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Discussion in 'off topic' started by George J, Jul 4, 2019.

  1. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    In the New Years Honours list was my cousin, the champion jockey, Richard Johnson.

    Cousin once removed as his father is my real cousin.


    Some people have enough luck to follow their vocation. I see absolutely no reason why a person should be honoured for doing so. Most people work just as hard at occupations that are never recognised. We live in a strange society that seems to put celebrity above good honest work at more mundane occupations.

    I last saw Richard on Christmas Eve 1984 when I picked up my dearly beloved Welsh Collie [six weeks old who lived till 1997 - a marvellous working sheepdog] and have seen his father once since at a funeral.

    Anyone else related to someone famous or notorious?

    Best wishes from George
  2. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    yes, but I'm not telling anyone here :) And she is lovely anyway and would be horrified to be named 'celebrity'.
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  3. cutting42

    cutting42 Heading to Fish Hacker Erg \o/

    Depends on how famous. My brother is quite famous in the folk music world, a 3 time winner of BBC Folk musician of the year.

    His father in law is a KBE and one of the top 100 scientists, Sir Peter Knight.
  4. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    No name dropping thread would be complete without Jack :D
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  5. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    Now science is commendable as a vocation. It is the route of progress towards the sunlight uplands!

    Best wishes from George
  6. rbrown

    rbrown I think therefore I think I am

    My cousin is Nick Brown who set up NikWax. He’s doing very well. I don’t see him very often though as he’s in Kent and we’re in Devon.
  7. farfromthesun

    farfromthesun pfm Member

    Richard Johnson is a great ambassador for the sport, a decent bloke and excellent role model who's been at the top of his game for decades. His honour is justified, in my view.

    In other news, my great auntie is an ex-bond girl (turned down honours).
  8. richgilb

    richgilb Admonishtrator

    Where's Jack Barron?
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  9. richgilb

    richgilb Admonishtrator

    Blast, you beat me.
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  10. bigjonny

    bigjonny pfm Member

    I'll take a guess it's Andy Cutting (username helps ;))
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  11. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    I did not say that Richard is not great. He is. In another time he would have been the longest serving champion jockey of all time, except the great AP McCoy was slightly more successful for so many years!

    BUT I don't see why we celebrate the pursuit of celebrity over simply working just as hard at something more needed but less recognised as being celebrity ...

    We don't gain anything for a great ambassador for sport. Sport is really not a useful thing. Not remotely useful. He has been useful for me, gaining more than the odd pint for my reco' of a horse, because he was riding it and the subsequent bet won! But not a net gain for humanity ...

    Good on your relative turning down the Honour!

    Best wishes from George
  12. richgilb

    richgilb Admonishtrator

    My sister in law was one of the last few to see it through in Doctors To Be on the telly. She is now the columnist doctor Agony Aunt for a teen magazine, the name of which escapes me. Again.

    I have a walk on part in David Putman's Memphis Belle.
  13. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    My Mum's cousin was a decent county cricketer for Somerset and opened for England a few times but it didn't work out, was big mates with Andy Caddick.
  14. Still

    Still he said his naim was ralph

    My hair dresser's milkman used to deliver a pint to Frank Bough's house daily.
  15. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

  16. Ragaman

    Ragaman Mentalist

    Celebrity status can inspire others to follow the same path, nowt wrong with that.

    "Celebrity" & it's accompanying social standing has little to do with someone like the guy you mention who will have little control of this, i doubt he began his career in search of awards & celebrity status. More to do with society's need to aspire to others for personal meaning. This is why the celebrity world keeps chugging along. Many need a shining light to aspire to.

    As for not celebrating hard working individuals, you have either been hiding in a hole since you were born or have little interest in looking deeper into this as many hard working, well meaning folk are celebrated for their achievements, doesn't always need to be a headline in some news paper to matter but it matters to those their work affects & who's lives they enrich. This is reward enough .

    Having said all that I did once sit down for a nice cup of tea with Henry Cooper :D
  17. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    Absolutely bloody no-one
  18. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    lady i used to know had a TV series made based on her , think it was called the vicar of dibley !
  19. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member

    My uncles sister is Sue Pollard (whatever that makes her to me). Last saw her at a family funeral with Doc Martens and a dog collar (no, not that type, a leather studded one!).
  20. Hook

    Hook Blackbeard's former bo'sun.

    Not really a relative, but my Godson’s brother was in Prince’s band for a couple years, and was the house DJ at Paisley Park.
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