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**Sat 20 Feb 16**
TIME TO..... ROLL WITH YOU !!!
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Well, it’s the eve of our Ellis-May tour around Italy and Eastern parts of Europe. Very exciting.

It's amazing at my ripe ol’ age to be playing for the first time in far-flung exotic cities I’ve never dreamed of visiting.

My touring buddy Kerry Ellis will be on hand to supply scintillating vocals and I will be putting various guitars (including a couple of newcomers) to good use.

We have quite a few new surprises … which we plan to gradually unveil as we go.

But the kick-off surprise is a new track which we’re rush-releasing for the tour.

It’s called ‘Roll With You’ and … we think it rocks.

We’ve already had complaints from our friends that it’s way too catchy and traps the mind into a loop of OMR (Obsessive Mental Riffing).

So … in the next couple of days we’ll be putting it up electronically (sounds so technical?) - so you will be able to access it too.

OK … here it is !!! (Visually!)

ROLL WITH YOU !!!

Bri

Roll With You

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**Tue 16 Feb 16**
WE ARE A BAND !!
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We are a band !! And What a Voice !!!

Just me and Kerry and Jeff Leach on the tour.

Bri

Jeff Leach, Kerry Ellis and Brian May
Jeff Leach, Kerry and Brian
Saint-Julien 2013

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**Mon 15 Feb 16**
VARIOUS THOUGHTS
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Why do scenes like this put me in mind of the Klu Klux Clan ?

Gives me an ugly shudder !

INDEPENDENT
Fitzwilliam Hunt faces possible £20,000 fine over dead fox
4 January 2016

Hunters with pack of dogs

Save-Me wrote:
Fitzwillaim should be ashamed . It's immoral and illegal to savage a fox with a pack of dogs.

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Wow - sure sounds like we're becoming a Police State. Does nobody notice ?

How independent is the Independent ?

THE INDEPENDENT
14 February 2016

Independent front page 14 Feb 2016

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You'd think it would be a no-brainer ... but in the regime we live under ....

Hugh Warwick wrote:
The SUNDAY TIMES News promotes Hedgehog Street today [14 Feb] and Oliver Colvile petition. LINK TO PETITION

Sunday Times Hedgehog article

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This made me laugh !!! Good idea ! ha ha

Bri

Sixth Form Issues wrote:

For lent I'm just giving up

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**Mon 15 Feb 16**
VIOLA BEACH 'KILLED IN SWEDISH CAR CRASH'
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Incredibly sad to hear the sad news about Viola Beach. Just getting started and full of belief and hopes and passion.

So much just like us in the early days. Who knows what path awaited them.

Then all killed in one fell blow.

How terrible that they’re denied the journey. Just monstrously unfair.

Well, sadly, I never knew them, or heard their music … til now.

There’s a track up here … and it’s damn good.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35572838

 


Sincere condolences and love to all their families.

I wish I could make this one go away. Make it not have happened.

RIP boys … you’ll be rockin' up there with the best.

Bri

Viola Beach BBC footage
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Viola Beach

Viola Beach


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**Sun 14 Feb 16**
HAPPY VALENTINE'S WEEKEND
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Wishing yo'all an OWL-tastic Valentines Day !!!

With Love

Bri

Owl Valentine

Happy Valentine's Weekend, Folks !

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to all creatures ! Happiness is a warm hedgehog !

Bri and hedgehog

 

Make your Kiss count in the @RED fight against AIDS.

Valentines Day call ! This weekend help RED fight AIDS with your kiss ! Click here to contribute to @RED fighting AIDS |

https://www.instagram.com/RED/

Kiss and Contribute

Brian May - Kissing Me Song or RED

Kerry Ellis - Kissing Me Song for RED

Bri

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**Fri 12 Feb 16**
AN APPALLING DELIBERATE VILIFICATION OF BADGERS FOUND OUT
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I have decided to publish someone else’s words on my Soapbox today - not my usual course of action.

I don’t know who “oldlongdog” is, but his reply - his comments - on a particularly stupid article in the Spectator, are perfectly expressed.

SPECTATOR
Why is there one rule for badgers, and another for mosquitoes?
11 February 2016 - Camilla Swift

Well, the article is ridiculous, rather than stupid, because, as this commentator notes so adeptly, the whole purpose of the article, thinly disguised, is to demonise badgers, in an attempt to justify the NFU’s completely ineffective and unjustifiable badger cull.

But let me leave it to oldlongdog. He says it better than I. Right on the nail.

oldlongdog • 10 hours ago

What a fatuous article. The original piece in the observer was intended as a lighthearted rant against the inconvenience of mosquitoes not a serious scientific position. How typical that the Spectator then publishes this piece of blatant pro-NFU/CA/tory propaganda masquerading as a 'justification' for killing yet more badgers against a mass of scientific research (and farm-level data) that says it won't and never has made a blind bit of difference to levels of TB in cattle.

The fact is, it would be impossible to entirely eradicate mosquitoes as it would be for badgers. Neither scheme would be either ethical or beneficial. We live in a modern world of science and rationality where complex epidemiological problems are solved on a broad front using testing, movement controls and vaccination not the mediaeval slaughter we are currently witnessing both for cattle and badgers.

The government and their right wing extremist Press are being utterly irresponsible in promoting so many myths about cattle TB and badgers. TB in cattle has been declining for five straight years in a row with the greatest reduction in Wales where no badgers have been culled. No cattle or badgers are 'suffering terrible, slow deaths' from TB. Cattle are slaughtered as soon as the disease is detected which is often before it has really taken hold or, worse still, after it has become naturally immune to TB following contact with the disease.

Contrary to persistent disinformation there are three countries in the world that have tackled TB without killing wildlife and badgers in particular. Wales, the UK (in the 1950s/60s) and more recently Holland, which is currently applying for TB free status at the EU. Improved cattle testing, movement controls and a proper system of risk-based trading is all that is required to eradicate TB in cattle. it takes time but it can and has been done without this depraved mass killing of wildlife that we have seen in this and other countries.


I can't say much about it yet, but we’re far from idle as regards the fight against TB, at Save-Me. And this week we have an amazing consolidation meeting as Team Badger, with all the animal comings more united than ever against the idiocy of the badger blame game. I’m more optimistic than I’ve been for a long time this week, having spent time with people who are sincerely engaged in the battle, as opposed to making a noise about it, blaming badgers, and getting nowhere ! And making plans. This horrible plague will only be defeated by those with open minds.

HOW TO DENIGRATE AD DEVALUE BADGERS. AND HUMANS

Just one thing to add to the comment on this squalid piece of journalism in the Spectator (the editor of which should be deeply ashamed).

How short is the step between comparing badgers with mosquitoes, to comparing human refugees with cockroaches ? Now we begin to understand the mentality. Don’t be taken in, folks. There are bad people about. And a lot of them are writing in British newspapers. Some of them are in Government.

Cheers

Bri

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**Tue 09 Feb 16**
FEARS FOR HEROIC RSPCA INSPECTOR
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Fears for heroic RSPCA Inspector, Mike Reid, missing tonight for over 24 hours.

On a mission to rescue injured sea birds in Penzance.

Bri

See LIVERPOOL ECHO
Fears missing RSPCA inspector from Wirral 'fell into sea' while rescuing birds in Storm Imogen
8 February 2016

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**Tue 09 Feb 16**
FRACKING
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A perspective view from a respected man.

David Cameron - Please listen.

Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo - Message for David Cameron - https://youtu.be/ZAkzMISK56s

Bri

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**Mon 08 Feb 16**
CONSOLIDATING TEAM BADGER
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Brian May at Team Badger meeting
Brian May at Team Badger Conference today, Bristol

A great consolidation day for Team Badger.

Ready to restore sense and truth to the campaign to save badgers and cows.

Team Badger is alive and exceedingly well !

Delegates - Badger Conference
TEAM BADGER ! Delegates from all major British animal campaigns
met today to coordinate opposition to badger cull.

In Devon tonight. Visiting another TB-afflicted farm tomorrow. This one determined to make a breakthrough. And not by killing wildlife.

Fears for heroic RSPCA Inspector Mike Reid missing tonight for over 24 hours. On a mission to rescue injured sea birds in Penzance.

Bri

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**Sun 07 Feb 16**
VICTORY - COMPASSION - AND MISINFORMATION
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Victory for Schoolgirl, Abi.

DAILY MIRROR
6 February 2016
Lifesaving drug battle victory for our Abi as schoolgirl says ''I'm not scared any more - I just want to get well''

Victory for Abi

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I believe this to be crucial

INTERNATIONAL TIMES
4 February 2016

Gandhi annimal compassion

If you agree, write to your MP.

Kerry Ellis wrote: 2 weeks today is first tour date !! Ahhhhhhh One Voice.

Aaaaah !! Indeed !!!

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Another shameful piece of deliberate misinformation by the Telegraph. Need I say more ?

DAILY TELEGRAPH
8 February 2016

Telegraph article

Bri

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**Sun 07 Feb 16**
NEXT PROJECT QUEEN IN 3-D ?!!

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OK. Post Asteroid Day, sneak preview our next London Stereoscopic Company 3-D project ?

Anyone for QUEEN in 3-D ?!!

Bri

Bri and Freddie - Queen in 3-D

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**Sat 06 Feb 16**
GOVERNMENT TRYING TO SILENCE CHARITIES - GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS

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BBC NEWS
Charities 'will be silenced' by new grant rules
6 February 16

"From May, charities and organisations will no longer be allowed to spend taxpayers' money on lobbying ministers."

When will people realise just how evil this government really is ? Now trying to silence charities. God help us all.

With social media maybe, just maybe we have a chance of overturning this awful regime in Britain next time ?

Global consciousness

Bri

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**Sat 06 Feb 16**
ASTROFEST !!! PETER, BRI
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Brian May and Peter Gabriel backstage at Astrofest

Here is a pleasant moment ‘backstage’ at Astrofest - captured in 3-D by Denis Pellerin.

Peter Gabriel is on the advisory board for Starmus.

My talk ‘A History of Stereoscopy in Astronomy’ - illustrated all the way with projected 3-D slides, using a new state-of-the-art full-colour system, seemed to go very well. We got some good ‘gasps’ from the audience … a packed house in the Kensington Town Hall.

I have to say a special thank you to all the Astrofest attendees, not just for being a great audience, but also for letting us have every one of our special OMEGA 3-D glasses back ! Love ya !! Now Max got some great pics of the event … so hopefully we will see some.

Later...

These photos by my good friend Max Alexander capture the atmosphere of my talk on Astro-Stereo very well, I think !

Astrofest talk


Audience during 3D talk

I have a great time, listening to the oohs and aaahs from the excellent audience of Astrophiles !

Thanks to all … especially Steven Young, the amazing organiser of Astrofest.

Cheers all

Bri

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**Wed 03 Feb 16**
READY TO ROLL ?!! ELLIS-MAY CORPORATION - AND BEAUTIFUL LILIES
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[Today: Brian & Kerry Studio day - first meeting about touring]

Ready to Roll ?!!

Kerry - Let's roll

 

No gimmicks please Kerry ... But ... Time to rock and ...

Brian May - let's roll

Ellis - May Corporation

Ellis-May corporation touring soon ! REAL soon !!

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Lilies

Lilies. Valentines Day. Beautiful.

But the pollen from just ONE of these flowers CAN KILL YOUR CAT. Please share.

Bri

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**Mon 01 Feb 16**
RIP - TERRY WOGAN
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RIP Terry Wogan.

A gentle man, kind to all.

Sincere condolences to his family.

We'll miss ya Terry.

Thanks for lots of good memories.

Bri

Bri, Sir Terry, Kerry


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