May 10, 2021

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Episode 26 of Thank The Week for 10 May 2021
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Announcer:

Thank The Week. With your host, Craig Williamson.

Craig Williamson:

Hello, and welcome to Thank The Week. This is the positive news podcast, where we thankful for what happened last week. And we get all excited for the great things that we've got coming up this week. This is Episode 26 for the week of the 10th of may 2021. So coming up this week, we've got beer in exchange for vaccines. That sounds like a good idea, doesn't it? We've got sports where you have to bend over quite a lot. We've got more of my exciting Microsoft Office news. And my sophistication reaches new limits. I've got a book to talk about. How exciting is that. We've also got guests Shawn Sherrill and John Meyer from the Get Out N Drive podcast. So let's get started.

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News

Craig Williamson:

Lots going on around vaccines for COVID. Last week, of course, I had my own first dose a couple of weeks ago, which was extremely exciting. But now we're starting to think about how we might roll the vaccine out to lots of other age groups. So currently, the Pfizer biontech vaccine is cleared for 16. And over in the US. But there is talk that this week, the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration are preparing to authorise its use for people from 12 to 15. So that is really good news that we can get down to some of the lower age groups and start to get more people protected. And in addition to that, apparently Pfizer are looking to get clearance to start vaccinating children as young as two. And this is what they're working on from September is the target date to get that clearance. So then they would be able to roll out the vaccine to children aged two to 11, as well. So we are huge strides on the vaccine look forward to seeing how that develops over this week and the coming months. Now, if you are hesitant to get that vaccine, really do encourage you to go out and get it. But in America, why don't we try and encourage people to do it by bribing them? Yes, that sounds like such a good idea, doesn't it? So if you're in the US, depends where you are in terms of the incentives. But there are some places where this is just insane. In New Jersey, if you get your first vaccine dose in May, and then go on to visit a participating brewery, you know, this link between vaccines and breweries? What Why didn't we think of this before, then you get a free shot and the free beer. Wow, that's terrific, isn't it? Now if you're in Detroit, you can get a $50 prepaid card. If you drive someone to a vaccine site, not quite sure whether you can build those up and just drive around, offering lifts to many random people just to build up those $50. But again, a good incentive there. And if you're in Maryland, you can get $100 paid to you. And that was announced by their governor last week. So yeah, some big incentives there. If you are a little hesitant about getting the vaccine, please do look into it. And clearly in the US. There are lots of other bonuses, as well as the fact that you can get your life back to normal, you know, that should be incentive enough be interesting to see those incentives going on. Now in the UK, we've been preparing for a post COVID life by having a few kind of strange experiments, looking at how we can run events safely. So last week, there was a festival in the UK, I think it was in Liverpool, and he had 5000 people and the images from this thing is just crazy, because you can't believe that this is happening in 2021. But this was a festival, I think it was obviously in an outdoor area. But there were 5000 people all packed in tightly together and enjoying some music in Liverpool. There were no masks, there was no social distancing. And it was just essentially a bit of a free for all. And this is all part of a government study to see how events like this can be reopened. So people were tested beforehand. They were tested afterwards. And it's just kind of some kind of like a big experiment really. So yeah, really interesting to see how that progresses. And we've also had some sporting events with fans as well, which I'll tell you about shortly. So what's going on in the world apart from COVID? Well, in flat pack furniture news, which I'm sure you've all been waiting for. IKEA has started a buyback scheme. Now if you have some old IKEA furniture, chances are it's still in pretty good shape. Because IKEA stuff is good quality. We've got tonnes of it all around our house. Yes, it can be a bit of a pain putting it together. But the satisfaction when you finish is quite significant. And what I care and our offering is that if you've got their furniture and you no longer wish to have it in your house, you can take it back to them and get a voucher towards buying new furniture. How terrific is that? So if you get furniture to them in as new condition with no scratches, they will give you 50% of the original price. That's significant. I'm really surprised how generous that is. If there are some minor scratches and I guess let's be honest, probably everything would have some minor scratches, then they'll still give you 40% and even if it's very well used and there's many scratches, then they'll give you 30% and as a voucher to spend on new furniture. I think this is a really good way to recycle furniture that You no longer need and to get some money back. And of course is a good way for IKEA to keep you in their stores. So look out for that if you've got some IKEA furniture, and you want to swap it around this week,

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

I talked about fans at sporting events. Well, last week, we had the final of the world's nuca championship here in England. And it was an all English affair a full English if you like. And it was Mark Selby, who claimed his fourth world title after beating Shaun Murphy. Now the significant thing about this apart from the fact that believe it or not snooker is quite well paid. So Selby got half a million pounds in prize money, which is pretty incredible. Anyway, the significance in terms of fans was that there was a full crowd at this indoor event. It's run at a theatre in Sheffield, called The Crucible theatre. And they slowly built up the capacity as the tournament went on. And for that final, which was on Monday, last week, it was a full capacity. So this is a normal theatre, no spacing, people sat right next to each other, sat next to strangers. Can you believe that? Was that like, everyone was wearing masks, but again, this was part of the government's experiment. They did plenty of testing beforehand. And they're monitoring people's health afterwards to see how the impacts were. But yeah, really impressive to see that. And great news for Mark Selby. In that tournament. I did catch a little bit of the final and actually we saw the closing frames, even got my wife of watching. And as we were watching it on the Monday evening, I mentioned to my wife how funny it was that apparently elderly ladies enjoy watching snooker. And it's because the players have bent over quite a lot. So you get a lot of camera shots of them, you know, bent over. And if that's your thing, then it's a great sport to watch. And I don't know why but my wife had never heard of this before. So maybe it was just my grandma. I'm really not too sure. But if you like your sportsman bending over, then, you know, maybe you need to get into snooker Now in completely unrelated news, not linked to people bending over and, and leering. I watched some beach volleyball on TV last night. It was really good. I really enjoyed it. It was live. And it is the NCAA beach volleyball tournament, which by the time you listen to this will be over because it's running over the long weekend. So it finished last Sunday. And yeah, really great to see some beach volleyball action that always seems to be popular at the Olympics, doesn't it? I'm not quite sure why. Yeah, it just made me think I wish I understood the rules a bit more. So you know, maybe training as a referee might be in my future. Who knows it might be a good way to to understand the depth of the sport a little bit more. So that's the NCAA beach volleyball tournament that had its climax last week. And there was lots of great football action last week. We've got another full English going on because the Champions League Final will be competed between two English clubs as Manchester City and Chelsea got through to that final. So that was great news for English football. Saw the Chelsea game against Real Madrid and Chelsea looked really good they want to know. So yeah, really pleased to have two English clubs in the Champions League Final, even if one of those is Manchester City. And then we had the Europa League semi finals on Thursday night. Unfortunately, Arsenal could not make it through to the final but Manchester United did as possibly expected because they had a huge lead from the first like, so now Manchester United are in that final against Villareal so lots to look forward to for English clubs as the Champions League and Europa League reached their climax. So that Europa League final takes place on Wednesday, the 26th of may between Villareal and Manchester United. And then the Champions League Final is on Saturday, the 29th of May. And that's Manchester City against Chelsea Coming up this week is a feast of football action. For anyone who likes the Premier League. There are matches every day this week. That's just awesome to see. So every day this week, there are Premier League matches to watch. The pick of the midweek games for me is Wednesday evening, we have Chelsea against Arsenal. And then at the weekend, as well as more Premier League action. We've got the FA Cup Final happening on Saturday. So that's Chelsea against Leicester City.

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

I know after my teaser at the start, you're only hanging around for my Microsoft Office news. This is important everyone, this is really important. Microsoft are changing the default font in their office suite of applications. Yes, you heard that here first. So Well, not quite First, the news is a couple of weeks old, but I've saved it for you. And it is over 15 years since they last change the font now that default font is Calibri. Now if you use Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, or Excel, whenever you open it, it defaults to that font, and I do not like Calibri I strongly dislike Calibri so normally I'll try and get into the settings and make my default Arial you know, why wouldn't you pick Arial it's a good steady font Helvetica if you're if you're so inclined, which is basically the same as Arial. But do not use Calibri. Please, please. It's just not clever. But there are new fonts out and I've got Got a little screenshot of them in front of me There are five that people have been asked to pick from. I'm not quite sure how this has been run out. I think it's through office 365 subscribers, you'll get access to these fonts and through the feedback system you can give your feedback. So the names of these fonts are where this is quite a visual thing. So it doesn't really mean much in a podcast but I'll give you the names anyway. See if there's an Emmy like be a stat, Grandview, Seaford, Skinner and tenor right? tenor right sounds a little bit like something that stops you wetting your pants. So for me just having a quick look at these, I would probably say bierstadt. And I'm pronouncing it is at I'm not sure if that's correct. And possibly Seaford that's a little bit too thick and bold. However, I think bH stat is probably, you know, my criteria is it's got to look quite close to airhelp. I think that is probably the closest one. So let's hope for bH that is top of the list. Hopefully it's easy for people to vote for. And we'll wait with bated breath. I mean, this is, you know, this sort of excitement has not been around Microsoft Office for a long time. So we've got a new font on the way it's going to happen in 2022, we've got a little while to it. But if you've got office 365, you can get stuck into those fonts. Right now, in Microsoft Office. Google's assistant has some useful new skills for you this week. If you use the broadcast function, now we have Google assistance throughout our house. And it's great to call the kids down for dinner, or to tell them it's time for bed or wake them up whatever it might be anything so that we don't actually have to speak to them ourselves, you can deflect that responsibility to the Google Assistant really recommend it. Well, what they've got coming out on the broadcast now is that you can also broadcast to people's mobile devices. So if someone has a mobile phone with them, but that maybe there isn't an assistant in the room, you can get the broadcast to broadcast to their device, as well. So that's another way to use Google Assistant broadcast. Also, they have these family bells, and I have set up a few of these. So especially when you're homeschooling, this was really important, but also useful for other things like bedtime or times to get up. But it's effectively a little bell that you can have ring on a particular display. And it can carry a particular message like, hey, it's time for bed, it was time to tidy your room, whatever it might be. So you can set it off. Same time every day, or just one time a week, very flexible. But it's been limited so far in that you can only have it running on one device, so it would only run in one room. So if you wanted to have it regularly give a message to a particular member of the family, well, you'd need to predict what room they're going to be in, which is not always that easy. So now family Bell Anyway, you can run out to multiple devices. And you can enable that within the Google Home app as well. So I think that's another really useful feature. And if you're done with useful features, and you want something that's useless, Google Assistant is now able to sing you a song about COVID vaccinations. So all you have to do is to wake up your google assistant. So this could be on your Google Display or Google smart speaker or the Google Assistant on your mobile phone. And you just ask it to sing the vaccine song and it will sing you a lovely little ditty about the COVID vaccine. So some useful updates, and maybe some not so useful updates to the Google Assistant this week,

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

Now you all know how sophisticated I am. You know, I even had testing notes for a new drink the other week, although it was the new flavour of Coke Zero. I have also, in my time watched a foreign film and I shared that with you just to show how sophisticated I am. Now this week, I've got a book to talk about. Look at that I'm really taking it to the next level. However, I didn't read the book I listened to as an audio book, I just don't feel like I have the time for reading books. I did have lots of audiobooks lined up for lots of journeys I had planned before the pandemic hit. So now I've got quite a backlog of audio books. But this one was interesting. And I took the opportunity to educate my son. So whenever I drove him to a football match over this last season, we've listened to this audio book. And I'm not sure that he thoroughly enjoyed it. But I think he got a few things from it. So what is the book, the book is called The Knowledge and it's by Lewis Dartnell. And what it's about is now I know this is a positivity podcast. So let's not dwell on the the ultimate premise, which is that the world gets wiped out in some huge Cataclysm. So whether it's an asteroid hitting the earth, whether it's a pandemic, or something like that, maybe even nuclear war, you know, let's go the whole hog. Anyway, societies wiped out or kind of wiped out. And it's about what knowledge you would need to rebuild civilization. And the premise of this just really interested me thinking about that situation where there are a few people left on earth, and you need to get back to where we are today and how you would actually do that. And to think that one book can contain all the knowledge to achieve that is quite outstanding. Now, the author continually says that you can't possibly fit all that knowledge in a book, but actually does a pretty good job of covering all the different things So, so even from the initial stages and thinking about how you drain, what resources are left out there, so making sure that you get lots of water from stores that are already there getting petrol and fuel as much as you can, so trying to reuse everything that's available, but then he takes you through the process of once all that's run out how you actually generate things. So how you actually create the chemicals that you need, how you even create, perhaps paper and ink so that you can write and lock things down. And yeah, it's just a really fascinating book. Now, it made me feel a bit dumb, because there was so much in it that I didn't understand there's a lot of chemistry, I tell you what you need some really good chemists to rebuild society. I think the only time I really saw Henry's ears prick up, he may have even got a notebook out, they were talking about how to make explosives, which are essential in terms of mining materials from the ground. So So yeah, that's a whole host of things in there. some really interesting insight can be a bit dry at times, as you might expect, as you get into the nitty gritty of how to make a particular chemical, compound or otherwise, but really recommend it is something extremely different. And in audiobook format, it was it was pretty good. And it's just interesting to hear how many ways you can talk about the end of the earth in terms of Cataclysm, the apocalypse, all these different words that they're trying to use throughout the book without repeating them too much. So that is The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell. And yeah, recommend that for a read or listen, if that sounds interesting to you. Now, that's enough sophistication for probably a few months, chilly. So let's get back to some good old TV and some funny TV. Now, this rocked my world when I read this, and I think it's been out for a while as this news, but it's the first time it reached me. Apparently, Seinfeld, the complete collection of Seinfeld is coming to Netflix, all around the world. So Netflix have bought the global rights to show Seinfeld. So very soon, we'll all be able to watch all 180 episodes of Seinfeld, which is the series that aired from 1989 to 1998. Now, I love Seinfeld really got into it probably 510 years ago. And I did have the complete collection on DVD. But I think I've told you about this from before I had this with, I think it was a bit of fry. And Laurie, it's so painful to be putting DVDs in and switching them around when you get to the end and to have to switch to the DVD player. So the fact that we could have this on Netflix, and we all know how great Netflix is it just queuing up the next one so you could easily find several hours passing. And you've managed to watch an entire series of Seinfeld. So I'm so excited that Seinfeld is coming to Netflix and you should be too if you are a Netflix subscriber anywhere in the world. Apparently it's coming sometime in June 2021. Yes, that's next month. It's so close. I'm hoping to get through my other binge watches by then I'm still watching Fresh Meat. That's my lunchtime watch. While I'm working I'll have a little break at lunch and watch that really, really enjoying that really funny. A bit adult in terms of its humour, but yeah, really great. And the other one I'm still enjoying is Superstore another great sitcom, very similar to the office in in its setup. It's very inoffensive, just kind of a nice way to escape and see the lives in a workplace. And yeah, we've got a little love interest going on. I just got to the end of series two yesterday, which was really good, really, really enjoying that. So yeah, thrilled to be watching that and really excited that Seinfeld will be on its way that will definitely be my next binge watch once these current ones are finished. So look out for Seinfeld. Coming to Netflix in June.

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Guest

Get Out N Drive:

I am Shawn MrSedanMan, Sherrill, and John CustomCardNerd Meyer, we're the hosts of the Get Out N Drive podcast, ride along with us for all the info you never want to know about cars, and why they should be out on the road and not in your garage. Having our podcast has offered us a lot of opportunities to talk to people in our industry. It was incredible. We got to talk to Dennis Gage, yes Dennis Gage is huge in our industry. Host of My Classic Car. Yeah, that thing has been going on for like 26 years. The longest running show in automotive television history. Yeah. So that's a huge accomplishment for us to talk to him. Next week we're going to be able to go to ECTA East Coast Timing Association. Yeah, it's Arkansas. Standing mile racing. they've invited us to come down and do some guest announcing, track announcing's gonna be fun. Yes. I think that'll be incredible. Yeah, it gives a lot of reach to people may not have heard us yet. That's true. Visit get out n drive.com to listen to our podcast and follow us on social media.

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life

Craig Williamson:

I thought I would update you on my running escapades. This week. It's been a while since I've talked about it, but when lockdown restrictions ease little bit in March, then the Stonehenge Striders running club started up again. So I've been out with them several times, really enjoyed going out with those guys just a really friendly bunch of people. If you are into running or even if you're just marginally into running, I want to get into running, I can so highly recommend joining a running club, just have a little Google for your local area and look for running clubs. And just that having other people around, you just makes the run so much easier. So on Wednesday night, we did a speed session where you had to run pretty much as fast as you could for 60 seconds. And then you've got 30 seconds to recover. And then you do that 10 times, have a couple of minutes rest and then do it again. Now, a session like that by myself would be miserable. And my mind would just constantly be full of how painful it is, how awkward The situation is, and how I'm not enjoying it. But when there's other people around you, even when you're not speaking, because you're running so fast. It's just such a different experience. And it just takes your mind off the pain and the suffering. And you can just kind of just lose yourself for a while. And then last night, Friday night, it was quite a small group of us. But we had a lovely run around the local area, just a nice little chat is a nice social run. So not too fast. And it's just a nice way to catch up with people. And I think it's so important for mental health to get out in the fresh air, and to chat with people. So really recommend joining a running club, if that sounds like your kind of thing. Now what this is building up to is there's been an absence of races, and I'm not a big racer, but I have done a few half marathons and 10 mile runs in the past 2020 was clearly a bad year for races, I did one run I did the Andover trail half marathon, I think that was back in September or October, enjoyed that they managed to get that event on, they're having to change events these days. So tend not to be these mass starts with hundreds of people. But they'll have a little timing chip that's on your race number bib, and that detects when you go over startline, so they can just have very small groups of people starting at one time keeps everyone apart, keeps it safe. And I guess the beauty is you don't realise how far at the backyard because everyone's setting off a different time. So there's not so much of the immediate racing against other people, but you still get that community spirit. So looking forward to my first race of the year is coming up this weekend. It is the Hullavington Half Marathon. And supposedly, it's quite a fast road based half marathon. I'm really excited. But nervous, I do get nervous for these things. And it is strange because you kind of set yourself targets of what you want to do. And you beat yourself up if you don't meet them. But let's be honest, no one else really cares. It's all yourself and in your head. You know, unless you're an elite athlete or trying to win a race, which you know, I'm so far away from, then it's a bit meaningless. But really looking forward to it. I think my race strategy. The last time I did a road half marathon in 2019. It went badly wrong. And I set off too fast. And I thought I knew that it was maybe a bit fast for my fitness level. But I thought well, I'll set off at that pace for six miles and then see if I can hold on for the last six miles. And the answer was no, I could not hold on. And that last six miles was gruesome. And it was awful to have tonnes of people passing me asking me how I was doing in a very condescending way. And yeah, I don't want to be in that position again. So my strategy this time is just maybe a little bit slower. In the first six miles, I'm aiming for about eight minute miles. If I manage that, throughout the whole race, I should do about one hour 45. But my hope is if I can sustain that for the first six miles, I'll see how I'm feeling and then see if I can maybe step up the pace a little bit towards the end. I'm not a peak condition. So I don't want to push it too much. But yeah, I think I'm just excited to get out there. There are a few Stonehenge Striders going to be running as well. So it'd be great to see all those guys. And yeah, excited for that first race and the first medal hopefully of the year as well. Of course, these are participation medals. I'm not I'm not going to win the thing. But it'll be nice to get another medal on the wall. And yeah, apparently there is promise of a free slice of cake at the end as well. So So once I've got the medal, the next thing I'm looking for is the slice of cake. So that's a Hullavington half marathon. And I'm doing that on Sunday of this week. And I'll report back next week to let you know how I got on

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Harper

Harper Williamson:

This week, I would like to talk about what I've been doing at school because our topic has been rainforests. And because we missed a little bit of it. Before we went back to school, we had three more weeks. In those three weeks, we moved on to the deforestation side of the rainforest. And we learn a lot about how not all people think that it's actually a bad thing because some people actually need it as jobs to feed their families and stuff like that. So me and one of my friends from school, we are going to show everyone a PowerPoint about it as the end of the topic. And I want to read you a little bit of a slide. One of the main causes of deforestation is cattle ranching at 80%. cattle ranching is basically a farm, a very large farm, and they clear land. In my PowerPoint, we talk about the cause and what we could do about it, it says, we can try to eat less meat, maybe by having a meat free Monday. Or if you just want to have maybe a couple of days in the week where your dinner is vegetarian, or you could go completely vegetarian, but that's a big challenge, but milk is is much on high demand as metres. So we should also try and cut down on some dairy products so that they don't need to start buying more cows. The other causes of deforestation on logging, which, if you don't know is cutting down trees for building materials, and small scale farming or small scale agriculture. And then you have the commercial agriculture. Logging is only 3%. commercial farming or agriculture is 10%. And then small scale is five. So I'm looking forward to giving my presentation at school on Monday.

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Random

Craig Williamson:

Straight and with a fun days, Wednesday, May the 12th it's odometer day. How exciting is that? Is the data rejoice and reflect on the odometer. Now, this is the thing on your car that shows how many miles you've driven. And yeah, it's such a simple device so often overlooked in life. And yet, it's so vital to telling how far we've gone. I guess, the one thing I did want to share. Now this is an idea, I haven't patented it. So if you do want to run with it, I'm very happy for you to do so. When we first had Henry and Harper, our children, and you have a push chair, I could not believe this thing didn't exist. I thought surely there should be a little odometer and a speedometer that you could attach to a pushchair. So that you could be tracking. And especially a lot of people are out there doing fitness with their pushchairs when you have a child, so I thought Surely there's a little device that you can attach that that would show how far you've you've walked, perhaps the speed that you're at, and that didn't exist, and I just cannot believe it. I have not googled it recently. So it is possible in the interim years. Maybe someone's come out with that, but if not, I recommend you go out and design that right now and market it. And if you want to send a little profit my way, that's fine as well. So national Odometer day is Wednesday, the 12th of may, Cranking up the excitement now it's frog jumping day on Thursday, the 13th of May. Now I'm not sure whether that is getting excited about frogs jumping, or whether it's you having to jump over frogs, or maybe humans jumping like frogs. You know, that little game you played at school where you bent over and someone jumped over your body and you kind of do it down in line. I don't know which of those we're celebrating but you know, maybe try one or all of those on Thursday, May 13 for frog jumping day, Sunday, May 16 is piercing day if you want to get that special something on your body pierced then Sunday is the day to do it. And we finish with another special reason to celebrate Sunday May the 16th it is Mimosa day and what is a mimosa you ask and what's the difference between a mimosa and bucks fizz. So a mimosa is apparently equal parts fizzy wine, something like champagne or Prosecco and orange juice. So maybe half and half. Whereas books phase is apparently twice the volume of champagne to orange juice. So Mimosa is a bit milder, perhaps a bit more gentle on you for first thing in the morning, kind of a Sunday brunch, you know, Sunday, Sunday morning, that would be a lovely drink to have. My wife does get excited about Mimosas. And she was particularly excited by a drink we found in a place a few years ago now. But she still talks about it to this very day. And the drink was called a Manmosa. And this was, I guess a bit sexist on reflection. But she enjoyed it anyway. So it was a mimosa, but with a beer in it as well. I think it was Blue Moon So I think it was the beer Blu Moon in a mimosa. And it was in a pint glass. Obviously, there s quite a lot of volume there. W y lob alcohol, which may le d donta to talk wistfully abo t the man more so for the rest f that afternoon, but she d d enjoy it. So yeah, maybe y u enjoy a mimosa on Sunday, may e turn it into a man mosa. Thank you so much for listening. Links to all the stories talked about today are in the show notes and you can find those at thank the week.com slash 26. Please help me to spread the positivity and tell a friend or two about the Thank The Week podcast and I look forward to seeing you all again next week. Thanks for joining me, Goodbye!

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