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**Tue 15 Jan 13**
BRIAN MAY SUPPORTS FOUR PAWS CAMPAIGN
- KISS ANIMAL TESTED COSMETICS GOOD BYE


Brian May supports FOUR PAWS campaign - Kiss Animal Tested Cosmetics Good Bye - http://youtu.be/3pPlxUgFftY

COSMETICNEWSPORTAL.COM
ANIMAL TESTED COSMETIC KISSED GOODBYE BY 'GAVIN & STACEY' STAR JOANNA PAGE
(14/01/2013)

Joanna Page, star of Britain's favourite ‘Gavin and Stacey’ joins FOUR PAWS' campaign to ‘KISS ANIMAL TESTED COSMETICS GOODBYE’

Joanna Page has spoken out in a compassionate New Year video message in support of FOUR PAWS’ ‘Kiss Animal Tested Cosmetics Goodbye’ campaign to ensure that the forthcoming ban on the sale of animal tested cosmetics in the EU goes ahead.

‘Gavin and Stacey’ and ‘Love Actually’ star Joanna’s video message marks the final stage of decades of campaigning by FOUR PAWS and other animal groups to rid the EU of animal tested cosmetics. It follows comments from newly elected Health and Safety Commissioner and Deputy Prime Minister of Malta, Tonio Borg, that the 2013 ban must go ahead in full to ensure continued development of alternative methods to animal testing. Mr. Borg’s comments have been warmly welcomed by FOUR PAWS and other stakeholder organisations.

The FOUR PAWS campaign has recently included members of the public participating in the ‘Kiss Animal Tested Cosmetics Goodbye’ video which has been supported by many other celebrities alongside Joanna , including actors Jenny Seagrove, Peter Egan and Miriam Margolyes, rock star Brian May and best-selling author Jilly Cooper.

Joanna says: ’The FOUR PAWS campaign is a fantastic way to show your support for ending cosmetics testing on animals and I am delighted to play my part and encourage others to get involved! Join me in "Kissing Animal Tested Cosmetics Goodbye!"’

Animal testing for new cosmetics was banned in the EU in March 2009 but many cosmetic ingredients continue to be tested on animals outside the EU and imported for sale. The March 2013 complete sales ban represents the final phase of a long-awaited full ban, which has been subject to repeated delays since 1998. This is because the cosmetics industry claims that its ability to produce new cosmetics will be affected due to some alternative methods to animal tests not being available in time for the 2013 deadline. This has led to discussion of allowing a derogation to the ban, meaning that new cosmetics which have been tested on animals could still be sold.

FOUR PAWS believes that animal testing for cosmetics is unacceptable and unnecessary, irrespective of the alternative methods available and given that there are already estimated 15-20,000 cosmetic ingredients available to the industry, as well as a variety of humane alternative methods to replace animal tests.

FOUR PAWS’ Laboratory Animals expert, Marie-Claire Macintosh, says: “We are delighted that a star like Joanna has been able to take the time to join our campaign, following the recent opinion of the new EU Commissioner that the ban must go ahead in full. This is very encouraging news and as the March 2013 deadline approaches, we shall continue to raise positive awareness of the need to ‘Kiss Animal Tested Cosmetics Goodbye!’ ”

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**Sat 12 Jan 13**
FOUR SKY AT NIGHT / PATRICK MOORE PROGRAMMES BBC FOUR ON SUNDAY

Sunday 13 Jan 19.00-21.00 Jan. Don't !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/programmes/schedules/2013/01/13

Sunday 13 January 2013
EVENING
• 19:00–19:15
The Sky at Night
The Outermost Planets
A look at Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, the most remote members of the Sun's family. (R)

• 19:15–20:00
The Sky at Night
The Unfolding Universe
From 1982, Patrick Moore reports on what is happening at observatories around the world. (R)

• 20:00–20:30
The Sky at Night
Exploring Mars
Sir Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott explore Mars, the Red Planet. (R)

• 20:30–21:00
Sir Patrick Moore: Astronomer, Broadcaster and Eccentric
A look back at the extraordinary life of Sir Patrick Moore. (R)

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**Thu 10 Jan 12**
BRIAN AND KERRY BACK IN THE STUDIO

Brian and Kerry have been back into the studio this week, working on some new tracks...

“Ellis and May back in business in Studio today. Hurrah ! ! !” Bri

Brian and Kerry in studio this week

Brian put out a request what fans would like them to work on and record and the Kissing Me Song came out on top:

“Excellent that the Kissing Me Song came out your top request. Secret? We ARE working on it this week. There is no finer fun." Bri

A new album very much on the cards in the near future.

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**Thu 10 Jan 13**
STARGAZING LIVE, BBC TWO, REVIEW

Guest astronomer/astrophysicist, Dr Brian May, gets a mention in the final paragraph of this review.

TELEGRAPH
8 January 2013 by Serena Davies
Serena Davies reviews the return of Stargazing Live (BBC Two), in which Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain explore the wonders of the universe.

Brian Cox and Dara O Briain
Stargazing Live: Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain Photo: BBC

On the day that the original starman returned to the music scene, BBC Two asked us to contemplate the heavens ourselves with the return of Stargazing Live. The annoying thing about my David Bowie link is that presenter Dara O Briain used it himself on the show, or at least a variation, as he cued up Bowie's most famous space-related pondering - "is there life on Mars?" - to introduce the programme's prime focus.

About half the show was spent discussing the possibility of living organisms ever having existed on the red planet, the star of which segment was a slo-mo performance (it can manage about 2 metres a minute) from the earthbound twin of NASA's Mars-exploring Curiosity rover. We knew about Curiosity before, but we weren't previously aware quite how much like the very cute Disney robot Wall-E it looked, which was a nice discovery.

Thanks to the live factor, Stargazing - or rather its two charming, clever presenters, O Briain and Brian Cox - spews complex facts at you at a rate which makes most pedagogic BBC programmes look about as speedy as Curiosity. The pair's explanation of how water is thought to be a vital prerequisite for life - something about hydrogen clumping - went too fast for me, and that got a positively luxurious five or so minutes.

Still it didn't really matter if you couldn't always keep up, just catching small slices of the mind-frying data felt sort of thrilling. There's a massive ocean beneath the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, for instance, which doesn't freeze even though there is ice above it because the moon's orbit pulls it about so much that it expands and contracts on its journey, so creating heat from within. Wow. I hope I got that right. There was also a bit at the end about how life might have got "spat" onto Mars by Earth via a meteor, which created a memorable image.

Of course the downside of the live factor is that it may be cloudy, and in drizzle the programme started and in total cloud cover it ended, meaning that we couldn't see a live image of the orange blur that is Mars when you look at it through an amateur telescope, though this didn't feel too important, for obvious reasons. I also think stringer Liz Bonnin failed to make us excited about her privileged access to some of NASA's Mars-oriented control rooms from which she was being beamed, possibly because she said "wonderful" one too many times but also because the rooms were rather boring and underpopulated.

But all said, the programme had an intellectual enthusiasm and entertainment value that puts other science series in the shade, even, dare I say it, knocks them into outer space. It seemed particularly jolly when a now marvellously grizzled and thoroughly engaging Brian May (astrophysicist as well as rocker, remember) joined O Briain and Cox to give his penniworth. May's perhaps not quite as exciting as Mr Bowie but then he's also a lot better informed on the solar system.

Brian May talking about Patrick Moore on Back To Earth - Stargazing Live
Brian May talks about Patrick Moore on "Back To Earth" - Stargazing Live

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**Wed 09 Jan 13**
BACK TO EARTH (STARGAZING LIVE)

Back To Earth discussion (with Brian May) - Stargazing LIVE - http://youtu.be/aQfLmO-JbRE

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**Wed 09 Jan 13**
STARGAZING LIVE PROGRAMME

Stargazing LIVE 8 Jan 2013 - Pt 1 - http://youtu.be/wYrg8vIFY40

Stargazing LIVE 8 Jan 2013 - Pt 2 - http://youtu.be/rwtiH0zFKr0
if video doesn't show it is probably still being processed - please check back here.

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**Tue 08 Jan 13**
STARGAZING LIVE

Brian May appeared on the BBC One Northwest tonight programme, as part of this report from Jodrell Bank.

Northwest Tonight inc Brian May Jodrell Bank 08-01-2013 - http://youtu.be/bhDvHfRZtVM
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QUEEN LEGEND BRIAN MAY JOINS STARGAZING LIVE SHOW HOSTED BY PROF BRIAN COX AT JODRELL BANK
8 January 2013 by Todd Fitzgerald

Dr Brian Cox
Prof Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox will welcome legendary Queen guitarist Brian May to Jodrell Bank when his astronomy programme returns to television sets this evening. The BBC’s Stargazing LIVE – now in its third series - is presented by Manchester University’s Prof Cox and comedian Dara O’Briain. It is broadcast live from the Observatory Control Room and the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, where students and fellows from the university conduct research into the solar system and beyond. This year’s format will see the pair joined by celebrity guests each week, with May the first to appear.

The 65-year-old guitarist studied physics and mathematics at Imperial College London before going on to begin a PhD in astrophysics – which he abandoned when Queen became successful. He completed his studies 30 years later in 2007, finally earning his doctorate. May also co-authored Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe with the late Sir Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott. He has an asteroid named after him, 52665 Brianmay, on the recommendation of Sir Patrick. After Sir Patrick died, it emerged that May had bought his house in West Sussex for £480,000 in 2008, so that the astronomer could stay in the home he had lived in for four decades.

This year, Stargazing LIVE audiences will get the chance to learn more about the search for life on Mars, including an opportunity to explore an uncharted area of the Red Planet from the comfort of their own homes. They will also be able to ask experts questions, which they can post on Twitter – with May already asking followers to post their queries.

Dr Tim O’Brien, associate director at Jodrell Bank, said: “Dr May’s story is an unusual one – having been a successful rock star and coming back into astronomy later in his life. He’s a very active and interested astronomer – it will be great to have him here and we're very much looking forward to meeting him. The programme is all about encouraging people to get involved and explore the wonders of the night sky. It’s as easy as walking out of your back door and looking up to the stars. We hope we can show people how to get more involved from there and how exciting astronomy is.”

Stargazing LIVE is on BBC Two tonight at 8pm

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BBC lunchtime news Northwest Today, carried a report from Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, where Brian is taking part in the Stargazing Live programme tonight on BBC2 from 8pm. Skies are currently looking cloudy.

Northwest Today Jodrell Bank 08-01-2013 - http://youtu.be/HENLkDfecmg

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**Tue 08 Jan 12**
DEMONSTRATION OF A BRIAN MAY RIG

This may be helpful to the guitarists out there....?

A brief demonstration of my Brian May rig - http://youtu.be/lHGuExbsw0A

- Guild Red Special BM01 Signature '93 (Limited Edition)
- BSM BM-Q Treble Booster
- Dunlop Cry Baby
- fOXX Phaser (modified)
- t.c. electronic Polytune
- BOSS CE-20
- VOX AC30 VR

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**Tue 08 Jan 13**
BRIAN HEADING FOR CHESHIRE - STARGAZING LIVE

Stargazing LiveThis morning Brian will be heading to Cheshire - to Jodrell Bank, to take part in Stargazing Live to be shown on BBC2 TV from 8pm
- see details below HERE

And hoping for clear skies, which would help.

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**Mon 07 Jan 13**
BRIAN MAY / TANGERINE DREAM RELEASE NEWS

The folllowing appeared in the Tangerine Dream New Year 2013 Newsletter.

"2013 already started well for TD: Finally the Brian May management did agree to a release of the Tenerife concert!!

Now we are working at full speed on the release of a Blu Ray and CD - the waiting was worthwhile...."

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**Mon 07 Jan 13**
BORN FREE (SOLO COVER)

Brian May & Kerry Ellis - Born Free solo cover with Red Special guitar
- http://youtu.be/VlHjTTXAG_Q

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**Mon 07 Jan 13**
BRAN MAY NO 3 IN DCM TOP 10 GUITARISTS

Gheck out Diário do Centro do Mundo Top 10 guitarists HERE

Brian May features in the list:

DCM :: TOP 10 :: Guitarristas :: BRIAN MAY - http://youtu.be/z_3LMbV6eRc

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**Mon 07 Jan 13**
SIR PATRICK MOORE'S FINAL SKY AT NIGHT APPEARANCE

The Sky At Night - Reaching For The Stars - http://youtu.be/6t0exJznEZg

Sir Patrick Moore's final Sky At Night appearance, filmed very shortly before his death in December 2012.

In this episode Patrick and his team, including Dr Chris Lintott and Pete Lawrence among others, beginners are shown how to set up their first telescopes - and what to seek out in the winter skies. There are historical clips too including The Transit of Venus star party in Patrick's garden (where you can just spot Dr Brian May in dark shorts and dark t-shirt in the background).

The episode closes out with a poignant sequence of clips of Patrick's "Goodnight" filmed over the decades. Bitter-sweet. Patrick will be much missed.

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**Fri 04 Jan 13**
NEW ADVANCE IN WORK ON CATTLE VACCINE

PRESS RELEASE:
THE BADGER TRUST
4 January 2013

A team of scientists has announced a small but important step in the further development of a vaccine to prevent bovine tuberculosis in cattle [1]. They have identified a ‘biomarker’ using sophisticated molecular technology bringing benefits in helping to predict vaccine efficacy.

David Williams, chairman of the Badger Trust, which strongly supports vaccination of both cattle and badgers, said: “We welcome this refinement in laboratory technique, part of the progress towards the long-awaited goal of an effective cattle vaccine. This discovery represents constant and encouraging movement in molecular studies and techniques, and it follows steady progression elsewhere”.

Mr Williams recalled recent work showing an indirect protective effect in the unvaccinated cubs of vaccinated badgers [2] and how the presence of liver fluke in cattle interferes with the ability of the commonly-used SICCT ‘tuberculin test’ to ascertain the presence of bTB [3]. Then, just as the Coalition revealed its gross underestimation of badger populations in the proposed ‘pilot’ culling areas of Somerset and Gloucestershire in 2012 [4] two leading scientists spelt out likely consequences of uncertainties in accounting for the proportion of badger populations killed [5].

Mr Williams added: “This work further emphasises the extreme complexity of bTB in cattle which demands a more sophisticated approach to eradication than shooting badgers, particularly in view of the figures recently presented to Parliament in October 2012 [6].

“These showed that without any badgers being killed, but with increasingly effective cattle measures, the bTB toll on farm businesses has been declining steadily over the last five years. There has been a 39 per cent fall in new herd incidents since 2008 - from 5,007 to 3,018. Over the same period the number of individual cattle slaughtered was reduced by 44 per cent – from 39,015 to 21,512.

NOTES

[1] http://www.plospathogens.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.ppat.1003077 (Research funded by Defra, but it had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript).
[2] http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-vaccination-unvaccinated-badger-cubs-tuberculosis.html
[3] http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v3/n5/full/ncomms1840.html
[4] http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm121017/text/121017w0001.htm#12101764001054 (Col 296W)
[5] http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v485/n7400/full/485582a.html
[6] www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06081.pdf

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**Fri 04 Jan 13**
BRIAN MAY AND OTHERS PROMOTING LIVE MUSIC THIS YEAR

GOOLE COURIER
2 January 2013

NIGEL Adams MP has called for musicians and small venues to enter Rock the House 2013, Parliament’s biggest competition which celebrates up-and-coming British artists and the live music venues that support them. The competition is open to all music lovers who fall into the following categories: solo artist, band, under 19 solo artist, under 19 band, and best small live music venue.

Mr Adams said: “Rock the House is a great opportunity for aspiring artists of any age looking to find a way into the industry. I am excited to listen to the tracks that the people of Selby and Ainsty can come up with, and hope to receive as many submissions as possible.”

The Selby and Ainsty MP met with the American rockers “All Time Low” at the Leeds Festival earlier this summer and kept in touch with the band, asking them to become patrons: “I’m thrilled that All Time Low are on board supporting this competition and they’re in very good company with Brian May, Mark Hoppus (also above) from Blink 182 and many more superstars”,” he said. “This competition is the perfect opportunity for talented artists to promote their music, and win some life-changing prizes in the process – from guitars and amps, to slots at gigs and festivals.”

Brian May, Queen guitarist and songwriter said: “The UK is a hotbed of musical talent from all genres, and if the British music industry is going to grow and thrive then musicians need to be able to make a living from selling their product.”

Mr Adams will choose his favourite from each category, after which a judging panel made of international music industry experts will chose the finalists. They will compete in a live battle of the bands, and the winner of each category will then perform live on the balcony of the House of Commons on June 26.

Applications close on March 1, 2013. Contct Nigel Adams MP at nigel.adams.mp@parliament.uk for more details.

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**Fri 04 Jan 13**
BUILD YOUR 'RED SPECIAL' WITH NEW BOOK (FOREWORD BRIAN MAY)

Build your own Electric GuitarJoin Brian May and build your own guitar with this Haynes Manual "Build Your Own ElectricGuitar".

As well as offering his top tips and guidance on sourcing parts, author Paul Balmer has teamed up with expert luthiers John Diggins and Andrew Guyton, who between them have built guitars for Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Mark King of Level 42, Roy Orbison and Brian May. With a detailed look at four project guitars built especially for this book, and case studies on possibly the world’s most celebrated homebuilt guitar – Brian May’s ‘Red Special’ – as well as Bo Diddley’s ‘Cigar Box’, this book provides all the information necessary to create a unique instrument that is satisfying to build and play.
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Build Your Own Electric Guitar (Haynes) [Hardcover]
Paul Balmer (author) with Foreword by Brian May

Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: Haynes Publishing (3 Jan 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0857332589
ISBN-13: 978-0857332585
Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 14.8 x 1.2 cM
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This all-colour, fully illustrated practical book brings the unique Haynes Build Your Own approach to a new audience. Comprehensive step-by-step procedures show both novice and experienced guitarists how to build their very own unique, high-spec custom S-type instrument, tailor-made for their needs, for far less than the cost of buying a factory-built equivalent. Various body, neck and hardware options are covered to suit all requirements, along with advice on how to build a guitar to give the desired sound. Details of fine-tuning, along with set-up advice, helps to ensure that the finished guitar will be a joy to own and play.

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**Fri 04 Jan 13**
BEAUTIFUL VERSION - LONG AWAY

Long Away - Marcel Ferreira - http://youtu.be/ZhjI07V_BJ4

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**Thu 03 Jan 13**
RIHANNA AND BRIAN - DIAMONDS REMIX ?

For real - or a fan mix?

Rihanna feat. Brian May - Diamonds (remix) - http://youtu.be/LSP1uA4H7rc

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**Thu 03 Jan 13**
BRIAN MAY ON STARGAZING LIVE - 8 JAN (BBC2)

Stargazing Live 2013

Brian May will be a guest on Stargazing Live on 8 January from Jodrell Bank, followed by short tribute to Sir Patrick Moore.

BBC Stargazing LIVE: January 2013

BBC 2
TUESDAY 8 JANUARY 2013
8pm Stargazing LIVE (New series)
1/6. Dara O Briain and Professor Brian Cox take a special look at Mars exploration.
REPEAT Sat 12 Jan 16:00 BBC 2

BBC 2
TUESDAY 8 JANUARY 2013
9pm Stargazing LIVE: Back to Earth
2/6. Brian, Dara and their guests return for an extra half hour of chat, debate and audience participation celebrating all things astronomical.

SEE LIST OF ALL BROADCASTS HERE

Stargazing LIVE returns for a third three-night series from 8-10 January 2013 to encourage everyone – from the complete beginner to the enthusiastic amateur – to make the most of the night sky. Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain will broadcast from the control room of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, interacting live with the audience and calling on a starry collection of the country’s finest astronomical minds to explore the majestic wonders of the cosmos. As well as asking some of the big questions, there will be hints and tips for getting started in stargazing and advice on navigating your way around the skies. Find the answers to your starry questions by checking out some of the amazing resources on this website. And with scores of Stargazing LIVE events occurring across the UK throughout January and February 2013, there will be some incredible opportunities for making the most of the night sky.

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**Thu 03 Jan 13**
INTERVIEW: BRIAN MAY DISCUSSES QUEEN'S GREATEST MOMENTS

GUITAR WORLD
2 January 2013 by Ben Mitchell

EXTRACT: In this 2011 interview, Brian May looks back on Queen's greatest moments.

"Sorry, my head takes a little while to get into gear,” says Brian May with a little laugh as he begins to mull over the history of Queen. The 63-year-old guitarist speaks gently, endeavoring to answer questions as fully as he can.

This year [2011] marks the group’s 40th anniversary, and in celebration, Queen’s 15 studio albums are being released in remastered deluxe editions. “I’m quite excited, actually,” says May. “They’re a really lovely bit of work, I think. There are lots of little bits of rescue that have been done to bring these albums closer to the original vinyl experience. You know, when you first opened your LP and it had that particular smell. Unfortunately we can’t quite do the smell yet, but we’re trying to get as close as possible to that sound and that feel. It’s a fascinating project.”

What were your impressions of Freddie Mercury before he joined Queen?
An interesting and flamboyant character who seemed to be very confident, but it was soon apparent that he was very shy underneath all that stuff. Yeah, he was an unknown. Full of enthusiasm, full of energy and ideas. We had no idea if he could sing or not, really. When we actually did see him sing with his old band, I don’t think we felt that good about it because he was very over the top. Of course, that all changed very quickly when Freddie got into the studio and started to hear himself and fashion himself according to his desires. He was very astute at finding the best in himself.

Who did you have most in common with when Queen first got together?
That’s complicated. Once we were all together we had quite a complex, sort of multiway interaction. That’s why it worked, really. I was very close to Roger in some ways because we’d already been in a band together. We are - and we were - kind of brothers. We were so close in our aspirations and the way we looked at music, but of course so distant in so many other ways. So like any pair of brothers we sort of loved and hated each other all along the line.

CONTINUES HERE

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**Thu 03 Jan 13**
BRIAN MAY IS PETA UK’S PERSON OF THE YEAR

VH1-CLASSIC ROCK RADIO
Queen guitarist Brian May can add another honour to his long list of accolades, but this latest one has nothing to do with music. The rocker has been named Person of the Year by PETA’s -K chapter. Brian spent much of the year working hard to stop the hunting of badgers in England. The tiny creatures are being killed off because farmers have been allowed to shoot them in a bid to reduce tuberculosis in cattle. Brian has been spreading the word that badgers have nothing to do with the disease. His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed and the animal charity honored Brian for his “tenacity and boldness.”

TIDBIT: Brian has a charity called Save Me that helps the badgers.

TALKING POINT: Have you ever stood up for animal rights?

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