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OCTOBER 2017

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**Sun 22 Oct 17**
HEY ! VOTE TALIA DEAN
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Talia Dean

Hey ! Vote for Talia Dean in the X Factor Wildcard vote!

Voting closes at 1pm Tomorrow (Mon 23rd).

Download the app for 5 free votes.

Bri

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**Sat 14 Oct 17**
PHOTO
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Bri by Denis Pellerin

Photo by Denis Pellerin.

Bri

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**Thu 12 Oct 17**
GOOD MORNING FRANKFURT !!!
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Frankfurt rooftops

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.

Bri delivering presentation, Frankfurt

Photo by Denis Pellerin - www.londonstereo.com

 

Speaking about Das Buch ! (it's in German, here. Hurrah ! Toll !!!)

Brian being interviewed for Das Buch
Photo by Denis Pellerin

QUEEN IN 3-D - Heading for China in translation ! With the lovely Mina.

Bri and Mina from China

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 !

Bri and Juraj
Photo by Denis.
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Auf Wiedersehen, dear Frankfurt folks. Alles gut. Danke schön.

Auf Weidersehen Frankfurt

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I'm so proud. Anne Brummer and co - for Save-Me vaccinating badgers in a project which may change the world.

Anne Brummer vaccinating badgers

Bri X

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**Wed 11 Oct 17**
DID YOU EVER NOTICE ?
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Did you ever notice ? ONLY the Tory rags are available at Heathrow Terminal 5 !! Am I wrong to suspect dirty deals ? This country is still riddled with unfairness and corruption. Time we all woke up.

Tory rags at airport


OK ! A high speed unwrap specially for Heart Radio - happy to say my QUEEN in 3-D book is flying off the shelves fast ! Grab some early for Christmas pressies !


Brian May shows how to use the OWL - https://youtu.be/vKrATRRSBEU

Watch out ! She's our amazing 'Mary' in Bohemian Rhapsody The Movie. Lucy Boynton will rock you !

Lucy Boynton

Yep ! If you're 3-D obsessed, every moving vehicle is an opportunity for a quick sequential stereo !

Every moving object a 3D opportunity

Plunging thro' a sea of clouds ...


Brian May - plunging through a sea of clouds 11 Oct 2017
- https://youtu.be/_EqMZryG1bQ

Bri

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**Tue 10 Oct 17**
HA ! YES MR SINGER
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Ha ! Yes Mr. Singer ! And I might just show y'all the picture I took !

Bryan Singer tweet

OK ! As promised. The photo that Brian Singer took a picture of me taking !! OR IS IT ? Isn't that me around 1981 ?

Photo Bri took on set

Photo Bri took on set - stereo


But of course it was a 3-D picture. Grab your OWL, or free-view this ! Tell me you are not amazed !

Bri

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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.

Bri

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**Tue 10 Oct 17**
CHELTENHAM
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Gustav Holst

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 !!!

Bri sitting at Gustav Holst's piano

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.

Upstaged by an Owl, Cheltenham

Ever been upstaged by an OWL ? At the Cheltenham Book Extravaganza ! Photo by P. Webb Esq.

 

Bri at Cheltenham

THANKS folks for a great reception tonight at the #Cheltenham Literary Festival. And thanks @3dbyelisa for the pic.

Bri

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**Mon 09 Oct 17**
OUCH ! PAINFULLY EARLY TV !
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Ouch ! Painfully early TV !

Sky News

Thanks Sarah-Jane ! Nice job ! Thanks Sky - it's been a while ! 

Official photo


At Sky Sunrise !! With a heroic backdrop !!

Heroic backdrop


Backstage at SKY. Wow ! This place is vast and impressive. TV news must be an up and coming thing !

This place is vast

Bri

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**Sat 07 Oct 17**
BABY LADYBUG

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Anybody know anything about this little chap ? What is he ? Found him/her on a bunch of fallen Sycamore seeds. Sorry to scare you ! He's only about 4mm long. 


Baby Ladybug - https://youtu.be/fWVu9HZ5BXU

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

Baby ladybug in stereo

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 ?

Ladybug life cycle

Bri

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**Fri 06 Oct 17**
FLU JAB. DO IT ! - A GREAT TALK - WAAAAY TOO WEIRD !
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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 !!!

Don't risk flu

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This is waaaay too weird ! On set of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY the movie right now.

Anita and Gwilym

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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.

Denis Pellerin Coventry talk

Bri

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**Tue 03 Oct 17**
OUR PRAYERS ARE FOR YOU
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Respects to you Caleb. Our prayers are for you and your family, and that something good may come out of this awful tragedy.

Bri

Caleb Keeter tweet

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**Tue 03 Oct 17**
TOM PETTY R.I.P.
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Shocked and so sad at the passing

of Tom Petty.

R.I.P.

Bri

 

Tom Petty
Tom Petty performs at Wrigley Field on Thursday, June 29, 2017.
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**Tue 03 Oct 17**
TO ALL OUR DEAR FRIENDS IN VEGAS
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To all our dear friends in Vegas.

Bless ya

- thinking of you.

Bri

 

Pray for Vegas

Photo https://www.instagram.com/p/BZwjfk3jdzC/?hl=en&taken-by=queenadamlambert

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**Tue 03 Oct 17**
GOOD MORNING ! - WHAT ROCK STARS DO ON A DAY OFF !
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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 !

Devon morning

 

This is what rock stars do on a day off !

Bri in cowshed on Devon farm


till on that learning curve in Dairy farming. This is cow world on an October morning. 

Cows in shed

My pal ! This is BEFORE she ate my jacket !!!

Bri with cow before ate 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.



Happy Robot - https://youtu.be/8es4_P3_Gts

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. 

Happ robot feeding the cows

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.

Devon cowshed

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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.

Daily Mail - Hardcastle

Bri

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**Mon 02 Oct 17**
ON MY WAY TO THE WEST COUNTRY TODAY
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On my way to the West Country today - to help a dairy farmer smash TB in his herd. #tbfree - and, eventually, hopefully, save the lives of thousands of badgers.

Badger photo by Dan Belton

Photo by DAN BELTON - thanks Dan.

Bri

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**Sun 01 Oct 17**
UNWRAPPING FIRST EVER COPY GERMAN EDITION "QUEEN IN 3-D"
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Brian May unwrapping first ever copy German Edition "Queen in 3-D" - https://youtu.be/Ur44x6_b4a4

NOTE: The German edition releases 6 October 2017
ORDER LINK: https://www.prego-shop.de/earbooks-queen-in-3d
or via BUY THE BOOK PAGE https://www.queenin3-d.com/buy-the-book/

Hi Folks

Gutten Tag

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.

Okay, postscript...

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.

Bri showing open page Queen in 3-D

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.

So, don’t delay, und auf weidersehen.

We’ll see you soon.

Bri

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