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OCTOBER 2016

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**Fri 21 Oct 16**
BRIAN MAY AND KERRY ELLIS UK CONCERT TOUR
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Brian and Kerry Christmas Concert Tour 2016

 

We’re very sad today to announce the indefinite postponement of our ‘candlelight’ concert dates this coming December.  This is a decision I’ve agonized over, but in the end it has become inevitable. I managed to complete the recent Queen and Adam Lambert dates in Asia but I have been increasingly battling with a persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will.  I am now at the point where I don’t feel confident to perform the scheduled shows to the standard we all expect. I’ve been strongly advised to rest and heal, rather than go out and risk ‘falling down on the job’ out there, which would be a real tragedy. I’m convinced it’s much better taking the step to cancel the dates now, refunding the fans for the ticket sales, and giving all our team a chance to re-plan their time in December.   

Sincere apologies to all. 

Bri

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**Sun 16 Oct 16**
BEAUTIFUL SPEECH
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Wow ! Beautiful speech, and to my mind ... the truth.

Bri

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**Sun 16 Oct 16**
BECKHAM - SO DISAPPOINTING
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David Beckham

TELEGRAPH - LIFESTYLE
14 October 2016
Beckham, this is Try Hard with a vengeance
"... dressing appropriately for the occasion (in this case, shooting partridge at Guy Ritchie’s house in Wiltshire)..."

 

This just made me very sad. Beckham is a hero.

But to engage in the most cowardly of 'sports', to me, is ... so disappointing.

Bri

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**Sun 16 Oct 16**
HAPPY HAPPY !!!
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Happy Happy !!! Have a wonderful day

dear Jer.

Bri

Jer and Freddie

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**Sat 15 Oct 16**
NEWS OF QUEEN IN 3-D
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Well, I was happy to see so much reaction to my video message for the Queen Convention !

Yes, it does look like QAL will hit the road sometime in the New Year (did I say that ?!) - but I can’t reveal any more details yet. We were stunned at the reception we got in Asia. Amazing. Amazing that all this time after 'Keep Yourself Alive' we are a global phenomenon. It’s hard to compute. But it’s wonderful to see the happy faces in places we never ever visited before … and hear and hearing their response - singing, laughing, crying, stamping clapping … and … that roar which only Rock and Roll can elicit … the roar of a collective, interactive night of passion !!

Well, I digress … !

The other thing that I said which has generated lots of questions is the "Queen in 3-D" book. Well, I’m happy to say that it’s coming on well.

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

I’ve been battling against a very big black cloud in my personal sphere … which saps enthusiasm and energy and makes you feel everything is pointless …. but through it all, I’ve been writing, little by little, the text that has been triggered by the 3-D pictures we’ve unearthed from my archives.

I think it will be something very unusual. I’m certainly excited. We’re at the stage of doing book cover art and promo material, while I’m still polishing text and Denis and I are restoring the images, and we’re compositing and designing. Greg Brooks has been an amazing source of extra information to fill any gaps and fix dates …. so I’m very much indebted to my amazing team. So here is a little behind-the-scenes reveal … in 3-D, of course.

We had a special session on Thursday to make some lenticular 3-D pictures of our own from scratch. Our brilliant designer and friendly genius Jamie Symonds (he did the design for "Diableries", "A Village Lost and Found", etc) had made out of Meccano (!) a perfectly functional rig to track a camera along a rail, taking stills all the way, with the camera toeing in just the right amount to make a series of pictures of any subject from a whole range of different angles. This is what’s needed to build up the virtual ‘depth’ and solidity in those plastic lenticular prints … one of which appeared on the front of the "Diableries" book.

The redoubtable Denis Pellerin has set up a video studio room in our small studio village … and has become an expert in lighting as well as 3-D imaging. While Jamie was working his magic on me with his home-made tracking camera, Denis was taking 3-D stills - which you can see here. Use a LITE OWL to get the best effect from them … I think you will enjoy. Our new LITE OWLS are now flying all around the world - I’m very proud ! So please let us supply you with one before the first batch are sold out. [LSC Store]

So ! Here we are making lenticular images … of me ! And various relevant artefacts.

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

The glass is half FULL, right ? It's a mind game. It worked a little. Made me smile.

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

 

Brian and Jamie's Meccano photo session

Cheers

Bri

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**Fri 14 Oct 16**
HURRICANE SYSTEM - FROM THE ISS
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Opportunity in this video from the ISS to make a stereo of a hurricane system. And see an awesome destructive work of Nature in 3-D.

Bri

Hurricane Nicole from ISS stereo

 


Space Station Cameras Capture New Views of Hurricane Nicole - https://youtu.be/KErMYvcPge4

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**Wed 05 Oct 16**
PRESS NIGHT - MURDER BALLAD
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TONITE ! Have a great Press Night Kerry and co. !!! Murder Ballad.

Bri

Murder Ballad poster

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**Tue 04 Oct 16**
RECIPE FOR SPELT LOAF
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My therapeutic bake ! Spelt ! Always evolving. Ah yes - I promised the recipe. [LATE NIGHT LOAFING] I will do it. How Rock n Roll is that ?!

My dairy-free, all-natural Spelt loaf !

Spelt Loaf setero

 

SPELT LOAF

I use a Morphy Richards FastBake machine.

The recipe is slightly adapted from one my daughter Louisa gave me, dairy-free, and using spelt rather than ordinary wheat flour, since wheat, being a highly evolved man-engineered seed, gives so many people allergy problems. And it tastes great !

I put these ingredients in this exact order straight into the pan in the Breadmaker. No stirring while the ingredients are being put in.

1 and a half cups Alpro Almond Milk – roasted unsweetened, cold from fridge.

(MEASURE THE HALF CUP FIRST, so the half cup line on the measuring jug is not obscured.)

1 teaspoon Demerara Brown Sugar

1 and ¼ teaspoons Salt

4 teaspoons Olive Oil

4 cups Organic Spelt Flour - spooned into the measuring cup with a tablespoon to avoid spillage.

1 and a half teaspoons fast acting Yeast (Doves Farm)

Crust control set to medium. Program 1 on Breadmaker - a 3-hour programme.

It’s worth buying a proper bread bin to keep the loaf in - being all-natural, with no preservatives, the loaf will dry out quickly otherwise. Throwing various seeds into the mix is also nice !

Good luck and let me know any improvements you make !!

Cheers

Bri

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**Tue 04 Oct 16**
TOKYO NIGHT 2 SELFIE VIDS !
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Tokyo Night 2 Selfie Vids ! [22 Sep 2016]

Tokyo night 2 selfie stereo still

Stereo: https://youtu.be/IdBXhiXW0uU

Mono: https://youtu.be/-jbu41xCPSU

Cheers all !

Bri

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**Mon 03 Oct 16**
GIFTS
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Creations courtesy of Péteri ! Brill !

Thanks !



Lego Bri ! Thanks Craig Callum !

Lego Bri

Bri

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**Sun 02 Oct 16**
CRUET COROLLARY !
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Cruet gift

A very happy ending !

Anyone remember a Cruet story ? [SEE HERE 'IN FLIGHT' 19 Sept] What a kind thought - and a great surprise - a present from Singapore Airlines !

THANK YOU ! Also thanks for looking after us so well in Asia. Can't wait to fly with you guys next time.

Bri

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**Sun 02 Oct 16**
HOME !!!
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Home - London roof


Home !!! A London sunset on my roof, with my pals the pigeons.

Words cannot describe how tired my body feels after the final 24 hours of air travel. But there is a feeling of satisfaction in a job well done.

Big thanks to everyone who made our tour rock.

Bri

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**Sat 01 Oct 16**
FAREWELL BANGKOK - AND THIS HAPPENED !
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Beautiful (young) Buddha in the Temple of Bells. I asked him for peace. Farewell Bangkok, a wonder of the world, and thank you for having us.

Young Buddah - Temple of Bells


I like Buddha. No ! Love him ! He honours all creatures. Today is the beginning of a 10 day Vegetarian Festival in Thailand. We need this in the UK ! Good for animals. Good for the planet. Good for our own health. Common sense.

Respect Buddah banner


The Thai people seem to have an understanding of beauty in architecture which has eluded us.

Bangkok architecture - stereo


More beauty than my tiny beleaguered brain can take in !

Bangkok - more beauty


Bangkok water travel ! Somehow it doesn't jar. Harmony prevails. But tranquil it isn't !

Bangkok water travel


And this happened !

Hong Kong Review
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Bri X

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