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NOVEMBER 2015

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**Mon 30 Nov 15**
SCARE-MONGERING PROPAGANDA
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If you think it's 'patriotic' to bomb Syria - please read this.

THE GUARDIAN
Jeremy Corbyn is a patriot – he would never have waged the illegal war that killed my son
17 September 2015 by Reg Keys

Is the British public REALLY stupid enough to embrace this vile DAILY MAIL character-assassinating drivel ?

Daily Mail propaganda
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or Read on Daily Mail

This is exactly the same scare-mongering propaganda that bought Cameron the election. Disgusting. Terrifying.

Press propaganda

Bri

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**Sun 29 Nov 15**
DO YOU REALISE WHAT WAR MEANS NOW ?
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WAKE UP, MP's * If you think our pathetic bombing of Syria will have any effect other than generating more terrorism YOU'RE DREAMING !

PEOPLE OF BRITAIN. Do you realise what war means now ? This is not a game. Corbyn, vilified by the Press, is the only one talking sense.

Just one more time. Dropping bombs on Syria will make your children targets for terrorists. Is this really what you want?

Bri

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**Sun 29 Nov 15***
GIVE WILD ANIMALS A VOICE
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Brian Talks - Give Wild Animals A Voice

Brian May here...

A new Brian Talks Vid ! About Wildlife ... this will accompany the Racing Extinction film.

It seems that for wildlife around the planet the candle is about to burn out. Everywhere wildlife is under threat. But animal welfare isn't just about conservation in Africa or India. Treating animals decently starts right here at home and it's really all about the right of every individual animal to a decent life and a decent death and to dignity and to be able to bring the children up in peace.

We are Save-Me, working to give care where it's needed, but also to give wild animals a voice.

Surely every animal deserves to be wild and to be free of persecution. Join us. Help us to make a future in which every creature's voice is heard.


Save Me - Give Wild Animals A Voice - https://youtu.be/M16gsLC-5tw

Bri

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Dinner with Hew Horizons Team


“Alan Stern wrote (29 November): "Dinner in London@last@night with New Horizons team collaborator Brian May.

NH Rocks !

Bri

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**Sun 28 Nov 15**
BACK ON TOUR - ONE VOICE TOUR MERCH !
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Kerry in One Voice Tour sweatshirt

Kerry Ellis wrote: Sorting tour merchandise today (Fri 27 Nov)!! Exciting. ONE VOICE TOUR.

We Will We Will Robe You ! I wanna show you, folks ... but it's probably not cool to do that !! ...

Back on Tour. Ellis & May ! Be there ! If only for the merch !

Ha ha !

Fleeced ! OK ! I faked it ! but is this good merch or not ? Would you wear one ?


Bri

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**Sun 28 Nov 15**
'CLOCK-FACE' CRATER PETAVIUS
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Fabulous photo Pete ! Please do it next month at exactly the same phase so we can make a fantastic Stereo ! Bri

Pete Lawrence wrote:
The 'clock-face' crater Petavius imaged this morning... Again large version is best...

Clock-face crater Petavius by Pete Lawrence

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**Sat 28 Nov 15**
LIONS, FOXES, TRAGIC DEATH OF YOUNG POLITICIAN
(ELLIOTT JOHNSON
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Well done you guys !

Bri

Dominic Dyer wrote: Good to see so many people come out for lions in Trafalgar Square today"

Supporting Lions in Trafalgar Square

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STOP the FOX SLAUGHTER

Support our compassionate Italian friends against barbarism pretending foxes are dangerous.

For the Foxes ... PLEASE Sign and share: https://www.change.org/

Bri

Fox cubs

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Tragic death of young politician reflects awful behaviour in Tory party

THE GUARDIAN
Elliott Johnson: the young Tory destroyed by the party he loved
27 November 2015

Bri

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**Fri 27 Nov 15**
'UNFORTUNATELY' MY ASS - EAVIS - HARD TO GO VEGAN RIGHT NOW?
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Hurrah ! 'Unfortunately' my ass !!! Congratulate these councillors !

https://www.facebook.com/TheFieldMagazine/

Hunt at Oakham

Bri

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Eavis? What rubbish. What an Arse. Scared to tell truth lest ticket sales suffer?

Thank God we're NOT doin Glasto.

THE TELEGRAPH
People are too sentimental about badgers, says Glastonbury founder
25 November 2015

Bri

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OK it's too hard to go Vegan right now? Agreed. I didn't get there yet.

But to eat LESS meat ? Good for Planet, Animals and YOUR health.

Bri

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**Fri 27 Nov 15**
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE TO BE SAID ABOUT BO RAP ...
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Here’s a goodly clip of an interview with the man who, sitting beside Bruce Gowers, edited our Bohemian Rhapsody film in 1975.

Making of Bohemian Rhapsody

www.moviemachine.tv/video/making-of-bohemian-rhapsody-editor,-barry-stevens/146580268/

You have to remember this is years before digital came along. It’s all analogue - on TAPE ! So every time you see an edit or a fade or mix, there is some guy with a razor blade sorting it all out !

I think this nice interview really adds to all our appreciation of the team that pulled this off for us all those years ago. Nice job, guys !

Bri

More info HERE

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Thu 26 Nov 15**
HOPELESS WAR - AND - WHAT MESSAGE DOES THIS GIVE YOU ?

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Labour MP's angry with Blair for war on Iraq, please have the guts to support your leader in OPPOSITION to another hopeless war ?

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Borough Councils everywhere - WHAT MESSAGE DOES THIS GIVE YOU ? ! #BasementBuildingBastards

Insanity.

Bri

Howard Goodall wrote:
In past hr an ENTIRE Georgian House has collapsed on Barnes Terrace where they are excavating a basement

Duffy's collapsed mansion
Singer, Duffy's for house

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Appalling.

Bri

Mark Jones wrote:
Rhinos on brink of TOTAL WIPEOUT as judge rules ban on trading their horns is ILLEGAL http://www.scoop.it

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**Thu 26 Nov 15**
CONGRATULATIONS KERRY !!!!
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CONGRATULATIONS KERRY !!!!

Brill !

Bri

Kerry Ellis wrote:

I'm so honoured !!! Thank you so much ... very humbled xxx

www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWWUK-AWARDS-2015-Cumberbatch-HAMLET-Ellis-Staunton-All-Winners-20151126

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**Tue 24 Nov 15**
FREDDIE
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Not a day I like to celebrate.

Just quietly and fondly remember.

RIP Freddie.

with love
Bri


 

Brian and Freddie

Freddie and telecaser

In answer to a fan who posted the above photo of Freddie:

After Freddie's departure, that 'crazy little' Telecaster disappeared from our storage and was never seen again.

Bri

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Love this !

Bri

Kristen wrote:
RIP Sweet Angel Freddie. The world misses you and everything you were about. #11241991

Freddie angel

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**Mon 23 Nov 15**
BASEMENT-BUILDING BASTARDS OUT OF CONTROL
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Awful. Basement-building bastards now out of control - a menace to us all.

DAILY MAIL
21 November 2015
Welcome to Megabasement Street: Cul-de-sac in Chelsea where SIX houses are having extensions dug out at the same time so their owners can put in cinemas, wine cellars and shoe closets

Bri

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**Mon 23 Nov 15**
BEAUTIFUL PRINTS FOR BACVI
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Just 10 of these beautiful prints on sale signed by me and the artist, profits to BACVI.

Here's a 2-minute reminder of the tragedy we are witnessing in Britain. Note the artist.

Bri


Drawing Billie the Badger - STOP THE CULL! - https://youtu.be/o6i6fGpLXGg

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**Mon 23 Nov 15**
RACING EXTINCTION - AND - NHS FIGHTING FOR ITS LIFE
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RACING EXTINCTION will shock you to the core. And just MAYBE save the planet Earth. http://racingextinction.com/#brightcove-popover-RE-trailer

Do this one, Folks. The NHS is fighting for its life. Against the evil Jeremy Hunt. It needs you tonight.

https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/nhs-set-the-agenda

Bri

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**Sun 22 Nov 15**
TERRIBLE SADNESS
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Had a terrible sadness driving around beautiful Gloucester tonight and seeing NO wildlife. It didn't use to be that way. A tragedy. Bri

Government, The NFU and Countryside Alliance have waged a terrible bloody war against wild animals in what used to be our countryside.

Bri

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**Sat 21 Nov 15**
QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA - GLOUCESTER
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Great final show tonight on the Queen Extravaganza tour of the UK.

It was in Gloucester.

I was happy to be in the audience - it was well worth the trip.

They performed the album “A Night at the Opera” in its entirety !

I don’t think I’ll ever hear The Prophet’s Song played to that degree of excellence again.

Great musicianship, great dedication to detail, and nice presentation all round.

Well done QE team. Rock on !

Bri with QE, GL1 Gloucester
Here’s me backstage with the band in the interval tonight. Photo by Juliette Slater.

Bri

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**Sat 21 Nov 15**
NATIONAL DAY OF THE HEDGEHOG
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Hedgehog

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National Day of the Hedgehog: can the prickly favourite be saved from extinction?
21 November 2015

Ah yes. This hedgehog man.

He makes some good points, but his most important point of advice is hidden away at number 6.

"Stop using pesticides, insecticides and slug pellets. They poison hedgehogs and kill their prey.”

He’s right, but this ought to have been number one. The vast majority of hedgehogs we rescue at Harper Asprey, as Anne Brummer will tell you, are sick because they have been poisoned in some way … slug pellets being the first suspect. Slug pellets kill everything … can poison your pets and children too. And the poison leaks into the water table with unchartable results. If I had my way, slug pellets would overnight disappear from hardware stores. Is a border of pathetic Marigolds or boring Hostas worth that hideous poison in your garden ? Don’t do it.

Grow something else ! WE have made a world that is toxic to so many wild animals. The government ought to take a stand on this. But of course, they won’t. It would threaten belief in their stance that wild animals are worthless. It would take them it one step nearer to having to admit that the badger cull is an ineffective disgrace, and that fox-hunting is sadism and unsupportable.

Let’s make life good for the poor hedgehogs, and maybe better days will come.

Bri

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**Fri 20 Nov 15**
HOT NEWS - NOW WE CAN ALL BE SMARTPHONE 3-D PHOTOGRAPHERS
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[In reply to enquiry about 3-D phone apps.... SEE LETTERS]


Hi Sandra

Thanks for asking. Yes, I use the 3-D camera app for taking ’sequential' stereos … which is very easy to use, and gives great results. Basically it helps you to do the ‘rocking’ technique … in which you take one photo with your weight on the left foot, and then rock slightly so your weight is on the right foot and take the other picture. The app enables you to instantly line up the two pictures you’ve taken, and then it gives you a choice as to how to output … in red and green, ‘flicker' … or, my favourite by far … the side-by-side format which makes the stereo pair viewable in glorious 3-D in an OWL or similar viewer … or just ‘free-viewed’ once you get the knack.

The app isn’t expensive — it’s worth buying the full version rather than use the free download, because it gives you higher quality output. Note: the subject matter using this technique has to keep still for the two exposure ! So it’s OK with people, and landscapes, but animals and children and fast-moving cars are more challenging !! But it’s endless fun.

Your enquiry comes at a good moment for us - because we’re about to launch my latest invention !! It’s an adaptor for the OWL to make any smartphone fit in it, and the combination becomes an instant nice quality digital stereo viewer !! So people will be able to take 3-D pictures of their pals (using the 3-D camera app, maybe) and then instantly be able to view the snaps in 3-D. It will also work for any side-by-side pictures downloaded from websites or twitter, etc. So everyone will now have instant access to high quality digital 3-D ! It works for movies too ! And all the new VR technology marries up with it like a dream ! I’m excited !

Here’s a sneak preview of the prototype of the device … it’s very simple … but wickedly effective !!

Prototype OWL

Hopefully we’ll have the OWL Smartphone Adaptor ready for sale in the next couple of months …maybe even some for Christmas !

Cheers

Bri

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