My Autumn Favourites

Winter boots and woolly jumpers are officially out in force which means Summer is over. Autumn is by far my favourite season. I love the dark nights and the crisp chill in the air as we get closer to winter.

As Autumn is here I’ve decided to do a quick fun post about my Autumn favourites.

Autumn Drinks

My tastes change so fast when summer ends. My love for iced coffee and BBQs disappears and my craving for hot drinks and winter food comes into play.

Starbucks is the coffee shop that I happily avoid for the majority of the year. There are so many other coffee shops that do nicer (and cheaper) coffees. However, if you’re going to catch me in a Starbucks it’ll be at this time of year. Pumpkin Spice Latte season is finally here. I can’t lie I do prefer an Eggnog latte at Christmas time but I know that it’s only around the corner when Starbucks bring back the Pumpkin Spice.

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 Additionally, I do tend to drink a lot more tea at this time of year. I can live without the stuff in the summer very easily but on a cold rainy day when you’re stuck in the house and there is better than a good cuppa.

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Is it too early for the mulled wine to come out? I know it’s a Christmas drink but I do love a cup of mulled wine during a cosy night in at this time of year. If you add in a shot of Amaretto you have the perfect autumn drink.

 

Autumn Food Favourites

With my favourite drinks there are also my favourite foods.

Homemade butternut squash, sweet potato and red chilli soup is one of my go to meals during Autumn. There is nothing better than a bowl of this on a freezing cold rainy day with some fresh warm bread and butter.

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I also have a thing for jacket potatoes at this time of year. There is nothing better than a slow oven cooked jacket with butter on a cold evening. Top it off with a with cheese and beans or chilli con carne and it’s even more perfect on a cold Autumn night. I will never say no to a jacket.

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Moving away from the food and drink topic (a little weird I know) I have my Autumn essentials for around the house.

 

House-Hold Autumn Essentials

The spiced apple and cinnamon fragranced candles make an appearance in Autumn. They appear in most of the rooms around my house. It’s my favourite autumnal scent. It just makes the house more cosy and warm.

I love scattering throws around the house in Autumn too. They will be found in the living room, bedroom and my office for when it gets a little cold. Last year the boyfriend and I bought our first home. It is my dream house. A Victorian terrace with 4 bedrooms. When the summer ends it gets super cold really fast and due to the size of the rooms it takes forever to warm the house up. Having throws around the house is really helpful. Instead of spending a fortune on the heating and wasting time waiting for the rooms to warm up when I feel a little chilly I just reach for a throw. I could not get through Autumn without one.

Berwick Throw

 

Wardrobe Must Haves

Jumpers are yet another Autumn essential for me. My family refer to me as the jumper queen. My jumper pile is growing bigger and bigger every year. I honestly believe that you can never have enough jumpers. They come in every colour imaginable and whether you’re sat at home vegged out on the sofa reading, out and about on a walk or at the local having a pint or two they are the perfect outfit choice.

As well as jumpers I love a scarf too in the Autumn. Just like my jumpers I have a large stash in a variety of colours. Pairing an extra big scarf with either a coat or jacket is one of my favourite touches to an outfit in Autumn. To top the outfit off a pair of boots is a must have.

My have a new found love for boots. Ankle boots, knee high boots, boots with a heel or without I don’t care what style I just don’t think I could get through Autumn without them.

 

Cosy Nights In

The dark nights are rolling in which means the fire pit has been put away for the next few months. As we don’t sit out in the garden during the evenings anymore it’s all about the cosy nights in on the sofa in front of the TV or with a good book.

If I am not reading you’ll find me tucked up on the sofa binge watching a TV series’. This Autumn my must watch TV shows are:

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Young Sheldon
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Young Sheldon has recently started up again and this is show I love to settle down and watch during a cosy night in. I don’t have much to say about it other than it is super funny and totally worth watching. The episodes are short so it’s great for a late night watch.

A Discovery of Witches (2018)

A Discovery of Witches
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I’m currently reading the All Souls trilogy and after completing the first novel I started watching A discovery of Witches on TV. It’s my Friday night entertainment and I honestly don’t know what I am going to do when it finishes.  The show is just as addictive as the book and I highly recommend it.

 

Blanca Suárez, Nadia de Santiago, Maggie Civantos, and Ana Fernández in Las chicas del cable (2017)

Cable Girls 
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I’ve recently started watching Cable Girls on Netflix. It’s stupidly cheesy but so entertaining and I just can’t seem to stop watching. The only thing about the show is that because it’s Spanish you have to choose between the English subtitles or the English  voice over. I can’t lie it does get irritating every so often watching their mouths moving out of sync but it’s full of drama. If you love cheesy TV then I recommend this show.

 

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I am never one to watch reality TV shows but Strictly Come Dancing is back in my life and I love it. I don’t know what it is about the show but I’m so happy it is in my life. With all of the drama that his come to light during this series too it’s like TV gold.

 

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Outlander

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At this time of year Outlander is due to start up again. I am obsessed with this show just as much as the books. I’ve been impatiently waiting for season 4 to start and there are only a few more weeks to go until it starts up again. It cannot come quick enough.

Kiernan Shipka in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
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Yet another series I’m looking forward to watching this Autumn is the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This starts up on Netflix at the end of the month and I’m really excited for it. I used to watch the original show back in the 90s and 00s and I love how there is a completely new spin on the show coming out. Fingers crossed it is as good as it looks.

 

What are your Autumn essentials?

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Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday

It’s Top 5 Wednesday time.

This weeks topic is:

Top 5 Book Covers

 

Once again this is an awesome Top 5 Wednesday topic.

Now, when it gets to book covers the simpler the better. I hate it when they are over complicated and there is too much cramped into a small space.

Every so often an amazing cover will catch my eye and it usually deserve a spot on my wall instead of on a bookshelf but it is a rarity.

I just have a preference for simple, eye catching book covers with a little bit of colour.

There are way too many covers out there to choose from and the 5 that I have chosen are not in any specific order.

So here are 5 of my favourite covers from my ever-growing list:

 

Colleen Hoover – Confess

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I love this book cover. I was scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest one afternoon and this book randomly popped up.  I bought it straight. It’s so pretty! I think it was around the time the TV show aired in the US.

 

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology 

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I am obsessed with history and mythology and I heard about this book and wanted to read it. When I saw the book cover I got even more excited because I love it. This book was published with both a black and a white cover and although I like both the black cover is my favourite. It just really stood out to me.

I went to Budapest over the summer and due to a layover in Amsterdam and the 2 short flights in both directions I wanted something I could pick up and put back down easily without interruption. This is why short stories are great when travelling.

I intended to buy this at the airport before taking off to Amsterdam. Sadly, when I arrived they had sold out of the black cover. I looked around for a while to see if there was anything else I wanted to read but I couldn’t find anything, so I ended up buying the white one. I can’t lie I have no regrets it’s still beautiful.

 

Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches 

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There are several covers for this book but just look at this one. It made it onto my favourite list straight away. It’s simple, effective and beautiful. It depicts important elements of the story brilliantly. The photography and the splash of colour just grab your attention straight away and I don’t have much to say other than I really do love it.

 

Naomi Novik – Uprooted

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Look how beautiful this cover is. One again it is simple with a splash of colour. You should be able to see the trend in my favourite book covers at this point. It’s a wonderful tale with a pretty cover that suits the story completely.

 

Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus

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I saw The Night Circus cover a long time after the hype of the book died down. I was in a charity shop browsing the shelves and this one just stood out. I know that there are so many different covers for this book and I honestly love them all. The one pictured above is the one on my bookshelf.

This is a story that I went into blind. I bought the book due to the book cover. I remember telling my friend that I had bought it and she started raving about the story. She had really enjoyed it and I’m so glad that I picked it up.

 

 

I literally can’t pick just one favourite book cover. Can you? What is your favourite cover?

 

 

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A-Z Book Tag

I saw this tag online a long time ago and I’ve always wanted to give it a go.

The A-Z Book Tag.

So here goes:

A –  Author you’ve read the most books from

Jodi Ellen Malpas

Jodi is a romance writer and I read her books religiously. I don’t know what it is about her writing. Maybe it’s because her books are easy reads. Whenever I am in the mood for a romance book she’s great to turn to.

 
B – Best sequel ever

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Sarah J Mass – A Court of Mist and Fury

I was reluctant to start this book. I enjoyed the first instalment (A Court of Thorns and roses). However, something was lacking and it left me a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong! I still enjoyed the story. I just wasn’t left fully satisfied. I think it is a common belief that sequels aren’t as good as the first installment and this goes for books, film, TV and even music.

I was pleasantly surprised with A Court of Mist and Fury. I absolutely loved it. I think this book is the reason I love the series so much.


C – Currently reading

Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches

I’m not too far into the book. Probably just over 100 pages but I’m really enjoying it so far.

The television series has been advertised for a while and I was really interested. I’ve decided to read the first book before watching the show and it is driving me crazy. All I want to do is sit at watch it but I’m determined to complete the book first.

D – Drink of choice

This depends on my mood and the time of year!

I do love a good cup of coffee.

However, sometimes I crave a cup of tea. Other days the idea of a hot drink just doesn’t appeal to me and all I want is a cold glass of something sweet and fizzy.

My current choice of drink is tea. I don’t know if it is to do with the cold weather we are currently experiencing or what.

E – E-reader or physical book

Physical Book!

Physical books all the way. There is nothing better than getting comfy and opening a new book for the first time.

I’m not going to lie, E-books / E-readers are extremely useful and I do mix it up. It just depends on what’s convenient for me at the time.

F – Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school.

When I was 16 – 17 the only person I wanted to date was Edward Cullen. Thinking back on this it’s embarrassing.

I tried to read the Twilight series again as an adult a few years ago and I had so many issues with it. I got half way through New Moon and gave up. Literally questioned my teenage thought process.

I don’t really know who I would have dated in high school now. However, since I left school 10 years ago this year I’m changing the question this to:

“Fictional character you would probably date now”

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JAMIE FRAISER! (Diana Gabaldon – Outlander)

 

Nothing more needs to be said.

 

 

 

G –  Glad you gave this book a chance

There are not many books that I’m glad I’ve given a chance because I’ve really enjoyed them. I have got to a point in my life where I will only read books if I want to. I feel that there is no point in wasting time on books that I already know I won’t like.

However, looking back at my days at University I can assure you there are plenty of  books that I would have happily overlooked but I gave them a chance and I can honestly say I’m glad I did. They brought me out of my comfort zone.

George Orwell  – 1984

I read this book during a Totalitarianism and the Holocaust module during my second or third year at uni. It was a tough module but I’m so glad a completed it. I learnt so much.

During this Module Orwell’s 1984 was on the reading list. I went into it thinking this will be fictional and I’m going to hate it and although it is not my usual genre of book I’m glad I gave it a go.  What freaked me out the most was the similarities of modern day life that were depicted. I’m glad I gave it a chance because it put so much into perspective for me.

James Joyce – Ulysses

Now, I did not complete this book and I don’t think I ever will. I had an entire module on this book during my Masters degree and it was the longest term I have ever experienced.

I hated the book. Absolutely hated it!

I had been introduced to Joyce during my first year at university when ‘A portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ was on one of my reading list. I couldn’t even finish the first page. Joyce’s writing style was not for me and I really struggled with it. I was so unhappy when I was told I had to spend an entire module on one of Joyce’s books. I dreaded it. However, I’m glad a gave it a chance and I’m proud that I tried to complete. This is yet another book that took me out of my comfort zone.

 
H – Hidden gem

Image result for terry nation rebeccas worldTerry Nation – Rebecca’s World

This book was read to me when I was in year 5 by my teacher. Every afternoon we would sit and listen to her read a chapter of an adventure book and this is the book I remember. I don’t think it is in print anymore either so buying a new copy is out of the question.

I loved this story growing up and everyone I have spoken to about it doesn’t know what I’m taking about!

 
I – Important moment in your reading life

Reading my first classic and falling in love with it.

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre.

I don’t have much to say about this really. I always struggled to read the classics and I spoke to my teacher at the time and she told me to read Jane Eyre. Her advise was to take it slow and not to rush it. I’m So glad I listened to her.


J – Just finished

I had to visit home for a few days last week and while I was there I didn’t get much reading done. I did start Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter me but I was too distracted so it has been put back onto my to be read shelf for now.

K – Kind of book you won’t read

little girls no GIF by Jasmyn Lawson, EditorI am not a fan of crime and horror books. These genres are not for me.

People still recommend them to me and it’s just a big no! It’s not going to happen

 

 

L – Longest book you’ve read

I don’t know!

James Joyce’s Ulysses was up there but like I have said previously I didn’t complete it.

Harkness’A Discovery of Witches is pretty long too. There’s just under 700 pages I think.

I suppose it depends on what people class as a long book.

I can honestly say I don’t care how long books are. If I want to read it I will. Regardless of the amount of pages in it.

M – Major book hangover because of

Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thrones and Roses series ruined me for a while. I was in such a blip after completing that series. I really struggled to pick up a new book for a few weeks.


N –  Number of bookshelves you own

I have 4 bookcases in my dining room that are full.  3 of these cases have 8 shelves and the smaller one has 4 shelves.

I also have inbuilt shelves in my bedroom that I’m trying to persuade the fiancé to let me use. Otherwise I’m going to have to buy more.


O – One book you’ve read multiple times

Image result for tess of the D'urbervillesThomas Hardy – Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

It is my favourite book. I absolutely love it.

There is nothing much to say other than I recommend that everyone reads!

 

P – Preferred place to read

In the winter: I love to read on the sofa in my living room. I curl up in the corner by the bay window with a hot drink, my hot water bottle and a blanket.

In the Summer: I love to read outside. Find myself a comfy chair, with a cold drinks and music on in the background.


Q – Quote that inspires you

Winston Churchill: Success is not final,  failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.


R – Reading regrets

I have no reading regrets.

I might look back on a book later in life and disagree with my previous opinions but I won’t regret it. It’s just a lesson learned.

 
S – Series you’ve started and need to finish

Sarah J Maas – Throne of Glass Series. I read the first book and bought the next two but have yet to pick them up and complete the series.

T – Three of your all time favorite books

Image result for jane eyre bookThomas Hardy – Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

They all mean something to me in their own way.


U – Unapologetic fangirl

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series!! OMG.


V – Very excited for this release more than others

I’m trying to avoid new releases at the moment so I can concentrate on my to be read shelf.

I’ve not even thought about it.

W – Worst bookish habit

My opinion on this changes regularly because I change my mind constantly.  However, i like make a note on how I’m feeling when I’m reading so  I annotate my books a lot.

Sometime I regret doing it so i go though a post-it note phase. However, writing on post-it notes is just too much when you are sat on a Metro during rush hour and it’s just easier to whip out a pen and write what I need to before I forget.

I’s great when you go back to reread a book a few years down the line. When your feelings and opinions change and you can think about how your through process has changed.

X –  X marks the spot: Pick the 27th book from the top left shelf

Katie Contugno – How to Love

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Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches

Z –  Z snatcher–book that kept you up way too late

K Brombergs – The Driven Series.

I was obsessing over it and I don’t know why. I just couldn’t put it down.

Top 5 Wednesday!

I love this weeks Top 5 Wednesday topic so I am going to get right into it. This weeks top 5 Wednesday is:

 Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media – (Booktube SFF Awards Babbles Crossover Topic)

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I didn’t need to think hard to come up with my top five for this week. So I am going to make this short and sweet and get straight into it. I’m not going to lie the majority of my choices are TV shows. I clearly have too much spare time.

 

Outlander

An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.
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Outlander is my favourite show! I mean what is not to love about a historical time travelling fantasy? It’s full of drama, action and romance. I really do love it. Now as an avid reader the books are favourites of mine too and I know that tv and movies don’t usually do the books justice but this show!!! It’s just as addictive as the books.

Jamie Fraser be still my beating heart! What more is there to say about him?

The show makes you laugh, it makes you cry and it constantly makes you swoon. I can watch it over and over again.

If you haven’t read the books or seen the show I cannot recommend them enough.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama.
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I started watching this show when I was in secondary school. I remember it was on every morning just as I was about to leave for school. I used to watch the first ten minutes and record the rest of it for when I got home at around 3:30. Good old VHS players. I would run home after school so that my sister wasn’t there before me. If I won I would get to the TV and the remote before her so I could watch the rest of the episode.

I didn’t start watching it at the beginning either. I’m sure it was part way through the second series. I remember it taking me ages to get ahold of the first season too because the show wasn’t aired much at the time.

I have now watched all of the episodes countless times and it is one of those shows that I can always go back to.

I do prefer the earlier seasons and I will never chose between Angel and Spike. However, my opinion will not be changed with regards to Riley. He served his purpose during the show and I know why he was created but he will forever be one of the most irritating characters. Don’t get me started on Dawn.  That is a rant for another day though.

 

Game of Thrones

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.
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This is the one and only show that my boyfriend and I watch together. We weren’t together when the show started so when we made it ‘official’ it was something we adapted into our routine and we started watching with each other.  He once watched an episode ahead of me and I remember stropping with him but since then it has been our Monday entertainment.

I only started watching it because Sean Bean was in it and by the end of the first season I was addicted. Like most thing in my life it brings me to tears on a regular basis. There is so much drama but you get invested into every single aspect of the show. I’m not going to lie I could live happily without all of the gore and the violence but the plot twists are fascinating.

 

Once Upon a Time (Excluding Season 7)

A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.
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I loved this show when it first started. I think in life you need a little bit of cheese and this is the show to watch in those moments. The earlier seasons were great but as the show went on I did start to lose interest.

I’m not going to lie I cannot bring myself to watch the most recent season (Season 7 I think). A show that has to revert back to the beginning and use the same plot(ish) to renew the show just isn’t going to work for me. I know that it was slightly different with the character changes but it’s a little unoriginal.

Regardless of the new season that I pretend doesn’t exist, if I do need some cheese in my life I will rewatch the earlier seasons. What’s not to love, fairytales, villains and Jamie Dornan. Even if he was only in it for a few episodes.

 

The Princess Bride (The Movie)

While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.
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My Dad introduced me to this film (yes I know it’s a book but when I first watched this film I didn’t know it was an adaptation). He called me one summer when my sister and I were stuck in the house and told me to turn the Disney channel off for a film he thought we would both enjoy. I grumbled at him for disturbing my Disney time (I was probably watching Lizzy Mcguire or That’s so Raven) but caved and turned it over.

It was a great choice and I don’t care what anyone else says I love this film.

As well as The Full Monty (a film from the 1990’s that everyone needs to see set in my home town) this is a film I watch regularly when I’m homesick.

It’s funny! It makes me smile and I love the story.  I love the film so much that I am reluctant to read the book. It’s usually the other way around for me and I dread adaptations of books but I really don’t want to ruin my opinion of the film.

 

 

 

 

There you have it. My top 5 Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy in Other Media. I know it is predominately fantasy. I’m really fussy when it gets to sci-fi and it’s rare that I will watch something within this genre. I

What are your favourite fantasy or sci-fi movies or TV shows?

 

 

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20 Facts about Me!

 

  1. My name is Lucy
  2. I am 26 years old
  3. I was born in Sheffield and moved to the North-East for university when I was 18 years old.
  4. I have a pet cat called Thea. I love her. She hates me. A normal evil cat and owner relationship right there.
  5. I have graduated university 3 times with the following qualifications:
    – BA Honours degrees in English Language and Literature
    – Masters in English Studies
    – PGCE teacher training
  6. Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’urbervilles is my favourite book.
  7. I have a sister called Lily. She is two years younger than me and lives near Manchester.
  8. I don’t drink enough water (although I am on a mad mission to change this).
  9. I love chicken nuggets with Sriracha Hot Chilli Sauce!
  10. My favourite City in the world is New York.
  11. I am allergic to the Sun. Something about the UV and heat combined. It has taken approximately 6 different doctors to confirm this with me.
  12. Sunflowers are my favourite flowers.
  13. Friends is my all time favourite TV show. I can quote them all and it still makes me laugh.
  14. I have been with my Boyfriend for 4 and a half years and we own a house together.
  15. My favourite colour is grey.
  16. I threw a tantrum at my Christening when I was a toddler after I saw my sister get water poured over her head. I didn’t want anyone wetting my head so I broke down.  At the age of 3 this is my first memory and I remember my Auntie giving me mint sweets to shut up.
  17. Greece is one of my favourite countries to visit. The culture, the food, the history…I could go on. I just love it all.
  18. I cry at everything. EVERYTHING. From books to tv documentaries. I cried at the new Jumanji last night.
  19. A perfect night in for me is an hour long bubble bath with candles, an alcoholic drink and a good book.
  20. Camping in the summer is one of my favourite things to do. Nothing better than a night by a campfire with friends, booze and BBQ food.

 

 

In hindsight I thought this would be fun to write. It was to an extent. It just made me  realised just how boring my life is but there are 20 facts about me.

 

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