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MARCH 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.

Reference:
- Lame Claims
- Stereo and Freeview Notes

 

 

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*Tue 19 Mar 13**
COMET PanSTARRS - LOOK !!!
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A great time-lapse film of Comet PanStarrs !

For those who have missed it so far (including me!), this is a nice consolation prize …

These guys camped way up in the Alps in freezing winds to get these pictures. I think they earned their luck !

Thanks Christoph Malin for sharing this.

Cheers

Bri

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*Tue 19 Mar 13**
HEADPHONES SOUND IN VOCAL RECORDINGS
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[Question about adding effect to headphones voice sound while recording - see LETTERS]

Well, I'm pretty sure there was no way of adding effects to a headphone mix on those early desks in Trident. But I know that for a long time we DID use a bit of helpful reverb of one kind or another in the 'cans', to make the process of recording a vocal more pleasant ! Not sure when we started it.

These days my favourite kind of 'sweetener' is what we call 'Splinge'. It's a secret irregular combination of shortish delays for which only Justin Shirley Smith knows the recipe ! I use it for recording lead guitar parts too, and often it ends up in the mix !

All the very best

Bri

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*Thu 14 Mar 13**
SPOTTING THE COMET
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FOR MORE - SEE LETTERS

Well, I have to admit failure in attempting to spot comet PanStarrs so far.

But my great pal Jamie Cooper had a result tonight.

Here's his lovely photo of the comet with a 2 day old Moon tonight.

A few folks have emailed and tweeted to me that they managed to spot it already.

The rest of us will just have to try harder!

Cheers

Bri

- www.flickr.com/photos/jamie_cooper_pics/8554899947/sizes/l/in/photostream/
- Jamie Cooper Photography: www.jamiecooperphotography.co.uk

Panstarrs by Jamie Cooper

PanStarrs by Jamie Cooper

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**Wed 13 Mar 13**
LIONS ROLL !
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Here's the lions group shot taken before they were put on their plynths on the waterfront. [Pride of Cape Town]

Lions on the waterfront 1

Lions on the waterfront 2

Photo credit: © Christian Smith

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**Tue 12 Mar 13**
STEREOS FROM SPACE - LIVE !!!
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I've been in Twiter contact with Commander Chris Hadfield who is currently orbiting the Earth, 230 miles up, in the International Space Station.

Amazed by his great photos of the Earth's surface, I asked him if he would take some sequential groups of shots for me to try to assemble into stereo photos.

He just sent me the first lot. AMAZING !

How lucky am I ?

It's late and I ought to be getting some sleep - but I had to plunge in and see if I could assemble a quick stereo pair.

Here it is !!

You guys who can free-view will enjoy. and if it's not something you've ever done - please visit LondonStereo.com or press this link - to see how it's done.

You have to see this in 3-D !

Stereo from space

You can see incredible detail - lava flows, peaks and chasms. Even a small wisp of cloud (or is it erupting material?) above the snow-capped peak. Amazing !

Cheers

Bri

AND BIG THANKS CHRIS !!! - and his son EVAN.

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**Mon 11 Mar 13**
MESSAGES
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Some messages via Tweets...

Late Late Show - I don't often watch our TV performances afterwards. But I just really enjoyed this. http://www.rte.ie/player/gb/show/10118690 <No longer available> Thanks Dublin !

I'm good, thanks guys. Two long meetings today; Team Badger at the RSPCA offices, and a Queen meeting at Roger's place in town - movie talk. Yes Roger is well, thanks. We're very different (always were) but we enjoy getting together to make plans. Freddie movie, WWRY USA, Xtrav ..

What saddens me most about our Team Badger work is the waste of energy. We are working towards healthy Cows and Badgers - we should ALL be. We should ALL be working TOGETHER, Govnmt, NFU, and us, for the health of ALL animals in UK. Instead this is becoming a war nobody will win.

Bri

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**Sat 09 Mar 13**
KNEE TALK
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Ah !

I wondered why everybody was being so concerned about my knee … I see it's been in the Press.

Well, it's very kind, but I'm OK - seeing some improvement, and dealing with it.

I have a fabulous specialist who has already managed to get rid of all the bits of 'meniscus' and bone and old plectrums that were hanging around in the vicinity of my patella.

I'm being a good boy doing my physio, and I have every confidence that I'll soon be sorted.

So we don't kneed to make a big deal of this. OK ?

Onwards !

And I'll play standing or sitting …. I still got my fingers !!

Cheers

Bri

in Glorious Dublin

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**Fri 08 Mar 13**
KERRY AND BRI IN DUBLIN TV
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We had a great time doing the Late Late Show in Dublin tonight.

And I'm not just saying that. Ryan is an amazing interviewer. The feeling generated is so different from most chat shows that I've ever experienced, and vastly better.

I can't think of another show where we could have talked in such depth about Freddie, Queen, the work I'm doing now with Kerry, astronomy, and life.

It was real - nobody trying to score points or get a quick laugh. And the whole team was delightful … helpful, calm, considerate and highly professional.

They could not have been more eager to make sure we were set up right to sing our song …we did Life is Real.

A thoroughly rewarding experience … thanks to all at RTE.

Cheers

Brian

Bri with Super Nanny Jo Frost
Super Nanny Jo Frost and Bri

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