Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Meeting a Blogger and a Repas

Last Friday, we had the pleasure of meeting blogger Kerry and her husband Roger.  They were only staying here in France for a week, taking a short, but active, break.  

We invited them for evening drinks and snacks on this, their last full day before making the drive home; we just hit it off immediately and talked and talked, until we suddenly realised it was almost 23h00 (!) and they had a long drive ahead of them.  They are such lovely people, and I am glad that they have a local place to stay, whenever they can make a visit; we hope we will get the chance to meet up again in the not too distant future.  We seem to have a lot in common and they love France and cycling.  Please take a look at Kerry's blog HERE if you love crafts; she makes the most beautiful cards.  Also you might be lucky and get a bit of news about France there as well.
Roger and Kerry.
Sorry Kerry, in the other photo you were smiling beautifully but the flash caught your glasses quite badly! 
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Yesterday we went to a "repas", which translates pretty much as a meal.  This was a lunch at St Adjutory, organised  by the leisure group of which we are members.  We understood that just over 80 people were expected at the village's Community Hall and arrival time was 12h00.  The cost was a modest €12 each, which included food, wine and of course, great company.

The menu offered six courses, as you can see below, but I forgot to take photos of the first 3 courses!!  First course was a glass of kir - sweet wine. Next up was the asparagus soup - delicious, and in unlimited quantity; I think we all had second helpings!  The filet de lieu was quite a large  piece of fish,  served with a  moulded circular "cake" (the word ecaille literally means "shell") and tomato sauce; the cake seemed to comprise tiny slivers of cucumber in a courgette mixture; it was delicious. 

The main course of tender pork fillet cooked in a  mustard sauce, with a stuffed potato and vegetables, at which point I  remembered my camera ........

This was followed by cheese and salad and of course in France there is always a constant supply of crusty French bread, to eat as and when you want.

Raspberry mousse followed this, and the meal finished with  coffee.


Nigel took this photo of  my neighbour and me at the meal; I cannot remember now what caused quite this much laughter, but at this point it was late afternoon and we were definitely having a good time!! They organise these lunches every 3 months, so we had better get into training!

Note that the lovely earrings and necklace that I am wearing here were made by another blogger friend Jean. She has a number of blogs, but the one with the jewellery is HERE while her mostly French blog is HERE
As always click on photos to enlarge. 

For 'My Life Before the Charente' see HERE

93 comments:

  1. Hello Diane:
    What a wonderful time you seem to be having, both with your new blogger friends and at the splendid lunch organised in the village. This seems such a good way of fostering a community spirit and we are sure that you are now looking forward to the next time.

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  2. Jane and Lance we never realised that retirement would be so 'busy', and Nigel was wondering what he was going to do all day after giving up work!!

    People always used to ask me what I did all day when I was on my own here before Nigel arrived. I spent most of my time doing restoration and working in the garden. Now the restoration is basically finished, I have more time to enjoy the countryside. Diane

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  3. How great you got to meet some blogger friends. I concur with Jane and Lance that the community meal is a great way to meet others. The meal also look fantastic.

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  4. You've been blogger busy. How nice to meet up and it does feel like you're old friends. Love the jewelry. And that meal looks delish.

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  5. Joyful we are so happy that we have joined this leisure group, we are really enjoying their company and we have had a lot of fun with them. Take care Diane

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  6. Gaelyn, it is amazing how all the bloggers I have met, I feel like I have known them for years. The meal was good, the wine flowed and a good time was had by all :-) Diane

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  7. How nice to meet up with a fellow blogger and to get on so well. Your meal looks and sounds delicious what a great way to spend and afternoon.

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  8. Ellie they were such lovely people, I think we could have talked all night if had of had the time :)
    Yes a great way to spend a Tuesday afternoon, being retired has its advantages! Diane

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  9. That meal looks like amazing value.It just shows how much profit a restaurant makes.

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  10. cheshire wife how right you are. There are a few restaurants around here that do a meal like that at lunchtime for between €11 and €12 with wine included!!! We certainly never found anything like that in the UK. Diane

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  11. Thank you Diane, we had a great time with you both. We were amazed how quickly the evening went. Hope to meet up again soon. Lovely meal too - one day we will enjoy a repas too x

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  12. Kerry it was a pleasure and we so enjoyed meeting you. Next time you are here if there is a Repas on perhaps you could join us. More expensive though for non-members, as membership is only €12 per year it is almost worth joining. You pay for the membership in the first meal!!! Keep well Diane x

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  13. It is always good fun meeting blogger friends. You certainly seem to click with these two.
    What a gret idea the community meal. It looked delicious. There is nothing better than crusty French Bread.

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  14. I've just finished reading about your family's incredible journey from Bath to Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia. It fascinated me, and I just wanted to thank you for posting it. I can't imagine doing such a drive - happy to be an armchair traveler with you.
    P.S. found you via Tish Jett's blog.

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  15. Wow, what a great meal. Now the Charente is a wonderful place to live. If I lived there I would definitely be a member of the leisure club, also the walking club. Have a great week.

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  16. The meal looked amazing and sounds like you had a great time. Also it was so nice that you were able to meet some fellow bloggers.

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  17. diane B it was fun meeting Kerry and Roger, we hope that it won't be long before we get another chance to meet up with them. The Repas is always good and lots of fun. Diane

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  18. SewingLibrarian thanks so much for the comment , I am delighted that you enjoyed the ride :) I am slowly writing the story of my life on the other blog, so the trip will come into that as well. Thanks for taking time out to read it. Diane

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  19. Horst we have really enjoyed joining the club which is all one. The they eat, they walk and they play :) Diane

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  20. Words Of Deliciousness I love meeting bloggers and each one we have met to date I feel as if I have known for years. Mmmmm the meal and the company was good. Diane

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  21. that is so lovely, and a delicious meal.

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  22. Muppy it was a good day and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Take care Diane

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  23. All that delicious food for just 12 euros + a lot of fun and great company?! Amazing !!! I'll be meeting up with Jean in June when we're both in France. First meeting after being blogger friends for 3 years! I'm really looking forward to it. Any chance of meeting you at Susan and Simon's party in Preuilly? :)

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  24. Ladybird we are hoping to make it to Susan and Simons, but Nigel's father has a 91st birthday in the UK at the end of May so I am not certain where we will be. It would be great to meet everyone in one place. We have the date loud and clear on our calendar just a case of making plans. Diane

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  25. Diane you make smile!
    It is truly wonderful to to see haw much fun you're having in France and well you seem settled!
    Meeting blogger friends is truly a must since obviously we wish to meet when we share something in common, so joining up is bound to success and a wish to do it again!
    That is the way we met some of our now best friends!
    Enjoy your fun "repas" they are very entertaining!
    Cheers!!

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  26. What fun,the food looks and sounds delicious!

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  27. Noushka we are enjoying life here. I only wish we could get rid of my cough then life would be almost perfect. Meeting blogger friends is great and we have enjoyed every meeting to date. Have a great evening, Diane

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  28. Liesl the Repas is a great afternoon out. Lots of good company, food and booze:) Take care Diane

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  29. Je pense qu'il vaut mieux vivre en province que dans une grande ville comme Paris. Vous avez plus le temps d'apprécier les bonnes choses que nous qui passons le nôtre à courir.
    Un menu très gourmand et pas cher du tout.
    A bientôt.

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  30. It's always fun to spend time with other bloggers. The lunch you had looked amazing and that mousse has me drooling.

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  31. Hi Diane,

    What a fantastic value meal. It was certainly a good move to join your leisure club.

    We are also invited to Susan and Simon's party so I hope you are able to make it.

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  32. My dear Diane, hi
    Visit of friends-bloggers, an excellent menu and a nice couple smiling in the last photo!
    I am delighted!
    Best wishes for a nice weekend!

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  33. Nadji, Nous aimons la France rurale. Je ne serais pas heureux dans une grande ville:-) Bonne journée. Diane

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  34. Pam all the bloggers I have met have been so friendly and easy to get on with. Yes, the luncheon was excellent, Diane

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  35. GaynorB it was a lovely day out and lots of fun. We hope to make it to Susan and Simon's party, it will be great to meet so many bloggers all in one go :) Diane

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  36. Magda we had so much fun and it was so nice to meet Kerry and Roger. I hope that you are well my friend, have a great weekend. Diane

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  37. It sounds and looks like you had a fun time all the way around, Diane! And all that good food and conversation---I can see why you have that big smile on your face!

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  38. You're having a great time with Nigel around now! Two great get-togethers in one post!

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  39. Pam with a reasonable meal and limitless wine it is easy to laugh LOL Diane

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  40. Marjie, retirement comes at a price - never enough hours in the day any more !! Diane

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  41. its always lovely to meet blogger friends...
    nice post..;)

    Tasty Appetite

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  42. I have to agree how rewarding it is meeting fellow bloggers. Wonderful that you have had the opportunity to meet several.

    The Repas sounds and looks phenomenal! Six courses for 12 Euros -- incredible and what fun to have the opportunity to meet other people as well. Great pictures! And you both look fantastic!

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  43. Jay I agree meeting blogger friends is always great. Have a good day. Diane

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  44. The Broad, yes I have been lucky I have met several bloggers and I hope that this year I will get to meet even more.

    Nigel does not use the camera that often, so this was a lucky shot I think that he took of my neighbour and me. It was a lovely 'do'. Diane

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  45. That is so lovely!
    A delicious meal and a nice couple smiling in the last photo!

    Z.

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  46. Kitchen Stories we had a really good afternoon and it was great meeting Kerry. Have a good weekend. Diane

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  47. What can be ore fun to have nice food and good company with friends. You look so gorgeous Diane and the jewellery your friend make for you look so good on you. Hugs.

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  48. You are making such a lovely life for yourselves in retirement. You are staying busy and it sounds like you are having a great time. I think it is wonderful that you get to meet with other bloggers. Have a grand weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  49. Quay Po Cooks, thanks for your kind comments. Have a great weekend. Diane

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  50. Mary we are making busy lives for ourselves!!! I want a few more hours in the day to do all I planned to :) Thanks for the visit, take care Diane

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  51. I agree you are making a fabulous and busy life for yourselves - it all looks so lovely - I am really pleased for you both. Lots of Love
    T'uther Diane
    x

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  52. Diane if only the weather would improve it would be great. We had a wonderful March but April has been foul. I still have all my seedlings in the house as I am too scared to put them out yet!! Have a great weekend t'other Diane :)

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  53. What a lovely post - so fun to meet another blogger in person! What a delicious meal - and love that jewelry!
    Mary

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  54. Mary, Mum's Kitchen, thanks for the kind comment, it was a fun day and yes I agree the jewellery is gorgeous. Diane

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  55. look like you had a fun time! nice spread of yummy meal..

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  56. Sonia we had a great time bot at the meal and meeting Kerry. Have a great weekend Diane

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  57. Hi Diane. Thank you for the several links. Isn't it lovely to meet up with blogger friends. Next visit I hope things work out so I could meet you.

    Your repas looks lovely. The food looks so French, lol.

    Thanks for lovely news and photos as always.

    Denise

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  58. Denise, it would be fantastic to meet up when you make another trip. Glad you like the links. Take care Diane

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  59. That's one of the best things about blogging...all the lovely people we get to meet. That supper looks fantastic....looks nothing like the church suppers I was dragged to (rarely, thank god) as a child!

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  60. Delana I have loved meeting each blogger that I have so far met up with. We just seem to have a lot in common. I can imagine the church suppers would be a little different to the repas we go to here LOL Diane

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  61. Hi Diane .. how great to meet up with Roger and Kerry .. sounds a fun few meetings in time to come.

    That meet up and the lunch sounds an excellent day out - what fun .. the French must be coming along ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  62. Hilary, how I wish - Nigel does all the talking now that he is here so my French is going backwards!!

    It was great fun meeting Kerry and Roger, I hope they will be back in the not too distant future. Diane

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  63. I haven't had pork fillet in a long time. Close to impossible to find a good dish at a restaurant as they are usually dry. Maybe I'll have to try and make one myself

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  64. Looks a wonderful meal at an unbelievable price. Yum!

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  65. Stephen I have a couple of pork fillets in the freezer, want to come to dinner :) Diane

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  66. chcmichel you are right it could not have been much cheaper and the wine kept arriving! Diane

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  67. Hi Diane, it's nice to see you wearing the jewellery - it looks lovely !!
    The meal looks super, too. What a great event, you obviously had a wonderful time.

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  68. What a fantastic meal and so fun to be able to meet with other food bloggers! Looks like a fantastic time! Have a great week!

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  69. Bela amizade...Espectacular....
    Cumprimentos

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  70. hi diane, meeting up with bloggers are always fun and exciting! i cant read french but the way you described the food on the menu sounds delicious especially the pork with mustard sauce. By the way, you really hv a pretty smile and look gorgeous!!

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  71. Jean despite having a high neck the necklace looked perfect with that top.
    It was a good afternoon and no shortage of wine!! Take care Diane

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  72. SerenaB it was a fun day, and we really enjoyed meeting Kerry and Roger. Keep well and thanks for the visit Diane

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  73. Fernando Santos Saudações, obrigado pelo comentário. Diane

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  74. Lena thanks for your very kind comment. The lunch was good and lasted all afternoon!! Keep well Diane

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  75. How wonderful you got to meet a food blogger. As always, great post.

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  76. It's a wonderful event that you were part of. I have a feeling you had lots of fun. I'm very happy for you. You look very elegant.

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  77. Meeting friends is the buttercream icing on the blogger cake! How wonderful that you met Roger and Kerry, and I can see her wonderful smile in her profile photo.

    I have your location marked and would let you know if I made it to your area. Our sweet friend Isabelle is from Talence outside of Bordeaux, and we might get there meandering from Paris on an extended trip.

    Did you say "repas" and wine for 12€?

    Bises,
    Genie

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  78. Fun and convivial, and a great price too!
    I am sure that you will enjoy many more lunches, and I hope that I can also be a visiting blogger one day :-).

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  79. Christine's Pantry it is always good to meet another blogger we always seen to have so much in common. Diane

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  80. Olga thanks for the kind comment. We did have lots of fun and we are now looking forward to the next repas :) Diane

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  81. Genie that is exactly what I said "repas" and wine for 12€ :) We have a place we often go to for lunch that we have a 6 course meal with wine for €11.50, you live in the wrong place LOL.

    It would be great to meet up if you are in this direction. Thanks for the visit and the comment. Diane. Bises.

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  82. Alessandra I hope that you will also meet a blogger soon. Each and every one I have met to date, we have chatted for ages and had a lot in common. The dinner was great fun, we are now looking forward to the next one :) Diane

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  83. Hello Diane, what a beautiful picture. I liked your necklace and earrings you look like you had a blast

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  84. Meeting bloggers in person is always exciting and fun. I met two already and wishes that I could meet you too in the future.

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  85. MARCO PASHA the necklace and earrings are really pretty and match my cat's eyes perfectly :) We did have a great time. Diane

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  86. chubskulit I agree meeting bloggers has really been great over the past couple of years. One day maybe we will meet up :-) Diane

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  87. After reading these two stories, I find myself starving. Boy, that food looks tasty.
    Enjoyed the beautiful pictures of friends and you/husband..
    You both look great..xoCarolyn

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  88. Carolyn my husband took the photo, I was sat next to a friend on the opposite side of the table. The food was yummy and it lasted a long time :-) Diane

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  89. anni it was a great day out. Lots of food, fun and wine for next to nothing. We are now waiting for the next repas :-) Diane

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  90. Oh, how nice is that...meeting blogger! A blogger from away pay me a surprise visit not long ago. I am totally unprepared. So shame of it! haha....
    Kristy

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  91. Kristy meeting bloggers is such fun and we all seem to have a lot in common. Have a good day. Diane

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  92. Oh Diane what a wonderful social life you have.

    Isn't it just fab meeting bloggers you enjoying "reading" and then finding out you really do have so much in common, if not more, than you could imagine.

    And your repas! Well, all I can say is what fun, and all that for such a small sum of money. The food looks delish and the company was obviously enjoyable. You look really lovely and so elegant. You also look happy and relaxed. X

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