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JULY 2015

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REMINDERS:
1 July - Registration opens for Starmus 2016 (27 June until 2 July 2016).
14 July - Anita Dobson "This Morning" 10:30-12:30pm
14 July - Anti Fox Hunting March, Old Palace Yard, London SW1 - Brian speaking
17 July - Brian at NASA Press Conference, Maryland, USA.
25 July - Brian and Denis Pellerin Keynote speakers, 3D-CON, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
28 Aug - Release Motorhead "Bad Magic"album ft Brian May on 'The Devil'.

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**Sun 19 Jul 15**
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRIAN
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Our Dear Doc is 68 YEARS YOUNG TODAY !!
Have a Great Day !!

Brian in Space - Birthday wish

 

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**Sat 18 Jul 15**
ANOTHER PLUTO EVENT
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Brian took part in a Q & A session on Saturday morning 18 July 11am at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory facility in Laurel, MD, during his 3-day visit.

Q & A Session

Q & A Session
Brian in the Q & A Session at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

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**Fri 17 Jul 15**
QUEEN GUITARIST AND ASTROPHYSICIST BRIAN MAY HELPS PLUTO TEAM EXAMINE DATA
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Musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist Brian May says 'it's a thrill' to be working with the New Horizons project.

CTVNEWS.ca
17 July 2015 by Jesse Tahirali

He may be better known for rocking out on tracks like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Fat Bottomed Girls,” but Queen guitarist Brian May was at NASA headquarters Friday [17 July] to talk about a different kind of rock – Pluto, to be specific.

May, who holds a PhD in astrophysics, was in attendance for NASA’s latest briefing on New Horizons’ historic flyby of Pluto, which took place earlier this week. May was there as a “science team collaborator.”

Brian May speaks at the NASA headquarters on Friday,
Queen guitarist Brian May speaks at the NASA headquarters on Friday, July 17, 2015.

Though he spoke only briefly, May told the New Horizons team he was thrilled to be in attendance.

“I’m one of those people in Europe who’s been following your every move on our laptops and TVs, in our offices and in our bedrooms,” he said, standing in the audience. "What an amazing achievement. You have inspired the world. Thank you.”

On Tuesday, New Horizons became the first spacecraft to ever visit Pluto after completing an almost decade-long journey. Principle investigator Alan Stern told the audience that May had travelled from Europe to help the team work with the data they were receiving from the spacecraft following its journey past the dwarf planet.

From 1970 to 1974, May worked on his PhD at Imperial College in London, England, but abandoned his studies as Queen gained international success. In 2006, May returned to the school to complete his studies, earning his degree in 2007.

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**Thu 16 Jul 15**
BRIAN MAY AND DENIS PELLERIN TO SPEAK AT 41ST 3D-CON 2015, UTAH
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Brian May & Denis Pellerin will be attending the National Stereoscopic Association Convention (3D-CON) in Utah, USA this week. LSC will have a stand at the NSA Photo Fair on Saturday 25th July They will have products from Brian's London Stereoscopic Co Ltd [LSC] on display and available for sale and Brian and Denis will be on hand to sign copies of "The Poor Man's Picture Gallery" at some point (only books, NO Queen material please).

In the evening (Sat 25 July they will be delivering the Keynote lecture about "The Poor Man's Picture Gallery" after the Gala dinner.

3D-Con 2015 Banner

Come to Salt Lake City next July 21-27 2015 for the biggest confluence
of stereoscopic imaging makers and collectors in the world

41st NATIONAL STEREOSCOPIC ASSOCIATION CONVENTION [3D-CON]
Dates:
21-27 July 2015
Venue:
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort,
Snowbird
SALT LAKE CITY
Utah, USA.

WEBSITE | REGISTRATION | CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Brian and Denis' Presentation:
Saturday, July 25
9 PM Keynote speakers:
Brian May and Denis Pellerin Ballrooms 2&3

Salt LAKE CITY 2015 NSA 3D-CON - https://youtu.be/PJ_5xkSqSUQ

3-Con 2015 Salt Lake City stereo - parallel view
Parallel view

Denis Pellerin, Brian May and Paula Fleming keynote speech 3D-Con June 2013

Denis Pellerin, Brian May and Paula Fleming answer questions from the audience following their Keynote
presentation "Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell" at the 39th 3D-Con, Traverse City, Acme, Michigan, USA.
Saturday 8 June 2013 | Credit: 3d-con.com

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**Fri 17 Jul 15**
BRIAN MAY ATTENDS PLUTO PRESS CONFERENCE
JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY, MARYLAND
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Brian May aplauds New Horizons Team

Brian speaking NASA Press Conference

Bri in NASA Press Conference

Brian and NASA Administrator Charles Boden

VIDEO CLIP

TRANSCRIPT:
Alan Stern:....And finally I'd like to recognise one of our Science Team collaborators who's come over from Europe to help us work with the data a little bit. Some of you may know Dr Brian May. Dr Brian.... [APPLAUSE]

BRIAN: Hear me -Probably not? I'm the guy. I'm one of those people in Europe whose been following your every moves on our laptops and TVs, in our offices, in our bedrooms. It's a thrill to be here with you and what an amazing achievement. You have inspired the world. Thank you.

Clip origin: www.c-span.org/


Brian May speaks at NASA Press Conference 17 July 2015
Brian May speaks at NASA Press Conference 17 July 2015

A surprise guest at the conference at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Maryland,
and a mission collaborator, according to Stern, was Dr Brian May, guitarist with Queen.
He said: “It’s a thrill to be with you guys. What an amazing achievement. You’ve inspired the world.” -
See more at: http://sen.com/news/pluto-has-a-frozen-heart-and-a-tail-#sthash.Ca2Ri7PL.dpuf

Brian May is attending the Press Conference today....

NASA.GOV
NASA TO RELEASE NEW PLUTO IMAGES SCIENCE FINGINGS AT JULY 17 NASA TV BRIEFING

NASA will hold a media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, July 17, to reveal new images of Pluto and discuss new science findings from Tuesday’s historic flyby.

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MSGBOARD
17 JULY 2015

Brian May is in the audience of the pluto press conference . 17th Jul, 2015 AT 18:08:27

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PRESS CONFERENCE FOOTAGE
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NASA VIDEO REPORT:

NASA News Conference on the New Horizons Mission - https://youtu.be/xAGwxl7FZWw
[Brian can be seen from 5:51]

CNN COVERAGE:

CNN: Josh Earnest, NASA Conference, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, #ArpaioFreeAZ Rally, Chattanooga
- https://youtu.be/_t4uA5eDl1I?t=1191s

NASA Press Conference starts 18:20

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

NASA NEW HORIZONS PLUTO FLYBY PHOTOS AND FIRST
SCIENCE CONTINUES TO SURPRISE AN EXCITE
17 July 2015 by Charles Poladian

EXTRACT: NASA had its own surprise on Earth and introduced Brian May, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist, during Friday's presentation.


There is frozen carbon monoxide in the heart of Pluto. 
NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

NASA New Horizons has delivered all the goods with Pluto.

The flyby Tuesday was a success and even before the moment, the spacecraft delivered our best look at the dwarf planet and helped determine its actual size. The hits continued Friday with even more photos from Pluto.

After the phone home and first batch of images from NASA's New Horizons, Pluto dazzled with ice mountains. The surprises continued with chasms and craters on Charon, one of Pluto's moons. As an added bonus, we got out first glimpse of Pluto's moon hydra. Pluto and Charon are geologically active, which is another development that surprised scientists. Ahead of the new photos Friday, NASA released detailed images of Charon that revealed a mountain that is stumping scientists.

"The mission has had nine years to build expectations about what we would see during closest approach to Pluto and Charon. Today, we get the first sampling of the scientific treasure collected during those critical moments, and I can tell you it dramatically surpasses those high expectations," John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement.

Mystery mountain on Charon
mystery mountain on Charon captured by New Horizons.  NASA-JHUAPL-SwRI

The Charon photo taken at 6:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday from around 49,000 miles has a mountain in the middle of a depression.

NASA had its own surprise on Earth and introduced Brian May, Queen guitarist and astrophysicist, during Friday's presentation. Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, introduced a flyover video of Pluto and even more of the "frozen plains of Pluto." The dwarf planet's atmosphere had its time in the spotlight and it's made up of nitrogen, methane and hydrocarbons. The weak gravity of Pluto means the nitrogen atmosphere of Pluto is escaping into space.

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**Thu 16 Jul 15**
QUEEN GUITARIST AND DOWNTON ACTOR DISAPPOINTED AT BEAGLE FARM DECISION
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ITV NEWS

Queen guitarist and Downton actor disappointed at Beagle farm decision

Beagles
Photo: Press Association

Celebrities Brian May and Peter Egan both voiced his disappointment at the ruling to approve the expansion of a beagle farm near Withernsea.

Brian May
Brian May Credit: Press Association

“I am sickened to hear that this facility is to go ahead, ignoring the views of the public and local authorities, and condemning these best friends of man to thousands of unethical and unnecessary tests. This is an appalling message for Britain to send out to the world.”
– Brian May

Brian May, Peter Egan, Mark The Vet
Peter Egan (centre) pictured with Brian May (left) Credit: Press Association

This is a tragedy that will see litter after litter of beagle pups reared for the laboratory, where these gentle animals will be force-fed and killed in crude tests that are of little use to people.
– Peter Egan

But David Gatehouse from B&K Universal, which owns the site, says their concerns are misleading and that the new facility will be kinder on the dogs.

Beagle farm plans approved

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**Wed 15 Jul 15**
ANITA DOBSON APPEARANCE ON THIS MORNING
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Anita Dobson gave a thoroughly delightful interview on This Morning, chatting to Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden. Enjoy !]]

< REGRET VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE >
Anita Dobson This Morning 14 07 2015 - http://youtu.be/A2klcrRzr2U

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**Tue 14 Jul 15**
BRIAN MAY: TV AND RADIO AND FOOTAGE TODAY
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Daily Mail_Fox hunting protesters including Brian May hold rally at Westminster 14 Jul15

 

Brian May Speech (ending only) Hunting Act Rally 14072015
- https://youtu.be/C-ufZuhaPJw

 

GUARDIAN:
14 July 2015
Anti-foxhunting protesters set off orange smoke flares and block the road outside parliament in protest against a government move to relax the ban on foxhunting. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered to oppose a vote due to be held on Wednesday. The government decided against holding the vote after the Scottish National party said it would oppose a relaxation of the ban



BRIAN'S INTERVIEWS
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Brian May and Nick Ferari LBC News 14 July 2015 - https://youtu.be/JVGQJHuTESU

Brian May on Sky Sunrise Before Fox Hunting Vote Rally 14072015
- http://youtu.be/ENXjPjxIm3s
Brian May discussion on BBC Victoria Derbyshire 14072015 with News
- http://youtu.be/yV-4azcB6W8


Brian May on Hunting, Pluto, Adam Lambert with Hala Gorani CNN 14072015
- http://youtu.be/ui6TDBZgN5c



Listen out / look out for Brian on TV and radio tomorrow.

These are the main opportunities:

DON'T FORGET - ANITA DOBSON: ITV1 "This Morning" between 10:30-12:30pm - video

MORNING (times approx)
7.14am - LBC Radio - with Nick Ferari - video
8.15am - SKY News Sunrise - with Steve Dixon - video
8.40am - BBC R5 Live Breakfast - with Rachel Burden and Adam Parsons (phone) [CANCELLED]
10-10.20am - BBC News “Victoria Derbyshire Programme” - video

11.00-noon < Rally - Old Palace Yard, Westminster >
11.30-noon - Brian speaking at rally

Noon-12.20pm - BBC Daily Politics

EVENING
6.30pm - Channel 5 News [CANCELLED]
8.30pm - CNN "The World Right Now" with Hala Gorani - video

There will of course be Press.

MORE Interviews directly after rally - we do not have broadcast times or publication details for these but would expect to see coverage later in the day from:

Press Association
London Live
CNN
BBC News World Service
BBC Westminster
Reuters
Mirror Online
ITN

Please check back in case any timing updates or additions

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**Mon 13 Jul 15**
SNP ON FOX HUNTING VOTE {WILL VOTE 'NO')
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GREAT NEWS - SNP will vote NO to Hunting Act changes...

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SNP.ORG
13 July 2015

The Scottish National Party Westminster Group met this evening and decided to vote against the Tory Government's attempt to relax the ban on fox hunting south of the border in Wednesday's vote.

SNP Westminster Group Leader Angus Robertson MP said:

"We totally oppose fox hunting, and when there are moves in the Scottish Parliament to review whether the existing Scottish ban is strong enough, it is in the Scottish interest to maintain the existing ban in England and Wales for Holyrood to consider.

"We are in a situation where the Tory government are refusing to agree to any amendments to improve the Scotland Bill - which are supported by 58 of Scotland's 59 MPs - and imposing English Votes for English Laws to make Scotland's representation at Westminster second class.

"In these circumstances, it is right and proper that we assert the Scottish interest on fox hunting by voting with Labour against the Tories' proposals to relax the ban - in the process, reminding an arrogant UK government of just how slender their majority is - just as we will vote against the Tory welfare cuts next week, and appeal to Labour to join us."

NOTES:
Steps to consider the Scottish ban are here:
http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/msps-investigate-whether-fox-hunting-ban-flouted-1-3828315

The Group position was agreed without a vote.

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**Mon 13 Jul 15**
RALLY TO PROTECT THE HUNTING ACT - TOMORROW AT 10.30AM OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT
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Notice put out by League Against Cruel Sports:

LACS / Team Fox Notice

Tomorrow we are gathering outside Parliament with celebrities and other animal welfare organisations to raise our voices against the Government's plans to destroy the Hunting Act. We would love for you to join us.

It is vital that we get big numbers so that MPs see the strength of public feeling against cruel sports such as fox hunting.

We are gathering at 10.30am outside Parliament. You will also have the opportunity to enter Parliament following the rally and personally lobby your MP - nothing is more effective than face to face meetings and so this is a great opportunity to have your say.

If you can't make it don't worry! You can join us in spirit by sharing details about the rally with friends and family that can be there. Also if you are on social media the #KeepTheBan hashtag is ablaze with people lobbying their MPs online so make sure to join in.

Also take a look at our campaign page for a number of other ways in which you can help us protect the Hunting Act:

WWW.LEAGUE.ORG.UK/SAVETHEACT

Hunting with hounds, whether the victims are foxes, deer or hares, is nothing but a cruel pastime carried out by a minority who like to see animals ripped apart.

I can assure you that we are doing everything that we can to protect the Hunting Act and stop this attempt to bring back animal cruelty in the countryside. But none of this could be possible without the support of people like you. Thank you so much for all of your support!

Together we will make a difference for animals.

Kind regards,
Mark McCormick
Senior Communications Officer

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**Mon 13 Jul 15**
SAVE ME TRUST PRESS RELEASE: SCOTLAND V ENGLAND THE TRUTH NOT THE SPIN!
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Brian May’s Save Me opposes amendments to the Hunting Act 2004

Dr Brian May’s Save Me Trust strongly opposes the government's proposals to amend the Hunting Act 2004 using a draft Order. The government proposes to use a statutory instrument to change the exemptions under the Act, in order to use an unlimited number of dogs in exempt cases. At present, the exemptions only apply where a maximum of two dogs are used. The government claims that it is amending the exemptions to bring them into line with the current position in Scotland.

Anne Brummer CEO said “The use of a draft Order, rather than a Bill to amend, is a good example of 'cherry picking' some of the bits of the Scottish legislation, that favour hunters, without also taking on the related obligations. Most notably, the Scottish legislation has the possibility of higher penalties to go with its more liberal approach to the number of dogs used. The power to amend the existing exemptions by order does not permit amendment of penalties and thus underlines the inappropriateness of the approach of using a draft order.” It should also be noted that there are only 10 registered hunts in Scotland, compared to the 310 in England and Wales, so the issues of enforcement are hardly comparable.

Brian May said, “If the government wishes to amend or repeal the Hunting Act 2004, it should have the guts to bring forward a Bill, as it suggested it would during the election campaign. They are simply running scared of the level of opposition such a move would produce. 80 per cent of the electorate is against the repeal of the Hunting Act 2004. The draft Order is a move to avoid the kind of debate that a Bill would engender and to curtail the time allowed for debate of the proposed changes.”

The government's supporters have suggested that bringing the legislation in England and Wales in line with that in Scotland, would be beneficial to farmers.

Brian May at Hay Festival May 2014

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**Mon 13 Jul 15**
ANITA ON THIS MORNING ITV1 TUESDAY
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Tuesday 14 July TV - This Morning ITV1

Anita Dobson will be making a guest appearance this coming Tuesday morning 14 July on ITV1 between 10:30-12:30pm. Unfortunately I don’t know the exact time schedule Anita will be appearing. That’s the latest update for now.

Thanks to The Anita Dobson Fan Club

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**Mon 13 Jul 15**
MEDIA ALERT: BRIAN MAY TO LEAD ANTI-FOX HUNTING CAMPAIGN AT WESTMINSTER
AHEAD OF FREE VOTE
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Brian May will be taking outside Parliament on Tuesday in support of the Hunting ban.

Please go along and show your support.

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BRIAN MAY TO LEAD ANTI–FOX HUNTING RALLY

UK's Leading Animal-Protection Groups to Call On Lawmakers to Keep Hunting Act Intact

What:

Ahead of Wednesday’s free vote, Queen guitarist and committed animal campaigner Brian May – along with May's Save Me Trust, PETA, the RSPCA, the League Against Cruel Sports, Born Free, Lush and Humane Society International – will descend on Westminster, urging policymakers to keep Britain humane by keeping the Hunting Act intact. The group will let the public in on the high stakes of the vote: that amending the existing rules to increase the number of dogs allowed to flush out wild animals would, for all intents and purposes, make fox hunting legal again.

"UK citizens have made their voices heard and support a ban on the cruel and destructive practice of hunting these vulnerable, fragile animals", says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. "We're calling on decisionmakers to heed their constituents by maintaining the current limit on hunting with dogs."

“We are appalled and shocked that the government would try to bring back fox hunting in 2015. It is turning the clock back on cruelty and against the will of 80% of the population” says Save Me Trust CEO Anne Brummer.

Tom Quinn, Director of Campaigns for the League Against Cruel Sports says the groups coming together on Tuesday, known collectively as Team Fox, represent not only the majority of Britain but, “all the animals that are targeted by hunts, including deer and hares.” He says that “Hunters are a minority who like to make animals suffer in the name of ‘sport’. They don't represent the countryside. Team Fox is determined to ensure that MPs understand the truth about what hunting really is, and vote the way the public want them to vote with no compromise - and keep cruelty history.”

Wednesday's upcoming vote threatens to overturn a limit on hunting with more than two dogs – a decision that would doom countless animals to the terror of long, exhausting chases that typically end only when they've been torn apart.

Where: Old Palace Yard, SW1, Westminster, London

When: Tuesday, 14 July, 11 am

Rally 14 July 2015
DON'T TURN BACK THE CLOCK
COME AND JOIN OUR RALLY & LOBBY YOUR MP
TUESDAY 14 JULY
11AM START
OLD PALACE YARD, SW1
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TEAM FOX

BATH CHRONICLE
13 July 2015 by James Crawley

Animal rights activists will descend on Westminster on Tuesday (July 14) with one clear message: keep the Hunting Act intact.

On Wednesday (July 15) MPs will vote to either keep the law as it stands or change it, which could make fox hunting legal. Queen guitarist Brian May will head the campaign march, which will include PETA, the RSPCA, the League Against Cruel Sports, Born Free, Lush and Humane Society International.

Brian and fox cub
Brian May opposes changing fox hunting law

Tory MPs will hold a free vote, meaning its MPs are free to vote as they please. Labour are expected to vote in favor of keeping the law which they introduced in 2004. They have called on the SNP to get involved, who would not normally vote on matters which have no affect on Scotland, and rebel against the Conservatives.

Speaking ahead of the vote, PETA director Mimi Bekhechi said: "UK citizens have made their voices heard and support a ban on the cruel and destructive practice of hunting these vulnerable, fragile animals. We're calling on decisionmakers to heed their constituents by maintaining the current limit on hunting with dogs."

Save Me Trust CEO Anne Brummer said: "We are appalled and shocked that the government would try to bring back fox hunting in 2015. It is turning the clock back on cruelty and against the will of 80% of the population."

Save Me

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