Friday, April 23, 2010

The Most Excellent Prekkie

"ANOTHER inspirational chapter in the story of Steve Prescott’s fearless battle with terminal cancer will unfold over three days in London this week. Steve, surrounded by his wife, Linzi and their two boys, will be receiving a richly deserved MBE at Buckingham Palace on Friday. Then, to further underline his steely determination, the former Saints full back will pound the streets of the capital on Sunday in the London Marathon, gunning to beat the time he recorded two years ago. The 36-year-old is being honoured with the MBE for his services to rugby league and his colossal efforts for charity over the past three years...." Full story HERE
Steve Prescott, as I've mentioned before, is a former UK rugby player who has PMP. By all accounts a good dude (though neither a cowboy nor slacker), and is a celebrity of some sort in the UK. 
For the unsophisticated among my readers (or as the British call them, "Americans") MBE is the designation for Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member. "Member" is the basic, lowest status, but still really good. The top two categories, Knight Grand Cross (GBE) or Dame Grand Cross (GBE), and Knight Commander (KBE) or Dame Commander (DBE), confer automatic knighthood. (Yes, I had to look that up.) Prekkie could become a knight, eventually.