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22-28 Sep - Starmus Tenerife, premiere of "51 Degrees" movie, concert with Rick Wakeman. ORDER Starmus Book
20 October - Publication date "A Poor Man's Picture Gallery" - PRE-ORDER

Oct-Nov - Brian May/Denis Pellerin Book Talks 2014 - SEE HERE
Oct 1 - Publication "Brian May's Red Special" - PRE-ORDER
Oct - April 2015 Nov - Stereoscopic Cards Exhibition Tate Gallery

**Sat 27 Sep 14**
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Top news, fellow karaoke fans!

Zoom Entertainments have finally been persuaded to produce a (legal) karaoke version of Driven By You. (See" Latest MP3+G Release"s at

It was available to download as of 24 September and if it's anything like their Queen interpretations, it'll be a good'un!

Can't wait to sing it this weekend!!


Thanks to Paul Arnold

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**Sat 27 Sep 14**
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Brian May by Ronald Cohn Jesse RussellA book we hadn't come across before might be of interest:

Brian May Paperback – 1 Jan 2012
by Ronald Cohn Jesse Russell (Author)

Publisher: VSD (1 Jan 2012)
Language: English

High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Brian Harold May, CBE (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician and astrophysicist most widely known as the guitarist and a songwriter of the rock band Queen. As a guitarist he uses his home-built guitar, "Red Special", and has composed hits such as "Tie Your Mother Down", "We Will Rock You", and "Fat Bottomed Girls". This book was created using print-on-demand technology.

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**Sat 27 Sep 14**
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Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie

BBC RADIO 6 will air an interview Brian on the 2nd October - probably between 2.30 to 3pm.

Brian May
Duration: 3 hours from 13.00
First broadcast: Thursday 02 October 2014
Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie are joined by Brian May.

Plus attempt to get your dulcet tones on the DAB airwaves by suggesting what track follows what, in trusty all-round good egg The Chain - or gather your friends around the wireless for some Teatime Themetime fun times by guessing the link between three records. What ARE you waiting for?!

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**Fri 26 Sep 14**
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26 September 2014

“Hey Hey Bad News” by Bad News — Bad News (1983)

The uproarious, punk-infused British sitcom “The Young Ones” premiered on MTV in 1985 and made American cult heroes of its stars and creators Adrian Edmonson, Rik Mayal, and Nigel Planer.

Less known stateside was Bad News, a comedic heavy metal outfit the trio portrayed in a gut-bustingly funny 1983 mock rockumentary titled “Bad News Tour” that weirdly parallels the simultaneously in-production “This Is Spinal Tap.” In 1987, Queen guitarist Brian May produced Bad News’ self-titled album, forever immortalizing the group’s theme song, “Hey Hey Bad News.”


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**Fri 26 Sep 14**
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Brian May has written the Foreword to this lovely book:

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Guitar Heroes by Rusty Cutchin and Brian May

Guitar Heroes - front cover

Guitar Heroes - back cover
Rock Guitar Heroes: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artists, Guitars and Great Riffs (Revealed) Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Sep 2014
by Brian May (Foreword), Rusty Cutchin (Consultant Editor)
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Flame Tree Publishing; New edition edition (15 Sep 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1783612231
Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 27.9 x 2.2 cm

Featuring over 180 of the world's greatest guitar superstars, Rock Guitar Heroes is a definitive guide to those guitarists whose talents helped change the face of music forever and touched the lives of millions. From the heroes of classic blues rock with the likes of Hendrix, Clapton, Page and Beck to modern artists such as Jack White and Matt Bellamy, this comprehensive catalogue of guitarists covers a wide range of musical styles. Learn what inspired them to create the music that led to their legendary status, how they achieved such greatness and the tools they used to get to the top. Supported by over 200 superb images that bring each page to life and capture the power and emotion behind the music, this is the ideal book for any aspiring guitar hero, and will satisfy even the most die-hard of music fans.

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**Thu 25 Sep 14**
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Dave's Universe

David Eicher (Editor, Astronomy Magazine) in his blog on provides excellent reports on Starmus,, being a most entertaining and informative speaker Mon 22 Sept: 16:15 – 17:00hrs, with subject: Does the Universe Really Care About Itself? Communicating Astronomy in the 21st Century.

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**Mon 22 Sep 14**
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Brian May has used these guitar strings - Full set removed from The Red Special !!

Jiffy Bag containing Brian's Strings
Certified by Pete Malandrone - Guitar Technto Dr BrianMay

An extremely rare opportunity to own a piece of Rock History!

Authenticated by Pete Malandrone (Guitar Tech to Dr May) this is a complete set of strings, removed from the Red Special guitar, owned and played by legendary Queen guitarist, Brian May.

Removed after the recent Queen + Adam Lambert North American Summer Arena Tour, it has been confirmed that these strings were used throughout the tour, and that strings would have been replaced only as and when needed.

Pete Malandrone says:  'The strings were removed at the end of the tour to allow for some maintenance of the guitar, specifically, the neck pick-up fell off.

The strings are not changed for every show, but are inspected for wear every day (the .024 D string takes the most battering) and changed as necessary.

It's impossible to say which ones have been on there the longest but at a guess I would say the .032 A string might have done the whole tour...'

So...with the help of Brian May, how many times have these strings played Bohemian Rhapsody?
How many times have they played: We Will Rock You? We are The Champions?...Or Tie Your Mother Down?
Well, the 19 date tour included concerts in: Chicago, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, New York, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Tokyo, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland...

Have these strings played your favourite Queen song?
See for yourself... This website has published set lists for all the shows:

The Red Special guitar was built by Brian and his father, Harold, during the 1960s and has been used on countless Queen tacks, throughout the years, defining Brian's signature style and creating an iconic, unmistakable sound. The sound of Queen (Brian May, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon and Roger Taylor).

'For the last 50 years The Red Special has been the guitar that Brian played on every Queen album, in all of Queen's live shows around the world and on the most special of occasions, including his legendary appearance on the roof of Buckingham Palace,
Live Aid and the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.'

...And THESE strings have been on THAT guitar!

And now they could be yours!

... and it's all for a very good cause.

Brian May has kindly donated this set of strings, which have been sealed and unopened, for me to auction for charity. The proceeds of this auction will be given to Parkinson's UK.

Parkinson's UK is a charity close to my heart. My father, Henry (pictured) was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease more than 12 years ago. A local sporting hero. A footballer. A cricketer. Umpire. Referee. He even 'reffed' the legendary George Best... (pictured)

But life has changed, for my dad...
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that belongs to the group of conditions called motor system disorders. PD cannot yet be cured and sufferers get worse over time as the normal bodily functions, including breathing, balance, movement, and heart function worsen.

If you would like to donate to Parkinson's UK please visit my fundraising page:

Thank you...
Nigel Smale (Fundraiser)

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