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FEBRUARY 2014

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REMINDERS - 2014:
6 Feb - Brian & Kerry - Steve Wright In The Afternoon, BBC R 2
9 & 10 Feb - ASTROFEST, Kensington Conference and Events Centre
18 Feb - Brian & Kerry Candlelight Tour opens Stevenage + more dates
Still TBA MALTA!! - see SOAPBOX




31 Mar - Release Brian May & Kerry Ellis Live In Montreux DVD, Bluray
1 Apr rBrianMay & Lily Allen n among stars to appear at City Rocks 1 Apr http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/city-rocks/default.aspx or tel 020 7520 0324 http://www.atvtoday.co.uk/p51824-alberthall/
22-28 Sep - Starmus (provisional dates


**Sun 23 Feb 14**
BRIAN & KERRY -BATH 23 FEB 2014
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Kerry and Brian in Bath 23 Feb 2014

Bath - 23 Feb 2014

Butterfly
Dust in The Wind
Born Free
Somebody to Love
Tell me what you see
Nothing Really has changed
The way we were
Something
So Sad
‘39
Kissing me Song
I’m not that Girl
If I loved you
Last Horizon
Tie Your Mother Down

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NOBY
Crazy Little Thing

Bath set list

 


**Sat 22 Feb 14**
BRIAN & KERRY - BRIAN'S SET LIST - GRANTHAM MERES 22 FEB 2014
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Grantham Meres - 22 Feb 2014 (REVISED)

I who have nothing
Butterfly
Dust in The Wind
Born Free
Somebody to Love
Tell me what you see
Nothing Really has changed
The way we were
So Sad
‘39
Something
Kissing me Song
I’m not that Girl
If I loved you
Last Horizon
Tie Your Mother Down

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NOBY
We Will Rock You
Crazy Little Thing

Brian May's stage copy set list Grantham Meres 22 Feb 2014

Brian May's 'Specsavers' sized' stage copy set list

Grantham Meres

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**Sat 22 Feb 2014**
BRIAN & KERRY RECREATE EVERLY'S 'SO SAD' BUXTON - VIDEO
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Brian May & Kerry Ellis 'So Sad' Buxton Opera House 19 February 2014 - http://youtu.be/F_5p6IwibfM
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Brian May and Kerry Ellis performed the Everly Brothers 'So Sad' at Buxton Opera House, and Brian introduced the song, paying tribute to Phil Everly, who had recently died. (Audio of Brian's intro included.) A nice harmonising duet. Video zooms in later in the song, to give some closer footage at end.

Lyrics
"SO SAD (TO WATCH GOOD LOVE GO BAD)"
(written by Minchella, Damon / Fowler, Simon /
Harrison, Oscar Lloyd / Cradock, Stephen)

So Sad (to Watch Good Love Go Bad)
We used to have good times together
But now I feel them slip away
It makes me cry to see love die
So sad to watch good love go bad

Remember how you used to feel dear?
You said nothing could change your mind
It breaks my heart to see us part
So sad to watch good love go bad

Is it any wonder
That I feel so blue
When I know for certain
That I'm losing you

Remember how you used to feel dear?
You said nothing could change your mind
It breaks my heart to see us part
So sad to watch good love go bad
So sad to watch good love go bad

Credit: http://www.metrolyrics.com

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**Sat 22 Feb 14**
CONGRATULATIONS TO DOMINIC DYER - APPOINTED CHIEF EXEC BADGER TRUST
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Brian May, Queen guitarist and founder of the Team Badger movement:
“Dominic’s work in the last two years, speaking up against the persecution
of British wild animals, has been an example and inspiration to us all."

Dominic Dyer

WESTERN MORNING NEWS
Controversial anti-cull spokesman to lead Badger Trust
22 February 2014 by WMNA Greenwood

A leading campaigner against continuing the badger cull to tackle the scourge of bovine TB has been appointed as chief executive of the Badger Trust.

Dominic Dyer, policy advisor for the charity Care for the Wild, will take up the role alongside his existing post next month.

Mr Dyer has become one of the leading voices in the anti-cull debate although not without sparking controversy. Last year he was forced to issue an unreserved apology to NFU president Peter Kendall after wrongly suggesting he was complicit in the gassing of badgers.

Mr Dyer said: “It’s a huge honour to become chief executive of the Badger Trust at such a critical time. For too long badgers have been exploited, abused and killed and I look forward to leading the Badger Trust and working with its thousands of supporters across the country. The ultimate aim is to help find a long term solution to reducing bovine TB, which is both good for farmers but also provides these wonderful animals with the long term protection which they truly deserve.”

Opponents of the cull are ramping up the pressure on the Government to abandon its cull policy ahead of a possible roll out of shooting to new areas. Pilot culls have already been carried out in Somerset and Gloucestershire as part of moves to combat rising rates of bovine TB which can be spread from badgers to cattle. However, campaigners claim shooting the protected animals is ineffective, inhumane and expensive. They believe efforts should be targeted at vaccination and farm bio-security measures to tackle the disease.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is expected to announce new cull areas this spring. Devon and Cornwall are both regarded as hotspots for the disease.

Mr Dyer’s appointment has been widely welcomed by cull opponents.

Badger Trust chairman David Williams said: “The Badger Trust has the knowledge, experience and support to ensure that badgers will always have a voice. With the appointment of Dominic, we’ve ensured that their voice will be heard loud and clear, from the countryside to the halls of Parliament. Dominic is immensely knowledgeable and has proved himself a powerful advocate for all wildlife – we’re delighted to have him on board.”

Brian May, Queen guitarist and founder of the Team Badger movement, said: “Dominic’s work in the last two years, speaking up against the persecution of British wild animals, has been an example and inspiration to us all."

"Dominic is a great champion, orator and naturalist,” added television wildlife expert Chris Packham. “With his appointment we can be sure that the Badger Trust will exercise the force required to finally put an end to this sorry and sad affair.”

In October, Mr Dyer retraced the allegations he made against Mr Kendall after making a number of comments on Twitter, television and during public appearances on the illegal gassing of badgers. Mr Dyer suggested on more than one occasion that Mr Kendall not only knew about the illegal gassing of badgers at 14 farms in the South West but was complicit in it. He later issued a statement on his website withdrawing the allegations and apologising to Mr Kendall.

He said he “made a number of unsubstantiated allegations about the knowledge and complicity of the National Farmers Union and Mr Kendall in the gassing of badgers, for which I had no foundation.. He wrote: “I withdraw those allegations, and I apologise unreservedly for making the comments in question.”

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**Sat 22 Feb 14**
BRIAN & KERRY - SCARBOROUGH SET LIST
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Brian and Kerry, Scarborough, by Stephen Collins

NOTE: Brian played the folk song "Scarborough Fair" in his guitar solo.

As reported by Gowan Collins (OIQFC): "Had a lovely night in Scarborough with Brian and Kerry.
Brians 3-part guitar with Scarborough Fair was brilliant, loved Somebody To Love and Something..."

 

The Spa Centre, Scarborough - 21 Feb 2014

I who have nothing - (Hummingbird)
Butterfly - (Hummingbird)
Dust in The Wind - (Hummingbird)
Born Free - (Martin)
Somebody to Love - (12 Str)
Tell me what you see - (Metal - Bridge pick up)
Nothing Really has changed - (Metal)
The way we were - (Hummingbird)
So Sad - (Martin)
‘39 - (12 Str)
Something - (Hummingbird)
Kissing me Song - (12 Str)
I’m not that Girl
If I loved you - (Hummingbird)
Last Horizon - (Old Girl) + Scarborough Fair
Tie Your Mother Down - (Hummingbird - Old Girl)

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NOBY - (Old Girl - (vol down)
Crazy Little Thing - (Old Girl)


Scarborough set list 21 Feb 2014
Credit: Dan Simpson

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**Fri 21 Feb 14**
NEW 'SLEEPING ON THE SIDEWALK' COVER
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Lucie and the Diamonds have shared their latest Queen cover - Brian May's composition, 'Sleeping On The Sidewalk'...

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Let us to share with you our new Queen cover of Brian's song ´Sleeping On The Sidewalk We like this song very much and so we did it...a bit different but we hope you will enjoy it

Our best wishes,
The Diamonds

(international band - Lucie Halamikova (lead voice) / Czech Republic, Drago Grgc (guitar) / Croatia, Zeljko Mitroc (bass) / Croatia, Edi Vincek (drums)/ Croatia)

Sleeping On The Sidewalk / Queen - The Diamonds (cover)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOXxDJDe6qc

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**Thu 20 Feb 14**
ARENA RIGA: BRIAN MAY AND THE SENSATIONAL KERRY ELLIS
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LIVE RIGA
20 February 2014

Buy a ticket Price: EUR 35.00 - 139.00

The legendary Queen’s guitar player Brian May and the sensational singer Kerry Ellis bring a show from The Candlelight Concerts tour.

The concert will treat you to both Queen’s classics and also artists’ other favourite songs, enlivened by Kerry’s unusual voice and Brian’s guitar. Music lovers will have an opportunity to hear such world hits as Somebody to Love, Love of My Life, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, as well as songs from Ellis’ solo album, Anthems.

You will have a chance to see on one stage world-famous guitar virtuoso Brian May and Britain’s first lady in music Kerry Ellis. The artists will make sure you enjoy a magic night full of world-class acoustic music and candlelight, creating an intimate and romantic atmosphere.

The artists’ professional collaboration is already more than eleven years long. Kerry Ellis caught May’s attention when participating in We Will Rock You musical, which was created by Queen’s former musicians. Kerry had one of the leading roles in the musical. Both artists have toured together in England.

Dates:
2014-03-18 19:30
Place: Arena Riga
Address: Skanstes iela 21, LV 1013
Homepage: http://www.brianmay.com

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**Thu 20 Feb 14**
LAST FEW TICKETS FOR FRIDAY - SCARBOROUGH SPA - BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS
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Don't miss out.
Book: online at http://www.scarboroughspa.co.uk or call or call 01723 821888

YORK PRESS
20 Feb 2014
Few tickets remain for Brian May at Scarborough Spa
ONLY the last few tickets remain on sale for Queen guitarist Brian May and West End and Broadway singing star Kerry Ellis’s 8pm concert at Scarborough Spa tomorrow.

The Spa’s Grand Hall will be candle-lit for May and Ellis’s only Yorkshire date on a tour that features stripped-down versions of Queen classics and the duo’s favourite songs. Kerry first met Brian when she auditioned for the Queen musical We Will Rock You. She was last seen in North Yorkshire only last Wednesday, playing Mimi in the Rent: 20th Anniversary Concert tour at the Grand Opera House, York.

Doors open tomorrow at 7.30pm - start time 8.00pm. Tickets cost £39.

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** Wed 19 Feb 14**
BRIAN SET TO ROCK AT THE 'RADIO SPA SPA'
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SCARBOROUGH NEWS
19 February 2014

After over 40 years of big stadiums ,bigger riffs and even bigger amps, rock legend Brian May is swapping it all – for some candles. The Queen axeman is largely shunning his trusty Red Special for “stripped down” reworkings of the group’s monster anthems when he performs at Scarborough’s Spa Complex with West End singing sensation Kerry Ellis on February 21.

But while fans can expect to hear classics such as We Will Rock You and Radio Ga Ga, it may come as a surprise to hear them sandwiched between the likes of Ben E King, Matt Monro, and even Barbara Streisand.

“The Way We Were is just an amazing song,” said the guitar god, who staunchly defends the inclusion of the Oscar-winning weepie in the set. He added: “People are used to coming and watching a big production, but this show is more about the songs and the music. And people seem to really love it. They get the chance to hear some of these songs in a more intimate venue and be closer.”

And he admits he’s “hardening up the finger ends” in preparation for the whistle-stop seven-date tour, in which he will be joined by Britain’s newest first lady of song – who claims it’s a “privilege” to belt out the songs made famous by Freddie Mercury.

She said: “Everyone seems to know Queen’s music and they have influenced everyone in some way. I think everyone was raised listening to their music, and it’s a real privilege to play with Brian.”

On the Queen front, the band has had a series of mini renaissances in recent years, touring successfully with former Free and Bad Company gun for hire Paul Rodgers before touring with American Idol winner Adam Lambert.

Brian says that the rest of the group are looking at doing “some dates in the future” with Lambert, but for now the immediate focus is on this tour. And the guitar ace promises a few surprises on what will be his first ever Scarborough show.

“We are looking at putting a different Queen song in the setlist, as well as an Everly Brothers song, that we were working on before Phil Everly passed away.” And he added: “It will be the first time that I’ve played Scarborough but I’m looking forward to it. My PA is from there too, so she’s told me to say ‘eh up!’.

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**Wed 19 Feb 14**
BRIAN & KERRY - BUXTON SET LIST
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So Sad - Buxtonby Jen Tunney

The Opera House, Buxton - 19 Feb 2014

I who have nothing
Butterfly
Dust in The Wind (intro Jeff)
Born Free
Somebody to Love
Tell me what you see
Nothing Really has changed
The way we were
So Sad
Something
‘39
Kissing me Song
I’m not that Girl
If I loved you
Last Horizon
Tie Your Mother Down
WWRY (choir joins)
We Are The Champions

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NOBY (choir exits)
Crazy Little Thing

Buxton set list - 19 February 2014

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**Wed 19 Feb 14**
CANCER-SCARE BRIAN MAY [STILL] FEARS FOR HIS HEALTH
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THE SUN
19 February 2014 by Natalie Edwards

Brian May
Brian May

QUEEN star Brian May still fears for his health - despite getting the all-clear from cancer. The veteran rocker, 66, underwent a biopsy for prost[r]ate cancer before Christmas but no cancer cells were found.

However, opening up about the experience for the first time, Brian reveals he continues to suffer from mysterious pains - which leave him "baffled".

He said: “I didn’t feel upset at all and the first thing I felt when I heard the news was numbness. It’s still a bit mystifying though as I’m not totally fine. I still have a lot of problems and pains but we seem to have eliminated all the sinister possible causes. I’m just left slightly baffled and am trying to build up my strength again.”

Brian May and Freddie Mercury on stage
Brian May and Freddie Mercury

Brian, who is working on new Queen material, concedes his cancer scare has given him a different outlook on life.

He said: "I am much more conscious of planning the curtain coming down and planning every day. If you were suddenly told you were going to die in a couple of weeks it would be nice to think that you spent the time the way you wanted to rather than the way everyone was telling you to. In a healthy way it’s good to be aware of your death so that you can get your life in perspective. Freddie Mercury was very focused and had no time to waste, ever! He really did spend the short life he had doing what he wanted to do. It is important to look at every day as a gift.”

Brian is launching the Badger and Cattle Vaccination Initiative that wants animals vaccinated against the spread of bovine TB. The BACVI sponsorship page is at http://www.bacvi.co.uk. All monies raised will go directly to support vaccination schemes.

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**Tue 18 Feb 14**
BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS - THE CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS TOUR BATH
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Kerry Ellis & Brian MayIN BATH
17 February 2014 by Craig Maplesden.

Legendary Queen guitarist BRIAN MAY and singing sensation KERRY ELLIS bring
The Candlelight Concerts tour to Bath

Music fans can look forward to a magical evening when legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and singing sensation Kerry Ellis visit the Theatre Royal Bath to perform their brand new show, The Candlelight Concerts on Sunday 23rd February. Limited ticket availability.

Following the phenomenal success of their previous tours, Brian May, one of the world’s greatest guitar players, and Kerry Ellis, Britain’s newest First Lady of Song, return to the stage in 2014 to present world class, acoustic music by candlelight. Showcasing Kerry’s extraordinary voice with Brian accompanying her on guitar and vocals, the performance will feature stripped down versions of Queen classics alongside a number of their personal favourite songs.

Brian May’s compositions and performances for Queen have earned him worldwide acclaim, selling over 300 million albums worldwide. Kerry Ellis was the creator of the role of Meat in Queen’s Rock musical, We Will Rock You, and went on to become a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic starring as the Green Witch in the musical Wicked. Throughout this time, Brian May and Kerry Ellis maintained a special musical partnership, with May producing Ellis’s debut album Anthems in 2010. Their first tour played twelve successful dates around the UK in 2011, including two sold-out nights at London’s Albert Hall, for which Kerry won the Best Solo Performance award from Whatsonstage.com. The two then returned to the road with their eagerly anticipated tour in November 2012, which was extended in 2013.

Brian May said: “Although life has taken me into so many new areas recently, music is still what energises me – the greatest joy. And Ms Ellis is the most inspiring collaborator – we’re a pretty good band! I’m grateful for the opportunity to bring this show to a wider audience.”

Kerry Ellis added: “I am so excited to be taking to the road again with the candlelight concerts; it’s humbling to have such demand for our show. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy performing these songs with Brian and what fun we have with the audiences in these intimate settings. I feel very honoured and can’t wait to get going.”

Kerry Ellis and Brian May have performed together to wide acclaim on a number of occasions over the last few years. Preceding their previous tours, they stole the show when they performed together at the Royal Variety Show in 2008, at the BBC Proms in the Park and at 2010’s The Night of 1000 Voices. Along with television appearances, they also memorably opened the Remembrance Day concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010. Montreux Jazz Festival, and all profits from the sale of the track will go to the Sponsor Badger Vaccination Fund.

KERRY ELLIS and BRIAN MAY present The Candlelight Concerts 2014 Tour at the Theatre Royal Bath on Sunday 23rd February at 7.30pm. A limited number of tickets priced at £40 / £45 are available from the Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk

Before hitting the road again, Kerry Ellis and Brian May have also collaborated with legendary British screen actress and animal rights activist Virginia McKenna to record a version of McKenna’s original song Nothing Really Has Changed. It was recorded during Ellis and May’s live performance 2013.

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**Mon 18 Feb 14**
BRIAN & KERRY - STEVENAGE SET LIST
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Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

I Who Have Nothing
Butterfly
Dust In The Wind
Born Free
Somebody To Love
Tell Me What You See
Nothing Really Has Changed
Life Is Real
The Way We Were
So Sad
‘39
Something
The Kissing Me Song
I’m Not That Girl
If I Loved You
Last Horizon
Is This The World We Created
Tie Your Mother Down

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No-One But You
Crazy Little Thing

Stevenage set list

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**Mon 18 Feb 14**
BRIAN MAY'S DIABLERIES TO EXHIBIT IN SOUTH AFRICA
[VICTORIAN ODDITIES ART EXHIBITION - DURING CAPE TATTOO EXPO]
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"Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell"Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell" exhibiting for the first time outside of Europe:

Victorian Oddities Art Exhibition
Friday 28 February – Sunday March 2
Cape Town City Hall – during Cape Tattoo Expo opening hours

Art exhibitions have always been an integral part of the Cape Tattoo Expo. And this year is no different. In its never-ending quest to present original art works in original ways by top South African and International artists, organisers this year are proud to present ‘Victorian Oddities’, a multimedia exhibition of works inspired by the darker creations and curiosities of our 19th – 20th Century forbearers. Works will be drawn from an eclectic range of the SA art scene and, like all exhibitions before promises to be a one-of-a-kind event.

One of the highlights of this year’s exhibition will be the debut, for the first time outside of Europe, of ‘Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell”. Created by Brian May (of the rock group Queen), Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming, this book/printed card collection of macabre images are exhibited in stereoscopic 3D using replica 19th Century viewing glasses. For more information about this exciting project, visit www.londonstereo.com.

Links: www.channel24.co.za/ and www.capetattooconvention.co.za

Please note - Brian is not expected to attend the exhibition.

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**Tue 18 Feb 14**
BRIAN AND KERRY ON BBC RADIO BRISTOL
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Brian May and Kerry Ellis in conversation with Laura Rawlings - pre-recorded on 23 January 2014, broadcast on 14 February 2014.

Talking about their forthcoming Candlelight tour ,which will be touching down in Bath on Sunday 23 February. This lighthearted chat covered how Brian and Kerry first got together, and working relationship, the likely set content of the Candlelight Concerts, as well as Brian's other interests - particularly Astronomy, and that Queen is still calling Brian. Some amusing banter about age.

Brian May & Kerry Ellis with Laura Rawlings BBC Radio Bristol 14 February 2014
(pre-recorded 23/01/2014) - http://youtu.be/RKrpyYt6JoI

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**Mon 17 Feb 14**
PRESS RELEASE: MINISTERIAL MUDDLE OVER CATTLE TB MISLEADS BRITAIN
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BADGER TRUSTBADGER TRUST
7 February 2014

A flurry of bovine TB statistics will undermine any wild assertions by delegates and Ministers at this week’s National Farmers’ Union conference that badger culling is essential. The Prime Minister and Mr Owen Paterson, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs must now justify their repeated assertions that incidence of the disease was continuing to increase.

The latest facts about bovine TB are yet another nail in the coffin of the pro-cullers, says Badger Trust. The idea of further culls should be buried once and for all; in fact it is decreasing all round: notably in Northern Ireland where badgers are not culled. The Republic of Ireland continues to kill badgers, but does no better than the north.

Furthermore, the numbers of herd incidents and individual cattle slaughtered on mainland Britain are showing clear signs of shrinking further, continuing the trend since 2008. New whole-year figures are due out soon.

Those bent on killing badgers persist in trying to save face with claims that the disease cannot be controlled without killing wildlife. They wilfully ignore the UK’s success in having brought the disease down by more than 90 percent to about 1,000 cattle a year by 1970 – without badger culling. It remained at that level for 20 years until a three-fold increase followed relaxation of annual testing and the cattle industry’s stubborn refusal to test animals before selling them on.

The present situation is this:

Northern Ireland

The number of cattle slaughtered has been halved over the last decade through cattle measures alone. The important difference between Northern Ireland [1] and the Republic is that the Province suffered from foot and mouth disease, as did the UK, leading to a surge in cattle slaughtered to an average of 1,400 during 2003. Last year Northern Ireland’s toll had slumped to 750.

Republic of Ireland

The number of cattle slaughtered has almost halved over the past five years to a new record low of 15,612 last year. Unlike Northern Ireland the Republic slaughtered 6,000 badgers a year, clearly for no meaningful benefit. The Department of Agriculture admitted it was “difficult” to quantify the precise impact of badger culling on the reduction in the incidence of TB. Nevertheless it still asserts that much of the improvement was due to badger removal.

Wales

The Principality has seen a massive drop of 33 per cent in the number of cattle slaughtered during the year up to the end of November 2013 [2]: 6,275 cattle compared with 9,364 in the same period the year before. This more than recovered the 18 per cent increase the previous year which had led to renewed calls for badger culling. The Welsh Government’s policy is to vaccinate badgers and insist on stringent cattle controls.

There was also a substantial fall of 23% in herd infections [2] for the 12 months up to the end of November 2013 (880 new herd incidents compared to 1,145 in the previous 12 months) – a fall of 23 per cent. This more than offsets the increase of 15 per cent from 2011 to 2012.

The Welsh Government now proposes to take an additional one per cent from a farmer’s direct payments if tests are between one day and three months late; this would be on top of the three per cent fines for tests that go beyond three months and five per cent for tests 12 months overdue.

England

The Coalition Government’s badger cull proposals have suffered another setback after the release of figures further damaging its case. Muddle over statistics meant it wrongly claimed an increase of 18 per cent in the number of cattle herds infected by bTB across Britain. Now it admits that the number actually fell by 3.4 per cent in the year to September 2013. The Coalition has also disclosed that the rate of new infections had been slightly exaggerated in both 2012 and 2013 – further undermining the case for the cull of badgers.

Yet more new figures ruin Mr Cameron’s and Mr Paterson’s case for the cull. They show a 13 per cent reduction in the number of cattle – as opposed to herds – slaughtered in England between January and November in 2013, compared to the same period the year earlier.

Senseless killing must stop now, says the Badger Trust.

NOTES

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[2]

Jack Reed

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**Mon 17 Feb 14**
BRIAN MAY SAYS PRINCES WILLIAM AND HARRY HUNTING MAKES HIM FEEL 'SICK'
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See also:
DAILY MAIL
IT'S LIKE TRYING TO JUSTIFY 19TH CENTURY SLAVERY:BRIAN MAY
17 February 2014 by Katy Winter

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EXPRESS
Mon 17 February 2014 by Jane Mathews

'It makes me feel sick' Brian May hits out at Prince William and Harry over animal hunting'

QUEEN guitarist Brian May has hit out at Princes William and Harry after they spent a weekend shooting animals in Spain.

Brian May
Mr [Dr] May compared attitudes to hunting with 19th century attitudes to slavery [PA]

The Princes hunted wild boar, stag and partridge just days before William backed Prince Charles in a campaign to stop the killing of endangered wildlife such as elephants.

Prince William has said that he wants all 1,200 ivory artefacts in Buckingham Palace destroyed in order to "send a message" to illegal elephant poachers.

On Thursday, he joined Prince Charles at a summit in London to condemn illegal poaching around the world. But Dr May, 66, has accused him of hypocrisy and of having "archaic" attitudes to animal welfare.

Prince William hunting at Sandringham 2008
Prince William hunting at Sandringham in 2008 [Albanpix]

Saying that he would like to meet the Princes to "find a way forward", Dr May said: "It made me feel sick. This is right at the heart of the problem we are looking at in this government. It's the whole attitude of the privileged classes - you can rescue rhinos and elephants in Africa but kill at will anything you want if you're rich. It's an attitude I'm very familiar with as I'm used to talking to people who justify tearing living foxes apart with packs of dogs."

His comments came as pictures emerged of a young Prince Harry posing with a dead buffalo he shot in South America in 2004.

Prince Harry hunting on horseback
Prince Harry, pictured near Highgrove in 2000, has hunted from a young age [SWNS]

It's the whole attitude of the privileged classes -
you can rescue rhinos and elephants in Africa but kill
at will anything you want if you're rich

Brian May

Dr May, who has a PhD in astrophysics, also compared current attitudes to hunting with 19th century attitudes to slavery.

He said: "It's not logical, justifiable or humane and is the same as people in the 19th century trying to justify slavery. Such people would insist slaves didn't feel like they did. Now they're saying these animals don't feel like we do so it's OK to hunt them and do what we want with them. That is an archaic way of thinking and it has to go."

Dr May is currently working on releasing previously unheard Queen material featuring vocals recorded by Freddie Mercury. He is also fundraising for a Badger and Cattle Vaccination Initiative in a bid to stop badger culling. The sponsorship page is at bacvi.co.uk

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**Mon 17 Feb 14**
QUEEN* BLASTS WILLS HUNTING - *ER. THAT'S QUEEN STAR BRIAN MAY
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THE SUN
17 February 2014 by Natalie Edwardsl

Brian May
Rocker and campaigner Brian May

QUEEN rocker Brian May has slammed Princes William and Harry — saying their slaughter of animals has “sickened” him. The wildlife crusader branded the royal hunters “inhumane” — and even compared them to 19th century supporters of slavery.

The Sun headlineBoth princes were widely criticised after The Sun revealed they spent a weekend shooting wild boar, stags and partridge on a posh estate in Spain. Just days later Wills and dad Prince Charles took part in a campaign to HALT the killing of wildlife, including elephants.

Opposite: The Sun front page

Guitarist Brian, 66, told The Sun: “It made me feel sick. This is right at the heart of the problem we are looking at in this government.

“It’s the whole attitude of the privileged classes — you can rescue rhinos and elephants in Africa but kill at will anything you want if you’re rich. It’s an attitude I’m very familiar with as I’m used to talking to people who justify tearing living foxes apart with packs of dogs.”

Brian, an animal rights award winner for his work to stop badger culls, blasted Wills and Harry’s behaviour as “archaic”.

He said: “It’s not logical, justifiable or humane and is the same as people in the 19th century trying to justify slavery. Such people would insist slaves didn’t feel like they did. Now they’re saying these animals don’t feel like we do so it’s OK to hunt them and do what we want with them. That is an archaic way of thinking and it has to go.”

The musician — who is a CBE and played guitar on top of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee — said he would like to meet the Princes “to find a way forward.”

A sponsor page for his Badger and Cattle Vaccination Initiative is at bacvi.co.uk. Funds will go directly to support vaccination schemes.

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**Sat 15 Feb 14**
GRANTHAM SHOW WITH BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS SET FOR SELL-OUT
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GRANTHAM JOURNAL
15 February 2014

Kerry Ellis and Brian May
Brian May and Kerry Ellis, who are appearing in Grantham February 22 2014

Time is running out for music fans who want to snap up the last few tickets for one of Grantham’s most eagerly awaited concerts.

The appearance at The Meres centre by Queen guitarist Brian May and singing star Kerry Ellis has virtually sold out, with fewer than 100 tickets left when the Journal went to press.

The Meres will provide an intimate setting for the candlight concert on Saturday. February 22, featuring stripped down versions of Queen classics, alongside a number of the duo’s favourite songs.

Paul Stokes, the district council’s head of community assets said: “We have worked extremely hard to establish Meres Live over the last few years and are very excited to have international superstar Brian May and Kerry Ellis come to Grantham, which will give us a platform to bring more top stars to the town.”

Tickets cost £39 on 01476 406158, or from guildhallartscentre.com

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