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Oxford University Gazette, 18 February 2010 : Advertisements


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The University of Oxford and Oxford University Press accept no responsibility for the content of any advertisement published in the Gazette. Readers should note that the inclusion of any advertisement in no way implies approval or recommendation of either the terms of any offer contained in it or of the advertiser by the University of Oxford or Oxford University Press.

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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for a University of Oxford influenza (flu) vaccine trial at the Churchill Hospital. If you are in good health and aged 50 or over, please get in touch to find out more. Volunteers are reimbursed for their participation. Email: Tel.: 01865 857401.

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Talks in Aid of Oxfordshire Mind

Two talks in aid of Oxfordshire Mind, both at 5.30 pm, £5 on the door, proceeds to the charity. Fri. 19 Feb.: Christopher Brown, Director of the Ashmolean Museum, talks on the Ashmolean's £61m redevelopment, at the Taylor Institution, St Giles'. Tues. 23 Feb.: Shami Chakrabarti talks on 'Common values, common decency: protecting the Human Rights Act', at Science Oxford, 1–5 London Place, Oxford (off St Clement's). Contact: 01865 263735,

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Carers Sought for Interviews

Are you looking after an older person and in employment? Have you ever combined work and care for an older person? If yes, the Oxford Institute of Ageing would like to interview you for the Carers@Work project. We want to find out how people combine work and care, and what employers and government can do to help them. If you're interested or have questions, contact Kate Hamblin: 01865 612810 or

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Oxford Oratory Event

Robert Hardy, the actor, and Vox Angelica perform readings and settings of Hildegard of Bingen's sequences and Gerard Manley Hopkins' poetry. Includes part of 'The Wreck of the Deutschland' for mezzo soprano, and readings from Hopkins' journals and from a contempoary of St Hildegard. At the Oxford Oratory (St Aloysius' Church), 25 Woodstock Rd, 12 Mar., 8 pm. Undergraduates only £5, otherwise £10 (£8). Interval bar. Tickets: Oxford Playhouse (

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Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Oxford University Newcomers' Club at the University Club, 11 Mansfield Rd, OX1 3SZ, welcomes the wives, husbands or partners of visiting scholars, of graduate students and of newly appointed academic members of the University. We offer help, advice, information and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held in the Club every Wed. 10.30–12 from 0th week to 9th week, both inclusive. Newcomers with children (0–4) meet every Fri. in term 10.15–11.45. We have a large programme of events including tours of colleges, museums and other places of interest. Other term-time activities include an art group, book group, informal conversation group, garden group, antiques group and an opportunity to explore Oxfordshire. Visit our website:

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Antiques Bought and Sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold. Fireplace-related items include grates, fire tools, fenders and nursery guards. Desks and library furniture always wanted, also garden stonework and large gilt picture frames—any condition. Please call: Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn St, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon.–Fri. 9.30–5, Sat. 10–4. Tel.: 01993 705026. Mobile: 07831 585014.

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration. Thirty years' experience. Collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to the Workshop, 11A High St, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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Services Offered

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 worldwide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 514655. Fax: 01865 514656. Email: Also at 94 London Rd, Oxford. Tel.: 01865 741729. Fax: 01865 742431. Email:

Town and Country Trees Ltd provides professional, comprehensive service in all aspects of tree and shrub maintenance throughout Oxfordshire. Established in 1993, we have built a professional reputation of integrity, reliability and efficiency, combined with passion and dedication for tree preservation and maintenance. The combination of skills and experience provides the best tree care solutions and ensures high commitment to customer care and satisfaction. Office: 08454 582980. Mobile: 07976 261850. Email: Visit:

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases, wardrobes, etc. made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call Rob Guthrie on 01993 868892 (evening) or 07961 444957 (daytime). Email: Web:

Chauffeur/taxi service. Reliable, experienced service available for business or pleasure. Airports/docks/Eurostar, etc. Comfortable Mercedes E-class and 7-passenger XLWB Mercedes Viano for those with lots of luggage. Child seats available. Fully licensed and insured. Sample car prices: Oxford to Heathrow, £68; Eurostar, £90; Gatwick, £119. Call Clive Roberts to discuss your needs or for advice. Account customers welcome. Mobile: 07917 566077. Home: 01865 778608. Email:

Computer problem needing personal but understanding help? Want to do something and don't know how? We can put you on the Internet safely or upgrade your system: PC or Mac. We have lots of experience of Oxford IT, supporting people as well as their computers. Happy to give advice for free and work on a no-fix/no-fee basis. Call Bob on 01865 880600 or 07768 732123.

Deal with presentation, lecturing and public speaking nerves in 1 day. Brilliant course at Oxford Brookes, Mon. 8 Mar. Only 14 places left—when they are gone, they are gone. Visit or call 01869 340022 to book.

Piano lessons and piano accompaniment (string, woodwind and singers). I have taught and accompanied for years at the Belgrade Faculty of Music and the Academy of Fine Arts. I am now based in Summertown, Oxford; £25 for 1 hour, £20 for 45 mins. or £15 for a half hour. Flexible time table. Adults and children; all welcome. Dada Toskic, 19a Staverton Rd, OX2 6XH. Tel.: 07769 653075. Email:

Oxford Digital Media provides filming and video production services using high-definition video equipment in the heart of Oxford. We also provide Internet broadcasting of lectures, conferences and other live events as well as on-demand Web delivery of pre- existing video material. Call 0845 5193045 or see our Web site at for more information.

Keep fit, have fun, and learn something new. Aikido is a unique martial art that teaches effective self-defence and is a dynamic way to improve fitness. At the Shudokan Aikido Oxford we believe in teaching our art in a friendly, fun environment that allows students to develop at their own pace. We run both adult and children's classes and complete beginners are always welcome. For a free introductory lesson, or to find out more about the Shudokan Aikido Oxford, call 01865 750650, email or visit

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Domestic Services

Carpet/upholstery/rug cleaning by Grimebusters, Oxfordshire's local specialists. Domestic, commercial and college. We offer you the latest wet or dry cleaning systems at highly competitive rates. Fully insured, trained and NCCA approved. Free estimates and friendly advice. Tel.: 01865 726983 / 01235 555533 / 01993 868924.

Tidy Outlook services: garden maintenance including grass cutting, hedge trimming, pruning, lopping, weeding and garden clearance. Friendly family service, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or just one visit. Fully insured, free estimates, small jobs welcome. Please tel. 01865 891749 or 01235 532136.

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Situations Vacant

Magdalen College School seeks Director of Development. The School is one of the country's leading independent schools and has twice been named Independent School of the Year by the Sunday Times in 2004 and 2008. Director will be motivated by school's ethos for excellence and able to lead and manage small Development Office. Responsible for developing fundraising initiatives to attract significant gifts and initiate cultivation programme to encourage rapport between school and former pupils and parents. Candidates could come from variety of backgrounds including private sector. Proven track record building successful relationships, working to deadlines, and negotiating contracts essential. Need ability to gain respect of peers and fundraising constituency, and initiate and cultivate relationships with members of extended community. In return, school offers commitment of Master and Board of Governors, competitive salary, generous leave, pension scheme contribution. Further information:, or contact Nina Chu at Richmond Associates:, +44 (0)20 8392 6654.

St Edward's, north Oxford, is an independent boarding school of more than 650 pupils. We have an excellent reputation as a co-educational school for pupils from a wide variety of educational and financial backgrounds. We are seeking an experienced Marketing Manager (25 hours p.w.) to assist the Registrar in promoting and raising awareness of St Edward's. Responsibilities include: managing advertising; producing newsletters; undertaking market analysis; overseeing the use of our Web site to communicate with current and potential parents. The successful candidate is likely to have Web editing experience. St Edward's is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the CRB. Please download further information from our Web site at Applications to: Recruitment Manager, St Edward's School, Woodstock Rd, Oxford, OX2 7NN, accompanied by a fully completed application form. Closing date 26 Feb.

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Houses to Let

Academic visitor, student, or employee of the University? Also try the University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office website.

An Englishman's home is his castle—so the saying goes. We cannot pretend we have too many castles, but if you seek quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area, we can help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel and other professionals. We aim to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit for details of all properties available. Or phone, fax or email with your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 01865 764777. Email:

Riverside, half-timbered cottage in quiet village 8 miles south of Oxford. Fully furnished to very high standard, with 2 bedrooms, modern bath/shower room and separate WC. Galleried library/study adjoins living room with wood stove in inglenook, and a large farmhouse kitchen opens onto beautiful, mature garden beside the river Thame. Hard-standing for 2 cars and garage for storage. Available now. Tel.: 01865 890321.

Three-bedroom house to let in west Oxford from Mar. to end of July. Fully furnished, including new washer/drier, fridge and freezer. Lounge, diner, 2 double bedrooms, 1 single, large garden with decking, off-road parking, lots of storage space, c.h. Recently updated. Wi-Fi. Two miles from train station, walking distance to shops. Would suit well a professional couple or family, £950 p.c.m. Contact Paul on 07515 021769 or

Eynsham—centrally positioned 2-bed cottage just having been updated with new c.h., bath/shower and decoration, etc. Courtyard garden. On-street parking, £760 p.c.m., available now. Tel.: 01865 883697.

Meyseys Close, Headington. Spacious end-terrace 3-storey townhouse. Kitchen/diner, WC, shower, bed 4/study, main bed with en suite shower room, living room, 2 further bedrooms, bathroom, g.c.h. Garden with side access, garage and space, £1,495 p.c.m. Available 1 June. Family preferred, sharers may be considered. Tel.: 01865 883697.

Flats to Let

Academic visitor, student, or employee of the University? Also try the University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office website.

Visiting Oxford? We have studio, 1- bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments conveniently located for the various colleges and University departments, available for 1 week to several months. Apartments are serviced, linen provided, rental includes all bills. Most of our guests are visiting academics like yourself. Details, photos and prices on our website: Email: or tel.: 01993 811711.

Ethical letting? College and County have quietly established themselves as a contemporary lettings and property management company with a more European, partnership approach within the Oxford market. We look after more than 250 properties within the city and are experienced in meeting the needs of academics both as clients and applicants. For more information, call 01865 722722 or go to

Central north Oxford: 2-bedroom flat in Banbury Rd. Short walking distance to Summertown, colleges and city centre. Exceptionally bright, cheerful, contemporary. Award-winning modern block with parking and communal gardens. Furnished, open-plan living room, floor- to-ceiling picture windows and balcony. Photos available, £1,200 p.c.m. Available now. For more information, please call 07791 515492 or email

One 2-bedroom ground-floor flat to let, available from Mar., £875 p.c.m., and a 1-bedroom second-floor flat to let, available mid-Apr., £685 p.c.m. Both situated in private gated grounds of St Stephen's House with access from Cowley Rd and residents' car parking. Flats comprise bedroom/s, bathroom with shower over bath, sitting room, kitchen. Rent includes g.c.h. and water rates, furnished/unfurnished. Contact Assistant Bursar: 01865 613504 or for details or to arrange viewing.

Available now, very special 2-bedroom open-plan apartment in unique, quiet location in listed converted stable block in grounds of Wytham Abbey in the idyllic village of Wytham, 3 miles from central Oxford. Shared medieval walled courtyard garden. Modern interior has been newly decorated and carpeted. Parking space. Permit to walk in Wytham Woods. Not suitable for children, smokers or pets, £925 p.c.m. unfurnished. Prefer long-term let. Contact:, 01865 726919.

Short-let studio, Headington. Furnished to high standard. Self-contained, private, off-street parking, wireless broadband, mini-kitchen. For information and pictures see Available mid-Mar., ideally for 3–6 months. The studio provides everything you need to be comfortable away from home and is designed for visiting academics or relocation. Close hospitals and transport. Email:

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Accommodation Offered

Academic visitor, student, or employee of the University? Also try the University Land Agent's and Accommodation Office website.

Visiting academics welcomed for short or long stays in comfortable home of semi-retired academic couple, situated in quiet, exclusive, leafy central north Oxford within walking distance of main University buildings, town centre, parks, river, shops and restaurants. Rooms have colour TV, tea, coffee, kettle, refrigerator, microwave, free wireless broadband and central and independent heating. Very moderate terms. Linen, cleaning and breakfast included. Tel./fax: 01865 557879. Email:

Reduce your kinetic energy and apply an equal and opposite force to a sofa in one of our homes. Finders Keepers—helping Oxford's physicists decelerate for 35-plus years. Tel.: 01865 311011. Web:

Scott Fraser—'city and village living'. A comprehensive residential sales and lettings practice specialising in good-quality property in Oxford and the surrounding areas. For more information, please telephone or visit our website: Sales tel.: 01865 759500 (Headington), 01865 759507 (Summertown), 01865 759508 (East Oxford). Lettings tel.: 01865 761111 (Headington), 01865 554577 (Summertown), 01865 244666 (East Oxford and students).

One-bedroom flat, Banbury Rd, north Oxford. Third-floor, 1-bedroom apartment in Banbury Rd complex, private balcony. Seven mins. walk from Summertown shops. Bus stops to and from city centre outside entrance. Off-street parking, all modern conveniences. Linen and towels provided, broadband/wireless. All costs included in price. From £430 p.w. Tel.: 07787 124247 (mobile) or 01844 237327. Email: Web:

Flat-share. Central/north Oxford. Large room in a spacious, sunny, quiet flat. N-s. Two toilets. Broadband, washing machine, television, DVD/video player. Ample storage, off-street parking. Suitable for visiting academic, postgraduate student or professional, £395 p.m. plus contribution to utilities. Tel.: 01865 511555 or 07866 653619.

Accommodation for visiting academics. Double en suite bedroom, sitting/dining room, kitchenette with hob, microwave, fridge in striking modern house on western outskirts of Oxford set in open fields. Television, Internet, heating, electricity, bed linen and towels, use of washing machine. Bus service to Oxford centre. N-s only. Single occupancy £200 p.w., £650 p.m., maximum 6 months, corresponding double occupancy £240, £750. Phone 01865 721644 or email

To let, Oxford Rd, Temple Cowley, OX4 2ER. Single room in quiet, n-s, 3-person house. Accommodation includes broadband, shared living room, breakfast room, kitchen, wet room, private enclosed garden. On main bus route to city centre, business park and hospitals, close to Temple Cowley swimming pools. Rent £300 p.m., incl. council tax and water rates. Minimum let 6 months. Contact 01865 430595 or email

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Self-catering Apartments

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high-quality, self-catering, short-let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel, guesthouse or bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and surrounding villages. Wide selection of quality homes available for short-stay lets from 1 week to several months. OxfordShortlets caters for professional individuals, groups or families visiting Oxford for holiday, business, academic and relocation purposes or for temporary accommodation between homes. Tel.: 01865 311696. Fax: 01865 511010. Email: Web:

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Office Accommodation Available

Office accommodation in north Oxford, 5 mins. from St Giles'. Detached garden bungalow with private access, 4 rooms and amenities. Alternatives: a suite of 3 rooms, another of 2 rooms. Facilities include BT, NTL, fax outlets, broadband, car-parking. Quiet location. Tel.: 01865 511111.

Serviced offices. Central Eynsham close to bus stops. We have a range of offices of varying sizes (12 sq m–200 sq m) all include rates, heating, electricity, building insurance, some cleaning. Other facilities available. Up to 100 mbps synchronous broadband, server hosting, back-up facilities, printing facilities, hardware and software rental, Leases available short or long term. Contact Pimms: 01865 881222.

Accommodation Sought

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 academics, professionals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good-quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. For details or informal help and advice without obligation, contact us. Tel.: 01865 764533. Fax: 01865 764777. Email: Or visit our website,, to see how we could be marketing your property.

Milton Friedman the landlord would surely hate the increasing rental legislation, but would inflation boosting his rental income cause him sleepless nights? Finders Keepers—assessing buy-side demand for Oxford's economists for 35-plus years. Tel.: 01865 311011. Web:

University of Auckland professor seeks house-sit or short-stay accommodation in central Oxford for herself and 3 young adult family members from 1–11 Mar. Contact Jill at:

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Holiday Lets

Midhurst. Romantic old-fashioned cottages in national park: open fires, polished floors, simple kitchens, many books, no TVs. Gorgeous unspoiled 5-bed 17th-century farmhouse also occasionally available. Own 190-acre organic farm—woods, valleys, river, wildlife. Absurdly cheap in winter. Email:

Cornwall, cottage and restored chapel in quiet hamlet on South-west Coastal Footpath within 100m of the sea and minutes from Caerhays and Heligan. Each property sleeps 6. Comfortably furnished, c.h., wood burner and broadband. Ideal for reading, writing, painting, walking. Short winter breaks available from £200. Tel.: 01865 558503 or 07815 296675. See:

Tuscany: Nozzano castello, Lucca. Built on lower slopes of castle rampart; 15 mins. from town centre. Converted, restored, fully furnished, equipped stone barn for rental to holiday-makers or businessmen. Upstairs double bedroom with en suite bathroom; ground-floor living room with en suite kitchen, second bathroom; basement room with single and double sofa beds; laundry room. Small front garden. Sleeps 6. Near Pisa, Florence and seaside resorts. Contact

Gozo: charming Mediterranean island. Superb views from our comfortable villa with pool, suitable for families of up to 8/9. Rates dependent on occupancy but from £900 p.w. high season (end July to beg. Sept.). Lower rates available for couples out of summer season. Full-colour photos and more details on or phone 01367 240049.

Fancy some Mediterranean sun? Apartment to let in Porec, Croatia. Sleeps up to 8. Lovely in spring. Historic area, lots to do all ages. From £280 p.w. Cheap RyanAir flights to Pula. Contact

Cevennes: Mediterranean climate, dramatic mountain scenery, superb walking/river-swimming. Roman Provence/Rhone and Languedoc vineyards. Two spacious, refurbished, entirely independent apartments with c.h. and covered terraces in 17th–19th cent. stone 'mas' near Mont Lozere, sleeping 8 and 5/6 respectively. Shady gardens/boulodrome/barbecue, quiet hamlet—near shops/markets. Available separately but particularly suitable for groups holidaying together. From £280 p.w. Easy access via trains/budget airlines. Further details: 01527 541360.

French Riviera: 2-bedroom, quiet, fully equipped flat with large terrace and magnificent sea views, 50m in line of sight from the sea near Le Lavandou (between Toulon and St Tropez) available for rent. Comfortably sleeps 5. Direct RyanAir connection from Stansted, €40–90 per night. Available during Easter vacation. Not available from 21 July–19 Aug. See photos and details at Email:

Lot, France. Simple cottage in quiet rural village in beautiful valley. Sleeps 4 (2, 1+1). Private garden. Walking, cycling (some bikes available including tandem), canoeing. Flowers and butterflies. Varied visits e.g. Rocamadour, St Cirq Lapopie. Cost £400 p.w. July, Aug.; £200 p.w./£350 per fortnight at other times. Possibility extra independent beds (2, 1+1 bunk beds). Possibility also French tuition (CEE, scholarship, GCSE). For more details, photos see website: or email:

Andalucia. Whitewashed village house near Granada available to let at discount rates for Gazette readers: £200–£250, depending on season. Sleeps 6. No pool. Large garden with orange trees. Lovely walks and shady picnic places by rivers. The valley was the food growing area for the Moors, with the original water channels to bring the snow melt to the fields still keeping it all going. Contact:

West coast of Ireland holiday cottage, 1 mile from the lovely and vibrant town of Clifden in the heart of Connemara, available all year round. Well equipped and suitable for 2–3 n-s adults, £200–£260 p.w. See: For more information, contact Brigid: 01865 378620,

Greek island holidays. Since 1992, Thalpos Holidays has been personally selecting holiday properties and locations for independent travellers and their families. Villas with private pools and charming cottages by the sea in Skopelos, Skiathos, Alonissos, Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Kefalonia, Zante and, new for this year, coastal locations in the southern Peloponnese. Prices start from £65 per night! Visit us at or contact us at Tel.: +30 24240 29036.

Mousehole, Cornwall. Dylan Thomas called Mousehole the most beautiful village in England. Wharf-side cottage to let for holidays (sleeping 4) offering kids safe sandy beaches inside the harbour and rocky pools outside with fishing from the quays. Multifarious attractions nearby include cliff walks, surfing, art galleries, archaeological sites, etc. From £200–£500. Winter breaks £100 (3 nights). Apply Professor or Mrs Dancy, Wharf House, Mousehole, TR19 6RX. Tel.: 01736 731137.

Mallorca: traditional stone village house, sleeps 6, recently renovated, with private pool, secluded patio and large open- plan kitchen and living area. Situated in lively traditional untouristy village in the hills above Palma, just 15 mins. from the sea and close to local market towns and the Mallorcan wine route. Ideal spot for exploring this beautiful island. Discount for university staff. Contact for prices and availability.

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Property Exchange or Sale

Property exchange or sale—17th-century stone-built farmhouse fully renovated with original features, 2/3 bedrooms with attached barn for conversion, enclosed garden and parking, in quiet village location 5 mins. Tain L'hermitage, 1½ hours from ski resorts (east) and Mediterranean (south), TGV 25 mins., Lyon or Nîmes airport 1 hour. In the midst of Hermitage and St Joseph vineyards and fruit orchards, €200,000. Seeking 2-bedroom house/apartment in Oxford. Tel.: 07902 283769.

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Seeking House to Purchase

Wanted to buy, 5-bed house. University fellow desperately looking to buy large (3,000+ sq ft, 5+ bedrooms), period family house in quiet road in central north Oxford. Boar's Hill and nearby villages also considered. I am not an agent, investor or developer and am chain- free. If you're looking to sell, please contact directly at

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