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Exclusive Polly and David talk in Rome, Friday Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Polly Samson - La GentilezzaThis coming Friday (July 1st) at 6:30p.m. the Italian city of Rome will host an exclusive event celebrating the union of music and literature, starring two significant authors: the writer and lyricist Polly Samson and her husband David Gilmour.

The couple are in Italy for two important events: the upcoming dates of David's ongoing Rattle That Lock world tour, and the official release of "La gentilezza", Polly Samson's novel published by Unorosso. Known as The Kindness in English, the core of the book is a tale of love and pain, and recounts how sorrow could create very deep rifts in a couple.

The event is being held in a glamorous villa situated along the ancient Appia Antica for a strictly selected audience. 120 people including journalists, literature bloggers and fans will attend a "duet" interview focused on the artistic and intellectual process that the couple followed to result in the music we know well now.

The event is being organised by Unorosso Publishing House, Satellite Libri and Romasecretstore, with the cooperation of The Lunatics Cultural Association, a bunch of Italian Floyd experts. The book itself can be ordered through this direct link at (Italy).

Nick Mason at 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Saturday, 25 June 2016
Nick Mason - 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Nick Mason is one of the many drivers who is currently participating in the 2016 Goodwood Festival Of Speed, which opened on Thursday and runs until tomorrow. The event is a must-attend annual celebration of motor racing held in Sussex on an Earl's estate.

Gathering cars and bikes, drivers/riders, and enthusiasts from all over the world, the event celebrates motor racing from the very early days, through to the very latest F1 cars, and a look to the future of motoring with some early looks at new cars and new technologies.

It is held in the grounds of Lord March's estate, near Chichester, Sussex, in the south of England, and has static displays, demonstration runs, and timed runs, up the hill past Goodwood House. It's a wonderful event, and words do not pay it justice!

Nick Mason is a regular each year, having driven a range of classic cars from his and other's collections. At this year's event he again has been taking the wheel of an Auto Union Type C, which has been thrilling many of the petrolheads in the crowds, estimated to be 150,000-strong tomorrow, the final day of the event.

His first run up the hill this morning was in bright sunshine, but in typical British style, the weather proved very changeable as the day went on with all the drivers struggling later on with wet conditions mixed with warm sunshine.

Here's some exclusive pictures from this morning of Nick getting ready for the first run, and as he passed Goodwood the thumbnails to see the pictures in greater detail:

Nick Mason at 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Nick Mason at 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Nick Mason at 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Full details of the annual Festival can be found at, where you can also purchase your tickets for the event. Entrance is by advance purchased ticket only, and there is plenty of free parking to be found at the venue, reached easily from the main A27 coast road in Sussex. You can currently register for notification of when 2017 tickets go on sale - we're sure that Nick is anticipating attending again, as he has attended pretty much every year of the event (apart from 1994, when Pink Floyd were touring).

In 2004, a lavish book was written to commemorate the Festival, and included within its pages is an article by Nick Mason, along with pictures of him at the event. Click here to see our review of the book.

David Gilmour announces fifth and final Royal Albert Hall show Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016

David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock tour 2016Just announced is a fifth and final David Gilmour concert to be held at London's Royal Albert Hall. The show is being held on September 23rd, 2016, and will mean over the course of 2015/16 he will have performed at the prestigious, historic venue eleven times - five times last year, once in April for the Teenage Cancer Trust, and five times in September.

In addition, a very limited number of production seats have been made available for the four other nights at the Royal Albert Hall: September 25th, 28th, 29th and 30th. The official announcement has made it clear that these will be the final shows of the 'Rattle That Lock' tour.

As before, tickets for the Royal Albert Hall shows are strictly limited to 4 tickets per person, and photo ID for the lead ticket buyer will be required. Tickets will be on sale at 10am UK time (BST) Thursday, June 30th, from the Box Office: 0845 401 5045 or +44 20 7589 8212, or Please note tickets will not be available in person from the Royal Albert Hall box office. Tickets will also be available from Stargreen: 020 7734 8932 (

Pink Floyd's Ummagumma immortalised in new damselfly discovery Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016

ESF Top Ten 2016SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)'s International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) compile an annual list of the top ten of the approximately 18,000 new species named during the previous year.

"In the past half-century we have come to recognize that species are going extinct at an alarming rate. It is time that we accelerate species exploration, too. Knowledge of what species exist, where they live, and what they do will help mitigate the biodiversity crisis and archive evidence of the life on our planet that does disappear in the wild," said Dr. Quentin Wheeler, ESF president and founding director of the IISE.

This is not the normal territory of Brain Damage, we know, but one of the top ten this year has come as a pleasant surprise. A damselfly from Gabon, Africa, is one of the year's new discoveries, one of sixty new species of damselfly reported this year. This particular one is very colourful and distinct.

ESF note that: "given that the genus name is Umma, it was quick work to give this lovely and delicate damselfly a name that might be familiar to rock-and-roll fans: the band Pink Floyd named its 1969 double album Ummagumma (which has yet another meaning as a British slang term for sex)."

See the whole of the ESF Top Ten through this link. Our thanks in particular to Patrizio and to Thomas Golser for the information...

Official 2017 Pink Floyd Calendar now available to order Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Monday, 20 June 2016

Official 2017 Pink Floyd CalendarNow available to order, in readiness for its publication on July 15th, is the Official 2017 Pink Floyd Calendar. A perennial Floyd fan favourite - particularly as a gift at Christmas time - is this annual official wall calendar. An item which has been produced for many years now, the standardised format is roughly the same size as a vinyl album - roughly 12" (or 30cm) square, with the calendar opening up to have a double page spread per month.

The calendar this year looks to celebrate the band's back catalogue over the course of the year, although additional images other than the cover (a StormStudios design) are not yet available. The cover image is a crop of the now familiar "Back Catalogue" design which was a typically Stormy play on words! The calendar each year is often squirrelled away as a collectable for the years to come, and earlier examples are now quite sought after.

If you want to place your order now, you can do so through these direct links: Amazon UK,, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy.

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