No matter how gracious, some queens cannot be saved. It's three years since Freddie Mercury left us for a better place - Rio, one fondly imagines - but the fans haven't forgotten. November sees a month of fan fund-raising - often in 'full regalia' - as the devoted take to the streets of London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham and 16 other British cities to collect for the Mercury Phoenix Trust. The charity drive ends with a concert by the Queen clones Magic at the Hammersmith Apollo on 30 November. Be there or be somewhere else.