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Sun 3 Apr - Oliviers, Royal Opera House, London
Wed 13 Apr - V&A press launch "Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear" exhibition (to Sun 12 Mar 2017).
Thu 14 Apr - "Crinoline" press launch, South London.
Sat 16 Apr - Release "One Voice" (A Dog Named Gucci version) for Record Store Day. READ MORE
Tue 19 Apr - Toppings & Bath Fashion 'Crinoline' book event, Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH. 7.30pm for 8.
Tue 26 Apr - Amazing Grace launch Attlee Suite Portcullis House, London. 10am to 12pm,
Wed 27 Apr - V&A Brian May, Denis Pellerin & Prof Lynda Nead: Crinolines - 6.30-7.30pm. Tickets
Fri 13 May - LBGT Awards (nominated)
Mon 13 June - Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2016
Jun 27 - 2 July - Starmus, Tenerife, Canary Islands.
- Spring '17 - publication of Brian May "'Queen in 3-D" stereo book
- Brian May and Kerry Ellis "Anthems II" album.
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**Wed 20 Apr 16**
Celebrities from the world of movies, TV, music and sport have "loosened up" and ditched their ties, as well as other fashion accessories and items, in aid of Cahonas Scotland to help in the battle of raising awareness of Male Cancers.
Brian May has donated a signed, worn tie and signed photo.
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**Wed 20 Apr 16**
The Queen guitarist has something important to say in this European Space Agency video released today.
The European Space Agency hasn’t been shy about its overwhelming interest in asteroids — particularly when it comes to the safety of Earth and its inhabitants. I mean, the agency is sponsoring a day in June dedicated to talking about asteroids and spreading awareness about the potential for one of those big-ass rocks to slam into us and kill us off.
The ESA doesn’t just want to talk about asteroids, however. It wants to learn more. It wants to work to save us from impending doom. In a new video posted to YouTube, the ESA takes a moment to explain its Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM), which will send a probe out to study a double asteroid system for the first time ever. To launch in 2020 and arrive in 2022, the AIM probe would spend about six months collecting surface and structural data regarding a 180-meter-wide asteroid and learning more about the internal and external composition of such rocks.
Naturally, they’ve enlisted astrophysicist and Queen guitarist Brian May to help promote this work.
“Why is this important?” May asks in the video. “Why do we want to rendezvous with an asteroid? Well we need to know what would happen if one of those asteroids hit the earth.”
The purpose of AIM isn’t just to learn more about asteroids for the sake of science. The real goal is to understand the kinetic effects that occur when something crashes into a rocket zipping around space. AIM is simply the first step — the next is the NASA-led Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), in which another spacecraft slams into the asteroid and tries to change its orbit.
Changing an asteroid’s trajectory is exactly the type of thing NASA and others would hope to do in a situation where an asteroid threatens Earth. The asteroid might be impacted by DART and change orbit. Or it might simply defect the little bugger and keep on its own path.
“We need to know,” says May.
**Wed 20 Apr 16**
Dr Brian May’s Save Me Trust and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue are launching a new campaign #AmazingGrace aimed at raising public awareness of the plight of our nation’s favourite wild animal, the hedgehog.
#AmazingGrace Saving Britain’s Hedgehogs Launch Event Details:
**Tue 19 Apr 16**
"CRINOLINE" LAUNCH PRESS
The Press had Brian's "Crinoline" launch well covered.
The Times Literary Supplement graced the "Crinoline" launch with their presence....
**Tue 19 Apr 16**
BRIAN MAY - CRINOLINES: DEATH ON TWO LEGS
THE TIMES DIARY
Brian May, the guitarist with Queen, takes himself very seriously. As well as having a PhD in astrophysics and being an animal rights activist, he likes to collect stereophotography, a Victorian form of 3D viewing. May has just cowritten a book on the subject, focusing on images of women in crinolines. He said at the launch that the stiff petticoats were responsible for 300 fatalities.
“There was even one case of a woman who took a stroll near the cliff and was swept off her feet to an untimely death,” May said. A Queen fan in the audience at the launch was unable to resist on hearing that and shouted: “Another one bites the dust.” May fixed him with an icy stare. Maybe he’d have preferred Fat Bottomed Girls.
**Mon 18 Apr 16**
WESTERN DAILY PRESS
Queen legend and Dorset animal rights campaigner Brian May has changed his mind about his dream of playing the Glastonbury Festival – and instead would refuse to appear because of the badger cull.
The badger cull activist has consistently spoken of his desire to play Britain's biggest music festival – he's never appeared with Queen or as a solo performer – and as recently as last May was confirming he would love a new Queen line up with American Idol winner Adam Lambert to appear at Worthy Farm.
Back in 2009, Mr May spoke of how much he wanted to perform alongside Robert Plant, after the Led Zeppelin frontman was touted for a Worthy Farm appearance.
But now the badger cull has changed all that. Earlier this week, Mr May told the Evening Standard that he'd fallen out of love with Glastonbury because of the badger cull.
Festival founder and champion dairy farmer Michael Eavis is, like almost all cattle farmers, supportive of the cull of badgers by the Government in a bid to curtail the spread of bovine TB. The dairy farm context for Worthy Farm has already put paid to any hopes veteran animal rights campaigner Morrissey would make an appearance any time soon, and the badger cull means Mr May would give it a miss too, if he were ever asked.
"I have a problem with the organisers' attitude to animals because of the badger cull," said the guitarist,"so I wouldn't get involved with them."
Queen have never played Glastonbury – they were way to mainstream stadium rock during their heyday in the 1980s – although the band did play the controversial Sun City venue in apartheid South Africa in 1984 and were blacklisted by the UN and fined by the British Musicians' Union.
Singer Freddie Mercury's death in 1991 put paid to any appearances during the 1990s, and a resurrected band called Queen + Paul Rodgers, with the former Free singer were never asked during the 2000s.
**Fri 15 Apr 16**
Book explores one of fashion’s most recognised garments and draws on Queen guitarist’s collection of Victorian photography
It took a while before the Queen guitarist Brian May realised he had acquired a lot of photographs of Victorian women in their underwear – an entire book’s worth, in fact.
“Anyone who spends a lot of time looking at stereoscopes is going to come upon crinolines,” he explained.
May owns one of the largest private collections of Victorian photography in the world, including a vast assembly of stereoscopes from the 19th-century craze for double photographs which, through the special viewers, created startlingly convincing 3D images. While other guitar heroes were wrecking hotel rooms or setting fire to their instruments, from the time he dropped out of his astrophysics course to tour with Queen, May was diving into junk shops and rooting through boxes of old photographs.
The craze for stereoscopes precisely overlapped with the craze for the vast hooped undergarments made of light strips of wood or cloth or sprung steel that meant a fashionably dressed woman took up as much space as a billiard table. One of the first sets of photographs sold for the luxury drawing room toys of 1867 was titled Mysteries of the Crinoline.
It was May’s fellow author Denis Pellerin who convinced him there was a (fairly) serious history to be written, and the result is their book Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster.
Many of the images mock the women having to be helped into their huge skirts by circles of servants, and then getting stuck in doors or blown off their feet when they ventured out, or being forced to shed the crinolines before boarding a horse-drawn omnibus, or lift them up to cope with steps, revealing an expanse of ankle.
However, May said many Victorian women loved the new fashion, which was lighter and more comfortable than the previous layers of petticoats, and made them feel more powerful, literally taking up more space in the world. His wife, Anita Dobson, and daughter Emily, who modelled replica Victorian outfits for the book launch, said they felt and moved differently in the bell-like gowns.
Pellerin said the “disaster” of the title was also historically true: hundreds of women died as their huge skirts brushed against an open fire or a candle and burst into flames, or were blown into water or under the wheels of traffic. However, there were also stories of women who had fallen or thrown themselves from bridges and were parachuted gently down and kept afloat by their skirts.
The book comes with notes from 20th century re-inventers of the fashion, the designers Zandra Rhodes and Vivienne Westwood, and some of the original photographs are on display at the V&A museum exhibition on underwear.
The book is the fourth published by May’s London Stereoscopic Company based on his enormous collection. Since the beautiful original mahogany and brass viewers now cost a fortune at auction, each volume also includes the plastic viewers he had designed and manufactured to allow others to share his passion.
**Fri 15 Apr 16**
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Brian May and photo historian Denis Pellerin present the book 'Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster', a visually striking 3D exploration of one of fashion’s most recognised garments.
Featuring contributions from leading fashion designers Dame Vivienne Westwood and Dame Zandra Rhodes, it has been published to coincide with the Undressed: 350 Years Of Underwear exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A Museum).
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**Fri 15 Apr 16**
Brian spoke out on on the issue yesterday at Crinoline Book launch...
Queen guitarist Brian May has spoken out about the gap between the rich and poor in society, calling it “appalling”. Speaking at the South London launch for his latest book, the musician praised Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert for his “vision” and endeavours to make a better society.
Written alongside Denis Pellerin, Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster is a visually striking 3D exploration of one of fashion’s most recognised garments.Featuring contributions from leading fashion designers Dame Vivienne Westwood and Dame Zandra Rhodes, it has been published to coincide with the Undressed: 350 Years Of Underwear exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A Museum).
Asked how he felt to have the endorsement of such renowned fashion figures, the 68-year-old hailed their “great enthusiasm".
Photo historian Denis revealed their research also led them to the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition in London. “Once Brian was won over, and he saw it was a good idea, everything was very easy,” the Frenchman said. “We were also lucky to be allowed to photograph one of Alexander McQueen’s crinolines in the exhibition at the V&A last year so everything fell into place.”
London-born Brian said he does not consider himself “a fashionable person. I kind of react against fashion because I regarded it as conformity and I don’t like conformity, I like individualism. But to look back on how fashion has influenced people sociologically is a fascinating thing and this is what I’ve discovered on this journey.”
Brian is passionate about stereo photography, a Victorian fad in which two flat images are fused in a special viewer to produce a scene in 3D. Each copy of Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster, which is out now, is accompanied by his patent 3D viewer called the OWL. It allows readers to see the Victorian-era illustrations included in the book in another dimension.
**Thu 14 Apr 16**
Cutting Vinyl for "One Voice" - https://youtu.be/ZPuKGzeW2rE
Produced by Dean Falcone, Recorded by Pat DiCenso at Q Division, Greg DiCrosta Firehouse 12. Mixed by Michael Brauer at Electric Lady, Mastered by Andy VanDette at Engine Room Audio. Vinyl cut at Taloowa by Andy VanDette.
All proceeds will be donated to animal charities
**Wed 13 Apr 16**
A glittering event Wednesday 13 April "Underwear: A Brief History of Underwear" exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
**Wed 13 Apr 16**
From June 27 to July 2, under the unique stellar sky of the islands of Tenerife and La Palma, in the Canary Islands, “the third edition of Starmus will bring together scientific authorities and the brightest minds in the world to help experts, lovers and those curious about science, to venture into the great enigmas, threats, discoveries and curiosities to which we are exposed today, we realize it or not," said Garik Israel ian, astrophysicist and founder-director of Starmus.
Throughout the week-long Festival, with the presence of twelve Nobel laureates and scientific researchers, Professor Stephen Hawking will present his insights regarding the progress of artificial intelligence and the search for life on other planets. "We do not know the possibi l i t ies of l ife on other planets, maybe we are the only intel l igent beings in the galaxy and there is the frightening possibi l ity that technology exceeds the human race," said Professor Hawking.
With the Professor Stephen Hawking, other six experts, world-renowned speakers on global issues, will present their research and analysis: cybersecurity (by Eugene Kaspersky); global warming (by Chris Rapley); artificial intelligence (by Peter Schwartz); man-machine relationship (by Danny Hillis); the threat from asteroids (by Rusty Schweickart) and the evolution of the global economy (by Joseph Stiglitz).
About cybersecurity. We all have a seemingly safe online life, apparently under control. But is it really so? Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of IT security giant Kaspersky Lab, said: “The world today relies heavily on various digital and networked equipment. In our daily life we increasingly depend on ‘smart’ devices – from phones to cars and homes. But in this dependency lies a problem: most of the software that runs this digital ecosystem is vulnerable to cyberattacks. Much of it was developed without security in mind. We have built a digital world that offers unprecedented speed and ease of communication and doing business. At the same time tough it is based on the very shaky foundations of insecure computer code.” Dark Ages of Cyber Security is the title of Mr. Kaspersky’s talk in the Festival in which, largely, he will develop this reflection.
Interest in the economy and its evolution has transcended the circles of experts and has showed up in our everyday conversations, especially since 2008, when the world was shaken by the changing economic cycle. "Surprised?", Professor Joseph Stiglitz will ask the audience during his talk Growing inequality: Laws of Nature or Laws of Men?. "We shouldn't be. Such cataclysmic events have been part of capitalism from the start. Markets on their own are neither efficient nor stable. And the way markets have been restructured in recent decades has led to lower growth and more instability, with all the benefits of the limited growth that does occur going to a very few at the top", said Mr. Stiglitz.
The Climate Summit held in Paris in late 2015, revealed the high risk for our planet to the effects of climate change and the consequences of inaction were discussed by 195 countries present there. But to what extent? Chris Rapley, doctor in Astronomy, now a Professor of Climate Science at The University College of London and from 2014 Chairman of the European Space Agency Director General’s High Level Science Policy Advisory Committee (ESA), he is one of the leading researchers in Europe in climate change. In Starmus III, during his talk Climate Change; What Future will Create?, he will present the current situation on this issue.
Although for a number of years we have been hearing about developments in artificial intelligence, 2016 will mark its definitive take-off. Peter Schwartz, a renowned futurist and business strategist, will approach during his exposure Scenarios for the future of Artificial Intelligence: Will the dream become a nightmare?, at which point we are. Also, on this matter, Danny Hil l is, mathematician, engineer and above all, lover of the relationship between technology and man, will address in his talk The Age of Entaglement, the always intriguing subject of whether the machine will exceed humans.
Closing the circle, Rusty Schweickart, former lunar module pilot on the Apollo 9 mission and former Chairman of B612 Foundation, dedicated to the challenge of preventing asteroid impacts with Earth, will present in his talk entitled Reflections on Fifteen Years of Planetary Defense, his thoughts after spend the last 15 years in developing a global planetary defense capability. It have led him to the conclusion that “while great progress has been made, the long term ultimate challenge in preventing a future devastating asteroid impact will not be technological, but geopolitical", Mr. Schweickart said.
Starmus Festival was born with the aim of making the most universal science and art accessible to the public. The Festival brings together the brightest minds from astronomy, prominent space travellers, astrophysicists and stargazers with tech business leaders and creative industries thinkers to debate the future of humanity. After two ground-breaking editions in 2011 and 2014, gathering together the most important representatives of these fields, such as the astronaut Neil Armstrong and Professor Stephen Hawking. In this new edition, the Starmus III program will include the participation of twelve Nobel laureates in disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Astronomy, along with other guests of great prestige. In addition to the lectures, another of the highlights will be the ‘Ask Hawking’ segment which, as in the previous edition, will enable members of the public to pose questions to the great scientific.
For Further Information:
**Tue 12 Apr 16**
Brian May contributes to the May 2016 issue of "Practical Photography" magazine, and, with Denis Pellerin, offers a 'Learn Photography Now' video tutorial, included with Print and iPad editions....
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PRACTICAL PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE
**Sun 10 Apr 16**
Brian May talks to Kevin Hughes about the Freddie Mercury movie - on the Red Carpet at the Oliviers....
BRIAN MAY: I would still like it to be Ben Wishaw, you know, but ultimately Graham King presses all the buttons. You know, he’s the producer in the end. He’s our producer and has been all along. And everybody thinks it’s been a long time, but, yes, it has to be ‘cause this one has to be right. We get one shot to make the Freddie movie and this is it, you know, so it has to be right.
Contrary to rumours you may hear out there, you know, we’re not going to side step anything. When did we ever. So it will be a movie that tells the truth as much as can be done, and it will be entertaining, as Freddie would require. You know, Freddie wouldn’t want to do anything that was mundane or boring or whatever, you know, so it will have every dimension to it, hopefully.
KEVIN HUGHES: How's the script looking, Brian?
I like the present script. That’s all I can say really, yeah. But it is taking a while, and I think that’s probably all to the good. You have to turn over every stone.
"We Will Rock You II", Brian. Any news?
I would love to do it, but we’re not really in agreement in the production team about how we do "We Will Rock You II", so it's still sitting there. It’s a very good script I think, and we need to get "We Will Rock You I" back up as well you know, so there’s a whole lot of things to look at.
Isle of Wight Festival, that’s going to be a big one, yeah?
It is a big one, yeah. We’ve never done it before and it’s a great challenge to do it GREAT. You know, we’re all aware of the legacy that we’re stepping into from The Who and Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan and stuff, you know. Fantastic to do it.
You want Adam to bring his wellies?
[Laughs] Adam hasn't done that before. I can’t see Adam in wellington boots somehow. I can’t quite see it. [laughs].
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**Sun 10 Apr 16**
Fascinating interview with Brian May, touching on many subjects...
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One by one Queen’s legendary axe man buries them: Sacha Baron Cohen? ‘He’s an a***.’ David Cameron? ‘Shocking, awful.’ And Donald Trump? ‘I’d do anything to stop him.’ And you thought Brian May was a gentle badger fancier! Plug yourself in for an electric interview. Continues ...
Brian is also known for his views on politics and animal rights. During the general election campaign, David Cameron is said to have used the Queen hit One Vision to motivate his team.
Referring to this, he said: “I certainly didn’t give permission for that. Don’t put me down as anti-Tory but you can put me down as anti-Cameron. I think we’re in a shocking, awful, awful, awful state, and it’s getting worse.”
Adele recently asked Donald Trump not to use her music in his presidential campaign. Asked if he could stop Trump from using Queen’s anthems... “I would love to stop him. I’d love to stop him any way I can. Give him enough rope and he’ll probably hang himself. Let’s hope.”
[Caption: BRIAN MAY:"‘A crinoline gave women space and attracted attention."]
EXTRACT: ‘It would also allow the occasional flash of ankle. To see a Victorian woman’s ankles was considered scandalous. The crinoline would swish and give the occasional glimpse. It was very titillating. There was a tragic side of the crinoline too. ‘It killed literally thousands because it’s highly flammable, and the shape inhibited movement away from any danger, so if one went up they all went up.’
He and wife Anita Dobson threw an Easter party for relatives and it wasn’t long before the crinolines were flying. ‘It’s strange how much fun it is. You can see people get lit up by wearing them, swirling and swaying around.’
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**Tue 05 Apr 16**
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**Mon 04 Apr 16**
The actress has given an insight into her 16-year marriage to the legendary guitarist and said: "Brian and I have ups and downs like every marriage does"
Ex-Eastenders star Anita Dobson has admitted that her 16 year marriage to Queen rocker Brian May is “hard work” and she has had to give up her independence.
The actress, 66, who has been married to the guitarist, 68, for 16 years, revealed that the couple have had their ups and downs.
She told the Mirror: “There’s no secret it’s hard work. Even though Brian’s the love of my life and he’s absolutely adorable it’s not easy and we have to work at it. But because we love each other and keep working at it, it pays off. Brian and I have ups and downs like every marriage does, although he’s a legend he’s still inside an ordinary man and I have got to remember that once we get inside the door it’s just us two.
“Whatever is going on outside in the world we can deal with once we go back outside but when we’re indoors it’s just the two of us and we do have to make compromises. I’ve had to give up a little bit of my independence but because Brian loves me he allows me to be me and that’s the trick you should allow the person to be themselves. It is hard sometimes because allowing the person to be themselves can be pretty infuriating.”
Anita, who played tempestuous Queen Vic landlady Angie Watts on the BBC1 soap in the 80s, added she does not see herself returning to the soap as most of her old castmates are dead. It comes as popular soap veterans Ross Kemp and Barbara Windsor make a comeback this year.
Speaking at the Olivier theatre awards in London on Sunday night she said: “I can’t really go back now I wouldn’t know anyone because most of the people are dead. A lot of people are going back and it’s creating a snowball effect of well-loved characters returning because it’s good for the series. And in fact if that’s what they want then I think good for them. It’s sort of blended itself in, but I’m worried the world is changing very fast now and don’t know whether soaps like EastEnders can keep up with that.”
**Mon 04 Apr 16**
HOLD TIGHT, BECAUSE THE MOST METAL AWARDS SHOW IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE IS BACK AND HEAVIER THAN EVER!
**Sun 03 Apr 16**
Queen icon Brian May and wife, Anita Dobson, spoke to press on the red carpet at the Olivier Awards.
**Sat 02 Apr 16**
Stereoscopy, music, astronomy, animals... is there a subject the legendary Queen guitarist Brian May hasn’t mastered? We caught up about his latest project, a book about the humble crinoline.
“Everybody seems to think I’m a rock star,” says Brian May, chuckling. “It comes at me in odd ways. I was at dinner with my daughter the other day and having some trouble deciding what to eat. She said, ‘Dad, you’re a rock star, you can have whatever you want.’ I take it all with a pinch of salt, to be honest.”
Softly spoken, thoughtful and unfailingly humble, it’s true that Brian the man can be hard to reconcile with Brian May the icon. And yet an icon he is: consistently voted one of the world’s best guitarists, he was a founding member of Queen, has toured the world for the past four decades and sold upwards of 200 million records. Throughout, of course, he’s also maintained the same iconic hair.
However, as a self-confessed “person of too many passions”, you could argue that the rock-star moniker actually undersells Brian. His latest venture is certainly an atypical side project for a musician.
Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster is a beautiful tome released in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear Fashion” exhibition.
It’s his fourth published work of this nature and an outlet for one of Brian’s many esoteric interests - stereoscopy, a type of 3D photography that was popular in the Victorian era.
“Stereo photography goes right back to my childhood,” says Brian enthusiastically. “When I was about 11 years old, you would get toys in cereal packets - it’s a great shame that kids don’t have that pleasure today - and in Weetabix packets they gave away little stereo cards. I sent off my one and sixpence to get the viewer, and it arrived in the post. I put my card in the view and suddenly, I remember it so well…
"I felt like I could walk through the window and touch the picture of the hippopotamus. I thought, Why do people insist on having flat pictures when you can take pictures that have real depth? The magic and joy of that stayed with me all my life.”
Such is his enthusiasm for the medium that he carried a stereo camera all throughout the Queen tours - and he hints that he’ll soon be producing a Queen-in-3D book, “hopefully by Christmas”.
When he’s not gazing at stereo photos, Brian can also be found lecturing on astronomy. In another unconventional move, at the age of 59 he went back to complete a PhD that he’d started almost 40 years previously.
“It was very tough, I have to say,” claims Brian. “All my notes from the old days were handwritten, so I started by typing all of them into my laptop. I had to clear the decks for a year - I didn’t do anything except work on that thesis.”
The result was “A Survey of Radical Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud”. It’s all very impressive—but it rather seems Brian, or Dr May as he’s now officially titled, never stops. What on earth (or beyond) drives him?
“I don’t know what it is,” he laughs. “I have too much fun because I don’t sleep. It’s very hard to sleep.”
Read the full interview in the April edition of Reader's Digest magazine
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