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Camp Energy

Christmas Holiday Activities with Camp Energy, 15–19 Dec. A fun based activity and sports course for children aged 5–12. Drop off 8 a.m.–9 a.m., pick up 4.30–5.30 p.m. All Oxford University Staff are entitled to a 10 per cent discount. Limited places are available for weekly, daily and half daily sessions at our fantastic holiday camp, including excursions to Sulgrave Manor and the Jordan Grand Prix Factory. Call 01865 292072 or visit www.campenergy.com for more information.

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Trinity College, Cambridge

Nehru Memorial Lecture: HRH The Prince Hassan of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will give the twenty-sixth Nehru Memorial Lecture at 6.30 p.m., Wed., 26 Nov., in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College. The title of the lecture will be announced shortly. The lecture is open to all.

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St Giles' Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Oxford Authors: 27 Nov., Cruelty in crime fiction, Jane Jakeman; 4 Dec., An Alternative Oxford, Philip Pullman. The talks will be held in St Giles' Church at 12.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. In order to help us with our costs, a small donation would be appreciated. Web site: http://www.st-giles-church.org.

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Emmaus Oxford

Helping the homeless to help themselves: second user home and office furniture at very reasonable prices. Free delivery. Tel.: 01865 402073. E-mail: emmausoxon@netscape.net. Registered charity no: 1066618.

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Summer Fields School

The Maclaren Trust Scholarship: a scholarship, up to full fees, is awarded to a boy of outstanding ability between the ages of 8 and 11 who, without this financial support, would not be able to come to Summer Fields. For an application form please write to or telephone: The Headmaster, Summer Fields, Oxford OX2 7EN. Tel.: 01865 454433. E-mail: hmsec@summerfields.org.uk

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Club welcomes the wives, husbands, and partners of visiting scholars, graduates and members of the University who are new to Oxford. It aims to offer help, advice and information, and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held at 13 Norham Gardens every Wed. 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday, except for 2 weeks at Christmas and Easter. Newcomers with children (0-4 years) meet every Friday in term from 10.15 a.m. to 12 midday. Other term-time activities include a Book Group, informal Conversation Group, and tours to colleges, museums, and other places of interest, as well as country walks and garden trips. Second-hand items can be bought on Wed. mornings 10.30 a.m. to 12 midday from the equipment room. A Christmas Fair will be held in the club rooms on Wed., 26 Nov., starting 10.30 a.m. Please support this event and bring your friends. Visit our Web site: www.ox.ac.uk/staff.

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Concerts

The Oxford Harmonic Society and the Orchestra of Stowe Opera (conductor: Robert Secret) will perform Bach's Christmas Oratorio(parts 1, 2, 4, and 6) at 7.30 p.m. on Sat., 29 Nov., in Oxford Town Hall. Soloists: Kimberley Myers, Linda Hubberd, Paul Badley, William Peel, and David Murphy. Tickets £12 and £10; concessions £10 and £8. Available from Oxford Playhouse Box Office, tel. 01865 305305, or at the door.

The Oxford Millennium Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky 1812Overture; Bruch Violin Concerto No 1 (soloist Stuart Baran), and Brahms Symphony No.3. Conductor Nicholas Mumby. Wed., 3 Dec., 8 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets £12/£10, £5 available from the Oxford Playhouse on 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com.

Thursday, 4 Dec., 8 p.m., Sheldonian Theatre: Piano recital by Marios Papadopoulos. Schubert, Drei Klavierstucke; Beethoven, Sonata in A major, Op. 101; Chopin, Four Scherzi. Tickets: £30, £24, £17, £10. Book online at www.oxfordphil.com, Box Office 01865 305305.

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Handmade Vietnamese products for sale

Handmade in Vietnam: reasonably priced, high-quality, handmade Vietnamese products, carefully chosen for their unique beauty and style by Vietnamese owner Hoang and his wife Charlotte (Administrator at Maths). Products include traditionally crafted lacquerware and pressed bamboo (plates, boxes, vases, coasters, trays, photo albums), hand embroidered bedding, silk cushions and silk lamps and lanterns. University card holders are offered 10 per cent discount. 10 Oxford Street, Woodstock.

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Books Bought and Sold

Books Bought: 01865 727928–we buy any quantity of books, from single items of importance to entire libraries on history and the humanities. Unsworth's Booksellers (ABA). Shops at 15 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ and 12 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QA. Open every day. E-mail: books@unsworths.com. Web site: www.unsworths.com.

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Periodicals Bought and Sold

Back-issues of scholarly periodicals and journals bought and sold. Graham Jeffrey, Periodicals (est. 1967), 29 Cuddesdon Road, Horspath, Oxford, OX33 1JD. Tel.: 01865 872528, fax: 776398. E-mail: gjeffreysatu@aol.com.

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration: 30 years experience; collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to: The Workshop, 11A High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon. OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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Services Offered

Sugarpepper Cooks are available to prepare creative food in your home or chosen venue, leaving your free to truly enjoy the day. From canape receptions to Christmas and New Year celebrations. For sample menus call 01865 791136 or visit : www.sugarpeppercooks.co.uk.

Big or small, we ship it all, plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24-hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access, and mail forwarding world-wide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services, and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655, fax: 514656, e-mail: summertown@020.mbe.uk.com, also at: 94 London Rd., Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729, fax: 01865 742431, e-mail: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

Town and Country Trees: arboricultural contractors; modern arboricultural techniques; local authority approved; safeguarded by full Public Liability insurance. Free advice and quotations. Tel.: 0845 458 2980 or 07976 261850 (mobile).

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Domestic Services

Carpet/upholstery/curtain cleaning by Grimebusters, your local specialists. Quality work, competitive prices. Domestic, commercial, college. Also carpet/upholstery stain protection, pre-occupancy cleaning, flood cleaning/drying, oriental rug cleaning. For free estimates and friendly advice, call Grimebusters. Tel.: 01865 726983 or 01235 555533.

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Egg Donation Line

We are a caring and loving couple who long to have a baby. Due to fertility problems we have been told that our only chance is to find a kind woman willing to donate some of her eggs anonymously. Could you help us? To receive such a gift would mean more than words can say. Do you need IVF? If you need IVF treatment you could also help us. By sharing some of your eggs you could receive standard IVF treatment at a significantly reduced cost at a top private London hospital. If you are aged 21--35 and would like further information, contact the Egg Donation Line, quoting ref. X0740321. Tel.: 0800 8497036, or e-mail: donorrecruitment@dial.pipex.com.

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Situations Vacant

Part-time Project Administrator/Secretary required for the Science and Religion in Schools project. Approx. 25 hours p.w. (working times by arrangement), from 6 Jan. £16,000--£18,000 p.a. pro rata. Administrative experience and IT skills essential. Central Oxford, short walk from railway station. If you are interested or would like further information contact admin@srsp.net attaching a full CV and the names and addresses of two referees. Further information from: www.srsp.net.

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Houses to Let

To let furnished: 2-bedroom, modern, c.h. house at Iffley Turn; quiet, leafy, cul-de-sac location, with parking off road. Six-month let initially, but longer available. Sorry no pets, smokers, or children. £700 p.m. plus council tax. Available from approx. 10 Dec. Tel.: 01865 361494, fax: 01865 368192, e-mail: southend104@hotmail.com.

House to rent over Christmas and New Year: 4-bedroom, detached family home to rent in Oxford 10 Dec.--6 Jan. inc. Five minutes' walk from Summertown shops and main city buses, on quiet side road. £1,500 for whole period (or £1,250 if willing to house-sit resident cat and rabbit!). May be possible to negotiate shorter period. Tel.: 01865 554058 evenings/weekends.

Marriott Close, North Oxford: un/part-furnished, 2-bedroom modern house in quiet location. Garden, garage, off-street parking. Updated kitchen and bathroom. Five minutes' walk from bus route directly to city centre. No smokers or pets. Available Dec. £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 559518, e-mail: peterjonathanclarke@hotmail.com.

Completely refurbished FF&E house in quiet, residential area near city centre. Two double bedrooms, spacious kitchen diner, reception room, bathroom, large garden, off street parking. Available Jan. to an academic/professional couple, individual, or two sharers. No smokers; no pets. £800 p.c.m. Tel.: 0790 0496506, e-mail:felicityclench@hotmail.com.

Spacious family home: an excellently presented modern town house, situated in the popular village of Wheatley. Easy access to A40/M40. Living/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, 3 bedrooms (1 en-suite), fourth bedroom/study, family bathroom, private garden and garage. Available in Nov. unfurnished at only £1,200 p.m. For more information please contact Anna Turner at Finders Keepers, 27 St Clement's, Oxford OX4 1AB. Tel.: Oxford 200012 or e-mail: annat@finders.co.uk (or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk).

Short let, Dec.--Apr.: newly decorated, spacious, comfortable town house (Hilltop Road); large garden onto parkland; very big kitchen/dining/sitting-room, plus second sitting-room; small study, double and single bedroom each with shower/w.c. Close hospitals, Brookes, London and airport buses, golf course, shops, etc. £950 p.c.m. plus own bills. Tel.: Oxford 247150.

Central Oxford: 2-bedroom unfurnished house available for immediate rent in the heart of the city. £850 p.c.m. Min. 6-month let. E-mail: estates.secretary@jesus.ox.ac.uk, tel.: 01865 (2)79713.

Two-bedroom modern terrace house with garden: fully furnished and fitted in excellent condition; gas c.h.; washer-drier; ample storage space in attic with ladder access. Situated in quiet cul-de-sac in Rewley Park, next to Saïd Business School and train station. Reserved parking space. Available for 6–12 months from Dec. £900 p.c.m., deposit required. Ian and Josephine Macdonald. Tel.: 01865 421234 or e-mail: macdonaldreynell@ntlworld.com.

Charming, cosy, quiet, easy to maintain, fully furnished house in Jericho/north Oxford. Walk to university, train and coach stations, near best schools, parks, c.h., recently re-decorated, secluded garden, 2½ bathrooms, washing machine, drier, telephone, linen, dishes; 2 bedrooms £1,250 p.m. or 3 bedrooms £1,500 p.m (includes bedsit with separate kitchen and entrance). Contact: Oxford: J.Mackrell (eves. or 7-8 a.m.), 01865 775567, e-mail: mackrelj@btopenworld.com; Canada: A. Gaston, tel.: 001 613 745 1368, fax: 001 613 745 0299, e-mail: gaston@cyberus.ca.

Normandy: Village au Brun, Notre Dame de Cenilly: old farm house, newly tiled roof, all mod cons, and set in approx. 13½ acres of farmland. Peaceful yet within 4 kms from Cerisy la Salle (local village; Saint-Lo, Coutance approx. 20 kms; Cherbourg, Bayeux, Mont St Michel and Caen within 100 kms. Ground floor: kitchen/dining room; gas cooker; separate electric oven; microwave; large fridge with separate freezer; gas c.h.; bathroom with toilet; sitting room. First floor: music room (with Grand piano), 2 bedrooms (1 with small office). Second floor: large bedroom; shower room with toilet; gallery (suitable for office) which overlooks music room below. Open fire in sitting room. Ideal retreat for writer or musician seeking peace and quiet to work. £40 per night; £250 p.w. £900 p.m., longer lets negotiable. Price includes heating, linen and crockery but excludes telephone and electricity. For further details please contact Alexander Kok on tel.: 00 33 2 33 45 52 16, fax: 00 33 2 33 17 22 96.

An Englishman's home is his castle---so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or e-mail us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, e-mail: info@qbman.co.uk.

Waterways, central north Oxford: selection of brand new luxury 4-/5- bedroom, and 3-bathroom houses in prestigious location. Master bedroom with spacious en suite; family bathroom with separate shower. Landscaped garden, some with conservatory. Elegantly furnished. Secure parking, some with own garage. High-quality applicances and fittings. All properties owned, let and managed by Chase. No tenant administration fees charged. Immediately available. Tel.: Chase-the property people-01865 516060 or 07808 477850.

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Flats to Let

Rustic 1-bedroom flat in Jericho, near church. You will have the whole of the open-plan second floor; large study-room. Victorian suburb, near to railway station and Port Meadow, and restaurants. Local shops, and ten minutes to most university departments. For one person only. Tel.: 07766 187036.

Woodstock Close, North Oxford: sunny, spacious 2-bedroom second-floor flat in quiet location overlooking communal gardens; hall, living/dining-room, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower, lift; allocated parking. Available 1 Jan. £750 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 515089.

Central Headington, available Dec./Jan., close to hospitals, beautifully converted, spacious, 2-bedroom flat. Tastefully furnished; fully fitted kitchen; large sitting room; bathroom with bath and separate pumped shower; gas c.h.; d.g. Off-street parking. Professionals and academics only. Rent £700 p.c.m. Phone 01865 768504 or 07904 152803.

Central Oxford: newly furnished first-floor flat within church premises available for tenancy early Jan. 2004; 3 bedrooms, newly fitted kitchen and bathroom. £1,200 p.c.m. Tel.: Oxford 515547.

Two-room furnished apartment (with own bathroom and shared kitchen) in quiet country house south of Oxford. Good access to bus routes and Didcot station. Use of Garden, swimming pool. Tel.: 01235 848356.

Available now: sunny and refurbished first-floor flat in quiet cul-de-sac in north Oxford; 2 bedrooms; sitting room with kitchen facilities; shower/toilet. £800 p.m. to incl. all bills excluding tel. Contact Dr C.E. Phelps, tel: 01865 515290.

Central North Oxford: 10 minutes' walk from city centre, all main university buildings and parks, also very close to the river: available now for short/long lets in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb with large light airy rooms: furnished ground-floor flat, double and single bedrooms, drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel.:/fax: 01865 552400.

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Self-catering Apartments

Fully furnished and serviced 3 and 4-star self-catering apartments available in North Oxford; 15 minutes' from Oxford city centre. Suitbale for short lets for visiting academics or business people. From £330 per week all inclusive. Sleeps 2–5 people. Tel.: 07870 234725. Web site: http://www.weeklyhome.com. E-mail: info@weeklyhome.com.

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Accommodation Offered

Mature person (preferably professional), to share lovely spacious flat in Headington; fantastic bus route, 8 minutes into Oxford; available immediately. Rent £450 p.c.m. inc. of all bills except BT. For further details contact Michelle. Tel.: 01865 308698, mobile: 0789 0346363, e-mail: jepsonruby@aol.com.

Studio, Eastleach Downs; ground-floor living-room and kitchen, first-floor gallery double bedroom and bathroom. Self contained, renovated stone and green oak building around a paved courtyard and patio garden. Rural location, Eastleach village 2 miles, Burford 3 miles, Oxford 20 miles. Rent inc. of bills £465 p.c.m. No pets. Furnished. Tel.: 01367 850181.

House share available for staff or mature student–non- smoking–Abingdon, near Radley Station. £350 p.m. inc. bills. Parking and bike store available. Please call Colleen Rothwell on 07776 160240.

College & County have a range of quality properties to let in Oxford. Contact: info@collegeandcounty.biz to see how we can meet your accommodation needs.

Paying guests, visiting academics, welcomed for short or long stays in the comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple, in exclusive, quiet, leafy central north Oxford, within walking distance of all main university buildings, town centre, parks, river, good shops, and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator and/or deep-freeze availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./fax: 01865 557879.

Oxford B & B: attractive, quiet and convenient home from home. Per night, single £38, double £50. Weekly rate less 20 per cent. Monthly rates negotiable. Tel.: 01865 770501, e-mail: charmaine.cole@cliffordchance.com Let Finders Keepers award winning North Oxford office make you at home in Oxfordshire. Over thirty years experience, a dedicated 24-hour management service and a comprehensive marketing profile ensure Finders Keepers ' reputation for making renting a pleasure is endorsed by both landlords and tenants. Whether you are looking for a short term sabbatical base in the city or a more permanent home we have a range of quality properties to match your requirements. With a dedicated team of property managers, letting negotiators, and an interior design and buildings division we offer landlords sound advice on all aspects of the residential market, providing security in the knowledge that your home is in skilled and capable hands. For further information on availability and landlord services please contact Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011 or visit our Web site: www.finders.co.uk.

Delightful rooms in North Oxford available now. Short let (up to 6 weeks). £55 p.w. Book by telephone or fax: 01865 511657 or e-mail: coulsonm@btconnect.com.

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Accommodation Sought

College & County is seeking to increase their portfolio of high-quality Oxford property suitable for post graduate and academic lets. Ethical letting Works! A high level of personalised service and a less adversarial approach is in the interest of all. Would you like us to let and manage your house for you? Contact: mark@collegeandcounty.biz.

Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to both academic and professional individuals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. If you would like details of our services, or if you simply need some informal help and advice without obligation, telephone us: 01865 764533, fax us: 764777, or e-mail us: info@qbman.co.uk. Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: http://www.qbman.co.uk and see how we could be marketing your property.

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Accommodation Sought to Exchange

Two older women have a house in Juneau, Alaska, to exchange for house or flat near Oxford University for 2 months, June–Aug. 2004. Alaska house on tidelands with 3+ bedrooms, 2 baths, hot tub on deck with view of glacier, 2 pianos, 2 bikes, kayak. Three miles from UAS campus. Use of cars negotiable. E-mail: bhaywood@gci.net.

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Holiday Lets

Cottage for Christmas/winter breaks: charming Cotswold cottage in quiet cul-de-sac at Westcott Barton; beams, inglenook fire (plus c.h.), attractively furnished with country antiques, fully equipped, walled garden, garage. Two bedrooms. Sleeps 3--4. Available for holidays or short let till end Feb. E-mail: doreen.mcbarnet@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Caribbean–Bequia, The Grenadines: 2-bedroom villas on Bequia Island, include unique beach front 'Anthony Eden House'; 4-bedroom villas–`New Eden' set in palm groves on Friendship Beach, `Star Dust' perched on a hill with watchtower and swimming pool. Prices from approx. £200–£700 per person per week. Beaches/activities–Bequia has 7 pristine white sand beaches, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, scuba diving, hobie cats, snorkelling, fishing, shopping, sightseeing. Web site villa and yacht brochures: www.grenadine-escape.com. Please contact Lara Cowan Hadley, The Old Farm House, Weald, Bampton, OX18 2HW. Tel.: 01993 850285. E-mail: lara@grenadine-escape.com.

Tuscany: Fattoria Corzano e Paterno, family owned and run award winning wine and cheese producing farm, half an hour from Florence, offers faithfully restored houses and apartments for short and longer term rentals. Web site: corzanoepaterno.it. Please contact Sibilla Gelpke (Wadham, 2000), e-mail: corzpaterno@libero.it.

Experience the Greek islands of Sporades with Thalpos Holidays. Local villa specialist offers lovely houses and villas in the beautiful islands of Skopelos and Alonissos in the Aegean Sea. Whether you are 2 or 20 persons in the party , and whether you wish to stay in the picturesque town, by the clear blue sea or in the breathtaking countryside, we have just what you are looking for. With more than 10 years of experience we are proud to offer high-quality holidays and the very best service. See our programme for 2004 on: www.holidayislands.com, or contact us on e-mail: thalpos@otenet.gr. Tel.: 0030 24240 29036. Fax: 0030 24240 23057.

Southern France: 27 miles from Perpignon Airport. Tastefully restored traditional village house with character in the heart of 'Cathar Country'; 5 double bedrooms (3 en suite) plus family bathroom; 2 living rooms; large fully equipped kitchen. Large roof terrace. Other airports: Carcassone, Montpelier, Barcelona. Local swimming, rivers and lakes, beaches within 30 miles, and hiking. Available from 4 Nov., onwards. Call Tony Venables on 01491 825035, or 01865 557767 evening. E-mail: janevenab@aol.com.

Deepest SW France. Relax in a luxuriously renovated farmhouse with large seculded grounds in a stunning rural area. Generous facilities include en suite accommodation, heated pool, satellite TV. Suitable for great holidays or sabbatical breaks. Tel.: Marion on 01865 554122 or e-mail via Web site: www.hidden-sw-france.com.

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House for Sale

Marston: pretty 2-bedroom period house within walking distance of city centre; living room; dining room; kitchen; 2 bedrooms; first-floor bathroom; small secluded west-facing garden; gas c.h. Period features, open fireplace, sash windows. On a good bus route/cycle route throuh parks to city centre. Close to Oxford Brookes, local hospitals and the University Science Area. Price £224,950 (offers considered for quick sale). For details tel. Julia Cross on 07932 006744. n

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