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WWW Tim Berners-Lee gets dubbed by Queen

Updated Arise Sir Tim. We've eaten our Shreddies now
Fri Jul 16 2004, 10:13
* UPDATE: 09:57 We had a call from a nice lady from W3C, who like Queen Victoria, is not amused. The PR agency put the release onto the WWW without an embargo notice on it. The investiture hasn't taken place yet. The Queen can continue eating her Shreddies in peace. Business Wire seems set to get a rocket.

A PRESS RELEASE FROM the W3C said that Tim Berners-Lee became Sir Tim Berners-Lee of the domaigne at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

This is odd. We hadn't realised that the Queen had no sooner finished her breakfast of Shreddies than she had to go to the Ballroom and dub Tim and others.

Berners-Lee becomes a Knight Commander of the domaigne, and he said he was humbled by the honour. "The web came about through an ongoing collaboration with my fellow inventors and developers worldwide. Everyone in the Internet community should be recognised by this honor [sic]".

For non-Brits, the Knight Commander is the second most senior rank of the Order of the British Empire. For you scoffers who think we don't have an Empire, earlier on this week our British Parliament, The Mother of All Democracy, reckoned we should drop the "Empire" tag from that "Order".

This morning, someone in the Grauniad suggested that when our Queen lays the sword on someone's shoulder, they should be asked whether they want an OBE or an iPod.

Wish we'd thought of that. µ


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