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Passion fruit meringue pie – an irresistible homemade dessert

Food & Drink

Sarah Helmsley shares a wonderfully fresh twist on a classic recipe to create an amazing passion fruit meringue pie

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Exercise for dogs – a happy dog is a good dog

Pets

It wasn't just people who were isolated and under exercised during the pandemic. ...

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Healthy tangy tomato, avocado and chickpea salad dressed with olive oil

Nutrition, Food & Drink

How food combinations can help you stay healthy and make attractive meals. ...

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Super meals to improve your health with food synergy

Nutrition, Food & Drink

Rob Hobson shares his recipe for salmon, prawn and almond curry and demonstrates that adding food synergy to your meal-making can super-boost your health, as well as being mighty fine eats.

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Dating advice for men – expert tips to master modern dating

Relationships and dating

Going out on a date can be a very daunting process as the world of dating has become a confusing maze of dos and don’ts. Here we take a...

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Companion planting – create a harmonious garden

Gardening

Companion planting is a method of getting the best results in your garden by placing beneficial vegetables and flowers side by side. ...

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Repotting cacti – best care for succulents

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle

Pain-free tips for repotting cacti to keep your plants healthy all year round.

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Plan your garden – expert ways to deliver what you want in 2022

Gardening

Here are steps to help determine what you want from your garden before the planting season is underway....

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5 expert top tips to spruce up your home for spring

Home & Lifestyle

Refresh your home for spring with five top tips on colours, fabrics and pattern....

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Seasonal vegetables: Delicious and inexpensive way to eat local

Food & Drink

Virginia Webb champions the delicious spring vegetables that should be on your table in March.

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Walking: Highlights of the South Downs Way – pt 3

Outdoor leisure

We complete our trail along the South Downs Way, taking in the A286 via Crown Tegleaze and Littleton Farm....

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Mouth-watering roast lamb with mint sauce – a kitchen classic

Food & Drink

Serve up the perfect spring Sunday roast with our fool proof recipe for roast lamb....

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Walking: Joy of the South Downs Way – pt 2

Outdoor leisure • 2 Comments

We continue our trail along the South Downs Way from Exton to the A286 for Cocking taking in Old Winchester Hill and Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

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Mouth-watering chocolate and peanut butter tart

Food & Drink

A dreamy dessert dedicated to chocaholics and anyone with a sweet tooth. ...

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Pruning in the garden – essential spring clean jobs for March

Gardening

As we welcome longer days and less ground frost John Kane takes on the gardening jobs for March....

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Repotting plants – top tips for healthy growth

Gardening

Spring and summer can prompt an eruption of growth in potted plants, here are some repotting techniques that will ensure your favourites don’t wither.

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Walking: Highlights of the South Downs Way – pt 1

Outdoor leisure

Experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester, first capital of England, and the white chalk cliffs of Eastbourne in part...

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Divine lemon and passion fruit drizzle cake – a perfect treat.

Food & Drink

This lemon and passion fruit drizzle cake is a classy little showstopper that won't tax your baking skills....

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Home and pet sitter – perfect way boost your retirement income?

Pets

Find out how to supplement your income as a home and pet sitter.

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Stir fry chicken with broccoli – quick, healthy meals

Food & Drink

With a bit of forward thinking you can build a list of simple, speedy recipes to help you get your 5-a-day. Try this one for stir fry...

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Stir fry beef and broccoli – quick, healthy meals

Food & Drink, Nutrition

One-pot cooking at its best. Quick, simple and very, very tasty....

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February vegetable patch jobs – positive tips for a bountiful harvest

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle • One Comment

It’s time to harvest the last of the winter vegetables and prepare the veggie patch for the first sowing of spring

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Delicious lasagne with chestnuts and peppers

Food & Drink

Rejuvenate your love of pasta dishes with this vegetarian lasagne with chestnuts and peppers....

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Win Organic Works heavenly hydrating bath and body bundle

Competitions & quizzes, Beauty • 9 Comments

Win a heavenly hydrating organic bath and body bundle (value £87) from the multi award winning Organic Works … just in time for...

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Tips for bathing dirty dogs

Pets, Home & Lifestyle

You're on a hiding to nothing trying to keep your pet clean while walking at this time of year. Here are some tips for coping with the...

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February kicks-off the garden spring clean

Gardening

Gardening – February spring clean. All jobs that will ensure your oasis of calm is in tip top shape for spring...

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Why natural skin care should be everyone’s new year’s resolution

Fashion & Beauty • One Comment

Cold weather, stuffy indoor air can play havoc with ageing skin. Here Fay Watt reveals how natural skin care can rehydrate and refresh your complexion.

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Healthy Cavolo Nero salad with sweet potato, pear, walnut & blue cheese dressing

Food & Drink

What could be simpler than salad to keep you on the healthy eating straight and narrow?...

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January garden jobs to round off the month

Gardening

Now is the time to prune fruit trees and deciduous trees ready for Spring....

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Dangerous DIY jobs that shouldn’t be attempted by novices

Home & Lifestyle • One Comment

The DIY boom has seen many turn their hand to home improvements, but there are jobs that really need professional skills.

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The perfect Burns Night supper

Food & Drink

Burns suppers may be formal or informal but they must always be entertaining. We take a look at the ceremony of Burns Night....

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Loyalty penalties – how to save £100s on your car insurance

Motoring, News & Views

The Financial Conduct Authority has clamped down on car insurance loyalty penalties offering consumers the hope of more affordable prices. ...

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Celebration of Life Day – discover your family joy

Relationships and dating, What's on

Author, podcaster and coach, Susie Pearl lists how you can bring your family closer together through Celebration of Life Day.

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Old fashioned bread pudding – a heavenly bowl of sin

Food & Drink

One of those traditional puddings, rarely seen in today's restaurants or shops but is a real family treat!...

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Burns supper recipes

Food & Drink

From starter to pudding, we've got all the essentials for a Burns Night Supper, just add neeps and tatties!...

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Delicious vegan California walnut and lemon parsley spaghetti

Food & Drink

At only 780kcal per serving this quick and easy walnut and lemon parsley spaghetti is a winner for any new year eating plan....

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What’s good for your garden? Expert tips or old wives’ tales

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle • One Comment

Do you employ good sense when assessing the virtue or otherwise of 'internet expert' gardening tips. Here are some simple gardening tips...

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Wardrobe detox – New Year relief from clutter

Fashion & Beauty, Home & Lifestyle

There’s never been a better time to redress your fashion sense – and discover how to look good for less.

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New Year healthy eating – pasta

Food & Drink

Christmas can be a time of 'big eating', so give your tummy a breather in January with these simple pasta recipes that will satisfy in...

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Top winter walks for easy post Christmas exercise

Outdoor leisure

The National Trust cares for hundreds of walking trails in beautiful locations across the country, so here’s our roundup of the top...

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Why do we stress over New Year’s resolutions?

Home & Lifestyle, Relationships and dating

Dr Lynda Shaw cautions that unrealistic expectations and lack of commitment can undermine your New Year’s resolutions.

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Perfect Christmas cheese combinations

Food & Drink

Devise the perfect cheese board and serve with a varied range of tipples, from expert Jilly Goolden. ...

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How to make a perfect Christmas home

Home & Lifestyle

With the festive season upon us and the opportunity to invite friends and family into our homes once again, here are some tips to create a...

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Long-term relationships – sustaining the passion

Relationships and dating

All relationships go through phases. Here are 10 top tips for ensuring your relationship retains its spark. 

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Exercising your dog for happy, healthy life

Pets

Getting out and about with your dog can help your pet blow off steam and de-stress....

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Spice up the kitchen with simple Chinese recipes

Food & Drink

Break the habit of spending needlessly on expensive takeaways, these simple recipes will help you discover the confidence to do it...

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Perfect trifle – tradition triumphs over trends

Food & Drink

New research reveals winning formula for the perfect British Trifle

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Perfect Christmas mulled wine recipe

Food & Drink

Delicious, festive mulled wine recipe full of spices and the season's cheer....

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Why diluted skin care products mean you could be flushing money down the drain

Fashion & Beauty

What's the attraction of the skin care products you buy, big brand, nice smelling? Unless you know what's in them, says Fay Watt, you could...

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Decadent double chocolate chip and blackberry muffins

Food & Drink

This recipe for double chocolate chip and blackberry muffins is provided by Food For Thought, a Fair Trade baking brand that has added new...

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Stressed-out skin – expert tips to combat eczema and psoriasis

Fashion & Beauty

Dr Toni Phillips shares her expert advice on recognising the tell-tale signs of stressed-out skin and how to help keep stress-related skin...

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November garden checklist – expert tips

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle • One Comment

John Kane prepares for winter with a roundup of maintenance jobs to be done around the garden in November.

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Tell tale signs that your dog is in pain

Pets

Changes in behaviour and temperament could be signs that your dog is in discomfort. Here is how to spot the tell tale signs....

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Mouth-watering organic soup recipes

Food & Drink • One Comment

Here's our pick of the best organic soup recipes on 50connect including hearty lentil soup, a rich minestrone, black bean and chilli...

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Super foods – Mediterranean soup with cavolo nero

Food & Drink • 2 Comments

A rich, warming soup from table to tummy in just 25 minutes. The perfect comfort food to follow an afternoon gardening or a winter walk....

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Giving a pet as a gift – important considerations

Pets

Thinking about giving a pet as a gift in the run up to Christmas? Don't ignore the many responsibilities that come with animal care....

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Vegetable patch excellence – Essential maintenance for November

Gardening

It’s cold and wet in the veggie patch but there’s still work to be done!

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Kale mac and cheese – exquisite winter warmer recipe

Food & Drink

There are few things more welcoming than coming home to macaroni cheese on a cold autumn night....

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Rose colours: The hidden meaning of roses

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle

Have you ever considered the meaning or symbolism of why we use different rose colours for different occasions? Read on and find out ......

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Divine Drambuie soaked apple tarte tatin

Food & Drink

TV chef James Martin shares this luxurious autumnal dessert treat – apple tarte tatin.

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10 tips for pet wellbeing and happy dogs

Pets

Use these 10 tips to keep a wellness routine for your dog and safeguard future health. ...

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Scotland’s top 10 winter walks for foodies

Outdoor leisure

Work up an appetite with our pick of the best 10 winter walks for foodies in Scotland. ...

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Autumn walks and dazzling displays of colour

Home & Lifestyle, Outdoor leisure

National Trust parks and properties boast some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery, enjoy them in their autumn splendour with our pick of the best

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Leek and feta roulade – an irresistible treat

Food & Drink

Creamy leeks and tangy feta marry together with light, crispy filo in this surprisingly simple dinner time treat. ...

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Winter hand care: expert tips

Fashion & Beauty

Dry, chapped skin and wrinkles? Dull brittle nails? These are just some of the hand care issues we face in winter. Find out how to protect...

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Common cat parasites: Easy ways to keep puss happy

Pets

How to rid your pet of common cat parasites such as fleas, ear mites and walking dandruff.

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Roast chicken with pomegranate – no guilt all pleasure

Food & Drink

Discover this irresistible sticky roast chicken marinated in pomegranate molasses, sumac and lemon juice....

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Clearing garden clutter – painless maintenance tips

Gardening

Don't put off your autumn gardening jobs. Do them now, before winter sets in and makes them a real chore. ...

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Essential October gardening tips

Gardening

October is the month to start preparing the garden for the onset of winter.

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Angela Langford’s dream a little dream – indulgent bespoke skincare

Fashion & Beauty

Dream a little dream with this indulgent offering from bespoke skincare specialists, Angela Langford...

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New research reveals top 30 daily rituals Brits swear by

Home & Lifestyle

Brits have revealed the top 30 daily rituals and habits they swear by to get them through the day, including yoga, calling loved ones at a...

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Happy pets: understanding your dog

Pets

Do you know what your dog is thinking? Here’s an insight into the world of canine communication.

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Harvesting apples

Gardening

September is when your apples become ripe for harvest, Carol Ann Burtness share her tips for how to store them....

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Scrumptious apple and blackberry crumble

Food & Drink

Dig into this recipe for a glorious apple and blackberry crumble. ...

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Winerist – enjoying the world of wine

Travel, Food & Drink

Michael Edwards indulges in some blue-sky thinking for days when travel is easier.

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Overcome empty nest blues

Relationships and dating, Relationships

Your little angel has flown the nest and left for a new life at university. After years of looking out for someone else, you're free to...

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Efficient, affordable September gardening tips

Gardening

There's bargains at garden centres, plum trees to prune and plant flowering bulbs for next year. Check out our September gardening tips....

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Step up with these age-defying beauty tricks

Fashion & Beauty

Our Aesthetics & Skincare Expert, Amish Patel at Intrigue Cosmetic Clinic, shares his age-defying beauty tricks and tips in this article.

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Heavenly hazelnut chocolate truffles recipe

Food & Drink

Hazelnut chocolate truffles recipe that is easy to follow and quick to create. Leaving you plenty of time to put your feet up and relax....

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Grow your own mushrooms

Gardening, Home & Lifestyle

Mushrooms are easy to grow at home and they provide a delicious, nutritious source of protein....

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Super vegetable souvlaki with a feta and roasted pepper dip

Food & Drink

Irini Tzortzoglou shares a vegetable souvlaki recipe steeped in her Cretan roots.

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Proactive pet health

Pets

Pet expert Charlotte Reed makes recommendations on how to take great care of your pet and get the most out of having a pet....

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Fool proof August garden checklist

Gardening

Paul Ward reviews our August garden checklist and provides a nudge on the jobs we ignored last month....

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Indulgent walnut, aubergine and mushroom keema

Food & Drink

Nutritionist Sian Porter dishes up a delicious meat-free walnut, aubergine and mushroom keema.

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Healthy homemade treats for older dogs

Pets

Homemade treats for older dogs: Canine Nutritionist Kristina Johansen shares her recipe for chewy, easy-to-digest dog treats, rich in...

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Blooming wonderful August gardening tips

Gardening

John Kane highlights the main jobs in the garden in August from deadheading to pruning....

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Delicious stuffed courgettes

Food & Drink

Lightweight, low maintenance vegetarian option for any occasion.

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Create simple water vole habitats in your garden

Gardening

It's easy for gardeners to create a refuge for the UK's declining water vole population and other wildlife....

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Discover body confidence: Hair loss in women

Fashion & Beauty, Women's Health

Hair loss in women is neither serious, nor life threatening - according to doctors. For the sufferer, though, it is stress inducing and a...

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Create a stunning wildflower haven in your garden

Gardening

Wildflowers in your garden offer a low maintenance pop of colour throughout summer and help nature too. Here are four tips to help you create your own haven.

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Delicious, light goats’ cheese tart

Food & Drink

Beat the heat and enjoy a satisfying dinner, lunch or supper with this scrumptious goats’ cheese tart with Sticky Fig Relish. This...

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From tired eyes to bright eyes: our top tips

Fashion & Beauty

Amish Patel, Aesthetics Practitioner and Skincare Expert at Intrigue Cosmetic Clinic talks tired eyes, the causes and how you can...

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Scrumptiously easy banana flapjack balls

Food & Drink

Helen Burgess of Little Cooks shares a recipe for banana flapjack balls that grandparents and children can make together.

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The garden in July

Gardening

Your garden is probably looking pretty good right now. July is a month of colour and a chance to put one's feet up but as Paul Ward points...

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Indulgent New York-style Cheesecake

Food & Drink

Unleash your inner Bake Off demon with this sublime New York-style cheesecake....

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Active over 50s embraced technology during pandemic

Home & Lifestyle • One Comment

The pandemic has accelerated the use of online learning for the over 50s whether to pursue an interest, broaden horizons, unlock creativity or simply for fun.

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