Queen's birthday honours
Salman Rushdie, who spent years in hiding after a fatwa was issued against him, has been given a knighthood for services to literature. Rushdie's latest novel, Shalimar The Clown, was long-listed for the Booker, but Midnight's Children is still widely regarded as his greatest work.Rushdie gets a knighthood while Eavis just gets a bloody CBE. Go figure.
His literary career began inauspiciously in advertising, where he came up with the cream cakes slogan "naughty but nice". The Glastonbury mastermind Mike Eavis was also honoured. The 71-year-old Methodist dairy farmer, who established the music festival in 1970, has always shunned establishment values. But now the anti-nuclear campaigner has been created a CBE for services to music.