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  1. Thread: Next Chanel

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    Re: Next Chanel

    +1
    Although I consider Concentrée a masterpiece, it’s rather dressy. For casual, everyday, and summer wear, the original is a fresh, handsome, cologne-y classic.
  2. Re: Men, what's the worst FEMALE fragrance you have ever smelt?

    Any fragrance with heavy sweet berries makes my pancreas curl. Gaak.
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    Re: One comment ruined my nose!

    That hasn’t happened to me with fragrance, but someone once mentioned that cinnamon is an ingredient in Coca Cola and for a while thereafter that was all I tasted. How did I miss that before?! After...
  4. Thread: male bar soap

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    Re: male bar soap

    The primary thing I expect from a shower is to get me clean. I use Ivory or a glycerine soap. Fragrance comes later.
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    Re: Inexpensive Vetiver to buy?

    +1 My favorite vetiver, and remarkably inexpensive.
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    Re: Spring scents, turning the page...

    Spring in Florida is a Canadian summer, but it’s the season of gardenias, frangipani, and spring orchids. Sometimes I’ll pinch a gardenia, and pop in in my pocket. That’s my scent for the day. To...
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    Re: What would you wear to a Kentucky Derby party?

    Équipage
  8. Thread: Next Chanel

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    Re: Next Chanel

    Allure Homme

    Approached head on, Bleu is rather generic and annoying. But when I wear it, I'm often surprised when I catch a whiff now and again by how appealing it can be.
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    Re: Chanel Platinum Egoiste

    I get the CK Eternity connection, but the Calvin Klein scent is a bit thin and flat against Platinum's smoothness and lush detailing. Sometimes the refinements, traces, the subpixels so to speak,...
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    Re: Chanel Platinum Egoiste

    Exuberant, optimistic, festive. I think of Platinum Egoiste as a “black” fragrance. Which is not to say dark, but black in style. Black Tie; black book; black Camaro. Laughing all the way.
  11. Poll: Re: Frederic Malle - poll - please pick your 2 choices only from the listed

    En Passant
    Dans Tes Bras
  12. Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Fragonard Vetyver is a delightful fresh, grassy vetiver, with a note of lemon and a hint of bracing pine. Though not niche, it’s hardly mainstream either, and quite inexpensive for the quality. Good...
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    Re: New from Tommy Bahama: Tommy Bahama for Him

    I sampled this today at the Tommy Bahama outlet here - I couldn't get past the coriander, which ruined the scent for me. Apart from that, it's a rather generic release, not up to the standards of...
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    Re: Channel: Platinum Egoiste

    PE longevity for me is average, typical designer.
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    Re: Name some "dry" fragrances you love.

    Tommy Bahama
  16. Re: What are your Hidden Gems? Scents you never hear about, but should!

    Fragonard / Désert
  17. Re: Hey peoples....any designer fragrance hype at the moment?

    Trust your nose, yes, but sometimes it's the hype that gets your nose to the right place.



    Quite. But for the hype I would have dismissed and ignored Shock for Him, a yummy and FBW scent.
  18. Re: What's your best scent+grooming product combo?

    I like Chanel’s PE stick deo, sometimes it’s the only fragrance I wear. Allure Homme has a complete line of accessories that are quite nice as well.
  19. Re: Which perfume house uses the best/worst quality bottles in comparison to their price tag?

    Caron's "urns" are very well balanced and hand-friendly. Nautica's heavy glass bottles are quite handsome and have a pleasant heft. I like Eau Sauvage’s iconic deco-ish design. Elsa Peretti's pinch...
  20. Re: Chanel Egoiste Platinum using a new formula or manufacturing?

    I agree. But this seems to be a trend with the big designers - cologne-strength EdTs, if that.

    Say what you want about Bond and Ford; at least you're getting, with a few exceptions, some decent...
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    Re: Relax and calming scent for bed ?

    A touch of Shalimar on my bed linens... luxurious and comforting.
  22. Re: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - cheaper / better alternatives

    4711

    Wouldn't say it's "better", as Ford products are high quality. Longevity isn't the best, but it's cheap, quite similar, and a cologne splash.
  23. Poll: Re: Help me choose a bond frag. (all thoughts welcome) POLL!

    My faves:

    Success Is A Job In New York
    Chez Bond
    Gramercy Park
    I Love NY For All
    Saks Fifth Avenue For Him
    West Side
    New Haarlem
  24. Re: My Score of the Decade!!! Wax Sealed Vintage Tabac Blond!!!

    May I touch you?
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    Re: chrome vs nautica voyage?

    Voyage, to me, is more fougere than aquatic, despite the nautical association. Its nearest cousin is Curve, not Chrome.
  26. Re: Straight versus Gay preferences: A Scientific Study

    A friend in college, a straight female, had theorized that gay men are “double male”, based on her idea that heterosexual males (for instance) seek opposite sex-partners for completion - an inner...
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    Re: Reformulated Eau Sauvage is a Masterpiece!

    Yes. It's renown citrus and spiky herbs notwithstanding, I've long regarded ES as a vetiver.

    The latest formulation may be a tad less sauvage, but it is brilliant.
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    Re: Do You Ever Clean Your Bottles?

    I clean the nozzles once in a while, with a damp Q-tip.
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    Re: Bond No. 9 I Love NY For Him Purchase

    I like it a lot.
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    Re: The longevity beast that is...

    Many Bonds have exceptional longevity - a high-value trait in a fragrance, in my opinion.

    Jaipur Homme
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    Re: Your top 10 classic feminines to wear!

    I wear Diorissimo in the spring and summer, usually with a white linen shirt. It’s such a persuasive lily of the valley, it’s as if you’d plucked a sprig and stuck it in your pocket.

    Bellodgia any...
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    Re: The Eau Sauvage Trio

    The EdP is a fine fragrance, but the original rules. I really liked Fraicheur Cuir at first, but after a while began to be oppressed by what struck me as something about it vaguely mucoid. Later, in...
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    Re: Fragrances that you have a change of heart with

    Fahrenheit: I still acknowledge its innovation and greatness. I can’t pinpoint when, exactly, I turned against it, but the disenchantment seems insoluble. I gave away my last remaining stock after...
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    Poll: Re: Lacoste Essential vs Ck One Summer 2012

    Some “Summers” are better than others. I believe the 08 and 11 flankers were standouts. I haven’t tried 2012. I do enjoy wearing Essential on a hot day - clean, green, and quite unique among a...
  35. Re: Which fragrance smells so much like it but contains none of it

    Allure Homme is redolent, to me, of brandied tobacco. But there's no tobacco in it.
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    Re: That one note that kills it for you...

    Anything in which coriander is too prominent. I hate cilantro!
  37. Thread: Male Rose Scent

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    Re: Male Rose Scent

    Noir de Noir is my favorite so far...
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    Re: NEW Nautica Aqua Rush Gold

    I’ll test it, there’s a Nautica outlet not far from here, but not getting my hopes up. Voyage is a great scent, and I love Oceans (I bought up most of the last wave at local discounters), but...
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    Re: Channel: Platinum Egoiste

    Jay Gatsby's white linen shirts smell like Platinum Egoiste.
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    Re: Black Orchid; Voile de Fleur.

    It's really good, more approachable than Black Orchid. I gave it to a girlfriend, though; it's a bit too richly fem for me. It smells remarkably like a cattleya orchid.
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    Re: New from Tommy Bahama: Tommy Bahama for Him

    Looking forward to trying it, Tommy Bahama has a great track record. Nice bottle - looks like a cognac or brandy.
  42. Re: Do you have a favourite all time perfumer ? If so, who and why ?

    Jacques Polge. For his incredible string of great scents over a long and remarkable career. One or two fragrances the calibre of Tiffany For Men, Egoiste/Platinum, or Allure Homme/Sport, would have...
  43. Re: How old were you when you started to get interest in fragrances?

    By age 12 I had a signature scent - Dante Original. I’d spend my allowance/paper route/odd job money on it. One day at the mall I had just bought a new bottle and was excitedly taking it out of the...
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    Re: Does alcohol reduce your sense of smell?

    I haven't noticed. At first an alcohol buzz seems to intensify everything. The purpose of an aperitif is to stimulate the appetite. As the drinking wears on it probably dulls the senses, but by then...
  45. Re: Does it exists any great or even a masterpiece "sport" scent?

    This. It achieved a fresh sport vibe without any of the familiar "sport" ingredients. Ahead of its time.
  46. Thread: Bijan Nude?

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    Re: Bijan Nude?

    That striking bottle belies its rather generic contents as I recall...
  47. Thread: Masculine Florals

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    Re: Masculine Florals

    With the possible exception of tuberose, I believe any soliflore - carnation, lilly of the valley, rose - can be worn by a man. The more realistic the better. Think a flower plucked and stuck in a...
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    Re: Recommendation - frag similar to Fierce?

    Chanel Platinum Egoiste, though more refined, gets cited a lot...
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    Re: Body sprays/prefumes

    My favorite Axe is "Music". It's almost a ringer for Tuscan Leather but with cedar instead of raspberry, pretty audacious I'd say for a mainstream body spray. Dark Temptation is quite nice. Twist is...
  50. Thread: Black Orchid

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    Re: Black Orchid

    So did I. But Voile de Fleur is really gorgeous - smells like a cattleya orchid. I couldn't wear it though - gave it to a girlfriend.
  51. Re: Super cheap bargain basement fragrance recommendations please

    Elizabeth Taylor's Passion for Men is a very nice woodsy oriental, and a perennial at discount outlets.
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    Re: Finally tried LIDGE..

    I haven’t tried LIDGE, but was taken aback by the rancid, almost fecal, chocolate that wafted out of L’Instant when I tried that. Pass.
  53. Re: Where do YOU spray your fragrance to make it last all day?

    Shirt. Not only does it last longer, the whole development, top, heart, bottom, is slower. Hold the sprayer about a foot away, and the little cloud shouldn't stain. I spray once, each side, in the...
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    Re: Best budget leathers?

    Axe "Music" is surprisingly good - reminiscent of Tuscan Leather but with cedar instead of raspberry.
  55. Re: Bond No. 9 and Creed hit the Discounters - Bloom Officially off the Brand Rose

    $149.99 is a long way from $29.99. I can wait.
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    Re: Chanel PM Concentree----dissapointing. Meh.

    It sounds like you're describing the original (non-concentree) Pour Monsieur - which is more along the lines of a classic EdC, and while a great classic, is more fleeting than the concentree.
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    Re: Name your best incense cologne.

    Armani Prive Bois d'Encens for me.
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    Re: Chanel PM Concentree----dissapointing. Meh.

    It's one of the few for which I have backups. It's superb.
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste/Platinum Egoiste

    Is Egoiste feminine? A bit, but it's a also a very artful fragrance that I admire a lot, though it strikes me as a tad elderly. It isn’t a big winner in the “most female compliments” sweepstakes....
  60. Re: Suggestions: fragrance for T-shirt, skinny jeans, and cardigan

    Tabac
  61. Re: Suggestions: fragrance for T-shirt, skinny jeans, and cardigan

    heh
  62. Re: Suggestions: fragrance for T-shirt, skinny jeans, and cardigan

    Kenzo pour homme boisée
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    Re: Backup Bottles of Oakmoss-Oriented Scents?

    I don't have anything that has a heavy oakmoss presence - I'm not crazy about it's sharply aromatic mossy/grassy aroma if it's too prominent or by itself. I have a couple of vintage Fragonards that...
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    Re: The best basenotes reviewers ever!

    Good choices so far, and I appreciate the astute evaluations and lack of hype that many of the leaders provide.

    I’m partial to these entertainers:

    Oh_Hedgehog
    Redneck Perfumisto
    Stroll Your...
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    Re: The best basenotes reviewers ever!

    Good choices so far, and I appreciate the astute evaluations and lack of hype that many of the leaders provide.

    But I’m partial to the entertainers:

    Oh_Hedgehog
    Redneck Perfumisto
    Stroll Your...
  66. Re: Is there any note that you are particularly sensitive to?

    I hate cilantro.
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    Re: What fragrance was so bad you HAD to wash it off?

    Guerlain Vetiver. Blech. There was still a trace left, reminiscent of the smell of the foam from one of those stainless steel soap dispensers at an Interstate rest stop.

    A*Men. It's just wrong.
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    Re: Fragrances you don't wear in public

    CK One. I still consider it one of the most adorable scents ever created, but... well, you know. I wear it for kicking around the house when I'm in the mood.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I'll have a look. The T.J. Maxx and Ross at Coconut Point are pathetic - don't bother - as is the new Marshalls by Edison Mall.
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Inventory has been dwindling for months around here (SW Florida). Fragrance shelves are practically a ghost town now. Is the age of abundant fragrance clearances over?
  71. Re: Which House Has The Largest Number Of Quality Male Fragrances: Chanel, Dior or Yves Saint Lauren

    I agree.
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    Re: Merry Christmas Everyone

    Merry Christmas!

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pahD9DMxWFw/SzEOzQAAweI/AAAAAAAAEL8/hyuWLdFrxYc/s512/Picpage%2520122804%2520jm%252006.jpg
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    Re: Linear fragrances - the discussion.

    You're not alone. It's a subject I brought up when I first joined Basenotes several years ago.

    The “fragrance journey”, which was a historical solution to extending the life of unstable materials,...
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    Re: whats your honest opinion on jean paul le male?

    It’s a pretty good scent, if a bit adolescent and a little too sweet for me. I can’t see owning a bottle - which would give me the impression that it’s hitting on me.
  75. Re: Tom Ford Noir De Noir is just freaking unbelievable

    Deep burgundy red rose wine that finishes off, hours later, with a touch of dark chocolate. Intoxicating.
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    Re: Eau Sauvage 100% Glaçon

    I've heard it's Eau Sauvage and mint. Is that your impression?
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    Re: Highly reviewed fragrances that you dislike?

    LIDG
    Grey Flannel
    Egoiste
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    Re: Recommend me one final decant

    Tom Ford Oud Wood for you...
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    Re: Red for men.. horrendous!

    I returned mine...
  80. Re: Questions about Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme

    The similarity between the two is a bit of a stretch, and they're quite different in spirit. AHSE doesn't strike me as a sport fragrance. I like the original.
  81. Re: Teenager looking for a fragrance, thinking of Egoiste

    +1^
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    Re: Suggest me an accessible vetiver

    I like Fragonard Vetyver a lot. Fresh and elegant, it’s agreeably provincial, masculine, and bright.
  83. Re: You people realize that real smells are infinitely better than fake ones, right?

    When the gardenias are in bloom, I pick one and put it in my shirt pocket. Scent of the day. Or two. Nothing more needed.
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    Re: Solid, Versatile, All-Season Designer Fragrances

    Allure Homme is de-lish! The Chanels you like are Jacques Polge creations - with that in mind, Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree is a must-try.
  85. Thread: Hanae Mori?

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    Re: Hanae Mori?

    I would say it's at least as sweet as 1 Million, though not like it. It has a candy vibe to me, and has a rep for getting its share of comps.
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite leather?

    Royal English Leather

    Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir - not the most evocative of leather, but nice.

    Axe “Music” could be a Tuscan Leather flanker, they’re that similar.
  87. Thread: Threaded scents

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    Threaded scents

    Layering can produce unexpected, and sometimes weird, results. I like to what I will call "thread" scents: apply two (or more) related frags on different (though proximate) areas of the body or...
  88. Thread: Chanel Egoiste

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    Re: Chanel Egoiste

    When I first tried Egoiste I was startled and a bit repelled. I waited for the renowned Chanel drydown. I tried it again. My conclusion: first impressions are not always wrong.
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    Re: Fragrances that smell like a ghost.

    There’s something ghostly about CK Obsession Night for Men. It’s vague and misty, ephemeral, with a hint of sweet melancholy lurking in its moody pale moonlight.
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    Re: Christmas 2012 fragrance

    Platinum Egoiste - I got it for Christmas one year and associate it accordingly - and for its festive elegance and cheerful style.
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    Re: What is it that I'm smelling...

    When I first smelled Aventus I thought "hmmm... Creed does Terre, and a chunk of pineapple." So yes, I get that. But the Tuscan Leather connection never occurred to me.
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    Poll: Re: cologne at a job interview

    I'd wait until I understood the company's policy, or the general attitude of that milieu, on fragrance in the workplace. There is no downside to wearing nothing.

    If, however, wearing fragrance is...
  93. Re: A guy diving into tuberose: Criminelle or Carnal?

    They're both superb, with the edge probably going to Carnal Flower. But no tuberose experience would be complete without at least sampling the incomparably shameless Fracas.
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    Re: Is It Just Me Or Does Bleu De Chanel....

    Smells great. Is it generic? Yes, if the quality and refinements that Chanel brings to Bleu aren't enough for you. It's not niche. But then Chanel specializes in creating highly polished exemplars of...
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    Re: What Perfumer/nose speaks to you best?

    http://static.mujer.latercera.com/20101022/1090784.jpg

    Jacques Polge
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    Re: Axe....seriously??!?!?

    Dark Temptations is a nice HM-style candy, and Music is almost a ringer for Tuscan Leather. The problem with Axe is that you have to blast it on, so you don't save that much, over time, over a higher...
  97. Re: If you were restricted to one incense fragrance...

    Armani Prive Bois D'Encens
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    Re: What to make of "English Laundry Riviera"?

    Must try; I quite like Arrogance.

    I assume English Laundry has an arrangement with Dillard's, like Bond No. 9 has with Saks, for instance.
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    Re: Is civet a dated note in fragrance?

    Individual taste and micro-trends aside, I think civet (and other animalics) in scent, at least as a prominent player, suggests an intimacy from which human beings have generally been retreating.
    ...
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    Re: Most Sophisticated Fragrance?

    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree.
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