But this time with a little dedication

In the summer of 1917 King George V founded The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire as means of filling in some gaps (“mind the gap”) in the Honours System.  His Majesty especially wished to honour those who so diligently served in non-combatant capacities during the still-raging Great War.

Now composed of five (civil and military) classes, with only the first two entitling the recipient to use “knight” or “dame” (or “Sir” or “Madame”), here in descending order of distinction are The Orders of Chivalry:

  • Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE)
  • Knight Commander or Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE or DBE)
  • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)

As she has done for nearly 60 years, HRH Elizabeth II (i.e. the British Monarch) serves as Sovereign of the Order and on the advice of the Government appoints all members of the Order, which is limited to 300 Knights and Dames Grand Cross, 845 Knights and Dames Commander, and 8,960 Commanders. Although there is no limit to the total number of members of the fourth and fifth classes, no more than 858 Officers and 1,464 Members may be appointed per year.

The MBE, with its motto “For God and the Empire,” is by far the largest of these honorary orders, with over 100,000 living members worldwide.  One among them is Birmingham raised Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading who, at the age of 50, received her “membership” at a Buckingham Palace ceremony in 2001.

“It was absolutely brilliant, to have received the honour from Prince Charles,” she said at the time. “I just think he is a great guy and he has done such incredible work with the Prince’s Trust.”

That was a memorable year for Armatrading who, after five years of study, also received her BA (Honours of course) in History from the Open University, where she is now a trustee. Surely it rates right up there with 1976 when this, her breakthrough single, reached Number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.

It’s the Fourth in a series of Love-themed songs for the week.

LISTEN TO TODAY’S SELECTION – Thursday 20 September 

Love and Affection

I am not in love

But I’m open to persuasion

East or West

Where’s the best

For romancing

With a friend

I can smile

But with a lover

I could roll my head back

I could really laugh

Really laugh

 Thank you

You took me dancing

‘Cross the floor

Cheek to cheek

But with a lover

I could really move

Really move

I could really dance

Really dance

Really dance

Really dance

I could really move

Really move

Really move

Really move

 Now if I can feel the sun

In my eyes

And the rain on my face

Why can’t I

Feel love?

 I can really love

Really love

Really love

Really love

Really love

Love Love Love Love

Love Love Love Love

 Now I got all

The friends that I want

I may need more

But I shall just stick to those

That I have got

With friends I still feel

So insecure

 Little darling I believe you could

Help me a lot

Just take my hand

And lead me where you will

No conversation

No wave goodnight

Just make love

With affection

 Sing me another love song

But this time

With a little dedication

Sing it, sing it

You know that’s what I like

Once more with feeling

Give me love

Give me love

Give me love

Love…

 Make love with affection

Sing me another love song

But this time

With a little dedication

Sing it, Sing it…

You know that’s what I like

 Once more with feeling

Sing me another love song

But this time

With a little dedication

Sing it, Sing it

You know that’s what I like

 With affection

With a little dedication

Once more with feeling

You know that’s what I like

Love…

 

 

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