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NOVEMBER 2017

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**Tue 21 Nov 17**
HELLO DEAR SWEDES !!
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Christmas !!! Long time since I saw snow. How pretty ! Oh ! Where am I ?!! Ah - Stockholm. Gig tonight. Back on the horse.

HELLO dear SWEDES !!

Hello Sweden

A little bike ride in virtual California doesn't do any harm .... thank you #technogym ! 


Brian May: Bike ride in virtual California - https://youtu.be/lgVx2yJQ15I

Well, it might be the LARGEST interstellar object ever seen - but certainly we've seen dust particles in hyperbolic orbits which also had to be visitors from outside the Solar System. Anyone want to argue ?!!!

Interstellar visitor

Decorative natural phenomena in Stockholm !

 

Decorative natural phenomena in Stockholm

Oh NO ! It's that Christmassy feeling ...! 

Christmassy feeling - Stockholm

Ah ! This seems to be it ! The Friends Arena. Hello Friends.

Friends Arena - exterior

We're going in ! Soundcheck time in Stockholm. Is this starting to feel familiar ? It always feels a bit like the Millennium Falcon docking in the Death Star loading bay to me ...! Another warm welcome ! All is well.


Brian May arrives Friends Arena, Stockholm - https://youtu.be/h9VWOhKD1cQ

Wow ! This is a stupendous place ! More like an aerodrome than an arena! Actually it's a beautifully designed football stadium with a roof. What will it look like tonight ?! I'll let you know !

Friends Arena

With an old and good friend. Thomas Johansson (centre) promoted Queen in 1973 !!! Happy to say he's promoting our show tonight - as part of Live Nation. Our illustrious and somewhat elusive manager Jim Beach makes up the trio. Aaah ! Once we was boys .... and here we are ...

Bri, Thomas Johansson and Jim Beach

Ever get the feeling somebody's watching you ?!

Somebody's watching you

Bri

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**Tue 21 Nov 17**
SELFIE VIDEOS [EUROPE RECENT]
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... stereoscopic selfie videos on my YouTube channel. [And Mono]


Selfie Stick Video | Budapest, Hungary [November 4, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert [MONO]
- https://youtu.be/4t5SUt6_2dE

Selfie Stick Video |3D| Budapest, Hungary [November 4, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert [STEREO]
- https://youtu.be/16ejR7_5FLU


Selfie Stick Video | ?ód?, Poland [November 6, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert
- https://youtu.be/hCVWCLy71pI


Selfie Stick Video |3D| ?ód?, Poland [November 6, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert [STEREO]
- https://youtu.be/IYdc6Ri5m_8


Selfie Stick Video | Vienna, Austria [November 8, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert [MONO]
- https://youtu.be/2MzpQECsa8w

Selfie Stick Video |3D| Vienna, Austria [November 8, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert [STEREO]
- https://youtu.be/xk8bqULPtm8


Selfie Stick Video | Bologna, Italy [November 10, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert
- https://youtu.be/aBl4Oun5_EM

Selfie Stick Video | Bologna, Italy [November 10, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert [STEREO]
- https://youtu.be/xA8X0gLgdho


Selfie Stick Video | Amnéville, France [November 12, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert [MONO]
- https://youtu.be/9mqzCtgGdls


Selfie Stick Video |3D| Amnéville, France [November 12, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert
- https://youtu.be/cmTmHD3fsnI


Selfie Stick Video | Amsterdam, Netherlands [November 13, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert
- https://youtu.be/XaEuRmtIvNU


Selfie Stick Video |3D| Amsterdam, Netherlands [November 13, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert
- https://youtu.be/RXEsFfMzC20 (STEREO)


Selfie Stick Video | Kaunas, Lithuania [November 17, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert
- https://youtu.be/jPkapq6jVO0


Selfie Stick Video |3D| Kaunas, Lithuania [November 17, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert (STEREO)
- https://youtu.be/Ob7Yri47RG4

Bri

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**Mon 20 Nov 17**
FAREWELL HELSINKI - HELLO SWEDEN

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Farewell to snowy Helsinki. Thanks, dear Fins !

Farewell Helsinki

It's always sunny up here above the clouds. Good for the spirits !

Sunny above the clouds - stereo

Closing in on a chilly Stockholm. I'm enjoying those little for trees in 3-D ! Hello Sweden !!!

Hello Sweden

From bygone days. Thanks Red Special.

AC/DC shirt
Origin not known

Bri

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**Sun 19 Nov 17**
GOOD MORNING ! HELSINKI
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Good morning ! Back on the horse !

After a day of rest yesterday - it's show day in Helsinki. Hurrah !!!

Good morning Helsinki

Hello Helsinki Hartwall Arena !


Arriving Hartwall Arena, Helsinki - https://youtu.be/8KWH1sgMBFw

THANKS HELSINKI !!! A very happy return. Bri. Photo by Pete Malandrone - thanks Pete - good one !!!

Helsinki

A fabulous crowd in Helsinki !!! Bless ya ! Thanks for rockin' with us.

Helsinki from rear of stage

Bri

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**Sun 19 Nov 17**
MALCOLM YOUNG R.I.P.
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Feeling very sad about Malcolm Young. Without a doubt one of Rock's greatest ever rhythm guitarists, and also pivotal writer, creator, icon.

Condolences to his family and his friends.

What a loss to the world.

God Bless.

Malcolm Young
Photo: Larry Hulst/Getty Images

Bri

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**Fri 17 Nov 17**
LITHUANIA
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Lithuania ! It's date !

Kaunas billboard

 

Being present ! Photo by Agent Ashley

Kaunas - Brian and billboard

 

Look at this set list ! I think I have some learning to do !! Ha ha ! Yes - thank you - I am reliably informed that IR KITI HITAI is not a song I had forgotten, but means "and other hits" !!! So I may be OK. Our problem, of course, in the live situation is that we have Too Many Hits. This is an expression borrowed from the wonderful and sadly missed Artist who was once, formerly, known as Prince. It's a wonderful problem to have, but it does mean that we have to leave a lot of material out that people might want to hear. Still ... all opinion seems to be that this is the best production we've ever taken on tour - so all in all I am happy. 

Kaunas set list - ir Kiti Kitai

 

Good Morning !! And hello bike ! 

Kaunas - hello bike

Kaunas - Bri legs

Sequential stereo of the view from my window in Vilnius this morn. I like the effect of the pedestrians standing out from the background ( or sinking in). Why do they do this ? I didn't take this hyper stereo in the usual wa, rockin' from foot to foot. I used a burst of photos taken while I swept the camera sideways ( you just hold the button down on an iPhone and it chatters away). I chose my left and right images from close to the ends of the burst sequence. Then put them together side by side in the usual way with the 3DCamera app, which sadly now only works on an old iPhone - damn you, Apple !!! The people moved mostly just a little bit left or right between the chosen exposures, so, when we are viewing the stereo pair, we get a false 'parallax' effect on them, making them appear nearer to us, or further away from us than they really are. So which direction did I sweep ? You can tell from the walkers. Happy days folks. Now, for us, an hours drive in the rain to ... KAUNAS ! To rock ! 

Vilnius church and street - stereo

Now the extreme hyper with about 15 foot baseline - between my two windows. The tower is the Gediminas Castle tower. No time for me to visit on this trip. Next time ! If I'm spared !

Vilnius hyper stereo

Bri

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**Thu 16 Nov 17**
BACK ON THE HORSE
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Back on the Horse !! Hello Lithuania !!! Let's rock on the morrow !

Bri

Plane - Lithuania

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**Thu 16 Nov 17**
ONE LOVELY BOOK - MORE WEIRDNESS ? - PATRICK MOORE
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This is one lovely book, written by one truly lovely human being. It shows the kind of relationship it IS possible to have with our fellow creatures. Perfect for the Christmas stocking !

Paul O'Grady's Country Life


A blatant piece of advertising ! My missus says hi to all - and - enjoy this book !

Anita with Paul O'Grady's Country Life book

 

More weirdness ? Just so you know, pals out there, this might look like it's me, but it's not. It's a BOGUS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT. So please don't follow it ! What someone would gain from putting up a carbon copy of my whole Instagram page I have no idea... but I get the impression they are up to no good. The very fact that they're pretending to be someone they're not doesn't bode well. I've asked the owner of the site to desist but got no response. And so far we don't seem to have been able to get Instagram to take action. If anyone can throw any light on this I'd be interested to hear from them.

Bogus IG account

Thought you might be interested to know that the Science Museum has lived up to its promise of publicly archiving Sir Patrick Moore's core documents.

https://collection.sciencemuseum.org.uk/documents/aa110066048/archive-of-sir-patrick-moore

This has taken a while, but now, as we'd hoped as Patrick's executors, the legacy of his work is now catalogued and available to be viewed on-line by all. Long live Sir Patrick !!!

Patrick Moore - Science Museum

Cheers

Bri

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**Mon 14 Nov 17**
PHOTOCALL !!!
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PhotoCall !!! Meeting the lovely people in Amsterdam who have invested in my book !!! I hope Queen in 3-D brings you joy !! And thanks for your patience !!!

Photocall

Good morning !! You know where I am, folks !!


You know where I am, folks? - https://youtu.be/Mmpf05Z4biE

And here's my lovely manager (inconspicuous in crimson hat !) - 'organising' things !!!

Photocall - Manager organising


Brian May - Amsterdam Photocall (by Agent Ashley) - https://youtu.be/JMQV-be7pzE

And thanks for the presents ... you're so kind. Ah ... where have the years gone ?!!! Bless ya.

Presents - ABC bookstore


Stairway to ... the Heavens ...

Stairway_to_the_Heavens_Amsterdam_snap870_600x756.jpg

Onwards ! Hello plane. And a very exciting destination !!! 

Hello plane

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**Mon 13 Nov 17**
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER EXERCISE BIKE !!!
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Another day, another exercise bike !!! It's the best way to start the day ! Kick-starts the body and clears the brain ! I feel .... erm .... GOOD !

Exercise bike

And this particular bike offered me a virtual ride in the mountains. Hurrah ! Join me as we pedal through the San Bernard pass !! I'll be going for another 38 minutes of this tomorrow morning !


Brian May exercise bike virtual ride in mountains 13112017
- https://youtu.be/jh8sQzhyPBk

Cheers !

Bri

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**Mon 13 Nov 17**
SELFIE STICK VIDEOS - MUNICH, GERMANY
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Selfie Stick Video | Munich, Germany [November 2, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert [MONO]
- https://youtu.be/snz_RWAxffM


Selfie Stick Video |3D| Munich, Germany [November 2, 2017] Queen + Adam Lambert [STEREO]
- https://youtu.be/XwFhfvhQFgI

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**Mon 13 Nov 17**
ON THE ROAD TO AMSTERDAM
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On the road to Amsterdam. It's been a long day. It all starts to look the same. Somewhere ahead there's a room with a bed. 


Brian May - on the road to Amsterdam - https://youtu.be/u8fmWDbq71E


Finally ... me and my bro' Rog tonight - seemingly in the Lap of the Gods. Photo by Pete. Good night folks

Lap of the Gods

 

I had to share this with all you fellow 3-D devotees - just to frustrate the Hell out of you !! This is part of the marvellous marble floor of the Cathedral of St Luca on the outskirts of Bologna. Every block is exactly the same shape. And the floor is perfectly FLAT ! I'm amazed this hasn't been widely copied. I'd love to know who designed it. Enjoy !

Block floor - Cathedral of St Luca, Bologna

Bri

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**Sun 12 Nov 17**
BONJOUR LA FRANCE - AMNEVILLE
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A happy landing. Bonjour La France !!


Happy Landing France

Sorry .... Bonne après midi !!

Bri on tarmac - France

 

After a shower of rain .... we are in Metz, North Eastern France - close to Luxembourg.

Plane on tarmac, France - in rain

So this is what they meant by "On the Road". It's a choice some of us make. I guess I have been On the Road, off and on, for two thirds of my life. It's a good life if you don't weaken !!! I'm grateful for it.


Brian May on the road France 12112017 - https://youtu.be/sVtQZhoUxFQ

This is how my world looks this afternoon. Sound check. Light check. New song ?!! Check !

Adam Lambert at soundcheck Amneville 12112017

PANORAMA:

Scroll the Panorama below - right and left


Above the clouds in Amneville 93 minutes ago. MERCI BEAUCOUP !!!

Bri - above the clouds - Amneville

 

Selfie Stick Stereoscopique moment in Amneville ce soir. Bless yo'all !! Au revoir mes amis. À bientôt !!!

Selfie view Amneville


Gotta love a night-time police escort !!! Merci La Gendarmerie ! This is what's called 'Doing the Runner'. Running straight from the last goodbyes on stage to the cars, already running, we are speeding through the night before most of our guests have left the building. Half an hour later we're on the plane - an hour or so in the air, an hour's drive to a new hotel, and we'll wake up tomorrow morning in the next city ready to play tomorrow night. Like I said - it's a good life if ya don't weaken ... Grateful ? Yep.


Brian May 'Doing a runner' - post show police escort Amneville 12112017- https://youtu.be/pGoUXNsq5mA

Bri

PS Oh ! I forgot to mention this bit - where we have to take all our stuff apart to go through an illogical security check and change out of our stage clothes in an FBO cupboard (I'm not going to show you that!) It's all friggin' glamour ... Bri

Security check

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**Sun 12 Nov 17**
NEWS ! ALL YOU GUYS WHO HAVE THIS BOOK IN AMSTERDAM !

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NEWS ! All you guys who have this book in Amsterdam ... we're gonna try to put something together on the day after the show.

Watch this space !

I don't like disappointing folks.

Bri

Queen in 3-D

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**Sun 12 Nov 17**
CASSINI'S MERIDIAN LINE IN BOLOGNA !
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Cassini's Meridian Line, anybody ? If you're not excited by Astro History Opportunities you can skip this. But here we are in the Basilica di San Petronio. And there, at our feet, (pink arrowed in this pic) is the Meridian Line set there by master astronomer Gian Domenico Cassini in 1655. It's orientated exactly North-South, as Meridians have to be. And damned difficult that was to achieve in a Church which was aligned completely differently. The line just skirts the huge columns which support this giant place of worship.

And up un the roof (also arrowed) is the hole through which the Sun will send a shaft of light on to the Meridian line at EXACTLY local astronomical mid-day.

Cassini's Meridian Line - arrowed

So ... in the Basilica ... looking up, here's a close -up of the small hole which acts as a kind of camera lens to project the Sun's image on to the Church floor.

Ceiling hole

So ... in Cassini's basilica ... here we are, having planned this moment with military precision, watching a number of people milling about, wondering where to look. Yes, the image of the Sun is supposed to hit this line on the floor at midday - but WHERE on the line ? Nobody seems to have a clue. I figure it's almost midwinter, so the Sun is low in the sky, so its image has to fall way back on the line, far from the entrance hole. So we take up a guessed position, but so far, at 11.50am, there is no sign of the Sun. Maybe it's disappeared back into the morning mist. I feel like dear old Sir Patrick Moore, waiting and hoping for a fabulous cosmic event which may be wiped out by a couple of terrestrial clouds. It's 11.54 am. Local astro midday is at 11.58. Can a miracle happen in the next 4 minutes ? If you're viewing this stereo you'll see the people in it have moved around between my two -Phone shots, left and right. So they flash weirdly. Apologies if this hurts your brain. I like it because it reminds me how ephemeral we humans are. Cassini's Meridian is kinda eternal.

Basilica di Petroni - internal view - stereo

So ... back in the basilica .... it's 11.47 am and suddenly - as if by magic - there it is ! Cassini's giant pinhole camera delivers a perfect image of the Sun on the marble floor. The Sun is moving from left to right, out there, so its image is moving from right to left down here, fast approaching the centre line.  It's beautiful !!! Cassini was so clever - there is only JUST enough space for the essential ray of light to get through the columns - and only for a minute or two. You can see the shadow of in of the columns on the right hand edge of the Sun's image here. If you come to Bologna, folks, you have to see this ! Unforgettable ! And Cassini was able to confirm some good science from carefully measuring using this giant sundial. In those days there was significant doubt whether Earth revolved around the Sun, or the other way round. Cassini helped to nail it.  Notable that although we DID plan the visit carefully, it was purely by the grace of God that we saw anything, because one minute after this picture the Sun faded out of sight behind clouds. Grateful !!!

Cheers Astro pals

People view sun on basilica floor

The image of the Sun. Captured at 11.57 am today in beautiful Bologna. As provided by Il Dottore Cassini in 1655.

Sun image


Bri

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**Sun 12 Nov 17**
HELLO DEAR AMSTERDAM FOLKS
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Hello dear Amsterdam folks. I have to apologise for this complete mess-up.

https://www.abc.nl/events#/event-details/sold-out-brian-may-queen-in-3d-meet-greet/2262

This announcement from “ABC Events” explains that there will be no signing, but, sadly, it doesn’t tell the true story. I’m not actually ‘cancelling’ at all, because this entire thing was done without my knowledge. I only found out about it yesterday by accident !

Somebody decided, without asking me, to sell tickets for an event which could never happen. It’s nothing to do with ‘unforeseen circumstances with the tour scheduling’. Our tour scheduling is exactly as it was planned months ago. There was never any possibility that I could have done a signing on a show day, in the short time we are in Amsterdam for this trip. And it would have been pointless anyway, because I already spent hours signing book plates for each book, so everyone would get a signature taking part in this special offer, so signing again would make no sense.

All I wanted to do was call in for a quick photo at the shop to say thank you to them for stocking my book - as I did very happily in Prague just last week. I’m very angry that the way this has been handled has misled both you and me. I’m sure there’s been a misunderstanding somewhere along the line, and everyone had the best intentions. But I’m very upset to be put in the situation where it seems I’m letting you guys down. Of course our absolute priority on this visit is to give every ounce of our energy to the live show. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Let’s Rock !!! And ... sincere apologies - this should never have happened.

Bri

Cancelled M&G Amsterdam

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**Sun 12 Nov 17**
ON THIS DAY...
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On this day. Remembering our Dads and Mums and their world, and how they fought to give us the world we now live in. Let's hear it for Building bridges, not walls.

WWI victory image

Bri

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**Sat 11 Nov 17**
THANKS BOLOGNA - AND - BRITAIN'S PIVOTAL ORATOR
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THANKS BOLOGNA !!!

This was the Bologna hyper stereo I dreamed of ! I got lucky. Ascending a nearby private tower, I made a new friend (the owner of the tower !) and breathed in the magic of this fabulous view. These are the famous un-identical Twin Towers of Bologna. Pure, unspoilt, and full of ancient mystery, this city is enchanting. No smog, no pollution, hardly a crane, no basement-building bastards and speculators. Just people living their lives and making an honest living. I will pray that increased tourism because of Ryan Air doesn't destroy its beauty. Viva Bologna !!!

Bologna hyperstereo

But then THIS happened ! Bliss !!

Bolgogna hyperstereo - image 2

Followed by a fabulous glass of Chianti and some home-made tortellini with porcini 'shrooms - and it became a perfect day ! I needed this - to escape and recharge ... I can feel the coiled spring unwinding ...

Bri with tower owner

Ciao Italia !!!

Ciao Italia

And in stereo ...

Ciao italia - stereo

Bologna the Beautiful. Long may it be so.

Bologna the Beautiful

Bri

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Thank you Chiara ! For this three dimensional work of art. Love it .

Robot Frank and Bri by Chiara Tomaini

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This man is, in this moment, in my humble opinion, Britain's pivotal orator. He speaks the Truth and connects it with inspired comment. Don't be fooled by his "lower class" Old London regional dialect. This man clearly perceives and communicates the squalor and moral depravity of Britain under Theresa May's government. Listen to this oracle. Follow him. Hear his alarm call. Wake up Britain. Clear out the clinker. Time for Madame Guillotine to do her work ! (figuratively, of course). I'm deadly serious.

Artist Taxi Driver

Bri

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**Fri 10 Nov 17**
POLICE ESCORT
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Gotta love a police escort. Mille Gracie Mr. Polizei !


Police Escort, Bolgona, Italy - 10 November 2017 - https://youtu.be/Af_h5jKNEE0

Bri

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**Thu 09 Nov 17**
THE BEAUTY OF BOLOGNA - AND - BEES

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Wow ! Falling in love with Bologna all over again. I love how Italy lives in harmony with its past.

A city like this makes me mourn the London I used to know, before its skyline and its quality of life were destroyed by greed, speculation, and the corrupt planning decisions that continue to ruin us.

Look at Florence, Venice, Rome and so many other Italian cities to learn how, even though Italy has its own problems, it rises every morning proud of its history, and ready to live the present day to the full.

Yep. Still feel privileged to be a part of Europe.

Statue Bologna

Bri

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In the midst of all the awfulness, how great to see a government minister make this decision to protect our wildlife and our well-being.

Bees

THE GUARDIAN
UK will back total ban on bee-harming pesticides, Michael Gove reveals
Exclusive: Research leads environment secretary to overturn government’s previous opposition, making total EU ban much more likely
9 November 2017 by Damian Carrington
Environment editor

Bri

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**Thu 09 Nov 17**
ELUSIVE THREE-SHOT
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Ha ! The elusive three-shot ! Thanks Adam. And auf wiedersehen Vienna. Es war fab.

Bri

Elusive 3-shot

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