Olympic boxer Anthony Joshua and Watford Grammar head Helen Hyde honoured by Queen

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Watford born Olympic boxing champion Anthony Joshua and headteacher at Watford Grammar School for Girls Helen Hyde have both been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Joshua, the Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medallist, was made an MBE, while Mrs Hyde becomes Dame Helen for her services to education.

There was also a knighthood for Dr Hossein Yassaie, of Kings Langley, chief executive of Imagination Technologies Group, for services to Technology and Innovation.

David Munns, of Rickmansworth, chairman of the board of governors, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, received an OBE for services to the music industry and charity.

There was also an MBE for David Arnold, of Bushey Heath, for services to the criminal justice system. Mr Arnold is chairman of the London Lay Observers Panel for Prisoner Escort and Custody Services.

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5:35pm Sat 29 Dec 12

jen72523 says...

well done joshua
well done joshua jen72523
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5:54pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Razor Sharp says...

Joshua was brilliant, as we're the gymnastic teams. As for track, that goes without saying.
Joshua was brilliant, as we're the gymnastic teams. As for track, that goes without saying. Razor Sharp
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12:51pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Mohandas says...

Well done to Helen Hyde and Anthony Joshua for all their hard work and the dignified manner in which they have conducted themselves. Wat FC are really pleased to have use of WGSG parking facilities and I'm sure the funds help the school in these tough times.Having been lucky to have seen both of you in action the one thing that stood out was your humility and your dedication to your duty and wider responsibilities.
Well done to Helen Hyde and Anthony Joshua for all their hard work and the dignified manner in which they have conducted themselves. Wat FC are really pleased to have use of WGSG parking facilities and I'm sure the funds help the school in these tough times.Having been lucky to have seen both of you in action the one thing that stood out was your humility and your dedication to your duty and wider responsibilities. Mohandas
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5:44pm Wed 2 Jan 13

theturpster says...

I find it rather sad, that only 3 posts of congratulations have been received and that ONLY one congratulates Mrs Hyde, who during her profession has selflessly improved the lives of others. These awards are being handed out like sweets now unfortunately and sports people (who lets face it only enrich their own lives from their performances). No disrespect to Mr Joshua, who is good in his chosen field, but it these awards should go to those that have given a LIFETIME effort to make lives better for others in education, health and caring.
I find it rather sad, that only 3 posts of congratulations have been received and that ONLY one congratulates Mrs Hyde, who during her profession has selflessly improved the lives of others. These awards are being handed out like sweets now unfortunately and sports people (who lets face it only enrich their own lives from their performances). No disrespect to Mr Joshua, who is good in his chosen field, but it these awards should go to those that have given a LIFETIME effort to make lives better for others in education, health and caring. theturpster
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7:11pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Mohandas says...

You are absolutely spot on as regards Helen Hyde. Much more effort has to be made of the unsung heroes, the quiet volunteers who work to create a fairer society, of this country who do not seek the limelight and do not think of themselves as the great and the good. These people do not enjoy the trappings of power and are often on a lifetime of low wages. Has humbleness no place in Great Britian today?
You are absolutely spot on as regards Helen Hyde. Much more effort has to be made of the unsung heroes, the quiet volunteers who work to create a fairer society, of this country who do not seek the limelight and do not think of themselves as the great and the good. These people do not enjoy the trappings of power and are often on a lifetime of low wages. Has humbleness no place in Great Britian today? Mohandas
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10:15pm Wed 2 Jan 13

theturpster says...

Mohandas wrote:
You are absolutely spot on as regards Helen Hyde. Much more effort has to be made of the unsung heroes, the quiet volunteers who work to create a fairer society, of this country who do not seek the limelight and do not think of themselves as the great and the good. These people do not enjoy the trappings of power and are often on a lifetime of low wages. Has humbleness no place in Great Britian today?
Agree 100% there. Sportsmen and women can achieve a gold medal, multi million pound sponsorships and some do reach celebrity status. I won't begrudge them that at all. Public in general do need to show admiration and respect to the more forgotten roles in life.

Take for instance the recent story today of gratitude shown to Watford General staff by an individual who had taken ill over the holidays. Last time i checked, no comments added. Put a sport headline in and bang, guarantee you'll get over 50 comments of vacuous nonsense on each.

Media and tech seems to be the root cause, by continuously posting doom and gloom (does misery make the best stories?)

So W.O could we have more cheer in 2013 please, recognise those that have done good things which are oh so easily overlooked? We can only hope!
[quote][p][bold]Mohandas[/bold] wrote: You are absolutely spot on as regards Helen Hyde. Much more effort has to be made of the unsung heroes, the quiet volunteers who work to create a fairer society, of this country who do not seek the limelight and do not think of themselves as the great and the good. These people do not enjoy the trappings of power and are often on a lifetime of low wages. Has humbleness no place in Great Britian today?[/p][/quote]Agree 100% there. Sportsmen and women can achieve a gold medal, multi million pound sponsorships and some do reach celebrity status. I won't begrudge them that at all. Public in general do need to show admiration and respect to the more forgotten roles in life. Take for instance the recent story today of gratitude shown to Watford General staff by an individual who had taken ill over the holidays. Last time i checked, no comments added. Put a sport headline in and bang, guarantee you'll get over 50 comments of vacuous nonsense on each. Media and tech seems to be the root cause, by continuously posting doom and gloom (does misery make the best stories?) So W.O could we have more cheer in 2013 please, recognise those that have done good things which are oh so easily overlooked? We can only hope! theturpster
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1:19pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Mohandas says...

You have got my vote. Great idea

theturpster says...
10:15pm Wed 2 Jan 13

'So W.O could we have more cheer in 2013 please, recognise those that have done good things which are oh so easily overlooked? We can only hope!'

There is much hypocrisy out there and WO could be a great campaigning paper for change.
You have got my vote. Great idea theturpster says... 10:15pm Wed 2 Jan 13 'So W.O could we have more cheer in 2013 please, recognise those that have done good things which are oh so easily overlooked? We can only hope!' There is much hypocrisy out there and WO could be a great campaigning paper for change. Mohandas
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