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SEPTEMBER 2016

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**Wed 14 Sep 16**
PETITION: END BADGER CULL
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Keep chipping away at this heartless nonsense

Petition: End the badger cull instead of expanding to new areas - HERE

Bri

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**Wed 14 Sep 16**
SLOWLY ROASTING ... !
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Nice pic of me slowly roasting ... !

Bri

Bri roasting
Tel Aviv

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**Tue 13 Sep 16**
ARRIVAL AT LONDON HEATHROW
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Arrival at London Heathrow - the fabulous Terminal 5 - designed with the convenience of passengers at number 85 in the list of priorities. It's a giant, appallingly badly designed shopping mall.

Heathrow carpark

Bri

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**Mon 12 Sep 16**
THANKS TEL AVIV !!!
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Brian doing selfie sweep

Thanks Tel Aviv !!!

Taylor, Lambert and May backstage tonight at meet and greet ! It was quite a night ! Shalom !

Backstage Tel Aviv Meet and Greet

 

Thank you Tel Aviv. A great and memorable night. I look cooler than I felt ! Ha ha !

Brian - Tel Aviv

 

Bri and Adam Lambert, Tel Aviv - braving the heat.

Adam and Bri Tel Aviv

Much love

Bri

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**Mon 12 Sep 16**
ISRAEL IS HOT !
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Herzliya at sunset. Israel is HOT !

Herzilya at sunset


Berzelius by day. The Beach ! I think I may melt. Sound-check, anyone ? Israel is beyond HOT !

Berzelius beach


Hello Israel ! Let's Rock some !

Selfie and beach


Tel Aviv ! Park Hayarkon. View from tonight's stage. Before ! All set. All systems go.

Park Hayarkon

 

Ready to rock in Tel Aviv !!! Happy to be here after all these years. Hot hot hot !!!

Panorama
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It's kinda nice to actually KNOW I'm in a foreign country - a separate world - that hasn't been culturally obliterated by English/Americanism. No amount of guesswork will tell me what this means !!

Direction sign

Yep. Something tells me we're definitely not in Kansas any more.

Air conditioning notice

Bri

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**Sun 11 Sep 16**
GOOD MORNING AIRPORT !
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Morning airport


Here's something you don't see often - a morning picture from Bri !

Good Morning airport ! Good morning World ! Tel Aviv here we come !!!

[Later...]

Tel Aviv from air - stereo


Hello Israel ! Beautiful view ! Let's Rock !

Bri

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**Fri 09 Sep 16**
IN RUNNING FOR TV AD OF THE YEAR

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In the running for TV ad of the year ! and yes - I DID approve it !

Flash dog ad

FLASH AH-AH DOG AD - https://youtu.be/BIR5dNN7o1w

Bri

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**Wed 07 Sep 07 Sep 16**
PROUD TO PRESENT PAUL O'GRADY - ANIMAL HERO AWARDS
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Proud to present the great man PAUL O' GRADY with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Animal Welfare tonight at the Animal Hero awards.

Bri and Paul O'Grady


Thrilled to support this lady. Hi Alesha Dixon.

Bri and Alisha Dixon

 

The lovely Amanda Holden doing a great job of presenting the Animal Hero Awards.

Amanda Holden

Bri

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**Tue 06 Sep 16**
TRIUMPH FOR ANITA
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Bri and Madam Morrible
Bri and Madam Morrible (Anita Dobson)

Last night - a triumph for Anita as the new Morrible in Wicked in the Apollo Theatre.

Bri

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**Tue 06 Sep 16**
SO ! BACK TO THE DAY JOB !
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So ! Back to the day job ! Rehearsal time ! It's all glamour ! Anyone for QAL in Asia ? !

LH2 Studios
LH2 Studios

Ah !!! The glamour is inside ! Hopefully the ol' magic still works !!!

LH2 Studios interior
Interior

From the back line to the front.

Rehearsal - back line to the front

 

LITE OWL AT QAL rehearsals. My essential side of stage kit.

Essential kit

Self explanatory.

 

LITE OWL and VOX amp

 

Bri in rehearsal (intensive!) mode at LH2 - pic by Pete.

Bri by Pete

 

Bri

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**Mon 05 Sep 16**
MADAM MORRIBLE
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[Brian attended Anita Dobson's first night as part of the Wicked West End cast Monday 5 Sept 2016...]

The new Madam Morrible is ready to rock.

Anita Dobson as Madam Morrible
Anita Dobson

Bri

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**Mon 05 /Sep 16**
HOW FABULOUS IS THIS ?
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Hedgehog by Marie-Violet Yovkina
Hedgehog by Marie-Violet Yovkina

How fabulous is this ? Sometimes talent just reaches out and hits you. This is a drawing sent by a girl in Bulgaria for our Amazing Grace the Hedgehog competition.

She's called Marie-Violet Yovkina.

THANKS !! Beautiful ! I had to share.

Bri

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**Mon 05 Sep 16**
SKY NEWS FACEBOOK CHAT

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[Brian took part in a Web Chat this lunchtime for Sky News Facebook]

If you missed our live Facebook chat [5 Sep 2016]please go to the Sky News Facebook page

www.facebook.com/skynews/videos

Brian May and Gemma Morris
With Gemma Morris at Sky News

Gemma Morris in stereo

Bri at Sky News

Bri and Gemma Morris

Bri

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**Mon 05 Sep 16**
LATE NIGHT LOAFING
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Haven't baked bread for a while. It's therapeutic ! Spelt loaf. OK This is me being proud of myself. Let's see how it tastes !

15th Loaf stereo

My 15th loaf. Proud !!!

15th Loaf

Late night loafing. Oooh ! Toast ! Wish I could share ! Well, you know, really share ...

Thanks guys. I WILL share the recipe. It's non-dairy and, while not exactly gluten free, we find that organic spelt doesn't create the gut problems that wheat does. It's an ancient strain that hasn't been hybridised to increase yield and profit. I've been adjusting this recipe for a while and now it seems to be about right. I'll out the recipe up on Bri's Soapbox - at www.brianmay.com. Along with all my rants !!!

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**Sun 04 Sep 16**
THE ODEON CINEMA - AND - FREDDIE 7OTH

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Odeon Cinema

Another scandalous disgraceful decision by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Odeon Cinema is to be sneakily demolished on Monday in spite of a petition to save it with 27,000 signatures on it.

Join the last ditch protest tomorrow Sunday at 2pm outside the Odeon

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As Freddie's 70th draws near, love this photo by Denis Pellerin.

Freddie Mercury statue - Montreux

Bri

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**Sun 04 Sep 16**
ASTEROID FREDDIEMERCURY 17473 - HONOURING FREDDIE’S 70TH BIRTHDAY
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I’m happy to be able to announce that the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center has today designated Asteroid 17473, discovered 1991, in Freddie’s name, timed to honour his 70th Birthday.  Henceforth this object will be known as Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury.  Published in the September 4th announcements of the Minor Planet Center, operating out of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory), this announcement is to recognise Freddie’s outstanding influence in the world.

I’m grateful to my dear friend Joel Parker of the Southwest Research Institute (active in the recent groundbreaking NASA Pluto mission and ESA’s Rosetta mission), for working on this idea, and making this happen.

Where is Freddie’s Asteroid ?  It’s in the main Asteroid Belt, out between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and is about 3 and a half km across.  It has an albedo of about 0.3 – which means it only reflects about 30 per cent of the light that falls on it; like many asteroids, it’s a dark object – rather like a cinder in space.  Viewed from the Earth it is more than 10,000 times fainter than you can see by eye, so you need a fair-sized telescope to see it … and that’s why it wasn’t discovered until 1991.

We have a nice certificate of ‘adoption’ issued by the International Astronomical Union and the Minor Planet Center, which says:

This name is in honor of Freddie Mercury, with the following citation:

Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara, 1946-1991) was a British songwriter, and the lead singer for the legendary rock group Queen.  His distinctive sound and large vocal range were hallmarks of his performance style, and he is regarded as one of the greatest rock singers of all time.


Thanks to Marc Buie who provided the contact to the observer, and Brian Skiff from Lowell Observatory.

Special thanks to Gareth Williams at the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center.

And so - for its first appearance in public … Asteroid Freddiemercury !

Happy Birthday Freddie ! 

Bri

See Brian’s video message here:


Brian May announces Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury 04/09/2016
- https://youtu.be/EAeGv7DE5OM

FM Asteroid Certificate
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FM Certificate - Classification
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Orbit 1948
Orbit 1947

Orbit 2016
Orbit 2016


Asteroid17473gif
Animation

Footnote:

In issuing the Certificate of Designation, Joel Parker of the Southwest Research Institute said:

“Singer Freddie Mercury sang, ‘I'm a shooting star leaping through the sky’ - and now that is even more true than ever before.  Today in celebration of his 70th birthday, an asteroid has been named Freddiemercury in honor of the charismatic singer for the band Queen.

Asteroid names are governed by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and published by the Minor Planet Center.  When an asteroid is initially discovered it is given a ‘provisional designation’ until enough measurements have been made that its orbit is accurately determined.  At that point, it is given a number and is eligible to get a name as well.  In this case, the asteroid in question was discovered in 1991 and was given the provisional designation ‘1991 FM3’.  It has been observed and its position and orbit measured over 1,100 times, and it was given the number 17473.

When a proposal to name an asteroid after Freddie Mercury was received by the Minor Planet Center, the IAU group selected this asteroid partly due to the ‘FM’ in the designation. 

The name approved by the IAU is the formal and official name forever to be associated with this asteroid; so, any scientific papers in the future that study this asteroid will refer to it as ‘17473 Freddiemercury’.

But even if you can't see Freddiemercury leaping through the sky, you can be sure he's there – ‘floating around in ecstasy’, as he might sing - for millennia to come.”

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**Sun 04 Sep 16**
'MY' ASTEROID !
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Photo of Asteroid Brianmay taken by the Virtual Telescope Project - our Italian partners in Asteroid Day. Hurrah ! And watch for more news very soon !!!

These people, under the direction of Dr Gianluca Masi

www.virtualtelescope.eu/2016/09/03/asteroid-52665-brianmay-image-2-sept-2016/

have kindly photographed 'my' asteroid ! They did it remotely as part of the Virtual Telescope Project. And it's a lovely write-up . Thank you so much Dr Masi - Bri

Can you spot the asteroid ? You might need to read the article to figure it out ! It's the white dot that is NOT elongated.

Asteroid Brian May

 

And watch out for further exciting developments - TONIGHT, even !

Love

Bri X

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**Fri 02 Sep 16**
SPEECH - FREDDIE MERCURY BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILING
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Bri giving speech

Speechifying today [1 Sept) at the Freddie Mercury Blue Plaque ceremony in Feltham.

BRIAN MAY:

I feel very honoured. Thank you Peter. Thank you to English Heritage for making this happen. I could say it’s Peter’s idea, but I know he steered this through. Thank you all for being here.

Now this is very strange for me you know. It’s about 50 years ago that I met Freddie and I came here to meet his Mum and Dad and hang out with him, and the last thing on Earth that we, we would have thought would have been that I would be here at this point commemorating of a blue plaque to my friend’s memory.

It’s a very happy occasion, you know, but with a tinge of sadness because he should be here - should still be around creating.

It’s very strange. We met Freddie first of all, Roger and I, because he was one the best friends of our singer in a group called “Smile”, and we met him at Ealing Tech where Freddie was studying Graphic Design. He spent all his time drawing pictures of Jimi Hendrix and a few other people and I came here and I distinctly remember walking in the gate and going into his little living room where he had a record player. It was a Dansette record player and autochanger and the vinyl records that were used on it were quite magical, and I think there’s a nice resurgence of vinyl going on at the moment for good reason - but I distinctly remember him putting the record on and it was a Jimi Hendrix record. I think it was “Axis Bold As Love”, and he goes, “Brian, Brian, Brian, listen, listen, listen”, and I goes “Yes, Jimi Hendrix, love Jimi Hendrix, he’s magic”, you know. And he goes, “No, no, no, listen what they do, what they do in the production. See, this guitar comes round here, and you come round to the other speaker, it comes out here. They’re panning it around, they’re moving around. This is the kind of thing we have to do, you know. This is what we gotta do”. And I thought “What?” He says “Yes, yes, we’re gonna be a group”.

And at that time I thought, “Well, can you sing”, you know, ‘cos we had no idea. We’d seen Freddie in the very very early stages where he ran around a lot and was a big exclamatory star, but he didn’t do much singing. He did a lot of wonderful posing around and some rather kind of excited kind of shouty kind of singing, but you couldn’t quite imagine that this person was gonna become the wonderful, glittering and superbly controlled performer that Freddie became.

The rest of the story you all know, as boys us, Freddie, myself, Roger and John conquered the world in a way that was way beyond even my wildest dreams and we became woven into people’s lives, which is why we’re all here today and sometimes I get up in the morning and think how did that happen?

What I haven’t said was I’m a Feltham boy too. Freddie and I were both local boys and I live about 300 yards down that way and as kids we both grew up here but we didn’t know each other. We didn’t know until that moment when we were introduced by Tim, our singer, at Ealing Tech. Ao we were neighbours and didn’t know it.

What I remember of Freddie is hard to sum up in a few words, but I remember a very shy boy in the beginning. He was kind of embarrassed that he was still living with his Mum at the time I met him, ‘cos we were also big boys at College and in digs or whatever, so he would spend a lot of his time just sleeping on people’s floors ‘cos he wanted to feel like he’d broken away. He had an extraordinary talent from the beginning, you know. I sort of you know, I’ve been kind of funny about it, but he had this amazing capacity, from the off, of going onto a stage and engaging people - making people feel that they had a contact - making people excited. And so when the time came where we made that decision to form the group together, we knew that he was something very special and he’s the kind of person who made people feel that they could do it too. That’s the way that I feel about Freddie.

Every guy or girl at the back of Wembley Stadium when we played there in 1986 felt that he represented them and their dreams and he represented the fact that we can all do what we dream if we actually dedicate ourselves to it. Freddie was one million percent dedicated to his art. He loved music. He loved creating himself as a musician and he engaged the whole world, I think.

I’m so happy that we have this plaque and I’m going to introduce you now to his wonderful sister, Kashmira.

KASHMIRA COOKE: Hello everybody. I’m just going to keep it short. I’m just very happy and proud to be here today and to unveil this blue plaque for my brother, Freddie.

< Unveiling and applauds and cheering.>

FROM CROWD: Three cheers for Freddie. Hip Hip, Horray, Hip Hip, Horray, Hip Hip, Horray.

Bri


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**Thu 01 Sep 16**
FREDDIE'S BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILING CEREMONY
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It was a pleasant duty to share a tiny stage with the lovely Kashmira - Freddie's sister today. We unveiled a blue plaque now affixed to the wall of the house Freddie lived in as a boy. We were both Feltham boys, but we never met until college days when Freddie was studying Graphic Design at Ealing Tech.

But here is where we first shared our excitement over our rock heroes. Rock on Freddie !

Bri

Unveiling throng

A happy little throng at the Blue Plaque unveiling in Feltham today.
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Bri, Kash and group
(l. to r.) Karen Bradley Secretary of State for culture, media and sport (Cons MP for staff
offshore Moorlands) | Kashmira Cooke (Freddie's sister) | Brian May | Sam Cooke (Kash's son)
| Sir Peter Bazalgette – Member of the Blue Plaques Panel and Itv Chairman

Moment of unveiling

The moment of unveiling ! Me and Freddie's sister Kashmira. The deed is done !


Bri and Kash in garden of Freddie's house
A special day in fabulous Feltham !
In Freddie's garden. With Kashmira - Freddie's lovely sister.
It's a Blue Plaque day - who would have thought.

Kash with photo album

Living room photo

Press and onlookers
View from Freddie's window.

Bri pointing to plaque


Bri and Kash at Window

Brian at window - Freddie's House

Blue plaque on wall - close up
Freddie remembered.

Bri

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**Thu 01 Sep 16**
BADGER PETITION
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Please sign.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/165672

Bri

Badger

Greens4Animals wrote:

Not long before badgers petition goes through 20,000 mark.

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