I was happy to read today that Anne Reid has been made a MBE although I was rather taken aback that she wasn't at least that already. You'd think being Ken Barlow's wife would have been enough but when you add in Wendolene and Jean in dinnerladies and a host of other excellent performances I really was rather surprised. If I had been given an honour years ago I would have been thrilled (and also puzzled because I haven't actually ever done anything) but now I think I would refuse one. I blame Benjamin Zephaniah for opening my eyes. I am very interested in who have refused one and always disappointed when it turns out they were just waiting for a better one...: however, according to a leaked document, the painter LS Lowry turned down the most honours and I do note that Emma Thompson still hasn't got one (don't let let me down).