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05 May - Wildlife Rocks, Guildford Cathedral - Brian, Kerry, Katrina & the Waves etc.
23 May - Hay Festival - Diableries talk - Brian May & Denis Pellerin
30 May - Brian May on The One Show BBC1
31 May - Rock Against Cancer Concert at Kings [Brian not playing]

31 May - WWRY closes, Dominion
11 Jun - Ethical Awards ceremony, all winners announced: One Marylebone, London
22-28 Sep - Starmus Tenerife
4 November - Stereoscopic Cards Exhibition Tate Gallery

**Fri 30 May 14**
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Brian May (Author cameos) Hay Festival on The One Show 30 May 2014

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Brian May at Hay Festival 2014 - interviewed by The One Show

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**Wed 28 May 14**
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Starmus logoChris LintottNEWS:

CHRIS LINTOTT, astrophysicist and host of the BBC programme, The Sky at Night, will participate in the Starmus Festival, Tenerife,
21 - 27 September 2014.




Chris Lintott (opposite)
Astrophysicist and presenter of BBC Sky at Night

... Is an astrophysicist working as a researcher in the Department of Physics in the University of Oxford.

Lintott is involved in a number of popular science projects aimed at bringing astronomy to a wider audience.

He is the primary presenter of the BBC series The Sky at Night.

Lintott is also a co-author of the book Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe with Patrick Moore and Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May.

Lintott is the cofounder of Galaxy Zoo, an online crowdsourcing project where members of the public could volunteer their time to assist in classifying over a million galaxies.


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Speaking with BBC Radio Wales last week at The Hay Festival, Brian May was asked about a "We Will Rock You" follow up...

He confirmed that a sequel, written by Ben Elton, had been secrealy workshopped recently, folks loved it and now looking for a theatre...

WYNNE EVANS: "We Will Rock You" has become a massive sensation. Might there be a follow up?

BRIAN MAY: We are working on a sequel, yes. In fact we've already very secretly and quietly workshopped it, which means that you stand it up, you get people to sing and act it. And everybody loved it, so we're looking for a theatre and we hope to have a sequel out there 'at some point'. And more than this I cannot say.

WE: Really.

BM: It's great. I think it's great. It's kinda wicked. It's very naughty. It's a little naughtier than the first one.

WE: That was a bit naughty.

BM: Well, you got Ben Elton writing it, you know.

WE: Is Ben Elton going to be involved in the new one?

BM: Absolutely - yeah he's written it.

WE: He's the key man.

BM: Yeah, yeah. So we collaborate. We are brothers. Me and Ben are brothers.


WE: If you had to pick out one performance of all the performances you ever did over the years, which would it be? Would it be Wembley?

BM: I think it would have to be on the roof of Buckingham Palace, because you can't get away from that. You know, there is nothing will ever kind of top that. That was a life-changing moment and ...

WE: Just on the physics, how would you get up there?

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WYNNE EVANS (BBC RADIO WALES): The Music Industry's changed a lot, do you think? Do you think Queen would have found the same band or ..?

BRIAN MAY: It's hard to say. As Freddie used to say, you know "Talent will out", which applies to yourself, but you know it would have been a different path, but I think we would've got there. Yeah - I think we had something to offer. It was a rare combination, a magical … something that you felt was meant to be. I don't know quite how it happened that the four of us came together, but it was certainly something very unusual, which you couldn't manufacture.

WYNNE: Yeah. Favourite song of all time that you recorded?

BM: It's difficult. Every time somebody asks me, it's a different reply. I mean my favourite at the moment is "Made In Heaven", which is a track which was never a single but it's sort of the title track of the album we made after Freddie was gone…. pieces that were left - which again I'm very proud of, and I've just been doing something very similar because we found a few more tracks - we were just talking about this, weren't we? ...

WE: Yeah, yeah.

BM: … with Freddie singing and all of us playing, and they're quite beautiful, so people will be hearing this work towards the end of the year. We're gonna put out an album which is probably called "Queen Forever", and it's a compilation, but it will have this new material on which nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will enjoy it.

WE: What's it like? Can you describe it for us?

BM: Well most of it comes from the 80s when we were in full flight, so it's quite emotional. It's kind of the big, big ballad and the big, big epic sound. It wouldn't've been if we hadn't done this restoration and had to start from scratch - we only had scraps, but knowing how it would've happened if we'd finished it then, I can sit there and make it happen, with modern technology. We have ProTools these days. You can do almost anything in ProTools.

WE: Do you feel like an historian now....?

BBC Radio Wales Wynne Evans interviews Brian May & Denis Pellerin Hay Festival 23 May 2014

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Stephen Hawking will be headlining the STARMUS Festival

The famous theoretical physicist will speak at the conference in Tenerife

“To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit” –
Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking
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After a recent visit to Stephen Hawking at his home in Cambridge (United Kingdom) Garik Israelian Astrophysicist, founder and director of the festival STARMUS and researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), said that the renowned British physicist and cosmologist has declared that " he was very much looking forward to attending the Starmus Festival and visiting the island of Tenerife and the Canarian Observatories”. Hawking will deliver the opening speech of the conference during this second edition of the Starmus Festival, which has the theme "Beginnings: The Making of the Modern Cosmos", which will take place at the Abama Golf & Spa Resort in Tenerife (Canary Islands), 22 to 27 September 2014.

Garik Israelian and Stephen Hawking

Hawking will be accompanied by a variety of internationally renowned speakers, including astronauts, cosmonauts, astronomers, cosmologists, chemists, biologists and Nobel Prize winners. The theoretical physicist will also join the round table discussion to be held in the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), at the Observatory of the Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palma.

Scientific background

Considered one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein, his work on the origins and structure of the universe, the Big Bang to black holes, has revolutionized the field of cosmology. Moreover, his best-sellers - A Brief History of Time (1988), The Universe in a Nutshell (2001) and The Grand Design (2010) - have helped popularize science and make it accessible to everyone.

A Brief History of Time broke all sales records for books in a way that would have been difficult to predict. By May 1995 it had been in The Sunday Times best-sellers list for 237 weeks, breaking the previous record of 184 weeks, selling 10 million copies in ten years. This deed was recorded in the 1998 Guinness Book of Records.

He was diagnosed with ALS a form of Motor Neurone Disease, shortly after his 21st Birthday. In spite of being wheelchair bound and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication he still manages to combine a family life (he has three children and three grandchildren) and his continued research into theoretical physics, together with an extensive programme of travel and public lectures. He also still hopes to travel into space one day!

Stephen Hawking was born on 8th January 1942 (exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England. The son of a research biologist and a medical research secretary, his upbringing gave him a strong curiosity about the universe. He was drawn to physics and mathematics as the sciences that offer the most fundamental insights into the world. He studied natural sciences at Oxford University, where he was awarded a first, and then moved to Cambridge to begin a PhD in cosmology.

Professor Hawking has received a dozen honorary degrees and has received numerous awards, medals and decorations, including the Order of the British Empire (1982), The Prince of Asturias Award for Concord (1989) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009), the highest civilian award in the United States. He is also a member of the Royal Society and the National Academy of Science.

In 1979 he accepted the post of Lucasion Chair of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, a post once held by Isaac Newton. Stephen Hawking’s voice was used in the song “Keep Talking” on Pink Floyd’s last album “The Division Bell”.

Beginnings the Making of the Modern Cosmos

"I greatly appreciate Garik Israelian - says - that Professor Hawking has devoted many hours of his valuable time to contact me and discuss several important issues relating to the conference and Starmus". Hawking, explained that he had heard about the Starmus Festival from his friends Kip Thorne and Brian May. IAC astrophysicist Israelian and he also talked about the last BICEP2 discovery of gravitational waves, amongst other topics. "I could not believe I was communicating directly with one of the all-time heroes of science: Stephen Hawking" exclaims Israelian.

Besides Hawking other speakers at Starmus will include Robert Wilson, Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the radiation cosmic microwave background. Sir Harold Kroto, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for the discovery of fullerenes (complex carbon chains present in the interstellar medium). The renowned ethnologist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, the legendary guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May, astronomer Jill Tarter, President of the SETI Institute, and astrophysicist Robert Williams, former president of the International Astronomical Union. More names will be announced soon.

Also speaking will be three Apollo moonwalkers: Apollo 14’s Edgar Mitchell, Charlie Duke of Apollo 16 and Apollo 17’s Jack Schmitt (the last man to walk on the moon). In addition, cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (the first man to walk in space and commander of Soyuz-Apollo mission) will be joined by four fellow cosmonaut spacewalkers.


Starmus Activities

The Starmus Festival is open to anyone who has a passion for astronomy, science, the arts and music, and who has a desire to know more about where we came from and what’s out there.

Activities at Starmus are not just limited to the talks. There will also be a Teide star party, gala dinner, cocktail reception, space legends tribute, a roundtable discussion in the GTC telescope, sonic universe contest and tours to visit the observatories in Tenerife and La Palma. Attendees will have plenty of opportunity to mingle freely with the scientists, artists and rock stars, and casually talk about the universe and what it all means.

108’ Roundtable Discussion

A select group of astronauts, astronomers and scientists (including Stephen Hawking) will sit inside the dome of the GTC (Gran Telescope Canarias) at the 'Observatory of Roque de Los Muchachos', to present, analyze and discuss the latest developments in their respective fields.

It will last 108 minutes, which is the same time as the first ever human space flight by the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin aboard Vostok 1 on 12 April 1961.

Teide Star Party

A party to watch the stars at the foot of Mount Teide at 2,100m, at the Teide Observatories in Izaña in Tenerife, which will allow participants to explore the Universe from some of the darkest skies on Earth, and exchange their points of view views with some great geniuses of science.

Teide is a 3,718-m volcano, and participants will witness some incredible deep-sky views from this magical place that appears almost like the lunar landscape.

Teide National Park was recently awarded the title of ‘Starlight Destination’ and ‘Starlight Reserve’ thanks to its clear, dark skies, high altitude and proximity to the Equator. The certificate was awarded to the UNESCO World Heritage Site by the Starlight Foundation, which aims to preserve clear skies.

Sonic Universe Concert

Starmus 2014 will feature a music concert featuring the keyboardist Rick Wakeman, famous for his work in the rock group Yes, along with the world famous guitarist Brian May from Queen.


The event is driven by its developer Garik Israelian, an astrophysicist researcher at IAC (Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands) and a scientific advisory board including Dr Brian May, astrophysicist and guitarist for the legendary rock band "Queen" and Alexei Leonov, the legendary Russian cosmonaut who made the first space walk in 1965.

The Festival is supported by the Canary Islands Government through PROMOTUR Turismo de Canarias, the Cabildo of Tenerife, Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información, the Cabildo of La Palma, International Astronomical Union and Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC).

The official media partner is Astronomy Magazine


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**Sun 25 May 14**
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A novel publishing venture with a full programme of captivating titles planned for 2014 onwards.




The Poor Man's Picture Gallery

Denis Pellerin and Brian May

Following the great success of the 3-D book Diableries, launched on Halloween last year, this Autumn sees the release of a new stereoscopic book, THE POOR MAN'S PICTURE GALLERY, and with it, the consolidation of The London Stereoscopic Company as a brave new publisher.

Produced in collaboration with TATE BRITAIN, the book explores for the very first time the hidden relationship between paintings and stereoscopic cards in Victorian times.

"It was my dream to bring the LSC (The London Stereoscopic Company) back to life in the present day, and once again thrill an audience in their own homes. They can now enjoy the magic of 3-D just as their ancestors did, along with new wonders made in the 20th and 21st century" - Brian May

Hard covers, slipcased with 3-D OWL viewer included 208 pages, 300 colour photographs
ISBN: 987-0-9574246-1-6 £40 - Pre-order




Stereoscopic adventures in Hell

"Fascinating! The biggest collection of Diableries in the world"
John Wilson, Radio 4 Front Row

"The most eagerly anticipated book ever on any aspect of stereoscopic history is now a reality… Quite simply astounding…"
Stereo World

ISBN-13: 978-0-9574246-0-9 - order

Owl with The Death of Chatterton steeo card


Brian has created the definitive high quality modern-day stereoscope; reminiscent of an Owl, he named it just that. Every book the LSC publishes comes with an Owl, and the illustrations in the book, reproduced by the highest resolution printing technology available will, through this device, delight you all just as they did in Victorian times.

- THE BOOKSELLER 16 May 2014

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Brian at the Hay Festival 23 May 2014 - being interviewed for The One Show
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While at The Hay Festival on Friday (23 May), before his talk Brian was interviewed for The One Show, which will go out next Friday, 30 May,which will be live from Hay-on-Wy, Powys, Wales.

One Show Hosts: Chris Evans and Alex JonesTHE ONE SHOW

Radio Times
Review by:
Claire Webb

As part of Director-General Tony Hall’s arts push, the BBC is camping out at Britain’s biggest book festival, Hay. The idea, newly appointed head of arts Jonty Claypole recently told Radio Times, is to “reach audiences who might not necessarily have thought they were interested in Hay”. So as well as extensive coverage on Radio 3 and 4, The One Show is taking a holiday.

Alex Jones and Chris Evans will be shooting the breeze with well-read guests in the festival’s garden. I hope they remember to pack wellingtons and a sturdy umbrella: blustery downpours are as frequent a visitor to this picturesque Welsh market town as literary lions.


About this programme

Chris Evans and Alex Jones present the final show of the week, featuring the usual mix of celebrity guests and stories about people in extraordinary circumstances.

Cast and crew
Host - Chris Evans
Host - Alex Jones
Editor - Sandy Smith

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**Sat 24 May 14**
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The Bookseller cover 16 May 2014THE BOOKSELLER
16 May 2014

- "introducing a new fine-art publisher with a passion for 3-D"


The guitarist of one of Britain's most successful musical exports turns his focus to publishing his passion: stereoscopic photographs.

Brian May is publishing a book of Victorian stereoscopic 3D images in collaboration with Tate Britain under his imprint the London Stereoscopic Company (LSC).

May became entranced with stereoscopy after collecting cards from a Weetabix box as a child. "I always thought it was complete magic. I could never understand why the whole world wasn't making 3D pictures," May said. "Why bother to make 2D pictures when you can make them 3D?"

A 40-year interest in stereoscopy has led to May refunding the LSC in order to publish new stereoscopic titles. The LSC traded form 1854 to 1922, selling over a million stereo viewers. May has been working with Robin Rees of Canopus Publishing - "who, like me, values quality much more than business" - to develop the imprint.

Last year it realised Diableries (£40), which has sold 3,076 copies for £88,560 through Nielsen BookScan. October will bring The Poor Man's Picture Gallery (£40), which explores the Victorian trend of producing staged 3D photo versions of popular paintings to make them more accessible. May said: "It's one of those areas that has been swept under the carpet for the past 150 years, so it's exciting to be able to delve into it and present it as a book that is enjoyable in the same way as the material would have been for the Victorians."

Each book comes with an "Owl" viewer (pictured), designed and heavily subsidised by May, "to keep the cost down, to make sure it's accessible - I don't think this is something I'm ever going to make money out of." The books are published at the highest resolute possible. May explained: "It has to be a lot better than even the best art book because effectively you're looking at these books through magnifying glasses."

Talking about the experience of reviving a publishing imprint, May said: "I wanted an outlet for my own research but once we established the format and the mechanisms of printing at high enough quality. I realised I could be a channel for other people's work. So now we're launching the LSC as a serious publisher and as an imprint. It's very exciting."

LSC will republish a book about Scottish landscape photographer George Washington Wilson by Professor Robert Taylor from De Montfort University. "The book was originally rushed out on a very low budget so we're going to restore that book.

It's a beautiful book and it make me happy to be able to bring back something that has been out of print for years."

Death of Chatterton card and OWL viewerMay is also working on an astrology collaboration collecting 3D images of objects it he solar system, with a stereoscopic Queen book on the horizon as well. "I've already published two series of Queen stereo cards - I was able to do that because all through the Queen touring years I carried a stereoscopic camera. I have a great collection of stereoscopic photographs from the glory days of Queen, including a series taken at the filming of the 'Radio Ga Ga' video, which I think people are going to really enjoy."

On the future of publishing, May described visiting the London Book Fair this year: "I had the impression that books were on the way out and nobody read them anymore, that it was a dying art. [At LBF] I saw people so excited about books and thousand of new publications and I found it very heartening."

Comparing publishing to the music business, May said: "In a sense it's healthy that people can now make records in their bedrooms. Record companies still exist but the playing field has altered, it's woken up a lot of people. The internet has brought transparency, which is a huge step forward. I think the world is changing . . . we just have to adjust."


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Brian May and Denis Pellerin were speakers at The Hay Festival, Hay On Wye yesterday (23 May), talking about their book "Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell".

Brian and Denis did a live radio interview on the day with Wynne Evans of BBC Radio Wales at 3:05pm.. LISTEN HERE...


Now on Youtube HERE
Transcript HERE
Brian May & Denis Pellerin Interview Hay Festival BBC Radio Wales 23 May 2014

Full House of 400 at Diableries talk, Hay Festival
A full house of 400 people captivated by Brian May's 3D Diableries event.
Photo: Carlton Books

23 May 2014

Brian May is famous for playing guitar in Queen, as well as saving badgers; not for collecting small, French, stereoscopic images of Hell from antiques dealers on the Portobello Road. These little silhouettes of one or many dead men are called diableries, or ‘devilments’. They depict raucous scenes of Hell, complete with dancing devils, skating skeletons, satyrs and martyrs – all captured on stereo card, the Victorian answer to 3D.

Known also as ‘French Tissues’, the cards were made by sculptors Pierre Adolph Hennetier and Louis Alfred Habert between 1860 and 1874. Starting off with meticulous clay dioramas and transposing them onto card, the sculptors would then prick the characters’ eyes out and fill them with a devilish red gel. Using a stereoscope, the viewer could peer through and witness scenes of Hennetier and Habert’s inferno in vivid, terrifying detail.

So, too, May’s audience, bedecked in red and green spectacles like a congregation of spellbound beetles, stared in amazement as these ancient skeletons danced to life on the big screen: bizarre, freakish, yet oddly relatable and humorous. What is it about our own world that is captured so elegantly by these infernal creations?

The collections are showcased in Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming’s ‘Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell’. Amazon

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