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Fame at last February was an interesting month for me, if only for the fact that a woman in my local bar (who was here on holiday for two weeks) managed to fall off of the same bar stool virtually every night – but full marks for perseverance I say, and good on her for helping the Spanish economy along a little, especially whoever it is who makes Sangria in (breakable) bottles. Still, I got recognised by her, ‘you’re that bloke wot wrote that book!’ she mentioned a helped her up, once more.

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reason. If I see him in town

my case) you won’t be both-

with a TV in a shopping

ered by the temperature,

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trolley and a dog I’ll know

although I’m not sure if it

ing even more of a wimp

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was the alcohol or not but I

because I’m thinking of

guess…

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A packed mag as ever with

the way home…either that or

payment – it’s been freez-

info about getting your car

they were very short nuns…

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an ITV, an interview with a

Spare a thought for those

ing, but near enough for a

couple of the busiest expat

less fortunate than your-

country that boasted tem-

lawyers on the Costa more

selves (that’ll be you guys

peratures over 40 degrees

fiscal stuff from the lovely

living and reading this in the

just six short months ago.

Andrea Burns and (not

UK…sorry) but we know that

It would help if the houses

forgetting) a cracking joke

this month things are going

here had a little more insula-

or two – we seem to have

to warm up a fair bit and

tion than a solid concrete

picked on nuns this month…

about six short weeks we’ll

wall that manages somehow

although the one about

be colour matching our flip-

to suck every drop of heat

Renault creating the perfect

flops with our leg-warmers

from the room the instant

car for women is possibly

(or is that just me) but soon

I turn off the gas heater.

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we’ll have forgotten the cold

If you could see our pho-

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of the winter and be saying

tographer, Mark Welton at

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Shopping in the shop that Mr Grumpy shall remain nameless

If there is one thing that fills me with dread, as it did when we lived in the UK, it is the yearly pilgrimage to spend a full day at a shopping-centre which shall not be named.

but our daughter was feeling the effects of

I get suckered into buying crap that I don’t want

boredom after being forced to queue up like a

or need : Light bulbs, Batteries, Tea-Lights,

refugee waiting for a cupful of rice.

Cutlery, Interesting Kitchen Utensils.... all which I would never have thought about buying else-

So the first thing we did was check her into the

where and if, for no other reasons, than because

play gym thing to let her blow off a bit of steam

I have an empty basket.

Let’s just say that this particular Scandinavian

whilst we wandered around the store to look for

But the thing that really pushed me over the

store is generally situated on the outskirts of

these things that we apparently needed.

edge were the jobsworths manning the highly dangerous and demanding position of watching

most major cities throughout Europe, and has a corporate colour scheme similar to an ‘Oirish’

Now if there are five things that hack me off

airline that employs similar business ethics:

about this store it is these: On palming your offspring off on the unsus-

Showing a total disregard and lack of respect for 1.) Which Nazi decided that I had to follow a

your customers.

over the play-gym.

pecting attendant you are normally given a 45

certain route around the store like a mouse in a

minute ticket in exchange for 1 Euro. Quite rea-

The last time the dreaded excursion was forced

maze? Which Fascist decided to put choke points

sonable. However, the store is laid out in such

upon we must have circumvented the car park

on every corner where I would be encouraged to

a fashion that it is impossible to get all the way

at least a dozen times before abandoning the

pick up a catalogue and a 2” long blunt pencil,

round and pay for your goods in time to collect

car about a mile away to walk to the store. On

whilst trying to squeeze past Grannies with

your child at the agreed time.

actually reaching the front entrance we had to

weirdly shaped shopping trolleys?

So being the generous soul that I am, I volunteered to forego ‘the Marketplace’ and spend

queue to get in. Honestly, there was a team of Blue and Yellow clad bouncers on the door that

2.) What is this fascination with rugs, lamps,

the 15 mins following the yellow line zig-zagging

looked about as butch as Graham Norton at a

Candles, Pot Pourri and cushions? - Maybe it’s a

back through the store against the tide of people

Mardi Gras, telling people that the store was full

woman thing, but have you ever heard a (Het-

walking in the opposite direction, to collect my

and that they were enforcing a ‘one in, one out’

erosexual) man ever declare that ‘There isn’t

daughter.

policy !

enough cushions in here’, or ask ‘Shall I light

I got to the desk and pointed to my daughter,

Honestly, I’m there with a pocket full of cash

another candle?’... ?

but as my other half had actually signed the indemnity form, the jobsworth would not let my

(despite ‘El Creesis’) and they are doing all they can to discourage me from getting through the

3.) Shoddily made doesn’t do the description of

daughter leave – despite that she was cling-

door.

most of their furniture justice. Unless you only

ing to my leg asking me to buy her a Swedish

Fortunately / Unfortunately (depending how you

intend whatever it is that you bought to last 2

hot dog. I showed Sr Jobsworth my driving

look at it) We live about 3 hours away, so the

years at most, you will be disappointed. Every

licence and passport, proving how my name and

last thing I want to do is go away and try again

time the wind blows the compressed fibreboard

address matched that of both my OH and my

another day, so we stuck it out.

swells and splits or the screws rattle loose in

daughter. Still they would not let her leave in my

30 mins later we were given the enormous

their holes. I’d prefer to pay a few extra quid

possession.

and buy some proper furniture that I didn’t have

So I tried to call the OH on her mobile but, for

to make myself from the contents of a Christmas

the love of sweet baby Jesus, the store is so

cracker.

vast that it is impossible to get a signal so far

honour of being allowed into the store to spend our hard earned cash there,

Either way, I Know Everything’s Awful (... that Grammar School education wasn’t

inside and away from the real world! So I had to spend another 15 mins walking back along the yellow zig-zaggy line to find the Mrs

wasted...)

deep in contemplation in a major pot-pourri de4.) Honestly,

cision, to tell her that she had to go all the way

what is it about

back to collect our daughter. Which naturally, I

the names? I get the idea that

got the blame for. So finally we got to the checkout, to pay for

they are trying to

the vast array of goods that we had travelled 2

be ‘European’ and

hours to get to, 30 mins queuing to get to see,

all that, but calling

30 mins with childcare issues, only to be told

something as munmun

that there was an estimated wait of 30 mins at

dane as a Bookshelf

the Cash desks due to the volume of shoppers

‘Spunk’, or a coffee table ‘Ploppy’ doesn’t really sell it to me.

compared to the shortage of cashiers. (Shortage of Cashiers? – With a 23% rate of Unemployment in Spain?) I can’t for the life in me think why we only make

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it a once in a year event.

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Dave Bull shares a coffee with two of Alicante’s busiest solicitors and finds out a bit more about how our some of our Spanish hosts live and work. I’ve had a few experiences here in Spain with lawyers (any of you that have read my book will know what I mean…) but since I bumped into a friendly Spaniard, who speaks (and jokes) with an accent similar to mine, (possibly a worse sense of humour though..) at the British consulate in Alicante I’ve changed my mind after discovering, (these guys friendliest solicitors I’ve ever met) that legal things can be made simple and dealt with efficiently (useful for people like me). Since that day I’ve dealt with Ignacio and his partner Pedro (who speaks English just as well as Ignacio) a lot and found that because they’ve spent so much time in the UK understanding the legal system it’s made dealing with all the Spanish paperwork that much easier to understand, and therefore carry out. So I decided (over yet another coffee with the gents) to find out a bit more about them and their lives, and how come the two friends of 17 years (they met in 1995) speak like me…?

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SPANISH LIVES time) to get involved in more sports – I don’t know where they get the energy; I’m getting tired writing this… The guys are fully qualified and, as I said before, their clients benefit from them having worked in England, and being qualified barrister’s they can represent clients at any level including in the Spanish high courts (let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!). I know from experience that they’ll talk to you about the possible final cost of things rather than surprise you with a final bill with a figure that pos sibly has too many zeros… The other thing to mention is because you’re an All Abroad reader; they let you take advantage of them and are offering a free first consultation - on a no obligation basis.

British Consulate As I said at the top of this article I met Ignacio in the building that houses the British Consul (which if you haven’t been is in Plaza Calvo Sotelo, near to Cortes Ingles in the centre of Alicante) and their offices are there too and thankfully on the first floor! With the constantly changing residency, health, property, and taxation laws (sometimes because of those wonderful people at the EU…) and leg-

Southampton

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islation in general, it is often confusing for us

It turns out the two spent a year at Southampton

Both family men, Pedro lives with his wife and

expats to understand, however, because of their

Institute of international law and while there they

two year old son, Pablo, and enjoys sailing and

experience, I found the partners manage to see

worked to pay their way, and possibly sample the

playing chess in his spare time (although I didn’t

things from my point of view, which, trust me, is

British hostelries now and again...? Plus having

get chance to ask, but I don’t think he does both

really handy. I don’t know how many times I’ve

spent a good deal of the work hours dealing with

at the same time…). Ignacio likes to go places

sat in front of a lawyer thinking I understood

Brits (in English) I guess it’s no surprise that the

in his spare time (literally) as he prefers to be ei-

when in reality I was miles off…

two of them speak English so well. Also a spell

ther walking, either with or without his adopted

Anyway, to finish up Ignacio and Pedro can visit

in supermarket ASDA gave them some pocket

dog –the very cute Mary - or cycling, and spend-

you at home if that makes things easier, and for

money to help see them through their studies.

ing time with his wife and new born son, Arturo,

those unable to travel they are prepared to try

Having studied law together at Alicante univer-

who

to meet the clients on a local basis. I’ve always

sity, Pedro who is now 35 and Ignacio (34) went

is six weeks old. (I’d guess sleeping could

found it easier and quicker to contact them and

their separate ways for a little while - working

be added to that list too -now the little one is

explain my problem and they always find a way

at opposite ends of the Costa Blanca - before

here…).

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They’ve both been bitten by the golf bug recently

standing the Spanish law or just have a ques-

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too, although with young families and a busy

tion, give the guys a call and see for yourself how

ish people to build a firm of three offices with a

law practice on the go they’ll probably have a

simple, and friendly they’ve made things – even

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reasonable excuse if their handicaps don’t start

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Location: TIMES SQUARE Bar & Restaurant Gran Alacant

We decided on a Sunday roast for our lunch and headed along to Times Square in the Plaza Mayor in Gran Alacant to see whether it came up to this Dark Horse’s standards. Times Square (an Irish Bar & Restaurant) sits quietly in the corner of the Plaza Mayor (which is above the SuperValu supermarket) and we were offered the choice of dining inside or outside – in the sun – I’m sure you can guess which option we took given the beautiful weather on Sunday. We were initially welcomed by our jovial waiter (Tony) who got us settled and made us feel comfortable until we were ready to order. I chose the pork from the choice of meats available (pork, beef, lamb or chicken) while my partner chose the beef and we both agreed on the chicken Dijon’s as our starters. The first thing we noticed was the presentation of the starter was amazing! Take a look at the photo (which can’t do it justice really) as it almost looked too good to eat! Immediately I thought, ‘how am I going to eat all this AND a full lunch?’ but we’ll come to that.

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The starters were nicely cooked and served by our waitress who made sure we were happy before disappearing to service the many other patrons who had had the same idea as us for Sunday lunch. The starters were as delicious as they had looked and complimented well with salad and sauces that brought the full flavour from our food – my partner commented immediately that there was someone in the kitchen whom really knew what they were doing! That was why we’d come here to test them out as we’d heard such things before and are always ready to see just how good some restaurants are – and of course as good as they claim to be. Having checked that we were ready for our main course (I always prefer it when a waitress asks rather than dishes up the food while I’m still waiting for the first course to settle down) it was promptly delivered – and as I said earlier, I again questioned where on earth I was going to fit it all! We had full plates of meat with huge (and delicious) homemade Yorkshire puddings, plus four different types of vegetables and stuffing –which I feel is a must on a roast. The meat was properly cooked and the vegetables very slightly crisp (as they should be) with plenty of taste and not, as we have experienced an awful lot in Spain, over-cooked to a mush. Topped by homemade (and proper) gravy the meal was plentiful (to say the least) but more importantly for me, it was cooked and presented perfectly. Our waitress made sure that we had everything we needed before leaving us (although she was there in an instant if we needed her - such a change to some other places I could mention too!) and the chef (restaurant owner Gavin) even came out to make sure we were happy with his meal - which is what any good chef should do. We talked (and he was happy to) about the meal and how he had prepared it and we were impressed not only by his knowledge of cooking but at his attention to detail and how important it was to him that the customer is left satisfied (and full!) after one of his meals. I couldn’t find room for the wonderful cheesecake on offer for dessert but my partner managed to finish his (just) and a simple smack of his lips and a rub of his belly told me all I needed to know about whether he had enjoyed it or not.

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As I said at the start of this review, we don’t know the owners or anyone connected to Times Square but were told of its reputation for fine food, and fine portions can now be added to that. We do this for the love of it and enjoy putting restaurants to the test. We paid for our meal and the first that anyone will know that we’ve been there will be this review in All Abroad Magazine (who have kindly offered to print our reviews) so we hope he like it as much as we enjoyed the food. Look out as we may sneak back for the Steak Night next week!

Dark Horse rating: Well worth a visit. Good value for money, good quality food and friendly and attentive service in a nice setting. We receive no payment (nor do we get free meals for these reviews) – the establishments we visit DO NOT know we are coming (nor who we are) and we ALWAYS pay our way because as we all know – there’s no such thing as a free lunch!

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Curry Night Pla. Amistat 6, La Marina Village (next to the church)

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             ���  

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The Spanish ITV Test: A First-Hand Experience I know about the Spanish ITV : What it is and why I need one etc... However, my Spanish is not what you may call fantastic, and neither am I particularly familiar with the mechanical working of a motor vehicle. I have read a number of guides on the subject of the Spanish ITV, but to be honest with, I didn’t want to know the theory of what was tested – I am neither a qualified mechanic, or likely to employed by the Ministry of Traffic – I just wanted to get the correct piece of paper in my hand that confirmed that my Car was road legal. In short, I wanted a practical guide. I scoured the net and could not find any up to date or particularly informative experiences of getting an ITV done, so decided to have a bash at doing it myself. Making the appointment Most larger Towns have an ITV station. If you don’t where the nearest one to you is you can either call 902 108 368 or visit www.circuitv. com There is no requirement to make an appointment – you can just turn up an wait and take your chances – but this is not always guaranteed. (Tip : Make an appointment as early as possible in the morning to ensure you are not kept waiting with by an delays or ITV’s that have been ‘slipped in’ due to them not having an appointment). On calling the number to make an appointment the automated service (in Spanish) gives an option of what services were available: Option 1 was to “Hacer una Cita” (Make an appointment) and on selecting this, I was directed to an operator. I was asked which dates and times I would like to chose for my test, together with the “Matriculatcion” (Registration number), which he entered into a computer and confirmed that it was both correct, and that I was the named owner, and then asked for my phone

number as a confirmation. (Tip : If you give a mobile number a confirmation of your appointment is sent by text to you.) On arrival Park up, and go to the office, taking with you your “Permiso de Circulación” (log Book) and previous ITV Slip - These should be original copies and not photocopies. The desk staff will then check these details on the computer, confirm that you have not changed address or phone number since your previous ITV, and take the fee for the test - 50.95. On payment your paperwork will be handed back to you together with an A4 slip for the testing mechanic to tick off the things tested and record any results. You will also be directed to which ‘lane’ to drive into. (Tip : Take cash – the swipe machine was broken when I turned up, fortunately I had just enough cash on me.) Taking the test Queue up in the appropriate lane – my appointment was early in the morning so there was queue. You should not get out of your vehicle during the test, but wind the window down so you can hand him the paperwork and follow his instructions. The instructions are pretty basic and reasonably obvious, so almost everyone should be able to get by with a basic understanding of Spanish. The are 3 ‘areas’ to the lane that you are in and the mechanic will tell you when to move from one to the other : 1) He will test all of the lights, indicators, brake lights, fog lights and reverse lights and then check your exhaust for emissions. He will then pop your bonnet and have a look at god-know’s-what. 2) You will be directed to drive forward onto the rolling road (back wheels and front wheels separately) and use the “Frenos” (Brakes) and “Freno de mano” (Handbrake)

By The Equalizer as directed. 3) You will be directed to drive over the ‘Pit’, where he will check your exhaust, the shock absorbers, and your tyres together with the integrity of the bodywork under your car. Once this has been you will be handed your test and be asked to pull out of the test lane : Park your car and take your paperwork back into the office, where your new ITV certificate will be printed and you will be issued with a new sticker to affix to the top of the inside, passenger side of the windscreen (as proof of ITV test in any Guardia inspections). Failure I was fortunate in my car passing the test so can’t give first hand info on the failure process, but understand that upon failure, a report is issued which details the defects, which can then be taken to your local garage for the appropriate repairs. If a re-test is taken in the same day the re-test charge is often waived, but if it is taken at anytime up to the 10 days limit allowed by law the charges can vary considerably depending upon what the defect was – up to a maximum of the full fee. However... Anyone wishing to use my ‘experience’ as a guide should know that this is based upon a Spanish Registered LHD road vehicle – testing criteria is totally different for Mopeds to Cars; Commercial to Private and from Petrol to Diesel vehicles – as do the prices charged for their tests and the frequency of test required. Any ITV test done on a UK registered vehicle is considered as nothing more than a ‘voluntary safety inspection’ by Spanish law and therefore anyone undertaking one should be aware that this in no way replaces the UK’s MOT test and as such could invalidate an insurance policy. Lastly, I am pretty sure that procedures can and will vary between test stations and so this should be considered for guideline purposes only.

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OH STOP IT! You are only pretending to be fed-up with the positive comments about your chiselled physique, handsome features, money making acumen and homebuilding skills. This month your critics will be hampered by a plot hatched by Jupiter and Mars in November last year. Rabbits are well starred, especially on the 14th with Jupiter keen to impress on you the value of their kind licky grins - feed them well on this date and they will explain to you a money making venture the animal kingdom has been trying to communicate to human kind for the last 5 years. A small old gray haired lady on a bicycle is dinging her bell at you as she approaches slowly from behind. She is approaching on a sidewalk, or path, and either you move or she will plough into you in slow motion. The huge risk you took last month may be about to pay dividends, or it may not be. Jupiter is undecided. Mars is keen to pay out. Saturn is keen you should fail in your venture. Let the planets fight it out - enjoy long lay-ins and take all economic news as a joke at which you should laugh heartily and at length. What could be a brick, or possibly the word ‘frick’ are set to pepper this month with meaning - the charts are a bit ambiguous after the 2nd. Libra is the only star sign with the word bra hidden in the name. This is about to become a serious problem for all non-cross dressing Libra men out there. Man boobs are about to become a particular concern, and perhaps the invention of a man boob bra could tip you over the edge. For women Librans, it’s a ‘ho hum’ month Caravaggio, pizza, and chips are all well starred this month, especially in Rome, Italy, and Venice, Nebraska. Avoid the fish in Florence, Italy/California/Mexico, until the 18th when Saturn is set to hide the croutons out of reach.

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You are about to discover a mint that will change your life. Trouble is you won’t be able to stop talking about it. Is the mint the life changing thing, or is it the boring of others about it? Only you and Saturn can square the circle on this riddle this month. A dongle, a woggle, or possibly even a muggle are all perfectly starred for any recreational activity, but beware anyone who comes to your door wearing or selling any of these things.

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Standing at Alicante airport when I first started work in Spain (12 years ago now) I’d be chatting away to Mike and Heidi who’d also be holding a board in front of them with a car rental client’s name on it. They were fun days and a lot has changed at Alicante airport since then (especially the coffee). For example, I’m now writing this while my friends have continued running Coys Rent-a-Car and have developed it into one of the most popular independent car hire companies around. Why? Giving good old fashioned service I’d say. We’ve written on these pages before about the ’extras’ we find ourselves paying when going with the ‘bargain offer’ on some of the big companies websites but Coys is still run in the way it’s customers have enjoyed for 16 years; with

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Birthday The day before yesterday I was 25 and the next year I will be 28. This is true only one day in a year. What day is my birthday? He was born on December 31st and spoke about it on January 1st.

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Neighbors This is another example of Einstein’s riddles. It is said that this quiz was made up by the famous physicist and according to him 98% will not solve it. There is a row of five different color houses. Each house is occupied by a man of different nationality. Each man has a different pet, prefers a different drink, and smokes different brand of cigarettes. 1.The Brit lives in the Red house. 2.The Swede keeps dogs as pets. 3.The Dane drinks tea. 4.The Green house is next to the White house, on the left. 5.The owner of the Green house drinks coffee. 6.The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds. 7.The owner of the Yellow house smokes Dunhill. 8.The man living in the centre house drinks milk. 9.The Norwegian lives in the first house. 10.The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats. 11.The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill. 12.The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer. 13.The German smokes Prince. 14.The Norwegian lives next to the Blue house. 15.The man who smokes Blends has a neighbour who drinks water.

1 cannibal and 1 missionary there, missionary back. 2 cannibals there, 1 cannibal back. 2 missionaries there, 1 missionary and 1 cannibal back. 2 missionaries there, 1 cannibal back. This one cannibal takes the remaining cannibals to the other side.

1. Goddess of love (5) 3. Revoke (7) 7. Floor show (7) 9. Oversight (5) 10. Last letter of the Greek alphabet (5) 11. Rising warm air current (7) 13. Symbol of disgrace or infamy (6) 14. Sour (6) 18. Inscrutable (7) 20. Type of snake (5) 21. Photo book (5) 23. Luxurious (7) 24. Commotion (7) 25. Restorative (5)

Riddles - Answers below

First go the children. Son comes back, and father goes on the other side to his daughter. Then daughter goes back to pick her brother up and they both go to the other side to the father. Son comes back to give the boat to mother who goes to the other side (to father and daughter). Daughter jumps in and goes to her brother so they can both return to their parents. Daughter gets off and son gives the boat back on the first side of the river to the fisherman, who goes on the other side. There the daughter jumps in and goes to her brother to take him back to parents where she (where the whole family meets at last) returns the boat to the fisherman. The boat crossed the river 13 times.

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Word riddle

Brick One brick is one kilogram and half a brick heavy. What is the weight of one brick?

RED? all BORED? all BORED? all BORED? all BORED? all

all BORED? all BORED? all BORED? all BO

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BORED? all BOR.ED? all BORED? all BOR Easy...ish

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