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JULY 2013

EXPERT OPINION - LETTERS

 

As always, the opinions expressed in these pages are purely and personally those of myself, Brian; they are not the official views of Queen, or of any other organisation or individual.

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**Tue 28 Jul 13**
A QUEEN STROKE CHRIS THOMAS MOMENT
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Roger, Chris Thomas and Brian

A Queen stroke Chris Thomas moment ! We just finished a track ! With two great singers ! It kills !

Hoorah !

Bri

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**Sun 28 Jul 13**
STEREOSCOPIC JOY !
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[Replying to a some questions on stereoscopy - see LETTERS}

That's such an interesting letter, Nikè.

Thanks for giving me this detail - it's all informative. I think your method of free viewing is very good, and worth communicating to others who are starting out in 3-D viewing. So, with your permission, I'll 'publish' this on site ?

There are many reasons for some stereos being easier to view than others. There is content itself, including clues for the brain to lock into, the separation of the images, and especially the infinities (if our eyes are being asked to diverge, they don't like it)… and, often in the case of classic stereos, the alignment is a big issue - the brain doesn't like any rotational discrepancies between images, or vertical misalignments. In working on the cards which I now publish as part of the LSC, I try to take all these into consideration, and make cards which everyone is comfortable with.

As for the feeling of enhancement in 3-D as opposed to 2-D, I agree, and I think it's absolutely real. Our brains relish having all these minute differences of parallax to 'read' - and we feel a sense of joy at feeling the same sensation as if we were really 'there' - rather than just looking at a flat image. To me this joy from 3-D images never goes away.

All the very best

Bri

More from Nikè in LETTERS to which Brian replied:

Well, your thinking is all good, Niké, but really the anwer is yes - this has all been done. It's amazing what a lot of ingenuity has been poured into 3-D imaging over the years by enthusiasts.

Yes, if you view the same film as left and right images but slightly out of synch, you do get stereo effects. People walking left to right seem to come out at you, and walking from right to left they sink into the background. (I've seen this happen by accident in 3-D movie theatres when the two sides are out of synch). If you're lucky enough to find a sequence in which the camera is panning, you get a full landscape stereo. view. (I've seen this happen by accident in 3-D movie theatres when the two sides are out of synch).

And Youtube actually do show 3-D movie clips in stereo and you can choose side by side as a format. (Default is usually red and green.)

Cheers !

Bri

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**Sat 27 Jul 13**
HEADING FOR THE KNEE OP
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My knee is deteriorating in spite of intensive physical therapy. I'm heading for the knee replacement op.

I have great trust in my knee Prof. I am in good hands.

Bri

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**Thu 25 Jul 13**
PUTTING THE RECORD 'STRAIGHT' ? !
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Ach ! Look ! Death on Two Legs revisited? Norman Sheffield tells his story. [MAIL ON SUNDAY 20/07/2013]

Well, these days everybody can have a go at rewriting history, to "put the record straight" from their point of view.

You folks out there will have to decide how much of this you believe. Me ? No comment !!!

Bri

Mail On Sunday

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Thu 25 Jul 13**
BACK ON THE HORSE
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Great working on a Queen track today [Wed] with Chris Thomas in Roger's studio. I forgot to ask if he Tweets !

Oh my God, so many lies and self-serving propaganda in the papers today [Wed] . It gets more and more depressing. Was it always this way ?

Yep, straight back on the horse. I also then worked on another Queen track at my own studio - very exciting, but now my brain's fried !

Yes the next Kerry Ellis album is well on the way. But now Queen is making demands & Kerry has some stuff to attend to !

Bri

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**Tue 23 Jul 13**
VERY BIG NEWS FOR BADGERS AND COWS - AND FARMERS - IN WALES

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The news is that vaccination of badgers has become a cooperative project in Wales. Under Chief Vet Christianne Glossop, the trials are now well under way, and after a succession of talks with wild animal projects, including the constituent members of Team Badger, everything is now moving in the direction of cooperation, including sharing of the costs of vaccinating throughout Wales. A massive amount of work has gone into preparing this venture, and of course it's only because the Welsh government decided to abandon plans to cull badgers that this has been able to come about.

The scheme benefits badgers of course, but it stands a very good chance of helping the Welsh farmers. Badgers are, at most, only 16 per cent of the problem farmers are facing, and the proportion may actually be much less. But vaccinating the badgers will produce 'herd immunity' against Bovine TB in the badger population in just few years, so at least the badgers will now be taken out of the equation.

The rest of the problem must be dealt with by doggedly pursuing the route to vaccination of cattle, and by tightening up practices in farming husbandry.

Let's hope this initiative will turn the heads of the leaders of British farming, and that a similar scheme will soon be in operation in England. It CAN be done. It WILL help solve the problem. Randomly massacring badgers most certainly will not.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23421173

Bri

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**Tue 23 Jul 13**
FRACKING
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[In reply to a very inforative letter about Fracking - see in LETTERS]

Thanks, Michael. Fracking is something I'm only just beginning to learn about, so I found your message very enlightening. All the evidence I have seen suggests that this a thoroughly irresponsible process which, as in so many other cases, has been pushed through because of vested interests. I am, like you, appalled at the recklessness of these people; it's a frightening prospect, and something I believe our Government ought to be protecting us from, until and unless it is clearly established that there is no danger.

Every day I hear of more bad decisions being made on our behalf. I do not feel safe under this regime.

Bri

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**Tue 16 Jul 13**
I DIDN'T GET THE CHANCE TO SAY THANK YOU ...
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Brian and Banner - gift from Italy


A great present - from Italy. How kind.

Big thanks.

Bri x

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**Tue 16 Jul 13**
ANTI BADGER CULL PETITION BECOMES BIGGEST IN HISTORY
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Even though, as William Oddie has pointed out, "under this Government, no wild animal is safe", today is truly is a special day for British Wildlife. It's the day that the petition on the Government's e-petition website to 'Stop the Badger Cull' became the largest in History.

The fact that this represents the voice of an unprecedented 258,300 British voters on the Government's own website makes it a little hard for Government ministers to ignore, though ignoring the wishes of the public is something they have recently become rather good at (viz the dismantling of the NHS, attempts to sell forests, destruction of nests of birds of prey, erosion of benefits to the disabled and infirm, etc).

I wrote the first draft of the petition last August, in consultation with the member groups of Team Badger, as a channel for the man in the street to express the outrage that was already growing as a result of the declared intent of Cameron's Coalition Government to embark on a massacre of British Badgers. The administrators of the website insisted on some elements of the text being altered, and a rewrite was done (including the typo's and grammatical errors which huge numbers of twitterers still like to point out!) over which I had no control. Apparently the rules do not allow text corrections to be made after a petition is active.

Why did we protest ?

1) Science

The policy was, and is, a clear violation of the principles of scientific truth, outrageously quoting a massively comprehensive (and expensive) ten year study by a top British scientific team (the RBCT) as justification for their actions, even though the conclusion of the experiment was that the culling of badgers "can make no meaningful contribution to the control of Bovine TB in cattle in the UK." The authors of this report, along with essentially the whole of the scientific community in the UK, have repeatedly condemned this policy, and labelled the Government's claim that it is 'science-based' as dishonest. They have also warned that badger culling will very probably make the problem in cows worse.

2) Ethics

The fact that bTB is a very serious problem for beef and dairy farmers is undeniable. But amongst the emotional outbursts from farmers who have been forced by DEFRA to destroy animals prematurely, there have been exaggerations in many areas, as to the risk to humans, the relative importance of TB compared with other reasons for the enforced killing of livestock, and, above all, the contribution made by badgers to the spread of the disease. This last exaggeration has somehow managed to make a 'possible 16 improvement over 10 years' seem like something worth randomly slaughtering wild animals to achieve. The irony is that culling is not a solution at all - since it cannot be combined with vaccination, and hence cannot bring about eradication of the disease. In the end this has to be a moral decision. The current plan to destroy thousands of mostly healthy intelligent families of native mammals places the value if these creatures at zero, even if one believed that there was a benefit to be obtained, which is highly doubtful. We believe that this decision is a crime against Nature - utterly unjustifiable morally - and one for which our grandchildren will hold us accountable.

3) Economics

One of the justifications all along, for culling rather than vaccinating badgers, has been the cost. But it now emerges that in the long term, the relative costs of both courses of action are very comparable, the vaccination path having the massive advantage that it is in harmony with the public's wishes and therefore does not need policing. Indeed, as has already been shown in Wales and elsewhere, the public are actually willing to contribute to vaccination schemes to benefit farmers as well as wildlife. So really the last piece of justification for this ill-advised killing spree has evaporated.

We believe that, as this petition continues to grow, the position of the Government and the NFU become less and less supportable.

If and when there is a switch to a policy which abandons the use of this demonstrably ineffective 'tool in the box', the farming community will have an army of vaccinators on their side. And hopefully we will see an abandonment also of the defeatist attitude that has prevailed in Britain towards the vastly more important need for vaccination of cattle.

It is time.

Brian May

Editor: Keep signing - make this HUGE!!
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257

Biggest Petition

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