The beautiful thing about learning is… ~ Positive Thinking

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Hello and welcome back.  It’s time for more #PositiveThinking.

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The beautiful thing about learning is that no-one can take it away from you.

~ BB King

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I love this quote because I practice being ‘open-minded’ and developing conscious positivity rather than sub-conscious negativity.

We learn from our experiences, after all.

If we have bad or negative experiences or if we are surrounded by negativity, by bad vibes, we learn from this.

We become enveloped in bad vibes.  And it can be difficult to shake those vibes off.

Learning, whether academically or from experiences, is beautiful so…

let’s keep learning positive.

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What would you say is the ‘beautiful thing about learning’?

I’d love to hear from you. Tweet me @AllSortsHere using the hashtag #PositiveThinking.

Let’s create a virtual wave of positivity!

#PositiveThinking is my monthly blog linky and twitter party.

Link up any blog post with a positive and happy theme (and it’d be great if you could copy my badge below into your post).  Perhaps your positive thought could be connected to a goal you have in mind, something funny you’ve heard or something funny you’ve seen.  If it’s got a PositiveThinking theme, it works for this linky.  Old or new posts, it doesn’t matter – link up as many as you like.  

The linky door is always open.

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Also join me on twitter.  Tweet anything positive and/or promote your positive blogpost (the one you link up!) with #PositiveThinking and include a direct tweet to me @AllSortsHere… I’ll share by retweeting.

Let’s get the positive vibrations going good and strong 🙂

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#AllSortsofBlogs ~ Best Blogs to Read… 55

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Welcome! This is where I share #AllSortsofBlogs in my pick of the best blogs to read from recent weeks.  Feel free to add any or all of your favourite posts to the linky.  I’ll share all posts across my social media ~ twitter, pinterest, stumbleupon, g+.

The door’s always open with a new linky starting on the last Friday of the month…

And if you’d like to add my badge, it’s at the bottom of this post.  Thanks.

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Now onto my best reads:

Firstly, I love, love, love this post about lovely stationery from Rachel at Parenthood Highs and Lows.  I’ve found my kindred spirit!

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Next to Ailish Sinclair.  I really love this blog and this time Ailish is showing us the magical, mystical… stone circles.  There’s something about this blog that really draws me in… 🙂

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As I’m getting more interested in the art of photography, this blog from Lou Archell at Little Green Shed lured me in to read more…

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…and where would my blog be without a post on positive thinking.  I’ve even got a #PositiveThinking linky on the last Sunday of each month! So, this post from Madeline at This Glorious Life really made sense to me… a great, simple way to start your day off in the right way!

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I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did.

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“Pretty post-its and pencils” ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

Pretty post-its and pencils ~ a poem

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When my Mum and Dad upcycled my cot,

There was not one tiny detail that they forgot;

More holes were drilled in the legs to ensure

The top could be lifted to last me past four…

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There was space for my pen pots, for sellotape, and for glue

And paper a-plenty to make pictures for you.

My imagination station’s a place just for me,

To potter, to write, to develop literacy…

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And let’s not forget my maths and my sums,

Times-tables, number bonds ~ numeracy’s such fun!

I’ve made cards for my friends and my family too,

And even pets’ birthdays, they can’t read them, mind you!

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With paper, pens, pencils always ready for me,

My Imagination Station’s the place to be!

On an ipad or a tablet you can tap, touch and swipe,

But nothing beats paper, so don’t believe the hype!

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Yes technology’s great in this cyber age

But there’s something ’bout writing a story page by page…

We’ve even made paper, I learnt how to at school,

It sits on my desk, next to my very own pink rule…

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What I mean to say is that there are no rules,

With pretty post-its and pencils, my imaginative tools…

Creativity has no bounds, it’s true,

With mine, I’m never stuck for something to do…

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By Carol Cameleon 2016

The story behind the poem: I happened upon this little arrangement on our little girl’s desk.  I thought how pretty the bits and pieces looked randomly among her other creative tools!

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How do you approach homework?

Before our little girl started school, we were of the opinion that a little homework never hurt anyone.  It seemed like a good idea to get her ready for what would be a daily occurrence in secondary school (albeit a few years away…)

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Much like any other UK primary school, homework didn’t start in earnest until after the Christmas of her Reception year (that’s the first year for non-UK readers).  At the start we had a bit of phonics.  And it was fun and quite exciting to see what was in her homework book at the end of the week.  We’ve enjoyed Alternative Goldilocks, a lesson in Fairtrade, we’ve made paper and we’ve made a papery goat for Chinese New Year.  Yes, we’ve had oodles of fun!

We never really had a problem with completing homework in Reception.  We chose our moments of course and fitted it in around work and ‘tired times’.

We used to do it straight after school on a Friday.  Then it was done and dusted for the weekend… 2 whole days without having to learn.  Our little girl enjoys learning but equally, it’s vital to have a break from it.  You don’t have to be a psychologist to work that out!  Sponges can become saturated, no matter how much stimulation they need.

Along came Year 1 and a new school.  It was clear from a few weeks in that homework was being stepped a gear… and so it should be.  It was still enjoyable.

We’ve tried to do homework in the week but with work commitments and after school club, the days get busy and quickly get filled up.  And so it tends to fall to the weekends now.

We’ve got a bright little girl (yes, I’m biased!) and her teacher has confirmed this at parents’ evenings and at workshops.

Towards the end of terms, homework does get to be more of a chore.  Couple that with her need to learn and be stimulated due to her growing brain, homework is an ironic balancing act between necessity and burnout…

What are your thoughts?  How do you approach homework?  How much does it differ between siblings and/or your own experiences (however many years ago?!)

 I’d love to hear in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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The ingredients for a healthy learning environment

On the way home from school one day, our little girl asked if we had the following :

  • an empty bottle
  • water
  • vegetable oil
  • milk
  • ‘fizzy things for your tummy’

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We had everything except the ‘fizzy things’ but she said we could use sweets instead … that was when I knew she meant business because she was prepared to use her sweets!

So, when we got home, she bypassed her usual after school snack and instead we headed out into the garden.  Lovely 🙂

And this is what we did:

  • Filled the bottle 1/4 full with water
  • Poured 1/4 of the amount of water to vegetable oil (maths was never my strong point for ratios!)
  • Poured the same amount of milk to oil into the bottle

Then we let the mixture settle, marvelling at how the mixture separated from the milk/water and how the oil stayed on top.

I tried to use scientific terminology appropriate for a 6 year old to explain why this happened…!

Then came the really exciting part!

Our little girl dropped her sweets in the mixture one by one.  It seemed that after an initial air bubble, the reaction made another big-ish bubble rise to the surface… which you can sort of hardly see here:

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Ideally, we would have had those ‘fizzy tummy things’ but even the mad scientist had to start somewhere!

Lately, our little girl has been showing more and more interest in science and the human body.

She has an Usborne ‘Little Encyclopaedia of the Human Body’ which she loves and hubby and I have learnt a few things from this fab little book too!

A lot of this is undoubtedly down to her teacher, whom our little girl adores (which is a massive relief, given our house move and her subsequent change of school).  She’s always drawing her little pictures to later turn into cards that often say, “To my favourite teacher”, or words to that effect.

I suppose the point that I’m making here is this:

A great deal of the inspiration, the thirst for learning and the opportunity for growing through exploring that our little girl has, comes from her teacher.

And her teacher (and therefore her fantastic school) have such a vital role to play in this tender, vulnerable part of her learning journey; a journey which needs nurturing, encouragement and guidance, whilst also allowing for room to step back as a grown-up and letting her find her own results from her own experiments, her own answers to her ever-growing questions.

In light of the recent #THISislearning campaign which was steered mainly by Maddy Bennet and Sophie Lovett, these learning through play sessions have really highlighted the importance of the following ingredients for a healthy learning environment:

  • a thirst for learning in way appropriate to the age and learning method of a child
  • a passionate teacher able to inspire and nurture a child, while being given the freedom to recognise when to step back and give a child the opportunity to grow through their learning
  • stepping back and recognising that there are different methods of learning ~ children learn at different rates and in different ways

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Unfortunately, seemingly more and more of our wonderful teachers are led by stats and not the individual child’s needs.  Perhaps one way of achieving this learning environment is to home school.  For us, this was never something we considered at any length. Like the majority of parents, we are at the ‘mercy’ of State education  but it doesn’t mean that we can’t attempt to influence the way our education system is structured.  Or at least compliment our childrens’ school learning through following their lead at home.

What are your thoughts and observations on complimenting school learning at home?  What do you think makes for a healthy learning environment?

 I’d love to hear in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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Win a chakra bracelet ~ giveaway

Hello and welcome to another exciting giveaway!

Yes, you can win this pretty chakra bracelet.

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  You will see that the bracelet is a string of coloured beads appropriate to each chakra.  You can see the corresponding chakra colours in last week’s #TheZenZing post when I looked at how you can ‘reset’ yourself by doing a chakra cleanse.  Now, to help you along the way, here is a chance to win a chakra bracelet (see the rafflecopter below).
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But first ‘Where is the beginning?’ A poem on chakras…
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What’s at the beginning?

It all starts at the root,

When we’re not grounded,

A branch can’t develop its shoots.

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Our branches need feeding

With healthy, wholesome foods,

If not, they’re ‘unbalanced’

And affect our moods.

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When we work from the bottom

And end up at the top,

We have spinning wheels, or

‘chakras’ which never stop…

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Want to feel peaceful and calm?

Meditate daily, don’t be shy,

And your friends they may comment,

Share the love, tell them why…

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…Why you’re feeling grounded

And rooted, like a tree to the earth.

Why those positive thoughts and good food

Give a sense of self-worth.

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…Why you’re feeling creative

Bursting with thoughts and ideas,

As they ebb and flow like the water,

Eroding your fears.

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…Why your ego’s not ‘pumped up’,

You’re calm and ‘together’,

You don’t listen to the bad things,

You don’t need ‘lucky heather’.

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…Why your breathing’s steady and easy

While your heart pumps fresh air,

Pure and cleansed through your body,

To keep you alert and ‘all there’.

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…Why you’re feeling expressive

And you’re speaking your mind,

Being open and clear,

It’s the best way, you will find.

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…Why your sixth sense is open,

It’s your third eye, you see.

Is your perception of reality

With them or with ‘me’?

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…Why your crown’s like a flower,

Its stem’s like your spine,

A petal for each chakra

Now you’re upright and ‘aligned’.

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Now you’re beginning to see

What your thoughts can do,

Breathe slowly, be mindful

That it all starts with you.

By Carol Cameleon

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Now, onto how you can win a chakra bracelet just like the one featured!  Just enter by using the rafflecopter (below).  The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 20th June 2016. Good luck to you 😉

Coming soon… a giveaway to win a lovely gem necklace, from Deebee jewellery ~ subscribe to my blog today so you don’t miss your chance 🙂  Subscription box is in the right hand sidebar ‘Follow my blog by email’ >>>>

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How to run a blog ~ getting things done

Running a blog can be a challenge.

As any blogger can tell you, there are many different aspects to blogging and all that comes with it.

To that end, I thought I would give you a little insight into how to run a blog.  More precisely, how I run my blog (as a person obsessed with being organised and getting things done).

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In this little series, I will cover:

  • My daily tick sheet
  • Taking part in linkys (blog hops/blog parties – call them what you like)
  • Blog promotion
  • Social media
  • Ad hoc tasks

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Let’s start with my daily tick sheet.  Without it, my blog diary gets overwhelmed!  By having a separate tick sheet, I can see at a glance where I’m at, what needs doing and what I’ve done.

This really helps because I can timebox more effectively and it gives me that sense of production and achievement, without wading through lots of to-do lists each day, which can be demoralising.

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On my tick sheet, I have tasks broken down into days (as ‘Daily Tick Sheet’ suggests!) and a blank box for the tick if it’s a task for the given day.

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As you can see, (sort of!) I check my comments every day but if the task was ‘write content’ some of the boxes under the days would be blanked out.

There are occasions when I don’t complete all my tasks that day and if they’re important for that particular week, I simply highlight the box in orange and start my blog work a little earlier the following day.

What I find really helpful is at the end of the day, I cross off ones for the next day that don’t need doing that week.  For example, I run a few blog linkys and if I don’t need to write content that week, I simply cross the box through the day before.

It’s similar to ticking the task off as you go but better for the soul!

To a non-blogger, this tick sheet may sound over the top, a little obsessive even…  I would have seen your point in my pre-blogging days.

But now, it keeps my blog diary free for ad-hoc daily tasks.  And perhaps the best thing is that I can print a fresh sheet out weekly for the regular tasks without having to physically write them in my diary each week.

This also gives me a clean sheet for the start of each new week – even better for the soul!

I’ve never been one to colour code my diary with coloured dots or washi tape.  Although I do love a pretty, functional planner.  The more compartments for slipping in pieces of paper and pretty paper clips, the better!

When it comes to ‘blog-min’, I love my highlighters, my daily tick sheet, my retractable pencil, my staples and my jumbo paper clips to bookmark my week in my blog diary.

How about you?  What do you do to keep ‘blog organised’?  I’d love to hear in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

Thanks 🙂

Next time I’ll be covering taking part in blog linkys/parties, which there are lots of and if I didn’t organise myself like I do, I’d have one BIG blog party hangover!…

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How safe is your street?

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 How safe is your street?
There’s a question for you
To ponder and wonder
In the local shop queue…
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How safe is your street?
As you stand in the line,
Do you talk to your neighbour,
Do you find the time?…
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 How safe is your street?
A stone’s throw or afar,
Your neighbour’s your neighbour,
By foot, bus or car…
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How safe is your street?
Need an ice-breaker or two?
Will be perfect for you…
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 How safe is your street?
Is your own home protected?
While you sleep at night,
Be ‘alarmed’, be detected…
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How safe is your street?
And your appliances too,
It’s vital to test them,
Corgi can help you…
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How safe is your street?
From the young to the old,
Are you ‘safe as houses’?
Do you stand tall and bold?
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 By Carol Cameleon 2016
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Disclaimer: Written in collaboration with Corgi ~ all words and opinions are my own.

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How to reset yourself … relax with #TheZenZing

Welcome back to #TheZenZing, where I help you put the

zing back into your life.

This time I’m going to tell you how you can reset yourself by way of a chakra cleanse.

And look out for a chakra bracelet giveaway this month on my blog!

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 We are all full of energy – whether good or bad…
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We each have 7 main ‘openings’ known as chakras.
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Our chakras should be fully open to allow for the universal life force (the energy) which surrounds us to enter our ‘being’ (our aura) and to allow the energy to flow freely, as it should.
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When the energy flows freely though our auric layers and into our meridian lines, it keeps our chakras balanced and aligned.
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Why is it so important to keep our chakras balanced and aligned?
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Well, you will recall that our chakras should be open to allow the energy to flow through them?
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If one or more of these chakras is not opened, the energy cannot enter our being and therefore we become out of balance.
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When we get blockages, the energy cannot flow at ‘ease’ and we can get ‘dis-ease’.
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You can see now why it is important to look after yourself, to keep your chakras balanced and aligned…
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Our chakras are coloured as follows:
  • Root – red (base of your spine)
  • Sacral – orange
  • Solar Plexus – yellow (your abdomen area)
  • Heart – green
  • Throat – blue
  • Third Eye – violet (forehead just above and between your brows)
  • Crown – white

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To cleanse your chakras and ‘reset’ yourself you can do a visualisation exercise ~ sit or lay with your eyes closed, starting at the root, imagine a ball of the relevant chakra colour moving up your body.  All the while be mindful of your breathing.  When you get to your crown chakra, imagine the ball of white light enveloping you in a warm cocoon…
Try it and notice how you feel…
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Boost your zing and encourage your zen.
It’s all about #TheZenZing 🙂
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How did you feel after your chakra cleanse?  Do you meditate regularly?  I’d love to hear from you.  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere and use the #TheZenZing hashtag.
Thank you 🙂
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How to attract more good vibes ~ Positive Thinking

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Hello and welcome back.  It’s time for more Positive Thinking.

Regular readers will know how much emphasis I put on the power of positive thinking.

Positive thinking benefits your mental health and can also attract more ‘goodness’ to your life.

For this month’s Positive Thinking, I’m focussing on how gratitude can be amplified in a simple way.

How?

Since I started my daily gratitude journal, I go through my days and now find myself making a mental note of something that I could write down in my journal for later.  BUT something I never do is note it down at the time.

The way I see it, making that mental note is a part of the gratitude process:

  • By using your memory, you savour a moment more than you normally would – be it a random act of kindness, a smile, good news,  good hair day, simply being with someone.
  • By focussing on that moment, you are living in the present, you are just ‘being’, and therefore it’s a type of mindfuless…
  • You are setting a positive ‘trigger’ to enable yourself to remember the moment later on when you write your gratitude journal
  • You are ultimately raising your vibration and therefore attracting more of the ‘good’ life to you, enabling you to remain positive

So, what positive, happy thoughts are you going to have today?

I’d love to hear from you. Tweet me @AllSortsHere using the hashtag #PositiveThinking.

Let’s create a virtual wave of positivity!

#PositiveThinking is my monthly blog linky and twitter party.

Link up any blog post with a positive and happy theme (and it’d be great if you could copy my badge below into your post).  Perhaps your positive thought could be connected to a goal you have in mind, something funny you’ve heard or something funny you’ve seen.  If it’s got a PositiveThinking theme, it works for this linky.  Old or new posts, it doesn’t matter – link up as many as you like.  The linky door is always open.

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Also join me on twitter.  Tweet anything positive and/or promote your positive blogpost (the one you link up!) with #PositiveThinking and include a direct tweet to me @AllSortsHere… I’ll share by retweeting.

Let’s get the positive vibrations going good and strong 🙂

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