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“Agony Aunts”: Part 2. Pearl Turton would speak to women about their surfing problems

PEARL TURTON AS A PIN-UP CHAMPION.

PEARL TURTON … ALWAYS A SMILE.

SURFABOUT MAGAZINE OF THE 1960s: CHAMPION SURFER, PEARL TURTON, “SPEAKS TO THE GIRL!”

PEARL TURTON

WITH SUMMER CONDITIONS HERE AGAIN, IT IS NOW TIME TO PLAN YOUR WARDROBE.

The fashions for beachwear this summer have not altered a great deal, except that board shorts and tops are, you guessed it, “American” in style, and bikinis are more of the covered-up type – that is, compared to previous years.

For men, however, there appears to be a terrific variety this year and men are showing more and more interest in what they wear. The girls, therefore, will have to keep on their toes and see that they do not slip-back in fashion.

Dear Pearl
I was reading your recent Surfabout Magazine where a lass was wishing to join the ASA. I have written to the ASA and now after reading your article know you do not necessarily need to be an expert at board riding. I love your magazine. I keep most of the pictures … pinned around my (bedroom) room.

THERE’S ONLY ONE PERSON WHO TEACHS YOU ALL THE TRICKS OF THE OF THE SURFERS – ME. GOOD LUCK AND GOOD SURFING.

Dear Jan
Thank for your letter. You will be kept busy this summer. Your room must look bright with the murals pinned on the wall. Hope to hear from you again. If you have any surfing problems at all, do not hesitate to write to me.

Dear Pearl
I am a 17-year-old South Australian girl who is keen on surfing. Near Port Lincoln, where I live, there are many surfing spots … which have proved (to be) extremely popular in the surfing set. I would like to correspond with an Australian or American boy or girl with the same interests. Anyone interested, my address is -----------, Port Lincoln, South Australia.

Dear Gail
Thank you for letter. I would like to hear how the girls in SA are surfing.

Dear Pearl
Several girls who surf at Queenscliff, Sydney, are interested in forming an- all-girls surfboard riders’ club. We are all keen surfers and would like to know how to go about it. Would you please give us some information to help us arrange a club?

Dear (Her name withheld)
Sorry that I have not answered your letter sooner. In fact, I can hardly think of what to suggest now. If you want affiliate with the ASA, get in contact with the Secretary Mr Ray Young and all ask for the particulars on how join … But good luck and good surfing.

<< Surfabout Magazine, Vol 3 and Vol 4. 1964, 1965.

COMING: More “Agony Aunts”: Daintree Coast Chronicle, Queensland; My Weekly, England, 1926.

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Clipper Ships: Flying Cloud -- known as a classic speeder

FLYING CLOUD AND THE WOMAN WHO STEERED IT TO FAME AND FORTUNE.

FRANK MORRIS

THE FLYING CLOUD MADE A BRILLIANT RUN IN 1851. SHE TRAVELLED FROM NEW YORK TO SAN FRANCISCO, A DISTANCE OF 17, 597 STATUTE MILES, AT AN AVERAGE OF 222 MILES EACH DAY.

THE CLIPPER WAS BUILT IN BOSTON TO CARRY PASSENGERS AND CARGO THAT WAS GOING TO THE WEST COAST.

THIS WAS AN ERA OF FAST SHIPS THAT SAILED AROUND CAPE HORN TO ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO, OR OTHER PORTS, AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION.

ACCORDING TO ONE NEWSPAPER, THE BOSTON DAILY ATLAS, OF 1851, FLYING CLOUD WAS OF “GREAT LENGTH … WITH PROPORTIONATE BREADTH AND DEPTH WHICH IS CONDUCIVE TOP SPEEDS.

“THE FLYING CLOUD MUST BE UNCOMMONLY SWIFT … SHE’S A GREAT SHIP”.

SHE REELS OFF SOME REMARKABLE TIMES THAT SEEM TO MAKE HER UNBEATABLE. SHE WAS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS CLIPPERS OF THE CENTURY!

Flying Cloud set the world's sailing record for the fastest passage between New York and San Francisco, 89 days 8 hours. The ship held this record for over 130 years, from 1854 to 1989.

The ship was the most famous of the clippers built by Donald McKay.

She was known for her extremely close race with Hornet in 1853. Having a woman navigator, Eleanor Cressy, wife of Josiah Perkins Creesy, who skippered Flying Cloud on two record-setting voyages from New York to San Francisco; and for sailing in the Australia and timber trades.

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INSIDE COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS …

A NATIONAL SURVEY BY DEAKIN UNIVERSITY HAS REVEALED THAT 80 PER CENT OF ITS RESPONDENTS HAVE MISSED READING THEIR COMMUNTY NEWSPAPERS. NO MATTER WHERE IT IS, THE PAPERS HAVE SOMETHING THAT GETS CLOSER TO THE “HEART OF WHAT IS GOING ON THERE, POLITICALLY”. WE ALSO LEARNED THE 80 PER CENT OF RURAL READERS MISS HAVE A “LOCAL” NEWSPAPER. –FM.

COMING: INSIDE COMMUNITY PAPERS.

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Ruth’s Reminiscences: How a pursuit became really humbling?

NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE AND THE TRAMS IN 1900s.

“WHAT NUMBER OF SENTIMENTS HAVE LIVED AND BEEN REVELLED IN”, AN 18TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHER SAID.

FRANK MORRIS

THE DAY THIS REMARKABLE DOCUMENT ARRIVED MY IMNITIAL REACTION WAS TO TOSS IT ASIDE. BUT I DIDN’T; I COULDN’T.

Alas, to do so would have been to waive an opportunity to connect with someone who, as Southey says, “remembers the days that are no more.”

I was intrigued to admit that I would want to know more about this courageous yet seemingly unassuming person who had apparently lived every minute of her life to the hilt.

The envelope contained nine typewritten pages, the first of which was headed with “Ruth’s Reminiscences”. Instantly, I became locked into Ruth Philpot’s self-effecting reflection on her life.

I was carried by her experiences, which she had recorded only a few years before she died, and the literary maturity with which her story unfolded.

She expressed herself with passion, vigour and grace; her optimism is incandescent.

I was immediately mindful of those words and images of the depression years in Australia that were captured so poignantly in the book, Weevils in the Flour, published a few years ago.

What I had thought was to be an utterly trivial pursuit became at once instructive and deeply humbling.

RUTH’S WRITING IS A MOVING TESTAMENT TO THE COURAGE OF TWO YOUNG PEOPLE. “SHE HAD THIS OUTSTANDING PERSONALITY!” SAID A CLOSE FRIEND.

Born in the north eastern country borough of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, Ruth migrated to Australia in her mid-twenties in 1929. When she arrived from England she settled in Corrimal, near Wollongong, NSW, on the south coast, for a short time.

She moved to Sydney, living in the south-western suburbs for most of her life. She died in August, 1994.

This remarkable document is a moving testament to the courage of two young people, Ruth and her husband. He died in 1975.

Some of Ruth’s writing was based on letters, cards and pieces of paper authored by her husband, which are now in the possession of the National Library, Canberra.

“These papers are a tribute to this outstanding personality and his fine contribution to the working class struggle,” writes a close friend, Joyce Clarke.

Ruth writes:

Time is running out, so also is my hearing and sight. Where to begin and end? Many folks live just because they were born. I was fortunate in having parents who were interested and active in the working class movement and this gave meaning to my life.

Looking backward to the early years of this century -- the 1900s -- is not easy.

We were all offspring, born off working class parents who, fortunately, were well aware of the class division, so we were Labour party supporters. In those days to be Labour was, in the opinion of many, the same as being communist.

My father having left school at eleven, was very much self-educated and keen to encourage us likewise.

LATE IN THE 19TH CENTURY WE, AS MOST FAMILIES DID, LIVED NEAR THE LIBRARY AND HAD ACCESS TO ALL THE GREAT NOVELISTS AND WRITERS OF OUR TIME.

He urged us to “think before you speak” and “think for yourself.” I have tried to follow this advice – not always successfully regarding the former. However, he was a great reader and so were we.

Fortunately, most towns had Carnegie Libraries. In the early years of the 19th century, it was a great advantage for working people and families have free access to books -- fiction and non-fiction.

Ruth indeed was fortunate to have access to the Carnegie Libraries, which stocked all or most of the leading authors of the time: Verne, Bennett, Hardy, Trollope, Poe, the Bronte sisters, Wilde, Shaw and so on.

In fact, a number of them were known to offer books that were “no better than instruments of debauchery.” In a late 18th century play, Polly Honeycombed, the heroine’s father cries out, “A man might and well turn his daughter loose in Convent Garden as trust the cultivation of her mind to a circulation library.”

Well into the 20th century, this sentiment still prevailed.

My mother was not a reader of books. I guess with five children there was not much time. She was a very practical woman. And though my dad’s wage was not large, we were always plainly but suitably dressed and well fed.

<< Ruth’s Reminiscences was written for the Australian Book Collector, October 2000.

Next: Part 2, Ruth’s Reminiscences – The dawn of the Great World War.

GREY STEET, NEWSCASTLE-ON-TYNE.

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Razzle Dazzle Olympic Games: The unassuming Shane Gould shows her mettle at Munich

SHANE GOULD WITH PARENTS AT THE GLOROIUS MUNICH GAMES, 1972. Below: SHANE PROUDLY SHOWING OFF ONE OF HER GOLD MEDALS.

“OH, TRAUMAS OF TRAUMAS! HOW CAN I GET DAD TO REALISE … THAT I AM NOT A KID ANYMORE”. SHANE GOULD’S DIARY ENTRY AUGUST 5, 1974.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

SHANE GOULD WAS AN ADOLESCENT GROWING UP IN THE LIMELIGHT. THE OLYMPIC SWIMMING CHAMPION AND HER FAMILY WERE ALWAYS UNDER CONSTANT PUBLIC SCRUTINY.

BY THE AGE OF 15, SHE HAD WON THREE GOLD MEDALS AT THE MUNICH OLYMPIC GAMES AND WAS ALREADY CLOSE TO RETIREMENT. THE NORMAL PRESSURES OF ADOLESCENCE WERE EXACERBATED BY THE EXPECTATIONS OF A NATION.

LIKE ANY OTHER TEENAGER, HER QUEST AT GROWING UP WAS A CONSTANT STRUGGLE.

BY INDEPENDENTLY REACHING MATURITY AND WANTING TO BE ‘TREATED LIKE AN ADULT’ AND BREAK FREE OF PARENTAL CONTROL AND AUTHORITY, IS WHAT SHE SOUGHT.

HOWEVER, SHE HAD TO DO IT UNDER THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT.

BY AND LARGE, SHANE GOULD WAS A QUIET, UNASSUMING 15 YEAR OLD WHO WAS THE ‘GOLDEN GIRL’ OF THE 1972 MUNICH OLYMPICS. SHE WAS THE ONLY AUSTRALIAN TO WIN THREE GOLD MEDALS IN INDIVIDUAL EVENTS AT THE ONE OLYMPICS.

SHANE WON THE 200m MEDLEY, 400m FREESTYLE AND 200m FREESTYLE IN CHAMPION-STYLE. IN A MOST DEMANDING PROGRAM OF 11 RACES IN EIGHT DAYS, SHANE WON THE SILVER MEDAL IN 800m FREESTYLE – SWIMMING HER PERSONABLE BEST. SHE ALSO WON A BRONZE MEDAL IN THE 100m FREESTYLE.

SHANE WAS A WONDERFUL AMBASSADOR FOR AUSTRALIA. SHE SET 11 WORLD RECORDS AND, FOR EIGHT MONTHS IN 1972, SHE HELD WORLD BEST TIMES FOR THE FREESTYLE DISTANCES.

IN SUCH A SHORT CAREER – SHE RETIRED WHEN SHE WAS 16 – AND IT IS DOUBTFUL WHETHER ANY OTHER PERSON HAS ATTAINED … OR CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION OF THE SPORTING PUBLIC MORE THAN SHANE.

SHANE WAS NAMED AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR IN 1972; AND HONOURED IN THE INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME IN 1972.

<< THE ALBUM OF PRIVATE LIVES: FAMILIES OF NSW, STATE LIBRARY; ALL OF CHAMPIONS, SPORT HOUSE, SYDNEY; FRANK MORRIS.

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Skippy, the bush kangaroo …

CONTINUE...

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON JUNE 4.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 20 May 21

GINGER MEGGS: He’s been around for 100 years!

A WALLFLOWER PORTRAIT OF GINGER AND HIS CHARACTER-FRIENDS. CREATOR BY CHATFIELD. Below: J. C. BANCKS, THE CREATOR.

THE INSPIRATION BEHIND GINGER MEGGS’ NAME!

FRANK MORRIS

ROS RUSSELL, A SOCIAL COLUMNIST IN THE ADVERTISER AND THE DAUGHTER OF LLOYD DUMAS AND HIS WIFE, DAISY HALL, GAVE BANCKS AN UNFAMILIAR NAME.

Russell was once asked by cartoonist Jimmy Bancks, a great friend, what was her name. She told him it was “Rosslyn Ginger Mah”.

Bancks had named the cartoon Ginger Smith. But, after he had a detailed conversation with Rosslyn, he changed it to Ginger Meggs.

Ginger Meggs made his debut in the first coloured comic section of the Sunday Sun (Sydney) to appear in an Australian newspaper on November 13, 1921. The strip, known as Us Fellers, was drawn by “a promising young artist”, J.C. Bancks.

The strip, currently appearing in Australian papers, is syndicated overseas to more than 34 countries. Featured in the panel is a slightly modified Ginger drawn by James Chatfield.

Chatfield is the fifth artist to draw the cartoon. Various changes have been made to Ginger Meggs in the last couple of years. It also appears on Twitter and Instagram.

Meggs speaks on a mobile phone and acts like a modern Australian kid.

Chatfield took over from James Kemsley who had drawn Ginger since March 18, 1984. Kemsley died of motor neurone disease in 2007. Other artists to have the strip include Vivian (1953-1973) and Piper (1973-1984).

Bancks created the strip at the behest of the great editor, Monty Grover.

AFTER MANY CHANGES, GINGER MEGGS SURVIVES TO BECOME THE LONGEST-RUNNING CARTOON IN AUSTRALIA.

The early strips featured the adventures of “a beguiling little girl” called Gladsome Gladys. He was tired of the restriction imposed by the character and decided to develop one of the supporting ‘players’ – a tear-away kid called Ginger.

And in 1922, Gladsome Gladys had vanished from the panel.

The comic was renamed from Us Fellas to Ginger Meggs in November 1939. In 1951, Bancks decamped from the Sunday Sun after 29 years and transferred to the Sunday Telegraph and later to the Sun-Herald (Sydney).

Bancks died in 1952. Ros Russell in 2010.

GINGER MEGGS 100TH YEAR. MORE TO COME.

COMING: Art Beat; How are you sleeping; Espresso on parade.

… AND LOTS OF FUNNY CHARACTERS, LIKE TIGER KELLY!

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QANTAS: It took 100 years, to go from Winton to rest the world

A QANTAS SUPER CONSTELLATION IS THE START OF THEIR INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL.S

THE GOLDEN ERA OF AIR TRAVEL WOULD CHANGE PEOPLE’S ATTITUDE.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

THE STRONG DEMAND FOR INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL AND MAIL SERVICES LEADS QANTAS TO PURCHASE, IN JUNE 1938, TWO ‘GIANT’ SHORT S23 EMPIRE FLYING BOATS.

AROUND THE SAME TIME, THE AIRLINE MOVES ITS HEADQUARTERS TO SYDNEY; AND, EXPECTING ITS CUSTOMERS APPROVAL, HIRES ITS FIRST AIR STEWARD.

THE WAR NOT ONLY ACCELERATES TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS IN AIRCRAFT DESIGN AND SPEED, BUT ALSO IN THE AREA OF CHANGED ATTITUDES TOWARDS TRAVEL.

PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER PREPARED TO TAKE AN ETERITY TO REACH A DESTINATION, BUT QANTAS CAPITALISED ON IT.

QANTAS RENEWS THE KANGAROO ROUTE BETWEEN SYDNEY AND LONDON BY USING A COMBINATION OF LANCASTRIAN AND HYTHE FLYING BOAT SERVICES IN 1945.

IN 1953, QANTAS INTRODUCES ITS ECONOMY CLASS ON THE KANGAROO ROUTE, THE DREAM OF MAKING AIR TRAVEL ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AUSTRALIANS.

IN 1947, QANTAS PURCHASES THEIR FIRST PRESSURISED LONG-RANGE LOCKHEED CONSTELLATION. THE SERVICES FOR THIS AIRCRAFT BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND THE UK WERE COMMENCESD ON DECEMBER 1.

FAST AND LUXURIOUS, THE CONSTELLATION OFFERS 38 PASSENGERS THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE IN FIRST CLASS AIR TRAVEL WITH SLEEPING BERTHS AND “SILVER SERVICE” ATTENTION.

IN RECOGNITION OF THE GROWING POPULARITY OF AIR TRAVEL, QANTAS INTRODUCES ECONOMY CLASS ON THE KANGAROO ROUTE IN 1953.

THE FOUNDERS DISCOVER THAT THEIR GOOD FORTUNE HAS COME TRUE.

IT WAS THE DREAM OF MAKING AIR TRAVEL ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AUSTRALIANS THAT HAS BECOME A REALITY.

IN 1958, QANTAS EMBARKS ON ITS FIRST ROUND-THE-WORLD SERVICE WHEN TWO SUPER CONSTELLATIONS DEPART MELBOURNE AT THE SAME TIME – ONE TO LONDON, THE OTHER EASTBOUND TO THE UNITED STATES.

BY 1959, IT WAS QANTAS TURN TO ENTER THE JET AGE.

<< ADAPTED FROM A QANTAS REPORT.

COMING: THE SUPER JETS, THE SPIRIT OF THE FUTURE ON JUNE 4.

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Quotes …
“THERE’S ALSO A GROWING SECTOR OF AGED, FRAIL, DISABLED AND TERMINALLY ILL PEOPLE BEING CARED FOR IN THE DOMESTIC ENVIRONMENT”.
WRITES FRANK MORRIS, TAKING CARE OF THE CARERS, BEST YEARS, IN 1997.
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Forgotten Australia: Old B&W films transferred into glorious colour

NED KELLY IS CAPTURED BY POLICE. “I’LL DIE THE WAY I CHOOSE”. Below: HE WAS SHOT IN THE KNEE.

FRANK MORRIS

NED IN ARMOUR, STUMBLED OUT, WROTE JOHN MANIFOLD, IN LONDON, IN 1948. MANIFOLD CONTINUED:

OUTSIDE THE GLENROWAN HOTEL IN JUNE 1880, “HE WORE HIS PLOUGHSHARE ARMOUR AN IRON BREASTPLATE AND ARMOUR TO HIS THIGH, BUT ONE CAME UP FROM BEHIND HIM AND SHOT HIM IN THE KNEE”.

NED, ON FURTHER OBSERVATION, “IT WAS SEEN THAT HE WAS ONLY ARMED WITH A REVOLVER … HE SEEMED BULLETPROOF”, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD REPORTED.

“SERGEANT STEELE NOTICED THE FELLOW WAS ENCASED IN ARMOUR AND AIMED AT THE OUTLAW’S LEGS, THE FIRST SHOT … MADE NED KELLY STAGGER; THE SECOND BROUGHT HIM TO THE GROUND, WITH THE CRY, ‘I AM DONE; I AM DONE’”.

NED KELLY WAS A FOLK-HERO. HISTORICALLY, NED MAY LIE IN HIS FELON’S GRAVE. “KELLY WILL GO MARCHING ON AND IS LIKELY TO … UNTIL AS LONG AS THE AUSTRALIAN STORY LASTS”, SAID THE MELBOURNE HERALD IN 1948.

“THIS IDOLISATION OF KELLY INFURIATES SOME PEOPLE WHO SEE … A CATTLE-THIEF, COP KILLER, BUSHRANGER AND BANK ROBBER”, THE NEWSPAPER SAID.

HOWEVER, AUSTRALIAN’S ARE CONCERNED FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE OF THE COMMUNITY, THE NEWSPAPER CONCLUDED.

<< AUSTRALIA IN COLOUR, SBS.

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Short Story: Bruno and Alice – I’ll see you next fall, she said

I LOOK AT HIM AND THOUGHT THAT I KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT YOU.

MY FEET SHOT OUT FROM UNDER ME AND I CRASHED TO THE BATHROOM FLOOR!

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

LATE LAST YEAR, I MET A MAN NAMED BRUNO.

The more I think about it now the more I am sure that something will come of it. I could tell from the way he treated his great-grandchildren that he was both kind and patient.

But you know men!

No matter how “visible” I tried to make myself through summer and into the fall, he never caught on that I was interested. I’m not shy, so I decided to ask him out myself. I lived in a retirement apartment not far from his house. Our Friday card nights are pretty wild affairs.

So last week I asked him to be my guest. He accepted.

I prepared for the big occasion with a hot bath. Reading for hours while soaking in luscious bath oil has always been one of life’s little pleasures. When I was ready to get out, I stood up and reached for the towel on the rack opposite the bath.

It was just too far away.

BRUISES GALORE! NOTHING WAS BROKEN, JUST BRUISES.
I WAS STARTING TO WONDER WHAT THIS MAN WAS ALL ABOUT...
IF I WAS TO GET TO KNOW THIS MAN AT ALL!

My feet shot out from under me and I crashed down onto the bath ledge, landing with all my weight on my hip; then I rolled again and fell onto the bathroom floor.

I was in agony. It seemed like the longest time. I couldn’t find the energy to move at all. I was afraid I’d broken some bones and wondered who would find me naked on the bathroom floor.

And crikey, my rent is due next week!

I struggled to reach the mobile phone I always bring into the bathroom. I bring it for safety purposes, just like I am in now; and I hate to miss a phone call. I managed to phone Mrs Lund next door. We keep each other’s keys – just in case.

She came right in and helped me out. She also brought over a rubber bath-mat and told me who could install a grab-rail near the bath.

I was okay. Nothing has actually broken, just bruised.

But I can say, I sure wasn’t in any shape for an evening of cards, let alone a date! In fact, I was starting to wonder if I’d ever get to know this man at all.

<< Public Health of Canada. Words and use of phrases changed to suit Australia.

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(IN 1997) LEADING COMMENTATOR ADELE HORIN CLAIMED THAT AGED CARE IN AUSTRALIA “IS WHERE CHILD CARE WAS A DECADE AGO. MANY PEOPLE ARE WORRIED SICK ABOUT THEIR FUTURE”. OH, SO TRUE. SAYS FRANK MORRIS IN BEST YEAR NEWSLETTER, 1997.
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Skippy, the bush kangaroo …

CONTINUES.

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON MAY 21.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 06 May 21

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