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SEPTEMBER 2015

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REMINDERS:
1 Sept - Brian and Kerry - Italy Raitre TV Parallelo Italia, Rome
4 Sept - Brian presents "One Night In Hell" Cambridge Film Festival
5 Sept - Pup Aid, Primrose Hill, London
8 Sep - Failing Badger Cull Protest, Westminster, London. Registration from 10AM. http://pupaid.org/

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**Wed 09 Sep 15**
BADGER FUNERAL PROTEST RALLY, WESTMINSTER, LED BY BRIAN MAY - IN PICTURES
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We are grateful to Dana Kubick for taking and sharing these shots of the protest rally against the continuing badger cull, yesterday (8 September) in London. The protest was staged as a mock funeral, commemorating the badgers so far killed, with hearses ceremoniously making their way from DEFRA Offices to Parliament Square, where the rally took place.

Badger funeral
Hilary Jones, Ethical Director of Lush

Badger funeral
Brian May, Marc Abraham and Caroline Lucas MP

Badger funeral
Angela Smith MP

Badger funeral rally
Brian May and Angela Smith MP

Badger funeral rally
Angela Smith MP, Brian May and daughter, Emily

Badger funeral rally

Badger funeral rally

Badger funeral rally
Funeral hearses outside Houses of Parliament

Badger funeral rally
Brian May and Anne Brummer

Badger funeral rally

Badger funeral rally

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Badger funeral protest
Hilary Jones, Ethical Director of Lush

Badger funeral rally

Badger funeral rally

Badger funeral rally
Hilary Jones, Marc Abraham and Caroline Lucas MP

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**Tue 08 Sept 15**
SCOTLAND'S FIRST MINISTER MEETS BRIAN MAY
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https://firstminister.gov.scot/first-minister-meets-brian-may/
8
September 2015

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had the pleasure of meeting Dr Brian May and Anne Brummer, Chief Executive of the Save Me Trust, on Thursday 3 September, to discuss fox hunting and the Scottish Government’s commitment to review the existing legislation on the issue in Scotland.

Brian May and Nicola Sturgeon
First Minister meets Brian May

Scotland has led the way in legislation to protect wildlife and to safeguard animal welfare and recent activity has prompted a closer look at how the Scottish legislation on hunting operates in practice. The review will consider how the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act has been meeting its aims, 13 years after the legislation was brought into force to control hunting with dogs. The First Minister has also confirmed that any breaches of the Act will be included in the wildlife crime annual report.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
"It is over a decade since Scotland led the way in the UK in banning the use of dogs to kill foxes and other wild mammals and we are committed to a ban remaining in place.

However, there has been a great deal of debate in Scotland about the effectiveness of the current legislation and that is why in my Programme for Government will review the operation of the Act to determine whether we should take steps to strengthen the current law.

It is important that the legislation meets its intended aims and protects our wild animals, so I will publish our review within the coming months, setting out next steps.”

Brian May and Nicola Sturgeon

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**Tue 08 Sep 15**
DAVID CAMERON'S "CALLOUS" BADGER CULL MUST BE STOPPED SAYS BRIAN MAY
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Brian May tells why he's planning a legal challenge against badger cull

Blue Badger protest

BRIAN MAY:

"These are grim times. Especially for anyone who cares about justice for people or the other animals with whom we share the British Isles.

We are all labouring under the oppressive rule of a Government that seems devoid of decency or compassion. Whether it’s showing mercy to refugees, instead of calling them migrants and fencing them in with barbed wire, or acting to stop more atrocities to wild animals like Cecil the Lion, the only way to get David Cameron’s callous regime to act in a morally responsible way is to push them into a corner.

That’s where decent, concerned, compassionate people like you, come in. They make their voices heard in the only ways open to them. By petitioning, by lobbying or writing to their MPs, raising awareness through social media, and by physically marching for decency.

Today we raise our voices in disgust and outrage that a government, in the face of morality, all scientific evidence, and the overwhelming will of the British public are bone-headedly, doggedly pursuing a policy of murdering British badgers - in a useless and senseless war on wildlife that has already been declared INHUMANE and INEFFECTIVE, by its own experts in its declared aim of combating bovine TB in cattle.

Legal bid to be launched to halt cull

This policy is daily becoming more embarrassing, as more and more farmers realise that the wool is being pulled over their eyes by a Government that continues to place more importance on the votes of their mates the NFU than the well-being of farmers or their livestock.

If this Government were truly dedicated to eradicating TB from the National Herd they would have accepted the European Commission’s offer to help us prove Vaccines and Diva Test for CATTLE - not badgers. In a ten-year vaccination plan which this Government poo-poohed five years ago, we could already been half way there. That’s a sobering thought. Instead of that here we are, five years into a 25-year plan to solve farming’s problems by killing wildlife!

It’s a disgrace and a joke which is not funny. Just think of the wasted time, the wasted opportunities, and the appalling squandering of all our money, by this Government’s refusal to face up the truth of their folly.

We, Save-Me, in consultation with the members of Team Badger, are this week seeking to serve a Judicial Review, which we believe will prove that the decisions which Natural England have been forced by Cameron’s government to make, to continue in what Lord Krebs, Britain’s foremost authority on bovine TB has called this ‘lunacy’, are illegal.

But stopping this cruelty, this lame apology for a policy, will only be achieved by a concerted effort. This effort is being valiantly made at this moment by the badger protection organisations, the sabs in the field, the local campaigners, decent MP’s of all parties – and the people who have given up their morning to be here today.

My thanks to the Daily Mirror and Mirror readers, for your support in this essential fight for what is essentially Common Decency and common sense."

Brian May says legal action could be only way of stopping the government's "useless and senseless" war on badgers

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**Mon 07 Sep 15**
PRESS RELEASE: DR BRIAN MAY TO LEAD TEAM BADGER PROTEST MARCH,
TUESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2015
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Team Badger, the coalition of animal welfare charities opposed to the government’s unscientific badger cull have announced they will be staging a protest against the #failingbadgercull on Tuesday 8th September 2015.

A symbolic funeral parade, marking the killing of 2263 badgers in 2013/14 will leave the Defra office in Smith Square at 12 noon and will make its way to Old Palace Yard Westminster for 12.30. It will be met by assembled supporters.

Speakers will include Queen guitarist and founder of The Save Me Trust, Dr Brian May, MP’s from across the parties Including Caroline Lucas MP, Angela Smith MP and Henry Smith MP, Will Travers, Chairman of Born Free Foundation, TV’s Marc the vet, Hilary Jones (Lush) and Peter Martin, Chairman of the Badger Trust.

The event is scheduled to end at 13.30 hours.

Dr May and speakers will be available for interview or comments by arrangement.

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**Sat 05 Sep 15**
BRIAN MAY SURPRISE GUEST AT KERRY GIG - THE PHEASANTRY 5 SEPT
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Brian May made a surprise guest appearance at Kerry Ellis's sold-out show at The Pheasantry, in London, tonight - to the delight of all present.

Kerry and Brian - The Pheasantry 5 September 2015
Photo: BroadwayWorld UK

BROADWAY WORLD
Photo Coverage: Kerry Ellis Live At The Pheasantry - With Special Guest Brian May
5 September 2015 7.15pm

We at BWW:UK were thrilled to be invited to Kerry Ellis's final night at the fabulous Pheasantry, on the Kings Road, produced by Barry Mishon - check out our pictures of the evening!

Her special guest - on the birthday of the late Freddie Mercury- was long-time collaborator Brian May, and the pair performed three songs as an encore:

I Who Have Nothing,
Born Free,

and Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Ellis's set list included unusual choices such as Any Dream Will Do (in which the audience functioned as a surprisingly tuneful choir) as well as old favourites I'm Not That Girl and Defying Gravity.

MORE PHOTOS HERE

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**Sat 05 Sep 15**
FAILING BADGER CULL PROTEST - TUESDAY - WESTMINSTER
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Please support this important protest if you can be in London Tuesday 8 September, 12.30 - 1.3pm. Brian May among the speakers:

Failing Badger Cull protest poster

Brian May


NEW MAGAZINE

BRIAN MAY TO MARCH FOR BADGERS
5 September 2015

Veteran rocker BRIAN MAY is stepping up his campaign to save the badgers by joining a protest march through London next week (beg07Sep15).

The Queen star has been a vocal opponent of the badger cull, which is designed to keep the population down and prevent the animals spreading tuberculosis to cattle, and he is now planning a fresh demonstration to urge politicians to change the policy.

May will march through the streets of the capital on Tuesday (08Sep15) and give a speech to protesters, who have been instructed to dress in black for the occasion.

The demonstration has been organised by the League Against Cruel Sports.

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**Fri 04 Sep 15**
BRIAN MAY ON AIRWAVES FROM CAMBRIDGE TODAY [VIDEOS AND TRANSCRIPT]
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BBC LOOK EAST:

Brian May & Denis Pellerin BBC Look East Cambs Film Festival 04092015
- http://youtu.be/KIr4HuyaZKI


TRANSCRIPT - by Jen Tunney

STARTS: 2.07

KATE BRADBROOK (In studio): Well, Brian May and his fellow producer, Denis Pellerin, spoke to me earlier from the Cambridge Film Festival. Brian told me how he’d first become interested in stereoscopes.

BRIAN MAY: When I was a kid they used to give away in Weetabix packets little cards, where you get two images, apparently flat and not very interesting but when you put them inside a little viewer, which you could send away for, for one and sixpence, suddenly the whole thing broke into incredibly stereoscopic 3-D relief, for something very realistic. You felt like you could walk through a frame and actually be there and touch the animals and touch the people. It’s incredible.

So I discovered from that, as I grew up, that stereoscopy was born in Victorian times, about the same time as photography, and this is the kind of stereoscope you would have had if you were a Victorian. You would have bought stereo cards like this, you’d put them in the viewer and what you see is something wonderful. So 3-D as you now see it in 3-D films was acatualy born about 1854 for the public in Britain. Queen Victoria was a great enthusiast.

KATE: Denis - 3-D, as we mentioned there, 3-D is very different now. We think about Pixar and things like that. Is it important for all of us to remember how it started like this?

DENIS PELLERIN: Most people think that 3-D was invented with “Avatar’ and what it was invented 150 years ago, so it’s, yes, it is important because, as Brian said, everybody in the Victorian era had a stereoscope on their dining room or drawing room table and they would just spend evenings and afternoons looking at stereos, and having fun and commenting [on] them and laughing and exclaiming, “Wow”. Well maybe they didn’t say “Wow” at the time but they would have said “Oh my God”, or something like that.

BRIAN: If you actually can get a Victorian viewer, you’d be amazed by the experience. I had to make one. You can’t buy them these days, so this is my invention. This is the 21st century version of the Brewster stereoscope, and you can put your iPhone in it or whatever and you can see 3-D pictures in this contraption.

KATE: And the film that you’ve made, they seem quite sinister, these skeletons. Can you just give us a bit of a kind of what is going on here?

DENIS: Well actually they are sinister when you first look at them, but then when you examine the pictures closely you realise that there’a a lot of funny things going on in the background and they are, most of them are, social satires or political satires and they are just a way of showing that Paris was Hell. Hell is Paris and Paris was Hell at the time.

KATE: And Brian, we’re used to hearing you play, obviously. We know that you are passionate about animal welfare. We know that you are Doctor or Astronomy, but how do you fit in all these things, like this passion as well?

BRIAN: I don’t sleep. You’ll have to ask my wife. Yeah, there’s too many passions I guess but in some crazy way in my mind they all make sense. They all come together in some way. I was able to make some music for our little Diableries film and I was able to fuse Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’ with ‘We Will Rock You’ and some guitar playing, so in a crazy way it does all kind of link up.

KATE: And I also heard that you also used to, when you were touring with Queen, go and search for stereoscopic plaes wherever you were in the world.

BRIAN: Absolutely, yes. It’s a hobby you can kind of pursue any place. I also always carry a stereoscopic camera with me, a little 3-D Realist viewer, so I have lots of pictures of Queen in the day in 3-D. I’m very geeky about these things, you know. I just love it. To me it’s such a thrill to see things in solid relief

DENIS: It’s a kind of magic.

BRIAN: It’s a kind of magic, he says. (laughing)

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BBC RADIO CAMBRIDGE:

Brian May & Ramon Lamarca (Cambridgeshire Film Festival) talk 3D with Chris Mann's Drivetime, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire - http://youtu.be/598189f7v3I
Brian May commences 5:24 https://youtu.be/598189f7v3I?t=5m24s
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TRANSCRIPT - by Jen Tunney

STARTS: 5:28

CHRIS MANN: But next - Brian May from Queen. So just to stress that Brian May from Queen in in Cambridge this afternoon, talking not about music so much as 3-D, one of his real loves. He’s a doctor, of course, a Doctor or Science, after taking a PhD as part of his studies which happened I believe before Queen began. Anyway, he’ll tell us all about it. He joins us now on the phone. Brian - afternoon!

BRIAN MAY: Hello Chris, how you doing?

CHRIS: Yeah, good. You’ve got a busy schedule and we’re very pleased to have you here. We talked to Ramon a bit ago and he just emailed you and he said, “Yeah, I’ll come.”

BRIAN: Of course, of course. Yeah, I’m sitting here with Ramon and also Denis Pellerin, whose my co-author of the Diableries book, which is one of the reasons why I’m here today.

CHRIS: Now your passion is very much for 3-D and films and photography?

BRIAN: Absolutely. Yeah, I have a great passion for things that you hear with your ears as well, but vision has always been a huge passion with me as well, particularly 3-D vision, and something which has in a sense been neglected over the years, and we take it all the way back to its origin in the 1850s in England and France.

CHRIS: 1850s - I didn’t realise it went back that far. That’s extraordinary.

BRIAN: It goes back before the birth of photography, strange enough. It was first understood by a man called Charles Wheatstone, about 1838 and everything stereoscopic comes from that. You know, Leonardo da Vinci didn’t quite crack it. Charles Wheatstone did. It’s an amazing phenomenon. Of course, we experience 3-D every moment of our lives. It we have two eyes, we’re able to fuse these two images which we get from our two eyes into something which is magically full of depth and solidity and it’s an incredible thing. Tends to be neglected.

CHRIS: Now - you made a film, which is being shown today. Tell us about that.

BRIAN: Yeah, it’s a stereoscopic film based on the Diableries, which are kind of devilments, you would say. The adventures in Hell in France in the 1860s. Now it sounds very obscure and it’s hard to explain, but if you see it you will go, “Wow! - My God.” You know, you are seeing every facet of life represented in Hell, with a lot of skeletons and the Devil himself having a lot of fun. So it portrays Hell in a very different way.

CHRIS: We had hoped to get you for the opening night of the Film Festival last night, because I know you are a huge fan of Astronomy, and the opening film last night, which I was delighted to present the Q&A afterwards with the stars of it, was called “Star Men”, about the journey of some astronomers.

BRIAN: Yes, absolutely. Now I just met the creators of that film and they’ve given me a copy of the film, so I’m thrilled. I couldn’t be here last night, sadly, because I was up in Edinburgh, meeting Nicola Sturgeon.

CHRIS: Oh my word.

BRIAN: … also…. I get to do great stuff. I’m a very lucky boy, really.

CHRIS: Were you telling her what’s what?

BRIAN: Well, we were discussing fox hunting, you know, there’s two bills which are both designed to protect animals against cruelty and there’s a parallel one in England, and we were talking about updating the Scottish one. She’s become a great ally. That’s been great.

CHRIS: Brian, one of the - I can tell you - one of the greatest days of my life was to be there at Wembley Stadium in 1985 for Live Aid, and I know you played such a huge part in that. We’ve got a crisis at the moment with the migrants as you know and we’re talking about it on the programme today. What’s your view of how Europe and the West should respond to this?

BRIAN: I’ve been vocal about this for quite a long time actually and I’m disgusted by the way our Government’s responded. You know there’s this thing about migrants - they shouldn’t be called “migrants”. They should be called “refugees” and we should behave with compassion. I have no doubt in my mind. How much room is there in Scotland, you know? You can put 40,000 refugees in there and not even notice. I think we’ve behaved despicably. I’m thankful that at last David Cameron has paid heed to this wave of compassion, which came about from seeing this boy on the beach. How can you possibly take an attitude that these people don’t matter? How can you possibly do that? How can you not reach out a hand to save these people? So I’ve felt it for a long time and I’m glad to see that now the Press has come round and… there’s movement.

To me it’s very parallel to the way people reacted to the murder of Cecil the Lion. These things go on the whole time, but it’s not until you see a picture ad suddenly there’s a wave of recognition that something is wrong with our society. And I’m very pleased with the way social media tends to expose these things, and I think it s moving us forward. It’s moving us to a better society. I hope so anyway.

CHRIS: So are you an optimist? Do you think that ‘People Power’ can work?

BRIAN: I’m an optimist, yeah. I mean, it’s tough with the Government like we’ve got at the moment, which really doesn’t have an ounce of compassion in it in my opinion, but, yes, in the long term, I think we’re seeing a better class of MP in all parties, and we’re very much colourblind. We don’t care which party people are in. We just care what kind of human being they are.

So we fight these daily battles for animals with people that care. And, yes, I am optimistic. In the end it will come. In the end slavery came to an end, and in the end abuse of animals will come to an end. It will come.

CHRIS: Well, Brian, I know you’ve got a very busy schedule and you’ve fitted Cambridge in, so well done and thank you for coming. Just tell us what’s in store tonight?

BRIAN: Tonight we have the first showing at a festival of this amazing little film, which actually I didn’t make, but it was made in collaboration with me and Denis, who I’m sitting next to, and it’s bringing the 1860s little devils from Paris to life, in the 21st century. It’s an amazing little short - was made very quickly - but we’re aiming for the feature film. We want to make the full length film, which will be “Diableries - The Movie”, I guess, and it’s a very exciting prospect. It’s like Ray HarryHausen. You ever see any of those old films where the skeletons come to life?

CHRIS: Yes, yes.

BRIAN: But a lot more to it.

CHRIS: And I know that our friend, Ramon, who was with you, will be hosting the Q&A. You will be talking to the Cambridge Film Festival public. So enjoy that.

BRIAN: You’ve still got time to get down there, folks. We can still fit you in. (Chuckles) It’s our film, and it’s also another wonderful film, which is lots of rescued treasures from the era of 3-D films from the 50s and 60s - and the 80s as well - all sorts of things which might have disappeared forever have been rescued and now you can see them in glorious 3-D as they were intended. Come down. Come and see us.

CHRIS: That’s at 6.30 at The Light tonight, and then I think it’s again I think at The Arts Cinema tomorrow, sorry, on Monday the 11th, so there’s lots of chances to see it - not just tonight. That’s Brian. Thank you so much for joining us. Have a great time in Cambridge.

BRIAN: Thank you very much. All the best folks.

CHRIS: Dr Brian May there. Busy programme we’re having today. Well when Rock Royalty calls you have to answer. Brian May - thanks to him and, yeah, there’s still time to get down there at The Light Cinema. 6.30 it gets under way, the show, and a Q&A with Brian. What an interesting fellow he is.

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BBC CambridgeshireBBC Look East

Brian May is expected to be on BBC radio and TV today as follows:

BBC Radio Cambridge: Brian interview between 4:15-4:30pm this afternoon, on Chris Mann's Drivetime.
BBC Look East [magazine programme] from 6:30pm tonight.

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**Fri 04 Sep 15**
BRIAN MAY VISITS EDINBURGH
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Brian visited Edinburgh yesterday (3 September) to meet with the SNP Leader, Nicola Sturgeon.

BRIAN told BBC Cambridgeshire:

I couldn’t be here [Cambridge] last night, sadly, because I was up in Edinburgh, meeting Nicola Sturgeon... I get to do great stuff. I’m a very lucky boy, really.

Well, we were discussing fox hunting, you know, there’s two bills which are both designed to protect animals against cruelty and there’s a parallel one in England, and we were talking about updating the Scottish one. She’s become a great ally. That’s been great.

Nicola Strugeon, leader SNP, with Brian May in Edibinburgh 3 Sept 2015
Nicola Strugeon, leader SNP, with Brian May in Edinburgh 3 Sept 2015

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**Fri 04 Sep 15**
BADGER CULL NEWS
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Photo by Harry Hogger, Dorset Echo

POLLS:
Who should we cull for causing bovine TB?
- Do you agree with the badger cull?

BT.COM
Badger culls begin in Dorset despite opposition from animal rights groups
4 September 2015

Badger culls have begun in Dorset and are continuing in other parts of England, despite a call from Queen guitarist and campaigner Brian May for them to stop while he seeks a judicial review. The Government's decision to extend the cull of badgers was announced last week, and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has now confirmed the culls have begun.

Natural England authorised a four-year licence for Dorset, where between 615 and 835 badgers are due to be killed over a six-week period this year, alongside the third of four years of culling in Gloucester and Somerset. A spokeswoman for Defra said: "The culling activity is now under way in Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire."

Animal rights groups have voiced their anger over the move, pointing to an independent expert panel's findings that the trials had proved neither humane nor effective and should be halted.

Speaking last week Dr May, who founded the animal charity Save Me Trust, said: "The Government should quit now, and save the taxpayer more fruitless expense. This is a tragedy for our farmers, cattle and wildlife. The scientific advice has been ignored by ministers with more badgers set to die again this year."

Farming minister George Eustice said "strong action" was needed to protect the dairy and beef industry by controlling the spread of TB in cattle, claiming the support of "leading vets" for the culling policy. And farmers' leaders said they were disappointed the cull had not been extended to other areas.

Figures released earlier this week showed culling badgers has cost the taxpayer £16.8 million in the past few years, or £6,775 for each animal killed. The costs were revealed by Defra in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Badger Trust, who said the figures show the policy is an "unacceptable burden on the taxpayer".

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WESTERN DAILY PRESS
Queen's Brian May's anti-badger cull group says cull teams lack of professionalism will halt action
3 September 2015

Queen guitarist Brian May's anti-badger cull group will rely on what it claims is the lack of "professionalism" by the cull teams and the failure by the government to insist on cage trapping to persuade a court to halt the action. The Save? Me Trust – the charity backed by Mr May – has submitted a letter to Natural England, which licences the badger cull, setting out the basis of a judicial review it plans to pursue.

A third year of culling could start within days in Somerset and Gloucestershire, while the first year of a new four year cull in Dorset is also about to get under way. Cull teams are licenced to kill up to 2,000 badgers across the three cull zones over a six week period between now and the end of January.

The letter from the Save Me Trust points out that badgers are a protected species and to justify killing them Natural England has to show they are reducing disease.

The Trust claims?: "The scientific consensus is that a badger cull can lead to a slight reduction in the incidence of bovine TB, but only if the cull is carried out professionally and thoroughly, using experienced field staff to trap the badgers in cages before shooting them. Anything less cannot be relied on to reduce the spread of bovine TB, and may well increase it, because the badgers that survive move around more and so have a greater opportunity? to catch bovine TB or to pass it on. Natural England has licenced contactors to shoot badgers in the field. In Gloucestershire and Somerset the contractors have entirely failed to carry out the kind of cull that could be expected to slightly reduce bovine TB, and there is a significant chance that their efforts have caused infections in farmers' herds, not prevented them.
"There is no reason to believe that their performance? will improve this year, nor that the contractor in Dorset, who has just been issued with a licence, will fare any better. This means that the annual cull planned to begin in a matter of days cannot in any rational sense be said to be serving the purpose of preventing the spread of disease. It is therefore unlawful."

The letter, the first step in legal action, sets out the reasons why culling cannot be said to prevent disease, according to the Save Mr Trust lawyers.

But the National Farmers Union says that evidence from the two pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire – about to start for a third year – show that bovine TB cases have fallen in the cull zones, in Somerset from 34% to 11%. Farming Minister George Eustice, the MP for Camborne and Redruth, said: "Our approach of dealing with the disease in cattle and wildlife has worked overseas and is supported by leading vets".

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EXPRESS
TB or not TB: Farmers could buy 34 calves for cost of killing just one badger
3 September 2015 by Stuart Winter

SHOCK new figures reveal farmers could buy 34 calves for the cost of each badger killed by the Government's controversial culling strategy to prevent the spread of TB in cattle. Taxpayers have forked out £6,775 for every badger shot during the pilot culls carried out in the West Country as part of the war on bovine tuberculosis.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) revealed the costs in a Freedom of Information disclosure to the Badger Trust, showing that £16.8 million had been spent on culling badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset over the past three years. Whitehall officials argue that the cost of bovine TB to the country is £100 million a year and each single outbreak costs a farmer £14,000 and the Government £20,000.

But with a new round of culls about to start and the killing zones being extended to Dorset, the Badger's Trust chief executive Dominic Dyer is questioning the waste of public funds. "Not only is the badger cull a disastrous failure on scientific and animal welfare grounds, it is also becoming an unacceptable burden on the taxpayer," he said.

The revelations on the levels of spending come as Brian May's Save Me Trust ratcheted up the pressure on the Government scientists at Natural England, the official department that has to issue licences so that legally protected badgers can be shot lawfully.

Lawyers for the Save Me Trust have written to Natural England requiring them to revoke licences held by cull operators because the scientific consensus is that it can lead to a slight reduction in bovine TB only if carried out "professionally and thoroughly, using experienced field staff to trap the badgers in cages" before they are shot.

"Anything less cannot be relied on to reduce the spread of bovine TB, and may well increase it, because the badgers that survive move around more and so have a greater opportunity to catch bovine TB or to pass it on," said Save Me Trust chief executive Anne Brummer."If Natural England does not revoke the licences, then the Save Me Trust will take legal action to require Natural England to act within the law."

Defra's new cull figures, which previously estimated that each badger killed had cost £6,100, breaks down the year-on-year amounts spent. In 2012, when the cull was postponed, the cost £2.5million; in 2013, with police costs, the sum was £9.8million, and the 2014 figure was just under £4.5million. A total of 2,476 badgers were killed, amounting to £6,775 for each animal.

Badger Trust chief executive Dominic Dyer said: "When the policy was developed in 2011 the government claimed it would be a farmer-led initiative, paid for by farmers. In reality it's the taxpayer who is footing the bill and these costs will continue to rise rapidly as the policy is extended into Dorset, and possibly other counties in the future." He added that if the cull was rolled out to more than 40 areas in England, as suggested by then Environment Secretary Owen Paterson in 2013, the cost to the taxpayer could easily exceed half a billion pounds.

A Defra spokesman said: "TB poses a huge threat to our farming industry and has cost £500 million over the last decade. We are pursuing a comprehensive strategy, including tighter cattle movement controls, badger vaccination and culling in areas where TB is widespread.

"Costs have been substantially reduced since last year and will be kept under review.

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MIRROR
Badgers are making us look stupid - so let's kill them all [POLL - Who should we cull for causing boving TB?]
2 September 2015

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DORSET ECHO
Brian May's Save Me Trust calls for Dorset badger cull licence to be revoked
2 September 2015 by Harry Hogger

ROCK star Brian May's charity, the Save Me Trust, has sent a letter to Natural England asking it to revoke a licence granted to cull badgers in Dorset.

It was revealed last week that Natural England was to grant a licence for a trial scheme that would see more than 600 badgers killed a year in the county until 2018.

The Save Me Trust has written to Natural England prior to taking action, requiring it to revoke the licence for Dorset as well as badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

The charity said: "Badgers are a protected species. Unless an exception applies, killing a badger is a criminal offence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. One exception is when the badger is killed for the purpose of preventing the spread of disease, and the killer has a licence issued by Natural England. The Government has not sought to repeal or amend the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, so Natural England has to comply with it. It justifies issuing the licences on the grounds that the cull is for the purpose of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle. The scientific consensus is that a badger cull can lead to a slight reduction in the incidence of bovine TB, but only if the cull is carried out professionally and thoroughly, using experienced field staff to trap the badgers in cages before shooting them. Anything less cannot be relied on to reduce the spread of bovine TB, and may well increase it, because the badgers that survive move around more and so have a greater opportunity to catch bovine TB or to pass it on."

The charity continued by saying that there was 'no rational sense' to justify the proposed cull in Dorset and it was 'therefore unlawful'. It said: "Natural England has thus far done the Government's bidding when it comes to issuing licences. The letter from the Save Me Trust sets out the reasons why the cull as it has licenced it cannot with any confidence be said to prevent disease. "It also sets out ways in which Natural England has failed in its duty to consult the public before issuing licences."

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**Fri 04 Sep 15**
SEE BRIAN MAY AT CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL TODAY!!
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Brian May presents


TODAY - FRIDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
Brian May, along with Denis Pellerin, presents 3D Rarities + One Night In Hell
Cambridge Film Festival

- Signing 4.45PM Screening 6.30PM
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3D Event

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**Thu 03 Sep 15**
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Further video from Wednsday's Rome Press Conference:

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**Thu 03 Sep 15**
COMING SOON: RED SPECIAL BOOK IN ITALIAN
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Brian signs first copy of Red Special Book - in Rome

At the press conference in Rome, on 2nd September, Brian May was given the very first copy of "La Red Special di Brian May", the Italian version of his book written with co-author Simon Bradley and to be published in Italy by Tsunami Edizioni. The book, which was translated by Raffaella Rolla, a long-time expert, friend of the band, and a great asset to the Queen world in Italy, will be available for pre-order by mid-October. Brian kindly signed also a copy which could be won by a lucky reader.

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**Wed 02 Sep 15**
BRIAN MAY'S CAT PROBLEM ???
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Brian and AnitaHAMILTON SPECTATOR
2 September 2015

Brian May is being plagued by stray cats. The Queen guitarist and his actress wife Anita Dobson would like to relax and unwind in their garden shed at home, but are prevented from doing so because the property has been completely over-run by homeless cats. [EXAGGERATION HERE] !!!

Opposite: Brian May and Anita Dobson

Asked whether she'd like to own a so-called 'she-shed' - a women-only space where she can escape everyday stresses - during her guest panelist appearance on 'Loose Women', Anita explained: "I think I'd rather have a house. We do have a shed in our garden, but mostly stray pussy cats live in there from time to time."

Despite their maddening moggie invasion, Anita revealed that when she and Brian want peace for the pussies they each have a space at home where they can indulge in their personal pleasures. The former 'EastEnders' star explained: "In my house I have a little place that I call my own and Brian has his little place that he calls his own. So I don't really think I'd want to go into the garden and then go somewhere else. I like everything being under the one roof."

The revelation comes shortly after Brian - an astrophysicist and a noted environmentalist as well as a rock legend - pledged to challenge the UK government's decision to press ahead with a new badger cull.

The 68-year-old musician is to file an official complaint about the cull through the Save Me Trust, the non-profit organization he founded to help protect wildlife.

Brian recently said: "We are all hugely disappointed that the government has decided to continue its cull policy, despite Natural England's scientific advisor branding the badger cull 'an epic failure'."

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**Wed 02 Sep 15**
CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS TOMORROW
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Cambridge Film Festival

CambridgeFilm Festival runs from 3 - 13 September 2015

3-D Special Event with Brian May - 4 August.

LIGHT: 3D Rarities + One Night in Hell
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We are excited to welcome Dr Brian May to the Cambridge Film Festival for what promises to be an extraordinary 3-D evening

Perhaps one of the guitarist's lesser known passions is stereoscopic photography. Dr Brian May will be hosting a signing session of the book he has published with Mr Denis Pellerin on the subject, as well as presenting the two films included in the event:

ONE NIGHT IN HELL is a devilish and spectacular animation short. It follows the journey of a skeleton's descent into a stereoscopic Hell, where he plays a demonic rendition of We Will Rock You combined with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture!

The film features exclusive new music from Brian May and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

The event also includes a screening of a UK premiere of 3-D RARITIES, an amazing restoration of 3-D film archives. The collection of eye-popping, ultra-rare and long-lost movies has been over 30 years in the making. Most of the shorts have not been available for many years.

Included are Kelley's Plasticon Pictures, the earliest surviving 3-D demonstration film from 1922; and Doom Town, a controversial anti-atomic testing film mysteriously pulled from theatrical release in 1953.

More information on this special event can be found on the dedicated Festival webpage

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**Wed 02 Sep 15**
BRIAN AND KERRY IN ITALY
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Press Conference today midday in Rome - Brian and Kerry introduce their 2016 'One Voice' Tour.

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2 September 2015

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Rome, (askanews) - Brian May, the legendary Queen guitarist, he rails against the Cameron government. This is not news to its position of 'opposition' to the British prime minister. But the tones used this time to comment on the issue of migration in Europe are not at all shy.

"I think we're bastards, in Britain, because we reject these people who are not immigrants but refugees, instead of welcoming and helping men, women and children. I can not believe how ruthless our government. I am ashamed of the way we treat these people. If we were in their place, and we had to flee our homes after the war, we would expect to be treated this way? It 'really disgusting."

The artist has met in Rome with the Italian press to present a new musical project with Kerry Ellis, entitled "One Voice - The Tour", which has scheduled six shows in February.

In the proposed referendum by the Conservative government on the permanence or otherwise of the UK in the European Union, Brian May said:

"I think that in itself is right to make a referendum, although I think there is definitely a showcase effect, an element of manipulation. I'm not a big fan of our government. The fact is that referendums are fine, but if you do not inform the people, does not make sense. Unfortunately in England we are victims of a lot of propaganda, even the media."

Brian and Kerry at Press Conference
Rome Press Conference

Landed back in UK
Landed back in UK - Photo: Kerry Ellis

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BRIAN MAY AND KERRY ELLIS: "WE SHARE THE MUSIC AND THE STRUGGLES FOR THE ANIMALS"
2 September 2015 by Gabriele Antonucci


The duo presented in Rome on tour "One Voice", which in February will make six stops in Italy.

The two artists have recorded recently the new single "One Voice"

After the success of their performance in June at the Arena di Verona, the duo formed by the legendary Queen guitarist, Brian May, and the British and American musical theatrE star, Kerry Ellis, will return in February in Italy for six unmissable concerts in our country . The two artists, who have already shown their harmony in the album Anthems, the debut album of the singer, and live Acoustic by Candlelight, will offer a mix of their hits and covers of rock classics in the Italian stages of their One Voice - The Tour ! The duo will perform Feb. 21 at the Theatre Le Muse in Ancona, 22, at the Gran Teatro Geox in Padua, 24 Obihall Florence, 25 at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi, 27, at the Gran Teatro Palace c/o Palabam Mantua and 28 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. May and Ellis have recently recorded the song 'One Voice', anticipating their third album, forthcoming. We met the two artists in a downtown hotel in Rome, where they presented the new tour.

The new album

KE: "We are working on a new album. Anthems was more rock and orchestral, Acoustic By Candlelight was more intimate, the new album will be a greater union of our styles, a natural progression "

BM: "It's a very interesting project, very different to Queen - freer, more fluid and more experimental. The combination of a great voice of Kerry, the electric guitar and the orchestra is special, set it free. Jeff, then, is our mobile orchestra.. We are planning to work in the near future with an Italian orchestra."

The relationship with Italy

KE: "We love Italy, we always had a great relationship with your audience, which has always given us so much love. We lived beautiful experiences in Milan and Verona, we cannot wait to play again in February."

BM: "It is not we who have chosen Italy, but Italy chose us. The exhibition in Verona was magnificent, it was a great opportunity in which we realised we could do something different. Natural for us to continue this project in Italy."

The sequel to "We Will Rock You"

BM: "It really like musicals(?), has a beautiful script, but has a very complex production, for this we would like to redo the original We Will Rock You in London, but I do not know when, we are still looking for a theatre. For us it was not an option to continue on this path and in the meantime, Kerry has become a big star of the musical and has done so many things. We've both been very busy, but then came the moment when we wanted to develop this project together, which now devote all times."

New Tracks

KE: "We like to try new things, the album is quite orchestral so will not be easy to exactly reproduce those sounds, but surely, in the six Italian concerts, we will play some new songs."

The song "One Voice"

"One voice is an idea born on a film about the cruelty to dogs, so we thought it would be cool to do a song together and then a new video. Also One Voice has been a source of inspiration for the new album together."

The 40 years of "A Night at the Opera"

BM: "At my age there are so many anniversaries, this 40 years of A Night at the Opera is very important. The organization of the Queen is working on a number of events and the new mix of a concert in 1975, the Christmas show Hammersmith in London. To be honest, I prefer to be involved in this, rather than on the anniversaries."

The struggles for animals

BM: "We are both passionate about animals, it was nice to be able to share what we do with our passion, we are also involved in the campaign Born Free. Something interesting happened with the sad story of the lion, Cecil, was horrible tragedy, but at least the world became aware of the problem, people are ashamed for what happened. It gave us the opportunity to make it clear that these things always happen. For us it is a great opportunity, we have created a different version of Free world than the one you see in the film, we hope to use the new version with the orchestra, with a new video that talks about what happened with Cecil. We are working with some British MPs to pass a law in England called Cecil Law, which will avoid importing any hunting trophy. It would be nice if this law were then welcomed by all countries."

New Horizons / Pluto

BM: "I am very fortunate to how things went with the music, but I was always close to astronomy as an amateur, I see these projects with great interest. I love watching pictures of Pluto and stereoscopic images. Once you occupied Astrophysics only geeks, but now is different, astrophysicists are almost all guitarists. They are interested in me as a rock guitarist, exactly as I am with their work, we had so much fun together. Pluto was a dream when I was a child, it's beautiful to participate in this project."

Asteroid Brian May

BM: "It 'was a kind gesture, to devote an asteroid, but it's not something I've worked for, it's hard to comment on it, I should take part in a NASA mission to see it in person. If I had to play in space I would choose 'Is this the world we created?' to make people more aware of the problem of environmental pollution."

Motherhood

KE: "Now that I'm pregnant I sleep little, but fortunately I can spend more time with my children who do not have other colleagues. It an experience of extraordinary life, that I would not be able to carry on in the same way if I had another job."

The relationship with the Red Special

BM: "Travel a few times without her, even in February I'll take with me, the guitar is my voice and I love it. When we play live, there is a great interaction between the two voices. My voice is not that great, so when I play and Kerry sings, then things work."

Freddie Mercury

BM: "Freddie is always with us with his spirit, perhaps seem too sentimental but his influence has been and is still so strong in being able to create the world we've created. He was a great friend, an incredible musician, he is always with us, both on the day of his birthay (September 5, 1946 ed) than on other days. We still have a few dates with Adam Lambert, I like to sing with him, but not a replacement for Freddie or seeking another singer, now that he is launched into his solo career. "

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BRIAN MAY, TOUR IN ITALY WITH KERRY ELLIS: 'ADAM LAMBERT AND QUEEN? I DO NOT KNOW HOW LONG '
09/02/2015

Brian May, tour in Italy with Kerry Ellis: 'Adam Lambert and Queen? I do not know how long '
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"We love Italy, we have a big audience in this country and that's why we want to take advantage of it: there is no better place to do these concerts": it is with these words that Brian May and Kerry Ellis welcomed the release, on the roof of a known Roman hotel on a hot September day, to present concerts of the tour "One voice" scheduled for next February in the Peninsula.

The Queen guitarist and British interpreter then return to perform in Italy a few months away the exhibition at the Arena di Verona last June; they will play six events representing - at least at the time - the only tour dates in the old continent (here all the details):

"After the performance at the Arena di Verona we received a great charge: at that time we realized that you could do something different. This tour is the natural continuation of the exhibition in Verona," said Kerry Ellis (known more for having taken part in productions such as "Cats,"Oliver", "Les Misérables" and "We Will Rock You" - it was on the occasion of the auditions[?] of the musical of the Queen that the two met, in 2002) before leaving the floor to her esteemed colleague (and friend): "What prompted me to undertake this new Adventure? Surely the voice Kerry inspired me. This project is special, more fluid and free than the Queen, "added May.

As artistic couple, the two have built a large following through various concerts and records recorded together, as the debut album of Kerry, "Anthems" (published in 2010 and produced its own by Brian May) and the live album "Acoustic by candlelight. " Recently, the duo recorded the song "One Voice" written by Ruth Moody of The Wailin 'Jennys:

"This track is intended as art for the pleasure of making art, something I'm already very proud with the great voice of Kerry and with a social message clear: Having a voice can make a difference," the guitarist said of the piece. The song will be presented during the new tour along with other new and the most significant songs of the respective repertoires and those of other great artists of the past: "We have already prepared new unreleased songs that are part of a drive to be published and which will present live at concerts Italian", revealed the two musicians, "also we will play some songs from the album live 'Acoustic by candlelight' of 2013. There will be raids in the repertoire of the Queen, but the lineup is still being drafted. On stage, for this occasion we will be alone, voice and guitar, but we are already thinking about the future and we would not mind the idea of ??a tour with an Italian orchestra: the tracks on the new album are all breath very orchestral ".

Inevitable talk of Queen, the tour that recently saw members Brian May and host on stage - as a singer - Adam Lambert and future projects related to the band: "Adam was very good, he tried not to imitate Freddie and put his: he succeeded big time. I do not know what will go with him, because Adam has his career. I can not claim to be happy with what we managed to do, but to be honest not account for always playing with the Queen."

Speaking of the legendary British rock formation, Brian May has revealed that on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the individual from the "Bohemian Rhapsody" (which will occur the next October 31) will be organized different events: "When you get to my age there are so many anniversaries to celebrate. That of forty years of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is particularly important and this, together with the team of the Queen and other members of the band, we decided to organize a series of events. We will release a new concert of videomix 1975 Hammersmith London."

Also in the works a revival of the original musical "We Will Rock You" (which, last year, there was talk also of a sequel ): "The sequel has a great script, but it's an impressive show... hard to put on a production level," said Brian May, "is a project remained 'frozen'. My goal is to reproduce the original, in London: nothing concrete for now, though."

Remembering his friend Freddie Mercury, who on September 5 he turned 69 years old, May said: "In all the years that we worked together we have created a world that still exists and continues to exist beyond everything. Freddie was my great friend, a wonderful person. And in his own way continues to be close to me. "

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BRIAN MAY, QUEEN NOT FOREVER
2 September 2015

In February, One Voice - The tour, 6 show in Italy with Kerry Ellis.

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(ANSA) - Rome, Sept. 2 - After its appearance at the Arena di Verona in June, Brian May and Kerry Ellis prepare to return to Italy with One Voice - The tour, 6 dates in February (21 Ancona, 22 Padova, 24 Florence, Milan 25, 27 Mantova, 28, Rome).

For now, the only in Europe. "We love Italy - say the two. There was no better place for our project."

That has nothing to do with the Queen, of which May is the legendary guitarist. "I love playing with them, but not always and not forever. Freddie? He’s always with us."

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**Tue 01 Sep 15**
BRIAN AND KERRY - ITALIAN TV - AND POSTER
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Brian and Kerry appeared on Italian TV tonight Parallelo Italia (Raitre).

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Brian and Kerry Italy 2016 poster

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**Tue 01 Sep 15**
BRIAN'S STEREO PICTURES ON SHOW IN LONDON AND FRANCE

Brian's original stereo cards will be on show this September. Also opportunities to see the "One Night In Hell" short film.

At Tate Britain, London,
The Foundling Museum,40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ

The London Stereoscopic Company are taking part in the exhibition The Fallen Woman that opens on September 25th at the Foundling Museum in London. Five stereo cards from Brian May’s collection will be exhibited alongside paintings and artefacts illustrating the myth and the reality of the ‘fallen woman’ in Victorian Britain. The soundtrack is another extract from Brian May’s music for the movie ‘Furia’.

VICTORIAN STEREOSCOPES - 30 Oct 2015

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Drop-in activity from 10:30-12:00, 13:00-14:30, 15:00 – 16:30

Free for children and up to two adults. Suitable for ages 7 and up.

Led by artist Isobel Manning, explore the use of Victorian stereoscopes. Photograph your own stereographic images inspired by the exhibition The Fallen Woman and create a stereoscope to view your images in 3-D.\

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and La Halle Saint-Pierre, : 2 Rue Ronsard, 75018 Paris, France

Original stereocards from Brian May’s collection will be in three different exhibitions and will be visible in 3-D thanks to some Owl viewers, designed by Dr. May himself and recently patented.

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Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge.

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Also Halloween Horror Nights, in Hollywood

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**Tue 01 Sep 15**
PRESS RELEASE: LAWYERS ACTING FOR SAVE ME TRUST TODAY
SENT A LETTER BEFORE ACTION TO NATURAL ENGLAND.
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Is it safe yet?
Is it safe yet?

Lawyers acting for the Save Me Trust today sent a letter before action to Natural England requiring them to revoke the licences to kill badgers held by the cull operators in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset.

Badgers are a protected species. Unless an exception applies, killing a badger is a criminal offence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. One exception is when the badger is killed for the purpose of preventing the spread of disease, and the killer has a licence issued by Natural England. The Government has not sought to repeal or amend the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, so Natural England has to comply with it. It justifies issuing the licences on the grounds that the cull is for the purpose of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle.

The scientific consensus is that a badger cull can lead to a slight reduction in the incidence of bovine TB, but only if the cull is carried out professionally and thoroughly, using experienced field staff to trap the badgers in cages before shooting them. Anything less cannot be relied on to reduce the spread of bovine TB, and may well increase it, because the badgers that survive move around more and so have a greater opportunity to catch bovine TB or to pass it on.

Natural England has licenced contactors to shoot badgers in the field. In Gloucestershire and Somerset the contractors have entirely failed to carry out the kind of cull that could be expected to slightly reduce bovine TB, and there is a significant chance that their efforts have caused infections in farmers' herds, not prevented them. There is no reason to believe that their performance will improve this year, nor that the contractor in Dorset, who has just been issued with a licence, will fare any better. This means that the annual cull planned to begin in a matter of days cannot in any rational sense be said to be serving the purpose of preventing the spread of disease. It is therefore unlawful.

Natural England has thus far done the Government's bidding when it comes to issuing licences. The letter from the Save Me Trust sets out the reasons why the cull as it has licensed it cannot with any confidence be said to prevent disease. It also sets out ways in which Natural England has failed in its duty to consult the public before issuing licences.

The Save Me Trust calls on Natural England to do its duty under the legislation and revoke these unlawful licences to kill. This will stop a cull that has so far killed thousands of badgers for no good reason. If Natural England does not revoke the licences, then the Save Me Trust will take legal action to require Natural England to act within the law.

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