By: Clare Sterling
Queen guitarist and wildlife advocate Brian May with IFAW's Freddie the Fox.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare UK team was invited to take part in Brian’s ‘Wildlife Rocks’ event recently, in Guildford, Surrey. It was a great opportunity to join together with lots of other animal welfare groups to celebrate wildlife and make people aware of important animal welfare issues. Around 2,500 people of all ages attended Wildlife Rocks to find out more about animals while enjoying live music, readings and other entertainment.
UK law enforcement during a moment of levity with IFAW's Freddie the Fox.
IFAW and other groups also used the opportunity to make members of the public aware of the imminent threat to another icon of British wildlife – the badger. Unless they receive a last-minute reprieve, around 70% of UK badgers could be cruelly shot in a cull aimed at reducing incidents of bovine TB in cattle.
Such a cull would go against the views of the overwhelming majority of the UK public who wish to see British wildlife protected. A Guardian newspaper poll found more than 90% of people opposed to such slaughter and this was certainly evident in the conversations we had with concerned members of the public at the weekend.
IFAW is horrified by plans to kill badgers in a cruel manner, based on scientific reasoning which we and others believe to be fundamentally flawed.
Over 2,500 people attended the 'Wildlife Rocks' event recently.
More humane and efficient alternatives are available to address the problem, such as vaccination of badgers, which has been adopted as a solution in Wales.
Eminent scientists and wildlife experts have stated their opposition to this proposed cull because it will not significantly reduce incidents of bovine TB. Many believe that rather than reducing the disease’s prevalence, culling badgers could actually help to spread it further. Elimination of badgers in one area will simply lead others to take over their territory, thus increasing the movements of badgers from one area to another. The use of non-professional shooters may also lead to injured or scared badgers fleeing their usual territory and potentially infecting new areas.
There will be more news from IFAW soon on our work with Brian May and other groups to protect the British badger for future generations.
Queen guitarist and high profile animal welfare campaigner, Brian May, will be fronting a public rally in Bristol organised by a coalition of charities to show public demand to stop the cull of badgers as the start date draws near. The rally on Tuesday 11th September will take place at College Green, Bristol from 4.30pm - 7pm. It follows the success of public meetings held in Tewkesbury and Taunton.
During the family-friendly event, campaigners will don badger costumes, and call on the Government to stop the cull. The event is open to all and the charities are urging local people to come along and demonstrate their opposition to the cull. The rally marks the launch of a new national campaign called ‘Stop the Cull’ – a united response by leading animal welfare charities opposed to the cull. The coalition consists of the RSPCA, League Against Cruel Sports, Save Me and Humane Society International (UK).
Scientific studies have shown that culling would be of little help in reducing the disease and even suggest that it could make things worse in some areas. The research undertaken by the Independent Scientific Group that took nearly a decade, cost approximately £50million and the lives of 11,000 badgers concluded ‘badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain’.
The Stop the Cull campaign is pushing for the government to rethink their policy and implement a vaccination programme, along with, increased levels of testing, improved farm biosecurity and stricter controls on the movement of cattle rather than culling 70% of the badger population, the vast majority of which are disease free. The Welsh government, using the same scientific evidence as Defra, has begun a five year vaccination programme of badgers in Wales.
Gavin Grant, Chief Executive of the RSPCA says: “The RSPCA and many other organisations oppose the cull of badgers for both scientific and animal welfare reasons. The campaign is rapidly gaining public support and over 100,000 objections to the cull have been recorded to date. The Government should look at the science, the results achieved in Wales and change their policy to one of vaccination – let’s cure and not kill.”
“Roll up, roll up … A sensational tour
The new book from Brian May, Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott will contain 192 pages and is due for publication 11 (8) October 2012.
The Cosmic Tourist: The 100 Most Awe-inspiring Destinations in the Universe [Hardcover]
Take your seats for the greatest tour ever - one that encompasses no less than the whole of the Universe. En route, we stop off to gaze at 100 amazing sights - from asteroids to zodiacal dust and from orbit around the Earth to beyond the most distant galaxies. We start right here on Earth, with your tour guides: the three intrepid cosmic voyagers Patrick Moore, Brian May and Chris Lintott. They explain the sights - what they are, and how they fit into the astronomical zoo of familiar and curious objects and phenomena - and convey their own personal enthusiasm for each marvel you encounter. The images present the extraordinary beauty of the Universe as seen through the eyes of the biggest and best telescopes on Earth and in space, and occasionally in the backyards of expert amateur observers.
Poll: The Greatest Guitarist of All Time, Round 4 — TONY IOMMI Vs. DAVE MUSTAINE
Look out for Brian May; next match up in a few days' time. DON'T MISS.
Brian May calls for vaccination of cattle rather than a cull of badgers Queen guitarist Brian May is to front a public rally in Bristol against a cull of badgers in the West Country. The Stop the Cull rally is taking place on Tuesday at College Green. May has recently spoken out against the cull at public meetings held in Tewkesbury and Taunton.
The government says that culling will help combat cattle tuberculosis, which costs the UK more than £100m per year. May has called for the vaccination of cattle rather than a cull.
Leading animal welfare charities, including the RSPCA, League Against Cruel Sports, Save Me and Humane Society International (UK), are all opposed to the cull.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said TB infection forced the slaughter of 25,000 cattle in 2010 alone. It said it was investing in developing useable vaccines but these were "years away". Any cattle vaccine would need to be tested, trialled and approved for use by the European Union.
On 12 July a legal bid by The Badger Trust to block a cull in England failed in the High Court. The planned cull is expected to go ahead in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset in the autumn.
As students return to classrooms, TIME looks at an honor roll of rock stars who really made the grade
Having already put the spotlight on some very bright actors, we thought the start of another academic year would be the perfect time to pay tribute to some equally smart musicians.
While this group represents a broad range of musical styles (from doo-wop to punk) and fields of expertise (from astrophysics to medieval literature), these gifted individuals share two things: a genuine passion for learning and some darn good study habits.
The 10 are:
BEST KNOWN AS: the guitarist for Queen and writer of several of the band’s hits, including “We Will Rock You”
THE INTEL: When he helped form Queen in 1971, May had already earned a bachelor’s degree in math and science at Imperial College London and was beginning work on his doctorate, for which he studied the mysterious properties of interstellar dust. (He later applied some of that learning to his life as a rock star, most notably in creating the thunderous foot stomps in “We Will Rock You” through an acoustic principle called nonharmonic reverberation.) In 2008, a few years after a professor encouraged him to resume his postgraduate studies, May was awarded a Ph.D. in astrophysics.
BRAINIAC RATING, ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 11: 11
EXTRA CREDIT: May is also something of an expert in Victorian-era 3-D photography and has co-authored a book on the subject.
We Will Rock You - http://youtu.be/-tJYN-eG1zk
Have you voted in the Countryfile Photographic Competition?
It's been mentioned to us that one of the wonderful and worthy entries, entitled “On the Move” - features a badger(see small image opposite).
Do have a look at the entries HERE
Voting closes midnight next Sunday 9th September. The phone number for this particular photo is:
0901 198 7605.
Queen guitarist to front event that marks launch of national campaign called ‘Stop the Cull’ led by animal welfare charities opposed to cull.
Queen guitarist Brian May will be in Bristol next week as part of a rally against government plans to introduce a cull of badgers.
The rally marks the launch of a national campaign called ‘Stop the Cull’ – led by animal welfare charities opposed to the cull, including the RSPCA, League Against Cruel Sports, Save Me and Humane Society International (UK). Campaigners will wear badger costumes at the free event. The charities are urging local people to come along and demonstrate their opposition to the cull.
The pilot culls are designed to reduce tuberculosis in cattle. Farmers and the government say the disease, which can be spread by badgers as well as among cattle, has become a huge cost to the industry. In 2010-11, nearly 25,000 cattle were slaughtered in England at a cost of £91m in government compensation.
But the charities say scientific studies have shown that culling would be of little help in reducing the disease and even suggest that it could make things worse in some areas.
Research undertaken by the Independent Scientific Group that took nearly a decade, cost approximately £50million and the lives of 11,000 badgers concluded “badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain”, they say.
The Stop the Cull campaign is pushing for the government to rethink their policy and implement a vaccination programme, along with increased levels of testing, improved farm biosecurity and stricter controls on the movement of cattle rather than culling 70% of the badger population, the vast majority of which are disease free.
Gavin Grant, chief executive of the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA and many other organisations oppose the cull of badgers for both scientific and animal welfare reasons. The campaign is rapidly gaining public support and over 100,000 objections to the cull have been recorded to date. The Government should look at the science, the results achieved in Wales and change their policy to one of vaccination – let’s cure and not kill.”
Meanwhile, their campaign has drawn cross-party support from Bristol, including leading Conservatives. Bristol24-7 reported in March that the Conservative Party spokesman in Bristol West had urged the coalition government to scrap its controversial plans.
Graham Godwin-Pearson’s statement came after Conservative think-tank the Bow Group unveiled a major paper saying the culls were likely to be more costly and less practical to conduct than ministers believe. Mr Godwin-Pearson, the principle author and Tory spokesman in the Bristol West constituency, added the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) focus should be on vaccination instead.
The rally on Tuesday will take place at College Green from 4.30-7pm.
Brian May was presented with The Saxby award lsst night (6 September) for his work in stereoscopy at The Royal Society, London, where the Royal Photographic Awards Ceremony were held.
THE SAXBY AWARD
An award for achievement in the field of three-dimensional imaging, endowed by Graham Saxby Hon FRPS in appreciation of the benefits of 50 years membership of The Society. The Award is intended to be in place for twenty years from 1998.
Previous recipients of the Saxby award are:
1998 Professor S A Benton
The lamps have been taken by Surrey Police in raids on properties involved in the cultivation of cannabis and have been donated to a good cause to May who is involved with the Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Trust. The donations led to Surrey Police safer neighbourhood team for Surrey Heath being presented with an award by May at a ceremony held by the wildlife charity on September 1.
The event called 'Wildlife Rocks' was held at Guildford Cathedral to raise awareness of wildlife preservation in Britain, and to raise money for the charity.
Sergeant Christopher Mallett and his team were nominated for the award due to their donation of a number of items disclaimed during search warrants including heating lamps and power units which had previously been used in the cultivation of cannabis.
PC Dave Murray, neighbourhood officer for the area, said: "We confiscate so many items and thought they should go to a good cause. The Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Trust does great work in helping wildlife in the area we police. By receiving this award, the team and I are very proud that our contribution has been recognised."
Poll: The Greatest Guitarist of All Time, Round 4 — Eddie Van Halen Vs. Randy Rhoads
Today (9/5) would have been Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s 66th birthday. While the legendary performer is gone, his music lives. Guitarist Brian May reflected on what made Freddie such a great frontman.
“Well Freddie just completely had the outrageous persona I suppose and he always was that way, he didn’t work at it, he didn’t decide he was going to play this part. He just was this guy who had a very unusual way of coming across and came from an unusual place I guess. He had an insane belief in himself which was wonderful, his driving force, and in us as his friends and partners in crime.”
“I mean Freddie had the amazing voice but I think he also had this thing that he could also make people feel like they were making contact. So we could play things like Wembley Stadium, which up to that time, had not been done. People didn’t do it because they couldn’t really get across in this vast space but Freddie particularly had this knack of making everybody feel like they could be personally in contact and almost, I think he made them feel like they could do it too, you know, this business of singing along and stuff. He just had that kind of common touch I suppose. I don’t know what it’s called. It’s a kind of magnetism that he had.”
VH1 Classic Radio Report
BBC NEWS SURREY
Heat lamps and power units confiscated in raids on cannabis farms in Surrey have been recycled to warm wildlife at a rescue centre owned by Brian May. The Queen guitarist supports the Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Centre, a charity which operates on land he owns near Camberley.
Queen guitarist Brian May is a supporter
The equipment was donated by Surrey Police neighbourhood officers.
"We confiscate so many items and thought they should go to a good cause," said Sgt Christopher Mallet. "The Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Trust does great work in helping wildlife in the area we police."
Animal welfare champion May, who has homes in London and Surrey, is a long-term supporter of the rescue centre, which cares for more than 1,600 animals a year. The rock legend's work was recognised by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in a ceremony at the House of Lords in 2012.
May presented the Surrey Heath safer neighbourhood team with an award in recognition of their contribution at a Wildlife Rocks charity event at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday.
The Surrey Heath Safer Neighbourhood Team has won an award for their contribution to the Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Trust.
EXCELLENT INTERVIEW - CLICK HERE
Brian May's interview with Rod Liddle for The Sunday Times digital platforms
Featuring Brian May. Watch an exclusive clip from the new Status Quo biopic: See article CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE http://tinyurl.com/bpv3a45
Excerpt Status Quo biopic - http://youtu.be/uVaXimQV42A
includes Brian May, Thin Lizzy, Buzzcocks, Slade, Paul Weller, Sir Cliff Richard and Midge Ure.
Round 4 will start tomorrow (Wednesday) with Brian May up against the other 15 who have made it to this stage in the GUITAR WORLD Poll.
Download new version of the BRACKET HERE.
Round 1 — Defeated Tom Scholz
Here's the final 16
BRIAN May was the star attraction at the inaugural Wildlife Rocks event at Guildford Cathedral.
The Queen guitarist attended the event on Saturday (September 1) to celebrate British wildlife and promote a better future for animals. He was joined by West End star Kerry Ellis, musician Joe Brown and chief executives from animal welfare giants including the RSPCA, Born Free and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
It was a day for people of all ages to enjoy, with family entertainment such as bouncy castles, a climbing wall, falconry and music from the Children's Youth Theatre. The cathedral was filled with stalls from various groups, there were informative talks and there were animals for youngsters to pet.
May talked about his passion for wildlife before sharing the stage with Ellis and Brown for a live performance, including the song Putting On The Style.
The event was presented by 'Save Me', the campaign set up by May in 2010 to raise awareness of animal rights issues in the UK and named after the 1978 Queen hit which he penned.
Gavin Grant, chief executive of the RSPCA, and Will Travers from Born Free, shared their expertise on the importance and vibrancy of Britain's wildlife. World-renowned wildlife artist David Shepherd gave an insight into his experiences of working next to some of the most well-loved animals.
A show of rescue dogs was a highlight with visitors, along with the bands and bagpipe music, and Joe Brown's amusing performance.
The University of Surrey Students’ Union society, Surrey Stage Crew, volunteered their time, equipment and expertise at the event. The group provided the rigging, staging, sound, projection, lighting and technical support for free and set up the event and cleared it away. Ian Lipp, technical manager at the students’ union, also volunteered and said the union was "proud" to support the cause and that members were rewarded by being able to meet the rock legend.
A bit of nostalgia..... Brian's message recorded for the 7th Queen Fan Club Convention.
Brian May Fan Club Convention Message (1992) - http://youtu.be/-x5yH5d5_Xo
"It's a studio down in the depths of this huge high-rise building... with no windows and no contact with the outside world. [Led] Zeppelin did a lot of recording down there, as did Deep Purple... but it was an utterly depressing place. People used to commit suicide by jumping off the top of that building quite frequently. They have this thing in Munich called 'The Fohn' and when The Fohn blows... people go nuts and they commit suicide. It was a real strange place."
Read more HERE
"Born Free" - Brian May and Kerry Ellis at wildlife rocks- http://youtu.be/V2N_v7dGgkw
Alternative BORN FREE- http://youtu.be/DyPRIHG2UPM
"Butterfly" - Brian May and Kerry Ellis at wildlife rocks- http://youtu.be/mGG4gIblAlc
Alternative: BUTTERFLY - http://youtu.be/mGG4gIblAlc
"I Who Have Nothing" - Brian May and Kerry Ellis - Wildlife Rocks - Guildford - 1 September 2012
"Life Is Real" Brian May and Kerry Ellis play acoustic at Wildlife Rocks - Guildford Cathedral, 1 Sep 2012
Alternative: LIFE IS REAL - http://youtu.be/r3PpEixXNlQ
PUTTIN' ON THE STYLE - http://youtu.be/gEcuPS7vdbY
CRAZY LITLE THING CALLED LOVE - http://youtu.be/dt69WD8oaMg
"Sabotage" Heather Peace and Michael Clancy @wildlife rocks - http://youtu.be/1WoIPuu4P0E
And from a Fan:
Jules meets Brian May - http://youtu.be/bn4dONjVdOs
Prior report from
Rock Legend Brian May is among the performers at Wildlife Rocks, a celebration of wildlife at Guildford Cathedral on September 1
With a musical career spanning four decades, May has production and performance credits on recordings that have sold in excess of 100 million copies worldwide. The badger featured on his right arm comes as the debate on culling these woodland creatures continues to rage. May and Ellis’ act will be just one of the highlights of this day of music, talk and fun, lasting from 11am to 4.30pm.
Gavin Grant, Chief Executive of the RSPCA and Will Travers OBE from Born Free will also share their wealth of experience alongside world-renowned wildlife artist David Shepherd CBE.
Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue is a charity that treats, cares for and rehabilitates all types of British Wildlife while urging a better understanding and the need to redress manmade imbalances in nature. Last year the charity responded to over 1,600 mainly road related incidents.
A fantastic day for families to share wildlife experiences, there will also be bouncy castles, a climbing wall and falcon displays.
Adult tickets are £6 and under-18s £2 available from guildford-cathedral.org or by calling (01483) 547870. There is a 10% booking fee.
Today this is what Brian May and Kerry Ellis played at the Wildlife Rocks event in Guildford Cathedral.
STOP PRESS: Brian May and Kerry due to play at around 2.15pm
Brian May was installed as a Vice President of the RSPCA today at Guildford Cathedral.
RSPCA: "We're proud to announce the appointment of Brian May as RSPCA Vice President at Wildlife Rocks."
Brian May discusses Vox AC30s and shows the effect of various Red Special pickup settings on them
|Brianmay.com takes no responsibility for content of external sites
Brian does not necessarily see everything on the website.