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MAY 2016

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REMINDERS:
Wed 13 Apr - V&A press launch "Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear" exhibition (to Sun 12 Mar 2017).
Fri 13 May - LBGT Awards, Grand Connaught Rooms, London (Brian May nominated in Celebrity Straight Ally category)
Mon 13 June - Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2016
Jun 27 - 2 July - Starmus III, Tenerife, Canary Islands.
TO BE ADVISED:
- Sping '17 - publication of Brian May "'Queen in 3-D" stereo book
- Brian May and Kerry Ellis "Anthems II" album.





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**Fri 13 May 16**
BRIAN MAY WINS 'STRAIGHT ALLY OF THE YEAR' LGBT AWARDS
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2016-05-13 Adam Lambert at British LGBT Awards giving award to Brian May - https://youtu.be/QPOwAMJYhPs

DAILY MIRROR reported reported 13 May 2016: British LGBT Awards winners as Ian McKellen, Brian May and Danny Dyer all pick up big prizes

The RBS British LGBT Awards took place in London on Friday night (13 May) as the annual bash honoured the likes of Sir Ian McKellen and Brian May. Queen legend Brian May was given the Straight Ally of the Year accolade by his bandmate Adam Lambert. The American Idol winner also presented EastEnders' Danny Dyer with the TV Celebrity Straight Ally prize.

LBGT Awards main winners
LGBT Awards: Sir Ian McKellan, Mel B, Brian May

Brian May
Brian May was amongst the winners

A range of gay stars and 'straight allies' were recognised at the glitzy ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms, with the event hosted by Mel B and Duncan James. Stage and screen veteran McKellen was handed the prestigious Global Icon Award to pay tribute to his longstanding activism on equality issues. Chatty Man star Alan Carr picked up the LGBT Celebrity of the Year gong, while BBC Two show Boy Meets Girl - the UK's first transgender comedy - won Media Moment of the Year. Other winners included Newsnight's Evan Davis (Broadcaster of the Year), Olympic boxer Nicola Adams (Sports Personality) and Sam Smith (Music Artist of the Year). Some of the UK’s top business leaders, charities and organisations were also recognised for their commitment to the LGBT community. READ MORE

For a full list of winners, please visit www.britishlgbtawards.co.uk

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**Fri 13 May 16**
BRIAN TALKS LONDON BASEMENTS - BBC RADIO LONDON TODAY
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Brian on Radio this morning....

BBC RADIO LONDON - 13/05/2016
Nikki Bedi sits in for Vanessa Feltz. Have your say on the day's news with Nikki.

Brian May talks London Basements with Nikki Bedi BBC Radio London 130526
- joined by Councillor, Tim Coleridge
- https://youtu.be/tO_CTTMlxUI

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**Thu 12 May 16**
BADGER CAMPAIGNER BRIAN MAY FORCED OUT OF LONDON HOME BY 'CHELSEA BADGERS' HELL
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WESTERN DAILY PRESS
11 May 2016 by Tristan Cork

Brian in a lane
Brian May trying to stop the cull

Queen guitarist and anti-badger cull campaigner Brian May claims he is being forced out of his home in the exclusive Kensington area of London by the misery of basement extensions turning it into a "hellhole".

The musician, who also has a home in Dorset, has hit out at residents in his plush residential street for blighting the area with noise and causing "unbearable disruption" to his quality of life.

In an open letter to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, May writes that over the decade his "oasis" has been shattered by the "unreasonable" building schemes.

He says the use of piling rigs, massive removal of earth and deployment of huge machinery has resulted in intolerable noise, dust, polluting fumes and a loss of privacy

The guitarist highlights examples of underground extensions in his street, and says he anticipates more.

With land prices in the capital rocketing, the uber-rich of upmarket areas of west London have dug down, digging out basements of often several floors to expand their properties. The home-owners doing this are becoming known as 'Chelsea Badgers', after the nocturnal animals who are prodigious diggers.

A series of posts on his website detail the "misery" and "stress" he and his wife Anita Dobson, along with fellow residents, have endured for almost a decade.

In a post called "Basement Building Hell can Kill You" – an apparent play on the title of his solo release, Too Much Love Will Kill You – May says the renovations have left "anger inside me, frustration, feelings of being abused".

"And although I've occasionally let out a cry of something like 'Basement Building Bastards', mostly this feeling of powerlessness in the face of an enemy that hides behind planning permissions has been bottled up."

May suggests that by granting planning permission for individuals to build basements, the council is ignoring the wellbeing of other residents.

The musician asks the council to refuse all future planning applications, adding: "In the coming months, I will not be backing off an inch in the fight against the Basement Building Barbarians. I will be battling on, for Common Decency, and the quality of life of the remaining residents.

"But I may do it from a home where I don't wake up to being persecuted every day of the week."

May explains that after working hard to buy the home he dreamed of one day owning, he and Dobson are now planning to leave London, having reached "breaking point".

"Kensington truly has become a Hellhole. You only have to walk around it to see.

"We will now be seeing more and more decent people quitting in disgust, in search of a decent place to live," he said.

On Tuesday the council said it has the "toughest basement development policy in the country" thanks to new powers ensuring that all basements must receive planning permission.

Until recently, homeowners in Kensington and Chelsea had freedoms from central Government known as 'permitted development rights' which allowed them to build a basement under the footprint of their home without applying for planning permission.

Last April the council made 'an Article 4 Direction' which came into effect last month and now all basements have to go down the planning permission route.

Councillor Tim Coleridge, the Royal Borough's Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, said: "To ensure that all future basement development conforms with that policy, we needed this Article 4 Direction. With this in place, our toolkit is complete and we can now ensure that all future basement development is sensible and proportionate."

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**Thu 12 May 15**
LBGT AWARDS - TOMORROW
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Brian May

As reporeted previously, Brian May has been nominated in Celebrity Straight Ally category of the LBGT Awards, taking place tomorrow, Friday 13 May in London.

It has just been announced that Adam Lambert will appear at the event.

The Black tie event will be held at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London

Schedule of events:
DATE: FRIDAY 13TH MAY 2016
DRINKS RECEPTIONS: 6.30PM
AWARDS START: 7.30PM
AFTER PARTY: 10PM ?
CARRIAGES: 1AM

British LGBT Awards official website LINK HERE

Nominations for Celebrity Straight Ally Award

“BRIAN MAY Brian May is a 68-year-old singer, songwriter and musician, who is most famous for being the lead guitarist and song writer for the band, Queen. He co-founded the band with the gay icon, Freddie Mercury, who died from pneumonia resulting from AIDS. Brian later founded the the Mercury Phoenix Trust with Roger Taylor and Jim Beach, which raises awareness and understanding for people living with HIV. In the last two decades, the Trust has funded over 700 projects in the global battle against HIV/AIDs. In 2005, Brian was awarded a CBE for services to the music industry and charity work.?”

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**Thu 12 May 15**
BRIAN MAY INTERVIEWS ON LONDON BASEMENT BUILDING PROBLEM
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Brian May ITV 6PM News London on Basements 12052016
- https://youtu.be/7vQjzGT8rpo


Brian May BBC 6.30PM News London on Basements 12052016
- https://youtu.be/cqP_ES2D1SA

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**Wed 11 May 16**
BRIAN MAY: KENSINGTON HAS BECOME A 'HELLHOLE' WITH NOISY BASEMENT EXTENSIONS
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PLEASE see basis for this story on SOAPBOX HERE:
'Basement Building Hell Can Kill You'
and
'Basement Building Nuisance Package'

Several newspapers have picked up on this news, for example:

DAILY MAIL
Brian May claims he is being forced out of his home by 'selfish' neighbours who have turned his exclusive London street into a 'hellhole' with basement extensions
11 May 2016 by Lucy Crossley

- Musician hits out at fellow residents in Kensington neighbourhood
- Says his 'oasis' has been shattered by 'unreasonable' basement building
- May and wife Anita Dobson are now planning to leave the area, he says
- Couple have reached 'breaking point' after a decade of disruption

Queen guitarist Brian May has claimed he is being forced out of his London home after his neighbours' mega-basement plans turned his street into a 'hellhole'. The musician has hit out at residents in his plush neighbourhood in Kensington, west London, for blighting the area with noise and causing 'unbearable disruption' to his quality of life.

In an open letter to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, May writes that over the past decade his 'oasis' has been shattered by the 'unreasonable' building schemes. He says the use of piling rigs, massive removal of earth and deployment of huge machinery has resulted in intolerable noise, dust, polluting fumes and a loss of privacy. The guitarist highlights examples of underground extensions in his street, and says he anticipates more proposals will follow.

Brian May Anita Dobson
Queen guitarist Brian May says he and wife Anita Dobson are being
forced out of his London home after neighbours' mega-basement
plans turned their street
into a 'hellhole'

A series of posts on his website [www.BrianMay.com] detail the 'misery' and 'stress' he and his wife Anita Dobson, along with their neighbours, have endured for almost a decade.

In a post called 'Basement Building Hell Can Kill You' - an apparent play on the title of his solo release, Too Much Love Will Kill You - May says the renovations have left 'anger inside me, frustration, feelings of being abused. And although I've occasionally let out a cry of something like 'Basement Building B*******', mostly this feeling of powerlessness in the face of an enemy that hides behind planning permissions has been bottled up.'

May suggests that by granting planning permission for individuals to build basements, the council is ignoring the well-being of other residents. The musician asks the council to refuse all future planning applications, adding: 'In the coming months, I will not be backing off an inch in the fight against the Basement Building Barbarians. I will be battling on, for Common Decency, and the quality of life of the remaining residents 'But I may do it from a home where I don't wake up to being persecuted every day of the week.'

Kensington
May said the leafy borough of Kensington (pictured) had become a 'hellhole'
due to the amount of building work

May explains that after working hard to buy the home he dreamed of one day owning, he and Dobson are now planning to leave London, having reached 'breaking point'. 'Anticipating permission for these new basements to be constructed, we are now planning to sell up, quitting Kensington entirely, and to move out of London,' he said.

Brian May
The musician says the use of piling rigs, massive removal of earth and deployment of
huge machinery has resulted in intolerable noise, dust, polluting fumes and a loss of privacy.

'It’s a massive disruption, and one we’ve been trying for years to avoid, but we’re now at breaking point.' May added: 'Kensington truly has become a Hellhole. You only have to walk around it to see. We will now be seeing more and more decent people quitting in disgust, in search of a decent place to live.'

Citing noise made by lorries in the area reversing, he continued: 'We have allowed our entire environment to become toxic – hazardous to our quality of life.'

On Tuesday the council said it has the 'toughest basement development policy in the country' thanks to new powers ensuring that all basements must receive planning permission. Until recently, homeowners in Kensington and Chelsea had freedoms from central Government known as 'permitted development rights' which allowed them to build a basement under the footprint of their home without applying for planning permission. Last April the council made 'an Article 4 Direction' which came into effect last month and now all basements have to go down the planning permission route.

Councillor Tim Coleridge, the Royal Borough's Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, said: 'To ensure that all future basement development conforms with that policy, we needed this Article 4 Direction. With this in place, our toolkit is complete and we can now ensure that all future basement development is sensible and proportionate.'

READ MORE:
'Basement Building Hell Can Kill You'
and
'Basement Building Nuisance Package'

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**Mon 09 May 16**
MILESTONE: 600,000 FACEBOOK LKES !!
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WOW !!! 600 THOUSAND FACEBOOK LIKES

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**Wed 04 May 16**
BRIAN ON BBC RADIO SUFFOLK TODAY - SUPPORTING HEDGEHOGS
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Brian May & Mark Murphy talk Hedgehogs BBC Radio Suffolk 04052016
- https://youtu.be/x5WPbji8Hx0

Brian was on the phone line (while he was 'being driven' in Surrey) to Mark Murphy of BBC Radio Suffolk shortly after 11AM today, to support the station's "Going The Whole Hog" hedgehog campaign. They chatted about why hedgehogs were in decline and how the public can help. Also Brian's own "Saving Grace" campaign, which launched the previous week - and Mark gave a spin to Brian and Kerry Elis's lovely "Amazing Grace" track.

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**Tue 03 May 16**
ROCK STARS THAT USED TO BE TEACHERS - BRIAN MAY
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WAFF NEWS
3 May 2016

Extract:

Brian May - Queen

Before he was known around the world as the guitar master of Queen, Brian May has always been a really smart guy. He is a respected and gifted astrophysicist in England who was part of the project that helped NASA launch a flyby satellite near Pluto. But before that and before being the guitarist of Queen, May worked as a math and science teacher at South London's Stockwell Manor in 1971.

"It was very challenging," said May. "You couldn't get the children to attend unless they were incredibly interested in what you were saying. I had an advantage because I was young and could speak to them in their own language."



Space | Brian May | Oxford Union - https://youtu.be/6nISwx3VbRA

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**Sun 01 May 16**
FIND OUT WHY BRIAN MAY THINKS YOU SHOULD SUPPORT
TANGERINE DREAM DOCUMENTARY CAMPAIGN

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Brian May tells you why to support Tangerine Dreams crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for the first Tangerine Dream Documentary.

TRAUM film production Cologne in cooperation with EASTGATE MUSIC & ARTS Berlin:

We’re live now! Today, we proudly fire the starting shot for our crowdfunding campaign “THE TANGERINE DREAM DOCUMENTARY“ (long film version). Together with you, we worked towards this day, and from now on, you can support our Kickstarter project the whole month through.

Just follow this link and show what the fandom of Tangerine Dream is made of: https://www.kickstarter.com/ Don’t forget: In case we gather 30% of the funding sum right at the beginning, the crowdfunding will most likely be successful. Let’s make the dream come true!!!

Find out why Brian May thinks you should support our campaign:

Brian May supports Tangerine Dream Documentary
Brian May on the Tangerine Dream Documentary - https://youtu.be/fNR3waGkSp0

TRANSCRIPT by Brianmay.com

BRIAN MAY: "I am grateful to have this opportunity to contribute to this piece on Edgar [Froese] [Sonic Universe - Starmus 2011] because truly he was something wonderful, and for me it was something wonderful in my life to have the one opportunity to interact with him and create together. And I remember him very fondly, with great respect and great love. And I think Edgar, in many ways, will always be with us."

Yours,
TAG/TRAUM and EASTGATE MUSIC TEAM

Sonic Universe
[AMAZON]

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**Sun 01 May 16**
BRIAN'S MESSAGE IN THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY BOOK
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Below is Brian May's message, showing in Queen Elizabeth II's 90th Birthday Book.

You can search the birthday messages HERE: www.thequeensbirthdaybook.com

Brian's message

Full screen

Birthday book cover

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**Sun 01 May 16**
NOW BRIAN'S A HEDGEHOG HERO!
MAIL ON SUNDAY`
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in today's Press...

Mail On Sunday01052016 page 21

See text version below...

Brian playing at House of Commons - Amazing Grace launch
Brian playing at the Amazing Grace launch at the House of Commons 26 April 2016

MAIL ON SUNDAY
1 May 2016
Now Brian's a hedgehog hero

Not content with trying to save badgers from a controversial cull, Queen guitarist Brian May is now turning his attention to the plight of hedgehogs. Brian recently found a hedgehog in such a poor condition that he took the animal, which he called Grace, to a wildlife centre near his Surrey home.

So moved was he by Grace’s condition – caused, he says, by building too many homes in rural areas – that he held an intimate gig last week in Parliament, where he played Amazing Grace, above.

Though he is used to far bigger crowds, Brian says: ‘Many MPs and their assistants turned up – not bad for a Tuesday morning in the midst of EU referendum fever.’

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**Sun 01 May 16**
HAPPY MAY DAY
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Have a wonderful May Bank Holiday. (UK)

Where is our Spring sunshine?

Brian May and Penguin

and some smiles...

Brian May - Mannheim 2008
Brian May - Mannheim 7 October 2008

Brian in Mannheim by Gisela Will
Brian May - Mannheim 7 October 2008

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