Friday, January 13, 2006

The inaugural Good Egg Awards

Brought to you by the Nameless Tory and the Moai, it's the first annual Good Egg Awards, in association with the Immigration Service (''Three grand to bugger off home and stop being our problem, no questions asked.').

We all know what a Good Egg is and it is about time that rare and luminous quality was recognised. It seems that someone can hold virtually any political beliefs, do any sort of job, be of high or low birth, and still be a good egg. Good eggedness seems to be independent of many other traits, and all we can put our fingers on is general sense of tremendously likeable, unflappable avuncularity. The Nameless Tory defines it as 'the ability to come up with a glib but charming reply to almost any question/statement and above all an easy, but genuine looking, smile'.

Boris Johnson, Tony Benn and Steven Fry are definitely good eggs. So was Ronnie Barker. I think Jonathan Humphreys may have it. I am not sure if it is necessarily a British thing; I think Clinton might be GE, as may Kelsey Grammer, and definitely Desmond Tutu and John Sentamu (new Archbishop of York, Ugandan). I think women can have it; witness Thora Hird and Dawn French. Brian Blessed appears to personify good eggedness. My just-this-minute-developed theory goes that you would happily buy a drink for a good egg, for example Steven Fry. You would pay not to spend time with a bad egg, for example George Galloway. But anyway, we all know one when we see one.

Nominations open now - please send yours in.


Good Egg (male)

Good Egg (female)

Bad Egg (male)

Bad Egg (female)

Services to Good Eggedness

Posthumous Good Egg Award (for historical figures and the like)

Suggestions please!



Blogger Alan Saunders said...

A posthumous good egg for Peter Cushing please.

9:41 AM  

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