Let me say straightaway that I am damn delighted to have been given an OBE, for "services to classical scholarship". You'd have to be a pretty curmudgeonly old soul not to be very tickled.
You'd also have to be oddly unreflective not to wonder for a day or two whether to accept, for all the obvious reasons. Do I really think that an Order of the British EMPIRE is quite what I should be putting my name to? And isnt the whole honours business a bit silly anyway?
Well, yes, it is a bit silly in a way .. but here are the reasons for me accepting and being damn chuffed.