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SP4 Magazine March 2012

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March heralds the start of spring, bringing with it new life as the daffodils start to appear, lambs adorn our countryside, and the clocks go forward an hour on Sunday 25th March which incidentally is when British Summer begins. So maybe I shouldn’t be talking about spring... very confusing! Sadly, we lost our 13 year old cat recently who was seriously ill with kidney disease and had to be put to sleep. It’s never easy losing a pet. They become part of the family and, needless to say, I have been giving countless hugs to my other cat (her sister) and dog since. The staff at my local vet, Hampton Park Vets are wonderful and care for the animals as if they’re their own pet. Our dog seemed to be going there every week when he was a puppy with one thing or another. He even had some puppy teeth removed because they failed to fall out naturally, all I can say is our pet insurance has been a godsend! I hope you enjoy reading this issue and please don’t forget to let the advertisers know that you found them in The SP4 Magazine!


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10 COMMUNITY NEWS What’s On .......................................................... 6 Amesbury Carnival ............................................. 4 Custom World 30th Anniversary Gift ................. 12 Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Charity Event ................ 10 HEALTH Relieving pain naturally..................................... 22 FOOD & DRINK Beverley’s Cakes new Sugarcraft School .............. 8 Recipe - Glazed salmon ..................................... 18 HOME & GARDEN Open Sesame .................................................... 14 PUZZLES Crossword, Sudoku, Solutions ........................... 28 REVIEWS Books - The British Countryside ........................ 26 Technology - Mad March Hair? ......................... 30



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he Amesbury Carnival and Show is the largest in the Amesbury area and regularly attracts over 6,000 people a year. This year’s show to be held on the 2nd June has been enthusiastically supported following an extremely successful Open Meeting held on Tuesday, 31st January at Antrobus House. This well attended meeting gave rise to many offers of support and ideas for incorporation into this year’s event. Several local businesses were represented and gave their pledge to be involved in the new Commercial category in the carnival procession. They were in complete agreement it was a fantastic way to advertise their businesses, particularly as it was free of charge! The Carnival procession starts in the town centre in the morning and winds its way up to Holders Field with a final flourish in the main arena around midday. Main arena events follow throughout the afternoon and there is a huge variety of stands, displays, a fun dog show, fairground attractions and a car boot sale. Amesbury Carnival Committee is putting final plans in place for the 2012 show. Last year’s show saw a splendid display of hand-to-hand fighting and jousting with the Knights of Middle England followed


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by a mind-boggling, body flipping show of acrobatic skill and agility with Kangaroo Gymnastics. Main arena events booked so far are the Essex Dog Display Team, the MAD Cycle Display Team and a Samba band, however, there are several others in the pipeline, including the Majorwrecks and a Hawk display. If you are unable to participate in the show another way of supporting it is via sponsorship. The show always needs financial assistance to counteract the ever-increasing cost of putting on an event of this size and calibre. In addition this year there are plans to have a Stonehenge Games (following the Olympic theme) and a second balloon release, this time to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. If you would like to participate in the show and carnival procession please visit http:// (entry forms can be downloaded from this page) or call 07748 988242 and ask for Michele. We look forward to seeing you there!

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What’s on in Thurs 1st Mar at 7.30pm Bourne Valley Horticultural Society The Glebe Hall, Winterbourne Earls, SP4 6HA – details to be announced. Contact Lynn 01980 610635.

Fri 2nd Mar – WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER service St Michael’s Church, Winterbourne Earls SP4 6HA. The theme this year is LET JUSTICE PREVAIL and the resources have been prepared by Christian women in Malaysia. Everyone is welcome (including Men!) Maureen on 01980 611172 or

Wed 7th Mar – DIGITAL SWITCHOVER (Stage 1) BBC2 will go digital, and some new digital channels will become available. If you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up TV you’ll need to re-tune your equipment. (For Stage 2, see 21st Mar.) Contact DigitalUK on 08456 50 50 50 or

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Continue with their monthly session – this time featuring RICHARD DIGANCE at Boscombe Social Club, Boscombe Village, SP4 0AB. Richard, who lives locally, has agreed to do a special one-off appearance in order to help support the continuation of Bourne Folk. We are very grateful to Richard for this and we anticipate a large demand for tickets. The Boscombe Village Club have agreed to extend the room but numbers will be strictly limited and tickets sold on a first-comefirst served basis. More details from Dave on 07596 833797 or

Please come along and join us at our Coffee Morning with Bring & Buy at Boscombe Social Club, Boscombe Village SP4 0AB. All are welcome. Contact 01980 611117 or www.bournevalleylink.

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Thurs 22nd Mar – at 7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm) MOVIOLA The Glebe Hall, Winterbourne Earls, SP4 6HA – MOVIOLA FILM – The Help (12A). Tickets available in advance from Winterbourne PO & Stores £5.00 (or £6 at the door). Contact Gill: 01980 611465.

Tues 27th Mar from 7.30pm – Bourne Valley Tuesday Club - Skittles Challenge! Methodist Hall, Winterbourne Dauntsey, SP4 6EW. We are challenging our friends at St Michael’s to a skittles match. They beat us hands down at Pétanque last summer so we need to muster plenty of support for this evening. The venue is yet to be arranged, but it usually costs about £10 to include a good buffet meal. Contact Brian 01980 611172.

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New Sugarcraft School Opens in Redlynch For those familiar with Beverley’s Creative Cakes there was a real treat in store when her new sugarcraft school was officially opened in Redlynch last month. Expanding upon Beverley Barter’s successful cake-making enterprise which she established over fifteen years ago, the new school promises a world of offerings to those interested in developing their expertise in cake decoration. Having opened its doors for the official launch on Saturday 11th February, Beverley’s sugarcraft school welcomed prospective students to take a tour of the new workshops and kitchens, and sample the delights in store with some celebratory tea and cake. Visitors were able to see


where the cake-work takes place and witness Beverley herself demonstrating the art of sugarcraft and decoration, as she encouraged visitors to have a go themselves. In the evening, the ribbon was officially snipped by royal icing expert Eddie Spence MBE, as local business people and friends were invited to celebrate the new location of Beverley’s Creative Cakes. Beverley commented: “Over the years we have seen a huge rise of enquiries about cake decoration lessons and the new studio will allow us to expand the range of courses and get more people involved. Sugarcraft is great fun to learn and the skills we teach enable students to use their imaginations to create beautiful

cakes for any occasion.” A host of new classes are now available, with courses tailored for beginners, intermediate and advanced cake decorators. These will take place in eight-week blocks, with Beverley also running monthly workshops focusing upon specific crafts such as marzipanning and icing to wired flowers and creating stunning three-dimensional decorations for cakes. For further information on one of Beverley’s courses and booking details please contact the shop on 01725 513758 or visit www.beverleyscreativecakes. Gift vouchers are available.

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he Sarsen Trial and Neolithic Marathon, one of Wiltshire’s important leisure events will take place on Sunday 6th May 2012. A significant date for serious runners, walkers and cyclists, it is also a fun day for families wanting to enjoy the countryside and raise money for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. This year’s event includes the Full and Half Marathon, a range of walks (7, 11, 15 and 26 miles) and a new route for the 25 mile multi-terrain, circular mountain bike route, starting and ending at Stonehenge. This new cycling route will this year go through Salisbury Plain allowing cyclists to enjoy the vast beauty of this unique landscape. The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is celebrating its 50th year anniversary and hopes to raise even more funds to continue its critical conservation work supporting and developing a sustainable future for wildlife and people. “This is a rare opportunity for people to access an area which is usually closed to the public and to enjoy this spectacular landscape. I am also pleased 10 | The SP4 Magazine

to say that we have been given permission to take this year’s cycling route through Salisbury Plain. We had over 2,300 people taking part last year and I expect this year will be no exception. The marathon places are limited and in our 50th year we expect a record attendance, so I urge people to sign on as soon as possible,” says Sarsen Trail coordinator Derek Gard. It’s a fabulous, fun-filled day on a route full of ups and downs and a mixture of grassland and farm tracks stretching across stunning landscape from the Vale of Pewsey, through the Avon Valley and across the wilds of Salisbury Plain. For wildlife watchers, the northern half of the route from Avebury to Redhorn Hill is an area rich in wildlife and you can expect to see skylarks, brown hares, sedge warblers and kingfishers. The route crosses fields and country

lanes as well as a couple of busier roads and a railway line. The route is fully stewarded with first aid cover and support vehicles and a free coach service is offered for walkers between the starting and finishing points. The Trust provides regular water and toilet stops with refreshments available along the route. All participants who cross the finish line at Stonehenge receive free refreshments at the end, along with a medal awarded to all those who finish their chosen route. Thanks to English Heritage those with medals will have the opportunity to enter the Stonehenge site for free for the rest of the day. Entry fees cover the Trust’s costs for organising the event and more funds can be raised for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust through individual sponsorship. This year WWT are asking participants to take their £50 challenge and to raise a minimum of £50 sponsorship. Sponsorship forms can be downloaded from the website. For further information visit or email Online booking will be available from Monday 16th January 2012.

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ustom World are proud to be celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year and plan to make it a year to remember.

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They are excited to announce an opportunity for anyone living in Dorset, Wiltshire or Hampshire to have a bedroom or home office designed and installed free, up to the value of £3,000. Russell Bowyer, the Managing Director, explained that they would like to be able to give something back to the community for the support the business has received in all the 30 years since it started back in 1982.

The lucky winner chosen by the panel of judges will receive a free design consultation and work with the designer to create the room of their dreams. Their furniture will be manufactured by a team of professional joiners and finally installed in their home by Custom World’s in-house fitters.

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Open Sesame Why have several small, dark rooms when you can simply knock down some walls and live in a gorgeous, airy, bright and huge space? But there are eight key issues you should bear in mind when decorating your open-plan home, says Katherine Sorrell 1. Creating a focal point While traditional rooms often work around a fireplace or TV, larger, multipurpose rooms can lack visual focus. By introducing colour, pattern and/or texture on one wall – perhaps above a sofa or behind a dining table – you’ll add character, interest and even drama. The easiest solution is to use a strong paint colour or to hang a large painting, photograph or print, while boldly patterned wallpaper also works well.

2. Using colour Pale colours are generally considered best to emphasise the airiness of large open spaces. But should you go for one shade all over, or choose different colours for different areas? Using the same colour throughout gives an unbroken look and emphasises space, but if one end of the room is to function separately from the other – a living and dining space, a living and work space – you can zone these areas by varying their colour. A tonal scheme, with colour going from light to darker from one end to the other, can be particularly effective.

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4. Choosing a floor Choosing flooring for a multi-purpose space such as an openplan cooking/dining/living area can be tricky, as the kitchen area needs to be able to cope with splashes and spills, while you’ll want the sitting area to feel cosy and comfortable. You have two choices: either run the same flooring throughout for a sleek, flowing look, or choose a variety of types of flooring which will differentiate between areas. If you Oversized, dramatic pieces work go for the former option, consider well in large, open-plan spaces. stone or wood, both of which Marmaduke chair, £199, Very, 08448 222 321; can be softened with rugs where necessary, or consider high quality vinyl, which is spill-proof and forgiving underfoot.

5. Separating spaces Not all open-plan spaces need to be entirely open all of the time, so for truly flexible living it’s advisable to include some sort of flexible division. In a period property, panelled doors that can be folded back against the walls when not in use are perfect; in a more modern house a moveable screen, or perhaps ceiling-mounted panels

(on a track) that can be pulled to one side when desired, would be enormously useful.

6. Linking spaces Open-plan kitchen/living areas are ideal for entertaining, but how do you successfully blend the spaces seamlessly? One solution is to continue the style of your kitchen units for storage used in nearby areas, choosing a design that looks as good for a TV stand, say, as for a cutlery drawer. Versatility is key and you should consider not just colour but also texture, and even handles – long, slender handles tend to look better in modern living spaces than dumpy round ones, for example.

7. Solutions for storage Knocking two rooms together gives you a gorgeous open area – but, because you’ve lost wall space for cupboards and shelves, much less room to hide your clutter. One solution is to use tall, open shelving that doubles as a room divider as well as somewhere to display your stuff, while if you have a flat-screen TV, mount it on a media wall with storage for DVDs concealed behind it. In fact, make the most of every tiny corner, building storage into sloping ceilings, around windows or in any alcove you can find.

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Glazed Salmon Skewers with Sesame Noodles This is a great way to jazz up salmon – with a Japanese teriyaki sauce glaze served with sesame flavoured noodles. Soak the wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before threading on the strips of salmon to prevent them from burning under the hot grill.

Serves 4

Ingredients 4 x salmon fillets, skinned 6 tbsp teriyaki sauce 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 250g packet medium egg noodles 2 tsp sesame seed oil

Ready in 40 minutes plus 30 minutes marinating 1 tsp grated root ginger 6 salad onions, trimmed and thinly slices 40g radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced 2 tbsp sesame seeds 30ml honey, warmed

Method 1. Slice each salmon fillet widthways into 2 strips and place the strips in a shallow dish. Mix together the teriyaki sauce and garlic and pour over the salmon. Cover and leave to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. 2. Preheat the grill to medium. Thread the strips of salmon onto 8 wooden skewers. Grill the salmon skewers for 3-4 minutes on each side until just cooked through. 3. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Drain well. Heat the sesame oil in a wok or large non-stick frying pan and add the ginger, spring onions, radishes and sesame seeds. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes then Add the noodles and toss well to mix. 4. Just before serving, brush the salmon skewers with the warmed honey and grill for a further few minutes. Divide the sesame noodles between four serving bowls and top with the salmon skewers.


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Salisbury City Council is once again organising the popular, family favourite St George’s Day event on Sunday 22 April in the Market Place and Guildhall Square. This established free event is a great day out for all the family. Claire Burden, Salisbury City Council’s Business Manager said. “St George’s Day in Salisbury is a great celebration and is a popular event for all ages. This year we have new attractions alongside some traditional favourites.” The event is set to begin at 11am with a small pageant from the Guildhall followed by a play and welcome from the Mayor. Highlights of the day include, fair rides, craft stalls, local produce, cream teas and guided tours. More information about the day’s events will be posted on the website as it becomes available so regularly visit for updates.

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Relieving Pain Naturally Health experts advise that natural alternatives to over-the-counter pain relief are often the best solution. Julie Penfold looks at natural pain relief options for common health complaints. It’s an instant reaction for so many of us when pain first strikes; we simply take something to relieve our symptoms. Popping a pill is frequently our default setting and our usual answer is to take paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin to relieve symptoms – the most popular over-the-counter painkillers. The main pain-killing ingredient in aspirin is salicylic acid, which is found naturally in the herbs willow bark, poplar and meadowsweet. While willow bark and poplar are only available via a herbalist, meadowsweet can be found in natural health stores. Meadowsweet can be drank as a tea and is very effective at tackling pain fast, says natural medicine practitioner, Susse Wedel. “For general pain-killing use, ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper are very good options. You can ingest these by adding to a hot water drink or sprinkling on food as and when required,” adds Susse.

Tackling Headaches For headaches brought on by stress or tension, the herb rosemary is Susse’s top tip for relieving nervous tension, and just inhaling the aroma can help to ease tension. Rosemary essential oil can also be rubbed directly onto the temple for instant relief. Lavender and chamomile are two of the best relaxation herbs around and are a super option for easing headache pain. As stress headaches are commonly caused by a constriction of blood vessels in the head, rosemary and lavender can help to ease this pressure. These herbs are all available as herbal teas and are equally effective when consumed as a drink. Herbs which have an affinity to the head tend to have a high content of calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are all naturally powerful against headache pain. For migraine sufferers, ginkgo can help to provide relief from painful symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and cutting out stimulants in the diet such as caffeinated drinks, sugar, tobacco and chocolate can also help, as these foods can trigger migraines, as well as prolonging them.

Muscle Strain Adding several handfuls of fresh thyme to a bath can be an effective alternative to over-the-counter pain relief for muscle strain, as thyme eases both muscular and rheumatic pain. St John’s Wort oil and rosemary oil can also help to ease muscular aches and pains. Foods containing magnesium such as wholegrains, bananas, spinach, broccoli, tofu, nuts, seeds, beans 22 | The SP4 Magazine

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Menstrual Pain Ginger helps to relax the uterine muscles and stops painful cramps, spasms and contractions. Drinking a ginger herbal tea, or creating your own tea by grating ginger and adding to hot water, can provide fast relief from severe period pain. As an additional tip, Susse recommends topping up with hot water regularly as this renews the active pain-killing properties and provides longer relief. Raspberry leaf tea is also effective for balancing hormones, relaxing muscles and relieving menstrual cramps. To ease bloating and pre-menstrual tension symptoms, Susse recommends yarrow tea. Other super relievers for period pain include: chamomile as it is high in calcium, minerals and contains muscle relaxant properties and valerian as this helps to reduce cramping and relaxes stomach muscles. In addition, taking a vitamin B6 supplement can also help to tackle muscle spasms associated with period pain.

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Book Review

The British Countryside Our British countryside is teeming with life this time of year. To save you getting lost in a wilderness of animal and nature books, here are some of the best to be found. Grab the butterfly net and the binoculars; it’s time to go on a back-garden safari.

British Wildlife Photographer Award Collection 2 (Photography) AA Publishing Who says coffee table books always have to be about antique teapots and small furniture? Bring the outside world in and celebrate the best that this island has to offer. The British Wildlife Photography Awards began in 2009 and this beautiful collection is full of the winning pictures from 2011, ranging from urban intruders to marine life. Vivid images beautifully capture British wildlife in a wonderfully voyeuristic way. The whole collection is a window on the extraordinary lives of animals and is definitely one to be treasured.

RSPB Pocket Nature Wildlife of Britain If you’ve ever been out with your children and found yourself stumped by the question ‘what’s that?’ then this guide is a musthave for you. With over a thousand species of British animals, plants and fungi, you’ll sound like Chris Packham on Springwatch if you carry this in your rucksack. 26 | The SP4 Magazine

Bugs Britannica Peter Marren and Richard Mabey Determined to help the smallest creatures on our island make the biggest impact, ‘Bugs Britannica’ is a must-have for creepycrawly enthusiasts. It’s wonderfully colourful and informative and guarantees to give you a greater understanding of how insects and humans interact and the importance of our tiny house-invaders. Our gardens and homes are teeming with bug-life and you might find you’re no longer reaching for the flyspray this summer.

British Wildlife Detectives’ Handbook Camilla de la Bedovere This is the ideal companion for budding young naturalists, but most importantly of all…it comes with stickers. This handbook is packed with facts and information on everything you’re likely to see, both in the back-garden and

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A Kestrel for a Knave Barry Hines If you were a teenager in the 1980s then you probably read ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’ in school. For anyone who didn’t, you’re in for a treat. Disillusioned Billy Casper is enduring a deprived and violent upbringing in a small Yorkshire mining town when he builds an unlikely friendship with ‘Kes’, a kestrel hawk. Frequently described as ‘honest’ and ‘raw’ this is a story of how an animal can positively impact on human life. Kes inspires Billy to ‘soar’ and find passion in an otherwise harsh and hopeless life.

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General Knowledge Crossword Across 1. 9. 10. 11. 12. 14. 15. 20. 22. 24. 25. 26.

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Tech Review


Mad March Hair?

Tame your tresses with our pick of the best grooming gadgets

From high-tech haircare to minimalist male grooming kit, technology wants to help you look your best - and in some cases, that means zapping yourself with a laser beam. That’s the idea behind Philips’ Lumea range, which promises easy, long lasting hair removal via Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology. It, and rival devices, are expensive - the RRP of the Lumea SC2001 is £400, although it’s widely available for under £300 - but if you have the right kind of hair (primarily dark haired) it’s apparently very effective.

so you might want to hang on before splashing out. If you’d like to try it in the meantime, the ReAura is available exclusively from branches of Space NK.

Beams of light aren’t just for hair removal: they can help with mild to moderate acne too. The no!no! Skin device (about £129) promises to clear 81% of mild acne in 24 hours, and unlike other treatments doesn’t involve chemicals, creams, lotions or potions. From user reviews on the web the majority of people seem delighted: it’s quite pricey but it does seem to work for most customers.

Fancy cleaning your makeup with sound waves? Clarisonic’s sonic skincare devices look like rather odd brushes, but they use sonic technology to remove make-up more effectively than any beauty wipe and promise to reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes. Prices start at £155 for the Classic model and £179 for the threespeed Plus, which can be used on your body as well as on your face, and there are different brush heads for different skin types and applications. The product reviews are impressive: at the time of writing 2,046 out of 2,046 customers would recommend Clarisonic’s products to others.

Philips reckons that lasers can even help fight visible signs of ageing: its ReAura technology “stimulates your skin’s natural cell renewal process, targeting several signs of ageing”. It’s even more expensive than the Lumea - the RRP is £799 and it’s a new and therefore relatively untried product,

Technology has made its way to hair straighteners too. Corioliss’s hair irons use titanium rather than the more common ceramics for better heat distribution, infra-red heat warms hair without drying it out, and negative ions promise to reduce static and frizz. The irons are at the higher end of the hair straightening price range - the C2 model costs around

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£120 - but beauty editors rave about them. High-tech grooming isn’t just for women. BaByliss’s description of its EasyCut hair trimmer (around £22) sounds like a vehicle, with a “V2 enhanced power system” and “precision engineered V2 rotary blades”. It’s easy to mock, but the product itself is quite clever: rather than traditional trimmers, the EasyCut is shaped like a hockey puck for easy one-handed operation. The firm also makes the appallingly named i-Stubble, which promises “absolute control and precision” for keeping stubble under control. Technology has even made it into the bathroom. Oral-B’s SmartSeries range of electric toothbrushes contain more technology than the first moon rockets: there are motors that pulse 40,000 times and oscillate 8,800 times per minute, pressure sensors to ensure you’re not brushing too hard, five modes to cover everything from scraping off lunch to making your teeth whiter, and a separate LCD display that “helps maximise brushing performance” and that also doubles as a clock. Despite all the technology, the price is less than you might expect: at the time of writing, the SmartSeries 5000 is widely available for £79.99.

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