PMA Networking Event – Thursday 8th February 2018

The Master was joined by Liveryman Colin Peacock and Liveryman David Bianco together with Past Master Mickola Wilson at The Property Marketing Awards Networking event at Leo’s offices in Cheapside (The Alan Sugar Building).

Presentations on how not to do marketing by a panel of experts.

Special thanks to Colin Peacock for organising such a spectacular event.

Convivial Liverymen

Having fun..Yes it’s great fun!

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The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators Spring Luncheon – Thursday 8th February 2018

Our Learned Clerk, Amanda Jackson and The Master enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Apothecaries Hall together with 18 other Masters and their Clerks. Grace was said by the Chaplain…….Rev…..George Bush no less. Excellent speeches by David Wilson, the Master Arbitrator with the response by Lawyer and Past Master Victoria Russell.

Past Master Victoria Russell and Master Arbitrator David Wilson

The affable Master Mariner Captain Martin Reed

Jack Broadley Master Environmental Cleaners, Stephen Anderton Master Security Professionals, Clive Parrit Master Chartered Accountants, Master Chartered Surveyor, David Lock Master Chartered Secretaries, Keith Povey Clerk of Chartered Secretaries

The Rhino has been the Apothecaries emblem for over 300 years. It is untrue that the horn has the aphrodisiac powers so beloved by the media, but this exotic creature, sometimes confused with the unicorn, has always been associated with magical properties.

 

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Environmental Cleaners Luncheon at the Armourers Hall, Wednesday 7th February 2018

It was a privilege to be invited to attend luncheon at the fabulous Armourers’ Hall today. 90 of us enjoyed a fabulous feast prepared by The Cook and Butler.

The Master Cook, Mark Grove was in attendance which made it all the more special.The guest speaker, was one of Her Majesty’s chaplain’s (in his case to the Tower of London), The Reverend Roger Hall, who had severed as Chaplain to the Army for many years.

Jack Broadley, Master Environmental Cleaner, Tony Joyce and Barrie Torbett, Junior Warden of the Environmental Cleaners

  

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Livery Schools Link Showcase – Guildhall Library – Tuesday 6th February 2018

Liveryman Clwyd Roberts reported that we had a superb reception at the above yesterday which was attended by an estimated 900 pupils from 45 London schools and we were one among 30 Livery Companies displaying our wares. Our stand was constantly busy and at one point had 4 of us each talking to groups of pupils…photos attached.

The Surveying message was widely spread and our stock of brochures and giveaways was depleted by close though I was particularly encouraged by the dozen or so individual conversations we had with pupils for whom our profession is definitely being considered as a career option.

I would like to thank our committee members  who assisted during the day and especially Emma Hadley and the grads from Savills who put in sterling performances on stage!

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Lord Mayor’s Visit to Treloar’s – Monday 5th February 2018

50+ Masters and Master’s Lady’s/Consorts were invited to a day at Treloar’s College, School and Hospital for severely physically handicapped children.

We were split in to small groups, then escorted around the premises where we were able to witness first hand the incredible work undertaken by the 500 staff that are engaged there. We all sang Happy Birthday to Dan who is 21 today.

Tony Joyce (Master) and Pauline Joyce (Master’s Lady) were privileged and honoured to be invited to sit with The Lord Mayor, Charles Bowman and The Lady Mayoress, Samantha Bowman.

The Lady Mayoress, The Master, The Master’s Lady, The Lord Mayor.

This was a therapy igloo with screens where the iPad operator could take the children to the beach, under water to the jungle, just about anywhere.

Children’s artwork

sculptures created by the children

It was so good to catch up with so many Masters we have got to know over the past 3 months, and to see Liveryman Roger Southam and Trustee of Treloar’s in full stride.

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The Worshipful Company of Vintners & Searcys City Lunch – Wednesday 31st January 2018

The Master, Tony Joyce and our Learned Clerk, Amanda Jackson were privileged to attend a splendid lunch at the Vintners Hall. The Master Vintner was book ended by the Master of the Playing Cards Company and the Master Chartered Surveyor.

Tony Joyce, Nick Arkell and Anthony Komedera aka Nick and the two Tones!

A Swan in the Vintners Hall…curious

More swans!

The mystery revealed: The swans on the Thames were shared equally between the Vintners, The Dyers and the Crown. Vintners 2 nicks on the beak, Dyers 1 nick and the Crown none. These were in the days when swans were served up on very special occasions. The Crown cleverly had no nicks on the swans beaks. As the swans grew the nicks disappeared!

This is an ornate wooden sword holder for when the Lord Mayor is in attendance

One of the finest collections of wine glasses in the country

Nick Arkell, Master Vintner addressing the room

Look who was loitering in the corner!!

 

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Informal Dinner at the Armourers Hall – Tuesday 30th January 2018

Well it was promoted as an informal dinner and that it was, no table cloths, only one toast, to the sovereign, no toastmaster,  no loving cup. 100 people around tables of 10. However,  it was still ‘black tie’, two fun speeches but also doing ‘the business’ and candles! Yes there are only two Livery Halls in the City that have candles and the Armourers is one of them.

  

Harriet Richardson(nee Joyce) Lewis Richardson, Pauline Joyce, Master, Speaker Rory Joyce (Masters twin), Federica Frangipane, Alex Joyce

The speeches were by the Master and his Twin brother Rory, Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Town Planner, Chartered Environmentalist and Accountant (he keeps this bit quiet).

Rory Joyce spent 10 minutes to the amusement of the assembled company rinsing the poor Master

 

The children certainly enjoyed hearing the antics (in the 1960’s) of their poor father.

Great feedback has been received from many Liverymen and their guests saying how much they enjoyed the mix of formal and informal in such a magnificent setting.

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Financial Services Group Seminar on Membership – Wednesday 24th January 2018

The Information Technologists, kindly hosted a Financial Services Group Workshop at their Hall in Bartholomew Close EC1. A total of 8 Masters of Livery Companies in the FSG attended together with a number of Past Masters, Membership Chairs and Clerks.

We were represented by our Immediate Past Master, William Hill, Our Master, Tony Joyce and our Junior Warden John Woodman.

The seminar raised a number of issues relating to membership common to most Livery Companies and we were able to share ideas of how to do this better.

Impressive millennium shield on display at the Hall of the Information Technologists

One of the many cabinets displaying a wealth of valuable plate

Created by local artists Deborah Sandersley & Nick Winfield to commemorate the Master’s Year commissioned in 2007

Special thanks to the excellent presentations by the Marketors and International Bankers Companies.

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The Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants – Thursday 18th January 2018

The Chartered Accountants Company entertained Masters and Clerks of the Financial Services Group to dinner in their most unusual Hall in Moorgate Place.

Described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as ’eminently original and delightfully picturesque’, it is a fine example of Victorian neo-Baroque which draws its inspiration from the work of the Italian Renaissance. Note the Bridge based on the Rialto Bridge in Venice

The Master Marketors’ final official event

Master Tax Advisor in the foreground

Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE addressing the assembled company on The Culture Mile (next to him our host The Master Chartered Accountant)

Wonderful Stained Glass windows, sold many years ago sold at auction and more recently reacquired to adorn the refurbished staircase.

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Lunch at the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey) – Wednesday 17th January 2018

The Master was privileged to join 15 judges together with the Common Serjeant of London and Sheriff Neil Redcliffe for lunch at the Old Bailey. Three other guests were Mrs Elizabeth Corley CBE, Investment Manager and Crime writer. Ms Jayne-Anne Gadhia CEO of Virgin Money and Stuart Alpine, partner at Clyde and Co.

Lunch was spiced duck followed by blueberry bread and butter pudding. Cheese was offered for those who wished to partake. The judges had to get back into their courts by 2 pm sharp.

Alas photos of the gathered company are not permitted on social media.

The Central Criminal Court

Look what I spotted through a window! I always wondered where they garaged the Lord Mayor’s Rolls Royce, LMO1

The Chamber

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Robert Clack and Archbishop Tenison Schools Half Day Seminar – Wednesday 17th January 2018

Another successful School’s Day at the Guildhall.

The Master welcomed the Lower Sixth students and gave a brief overview of what a Livery Company is, how we came about and what we now do, focussing on the Educational aspects.

Mike Reid and from Law firm Pinsent Mason then presented what people do in the City and then introduced Roma a paralegal (closer to the students age) who explained the route that she took into the profession.

Roma and Mike from Pinsent Masons

Liz Peace CBE, property advisor to the London Mayor at Old Oak Common and Non-Exec Chairman at the GPA then gave a property overview, what it is with all the inputs, funding managing, construction, letting and holding or selling the completed investment. Liz outlined how it affects all of us in one way or another.

Liveryman Liz Peace CBE

The final presentation was from Antony Phillips and a young lawyer who explained how to get into the legal Profession, what they get paid but also warning that it is hard work and they must have very good grades at A level to make it.

Antony Phillips of Fieldfisher. Note the impression behind him of the original St Paul’s Cathedral before the Great Fire in 1666

Finally the Master, around the City model took a quick canter on how the City has developed as as business centre since Roman times.

A wave from the students with John Hamill in the foreground

A glimpse of the City model

After lunch Liveryman Clwyd Roberts took the students to see the Roman remains exhibition in the Guildhall.

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City New Year Service at St Michael Cornhill and afterwards at The Drapers Hall – Friday 12th January 2018

The Masters Lady, Pauline and the Master attended the traditional 1662 service at St Michael, Cornhill, a church where the Christian Gospel has been preached since Saxon times. The Drapers have been patrons of St Michael for the past 515 years and generously invited all there present to lunch at The Drapers Hall after the service. St Michael enjoys the patronage of a number of other Livery Companies including The Merchant Taylors, The Woolmen, The Musicians, The Upholders, The Turners, The Master Mariners, The Air Pilots and Navigators, The Chartered Secretaries, The Fullers and The Water Conservators.

The first reading by Mark Carney, Governor of The Bank of England

The service was attended by Charles Bowman, The Lord Mayor and his charming wife Samantha.
The Lord Mayor read the second lesson.

A first class thought provoking address by The Reverend Charlie Skrine.

Afterwards at the Drapers Hall. Only today did The Master realise that at his installation, he had his back to Queen Victoria! She would not have been amused!!

A highly amusing print on the wall of the Gents lavatory. This depicts the consternation when one of the guests asked for MORE!

 

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The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers formal lunch – Wednesday 10th January 2018

It was a special privilege for the Master to be invited to the exclusive Wax Chandlers annual formal lunch in their Hall in Gresham Street. It was all the more special to spend time with the 690th Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman and his wife Samantha.

Morning Dress was the attire for Liverymen of the Wax Chandlers Company.

Charles Bowman as ever was both engaging, entertaining but always with a serious underlying message.

Wax Chandler Wendy Maslin receiving their annual award from The Lord Mayor with Master Wax Chandler Arthur Davey looking on.

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The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers Dinner for Masters and Clerks of City Livery Companies – Tuesday 9th January 2018

Our Learned Clerk, Amanda Jackson and the Master enjoyed a magnificent evening at the newly refurbished a most magnificent Plaisterers Hall (following the flood in 2016). There were a total of 54 Livery Companies represented at the dinner. An excellent address was given by the Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Mrs Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE. The Master Plaisterer, Richard Hanney was most amusing as was his Learned Clerk. They styled it a dinner but it was more like a banquet, four courses served with excellent wines (and spirits for those who cared to partake). The loving cup was slightly different to the traditional procedure but fun all the same. We were entertained by the award winning British vocal quintet, Apollo5.

A plethora of Masters joined byThe Honourable Liz Green.

The Newly refurbished Plaisterers Hall

At the end of the table, The Master Plaisterer Richard Hanney in conversation with Mrs Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE Warden of the Goldsmiths Company

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The Worshipful Company of Masons Epiphany Court Luncheon – Tuesday 9th January 2018

The Master, Tony Joyce was privileged to join two other Masters at the Masons Epiphany Court luncheon at the Mercers Hall on Tuesday. The event was even more special to enjoy the company of our esteemed Choir Master Liveryman and past Master of the Masons Company, Bill Gloyn. Also to once again to spend time with the most affable Robert Burgon, Master Plumber.

Master Plumber, Master Mason, Master Chartered Surveyor

Bespectacled Master!! Robert Baden Powell and Bill Gloyn

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Archbishop Tenison’s School – Friday 5th January 2018

I have received a report from Court Assistant Clwyd Roberts of an excellent Year 10 Careers Day at Archbishop Tenison’s School last Friday (photo’s to come).

We have received a resounding thank you from Deputy Head Teacher, Edward Elstub who sought feedback from the students, who without exception scored us 9 or 10 when completing their questionnaires at the end of the day. He said quote: “It’s great to know that we can call on such enthusiastic and willing helpers from the ‘real’ world when needed, it really makes a difference”. Well done team!

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Service of Six Lessons and Carols, St Lawrence Jewry – 18th December 2017

Very many thanks to all those who came to enjoy a triumphant Livery Christmas service at St Lawrence Jewry.

Escaping for Christmas

The full Compliment: L to R: Livery Chaplain Revd John Kronenberg, Renter Warden Ken Morgan, Senior Warden Digby Flower, The Master, Junior Warden John Woodman and Vicar of St Lawrence Jewry David Parrott

In collusion with Liveryman and Choir Master Bill Gloyn, the Master requested some personal touches in the service. he was suitably indulged. These included adopting the ‘original’ air to While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night (tune the same as Ilkley Moor ‘Bar Tat). Also the Trinidadian Carol — The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy. Members of the choir confessed the practices were on occasion challenging but it was more than ‘all right on the night’ — they were simply brilliant.

Bill ‘Santa’ Gloyn conducts both choir and congregation with gusto!

The lessons were read by Renter Warden — Ken Morgan, The Master’s Lady — Mrs Pauline Joyce, Junior Warden — John Woodman, Senior Warden — Digby Flower, Liveryman Duncan Moss and the Master Tony Joyce.

The service was conducted by Reverend Canon David Parrott with the address given by Chartered Surveyor The Reverend John Kronenberg,

The service was opened with a magnificent Trumpet and Organ Voluntary.

Thanks to GVA for kindly hosting a brilliant after party.

The Master and Master’s Lady wish you all very Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year.

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The London Area Sea Cadets Carol Service – 15th December 2017

The Master and Masters Lady were privileged to join Masters of other companies including Roy Sanders, Master Broderer and Archie Smith, Prime Warden of the Company of Shipwrights and Prime Warden of the Master Mariners in the magnificent Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

The Chapel of St Peter

Day shot

The Magnificent Organ

Liveryman and CEO of the Sea Cadets with University colleague, the Masters Lady and the Master

 

The Sea Cadets London Band played instrumentals, young cadets devised their own readings on Commitment, Honesty and Integrity, Loyalty and Respect.

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The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries 400th Anniversary Banquet – 6th December 2017

Liveryman, Assistant Alistair Subba Row kindly entertained The Master and other guests to a magnificent banquet in the Great Hall in the Guildhall. Alistair, Senior Partner at surveying practice Farebrother, is a Liveryman of the Apothecaries Company as well as Chair of the Fund Raising Committee for our Worshipful Company.

The Assembled Company

The occasion commenced with champagne (Lagache Brut) being served in the Old Library. Moving into the magnificent Great Hall we enjoyed a delicious four course meal with 4 wines (Vire-Clesse Chanson, Penfolds Koonunga Hill Sevety Six Shiraz Cabernet, Coteaux du Layon Domaine des Forges and Fonseca Bin 27 port). It was stupendous!

The caterers served 750 guests with incredible efficiency.

We were honoured to be entertained in the presence of the most elegant, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy.

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Sir Brian Hill’s Memorial Service – 5th December 2017

Today at 2.45 pm representatives of our Livery Company turned out in their masses to pay tribute to Sir Brian Hill, immediate Past Master William Hill’s father. In a truly moving service the packed congregation celebrated the life of this wonderful gentleman. Sir Brian was the 18th Master of our Worshipful Company in the 1994/5 year. In the service, tributes were given by William Hill, Derek Ridout, Sarah Lott — Sir Brian’s daughter, and Bob Gunn, Maggie Kippen and Sally Moss from The Kingswood Community.

We closed with a song written about Sir Brian to the tune of ‘Hello Dolly’ paying special tribute to Sir Brian’s formidable acting career.

Sir Brian Hill

Afterglow by Helen Lawrie Marshall read:

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one

I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done

I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways

Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days

I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun

Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

Sir Brian will be greatly missed, our sympathy goes out to his family.

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The Mercers’ Livery Concert – 30th November 2017

The Master and the Master’s Lady, Tony and Pauline, enjoyed a brilliant evening at the Mercers’ Concert followed by a delicious supper. We were entertained by the virtuoso trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins who amongst other achievements plays the intro music to ‘The Antiques Road Show’ and played for The Royal Philharmonic, Sadlers Wells and English Chamber Orchestras.

Crispian was accompanied by Leslie Pearson, Britains most distinguished keyboard player. His compositions include, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Dr Who, Poirot and Lovejoy.


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FieldFisher Market Round Up – 29th November 2017

Liveryman Colin Peacock, Liveryman elect Antony Phillips and The Master attended a Property Case Law round up given by six members of FieldFisher’s Real Estate Team

Colin Peacock, Tony Joyce and Antony Phillips

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Lady Mayoress Samantha Bowman – 22nd November 2017

The Masters Lady, Pauline Joyce joined other consorts for a Champagne Tea at the Guildhall Club where the Lady Mayoress  spoke about Fellowship and Charity and how the role of consorts is becoming more important in these changing times.

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Mistresses’ and Consorts’ Luncheon at Bakers’ Hall – 23rd November 2017

The Master Tax Advisor’s Consort, Mr. Andrew Loader welcomed the Mistresses’ and Consorts’ at a splendid luncheon at the Bakers’ Hall which was followed by an hilarious address by Mr Neil Fletcher, Beadle to The Worshipful Company of Bakers on the Bakers’ Hall and it’s history. They seem to still be licking their wounds for being blamed for starting the Great fire of London. He blamed the French. The Master’s lady, Pauline Joyce enjoyed another opportunity to meet fellow Consorts.

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The Worshipful Company of Actuaries at Staple Inn Hall – 22nd November 2017

The Master with a number of other Livery Masters were treated to an excellent presentation followed by supper by Cambridge Professor David Spiegelhalter, OBE, FRS who has presented the BBC4 documentaries including ‘Tails you Win’, ‘Climate Change by Numbers ‘ and ‘Sex by Numbers’. He enlightened us to how statistics are knowingly wrongly presented in order to sensationalise stories, often saying quite the reverse of the statistical findings.

Staple Inn Hall

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Mansion House Lord Mayor’s address to Masters – 22nd November 2017

We were privileged to be invited  to have drinks at the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s City home. The Lord Mayor then set out his aims and ambitions not just for 1 year but a 3 year plan, which subject to due process will be fulfilled by his successors…well at least 2 of them! Alderman Charles Bowman Lord Mayor presented his concerns for the future of the City and emphasised the need for even more transparency. His 4 ‘R’s’ are Responsible, Reliable, Radical and Relevant. He encouraged all Livery Companies to acquire RAF Military Affiliates and referenced our very own past Master Delva Patman, who presided to this end, in an official capacity.

The Livery Masters gathered in the Great Egyptian Hall of the Mansion House

Alderman Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor

Clive Parritt, Master Chartered Accountant, Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor and Master Chartered Surveyor Tony Joyce

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Festival of St Cecilia – 22nd November 2017

The Masters and Wardens of the 110 Livery Companies were invited to process the full length of Westminster Cathedral to enjoy a splendid musical service in support of Help Musicians UK. The choir was male only from the youngest school children to seasoned choristers. They were superb.

Westminster Cathedral

Senior Warden and Master

Master listens carefully to sage words of Senior Warden

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The City of London Solicitors Dinner at Stationers’ Hall – 21st November 2017

The Worshipful Company of Solicitors of the City of London held a formal dinner at the Stationers Hall, It was a fun evening with a most entertaining address given by Lieutenant General David Leakey, CMG, CBE, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod who proposed a toast to the Company.

Caroline Field, Ronnie Fox (Past Master of the Solicitors Company) and The Master

Mrs Panthea Parker, Neil Logan-Green, Master and Ed Parker

Master, Alderman David Graves with Black Rod to his right

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25th Wedding Anniversary – The Grand Hotel – 19th November 2017

The Master and the Masters Lady, were privileged to be invited to attend a celebratory lunch at the 5 star Grand Hotel  in Eastbourne to celebrate Lady Davies and Sir David’s 25th wedding anniversary. It was a splendid affair with excellent amusing speeches.

Master, Master’s Lady, Past Master Lady Davies and Sir David Davies

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Pledge 150 – Campaign to end youth homelessness – 17th November 2017

A number of Liverymen supported the RICS/LandAid charity event at the RICS HQ and were treated to a surprise visit from the Duke of Cambridge.

The Duke of Cambridge addresses the supporters of this worthy initiative

Past Master Bould converses with The Duke of Cambridge

An honourable moment

Champagne Breakfast Fundraiser 2017, RICS, Landaid, Pledge 150, 17th November 2017, The Duke of Cambridge,

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