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OCTOBER 2015

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**Fri 30 Oct 15**
HAPPY HALLOWEEN - LORDS SAVED POOR - BO RHAP 40 YEARS YOUNG
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Happy Halloween - Chiara

Thank you Chiara. Brill as always. HAPPY HALLOWEEN, FOLKS !!!

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Ha ! The Telegraph predictably clutches at this pathetic straw. Shut up. THE LORDS SAVED THE POOR.

Live with it.

Pathetic sour grapes. You should be ashamed, Strathclyde.

TELEGRAPH
29 October 2015
House of Lords acted 'deplorably' by defeating government, chair of review warns

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Yep - 40 years young !

Bri

TELEGRAPH
30 October 2015
Bohemian Rhapsody turns 40: Why we still can't get enough of Queen

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Veggie dinner

I'm dreaming of a luscious Turkey-Free Veggie Christmas. What a perfect time to give up eating animals !

Bri

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**Wed 28 Oct 15**
RICH LORDS PROTECT BRITAIN'S POOR - bTB TESTING TOMORROW
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How extraordinary ! It took a House full of Rich Lords to protect Britain's poor against the cold-blooded wiles of Cameron's Government..

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Getting boots ready !

 

Bri

BTB testing cattle in Devon tomorrow

http://www.middevongazette.co.uk/Brian-visit-Crediton-farm/story-28063810-detail/story.html
We will...we will...we will test you: Brian May to visit Crediton farm

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Tue 27 Oct 15**
STOP USING REAL BEAR FUR FOR PALACE GUARDS
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Ministry of Defence - Stop Using Real Bear Fur For Buckingham Palace Guards - Sign the Petition!

HERE: https://www.change.org
Petitioning The Ministry of Defence

Bri

Royal guards in bearskins

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Tue 27 Oct 15**
WOW ! SAM SMITH - PANIC IN MEAT INDUSTRY - LORDS DECISION
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WOW ! One of the best live TV performances I've ever seen. Sam Smith on Graham Norton. And gotta love his honesty. SUPERB ! LOOK ! Sam Smith's AMAZING PERFORMANCE on Graham Norton. Jeez. THAT'S how it's done !

Sam Smith - Writing's On The Wall (from Spectre) - The Graham Norton Show 10/23/2015
- https://youtu.be/T6_q5ZWTE4A

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Panic in meat industry provokes hysterical attempt to ridicule science.

FORKS OVER KNIVES
World Health Organization Says Processed and Red Meats Cause Cancer
26 October 2015

NBC NEWS
Glee, Panic and Yawns: U.S. Reacts to Report on Meat and Cancer
26 October 2015

Of course the meat money-makers will try to ridicule this. But, like smoking, asbestos, it's there. Bottom line - EAT LESS MEAT to be healthy.

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I'll be fascinated to see what lies the Tory Press think up to make Cameron and Osborne NOT look ridiculous after the Lords decision.

Bri

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**Mon 26 Oct 15**
PERFECT PRESENT FOR HALLOWEEN - AND - MIMING OUR SONG
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What a perfect present for Halloween !!! tee hee ! Happy Monday from Bri's devilish Diableries.

I should have bought that Diableries book...


Nice job on miming our song. If you wanna play the game, turn the sound off on your laptop !

David Armand mimes Queen - Fast and Loose
- SORRY - VIDEO NOW UNAVAILABLE

Bri

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**Sun 25 Oct 15**
GUITARISTS !!! LOOK !!

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I’ve been recording new tracks with Kerry Ellis in the studio, and it’s getting very exciting. We have some nice acoustic things going on as well the ‘big stuff’ … so I thought you might be interested to see the great device that Gordon Giltrap has opened my eyes to (apart from designing this model, that is !) All the great inventions are obvious ! You wonder why you didn’t think of it.

OK. This is a nice little 12 string guitar made by Avanti - it’s a joy in itself. But it’s always hard in the studio finding the perfect position for the microphone, and then trying to stay in that spot for a whole take ! Well, this device removes that problem, so you can concentrate on the music ! Love it ! I’m sure it works just as well in the live situation. It’s the Exploraudio Gordon Giltrap Signature G-Clamp !! Yee ha !

Giltrap guitar clamp
Avante 12 string acoustic by Veillette. Giltrap Signature H-clamp. Schoeps CCM4 microphone.
Photo by Justin Shirley Smith

Avante 12 string, Giltrap H-clamp Schoeps CC microphone

A Dishevelled Bri deep in thought with the device.

And here’s an unsolicited approval moment !

Thumbs up from Kerry

Below is some info supplied by Robert Aichison of Exploraudio - so you can chase your own G-Clamp if you want !

Cheers !

Bri

H-clamps can be bought from our online shop at www.exploraudio.com and we ship worldwide.
Also, contact details for H-clamp dealers (UK and international) are listed on our site at http://exploraudio.com/page/dealers-and-distributors/19/

Other information that might be interesting:

1. The H-clamp was designed and is manufactured and assembled entirely in the UK
2. The designer is a 4th Generation British engineer with a Biochemistry PhD and a lifelong passion for music, audio technology and theoretical physics
3. The H-clamp is also used widely for onstage amplification by acoustic guitarists and is particularly popular with double bass players who rely on mics for live performances
4. Gordon Giltrap was so impressed with the H-clamp that he worked with ExplorAudio to create the Giltrap Signature version (the model Brian has been using), which fits all the instruments Gordon plays, from mandolins, resonators and semi-electric guitars to large jumbo guitars and acoustic basses
5. New versions of the H-clamp (not yet on general release but available by contacting ExplorAudio online) can also be used for clamping mics on guitar amps / cabs and for mounting smartphones, tablet computers and compact audio devices (eg. almost any units weighing less than around 0.5Kg, including small mixers, mic pre-amps, FX units, and speakers) on any standard mic stand
6. ExplorAudio is also developing a range of compact PA equipment based on leading edge speaker and wireless audio technologies

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**Thu 22 Oct 15**
CONGRATS MARC AND RICKY - ANIMAL HERO AWARDS
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Marc Abraham
Marc Abraham - 'Vet of the Year'
Animal Hero Awards 21 October 2015

Congratulations Marc. Great guy.

Marc Abraham - proud winner

Totally honoured to be your presenter, Ricky. You speak so eloquently for those whose voices cannot be heard.

Ricky Gergais instagram

Bri

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**Wed 21 Oct 15**
BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY !!!
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BACK TO THE FUTURE !!! Wow ! It's that day ! This has made so many people happy. THANKS Robert Zemeckis and Back To The Future team.

The Future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one ! Life should be like this. Somehow we got stuck in the wrong future.

God Bless Zemeckis for this hope.

Lightning burst

Back To The Future - Town Hall Clock

Bri

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**Wed 21 Oct 15**
MIGHTY JOHN MICELI
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Mighty John Miceli giving us fantastic Drums for our new Kerry Ellis tracks. Massive appreciation.


John Miceli wrote:
Had the privilege to record with Brian May and Kerry Ellis One Voice. http://youtu.be/0plWNDyA6Ig

I'm so thankful to be working with the best tools in the world, Sonor, Zildjian, Evans, Vater drumsticks, Earthworks.


Well, nothin' but the best would be appropriate for the Mighty Miceli !!

Bri

John Miceli, Bri, Meat and Paul Crook - 02, 2013
John Miceli, Bri, Meat, Paul Crook

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**Mon 19 Oct 15**
TONY IOMMI CONGRATS - AND - KERRY ELLIS
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Yay Tony !!! Awesome !!

Bri

Brianmay.com wrote:
HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS to Tony Iommi - Winner of 2015 Annual Gibson Les Paul Award at the Q Awards today.

Tony Iommi - January 2012
Tony Iommi - January 2012

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Kerry in fabulous voice today !

Bri

Kerry Ellis wrote: Kerry Ellis
Good day with Brian May today in the studio, things moving along nicely,

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**Sun 18 Oct 15****
THE VENERABLE CLIFF AND ME
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Bri and Sir Cliff

We were looking for a picture of the venerable Cliff and me last week. Well, I found one .. and it’s ‘almost’ 3-D !

From the Party at the Palace. Not bad. ! I did a kind of ‘conversion’ on this - seizing two frames which, fortuitously, gave a stereo effect. Then a big ‘clean-up job !

Enjoy !

Bri

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**Sun 18 Oct 15**
BRIAN MAY BLASTS THE 'MAIL ON SUNDAY ONLINE’ ? ? ?
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ORIGINAL SOAPBOX ARTICLE FROM BRIAN HERE

Sir Patrick and Brian

Well, folks, Jen’s asked me if we should reproduce or draw attention to this typical bit of Daily Mail sensationalism.

I’m not not really sure, to be honest. Here’s why.

I’ll tell you the truth. This Mail on Sunday Online article really is pretty much a load of shite. (Oh ! You’re surprised ? !) It’s mischievous. It misrepresents my intentions. Makes me look as if I was trying to make a point. Like I’m banging on about something again. I wasn’t. I did the interview purely to talk about how happy I was that Sir Patrick’s affairs were now being wound up in a way which would make him happy. Full stop.

But the way this guy writes it, it’s all blown up way out of context and the bits that would moderate it are left out that would make people realise I wasn’t on the attack at all. I actually realised this during the interview. I should have quit. Actually I shouldn’t have done it in the first place. I wish I’d recorded it, really, so you could hear how the interviewer kept pushing for more ‘conflict', more things to say to make into a ‘newsworthy’ story. He asked why I stepped in to buy Patrick’s house. I said I was surprised the State didn’t step in and rescue a knight of the realm and a national treasure. The interviewer said “Well, don’t you think the BBC should have bailed him out ? I said I didn’t think there was a BBC department dedicated to things like that. He said “But surely they should have taken care of him after he did all that work for them for 50 years ? I said, maybe, but it just wasn’t something they were set up to do. I said I did think it might be nice if the Government set up some kind of fund to aid such important and well-loved people who had given so much to Britain. He said … “So you’re saying the BBC let him down ?” I said, well the BBC actually never took much care of him anyway - and this was fairly normal ! I then said … “I’m Brian Cox’s greatest fan, but it was noticeable that the BBC flew him to Niagara Falls to film a rainbow for him, while the budget for a “Sky at Night” for a whole year was probably less than what that trip cost ! “So you’re saying the BBC treated him appallingly ?” "Well, not really - all I’m saying is it would have been folly to expect them or any other organisation to step in and keep Patrick in his home for his latter years. It was his friends who gathered round and kept him afloat.

You can see roughly where this is going. If you read the article you would imagine I was gunning for the BBC. But I wasn’t.

Well, it’s the Daily Mail (well, it’s maiden Aunt, the Mail on Sunday Online - sorry !) Did you really expect the truth ?

Well, folks, my recommendation is - read this newspaper article only if you want to remind yourself how the truth can be distorted to make a sensational ‘story’. If you want to know about Patrick and the labour of love we’ve been slaving away at for the last two years - to honour his legacy … just read my original piece HERE, which tells it all.

Why did I do the interview for the Mail on Sunday Online ? Well, truthfully, I felt a bit sorry for them - because by prevaricating and trying to insist on editing my piece down, they lost the initiative last week - to the Daily Telegraph. So I was asked to talk to this guy, and I said OK. But his brief was obviously to stir up some muck, no matter WHAT I said in the interview.

“Brian May Blasts the BBC” ? ?? Well, it’s all smoke and mirrors, folks. I have a fairly decent relationship with the BBC (And Brian Cox !!) Well, I did, prior to when this piece of nonsense came out. Maybe I don’t any more. Well, there you have it.

“Brian May blasts the Mail on Sunday Online” ?? Well, maybe that would be closer to the truth. Next time I won’t be speaking to them. Life’s too short.

Brian

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