well-paid) job? And in the medium of showbiz, whatever type, by the time you receive a medal - M.B.E., O.B.E., C.B.E. or whatever) you are definitely in the well-paid bracket.

You see what you've done? You've started me off on another track!

There are far too many showbiz awards in the honours list, I prefer it when the awards go to 'ordinary' unsung heroes who put themselves out in some way for other people. "Services to the Music Industry" or whatever? What a load of twaddle.

And yes, Michael does deserve to be honoured in some way for his work with the Stammering Centre - BUT NOT WITH A DOCTORATE !! And what difference does it make if he is an Oxford graduate or not - doesn't mean he would have gone on to get his M.A. let alone a doctorate!!

No, as I said before it is an insult to those who have spent years of hard work and research to gain their doctorates.
Re: Dr. Michael Edward Palin CBE by canaveralgumby on 16 March 2009 7:42pm
Ken, thanks for the news. It's almost a good reason for me to update the fansite for the first time in a year. Almost!
Re: Dr. Michael Edward Palin CBE by Spursfan on 17 March 2009 9:17am
Well said, V! That is exactly my point! Like you I am not slagging off the celeb for receiving it - it's not their fault (though they could refuse it?!).

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