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**Sat 19 Nov 16**
THANKS GQ
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Thanks GQ Magazine for naming the OWL as one of the 10 coolest things on Earth ! Just in time for Christmas ! And soon: VR the Champions !

Bri

GQ Owl VR and Queen 3D

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**Fri 18 Nov 16**
THANKS FOR GOOD WISHES

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Bri and Anita in Victorian dress


Thanks BrianMay.Com.

And thanks, folks, for all the good wishes today, folks.

Bri

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**Fri 18 Nov 16**
FREDDIE'S MUM - R.I.P.

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Kash Cooke, Jer Bulsara and Brian May



FREDDIE'S MUM

Well, now the news is out there, I thought I should share a few words. Freddie’s Mum, Jer Bulsara, passed away a few days ago [13/11/16], very quietly and peacefully in her sleep. She was 94. It’s the wish of the family that the funeral and subsequent arrangements remain private.

Jer was a warm and devoted Mum to Freddie, and, like Freddie, always had a strong twinkle in the eye. Although she was also devoted to her husband Bomi, and lived in the Zoroastrian faith as a good Parsee, she had an independent spirit and a strong sense of humour. Of course, I knew her for over 50 years, and when I first used to go around to Freddie’s parents’ house in Feltham, only a few yards from where I lived, in our student days, Jer was a busy Mum, full of life and optimism. And even then, fiercely proud of her children, Freddie and Kashmira. It’s probably true to say that Freddie’s father, strongly committed to the Parsee faith, didn’t find it easy that Freddie took the path he did, as a Rock musician, and a fairly irreverent one, at that. Nevertheless, the support was always there. But Jer was always a keen follower of our progress as a band, and always came to see us when we played nearby, always with huge enthusiasm. Freddie was very close to his Mum, and, I think, took a mischievous pleasure in trying to shock her.

Roger and I remember one night before a show in London (Wembley Arena, I think) when Freddie announced .. “Mother’s in the audience tonight. Better throw in a few extra ‘f—ks !” There was never any sign that she was shocked. After Freddie’s passing, Jer stayed close to us - To Roger, Jim and myself. We always consulted her in our work that continued after we lost Freddie - the Tribute concert at Wembley Stadium, the Made in Heaven album, which encapsulated Freddie’s last gifts of vocals and was a two-year labour of love for us, the single No-one But You, our tribute to Freddie, which I wrote at the inauguration of the Freddie statue in Montreux, an occasion we shared with Jer. We talked to her about the remastering of tracks, the appearance we made at the Bejart Ballet with Elton singing, which was also John’s last live appearance with us, and later the work with did with Paul Rodgers, and latterly with Adam Lambert. She was with us all the way. She loved the fact that Freddie’s spirit lived on so strongly in the work we were doing, and that Freddie was always a physical part of our live shows.

In private moments with us, away from the glare of the spotlights, in latter years Jer was always ready with a cup of tea when we visited, and we were always able to speak about ‘My Freddie' without shyness, feeling that he was not far away.

This is a very hard time for Kash, , and we all hope she will be able to move through this quietly and find her peace.

Much love and respects.

RIP JER.

Bri XXX

PS Jer and my Mum must be having a nice chat up there somewhere ... Bri



Jer Bulsara at Freddie's 65th birthday


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**Thu 17 Nov 16**
AIR GUITAR !
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Hi folks.

Proud to Announce !! AIR GUITAR ANTHEMS is here !!!

Air Guitar Anthems front cover

 

It’s out there … you can have it in your hands tomorrow ! Order from Amazon now.

Have a Rockin’ Christmas Season, folks.

Bri

TV Ad: https://youtu.be/W41SVPuUagk

Air Guitar poster

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**Tue 15 Nov 16**
STATEMENT: SAVE ME ANNOUNCE INTENTION TO PROSECUTE ANIMAL ABUSERS
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Brian has asked me to put this statement up on the Soapbox, concerning an imminent press release from the Government’s committee on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - EFRA”.
Jen, Editor

Save me announce intention to prosecute animal abusers.

Today Brian May's Save-Me Trust announced its intention to bring prosecutions against animal abusers including fox-hunters. Save-Me will step up alongside the RSPCA, exercising the important democratic right of the public to bring private prosecutions.

This announcement comes on the eve of an expected move on the part of the Countryside Alliance and the fox-hunting community to try to strip the RSPCA of its powers to prosecute those engaged in cruelty to animals.

Save Me says :

"The EFRA Committee Environment Food and Rural affairs committee is set to make recommendations tomorrow on laws affecting domestic animals. But hidden in this report - on the face of it all about dogs -is a vicious attack on the RSPCA.

What the public does not know is that this committee is dominated by advocates of fox-hunting, who are still enraged that the RSPCA successfully prosecuted David Cameron's local hunt for unlawfully using packs of dogs to hunt foxes for 'sport'.

Moreover it's not generally realised that the EFRA committee members who are pushing forward with attempts to destroy the RSPCA were specifically planted there to further the legal return of Blood Sports."

A further announcement from Save-Me and QC John Cooper later today.

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**Thu 10 Nov 16**
I'M NOT REALLY BACK YET
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I'm not really back yet, but had to share this.

Watch the 2016 John Lewis Christmas advert with star Buster the dog bouncing on a trampoline


John Lewis Christmas Advert 2016 - #BusterTheBoxer - https://youtu.be/sr6lr_VRsEo

Christmas animals

 

Early Christmas cheer to all.

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This is important too - what do you do when your government blatantly misinforms the public ? SAVE ME PRESS RELEASE

Bri

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**Tue 08 Nov 16**
JUSTICE FOR THE NATIVE AMERICANS
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Hi folks.

Thanks a million for all the kind wishes you’ve sent me.

I’m back in the UK, and feeling much more hopeful, but still not ready to get back into public life. It will take a while.

However, this matter concerns me very much, and I wanted you to see it. Please spread the word if you feel you want to help.

I feel a grave injustice is being done here.

Bri X

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Yvonne wrote:
"White Man"...(which is what's singing 'round my head!)
8 November 2016

Hi, how's your day so far?

This is not to bring you down, especially as I know how hard it is to be positive in world affairs, but after rattling my brain trying to find out what I can do to help the Sioux people's struggle over the Dakota pipeline at Standing Rock, short of descending on the place, I found this list a helpful beginning...

(copied from The Free Thought Project)

1. Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. When leaving a message stating your thoughts about this subject please be professional.
2. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/stop-construction…
3. Donate to support the Standing Rock Sioux at http://standingrock.org/…/standing-rock-sioux-tribe…/
4. Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List: http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/
5. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
6. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf
7. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp
8. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903
9. Sign other petitions asking President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s the latest to cross my desk – https://act.credoaction.com/sign/NoDAPL
10. Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:
a. Lee Hanse Executive Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6455 Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com
b. Glenn Emery Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6762 Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com
c. Michael (Cliff) Waters Lead Analyst Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002 Telephone: (713) 989-2404 Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com

The most effective means of showing support for this cause is to actively participate in protecting this sacred land. Anyone who is able to travel to the peaceful encampments is encouraged to do so. For those unable to make the journey to North Dakota, please utilize the alternate methods provided to show your support for the Standing Rock Sioux who have united over 100 tribes from across the U.S. Please join this effort to stop this pipeline, which desecrates sacred lands and has serious potential to damage or destroy the Standing Rock reservations lifeblood – its water.

Be the change you wish to see in this world. — Mahatma Gandhi

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/10-protest-dakota-access-pipeline/#XEywxtIhbxSL7hme.99

Yvonne

Standing rock

Look up to the skies

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**Mon 07 Nov 16**
RE: THE BRITISH LIBRARY TALK ON TUESDAY
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Regarding our scheduled talk at the British Library on Tuesday, sadly I'm still not up to appearing, so the excellent Denis Pellerin will be delivering our message. Sincere apologies to all who will be at the BL.

Since I will be missing the signing session, I am sending some signed book plates which will be available for the occasion.

Thanks for all your concern out there, folks. I am doing better and hope to be back to full strength in the New Year.

Bri

Brian May in Victorian attire

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**Sat 05 Nov 16**
LEAF MADNESS. ANOTHER RBKC FAILURE

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Back in the insanity that is London.

Was woken up by a horrible noise of leaf blowers. Went out to see an army of SIX men in orange jackets disturbing the peace with the awful noise of the blowers, dust and leaves being blown into my garden, and petrol fumes. There used to be ONE man, Billy, who swept up the leaves in our road. He did a truly wonderful job. No noise, no fuss, always a smile and a hello, and the road was spotless after he’d been down it. Not a single leaf would you see. Kensington And Chelsea Borough Council sacked him for reasons unknown. He appealed for wrongful dismissal but he was one man against a bureaucratic team of bullies and he didn’t stand a chance.

Men in orange jackets

Today we have six men and a lorry - and they are creating a horrible intrusion into our lives, and, in addition, the job is disgracefully badly done. This is what the road looked like AFTER the invasion of this nonsensical exercise. Leaves everywhere, nicely compressed ready for people to slip over on, and break their necks.

Leaves in road

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council members .. you are idiots. The whole lot of you ought to be sacked and we should start again. This in addition to the granting of endless basement building projects to people who are doing it solely for profit, at the expense of the quality of life of Kensington residents. Yes, RBKC: you are a disgrace.

Bri

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