I remember using the BBC model B and it was a wonderful machine. The first time I ever used it was at Preston Polytechnic and played Elite on it - completely blew me away. BBC BASIC was also a joy to use.
Still think the honours system should be ditched, though.
Earthsea. I have looked through to see if my name was on it and as usual it isn't. I think if I was offered anything I would take great delight in refusing. As you say it is about time it was scrapped.
Not really interested, but you can't avoid it in our class ridden society.
It seems to come earlier and earlier. At one time it was announced on New Year's Day (or the Queen's Official Birthday, as appropriate). Then it became New Year's Eve, presumably so that the hard copy press could compete with electronic news. This year it was even earlier.
Perhaps it will end up like PCA, coming out three months in advance!