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**Thu 12 Oct 17** GOOD MORNING FRANKFURT !!! Direct link
Good Morning Frankfurt !!! Old Frankfurt in the foreground. And, behind, a glimpse of "MeinHattan" ! This is what they call it here - a kind of Manhattan on the river Main ... and so to the Messe to deliver QUEEN IN 3-D.
Delivering the goods in THE GIANT Frankfurt Book FAIR.
Speaking about Das Buch ! (it's in German, here. Hurrah ! Toll !!!)
Photo by Denis Pellerin
QUEEN IN 3-D - Heading for China in translation ! With the lovely Mina.
Keeping a Czech on things ! Already in translation - ready for our QAL tour kick-off in Prague SOON !!! OK. Enough of this. I had a great day in Europe. It's just so damn embarrassing apologising for Brexit the whole time. What hopeless nonsense. I enjoy being an enlightened European. Long may it be so. By the way this is Juraj - heavy weight owner of Slovart - publishing our shiny boon in Czech Republic. Thanks Juraj !
Ha ! Yes Mr. Singer ! And I might just show y'all the picture I took !
OK ! As promised. The photo that Brian Singer took a picture of me taking !! OR IS IT ? Isn't that me around 1981 ?
But of course it was a 3-D picture. Grab your OWL, or free-view this ! Tell me you are not amazed !
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For hints on viewing 3-D photos please visit www.LondonStereo.com. I used my FujiFilm W1 digital 3-D camera for this shot. If things are moving you can't do the 'rockin' or 'cha-cha' method using the iPhone. I then edited the stereo in Photoshop on my laptop, and THEN sent it back to my iPhone to put on Instagram.
Visiting another hero - Gustav Holst. At the Holst Museum, Cheltenham. Very inspiring. How did this quiet unassuming teacher write one of the most stupendous pieces of music in history ? THE PLANETS !!!
Sitting at Holst's piano. No ! Not playing it ! I wouldn't dare touch it !!! This is the sitting room of his childhood and his portrait is on the wall. Inspiring. I'm going straight home tonight to play my old vinyl copy of THE PLANETS suite. Amazing. #holst Bri. Photo by Sara Bricusse.
Ever been upstaged by an OWL ? At the Cheltenham Book Extravaganza ! Photo by P. Webb Esq.
THANKS folks for a great reception tonight at the #Cheltenham Literary Festival. And thanks @3dbyelisa for the pic.
Wow ! Thanks @rvdbird ! A BABY LADYBUG it seems to be ! Cool ! I will take care of him. Glad there's no pesticides in my garden.
And in 3-D. Time spent with a new pal is never wasted ! Apologies for imperfect alignment. Will fix when I have my laptop to hand. So this is a ladybug larva ! Or 'ladybird' if you're British. Thanks @rvdbird
So this what I learned today. Thank you EnchantedLearning.com - what enchantments Nature holds ! And how easy is it for us clumsy humans to destroy such wonders. Every creature is precious. Not just every species. Every being. When will we wake up to a realisation of what is REALLY important in this life ?
**Fri 06 Oct 17** FLU JAB. DO IT ! - A GREAT TALK - WAAAAY TOO WEIRD ! Direct link
Flu jab. Do it ! Pneumonia jab. Do it ! Yeeeow !! I'm kidding - it didn't hurt. I figure an awful lot of people are depending on me to be fit for the job in the next few months. So now hopefully I'm less likely to succumb. Plus I'm improving herd immunity - our entire touring party (about 100 good folk) needs to stay healthy all around Europe (which includes Britain of course). Right ! Back to the training regime ! But today I'm at the BR film set, watching other people work !!!
This is waaaay too weird ! On set of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY the movie right now.
Stereoscopists !! LOOK ! This will be a great talk. Denis has unlocked some well-kept secrets from the very birth of Photography and Stereoscopy. Not to be missed if you are within reach of Coventry.
**Tue 03 Oct 17** GOOD MORNING ! - WHAT ROCK STARS DO ON A DAY OFF ! Direct link
Good Morning !
What a treat to see the Sun rise in one of my favourite places. Lovely Sidmouth in Devon. On the trail of bTB !
This is what rock stars do on a day off !
till on that learning curve in Dairy farming. This is cow world on an October morning.
My pal ! This is BEFORE she ate my jacket !!!
The Happy Robot ? Part of learning to understand the needs of farmers is abandoning preconceptions. My first reaction to the idea of robots feeding cows was not joyful. But these cows seem to enjoy the attentions of this small robot that refreshes the feed and delivers it to their door. I guess it's not much different from us sitting in Yo-Sushi waiting for our food to arrive on a moving belt.
This is the follow up. Looking behind the robot to where it's been we see the effect it's had. The philosophy here is that a well-fed, well cared for animal is a happy animal with an immune system strong enough to stay healthy. I don't like the fact that we farm animals as commodities. But since it's a fact of life for the time being, I'm proud to be part of an initiative to fight the diseases that cause suffering to farm animals and their keepers. If this scheme works, coupling enhanced TB testing of cattle and vaccination of badgers, none of the arguments will matter any more. Every farmer will want this solution to their problems. Pursuing the goal of a #TBfreeBritain. And an end to the tragic slaughter of our wildlife.
Well, I could have stayed home today, cosy and warm. But out there with the silage and the slurry, I found a lot to ponder. I'll just leave you guys to ponder how you feel about the world being this way.
Just for the record - I didn't. It's just the usual time-wasting BS from the scurrilous Daily Fail. For Heaven's sake, guys, try to find something useful to do.
I'm just taking a moment to open this book because it's something very special. It's Queen in 3-D, my own stereoscopic book containing lots of historical photographs which I’ve taken and various people have taken during the whole 50-year period of the career of Queen, our band, but this one is very special because this one is different because when you open it you'll see the slipcase and you then remove the book along with your complementary OWL, which is in here - your stereoscope. You will find that this book, diese Buch ist auf Deutsch.
So this is a big thrill for me. I’ve never seen this book before and having worked for quite a few years on the original, it’s a real thrill to now see the translated version.
This is completely in German and I think will make perfect sense. I hope so, because my German is being a little schlect, as you probably know, but this is it Queen in 3-D is now in German and I hope you will enjoy it because it’s very special for Queen in Germany. As you probably know, we have a long, wonderful relationship with Germany, and we hope it will continue into the future.
We’ll be seeing you soon because we’ll be playing Munich very soon, but here we are. Here is Queen in 3-D and lots of pictures of Queen on stage, but also offstage and in cars and planes and trains and generally journeying on our way since the very early days with Freddie and right up to the present day with Adam Lambert. And you will see this, if there are any Adam Lambert fans out there.They're in here too.
I just want to check that you know, how to use this thing, 'cos this is the real joy. This is a great book to enjoy pictures in. See a nice picture of Freddie here taking a picture of me.
but the great thing about this book is that it’s 3-D and so you can enjoy the pictures in a much more realistic, a much more immersive way than if it’s just a flat picture on the page and for that you'll need your OWL and an OWL is included and we have a fantastic 1986 Freddie Mercury jacket Wembley Stadium OWL viewer and basically you just have to spend about half a minute assembling it, which means you fold this up here and clip it together like that, and here like that and you’re ready... there we go. You hold the viewer here and you can focus it with your thumbs like this and this is a high class stereoscopic viewer. It might look like a piece of plastic, but it’s a very good viewer to bring these pictures to life. Here’s the mono picture, but here is the stereo picture and what you do is position your viewer over the top like this, your OWL, and then you can focus and if you get enough light on it, suddenly you will see this thing in glorious, realistic 3-D and it’s just really as if Freddie is right there looking at me.
I love this stuff and all through our career I was taking pictures in 3-D and you can now see them in this book.