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JANUARY 2015

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**Thu 22 Jan 15**
MANCHESTER !!!
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I can't remember when I enjoyed a Queen show so much - wonderful, wonderful audience.

THANK YOU !!! ,

Bri

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**Wed 21 Jan 15**
HELLO MANCHESTER FOLKS !!!
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I'm ready ... we're ready ... geared up ... let's make this pot HOT !!

OK ?

Bri X

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**Wed 21 Jan 15**
THANKS LEEDS FOLKS ! - AND SELFIE
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THANKS, LEEDS FOLKS ! What a joy to play for you tonight.

Leeds show
Photo credit Giancarlo Calò

Thank YOU ! Giancarlo Calò. Thanks for BRILLIANT show in Leeds tonight - loved it desperately!! Great pic.

Til soon !

Bri

Brian May’s LEEDS Selfie Stick Concert Moment - http://youtu.be/yjgW82-ZM58

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**Tue 20 Jan 15**
LEEDS ARRIVAL
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Trucks arrive Leeds arena

Our glamorous arrival backstage in Leeds !

Are you ready, guys ?

Bri XXX


**Tue 20 Jan 15**
THE WORLD'S FIRST 3-D 15,000-STRONG SELFIE STICK VIDEO
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Brian Talks Episode #11 is LIVE and ready to be enjoyed in 3-D !

Cheers all
Bri


BRIAN TALKS #11 - The World's First 3-D 15,000-strong Selfie Stick Video
- http://youtu.be/4m6XNZiP2U8

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**Mon 19 Jan 15**
I DID SAY.... AND O2 LAST NIGHT

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Yes I did say I'd play some guitar on Brian Talks.

And I shall !!!

Our 3-D Selfie Vid from last night will take a little while to sort out. But meantime, here's a still from it. You need an OWL ! http://www.LondonStereo.com !

Selfie Stick stereo - O2 arena 18 January 2015

Nice Shot, Love Token. That was a wonderful memorable moment tonight in Champions.

O2 audience by Love Token

Big Thanks, London Folks !

Bri

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**Sun 18 Jan 15**
THANKS HOMETOWN FOLKS !!
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Thanks London Hometown folks !! Great night at O2 !

Nice footage of happy folks leaving the O2 last night. 02 Rhapsody. Queen fans leaving gig - http://youtu.be/C-2K3lIuMi0

Folks leaving the O2 Sat 17 January 2015

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**Sat 17 Jan 15**
AT THE LONDON O2 ARENA WITH MY SELFIE STICK
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Sat Night Selfie Stick GoPro hiDef experience.

BRIAN TALKS #10 - At the London O2 arena with my selfie stick

 

Bri

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**Fri 16 Jan 15**
SELFIE STICKS BANNED - BEAGLE2 FOUND
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!!!! Selfie Sticks banned ?

Selfie sticks banned
http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/82267

Prof Pillinger's Mars probe BEAGLE2 found intact by NASA

Beagle 2
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30784886

So near and yet so far.

Bri

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**Thu 15 Jan 15**
BRIAN TALKS NUMBER 9
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Brian Talks: A new Episode ! Number 9 ! Number 9 ! News from the Road.

Brian May Episode 9

BRIAN TALKS #9 - Queen Tour, Glasgow and Common Decency

 

Bri

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**Thu 15 Jan 15**
BRI'S QUEEN YOUTUBE PROMO !
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Rehearsals - Lightning Tour of tour village with Brian May
- https://youtu.be/Q_fW2Wct9eQ

Here’s a lightning behind-the-scenes tour of Queen + Adam Lambert in rehearsals. I took my selfie stick, but also a small camera team, to capture some atmosphere as we prepare for the next part of our continuing live work with the amazing Adam Lambert on vocals.

It’s also an advert for my new Video Channel - which features a section specially devoted to this kind of ‘live camera’ stuff, plus sections to communicate Stereoscopy, Astronomy, Music, and my efforts to achieve justice for animals.

Bri

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**Thu 15 Jan 15**
HOMEWARD BOUND
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Glasgow stage shot

Homeward Bound

Bri

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**Wed 14 Jan 15**
TONIGHT ! THE SELFLESS SELFIE
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Selfless selfie - Glasgow
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FULL RESOLUTION 9MB

I figured I might do a better job of capturing faces tonight if I forgot about me being in it ! This one was done using the Panoramic feature of a iPhone.

Yep ! I know there's room for improvement in technique - but I think the definition on faces is better - as long as the file is preserved full size so you can zoom all the way in. It reminds me of School Photograph Day long ago !

And what a truly amazing crowd of people - Glasgow rocked mightily. And we were much happier with the internal shape of the set tonight - having made some adjustments after the show last night. I think it works !

Cheers all !

Bri

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**Wed 14 Jan 15**
GLASGOW HYDRO
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Welcome to the HYDRO in Glasgow Town - I'm practising ! A different kind of selfie ?

See ya there folks !!!

Bri

Different kind of selfie - Glasgow

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**Wed 14 Jan 15**
WILLIAM COULSON, A REVIEW AND THANKS
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William Coulson - compassionate man - I always visit him up here [Newcastle] - a hero and inspiration.

William Coulson statue - stereo

See why I love this man ? William Coulson ... His dreams are ours - let's make them come true.

Coulson statue - inscription Glasgow

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A nice review in the Guardian http://bit.ly/1Ck4tiE ” he 'got it' Thanks.

Guardian Extract


My favourite BADGER cover EVER !!
Badgers - FULL VERSION - In Minecraft (Unofficial Music Video) - http://youtu.be/ZLMxZLgSXzw

Badgers in Minecraft

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Thanks again Newcastle folks

We couldn't have had a better start to our tour.

Bri - Newcastle
Photographer unknown

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I've seen so much, but this made me cry today. Can we really tolerate such vile cruelty?

Rock Bottom - Shark Finning
http://goo.gl/Ee5NRC
Rock Bottom: The Truth Behind Shark Finning
by Jordan Durham

Bri

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**Wed 14 Jan 15**
SEQUENTIAL STEREO SELFIE
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OK. Sorry if this hurts your brain - but it kinda works for me. You might call it a sequential selfie stick stereo.

Sequential stereo selfie - Newcastle

I'm feeling good and healthy - and - energised!


GLASGOW HERE WE COME !!!

Bri

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**Wed 14 Jan 15**
SELFIE STICK IN NEWCASTLE
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We had a brilliant first night in Newcastle ! To a fabulous sold-out crowd of folks from the North-Eastern states !

Bless ya all !! I promised to tweet every one of you lovely people who gave us such energy tonight. Well, I think this is the best way … because we can do it higher quality here.

This is a ‘set’ — all the way round the arena … so … if you were there tonight, and if you’re reading this - I hope you can see yourself !!

Selfie 01

Selfie 02

Selfie 03

Selfie 04

Selfie 05

Selfie 06

Selfie 07

Selfie 08

Selfie 09

Sefie 10


They’re not all super-sharp, I’m afraid, but I think they capture the moment !

For comparison, here’s me practising with this (new) stick in the afternoon sound-check.

Selfie 11

…. in the same hall, of course, but without the fantastic people who gave us as good as they got tonight. Rock on Newcastle Folks … great seein' ya.

Bri

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**Tue 13 Jan 15**
READY TO ROCK
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QUEEN & ADAM ready to rock. 3 hours to show time !

Are you ready, out there in the cool North East ! ?

Bri

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**Tue 13 Jan 15**
LAUNCH THIS SHIP TONIGHT / MINECRAFT
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[Early hours]

I have a new place to dream. It's addictive. You know where ? Sweet dreams folks. Tomorrow we rock Newcastle !!

Yep ! I'm a newcomer to Minecraft - but it soon begins to inhabit your dreams, right ? Show me your favourite creations ! OK ?

This is my Golden Pyramid

Later:

Well, all is prepared. We launch this ship tonight. Yay ! Good Mornin' Newcastle !!!


And yes there IS a stereo version of the pyramid ... ! Happy Minecrafting !

Golden Pyramid stereo

Bri

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**Mon 12 Jan 15**
NEWCASTLE SUNSET ... AND MORE
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Newcastle sunset

Cool dramatic Newcastle sunset. We're here ! Brushin' up ma riffs tonight.

For tomorrow nite we Rock !

Bri

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MORE...

The National Debt: Who is telling the truth ? Who is lying ?

http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2015/01/12/cameron-debt-and-misinformation/

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BREAKING: U.S. District Court Overturns California Foie Gras Ban.

http://www.mfablog.org/breaking-us-district-court-overturns-california

Bri

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**Sun 11 Jan 15**
AMAZING DAY
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What an amazing day. All power and love to our brave friends in France - we are proud to know you.

#jsuisCharlie

Bri

Paris crowd
Paris today

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**Sun 11 Jan 15**
NEWCASTLE HERE WE COME !!!
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Newcastle HERE WE COME !!!

Are you ready ?!!

Bri

Q+AL Europe Tour 2015 brochure

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**Sun 11 Jan 15**
WELL HONED IN SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
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A well honed piece in the Telegraph.

Bri

READ HERE

Sunday Telegraph 11 Jan 2015

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**Sat 10 Jan 15**
EP 8 - BRI MUSIC VID CHANNEL BORN -
FIRST MUSIC VIDEO ON NEW YT CHANNEL: SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE

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Ep 8 announced.

Bri Music Vid Channel born at last !

Bri

 


BRIAN TALKS #8 - The Brian May Music section is LIVE - http://youtu.be/Y875bpgsuFI
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This is the very first music video to appear on the new official Brian May Youtube Channel. It’s a live track from a concert by the Brian May Band, recorded at the Brixton Academy, London, on 15th June 1993.

At the moment when we’re putting this up on this new channel, this video brings back powerful memories. Touring as a front man, following Freddie’s passing, I was in complete denial of Queen, and regarded my new band as my future. I was blessed with the massive support of the late great Cozy Powell on drums. Here we see Cozy in fabulous form. Of course, when Ritchie Blackmore’s band, Rainbow, recorded the monumental version of this song that charted in 1979, Cozy had been the drummer, and for me, covering this track live was a kind of homage to Cozy. The vocal is almost impossibly rangey, and I made it a personal crusade to work on my voice, extending my range so I could sing it. The band was a dream outfit for me … with already legendary heavy rock stalwart Neil Murray on bass, who had worked with Cozy (and my friend Tony Iommi) in one of the incarnations of Black Sabbath, long-time Queen collaborator Spike Edney on keys, newly recruited Jamie Moses on guitar, who remains a great friend to this day, and two stunning backing vocalists, Catherine Porter and Shelley Preston. It actually gives me a chill up the spine to see this outfit in full flight, as clear and bright as if ‘twere yesterday.

Bri



The Brian May Band - Since You've Been Gone - Live At The Brixton Academy
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**Sat 10 Jan 15**
THE COMMON DECENCY NOTION OUTLINED
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Episode 7 about to go up on my Youtube Channel. The notion of Common Decency explained in brief.

Please tell me what you think.

Please note: this isn't a religion, an ethical code, or a political party.

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This is a very rough sketch, summarising in a few words:

1) the current powerlessness of the vast majority of British people, and the desperate state of Parliament, making a Common Decency initiative essential.
2) what a reformed, corruption-free parliament might look like.
3) how we might begin to bring this radical reform about, and reclaim our democracy. It embodies a recognition of the fact that, though we don't claim to be perfect, we have the will to bring about a new kind of government, motivated by truth, fairness, openness, and compassion.

Bri

 



BRIAN TALKS #7 - The Common Decency notion outlined - http://youtu.be/8QUQNM6V-DE
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**Fri 09 Jan 15**
GREAT DAY IN REHEARSALS
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Great day in Queen rehearsals today. With the GFG.

Adam Lambert doing astonishing work on new songs. [ GFG? Gift from God! :-) ]

Bri

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**Fri 09 Jan 15**
FLIGHT CASE CITY !
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Flight cases

Flight Case City !

All colour coded by department. Ready to roll Sunday to Newcastle.

And so it begins. Hoorah !

Bri

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**Thu 08 Jan 15**
FIRST DAY OF REHEARSALS... ETC
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First day of Queen + Adam rehearsals today. Ready to rock a town near you SOON ! See you out there.

Bri - first day of rehearsal

Not givin' too much away here ! But the Queenies are back in rehearsals - with a few new twists for home turf !

Well, this is Rufus's bean ! He climbed a long way up to get this pic.

Rufus eye view from high up

Bri

AND...

George Montbiot always speaks sense

http://www.monbiot.com/2015/01/06/the-child-inside/ … Pity our town planners don't have any.

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Here's me rattling on about something different in Paris: DIABLERIES ! (and QUEEN etc)

Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May on his devilish photographs
- http://youtu.be/RYVFN59CNxo

AND...

Some really nice modern stereoscopic books here...


3D book of Great Gully on Cayuga Lake NY - http://youtu.be/GDaHKQBmOcA

Stephen Hawking fans ? ... this is pretty funny !


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Stephen Hawking Extended Interview (HBO)
- http://youtu.be/OPV3D7f3bHY

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Damian Peach does it again Magnificent !

http://sen.com/images/damian-peach#2018

Comet Lovejoy by Damian Peach

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Good sense spoken here:

GUARDIAN
5 January 2015
HEADLINE: They might steal your neighbour’s knickers and dig up your dead cat, but do foxes really deserve their bad reputations?

Cheers
Bri

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**Wed 07 Jan 15**
JE SUIS CHARLIE
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Pens held high

#jesuischarlie
Bri

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**Wed 07 Jan 15**
TODAY'S BRITAIN / STIFFER SENTENCES / EVH NEWS
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Read Aditya Chakrabortty - he's a prime candidate for a Common Decency Award !

GUARDIAN
Today’s Britain: where the poor are forced to steal or beg from food banks

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Worth signing and sharing.

Stiffer sentences for abuse of animals http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/63445

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Nice piece on Eddie Van Halen Site site ... Thanks Paul Crook.

VAN HALEN NEWS DESK
Guitar Legends Recreate Photo 30 Years Later

Bri

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**Wed 07 Jan 15**
COMET LOVEJOY
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If you get a clear night, try looking for COMET LOVEJOY with binoculars. Here's a map of its progress. (Ta Astronomy Now)

Comet Lovejoy

Bri

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