Birmingham news and blogs Saturday 20 January 2018

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Review: Coco 

20 Jan

Film Contributor Ellen Macleod is impressed by the level of cultural detail in Pixar's latest fare: Coco The post Review: Coco appeared first on Redbrick .

Review: Molly’s Game 

19 Jan

Film Critic Todd Waugh Ambridge is impressed by Mollys Game the directorial debut of acclaimed screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin The post Review: Molly’s Game appeared first on Redbrick .

Review: All The Money In The World 

19 Jan

Featuring the unprecedented decision to swap out its starring actor at the eleventh hour, Film Critic Luis Freijo reveals whether All The Money In The World was worth the effort The post Review: All The Money In The World appeared first on Redbrick .

Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

17 Jan

Film Critic Matt Taylor touts Awards hopeful Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as one of the films of the year The post Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri appeared first on Redbrick .

Looking Back in Anger 

16 Jan

BONES Old Joint Stock, Birmingham, Tuesday 16 th January, 2018   Mark is a 19-year-old with a temper – to put it mildly – in this production by Gritty Theatre of Jane Upton’s one-hander.

Review: The Darkest Hour 

14 Jan

As Gary Oldman starts to receive awards-attention for his role as Winston Churchill, Film Editor Patrick Box checks out the Darkest Hour The post Review: The Darkest Hour appeared first on Redbrick .

An Interview with Keith Allen: Hector, Christmas & Populism in Film 

12 Jan

With the Holiday period behind us, Todd Waugh Ambridge reflects on a previous interview with actor Keith Allen, star of 2015's Hector; a film that presents the holidays from a rarely considered viewpoint in British Society The post An Interview with ...

Interview: Light House Cinema 

4 Jan

Light House is the Black Country’s only independent cinema.

Strictly the Best 

4 Jan

CINDERELLA Birmingham Hippodrome, Wednesday 3 rd January, 2018   It’s my final panto of the season and I’ve saved the biggest until last.

Review: Bright 

27 Dec

Film Critic Thomas Leaman is not feeling the magic in the Netflix original fantasy-cop-drama Bright, the latest from Suicide Squad Director David Ayer The post Review: Bright appeared first on Redbrick .

Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 

26 Dec

Film Critic Phoebe Hughes-Broughton is pleasantry surprised by the latest Dwayne Johnson vehicle, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the belated sequel to the 90s classic The post Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle appeared first on Redbrick .

Spoiler Review: The Last Jedi 

24 Dec

Digital Editor Patrick Box can't resist getting involved in the furious debate surrounding Star Wars The Last Jedi The post Spoiler Review: The Last Jedi appeared first on Redbrick .

Multi-Review: The Last Jedi (Spoiler Free) 

21 Dec

Arguably the biggest release of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi requires Redbrick Film's combined forces to be properly reviewed The post Multi-Review: The Last Jedi (Spoiler Free) appeared first on Redbrick .

Redbrick Rewind: The Thing (1982) 

21 Dec

As we enter the dead of winter Film Critic Matt Taylor checks out the 4K restoration release of John Carpenter's seminal polar-based horror The Thing The post Redbrick Rewind: The Thing (1982) appeared first on Redbrick .

Black Site: An Intro to Filmmaking 

19 Dec

TV Editor Matt Dawson and Film Critic Phoebe Christofi preview the indie flick Black Site and chat to the director Tom Paton about the production process The post Black Site: An Intro to Filmmaking appeared first on Redbrick .

Warwick Davis Q&A 

19 Dec

Ahead of his appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, TV Editor Matt Dawson attended a Q&A session with Warwick Davis at the 2017 MCM Birmingham Comic Con The post Warwick Davis Q&A appeared first on Redbrick .

Marley and E 

19 Dec

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, Monday 18 th December, 2017   Do we need yet another version of Charles Dickens’s perennial classic?  The RSC and playwright David Edgar think we do, but what can they bring to ...

Hey stranger, show us your shorts 

18 Dec

Excitement is mounting here at Flatpack HQ, and it’s not just down to all the festive frolicking.

A Very Redbrick Christmas 

16 Dec

With the holiday season in full swing, Redbrick Film's contributors each makes their case for the best Yuletide film The post A Very Redbrick Christmas appeared first on Redbrick .

100 Club Winner 2018 

15 Dec

Congratulations to Sarah Evans, who won our 100 Club draw at our volunteer party on Wednesday 13 December.

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Essential Albums: Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West 

20 Jan

Modest Mouse evoked the terror of a rapidly changing world on their 1997 magnum opus, reviews Harry Hetherington The post Essential Albums: Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West appeared first on Redbrick .

Single Review: BØRNS ft. Lana Del Rey – God Save Our Young Blood 

20 Jan

The new BØRNS and Lana Del Ray collaboration combines both of their respective sounds but brings out the best in neither artist, reviews Jake Kilshaw The post Single Review: BØRNS ft.

Preview: Carnival Magnifico – Winter Edition 

20 Jan

Greg Woodin previews the next Carnival Magnifico event, coming to Birmingham's Boxxed on January 26th The post Preview: Carnival Magnifico – Winter Edition appeared first on Redbrick .

The Sam Factor 

20 Jan

Talking to X Factor singer Sam Lavery.

Swan way 

20 Jan

Discount orchestra tickets available for health service employees.

ALBUM REVIEW: The House by Porches 

19 Jan

Aaron Maine’s Porches started working on ‘The House’ shortly after 2016’s ‘Pool’ was released- and it does, indeed, sound like a continuation of themes; this collection of songs expands on what we’ve heard before from the New York ...

Peter Wyngarde RIP 

19 Jan

Okay he may be better known as an actor and all round chap than a singer but Peter Wyngarde, who's passed away at the grand old age of 90...

The Streets: Heroes Become Weak 

19 Jan

Felix Page reviews The Street's comeback single and ponders whether one of Birmingham's biggest cultural exports has lost his touch The post The Streets: Heroes Become Weak appeared first on Redbrick .

Essential Albums: The Spice Girls – Spice 

19 Jan

Suraj Hallan talks The Spice Girls legendary debut album, an empowering milestone in pop culture feminism The post Essential Albums: The Spice Girls – Spice appeared first on Redbrick .

Live Review: Blondie 

19 Jan

Naomi Penn reminisces about Blondie's unsurpisingly kick-ass Arena show earlier this winter The post Live Review: Blondie appeared first on Redbrick .

MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Jan 19-Thu Jan 25 

18 Jan

  NEW RELEASES The Post   (12A) Some 40 years after All The President’s Men told how Washington… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Jan 19-Thu Jan 25 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

Creative Funk – Breezies 

18 Jan

Just look at that.

Ed Doolan – an appreciation 

17 Jan

Thoughts on the passing of an old colleague News broke yesterday that Ed Doolan had passed away.

Delores O’Riordan RIP 

16 Jan

If you're a fan of troubled Irish musicians yesterday must have been particularly bitter sweet.

Live Review: Reflect Launch Party 

16 Jan

Music Editor Thom Dent attends an exciting night of the best in student underground, amid the atmospheric dinge of Digbeth's Monastery The post Live Review: Reflect Launch Party appeared first on Redbrick .

Celebrating David Bowie at The O2 Shepherd’s Bush, London, UK – 12th January 2018 

15 Jan

It was the right week and the right time for Bowie fans to come together from all over the UK to celebrate David Bowie.

Paramore at The Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK – 14th January 2018 

14 Jan

Entering Birmingham’s Genting Arena, we thawed our frozen fingers from the chilly outdoors and welcomed Nashville trio Paramore to the stage ready to delight us in a glorious set of synth pop-rock.

Fall Out Boy at The Hippodrome, Kingston-Upon-Thames, London, UK – 12th January 2018 

12 Jan

It sold out in less than 30 seconds! A rare intimate acoustic set from American rockers Fall Out Boy drew hundreds of adoring fans to The Hippodrome in Kingston-Upon-Thames on 12th January 2018.

MOVIE ROUND-UP:This Week’s New Film Reviews, Fri Jan 12-Thu Jan 18 

12 Jan

NEW RELEASES Darkest Hour  (PG) The third film in under a year to revolve around the Dunkirk evacuation… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP:This Week’s New Film Reviews, Fri Jan 12-Thu Jan 18 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

Tonight! Live! The Day Ends and Balaban and the Bald Illeagles! 

12 Jan

Sadly it's a little too far for me to make these days but if you're in or around the Stourbridge area tonight get along to Claptrap for a trio of bands, including the incomparable The Day Ends.

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VLM Airlines to resume flights to Antwerp from Birmingham Airport on Monday 12 February 2018 

15 Jan

VLM Airlines will resumeflightsto Antwerp fromBirmingham on Monday 12 February 2018 - they had previously served the route between Monday 5 October 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016 The route will be operated daily on weekdays using a 50 seat Fokker 50 ...

South Birmingham Group Wildlife Talk: What have trees ever done for us? 

8 Jan

Date / Time Start date: Fri, 12/01/2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Join the South Birmingham Group for a look at the wonderful world of trees.

Friday Photo- Summer Row 

5 Jan

Today’s Friday Photo is of Summer Row! If you transport yourself back to 15th-century Birmingham, you would instantly see fields and woodland- a little different from 21st-century Birmingham, and this street was actually called New Road.

Jet2 to lease SmartLynx Airbus A321 YL-LCV to be based at Birmingham Airport for Summer 2018 

5 Jan

SmartLynx have announced that they will be leasing Airbus A321 YL-LCV to Jet2 to be based at Birmingham Airportfor the Summer 2018 season The aircraft will be leased by Jet2 from15 May 2018 until 31 October 2018 and will fly from BHX to holiday ...

Friday Photo: Symphony Hall 

30 Dec

Today ‘ s Friday Photo is the festive looking interior of Symphony Hall.

Our opening hours over Christmas and New Year 

21 Dec

Birmingham LGBT Opening Hours Over the festive season there are a few changes to our opening hours and services: Christmas Eve 24 December: 11:30 – 7pm, including  sexual health  testing on a walk in basis (usual hours).

Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve – Guided Walk 

20 Dec

Date / Time Start date: Sat, 13/01/2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Discover the habitats and associated wildlife at Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve on our guided walk.

EcoPark Conservation Day 

14 Dec

Date / Time Start date: Tue, 09/01/2018 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 30/01/2018 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 27/02/2018 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Activity Details The next EcoPark volunteer day is Tuesday 9th January 2018.

Join our Christmas Day Party 2017 

13 Dec

Birmingham LGBT are proud to announce, following on from last year’s successful event, they will be holding the fifh annual Christmas Day party for the LGBT community.

The rights and wrongs of Mr Will Mapplebeck 

11 Dec

May: wrong Columnist  Will  Mapplebeck is bang on for some of his 2017 predictions a year ago.

Monday 11 December 2017 – Seeing double Emirates Airbus A380s as 4 visit after Sundays snowfall 

11 Dec

Emirates Airbus A380-861 A6-EOY operated their lunchtime flight from Dubai landing as A380-842 A6-EUY which had diverted to Manchesterthe previous day was still boarding As no stand was available A380 A6-EOY then had to hold on Taxiway Alpha while a ...

Sunday 10 December 2017 

10 Dec

Birmingham Airport was closed for much of the day after a heavymorning snowfall...

Friday Photo- The Round House 

8 Dec

I really don’t know how I hadn’t heard of this building until about 18 months ago.

Christmas Party For Community Groups 

6 Dec

As a hub for the LGBT+ community in Birmingham and the West Midlands, Birmingham LGBT is host to a diverse number of community groups.

South Birmingham Group Wildlife Talk: Hedgehog Heroes! 

5 Dec

Date / Time Start date: Fri, 08/12/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Join the South Birmingham Group for a fascinating wildlife talk about everyone's favourite UK mammal, the humble hedgehog.

EcoRecord needs you! 

5 Dec

Summary: Our wildlife records come from many sources, ranging from professional ecologists to amateur expert naturalists and other wildlife enthusiasts.

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30 days of human comms: #39 the stylish police dog’s hair and his proud owner 

19 Jan

Genius… I think we should all take a moment out of our day to just reflect on how awesome PD Max’s hair is.

30 days of human comms: day #38: Hampshire Police’s tweeted video to encourage girls to join their cadets 

19 Jan

For me, a good police social media account must mirror a beat constable Sometimes personable, sometimes serioes they must navigate the gears depending on the issue.

Is Social Media a tool – or for tools? 

19 Jan

Last night I was copied into a conversation on twitter that was focused on hyperlocal, but commented on Facebook being a poor platform for HL “I hate facebook – it causes nothing but arguments” “I don’t want people finding out that much...

We’ve all become newspapers – and that’s bad. 

19 Jan

we measure our social media by how much other people pay attention to it.

User Dictionaries – a Fundamental Design Flaw 

18 Jan

0000-0001-5882-6823 I have just had to add several words to the user dictionary for the spell-checker in Notepad++ , that I have already added to my user dictionary in LibreOffice , and to my user dictionary in Firefox (all under Windows 10 – does ...

social capital, comms people and coffee cups 

16 Jan

A project to look at social capital has been started by the CIPR.

social customer services – take part in the largest public sector survey of 2018 

15 Jan

Have you cracked who deals with customer services enquiries on social media in your organisation? Do you know the topics which drive most engagement with your audiences? No? You’re not alone.

The first central database of victims in the Spanish Civil War and the Franco regime 

15 Jan

Bombings in Barcelona in 1938 (Image by Italian Airforce under CC) In a guest post for OJB, Carla Pedret looks at a new data journalism project to catalogue what happened during the Spanish Civil War.

NEW FRIENDS: What big changes to Facebook mean for public sector communications 

13 Jan

As the late David Bowie once sang: “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange.

I discovered – and bagged a double page magazine feature 

11 Jan

  Understanding and engaging with influencers is a really effective tactic in a smart comms plan or campaign these days.

are you thinking what they’re thinking? 

10 Jan

David Holdstock, Director of Communications at The Local Government Association shares the highlights from the LGA’s annual heads of communications survey.

where content marketing and organisational vision collide 

9 Jan

Content marketing.

what we learned from judging best social media categories at the unawards 2017 

8 Jan


Now available under Creative Commons: my book chapter on data journalism 

8 Jan

When I agreed to write the second edition of the Online Journalism Handbook , I asked that the chapter on data journalism from the 2011 edition of the book be released under a Creative Commons licence.

why it’s just so difficult when you’re not gen z 

6 Jan

The thing with tech is just when you think you’ve mastered something it will likely change.

FAQ: How the use of UGC and verification has changed in journalism 

6 Jan

Photo by Autowitch The latest in my series of FAQ posts comes from a current MA Online Journalism student, who is writing an article for a German publication.

what’s the one thing you want to do in 2018? here’s what some people are aiming for 

5 Jan

  What does the year ahead look like? What's the one thing you want to do? I asked members of the Public Sector Comms Headspace Facebook group to talk about the one thing they wanted to do.

30 days of human comms: #day 37 KFC parodies Donald Trump 

4 Jan

Being human doesn’t always have to be a public sector thing as this tweet from Kentucky Fried Chicken shows.

30 days of human comms: day #36 A gang of geese in Sowerby Bridge wanted to cause some bother 

3 Jan

There’s a benefit of equipping frontline people with the tech, the skills and the permission to use video.

some bold and some worrying predictions for public sector comms in 2018 

2 Jan

For the past few years I’ve blogged at the end of the year some predictions.

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Events »

Shen Yun, 19 Jan 2018 – 18 May 2018 

20 Jan

19 Jan 2018 - 18 May 2018 - Dance at International Convention Centre SHEN YUN’S unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures — the five millennia ...

Friday Social, 19 Jan 2018 

17 Jan

19 Jan 2018 - Rock Pop at The Actress Bishop Start the weekend off right and join us for our brand new Friday Social - kicking off at 5pm we offer free food, from popular local eatery Hen and Chickens Live music from Jake Henry Ross Lydon (...

Nightmares On Wax Releases New Video Ahead of Tour 

17 Jan

The legendary Nightmares On Wax has shared the video for the title track from his forthcoming album, ‘Shape The Future’, out January 26th.

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars Documentary, 17 Jan 2018 – 18 Jan 2018 

16 Jan

17 Jan 2018 - 18 Jan 2018 - Film at Mockingbird Theatre...

Prince of Nothingwood + Random Acts, 19 Jan 2018 – 22 Jan 2018 

16 Jan

19 Jan 2018 - 22 Jan 2018 - Film at mac Meet Salim Shaheen, the greatest movie director of all time...

Cancelled ! Indoor Car Boot – Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, 21 Jan 2018 

16 Jan

21 Jan 2018 - Community at Bishop Vesey Grammar School FREE It is with deep regret that this Sunday's Indoor Car Boot has had to be cancelled.

Dealing with Painful Feelings, 20 Jan 2018 

15 Jan

20 Jan 2018 - Community at Kadampa Meditation Centre We like pleasant feelings and dislike unpleasant feelings.

New Show: Call Super 

15 Jan

We’re delighted to announce that Shadow City Farr Festival will be teaming up to welcome Call Super to the Hare Hounds on Saturday 24th February! Known for his forward thinking productions and genre spanning DJ sets, he’s someone who we’ve ...

Open Code, 16 Jan 2018 

14 Jan

16 Jan 2018 - Digital at Birmingham Open Media FREE A weekly open study session for folks who program (in any language) or those who want to get started learning to code.

What next for Interfaith in Birmingham?, 18 Jan 2018 

14 Jan

18 Jan 2018 - Spoken Word at Birmingham Museum Art Gallery FREE Join Andrew Smith and youth organisation The Feast to explore what it means to live in an interfaith city.

Weekend Family Arts, 20 Jan 2018 – 21 Jan 2018 

14 Jan

20 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018 - Workshop at Birmingham Museum Art Gallery (suitable for under 18s) Join us for our weekend family arts sessions, get creative and make something new.

Curators Talk: Living with Gods, 17 Jan 2018 

14 Jan

17 Jan 2018 - Spoken Word at The Barber Institute FREE Beliefs in spiritual beings and worlds beyond nature are characteristic of all human societies.

Editing Services For Writers 

14 Jan

“The management product of socio-psychological local weather in the enterprises of keeping sort”rn Alternate fuels for planesrn Neglected names of wonderful engineersrnThe composition of these text is fairly regular.

Vancouver Copywriter 

14 Jan

” rnQuiller-Couch then gives his learners an case in point of the Roman’s Q-tip, arguing that “The wages of sin is Dying” is additional powerful than “Death is the wages of sin.

May to Prez: Trumpville is a sh*thole 

12 Jan

        Trumpville trash                   The latest report from the hot desk of Sir Howard Elston Sweary-mouth British PM Theresa May today told President Trump that she’ll never go across the pond because  ‘Trumpland is a dump.

Paul Tayler, 19 Jan 2018 

12 Jan

19 Jan 2018 - Rock Pop at Walmley Club...

VR Tournament 

12 Jan

Virtual X invite you to take part in an exclusive VR Tournament this January...

Preschool Theatre Fun, 18 Jan 2018 

12 Jan

18 Jan 2018 - Workshop at Birmingham Hippodrome (suitable for under 18s) Theatre Fun with David Eden.

B’Opera, 15 Jan 2018 

12 Jan

15 Jan 2018 - Workshop at Birmingham Hippodrome (suitable for under 18s) B’Opera – First Songs with Zoë Challenor.

Baby Bhangra, 16 Jan 2018 

12 Jan

16 Jan 2018 - Workshop at Birmingham Hippodrome (suitable for under 18s) Baby Bhangra.

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Chinese New Year pop-up by Lap-Fai Lee & Eat Vietnam 

19 Jan

Lap-fai Lee and Eat Vietnam have joined forces to present a Chinese New Year pop-up at Loaf  on Thursday 15th February , doors at 6:30pm – until we sellout! The menu is as follows: Hainan Chicken Rice –  Ginger scallion oil, chilli sauce...

Scotland comes to Birmingham city centre 

18 Jan

Nicholson’s pubs to stage Burns night celebrations and whisky showcase.


15 Jan

Hi everyone, here are this weeks lunches: Tuesday: Tarka Daal with sourdough Wednesday: Kale, squash and caramelized onion sourdough pizza // Beetroot, apple and celery soup with sourdough Thursday: Spicy parsnip soup with sourdough Friday: Salt beef...

Review: My Vegan Travels 

14 Jan

Veganuary has become a badge of honour amongst those that are looking for a healthier approach to their eating patterns and for some it has gone hand in hand with the abstaining partner of Dry January.

Something for the weekend 

13 Jan

Foodie Frances Cope gives us a seasonal weekend treat.

South Birmingham Co-operative Info Night No.2 

10 Jan

Join us at Artefact Cafe for the second evening of meeting people involved in co-operatives in Stirchley and South Birmingham.

New for 2018 

9 Jan

We are trialling vegetarian sausage rolls all this week in the shop.

MasterChef Pros finalist pops up at Staying Cool 

9 Jan

MasterChef finalist launches exciting year for Staying Cool and The Wilderness.


8 Jan

It’s our first week of 2018 back in the bakery and the cold’s got us planning delicious warming soups and stews all week! We’ll also be debuting some veggie sausage rolls, recipe kindly shared by Loaf alumni, Andy Butler, of Bread Butler .

See you next year! 

24 Dec

We are now closed for Christmas – reopening on Saturday 6th January.

Lunches this week! 

18 Dec

Hi all, here’s this week’s lunch menu for you: Tuesday: Bacon, egg, pecorino rocket ciabatta // Tarka Daal with sourdough Wednesday: Three cheese pizza (pecorino, gorgonzola and mozzarella) (Vegetarian) // Puttanesca with focaccia Thursday: ...

Loaf merchandise 

16 Dec

NEW in the shop! We have totes (£5), linen teatowels/couches (£10), pins (£3) and beautiful maslin Saturday sourdoughs (£3.50) Perfect stocking fillers! In case you missed it, we have slightly different Christmas hours: Thursday 21st December...

Cadbury World unveils more dates for hit pantomime 

16 Dec

Sweet treat for panto lovers at Bournville.

Cook ready for lunch 

12 Dec

Award-winning comic to star at Press Club function.

This week’s lunches 

11 Dec

Hope you are all enjoying the snow! Here is our menu for the week ahead.

Eggs are not only for Easter 

8 Dec

Hens hoping there’ll be room at the inn this Christmas.

Black Country employment boost for social enterpise 

8 Dec

£4,500 raised for Lunch on the Run.

San Carlo opens new outlet in Birmingham 

8 Dec

Sweet treats in store at Italian restaurant’s latest venture.

Birmingham ale scene building up a… 

5 Dec

Expanding brewery chain to open city centre pub.


4 Dec

Morning! Here’s this weeks lunch menu for you: Tuesday: Ham (Rossiters Organic Butchers), Cheddar + mustard mayo baguettes // Mozzarella, tomato, pesto + black olive focaccia sandwich (Vegetarian) Wednesday: Sweet potato, goats cheese, thyme + red ...

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