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Sue Toast | 17:30 UK time, Friday, 3 July 2009

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Hello, Sue here.  We've had a great response from all of you guys and gals out there who love the video blog, one particular man, Paul Butler from Chelmsford said "it was great!", which is great.

Brian's website is still under construction so we'd like to thank top Pern fan Derrin at the BBC for posting up this sneak preview of what's to come.

It's been another busy week for Brian who has just returned Uganda where he has been sampling sounds of the forest for his new album. Whilst on the trip, Brian's legendary keyboard technician Ben Quid was assaulted quite badly by a vagrant armed with a machete. It was a random attack and he lost a lot of blood, but he is doing well and hopefully will be able to keep his left arm. Sadly the right one perished.

List of possible titles for the new album - 16 years in the making

  1. Liver Detective
  2. The Simplicity of Duplicity
  3. Dog Suicide
  4. Shep Pettibone's Conundrum
  5. Spam Legs
Brian has also written to The Telegraph defending his local MP, the Rt Hon Ben Friggart, in the recent expenses scandal. He is yet to get a response, but GO GET 'EM BRIAN! You have our full support. Click here to read the letter.

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Letter to the Telegraph

Dear Editor,

I am an award winning musician and activist I wish to remain anonymous.

I am writing concerning the Rt Honourable Ben Friggart who has recently been exposed by your publication for claiming music purchases he has downloaded from a famous music download site to his iPod as Government expenses.

At first I was disgusted, until I read on and discovered that the music he downloaded included the 2009 re-mastered edition of my 1980 album 'Sip It Kindly'. I can state, from the heart that this album is political and deals with anti-Apartheid issues, unemployment and war, therefore is totally acceptable to claim as a political expense.

There is no way Mr Friggart would download these tracks for pleasure as they are from a dark period of my career and are deeply profound. After all, would you complain if he downloaded 'Long Walk to Freedom' by Nelson Mandela as an audio book or 'The Poverty of Philosophy' by Karl Marx?' My album is just as significant and 'politically charged' (NME, Sept 1980)

I'd like to defend the Rt Honourable Gentleman and offer to pay back the £7.99 to the public as a gesture of good will.

However, I do find his downloading of Jamie Cullum's Twentysomething entirely unacceptable.

Keep it real,

????? ????  BSc, OBE.

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