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14th December
The Rudyard Kipling Collection. 'The Cushing Memorial Library collects books, manuscripts, and other items relating to the life and works of Rudyard Kipling. The core of the collection was acquired by the Library from Dr. A. W. Yeats in the late 1980's ... '
Selected items. Images :- Kipling's first book, with an annotation by Kipling, Mark Twain's copy, two illustrations, Kipling's travel guide to Great Britain, portrait of Kipling... and more!

Chateau de Versailles: A Look at Some Masterpieces. Louis XIV's commode, his butterfly cabinet, the Holy Ghost Descending on the Apostles, Marie Antoinette's Chinese vases, her armchair, an astronomical clock, and more.

Viet Nam Artist. Vietnamese contemporary art.
Oil on canvas gallery - Lacquer on wood gallery - List of artists

Virtual Tour of the Adler Planetarium. Some great exhibits here.
Atwood Sphere. 'Atwood Sphere, Chicago's oldest planetarium, was constructed in 1913. The sphere is 15 feet in diameter with 692 holes drilled through its metal surface, allowing light to enter and show the positions of the brightest stars in the night sky ... '
Bringing the heavens to Earth. Cultural astronomies around the world.
Our solar system.
Stranded in an alien lab. 'Imagine yourself as a space explorer, marooned on a strange rocky planet. You're billions of miles from home, and your spaceship has crash-landed near the laboratory of an alien scientist. No, it's not the tag line for a new science-fiction film, it's Stranded in an Alien Lab - a special new exhibit at the Adler. While investigating this fun and interactive exhibit gallery, visitors use clues hidden throughout the lab to solve the mystery about the scientist and her work. Designed specifically to appeal to children ages 8 - 11 (but so engagingly presented that even adults want to get in on the fun), the exhibit puts a twist on the search for extraterrestrials-in this lab the aliens are looking for Earthlings!'
The Milky Way galaxy.

The Holy Piby. 'The Holy Piby was written by Robert Athlyi Rogers, who founded an Afrocentric religion in the US and West Indies in the 1920s. Rogers' religious movement, the Afro Athlican Constructive Church, saw Ethiopians (in the Biblical sense of Black Africans) as the chosen people of God, and proclaimed Marcus Garvey, the prominent Black Nationalist, an apostle. The church preached self-reliance and self-determination for Africans. '
'The original is very rare. There are no copies listed in either the Library of Congress or the University of California catalogs, which is highly unusual. The Holy Piby was banned in Jamaica and other Caribbean Islands in the middle and late 1920s. Today the Holy Piby is acclaimed by many Rastafarians as a primary source. '

The Religious Systems of the Amazulu, 1870. 'This book is composed of a series of interviews conducted by Callaway with Zulu informants, of which only the answers of the natives to Callaway's questions are usually given. As such, it is made up primarily of prose explanations of concepts and ideas that Callaway, a more or less sympathetic English missionary, found to be of interest. There are no sacred narratives, transcriptions of ceremonies, or anything else of that nature, although the book is still interesting, and in many ways more informative than it might be otherwise ... '

Yuima-koji (Vimalakirti). 'Yuima (Vimalakirti) was a Vaisali millionaire famous for his eloquence. Though he never entered the priesthood, he had a deep understanding of Buddhism. One day while he was sick with the "illness of sentient beings," the Bodhisattva Monju (Manjusri) came to see him. Their discussion is an important dialogue in Mahayana Buddhism. '
'This painting is a dramatic scene out of the Yuima-kyo (Vimalakirti) sutra. The elderly Yuima reclines on a bed with his arm on an armrest and his mouth slightly open. An angel from the "Kanshujobon" section of the sutra stands beside him scattering sacred flowers ... '

Yun Ge: Sunset at Huawu. 'Yun Ge (Yun Shouping, Nan Tien 1633-1690) excelled in flowers-and-bird paintings and is counted, along with the four Wangs and Wu Li, as one of the Six Masters of the early-Qing Dynasty. In his youth, he is said to have been much impressed by the landscapes of Wang Hui. In fear that he could never surpass Wang's landscapes, he turned his focus to the subject of flowers and birds. This scroll, however, is proof that Yun was also an accomplished, landscape artist ... '

The Penitent Magdalen. 'Mary Magdalene, the penitent saint, sits in a grotto contemplating a book, the sign of Scripture, and a skull, symbol of mortality. Cigoli created drama in the composition through props, contrast, and color. The crucifix recalls suffering, and the narrow opening between the trees gives a glimpse of a brooding landscape behind, a characteristic feature of his work. By juxtaposing the Magdalene's cascading blond curls and her gleaming skin with the darker blues and emerald greens of the landscape, Cigoli used color to add tension ... '

El Greco: Christ on the Cross. 'Isolated atop a mountain, a gaunt, tormented Christ dominates a nearly empty landscape. On a road leading to the walled city of Jerusalem, horsemen pass by the execution hill, literally turning their backs on Christ. El Greco's use of dramatic colors and exaggerated proportions distorts the figure, conveying the transcendent moment when Christ sublimated his physical pain and commended his spirit to God.'

Giulio Cesare Procaccini: Coronation of the Virgin with Saints Joseph and Francis of Assisi.

Rubens: The Death of Samson. 'Blinded and shackled to the columns of the Philistines' temple for public display and ridicule, the Israelite warrior Samson avenged himself by bringing the building down around him. His previously shorn hair, the source of his extraordinary strength, had grown back, returning his power and allowing him to kill more Philistines in death than during his lifetime. '

The Generosity Game. 'Somebody did something for you. You don't know who it is. But they also left you one of these little cards. You're probably wondering: what's going on here? '
'A little while ago, we made up these cards. They create a chain of generous acts, in sort of a chain-letter fashion. '
'How do you use them? You do something good for someone, and you do it anonymously. For example, you could pay the toll of the car behind you at a tollbooth. One thing we've done is go to this wonderful bakery, and buy a treat for the next person who walks in the door after we leave. Be creative! ... '

Haunted House. Animated cartoon.

Iridescent Clouds Over Aiguille de la Tsa.

Pelican Nebula Ionization Front.

The Manyo'an Collection. 'Ukiyoe, literally "images of the floating world", refers to prints and paintings portraying courtesans, actors, and scenes of the pleasure quarters and theater milieu of Edo (later Tokyo), for which the historical period of 1615 to 1868 was named. The style was developed to suit the tastes of the rapidly rising mercantile society ... '

A Tent With a View. 'Suddenly from a long list of glossy, cliched and evermore forced and superficial photographic books on African people and wildlife, from out of the blue, comes Robert Vavra's A TENT WITH A VIEW. Simple, true, authentic, romantic, candid, personal and direct, it is a pure experience with the aristocratic Maasai in a rare and isolated setting. That Vavra did his book in five weeks is an amazing (anachronistic) miracle of an achievement. To be the godfather for a Maasai youth's passage to manhood and to bullfight with a Cape buffalo over a wounded friend, were yet other coups.' ... more - more - more.

Kiowa Drawings. 'The Smithsonian's collections of Kiowa drawings include works of art on buffalo hide and more recent examples on paper, a medium that Kiowa artists adopted after it became widely available in the late nineteenth century. Together, these drawings offer a unique source of information on tribal social and artistic traditions.'

Godden Structural Engineering Slide Library. 'The Structural Engineering Slide Library is the product of 30 years of teaching structural analysis, structural design, and architectural engineering to undergraduate and graduate students in Europe and the United States. During this period the author has traveled extensively and has used color photography to bring to the classroom illustrations of structural engineering so that theory can be related directly to practice. The resulting slides are not always the standard type of book illustrations, but rather views taken from specific angles for the express purpose of illustrating particular facets of structural theory, response, or design. Over the years, this has developed into a large and comprehensive collection taken in many countries, covering all kinds of structural engineering, historic as well as modern. The Slide Library is a selection of 560 slides from this larger collection. '

Developmental Biology Cinema.

Synergetic Geometry.

Leni Riefenstahl: The Nuba.

Paul Gauguin. 'Gauguin began collecting works by the impressionists in the 1870s. A successful stockbroker, he studied painting under Pissarro and soon abandoned his middle-class life to be an artist, participating in the impressionists' last four group exhibitions. By the late 1880s, though, impressionism's preoccupation with visual effects no longer satisfied him. Like contemporary symbolist writers, he sought to express interior states rather than surface appearances ... '

Claude Monet. 'In the 1880s, many of the painters who had helped to forge impressionism became dissatisfied with it. Pissarro experimented with neoimpressionism. Renoir went to Italy, where he was inspired by the works of Raphael to adopt a more classical style. And Monet began to explore the same subject repeatedly in what are known today as his "series" paintings: grainstacks, poplar trees, Rouen cathedral, and other subjects, some near his home, others in England, Norway, and Italy. Finally, in the last decades of his life, Monet settled in to devote his entire attention to the lily pond he constructed in his garden at Giverny ... '

Edgar Degas.

Romantics and Realists. '"Romantic" has always been an elusive label -- in 1836 one wag concluded that romanticism" consisted in not shaving, and in wearing vests with heavily starched lapels." Delacroix, who in fact declined to identify himself as a romantic, is often set opposite the "classical" Ingres. Yet both produced romantic works exploring literary, historical, or purely imaginary, often exotic, themes: Delacroix with freely painted, energetic compositions and vivid color, Ingres with carefully controlled but evocative contours and highly refined surfaces. More than defining a style, romanticism suggests an inspiration in the creative imagination and an intense, personal response. In 1846 the poet and critic Charles Baudelaire answered his own question "What is romanticism?" by calling it "a manner of feeling." ... '

Heritage Farmstead. 'Turn-of-the-century farming on the Blackland Prairies of North Texas is captured in this recently completed restoration in Plano, 20 miles north of Dallas. The Heritage Farmstead Museum offers a four acre complex with row crops, gardens, a windmill, and a handsome 1891 Victorian farmhouse with 12 original outbuildings.'

American Cotton Museum. 'The American Cotton Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the American cotton industry, as well as the history of Hunt County, Texas and the northern Texas Blackland Prairie. Located in historic Greenville, Texas on ten acres of Texas Blacklands, the American Cotton Museum physical plant includes the Ende-Gaillard House, the oldest house in Greenville, a working cotton patch, picnic areas, and native grass and herb gardens. '

Gaston Museum, Joinerville, Texas. 'Everyone has heard of the East Texas oil boom, but do they know about the real living conditions of the average working class family who made this possible? '

The Holy Dot. 'The holy dot or bindi (also known as kumkum, mangalya, tilak, sindhoor and by other names) is an auspicious makeup worn by young Hindu girls and women on their forehead ... '

The Yellamma Cult. 'Dr. Kamat writes on a mysterious, controversial, and often misunderstood cult of Devadasis in India. The followers of this occult, called as Jogathis are exploited and condemned as temple women and/or prostitutes. In the recent years, the various Governments have restricted their rituals and this control has led to several violent and caste-based conflicts. '

Kites in Ukiyoe.

Titian: The Madonna and Child with Saints.

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.

Whitehead Memorial Museum. 'A small frontier village in the middle of Del Rio, Texas.'
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13th December
Museum of Asmat Art. The art and culture of a people from New Guinea.
' The first recorded sighting of the people of Asmat by explorers was from the deck of a ship in the year 1623. A Dutch trader, Jan Carstenz, recorded this sighting. Later Captain James Cook and his crew were the first to actually land in Asmat on September 3, 1770. According to accounts by Captain Cook, the Asmat warriors engendered such great fear that the explorers retreated. In 1826, another Dutch explorer, Kolff, anchored in the same area as that visited by the earlier explorers. This time, when the Asmat warriors again frightened the visitors with loud noises and bursts of white powder, which appeared to be gunfire, Cook's crew returned rifle fire on the Asmat people ... '
Gallery.

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature. An exhibit from the National Library of Medicine.
'Hollywood did not give birth to Frankenstein; Mary Shelley did. More than a century before actor Boris Karloff, helped by make-up artists, made the monster in his image, came Shelley and her creation. '
'The mother of Frankenstein came from the rarefied reaches of the British artistic and intellectual elite. While Mary Shelley drew her inspiration from a dream, she drew her story's premises about the nature of life from the work of some of Europe's premier scientists and thinkers. The sophisticated creature that billowed up from her imagination read Plutarch and Goethe, spoke eloquently, and suffered much ... '

Alexander Vaisman. 'Alexander Vaisman was born in 1967 in Chernovtsy (Czernowitz), a city with a long-standing and strong Jewish tradition, once an important Jewish center in Eastern Europe. Alexander graduated from the Chernovtsy Musical College and worked as a book illustrator and poster designer. Currently Alexander lives in Israel with his wife and four children. Alexander Vaisman's one-person exhibition in the State Museum of Bukovinian Diaspora in Chernovtsy in 1992-1993 was featured in a TV documentary "A Letter to Son". He also participated in several exhibitions in the United States and Israel. '
'Alexander's drawings and paintings illuminate the experience of being Jewish under the different and often very difficult circumstances. His works are motivated by a strong sense of belonging to a rich and venerable culture. They reflect the eternal themes of Jewish family life, faith, and ritual as well as the turbulent events of our era. Alexander's rendering of Yiddishkayt, of the world of Shtetl is far from apologetic. The artist loves the world he is portraying, but he does not enshrine it. In this world zaddikim peacefully coexist with the commissars from the Babel's "Red Cavalry". Halutsim armed with shovels and machine guns build their future under watchful eyes of klezmorim armed with violins and clarinets. Young lovers and respectable sages soar high above the earth, where only abandoned gravestones mark once vibrant and lively places. '
'Many centuries of Jewish life in Eastern Europe shaped a unique civilization that whimsically embraced a profound religious belief and an open-minded world outlook, an energetic entrepreneurship and a spirited quest for a social justice, adherence to the tradition and susceptibility to the new influences. Alexander Vaisman belongs to the last generation that beheld this civilization in its own domain. All his works form a single optimistic elegy full with hope that the end of the world of Shtetl does not mean the end of it's main spiritual creature - of Yiddishkayt. '

The Maxim Gorky Internet Archive.

Devi: The Great Goddess. 'The Great Goddess, known in India as Devi (literally "goddess"), has many guises. She is "Ma" the gentle and approachable mother. As Jaganmata, or Mother of the universe, she assumes cosmic proportions, destroying evil and addressing herself to the creation and dissolution of the worlds. She is worshiped by thousands of names that often reflect local customs and legends. She is one and she is many. She is celebrated in songs and poems.'
'Devi is all-important in Hinduism, but there are also forms of female divinity in Buddhism and Jainism. Today millions of Hindu men and women conduct regular pujas to Devi through one of her many manifestations. For some she is their primary deity while for others she is part of a greater pantheon. All Hindu goddesses may be viewed as different manifestations of Devi. In some forms she is benign and gentle, while in other forms she is dynamic and ferocious, but in all forms she is helpful to her devotees.'

Tokugawa Gallery: Gallery of Prints. Japanese art.

The Corporation of London Libraries and Guildhall Art Gallery 'is host to COLLAGE, an image database containing over 20,000 works of art from its collections. '
Highlights.
Online exhibitions. Great site.

Kennedy & Castro: The Secret History. 'On the 40th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the eve of the broadcast of a new documentary film on Kennedy and Castro, the National Security Archive today posted an audio tape of the President and his national security advisor, McGeorge Bundy, discussing the possibility of a secret meeting in Havana with Castro. The tape, dated only seventeen days before Kennedy was shot in Dallas, records a briefing from Bundy on Castro's invitation to a U.S. official at the United Nations, William Attwood, to come to Havana for secret talks on improving relations with Washington. The tape captures President Kennedy's approval if official U.S. involvement could be plausibly denied ... '

Dubious Secrets. 'The Central Intelligence Agency classified and withheld from a Freedom of Information Act release a 25-year-old joke item in a weekly terrorism report about the terrorist threat to Santa Claus and the North Pole, among many other examples of "dubious secrets" published today on the Web by the National Security Archive at George Washington University ... '
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Nixon Meets Elvis. 'On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley paid a visit to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House in Washington, D.C. The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon a six-page letter requesting a visit with the President and suggesting that he be made a "Federal Agent-at-Large" in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. The events leading up to and after the meeting are detailed in the documentation and photographs included here, which include Presley's handwritten letter, memoranda from Nixon staff and aides, and the thank-you note from Nixon for the gifts (including a Colt 45 pistol and family photos) that Presley brought with him to the Oval Office. '
'These materials chronicling the Presley-Nixon meeting were obtained from the Nixon Presidential Materials Project at the National Archives at College Park (College Park, Maryland). '

Ourselves Our Place. 'On this site you'll find stories and images collected from people living in north Sheffield. They paint a picture of an area, but more importantly, they will give you a privileged insight into the personal recollections and private passions that shape us - from making a living to falling in love, from bringing up a family to nights out on the town. '

South Africa in the Fifties. Photos.

South Africa '98-'99. Photos.

Indian Masquerade. Masks of India.

Holy Vehicles. 'Most Hindu Gods have their own vehicles that they use to go about their tasks and responsibilities. We bring you this fascinating exhibition of pictures from Indian mythologies. '

Eating Scenes from Ukiyoe.

Beauties in a Floating World. 'The "Ukiyoe" style was born in Kyoto and later brought to Edo, where woodblock printing became the predominant medium of "Ukiyoe." During the Edo period, woodblock printing was the only economical method of mass reproduction of drawings. It gained popularity to the point that "Ukiyoe" (also known as "Nishiki-e") was recognized as a specialty item of Edo ... '

Fort Worth Yesterday. 'As we live our lives, things change around us, sometimes unnoticed. As the old signs and places make way for the new, they are soon forgotten. In my 20 years of living in Fort Worth, I have taken the opportunity to photograph some of these places lest they become demolished or forever changed. Unfortunately, some of them are gone now. I hope these photos will bring back some memories of yesteryear. '

Architecture of Texas.

Shapes and Uses of California Indian Basketry.

Manet and His Influence.

Manet: The Railway.

Manet: The Dead Toreador and The Bullfight.

The Beginnings of Impressionist Landscape. In the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Pissarro, van Gogh, Cezanne. In the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Spring. 'In springtime, the only pretty ringtime, When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding, Sweet lovers love the spring. '

Aztec on the River, San Antonio, Texas. 'On June 4, 1926, some 6,000 people vied to see San Antonio's newest wonder...the Aztec Theatre. Only 3,000 lucky ticket holders were admitted. '

Aurora over Cape Cod.

A Colourful Aurora.

Saturn from Earth.
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11th December
Things from Nepal (for BTCT and Royal Pashmina, I believe prices may be fairly negotiable) :-
Masks from Nepal. More links at the bottom of the page.
Bhaktapur Traditional Cotton Textile. 'Passed down the generations, the skill of textile weaving by hand has been enhanced by incorporating international designs and variations in texture and color, in Nepal. BTCT has further created an assemblage of ready to wear coordinates for men and women from their collection of 100 percent cotton and woollen fabrics... BTCT provides employment to 285 dedicated craftsmen and management staff. Retail operations in Nepal are conducted through two outlets in prime tourist areas... BTCT has been honored with the National Award for hand-made Textile Weaving in Nepal. '
Also paper, metalcraft, thangkas etc.
Royal Pashmina. 'Pashmina (better known as cashmere) is the diamond fibre from the peak of Himalayas. The pashmina fibre is derived from cashmere goat locally known as Chyangra and scientifically known as Capra Hircus, which is native to the Himalayan belt around and above 14000 feet above sea level. These fibres especially located under the neck, armpits and the belly area of the goats. These fine hair lies beneath the outer thicker wool of the goats. It is an extremely complicated technique to extricate pashmina from the beds of these outer thicker fibres as these fibres are deeply embedded. Pashmina emerges only after the fibres are cleaned up to cent percent purity before hand spinning. The specialty of pashmina is that it grows more softer with use and is one of its kind that cannot match with any yarn existing in the world. Besides the softness, it has an exotically silky texture, weightless, lightness but possess superwarmth. Wearing it next to the skin provides a uniquely titillating experience which is described as sensual sublimity. '

Rebirth Art African Painting. 'The colorful oil and acrylic paintings, reflect the changing time in South Africa. From scenes of despair and destruction, experienced during the liberation struggle, to images of hope, peace and reconciliation. South African artists Tyrone and Caleb creatively depicts township and village life, with colorful huts, shacks villagers and folk on the streets, dancing, singing, vending and making music. To many South Africans this a new way of life after our new found democracy. '

Kolyma: The Land of Gold and Death. A memoir of the gulag.
'Stalin's prisoners, or "lagerniks" as they were commonly called, referred to the frozen land of Kolyma as a planet, although it physically remained part of Mother Earth. This vast piece of Arctic and sub-Arctic territory, with its undefined political and geographical borders, was located in the furthest North-East corner of Siberia ... '

Blondie Gets Married. 'Everyone knows Blondie. More than 2,000 newspapers publish the comic strip in fifty-five countries and thirty-five languages. The "Dagwood Sandwich" has made its way into Webster's New World Dictionary. Blondie Gets Married presents twenty-seven drawings, classic examples of Chic Young's much-loved creative wit, selected from the gift of 150 works by Jeanne Young O'Neil, the artist's daughter. '

Herblock's Gift. Editorial cartoons.

Explore the History and Culture of Southeastern Louisiana.

So Sweet So Perverse. Cult Italian films and their directors.
'With this website I aim to bring you an insight into one of the world's most adventurous countries of cinematic sleaze and mayhem. For the last 40 years Italy has unleashed many films that went beyond anything that Hollywood dared. But they also made films that, as time has gone by, have been regarded as classics of the horror genre.'

Napoleonic Medals.

Feitian (Flying Apsaras). 'Feitian, one of the murals in Chinese temples and grottos, is an imagined flying god, which has been in Western art for a long time. There are stories of flying god in ancient China, such as the myth of Luren and Feitian. However, the art of flying apsaras in Yuangang, Longmen and Dunhung Grottos in China came from India ... '

Chinese Figures of Buddha.

The High History of the Holy Graal. 'Originally written in Old French, sometime in the early half of the 13th Century A.D., as a continuation of Chretien DeTroyes' unfinished work "Perceval, or the Knight of the Grail". Author unknown. Translation by Sebastian Evans, 1898. '

King Arthur: Tales of the Round Table, 1902. Illustrated.

The Gallery of Ukiyo-e Landscapes.

The Gallery of Ukiyo-e Flowers & Birds.

Astronaut Photography. Observing the Earth from the International Space Station.

David Alfaro Siqueiros. Mexican artist and muralist.

Day of the Dead. The meaning of Dia de los Muertos. Gallery and altar. 'Donīt fear dying, fear not having lived!'

Folk Art from Africa.

50 Doors of San Francisco. 'San Franciscans have been opening their city to visitors for hundreds of years, and their unique style, culture, and tastes are reflected in how they decorate their doors. Here are 50 examples.'

Lindisfarne. Northumberland's Holy Island - churches, image galleries, history etc.

Muses of the Sea in mythology and art.
'Definitions of a siren:
'1. a woman-like creature who caused the wreck of ships and death of men by the use of their sweet singing and instrumental playing
'2. a dangerous beautiful woman
'3. Greek root meaning to bind or attach
'4. something which makes a loud warning sound often found on police cars, ambulances and fire trucks ... '

Chinese Sculpture and Objects. Online gallery.

Chinese Painting. Examples from the Tang period onwards.

Himalayan Art. Hindu and Buddhist sculpture from Tibet and Nepal.

Native North American Art. Ceramics, basketry, jewellery.

Art of the Ancient Americas. Principally Mexico and Peru.

Mike Jupp. Online art gallery, puzzles.

Netsuke: Fantasy and Reality in Japanese Miniature Sculpture.

Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down. A page about Niceness.

The Lemon. Online satirical zine.

The Character that Disney Cut from Fantasia.

The Holy Island Project. 'Off the coast of Arran in the Firth of Clyde, the island has a long sacred history with an ancient healing spring, the hermit-cave of a 6th Century monk, St Molaise and evidence of a 13th Century Monastery. Now under the stewardship of the Samye Ling Buddhist Community, the island has become a a focus for work on three great concerns of our time ... '

Logic Problems.
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