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Funny Things 

21 Sep

Laughter is the best medicine (so they say) and Creative Black Country have just the thing to get you chortling.

Review: Detroit 

20 Sep

Film Critic Morgan Williams is underwhelmed by Kathryn Bigelow's latest drama, Detroit The post Review: Detroit appeared first on Redbrick .

Review: IT 

17 Sep

TV editorMatt Dawson gives the latest Stephen King Adaptation a big thumbs up The post Review: IT appeared first on Redbrick .


14 Sep

We caught up with with Henry Holland on the eve of London Fashion Week.

Optical Sound Opportunity for 10 Artists 

14 Sep

Over the course of eleven adventurous years, Flatpack has evolved in numerous ways, but despite various changes to the festival and the year-round work we do, there are some things which have remained undisturbed and ever-present.

For the Record 

14 Sep

SON OF A PREACHER MAN New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Wednesday 13 th September, 2017   The words ‘jukebox musical’ are enough to send a shiver down this reviewer’s spine.

India on Film 

13 Sep

Reimagining India kicks off this Friday, a season of film and dance at mac birmingham as part of Birmingham’s Year of South Asian Culture.


11 Sep

The multi-piece capsule collection is inspired by the iconic style created by Hewlett for Gorillaz band members 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Russel Hobbs and Noodle, bringing it into the real word and encompassing classic pieces including 2D’s beret, the...

Review: Logan Lucky 

8 Sep

Film Editor Patrick Box has a lot of fun with heist film Logan Lucky The post Review: Logan Lucky appeared first on Redbrick .

Lashing Out 

6 Sep

THE WHIP HAND The Door, Birmingham REP, Wednesday 6 th September, 2017   Dougie (Jonathan Watson) is gathering family members to celebrate his 50 th birthday – he has an agenda, a presentation to make.

A Breath of Fresh Eyre 

5 Sep

JANE EYRE The REP, Birmingham, Monday 4 th September, 2017   The REP’s new season gets off to a flying start with this highly-acclaimed production from the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.

Review: Stephen King’s The Dark Tower 

4 Sep

Print editor John James offers a controversial view on Stephen King adaptation: The Dark Tower The post Review: Stephen King’s The Dark Tower appeared first on Redbrick .

Review: Everything, Everything 

4 Sep

Digital Editor Alex McDonald says that Everything, Everything is just rubbish, rubbish The post Review: Everything, Everything appeared first on Redbrick .

Working the Crowd 

26 Aug

WEST SIDE STORY New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Friday 25 th August, 2017   It is a firm fixture of the summer programme: the annual production by Stage Experience involving dozens (and dozens) of kids from the region – and every year I marvel ...

Birmingham On Film II 

25 Aug

Birmingham On Film is back, and this year we’re casting off along the city’s waterways… Last year we launched a month-long season of Birmingham-related archive film, screening the best (and worst) films made in and about Brum.

Yard Talk – Saturday 26th August 

18 Aug

OUR WHOLESALE MARKET IS CLOSING – WHAT’S BEEN AND WHAT’S NEXT? Join us on Saturday 26th August for Yard Talk at the Edge.

Absolutely Batty 

16 Aug

DRACULA: THE BLOODY TRUTH Birmingham Hippodrome, Tuesday 15 th August, 2017   Exeter-based troupe, Le Navet Bête (The Stupid Turnip) bring their zany antics to the Hippodrome’s Patrick Centre for a couple of sell-out performances of this new ...


10 Aug

Ever find yourself with a wardrobe full of clothes, but still feel like you have nothing to wear? It’s one of those little problems that most of us face at some point and is usually a result of shopping too often.

Zombies at the New Inn 

9 Aug

On Sunday 27th August, you are invited to the New Inn, Harborne to have a nice cold pint and wait for the zombie apocalypse to blow over… The garden at Harborne’s lovely old pub the New Inn will be transformed into an outdoor cinema for zom-rom-...

Opportunity – Multicultural Misic Making Mentee 

8 Aug

We’re looking for two mentees to support the delivery of workshops for young people in Birmingham and Walsall.

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Morrissey – Spent The Day In Bed 

22 Sep

How the heck did I miss the release of a new Morrissey single? Especially one that pretty much sums up my own approach to life these days.

Birmingham’s Newest Venue: CRANE 

22 Sep

Music editor Issy Campell tells us exactly why Crane, the new Rainbow venue, should make you very excited The post Birmingham’s Newest Venue: CRANE appeared first on Redbrick .

Redbrick Meets: Gilles Peterson 

22 Sep

Hannah Brierley sits down with legendary DJ and radio host, Gilles Peterson, to discuss everything from festivals to politics and its effect on the music industry The post Redbrick Meets: Gilles Peterson appeared first on Redbrick .

Live Review: The Maine 

22 Sep

Hannah Strong relives an emotional, uplifting night with The Maine at the O2 Institute The post Live Review: The Maine appeared first on Redbrick .

The Musical Guide to Birmingham 

22 Sep

Whether you're into cheesy bangers, warehouse raves or the thrill of live performance, we're on hand to highlight the best of Brum The post The Musical Guide to Birmingham appeared first on Redbrick .

“Not Quite Glastonbury, is it?” A beginner’s guide to playing a local music festival. 

21 Sep

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“I’m a massive Metal head” – Adam Mead, Oral History 

21 Sep

Have a listen to the new Home of Metal Oral History with Adam Mead.

Album review: Semantics – Acid Test 

20 Sep

Semantics’ debut EP promised much, but was plagued by preconceptions.

MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Sept 22-Thurs Sept 28 

20 Sep

NEW RELEASES Kingsman: The Golden Circle (12A) Cheerfully  contriving to bring back not one but… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Sept 22-Thurs Sept 28 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

Single Review: Bjork – the gate 

20 Sep

Jack Lawrence reviews 'the gate', an intriguing return for Bjork that yet lacks the vital eccentricities of her best work The post Single Review: Bjork – the gate appeared first on Redbrick .

ALBUM PREVIEW: Prawn – ‘Run’ 

18 Sep

Prawn are a slow burn band, they create space in the brain on a reflective autumnal day.

Confidence Man – Better Sit Down Boy 

18 Sep

I know bugger all about Confidence Man except for the fact that they're from Brisbane and judging by this video they're just a little bit nuts.

DAY 3: Beyond The Tracks Festival , Birmingham – 15th-17th September 2017 

17 Sep

In it's initial year as a first festival, Beyond The Trackshad a point to prove.

Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary @ Stourbridge Town Hall – 16 September 2017 

16 Sep

The Borough Halls across Dudley continue with their excellent comedy line -up as Gary Delaney brings his show - "There’s Something About Gary" to Stourbridge Town Hall.

DAY 1: Beyond The Tracks Festival , Birmingham – 15th-17th September 2017 

15 Sep

And so to the first day of the inaugural Beyond The Tracks festival, taking place on a green space in Eastside in the heart of Birmingham; and ambitious festival which for the first day goes all dance / trance / party with the likes of Leftfield, ...

MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Sept 15-Thu Sept 21 

15 Sep

  NEW RELEASES Mother!  (18) It certainly earns its exclamation mark! Never one for  conservative… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Sept 15-Thu Sept 21 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .

Album Review: Superfood – Bambino 

15 Sep

Felix Page reviews the stellar new album from Superfood, the Birmingham band destined for stardom.

Album Review: Gregory Porter – Nat “King” Cole & Me 

15 Sep

Nat "King" Cole & Me is a fitting tribute from one timeless musician to another, says Zoe Screti.

Single Review: John Butler Trio – Bully 

15 Sep

Kylie McCormick reviews the punk-tinged new track from Australian indie heavyweights the John Butler Trio.

Robin, rocking 

15 Sep

There’s a varied line-up at the Robin 2 over the next week or so.

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Friday Photo- The New Smethwick Pumping Station 

22 Sep

This week’s Friday Photo is by Dave Evetts.

Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood – Meet a Tree – Winter Tree Identification 

21 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Sat, 10/02/2018 - 11:00am - 1:00pm The event will provide an introduction to winter tree identification through an illustrated talk as we examine specimens to identify key features of deciduous trees without leaves, followed ...

Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood – Great Bog Adventure Guided Walk 

21 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Fri, 12/01/2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Embark on a Great Bog Adventure by joining our guided walk around Moseley Bog Joy's Wood.

Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood – Birdwatching for Beginners 

21 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Sat, 02/12/2017 - 11:00am - 1:00pm The event will provide an introduction to bird identification and behaviour through a guided walk around Moseley Bog Joy's Wood, followed by an opportunity for you to make a bird feeder from...

Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood – Volunteer day 

21 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Wed, 18/10/2017 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 24/10/2017 - 10:30am - 3:30pm What will I do as a volunteer? Volunteers are given the opportunity to get involved in practical conservationand reserve ...

Slugs and snails and ammonia gas secreting woodlice… 

20 Sep

Summary: Surprisingly our most popular web page this month has been about slugs and snails (we're not sure why) but as there's an interest we've put together an extra special in-depth look at the slugs and snails of Birmingham and the Black Country, ...

A building that won’t cost the earth 

19 Sep

Week: 2 The Martineau Gardens Pavilion Refurbishment Appeal Refurbishing our Pavilion means Martineau Gardens can continue to be the place where people, plants and wildlife meet.

EcoPark – FREE Halfterm Spooky Fun! 

19 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Tue, 24/10/2017 - 10:00am - 3:00pm Thu, 26/10/2017 - 10:00am - 3:00pm Fri, 27/10/2017 - 10:00am - 3:00pm The woods are sure to scare at every twist and turn...

Uncovering amateur films with MACE Curator Sue Winn 

15 Sep

100s of events have been held across the UK & Europe during September to celebrate the annual Heritage Open Days festival.

A GREAT Bog Adventure… 

15 Sep

Release date: Fri, 15/09/2017 (All day) Main image: Summary: If you go down to Moseley Bog today you’re sure of a big surprise… Moseley Bog is infamous for inspiring Tolkien’s adventures in Middle Earth – Now The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham...

Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood Nature Reserve Conservation with Active Parks 

13 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Wed, 04/10/2017 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 05/12/2017 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Wed, 10/01/2018 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Wed, 07/02/2018 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 13/02/2018 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Come along to ...

Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood – Archaeology & History Walk 

11 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Sat, 20/01/2018 - 11:00am - 12:30pm Dr Mike Hodder former Birmingham City Council Archaeologist will be leading a fascinating guided walk around the reserve to uncover the interesting history and archaeology of Moseley Bog, ...

EcoPark Conservation with Active Parks 

11 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Tue, 26/09/2017 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 31/10/2017 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 28/11/2017 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:30am Tue, 30/01/2018 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Tue, 27/02/2018 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Activity Details Come and...

South Birmingham Group Wildlife Talk: Dragonflies – details to follow 

11 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Fri, 10/11/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Join the South Birmingham Group for a fascintaing wildlife talk, details to follow.

South Birmingham Group Wildlife Talks – Creatures of the Twilight: Vampires, dragons and flying mice – a look at the strange world of nocturnal species in the UK 

11 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Fri, 13/10/2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Paul Wilkinson, renowned herpetologist and ecologist, is an expert on many native species including badgers, water voles and natterjack toads.

Entrepreneurs want to tackle air pollution, easing pressure on congested roads and crowded public transport   

10 Sep

Adam Forrest reports that some entrepreneurs are realising the untapped potential of rivers in major cities.

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End of the sabbatical – so what’s new? 

23 Sep

Thinking, thinking… A year ago yesterday I logged off a seven-year freelance contract and started planning a different life – a healthier one with a better work-life balance preferably, and maybe a change of work focus, and maybe take some time ...

Seven ways the Bank of England encourages a culture of cybersecurity 

22 Sep

“What is important to you?” This is the first question to ask before planning any cybersecurity strategy, according to John Scott, Head of Information Security Education at the Bank of England, talking at the recent Cybersecurity UK Roadshow ...

here are five pieces of digital content that made me go oooh! aaah! omg! ha! and I didn’t know that! (part two) 

22 Sep

Here's five pieces of compelling digital content you can learn from.

How to: use the AtF Spark font for creating charts with only text 

21 Sep

AtF Spark is “a typeface for creating sparklines in text”.

The new edition of the Online Journalism Handbook is now out! 

20 Sep

The second edition of the Online Journalism Handbook has just been published.

SPOT ON: Why GDS’s Social Media House Rules rule 

19 Sep

For three years I was the sole voice of the council’s Twitter and for five years drew-up its social media strategy and tactics.

an event for fire communicators in an unprecedented year 

19 Sep

The annual FirePRO event takes place in Birmingham.

CAKE STOP: My most depressing moment in local government involved chocolate cake 

19 Sep

“The thing is, Dan,” someone very senior once told me, “if we asked people what they want, they’d just say chocolate cake.

comms unplugged – 21 highlights 

19 Sep

Comms Unplugged wasn’t an event.

Here are 9 email newsletters about data… I think you’ll like at least 4 of them 

19 Sep

Sophie Warnes doesn’t just round up data journalism in her emails, she *does* data journalism *about* her emails As the first group of MA Data Journalism students prepare to start their course this month, I’ve been recommending a number of email ...

SHOW, TELL: Great ideas are likely to die if they’re not well communicated 

18 Sep

The earlier you involve your comms team in a new project the more chance it has of being a success.

words of advice for a new public sector comms person 

14 Sep

Someone had a new starter and innocently asked the Public Sector Comms Headspace Facebook group what advice they would give.

No, I’m not abandoning the term “storytelling”, Alberto — just the opposite (and here’s why) 

14 Sep

digital storyteller image by Darren Kuropatwa Alberto Cairo provoked quite a bit of reaction this week when he tweeted that data journalism and data visualisation ought to abandon the term “storytelling”… Storytelling is a term that ought to be...

Local publishers — want some data journalism content from the BBC? Local News Partnership applications open again 

14 Sep

This is the first piece of content the BBC has shared under a new partnership with the News Media Association https://t.

should public sector organisations hide bad news? bollards to that 

13 Sep

All good communicators push for open and honest communications, campaigns and responses.

re-connecting with our residents: what do they really think? 

13 Sep

  Over the last few years, it has become clear that citizens have become disconnected from institutions, governments and in many cases, their local areas.

GRANICUS EIGHT: Eight years of learning and a man called Dave 

12 Sep

Eight years ago I walked into a room in Birmingham for the last few minutes of an event about digital communications hosted by a relatively new company.

PRINT DIGITAL: Local newspaper’s past and future and why comms should be bothered 

12 Sep

I saw the past and I saw the future of newspapers within a few days of each other.

need a new social media policy? here’s your free download 

11 Sep

When did you last review and refresh your organisation’s social media policy? Here's a free download if you're in need of a new one.

LIVE TALES: Live streaming and Hurricane Irma 

10 Sep

There’s always moments when a new digital platform comes into its own.

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Triple Cooked, 23 Sep 2017 

20 Sep

23 Sep 2017 - Community at Mama Roux's After two years of travelling around the UK, Triple Cooked lands in Birmingham! We're bringing with us huge production, live art, installations, unique decor as well as our signature explosion of disco, house, ...

Renault Crossover Roadshow 

20 Sep

Renault will be showcasing the New Crossover Range at the Bullring outside Selfridges, October 4 to 8, with an immersive experience...

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride: Charity Run , 24 Sep 2017 

20 Sep

24 Sep 2017 - Community at The National Motorcycle Museum FREE (suitable for under 18s) “Upon this day we proudly unite, to support men’s health and join in the fight.

New Show: Nick Hakim 

20 Sep

We’re delighted to announce that  This Is Tmrw  will be teaming up with Leftfoot to bring singer-songwriter  Nick Hakim  to the HH on the 12th February.

New Show: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 

20 Sep

We’re pleased to announce that This Is Tmrw will be bringing Clap Your Hands Say Yeah to the HH as part of their ‘Some Loud Thunder’ Anniversary Tour next May! Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (often abbreviated CYHSY) is the musical project of ...

Sensibility: Descriptive Realities , 23 Sep 2017 – 24 Sep 2017 

18 Sep

23 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017 - Workshop at John Lewis, Birmingham FREE As part of a pioneering new inclusive initiative, Sensibility: Descriptive Realities presents an immersive experience and participatory workshops which invites audiences to engage in...

Southasia Ensemble, 21 Sep 2017 

18 Sep

21 Sep 2017 - World Music at mac FREE Come and enjoy a special evening of music, with Coke Studios vibes, from the Southasia Ensemble – featuring Hamza Akram Qawwal And Brothers and Ahsan Bari Music.

Talk – Käthe Kollwitz, 20 Sep 2017 

18 Sep

20 Sep 2017 - Spoken Word at Ikon Gallery Join author Max Egremont, for a discussion of Käthe Kollwitz’s life-long relationship with her birthplace, the historic city of Königsberg, home of the philosopher Immanuel Kant and an outpost of the ...

Volunteer Day, 20 Sep 2017 

17 Sep

20 Sep 2017 - Community at Centre of the Earth Come along to our volunteer day and help maintain and revitalize the centre for people and wildlife.

Volunteer Day, 19 Sep 2017 

17 Sep

19 Sep 2017 - Community at EcoPark Come and help maintain a variety of habitats at EcoPark and help propagate woodland plants with the Growing Local Flora Project.

Music from the Four Corners, 23 Sep 2017 

17 Sep

23 Sep 2017 - World Music at The Edge A part of 3 days festival-Bulgarian-Birmingham International Festival of Live and Time-Based Art (B-BIFLTBA) Don't make plans, we've got you covered.

Live Lounge, 21 Sep 2017 

15 Sep

21 Sep 2017 - Rock Pop at Around the World Live Lounge every Thursday brings you the very best in local talent.

Helping Hearts Family 5K Run, 24 Sep 2017 

15 Sep

24 Sep 2017 - Community at Cannon Hill Park...

Stitch Social, 22 Sep 2017 

15 Sep

22 Sep 2017 - Workshop at Creative Coffee Hub FREE (suitable for under 18s) Come along for a morning of knitting, crocheting and socialising.

Pre-Schooler Crafts Workshop, 18 Sep 2017 

15 Sep

18 Sep 2017 - Workshop at Creative Coffee Hub (suitable for under 18s) Get creative with us every Monday with your little ones! Hosted by Sophie, parents can sit back and enjoy our Summer Exhibition with barista- style coffee cakes, while little ...

Kids Live + Loud 

14 Sep

Family fun at Live + Loud as children’s rave and musical picnic comes to Selfridges...

New Stallholders for October’s Market 

14 Sep

Stirchley Community Market is returning on October 3rd, 4-8pm at Stirchley Baths.

New Show: Confidence Man 

14 Sep

We’re delighted to announce that This Is Tmrw Sonic Gun we will be bringing Confidence Man to the Hare Hounds on Thursday 7th December, as part of their forthcoming tour.

Cadbury World Unwraps New Design Technology Workshop, 14 Sep 2017 – 24 Sep 2017 

14 Sep

14 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017 - Community at Cadbury World (suitable for under 18s) Cadbury World’s education team has unwrapped its first ever workshop for school pupils wanting to get ahead in the world of Design Technology.

Shhh vs Shakes Harris EP Launch, 22 Sep 2017 

13 Sep

22 Sep 2017 - Rock Pop at Dare's Bar...

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Autumn Course Highlight 

22 Sep

We’re getting ready for our Autumn season of courses! Some of the courses we have during the upcoming months *only* run at this time of year.

Plans revealed for new Selfridges restaurant 

22 Sep

San Carlo unveils exclusive designs for Birmingham opening.

Chocival back for sweet second year 

22 Sep

Eat, drink and get covered in the stuff.


19 Sep

Some warming lunches this week….

Cooking lessons with top Asian chef 

19 Sep

Anita launches Tiffin Tuesdays.

Fischer’s – Austrian Restaurant London 

11 Sep

For the past couple of years, I've scrolled through Tweets applauding Fischer's food and ambience (including Nigella Lawson if I remember rightly)and so I've always said to MCH (My Carnivorous Husband) that our next trip to London should include a ...


11 Sep

TUESDAY: Pancetta, goats cheese and avocado sandwich // Daal WEDNESDAY: Anchovy, olive, caper and mozzarella sourdough pizza// Red pepper and chorizo soup with bread THURSDAY: Spiced crispy lamb, hummus and pine nut sandwich// Pear, brie and walnut ...

Back to School with Loaf 

8 Sep

If you’ve not been on a Loaf course but have always fancied it, why not use the changing seasons and new school term time as an excuse to learn a new skill .

Lunch Menu 

4 Sep

Hi everyone, here is this weeks lunch menu: Tuesday: Chicken, avocado and basil sandwich // Tarka daal with sourdough Wednesday: Mozzarella, pesto, pine nut and black olive sourdough pizza // Ham, cheddar and mustard baguette Thursday: Smoked ...

Birmingham Fit and Fed ends at the Glebe 

1 Sep

Programme to combat holiday hunger feeds 369 children during school holidays.

Bilash restaurant celebrates 35 years in Wolverhampton 

1 Sep

Putting Wolverhampton on the national curry map for four decades.

Celebrating Sourdough September 

29 Aug

We’re going to be celebrating #SourdoughSeptember! Since 2013, the ninth month of the year has been when the Real Bread Campaign goes on a mission to help everyone discover:  life’s sweeter with sourdough!  From 1-30 September, Real Bread ...

Lunch Menu! 

28 Aug

Hi everyone, here is this weeks menu: Tuesday: Roast pepper, spiced hummus, rocket and feta brioche // Tarka daal with sourdough Wednesday: BLT on ciabatta // Spiced halloumi, tomato and oregano salad sandwich Thursday: Aubergine, spring onion and ...

September to hot up at Brindleyplace 

25 Aug

Brindleyplace takes it to the extreme at this year’s Chilli Festival.

Lunches this week 

21 Aug

Here’s what’s on offer this week.

Marco Pierre White launches in Meriden 

21 Aug

Latest outlet for celebrity chef.

Down in Black and White 

16 Aug

Hospitality firm raises £53,000 for charity with epic cycle ride.


14 Aug

Here is the menu for the week ahead.

Breakfasting with the Bard 

10 Aug

Discovering a Bard-worthy gem in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Veggie Food in Malta 

8 Aug

Watching the rain beat against my window on this so-called August day, makes me yearn for hotter climes and for hazy afternoons spent in flip-flops, listening to Despacito as it booms from café stereos whilst letting sandy shale drain through my sun...

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