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Sunday, 3 May 2015

CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK: ~ GIVEAWAY HOP ~ MAY 4 - 10.15


May 4 - 10th 2015 

Celebrating CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK
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Glad to be joining Tressa of Wishful Endings for the 
CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK GIVEAWAY HOP 
honouring children and reading - definitely something I support!
Part of the longest running children's literacy initiative - since 1919
Find ALL the info HERE
Books have played an integral part of my childhood from my earliest
bedtime story ritual memories to books gifted to me from family members.
And the wonderful walks across town with mom to the library where I could freely choose
from those colourful covers and full shelves!
A happy Mother's Day memory for sure!
What a fab opportunity to promote Children's Books and Reading during this week.
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My GIVEAWAY OFFER?
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An iconic Canadian Classic, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES #1by Lucy Maude Montgomery!
A favourite around the world, Anne is an exceptional character to introduce
to a child's library.  
Written in 1908 and set in 1878, it is the story of Marilla and Matthew from Avonlea on Prince Edward Island who, deciding to adopt an orphan to help on their farm, are mistakenly sent a girl instead of a boy.  Anne Shirley is the precocious, red-haired 11 year-old that Montgomery introduces - her adventures and misadventures - through nine books as she grows up.

Take an online tour of Green Gables Here.

{ Hopefully this rafflecopter will open the Giveaway at midnight }

Here's your opportunity to Enter to Win a copy!
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a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Adding to the FuN ,
here's a downloadable bookmark, created by Raul Colon, to copy and use 
courtesy of Children's Book Week 
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Have a Fantastic Children's Book Week 
celebrating books and reading with the children in your life!

Carry on hopping here:

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#SONGSONSUNDAYS: WHEN MORNING GILDS THE SKIES 3.5.15


Warm #SONGSonSUNDAYS Welcome !
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Today's glorious sunrise capturing creation's Joy and my heart's praise...
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WHEN MORNING GILDS THE SKIES


When morning gilds the skies my heart awaking cries:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

When you begin the day, O never fail to say,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
And at your work rejoice, to sing with heart and voice,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Whene’er the sweet church bell peals over hill and dell,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
O hark to what it sings, as joyously it rings,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

My tongue shall never tire of chanting with the choir,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
This song of sacred joy, it never seems to cloy,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Does sadness fill my mind? A solace here I find,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Or fades my earthly bliss? My comfort still is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

To God, the Word, on high, the host of angels cry,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Let mortals, too, upraise their voice in hymns of praise,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Be this at meals your grace, in every time and place;
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Be this, when day is past, of all your thoughts the last
May Jesus Christ be praised!

When mirth for music longs, this is my song of songs:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
When evening shadows fall, this rings my curfew call,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

When sleep her balm denies, my silent spirit sighs,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
When evil thoughts molest, with this I shield my breast,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

The night becomes as day when from the heart we say:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
The powers of darkness fear when this sweet chant they hear:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

No lovelier antiphon in all high Heav’n is known
Than, Jesus Christ be praised!
There to the eternal Word the eternal psalm is heard:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Let all the earth around ring joyous with the sound:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
In Heaven’s eternal bliss the loveliest strain is this:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Sing, suns and stars of space, sing, ye that see His face,
Sing, Jesus Christ be praised!
God’s whole creation o’er, for aye and evermore
Shall Jesus Christ be praised!

In Heav’n’s eternal bliss the loveliest strain is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Let earth, and sea and sky from depth to height reply,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Be this, while life is mine, my canticle divine:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Sing this eternal song through all the ages long:
May Jesus Christ be praised!



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You will show me the path of life; 
in Your presence is fullness of joy,
at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16.11 Amplified Bible (AMP)


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I look forward to hearing your #SONGSonSUNDAYS
Add your link in comments and we will share in your praises!
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May your day and heart overflow...




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Saturday, 2 May 2015

BOOK COMMUNITY READING: RE-READATHON + BOUT OF BOOKS MAY 11-17.15


Upcoming Reading ...

Two Great Read-a-Thons offering opportunities to read together in the amazing online book community.
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Bex - An Armchair By the Sea - hosting this comfy Re-Readathon May 4-10
Which books on your shelf deserve a 2nd or 3rd go round?
Twitter chat is Wednesday (May 6th) evening at 9pm GMT/ 4pm CST
I've signed in, now which books would I like to reread...
SIGNUPS OPEN HERE
Rethinking my month's reading list for this week long invitation, thanks to Bex .
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Remembering MAY is Short Story Month might help in book choices !
I've picked 3.  One by English author, Beatrix Potter. One anthology of Irish authors.
One Canadian short story collection of LM Montgomery's,
ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS which I'm starting with.
Adding: Agatha Christie re-listens to audio short story collections 
for some travelling during the week.  Perfect!
Both my children and YA work well for another event running the same week...
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May 4-10 is also CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK [ click for my giveaway]
and Tressa at Wishful Endings is hosting a hop for all bloggers who'd like to promo 
and support children's reading with a Giveaway.  Signups are OPEN HERE!
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and...  I'm continuing my annual participation in ...
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Bout of Books

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Signups [I'm #145] and they just opened! and Starting lineup posts invited. 
I'm into reading ARCs as posted here Clean Sweep Challenge for this month, 
so I will continue with those during BoB as well.
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Plus...
Tamera Alexander's new release for May 12th will definitely be one -
Can.Not.Wait. to get to this 2nd in the Belle Meade Plantation series
Tamera is such an engaging and elegant writer, To Win Her Favor is much anticipated.
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An Irish-born son far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and start a farm, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse...

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Hoping to find you enjoying this online book community reading during 
Re-Readathon and BoB.  
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Any favs to share with us?
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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

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Thursday, 30 April 2015

CLEAN SWEEP ARC CHALLENGE: MAY 2015 1.5.15


Time for ...
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Anticipating a clean sweep of my ARC copies since I discovered Kimberley's signup in March.
It's about to begin and I intend to be ready. My goal is at least {least!} 6 ARCs.
Some reads waiting to be enjoyed and introduced ?
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I've been following a radio broadcast discussion 
of Sonja Corbitt's meditational read, UNLEASHED,
increasing interest as I've been anticipating my arc copy.
Review will follow and Ave Maria Press will be happy
for that [or at least satisfied] :)























Two audiobook arcs by the amazing Susan Meissner for review.   Good reviews on both.





I did love the print library copy of
SECRETS OF A CHARMED LIFE.  WWII story, London setting, tells the story of two sisters during the evacuation just prior to the blitz.  Now to review the audiobook arc as to narrator and recording quality...  as well as for A FALL OF MARIGOLDS, a dual storyline of past and present losses.  Cover love for both these beauties!

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 THE SECOND SISTER
has been biding its time for this ARC Challenge despite being paraded out in anticipation.  It's kept my interest piqued in the interim!

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LIKE THE FIRST MORNING
is one I look forward to incorporating into my daily rhythm.  Definitely looking forward to hearing what author, Michael Ortiz offers readers...
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Just a few top of the stack ARCs for me and my goal of 6...
Here are the Rules for the Challenge:
  • ARC’s must be read between May 1st and May 31st, 2014
  • Challenge starts and ends at midnight in your local time zone
  • All ARCS/finished copies that were provided by publisher/author are eligible.
    They can be in any format (eBook, physical, audio)
  • Post start-up post with goals (can be posted during event)
  • Tweet using hashtag #CleanSweepARC
  • You do not have to post review on blog during the month of May. Just provide a link to Goodreads showing read May 1 to 31st with a two sentence review.
  • Twitter Party Wednesday May 13th 7pm (EST) #CleanSweepARC
  • Participate in at least one challenge.
  • The Participant Giveaway will include entries for books read (1 book entry a day allowed on giveaway), posting about challenge, start up/results post (can be combined), having button on your sidebar, participation in Twitter party, entering challenges and for following hosts.
  • Grand Prize- One winner will receive a new release of their choice (can be audible credit, novel or gift card) valued at up to 20.00 US dollars. Open internationally.
  • Challenge Schedule and entry form will post on May 1st and
    participant giveaway will close on June 3 at 11:59 (CST)
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Are you participating?  or are your ARCs under control?
I'll look forward to hearing more from my reading friends following this ARC clean sweep!
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UPDATING my ARC Clean Sweeps ~


May 2nd - ESCAPE TO MULBERRY COTTAGE  
by Victoria Connelly [audiobook 1 hr 43 min]
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

SEASONS OF READING: SPRING READaTHON WRAPUP FOR APRIL 29.4.15


Wrapping up my Spring ReadaThon reading 
for Michelle's annual Seasonal event April 20-26.15.
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Thanks for hosting the FuN , Michelle!
Here's my reading record for the week -

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 I am an obvious fan of mysteries,not stopping at the required 'one', I kept
my focus for the entire week.  Enjoyed the six books + one audiobook which is always a nice option when the eyes tire!
In total I've travelled 1700 pages into various countries and eras from medieval and Regency times to the present and areas of America, England, Germany, and Wales during the week!
Is it any wonder I love to read?

I'm already anticipating Michelle's  High Summer ReadaThon July 20-26.15!
Be sure to join us in the sunshine with your summer reads.


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Up NEXT ?


May Clean Sweep ARC Challenge
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 Bex - An Armchair By the Sea - hosting this comfy Re-Readathon May 4-10

I've signed in, now which books would I like to reread...
Rethinking my month's reading list for this week long invitation, thanks to Bex .


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As well as the annual Children's Book Week May 4-10
running since 1919!
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Tressa at Wishful Thinking is hosting a
CHILDREN's BOOK WEEK GIVEAWAY HOP
We're invited to signup to participate HERE 
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Check out the cute [and Free] downloadable bookmarks as above

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Bout of Books



And now for something completely different....
Off for a wee shopping break!
My Clean Sweep ARC goals are supposedly set to autopost on Friday evening
and I will return with a brighter smile on my face than when I leave
[at some unearthly hour of the a..m.!]

See ya soon... 




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Sunday, 26 April 2015

SONGS ON SUNDAYS : PLUMB + NEW RELEASE 'EXHALE' GIVEAWAY 26.4.15


Welcome to #SONGSonSUNDAYS
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today featuring a mix of music by Plumb
[ plus a Giveaway! ]
Celebrating the Upcoming New Album Release  
EXHALE
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EXHALE, seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB, expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, EXHALE brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.

The defining concept of the Album EXHALE ~
"... the Church doesn’t exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community." - Pete Wilson

That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn’t get to the Notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of Exhale right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in every way I can.” 
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Beautiful vocals and emotive lyrics that lift one's spirit ~
from an earlier album, here's our 1st clip ~ Beautiful History
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NEED YOU NOW
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HANG ON 
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 and one final selection
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GOD SHAPED HOLE IN ALL OF US
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Any favs ?  Is PLUMB new to you or are you a longtime fan ?
Feel free to leave any links to your own #SONGSonSUNDAYS in comments
and we'll stop by and share yours with you!
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About PLUMB ~

Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better-known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author of Need You Now.  
Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and 
had music placed in many films and television shows.
Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now well known in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television markets.
Find PLUMB Story of Hope interview online HERE
and new PLUMB interview at Dead Reckoning TV on youtube HERE  

Find PLUMB online ~


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Now for the GIVEAWAY!
Enter to WIN April 26 - end of May 10.15  CA/US
1 cd copy of
* PLUMB's new Release EXHALE *

a Rafflecopter giveaway



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*Appreciation to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for giveaway.
Only one entrant per address per  giveaway. 
If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are ineligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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"Music that picks you up when you're feeling down"!  
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Friday, 24 April 2015

DEWEY'S READATHON : 24 HR READING + UPDATES ~ SATURDAY 25th 2015



Updating for today's

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Picked up a stack of mysteries at the library yesterday for options to cover
my unpredictable reading interests.  Here are some possibilities...

 Death Comes to the Village - Catherine Lloyd
 Death at Buckingham Palace - local author C.C. Benison
 Evanly Bodies - Rhys Bown
The Prime Minister's Secret Agent - Susan Elia MacNeal
A Dangerous Place - Jacqueline Winspear

annnnd.... ?
I'll be updating throughout my reading .
Find more at the Dewey site, Goodreads Group, and @readathon tweets
#readathon hashtags

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First read for today :
A Regency mystery set in Kurland St Mary, 
historical England...
Grabbing my cuppa and we're off....


Done!  finally after a lot of distractions ...

I definitely like the start to this series and will be looking
for the following 2 .
Death Comes to London #2
and
Death Comes to Kurland Hall #3
due out this November 2015






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I did a couple mini challenges -

Allie's Classic Words of Wisdom Mini Challenge
My entry HERE - fav book quotes and meaning to me.
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Tweeted my #minichallenge 4S - 4 books 4 seasons at Barts Bookshelf
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Added my Picture It Mini Challenge by Memory's blog,
a visual representation of my current regency mystery read,
Death Comes to the Village, 
Kurland Manor House of Kurland St Mary, England

creative commons
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"a set of stone steps led down to a garden his mother had planted and a rather scrubby maze."
~ from Death Comes to the Village
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This next challenge asks for 3 book covers - 1 each with snow, tree, weapon...

My responses? 


Now for the Book Spine Poetry Challenge...
Hosted by Ticket to Anywhere blog, we're to use at least 3 book titles to create poetry-

Here's Mine ~



After the war is over,
a memory of violets ~ 
the violets of March,
whisper on the wind.

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A Girl That Likes Books is challenging us to share a book inspired recipe
with the reason or inspiration ...

Here's my recipe for London Fog 
inspired by all the foggy London England reads that jump off shelves at me!

Add a  couple  tablespoons milk to teacup or mug
Pour  boiling water over
Earl Grey flavoured black tea [loose leaves for flavour]
in tea ball or strainer in cup or teapot
While steeping, add a few drops vanilla to cup or pot, to your taste
and about a 1/2 teaspoon honey or sweetener to your cup 
along with additional milk if needed to adjust to taste and fogginess.
EnJoY!

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Mini Challenge :  Bookish Brews 

photo of bev [pear tea!] + book I'm currently reading 


Cornelia Bean Pear Tea I picked up for a Dewey's Readathon treat 
along with a Regency mystery selection .
One hapPy readathoner :)

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Now on to 2nd selection ~

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow
audiobook version to relieve day long reading eye strain


and Done .
2nd for Dewey's and 6th for Seasons of Reading Spring Readathon
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A combo of reading and creating for Dewey's Readathon,
excellent for staying alert and brain exercise !
Next one is in October - hoping to see you there 
{even for an hour of reading enjoyment!}

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Reading in conjunction with the April 20-26th Spring Readathon at
Michelle's Seasons of Reading - my focus is mysteries.

Final mystery read for this one? 
Death at Buckingham Palace by Canadian author, C.C. Benison.
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When a young footman dies in unusual circumstances, twenty year old Canadian maid, Jane Bee, is skeptical of rumors the death was a suicide. She probes the darkest corners of the royal mansion for clues that will reveal the surprising identity of a murderer stalking the halls of the world's most famous palace.

{ 1st in Her Majesty Investigates series }

Local author, CC Benison, writes with humour that keeps me happily engrossed in the cosy content.  Glad to introduce his
writing to those unfamiliar as yet - 
you're sure to enjoy the series.





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Now gearing up for May's ARC Challenge.  A few on the kindle waiting their turn!


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