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March 29th, 2007

it is done :-) @ 02:00 pm

striped_bouncer:
Official news from u2.com:

29.03.2007
A Knighthood for Bono

In Dublin this morning the British Ambassador, David Reddaway, presented Bono with an honorary knighthood on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work.

‘What a great year for an Irishman to receive an award from Great Britain. ‘ said Bono after receiving the award. ‘The Peace process has proceeded to a conclusion, debt cancellation - started in Great Britain - has put 20 million African children in school, The Happy Mondays and Shaun Ryder have reformed, England's rugby squad entered Croke Park to thunderous applause, silence for God Save The Queen, then the Irish hammered them. I couldn't be more proud.
‘I would like to thank Her Majesty's Ambassador for pinning this award on me in my home town, and the band for not bursting my balloon.’

Family and friends joined Bono for the private ceremony at Glencairn, the Ambassadors residence – Edge and Adam were there along with Guggi and Gavin Friday.

The Ambassador said that the honorary knighthood recognised ‘Bono’s extraordinary and inspirational campaigning to fight global poverty and focus international attention on the plight of Africa; the AIDS pandemic; and the third world debt crisis.’

‘He has played a key role in persuading governments and international institutions to wipe out many of the old debts owed by the poorest countries. We in the UK particularly appreciated his work during our G8 and EU Presidencies in 2005, which we were determined would produce real benefits for Africa.

‘We are delighted that Bono has accepted this honour, and look forward to his continued efforts alongside ours to raise awareness and change policies to improve the lives of the poorest people in the world.’

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From:hbpen
Date:March 29th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Wonder why Larry wasn't there...

*anxious for pics!*
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From:arcmorality
Date:March 29th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
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On holiday, the tv repair man was due today, had an appointment with the dentist? I'm sure people will read more into it than there really is.
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From:arcmorality
Date:March 29th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
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From:striped_bouncer
Date:March 29th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
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wow, thanks for the link :-)
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From:rosephile
Date:March 29th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
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I get a vid of the hostages in Iran...and I can't find a vid related to this! :/
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From:arcmorality
Date:March 29th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Sorry it was only up for a few hours, til sky changed it. It should be allover youtube tomorrow.
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From:rosephile
Date:March 29th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure you're right. :) Thanks.
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From:volare
Date:March 29th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
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wow, weird times. never thought I'd see the day.
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From:corianderstem
Date:March 29th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
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He should hang it around the mic stand on the next tour, a la his Pope rosary.
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From:canadanne
Date:March 29th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)

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About time, too... I want to know when "soon after the New Year" came to mean "almost into April"!

Loved Bono's suggestions for what people can call him, and the anecdote about John being disappointed he wasn't becoming a Jedi. :D

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