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Pictures of John Barrowman getting his MBE from Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace Oct 2014. (x)

For those of you not familiar with the UK honours system go here: (x) It goes: MBE, OBE, CBE, KBE (Knighthood - where you get called ‘Sir’) or DBE (where you’re a Dame) …I really think John would prefer to be a Dame if he ever gets that high!!

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Julie Gardner and John Barrowman Awarded MBEs

As we reported over the weekend, one of Doctor Who’s former executive producers, Julie Gardner and John Barrowman (Captain Jack in Doctor Who and Torchwood) have both been awarded MBEs in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Julie said she was honoured by the award and commented, ‘I have filmed all over the world. But the talent, stamina and sheer fun of the writers, cast and crews I’ve worked with in Wales is beyond compare. I am lucky; I get to keep this award. But I am accepting it for all those brilliant people who have made my job such an absolute joy, and for my dad who will be the talk of Glynneath. My proudest achievement has been to successfully bring Doctor Who to Wales. From there, through Torchwood, Casualty and Da Vinci’s Demons, Wales’ position in the global television industry goes from strength to strength. I am hugely proud to have been a part of that journey and will work hard so that this is just the beginning.’

John said, ‘I can’t tell you how honoured I am to get this MBE, to be recognised by Her Majesty and also by the United Kingdom because that’s where I can consider my home.’ He added, ‘I am chuffed… Thank you very much, everybody! And to the fans: this is also for you guys. It’s amazing! Thank you!’ [x]

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Yinka Shonibare

A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare (b. 1962) creates work that cites the artistic and intellectual history of Europe. His sculptures—life-sized mannequins clothed in the Dutch wax fabrics associated with Africa—offer a dramatic, playful, irreverent examina­tion of identity, history, and politics.Yinka Shonibare MBE’s decapitated mannequins in their vibrant batik fabric outfits cavort through a collage of influences that the British-born, Nigeria-raised artist has excavated from the complicated history of culture.

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Yinka Shonibare

A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare (b. 1962) creates work that cites the artistic and intellectual history of Europe. His sculptures—life-sized mannequins clothed in the Dutch wax fabrics associated with Africa—offer a dramatic, playful, irreverent examina­tion of identity, history, and politics.Yinka Shonibare MBE’s decapitated mannequins in their vibrant batik fabric outfits cavort through a collage of influences that the British-born, Nigeria-raised artist has excavated from the complicated history of culture.

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For those of you studying the bar exam:

Many of us are telling you to kick ass and take names in the bar exam. You studied. You worked hard. You deserve this, honestly. 

But I’m here with a message that doesn’t always get said: even if you fail, nobody will love you any less. 

Do your best, it’s all anybody can ask of you and it’s all you can ask of yourself.

Remember these two mantras when you go in on test day: 

And:

Best of luck to you all!!

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26 October 1965 The Beatles are awarded their MBE by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

“The Queen was great. Obviously I’m a big Queen fan now. It was obvious she was doing her best to make everyone feel relaxed and not nervous. When she gave me my medal, she said, ‘It’s a pleasure to present you with this,’ and I said, 'Thank you.’ “ - Ringo

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Adele receiving her MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. 

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October 26,1965 - George flashes a thumbs up enroute to Buckingham Palace to collect his MBE. Photo Credit: Keystone I Bottom Image: examining the MBE

“After all we did for Great Britain, selling all that corduroy and making it swing, they gave us that bloody old leather medal with wooden string through it. But my initial reaction was, ‘Oh, how nice, how nice.’ ”