Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bissel

I don't think I've done one of my random posts in a while, if you're new to TWP, this means the posts where I basically freestyle; talking about my day, stuff I get up to, opinions on popular culture etc. There's no central theme just rambling streams of consciousness. This is why I named my post "bissel", it means "a little bit" in Yiddish, so the post is kinda a little bit of everything. Y'all know I'm obsessed with Jews and their phrases, I look for excuses to insert Yiddish everywhere.

Aaanyhoo, lets get to it.

I recently started stan'ing for colour, its very typical of me, once I like something I tend to overdo it. For the past week I've been looking like a card carrying member of the Rainbow Coalition, you could stick a rainbow coloured flag on me and put me at the head of a Pride parade and I'd fit right in.






Oh yeah, and I finally figured out how to work the timer on my camera, been having a ball taking pictures of myself.






Obviously I was very excited about this new discovery.

Funny enough I haven't succumbed to one of my frequent bouts of depression this week and I strongly believe all this colour has something to do with it, its really difficult to walk around with a face like five naira when you're wearing bright yellow. Plus its making people around me happier to, I got a free ride on the bus this morning and I'm very sure it was because I had on hot pink and green. I couldn't find my bus pass and the driver was just like "Its orright lassie, get into the bus wit yer, you look right summery don't yer" *in his finest Scottish accent* (no kidding, this is how everyone sounds here, like frigging Sean Connery or Shrek.)

Speaking of things I stan for, my queen Beyonce Knowles Carter is back! She has a new song and of course everybody and their mama has an opinion, saying how crap the song is. Even if Beyonce had a song where she hummed from the beginning to the end I'd still love it because I worship at the altar of her fabulousness. How can you hate on someone that looks like this



Or wears this to basketball games



Seriously, Queen Bey is perfection in all ramifications.....well except acting sha, even the through the intensity of my love for her I can still see she's a shitty actress. It shows how much she's loved that she's never won a Razzie, nominated yeah, but she won't win.

Another thing I've become obsessed with recently are reality shows, especially trashy African-American reality shows. Basketball Wives, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love and Hip-Hop......I can't get enough of them. African Americans as a group of people were born without the shame gene, they can literally do anything, anywhere. My favourite scenes in each one:

Basketball Wives when Evelyn Lozada flew all the way from Miami to Cincinatti to see Ochocinco and slept with him on the first date. Now she's a grown woman, she can do as she pleases but seriously, do these people forget they have cameras following them everywhere? Do they forget they're not acting as some fictional character but as themselves? The thing is amazing, they keep me positively GLUED to my laptop. Ochocinco even told her he'd got a room for her at a hotel but Aunty Evelyn wasn't having none of that, mba. In front of millions of viewers, bear in mind her family is also watching, she says nah, she can stay at his. Then she goes and changes into her best schlong raising nightie and best believe it was on and poppin in Cinci that night.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta when Sheree got into a fight with her event co-ordinator. "Who gon' check me boo", that line is a classic. My favourite housewife though is Kim, she's so stupid its adorable and I've started looking in mirrors and going "goddamm I'm so f*****g beautiful", like she does. High-larious stuff.

Love and Hip-hop this one is new so it doesn't have that much of a following yet but these people bring the drama. Fabulous' girlfriend, Jim Jones and his gf, Chrissy, Somaya Reece, Olivia from G-unit, Mashonda.....they are baby thugs all of them, running around fighting and what not. I'd forgotten how beautiful Olivia was, the babe is so gorgeous its sickening. The highlight of this show though was when Chrissy proposed to Jim Jones.

Yes, you read right, a chick proposed to a guy. Chrissy and Jim have been dating for 7 years, they live together, she's his wife in every aspect except for name and she decides she's going to ask him to marry her. From the word go this is a dumbass move, to me sha, I don't know if you giuys think any different. Jim Jones is a grown man, who's pretty much established in life, he sees Chrissy every day, if he wanted to marry her he'd have asked her. The fact that he hadn't means he doesn't want to, shikena. Now she's asked him, on national television too, I'm waiting for the next episode to see what he'll say but I guess he'll have no choice but to say yes and if they marry there'll always be that underlying knowledge between them that she had to make him marry her, God forbid abeg, it can never be that serious.

Plus there's just something about Jim Jones, dude looks a hot mess, like he doesn't shower or nothing but there's also something weirdly attractive about him, this is very surprising to me because the whole gangster with white tees and saggy pants doesn't do it for me at all. But that scene when he went to beat up Somaya's manager for disrespecting Chrissy.......gave me the tingles for real.


Ooooh, a few days ago I went and got a fish pedicure, I've been dying to do this for the longest time but I was always busy so I made sure I made out time to get it done. Its the freakiest thing ever, like a hundred tiny carnivorous fish nipping at your feet, my nerves were on edge throughout. I doubt I'd be able to do it again but it was definitely an experience.


The fish are called Garra Rufa fish and they're gotten from the Middle East. Apparently there are some spas were you're submerged in a tank with these fish so they bite your whole body, supposedly leaving it smoother. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that.


Keeping an eye on the fish making sure they didn't go where they were not supposed to. One got in between my toes and I nearly fell off the tank, I felt so violated.


The amazeballs Shravani who did my feet for me. If you're ever in Aberdeen, go to Union Square and ask for her.

I'm still trying to fathom how someone decided they were going to use fish for pedicures, the things people come up with blow my mind seriously.


Been on my usual hermit p recently, I'm starting exams next month and I have course work for my Oil and Gas Regulation class to hand in soon and because I always have stuff to do during the day I tend to work at night so i haven't been out in yonks. Last weekend however, some casino was opening and I got an invite, so I decided to head there with my friends and watch stupid people lose their money. As a poor student I have no money to even gamble with in the first place, all I can do is look pretty and smile, lol.


I'm sure you notice my breasts doing the mostest here especially when I usually rep for the itty bitty titty committee. Well, its no chicken fillets or nothing, I just bought the greatest bra in the world, its absolutely amazing. Email me my fellow titless chicks if you want info.



The casino, called very unimaginatively "Soul Casino". I'm sure you notice the church-like facade, well it used to be a church. There are a lot of former churches in Aberdeen that have been turned into clubs and other establishments but they still retain the framework. The stained glass, Christian statues etc. Now it doesn't bother me, even though I'm a rabid Catholic, in my opinion its just a building, what makes it a church is not present so right now I don't think its particularly holy but one of my friends who was visiting Abz for the weekend, flat out refused to go inside. He said he couldn't go gamble in a church. Trying to explain to him that it was no longer a church didn't move him at all. Now if he was completely spotless in all other aspects I'd buy his sudden piety, but this dude had come from a strip club to meet my friends and I at a casino and yet he decided this was the sin he didn't want to have on his conscience.......Nigerians and their selective Christianity sef, smh.




Amerie




Hazel


So tomorrow Big Willie finally marries Waitie Katie, wallahi I can't wait for all this wedding brouhaha to be over, I have a sneaky feeling it might only get worse though. The other day I was coming into my flat after dark and a girl burst out of the door in a Kate Middleton mask, I nearly had a heart attack. This needs to end sharply, I've had enough. Knowing me and my love for romance sha I know I'll probably be watching the wedding tomorrow, I have to see it actually happen. This is like the luckiest girl in the whole world, she not only gets to marry her soulmate and the man she's been waiting for forever, she's marrying the future King of England, the daughter of a former air hostess is going to become Queen of England one day.....its mind boggling stuff. Omo, anything can happen, e fit be you o.

p.s..... Please check out this new blog by my fellow Scottish fashionista Salewa Akin-Taylor, blogging from Edingburgh and her sister Segi blogging from Lagos. I knew Shally could bring it fashion wise, but I had no idea Segi was setting fashion p too. Their style is savage. Check it out. "forstylesake.blogspot.com"

Love and light xxx

p.s....If you read my blog frequently, you might remember a post I wrote in January called "Christmas, Reunions and New Year". In that post I mentioned reuniting with my friends from Queen's College when we attended the 50th birthday of the mother of one of us, Omowunmi Fosudo. This was just in December. Recently Omowunmi's mum who just celebrated her 50th birthday, a joyous celebration that had all her children flying in from different destinations, was diagnosed with cancer. Unknown to the family she had been living with cancer for a while and by the time she was diagnosed, it had progressed to Stage 3. Now the doctors at the University of Texas MD Cancer Center where she was diagnosed need to operate in 7 days or who knows what might happen. Because Mrs. Fosudo is uninsured, this operation will cost her family $60,000, which is about N9,000,000.

I'm writing all this because since yesterday when Omowunmi's brother Debo launched the campaign to raise the money aided by friends and family, some people have been thinking its a scam. I don't blame them because the kind of world we live in, such things are very possible and probably do happen, but I'm writing this to make it as personal for you as it is for me, to let you know these are real people going through a very real ordeal.

So far $31,627 has been raised, we're halfway there, no amount is too little, even N500 will go a long way. If you can help a family save their mother, you know your reward will be in heaven. These are the donation points.

1) You can pay at https://www.wepay.com/donate/92676
2) In Nigeria, pay at GTB #201101370110, name: Ade-Fosudo.
3) Paypal: aade-fosudo@uh.edu

Any little thing, 10 dollars, 10 naira, 10 pounds. Just help out anyway you can. She needs this surgery in 7 days, 7 days. It is not a joke, it is not a scam, this is a real person. Please find it in your heart to help.

Thank you.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Hawker and The Young Man

Making my usual Blogville rounds, somehow I stumbled on a blog called innovatedbabe.blogspot.com written by someone called Mrs. Newlywed. Nearly everyday I'm inundated with marriage stories; the successes and the failures, and even a die hard romantic like me can get a bit cynical. So when I saw the name Mrs. Newlywed I was instantly turned off.

Somehow though, I have no idea why, I kept reading and I became engulfed in this girl's stories.

The standard format for a popular blog is usually fashion, humour, controversy and sex. If your blog has any of these ingredients you're golden, you'll gain a dedicated readership and I'm an advocate of that. If a blog does not grip me with its wit, information or pretty things to look at, I can't be bothered. However, the intensity of my feelings for Mrs. Newlywed surprised me. Her humour is not rapier sharp, there is little or no raunchiness there, definitely no fashion pictures but I was gripped. I have never, in my 3 years of blogging written an entire post dedicated to another blogger but there's something about this blog and while I kept reading it I tried to place my finger on what it was and then it hit me....

Faith.

Mrs. Newlywed is possessed by her Christianity, her love of God, her lack of interest in the superficial. The preceding might be wrong, I'm notorious for my inability to read people but I got such a strong reaction from her writing that I doubt she'll turn out to be a shallow bitch.

I have pasted below a blog post by Mrs. Newlywed called He sees all things, knows all things and hears all things, this post absolutely moved me, since I read it I have been evaluating my life. I am extremely blessed but I can count the number of times I take out in a day to be truly thankful for what Christ has done for me. I do the standard Christian things, go to church every Sunday, go to Mass a few times during the week when I can, pray intermittently, do the Lay Reading at Church, but I sort of feel like I do these things because I'm expected to or because I'm supposed to not because I'm driven by my adoration of the Christ. Every day I make resolutions to become a better Christian, a better Catholic and every day I wake up and I'm consumed by the world again.

You don't have to become a fanatic to serve Christ better, you can still rock the latest trends and have fun while fulfilling your Christian obligations, so if you're mentally buying hair-shirts and sackcloth for me you can like to save your money.

Anyhoo, enjoy this post below, because its not only inspiring, it shows you that The Almighty works in mysterious ways and its also an awesome romantic story.


HE SEES ALL THINGS, KNOWS ALL THINGS AND HEARS ALL THINGS.
17 years ago, in a major city in the Eastern part of Nigeria, living with her family in a one room shack was a young girl about 10 years old. By 5am, she was already showered and dressed, preparing to start her early morning hawking before going to school. She would hawk Moi-Moi, or Akara, sometimes Akamu all prepared by her mother who had woken up hours before to prepare it all.

After a few hours of strolling the streets, stopping at the doorsteps of assured customers old and new, she would rush back home with almost everything sold. Upon reaching home, she would hurry through breakfast and walk to school with her siblings only to continue hawking fruits, nuts, eggs, etc after school.

You see, school was just a past time and she did enough to avoid repeating a class. As far as she was concerned, all that mattered was making sure all the goods put aside to be hawked each day was sold. That guaranteed food on the table, school uniforms, books and maybe some luxuries like cow meat instead of the usual/cheap ice fish in the soup or stew.

17 years ago, in a major city in the Eastern part of Nigeria living with his family was a young man. The only son of a small yet affluent family, his life was filled everything he wished for, he never lacked anything, and whatever he wanted that wasn't in nigeria, his parents imported in. Holidays were second nature to them and yearly trips overseas weren't far fetched. He attended one of the best schools in the state and every morning, he was shuttled to school in a luxury car while he sat at the back....on the right side.

Some mornings he might have been driven past the little hawker girl as she lived right off the major road that led to his school. If he did, he cannot tell you as that was the least of his concerns at that time.

A few years later, the young man moved to United Kingdom to further his studies, following the footsteps of his parents.

A few years after he left, the young hawker and her family miraculously moved to the United States.

Somehow, somewhere these two people became friends, dated briefly and got married. The (used to be) young hawker now rides in the back of luxury cars with the (used to be) young man with him still seating on the right side and she at his left.

She smiles at every young hawker she sees and says a silent prayer for them, cheering them on inside assured that if she made it, they can and will too for God is not stupid. He sees all things, Knows all things and Hears all things only if we continue to call on him and trust in him. He promises to give us double (blessings) for our trouble.

I, Mrs newlywed was the young hawker.
The hubby was the young man.

culled from innovatedbabe.blogspot.com by Mrs. Newlywed
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Events in Aberdeen, Royal Wedding Weekend


Right Royal Celebration at Union Square - 29 April
Want to shop on your day off but don't want to miss the Royal Wedding? Union Square is delighted to announce that Cineworld will be showing the Royal Wedding on the big screen from 11am on 29 April. Drop in for a chance to see Will and Kate say "I do"! The showing is free and subject to availability.

Be at Union Square between 2-4pm later that day for the Union Square Royal Wedding Street Party at the south entrance (opposite Boots and Cult) complete with Face Painting by Lisa Bobbins.






Union Square Fashion Weekend 30th April & 1st May
Join Union Square for the Spring/Summer Fashion Weekend on Saturday, 30 April and Sunday, 1 May! Be first in line to get a look at the brand new collections and trends from some of the best brands at Union Square. There will be three catwalk shows each day (12 noon, 2pm and 4pm) featuring collections from the likes of Outfit, Zara, H&M, Next, Fat Face, New Look, Vero Moda, Jack and Jones, Republic, Pulp, Internacionale, TM Lewin, AB10, Cult and Cotswold Outdoor!

Look out for extra special offers and promotions in certain stores all weekend. Howards Storage World will also be taking to the catwalk at 3pm each day to give you hints and tips on the best ways to store your fashion items.

Plus DJ Kojo will be mixing the music live on the day!



Find the Style in U Events in conjunction with Outfit - 30th April
As part of the Union Square Spring/Summer Fashion Weekend - Outfit will be hosting a series of exclusive 30 minute fashion events in-store on 30 April 2011. The events are FREE to attend, however, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. In order to attend registration is essential.

For more info or to register to attend these exclusive FREE events, please click here
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

LPM - APRIL EDITION


Hey guys!!!

It's less than a week left to this month's LPM! This weekend, your favorite fashion and lifestyle market at the GET Arena is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the Easter celebrations! As usual, they've got the most fabulous vendors, awesome music, as well as food and drinks, all put together to give you the ultimate shopping experience!!!

Take a look at this month's vendors!

Prima Rouge – The Prima Rouge Sample Collection is a modification of our first collection and it features pieces that are more colourful, architectural, and edgy. This collection is a limited edition inspired by the power of self expression through fashion

NS1463 – Young, urban apparel brand.

Cam Cam Sweets – Confectionery. UK and Retro sweets (Haribo, Swizzels, Wham Bars, Sherbet, etc) sold in a variety of selection packs of 150g, & 500g ranging from N800 – N2,000.

Event Point - Handicraft jewellery with wire work.

Idea Builders - Leather slippers blouses, and dresses, jewellery, and ankara pouches and bags.

Designer’s Muse - Novelty fashion fabrics, notions & trims, and all tailoring supplies. We retail designer fabrics, zippers, buttons, stones, trimmings, neck & pocket motifs, appliqu├ęs, bling, sewing machines, mannequins, garment racks, hangers, slat walls, dress forms, pattern cutting tools, bedazzlers; and many more.

Little Luxuries – At Little Luxuries, our range of hand crafted earrings, necklaces & bracelets are made using semi-precious stones, crystals, silver and gold-filled findings sourced from around the world.

Noe Russell - Ladies formal wear and accessories.

Savvie Hair Boutique (SHB) – Accessories for every occasion – Cocktails/ Dinner. Purses and chunky crystal bracelets, layered chains, colourful clutches, stone chokers, stone rings, classy and pearl necklaces

St Colours - ST Colours is a line of T-Shirts and accessories inspired by the African Culture. They are embellished with rich colourful African print, and are guaranteed to make a statement, and leave you looking FAB.

LaBennis Creations: Retail and wholesale services on unique customized handmade African and Contemporary jewelry, Designer jewelry, Bridal jewelry and makeup, Unique African prints and Tailoring services.

Mias’ Boutique - From Clothes for ladies, corporate wears, accessories, casual wears, shoes, bags, all sort of things to cater for your fashion needs.

B&C Fabs – Flat comfortable sandals, handmade with different attachments, reusable with other colours and fabrics by simply pulling out and putting in a new strap for the same sole. Some come with matching bikini or slippers.

Akpos Okudu - Romantic, flirty, feminine dresses in lots of bright colours; for the woman who wants to be elegant and confident without losing her soft feminine side.

Jabby’s Design - Hand-made jewellery (with resin, clay, metals and beads)

Republic of Foreigner – ROF is a women’s apparel brand established with the aim of bringing out the spirit of freedom in all the ladies out there! Inspired by vintage dresses, fairies & pixies, beat poets, endless summers of love, and film, the creators developed a brand based on fun, love, and freedom! “We’re like hippies just spreading the love!” ROF offers a wide selection of desirables–modern & vintage inspired clothing and accessories derived from the global fashion sphere. All of the brand’s fabrics are carefully handpicked, taking into mind style, wearability, and quality.

Hazel and Cinnamon Design Company - Home and fashion accessories, Interior design

Virtue By Focuswear – A wide selection of high quality tee shirts, cardigans, polos, shirts, blazers, and y-neck shirts.

The Ankara Place - We specialise in the production of clothing for male, female and children and it is our policy to use the Ankara fabric as best as possible. We have both a bespoke and also a ready-to-wear line.

Isura - Hand-crafted jewellery

Ours by Juliada – Organic hair and skin products and hair accessories.

Fifemayo - Supplements and beauty products

Allen & Fifth - Nigerian Inspired Graphic T-Shirts

D’Haven Partners Limited - Jewelry that covers a range of mineral colours with the added touch of bling. Bib necklaces to chandelier earrings, cocktail rings and bracelets. Stylish & functional watches for men and women by Guess, Kenneth Cole, Follie Folie and Anne Klein.

Chez Moi – Shoes for ladies and children.

FAB Magazine will also be selling annual subscription to THE MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR, 2010 in Nigeria and nominee for MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR in the United Kingdom!

There will be a lucky dip at the LPM this Sunday at 5pm on the dot to win an ice wristwatch (see pictures below). The dip will involve only those who subscribe to FAB Magazine at the event. The annual subscription which ensures that the subscriber receives a copy of all 4 issues of the magazine this year at his/her doorstep for 3,000 Naira only is an amazing deal in itself!

We can't wait!!!








See you there!
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Brummie Series Day 4 - Ladylike


The finale, all holy like on the way to Mass on Sunday. I can't help this hands on hip thing, I swear I've tried.




Buggy

Later that night, on our way to dinner.


My deceptively simple boat-neck shift. This dress is a work of art, the material, the structure, you can dress it up or leave it bare. Either way its savage. Loved it so much I got it in red too. That is actually a necklace, even my friend thought it was part of the dress, yay to statement jewellery.







We had dinner at this faux Italian restaurant, Cafe Rouge. The food was fantastic, don't get me wrong but the waiter caused me to question the Italian-ness of the establishment.


Dude was giving us the bellissima's and cara's and co and kissing his fingers and whatnot with canzoni itialiane playing in the background, really setting the stage. Next thing he gives us our food and says "bon apetit". I was stunned, wasn't he supposed to say "bene diminuisce"? I felt violated after all that Italian gra-gra.

I guess I should have been alerted by the fact that it was called "Cafe Rouge" instead of "Rosso". French name for an Italian restaurant? Hella weird.



The food was pretty awesome though




And this ends my Brummie Series, will be back with another Venus versus Mars post soon enough.

Love and light xxx
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Brummie Series Day 3 - Ghetto Chic

Today I decided to take Messrs Alex Folzi out for a spin, my ghetto photoshoot. Shoutout to Poshbug Photography, lol.


Who's that girl *in Madonna voice*









Poshbug!!


Cutoffs and Leopard print






The Hardware

I love snakes, so sue me.

The final instalment tomorrow....

Love and light xxx
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Brummie Series Day 2 - Colour Blocking


Because I'm TWP and because I can, I colour-blocked my face, BOOM!

Day 2 begins with everybodys favourite fashion inspiration this season, colour blocking. I'm not really a bright colour person, it will take a while to catch me in solid yellows or bright blues, I like prints and if I'm gonna wear solid colours its usually black and white. I recently started warming to the idea however after going to Zara to buy this deceptively gorgeous boat necked shift dress (loved it so much I got it in black and in red). Zara is slaying in the colour blocking department, I love every single thing they have. Maybe my love has shifted because H&M thoroughly disappointed me with their whole Giselle in peasant like farm garb clothing nonsense. Really though, y'all need to get on Zara online and start putting your debit cards to work, amazeballs.


A Zara display wall. Managed to take this photo sharply before I was tackled to the ground by overzealous salesgirls and security men. This wall was predominantly orange but the whole store was like an explosion in a poster colour factory. Achingly beautiful.


With a bright colour on top already, couldn't bring myself to wear another bright colour on the bottom. I'm tall, I'd look like a walking traffic signal. Had to tone down all the brightness with my favourite, all weather black.


This skirt is actually very long but because its tight all the way to the ground, it rides up as I walk in case any of you bad belles dared to think my skirt dey fear ground, better fall back.


My Poshbug werking it


Those tights are the absolute bi'ness. Love them!

The Hardware

My turquoise and coral owl earrings. Still trying gamely to stick to the whole colour thing


You'll probably have guessed by now that I really like jewellery and not just any jewellery, seriously weird-type jewellery.

Ignore the nails s'il vous plait, I'm in acrylic recovery.

Day 2 over, more tomorrow....

Love and light xxx
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Brummie Series Day 1 - Tough Florals


The day started with my visit to the infamous Bull Ring or whatever. Now I personally don't think its infamous, I couldn't give a flying saucepan about a scary metal bull in front of a shopping center but Bugo insisted that it was a Birmingham landmark and if I didn't climb on it to take a picture I might as well turn back and start giving them Legedes Benz back to Aberdeen, so I risked life and limb to mount this infernal contraption nearly losing my teeth in the process. Now I'm pretty sure Himself will stand by me through pretty much anything but I fear what a row of smashed, jagged teeth would do to our relationship.


Wearing a playsuit and my beloved DM's again.




Nwabugo aka Poshbug aka TWP's official photographer




The Shoes

My babies


These brogues practically speak, the deliciousness is acute

The Hardware

That bruise on my knuckles was caused by a ring I had that extended from the tip of my finger all the way to my knuckles and was made of broken glass. You'll have an idea of how stubborn I can be by learning that I wore that ring consistently even after it hurt me dozens of times.

The End of Day 1



More tomorrow....

Love and light xxx
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