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6526. Poetry chapbook contest with $125 prize

Entries are invited for the Vallum Chapbook Award 2016. Submit original and previously unpublished poetry chapbook submissions of 12-20 pages. Theme: Open. Prize: $125 plus publication. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: March 31, 2016.

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6527. Am I Going To The New Bristol Comic Expo?

I need to clarify things again.  Three people have asked.

Back in September Mike (the organiser) told me he would keep me up-dated on any new Bristol comic event.  So, six months?  Not had a single word.  Am I going to the new comic event in Bristol? Only as a punter for a day with a list of specific back issues I am looking for. That's it.

The British comics industry has never supported me nor has it ever expressed thanks for all the promoting I did between 1984-2015 therefore, as I have written repeatedly, I do NOT support the UK comics people or events.

Clear?

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6528. Mail call

Recently I’ve been on the receiving end of some pretty nifty cards and letters and artwork from students — some at schools I’ve visited, some who have connected with my books without ever meeting me. I look at all of it, and I appreciate all of it, and I thought you might like to see […]

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6529. Loglines

How do you condense your story into a single sentence?

http://writershelpingwriters.net/2016/01/how-and-why-to-write-a-log-line-for-your-story/

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6530. Discrimination in Publishing?

Question: I'm writing a romance novel right now targeting women in their twenties and I hope that when I am finished it I could get this book published

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6531. New Minis


There are two new mini horses at the farm, just waiting for their portraits to be painted.

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6532. Happy Birthday Alan Rickman

Today we honor the birthday of the late Alan Rickman. The news of his surprising and untimely death hit the hearts of millions last month. The beloved actor would have turned 70.

Though Rickman still has two movies being released postmortem, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Eye in the Sky, already we feel the loss of such a great movie, stage, and directing talent. There is no other actor who could have portrayed J.K. Rowling’s and our Severus Snape so well. His voice, his mannerisms, they personified the loved/hated potions master to perfection.

His role as Snape, Hans Gruber, the Sheriff of Nottingham and other arguably “evil” characters rocked Rickman to stardom. But underneath those reputable roles was a fun, loving, man and good friend to many.

In the spirit of his birthday watch a Rickman film, color the Snape page in the Harry Potter coloring book, or leave a comment below. Please join us in honoring our beloved Severus Snape, our beloved Alan Rickman, and wishing him a very happy 70th birthday.

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6533. APOLOGY

Yes, an apology to some who commented today. The comments and my replies have just vanished -as has a post. Not sure what's going on but Blogger is being a pain.
Sorry.

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6534. Weekend Links: kidlit booklists showcasing life events

Welcome to Weekend Links! This day is one of my favorites because I get to share the best-of-the-best of the amazing reads, resources, booklists and links that I have encountered in my Internet travels during the week.

There is SO much going on lately! February is a busy month and March is shaping up to be the same. The following are some great kidlit booklists, blog posts and resources I have discovered that reflects what is going on in all our lives. Enjoy!

Here is a treasure-trove of amazing links and reads in honor of Black History Month. Black History Month 2016 blog post roundup and #giveaway- via Multicultural Kids

Black History Month round up

Crafty Moms Share: I Am Rosa Parks:Ordinary People Change the World

Rosa Parks

A Crafty Arab: 99 Muslim Children Books

Muslim children's booklist

The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story

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The Ultimate 2nd Grade Reading List

second grade booklist

Black History Month Activities from Our Home of Many Blessings

Black History months activities

Kids Books About Airplanes and Aviation

plane booklist

26 Exceptional Nonfiction Books for Kids – via Imagination Soup

11 Inspiring Books for Kids who Want to Start a Club at KCEdventures

books about clubs

My book A Year in the Secret Garden has won a Gold Level Mom’s Choice Award! Let’s CELEBRATE!
From now until February 29, 2016, A Year in the Secret Garden will be on sale for only $15.00. If you are looking for wonderful crafting activities, cooking project the whole family can participate in and character studies that help readers delve deeper into important characters like Mary, Dr. Craven, Colin, Ben Weatherstaff, Martha and Mrs. Melock, this book is for you.
Mom's Choice Award Sale
Readers, parents, teachers and librarians can grab their copy of A Year in the Secret Garden on the Audrey Press website and on Amazon.

The post Weekend Links: kidlit booklists showcasing life events appeared first on Jump Into A Book.

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6535. Attempted Spring

Dickens helps make paper pots

Dickens helps make paper pots

We nearly reached 50F/10C one day last week. Of course it was a work day so I did not get to fully enjoy it. Nonetheless when I left work it was sunny and drippy still. I did not have to zip my coat or wear gloves and my scarf was lightly draped around my neck. The air felt fresh and humid from all the melting snow. And then, in intimations of things to come, my allergies flared right up and I spent the rest of the evening enjoying itchy, burning eyes. While the week ahead will not see 50F, the forecast for each day is at or a little above freezing and then dropping below freezing each night.

Spring seems to be making an attempt at an early arrival. I had best find my bottle of allergy medicine. Sigh. In the good old days I used to be able to make it until early to mid April before taking antihistamine every day. Then I’d get a break around mid-June for a few weeks before having to take them again through frost. A couple years ago my June break disappeared and I had to start taking them at the end of March through frost. I hope this year is a fluke and I won’t have to start taking them in February especially since frost is coming later and later every year. I might have to eventually break down and see an allergist to — I’m not sure what — reassure me that taking over-the-counter loratadine for months on end is not going to cause me any kind of harm. If you don’t have seasonal allergies consider yourself lucky. That I do and that I also love gardening and cycling and being outdoors in general creates a special kind of misery that will only continue to get worse as the climate gets warmer.

But enough complaining and feeling sorry for myself, there are plenty of other people with problems worse than mine.

On a happier note, I seeded peppers in sprouting pots today. We are doing cayenne, paprika,

This is how to fold a paper pot

This is how to fold a paper pot

pepperoncini, jalepeno, orange bell and a mini red bell. Last year we had no luck at all with the peppers. Most of them didn’t sprout and the ones that did were weak and tiny and died shortly after being moved outdoors. Hopefully we will have much better luck this year. Long-term weather forecasting is suggesting our summer might be a hot one. Perfect pepper weather, though not so great for the humans of the house.

I had to make more paper pots for the seeds so while I did paper pot origami, Bookman worked on the baby blanket he is crocheting for a coworker and we watched the final episode of History of British Gardening. I learned that I have been mispronouncing Gertrude Jekyll’s name since forever. I’ve been saying “Jek-ill” and it is apparently “Gee-kill”. But then the Brits pronounce words in weird ways in general like how do you get “ho-kum” out of Holcombe and “lester” out of “Leicester”? There were so many words in this series of garden shows that I could not comprehend, mostly place names but not always, that at times the host might as well have been speaking something other than English. Do those of you in the UK ever feel that way when you hear Americans speak or do you think we have just gone and ruined a perfectly good language?

Dickens, paper pot inspector?

Dickens, paper pot inspector?

Dickens decided to help me make pots. Lucky for me he did not feel compelled to help for long.

The leek and onion seeds I planted last Sunday have already begun to sprout. Next weekend it is tomato time.

Friday I picked up Richard Mabey’s newest book The Cabaret of Plants from the library. My turn has finally come and oh, it is going to be such a treat. Here is a little something from the introduction:

[We have] mostly sublimated our interest in the existence of plants into pleasure at their outward appearance, and the garden has become the principal theatre of vegetal appreciation. Plants in the twenty-first century have been largely reduced to the status of utilitarian and decorative objects… We tend not to ask questions about how they behave, cope with life’s challenges, communicate both with each other and, metaphorically, with us. They have come to be seen as the furniture of the planet, necessary, useful, attractive, but ‘just there,’ passively vegetating. They are certainly not regarded as ‘beings’ in the sense that animals are.

It is Mabey’s goal in the book to challenge that view. Does it make me odd that I find that really exciting?


Filed under: Books, gardening Tagged: allergies, Gertrude Jekyll, Richard Mabey

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6536. How Many Views Did THAT Get?

The posting on Eric Stephenson's speech has had a few results.

Firstly, I have been asked repeatedly: "Who is Eric Stephenson?"

Secondly, that posting alone has had 1050 views via CBO alone.  Via Google+ about the same and I'm not looking at all the internet feeds.

And, thank you to Ron.  Yes, I HAD forgotten that I used to publicise and review Image Comics on CBO until that very insulting email (but that was on the WordPress CBO years ago so I've forgotten it!)

I did like the comment "Are you trying to get work at Image Comics?" uh, you DID read what I wrote, right?

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6537. Image Comics Decides To Fix The Comic industry....

Sorry, but talking is great. Again: let's see some action.

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6538. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown + Giveaway (US Only)

Hi, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for GEORGIA PEACHES AND OTHER FORBIDDEN FRUIT by Jaye Robin Brown, releasing August 30, 2016 from Harper Teen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Jaye: Hey there YABC readers! Guess what time is it? Show time!...

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6539. Essential Earth: An upcoming show, and a gift, thanks to ceramicist Brett Thomas

Could you, I am often asked. Read a manuscript, forge a bridge, write something short, write something long, blog or blurb, write a script, step inside, make it quick, grab a headline, do. I run about, a circus act. Or I sit and try.

But every now and then, someone with great talent comes along with a dream, a hope, a possibility that needs to be whispered forward with words. That was the case a few weeks ago, when the beloved ceramicist and teacher, Brett Thomas, called to talk about an idea he's had for a long time now—an invitational exhibition, "Essential Earth," that would bring together the work of leading ceramic artists who, by creating outside categories, meld the power of vessels with the artistry of sculptural clay.

Brett is thinking of artists such as Chris Gustin, Dan Anderson, Gay Smith, Suze Lindsay, Fong Choo, Scott Ross, and Paul Eshelman. He's committed to bringing them together in April/May 2017 at the very gorgeous Wayne Art Center, in Wayne, PA, which has long been the site of renowned exhibitions, juried shows, and exceptional events, including "CraftForms," now in its 22nd year. All Brett really needed were a few words. I gladly helped him find them.

But then what rarely happens in my life happened; Brett said thank you with this gift, above. It's one of his own beautiful pieces—a trencher, as he calls them. Modeled after the vessels once used to feed the medieval poor, it opens like an oyster to the eye, or the ridge of a volcano. Brett took it from his own home so that I might have it here, in mine. A generosity I am not accustomed to. A gift I'll always treasure.

Essential Earth. Look for it next spring.






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6540. Take the 2016 ALSC Environmental Scan Survey

Greetings! As part of this year’s Emerging Leaders cohort, we are a group of public and school librarians from different libraries around the country (Arkansas, California, Missouri, Ohio, and Washington) working with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, to conduct an environmental scan of current trends in children’s library services.

We hope that you can take approximately two to four minutes to answer this quick survey. Our goal is for this survey to give us a more detailed sense of what trends are the most relevant and important to librarians serving children and youth and how ALSC can best support librarians’ professional development needs. If you have any questions or would like to talk more about the survey and/or the project, please email us at: elpgd16@googlegroups.com

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6541. Christian lit mag seeks submissions

Online journal Praise Writers is relaunching and looking for submissions. Poems, stories, articles, devotionals and testimonies must mention “Jesus,” “God,” or “Holy Spirit.” Deadline: June 1, 2016.

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6542. EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: G. Willow Wilson Accepts the Second Annual Dwayne McDuffie Diversity in Comics Award for MS. MARVEL

dwayne-mcduffieYesterday, G. Willow Wilson won the Second Annual Dwayne McDuffie Awards for Diversity in Comics for her work with artist Adrian Alphona on Ms. Marvel.  The ceremony was held at Long Beach Comic Expo and began with a speech by Khary Payton (Teen Titans), host of the awards and long time collaborator with the late Dwayne McDuffie (Static Shock).  He recounted […]

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6543. Anna Depenbusch - Wir sind Hollywood [Official Video]

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6544. Self-care Isn’t Selfish

Last month, my fellow Managing Children’s Services Committee member, Rachel Fryd, wrote a great blog post called Making Your Schedule Work for You, including some very helpful tips on how to make the most of your time at work. Her post got me thinking a lot about how busy the life of a Youth Services Librarian/Teen Librarian/Children’s Librarian/Youth Services Manager/etc. is and how stressful it can be. With summer reading arriving before we know it, here are a few tips to help you prepare for your next busy season:

  1. Remember that self-care isn’t selfish. Librarianship attracts wonderful people who are often very good at taking care of everyone else but are notorious for putting themselves last. We all need to remind ourselves from time to time that taking care of ourselves and putting ourselves first isn’t selfish. It helps us be our best for everyone else. If we’re tired and worn out, we don’t have as much to give, and what we do have isn’t our best quality. Still not convinced? Check out some of these TED Talks on self-care.
  2. Don’t be afraid to delegate. Are you working through your lunches? Bringing work home at night? Maybe it’s time to look at your workload and evaluate what could be delegated to other staff members or even volunteers.
  3. Come up with a stress management plan. Even with the best laid plans and delegation, sometimes there is just too much work to do and too little time. For those stressful days, weeks, and even months, having a stress management plan in place can make a big difference. Many sample plans can be found online — the important thing is that you find something that speaks to you and matches your wellness goals.
  4. Support others around you by being a good role model. It’s easy to get into the habit of complaining with everyone in the office about how much work you have to get done or how many extra hours you put in that week. Instead of joining in next time, share your self-care successes with your co-workers or employees to support and encourage their own healthy choices.

My self-care journey is definitely still a work in progress, but I’m committed to finding the best work-life balance possible. Not only do I deserve it, but my staff and the community I serve deserve the very best I can give them! For more tips and thoughts from your ALSC colleagues, check out the upcoming webinars from the members of ALSC’s Managing Children’s Services Committee, with topics like Communication, Scheduling, Managing Financials, and Supervising: www.ala.org/alsc/edcareeers/profdevelopment/alscweb/webinars.

Krissy Wick is the Youth Services Supervisor for the Madison (WI) Public Library. She is currently a member of ALSC’s Managing Children’s Services Committee and is the chair-elect for Wisconsin’s Children’s Book Award Committee. She is a mother of four boys (including one-year-old identical twins), so stress management is a topic especially near and dear to her heart.

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6545. Essay collection contest with $1000 + pub prize

Entries open for The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize. Submit a book-length collection (120-160 pages or 50,000-60,000 words) of nonfiction essays: personal essays, memoir in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account, etc. Prize: $1000, publication and 100 copies of the published collection, and distribution with other titles. Entry fee: $30. Deadline: March 1, 2016.

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6546. Eddie Redmayne on Researching how to be a Zoologist to Play Newt

Eddie Redmayne sat down with the Telegraph for a very lengthy interview looking at his career thus far. Arguably, it is quite an impressive one. Among his many awards and nominations, Redmayne has won a Tony, Olivier, Best Shake­spearean Performance from the Critics’ Circle Awards, Golden Glob, SAG, and an Oscar for his role as Stephen Hawking. While working on Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, Eddie has also been promoting his 2016 Oscar-nominated film, The Danish Girl.

And now he is the lead actor in one of the biggest film franchises in movie history (assuming that Fantastic Beasts is included in the Harry Potter franchise–who knows, it might be big enough to become its own franchise!).

Eddie talked of taking the role of Newt Scamander, what it was like to be working on such a big film with such a big budget, and how he researched for this role as he does for all his roles. Research for a magic zoologist? Yeah, totally possible. The Telegraph reports:

 

He says he is having a lot of fun on Fantastic Beasts. Directed by David Yates (who made the final four Harry Potter films), the cast includes Katherine Waterston, Samantha Morton and Colin Farrell. The film is set 70 years before the Harry Potter story begins, in New York, where Newt Scamander is attending the Magical Congress of the United States of America, following his world travels to find magical creatures.

‘What has been so great about this one is seeing a bigger budget being used,’ he says. ‘Every single head of department on this film is at the top of their game so they use that to the most extraordinary effect. The other day I was looking down at a set they have built, New York streets in the 1920s, and as far as your eye can see are cars, smoke machines, extras… It feels like going back to, and maybe we romanticise it, but a golden age of Hollywood with this huge scale of things.’

I wonder what he did to prepare for the role of Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts. ‘Part of what I do, in relation to research is’ – he is laughing – ‘about exploiting the fact that you have one of the best jobs in the world. If you are given access to amazing astronomers to educate you when playing Stephen Hawking, why wouldn’t you meet them?

‘As I am playing a magizoologist I thought, why don’t I go and shack up at London Zoo for a bit,’ he continues. ‘I spent a few days there and then I went down to Damien Aspinall’s place, Port Lympne in Kent, and met the amazing handlers there. Some of them sleep with baby tigers when they’re born. What was important for me here was to see how people with such a close relationship with animals communicate with them, because Newt has that. Then it is just a lot of fun.’

 

In the lengthy interview, Eddie goes on to talk about his career, the awards he’s been nominated for, how he got into acting and manages being nervous while performing, and being voted GQ’s Best Dressed in 2016 (his dad is his fashion icon!). The rest of the interview may be read here.

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6547. Easy Snowboarding Trick

Dove CameronOllie: An Easy Snowboarding Trick You Can Learn in One Day

The scenario: Your friends are going on a big snowboarding trip and you are totally stoked to tag along. There’s only one problem. Your snowboarding skills are non-existent. Well, don’t worry! There are some easy tricks you can learn in a day. Here is one not-so-scary move that will impress any snow bunny or sweet dude. While learning this trick, you should enlist an experienced snowboarder to help you and always wear protective gear.

The Ollie is the easiest of all tricks and essential for any freestyle-rider. This trick is performed without the help of the rider’s hands, a ramp, or a jump. Here’s how to do it: While riding down the mountain, you want to crouch down like you’re about to jump, and then in one seamless motion, shift your weight over your back leg and lift your front foot. Then, “pop” off your back foot with a slight bouncing motion lifting your legs up, allowing the board to hop up or “snap.” Once you’ve got air, you want to pull your knees up towards your chest as far as you can while trying to keep the board parallel to the snow. Right before you land, shift your weight back over the center of the board and prepare to hit the ground. Bend your knees as you touch the snow to cushion your landing.

Congrats! You’ve read about your first trick. Now, it’s time to go out and do it. And don’t worry if you don’t want to do any tricks. Being a drifter (someone who “drifts” across the hill with no actual tricks), is fine too. Own it and order everyone hot chocolates as they come off the mountain!

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6548. Debbie--have you seen... J. Albert Mann's SCAR: A REVOLUTIONARY WAR TALE

A reader asked if I've seen J. Albert Mann's Scar: A Revolutionary War Tale published in 2016. A second reader sent me a copy. The publishing info is interesting. It says:

Calkins Creek
An Imprint of Highlights
When I look it up online using "Calkins Creek," I'm directed to Boyds Mills Press. Sometime I ought to find out how all this "imprint" thing works!

I'll read the copy I was sent, but for now it is in my "Debbie-have you seen..." series. Here's the synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Noah Daniels wants nothing more than to fight in George Washington’s Continental Army, but an accident as a child left him maimed and unable to enlist. He is forced to watch the Revolution from his family’s hard scrabble farm in Upstate New York—until a violent raid on his settlement thrusts him into one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution, and ultimately, face to face with the enemy. A riveting coming of age story, this book also includes an author’s note and bibliography.

From the Kirkus review, I see that Scar is "a wounded Mohawk soldier allied with the British" and from SLJ's review, I see that it "sheds light" on the "Iroquois Confederacy's alliance with the British."

That's all I have for now. When I read it, I'll be back with a link to a review.

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6549. So WHO Should Be Getting Their Comics Promoted?


I am NOT going to do the work for you any more. Year in, year out I tell you people.  See the Search Bar? Use it.

Look up:

Paul Ashley Brown

 

Ben R. Dilworth

 

Gavin Stuart Ross

 

Donna Barr

 

Roberta Gregory

 

David Gordon

 

Charles Cutting

 

John Erasmus

These are not on the "same old same old" list as rolled off by Eric Stephenson. 

Ben Dilworth uses a variety of art styles and can come up with good old action and adventure as well as light or thought provoking stories because he is a true imagineer.

Now, Image Comics should know Gavin Ross -Image Comics in published Gavin's winning entry in the Northern Sequential Art competition in their 2011  Thought Bubble Anthology.  What happened after that bit of "press" Mr Stephenson?

Roberta Gregory -creator of Bitchy Bitch and the Fantagraphic series Naughty Bits and so much more since the 1970s -Roberta is a true female comic book pioneer!

Donna Barr -if I even have to tell you who Donna is or what she does then you should not be here.  Mind you, she probably might give Image "the finger" -auf Deutsch!

John Erasmus is a brilliant comic artist and a true imagineer and his colour work is beyond criticism. His work was probably the highlight of the Titan Book The Complete Accident Man.

Charles cutting is another artist with a great eye for colour and his recent book Kardath is a H. P.Lovecraft gem.

Paul Ashley Brown is not your usual comic artist.  If you've seen his work reviewed on CBO (Browner Knowle, etc) you'll have seen his unique style and thought provoking work -the type of thing Image should be publishing.

David Gordon, I know he has the tag "The British Milo Manara" but there is much more to his comic book talents. This was proven in his biographical Cosmic Oddity -I've known him since the 1980s but that book actually blew me away!

There Eric Stephenson, is where your company should be looking for integrity and something original.  But I doubt even if Stephenson read the prior post and this one, that he would even give it a second thought.  The dollar is what matters to these companies and as I wrote before "You can talk the talk but can you walk the walk?"

I think not.

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6550. The Lizards

The lizards scamper up and down
The back porch, on the screen,
Their presence part and parcel
Of the landscape, lush and green.

I'm visiting in Florida,
A far cry from the cold,
Although it's pretty warm back home;
At least that's what I'm told.

Vacations should transport you
To what's different and new
Or else they aren't doing
What you'd hoped that they would do.

If weather won't cooperate,
(Who knows what makes it tick?)
At least I'm still transported
For the lizards did the trick.

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