Queen honors ‘The Crown’ actress Olivia Colman

Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman will perform Queen Elizabeth II in the series “The Crown.” (AFP)
Updated 08 June 2019
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Queen honors ‘The Crown’ actress Olivia Colman

  • Colman, 45, was awarded the CBE by the sovereign to mark her 93rd birthday
  • Colman won this year’s best actress Academy Award for her role as Queen Anne in “The Favourite”

LONDON: Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman, who will play Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown,” was honored by the monarch on Saturday for her services to British drama.
Colman, 45, was awarded the CBE by the sovereign to mark her 93rd birthday, which is officially celebrated in Britain on the second Saturday in June.
Colman headed a list of stars — and everyday heroes — made commanders (CBE), officers (OBE) or regular members (MBE) of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the main order of chivalry.
“I’m totally thrilled, delighted and humbled to be in the company of these incredible people, most of whom have been nowhere near as visible as I have, but should be — and hopefully now will be,” she said.
Colman won this year’s best actress Academy Award for her role as Queen Anne in “The Favourite” and will next portray Queen Elizabeth in season three of “The Crown.”
Of playing the two, she said: “I find the harder is Queen Elizabeth because everyone knows what she looks like, everyone knows what she sounds like,” she said.
“I am loving trying to play her.”
TV adventurer Bear Grylls, who also leads the Scouts in Britain, was made an OBE for his services to young people.
Author Lee Child, whose action hero Jack Reacher has been played on screen by Tom Cruise, received the CBE, as did fellow novelist Joanna Trollope.
Sarah Waters, famed for her raunchy novels featuring lesbian protagonists, including “Tipping The Velvet,” was made an OBE.
In the world of music, singers Elvis Costello and Feargal Sharkey were both given the OBE, accepting establishment endorsements far from their punk roots.
Songwriter Mitch Murray received the CBE.
He penned UK number one hits including “How Do You Do It?,” “I Like It” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde,” along with US number ones “I’m Telling You Now” and “The Night Chicago Died.”
In sport, there were CBEs for former Manchester United chief executive David Gill and Philip Brook, the outgoing chairman of the All England Club which hosts the Wimbledon tennis championships.
Tony Allcock, the 17-times world bowls champion, received the OBE.
Scotland cricket captain Kyle Coetzer, former marathon world record holder Steve Jones, and the reigning Women’s British Open golf champion Georgia Hall were given the MBE.
Boyd Tunnock, 86, who in 1956 invented Scotland’s cherished Tunnock’s Teacake chocolate-coated marshmallow and biscuit snack, was knighted.
“I’ll just have to make sure I live long enough to get used to it,” the new Sir Boyd said.
Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the Confederation of British Industry main business lobby group, was made a dame — the female equivalent of a knighthood.
Comedian and presenter Griff Rhys Jones received an OBE.
The British honors system rewards individuals’ bravery, service or achievement in their field.
Nimco Ali and Doctor Leyla Hussein, who were both victims of female genital mutilation as children, were given OBEs for their efforts in combating the practice.
Seven Holocaust survivors received the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Holocaust education.
Some 1,073 people were on the birthday honors list, 75 percent of whom were rewarded for outstanding work in their local communities.
The oldest recipient was John Haymen, 100, while the youngest was 17-year-old Richard Collins. They both received the BEM for community services.


Suspected World War II bomb blasts crater in German field

Updated 24 June 2019
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Suspected World War II bomb blasts crater in German field

  • The explosion left a 10-meter wide and four-meter deep hole
  • About 10 percent of the millions of bombs dropped on Germany during World War II did not explode

BERLIN: A bomb likely dating to World War II exploded in a field in western Germany leaving a huge crater but no injuries, police said Monday.
The explosion left a 10-meter (33 feet) wide and four-meter deep hole after residents in Limburg, heard a loud noise and felt the earth shake at 0352 (0152 GMT) on Sunday morning.
“The crater was examined on Monday by an explosive ordnance clearance service to find possible fragments,” a police spokesman told AFP.
“The area was used for target practice during the Second World War,” he added.
A bomb disposal service spokesman said it was “highly possible” WW II ordnance was involved.
A local government spokesman in the nearby city of Darmstadt told German daily Bild it was believed the bomb had a chemical-based delayed timer which could have finally eroded.
Nearly 75 years after the end of war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, a legacy of the Allied bombing campaign against Nazi Germany.
Earlier this month, a 100-kilo (220-pound) US bomb from the war, discovered during building work near a shopping complex, was defused in central Berlin after the evacuation of around 3,000 people.
According to experts, 10 percent of the millions of bombs dropped on Germany during the conflict did not explode.