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FEBRUARY 2014

EXPERT OPINION - LETTERS

 

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**Fri 28 Feb 14**
BBC BREAKFAST - GUN FOR HIRE
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I was actually amazed the Vet was allowed to shout me down when he'd had an uninterrupted say. But bullies always shoot themselves in foot. If anyone out there has a shred of doubt about badger culling please check the BACVI Website - Badger AND Cattle Vaccination Initiative.

Well Phil ! (fellow panelist Phil Latham) That was hardly worth either of us getting up at 5am for! I'd still like to sit down quietly and talk.

[Later] I'm about to do 9.30am News in a moment. Let's see if I get shouted down there - It's a great way to spend a morning !

NFU say CRUELTY to badgers caused by protestors who distracted shooters ha ! Insane !! Ha. NFU just said on BBC Radio 4 Today that slow badger deaths caused by protestor". Hilarious actually. Desperate lies.

Brian May - Gun for hire

Gun for hire !

No badgers in Isle of Man yet they still have Btb.

WATCH Brian May in discussion on leaked DEFRA Badger Cull report - BBC Breakfast 28 Feb 2014 http://brianmay.com/brian/briannews/briannewsfeb14.html#56

I'm still reeling from hearing a Vet tell us perturbation is caused by protesters. In the face of ignorance like that ... What hope ? I've heard it all now. Protesters cause perturbation in badger culls - says farming vet on TV ! And NFU says they cause inhumaneness too !

Please keep tweeting [messaging] all day guys about the IEP's verdict on badger culls: INHUMANE and INEFFECTIVE. Tell Cameron It's Time to VACCINATE.

Believe me, I'm not rejoicing at the IEP report. It confirms this Government is waging a cruel and merciless war on wildlife. Shameful.

Please visit the BACVI WEBSITE. - http://www.bacvi.co.uk - Conquering bTB by culling badgers is the fantasy - fading fast.

Bri

Further thoughts:

The Pilot Badger culls failed miserably but the Government is culling more counties this Summer. IT IS NOT OVER. As of now Government are planning to kill badgers in three more counties this year. Bri will we stand by and let that happen?

If everyone just ate LESS meat, the benefit to the planet would be enormous. Not mention benefit to health. I think we all just need to go as far along the line as we feel comfortable going. Yes I think a meat free month is a good idea - just by individual choice - or even just meat-free Mondays !

I believe experimenting on animals is no longer justifiable. Bri

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**Thu 27 Feb 14**
BREAKFAST TV …. IMMINENTLY !!!
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For those of you who are up at 7.40 AM tomorrow morning (Friday) … you can see me on BREAKFAST TV arguing the case for vaccination of badgers - rather than killing them. Tonight, there are some hot new revelations on the results of the pilot badger culls last year.

See you then. I will do my best in the 5 minutes that will probably be allotted ! I will be in a tiny room in BBC TV centre in Portland Place, looking at an unmanned camera (very impersonal!) and listening to the presenters in Manchester via a small speaker or earphone. I will also be pitted against a pro-cull farmer and a pro-cull large mammal (farming) vet, who will be sitting on a sofa in Manchester.

Wish me luck !

One thing I will promise. I will speak the truth, and nothing but the truth as I know it.

Cheers

Bri

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**Thu 27 Feb 14**
DID I FAIL SOMEONE ?
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[In reply to a mail to= Brian - see in LETTERS HERE]

Ah Henry … first let me say I'm sorry.

We do our best to sign everything we can, and keep everybody happy. But in the end, when you've given your heart and soul and every last bit of energy in the show, and you're tired, and come out to go back to a hotel, and you notice that most of the people waiting to have things signed are the same people you signed stuff for yesterday, and the day before that, and the week before that, I can tell you, your heart sinks. And just sometimes you feel you must exercise the choice of just going off to get some rest time. If I signed everything for everyone every time they asked, and did everything people ask me to do, pose for pictures, phone their Mums, send messages to their friends, or visit their ailing uncles, I would never do anything else … there would be no time or energy left - no music, no astronomy, no stereoscopy, no saving animals, no time for my wife or my kids or my grandchildren. In the end, no time even to go to the toilet. You think I'm exaggerating ? Well, you would be surprised.

I can promise you I would not have anything personal against Pat, and would not consciously refuse her. It would just be one of those moments when I'm out of gas, and in need of reminding myself that I have a choice. My job out there, if I have one, is giving the best I can in that hour and a half on stage, every night on tour. Is that not enough ?

Anyway … all this doesn't mean I'm not really sad to hear Pat was upset. I am … and hopefully I can try to make it up to her. There is always a casualty, and generally it's the shy people who don't get taken care of. We're well aware of that and try to take that into account, believe me. If someone is around a lot, and has never had anything signed, we will always make an extra effort if we can.

But Pat is evidently not one of those. You say your house is adorned with loads of stuff I have signed. So why - oh why - do you need more ? ! To my mind, signing endless bits of memorabilia and scraps of paper is not part of my job. I can offer it occasionally when it seems like a deserving cause, but it's not in my job specification. It's a pain in the neck. It's great if people want to say hello, and shake my hand and say 'how are you', but mostly all is see is people shoving stuff in my face and insisting that I sign it. In the last 40 years I must have signed a million things, and …. for what ? I'm not sure, really. Sometimes the items make money for charity, which makes it worth-while. But where does all the other stuff end up ? Well, I see a lot of it on E-bay, and then I wonder why I spending moments of my life doing this. We all only have a certain number of breaths in our life … a certain number of heart-beats. I try to do a great job in everything I take on, I try to help the needy and sick, and children and animals who have no voice, and I try to make as many people as possible happy by acceding to their requests.

But I HAVE to keep a tiny scrap of territory just for me, just to recharge, just to LIVE, for its own sake. Or I will peg out.

Please send my love to Pat, and tell her I'm sorry she was upset. But could we not try to enter a new place now, where, if we see each other, we greet each other as friends … not as fan and rock star ? Just a hand shake, or a hug and a 'moment' of eyes meeting is so much more meaningful than me endlessly scrawling over stuff.

Writing this letter has taken about 20 minutes of my precious time at home on a rare day off, which I think I ought to be devoting to my loved ones. Forgive me if I stop there.

All the very best

Cheers

Bri

(we have changed the names in this correspondence)

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**Tue 25 Feb 14**
SALUTING PACO DE LUCIA - RIP
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Saluting Paco de Lucia

A wonderful guitarist has passed away at the age of 66.

A true master of the Spanish guitar - we salute you, Paco,

and treasure the legacy you have given us.

RIP Paco de Lucia

Bri

 

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**Tue 25 Feb 14**
GAVIN GRANT
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We are saddened to learn that Gavin has had to resign from the RSPCA due to health concerns. We wish him a speedy recovery and salute him for his energetic contribution to the defence of other species. He can be assured that his work will continue.

Bri

and Save Me

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**Tue 25 Feb 14**
HERE'S A NICE PIC !
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We are advertising ! But this is not to say we will be at this gig. We probably cannot make it this time.

Brian and Kerry in Rock Against Cancer shirts

Photo: Sara Bricusse - See also: http://www.concertatthekings.co.uk

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**Tue 25 Feb 14**
CANDLELIT CAPERS
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Big thanks to all you great folks who have come to see us (Ellis and May) out there on our Candlelit tour. It's been great – better than ever, and we look forward to tonight in Eastbourne and tomorrow in Southend.

Rock !

Cheers !

Bri

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**Thu 21 Feb 14**
A 'GOD'S EYE' VIEW
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A 'God's Eye' view of our concert in Buxton last night.

Buxton concert

Photo courtesy: Jane Evans

Bri

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**Thu 20 Feb 14**
SAD FOR UKRAINE - WORLD WE CREATED
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So sad for Ukraine - right where we played. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26271554

Sending love - we are thinking of you.

DO WE CARE ABOUT our friends in UKRAINE ? We all need to see this, folks.

http://thoughtcatalog.com/danielle-ryan/2014/02/i-am-a-ukrainian-this-needs-to-go-viral/#JYHgT2WFZv28PR14.01

… Bri

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Is this the world we created ? How ugly are the works of Man ?

Rainbow

How gorgeous are the works of God ?!!

Rainbow

Bri

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