Sunday, 24 October 2010

Last post.

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This is my favourite Jack B Yeats' painting: For the Road. I recently saw it in real life in the National Gallery and burst into tears.
I didn't know paintings could do that*.

Yeah, I don't think I'm going to ever use this blog again, but it was fun. Serving as a memory of something like four years of rambling.
I'm in college now, in Trinity. Drama and Theatre, like I've wanted for a long time now. It's weird, I don't feel as though I've grown up but obviously I have. I've read over old posts on this and can't believe how far I've come without really changing.
That little Junior Cert freaking out about her art project and what to wear to the disco: I'd love to tell her how much everything is going to change but how much she is really going to stay the same.
Thanks to whoever read this, I will doubtlessly be starting a new blog somewhere soon. Maybe I'll buy a camera and get that going. Maybe I'll make it accessible to more than four people. Maybe I'll put some writing up on that. Whatever.

Laters... on.

Grace. xxx

*I don't even like horses.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

"I am cold, unfeeling and odd and you should thank God that we are on separate sides of the state..."

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So sick of this right now, I must say.
I know
I haven't posted in ages. because I haven't wanted to.

Maybe if I start a new one. Elsewhere. No offence, blogger.

I don't know. I'm just super bored and this blog makes me sickened with myself, you know?

I loved Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I have this feeling that it's dividing people down the middle so there I am pinning my colours to the mast. I absolutely loved it. It was hilarious, and yeah, there was a tiny bit too much fighting and I wish I had read the comics. Not that you needed to have read them, but I would like to see where it all came from. Not too late, I suppose.
Also, Michael Cera is my hero and my future husband. Aah.

I just knew Edgar Wright could never go wrong.
Eeeh, what an awesome play on words.

Favourite song at the moment:
The Decemberists - O Valencia!
It's catchy and tragic.

Right, that's it. I may be back. x

Friday, 16 April 2010

"I came to rock at this party, 'cos I can make you feel alright..." Bye, Bebo! And Hello, Yellow Brick Road.

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See what I did? Wow.

I totally forgot to say anything about the Dorothys, aka:
Over the Rainbow, the BBC search for a Dorothy for the West End's Wizard of Oz. Well, it's a programme I've been watching and enjoying and if you have been, too, I sincerely recommend this blog. Where was I before Over the Rainbitch? I will be as glued to their scathing take-downs of the contestants (and Andrew Lloyd Webber. And Graham Norton) as I am to the show. Love it.

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My dear friend, Megan, of the delightful blog Girls Were Made For Dresses, recently posted a sweet homage to Bebo, the social networking site that is apparently closing forever. It made me go through my 'blog' section of my bebo, now covered in theortectical and virtual dust, which I somehow used simultaneously with another blog and a myspace blog (and then, this). I'm clearly strange.
The most amusing finds I will now repost:
Type in "[your name] hates" in Google search:
grace hates exam stress!
(Ahahaa. I'm sure one day I will remember what that feels like).
No comment.

where grace lives. I passed a man at a shelter the other day. He was tall and lanky and sunburned, dressed in cut-offs and a soaked blue t-shirt...
We wrote a chat-up line: "You're the Junior Cert, you're easy.
I'm the Leaving cert ... I'm hard!"

AHAHAHAH. Isn't it excellent? Took ages.

Okay, last one. You can't make the following shit up:
My cat is such a tool.

We're minding a budgie, right? And he's REALLY REALLY scared of it.

Rather than hiss at it and try and eat it, every time Theo walks past the bird cage, he lowers his body down on the ground and runs as fast as he can away from the room, all the while looking up at me and miaowing urgently. Like "Miaow! Miaow! *runs* " type of thing.

It's funny to watch. He's such a pussy, if you'll excuse the pun.

Oh god.
He's only gone and killed it.
Don't you dare laugh. Okay. Don't you dare.

Okay, that's all for today. I promise I wil become more interesting, starting now...



Thursday, 15 April 2010

"If you kiss somebody then both of you get practice." I said I would...

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...Blog every day. I already forgot that resolve and was about to go to bed. Silly me.

My parents bought me a replacement straightener today in Boots for €14.99. It seems very good. And I'm beginning to think that this whole straightener thing is all a conspiracy. I mean, it's no GHD but my hair is straight now. I can't complain.

I have a good French idiom for that but I have forgotten it.

I am incredibly nervous about tomorrow. My exam, that is. Not just the day that is Friday, which is normally a cause for celebration.

Okay, songs I'm listening to at the moment?
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby - The Smiths
I Want You - Elvis Costello
Let's Go Surfing - The Drums
and that really annoying but really catchy emo-y Irish song they're playing every morning on Colm and Jim-Jim. "Shouldn't let yourself get so drunk..." That one. Luke would kill me if I downloaded it but I can't stop singing it.

Those are a few pictures* of Lady Gaga and her oily back-up dancers at the O2 in Dublin. I took LOADS and then my camera broke. I fell spectacularly running for a bus to Dun Laoighre. Not cool.
Oh, speaking of, I won't have a camera until... well, until someone buys me one, I suppose. It's so sad.

Tomorrow I'm booking my flight to Berlin for this summer. Has anyone actually been there like, ever? No-one seems to know much about what we'll do!

Bye. xxx

*Sorry they came out so small.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

"Since when were you so generous and inarticulate?" ... Shane got a new blog. Other things happened, too.

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It's called Obsessive Behaviour and you can read it here.

It's very good and he's very cool. You should probably read it now, as chances are he will update it more frequently and with more interesting posts than I could ever provide. I'll add it to the blogroll.

In other news, Saoirse, of the blogs swall and swequence, got into Central St. Martin's, London, to study art next year. AHHH! It's very good news. It's nigh* impossible to get a place there, but she has managed because she is awesome.
As you would know, if you'd ever seen her blogs, her work or her.

Bigging up my mates today, it seems.

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I saw Kick-Ass in the cinema last weekend. I am not going to review it as my OTHER friend (oh, yeah, another new blog here) and Shane have already written excellent reviews (here and here) on their blogs for the film. And to be honest, there is nothing I could say about it that they already haven't: it rocks! I noticed, however, that both chaps neglected to mention the sheer beauty of the film's star, Aaron Johnson.

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I didn't realise I was allowed to think he was beautiful until I came out of the cinema and the other girls were also gushing about him. Apparently he was in the Angus, Thongs... movie. I didn't see it. I'm sure I am the last to discover this hottie. I always am. You all probably know his fiancée, Sam Taylor Wood, director of Nowhere Boy in which he also starred, is nearly forty-five. And pregant with his child. (Ew. I know age is just a number, but... still...)
However, another slight difference between our experiences of this film would probably be that my male friends did NOT (seemingly) spend half of the film gagging, whimpering, hyperventilating and hiding their eyes. The amount of violence and horrific murders and shootings and stabbings and samurai swords... Hold me. You know when they say "This is not for the faint-hearted..."? They are talking about me. Kick-Ass is so gory. I will say now that it is disgusting in a genuinely funny way, and when I wasn't trying not to vomit, I was choking with laughter. Go and see it, would ya?

I also went to another ball. I wore a green dress that someone gave me last year and tried to get used to my new haircut. Oh, yes; I got a haircut. It's a lot shorter.

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This is my friend, Aoife, and me with my new short hair. And Gary's hand. Can't see the dress at all, which is a shame.

I wonder is there anything that I can talk about which is interesting? As far as music goes, I've been pretty much solidly listening to musical soundtracks (Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, Chicago, Wicked, Company...) and Elvis Costello. It totally works. I should get new things, though: read new books, rather than old ones from the library, and listen to new CDs rather than download old ones. Because then when someone says "Oh, do you like Pies and Pants, that new NME band?" I won't know what to say because I am Behind The Times.
The newest album I've got is 'Sigh No More' by Mumford & Sons. I've heard people saying they are a bad version of Fleet Foxes (whom I truly love) and I've heard people singing madly along to their singles at the ball (see above, green dress; keep up), and I've heard their lead singer saying that he doesn't really care about albums, he's all about live gigs. With that in mind, I've been enjoying it. I'll admit now that I haven't given it a good proper I-promise-to-only-focus-on-you-new-album-and-nothing-else listen, and so some of it sounded same-y to me. However, I love Marcus Mumford's country-ish growl. Is it wrong that they remind me of the Saw Doctors? It's cool. I'm in the mood for a barn dance. Favourite song so far: Dustbowl Dance. That's good, so it is.

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Wow, no wonder Q Magazine have never responded to my many job applications.

I am also very excited Glee is back on tonight. Yes, I watch Glee. Chances are I am not going to get any work done for my French oral exam (this Friday; part of the real Leaving Cert; hideously unprepared). It feels like a Friday and looks like summer.
It is, in a way. It's student summer. First bit of warmth and everyone's got their jumpers off - the TY students have gone so far as to tie their blouses up in that music video way. The bin outside Centra was full of nothing but ice-cream wrappers yesterday. It's cute how excited we get when the temperature goes over 13 degrees.
Of course, for us, it's about enjoying nice weather while we can, before it becomes our tormentor. Exams weather. It waits to get really beautiful until you're stuck in a sweltering classroom for two weeks, then it stops before you even reach the beach. Sad.

As always, if you just can't get enough of me**, follow me on twitter. I don't use it enough, only in very erratic bursts whereby I clog up everyone's feed so all they can see is me, but it's the reason I don't use this ever. It's made everything micro and now it's like, why would I want to exceed 140 characters?

CLOTHES. Haven't bought any in ages.

I went as Lady Gaga to a fancy dress competition our No Name Club had. Nobody knew who I was, even though I had Coke cans and everything. Oh well.

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now that I see it I see it looked quite bad. But there was a dress and fishnets and stuff and... oh, never mind.

I really like that woman. Did I mention anything about her concert? I don't even remember. I talked about it in this post, but after having seen it I never brought it up again. C'était formidable. I've got pictures.

I'll be back. I have so many ideas and things to say. Playlists I want to talk about. And books. Oh, and photos from the Lady Gaga concert, if you aren't friends with me on Facebook. Which you are.

*I just wanted to say 'nigh'.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

"Nó an bhfuil mé ró-ciniciúil ar mhaith liom féin?" ... SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE!

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(Happy Seachtain na Gaeilge, everybody!
Click here for the Google translate page for this blog. However, as we all know, Google translate is incredibly crap.)

B'fhéidir go raibh a fhios agat go bhfuil an-suim agamsa sa Ghaeilge. Agus Seachtain na Gaeilge atá ann. Táim chun mo dhícheall a dhéanamh chun póstáil a dhéanamh as Gaeilge gach lá den seachtain seo.

Ar aon nós, níl go leor ama agam inniú, toisc gur "Lá na Máthar"* é. Agus caithfidh mé cárta a dhéanamh go sciopaigh.

So. Is Seachtain na Gaeilge í agus is dóigh liom go bhfuil gach duine in ann an cúpla focal a rá. Tá Lá Fhéile Phádraig (17ú Márta) ag teacht! Smaoinigh ar do laethanta i mbunscoil (más mian leat!).
Bain trial as! Mothóidh tú mar Ghaelach ceart, geallaim duit. :)

Agus gabh mo leithscéal le h-aghaidh aon bhotúin gramadaigh nó pé rud sa blog sin. Táim fós ag foghlaim. :)

Cúpla nascanna:

Slan libh!!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

"I get all da nutz." We made yet another video.

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Well done to Seán, our director, who made this possible and who actually recorded us talking about nuts for about ten years...

I promise I'll write properly soon.

PS: I just watched it. I don't remember it being so embarrassing.

Monday, 15 February 2010

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got a problem? i'm like the chemistry lab, i've got all the solutions.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

"I drank sixteen beers and started up a fight..."

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Another video I made is on Youtube.

I was unaware of it. Anyways, this was supposed to be for a 60-second competition where you don't edit or have more than one camera angle or anything but then I changed my mind which I hope will explain things. It did get to the final of Fresh* in Limerick, though. Didn't win anything, but still.

Of course, props to Kayla as she narrates and stars in it. And GASP (which is our production company as you will see at the end). And Seán and Chris.

Seán's Youtube channel is something worth looking at, as the two guys are in a band and frequently post (in my opinion) hilarious videos.

That's all I really have to say. The Mocks are going terribly. Today I am going to study History for tomorrow as I know everything that is coming up on the paper but will probably still fail.


Sunday, 31 January 2010

"Together we'll depopulate Straide."

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"You are sad." the Knight said in an anxious tone: "let me sing you a song to comfort you."
"Is it very long?" Alice asked, for she had heard a good deal of poetry that day.
"It's long." said the Knight, "but it's very,
very beautiful. Everybody that hears me sing it -either it brings tears to their eyes, or else -"
"Or else what?" said Alice, for the Knight had made a sudden pause.
"Or else it doesn't, you know. The name of the song is called 'Haddocks' Eyes.'"
"Oh, that's the name of the song, is it?" Alice said, trying to feel interested.
"No, you don't understand," the Knight said, looking a little vexed. "That's what the name is called. The name really is 'The Aged, Aged Man.'"
"Then I ought to have said 'That's what the song is called'?" Alice corrected herself.
"No you oughtn't: that's another thing. The song is called 'Ways and Means' but that's only what it's
called, you know!"
"Well, what is the song then?" said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.
"I was coming to that," the Knight said. "The song really is 'A-Sitting On a Gate': and the tune's my own invention."

So saying, he stopped his horse and let the reins fall on its neck: then slowly beating time with one hand, and with a faint smile lighting up his gentle, foolish face, he began.
From "Alice Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll

I was asked yesterday why I bother to write this because it must take a really long time to write it and takes even longer to read it.
This is true.
But the reason I write blogs is actually because I need to constantly talk and say things and have people hear them. I know this. As do you. I also know most of what I say is totally uninteresting but I don't really mind. In truth, the blog is more for my own benefit than yours, dear Reader(s)*

So, with that in mind... I don't actually have time to say anything else.

I blame Twitter for blogging becoming less appealing.

Grace.x (God, I love ducks).

*The 's' is brackets because it really is likely there's just the one!

Thursday, 28 January 2010


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So, I've been thinking about this side-project for a while (cos, like, what do you do when you have a blog you update totally irregularly - and almost never now thanks to constant exams - but start an extra one?).
Anyways, I'm stil thinking about it, but basically it was going to be called Hyperbole and look at this.

Someone from 9 years ago who made one post shouldn't be allowed to hold onto that.

Friday, 15 January 2010

"I should have been a pair of ragged claws, scuttling across the floors of silent seas."

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Hello, again!

it's Friday already, can you believe it? I have no plans, but, to be honest, there's no point making them as I told my parents I wasn't going out again until Lady Gaga.
Did I mention I was going to see her in February? Yes! It's very exciting. I know that people are very divided on Lady Gaga, but I love her. I love her music and I do think that, nut job as she is, she's pretty awesome. I think it's going to be a great gig. Feel free to argue, but this (I decided to pick a song with a video that you mightn't have heard on iRadio every two hours) makes me feel kind of summery!

So, that's that. I'm not going out. Until the 21st of February. After that, I'll go mad and then I'll start again. That's the plan, anyways. And because I'm not going out I've decided this week will be for organising. My books need rearranging: I think alphabetically might make me feel slightly better.
I used to love re-organising my CDs.

(not like this, but that would be cool).

But then, I kind of... stopped buying CDs. I still do, but not with the same frequency (honestly, they're so dear I end up only buying them HMV sales and downloading everything else), and once they're uploaded onto iTunes I never really look at them again. Sad but true. I used to buy a CD, stick it on my CD player and sit down with the lyrics book and listen to it about fifty times. Things sink in that way.
Then you get sick of it and get a new one! A simpler time. Then again, my music library is constantly expanding and my iPod is one of my favourite things in the world, and music hasn't changed in any way just because CDs are pretty much a thing of the past.* Like I said in my last post, nostalgia is misleading.

I've been reading! This is good news. I feel as though I hadn't had time to read at all for a while there. But I've been determined to keep buying new books and it's working well. I bough Vikas Swarup's second book AGES ago and only got around to reading it recently.

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You may remember him as the author of Q&A, which you may remember as the book which inspired the film Slumdog Millionaire. Which you really should remember.
So, anyways, Six Suspects was brilliant! If you liked Q&A (seriously, read that book) you will definitely like this. It's set in India, too, and deals with so many of the same themes. My first thought was that it was like a book version of Cluedo, set in India! However, it's so much more intricate than Cluedo, as you would hope from a novel.
Vicky Rai, an important A-list business mogul and shady character is shot and killed at his own party. Among the hundreds of guests - including known criminals, politicians and Bollywood stars - six are found carrying guns and immediately become suspects. These are our six characters and a very mixed bunch indeed. However, the novel does not chronicle the police investigation or anything like it. Instead, it goes back and shows us, chapter-by-chapter, their background stories, told from several different points of view. We are introduced to loads of different and colourful characters along the way and brought on this crazy journey all around the high society and shady underbelly of India, all the while trying to work out exactly who shot Mr. Burns. I mean, Rai.
Just like Q&A, it was brilliantly written and, once I got into, it I was totally hooked and had to just read and read - my homework going by the wayside - until I finished it. It was totally different, and had none of the clichés you might expect from a murder mystery. Except, of course, a kerazy twist.

And now I've been re-reading Lewis Carroll. Namely, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I go to read one of his other stories and I chicken out! But, honestly, Through the Looking Glass is one of my favourite books of all time. And I don't say that lightly. Okay, I do, but this time I mean it. It will be... interesting to see what Tim Burton does with my -precious - story. I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but, from what I've read and heard, this is going to be incredibly different.
But different's good, too. I sort of took on somebody today who said that Johnny Depp plays the same character in every film. It's not true! Or if it is... it's not this fault! He's an incredibly actor. It has to be said.

Saoirse and I noticed that over the Christmas our number of tweets (on Twitter) practically doubled. Not good.
Speaking of, she's got a new song. I think it's super cool. Makes me wanna go into a dark room with just weird flashing lights and my hair all long and walk up to a camera with a fisheye lens, if you get me?

Haven't got much more to say, just thought I'd try and keep up with posting on this. I have loads more to say, I just can't think of it. Sometimes I'll hear something and go, "oh I'll put that on the blog", but then I never remember it after. But, I don't know, perhaps I should make this slightly more visual. Ah, whatever. Oh, I just remembered a video I want to find and put up there^.

I remember another thing but I think I'll wait for next time.

Laters... on. x
*Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm speaking generally. Maybe you still do things the proper way.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

"I'm not proud that nothing must seem easy about me" ... Very quick.

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Okay, so this is just very brief. I'm thinking of when I was younger and every post I would do would be so cryptic. And - oh my God - myspace blogs! I used to use my myspace blog to be all cryptic and say things about my "feelings" that no-one would understand.


I just tried to sign into myspace, but I must have deleted it, because it won't let me. On any of my email addresses. Oh, I just remembered one more that I have.

Didn't work.

So, anyways, I just wanted to say I think I'm going to fail my Leaving Cert because I'm a really bad student; if you meet my first-year self, don't tell her, because it would break her heart. I was such a good little kid back then. Even when I did my Junior Cert, I didn't work very hard but I worked. My parents didn't resent me, then, either.

But I don't believe in getting too nostalgic about things. You get this rosy view, which just isn't representative of how you felt at the time. I would hate to be twelve again. I didn't really enjoy it then! I know that much. Now I've got awesome friends - and I'm taller! - and I'm growing up and it's good. It's just not that fun right now. This second.

Another thing: I think I'm going to stop having my blog posts fed to my Facebook notes. It unnerves me.

I keep getting stressed or worried about things I can't control like Haiti or global warming, but I think life would be easier if I turned into those school people. People who only care about school and points, homework and past papers, essays and... I don't know. Sample answers.


So, everyone reading: hope you both enjoyed the extended holiday! I did, can't complain about that. I can, on the other hand, complain about myself. You guys can do that, too: complain about me. It's kind of fun.

I just found this picture:

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It's helpful for me, too, not just Father Dougal!

So, anyways, bye!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

"Throw your hands up at me!" JEDWARD DIRECT MESSAGE SCREENCAP

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That is what they had to say about this video.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

"I've been waiting for so long to hear the truth." I felt like I should do this.

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So, messed about with Saoirse (blog) and Sally (blog) putting on fancy get-up and taking photos and making our first lip-sync video (here) the last day. It was a lot of fun! Although I must say I don't see my modelling career going anywhere, unless they actually like someone who'll just continually laugh and pull stupid double-chin faces. Nevertheless, here are three pictures from the day in which I appear (see their blogs for the other ones, which are better; I just thought I would actually put up ones with me):

I should probably have taken it more seriously.

Anyways, so maybe you've watched the video now. Are we a little late into the teenage girls lip-syncing in a bedroom genre of Youtube videos? Maybe. The video has been described as "hilarious" (mostly by us), "really weird" (that's Luke there), "funny!" (by others), "confusing", etc...


(If you are familiar with twitter) @planetjedward, AKA: John and Edward, directly messaged me to say that it was "soo cool!"

So there! No lyin'!

That's all. :D

Saturday, 2 January 2010

"Everyone's a little queer, why can't she be a little straight?" Not really a post.

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Oh my, I've been reading my diary from when I was twelve. Yeah. That is something I am never going to publish. But it serves to amuse me. My train of thought isactually more on track now than it was then, if you can believe it.
"Well, my birthday's not for six months so I can decide then where we go. It doesn't matter now. But I really only want to go a restaurant. But it doesn't matter. My hair looks nice now I got it cut. I'm so cool. Today we went to the cinema to see the Lizzie McGuire movie. She is our idol. Oh, I have a cat!"
Anyways, that's not what I came here to talk about. Just some people I know all made new blogs. I think they are going to be very good. You should read them right now.
girls were made for dresses - that's Megan's.
swequence - another one Saoirse's done, which is just visual stuff.
Ello world, it's me!'s Blog - another friend, Emma.

Bookmark them all. I'm going to stick them on the blogroll soon. Comment here with your blog if I forgot it, or other good ones.

And follow me on twitter for the occasional stupid thought for the day or micro-rant.


PS: Happy New Year!
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