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Law and Order:

When a system upgrade gets you arrested - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38153992

THE REAL SPECTRE - https://www.1843magazine.com/features/the-real-spectre

Miscellaneous:

Korean grandfather's long-distance Instagram story-telling - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-38153553

Barbados at 50: Home of Rihanna, cricket and coucou - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-37078244 Bajan friend is ridiculously proud of Rihanna. And the cricketers. Sometimes. Not as often as he'd like to be.

New five pound note: Not suitable for vegetarians - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38144598 and Hindus urged not to donate new fivers at Leicester temple - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-38156650

The thing that gets me about this is that the government doesn't seem to get the number of people that don't use animal fats, for a variety of reasons. How no-one in the decision-making process didn't go "wait a minute!" is beyond me.

Ben Carter's Tommee Tippee cup search 'incredible' success - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-38141319

On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That Doesn't Stink -
http://www.npr.org/2017/04/12/523303559/on-the-navajo-nation-special-ed-students-await-water-thats-doesnt-stink?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170413

Time's "The Most Influential Images of All Time" - http://100photos.time.com/

Politics:

Hong Kong's rebellious lawmaker Yau Wai-ching - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-38129773

YOUR FILTER BUBBLE IS DESTROYING DEMOCRACY - https://www.wired.com/2016/11/filter-bubble-destroying-democracy/

How to Talk to Someone You Hate - https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/gqymzx/how-to-talk-to-someone-you-hate

Science:

The many ways lasers help us see the world more clearly - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38130375

Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself - https://www.wired.com/2015/10/margaret-hamilton-nasa-apollo/

Sport:

Serena Williams pens open letter: Dream big with steadfast resilience -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/tennis/serena-williams-pens-open-letter-dream-big-with-steadfast-resilience_sto5965399/story.shtml From 2016

The other lives of England's netball team - as they fit work around practice -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38136075/the-other-lives-of-englands-netball-team---as-they-fit-work-around-practice

Cricket:

Phillip Hughes' death: Have attitudes to the bouncer changed? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/37883388

Football:

It’s not the Ronald Koeman derby, Southampton v Everton is a clash of contrasting ideas -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2016-2017/its-not-the-ronald-koeman-derby-everton-v-southampton-is-a-clash-of-contrasting-ideas_sto5960789/story.shtml

Snooker:

UK Championship 2016: Mark King talks about gambling addiction and recovery - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/38097569

Television:

30 Years Later, 'The Simpsons' Are A Part Of The American Family - http://www.npr.org/2017/04/19/524542090/30-years-later-the-simpsons-are-a-part-of-the-american-family?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170419
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I have just finished writing nearly 2000 words of somewhat fluffy Solly/Gloria It Ain't Half Hot Mum fic.

Solly/Gloria is one of my pairings from before I knew what shipping was. They're pretty much unique in that sense because they're non-canonical. Young me was not a shippy person (okay, so present me isn't a shippy person either but young me even more so). I think part of it is that it took me until I was older to realise it wasn't canonical.

I first saw It Ain't Half Hot Mum when I was somewhere between 8-11. And I just presumed that Solly was Gloria's boyfriend because he always stepped in when the 'orrible Sergeant Major was being horrible to Gloria, more so that he did when the horrible Sergeant Major was being horrible to anyone else.

I caught it again when I was a bit older (14-18), and I realised that I may have misread (miswatched?) the show because I saw things that were not there.

I rewatched the show for the fic and the thing that interested me is that I could see why mini-me had seen what she saw. It's mostly due to the set up of the show.

Because Solly is the ranking member of the Concert Party, he's got to stand at one end of the line when they fall in. For camera work it makes sense that the more one note characters* are at the other end of the line so they can be ignored if they don't have anything to do in that scene. You can't put Gloria next to Gunner Sugden if you want the full effect of Sugden's lack of height (I think that's also why Sugden's placed between Atlas and Parky in the line up, who are the tallest of the regulars), and putting Gloria next to Solly is therefore the sensible thing.

That means Solly has to react when Shut Up shouts at Gloria because he's next door and in camera. The synchronised sour look he and Gloria do is also probably just for giggles, but the fact that he also reacts every time the Sergeant Major says anything about homosexuals might be where tiny-me got confused. It also means that it makes some sort of sense for Solly and Gloria to get teamed together whenever the gang have to split into twos.

It's really clear where tiny-me got confused and why and how much of it is down to the constraints of the medium (TV sitcom), which are "rules" that you don't know at that age.

*sorry Nobby, Nasher and Atlas
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Award Ceremonies:

Jackie Chan awarded honorary Oscar - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37253382 I suspect I may have shared this before.

History:

Slum photographs spark charity appeal - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37288396

Oscar Wilde love letter celebrated 'behind bars' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37277397

What Al Capone can teach India about prohibition - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37230259

Mary Rose shipwreck skulls go online in 3D - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37250413

Miscellaneous:

Single mum drags up for 'Donuts with Dad' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-37307984 1 - this Mum is awesome. 2 - why is it always 'x with Dad' events. It's like once again, father's get cookies for just doing the basics.

Downton's effect on the political mood - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37288981

Dying mum's letter found in book in second-hand bookshop - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-37284497 Update: letter's intended recipient found.

Marvel, Jack Kirby, and the Comic-Book Artist’s Plight -
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/09/marvel-jack-kirby-and-the-plight-of-the-comic-book-artist/498299/

News:

What Is Aleppo? This Is Aleppo - https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2016/09/what-is-aleppo-this-is-aleppo/499163/

Workers must not pay the price of Brexit, says TUC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37300445

Mapuche community in Argentina fights fracking site - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-36892770

Science:

Why We Still Don’t Have Better Batteries - https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602245/why-we-still-dont-have-better-batteries/

Sport:
Football:

The Old Firm rivalry opens new chapter - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-37310016

USA star Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem to support Colin Kaepernick -
http://lebuzz.eurosport.co.uk/viral/megan-rapinoe-kneels-during-usa-national-anthem-to-support-colin-kaepernick-18545/

Football tackles conflict on the front lines - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37153684

FA Cup: Rio Ferdinand's body double & the ex-Man City player looking to spend £500 -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37177613

Formula 1:

Felipe Massa: the closing of an F1 career that has experienced ecstasy and agony -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/37244253 Obviously from before the un-retirement

Ice hockey:

Lightning's J.T. Brown speaks out on life 'as a black athlete in the NHL' -
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/lightning/jt-brown-on-his-reality---as-a-black-athlete-in-the-nhl/2292690

Paralympics:

Rio Paralympics 2016: GB stars hoping to shine on the big stage - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37220234

Rio Paralympics 2016: Lee Pearson to be Great Britain flagbearer - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37290538

Rio Paralympics 2016: 'It's not about how full the stadiums are' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37196387

Rio Paralympics 2016: Ex-Liverpool junior Sean Highdale is heading to Rio -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37232402

Rugby League:

Batley Bulldogs fan banned over Keegan Hirst tweets - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-37278162 You'll notice that it's a life time ban because rugby league does not tolerate this.

Television:

In pictures: The Prisoner at 50 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37232329 Just ignore some of the text. I'm not sure the unnamed writer has ever watched the show.

Links

Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:03 pm
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Film:

Honorary Oscar for British 'trailblazer' editor Anne V Coates - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37965986

Politics:

THE MYTHS DEMOCRATS SWALLOWED THAT COST THEM THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - http://www.newsweek.com/myths-cost-democrats-presidential-election-521044

Television:

An Oral History of 'Spaced' - https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/oral-history-of-spaced-simon-pegg-nick-frost-edgar-wright-jessica-hynes-katy-carmichael

Theatre:

The one where Medea saves her kids: lost classics of Greek tragedy -
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/nov/10/the-one-where-medea-saves-her-kids-lost-classics-of-greek-tragedy
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There is a link, eventually.

I have decided that there is nothing wrong with Grimm that couldn't be fixed with better writing and an actor who can actually act in the lead role. He seems like a nice guy but he suffers from having one facial expression.

That being said, I hope they don't kill off his girlfriend or his partner, because I fear it's the kind of show that would go for that kind of drama.

On a similar tip, and I know it's finished but please no spoilers, I hope they don't kill of Aizawa in Death Note. He is also lovely. But then again most of the characters are, even the various Gods of death. It's going to be very painful when it all goes to hell when Kira is revealed.

Also on a similar tip, and containing spoilers for a book published in 1844, dear BBC Musketeers, you know how BBC shows quite frequently change the details of the things they're adapting. Could you maybe not kill off Constance? It would be the most lovely thing you could do, because I am as in love with her as D'Artagnan is and it would hurt. Also, by the by, the Milady defenders always seem to forget that she killed Constance out of sheer malice. The rest I could forgive her for, but not that.

Grimm

Aug. 16th, 2014 10:14 pm
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Really are showing this from the beginning (no, I don't know why a reality TV channel are showing a programme about fairy tale monsters) so I thought I'd give it a shot, mostly for Silas Weir Mitchell who was great fun as Haywire in Prison Break.

My only complaint so far (it's actually less of a problem with the show than the set-up for it and other shows of its ilk) )

It's workable enough, even if I'm only watching for Monroe. I also like the detective partner and the girlfriend (I'm sure these characters have names. I'm also sure the show hasn't made them very obvious yet.). Please don't kill them off, show.
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Huge Spoilers

I've been thinking about this (because I have been writing fic), and I've decided that the problem was that they had no idea how to write Robin, because he was the least sympathetic character who wasn't the Sheriff, and the Sheriff was, you know, the Sheriff.

The main problem was that he had a *wonderful* tendency towards double standards, like him not letting Will kill the Sheriff for killing his father (I think) but being perfectly cool with trying to kill Guy for trying to kill King Richard. Notice please, the lack of success of Guy's plan.

Or you know, refusing the kill the bad guys with a name but being perfectly willing to shoot third Sheriff's guard from right. Now, I am aware that this is an problem with any show like this, but most shows sensibly avoid the lead having a speech about "we do not kill" followed a scene later by him shooting random guard number 3 with an arrow in a rather deadly area.

I've seen Jonas Armstrong in other things and he's been perfectly servicable, if better at jack-the-lad than noble hero, but I don't think anyone could have done anything with the character.

The other problem was that he was up against Richard Armitage (in black leather) doing a bang up job of conflicted villain. Who was just more interesting than Robin, because none of Robin's decisions ever seemed to cost him anything, or at least nothing he cared about, while the rest of the Merry Men, whenever they make a decision, it hurt them. That was why everyone loved Marian, Much, Guy, Djaq, Will et al a lot more.

It's just really odd that they got everyone else so right (~ish) and managed to screw up the main character.

DVD Spree

Jul. 29th, 2014 04:19 pm
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Because HMV had a foreign films sale, I managed to get Sympathy for Mr Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance for £7.99 ($13.55/ 14.41 AusD). Which is totally for the win because 1 - I <3 Park Chan-wook's directing and 2) Lady Vengeance is his best film. I would recommend it thorough, with the caveat of read the warnings.

On top of that, while I was on Amazon looking to buy 'Rewind The Film' and 'Futurology', I spotted Rome, seasons 1 & 2, on sale for £17 ($29/ 31 AusD), so I snapped that up, because that's been £60 within the last two years and therefore totally counts as a bargain.

That was about it as far as successful shopping missions go. It turns out I didn't need a new phone, I'd just accidentally blocked my Mum's phone (which I will hear the end of some time after doomsday), Next hadn't shipped the dress I wanted to try on to all their shops yet and I still can't fit into a size 14. Actually, it's possible that my waist can but my thighs definitely can't so I am left with the fencer's problem of trying to find nice belts because our waists and thighs are out of proportion. That or menswear and I suspect New Look are having a sale ...
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Several months ago, I ranted about Sky Drama. I must now rant about BT Sports.

Basically, BT are trying to outmanouvre Sky Sports by paying way more than Sky can or will, therefore moving those sports off Sky and onto BT Vision.

The thing that gets me is that I'm supposed to be cheering this development. It's not as though I like the tentacles of Murdoch but having a competitor is doing nothing to drive costs down in this case, it just means sports fanatics are having to pay for BT Vision as well as Sky.

I wouldn't object too much but BT have kidnapped the MotoGP. While I know this season is going to be Marquez, Marquez, Marquez, I would at least like to see it. Especially as my beloved Espargaro boys are also getting some coverage. Due to DORNA going with BT Vision's offer, I am stuck with the ITV4 highlight, and they have the worst commentators.

Links

May. 5th, 2014 06:59 pm
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Books/TV:

Game of Thrones: Discover the real Westeros - http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-04-29/game-of-thrones-discover-the-real-westeros Or the Northern Ireland tourism board now has consultant dragons. Link care of [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte.

Films:

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan Speculate On Their Characters' Futures 25 Years after 'When Harry Met Sally' - http://www.nerve.com/entertainment/billy-crystal-and-meg-ryan-speculate-their-characters-futures-after-when-harry-met-sally

Science:

The strange case of the 'time travel' murder (and other tales from the UK Forensics service) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26324244

Antibiotic resistance now 'global threat', WHO warns - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27204988 That sound you can hear is lots of scientists going "we've been trying to tell you this for years."

History:

The Man Who Made South Africa's Flag - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27155475

Music/Music Industry:

Cee-Lo Green Originally Recorded 'Happy' (and other could have beens) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/27234842

Politics/Economics:

Legal aid row leads to halting of serious fraud trial - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27238201 Where the Prime Minister's brother is on the side of right and good.

UK Cost Of Living Changes Over 10 Years - http://www.politicshome.com/uk/article/97214/cost_of_living_.html

Sport:

World's oldest surviving Olympian, and sharp-shooting FBI agent, dies aged 106 - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/olympic-games-worlds-oldest-olympian-sharp-shooting-fbi-112828806--spt.html

Snooker:

World Snooker Championship: How to survive Crucible marathon - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/27048713

Football:

Crystal Palace: How Tony Pulis achieved Premier League survival - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27253266

Footballer Fabrice Muamba launches defibrillator campaign - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-27237737

Rodney Marsh cleans Stoke City players' boots after losing online argument - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-27210196

Formula 1:

Senna's death: Hill still full of disbelief 20 years on - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/formula-1-sennas-death-hill-still-full-disbelief-074615188--f1.html The whole article is worth reading, because Damon Hill is honest and capable of great insight.

Senna's death: The practical joker whose laughter is still missed - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/formula-1-sennas-death-practical-joker-whos-laughter-074245068--f1.html

Formula 1/Football:

Brazilian footballers pay tribute to Ayrton Senna by wearing helmets - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/world-of-sport/brazilian-footballers-honour-ayrton-senna-wearing-yellow-helmets-031717505.html
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I have been watching both, it's just that incoherent flailing at one, and a level of mostly approving bemusement at the other do not count as constructive comment.

Revenge, spoilers up to episode 7, probably )

TNA meanwhile, despite my deep disapproval of there being yet more business fu, has had two whole episodes that were mostly good. Which is odd. I mean, there were things I didn't like, like the whole Sabin/Velvet Sky mess and Sam Shaw (serial killer in training), and I thought the Bully Ray stuff went too far, but they've given me a new knockout (Alpha Female, large, terrifying, German) and that's to be applauded, even if I wanted her to smack Sabin. They also seem to be giving me Samoa Joe, the saviour of TNA. And Rockstar Spud, Magnus, EC3, Bobby Roode, Zeema Ion and the Bromance are always worth a watch.
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I have smooshed the two together because they're both really short.

Revenge

I have little to say other than Victoria is even more devious than expected, Nolan is the king of bad decisions (really, Patrick's ex-wife said he was a liar and is visibly afraid of him, you don't think those are warning signs!!!) and I am going to lamp Aiden if he continues to go off-plan. No, loving Emily is not an excuse.

TNA

TNA continues to do odd things.

I mean, I'm entirely okay with Velvet Sky finally not doing Sabin's bidding and Aries winning the X-Division title. And I like that Eric Young doesn't have Abyss under control.

I wish they'd just pull the trigger on the Storm heel turn already.
However, I also wish they'd let Madison Rayne chase the belt a bit longer.
I also want someone to take Kurt Angle to one side and go "no, you don't need to do that cage bump."

I'm desperately trying to forget that we seem to be in for another round of business-fu. But with Styles, Sting and J. Hardy gone, they might have to do something different. And I'm definitely behind Samoa Joe, saviour of all that is good and true (even if putting him against Rockstar Spud is not fair).
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Again care of the wonderful N and S.

It's a very silly show, in the good way.

I think S's words were "I thought this'd be right up your street," and it was.

The set-up, for those who don't know far too much about '60s TV, is Edwardian adventurer is frozen in 1902 and unfrozen in the 1960s. Adventures ensue.

And it's great fun )

The thing that struck me was how modern it felt, so S and I were inventing a reboot. So far he's nixed my idea of Harry from Silent Witness as Adam Adamant, but we've agreed to have him waking up in the 2000s and having Mark Gatiss as the butler. Admittedly, since he's the narrator of the documentary featurette on the DVDs, so we thought that it wouldn't be difficult to convince him.

Rome

Jan. 30th, 2014 11:02 pm
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Rome

So, thanks to the fabulous N and S, I managed to finally see Passover (season 2, episode 1). I was only 7 years late.

It was every bit as amazing as you'd all told me.

Spoilers )

In short, Rome yay!
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I am utterly the wrong person to be talking about this show because fwheee! It was made for me.

I'm also a week behind because of travel.

The new Musketeers feels very much as though it's been written by someone who has read the book and realised what the important parts are, like swordfights and personality, and that everything else is optional.

And it's good enough that I don't care.

They've given me three roguish Musketeers, an adorable D'Artagnan, a stunning Milady, a Constance I am already in love with and a Cardinal who is not evil (as such) and is just trying to do what he thinks is best for France.

The Cardinal not being evil and none of the Musketeers being bumbling fools is what I like the most.

Further details under the cut )

It wasn't perfect, mind you. I can see why N thought the lingo was a little too modern. I didn't mind that, but I minded Anne of Austria being a Spanish princess!!!

But overall, good and solid and I now totally have an excuse for dressing up as Aramis. I look nothing like Aramis in the Gene Kelly version, or Charlie Sheen, Richard Chamberlain or Jeremy Irons. I look slightly more like Luke Evans. But Santiago Cabrera's Aramis I can definitely do.
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Important things first:

Dear Nolan, fire whoever designed that terrible naval themed suit. It was horrible.

Actually, I think the important thing is that there is no way this is not going to end tragically, in the most Greek sense of that word.

Spoilers )
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A sort of bonus post, because [livejournal.com profile] joanne_c didn't ask for this but I urgently need to express my feelings about Aiden, and I can't during the episodes because I'm busy swearing at him. It's also funny that I have more to say about him than about Jack (who I like a lot more) or Nolan (who is my favouritest).

Anything under here only spoils up to the end of Season 2 )

Season 3 Spoilers )
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Just ignore that it's January :)

I like Jack.

He's nice. On Revenge, that's a rare quality. And he's very human, in that he tries to do his best for his family and the people he likes, and he might fail but he keeps trying.

And I feel bad because I have very little else to say about him except that he's probably the one good guy. Now if only he'd stop getting in Emily's way.
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Which was pretty much my Twitter summary of the first episode of season 3. Which succeeded in it's mission of making me shout at the TV. Repeatedly.

Spoilers follow )
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Which was complicated by finding things that at least 2 of the family would watch.

TV-wise we watched:

Jonathan Creek, 'The Judas Tree', which was pleasingly fiendish. I sort of guessed part of the resolution, I just couldn't figure out how they'd done it.

The Tractate Middoth - which was based on an MR James ghost story and was suitably terrifying.

Mark Gattis's documentary about MR James afterwards was interesting too. Admittedly I was amused by the bit where he thinks collecting gory saints's deaths is a bit odd and I'm like "you mean everyone doesn't do that?!" Apparently, no, not everyone collects gory saints's deaths.

Film-wise there was:

Jane Eyre: The Mia Wasikowska version )

The Mummy 3 - The Curse of the Dragon Emperor )

And Dracula (1958) )

And also, last night, Top Hat )

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