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SEPTEMBER 2016

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**Tue 27 Sep 16**
SHANGHAI - PICTURES AFTER THE EVENT
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Wow ! ... Biiiiiig flying saucer ! Mercedes Arena Shanghai. Well, it's an honour and a privilege. I hope I do it justice.

Flying saucer


Life is a Hall of Mirrors...

Shanghai Hall of Mirrors

I think the beauties of Shanghai passed me by. I got lost in a dark quagmire, trying to control uncontrollable emotions. But it does have a shocking beauty - and the show was magical.

Shanghai beauties

From a boat ! Shanghai Sunset cruise.

Sunset cruise


View of the 'Bottle Opener' building from the observation platform of the huge new Shanghai Tower. My Internet gave all kinds of problems while I was here. Mostly forget it! So all these pictures are after the event.

Shanghai Bottle Opener Building

 

Thank you Shanghai Folks !

Shanghai - end of B stage - selfie moment


THANKS to all you Shanghai pals. And ... Thanks Bunny !

Shanghai - Mercedes-Benz Arena by Bunnylivia - Instagram

Bri

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**Mon 26 Sep 16**
THANK YOU SHANGHAI !
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Thank you Shanghai ! We were thrilled at your reaction in the Mercedes-Benz Arena !

Love
Bri

Shanghai

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**Mon 26 Sep 16**
ABOUT THE LITE OWL
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Hi Folks

I’m gonna nd talk to you about the Lite OWL [link to buy] and how you need one always on your person. That’s in a pocket.

Lite Owl

What do we always carry with us. Well I think these days we’re all hooked. Every one of us has a mobile phone in our pocket.

Lite Owl

If you can fit that in your pocket, you can fit one of these.

Lite Owl

It’s a Lite Owl.

It’s conveniently more or less the same size as your phone, and it goes very well with it, which is convenient because this is what you need to convert your phone into a stereoscopic window on the world.

Lite Owl

Now we’ve seen that this is the deluxe version - you can attach your camera to this - and you have the full VR experience, but you can get very close to it with this one little viewer here, which can be in your pocket at all times.

Lite Owl

It’s the Lite OWL and comes in its own protective envelope with instructions and this is all you need.

Lite Owl

I'm gonna show you what you can do in an instant to capture your friends which I think is one of the great bits of fun you can add with this piece of apparatus. I’m gonna show you just how easy it is to take stereoscopic 3D pictures of your friends or landscapes, or anything you like, and immediately share them with the people around you, in 3D. All you need is a mobile phone and a Lite OWL.

Lite Owl

Okay, here we go.

Lite Owl

There's a little App, which you can buy called “3D Camera” for iPhones, or if you’ve got an Android is gonna be “3D Stereoid”.

Get your little app, go in there and it’s gonna help you take a 3D picture and it’s not gonna take long. I’m pressing 'Continue' here. It says 'Left Image' so I’m gonna aim it at the person who’s taking pictures of me at the moment. I’m gonna take my left-hand image - snap.

Lite Owl

I’m then gonna move just about two-and-a-half inches to the right and do the same thing again - snap.

Lite Owl

I’ve now captured two images of this man who’s filming me, who's Denis Pellerin.

Lite Owl

Now what this thing will do, it helps you to line 'em up. Supposing they’re not very well lined up? You can see perhaps here you can move the images around until they line up just nice, then press this 'side-by-side' button and you’re done. This is a side-by-side stereoscopic image, in my case, of Denis.

Lite Owl

All you need to view it is your Lite OWL. Here we go and it’s in complete stereo. He hasn’t moved. You tell your friends not to move too much while you're doing this. Just say, "Freeze", okay, and you do left and then right, press the button and it’s really a beautiful 3D image."

Lite Owl

I would love to be able to show you it in 3D but unfortunately in this medium we can’t. If you have an OWL and you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you can do it yourself so quickly.

Enjoy.

Bri


Brian introduces the Lite Owl - https://youtu.be/BcCJJvPqPFM

Link here to Order a LITE OWL: http://www.londonstereo.com/vr-kit.html

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**Sun 25 Sep 16**
SHANGHAI TOWER(S)
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Shanghai Tower(s) - looking up, as I like to.

Bri

Shanghai Tower(s)
World's 2nd tallest building

Shanghai Tower(s)

[More photos Shanghai Tower visit]

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**Sat 24 Sep 16**
HELLO SHANGHAI !!! WEATHER'S NICE !
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Hello Shanghai !!! Weather's nice !

Shanghai journey

 

After a seemingly endless drive ... Shanghai Cityscape at sunset.

Shanghai journey



Wow ! Shanghai Night. A new world to me.

Shanghai view



Worth travelling a long way for this view of Shanghai ! Big Wow !


Time to stop broadcasting and try to remember how to just ... live, for a moment.

Cheers all
Bri

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**Fri 23 Sep 16**
CHRIS PACKHAM VINDICATED - AND - BRITISH JUDICIARY CLEAN ?
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Chris Packham

 

Chris Packham vindicated - as he must be ... one of Britain's bravest compassionate voices.

Bri

THE GUARDIAN
Chris Packham cleared by BBC Trust over Countryside Alliance 'bias' claim
23 September 2016
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So do we still think the British judiciary is clean ?!

Bri

AngelsForTheInnocent wrote:

A huntsman accused of trampling a hunt sab leaving her with terrible injuries cleared by jury: NWHSA.wordpress.com
ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL DECISION FROM THE COURT

Hunt sab injured

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**Fri 23 Sep 16**
SAYONARA TOKYO
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Traumatised in Tokyo. Time to Rock

Time to rock

 

Sayonara Tokyo. Thanks for loving us so much.

Sayonara Budokan 23 Sept 2016

Aishtemas.

Bri

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**Fri 23 Sep 16**
DOLPHIN PROJECT
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So this is what I was doing tonight apart from sharing love and Rock and Roll in Tokyo's fabulous Budokan.

I was interviewed by AP's journalist of conscience, Yuri Kageyama, in support of the Dolphin Project, to end the tragic slaughter of Dolphins in Taiji.

Brian speaking on behalf of dolphins


Of course this is not in any way someone from outside, criticising Japan.
Those who know me know that these days I spend a large part of my life campaigning against cruelty to animals - and attempting to be a voice for wild animals in particular. In the UK we still have a government that is trying to bring back blood sports - fox hunting, hare coursing, etc, and is currently slaughtering badgers in an already demonstrably failing attempt to solve a farming problem.

In Japan, in TAIJI, a tragedy regularly happens. Whole families of dolphins are herded into a cove where they are butchered, tortured, and some brutally torn away to become attractions in marine parks.

Fox hunting is the shame of Britain. Bull fighting is the shame of Spain. And TAIJI is the shame of Japan. Civilised decent compassionate people call for an end to these shameful abuses. NOW.

For clip see APArchive.com

Bri

TRANSCRIPT OF BRIAN'S COMMENTS:

Tokyo, 23 September 2016

BRIAN MAY:

"I think the problem is the Japanese people - I know Japanese people, so many - they are decent, they're kind, they're compassionate, but they don't know that this is going on. They don't realize that this is still going on in their own country. So I'm just here to lend my voice to those in Japan who are saying, 'Look, this cannot happen anymore. We cannot do this to our fellow creatures.' These are mammals, highly intelligent, sensitive creatures bringing up their children like we do and they are being slaughtered and tortured in your country. It must stop.

"This only started around the 1950's. It's not a traditional Japanese sport. It's not a traditional Japanese need for food either. And it's been shown that eating dolphins are bad for you because they have such high mercury content. So it's dangerous for human beings to be eating dolphins, but it's also morally wrong. It's indefensible.

"I don't like that connection. There are good people in every country and there are great people in Japan who have exactly the same feelings as I do. This is not about countries. It's about a section of humanity that doesn't yet to understand that animals have feelings too and animals are as important as humans."

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**Fri 23 Sep 16**
SELFIE STICK VIDEOS - TAIPEI
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Bri's Selfie Video from Taipei !!!! Mono version:



Selfie Stick Video |3D| Taipei, Taiwan [September 19, 2016]
- https://youtu.be/fVws3nMHa1A

Stereo:



STEREO video: https://youtu.be/pmK49N2CHPg

STILLS: Click images for larger detail

Taiwan selfie sweep

Taiwan selfie sweep

Taiwan selfie sweep

Bri

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**Thu 22 Sep 16**
DAY 2 NIHON BUDOKAN
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Day 2 Nihon Budokan. Let's go !

Tokyo Sound Check night 2 22092016
Sound check Tokyo Night 2 - 22 Sept 2016

 

Ha ha ! But inside ... "Bugger ! What do I do now ?!" It's that wonderful string broken moment.

Tokyo Night 2 - broken string


Tonight I was a comet - a fleeting visitor in the sky (although 'comet' originally means 'hairy star' - ha ha !!! Thank you Tokyo Minassan. You gave us so much love - It was a blast !

Tokyo Night 2 - comet blue

 

THANK YOU Tokyo for a second night of love and madness.

Tokyo Night 2 - Red Comet

 

Photo by Pete Malandrone from behind tonight in the Budokan, Tokyo. It was 'Teo Torriatte' - thank you Tokyo Folks for the most beautiful singing of this song - EVER ! My vocals are not expert (where's Kerry ?!) - but you guys are great !

 

Thank you for this lovely thing ! Japanese 3-D paper sculpture. @yuriyuri08no1

Japanese paper sculpture - stereo


Momiji - Autumn Leaves.

Paper sculpture - autumn leaves

 

Amusing to play with 'maps' iPhone app. Nippon Budokan ! Hai ! I use the 3D Camera app to take sequential stereos on my iPhone. For Android there is 3DSteroid. It's very easy ! If you get an OWL VR kit or a LITE OWL, there are lots of instructions and tips. I'm vary happy to share this stuff with so many people now - a whole new generation of stereo photographers ! Cool !

Bri

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**Wed 21 Sep 16**
BRI IN SPACE !
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Thanks @metal0925burn for these great pictures from tonight's show in Tokyo.

Story to tell, here.

Usually the laser effect at this moment in the show is a shower of beams from all around me in the 'oculus' rig, fanning out, just missing the heads of the folks in the audience - so it looks pretty cosmic from the front. However, the Tokyo Budokan Arena is configured a bit like the Albert Hall. From the stage there are people in almost every direction, and way up high, so it would be too dangerous to aim those lasers out in the usual way.

For this reason, tonight, our lighting guys ingeniously made all the laser beams converge on one safe point up in the rafters of the hall.

I don't know quite how it looked from out front, but from where I was standing, up in the middle of the oculus, suspended in space, I looked up after my 'Whale and Dolphin' interlude and suddenly I was transported into a VERY cosmic place. The converging beams in front of me gave the effect of me being in an infinite black tunnel in space, and the movement of the smoke made it feel as if I was being hurled into it! I was so awestruck I nearly stopped playing - well, I think I did pause for a moment - I wanted to savour the moment. And transmit it. I thought "This is an amazing moment - better enjoy it !" I just wanted you guys to be up there, and experience it with me!

Thanks for a great appreciative reception tonight, dear Japanese pals. We are old friends now. Kampai !!!

Bri

Tokyo - 21 Sep 2016

Tokyo 21 Sep 2016

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**Wed 21 Sep 16**
ONE OF MY FAVOURITE VIEWS
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Tokyo garden view

One of my favourite views in the world ... Happy to see it in the morning light.

Great to be in this beautiful place again ... I'll take this picture home with me to bring me peace when I feel at war !

Bri

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**Tue 20 Sep 16**
ADAM ON STAGE IN TAIPEI
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Adam on stage last night in Taipei. But you should see him when he dresses up !!!

Bri


Photo by Becky Maunders

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**Tue 20 Sep 16**
FLIGHT TAIPEI TO TOKYO
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Through clear skies over balmy area of Okinawa.

Over Okinawa

Into turbulent weather approaching Japan where Typhoon Juroku (number 16!) currently rages.

Approaching Japan

 

Here are we're looking towards the eye, but from a safe distance of about 100 miles away. Our pilot says we are in the 'tail'.

39,000 still dark clouds

Now a little closer - at 39,000 feet we are still in dark cloud.

 

Approaching Tokyo between cloud layers (a little enhanced with Snapseed!).

Approaching Tokyo between cloud layers

The typhoon is to our left.

 

Flight map

Tokyo arrival in the rain

And arrival in Tokyo in torrential rain. Thank God we play indoors this time ! Hope our Japanese friends will be safe as the hurricane passes.

We're all very UP about returning to the venerable Budokan in Tokyo. Ready to party ! Konnichiwa !! Totemo ureshi desu !!! (Happiness !)

Bri

Tokyo - aircraft in rain

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**Mon 19 Sep 16**
LOOK UP ! TAIPEI TOWER 101 - AND - TEABAG FISH
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LOOK UP ! The sequential stereo tourist ! Taipei Tower 101. Let's go up ! Yep - 101 floors - the 5th tallest building in the world!

Taipei - 5th tallest building

From Taipei 101 - use an OWL to view this ! Or free view !

View from Taipei 101 tower

Yay ! I do love a tower ! Had to squeeze this one in ! What a design ! Taipei 101 !!!

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A new friend ... A totally tempting teabag fish from Taipei !

Thank you Rosa Wong !

 

Teabag fish

Bri X

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**Mon 19 Sep 16**
THE OWL VR KIT - PT 2
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Here's your OWL VR Kit - here's your mobile phone

So here’s your OWL VR Kit. Here’s your mobile phone. The two go together. They snap together very easily and you’re in business for 3-D stereoscopy or virtual reality.

I should just mention it’s very easy to make a file, an album, of stereoscopic pictures in your phone, so you can have them all ready to go and just nip into anything you like. I’ve got some astro ones here, some Queen ones, and you’re not limited to stills of course. There are lots of 3-D movies on the internet in the side-by-side format.

We’re about to release “VR The Champions”, which is an amazing capture of the concert we did in Barcelona a few months ago. For the first time we flew a VR kit rig above the audience on wires, and its a continuous movement, so once you put this movie in your phone and start to view it, you’re gonna feel like you’re suspended above the audience in some kind of spaceship, moving around. It also takes you onto the stage. So this is something new and very experimental and something I think’s gonna excite a lot of people.

We also have the Google ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Experience, which I think is pretty amazing. It’s complete animation, and again it’s 360 so you can look all round you so you and see strange and magical things happen.

I also made a stereoscopic film for Starmus recently, which is an astro trip through the Solar System all in 3-D, and it’s not virtual reality. This is the kind of thing where you look in one direction, and whichever direction you look you have your prime image, so slightly different. But all of this magic is available once you have your OWL VR kit.


Brian introduces the Owl VR Kit - Pt 2
- https://youtu.be/OvNKSdO8y4w

Yes, there’s lots of other kits. There’s loads and loads of virtual reality pieces of kit and they’re all quite good. You got Google Cardboard of course, which has done very well, and there’s plenty of other sort of immersive experience viewers. This one isn’t so immersive in a sense, because your focal length is longer. You also have light coming in, so you’re still aware of your surroundings even though you’re in a virtual world. And, of course, what this offers is that you can focus. So many of these viewers you can’t really focus. You also become very much less aware of the pixels on the screen with this viewer, because of the longer focal length.

The final advantage of this is that you can get to your phone at any time. You can get to all the controls, volume control, all the motion accoutrements that you need to get to, all the starts and stops of the programmes. You’re not feeling trying to get inside some kind of enclosed space. A lot of people like this. You know, it’s good to try them both, but in this particular instance, you’re holding your viewer the whole time. It’s not stuck to your face and you’re not getting hot and sweaty with it either.

It’s an OWL Virtual Reality Experience and we hope you will enjoy.

Bri

Order OWL VR Kit at: www.londonstereo.com

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**Mon 19 Sep 16**
HELLO TAIPEI !!! d
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Hello Taipei !!! I'm recovered from my food poisoning adventure and ready to Rock !!! A beautifully unfamiliar and 'different' skyline. I love the differentness. TAIPEI !! Hello ! Enchanted already. Great to meet you !

Are you ready ?

Taipei skyline


I found this in the dressing room. It says "Welcome Queen and Adam Lambert - beware of hard rockin' Taipei metal heads !! Yeeeeay". OK - it was the actually the toilet, and my translation may not be entirely accurate ... But ... Whatever !!! Let's Rock !

Hotel notice


Here I am Defying Gravity in sound check today. Not scary at all ! Well, at least I don't have to be greenified ... And a little danger is good for ya ! (not too much all at once ! Ha ha !)

Bri in the Q


Thanks, beautiful people of Taipei ! A precious moment.

Bri - end of thrust stage

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