Have you heard of Gary McKinnon? McKinnon is the infamous computer hacker who managed to penetrate US military computer systems in search of classified information about UFOs. He suffers from Aspergers Syndrome with symptoms similar to the character played by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rainman. He is accused wrongly of being a "master computer hacker" and possible terrorist.
He stands to be extradited to the USA and could face the rest of his life in prison if they decide to make an example of him. I have been following this story for a while now and feel strongly that he should stand trial in the UK. I suppose I can identify with him, being into computers, inquisitive and prone to doing stupid things in my younger years. That doesn’t make him a dangerous criminal, just an embarrassment to the US government.
If enough people make enough noise about this we may be able stop this injustice. If you want to help, visit http://freegary.org.uk/ where you can find out more about his case. Thanks for reading this completely off topic post! See you on tour hopefully...
Christmas with H
Although the Christmas h Natural show in London at Bush Hall has now sold out, there are still tickets available for another special holiday h Natural performance at St Bride's Church in Liverpool. Don't miss what is set to be an extra-special evening.. full details of both shows are available on www.marillion.com/tour
More from Racket Records
First, as mentioned late last week, the new Happiness is the Road merchandise is now on sale at www.marillion.com/shop
We're also happy to say that our long-awaited stock of the 'Early Stages' boxed set arrived this morning, so we're frantically packing your pre-orders and will be shipping as many as we can today with the remainder shipping throughout the week.
As we previously mentioned, the autographed A4 art prints will be sent separately after the band return from tour in early December - but the good news on this front is that because we've made more, orders for 'Early Stages' via Racket will continue to include them while supplies last!