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**Thu 25 Jun 15**
QUEEN'S BRIAN MAY VISITS PATIENT AT ADDENBROOKE'S IN CAMBRIDGE
AND MAKES A NEW FRIEND
The musician visited a young girl receiving treatment in hospital and later tweeted: "I made a great new friend @ACTcharity !!! Rock on Jess ! Bri".
Following his visit, Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust (ACT), the dedicated charity for Addenbrooke's and the Rosie Hospitals tweeted: "Thank you very much @DrBrianMay for visiting Jess today, it was a wonderful surprise for her and the staff!"
**Thu 25 Jun 15**
Brian May and film-maker Grigorij Richters will be ITV1's "This Morning" programme, next Monday 29 June at around noon or soon.
They will be talking about Asteroid Day (which is on 30 June) and the soundtrack Brian has recorded for the 51 Degrees North movie.
**Wed 24 Jun 15**
EVERYONE can sign !!! HERE
Petitioning . public and private and philanthropic organisations
To learn more about Asteroid Day click here
**Wed 24 Jun 15**
Brian tried a quick test of his Queen knowledge with the new Queen "Play The Game" official app. Can you do better than Brian?
**Tue 23 Jun 15**
One of the best-known musicians in the world has described the plans for a massive pig farm in Co Antrim as a "horrific prospect". Queen guitarist Brian May has spoken out in the Belfast Telegraph as Antrim and Newtownabbey Council considers plans for what will be Northern Ireland's biggest pig farm.
Farmer Derek Hall has submitted plans for the facility on the Rae Hill Road in Newtownabbey, and argues that it will allow his pigs more space and better conditions.
More than 2,000 people have written official objection letters to the council over the plans, and 184,000 people have signed an online petition against it.
Now Mr May has added his voice to the growing global outrage the plans have sparked. He told the Belfast Telegraph he was concerned because he feels the proposed pig plant is cruel and degrading to the animals, and also expressed worry it could put smaller farmers out of business.
"Mechanised farming on this scale is a horrific prospect," he said. "Cruel and degrading to the animals, it is the final unacceptable step into the complete denial that animals have any feelings, or any right to a decent life and a decent death. These vile factories are the antithesis of humane farming, and in the USA have already virtually wiped out traditional farmers of the land."
Mr May has urged the councillors to say 'no' to the plans. "The water run-off from such plants contaminates the water table, causing irreversible damage to the environment, and has been linked to sickness in the surrounding areas," he said. "There are so many healthier, more humane, more efficient, and ecologically more viable ways to feed ourselves. We believe these factories are an obscenity and Britain should say a firm 'no' to allowing them into our country."
Mr May is a committed animal rights activist and set up the campaigning group, the Save Me Trust.
Opponents of the pig farm will be holding a public meeting tonight at 7pm at the Elim Church in New Mossley.
Derek Hall has rejected the comments by Mr May, saying his plans are "completely different" to the American pig units referred to. He has also invited the musician to his plant - if permission is granted for it to be built - to see conditions for himself. "Unlike America, the pig industry here is highly regulated and I have government inspections at least quarterly to ensure all guidelines are being met and, in my case, often exceeded and that the welfare of the pigs is of paramount importance," he said. "In America, the pigs are weaned at an earlier age which increases dependency on antibiotics and they also use drugs that are illegal here.
"All of our animals are born and reared on our current farm before being sent to market and this would not change. Many local consumers who want to eat pork, and supermarkets who sell it, want their products to be from the UK or Ireland where they know that the welfare of the pigs is being monitored. We plan to invest millions of pounds in the very latest state-of-the-art farming methods. This will give further enhanced welfare, giving animals up to 30% more space than government legislation states with an anaerobic digester to virtually eliminate odour and a full range of technology to massively reduce noise, dust and our impact on the environment.
If we do get planning permission for the new farm, once it is built I would be proud to welcome a visit from Mr May to see the conditions and high levels of animal welfare for himself."
**Sun 21 Jun 15**
HOT NEWS !!
Get your ticket for our 51 hour Ticket Sale for 30 June Asteroid Day London Event. Don't delay !! Offer Ends 23 June 2015 12:00
Details and booking here: http://goo.gl/6pRxXl
**Sat 20 Jun 15**
Dr Brian May's Wood is blooming and wildflowers are growing again & again!
Thanks to Linda Lamon
**Fri 19 Jun 15**
Coldplay’s Chris Martin can sip from his ‘world’s best Dad’ mug and feel a bit smug this weekend as he can now also lay claim to the title of most-listened to dad, according to Spotify. The music streaming service has revealed the musical fathers whose tracks get listened to the most, and the Coldplay front man comes out on top, ahead of Eminem and Kanye West. French DJ David Guetta and Chris Brown complete the top five, while Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z also make the top 10. The music service has even been nice enough to create a playlist from the findings.
Spotify looked at the number of streams each over the last 12 months in order to come up with the list and also compiled one just of British dads.
On this list Liam Gallagher was second to Martin, with Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood in third. Queen’s Brian May is fourth, ahead of Kasabian’s Tom Meighan. Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger, Matt Bellamy, David Bowie and Johnny Marr complete the top 10. And again, there’s a playlist especially for the occasion.
**Wed 17 Jun 15**
Madrid, 17 June 2015 - The stars of the international world of science will shine brighter than ever in the Canary Islands during the third edition of the Starmus Festival, to be held on Tenerife from 27 June to 2 July 2016. Under the slogan "Beyond the horizon — Tribute to Stephen Hawking", the festival programme will be devoted to the best-known theoretical physicist and populariser of science of all time.
"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," declared eminent theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking.
Garik Israelian, founder and director of Starmus, added: "we are very proud and honoured to have the consent of Professor Hawking to pay tribute to him; as a result, the next edition will be a historic milestone on a par with the stature of Stephen Hawking himself".
Considered as one of the most ambitious contemporary science festivals, the next edition of Starmus will feature ten Nobel prizewinners in the fields of Physics, Chemistry and Medicine: Harold Kroto and Eric Betzig (Chemistry, 1996 and 2014, respectively); biologists Carol Greider and Elizabeth Blackburn (shared award for Medicine, 2009); Robert Wilson and David Gross (Physics, 1978 and 2004, respectively); Adam Riess and Brian Schmidt (shared award for Physics, 2011); and the couple Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser (who shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2014).
In addition to a glittering line-up of Nobel prizewinners, the festival will feature renowned astronomers, astrophysicists and scientists, including notably astronauts Michael López-Alegría, Garrett Reisman, Chris Hadfield and Russell Schweickart, cosmonauts Alexei Leonov and Sergey Volkov, astrophysicists Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kip Thorne, Martin Rees, Jill Tarter and Robert Williams, and physicist Neil Turok.
Based on the variety of the panel of speakers, this international encounter, which has been gaining in strength since it was conceived in 2011, will cover a range of scientific disciplines. With input from the leading figures in these fields, the festival will debate not only astrophysics and astronomy but also biology, neuroscience, chemistry, physics and, of course, space exploration and the great challenges still facing humanity.
It will also analyse the diffuse relationship between science and science fiction in the area of technology applied to the future of humanity within the framework of a great, unique interactive show in which the public will have the opportunity to discover, through round table discussions, performances and exhibitions, the magic fusion between science, art and music, including the opportunity to visit the international observatories on Tenerife and La Palma.
In addition to the unique tribute and a stellar panel of speakers, the festival also has an Advisory Board composed of well-known figures in various fields, including Peter Gabriel, Alexei Leonov, Stephen Hawking and Brian May.
In addition to the honouree, Stephen Hawking, another repeat participant at Starmus 3 is Brian May, known worldwide for his career as guitarist and composer with rock band Queen. May: "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 Hawking, will be the greatest of them all!"
Starmus and its scientific and musical legacy
The festival has its own book, "Starmus: 50 Years of Man in Space", with a prologue by Stephen Hawking, which was presented last September in Southampton, UK, to herald the beginning of the second edition of Starmus in Tenerife at the end of that same month.
The magic of Starmus is not confined to science; music is also an essential component of the festival. And Starmus has a legacy in this field too, such as the "Starmus - Sonic Universe" album, released in 2013 by German band Tangerine Dream with guest artist Brian May, one of the most diverse and exciting musical collaborations of all times. A year later, the band NOSOUND presented an album recorded at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife. Famous British keyboardist Rick Wakeman, another of Starmus's musical ambassadors, gave a memorable concert with Brian May during the last edition, and will be providing accompaniment to Starmus 3 with his video composition "Starmus", to be released this week on the festival's YouTube channel.
Since its first edition, the festival has been supported and sponsored by the Tenerife Island Government through Turismo de Tenerife, its tourist agency, as part of its ongoing bid to position the island as one of the great meeting places for the astrophysical community thanks to the privileged conditions of the Tenerife sky, coupled with the experience of astronomical observation and research accumulated by such world-class institutions as the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands.
Turismo de Tenerife
**Wed 17 Jun 15**
Here are details of a related TV programme you may have missed.... and there's a surprise or two!!
15 June - "Thomas Chatterton: The Myth of the Doomed Poet"
Michael Symmons Roberts' documentary on the tragic poet, Thomas Chatterton, who also holds a fascination for Brian May of Queen - helping unravel the myth.
Poet Michael Symmons Roberts explores the mythic afterlife of the 18th-century poet Thomas Chatterton. With access to rare documents and artifacts, and featuring a surprising interview with Queen guitarist Brian May, Michael explains how Chatterton's tragic early death in his London garret aged just 17 was immortalised by a succession of poets and painters and photographers - most notably by the pre-Raphaelite Henry Wallis in his masterpiece known as The Death of Chatterton - and how these successive images of the young Chatterton have saddled poets ever since with the notion of the doomed young artist suffering and ultimately dying in service to the muse.
**Wed 17 Jun 15**
After the outstanding successes of "Armada" and "London Road", Anita Dobson, the lovely, talented Mrs May, has a theatre run coming up soon - a comedy. She is fab in comedy !!!
1- 18 July - 'She Stoops To Conquer' Theatre Royal Bath. Tickets
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