Honours List Newsflash
(No, this is not some bizarre ritual of priestly formation at "orthodox" seminaries, however true-to-life it may sound....)
Translation: Queen Elizabeth II issues honors -- knighthoods, nice medals, you know, the stuff Anglo-Catholics and other restorationist people drool over -- twice a year; on her official birthday of Trooping the Colour (the third Saturday in June), and for the New Year. ("Gong" is Brit slang for those honours, for the uninitiated.)
True to form, the New Year's Gong List was released this morning and is primarily made up of those who assisted with the security, medical and humanitarian response to the 7 July bombings in London.
But the big news? TOM JONES HAS BEEN KNIGHTED!
I can't help but get a chuckle out of that. And crank out an early-morning round of "Delilah" on the Loggia House stereo....