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    Re: VINTAGE Yatagan vs current FORMULATION

    If it's true then it's terribly bad news. Yatagan was absolutely my favourite fragrance and it's a little tragedy that it seems to have effectively disappeared like this.
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    Re: VINTAGE Yatagan vs current FORMULATION

    Yes, that's the same vintage as the bottle I have that smells great too - my favourite fragrance by some distance. The new one however smells like polluted tap water.
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    Re: VINTAGE Yatagan vs current FORMULATION

    That's very interesting and helpful, thank you very much! It's looking like there's a fairly good possibility that this is a pretty new reformulation then. Which is sad of course, since to my nose at...
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    Re: VINTAGE Yatagan vs current FORMULATION

    It's odd, I agree.
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    Re: VINTAGE Yatagan vs current FORMULATION

    Great, thank you very much! And yes, I can't believe it would be counterfeit either.
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    Re: VINTAGE Yatagan vs current FORMULATION

    Well, I bought a bottle off Ebay recently to stock up in case it was reformulated - only to find that it seems to have been reformulated to pretty much nothingness. I have a bottle I bought about a...
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    Re: Houbigant Le Parfum Ideal

    My recent find...
    http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/23/053e1e9611571b26724152f67a3367ad.jpg
    ... is now up on a rather well-known auction site. Sadly, new and over-anxious international postage...
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    Re: Houbigant Le Parfum Ideal

    Thank you, yes I had a look at those threads but they are just too scary. I suspect I'm going to end up selling this on as it is and leaving the stuck stopper question to the new owner!

    ...And...
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    Re: Houbigant Le Parfum Ideal

    This is actually pretty spooky because today I found this:

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    Extrait, I think. From about 1900. Baccarat crystal.

    I was quite pleased.
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VII

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  11. Re: Share your greatest bargain ever. A silly thread to show off.

    Full bottle of vol de nuit evasion £5 from a charity shop.

    Bottle of vintage patou joy edp £3 junk shop.

    Keep them coming, God.
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    Re: New from Ralph Lauren: Bog Pony!

    There is a phrase 'bog otter' in English but it doesn't refer to an actual beast, more to a blockage sometimes encountered...
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    Re: New from Ralph Lauren: Bog Pony!

    It's real. Made me chuckle yesterday.

    Ebay frag listings are often funny: the legions of half empty bottles that have been 'sprayed twice only'...
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    New from Ralph Lauren: Bog Pony!

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    Now truly, isn't that a name that's just crying out to be utilised in men's perfumery...?
  15. Re: Strange Bedfellows: Kouros and - of all things - Lush/Gorrila Orange Blossom

    If anything is the lesson from this, it's that.

    (Though for me I can't fail to be interested in my wife's liking for the smell of the idea of 'essential oils'. (Though I guess this also raises...
  16. The title of this made me gasp in horror! You...

    The title of this made me gasp in horror! You gotta be more careful about freaking out perfume fans like that...!
  17. Re: Strange Bedfellows: Kouros and - of all things - Lush/Gorrila Orange Blossom

    My wife found the 'Orange Blossom' this morning. I find her in the kitchen going 'yum!' and rubbing it on her neck.
    'I could EAT this!', she said.
    'It smells just like Kouros', I said to her. ...
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    Re: My Top 5 Worst of the Worst Fragrances

    I cannot believe I'm the only one to find Acqua Di Gio:
  19. Re: If you had to chose only 1 cologne to wear for the next 5 years what would it be?

    Pour un Homme de Caron
  20. Strange Bedfellows: Kouros and - of all things - Lush/Gorrila Orange Blossom

    Here's the thing: I got a packet in the post today to my workplace: 50ml of Kouros (in the slightly older, more civety, silver top & bottom flask) that I'd just bought from eBay "barely used". And...
  21. Thread: Welcome Home!

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    Re: Welcome Home!

    Wow, what a joy. I stopped using Basenotes when it went to Huddler - it just seemed so claustrophobic (and it was terrible on my phone, too). I'm very glad it's back. Now please just get Off-Scenter...
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    Re: What made you go for a 200ml or 400ml bottle?

    Think I had about 750ml of Agua Lavanda by Puig once. I decanted it into a huge pump up aerosol bottle to which I gave one pump too many - and it exploded! Think I must have inhaled about 100ml!...
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    Re: My opinion on l'Air du Desert Marocain has changed

    My experience of it has changed quite a lot: but I still love it. The first few shots out of the tester it seemed like freshly creosoted log on a bonfire (and I could barely tolerate it). This...
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    Re: Anything close to a forest?

    Bugger! I glance at this thread and now I'm going to have to spend one hundred and twenty five bucks on a damn niche scent that smells like fir trees...
  25. Re: What was the first fragrance you bought after joing basenotes?

    Probably L'air du desert...Still going strong on that one, too.
  26. Re: I did not realize that PUREPROTEIN had purchased Basenotes.com

    Ditto. Firefox + Adblock = Not one damn pop-up in sight. Evah!
  27. Re: "Modern" versions of Yatagan, Polo, other old woody/smoky/leathery frags?

    Not only



    but also

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v185/r005ter/frags/107oncw.jpg
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver Arrived

    Yup, that's about right. Wonderful, joyful stuff it is too.
  29. Re: Where can you get Montale and Caron perfumes in London?

    Yup, they sure do. They even have that wacky version of Pour un Homme - Impact - that no-one likes.

    You might be able to persuade them to have a go with the Montales...
  30. Re: L'artisan parfumeur, what would you guys recommend?

    I agree with you - and Havana Vanille is none of those -it's a seemingly endless boozy vanilla bomb of a frag.
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    Re: Creed is all you Need..

    You could just buy a hat with 'I am wealthy' written on it.
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    Re: Cinnamon/bubble gum smell?

    Yeah, seconded, big time. (it's pretty bloody 'orrible, though...)
  33. Re: Can Anyone Tell Me What Decade This Vintage Azzaro EDT is From?

    Yeah, what he said. Weird.
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    Mate! What about Rien? No 'Lie's greatest hits'...

    Mate! What about Rien? No 'Lie's greatest hits' can miss that out, surely!?
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    Re: The one fragrance you regret parting with.

    Yeah, me too, back in the early days before my nose had, er, matured: REGRET. :cry:
  36. Basenotes reviewing Lidl offerings is doing the...

    Basenotes reviewing Lidl offerings is doing the job of a perfume website & long may it continue. Now if it were to confine itself to being a snobbish perfume website, doubtless it wouldn't bother.
  37. I got it in Hampstead Oxfam for three quid. In...

    I got it in Hampstead Oxfam for three quid. In parts it did my head in: 'Fed up with work, I stopped for the day at 11.00am, phoned my wife and we motored to the tiny village of blah in Italy - only...
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    Re: The Best of État Libre d'Orange

    There is nothing like Rien. Rien just rules: :2vrolijk_08:
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    Re: Which frags have the worst drydowns?

    Sacrilege! :shocked:
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    Re: Yardley Citrus and Woods Vs. Terre D'Hermes

    I would say that they are dissimilar. The Yardley rather lurches between accords (accords which are in themselves rather harsh). TdH is not a blew-my-world kinda frag, but it isn't crude.
  41. Re: Anyone know where I can read Off-scenter's reviews? They are gone again.

    When I found a 'fume that I thought might be interesting, the first thing I'd do would be to read both Off-Scenter's & Foetidus's reviews. But with his reviews gone I feel like I'm walking in circles...
  42. Re: Anyone know where I can read Off-scenter's reviews? They are gone again.

    If he'd put them in a book, I'd buy the book.

    He's a very good writer and great reviewer of 'fumes. I miss his work already.
  43. Thread: Lentheric

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    Re: Lentheric

    I'm terribly sorry but this bottle is long gone now. But stick a search on Ebay that emails you when a new one turns up & you'll snag a bottle in no time (probably!).
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    Re: I'm sniffing Guerlain Vol de Nuit Evasion ...

    Well, I just found a bottle of this juice. It reminds me of a cross between Havana Vanille and Narciso Rodriguez - which is to say it smells very nice indeed.

    My wife however, doesn't fancy it...
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    Re: Azzaro Pour Homme - bad blind buy

    Take it back. Then look on Ebay for a bottle of the vintage juice (silver label rather than embossed). It's a much warmer frag, the old stuff; bigger & bolder too.
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    Re: Next Lutens release: L'eau froide

    L'eau Freud?
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    Re: Acqua Di Gio is overrated

    I would respectfully differ: to my mind a collection of nice fragrances could quite easily be complete without it! :smiley:
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    Re: Acqua Di Gio is overrated

    I think ADG is made with bits of real panthers.
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    Re: LDDM VS L'Instant Guerlain homme extreme

    I think the way around this is simply to wear it every day.
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    Re: LDDM VS L'Instant Guerlain homme extreme

    L'air is a beautiful, wildly evocative, stirring masterpiece. L'Instant is the smell of chocolate pudding.
  51. Re: What have you been thinking of blind buying next ?

    Currently obsessing about Exhale by Lush/Gorilla/B Never too Busy.... It's all Off-Scenter's fault: I read his review and lost my mind.:2vrolijk_08:
  52. Thread: Incense/Vetiver

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    Re: Incense/Vetiver

    Incense/Vetiver? L'air du Desert Marocain!

    The vetiver isn't shouty but it's there. Incense though? Whoa yeah.
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    Re: "Warm Cocoa" Scent?

    I just felt like I was covered in chocolate pudding with this one. Totally wrong for me. I don't know Luten's Borneo 1834 - but doesn't that have a cocoa thang going on along with the patchouli?
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    Re: Best Cold Icy fragrances

    Can't believe no one's metioned Serge Lutens Gris Clair. Notoriously chilly frag (nice too).
  55. Re: Quick question: ELDO Fat Electrician projection and longevity

    It's a very, very faint vetiver on my skin with little projection or longevity. Something like Encre Noir does at least give you (very) good projection & longevity. I found EN a tiny bit too...
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    Re: modern/niche version of Quorum by Puig?

    Yeah, that's a really good association, I think I'd probably second that. PdH has, actually, the ballsy hugeness that Q aspires to - but it has beauty as well. (It's worth adding that it's close to...
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VI

    I kinda have. I had about a dozen and I thought 'oh, bugger this' and sold most of them. (I have to say though that I'm currently toying with the idea of a bottle of LDDM...)
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VI

    Yeah, I'm exaggerating. I have two frags now: the 3/4 litre of Puh on show and a back up bottle of Lauder for men.



    I do like a laid-back, world-weary toothbrush, it's true.
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    Re: Post a Picture of Your Scents - Edition VI

    http://i56.tinypic.com/2qkjci1.jpg
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    Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain

    Turns out that's right: microscopic applications are the key. I've had about half-a-dozen full-on full wears out of a 1.5ml tester - and even with this amount figuring out how to dial it back enough...
  61. Re: Total Weight of Non-transparent bottles (CdG and Montale)

    I bought a bottle of Narciso Rodriguez for her eau de toilette today, 50ml bottle from a charity shop for £1.50. Stuff (yeah, good smellin' stuff, actually) does come out when you hit the button - so...
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    Re: Yatagan = Cocaine?

    Ylang-ylang though - anything with a predominant note of Ylang-ylang - and I'm back to my twenties, smoking smack off a Kit-Kat wrapper in the bogs of the Bristol 'Old E'.

    So I avoid Ylang-ylang...
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    Re: Yatagan = Cocaine?

    Maybe someone's cutting his gear with celery salt? Just a thought.
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    Re: Creed Frag for 15 yr old

    Give the kid the money instead.
  65. Re: 21 year old student - Needs recommendations! - (Picture included)

    Pour un Homme de Caron: Simple. Good.
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    Re: Tommy Girl for Men?

    And, er, yes, today I bought a bottle...

    :rolleyesold:
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    Re: Im not sure what to buy???

    +1 Bulgari Black
  68. Re: Seeking a Lavender Dominated Eau de Cologne, Any Suggestions?

    What's the verdict then?
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver and Lalique Encre Noire

    Odd: quite late into the dry down Guerlain's Vetiver simply becomes Encre Noire. Anyone else noticed this?
  70. Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    I can also see no reason to imagine why someone from the Philippines who has worked in this kind of role would by necessity not be interested in perfumes. But even if that were so, taking the piss...
  71. Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    I'm not offended. I think the name is in poor taste and I said so. I think your rhetorical comparison is in poor taste also.
  72. Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    I have an idea that ELDO's achingly hip ironic schtick will end up becoming a handicap for them. Non-stop irony eventually just turns into a kind of poisonous despair.
  73. Re: New Fragrance: Etat Libre d'Orange - Philippine Houseboy

    My sister-in-law is from the Philippines and was kept as a slave in London for a number of years. Her 'employer' was eventually prosecuted for imprisoning her - and this state of affairs is by no...
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    Re: Caron, Third Man/Le Troiseme Homme Cologne

    If you are concerned about smelling different to the other guys: don't buy it. If you can handle that: buy it - it's beautiful.
  75. Re: You have $100 and no fragrances; what wouldl you get?

    Today I'd buy about half a litre of Caron Pour un Homme and a wee bottle of Encre Noire. But that's today.
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    Re: A*Men (original) or Encre Noire

    I tried A*Men, found it confused, too sweet and generally unpleasant. I just blind bought a bottle of EN and am enjoying it more and more. It's a very focussed fragrance and at first that put me off...
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    Re: Should I buy Amouage Gold?

    Though it's worth saying that the idea that there's a frag that'll somehow do it - fill the frag-hole, be the one, end the search for the holy frag, whatever - is just that: an idea. Taking your foot...
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    Re: Should I buy Amouage Gold?

    If I had a great deal more cash than I have I'd probably have bought it myself. It's nice. I like the skank in there. You might consider - as above - Mouchoir de Monsieur, or even Jicky or perhaps...
  79. Thread: Lentheric

    by Ralph
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    Re: Lentheric

    Yeah, it's actually pretty good stuff. It's about my bag as much as BaV is, which is to say: not all that much, really - but I can tell it's nicely put together.

    It also instantly transports me...
  80. Re: So what makes a fragrance "mens, or womens" specifically?

    Thinking about it, there's about as much that confines a fragrance to a supposed gender category as there is that does a person. Which is to say, again: nada, zip, diddly, nothing.
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver and Lalique Encre Noire

    In terms of depth the Guerlain is in another world beyond the Lalique: beautiful, fresh, green, marshy complexity - smells like a living thing (actually kinda like the Swamp Thing ought to smell!)...
  82. Thread: Lentheric

    by Ralph
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    Re: Lentheric

    Longshot, this one, but is anyone familiar with this stuff? Lentheric Style - perfume cologne spray:

    http://i56.tinypic.com/abs176.jpg

    I picked it up in a charity shop today and I think I'm...
  83. Re: So what makes a fragrance "mens, or womens" specifically?

    Nothing whatsoever - beyond your response to the associations that the frag calls up for you.
  84. Re: How Many Of You Carry Cologne For A Midday Freshen Up ?

    The guy in that video puts about 3-4ml tops in that bottle and then says: 'There you go: a couple of weeks worth of scent'

    Weeks? Holy crap! For me, about half a morning worth.
  85. Re: How Many Of You Carry Cologne For A Midday Freshen Up ?

    I pretty much always do. For a start, I'm addicted to the opening salvo from Caron's pour un homme and very often apply during the day to re-experience that astonishing, nuclear-lavender opening.
    ...
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    Re: Why is Sung Homme so unpopular?

    You do indeed. That did it for me, really. Just seemed like bubblegum air-freshener.
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    Re: TODAY I BOUGHT July 2011

    http://i53.tinypic.com/1zokj2o.jpg
  88. Re: New Creed 250 year anniversary scent!! Spy Photo Cairomerta style!!

    Creed should perhaps consider selling a line of hats with a sign at the front that reads: "I am wealthy".

    Just a thought.
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    Re: New Fragrance: Van Cleef & Arpels Precious Oud

    If you're really into ouds - does that make you an Oudist?

    Boom, boom!
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    Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain

    I got a tester a couple of weeks back. So far I think: 1) It's expensive, 2) It smells like creosote and 3) It gives me a headache.

    (Though it's possible that I'm over applying it as 'massive...
  91. Re: Need a new Fragrance for Starting University in the UK

    +1 Lutens Ambre Sultan

    You will have a lot of people getting up-close and interested if you wear this. Very unlikely that anyone else in the club will be wearing it, either.
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    Re: Sloooooooooooowwwwwwww

    One thing I've noticed recently: prior to the move, if you did a search for a frag in the on-site search facility the main review for the frag turned up as the first search result - and this was...
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    Re: Your Fragrance Graveyard/Out Of Favor Scents

    Yes indeedy.
  94. Re: Share your greatest bargain ever. A silly thread to show off.

    I got two 125ml bottles of Laura Ashley's Emma Eau Fraiche for £3. Sold them for £230.
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    Re: Gorilla Perfume - Dirty Body Spray

    It's a little bit heavy on the tarragon, to my mind. After one spray, I feel like I'm a fillet of poached salmon.
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    Re: Sloooooooooooowwwwwwww

    Wonderful!
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    Re: BBC Perfume Documentary on YouTube

    I think the first part of the 1st episode has been deleted from the site there... :(
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    Re: Do you wear fragrances in your house?

    I mean, it would be horrible to develop a reputation as "cologne guy," right?

    I think that living in fear of an imagined response to you would be worse, to be honest.

    I went into a West...
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    Re: Are there pheromones in Gucci Envy?

    The idea that there's a chemical elixir capable of triggering some sort of uncontrollable sexual reaction in those that perceive it is just the most astonishing pile of horse pucky.
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    Re: BBC Perfume Documentary on YouTube

    Thanks for this, superb!
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