Ten Things of Thankful #78

Hello there and welcome to the weekend. Honestly, I could BURST with all the VeryGood things which I’ve been blessed with this week, and I’m SO happy I get the chance to share them with you here. I think I could write a far bigger list, but trying to re-name the hop as the ‘Considerably More Than Ten Things of Thankful’ would just be a pain in the ass.

SO I’ll limit myself, but know that in many ways*, this week kicked ASS!Indulge me – I refuse to stick to any kind of chronological order, just because I don’t want to.

My city is beautiful and I went on a teeny-tiny photo tour last week, while it was still a tiny bit frosty in the corners (even at midday) and there was just…ah!…such GLORIOUS blue skies and sunshine, and even though I was shivering as I cycled, I saw SO many gorgeous things, and discovered that I’m able to not crash whilst turning my face to the sun and grinning like a loon as I go along.

Berry PinkSunny GorseFrosted leavesFurze and THAT SKYMy arms are mostly healed from that one time when I was *really* stupid and gave myself chemical burns because I got lost in a book. Remember that? No? Fo SHO don’t miss out on this silliness! I took the ‘dork’ in ‘adorkable’ to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL, people!

Glitterbombs have been rocketing back and forth – two have come for me, (along with a terribly exciting ‘too big for your letterbox’ one I got a notice about, to go and pick up, which turned out to be a thing I had ordered, which wasn’t so exciting after all), and they both in their different ways, delighted my heart and made me incredibly happy to be friends with such generous people. Four have arrived (but as far as I know, only three have been opened). One was sent. Three more are being created. LIFE IS GOOD! GLITTER IS GOOD. BOMBS ARE…(waiiiiiit a second!)

TJ Lubrano ArtHusby and I have done lots of laughing together – we’ve team-worked our way through the week, falling out and falling back, but mostly FOR one another and trying to make life nicer for the other person. But then he dreamed one night that I was being kidnapped and reached out (asleep,Β  but for real) and grabbed me very suddenly and surprisingly, shocking me from my sleep, whereupon I immediately jumped away from him, swizzled over and walloped his hands away from me. He also helped me (after lots of asking) by fixing MS Word on my laptop, and making it STOP pinging pop-ups about macros, which were sending me into a towering, sweary rage, each time they happened (every five seconds) making me slightly irritated and I wanted them to stop. He stopped them *phew*.

WE HAD A GUEST BARD AGAIN! Oh my days! It’s been such a LONG TIME! And what better or more wonderful way for her to rejoin us as one of the Ten Things of Thankful co-hosts, than to BARD for us. HUGE thanks to Lisa for sharing her poetry, and whilst we bid a fond farewell to Sandy**, and probably shed a few tears, they are tears with a smile, because LISA’S BACK.

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I’m loving WhatsApp for keeping up with my friends in the Blogosphere – I honestly haven’t found anything better yet for making it as real as real can be, and that’s so special. I love it – especially being able to hear a friend’s voice, or receive a photo of them, right in that second. Love. It.

Lessons learned – (i) I learned that if you leave emails too late, explaining your alternative plans, people will start buying you Christmas presents already, in which case you need to be very careful not to offend. Sometimes that might mean that you end up cooking chocolate bark, because Anne Reardon said (in her gorrrgeous Aussie accent) that it was a good idea, and simple to do. FYI – it was GOOOOOOOOD but not simple.. (ii) finding out the expensive way that if you agree to be part of a thing, then because you were iffy about it in the beginning, you no longer feel like it, that you might lose out. But that actually the peace and quiet in your mind is worth it.

Book Swaps are COOL – especially when your fellow swapper is the homeless guy you made friends with because his dedication to books (he sits in the freezing, under a street lamp, so he can read) recommended him. We had chatted one night and then decided to swap books, because why not! So I found him three books (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (only okay – I read it to see what the fuss was about. Still not sure); The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai (really, really fascinating. SO glad I’ve read it, but it’s not one I’ll return to); and something which I can’t remember, but which was a wildcard anyway) and he gave me two (The Happy Isles of Oceana, by Paul Theroux, and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, by Brian Moore), neither of which I have read, and both of which look FABULOUS.

Hot showers are WONDERFUL – I’m one of these people who divides shower-time into a roughly 1:4 ratio. As in, it takes me usually four times longer to stand in the shower and think about getting out, than it does to actually get clean. And if I didn’t have a boiler and hot, clean water, and no way of having such a HUGELY luxurious experience, on a daily basis, no less, life would be a whole, WHOLE lot suckier. So please, this winter, remember those people for whom life sucks, and bung them a bit of cash, if you have it to spare – donating to charities which help the very poorest in society will ALWAYS get you ++AcceptableHuman points πŸ™‚ Altruism is GREAT, y’all!

A clear line of nibbly inheritance – which I just learned about today, and it’s AWESOME, but actually I can’t do it justice here. So instead I’ll write about it another time, and be thankful for the people who are STILL bearing with me and supporting my #KickCancersAss initiative πŸ™‚ Mandi, Roshni – you both are wonders, and I thank you for being so cool about my inexcusable tardiness with DOING anything for yiz.

So…that’s all, folks!

I hope you find your Ten as easily as I did.

*There was, of course, the usual gamut of negatives, just for equilibrium. But that can’t be helped.

**Who, by the way, is NOT gone from our lives – not by a LONG shot! And, by the way, her heart and her compassion for others are leading her to try new things to help. YOU can help her out by adding her on Twitter @NixHeart8

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  2. PS so glad your husband found time to be sweet and loving and glad his nightmare was not too bad. My husband has them too and screams and moans sometimes. I envy your glitter bombs. They are so nice. πŸ˜‰


    • Husbands with nightmares are no fun at all. Glitterbombs are awesome though, and the great thing is that ANYONE can make them and send them to their friends. You could try it and see what happens.


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    • I saw him again yesterday. Turns out he is a trained painter-decorator, who specialises in paint effects, and who is also a licenced busker. He has a ‘pitch’ outside one of the supermarkets in the city, but lately has found his earnings cut, because there are many new beggars there, who are NOT licenced, and who use up people’s good will before they reach him and his guitar.


  4. That shower thing? Yeah, I do that. I do my best thinking in the shower, and if there were a way to write down those brilliant thoughts while I was in there, I would be golden.
    We don’t have flowers anymore. Except pansies.
    I love that you and your homeless friend exchange books!

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    • I started reading one of the ones he gave me, while our internet’s down, and I’m so enjoying READING again!!!

      Do you guys not have things which flower in winter then? Gorse and forsythia and things?

      I did hear that you can get a waterproof pencil for the shower. ..


  5. We have a 1:4 shower-er in our house, which is lovely for her, and not so lovely for the people waiting to get in. But I agree that a hot shower is heavenly.

    I’m thankful that my husband finally cleaned of his desk in the den and underneath all his crap was a card from my favourite (nods to Beth) Brit! It was hiding from me, just so it could come out and make me smile.

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    • Yaaaay!!! I found your card the other day, too, and the little Tigger still watches me from the corner of my mantelpiece πŸ™‚

      Heheh I am *loving* all the added ‘u’s!!! It feels so homely πŸ™‚

      And a hot shower is a glorious thing but queuing is NOT!!!! Another silver lining for my collection πŸ™‚


  6. Your photos are gorgeous. I too, love to take floral photos–whenever I travel, that is. I should do it around my own backyard a lot more. Oh Lizzie, I sure have missed participating in Ten Things of Thankful. Lindsey has had a rough year and so it has taken a lot of my time and effort and I’ve not been feeling all that successful with her. But that’s a long story. Today I loved reading that you and your husband are creating lots of laughter together. That makes me giddy for you. I loved the book swap with a homeless man and that you give book recommendations too. But the best part was the hot showers. There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING better than one, long, hot, hot, hot shower. Well, unless it is sitting in a hot tub for a very long time. Happy holidays to you, young lady. I hope to not miss as many TToT’s as I have this time.

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    • LINDAAAAA πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Ohh I know. I read a very sad thing about Lindsey and Nick :/ I hope they’re both somewhat the better for their decision, and still coping, but ack! A sad time indeed. You’ve had your priorities right, and I guess (without needing to know specifics) I can only say that ‘feeling successful’ and ‘being successful’ often don’t go hand in hand, and I hope that you’re doing better with everything than you feel you are.

      A long, hot shower is a DELIGHT. Definitely. I once gave serious consideration to giving them up for Lent, as they were the most obvious indulgence in my life at the time! I couldn’t go through with it though.

      Happy hols, and if you’re able to make it back to us in the new year, we’d all love to see you again πŸ™‚ Take care of you πŸ™‚


  7. Your photos are gorgeous! I particularly love the deep blue sky and the white frost on the green leaves.
    Your husband might need to stop dreaming of you getting kidnapped–with all your boxing training, he might not want to startle you anymore!

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    • I KNOW, RIGHT?!?!? Silly man! He does have a tendency to wind me up! That said, for all my training, he’s several inches taller than me and has much longer arms. When we wrestle, I usually lose.

      Thanks so much for liking the photos. That means a lot – you’re good at the ol’ photography thing yourself πŸ˜€ I love the blue sky background *happy sigh* πŸ™‚


  8. Your pictures are beautiful! It’s hard to believe over here covered in snow that stuff is still growing and … out there … elsewhere. Very nicely done!

    As for the books – very commendable to have reached out like you did to your homeless friend – I hope you enjoy the books, neither of which I’ve heard of, but a unique way to have found them.

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    • Heheh especially when they happen in the drizzle, on the side of the road! Totally awesome though πŸ™‚

      Glad to inspire – thank you. It always helps me to know that I’ve been able to bring a little bit of something good to someone else’s world, if only in a tiny way πŸ™‚

      Have a good week yourself πŸ˜€


  10. So, is What’s App fun when your friend canNOT, for the life of her, record her own voice with any kind of finesse? I hope so.
    Glad your arms are recovering and you had such a fabulous week!

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  11. Finally! I made it! I can’t stay away from one of the best things I ever could have been involved in…such a bittersweet decision but no, I am definitely not gone. Thank you so much for the shout out here and on Twitter. It’s such a nice start and Nik and I are grateful for the love.

    I am glad that your arms are healing. Those were nasty little chemical burns. I get the part about being lost in a book though. It has happened to me more times than I can count!

    I love those photos and I have the best visual in my head of you walking face to the sun with that smile. It makes my heart happy!

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    • Good. And I’m glad you didn’t stay away. That makes MY heart happy. Love the new earrings you put on our Pintrest. And O, mizz banner-maker, if you were to happen to create a ‘Buying the World Better’ banner thing, which could link to the Pintrest board from my sidebar, that would be GORGEOUS πŸ˜‰ *hint hint*

      Arms are definitely healing and I’m SO much happier without the fuzz. Like…a LOT happier. But books…I really want to read MORE books. I miss them. Too much blogging, perhaps!

      Glad my Twitter FF was slightly effective.


  12. Book swaps are indeed awesome! I’m going to donate a whole box of books to the local charity that supports the children’s cancer society here in town. Books to sell for them and more space for me, so it’s a win-win situation. I try not to be in the shower for too long, and I think I’m doing well. But Lily is bad about it. Each time I tell her to get out of the shower, she keeps telling me: But the hot water is so awesome, mommy!!! She definitely is a connoisseur!

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    • Hehehh that’s so sweet that Lily likes the hot shower so much, too. I think I could be there for hours if my conscience didn’t prickle at me for wasting energy and water!

      YES! Donating books to charity shops is SUCH a win-win. I love it πŸ˜€ (of course, while I’m there, I usually buy another one…)


  13. Well, you’ve inspired me again,Liz! I haven’t been feeling very thankful lately and I know that’s sinful. Your photos are lovely. Plus, I still have to do my 3 things of giving to others. I have baked, wrapped and shopped for my family but that doesn’t count! I’m making a donation to the food bank this week. I’ll be donating jackets too. So what? Not the best I can do. Thanks for your post. I’ll grab the badge and do a post on Tuesday!

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    • To be fair, donating to a food bank and getting jackets to give, too, is pretty durn good going! And you doing things for your family is STILL a good thing, and great role-modelling. So there’s that πŸ™‚

      The three things was only ONE thing, ONE tell, and ONE inspire of someone else πŸ˜‰ That’s the harder bit – getting other people hooked in.

      Thanks for liking the photos. I’m really lucky with where I live πŸ™‚

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  14. I love your shower ratio. For me it takes about 5min to get clean, and about 30min to contemplate life, love, the universe, my own navel, and whether or not I need to shave my legs. The last time I showered I contemplated the Oxford comma and decided that in certain circumstances I am all for it, e.g. in this comment.

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  15. Those are great photos, beautiful! I’m glad your arms have healed. Hope they’re still smooth-ish.
    Glad you’re having a laugh and kicking technology’s butt instead of the other way around. I HATE when technology makes my life more difficult. IT’s NOT supposed to do that! Sorry about the dream, I hate when one of us has a bad dream and we wake up all cranky about it!
    Thanks for the GLITTERBOMB, the world needs MORE sparkly-fun-goodness! Everyone could use a little sparkle, we needed it and we’re OH SO THANKFUL!!!!

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    • YAY! Well I’m glad the sparkliness helped your world today, my friend.

      And bad dreams SUCK and should not be allowed. Ever. Ever ever ever, but there ya go!

      Technology is MOSTLY very good, and I like that I get to talk to you all through it. Where would we be otherwise! Stuck in our own worlds, right?

      They’re SMOOTH and beautiful πŸ™‚


    • Ah but what is to ‘know’ someone anyway? In this weird, wibbly world of the Blogosphere, I sometimes think it’s easier to ‘know’ the middle bits of a person without the distraction of their outsides, and the need to be ‘present’. I’d explain more, but I’m counting on that making sense to you.

      Bless your boots for being thankful for me. That’s very sweet of you πŸ™‚ I’m just glad I cheer you up and show you things through *twinklysparklyglittery* spectacles πŸ™‚


    • WhatsApp is great. It’s free for a year and it uses the internet to send messages, rather than your cellphone network. Or something. Anyway, it works great.

      My city is AWESOME sometimes. As with anywhere, I could show crappy bits of it, but there are bits there of such stunning beauty…I’m very lucky indeed πŸ™‚


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  17. Those photos of your hometown are just stunning. Thank goodness those GLORIOUS arms of yours are healing! And glitter is always a good thing, and I am all about hot showers! Since I’ve been out of work I’ve been taking one each night, when I start to feel really down I say “Hey, a hot shower would feel good right about now!”, and I always feel better afterward. I hope the wonderfulness continues for you this coming week!

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    • Yes, I know what you mean – there’s something rather wonderful about being wrapped around in hot water (yet I have to be in a really specific mood to appreciate a bath!) The ‘hot, wrapped around’ thing which never fails to cheer me up is 5 minutes in a sun-booth though, because that has heat and light and music, which are three of my favourite things all together.

      LOL I’m still so…giggly I guess…that you think my arms are that good! I could easily show you angles where they’re just horrendous! I’m careful what I let out. But yes – they’re all healed, thanks πŸ˜€

      I’m so lucky to live in such a beautiful place. Ahhhh I do love nature πŸ˜€

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  18. Hiii!! How wonderful to see Jelli and Squishi here! Thank you so much πŸ™‚

    Your list is awesome and I just love the pictures from your city. So, so pretty. And yes! Book swaps are awesome!! Books are just awesome in general, but to be able to share it with someone else makes it that much more amazing!

    I had no idea about your arms!! Oh my gosh. The horror 😐 Luckily it’s all healing now. ^_^

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    • Heheh did you read it? It was SO funny, at the same time as being incredibly painful! So silly of me, and entirely my own fault, no matter how much I might want to duck responsibility.

      Sharing books is WONDERFUL, and I love when someone can offer me a recommendation. I love loaning my books, and I tend to buy books in charity shops so I can either donate them again if I don’t like them, or pass them along πŸ™‚

      I’m OVER THE MOON about my Jelli and Squishi. I’m going to get frames for them and get them hung up somewheres in my home πŸ™‚

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  19. Here’s my thankful Lizzi…..your description, including pics, of your cycling tour last week. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me projecting, but I’m pretty sure I know exactly how you felt:) Sometimes, and especially out of doors, smack dab in the middle of that out of doors, nature just screams all sorts of wonder. I know as a fellow clark, there’s magic gushing inside me/us at the marvel of it all but how to convey that feeling?! You did, both verbally and “pictorially” πŸ™‚

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    • GOOD! I think there’s a passage in The Secret Garden which describes it quite aptly – β€œOne of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever. One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn-time and goes out and stands out and throws one’s head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out and one’s heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising of the sun–which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. One knows it then for a moment or so. And one knows it sometimes when one stands by oneself in a wood at sunset and the mysterious deep gold stillness slanting through and under the branches seems to be saying slowly again and again something one cannot quite hear, however much one tries. Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with the millions of stars waiting and watching makes one sure; and sometimes a sound of far-off music makes it true; and sometimes a look in someone’s eyes.”


  20. OK this is the ‘real’ Comment (is that even such a thing? a real Comment v a thread quip) I suspect there is something about it…anyway
    good vidchat last pm
    liked this here Post here… while not the same as completing my Post last night, I did manage to link before the day officially starts… (which makes it lunch time for you in the Land of the Early Afternoon)

    (if any subsequent Comments issuing from the Doctrine read as a little odd allow that I have ‘discovered’ the dictation function on my tablet recently, so I may stop by while I drive through my day…)

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    • Careful with dictation – it tends to add ‘e’s to my name, and it STILL doesn’t know how to put ‘u’s in words, and ‘s’s not ‘z’s!!

      I saw that you completed already! Well done.

      Great chat. I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to us all driving around Wakefield together πŸ™‚


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  22. What a lovely list – what ARE those berry-like pink things in the top photo? They’re kind of glamorous. And weird all at the same time.
    I love that you are swapping books with this gentleman. What a great story this will be to tell forever!
    Hot showers are indeed wonderful and yes, perhaps a luxury.
    I am also super excited that Lisa is back in the co-hostinae saddle! I am also super sad that it’s because Sandy is not co-hosting but you know circle of life, right? To all things there is a season. And I know Sandy’s new ventures will be wonderful.
    That said, I guess I ought to get a post put together…this week has been a bit crazy in many good ways so it won’t be hard. However. That crazy business is bleeding into the weekend and I don’t know quite how I’ll get it written, find some photos, and get it posted. Surely the BoSR/SBoR includes a provision that says if you have so much good to be about doing on a weekend then you just have to live life and not write the post.
    Yeah, no. I’ll get right on it in the American morning.

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    • You’re funny. I’m glad you came back to us. I did so very much enjoy my email first thing in my English morning. I figure you can square it with the 7GV by dancing for them for the book, if you want to TRY to see if there’s such a clause (just me, or do people seem to be forgetting to DANCE first?!?!) I’m glad your weekend’s full of living LIFE though.

      Circle of life. Sandy’s still featured here, and I hope people NOTICE and follow her latest venture on Twitter. Talking of social media, did I hear a rumour that you might be persuaded to Facebook?

      Hot showers are one of my very most favourite sensory experiences.

      My new friend…he IS a story. But also just a man who loves books, and who has LIVED. I hope our acquaintance continues πŸ™‚

      The berry things (and I only know because I asked my mum, and then I FORGOT to post it in the name of the pic) are sorbus cashmeriana. BOOM! #GardenerWin


      • Dammit, I forgot about the dancing. And I’m so freaking tired from my full weekend of Christmas-ing that I couldn’t possibly do it now…so I’m off to write a post, I guess!
        I believe there is a rumor about me and Facebook. That’s all I’ll say.
        The only thing bad about hot showers is that you have to get out and get all cold. So I try to make sure the room stays super steamy before I’m willing to get out. I love a good bath but the water gets cold so the shower really comes out the winner here.

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        • I always slightly worry about the steamy room! Our bathroom is completely tiled, which is great, but EVERYTHING goes runny and drippy and I start getting a tiny bit anxious about condensation. You’re right though – getting out SUCKS. And that’s another reason I stay in – the deterrent is effective.

          *curls lip at rumours* Pffft. I shall have to wait and see what truth materialises then, I guess! :p

          MERRY HAPPY WRITING! πŸ˜€ (hope you manage it alright!)


  23. I love, love that you have a book swap going with the stranger on the street.
    So glad you had such a good week. The story of Hubby grabbing for you and surprising you made me laugh. I’ve reached for Bryan before, but usually to punch him for having an affair in my dream. πŸ™‚
    I left town in a hurry today and didn’t get to post. The iPad doesn’t seem to like posting and won’t let me scroll down to finish the post, so I won’t be joining the hop until I get back on Sunday. Unless I manage to get on a computer somewhere.
    Glad to have Lisa back, though I hate that it’s because Sandy is leaving.

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    • We know each other’s names now. So we’re at least nodding acquaintances now, I figure πŸ™‚

      I had a mostly good week. This is the highlights, as ever, and I know at least that they’re *sparklywonderful* so there’s that. Husby grabbing me was NOT fun. And I never dream that *he* cheats πŸ˜‰

      Don’t worry about when you make it in – if it happens it happens and if not, then we’ll see you Sunday πŸ™‚ Have a nice time away.

      (and yeah, me too about Lisa)


  24. SECOND?! Love your list: the book sharing, the wonderful bike ride…and bluhot water.

    I am glad your healing. Somehow I missed that story, so I must read it. Poor Husby, I’ve done that to Mutant and it makes falling back to sleep something quite awkward. Every time I see something sparkly I think of you…

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    • Heheh THRID it is! (rookie mistake to read before you claim! πŸ˜‰ )

      I like that you think of me when you see sparkles. That’s very cool. I think of you when I see hats. The chem burn story is HYSTERICAL. Even as it happened to me I was giggling at the ridiculousness of it (in between being all “OUCH!”)


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