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Release date: 5 April 2012 BATTLESHIP Lt. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is in hot water with his gruff commanding officer, Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson). That’s complicated by the fact that he’s engaged to Shane’s beautiful daughter, Sam (Brooklyn Decker). It makes for an inauspicious start to an international naval drill in the Pacific Ocean. But nobody could have predicted what would happen next. When a team is sent to investigate a vast and mysterious alien vessel in the middle of the ocean, it erects a giant forcefield and launches a devastating aerial bombardment. If humanity is to survive, Hopper must step up to the mark. Based on the game by Hasbro, who gave us the hugely popular Transformers franchise, ‘Hancock’ director Peter Berg’s spectacular sci-fi action film also marks the acting debut of R&B singer Rihanna who plays weapons specialist Petty Officer Raikes.

Release date: 11 April 2012 MARLEY More than 30 years after his death in 1981, Jamaican Rastafarian superstar Bob Marley remains an inspiring titan of music. The best-selling reggae album of all time, his greatest hits compilation, ‘Legend’ continues to shift 250,000 copies a year. Now, for the first time, Marley’s full story is told in a definitive documentary. Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, who gave us the Oscar-winning ‘One Day in September’, traces Marley’s rise from the ghettos of Trenchtown to become an international sensation. Along the way, we hear from his wife Rita and his most high-profile son, Ziggy. Also contributing are fellow musicians such as Bunny Wailer, legendary producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and Island Records boss Chris Blackwell. The result is a unique account of how such enduring classics as ‘One Love’, ‘Exodus’ and ‘Redemption Song’ were shaped by Marley’s background and experiences.

Release date: 20 April 2012 JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME Man-child Jeff (Jason Segel) thinks the universe is sending him signs about his fate. He lounges in the basement all day, while his long-suffering widowed mother Sharon (Susan Sarandon) works for a living. Jeff’s brother Pat (Ed Helms) has long since flown the nest and now has a miserable job and a troubled relationship with wife Linda (Judy Greer). In an attempt to get Jeff out of the house, Sharon sends him on an errand to buy wood glue. Along the way, he runs into Pat. Since everything happens for a reason, this is clearly a signpost to his destiny! Then they spot Linda with another man and embark on a farcical mission to find out whether she’s having an affair. This is a sweet-natured, offbeat comedy from the writer/directors of ‘Cyrus’, with another great comic performance by Jason Segel.

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A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

La Boheme

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DESCRIBED as “genuinely exquisite”, with “extraordinary performances” , Ellen Kent’s spring opera tour comes to Llandudno in April as part of a 75-date tour around the UK and Ireland. The internationally acclaimed Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv, joined by a host of handpicked soloists from across the world, has been singing Madama Butterfly and La Traviata to rave reviews. Now, it also tackles a brand new production of La Boheme. It visits Llandudno for the first time at Venue Cymru on April 18 (Madama Butterfly) and April 19 (La Boheme). After a two-year break to concentrate on other projects, Ellen’s comeback tour has proved a triumph – prompting packed theatres and sackfuls of good-will messages.

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The award-winning director and producer said: “It’s so rewarding to hear how much enjoyment people get from my operas. It’s good to know I haven’t lost my touch!” And true to Kent form, the new production of La Boheme features a few surprises alongside the stunning sets and glorious music. Madama Butterfly and La Traviata both feature children from local weekend drama schools. Now the appeal has gone out for dogs and a brass band – as the new production introduces a local element to each venue. The productions took 18 months to bring to stage – and have been well worth waiting for – with Russian designer Nadezhda Shvets praised for the gorgeous sets and the £25,000-worth of silk gowns, including antique wedding kimonos from Japan, borrowed from Ellen described as “ravishingly beautiful” . Ellen said: “I try to make my operas engaging and


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opera performances sometimes I get carried away with interesting additions but with these there is no spin – just the drama and the beauty. I honestly think they are the best I’ve ever done.” Sung in Italian with English surtitles, La Boheme, based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes de la vie de boheme, focuses on the love between seamstress Mimi and poet Rodolfo. After falling in love instantly, Rodolfo later leaves Mimi due to her flirtatious behaviour, although he is wracked by guilt since their life together has probably worsened Mimi’s delicate constitution. In true tragic opera fashion, the pair reunite briefly at the end before Mimi dies. Meanwhile Puccini’s popular tale of Madama Butterfly, which was used as the basis for West End musical Miss Saigon, is a heartbreaking true story of a beautiful Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant with dire consequences. International sopranos Elena Dee and Maria Tsonina take the leading roles of Mimi and Cio Cio San, while “ladies favourite” Andriy Perfilov is Rodolfo and Pinkerton. They are joined by a 70-strong company including tenor

Ruslan Zinevych, who has sung with Pavarotti and performed Ellen’s operas at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Conductor Gheorghe Stanciu, artistic director of the Constanta Opera in Romania, has joined the tour, bringing a new focus to the music, provided by the esteemed Kharkiv Theatre Orchestra. Presented by Derek Block Concert Promotions, one of the biggest international promoters in the entertainments industry, the tour features Madama Butterfly, La Traviata and La Boheme. For further information go to www.ellenkent.com or Derek Block Classical Arts on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @DBClassicalArts. To book tickets in Llandudno call the box office on 01492 872000 or go online at www.venuecymru.co.uk.

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Can you find these Countries? WALES SPAIN CANADA SCOTLAND ICELAND FRANCE BRAZIL MEXICO NORWAY KENYA

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In which TV series did John Thaw play a barrister?

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What were the first names of “The Likely Lads”?

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Who played the character of Albert Steptoe?

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What was the character name of the Sheriff in “The Dukes of Hazzard”?

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What was David Jason’s character called in “Open All Hours”?

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What was the title of the first Carry On Film?

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In which TV drama series did Caroline Quentin play a journalist called Madeline Magellan?

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Which 70s American TV drama starred Karl Malden and Michael Douglas as police detectives?

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If Martin Shaw was “Doyle”, who was “Bodie”?

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Former Eastender’s stars, Susan Tully and Todd Carthy first starred together in which Children’s TV programme?

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Who played Batman in the original TV series?

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Who played Audrey Forbes-Hamilton in the sitcom “To The Manor Born”?

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Who played the role of Lukewarm Lewis in the TV comedy series “Porridge”?

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What was Blackadder’s christian name?

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With Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster. Discover the bizarre workings of Paul Merton’s brain, as he muses on the mighty behemoth that is his noggin. Paul returns to his stand-up roots for the first time this century. Away from the ‘Have I got News For You’ desk Paul Merton proves he’s got legs. A night of sketches, music, magic, variety and dancing girls (two of them aren’t girls).

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DYDD MAWRTH 20 MAWRTH // TUESDAY 20 MARCH, 7.30pm

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For the past ten years Derren has created TV and stage performances that have stunned audiences, debunked the paranormal and encouraged many to improve and enhance their own mental abilities. His first show appeared in 2000, Derren Brown: Mind Control, and followed with Trick of the Mind, Trick or Treat and a series of Specials including the controversial Russian Roulette and the hugely popular Events. Following sell-out performances Derren hits the road again with the second leg of the tour that started in 2011 Derren Brown: Svengali. This is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town, so book now! £35.50, £32.50, £30

Dydd Mercher 21 – Dydd Gwener 23 Mawrth // Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 March, 8pm

AN EVENING OF MEDIUMSHIP WITH TV PSYCHIC TONY STOCKWELL Y NEUADD | HALL For those with an interest in mediumship, the name of Tony Stockwell will certainly need no introduction. Tony has been working tirelessly for over 20 years to bring forward messages of love from the grave. Tony Stockwell has a special gift. He can communicate with spirits, decipher their messages and share them with those who have lost people dear to them. Now audiences can experience amazing evidence of the continued existence of their loved one and that there’s really not death, just life beyond this. Nobody can fail to come away untouched by the experience. £20

Dydd Iau 22 Mawrth // Thursday 22 March, 7.30pm

GILBERT O’SULLIVAN IN CONCERT Gilbert O’Sullivan has accumulated no less than fourteen top-forty hits, including Clair, Alone Again (Naturally), Get Down and Nothing Rhymed, with number one singles on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as four top-five UK albums. His live performances showcase his tremendous musical abilities. He is joined on stage by his 11 piece band, including a string quartet, to present a stunning 2 hour performance.

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Dydd Sadwrn 24 Mawrth // Saturday 24 March, 7.30pm


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BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES The BBC National Orchestra of Wales returns to Venue Cymru under their principal guest conductor, Jac van Steen and with the sensational Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang, EMI Classic’s Young Artist of the Year 2010. The programme will include the overture to Genoveva the only opera Schumann ever wrote, to be followed by Tchaikovsky’s ravisihing Violin Concerto. In the second half we will hear Prokofiev’s sprightly Symphony No.1, known as the ‘Classical’ and Haydn’s grand ‘London’ Symphony, the Symphony No.104.

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Dydd Sul 25 Mawrth // Sunday 25 March, 3pm

CHARLIE LANDSBOROUGH The unique Charlie Landsborough is touring the UK this Spring in support of his 21st studio album. A consummate live performer, Charlie and his five-piece band are well known for keeping concertgoers enthralled. His anecdotes captivate audiences wherever he plays - he is as entertaining as he is melodic – while his musicality is unquestionably superb. His music ranges from inspirational to country, from ballad to anthem, and always hits the spot. He has dedicated fans the world over. £18, £16.50

Dydd Mercher 28 Mawrth // Wednesday 28 March, 7.30pm

THE PASADENA ROOF ORCHESTRA - LICENSED TO SWING It’s the year 1969. A man makes the first step on the moon. The Beatles play their last public concert. The first Woodstock happens… ... and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra gets its “Licence To Swing” when over 1000 original dance band arrangements are discovered in an attic by founder-member, John Arthy. More than 40 years on from that incredible find, the Orchestra’s repertoire has been shaken again - not stirred! The best 1920’s and 30’s tunes are the simple ingredients for that cocktail. So, sit back and take a sip of the orchestra’s new programme “Licensed To Swing”.

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Dydd Iau 29 Mawrth // Thursday 29 March, 7.30pm

THE OSMONDS – UP CLOSE & PERSONAL For over five decades The Osmond Brothers have been entertaining sold out crowds throughout the world and 2012 marks the year of their biggest ever UK Tour. The tour will take fans on a journey through their many unforgettable hits - from classics such as “One Bad Apple”, “Down By The Lazy River”, “Let Me In” and “Love Me For A Reason” to “Crazy Horses” and “Long Haired Lover From Liverpool” – the 1972 number One from Jimmy, who has more recently appeared in London’s West End in Grease and Chicago.

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Imagine you have just been for a health check, where your health professional checks the BMI Chart and you are told the shocking news that your BMI is over 25. Do you actually understand what BMI means?

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BMI = Body Mass Index = A formula used to identify possible weight problems in adults and children to establish if they are at a weight which is healthy for their body type. There is a BMI chart which shows categories (or bands) of variation, which give a general indictaion as to whether a person is underweight, overweight or clinically obese. As everyone is slightly different within their body type, there is no ‘absolute’. If excess weight is indicated, (which could show a potential health risk) further assessments would be needed, which could include the following; body fat measurements; visceral fat (intra-abdominal fat) analysis; hip / waist ratios; diet; physical activity history; family medical history. Depending on the indication, generally, the greater your BMI the greater you are at risk of certain medical problems which might include; heart disease; high blood pressure; type 2 diabetes; gallstones; cholestrol; breathing problems and some cancers. We should also not overlook other risks such as osteoarthritis and even emotional symptoms such as low self-esteem and depression. Because the BMI calculation only requires height and weight measurements, it is an easy method for professionals to identify potential health risks as part of other fitness assessments. Using BMI allows us to compare our own weight condition to that of the general population. How is your BMI worked out? With the metric system now commonly adopted, the

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formula for BMI is weight (kg) / [height (m)] 2 Example: Weight = 80 kg, Height = 170 cm (1.70 m) Calculation: 80 ÷ (1.70) 2 = 27.68 The result you get is then categorized into the following table:

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Discussing and looking at the BMI chart at The Anglesey Marathon Pictures Courtesy of Glyn Davies.com

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DEVA BESPOKE FASHION DESIGN PROM DRESSES We at DEVA DESIGNERS delight in creating the most sumptuous Dresses for all your Special Occasions. Based at our Workshops and Boutique in Craig y don, we work in lovely Fabrics such as Satin, Taffeta, Silk, Lace and Dupion, in all the Colours of the Rainbow. We create your Design at the Drawing board stage and advise on the Fabric and Colour that would be suitable for that design and your skin tone and personality. By laying the Fabric samples against your skin, we can ascertain the correct shade to complement you. Each Exclusive garment is Handmade, created just for you, with a painstaking eye for Detail, to include Beading, Diamanteing and Embroidery. All the features you desire

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Our treatment menu describes it as an ancient healing therapy, massaging the reflex points on the feet to benefit the whole body. A wonderfully balancing experience that can improve health by restoring natural energy flow. When I introduced reflexology to my clients I always said “think of your foot as a little map of your body where all your body systems and organs are represented. Reflexology works on each area of the foot in order to stimulate circulation, identify and repair imbalances, and therefore promotes homeostasis – a state of balance”. More powerful and effective than a full body massage, reflexology is not only thoroughly relaxing but can ease many common complaints from migraines, backpain and general fatigue. Bearing in mind that your feet house thousands of nerve endings, it’s then no surprise that the treatment, which of course focuses purely on the feet, is highly powerful. During the treatment, as well as being warm, cosy and thoroughly pampered, you are likely to drift off into deeply

relaxed state that is often better than a good night’s sleep! You’ll emerge feeling energised, detoxified and much more in tune with the condition of your body.

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What is the history of reflexology? Believe it or not, reflexology wasn’t introduced to the UK until the 1960’s so many still consider it to be a ‘new age alternative therapy’. Dr William Fitzgerald, an American Physician


Health & fitness developed a treatment known as zone therapy in 1909 and the current method has been adapted into many different forms since then. It can be traced back at least 3000 years though and there is evidence that the Egyptians used it for healing purposes. Its origins are also linked to Chinese and Japanese medicine, especially the disciplines of Shiatsu and Acupuncture. These practises focus on clearing energy channels or meridians to promote balance and natural healing.

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amazingly therapeutic and something that we all need. Having done it myself many times, I’ve also found that half a day isn’t enough for me if I don’t do this often enough. Leading such a busy life means that I need the morning to try to switch off and then the afternoon to enjoy it! Have a no make-up day! Only you ladies will understand that having a day without makeup is so liberating. And all the treats in the spa mean that your skin will be glowing at the end from relaxing in the steam room to having a luxurious facial – and we certainly don’t recommend putting any make-up on at the end of the day (well maybe a little mascara and a bit of lippy) Tre Ysgawen Hall Country House Hotel & Spa Capel Coch, Llangefni, Isle of Anglesey LL77 7UR (01248) 753268 (Direct line) (01248) 753270 (Hotel switch board)

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Wheatcroft has rescued the circuit from its near failure by the last administration, I’m both relieved and delighted to be back at Donington. This Historic Festival has now become the first historic meeting for a new season, which means – with much excitement – that we are all able to get back behind the wheel after the winter break. For Rohan Fernando and myself with his Ferrari 250 SWB it will be our first opportunity to see who and how we will compete against others in Carol Spagg’s Pre-’63 GT series. As this is the first time out with this iconic Ferrari in racing prep by Pearson Engineering, it’s very interesting to see how it will perform. Also I will compete once more in the Laranca BMW TISA1800 for the U2TC series. It should be a great start to the 2012 classic season – and much to look forward to.” Another exceptional car in the Pre-’63 GT is the rare 1962 Porsche Carrera Abarth GTL, one of just 21 of these


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up in 1936. Squire’s founder, Adrian Squire, who was just 26 years old when the company closed, had worked up the initial designs – even producing a six-page catalogue – while still at school. Sadly, the cost of his dream car was to prove his undoing; at its launch the Squire was the most expensive sportscar in Britain, costing approximately twice the price of a 2-litre Aston Martin. Tickets and information Day tickets for the Donington Historic Festival cost £18 in advance (£25 on the gate), while weekend tickets cost £30 in advance (£40 on the gate). Children aged under 16 are admitted free. Entry tickets and camping tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355.

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You’ve fed the birds

Now feed the Bees! Gardens are being increasingly recognised as having a vital role to play in the battle to reverse the decline in native species and habitats. The supply of bird food has developed into a mullti million pound industry and has helped to stabilise the dramatic decline in certain species of birds, although more still needs to be done to provide structural planting for roosting and nesting. Recently bees have become the focus of attention with populations under pressure from both disease and a decline in the supply of nectar from wildflowers. The role of bees as pollinators of many of our most important food crops should not be underestimated. Quite simply, we cannot manage without them, and even a gradual decline in their numbers is likely to lead to a drop in the yield from crops such as apples, strawberries and tomatoes. Monoculture and extensive use of weedkillers has led to a dramatic drop in the population of nectar rich flowers in the countryside, and gardens are now being targeted as a network of nectar hotspots to compensate. We all love colour in the garden but masses of bedding plants do not always provide bees with a good meal. Many of the most popular varieties have been bred to have big blousy double or semi-double flowers from which bees cannot extract the nectar. The Royal Horticultural Society has become involved in an initiative from broadcaster Sarah Raven to identify plants which are best for pollinators, and they have developed a “Perfect for Pollinator” plant list which can be viewed at www.rhs.org.uk/ plants. In addition many of the leading British nurseries have begun to adopt the bee logo on labels of the best pollinating plants, and these will be seen increasingly on plants in Garden Centres in the near future. Bee watching may never become as popular as bird watching but they need our help just as much! Single flowers can be just as beautiful as double flowers, for example cosmos and marguerites have become hugely popular in recent years because of their simple beauty and “naturalistic” appearance; they also happen to be brilliant for bees!

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Homes & gardens

Gate Expectations by Inwood (Cymru) Ltd

Inwood (Cymru) Ltd are a family run joinery business based in Rhyl. Under the name Gate Expectations, we have developed our own range of made to measure wooden gates and side hung garage doors. We have manufactured gates and garage doors for customers in North Wales and all over the UK and beyond (from Jersey to the Shetland Isles and a lot of places inbetween!).

on a budget, to Meranti, Idigbo or beautiful European Oak (all Hardwoods). By making everything to measure, it gives us great flexibility over our products, meaning everything can also be customised to your exact requirements. If you wish to replace an existing product, keep to the same style as your home or fancy something completely unique, our bespoke service means we will work with you to create the perfect gate or garage door for you. Our designs and practices are built on three generations of joinery experience. We use traditional methods to ensure all of our timber products are of the highest quality and longevity.

We have a gate and garage door for everyone, from our more economic models, such as our Denbigh gates and Clwyd doors, up to our top of the range Arched headed gate (Semi circular arched headed and Gothic arched headed) which both feature elegant yet solid full thickness arching heads – look out for our new Tudor arched headed gate coming soon to our website! Whether you are looking for Hardwood or Softwood we’ve got it covered. Scandinavian Redwood (Softwood) for those

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Health & fitness

Kerb Appeal

The front of your house is the first thing that any visitors notice, so whether you are improving your property or looking to sell and move elsewhere, then don’t forget the kerb appeal! Imagine viewing houses to purchase, and the first house you view has an overgrown garden full of brambles complete with a gate that is partly falling off, partly hanging off the hinges – that’s not creating a good impression, and that’s before you’ve even got inside the house!

Security

Maybe you’re not looking to move and think why do I need gates? Well, they can give you privacy, complete a garden tidy up or renovation, keep your dogs in your garden (and other dogs out!) and put off opportunist burglars. A safe and secure gate will offer you peace of mind, as well as making all your neighbours green with envy at your new bespoke gate! BWF Code of Conduct Assured We are also pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded British Woodworking Federation Member status, after undergoing a rigorous vetting procedure, which included workshop visits, customer references being checked and several interviews. We are proud of this achievement and feel this is important to us as it gives reassurance to our customers of our commitment to the quality of our work and the standard of our customer services; why not try us out for yourself?

For more information on Gate Expectations by Inwood (Cymru) Ltd, or on our products, please visit our website at www.woodworkersuk.co.uk , give us a call on 01745 362444 or pop into our workshops.

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Goodtimes Magazine issue 17  

North Wales Goodtimes Magazine issue 17

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