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JULY 2015

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**Sun 12 Jul 15**
MAIL ON SUNDAY ARTICLE ... WITH COMMENT BY BRIAN
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EDITOR NOTE: FOR SUN NATION - BADGER-BOTHERING BRIAN AIN’T NO ANGEL and Mail On Sunday article below
Brian obviously doesn’t like either of these articles … but has asked that we put them up, with comments, so people can come to their own conclusions.

BRIAN MAY'S COMMENT:

This Mail On Sunday article took him (the writer) over a week to write, and he’s put more of his own thoughts (mostly faulty) in than mine. I wish I hadn’t wasted two hours of my life that I’ll never get back with this writer. The stuff about “Probably Freddie would …” is completely made up. And all that stuff about me ‘hesitating’ and him getting some kind of ‘admission' out of me is crap. It’s not the first time I’ve told that little story about the bumble bee. But it’s the first time it’s been used to try to make me look stupid. Rubbish, and not helpful to anyone except those who would like to belittle what I do. Still … We may as well put it up here. Maybe soon we’ll publish the actual transcript of our conversation. Then we can all take a view on what his motives were, and how good a job he did. My motive ? For doing the damn interview ? I thought this man might help us in our fight to get justice for animals. He obviously felt it was more important to try to be clever and … funny ?

Disappointing … Well, can’t win ‘em all.

Bri

MAIL ON SUNDAY
"AT LAST! THAT'S WHY BRIAN MAY HAS SUCH A BEE IN HIS BONNET"
ABOUT FOX HUNTING
12 July 2015 by Simon Walters

Brian May- Queen guitarist still racked with guilt after taking deadly revenge on insects that scared him as a boy
- Brian May, 67, says traumatic effect of killing flies as child left him guilty
- It set him on unlikely path from rock icon to powerful animal-rights activist
- Motivation came after killing a bee with a Flit gun and spraying blackfly
- He accused PM of a 'dishonest' attempt to bring back hunting by back door


OPPOSITE:
Guilt-ridden: Queen guitarist Brian May went from rock icon to a powerful
animal-rights activist

Freddie Mercury would probably have some sympathy with those pro-hunting supporters who find it difficult to understand rock guitarist Brian May’s ultra-hardline views on cruelty to animals.

May, who tried to stop the Government’s controversial badger cull – even writing an unlikely hit song about the issue – is now campaigning to prevent Tory MPs voting on Wednesday to relax anti-foxhunting laws.

The Queen guitarist says the band’s singer Mercury would tease him when they were on tour: ‘Oh Brian, I suppose you’re busy rescuing bloody flies in your hotel room again.’

Flamboyant Mercury was the archetypal sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll star until his death in 1991 from AIDS-related pneumonia. In contrast, May’s dazzling suits were strictly a stage persona: once off it, he was more likely to be found in his hotel room drinking tea – or rescuing flies.

In fact, Mercury wasn’t exaggerating with his comments about insects. It is not unheard of for young boys to singe a few or even cut the odd worm in half in juvenile acts of torture as they explore the natural world around them. The vast majority grow out of it and forget about it – but not May.

In the course of a revealing interview with The Mail on Sunday, it emerged that the traumatic effect of a series of incidents in his youth – including killing flies – set him on the unlikely path from rock icon to Britain’s most powerful animal-rights activist.

For such a softly spoken, outwardly gentle giant, May uses conspicuously violent language.

He says he ‘hates’ David Cameron’s stance on foxhunting, talks of a ‘fox Armageddon’, and calls his opponents ‘a bunch of lying b******s’ who pursue the ‘uniquely cruel’ sport out of ‘sadistic bloodlust’. He even compares foxhunting to ‘wife-beating and burning witches’.

Curious about his own motivation, I had noted that in the past May had referred obliquely to ‘something in his childhood’ that had influenced him.

What was it? He seemed uncomfortable. Had he ever killed an animal or been cruel to one?

May, 68 next Sunday, takes a deep sigh before confessing: ‘Yes, though I will expose myself to ridicule if I say how.’

Brian May with his mother
Trauma: Brian picture with his mother at around the time he attacked a bumble bee with a Flit gun as a boy

He has accused Cameron of a ‘dishonest’ attempt to bring back hunting by the back door. How about being honest himself? And so it all poured out. It started when he was frightened by a bumble bee at his home in the leafy suburbs of South-West London when he was a boy in the 1950s – and he took deadly revenge. Bloodlust if you like. His ‘weapon’ was his mother’s ‘pump-action Flit gun’ insect repellent to kill flies in the kitchen. He makes it sound like a Kalashnikov.

‘A bumble bee got into the house and seemed to be following me around and I got scared,’ he says.

‘I got the Flit gun and pumped it at the bee. It fell down, started buzzing horribly and whizzed round and round for half an hour before it died. I found it horrific and thought, “Why did I do that?” I felt very sad that I had unnecessarily destroyed a life.’

The sensitive young May was also disturbed by spraying a blackfly-infested plant in his family’s garden. ‘The next morning the plant was covered in this black glue,’ he says. ‘I had killed ladybirds and everything, not just blackfly.’ His sense of guilt is still palpable.

Then there was his mother and father’s well-intentioned fib to him when the family’s pet cat, Mittens, was run over by a car.

Brian and Freddie
May (right) says the band’s singer Freddie Mercury (left) would tease him when they
were on tour: ‘Oh Brian, I suppose you’re busy rescuing bloody flies in your hotel room again'

‘They didn’t think I was up to being told the truth and said it had wandered off and would be back. Eventually, I worked it out.’ May became a vegetarian after learning that the roast lamb dinner his mum ‘forced him to eat’ was ‘one of those white, fluffy things that runs around the fields’.

I can’t help wondering how far he would take his views. For example, if a fly walked across his biscuit plate right now, would he kill it? He rolls his eyes and says doubtless I will challenge him to say he wouldn’t even kill the friendless mosquito. Actually, I hadn’t even thought about mosquitoes.

‘Maybe if a tiger was coming towards me and was about to eat me I would kill the tiger. But you aren’t threatened by a fly, moth, cockroach, fox or badger,’ he says.

The guitarist has no truck with the ‘Oh My God there’s a dirty creature in my house’ attitude towards domestic pests – including rats.

‘Rats are no problem if there’s no humans around.’

The way to save rats is to get rid of the human race?

‘You’re pushing me into a corner,’ May responds. ‘Most of the problems in the world are because there are too many of us. Humans aren’t the only species on the planet – and not necessarily the most important.’

Never mind hunting foxes: May says if some animal-rights fanatics had their way, then horse-riding itself would be banned as ‘cruel.’ He says they have a point.

‘Horses did not evolve to be our slaves,’ the star continues. ‘They were meant to be running across the plains.’

Talking of wild horses, May believes we could learn from native American Indians. When they came across rough terrain, they would make moccasins, then discard them when the path smoothed out, whereas we just put concrete roads everywhere.

Brian May and badger protesters
He says he ‘hates’ David Cameron’s stance on foxhunting, talks of a ‘fox Armageddon’, and calls his opponents ‘a bunch
of lying b******s’ who pursue the ‘uniquely cruel’ sport out of ‘sadistic bloodlust’. He even compares foxhunting
to ‘wife-beating and burning witches’.

He claims he turned to political campaigning after realising that he could not change the world through music. I confess I was not aware of a Dylan-esque political agenda in Queen’s songs. Is Fat Bottomed Girls a political statement, I wonder?

‘I’m not talking about that,’ he snaps.

But he did a few years ago, reportedly saying it was about Mercury’s fondness for women – and men – with big bottoms.

May is resigned to being a ‘hate figure’ with foxhunting supporters – ‘I wake up every morning knowing people are plotting against me’ – and admits it is a strain.

His second wife, actress Anita Dobson, 66 – most famous for her role as Queen Vic owner Angie in the BBC soap EastEnders – loyally supports him ‘but she doesn’t find it easy because it brings out a lot of tension in me’.

May concedes he is obsessive. ‘I can’t do things by halves,’ he says. ‘I know it is a kind of sickness. Maybe I need curing.’

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**Sun 12 Jul 15**
BRIAN MAY & OWEN PATERSON ON "MURNAGHAN" SKY NEWS [VIDEO / PICS]
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Brian May & Owen Paterson on "Murnaghan" on changing Hunting Act 12072015
- http://youtu.be/nr_c5E6CGx4

Brian May on "Murnaghan"

Brian May on "Murnaghan"

Owen Paterson and Brian May on "Murnaghan"

Brian May on "Murnaghan"

Brian May on "Murnaghan

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**Sat 11 Jul 15**
BRIAN MAY TO BE ON "MURNAGHAN" SKY NEWS SUNDAY MORNING
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Sunday 12 July 2015
Sky News Channel 501
MURNAGHAN 10AM - NOON
National Sunday morning political interview show.
Dermot Murnaghan, with the weekend's news and top intervews and debate, plus a review of the day's newspapers.

Brian May joins presenter Dermot in the studio to talk about the Fox Hunting bill being debated in Parliament next week. Another guest is former Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson (via satellite link). Brian is expected to be ON AIR 11.05am (approx).

Murnaghan on Sky News

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**Sat 11 Jul 15**
BRIAN AND KERRY - CORPORATE
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Kerry Ellis tweeted:

Great concert with the Doc tonight (10 July) at @RosewoodLondon for @LandRover_UK and @BFFoundation ! Thank you for having us.

SET LIST

I Who Have Nothing
Butterfly
Dust In The Wind
Born Free
Somebody To Love
The Way We Were
Nothing Really Has Changed
'39
Is This The World We Created
One Voice
The Kissing Me Song
Crazy Little Thing
WWRY

(40 minutes)

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**Fri 10 Jul 15**
TORFAEN MP JOINS FORCES WITH QUEEN GUITARIST BRIAN MAY TO DEFEND THE HUNTING BAN
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FREE PRESS
Friday 10 July 2015 by Chris Seal

Brian and Nick Thomas_Symonds MP
TEAM FOX: Torfaen MP Thomas-Symonds and former Queen guitarist Brian May
met to discuss the Conservative plan to make changes to the Hunting Act

TORFAEN MP Nick Thomas-Symonds has joined forces with Team Fox and Dr Brian May in a fight to keep the ban on hunting in place.

Mr Thomas-Symonds and former Queen guitarist Brian May met last week to discuss the Conservative plan to make changes to the Hunting Act. The pair have pledged to work together to battle for animal welfare and keep the ban on hunting in place during this parliament.

Nick Thomas-Symonds said he was “delighted” to be working with Brian, a well known animal rights activist, and Team Fox in the campaign. During the meeting we spoke about politics and Parliament, but most of all about our need to maintain the Hunting Act and champion animal rights here in Parliament," said Mr Thomas-Symonds. “The Hunting Act was an important achievement of the last Labour Government and I will always vote against any legislation to repeal or weaken the Act. I will be encouraging colleagues to do the same when the Government brings forward a free vote on the issue on Wednesday.”

The Hunting Act, which came into force in 2005, bans the hunting of wild mammals including foxes, deer and hares, with dogs. It has proved to be the most successful wildlife legislation passed by Parliament, with over 400 prosecutions to date.

Brian May, besides being an astrophysicist and a Queen guitarist, also runs his own animal rights charity, the Save Me Trust, named after the Queen Song that he penned. The charity campaigns for the protection of all animals against unnecessary, cruel and degrading treatment. He was appointed vice-president of animal welfare charity the RSPCA in 2012,

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**Thu 09 Jul 15**
BRIAN ATTENDS ANITA FIRST NIGHT - "SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER
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She Stoops to Conquer, Theatre Royal Bath, review: 'delightful'
10 Jul 2015 By Dominic Cavendish

Brought boldly into the 1920s, Oliver Goldsmith's enduring comedy deserved louder laughs, says Dominic Cavendish

4 out of 5 stars

Anita Dobson
Anita Dobson and Jack Holden in She Stoops to Conquer Photo: Manuel Harland

There’s something strangely modern about Oliver Goldsmith’s enduring 1773 comedy, in so far as it expresses (and exaggerates) the insecurities of the male psyche. Are there any men brave enough to admit they recognise themselves in the anti-heroic figure of Charles Marlow, who is tongue-tied with women of his own – educated, refined – class but becomes quite the lusty lad when consorting with forward lasses from what had yet to be called a working-class background?

It’s not simply a case of the mask of civility being ripped off to reveal the beast within. Rather than approving or disapproving of Marlow’s shortcomings (apparently Goldsmith’s own) the genius of the piece is that it casts a wry but generous eye on his foibles. And it makes them come good, via a device of high contrivance. Having been gulled into thinking that the country house of the woman he has come to court – Kate Hardcastle – is an inn, Marlow is brought out of himself by Kate’s impersonation of an ordinary serving wench. Despising his inbred timidity, she releases him from it – she ‘stoops to conquer’.

While you can imagine a radical update of the play fit for our feminist times, Lindsay Posner serves both it, and the required levity of the Theatre Royal Bath’s summer season, well by bringing it as boldly far, but no further, than the 1920s. Instead of fusty wigs and foppery, we get a world of plus-fours, gramophones and Charlestons with Union Jack bunting and stag heads on the walls as Simon Higlett’s delightful design spins from the Three Pigeons pub to the pile to which the Wooster-ish Marlow and his snooty mate Hastings repair.

Rosy-cheeked Hubert Burton has superb comic timing as the deluded Marlow, toe-curlingly disdainful towards old Hardcastle, the man he mistakes for an inn-keeper – a winning study in barely contained explosive fury from Michael Pennington. Sure to go far too, Catherine Steadman switches likeably and effortlessly between cool, high-born Kate and her warm, West Country alter-ego.

There’s spirited support from Harry Michell as Hardcastle’s oafish step-son, Jack Holden as the hoity-toity Hastings and Charlotte Brimble as his furtive belle Constance. Last but not least, Anita Dobson acquits herself admirably in the unflattering role of Hardcastle’s fusspot wife – even ending up on all fours in a muddied dress. On the opening night her real-life hubby, Queen’s Brian May, was there to lend supportive titters. They all deserve far louder laughs, though.

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**Thu 09 Jul 15**
BRIAN ON "NEWSNIGHT" TONIGHT BBC 2 (TV) - WITH VIDEO
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Brian May on "Newsnight" Discussion on Fox hunting with Jim Barrington
- http://youtu.be/FoTp6hieFGU

Brian May appeared on BBC2 "Newsnight" taking part in a heated discussion with Countryside Alliance, Jim Barrington, on David Cameron's underhand proposal to adjust the Hunting Act by "Statutory Instrument", which would make the Act ineffective and be a return to bloodsports - by the backdoor.

 

BBC 2 News

09/07/2015 1-.30-11.20PM - BBC2
Newsnight
In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day's headlines with Laura Kuenssberg. Brian will join a debate discussion on fox hunting
On Air: approx 10.44pm

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**Thu 09 Jul 15**
URGENT: BRIAN SAYS ASK YOUR MP TO SAY NO! IN FOX HUNTING VOTE
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Six days to go till the fox hunting vote in Parliament - the Government's underhanded ploy to bring back bloodsports. Please urgently contact your MP and ask them to vote "No". A huge majority of the general public want the Hunting Act kept and strengthened - not swept aside in a short, cursory debate.

Please share with everyone. This is the most important vote in the history of Animal Welfare.

Please ask your MP to say NO! Don't turn back the clock.

Please share with everyone. This is the most important vote in the history of Animal Welfare. Please ask your MP to say NO! Don't turn back the clock.

Posted by Team Fox 2015 on Thursday, 9 July 2015

TEAM FOX: For more info visit:
WEBSITE: http://www.TeamFox.org.uk
FACEBOOK: http://tinyurl.com/praxm85

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**Wed 08 Jul 15**
BRIAN MAY BLASTS DAVID CAMERON'S PLANS TO RELAX FOX HUNTING LAWS
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MIRROR
8 July 2015 by Ben Glaze

Queen guitarist Brian May says the Prime Minister has "smashed" the Hunting Act

Brian May
PA - Queen guitarist Brian May, Queen guitarist: Brian May

Rock legend Brian May has blasted David Cameron’s sly scheme to destroy Labour’s ban on fox hunting.

Currently farmers can still flush out foxes using two dogs for “pest control” purposes. But MPs will have a free vote next week on scrapping the limit on hounds, making it much harder to prosecute hunts.

Fox hunting

PA Fox Hunt Members of the Derwent Hunt out January 2001 near Pickering
in North Yorkshire. Tally ho! Fox hunters are back on the trail

Animal rights activist and Queen guitarist Brian May told the Mirror:“This smashes the Hunting Act. They will be able to bring back the whole pack of dogs. This is to benefit people who want to pursue a sadistic bloodsport for fun.”

The plot was slipped out under the cover of yesterday’s Budget.

Cameron
David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions - Beloved of toffs: David Cameron

PM Cameron, who rode with a hunt before becoming Tory leader in 2005, plans to use a loophole known as a “statutory instrument” to avoid a full Government Bill and limit debate to just 90 minutes. The pro-hunt Countryside Alliance welcomed the news.

Should fox hunting be banned?

YES 85%
NO 15%

Executive Director Barney White-Spunner said: “These amendments would bring the law into line with Scotland. They will ensure farmers can choose how to manage the fox population. Traditional hunting will remain illegal.”

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EARLIER STORY:

MIRROR
David Cameron to relax laws on fox hunting - burying the bad news on Budget day
8 July 2015

Blood-thirsty toffs will be delighted that MPs are set to vote on relaxing laws so it's harder to prosecute fox hunters. David Cameron will reward his fox hunting chums with a vote on relaxing the 10-year-old ban next week.

The Tories plan to use a “technical change” to lift restrictions so the Prime Minister’s posh pals can unleash an unlimited number of hounds to flush out foxes. The sneaky plot was slipped out under the cover of today’s Budget, sparking claims ministers were exploiting the political showpiece to bury bad news.

Current hunting rules mean farmers can still flush out foxes using two dogs for “pest control”. But MPs will have a free vote on scrapping the restriction on the number of hounds, making it much harder to prosecute hunts.

Mr Cameron will use a parliamentary loophole known as a “statutory instrument” - meaning he will not need a full Government Bill and there will be just 90 minutes of debate next Thursday, July 16, before a vote.

League Against Cruel Sports Director Robbie Marsland said: “This is nothing but sneaking hunting in through the back door. By amending the Hunting Act like this, the Government are deliberately and cynically making it easier for hunts to chase and kill foxes, and harder for them to be convicted when they break the law. This is not about hunting foxes for pest control - it’s about hunting foxes for fun.”

The Mirror exclusively revealed last month how Mr Cameron texted hunt supporters as his election victory unfolded, thanking them for their backing. Charles Mann of pro-hunting campaign group Vote-OK said: “The Prime Minister sent this text to us early this morning ‘Please thank Vote-OK for all their amazing work’.”

Vote-OK’s campaigners swooped on key election battlegrounds to canvass for Tory candidates in the run-up to polling day.

Some anti-hunt Tories are expected to try and block easing the rules, which would bring Wales and England into line with Scotland.

The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said: “Upland farmers in the Highlands can use an unlimited number of dogs to flush out a fox, while those on the Welsh hills or the North Yorks Moors are limited to two. This is about technical changes to look at how you resolve that.”

SNP MPs are likely to abstain, meaning the restriction could be relaxed even if some Conservatives vote against.

Mr Cameron, who pledged to repeal the Hunting Act in the Tory manifesto, insisted: “It’ll be an opportunity for the House of Commons to debate an issue and then have a vote.”

Labour accused him of “resorting to desperate measures to bring back fox hunting”. Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary Maria Eagle said: “David Cameron’s proposals have more to do with controlling his backbenchers than fox numbers in the countryside and Labour will oppose any such measures. The Tories should be focusing on the real issues facing rural communities like low-wages and a lack of affordable and adequate transport and housing.”

But the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance welcomed the “positive news”. Executive Director Barney White-Spunner said: “It is a step forward and would mean that farmers and hunts will be able to use packs of hounds to find and shoot foxes. Traditional hunting will, though, remain illegal. These amendments would bring the law into line with Scotland and ensure that farmers are able to choose how to manage the fox population in the most effective and humane manner. We still believe that the Hunting Act needs to be scrapped, but in the circumstances these amendments meet the immediate needs of the rural community. There is solid support for hunting among MPs and we believe that there will be a majority for these logical, evidence-based changes.”

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**Wed 08 Jul 15**
BRIAN MAY TALKS ARMAGEDDON AND WHY THE 'BRUCE WILLIS SOLUTION' WON'T WORK
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Brian May sat down with The Huffington Post last Tuesday (30 June) at the London Asteroid Day event at the Science Museum in London. Check out the conversation...

HUFFINGTON POST
8 July 2015 by Nitya Rajan

With his long cloudy white curls spilling on to his shoulders and a turquoise shirt unbuttoned to reveal a small gold medallion, legendary guitarist Brian May looked every inch a rockstar as he sauntered into a conference room tucked away in the stone-floored corridors of the Science Museum. He was here for the premiere of Asteroid Day on June 30 – a new global initiative that aims to save the planet from death by asteroid or at the very least, provide a real life Armageddon-esque solution that doesn’t involve Bruce Willis.

As a side note, May thought Willis did a fine job of pretending to save the earth.

Asteroid Day’s beginnings appear to be a humble one, stemming from a simple conversation between May and Grigorij Richters, a German filmmaker who directed the event’s official movie 51ºNORTH.

May, like others working on Asteroid Day, does not have a rose-tinted outlook on what the annual event will actually achieve. As he sat down to talk with us about all things science, Queen and Armageddon, his softly spoken voice made one of the most powerful points of the evening: "One day it (Asteroid Day) may save the world.

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WATCH HERE

TRANSCRIPT by Jen Tunney [E&OE]

BRIAN: Yeah, I've been very lucky.

I think the world is changing 'cos I kind of felt lonely doing this stuff about 15 years ago. You know when I did my thesis, I was putting things in there which related from the 'Rock Star' world, if you like, into the thesis and people were a little bit frowny about it, you know. But now, for instance, I just gave an award to Matt Taylor, who's the Chief Scientist in the project. He's a Heavy Metal freak, you know. He was given an award by Metal Hammer - a spoon and hammer award.

Yes and world has changed a lot and it's now it's not that unusual for people to want to marry Art and Science and not be pigeon-holed. I think it's an escape from what happened with our generation. We were forced into being a Scientist and not an Artist, or forced into being an artist and you can't possibly do Science. So those of us who rebelled against that have found great joy in all that it produces.

If you can contribute to all parts of life around us and bring them together, it's a joy. I think, you know, and it can lead to some very interesting results - to insights, which you wouldn't otherwise get if you were just pouring over your book. So, I enjoy it, I do. I enjoy being part of it. I know that I'm not the highest level Scientist, in terms of asteroid research, but I can put a few little pieces which were forbidden.

Brilliant. Thank you so much for your time. I really do appreciate...

BRIAN: Pleased to meet you.

....[INDISTINCT] Armageddon and Bruce Willis ...

BRIAN: Well, the science is very rigorous in this case, yes, and very very well researched and Grig was absolutely passionate about that. He said "I don't want anything in this which couldn't happen", and it's really very true. So I'm enjoying it. It's a different kind of experience, and it may lead to something wonderful. It may save the world.

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**Mon 06 Jul 15**
ASTEROID DAY 2015 WAS A HUGE SUCCESS
BUT THE WORK CONTINUES
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Asteroid Day Panel - London

Dear Asteroid Day Supporter,

Six days ago we marked the first ever Asteroid Day. It has taken us till the end of last week to digest all that we accomplished and I am still shocked and amazed by the incredible support and excitement we were able to generate. We engaged Millions of people, both online and at over One hundred events across the globe. I am genuinely happy with most of the media coverage and the overall tone was fantastic, very little doom and gloom and many positive and constructive thoughts.

After all, the asteroid problem is one which we can solve, the question is simple: Do we care enough about our wonderful blue Planet that we want to protect it or do we ignore this potential threat and hope that it’ll go away by itself? - Which it won’t!

Asteroid awareness needs to go beyond June 30th and we are currently developing #TeamAsteroid which will keep the conversation alive every day of the year. Dr. Brian May actually coined this term during a recent interview with the Guardian which you can watch, here.


Please don’t forget, Asteroid Day is not about spreading panic, there is currently no asteroid on a collision course with Earth that we are aware of… Asteroid Day is about raising awareness, it is about understanding the threat and increasing our detection capabilities so that we can see the objects before it’s too late to deflect them. I believe that we must put this on our list of top priorities, we must strive to support those incredible men and women dedicated to keeping us safe from asteroids. We need to increase funding and keep the dialogue alive.

I also want to make clear that asteroids can affect any one of us and the meteor which exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia two years ago could be considered a warning shot from space - this isn’t a one nation problem.

I will devote myself to Asteroid Day for the next 12 months, however, since we are a very small (but dedicated) team, please get in touch and help if you can:

info@asteroidday.org

I hope that you will join us in raising awareness and please keep spreading the word!

Let’s do it!

best,
Grig

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**Mon 06 Jul 15**
BRIAN MAY HOLDING PARLIAMENTARY BRIEFING FOR LABOUR MPs TODAY
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Brian May and Team Fox holding a Parliamentary Briefing for Labour MPs this afternoon 2.30-3.30pm. Meeting sponsored by Angela Smith, MP:

Brian's Parliamentary Briefing for Labour 6 July 2015

Brian and labour briefing
Brian May and Labour MPs today [credit League Westminster]

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**Sun 05 Jul 15**
QUEEN'S BRIAN MAY IS JOINED BY DORSET CAMPAIGNER IN ANTI-HUNT COALITION
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BLACKMORE VALE MAGAZINE
5 July 2015 by jspiteri

Joe Hashman (Hounds Off) shares a moment with Lorraine Platt
Joe Hashman (Hounds Off) shares a moment with Lorraine Platt
from Conservatives Against Fox Hunting and rock legend Dr Brian May.

Hounds Off, a North Dorset-based organisation which supports people affected by illegal hunt trespass, has joined a coalition of national animal welfare organisations led by Queen guitarist Brian May in defence of the Hunting Act.

Hounds Off Founder Joe Hashman, from Shaftesbury, explained: "Hounds Off is pleased to be part of Team Fox and work with MPs of all political persuasions to defend, then ultimately reinforce, the Hunting Act."

Team Fox was officially launched in the Houses Of Parliament last Monday.

More information from http://www.houndsoff.co.uk/

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**Sun 05 Jul 15**
BRIAN AND KERRY "CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS LIVE IN MONTREUX" DVD - TOP 20 ITALY
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Brian May and Kerry Ellis's "Candlelight Concerts Live In Montreux" DVD is now TOP 20 in the Official DVD Chart in Italy. No [17 - Wks on Chart 1]

Link to FIMI: http://ow.ly/P7oi9

Keeping company on the chart: LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM-25 QUEEN - No 15

Candlelight Concerts

Candlelight Concerts
Queen Live At Wembley 25
AMAZON: Candlelight Concerts BluRay+CD - DVD
Live at Wembley 25th Anniversary - DVD

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**Fri 03 Jul 15**
STARMUS 3 FESTIVAL: 10 NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS, BRIAN MAY, KIP THORN, CHRIS HATFIELD,
ASTRONOMER ROYAL GATHER TO PAY TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN HAWKING
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THE HUFFINGTON POST UK
3 July 2015 by Caroline Frost

Star-watchers who stopped to marvel at the "double-star" two nights ago when Jupiter crossed with Venus in the night sky will be delighted to learn that some of the world's most respected astronomers will be gathering at next year's Starmus Festival - including, for the first time, the Astronomer Royal.

Festival participant Brian May tells HuffPostUK that 10 Nobel Prize Winners will also be attending the event, which for the first time will be dedicated to one extraordinary individual.

Stephen Hawking

This year's Starmus will pay tribute to Stephen Hawking

Brian is particularly proud of the open and accessible nature of the Festival, to take place from 27 June in 2016 in Tenerife, Canary Islands. He tells us:

"There are many great things about Starmus, but I would emphasise above all how attendees mingle. The educational aspect pervades the entire festival, since the public can freely approach our world-class speakers.

"There is also the possibility of spending time in a privileged location on the island of Tenerife with people who are an inspiration in different walks of life. You never know who you are going to have breakfast with! I think Starmus 3, dedicated to that wonderful person, Stephen Hawkings, will be the greatest of them all!"

As well as Stephen Hawking and Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees, guests will include Neil de Grasse Tyson, Kip Thorn, Bob Wilson and Harold Kroto.

Starmus is a unique gathering of artistic and scientific luminaries in the field of scientific exploration. In the past, it has welcomed guests from Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to Richard Dawkins and musician Rick Wakeman to participate in discussions.

Rick Wakeman, another of Starmus's musical ambassadors, gave a memorable concert with Brian May during the last edition in 2014, and will be providing accompaniment to Starmus 3 with his video composition 'Starmus'.

Starmus guests
Starmus 3 will welcome a prestigious guest list, including 10 Nobel Prize winners paying tribute to Stephen Hawking

One of the most prominent members of the Advisory Board, Genesis alumnus Peter Gabriel, highlights the close ties between astronomy and music. He says: "Musicians explore and define what exists inside us, astronomers explore and define what exists outside of us. That's precisely what I love about Starmus: the combination of the two worlds."

Professor Hawking adds: "I am honoured that Starmus III is titled 'Beyond the Horizon: A Tribute to Stephen Hawking'. The vision of Starmus became an incredible reality with its first two historic festivals in 2011 and 2014.

"With this next edition, Starmus confirms its position as a unique debating chamber for the future of the human race."

Starmus Festival 3 will be taking place 27 June to 2 July 2016 - more info here.

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**Fri 03 Jul 15**
BRIAN ON "THIS WEEK" PROGRAMME - TALKS FOX HUNTING BAN
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Brian appeared on Andrew Neil's "This Week" programme last night:

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"This Week" with Brian May on Fox Hunting Ban 02072015 - http://youtu.be/19Xv0f8_5vQ

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Brian May. Michael Portillo, Maria Margaronis, Tom Holland, Alastair Campbell

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Fox-hunting ban repeal: Portillo vs. Brian May

Musician Brian May spoke out against government plans to repeal the ban on fox-hunting passed by the last Labour government.
He told Andrew Neil on This Week fox-hunting was cruel, and that the classification of foxes as "vermin" was simply used to justify killing them.
But he was challenged by former Conservative minister Michael Portillo, who said he was wary of attempts to "extinguish a nation's culture", and added that if he were in Parliament currently he would vote to repeal the ban.

Check out video exchange with Michael Portillo: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33375946

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**Wed 01 Jul 15**
VIDEO: BRIAN MAY CONFIDENT COALITION OF MPs WILL DEFEAT ANY BID TO BRING BACK FOX HUNTING
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DAILY EXPRESS
1 July 2015 by Stuart Winter

ROCK legend Brian May is optimistic that “wonderful” rainbow coalition of MPs will defeat attempts to bring back fox hunting.

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Brian May is strongly against fox hunting [GETTY]

The Queen guitarist says there is now a “good chance” that a bid to bring back the controversial blood sport to the countryside will be defeated.

He spoke of his increasing belief that fox hunting will be confined to the history books on the day he launched a coalition of animal welfare organisations - Team Fox - to fight the Hunting Act’s repeal.

Although pro-hunting Prime Minister David Cameron had made an election pledge to hold a free vote for MPs on bringing back hunting with dogs that would see stags and hares as well as foxes killed, there appears to a fading appetite among both the new intake of Tory MPs as well as party veterans for a return.

Up to 50 Tories could vote against any move to repeal the decade hold Hunting Act with an equal number abstaining.

After meeting Conservative MPs in the Commons, May spoke exclusively to Express Nature about his growing belief that attempts to bring back fox hunting will be defeated.

He says: “At the moment, and I am surprised I am saying this, but I feel optimistic. After the last election, the first reaction we had as animal campaigners was we had a lost a lot of friends. What we did not realise was that we made a lot of friends as well. We have wonderful MPs in the House from all parties.

“In short, I feel very optimistic. We have some wonderful people in the House and we have a very good chance if a vote comes up for a return to blood sports as David Cameron promised, then the result would be in favour of keeping the ban.”

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**Wed 01 Jul 15**
NEW BRIAN MAY COLLAB: 'RUDE AWAKENINGS' KALINICH & TIVEN "EACH SOUL HAS A VOICE" ALBUM
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Out of the DarknessNOTE: BRIAN previously appeared on Kalinich & Tiven album "Yo MaMa - Symptomology; Shortcuts to Infinity" on track "Out of the Darkness" (released 26 July 2012)

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SONG PREMIERE: STEPHEN KALINICH AND JON TIVEN – “RUDE AWAKENINGS”
1 July 2015

The team of Stephen Kalinich and Jon Tiven has an extensive and extremely impressive combined resume, but resting on laurels is something they refuse to do on their upcoming new album Each Soul Has a Voice being released by MsMusic July 3.Their respective compositions have been sung the world over by Beach Boys both as a group and as solo artists, B.B. King, Paul McCartney, Wilson Pickett, Alex Chilton, P.F. Sloan, and literally hundreds of others.

Stevie and Jon wrote some 700 songs in preparation for recording Each Soul Has a Voice before selecting 14 to record. One of the standout tracks is “Rude Awakening”, which we are excited to premiere on Glide. To give us insight on how this tune came about, the songwriters themselves offered up their thoughts…

“Brian [May] & I have been good friends for over 40 years, and last time he came through New York (while I was living there) he came over and we had a few jam sessions which we recorded in case something good could come from them. I added a few instruments and sent it to Brian, who was quite shocked at the shape it had taken, quite delighted actually, and insisted on fixing a few things on his original guitar track. But the essence of the original inspiration is intact and very much the soul of the song.” – Jon Tiven

“‘Rude Awakenings’ is awakening to the realization that we are lacking something inwardly spiritually in this modern world. All the achievements and wealth do not bring us joy. I sent the words first and Jon and Brian already had this track to go with it.” - Stephen John Kalinich

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**Wed 01 Jul 15**
BRIAN TO BE ON BBC "THIS WEEK" THURSDAY
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Brian May will be a guest on BBC One "This Week" tomorrow night - a National political discussion, presented by Andrew Neil. Brian is expected to be on the programme around midnight, discussing the launch of Team Fox.

BBC TV ONE “This Week”
Thursday 2 July 2015
Live on air: 11.35pm - 12.20am

Brian will join presenter Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo, former Conservative Party politician and Cabinet Minister, and Alistair Campbell, journalist, author and Director of Communications for former prime minister, Tony Blair, between 1997 – 2005.

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**Wed 01 Jul 15**
ASTEROID DAY - LONDON - PHOTOGRAPHS
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