Sunday, December 24, 2006

Well, I'm Gonna Call Him Sir Bono

Bono 2
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Irish rocker and humanitarian, Bono will become a knight of the British empire - but the U2 lead singer won't be called "Sir." The Dubliner, whose real name is Paul Hewson, won't be entitled to use the title "Sir" because he is not a national of Britain or the Commonwealth of former British colonies. Britain confirmed Saturday Bono will receive his honorary knighthood from the British ambassador to Ireland, David Reddaway, in a Dublin ceremony shortly after New Year's Day.

The Daily Mail mentions that the announcement came through on email. Yes, the official notification revealing that Tony Blair had awarded an honorary knighthood to his friend, rock star Bono, lead singer of U2, came in an email which began: "Hi folks." The award was seen as Mr Blair's reward to Bono for organizing last year's Live8 concerts in the run-up to the G8 summit in Gleneagles, where the Prime Minister persuaded the world's eight leading economic powers to take more action to combat global poverty.

Personally, I'm happy for him. He does some good work and deserves recognition. This is almost as exciting as when the Beatles got their knighthood, and I wonder what glasses he'll sport for the event.