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Posted: 15 Feb 11, 22:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yesterday (Feb 15th 2011) Brian May appeared at West Lea school in north London. He and Anita Dobson are the sponsors of their new mini-bus, which was presented to this lovely special needs school by the Variety Club. My younger sister is an administration manager at the school, and as I'm involved in sporadic fund-raising she managed to wangle me the job of semi-official school photographer.

As you'd expect, Brian (and Anita) were great with the kids and really made an outstanding effort to make it a special day for them. As part of the fund-raising Brian agreed to autograph a not-very-expensive guitar which is to be sold on E-Bay in the near future. He then proceeded to pick up the guitar and play it: "I know you're all very good at stamping... can you stamp twice like this and then clap once like this..." Needless to say everyone was familiar with that song. Then a small choir of kids sang and Brain played along, while Anita danced with the children at the front.

I met him briefly (for the second time in 31 years): "Brian, do you mind if I write about this on the Queen forums, or would you rather keep it schtum?" "No, no, go ahead." I wish there had been the chance to talk at length but it was impossible to get anywhere near him at times and in any case, his visit was for the kids, not for the likes of me. Despite this it was a great experience, if slightly surreal... world-famous guitar legend plays in school hall (an even smaller venue than Tottenham Mayfair).

I left after a couple of hours, and Brian and Anita were still being shown around classrooms. As I said, an outstanding effort. Brian's patience and kindness were reassuring to anyone who might have thought he'd turned into an obnoxious old curmudgeon, and Anita is a lovely friendly lady too (and she looks about 30!).

My photos from this event will hopefully appear on the school's website very soon, so in case anyone's interested I'll post a link as soon as I can.

Gaz (Fanny)

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Posted: 16 Feb 11, 08:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks Gaz - that's a good news story!

I'm glad you a good time!


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Posted: 16 Feb 11, 09:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"keep it schtum"  ha ha ha...I had never heard this before and had to look it up.  

Sounds like a really nice day.  Thanks for sharing and I'd definitely be interested in seeing the links when they're available.

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Posted: 16 Feb 11, 10:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Must've been a different Anita Dobson then the one I saw at the O2 gig in 2008 if she looks like she's 30 :D

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Posted: 16 Feb 11, 12:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What a lucky person you are, Big Fat Fanny! :)

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Posted: 16 Feb 11, 15:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

@Pim: It sounds like Kerry Ellis, instead...


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Posted: 16 Feb 11, 16:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

^ LOL

I'm profoundly disappointed in myself for not thinking of that first.

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Posted: 16 Feb 11, 22:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaz1961/sets/72157625946330569/with/5452163545/
Here are some of the photos from the visit. There are a few more but they show the children and are just for the school's use - as soon as their link is available I'll post it here.

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Posted: 17 Feb 11, 00:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

2 things:

Anita does not look 30.
Buy a digital camera for christ's sake. What is this, 1995?

Other than that great pics, they look very excited.

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Posted: 17 Feb 11, 02:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Anita Dobson didn't look 30 when she was 30.  If I stole the body of Ramses II and threw some lipstick and a wig on it, it could easily pass for her.


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Posted: 17 Feb 11, 03:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dear Gaz,

thanks for the nice story and picks!

Is the guitar playing of Brian also filmed? Would be interesting to hear...

Thanks again!

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Posted: 17 Feb 11, 04:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dear Gaz,

Thank you very much for the wonderful story and for sharing the pics. And sorry for going off-topic.

Cheers,

Ogre-

PS: Zebonka, that was so funny LOL LOL


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Posted: 17 Feb 11, 09:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

So, does this finally debunk the myth that Anita Dobson is actually Brian May on drag?

I'm still trying to figure out how he pulled this off.

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Posted: 17 Feb 11, 15:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Buy a digital camera for christ's sake. What is this, 1995?"

How rude! You need to learn some manners mate.

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Posted: 18 Feb 11, 01:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm not throwing that kind of money down on a Squire unless Brian's jacked off on it.


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