• BoxOfficeTheatre.com reveals top upcoming West End shows

    Loved by generations both past and present, a night at the theatre leaves audiences thrilled like no other form of entertainment. Although the magic of Christmas is slowly wearing off, BoxOfficeTheatre.com has reveal ed its hot list of London’s newest shows at the West End in 2017.

    T he London theatre break specialist expects seats to sell out fast as Hamilton the Musical, arguably the biggest and most anticipated new show for years, opens its curtains i n London . Following on from box office success on Broadway, this hip-hop tale of the life of American founding father, Alexander Hamilton, is set to dazzle crowds as it sets sail overseas to the renowned Victoria Palace Theatre.



    Caroline Coulson, Director of BoxOffice Theatre .com said, “ The West End is home to the most creative, astounding and immersive shows across the world, with each year’s offering building on the last. 2017 is packed with exciting new musicals to discover, as well as re-inventions of the classics, forming a night out in London like no other . ”

    A movie that many 20- somethings grew up with, School of Rock the Musical takes this funk filled film and transports it straight to the theatre, boasting a mixture of classic rock anthems and original music for a night of dancing ( and possiblyhead- banging ) for those who get lost to the rhythm! A new opening for 2017 that also caters to the rockers and rollers is Bat out of Hell the Musical , true theatrical indulgence in one of the most spellbinding musical genres around.



    Swapping the leather and grit for showbiz and glitz, Dreamgirls the Musical is an other unmissable performance , featuring classic songs such as ‘One Night Only’ amid a backdrop of downtown Detroit in the 1960’s.

    Blink and you’ll miss it , Rent the Musical celebrates it’s 20 th Anniversary, continuing its limited run throughout January at St James Theatre – fans of this iconic musical or those that are yet to discover it must act fast to grab the last of the ticket s to this ground-breaking show.



    BoxOfficeTheatre.com is a unique platform for anyone planning a night at the theatre in 2017, offering hotel bookings and restaurant reservations alongside  show tickets as part of its premium service. Perfect for battling the January Blues, you can find out more about thes e new openings and book ticket s to all West End Shows at www.boxofficetheatre.com

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    Breathe, relax and write

    For all writers out there who know how hard it is to stay at the desk and putting down your thoughts I say “why not go away” – go someplace where you can be alone, go someplace where nature inspires your mine, go someplace and read, go someplace and find the words you need to start telling a story.

    Whether you want to draw up a book or lay out ideas on your personal blog, sometimes you need to refresh your brain in order to let the words flow steadily. Writing is magic. You need to be in the right state of mind and believe you can do it in order for words to sprung out and form art.

    A place that can inspire you and help you reconnect with yourself is the beautiful Spanish island of Mallorca. Situated in the Balearic Sea, this is a wonderful place to get your thoughts together and break away from the routine to find new ideas and stories to write about. You can walk on the beach, talk to the locals, try new food and taste some wine. You can read a good book while enjoying the breeze and listening to the waves crashing on the shore.

    For you to be able to fully enjoy the beauty of the place you also need great accommodation and we all know that in order for inspiration to occur you need a cozy private space where you can be yourself. Such holiday homes are provided by Vida Villas. This family owned business has a portfolio of over one thousand villas, townhouses and apartment for rent all across the island. Staying in a privately owned house guarantees travelers with the privacy and comfort a home can offer.

    If you are on you own and want to be close by the beach and also to restaurants and the life of the city, you can choose one of Vida Villas apartments, such as Poerto Pollensa – Apartment Guru. This two bedroom apartment is near the beautiful sandy beach and also in proximity to shops and restaurants and it also has free Wi-Fi. So what else could you need? When you need to clear your thoughts you go to the beach, when you need to feel the vibes and energy of other people you go to a café bar or a restaurant. I forgot to mention, the apartment has quite a large balcony so when inspiration strikes, you can relax in a comfortable armchair and start putting down your thoughts.

    And you know what, even if you won’t manage to write a good story while you are there, I am pretty sure you will have a great tale to tell when you get back home. Just trust yourself and if disconnecting feels like the perfect place to be inspired, go on a holiday. Take some time and breath… Go to Mallorca, it’s a wonderful place indeed. Meet new people, enjoy new experience and have some faith, inspiration will come.

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  • Lord’s Cricket Ground’s new 2017 hospitality packages

    Following an unforgettable summer of cricket, Lord’s is now looking forward to welcoming Ireland, South Africa and the West Indies in 2017.

    Demand is expected to be extremely high for next year’s top fixtures, and the Home of Cricket, owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), has launched a range of luxury hospitality packages for those wishing to witness next year’s hotly anticipated matches in style.

    International match day hospitality packages are available to purchase for all of England’s fixtures at Lord’s throughout 2017, with two Royal London One-Day Internationals and two Investec Test Matches taking place at the Ground.

    The summer of cricket gets underway with Ireland’s Royal London One-Day International debut at Lord’s on Sunday 7th May, before South Africa returns for the first time since 2012 for another 50-over clash on Monday 29th May.

    England and South Africa meet again in the first Investec Test Match of the summer between 6th and 10th July, which is followed by the third England v West Indies Investec Test Match (7th – 11th September).

    Match day hospitality packages are available for all fixtures for those looking for a memorable day of cricket and world-class class food and drink, with prices available to suit a variety of budgets. Cricket enthusiasts visiting the Home of Cricket next summer will be able to choose from three specially created packages, each including a match ticket for one of the best seats in the house, with prices starting at £329 + VAT.

    Guests attending a day of the renowned hospitality experience at Lord’s will be able to indulge in fine dining with impeccable service and a complimentary bar (including fine champagne). In addition, guests are given an opportunity to meet ex-international cricketers who play host for the day.

    A full day of hospitality at Lord’s for top packages includes a hearty breakfast, sumptuous four-course lunch and luxury afternoon tea, all prepared by the Ground’s in-house catering team, as well as access to the best seats to view the action.

    Next summer’s menus at Lord’s will celebrate British produce, with an added twist based on the touring teams playing over the season.

    Nick Kenton, MCC Head of Sales, Meetings & Events and Hospitality said: “This year has been a particularly strong year at Lord’s and we expect 2017 to be equally successful. We work hard to create a unique and unforgettable experience for all our guests who want to experience world-class food as well as world-class cricket. Demand is expected to be extremely high for a full day of the renowned hospitality at Lord’s during an international fixture so we advise people to book early to secure their desired dates.”

    Details of all 2017 hospitality packages can be found via the Lord’s website.

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    Santas Sleigh at John Lewis, Oxford Street for new Portable North Pole Toys and Gifts Collection

    Santa has parked his sleigh in Oxford Street, London, for the public to ride!

    Under the cloak of night-time, with a lot of elvish secrecy, Santa’s iconic red sleigh arrived at John Lewis, Oxford Street, last week, to kick off the festive season. For the first time ever, visitors to the London store are invited to go for a free ride in the sleigh owned by the celebrated resident of the North Pole and star of the famous Portable North Pole video messages.

    Launched on the 23rd September, visitors to the Oxford Street store can experience the magic of Portable North Pole at the 3rd floor Christmas Shop, where Santa’s sleigh has been parked for the season, as patrons take the reindeer on a training flight with magical technology. A video of their adventurous flight from the North Pole to London will be sent to the visitor’s email address as a keepsake, and to share with loved ones.




    The sleigh is parked in celebration of the brand new Portable North Pole Toys and Gifts Collection The range includes new traditions, toys, games and gifts to help modern families bring the magic into the lead up to Christmas. New this year, the PNP collection is exclusive to John Lewis and includes gifts such as a Good Deeds Game, the official Santa Letter, the Twenty-Four Sleeps ‘til Santa book, a Santa Letter Kit and a Do-Good Elf.

    The elves fine-tuned the story of the Do-Good Elf in collaboration with a leading Child Development expert to help families create a new positive tradition during December. Children are encouraged to model positive behaviour and show their adopted baby elf the difference between naughty and nice. There is also an Elf Case to carry your Christmas companion, an Elf Door (turn on the light to connect your home to Santa’s Village) and Santa’s Magic Key to help Father Christmas visit this Christmas Eve. Other items include Häni, Santa’s Littlest Reindeer, an Elf Hat and Elf Slippers.

    In keeping with PNP’s rich personalisation tradition, every toy and gift in the collection links to an exclusive personalised video message from Santa, which is the magic at the heart of the Portable North Pole. The packaging of each gift contains a special code that unlocks an exclusive video from Santa explaining the Christmas story behind the enchanted gift. By visiting the PNP website, the gift-giver can include details about the recipient to help Santa craft a customised video message filled with personal touches.

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  • London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace

    The London Model Engineering Exhibition returns to the iconic venue of Alexandra Palace for the 2017 event, its 21st Anniversary. The exhibition is regarded as one of THE Largest Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibitions in the UK and attracts over 14,000 visitors annually.

    The 2017 event will be packed with hundreds of displays to keep the whole family entertained for hours, from traditional model engineering, steam locomotives and traction engines, collections of scale model ships, through to the more modern gadgets and boys toys including remote control trucks, boats, aeroplanes and helicopters – as previously featured on BBC “The One Show”. Visitors to the exhibition can travel between the shows different zones, trying out different activities and watching fascinating and technical demonstrations.




    SPECIAL EXHIBIT FOR 2017 – Mail Rail and Postal Museum officially opens its doors in Spring 2017, and will be London’s first major museum in over a decade. When launched Mail Rail will enable public into the tunnels of the Post Office’s private underground railway for the first time in its hundred-year history. Visitors to the London Model Engineering Exhibition in January will get a glimpse into the hidden past of the Mail Rail before its grand opening. The special display will include a Royal Mail immersive and inflatable tunnel interactive experience demonstrating what life was like working in the tunnel as a Mail Rail engineer.

    The London Model Exhibition is keen to engage with modellers of all ages, the model active zone brings modelling to life.  You can take part in hands-on model building activities, watch live demonstrations from Tamiya Truckin and the British Model Flying Association. Of course a model show wouldn’t be complete without LEGO, so you can get your fix of the timeless classic at the Brickish Association and Fairy Bricks stands. The Polly Owners Group will return once again providing free passenger rides, so you can hop on board the 5” gauge steam locomotive. For the real youngsters the Imagineering Foundation stand is more like a science lab, where they can try out modelling experiments, or have time out playing on ‘Track Party’ a huge track layout featuring toy trains, cars and dinosaurs!

    Always a show highlight is the Spithead Review, a set of around 600 tiny 1:1200 scale models of iconic ships providing a visual history of 3,000 years of naval warfare. The collection has been a 33-year labour of love for Jack Snary, a former engineer and accountant from Cheshunt, Herts. Each ship takes about 40 hours to construct and its materials about 50 pence per boat but the collection is insured for a staggering £60,000!




    Other attractions include an extraordinary display of matchstick ships to models of historical ships such as HMS Victory and HMS Vanguard, built by Alex McFadyen, aged 72 from Surrey – who has built two  8ft 6inch long models, which took over 13,000 hours to build.

    The London Model Exhibition will host over 50 national and regional clubs and societies displaying their members work each competing to win the prestigious Society Shield. In total nearly 2,000 models will be on display.

    Nearly all the industry leading suppliers will be present showcasing new products and special promotions. It gives hobbyists an excellent opportunity to see and compare products under one roof as well as glean expert advice and useful tips from the professionals. You can purchase virtually anything you need for your next model or project or to get you started in a hobby.

    If you are interested in modelling yourself or want to rekindle your childhood memories, you will find something amongst the many diverse types of modelling on display to admire. If you are not already a modeller hopefully the exhibition will fire your imagination to build something yourself and enjoy one of these satisfying hobbies.

    With so much to see and do under one roof, The London Model Engineering Exhibition is a great day out for all the family whatever the weather!

    For more information visit: www.londonmodelengineering.co.uk

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  • Yamaha Music London to launch drumming festival YML DRUM FEST ’16

    Next month sees the launch of a new and entirely FREE 4 day music festival, devoted entirely to drumming!

    From Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th October, Yamaha Music London in Wardour Street, Soho will present YML DRUM FEST ’16, that offers a feast of live drumming and drum workshops, plus an exclusive 360º Virtual Reality Experience with the world’s greatest drummer, Steve Gadd.




    For anyone who already plays or wants to play drums, this is a do-not-miss opportunity for drummers of all ages and abilities to enjoy stunning performances from world-class Yamaha drummers Richard Spaven, Mikey Sorbello and Bob Knight, the choice of artists such as Cee Lo Green, Jason Derulo, Michael Bublé, James Taylor, Rumer and Incognito to name a few.

    Throughout YML DRUM FEST ’16, experts from Yamaha Drums will be on hand to present daily Tech Talk workshops covering a vast range of drumming and kit related topics, and anyone looking to sharpen their playing skills or interested to get started can book a FREE 30 minute one-to-one drum lesson.

    This is a perfect opportunity to see and hear the range of Yamaha Drums as everything will be on display from the flagship PHX series through to the new Manu Katche Jnr set and everything in between. So if you wanted to know the difference between the new Recording Custom Series and the award winning Absolute Hybrid Series then now is your chance!

    For full details and to book visit www.yamahamusiclondon.com

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  • St Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster celebrates its annual honey month

    Throughout September, the deluxe St Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster celebrates its annual honey month, to coincide with the harvest of honey collected from its resident 350,000 Buckfast bees. The sweet fruits of their labour are used in the hotel’s seasonal Honey Afternoon Tea, and Buzzy Bees Kid’s Tea created by new Executive Head Chef, Alexander Boyd – whilst the Caxton Bar and Terrace will feature a selection of special honey cocktails. www.sterminshotel.co.uk

    As well as creatively utilising the St. Ermin’s delicious honey, Alexander makes the most of the hotel’s thriving new Roof Kitchen Garden, which like its bees, produces fantastic fresh produce – such as the tomatoes and herbs showcased in the new Honey Afternoon Tea. Available from £32pp the menu features inspired savoury dishes including honey glazed gammon sandwiches with St Ermin’s tomatoes, josper oven roasted vegetable tart with honey and thyme – as well as sweet delicacies, such as glazed carrot and honey cake, passionfruit mousse with honey glazed popcorn and honey and lemon posset with candied ginger. If it’s a family occasion, kids can enjoy a Buzzy Bees tea featuring such bee-licious treats as, honey roast ham sandwiches, black and yellow Battenberg cake, chocolate brownies with honeycomb and mini bee macarons – at £15pp.

    In its continued efforts to support urban beekeeping and encourage sustainability in the city; the St. Ermin’s is once again offering urban beekeeping taster workshops with top beekeeper Camilla Goddard. Taking place on the 17th September and 1st October, the course is a great way for participants to get a real interactive experience handling bees, managing their hives and collecting raw honey. The 2.5-hour workshops outline the complexities of bee society; highlight the close relationship between bees and flowers and give guidance on what to plant, when and where and how best to site hives in gardens or allotments.    

    Visitors can head to the third floor Bee Terrace – home to London’s only Bee & Bee, to watch the colony in action (behind the glass viewing platform), and see what all of the buzz is about! With easy access to some of London’s most prestigious gardens, collecting pollen from the likes of Buckingham Palace and St James’ Park, the St. Ermin’s Buckfast bees produce approximately 25lb of delectable honey each year – inspiring it’s kitchen to create outstanding seasonal menus.

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    Walk London to showcase some of the city’s best attractions, architecture and open spaces

    Londoners can join guided walks around the Capital for free on 1 and 2 October during Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Autumn Ambles weekend. The 42 guided walks showcase some of the city’s best attractions, architecture and open spaces.

    The free guided walks range from short strolls to challenging treks and take in some of London’s famous landmarks and panoramic views. All walks start and finish within easy reach of public transport and explore sections of the city’s seven popular Walk London Network routes, with knowledgeable Walk London guides leading the way.

    It is quick and simple to book a free place on one of the walks by visiting the Walk London website: walklondon.org.uk

    The Mayor has put a new focus on making it easier and more enjoyable to walk around London and TfL is working with London boroughs, businesses and schools to make this commitment a reality. A wide range of improvements to London’s streets, junctions and public spaces are underway with more than 1,500 Legible London signs across the Capital to help people find their way. TfL has also launched a new version of the Tube map, which shows how many steps it takes to walk between stations in zones 1 and 2.

    Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL, said: “We are committed to making London the most walkable city in the world and we hope that through these free guided walks people will see how easy, quick and enjoyable it can be to walk around this vibrant city. The walks are very popular so we would encourage people to book a place soon; they offer something for everyone regardless of walking ability.”

    The 42 guided Autumn Ambles walks include:

    Saturday 1 October

    • Hidden Alleyways and Courtyards – St Paul’s to Chancery Lane at 11.00 (1.5 miles)A unique walk that explores London’s past, including a monastery, hidden alleyways and the history of London’s newspapers and journalism.
      • The Victoria line – A plague pit, the Queen, the Beatles and an American president at 12.00 (1.5 miles)This is a design-focused walk to celebrate TfL’s Transported by Design programme. The walk goes above the Victoria line to discover the sights along the route and reveals how the line accidently ploughed into a centuries-old plague pit when it was constructed. Insights about the Queen, the Beatles and a US president will also be revealed.
      • Goodnight Mister Tom – London in the Blitz at 14:00 (1.6 miles) – This family-focused walk is inspired by Michelle Magorian’s much loved book Goodnight Mister Tom, which tells the story of Willy Beech who is evacuated from London during the Second World War. The walk explores the City of London and hears what life was like for those who remained in the Capital during the Blitz.
      • St Paul’s Secret Cornersat 15.00 (1.5 miles) – Join the walk to explore many rarely visited parts of the City of London including tranquil gardens, ruined churches, hidden courtyards and some stunning modern architecture.

    Sunday 2 October

    • London’s Hidden Treasures – Waterloo to London Bridge at 11:30 (2 miles) – This stroll along both sides of the River Thames will reveal some of the secrets that lie beneath the streets and under the river. The walk starts at Waterloo and the iconic London Eye before moving directly onto the river where the history is over 2,000 years old.
    • Along the Canal – Elegant Little Venice to Eclectic Camden at 13.00 (2 miles) – Join to see the picturesque area of Little Venice and hear about the buildings and residents of the area. Walk along the canal to learn about John Nash’s development, see stunning homes, and catch a glimpse of the animals at London Zoo. The walk ends in eclectic Camden, where entertainment and popular culture surround and delight.
    • Millbank MI5, MI6 and Much More at 14.00 (2.5 miles) – Walk into London’s Thames riverside history, from boat builders and boat breakers to prisons and potteries, and discover its transformation through post-war office developments to 21st-century penthouse domination. The walk crosses two bridges to reveal the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official London residence, the Palace of Westminster, a high street with no shops and a plague pit – with ‘spies’ lurking.
    • Fresher’s Trivia Walk at 15.00 (1.3 miles) – A walk that is perfect for new London students, covering all sorts of London trivia such as the Savoy’s trick for protecting its guests from noisy horses. The walk ends at the British Library, the largest in the world.

    For more information about walking in London and to download a number of maps visit tfl.gov.uk/walking

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    Final stage of Tour of Britain in London

    Olympic and Tour de France legends Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins will star in the Tour of Britain finale this Sunday in central London. This will be the fourth year in a row that the Capital has been the final stage for the iconic finish to eight days of racing, creating inspirational scenes and atmosphere to encourage people onto two wheels and continuing to help make London a byword for cycling. Research conducted for Transport for London (TfL) suggests that last year’s race inspired tens of thousands to cycle more often.

    The British riders will be joined in the Tour of Britain London stage, supported by TfL, through Westminster by German sprinter Andre Greipel and Australia’s former world hour record holder Rohan Dennis. The race will start and finish on Regent Street St James’s (Lower Regent Street) after sixteen laps around Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Strand, Aldwych and Whitehall.

    TfL is advising road users to allow more time for journeys and to consider alternative routes on Sunday 11 September due to road closures for the event. The closures will also mean roads near the race will be busier than usual and some central London bus routes will be diverted or terminate early.

    The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “It will be wonderful to see some of the world’s best cyclists back in London, and I hope the sight of these great sporting figures competing in the capital will encourage even more Londoners to take to two wheels. It’s good for our health, helps tackle our toxic air pollution and eases congestion. That’s exactly why I’m working hard to make London safer and easier for all to cycle.”

    Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL, said: “It is fantastic to be able to welcome back the Tour of Britain and the world-class cyclists it brings to London. The Tour will give everyone an opportunity to finish off a fantastic cycling summer – from a record GB medal haul in the Rio velodrome to the opening of segregated Cycle Superhighways across London. There will need to be road closures in central London to hold this elite event, and drivers and bus users are advised to avoid these areas to ensure their journeys are not affected.”

    Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director, said: “The London Stage presented by TfL will be a great finale to this year’s Tour of Britain, and a fantastic chance for fans to come out and see the world’s top riders, including of course our very own Olympic medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull and Mark Cavendish. We look forward to another fast and exciting stage in front of London’s most famous landmarks, showing what a great place to cycle this wonderful city is.”

    Advance warning signs are in place on the race route to advise road users of the closures required to ensure the safety of competitors and spectators, and TfL will be providing live information through the @tfltrafficnews. Twitter feed and on the TfL website to help drivers plan their journey – tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews.  Bus customers can follow the @tflbusalerts Twitter feed for live information. A small number of Santander Cycles docking stations near the event route will be suspended from 20:00 on Saturday until 08:00 on Monday.

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    New app Knomi helps London shoppers seek out high-end boutiques

    Fashion enthusiasts in London can now find the best boutiques the capital has to offer with new app Knomi. While London has long been a top shopping destination, finding the best local brands and boutiques was never easy. Knomi connects visitors and locals alike with brands and hidden gem boutiques that may otherwise have gone undiscovered.

    The app helps fashion conscious shoppers find products based on their style preferences and location, allowing them to snap up their favourite designs and luxury items. Discrete and personalised push notifications give helpful shopping tips to users on the go.




    Knomi offers visitors and residents in London an alternative to the crowds in Harrods and on Oxford Street by leading them to undiscovered and independent boutiques. The app has already partnered with 30 boutiques in London, including British handbag designer Anya Hindmarch, iconic outerwear retailer Belstaff and avant garde multi-brand Wolf & Badger. It is now building partnerships with boutiques in Madrid, Paris, New York and Helsinki.

    Viviam Negri de Almeida, Content Editor of Knomi, said, “While London has a lot to offer visitors, shopping is often on the top of the list for international tourists. While they’ll know the big destinations like Bond Street, Liberty or Harrods, they’re missing out on experiencing luxury boutiques that offer a unique experience and a stunning range of collections . Knomi connects shoppers with designers they’ll fall in love with as they explore London.”




    While online sales have transformed the overall retail market, physical sales still dominate the luxury goods market, with only 7% of sales occurring online. Instead, luxury shoppers prefer to touch and feel a product before buying it but the majority still research online before making a purchasing decision. Knomi aims to bridge this gap by allowing users to source and research luxury products online and save their favourite finds before pinpointing local boutiques and showrooms that consumers can visit.

    The personal luxury goods market is worth €250 billion every year and more than a quarter of this is concentrated in the major fashion cities of London, New York, Paris and Tokyo. Knomi uses beacon technology to lead customers with purchase intent into boutiques when they are visiting these fashion capitals.

    Since launching in March 2016 the Knomi app has been downloaded on average more than 560 times every week and the company is successfully partnering with five to six luxury stores every month. The Knomi app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store now.

    To find out more visit www.knomi.com .

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