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Ali Ross MBE

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Nice to see that veteran British ski instructor Ali Ross has received an MBE in the New Year's Honours list.
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Congratulations to Ali!
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Crikey. Congratulations Ali! I still have my Ali Ross / Sunday Times Ski Perfect VHS tapes ( from 1995 ?) but sadly no way to play them any more.
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@olderscot, EBay?
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@olderscot, or easy to get them digitised.
Wonder if basic instruction’s changed much?

Congratulations to Ali Ross.
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@rob@rar, well, that's rather excellent.

Doesn't go far enough to erase Duncan Smith or Führage tho.
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Out of interest; for what reason?
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=FrZVLziRNIA&feature=emb_logo
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I have a copy of, “We Learned to Ski”, ... much charmingly dated but the section on savvy skiing still resonates.
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@davidof, my thoughts too, why?
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It will be a lot more complicated than just this link, but it gives you a flavour that Ali has been there from the very early days

https://www.basiinterski.org.uk/the-world-interski-congress-and-basis-national-education-team-why-are-they-important/
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@Markymark29, services to skiing. I mean, what could be more important?!!
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Still trying to perfect those "jet turns" Can't remember which page they were on. Well done Ali.
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As a teenager in the mid 80s, I remember a scene from one of his videos where he stood on a trailer towed by a car in some non descript car park

The car drove in ever tighter circles and as his body adjusted to the forces acting upon it, he adopted the perfect skiing stance.

I think his point was, that anyone could put themselves into a natural skiing stance, be they stood on a trailer, skiing down Trolles or riding the no6 bus home.

His books and videos played a big part in my early skiing education.

He spent a lot of time in Tignes (he might still be there) and as a young hungover seasonaire I shared a few early morning rides on the Aeroski with him but I was regretfully too starstruck to have a chat with him.
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@1 guest, I saw him last week in Tignes, as ever a big smile and a cheery wave.

Still can't keep up with him on the slopes. Very Happy
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davidof wrote:
Out of interest; for what reason?
At a guess, I'd say (long) service to the (British) ski instruction industry. Most probably nominated by people connected with BASI, and the relevant Cabinet Office selection committee felt he met their criteria. An M feels about right to me, an O would have been a bit generous. Although if Elton John is deemed worthy of an OM who knows these days...
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@rob@rar,
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Although if Elton John is deemed worthy of an OM who knows these days...

That really did take me aback. Shocked
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@rob@rar, So what did IDS get? And what do we have to call him now?
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@AL9000, a cûnt?
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@under a new name, Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Oh come on. He introduced the wonderful Universal Credit. It's been a huge success, improving the lives of so many. It may even be fit for purpose by 2119
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davidof wrote:
Out of interest; for what reason?
At a guess, I'd say (long) service to the (British) ski instruction industry. Most probably nominated by people connected with BASI, and the relevant Cabinet Office selection committee felt he met their criteria. An M feels about right to me, an O would have been a bit generous. Although if Elton John is deemed worthy of an OM who knows these days...


Listed in weekend papers I can only find Alan Ross, listed under MBE and "for services to Ballymena community" so not sure if I'm looking in the correct place or if that is the same person?

We've got a couple of Ali Ross ski books in the house library too Very Happy
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Apart from his contribution to music, Elton John has championed 23 different charities, including the AIDS Foundation he started. That last one alone has raised over £300m. He was also awarded the French Legion of Honour, so they must think he’s not bad too.

Now will the REAL Ali Ross please stand up?
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Listed in weekend papers I can only find Alan Ross, listed under MBE and "for services to Ballymena community" so not sure if I'm looking in the correct place or if that is the same person?

We've got a couple of Ali Ross ski books in the house library too Very Happy


I read the peanutski article but am not any clearer as to why he got his MBE, generally, if you are a member of the hoi-polloi, you have to do a bit more than being a ski instructor for a few years or being a "nice bloke" as I think Martin Bell said. For example enabling handicapped children to enjoy skiing, that kind of thing that take a bit more effort. So I'm sure there is a bit more to his MBE.


Having said all that Bradley Wiggins was honoured partly for his charitable work and if press reports can be believed (who knows these days?) one of his charities was a tax scam (cup) and the Bradley Wiggins Foundation gave money to his son and mates. So charitable work isn't always all it seems.
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davidof wrote:
Out of interest; for what reason?
At a guess, I'd say (long) service to the (British) ski instruction industry. Most probably nominated by people connected with BASI, and the relevant Cabinet Office selection committee felt he met their criteria. An M feels about right to me, an O would have been a bit generous. Although if Elton John is deemed worthy of an OM who knows these days...


They actually gave him a CH which is one step down from an OM
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In the MBE list - Alasdair Anderson ROSS Skiing Instructor. For services to Skiing (Ross and Cromarty)
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Rabbie wrote:
They actually gave him a CH which is one step down from an OM
Thanks. Much more appropriate.
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Nothing to do with charitable giving, apparently. An interesting list.
https://simple.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Companions_of_Honour
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Nothing to do with charitable giving


charitable work... that is: working for some cause not just digging into your pocket.

As for Ali Ross, I don't know him so am still none the wiser why someone would be awarded this award in general.

The only person I know personally who won an award in the UK was Helen Brotherton, who was active in conservation and this is why she was awarded.
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@davidof, I meant that, according to the intro to the list, the award of CH has nothing to do with charity at all. It seems to be for being above averagely good at your job, I think, which is what a lot oof the minor awards are for as well. The system is inevitably capricious and inconsistent.


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@davidof, I meant that, according to the intro to the list, the award of CH has nothing to do with charity at all. It seems to be for being above averagely good at your job, I think.


Okay, thanks. Interesting.

I guess, like most people, I've never really understood the whole thing. Still you wouldn't want to be honoured this year and have your address splashed all over the Internet.
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@davidof, sorry, I edited my post while you were posting. Personally I wouldn't want to be honoured at all, let alone as part of this year's fiasco.
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I nominate @admin for services to solo skiing. Or should that be solo skiers not skiing alone.
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I nominate @admin for services to solo skiing. Or should that be solo skiers not skiing alone.


Well, why not?
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@GlasgowCyclops, happy birthday! Toofy Grin
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@Hurtle, Thanks Agent K. Happy
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Out of interest; for what reason?


Services to expensive middle-class sports (skiing).
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Classy! Laughing
Indeed, a worthy knight of the age.
He needs a song of his own.


http://youtube.com/v/BZwuTo7zKM8
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I think you mixed up the first 2 digits there.
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