The New Year Honours list has been announced. Once again I fail to make an appearance. I really must try harder. Chris Hoy

Amongst those honoured are Chris Hoy and Terry Pratchett.

Pratchett has been honoured for 'Services to Literature', having been awarded an OBE ten years ago.

Chris Hoy has rightly been awarded a Knighthood for services to sport, having won three gold medals in Beijing. Anything less would not have been consistent with previous honours.

I (briefly) met Chris Hoy in September during the London Freewheel 2008, and was most impressed at how he dealt with the limelight.