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      29.01.2015 02:12

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      • Cordless
      • "Very reliable"

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      • Expensive

      Great drill, cordless, easy to use and very reliable!

      I bought this cordless drill about 3 years ago and it was a great buy. I bought a new home and that came with a lot of DIY jobs which needed to be done. Firstly I had to create a lot of storage space as we were downsizing because we were going from rented to bought accomodation. The living space was fine but we needed somewhere to store all the stuff we had accumulated over the years. Its amazing how much stuff we had collected and even more amazing how difficult it is when it comes to actually making the decision to throw something away when you know what you originally payed for it.

      Anyway I decided to floor the loft of my new home and in order to lay the loft panels I had to drill pilot holes for which I used the drill.

      I also had to put up lots of pictures, mount a plasma tv and attach a wide variety of things. Because I was worried about hitting electricity wires when drilling inside I always switch the power off and this is a great bonus of having a cordless drill, you don't need the mains connection.

      This drill is fantastic, I have never had any problems with it and it looks great. It take around 2-3 hours to charge and then it will last you all day, depending on use of course. It is really comfortable to hold and is not too heavy but has a nice weight to it so you can press firmly down. It cost me around £150 new and is worth every penny, I would fully recommend this drill.

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    • Morphy Richards Slow Cooker / Slow Cooker / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.01.2015 00:20

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      • "works great"
      • "looks good"
      • cheap

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      Great value slow cooker!

      The Morphy Richards Slow Cooker I am reviewing today is the 3.5 litre stainless steel version. It' priced at £29.99.





      My thoughts



      The idea of the slow cooker is awesome, just chuck ingredients in and leave to cook overnight or while you're at work or whatever, so it's ready when you want it rather than having to cook when you really can't be bothered.



      This slow cooker looks great, the stainless steel is shiny and looks expensive. It doesn't take up loads of space on the kitchen worktop. The only thing is that the cable is a bit shorter than I'd like, and it means I'm quite limited to where I can put it.



      The cooker is so easy to use it really is foolproof. All you do is put your ingredients in and then choose your heat setting, of which there are only 3, and leave it to cook. On the low heat setting it can be left for 10-12 hours, on the medium for 8-10 hours and on high for 7-8 hours, meaning you really can just set it off, go to work, and come back to a lovely dinner.



      The lid is made of quite heavy glass, and the actual pot is heavy black ceramic. The pot part is removeable and dishwasher safe which means it's very easy to clean after use. The rest of the unit just needs a quick wipe over and that's it, although because it's stainless steel you can end up with a lot of fingerprints and smears if you don't clean it correctly. You also need to be careful when touching the lid as steam can escape from around the outside and it's easy to burn your fingers.



      I mainly use this for making stews, usually by simply throwing in whatever ingredients I fancy and adding some stock, and they always turn out great. You need to make sure you add enough liquid or it will boil down and end up with your ingredients burnt onto the bottom. I've also used it for cooking meats and I've loved the way they turn out when using this, it's always so tender and nice compared to oven roasting. There are so many slow cooker recipes around these days that you really are spoilt for choice. You can even cook desserts in it, though I haven't tried any of these yet.



      I have had this slow cooker over 2 years now and haven't encountered any issues with it, it works just as perfectly now as it did when I first started using it.



      Recommended?



      Definitely. This is a great slow cooker which works brilliantly and is excellent value for money in my opinion.

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    • Pet Plan / Pet Insurance / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.01.2015 00:16

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      • "Goid customer services "
      • "Good cover"

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      Good company! Check the small print so you don't get caught out!

      I have 2 beautiful Ragdoll cats called Bella and Dolly! I bought them 18 months ago and they bring my family a lot of joy. My wife and my son dote on them and they are very playful and affectionate. They are house cats and so they don't go outside and they sleep upstairs at the bottom of our bed.

      I wanted to get them insured because I knew tgst if they were to become unwell then it may well cost thousands of pounds in order to get them the treatments that they require. I know that I would end up paying the money even if it run into thousands as they are so precious to our family.

      I was recommended PetPlan by our vet who actively advertised and promoted their services. I took out a pet plan policy and it cost about £10 per cat per month. This was a lot if money but I was willing to pay it for the peace of mind that it gave me that my cats were covered.

      You should always check what the limit per confition is. They advertise there overall cover amount but this isn't that important its the amount PER confition that will catch you out. If your car gets a chronic condition like eczema that's needs tegukar treatment then it will only be treated up to a certain amount say £1000, then when that's exhausted you will have to pay. But thus condition could go on for 15-20 years. If you try to switch companies you will have to declare this condition as PRE-EXISTING and they won't insure you for it so be careful.

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    • Armitage Rotastak Choc Drops / Small Pet Food / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      28.01.2015 23:50

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      • "last ages"
      • tasty
      • cheap

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      tasty snack for hammies

      We have a syrian hamster who absolutely loves these! One small bag costs less than a pound but it lasts for ages. I bought a pack in september 2014, i tipped them all into a small plastic storage container, and feeding a couple every few days we still have loads left, certainly enough to last another good few months. We dont feed them daily as ive bought a large variety of treats for him so i like to alternate. Also i think treats of fresh fruit and vegetables are a much healthier option for treats, however yhere is nothing wrong with feeding these choc drops as long as it is in moderation. We also have these in the yoghurt flavour which our hamster loves just as much. Sometimes if he is being a little reluctant to come out of his cage or if i want to wake him up during the day then i use a couple of these choc drops as a kind of bribery!

      These choc drops made by rotastak are readily available from every pet shop ive been in. All major pet shops as well as smaller independent stores stock them and they are almost always found in the aisle with all the other hamster accessories and food.

      I would definately recommend these to anyone with a hamster that they want to treat, however i do know that dwarf hamsters are prone to diabetes so to avoid making you're hamster seriously ill it is recommended you ignore the allowance on the back of the back and give very small amounts of these, i would say no more than 1 every couple of days, or break them up and feed one small piece daily.

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    • Admiral Car Insurance / Car Insurance / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      28.01.2015 23:50

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      • "Long Cover Abroad"
      • "Multi Car"
      • "Long Standing Customer Discount"

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      Definitely worth a quote!

      I've been with Admiral for years now. Good coverage abroad which is longer than most countries and ideal for those who travel abroad for summer camping holidays.

      Phones have always been manned, resolved my claim quick and easily and didn't leave me hanging for days for answers.

      Make sure you check your policy clearly with regards to a hire car as they are not always included but doesn't cost much to add it.

      You have to go direct to them for a price but their website is easy to use and gives you the answer in seconds. You can usually haggle a little bit if you ring up too!

      Been with them 5 years now, I do re check quotes every year but so far have never needed to leave.
      Definitely recommend!!

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      28.01.2015 23:34

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      • non-greasy
      • "nice bottle"

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      • "does nothing for my hair"

      Rather ordinary oil actually

      L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil is a versatile hair oil enriched with a blend of 6 precious flower extracts. It's priced at £9.99 for a 100ml bottle.


      My thoughts

      I do like the packaging of this product. The bottle is made of a heavy glass which gives it a feeling of being expensive and high quality. It looks smart, and it has a press top dispenser on top which makes it easy to get out just the right amount.

      The oil can be used on wet or dry hair, and according to the instructions on the bottle it can be used after shampooing as a luxurious treatment, before styling to protect and transform the hair, or as a finishing product, for silky softness and luxurious shine.

      The oil has quite a thin texture and a soft scent which is a bit soapy and floral. It's not a great scent in my opinion, which is a shame as I've used other oils that smell lush and make me want to use them every day.

      The thin texture of the oil makes it easy to work through the hair, whichever way you decide to use it. I've tried using it both before and after styling, and also as an overnight treatment. I like the fact that it doesn't feel heavy or greasy on my hair, but that's about where the positives end or me. I just don't find it really does anything for my hair at all.

      When I used it after styling to tame my flyaways it did so to a certain extent, but very soon I found my ends looking less than smooth again, and the flyaways made a very quick reappearance. When I used it before styling I didn't feel like it was protecting my hair as well as other products I normally used, and my hair felt quite dry afterwards. And when I left it on my hair overnight expecting to wake up to super silky locks, I was so disappointed to find it hadn't made the slightest bit of difference, even though I'd used loads of it!


      Recommended?

      No, I wouldn't recommend this hair oil at all because I just didn't find it effective at all. I've used similar products which have worked wonders for my hair, but this one just does nothing for me.

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      28.01.2015 23:32
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      brilliant

      I have always suffered with quitebad hayfever since being very young. I used to get tablets free on prescription however when I stopped being eligible for free prescriptions i decided to try cheaper alternatives that are readily available from local supermarkets.

      I have found piriton allergy tablets to be the best out of all i have tried so far. I still get the odd sniffles when taking these however they really calm my eyes down, stop them from swelling and watering and generally feeling really sore. Not even prescription tablets did this, i had to use eyedrops for it. Overall im very impressed

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      28.01.2015 23:27

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      • "really works to volumise and thicken the hair"

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      • "packaging could be improved"
      • "smells very artificial"

      Big fat hair

      Lee Stafford My Big Fat Healthy Hair Shampoo is designed to boost hair's body and texture, enhance gloss and shine, and banish dulling deposits that make hair go lank and limp. It's priced at £5.99 for a 250ml tube, but can often be picked on a 3 for 2 offer making it better value.


      My thoughts

      I do love the whole Lee Stafford range and the packaging is usually great, but I have had slight issues with this tube! It looks good enough, but the plastic it's made from is quite thin and after I got part way through the tube I found it was starting to break at the sides where it had been squeezed, so I ended up with a bit of leakage from the tube. Other than that the packaging is good, it has a flip top lid which makes it easy to use.

      The shampoo is a thick gel texture and has the usual Lee Stafford scent which is a kind of very artificial sweet floral smell, but I find the scent to be stronger in this shampoo than most of the other products.

      It lathers really well and I hardly need to use any to create a lovely thick, luxurious lather which feels lovely to massage through my hair. It takes a little more rinsing than other shampoos, but still not enough to cause any problems. My hair feels fresh and clean after rinsing it out.

      Once my hair has dried after using this it does feel and look quite a bit fuller than usual, and that's without any styling whatsoever. Having fine hair I've used a lot of thickening and volumising shampoos, and none of them have ever made any noticeable difference until I tried this! My hair feels soft and smooth but it has extra body and texture that means it looks fuller and more bouncy, and it's much easier to style.

      If I use this every day it does start to feel a little drying after a couple of weeks, but this is easily solved by using a more intensive conditioner with it, or using a leave in conditioner. It can also feel like it's leaving a build up on my hair after a while, but I just switch to a tea tree shampoo for a couple of days to detox my hair and then switch back to this.


      Redcommended?

      Absolutely. For many, many years this was the only thickening shampoo that made any difference to my hair, and whilst I have since found a couple of others that work, this one remains the best value and I keep going back to it.

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    • Churchill Insurance / Health Insurance / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      28.01.2015 23:27

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      • "Decent quotes"

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      • "Poor customer service"

      Decent quotes but poor customer service!

      I used Churchill insurance a couple of years ago. I used them because they were one of the best quotes on the price comparison website go compare. It wasn't the cheapest quote but it was the cheapest quote by a company I gave heard of. I always go with the cheapest quote by a reputable company. I take the view that a reputable company will pay out a claim rather than risk the good reputation and brand image that they have worked hard building up over years.

      It was quick and easy to book the insurance policy and I was able to do it on the Internet quite easily. The price comparison site Gocompare referred me to the Churchill website. This was simple and easy to set up.

      When I came to renew the policy the next year I found that they wanted to put my policy up for no reason. I hadn't had a crash and tgere were no incidents. They were only putting the price up by around £20 but I found this really annoying and switched to another company.

      The problem is that a lot of companies don't reward brand loyalty anymore. They know that everyone shops around year on year and will switch to a cheaper competitor at the drop of a hat so they no longer reward brand loyalty. This means that the best insurance offers always go to new customers.

      I tried ringing them with queries several times and they take a long time to get throught to on the home if you pick the right option. As soon as they work out that your not a new customer your waiting for ages. If you want to take out a policy and pick the new customer phone option you get through straight away.

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      28.01.2015 23:27
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      • "good power"
      • "good size"
      • "easy to use"

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      • none

      The small mixer that behave like a tough machine



      When it comes to cooking in the kitchen I like to try and save time by letting machines do as much work for me as they can. I don't mean that I have a robot in the kitchen, what I mean by that is that if a machine can make life easier in the kitchen then I will give it a go.
      One thing that really helps out when it comes to mixing things up quicker than by hand is this one mixer.
      This is a good sized hand mixer, being about 272mm high by 180mm long and 85mm wide and giving 300watts of power from the well ventilated motor.
      It has a five speed setting, controlled by the slider paddle on the top front of the unit. With simple speeds recognition being 1 – 5. with a burst power button on the top of the unit to give you a few seconds of extra power.
      There are two holes in the underside of the unit which house the actual mixing attachments, those attachments being the dough mixers, for making bread and such like. The other set are your basic beaters, which look like a few wires bent into a bit of a pair shape in order to mix up what ever they plough into.
      In front of the control switch there is another button that, when pressed, drops the attachments out, into a bowl so that they can be cleaned.

      This is so easy to use and just the right size so that it not only gives a good mixing but it is light enough to use for long periods. The handle that goes over the main body is a good size which makes using it so simple, with the handle being the right size too.

      The entire unit is easy to clean, although don't throw it into the washing up bowl as things will go pair shape. What you need to do is simply wipe it over with a damp cloth and away you go.
      The attachments are as strong as the proverbial and lasted longer than I thought they would
      this sells on the open market for about £15 - £20, which is money well spent for such a useful tool

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      28.01.2015 23:24
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      • "works at first"
      • "smells lush"

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      • "stopped being effective after a few washes"
      • expensive

      Good effects for the first week, then nothing

      Philip Kingsley Body Building Shampoo is designed to gently cleanse thin, limp and fine-textured hair, leaving it full of body and shine. It's available in 3 sizes; 75ml, priced at £7, 250ml, priced at £17, and 1000ml, priced at £41.


      My thoughts

      The packaging is ok though the design is nothing special. I have the 75ml one which comes in a squeezy plastic tube with a flip top lid. It's easy to use, but doesn't really reflect the higher than average price.

      The shampoo has quite a thick gel texture, and a strong, sweet scent which reminds me of those little parma violet sweets. I only need to use a small amount to get a nice amount of lather and easily wash the whole of my long, fine hair. It rinses out really easily leaving my hair feeling clean and fresh.

      Once my hair is dry after using this it feels soft and smooth, and very light. I don't find it really gives my hair any extra body, but it does make it look and feel a bit more lively and healthier, and it's easier to create a little extra volume through styling. It feels very fresh, and I've found my hair doesn't tend to get greasy as quickly when I'm using this, compared with other shampoos. My hair does look quite healthy and shiny, but it does leave the ends quite static, so I need to make sure I use a good conditioner with it to couteract this.

      I was quite impressed with the results of this shampoo at first, but after a week or so it seemed to stop having any effect, and my hair began to look quite dull and lacklustre again. It's a shame because the results it gave me to begin with were very pleasing. Also for the price I would have expected this to be a shampoo that gave continuing good results, but as it happens I'm really glad I only bought the smaller size!

      Recommended?

      No, I don't think I can really recommend this shampoo. It did give me good results to begin with, but my hair was soon back to normal, and for this price I would expect a lot better.

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      28.01.2015 23:04
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      Some things just aren't meant to be...

      I like drinking Green Tea, but any chance to jazz things up with flavour and I'll jump at the chance due to the grassy or earthy taste of plain green tea can be a little unbearable and too astringent when you're drinking this on a regular basis.

      Thinking that these two flavours seemed a good idea I purchased straight away and kind of wished I hadn't.
      I am fond of some of their blends, just not this particular one.

      Pineapple and grapefruit sounded quite tropical at the time and refreshing and possibly a tea to brew cold for the summer.
      This is currently only available in teabags and not leaf tea although they do provide leaf teas in various other flavours.

      When I first brewed this, I brewed this light because of the flavours I thought may be intense but it was too lightly brewed so I left the teabag longer than 3-5 as they recommend but it just didn't taste right no matter how light or strong I brewed this the two flavours should not be mixed.
      Also the attempt of brewing this cold should never be tried again. Yikes what was I thinking, I've made a few good discoveries brewing the tea hot and leaving it to cool down and put into a fridge for a while and add ice, but this is not one of 'those' moments.

      Although I believed the benefits of green tea is still evident as in all their green tea product I just simply thought this was a bad clash of flavours and would recommend you try a sample first before buying the whole box.



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      28.01.2015 22:35
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      Stylish, durable and lots of space!

      I have had this purse for about two years now and it still looks brand new. I bought the black version of this product for £17 and I was really pleased with the price. The product feels really good quality - it is relatively heavy for a purse but I quite like that, I like it to feel substantial! It also looks lovely quality - it is really durable and the black version has a leather look with patent detailing and gold metal trim with a gold buckle for the back coin section. Inside the purse the lining is a peachy pink colour which was a big selling point for me as a different coloured lining normally correlates with good quality for me in purses/hand bags!
      When opening the main flap one side is a card holder with room for six cards (one slot where the card is fully visible so could also be used as a picture holder). The side folds out and has slots for four more cards, two pockets and a zipped smaller section. I use one pocket for notes, one for receipts and put gift cards in the zipped section. The length of the purse means you can slide your notes into this section as they are without having to fold them which was really appealing to me. The back side of the purse has a buckle clasp opening pocket with a divider in which I use for my coins.
      This purse is brilliant quality and is really durable. It is filled with pockets and space so if you are someone who, like me, loves to pack your purse with everything you may need I would definitely recommend this stylish product.

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      28.01.2015 22:29
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      3G but not as you know it.

      I love Ginger tea, and the fact that someone out there in the world thinks of taking 3 types of ginger and blending them together is brilliant. To be honest, who knew!

      The three Gingers they have combined are:
      ORGANIC GINGER
      GALANGAL
      GOLDEN TUMERIC

      Galangal is obviously a spice, however it has healing properties of actually reducing inflammation in the stomach, improves blood circulation, VITAMINS A AND E, source of iron, but do check the benefits out first for yourself or speak to a doctor.

      GOLDEN TUMERIC- Helps you build up a good defense from cold, viruses and supports your overall immune system.

      These two extra types of Ginger do not balance or add a slight refreshing flavour this is kind of the boss of herbal teas here in this range and great to drink on a daily basis before winters or while your going through a difficult time to keep your health up. Drinking this daily also helps ensure it has time to kick in and work.

      I stuck to drinking this over the winter season and brewed this a lot longer than the recommended minutes of 3-5 due to liking all my teas strong and the added benefit of this.
      I went through a short time of anxiety and suffered from sickness, I'd rather not keep taking pills and for me peppermint doesn't help as much any more but this, despite the spice and the heat was comforting and calmed by stomach down including my sickness.
      I thing these are a worthy product to have in your cupboard and in your defense against cold's this winter.

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      28.01.2015 21:47
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      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Colourful
      • Sturdy

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      • "Not excellent value for money"
      • "Little side tray not useful"
      • "Seat padding not easy to get off to wash"
      • "Awkward when folded"

      Good looking comfortable chair but functionality average

      We bought this chair for our 6 month old daughter as it looked really sturdy, colourful and had lots of options for adjusting it. Overall it is a good chair, lovely design, however sometimes it doesn't seem properly thought through from a functional point of view.
      Firstly, it is free standing when folded, but tips over quite easily, and can fall on an inquisitive toddler.
      Secondly, the main food tray has the plastic piece that goes between baby's legs, rather than it being part of the chair, which allows the baby to try jumping down just as you are strapping her in or unclipping the straps.
      Thirdly, the clip-on food tray is good, but if baby throws/spills food down their front (which happens quite often) the main food tray needs cleaning anyway as it is exposed on that side. The padded seat is awkward to take off to wash too and with lots of crevices for food to get lodged into it is not normally sufficient to just wipe it down. The material of the seat is really slippery too, so you end up constantly pulling baby back up to avoid them slouching.
      The little tray on the side sounds fun but in reality we get very little use out of it, it's yet another surface to keep clean, and our now toddler bumps into it.
      The basket is good for storing bibs and other cloths, but again quite awkward to get to if you are sat in front of baby feeding them, not really handy for grabbing a clean bib quickly.

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