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NOVEMBER 2020

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**Mon 30 Nov 20**
ONE FOR OUR SCOTTISH FRIENDS - LSC ST ANDREW'S DAY OFFER

St Andrew's Day Offer
www.LondonStereo.com

To celebrate St Andrew's Day, LSC are offering the chance to get the stereoscopic masterpiece - exploring the life and work of leading Scottish Victorian photographer, GEORGE WASHINGTON WILSON -  for just £20 (rrp £30)

LINK TO THE OFFER - (Offer ends midday Friday 4 December) 

"It's my great pleasure to introduce to you all this beautiful book, at the request of its author, my great friend Professor Roger Taylor.

It's been many years in the making, and I'm confident it will have been worth every minute. It presents the life and work of celebrated Scottish landscape photographer George Washington Wilson, who with great skill and flair, photographed the unique beauties of the Scottish countryside in the 1860s with his stereoscopic camera. The resulting 3-D images proved immensely successful and established Wilson's national reputation as a pre-eminent photographer. Now, courtesy of the Lite OWL included with every book, Wilson's images can be experienced in exactly the same way they were enjoyed by the Victorian public."
Brian May

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George Washington Wilson

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**Sun 29 Nov 20**
JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON - BRAND NEW BMG MERCH
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JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON... brand new BMG merch celebrating decades of Brian May Guitars now available at the official BMG online store.

- It's been a heck of year so it's time to relax and get good and comfy with your family and extended social bubble in some soft-touch, 100% cotton BMG lounge/pyjama pants.

- A slimline, 100% vegan, bifold wallet is stamped with the maestro's distinctive signature and lined with his very own design fabric.

- Dr. Brian May's distinctive, bright and bold design comes alive on a vegan friendly, unisex scarf featuring the united colours of BMG... because it doesn't have to be red to be special Perfect gifts for the BM and Queen worshipping, guitar slinging, rock 'n' roller in your life... OR TREAT YO'SELF!

- Visit BrianMayGuitars.co.uk to purchase.
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**Sun 29 Nov 20**
BRIAN MAY ENCOURAGES TO PLANT BRITAIN - BBC COUNTRYFILE
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Brian May appeared on BBC Countryfile this evening, encouraging viewers to "Plant, plant, plant" in their local area for the benefit of future generations, as Countryfile launch climate change campaign.

Brian May "Plant Britain" BBC Countryfile - https://youtu.be/xyR091Gcj2A

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METRO
Countryfile launch climate change campaign to plant 750,000 trees
29 November 2020
The likes of Prince of Wales, actress Dame Judi Dench, Queen guitarist Brian May and model Twiggy have all pledged their support for the campaign

DAILY MAIL
30 November 2020
The comments are still OFF! Fans are prevented from reacting to Prince Charles Countryfile tree-planting campaign video
Joined by stars including actress Dame Judi Dench, Queen guitarist Brian May and model Twiggy in backing the BBC One programme's two-year ...

EXPRESS
29 Novemeber 2020
Prince Charles continues to ignore backlash from The Crown as he launches a new campaign
It is also being backed by actress Dame Judi Dench, Queen guitarist Brian May and 1960’s model icon Twiggy

SWORDSTODAY.IE
29 November 2020
Prince Charles urges British to plant trees and ‘abandon lasting legacy’
He was joined by Dame Judy Dench, Queen guitarist Brian May and sixties icon Twiggy. The two-year program began when tree native trees were ...

Prince Charles - Countryfile 29 Nov 2020

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**Wed 25 Nov 20**
PRESS RELEASE: ONE BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS DAY
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One Beautiful Christmas Day

Pre-order from link HERE.


ONE BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS DAY

Release date: 27 Nov 2020

KERRY ELLIS featuring BRIAN MAY

Available as a digital download Friday November 27.

Pre-order from link HERE.

 

2020 is a year that most people will not forget in a hurry…

It has shown us the very best of us all from the NHS to Major Tom and a coming together and as we look forward to Christmas, it makes it a more important time for family than ever.

ONE BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS DAY is a celebration of all of these things, released on November 27 - it is a new Christmas classic by KERRY ELLIS (Wicked, We Will Rock You) and featuring Queen’s BRIAN MAY.

“Working with the team creating this song has been amazing, it’s about appreciating each other and thinking of others at Christmas and having a beautiful day together and creating memories of a lifetime,” said Kerry.

ONE BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS DAY was written by Kerry and her writing team including Brian prior to lockdown and everyone knew that it’s positive message meant that this was the year that it had to be released.

Brian said, “The time is right for a new Christmas Classic - and this is it!! One Beautiful Christmas wish for togetherness at the end of a tough year.“

Kerry is well known for her amazing success in leading roles on Broadway and the West End but this is her first original solo Christmas release.

“I’m thrilled to release this single which is from the heart and means so very much to me,” added Kerry.

ONE BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS DAY is available on all streaming platforms November 27

Twitter: @kerryjaneellis1 | Instagram: kerryellis79 @brianmayforreal | YouTube: Kerry Ellis page

Release information:

ONE BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS DAY

Performed by: Kerry Ellis
Featuring on Guitar: Brian May

Produced by John King
Co-Produced by Brian May
P. 2020 Hope Recordings

Released: 27 Nov 2020
Digital release via Ditt

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Kerry Ellis feat. Brian May - One Beautiful Christmas Day
- https://youtu.be/G-dQp3-4fi8

Kerry and Brian

Brian and Kerry

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**Mon 23 Nov 20**
BRIAN IN DECEMBER 2020 TOTAL GUITAR
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Brian can be found in the new December 2020 issue of Total Guitar, now on sale - talking Eddie Van Halen and Learn To Play 'Fat Bottomed Girls'.

Total Guitar Magazine December 2020

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**Sat 21 Nov 20**
JOIN BRIAN FOR TALK AT "WIRED LIVE" - 24 NOVEMBER
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Brian inite to Wired Live

Tuesday 24th November at 4pm Brian is doing the closing talk at WIRED Live.

Join Brian this Tuesday 24th November at 4pm for a fascinating closing talk at WIRED Live: "Cosmic clouds and the future of 3-D"

There's limited spaces available and you can get 10% off the festival ticket price by using this code: SPK10 when you sign up here:

https://wiredlive2020.eventbrite.co.uk?discount=SPK10

See you there ;0)

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**Thu 19 Nov 20**
VOTE FOR THE GREATEST GUITAR SOLO OF ALL TIME
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Vore for The Greatest Guitar Solo

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Total Guitar wants your votes for The Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time.

Make sure to take a trip over to GUITARWORLD.com and vote for your favourite guitar solo (of all time) in the Total Guitar poll.

You can choose from the many classic tracks listed. You can vote for as many as you like, and if your favourite isn't in the offered shortlist, you can nominate your own personal choice below the list.

They say every vote counts – and they WILL count every vote – and be revealing the results very soon in Total Guitar magazine and on their website. 

VOTE HERE

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**Thu 19 Nov 20**
PRESS RELEASE: INTRODUCING BRIAN MAY'S NEW STEAMPUNK OWL
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BRIAN MAY ON HIS LATEST STEREOSCOPIC CREATION: THE STEAMPUNK OWL
- https://youtu.be/LnH_UpHP2to

"Supposing that the Victorians got to the Moon and we never knew about it till now, what would the world look like? It would look SteamPunk, of course, and in honour of the SteamPunk look, the SteamPunk philosophy, here we have the new SteamPunk Lite OWL, pretty much in the style of the original Classic OWL and the Lite OWL, which you know and love.

This one will not crack in your pocket, so very highly technically made in three pieces instead of one, with all sorts of technical apparatus on it, and you'll find also the geometry is slightly different so you may find it very comfortable in the same way as the Classic OWL is.

Ladies and Gentlemen - at last - a great expense and great loss of effort - The SteamPunk OWL.

Bri"

STEAMPUNK OWL, created by Brian May, £7.50, OUT TODAY - here - https://shop.londonstereo.com/OWL-STEAMPUNK.html



... just in time for enjoying 3-D ADVENTURES THIS CHRISTMAS ! Brian May, founder of the 21st Century incarnation of the London Stereoscopic Company (LSC), continues to create 3-D wonders from lockdown. Today, the LSC adds a Steampunk-inspired new dimension to its line of definitive high-quality modern-day 3-D stereoscopic viewers, delivered in a retro bronze flourish. Echoing Victorian and Steampunk styles, for the launch of this new viewing instrument, Brian dons Steampunk attire, in a photo session in which he holds the first Steampunk OWL off the production line. In the first ‘teased’ picture, released last week, the new OWL is visible, but only just enough to spark an excited discussion on social media.


The second picture, released on Tuesday, reveals a close-up of Brian in period half-mask holding the new SteamPunk stereoscope, which is now seen in detail. And in this exclusive stereoscopic video, Brian reveals the story behind the product.


May has until now kept very quiet about this new viewer, which has been in development for nearly a year. It was designed to fulfil a perceived need for a quality viewing device for side-by side stereo pictures compact and light enough to be always carried around in a pocket or worn around the neck with a cord. The existing LITE OWL was designed for viewing stereos in books, and has also been used as a travel stereoscope, but its one-piece construction in Acrylic material made it too brittle to survive in some trouser pockets ! This new device is rugged, moulded in metallic-effect Polypropylene with acrylic lens inserts. Geometrically it is closer to the classic OWL design, with a slightly longer focal length than the LITE OWL, making 3-D viewing for many people just a little easier.

Why SteamPunk ?

Brian says:

"The style of the viewer was inspired by the current SteamPunk genre - a fanciful combination of Victorian style and pre-combustion engine technology. Steampunk has been described as how the World would have looked if the Victorians had managed to get into Space, as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells dreamed.

Stereoscopy – now known as 3-D - was invented in 1832 by Englishman Charles Wheatstone, and this new instrument, firmly based on the genius of his designs, seemed a perfect opportunity to incorporate steampunk motifs into its appearance.

The design also owes a lot to my old friend Chris Dodman at S.B. Westons in Sunbury-upon-Thames, who collaborated on the design of the very first 'Classic' folding focussing OWL in 2009. It's manufactured by my friends in China, Jade Productions, who have also printed our most recent LSC books. The first limited edition SteamPunk OWLs arrived today - a introductory limited edition in a special themed cardboard packet. They will be flying out very soon !!!"

Brian's London Stereoscopic Company currently presents stereoscopic images (as stereo cards and illustrations in books) using the highest resolution printing technology available today, and viewed through this new device, these visuals are guaranteed to spring to life in glorious 3-D, just as in Victorian times. The Steampunk OWL can also be used to view 3-D videos and VR content on any smartphone.

The LSC's mission is to inspire a new generation to embrace stereoscopy, by sharing the world’s greatest 3-D images - from Victorian times to the present day. The cutting-edge Steampunk OWL will be a welcome addition to the line. Add pictures of the SP cardboard package.

SteamPunk OWL packaging

STEAMPUNK OWL, created by Brian May, £7.50, OUT TODAY - here - https://shop.londonstereo.com/OWL-STEAMPUNK.html

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