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PRIL arrived with a distinctly damp feeling. When it’s raining cats and dogs, duck! Some rather cute Mallard ducklings in this case. Perhaps some of the only residents who actually enjoyed the bank holiday weather.

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The prospect of an expanded Heathrow and a further 270,000 flights yearly continues to loom over the heads of locals. This has prompted many people to take action to make sure their opposition is heard. The task of taking on a huge corporate machine is undoubtedly a daunting prospect, but TAG have been busy and give an update on page 2.

Heathrow Con sultation The People vs Heathrow Expansion: Decis ion Time is Soon

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OCAL RESIDENTS packed the beautifu Church in Teddingt l Christ update on progress on to get the latest Teddington Action (TAG) is making Group to airport and stop stop expansion of Heathrow government approva third runway. l for the Stephen Clark reported Parliament’s Transpo on testifying before which is a committ rt Select Committee (TSC), evidence related ee established to scrutinize to building the third runway. On 23rd March the its report support TSC committee delivered ing expansion at but with much tougher measure Heathrow s to protect local communities. parliament.uk/bu siness/committe committees-a-z/ es/ commons-select/ committee/news transport-parliament-2017 airports-nationa / l-policy-stateme nt-reportpublished-2017-1 9/

Pollution and air quality already break legal limits three times over if Heathrow expands and are so high that 270,000 more flights and adds the projected per year, all other airports will be regional forced to reduce their flight numbers significa ntly.

Another concertn is noise not being assessed to the properly extent that the CAA has been forced to admit their methods are inaccurate and significantly more people are impacted and currently to a originally reported greater degree than Sections of the . Airports National Policy Statement will need to be revised Additionally, Heathro Parliament will w wants to reduce review this report before respite from 8 any on the runway prior to voting to 4 hours, continue before the summer planes at night to fly some recess. and operations at 5.30am.start full scale airport Despite Heathro Potential new w posturing as paths will be more flight if they already have approval concentrated to to expand, the accommodate TSC has grave concerns about the 270,000 addition the per year that would al flights whereby Heathro poor economic case add 2.5 million w’s foreign owners people more under accelerating the the ‘noise sewers’, have been distribution of has described dividends such that their debt the flight paths. as the CAA has wiped out the equity value. Neil Spurrier summar As a result, Heathro w only offers to consultations currentlised the two Heathrow £1 billion to the contribute y being conduct cost of infrastru flight paths and ed on cture modification to a third runway. M25, M4, A316, He pointed out that TAG offered etc. transport that suggested replies Transport for London and public lengthy consulta estimates will (TfL) tions (which closed to the cost March) but that on 28th the taxpayer would £20 billion (which means the just a media ploy consultations were really £19 billion differen be forced to pick up the because no expansio ce even though been approved n has yet ownership and nor flight paths profit is in private Heathrow defined, so how could people make hands). they didn’t know intelligent choices when the options? 2 | TW MAG – April 2018

Contents Welcome – Page 1 Heathrow Expansion Update – Page 2 Events Listing – Pages 4 & 6

With our regular columns and a round up of what is going on locally, I hope you enjoy this issue of TW Mag and look forward to seeing you again next month.

Children’s Activities – Pages 8 & 10 Children’s Puzzle – Page 12

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Heathrow Consultation The People vs Heathrow Expansion: Decision Time is Soon

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OCAL RESIDENTS packed the beautiful Christ Church in Teddington to get the latest update on progress Teddington Action Group (TAG) is making to stop expansion of Heathrow airport and stop government approval for the third runway. Stephen Clark reported on testifying before Parliament’s Transport Select Committee (TSC), which is a committee established to scrutinize evidence related to building the third runway. On 23rd March the TSC committee delivered its report supporting expansion at Heathrow but with much tougher measures to protect local communities. parliament.uk/business/committees/ committees-a-z/commons-select/transportcommittee/news-parliament-2017/ airports-national-policy-statement-reportpublished-2017-19/

Pollution and air quality already break legal limits three times over and are so high that if Heathrow expands and adds the projected 270,000 more flights per year, all other regional airports will be forced to reduce their flight numbers significantly.

Sections of the Airports National Policy Statement will need to be revised before Parliament will review this report prior to voting on the runway before the summer recess.

Additionally, Heathrow wants to reduce any respite from 8 to 4 hours, continue to fly some planes at night and start full scale airport operations at 5.30am. Potential new flight paths will be more concentrated to accommodate the 270,000 additional flights per year that would add 2.5 million more people under the ‘noise sewers’, as the CAA has described the flight paths.

Despite Heathrow posturing as if they already have approval to expand, the TSC has grave concerns about the poor economic case whereby Heathrow’s foreign owners have been accelerating the distribution of dividends such that their debt has wiped out the equity value. As a result, Heathrow only offers to contribute £1 billion to the cost of infrastructure modification to M25, M4, A316, etc. and public transport that Transport for London (TfL) estimates will cost £20 billion (which means the taxpayer would be forced to pick up the £19 billion difference even though Heathrow ownership and profit is in private hands).

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Another concertn is noise not being properly assessed to the extent that the CAA has been forced to admit their methods are inaccurate and significantly more people are currently impacted and to a greater degree than originally reported.

Neil Spurrier summarised the two Heathrow consultations currently being conducted on flight paths and a third runway. He pointed out that TAG offered suggested replies to the lengthy consultations (which closed on 28th March) but that the consultations were really just a media ploy because no expansion has yet been approved nor flight paths defined, so how could people make intelligent choices when they didn’t know the options?


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Sir Vince Cable summarised some of his discussions with the cross-party MPs who now question the benefit of Heathrow’s expansion. They also question who will pay for the expansion given Heathrow’s huge debt and the fact that it is now acknowledged that expansion at Gatwick and regional airports would deliver more economic benefit than Heathrow and enable politicians to say that ALL of Britain is open for business. Paul McGuinness, chairman of the No 3rd Runway Coalition, revealed some of Heathrow’s deceptive PR. One instance was John HollandKaye, Heathrow CEO, telling MPs that expansion was essential because Heathrow only had 80 long distance destinations compared to Paris’s 86. What he failed to point out was that Heathrow was only one of London’s airports and that the total long distance destinations from London (not just Heathrow) was 136. Additionally, Heathrow is the most disruptive

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Contributed by Jayne Chace of TAG teddingtonactiongroup.com


Local Events Dates for your Diary Richmond Film Society Tuesday 24th April, 8pm ‘A Man Called Ove’ (Sweden) - Director Hannes Holm Tuesday 8th May, 8pm ‘Hotel Salvation’ (India) - Director Shubhashish Bhutiani All films are now screened at The Exchange, the new community facility opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. Tickets on the door £6. Tel. 020 8893 3503, richmondfilmsoc.org.uk, richmondfilmsociety@ btinternet.com, twitter.com/Richmond_Film

Eel Pie Club Thursday 19th April Joe Jammer’s All-Star Chicago Blues Revue Thursday 3rd May Stephen Dale Petit See eelpieclub.com for full details. Eel Pie Club at The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 3SZ

Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th April, 10am – 5pm Twickenham Art Circle Spring Exhibition Showing work by local artists in a variety of styles and media, all at affordable prices. With regular drawing, painting and demonstration events throughout the year. If you would like to join us - members are on hand during the exhibition to answer questions about all the Society’s activities, or visit the website twickenhamartcircle.org.uk Free, including catalogue. info@landmarkartscentre.org, 020 8977 7558, 4 | TW MAG – April 2018

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Friday 20th April, Doors 7.30pm The Scummy Mummies Show For less-than-perfect mums and dads. Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson will cover a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play-dates to farting and fish fingers. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories! Based on the UK’s No.1 Kids and Family Podcast, as recommended by The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and BBC’s Woman’s Hour. Tickets: £15 020 8240 2399,exchangetwickenham.co.uk exchangetwickenham.co.uk The Exchange, 75 London Rd, TW1 1BE

Saturday 21st – Saturday 28th April The 39 Steps Mix a classic Hitchcock film with carefully crafted slapstick, four fearless actors playing over 100 roles and you have ‘The 39 Steps’! Join the hero as he flees across the country, wanted for a murder he didn’t commit, hunted by police and mysterious secret agents. Can he overcome them? Will the truth save him? And, most importantly, will he get the girl? Call the box office, between 10 am and 7 pm only please, on 07484 927 662 Continues on page 6


Local Events richmondshakespeare.org.uk Richmond Shakespeare Society at The Mary Wallace Theatre, The Embankment, TW1 3DU

Sunday 29th April - Saturday 5th May 7.45pm, except Sunday 6pm Stones in his Pockets By Marie Jones. When Charlie, from Co. Antrim, and Jake, from Co. Kerry, meet as extras on a Hollywood film shoot in Ireland they strike up an unusual friendship. As the days tick by and their pay adds up they learn more about themselves, their local community and the people who have arrived in it than either would have imagined. A West End hit and acting tour-de-force. Two actors, 16 roles – can they do it? Tickets: £14 / £10 teddingtontheatreclub.org.uk Hampton Hill Theatre, Coward Studio

Sunday 29th April, 9am - 3pm Plant Sale for Wildlife! Plant a Garden that Wildlife will love! Come along to the first Plant Sale and bring wildlife into your garden. Welling a wide range of plants which encourage and sustain local wildlife including annuals, biennials, perennial, herbs and MANY more. Delicious home made cakes available and a great chance to meet our local beekeepers with their buzzing friends. Entry £2 (kids go free) which includes refreshments, tour of Richmond’s best kept secret ‘Kilmorey Mausoleum’ and wildlife garden. Free packet of ‘bee friendly wildflower seeds’ for the first 50 visitors! Kilmorey Mausoleum’s wildlife garden, 275 St Margaret’s Road, Twickenham TW1 1PN, 6 | TW MAG – April 2018

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Saturday 5th - Monday 7th May Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm; Monday 10am – 5pm

Richmond Art Society Summer Exhibition The Richmond Art Society Summer Exhibition features artists from across the borough presenting work in a variety of media, including oils, watercolours, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and more. All original work is for sale, together with greetings cards and reproductions. This year the Society presents work by artists interpreting the theme Going to Waste. More information on their website Free Event. richmondartsociety.com Private View: Friday 4th May, 6pm – 8pm. info@landmarkartscentre.org, 020 8977 7558, landmarkartscentre.org Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, TW11

Thursday 10th May, 8pm The Budapest Café Orchestra Back by popular demand, the hugely entertaining Budapest Café Orchestra’s traditional folk and gypsy music from across the Balkans and Russia will make you want to book a holiday along the Danube! Led by jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick, the BCO repertoire includes Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires - with a few surprises along the way. Tickets: £16 / £15 LAC Members info@landmarkartscentre.org, 020 8977 7558, landmarkartscentre.org Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, TW11


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Catch-a-balls

Thursdays: various times and ages. Fun games and activities including ball handling skills, bat and ball techniques and agility. Develop balance and posture, coordination and spatial awareness and social skills. Book your free trial class now. Contact: 020 8398 3034, heather@catcha-balls.co.uk, catch-a-balls.co.uk. The Crossway, St Stephen Church, 306 Richmond Rd, Twickenham, TW1 2PD

Chatterbooks

One Thursday a month: 4-5pm, school yrs 4-5 Chat about books, play games, do quizzes, find out about authors and have a lot of fun together! Contact: 020 8734 3304, twickenham.library@richmond.gov.uk Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT Tel: 020 8734 3340

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Saturdays at St. Mary’s University, Acting, Singing & Dance (7-11 years, 9.3012.30pm) & (11-16 years, 2-5pm), Musical Theatre Productions (7-16 years, 2-5pm). Contact 020 8408 0245 or email contact@dramacube.co.uk United Reformed Church Musical Theatre Training (7-16 years Weds 4.45-7.30pm)

Frankie & Flo’s Play Cafe

Tues/Weds/Thurs, 2.30-5.00pm 5 years and under, older siblings welcome. A friendly environment with bouncy castle, ride on toys, craft activities, baby area, dressing up clothes, play shop, roller coaster. Contact: Jenny on 07828 450145 St Mary’s Parish Hall, Langham Rd, TW11

The Hot House Funky Dance Class

Tuesdays – 4–4.45pm Ages: 5–7 years & 8–11 years Fun, confidence building, street-style dance classes for boys and girls as taught at Newland House and St Catherine’s schools. 8 | TW MAG – April 2018

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Cost: £75 per school term Contact: Kym on 07979 108717 or kymrichards@hotmail.com Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, Tw11 9NN

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Mondays: 10.15am mixed ages family time. 11.10am 3mths-walking. Music, singing and movement classes for babies and pre-school age children from 3 months to 5 years of age. Tel. 020 8241 8139 twickenham.jojingles.com Holy Trinity Church, Vicarage Rd, TW2 5TS

Kids’ ART Club

Saturday 21st April 10am – 12 noon 5 -11 yrs, Fun workshops with a different project for each session. January’s workshop is Pop Up Puppets! Limited places, so early booking essential. Tutor: Sarah Richardson. Cost: £13.50 per child, per session, inc. mats. Contact: 020 8977 7558 or info@landmarkartscentre.org

Little Wrigglers

Dance, Perform & Play. Monday 2-2.45pm 2-4 years, Thursdays: 9.30-10.15am, 3-4 years, 10:30-11.15am, 2-3 years. A creative mix of dance, music and mime to inspire your child to move to music. Contact: Rachel 07817 691660 rachel@littlewrigglers.co.uk, littlewrigglers. co.uk. Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, TW11

Mini Professors

Fun science for pre-school children. Booking required in advance - £9 per session, Classes last 40 minutes. Thursdays – 10am 3-4 yrs, 11.30am – 2-3 years, 12.30pm – 3-4 years. richmond@miniprofessors.co.uk. Nansi - 07951535734. Teddington Baptist Church.

Monkey Music

Fridays. Times according to age group. Age: 3 mths-4 yrs. Pre-school music classes that captivate through catchy songs, activities, percussion instruments & props. Encourages children to grow in confidence, improve listening, communication & concentration skills. Contact: Claire Slade 020 8847 4031 All Souls Church, Northcote Road Continues on page 10


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Childr en ’s A ct i v it ie s Mum&Baby Dance/Fitness Classes

For new mums carrying their babies in a sling or carrier. Toddler Dance sessions (1-4yrs) full of Latin beats. Fridays 1-1.40pm Tots (1-4 yr) 1.45-2.30pm Mum & Baby (baby carrier required). Free All Souls Church Hall, Northcote Road (off St. Margaret’s Road), TW1 1PB info@latinobambino.co.uk

Story Time @ Twickenham Library

Tuesdays: 3.45pm. Free weekly story time for the under 5s. Tel: 020 8734 3340, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT

See Saw

Friday morning, 10.30am - 12.30pm Under 5’s Play and explore in multi-sensory sessions designed to encourage creativity, curiosity and develop skills in communication, coordination and social interaction. Drop-ins welcomed. Contact: 020 8831 6000, artsinfo@richmond.gov.uk Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, TW1 3DJ

Singing Hands

Learn how to sign using Makaton to develop your child’s communication skills with puppets, multi-sensory props and instruments. Baby Signing Class suitable for 6 months upwards Thursday afternoons 1.30pm – 2.10pm All Souls Church Hall, Northcote Road, St Margarets, TW1 1PB Starts Thursday 8th June for 5 weeks Class will run for a full 10 week term from September Contact: 020 8288 1706,singinghands.co.uk

Stagecoach

Singing, Dance & Drama: Build confidence, have fun, make friends! Fri and Sat, various times and ages. St Catherine’s School, Cross Deep, TW1 & Waldergrave School twickenham@stagecoach.co.uk 0208 9770843/ 07824 999414

Tiny Teddies

Second and fourth Friday of the month: 10.30-11am. Bounce and rhyme for babies and toddlers. Contact: 020 8734 3340

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Tiny Tunes

Thursdays 10am and 11am mixed ages 3 months-5 years £6 per child/£2.50 siblings. Contact: Lisa 07977 585020, info@ tinytuneslive.com Twickenham Library, Garfield Rd, TW1 3JT

Toddler Time

Every Friday, 10am-noon Drop-in group for Parents, carers with babies, toddlers. More information contact Charlotte 07879606852 or cstryton@betinternet.com United Reformed Church, First Cross Road, Twickenham, TW2 5QA

Tempo Tots

Mondays and Fridays. Time according to age. Music making with singing and dancing. Each week there’s a different theme. Contact: 07956 447118, bookings@tempotots.com, tempo-tots.com The Hyde Room, York House, Richmond Rd, TW1 3AA and The Maple Room, The Crossways, St Stephen’s, 306 Richmond Rd, TW1 2PD

White Rabbit Drama Club

Imaginative, inspiring, confidencebuilding drama! Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Twickenham Library and The Exchange. Various times and classes for ages 2-11 years. www.whiterabbitdramaclub.co.uk (whiterabbitdramaclub@gmail.com).

Zenchild Yoga

Tuesdays 4–4.45pm. Ages: 5–8 years Children’s yoga in a fun and noncompetitive environment. Relaxing bodies and minds through yoga postures, breathing exercises and creative relaxations. Courses run on a half termly basis and are to be booked and paid for in advance. A Free Taster session available. £45 for a 6 week course Philippa at zenchildyoga@gmail.com


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Councillor’s Update Results of Residents Survey

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HE COUNCIL CONDUCTS AN ANNUAL survey of residents in order to track public perceptions of the area, the Council and the services it provides. The results show a reassuring picture of improved services and customer satisfaction. The information from the survey serves a number of purposes: -To ensure that the Council’s priorities are informed by residents’ views. -To help measure the Council’s success in delivering its corporate objectives. -To understand how successfully the Council is communicating with residents. Satisfaction for the headline measures is significantly more positive compared to the national benchmark and almost all have improved compared to a year ago. Notably 87% of residents surveyed are satisfied with the way the Council runs things (6% increase from 2015 and 21% above the Local Government Association (LGA) national average). 70% of residents surveyed agree that the Council provides value for money, 23% above the LGA national average. The vast majority of Borough residents remain satisfied with their local area as a place to live (94%); this has fallen by 3% since 2015 but is still 13% above the LGA national average. Almost nine in ten residents (87%) trust the Council either a great deal or a fair amount, an increase of 10% since 2015 and 27% above the national average. The same proportion is satisfied the way the Council runs things (a 6% increase from 2015 and 21% above the national average). 82% believe that Richmond Council acts on the concerns of residents either a great deal or a fair amount; this represents a 17% increase since 2015 and is 25% above the national average. The proportion of Borough residents that agree the Council provides value for money has continued to increase year on year from 48% in 2012 to 70% in 2017. This is against a national downward trend in terms of value for money perceptions. Agreement that the Council provided

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value for money is now 23% above the LGA national average. Over two thirds of residents agree they are kept informed about Council services and benefits up from 58% in 2015.This is the highest level recorded since 2012 and is 9% above the national average. Residents were also asked to say (in their own words) what they liked best and least about their local area. The three most common responses for each were as follows: Like best: Parks and open spaces 39% Location/convenience 19% Quiet and peaceful 17% Like Least: Traffic Congestion 17% Parking 15% Noise 10% 83% of Borough residents agree that residents can work together with the Council to make improvements to the local area – a 13% improvement from 2015. 73% of residents agree that the Council takes into account residents’ views when making decisions. Overall, the findings present a very positive picture. The results continue to show that the majority of residents have a very positive perception of the Borough as a place to live, and satisfaction with the Council across a range of indicators continues to significantly outstrip national comparators. The full Residents Survey was considered by Cabinet on 22nd February and is available on the Council’s website. Cllr David Marlow cllr.dmarlow@richmond.gov.uk


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Local Contact Information Hospitals Kingston Hospital NHS Trust Galsworthy Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7QB. Tel: 020 8546 7711 West Middlesex University Hospital Twickenham Road, Isleworth, TW7 6AF chelwest.nhs.uk/, Tel: 020 8560 2121 NHS Walk-in-Centre Tel. 020 8714 4000 Open Mon-Fri, 8am-9pm, Weekends and bank holidays 9am–9pm Teddington Memorial Hospital, Hampton Road Coastguard 020 8312 7380, mcga.gov.uk Local MP Sir Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat vince.cable.mp@parliament.uk Tel: 020 8977 0606 Council London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Tel: 08456 122660 richmond.gov.uk Emergencies (out of hours) Tel: 020 8891 7413 Local Councillor Public Surgery South Twickenham Ward 2nd Monday of each month at York House between 7pm-8pm. No appointment necessary Associations • Borough of Twickenham Local History Society botlhs.co.uk • Friends of Radnor Gardens friendsofradnorgardens.org.uk • Friends of Twickenham Green email: friends@twickenhamgreen.org twickenhamgreen.org • Richmond Talking Newspaper richmondtalkingnewspaper.org.uk • Strawberry Hill Residents’ Association shra.org.uk 16 | TW MAG – April 2018

• Twickenham Choral Society email: joining@twickenhamchoral.org.uk twickenhamchoral.org.uk • Twickenham upon Thames Rotary Club tutrotary.org • The Twickenham Society twicksoc.org.uk • Twickenham Town Business Association Tel: 020 8744 0474 email: bruce@ttba.org.uk twickenhamthetown.org.uk • York House Society yorkhousesociety.org.uk Twickenham Library Garfield Road, TW1 3JT, Tel: 020 8734 3340 email: twickenham.library@richmond.gov.uk OPENING HOURS: Monday: 9.30am-7pm, Tuesday: 9.30am-6pm Wednesday: 10am-7pm, Thursday: 9.30am-6pm Friday: 9.30am-6pm, Saturday: 9.30am-4pm Sunday: Closed Twickenham Museum 25 The Embankment, TW1 3DU Tel: 020 8408 0070 twickenham-museum.org.uk OPENING HOURS: Tuesdays and Saturdays: 11am-3pm; Sundays: 2pm-4pm South Twickenham Safer Neighbourhoods Team Twickenham Police Station, First Floor, 41 London Road, TW1 3SY SouthTwickenham.snt@met.police.uk Phone: 0208 247 7015 Try Twickenham Tel: 020 3417 0809, info@trytwickenham.com trytwickenham.com facebook.com/trytwickenham


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