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Ahjvar, the assassin known as the Leopard, wants only to die, to end the curse that binds him to a life of horror. Although he has no reason to trust the goddess Catairanach or her messenger Deyandara, fugitive heir to a murdered tribal queen, desperation leads him to accept her bargain: if he kills the mad prophet known as the Voice of Marakand, Catairanach will free him of his curse. Accompanying him on his mission is the one person he has let close to him in a lifetime of death, a runaway slave named Ghu. Ahj knows Ghu is far from the half-wit others think him, but in Marakand, the great city where the caravan roads of east and west meet, both will need to face the deepest secrets of their souls, if either is to survive the undying enemies who hunt them and find a way through the darkness that damns the Leopard.To Marakand, too, come a Northron wanderer and her demon verrbjarn lover, carrying the obsidian sword Lakkariss, a weapon forged by the Old Great Gods to bring their justice to the seven devils who escaped the cold hells so long before. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Do you relish the joys of hot toast spread with your own homemade butter and jam? Love to dazzle your friends with jars and tins of choice goodies-all created by you? The kitchen is a paradise for crafty cooks, and whether you're a newcomer to the realm of amateur artisanal edibles or a seasoned food crafter on the prowl for your next batch of appetizing challenges, Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It has recipes galore for you (75, to be exact). Projects range from perfect pantry staples (Butter, Crackers, Pasta) to festive giftables (Toasted Walnut Brandy, Lemon Curd, Peanut Butter Cups); some give quick gratification (Mayonnaise, Rumkirschen, Potato Chips), while others reward patience (Gravlax, Ricotta Salata, Kimchee). Practical prep-ahead and storage instructions accompany each recipe, several give variations (like Caramelized Onion and Thyme Butter-yum), and most share ideas on how to use it, serve it, and give it away. Complete with color photographs and the accumulated wisdom of author Karen Solomon's years of food crafting, Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It is your one-stop resource for turning your culinary inspiration into a pantry full of hand-labeled, better-than-store-bought creationsKaren Solomon is a food and lifestyle writer and veteran culinary tinkerer and food crafter. She is the author of The Cheap Bastard's Guide to San Francisco, a contributor to San Francisco magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, and a former editor and columnist for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She has also contributed to Chow! San Francisco Bay Area, the SF Zagat Guide, and dozens of Bay Area and national publications. She lives with her partner, son, and food-focused dachshund in (you guessed it) San Francisco, California. Reach her at www.ksolomon.com.
From authentic Korean kimchi, Indian chutney, and Japanese tsukemono to innovative combinations ranging from mild to delightfully spicy, the time-honored traditions of Asian pickling are made simple and accessible in this DIY guide.Asian Pickles introduces the unique ingredients and techniques used in Asian pickle-making, including a vast array of quick pickles for the novice pickler, and numerous techniques that take more adventurous cooks beyond the basic brine. With fail-proof instructions, a selection of helpful resources, and more than seventy-five of the most sought-after pickle recipes from the East--Korean Whole Leaf Cabbage Kimchi, Japanese Umeboshi, Chinese Preserved Vegetable, Indian Coconut-Cilantro Chutney, Vietnamese Daikon and Carrot Pickle, and more--Asian Pickles is your passport to explore this region's preserving possibilities. serving horizon with fail-proof instructions and a selection of helpful resources.
Cool + Sweet + Refreshing = Pops! This innovative book gives the ice pop a flavor makeover, providing more than 100 recipes and variations for irresistible concoctions you've never tasted before. You'll also learn fancy techniques for making whimsical pops that look as fun as they taste. Kids will enjoy the juicy pops and flip over the soda fountain and pudding pops. Grown-up kids will dig the energy-boosting coffee, tea, and healthy energy pops and delight in the sophisticated cocktail pops. And for the do-it-yourselfers, this book provides instructions for making your own pop molds from recycled housewares and even silicone. When it comes to pops, the possibilities are endless--and so much fun!
How is it that pets are able to travel thousands of miles through unknown territory to reunite with their beloved humans? How can dogs detect cancer with up to a 98 percent accuracy rate, and foresee epileptic or diabetic seizures in their owners? How do animals seem to know an earthquake is coming long before the world's best seismologists? In Animal Wisdom, veterinarian and animal advocate Linda Bender offers a wealth of amazing stories and research-based evidence indicating animals have deeply perceptive--even extrasensory--abilities. She shows us that animals are extremely perceptive, intuitive, and psychic and provides step-by-step practices for honing your natural ability to communicate with them, so that you too can learn to understand their urgent messages about peace, happiness, and the future of the planet. Animal Wisdom is for animal lovers and anyone who seeks a deeper, more spiritual connection to these beautiful creatures.From the table of contents:Foreword by Linda TuckerPART I: The Fabric of CreationChapter 1: The Ecology of ParadiseChapter 2: How Can We Know What Animals Are Thinking and Feeling?PART II: What Animals Want Us to KnowChapter 3: You Are LovedChapter 4: You Are Already Living in ParadiseChapter 5: You Don't Have to Figure Everything OutChapter 6: Dying Isn't BadPART III: The Connection of All CreaturesChapter 7: How to Connect Telepathically with Animals: A Practical GuideChapter 8: The Animals Speak for ThemselvesChapter 9: Heeding the Cries of the Nonhuman WorldAfterword by Andrew HarveyFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
The businessperson's guide to saying what needs to be said and asking questions that need to be askedIn the business world, the first step to great results is good communication. Talk Lean uses original research and a fresh approach to teach businesspeople how to say difficult things and ask difficult questions in a way that is positive, effective, and comfortable for everyone involved. You'll learn how to begin meetings and conversations in a way that is succinct, empathetic, and effective, while putting people in a positive and receptive frame of mind. You'll learn how to listen and respond during meetings to maximise both productivity and empathy and how to close meetings in positive ways that lead to great results.Offers proven techniques for improving communication and making an impact professionallyWritten by Alan Palmer, head of Interactifs UK, which offers communication coaching to major corporate clientsIdeal for executives, team leaders, entrepreneurs, and anyone whose success depends on great communication
Meet the challenges of life and master your future Do you ever feel like you're just floating through life with a lack of direction? Or get that nagging feeling that things could be better? Then it's time you thought about your life plan.Our lives can be thought of as stories - as narratives and adventures - and nearly all classic stories share certain universal characteristics. Our lives should be seen as a hero's journey, a quest filled with challenges, turbulence and adventure.By appreciating this pattern, and understanding where you are on your own personal journey, you'll get the perspective needed to write your own life story and set yourself on the right path. Be the hero of your own lifeIn Your Life Plan, Erica Sosna shows you how to choose and live a life that is truly meaningful, exciting and adventurous. Having a life project - a dream or goal that feels like a real challenge, can give you focus, energy and purpose.This book offers practical solutions and guidance for dealing with difficult personal challenges and becoming the victorious hero who achieves happiness and fulfilment.Go. Stand for something. Take up the charge and move into a purposeful and positive future.
21 Dirty Tricks at Work is about lies. The type of underhand, pernicious and downright Machiavellian scheming that goes on in business every day. An estimated £7. 8bn is lost each year in the UK alone though unnecessary and counter-productive office politicking. But 21 Dirty Tricks at Work is also a book of hope. It exposes the classic manoeuvres and gives practical advice on dealing with them to the vast majority who just want to do a good day's work. 21 Dirty Tricks at Work provides you with all the information you need to spot negative tactics and self-interested strategies. It shows you how to spot the games frequently being played and how to come out with your credibility intact and your sanity preserved. So, if you are fed-up of being on the receiving end of constant backbiting and skulduggery from workmates, join hands with the authors and get Machiavelli on the run!
A motivational smack in the face! "Beneath the bluff exterior of the self-styled "fat bloke from Manchester" is a shrewd business brain." The Times "...a northern Anthony Robbins!" Theo PaphitisBrad Burton, once a regular in the dole queue, burdened with unbearable levels of debt, is now the MD of a multi-million pound international business. If anyone knows about sorting your life out, it's Brad. But this isn't Brad's story - this is about YOU. Brad is here to share practical, actionable steps - stuff you can actually do - to improve your life, both at home and in business. He's learnt exactly how to motivate yourself, focus on your passion, face setbacks and keep on moving forward - and now Brad wants to share these lessons with as many people as possible. We all have it in us to improve our lives and succeed - we just need a friendly kick in the pants from Brad! Chapters include:If your only motivation is money it's not enough2 year plan. Forget it. More like 2 week planNo passion. No pointBuy my stuffEject. Eject. Eject. Ignore. Ignore. Ignore
Yes you can!Hands up who feels like a completely inadequate underachiever whenever you hear about someone's great achievement. When someone in the office is off cycling around the world, or someone on TV has just launched a great new business which will save the planet? Most of us envy the drive and determination of these people. They've actually made this stuff happen rather than just day-dreamed about it. We all ask...Could I Do That?Well Simon Hartley is here to show us that we can! Taking on a challenge - big or small - in your career or personal life, can be intimidating but also totally transformational. Simon will show us how to work out what it is we want to do and then how to make that happen. He uses examples and advice from others who have achieved big things.The book examines how you should go about preparing for change, which problems you'll face along the way, and demonstrates why and how your life will be better as a consequence.Practical and motivational, it's about embracing change and defeating limiting beliefsIt challenges readers to think big and take steps to achieving their goalsIt puts power in the hands of people who don't yet realise that they can do extraordinary things too
If you want to be happy, fulfilled and energised its probably best not to obsess over being THE best. Why not focus on doing YOUR best? You don't need to completely transform yourself and become a shining beacon of wonderment and astonishing success--you should remain you . . . just a better version. You, Only Better is all about discovering what you're good at and focusing on that. It's about deciding what it is you really want from life and learning how to reach your full potential. Packed with the author's hand-drawn illustrations, helpful quotes, mini-case studies and Q&As you'll learn how to change your mindset for the better and think positively, take action to achieve your goals, fight against fatigue and get motivated and achieve long lasting happiness and contentment.You, Only Better offers techniques and methods for:Gaining energy and focusManaging your time effectivelySetting your goalsHoning your thinking and mindsetDealing with pressure and stressMaking smart decisionsThinking creatively to solve problemsActually taking action and keeping up the momentum
Find your purpose. Make a change. If you're not happy, not fulfilled, feel empty and lack motivation, make a change. Don't exist. Live. Turn things around and live a happy, successful, fulfilling life. Go on, you deserve to. Hypnotist and celebrity life-coach Benjamin Bonetti is an expert in addressing limiting beliefs, unlocking purpose and driving success. In How to Change Your Life he shows us how to uncover our 'thing' - how to discover what we should be doing with our lives and how to make that happen. With Benjamin's help we can leap over hurdles, bash through barriers and drive forward towards successful and fulfilment. You will learn; How to discover your 'thing' - your purpose How to unleash your true potential by clearing out past beliefs and barriers. The secrets of high achievers and how to implement them yourself The real reasons why people underachieve
A self-help manual on creating reasonable, achievable improvement in your lifeIn our attempts to overachieve, many people find themselves frustrated because they cannot relish in their own successes. Though these professionals may reach their goals of job titles and financial stability, they often sacrifice their personal and family lives and discover deep dissatisfaction. In Change One Thing!, self-help author Sue Hadfield outlines the necessary steps to address the disillusionment that has become a common problem in our work-driven society. While whirlwind change can be overwhelming and unrealistic for a modern worker with a family and responsibilities, Hadfield asserts that a determined person can bring about an impactful change in his life by simply altering one aspect of it.Teaches readers to avoid emotions of hopelessness and panic associated with changing too many aspects at onceDetails a step-by-step plan to make a meaningful changeShares real-life examples of people who successfully altered their livesThose who recognize that professional success is less fulfilling than other facets of their lives will find comfort and guidance in Change One Thing! as they embark on missions to improve their lives.
New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty has established herself as a favorite in the world of Scottish romance. Her sensual Highland Guard novels, tales of elite warriors and the remarkable women they love, just keep getting better and better. Now the first five books in the series are available in one sizzling eBook bundle: THE CHIEF THE HAWK THE RANGER THE VIPER THE SAINT With the death of William Wallace, Scotland's struggle for independence from English rule seems all but doomed to failure. But in her darkest hour, the torch for freedom will be lit once more by Robert "the Bruce." Scouring the darkest corners of the Highlands, the Bruce handpicks ten warriors to form an elite fighting force unlike any the world has ever seen. They are the best of the best in each discipline of warfare: Tor "the Chief" MacLeod, a swordsman without equal; Erik "the Hawk" MacSorley, a brilliant seafarer who has never encountered a wind he could not harness or a woman he could not win; Arthur "the Ranger" Campbell, a renowned scout who blends into the shadows deep behind enemy lines; Lachlan "the Viper" MacRuairi, a stealthy rogue to enlist but not to trust; and Magnus "the Saint" MacKay, the ultimate Highlander: tough, resourceful, and able to navigate and survive in the most extreme of conditions. The warriors of the Highland Guard fight to defend their country--but they live to capture hearts.
A rollicking and ambitious novel that recalls Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and E. L. Doctorow's Ragtime, O, Africa! follows two filmmakers on an unlikely journey, while exploring the complexities of race, class, sexuality, and success in early twentieth century America. In the summer of 1928, twin brothers Micah and Izzy Grand are at the pinnacle of their movie-making careers. From their roots as sons of Brooklyn immigrants, they have risen to become kings of silent comedy - with the brash, bloviating Micah directing and calling the shots, while his retreating brother skillfully works behind the lens. But when Micah's penchant for gambling, and his interracial affair with Rose, a sharp-witted, light-skinned black woman from Harlem, combine to threaten his livelihood and his life, he finds himself in need of a quick escape. As the ascent of the talkies looms on the horizon, the brothers' producer offers them an opportunity that couldn't be better timed: travel to Africa to compile stock footage of the exotic locales, as well as filming a new comedy in the jungle. Together with an unlikely crew of producers, stars and hangers-on, the Grands set out for Malwiki, where among the tribesmen they each discover unforeseen truths about themselves, their lovers, and the meaning of the movies. Moving from the piers of Coney Island to Africa's veld, and further to the glitter of early Hollywood, O, Africa! is an epic tale of self-discovery, the constraints of history and prejudice, and the stubborn resolve of family and friendship in the face of tragedy. From the Hardcover edition.
From one of Canada's foremost investigative writers, a groundbreaking exposé on the motives and machinations behind cyberabuse - tormenting, trolling, harassment, cyberbullying, stalking, and sexual extortion - and the toll it is taking on children, youth, and adults around the world. It seems as if each week our news broadcasts, newspaper headlines, Twitter feeds, and Facebook timelines are dominated by stories of cyberbullying and other digital abuse. This isn't the playground teasing and name-calling of generations before the Internet. This new abuse's unique characteristics - anonymity, permanence, and viral audience - can relentlessly exacerbate the humiliation, pain, and danger of its victims. Ugly rumours that once snaked through school hallways and around the office water cooler are now delivered at lightning speed to the world, while sexual extortion and revenge-porn sites target those who've shared intimate images or had them stolen by hackers. Cyberstalkers who target adults destroy reputations and careers. And the splendid connectivity of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, also makes us vulnerable to "interpersonal terrorism," while apps that promise privacy and rapid deletion are ridden with loopholes. With vivid reportage, Paula Todd goes deep into the world of "extreme mean," uncovering the people who use the Internet to undermine lives rather than improve them. Through exclusive personal stories of online abuse from around the world, including the suicide of Amanda Todd and the untold costs of Rebecca Black's experience as "the most hated girl on the Internet," as well as interviews with troll-tormentors, accidental abusers, victimized kids, and adults, Extreme Mean explores the often surprising roots of online abuse, challenges current academic thinking, and offers new ways of understanding the nasty and the nefarious who erode humanity and threaten Internet freedom. Provocative, astute and compelling, Extreme Mean is a shocking yet inspiring illustration of behaviour that affects all of us. It's a call-to-arms for change, and a search for ways to turn a moral panic into a moral possibility.From the Hardcover edition.
Be calm, collected and in the momentToo often, life just races by. You don't fully experience what's happening now, because you're too busy thinking about what needs doing tomorrow, or distracted by what happened yesterday. And all the time your mind is chattering with commentary or judgement.Mindfulness allows you to experience the moment instead of just rushing through it. Being mindful opens you up to new ideas and new ways of doing things, reducing stress and increasing your enjoyment of life.With ideas, tips and techniques to help you enjoy a more mindful approach to life, you'll learn how to:* Adopt more positive ways of thinking and behaving* Become calmer and more confident* Break free from unhelpful thoughts and thinking patterns* Bring about positive changes in your relationships* Achieve a new level of self-awareness and understandingLife is happening right now; mindfulness will help you live in the moment, so it doesn't pass you by!
Practical and proven masterclasses for simple and effective small business marketingThis straightforward, practical book cuts through the morass of marketing theory to reveal the practical steps that small businesses can take to achieve phenomenal marketing results. Presenting fifteen comprehensive masterclasses, marketing expert Dee Blick presents easy-to-understand and easy-to-implement strategies to increase sales, prevent marketing mistakes, and build the foundations of a customer-driven brand. These fifteen comprehensive masterclasses can be implemented immediately, and cover such topics as marketing plans, copywriting, social media marketing, and public relations.Written by successful author and marketing guru who has worked with small businesses for twenty-seven yearsIncludes practical, effective marketing strategies for every small businessAppropriate for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and practicing marketing managersWhen it comes to marketing a small business, success means getting a big impact from a small investment. The 15 Essential Marketing Masterclasses for Your Small Business gives entrepreneurs and small business owners proven strategies for effective, profitable marketing.
Never come second place againSay goodbye to feelings of inadequacy - never again will you have to look on while someone else gets that promotion you wanted, wins the pitch you went for or beats you on the playing field. Bid farewell to that sense of jealously when someone else comes out on top, or that frustration when someone argues your socks off and leaves you defeated. Now you can be the winner.Psychologist and bestselling author Dr Rob Yeung will show you how to triumph when it really counts. How to gain the competitive advantage and come first more often. How to win arguments, negotiations, pitches, job interviews and more. Based on the latest research and proven psychological principles, Rob explains the science behind winning and how you can apply them to all facets of your life.If you're not winning, you're losing. Don't be a loser. Learn to win."If you want to be the best you can be, How to Win will help you to make the most out of the opportunities you have." Dame Sarah Storey, 11-times Paralympic Gold medallist"Fun to read, strong on evidence and full of useful techniques - an ideal book for those wanting to get into 1st place." Dr. Sebastian Bailey, co-founder and President, Mind Gym "Rob's advice is practical, to the point and above all effective. Another must-read - and must-do!" Julian Ranger, Founder & Chairman, SocialSafe"This book is a winner in every respect. Evidence-based advice in a well-constructed, highly-readable and easily recalled format. What's stopping you being a winner? Perhaps it's the fact you've yet to read Rob Yeung's excellent book." Robert Kelsey, author of What's Stopping You? and What's Stopping You Being More Confident?"How to Win provides practical information to people on getting ahead in their career, the soft skills necessary to be successful at work, from networking to being more assertive to using political skills. This is a must read for anyone wanting to succeed in their jobs and careers." Professor Cary L. Cooper, CBE, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School"Inspirational but with practical tips - a must read whether you're starting out or an experienced professional." Carol-Ann White, Global Human Resources Director, branding consultancy FITCH"How to Win is a great blend of compassion and practical experience. Dr Rob Yeung provides simple and logical steps to making a difference and wraps each one in stories and examples that speak to everyone. This book will make you rethink your approach to every situation and applying the ideas will change your life and performance at work in a very positive way. Highly recommended." Gary White, Chief Executive, sales technology company White Springs
Overloaded? I'll bet you are.We all lead busy lives. You fall into bed exhausted at the end of the day, feeling that you've got a lot done. Perhaps you are getting lots done.But is it stuff that really matters? Or is it just stuff? It's time to wise up. You will never clear that list.Get used to the idea that some things will never get done. Not delayed. Not rescheduled. Not re-prioritized. But simply dropped.And from now on, instead of trying to clear that endless to-do list, you're going to do a much smarter thing. You're going to just do the important stuff.And the brilliant thing is, you already have the power to do this. That power is to do less. Soon enough, you'll have the space to enjoy the moment, be creative, find new or better ways of doing things, get ideas, and spot opportunities you would have missed when you were running around. In short - you'll be happier. Much happier. As soon as you stop doing, the power of doing less will begin to flow.
NOW IS THE AGE OF THE ENTREPRENEUR - DON'T GET LEFT BEHINDThe world is embarking on a new age. The age of the entrepreneur, the agile small business owner, the flexible innovator. The days of the industrial age are over. It's time to break free from the industrial revolution mind-set, quit working so hard, follow your dream and make a fortune along the way. The slow dinosaurs of the industrial age are being outpaced by fast-moving start-ups, ambitious small businesses and technological innovators. Entrepreneur Revolution is a master class in gaining an entrepreneurial mind-set, showing you how to change the way you think, the way you network, and the way you make a living. Successful entrepreneur Daniel Priestley will show you how to embrace the Entrepreneur Revolution and thrive in the new age.* From a successful entrepreneur who is reaping the rewards of the entrepreneurial age* How to shift your mind-set and think like an entrepreneur* Ways to adapt your lifestyle to be more successful
Some people were easy to find. Others took hunting and patience. The most difficult was a target who knew she was coming, and he knew. How could he not? When you backed a predator into a corner, when you took and destroyed all that she loved, when you made a game of ruining lives and sadism for you was sport, but then you failed to kill the predator: you'd better know she was coming back. This was an inviolable law. She wasn't dead, and so she was coming for him. She had his face, had the name of a city. In the right hands, anything could be mined into so much more. She would find him. Kill him. Simple as that.
In Lea Griffith's Loveswept debut, a novel that's perfect for erotic romance readers, two lovers who have shared exquisite pain and unforgettable bliss find solace back in each other's arms. Jeremiah Copeland and Daly Edwards have a history. Even though he grew up a criminal struggling to care for two younger siblings, and she's the pampered daughter of a power-hungry senator, they formed a bond that nothing could break. Only a lack of trust ripped them apart. Seven years later, Daly has reason to believe that Jeremiah's brother is in trouble. She reaches out to Jeremiah the only way she knows how: at his BDSM club, The Underground. But one look ignites a heat she thought had cooled forever. As Jeremiah takes control of her body once again, Daly quickly loses control of her carefully rebuilt world. Too much has never been enough between them, and as danger swirls in the shadows, Jeremiah forces Daly to recognize what has never changed: She still loves him. His command is that she return her heart--and he will make her obey. Too Much is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.
An irreverent, colourful guide to becoming more interesting and successful by gaining self-knowledge and building your confidence and charisma In addition to having scads of acting and writing credits between them, actor David Gillespie and writer Mark Warren are co-founders of a unique organization. Called The Speechworks, it is a group of performance-based professionals who draw upon their professional expertise to teach clients--including businesspeople, sports stars, politicians, actors, writers and celebrities--the skills they need to communicate more effectively, to impress others with charisma and find greater success at work and in life. In this wildly funny, irreverent and practical guide they share their proprietary formula for achieving a heightened and sustained level of interestingness. Practical tips for achieving everyday interestingness, along with personality tests to aid self-knowledge Tons of fascinating quotes, outrageous humour and vibrant visual material--including mindmaps and infographicsEverything you need to increase your personal appeal, engage more effectively with those around you and lead a more enjoyable and fulfilling lifeThe Speechworks clients include Fortune 500 & FTSE 100 companies, professional bodies, start-ups and SMEs, charities, politicians and sports personalities
The long-awaited follow-up to the international bestseller The Jelly EffectCommunication is supposed to cause something. That's the point of it. So, what do you want to achieve following your communication? Do you want someone to answer 'yes'? Do you want to improve your relationships? Do you want people to understand exactly what you're talking about, first time? Whatever you want to achieve, you'll need decent communication to get there, and expert and bestselling author Andy Bounds shows us exactly how to nail our communication. Using the same conversational style that made The Jelly Effect so popular, The Snowball Effect is packed with short, rapid fire sections complete with visuals and special features to help us get serious results from our communication.The Snowball Effect explains how to:* Persuade people to say "yes" more quickly, more often* Enjoy your job more - because you'll be calling the shots for a change* Remove the communication frustrations you feel all too often* Get more done, more quickly - because you're getting people on your side faster (these techniques have saved people at least one month every year).
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