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    Re: Fendi Theorema - rara avis no longer?

    You are probably referring to the classic Mauboussin - with the prism-infused pyramid bottle, yes? Right, the plummy note is pretty strong. But have you ever tried the Histoire d'Eau by same...
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    Re: Fendi Theorema - rara avis no longer?

    Thanks, Redneck P.
    Your thoughts on the provenance were much like what I was thinking. For years I could only stand the eau d'ete version of Theorema, but I might be ready to graduate now. ...
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    Fendi Theorema - rara avis no longer?

    To my observation, Fendi Theorema was an obsession in much the same way of Biagiotti's Venezia for a while. Discontinued, coveted, very few bottles circulating.

    Now there seem to be bottles of FT...
  4. Re: Which of your scents bloom in the coldest weather?

    White florals, especially tuberose, can be amazing on a brilliantly clear, cold day. My favorite is the Tubereuse by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, Has a touch of stemmy green to it, very classy.
    ...
  5. Re: Diptyque 2017 - No special edition fragrance?

    Thanks to all!

    FYI, the mimosa, jasmine and rose were still available on Nordstrom's website when I checked very recently.
  6. Re: Diptyque 2017 - No special edition fragrance?

    An exploration of hyacinth would get a big thumbs up from me!
  7. Miller Harris La Fumee and all its offspring

    I've not had a good chance in years to sample anything by Miller Harris, so I'm a bit behind on the whole La Fumee plus flankers tribe.

    Of the flankers, which do you think is the most interesting?...
  8. Re: Diptyque 2017 - No special edition fragrance?

    It's a bummer if it did. Oh well.
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    Re: I've created a monster.

    Awesome. Say hello to your friend from all of us!
  10. Diptyque 2017 - No special edition fragrance?

    I've anticipated the yearly Diptyque Essences Insensées soliflores ever since they started with the Mimosa (2014?). Bought two of the Jasmine, I loved it so - except for the agonizing bulb sprayer....
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    Re: The "It Smells Like it Looks!" thread

    Vintage Cabochard with the green velvet ribbon.
  12. Poll: Re: Which Is Your Favourite Out Of These Vintage Diors ?

    Of those three, Diorella is my favorite.

    I used to wear it in extrait - those were the happy years!
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    Re: Lutens A La Nuit - current version weak?

    I remember when the local Barneys had it. I'd spritz a bit and then worry about going back to the office or getting onto public transport - it did pack a punch back then. I was hoping I could...
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    Re: Lutens A La Nuit - current version weak?

    Thanks guys. The bargains are tempting, but I've had my share of disappointments this year, maybe I'll pass.
  15. Re: NEW: Leonard - Eau Fabuleuse Limited Edition For Women!

    Me too - very talismanic.
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    Lutens A La Nuit - current version weak?

    Looks like there are a fair number of bottles of various Lutens scents out there at discounters, presumably before the big chop to come. So, the currently available version of A La Nuit - I always...
  17. Re: NEW: Leonard - Eau Fabuleuse Limited Edition For Women!

    Exciting to see something new from this house!
    The bottle looks very similar to what the Eau Fraiche came in.
    Thanks hednic!
  18. Re: Finally got to see a Khanjar in the flesh :)

    Beautiful - thanks for the pics. It's great to have our passion (frags) intersect with so much!
  19. Thread: Best Jasmin?

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    Re: Best Jasmin?

    Diptyques's special limited edition 2015 was a jasmine, and what a jasmine. Still available on some sites. Loved everything about it except the bulb atomizer.
  20. Re: Any thoughts on the House of Sillage line?

    This house needs to do a special Hello Kitty edition.
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    Re: Le Parfum de Therese - still good?

    Great, thanks! Think I will buy another bottle - to me it's one of the few that is worth its price increase.
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    Re: Le Parfum de Therese - still good?

    Thanks, hednic! Good to know.
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    Le Parfum de Therese - still good?

    My older stash of Le Parfum de Therese is down to a few drops. I really love this fragrance, so I am in the market for a new bottle.
    With the corporate shakeup/sale and rumored reformulations in...
  24. Smallflower (Merz Apothecary) - how are they?

    I've never ordered from Smallflower, but looking at their website is very intriguing indeed.
    Anyone done business with them? Experiences? They look very legit but just thought I'd check.
    Thank...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 3rd October, 2017

    3 Fleurs by Parfums d'Empire. Love that wee mint note underneath the white flowers.
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    Re: Time to pull harder on the reins?

    Thanks, teardrop! It's wonderful to have a lifelong passion, isn't it?

    See - feeling better already!

    J.
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    Re: Time to pull harder on the reins?

    Thanks for all the kind advice - the sort that only a basenoter can give to another!

    Must admit, my abundance of scents does not make me unhappy. It's like adding another and another beautiful...
  28. Re: Has anyone or anything (food, for instance) ever ruined a fragrance for you?

    I was wearing Montale's Aoud Lime the night I confronted a (now-ex) friend about the money he owed me. Never got the money back, and would love to still wear the scent but just can't.
  29. Re: What Discontinued Fragrances Seem to be Really Truly Gone???

    Halston Night. A beautiful scent laden with tart black currant bud in the most astonishing bottle. Unfortunately, it suffered from sophomore slump, coming up on the heels of the first and more...
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    Re: Time to pull harder on the reins?

    Smaller sizes are very much a factor in whether or not I buy something. If it comes in a 30 ml or a 1.7 oz, so much the better. Unless the 3.3 oz is the one and only size and I want it badly. The...
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    Re: Time to pull harder on the reins?

    That is very reassuring, hednic. I still do have some space!
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    Time to pull harder on the reins?

    I've reached a new point in my 'fume buying habit. Wouldn't call it a low or a high, just a different station.

    I have recently-purchased scents, new to me, that I haven't even given a full wear...
  33. Re: What usually happens when you move up to Parfum in your experience?

    Sometimes you want to hear the full symphony orchestra. Sometimes you want to listen to a chamber quartet. There is a re-balancing in all the different concentrations, not just an equation having...
  34. Re: What kind of perfume you think Macbeth should wear?

    Thanks Darjeeling for making my day - love the picture of Mifune from Throne of Blood (my favorite Kurosawa movie)! I'd forgotten entirely the centipede sigil on the banners - how apt it is.

    I...
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    Re: Destroy a fragrance name with one letter

    How Hung - Balenciaga
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    Re: Destroy a fragrance name with one letter

    Peeling Man - Jil Sander

    Midnight Pantasy - Britney Spears (please can I call this Midnight Pant-assy?)

    The Bone - D&G

    Iron Puke - Beaufort London

    Candida by Avon
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    Re: Products with no longevity

    It is true that eaux de cologne are not meant to linger forever, but the current iteration of the Guerlains such as Imperiale, Du Coq and Fleurs du Cedrat are ridiculous. They barely register as you...
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    Re: Opulent scents?

    Quadrille by Balenciaga - like something a figure in a Velasquez painting would wear.

    Must de Cartier - the vintage extrait will make you swoon. To wear with velvets and peau de soie.

    Both of...
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    Re: Do you test or wear your back-up bottles?

    Exactly the point! They come back out as skeletons, picked clean by IFRA and corporate greed.
  40. Re: Perfume oils leaving something to be desired?

    I haven't been all that pleased with the oils that I've tried lately. All of them were bought to complement the edt/edp form of a fragrance, both for portability and to extend or oomph up the...
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    Do you test or wear your back-up bottles?

    Lately I've been buying a few more back-up bottles of the scents that I already use and enjoy. Most of them have been updated in some way - the reformulation exists in some degree or another. I...
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    Re: Mx by Eris Perfumes Review

    Can't wait to scratch this itch!
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    Re: Opulent scents?

    Gem by Van Cleef & Arpels. Discontinued (as far as I know). A big, whomping, animalic/ambery floral. Deserves its name. Very glamourous, but a man could wear this too, if his tastes are so...
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    Re: Chanel Cuir de Russie SADNESS

    Sad indeed, starblind. Even my bottle of edp Cuir de Russie in the first iteration of the Exclusifs line (bought about 6 years ago) smells way better and stronger than the testers for same now.
    ...
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    Re: I sniffed Gabrielle

    I tried it and it just didn't......register. At all. An immediate pass, no interest in a re-visit. To me that's worse even than disliking it.
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    Re: Maître Parfumeur et Gantier Sampling

    Personally, I've always loved that big drag-queeny jewel on the bottle cap. And if it falls out, you know it's a genuine MPG!

    From your list, Bavard, I adore Jardin du Nil. A humid, steamy...
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    Re: NEW: Eris Parfums - Mx!

    I do hope Luckyscent will get this soon - will try to sample right away.
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    Re: Why I Need A Large Collection

    I like to keep rotating. Some weeks it's a different type of fragrance every day. Sometimes it's Citrus Week or Leather Week, etc. with a different scent of the same type. There are very few...
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    Re: What Do People Make Of Your Perfume Passion?

    The older I get, the less I share information on this lifelong passion of mine. Unless it's with you, noble Basenoters. I've just heard it all, endured it all, and don't need to explain anymore. ...
  50. Re: Fan of CSP Barbier des Isles - will I find love with Montale Aromatic Lime?

    Thanks hednic, always appreciate your thoughts!
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    Re: Amouage Samples

    Love Interlude Man. It's so emphatic a fragrance, nothing wishy-washy, yet it's not what I'd call a loud or shrill presence. Don't know if it's in the official notes, but I've always detected a...
  52. Fan of CSP Barbier des Isles - will I find love with Montale Aromatic Lime?

    Very difficult to sample Montales around here, and this one, Aromatic Lime is near impossible.

    It seems to me that the myrhh-patchouli-vetiver core of Barbier des Isles would share some crossover...
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    Re: $500 bottle of fragrance

    I'd only pay that much for an intact bottle of pure parfum in my namesake fragrance, Jardanel by Jean Desprez.
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    Re: What are your favorite clean fragrances?

    One of my cheapie blind buy successes last year was Clean Shower Fresh (the one in the turquoise-tinted bottle). There's something addictive about it. It smells like a cloud of steam scented with...
  55. Re: How to apply splashes without actually splashing, dabbing, or decanting into atomizer?

    I've owned many small bottles of extraits over time, and here is the way I was taught to do it:

    Use your finger tip. Finger tip should be clean, if possible. After applying the fragrance to your...
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    Re: Something like Elite by Floris

    I wonder if the tartness you are referring to is actually a facet of the tuberose in this fragrance. I love Elite, although I have purchased it mostly in bath products (and used the samples of the...
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    Re: Micallef Puzzle 1 and 2 - unique?

    Thanks hednic - I hear that blackcurrant note calling.
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    Micallef Puzzle 1 and 2 - unique?

    Not much opportunity to sample Micallef here. I'm intrigued by the Puzzle duo. From the descriptions, the 2 seems less floral and more to my taste. Love the look of the bottles, the concept - but...
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    Re: Eau D`Hermes latest formulation

    I love it too and think it is easily one of the best in the Hermes stable.
    That being said though, the most current iteration is a bit thin and as Purecaramel says, has "lost the growl". ...
  60. Re: Beauty Encounter: What's their track record on righting errors?

    Thanks hednic. It was a bit of a hassle, but (supposedly) a refund is in process.
  61. Beauty Encounter: What's their track record on righting errors?

    I received a package from Beauty Encounter the other day where an item on the order was missing.

    I've emailed them and will follow up with a phone call. Just curious about the experience others...
  62. Re: Anyone try/buy new Naomi Goodsir Nuit de Balkelite?

    Wow, all sounds good!

    Thinking of gifting this to myself.
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    Re: NEW: Mancera - Choco Violet!

    With that description, I'd like to nibble on it. As well as smelling it.
  64. Re: Anyone try/buy new Naomi Goodsir Nuit de Balkelite?

    Thanks all, look forward to your continued testing results.
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    Re: Buyers Remorse?

    With me it's not so much that I could have gotten a better deal on the same frag. It's more like now I have 3 ounces of something that I don't really like so much and it's taking up room that...
  66. Anyone try/buy new Naomi Goodsir Nuit de Balkelite?

    Got a nice sample of this one but am undecided about buying.
    Love the first blast, green and stemmy. If only that lasted longer...... I do like the development, but it's almost like a skin musk...
  67. Re: Have you tried any Parfums Grès perfumes?

    Hear, hear. Had its heart torn out.
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    Re: Jasmine and Sandalwood?

    My bad, many apologies, Commanda! My fault for trying to do too many things at once.


    Do try the Diptyque.
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    Re: Jasmine and Sandalwood?

    Diptyque - Essences Incensées Jasmin Eau de Parfum

    This was the 2015 limited release in Diptyque's yearly series.

    Still available (try Nordstrom), bit pricey ($175) but it was the one jasmine...
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    Re: A good vetiver for the autumn

    Vetiver Bel Ami by Hermes. Not too dank or rooty. Has that Bel Ami demi-sweetness and the vetiver sharpens it perfectly.
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    Re: Mossy-citrus for the summer

    Concentré D'Orange Verte by Hermes
    It's not just a stronger version of the Eau D'Orange Verte. It's much more complex, and contains a good proportion of mossy notes.

    Bvlgari Au Thé Vert Extreme...
  72. Re: What do you consider the worst "chemical nightmare" fragrance?

    Some of the Perry Ellis scents, other than his original one for women, qualify. You know, the 360s spinoffs.

    The latest one for me that was (unintentionally, non-ironically, I'm sure) was Montana...
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    Re: M. Micallef question

    Hi AlanG,

    Micallef called this scent simply "Aoud" at first and later it was Aoud pour Homme.

    Your picture looks like my oldest bottle, purchased 2012 or prior. All to the good. My later 2...
  74. Re: MBA first, work second, life third, fragrance buying last

    Best wishes for your plans. i'm sure you will be successful and your re-entry into fragrant abundance will be all the merrier!
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    Re: "Winter" fragrances you wear in the summer

    Agree that dry heat works better with heavier, spicy frags.

    Love most oud scents in dry heat - especially Aoud Homme by Micallef because it has a nicely stark rose note too.

    Interlude Man - ...
  76. Re: Victoria's Secret Bombshell - a (somewhat) effective insect repellent

    Believe it was the high level of citronella in Skin So Soft that was responsible for that reputation. It's a grass, not a citrus fruit - and also the same oil that is used in those insect-repellent...
  77. Thread: Robert Piguet

    by Jardanel
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    Re: Robert Piguet

    Bandit - Not enthused about recent formulations, but still a singular fragrance, I wear it often. My favorite versions are the edt and the extrait, both pre-2000.

    Baghari - Love. This is...
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    Re: Best season and setting

    Hi Memp2Atl85,

    The journey to being a fume-head is often a combination of both approaches.

    You should always wear what compels you, and what you crave to smell.

    That being said, your own...
  79. Re: Dame Perfumery: brief thoughts about their unique approach

    Well, I for one am pleased to know Mr. Dame at this precise moment in time where he might not be so "rich" in money but quite wealthy in good manners.
  80. Re: Dame Perfumery: brief thoughts about their unique approach

    Received another order from Dame Perfumery, my second.

    Box well packed, great samples, and a handwritten thank you note from the owner.

    This is a winning way to do business. I'll definitely...
  81. Re: Azzuro di Capri by Bruno Acampora - instant love

    Here it is a year later and the instant love has not lost its sizzle.

    Azzuro di Capri is getting its first full wear of 2017 today. I'm as enthralled as ever. I bought this blind, a bit of a...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Cologne - that elusive note

    I like that "not wearing cologne" trick!
    Agree that Mugler Cologne is among the best for that purpose, too.
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Cologne - that elusive note

    Hear, hear hednic!

    Thanks, guys.
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    Thierry Mugler Cologne - that elusive note

    Right now loving on Cologne by Mugler due to the mini heat wave moving through.

    Every time I wear this, I catch a certain something on the way to the drydown that is, for me, the quality that sets...
  85. Re: Amouage - Bath and Body Products - Anyone try?

    Thanks cacio, my sentiments (scentiments) are right in line with yours!
  86. Re: Amouage - Bath and Body Products - Anyone try?

    Great, thanks papillo. I've just started using Notino as a go-to source and now this another reason!
  87. Amouage - Bath and Body Products - Anyone try?

    On several sites, I've found the Amouage bath and body products for sale. Expensive ($80 for shower gel) but they look beautiful and I could easily talk myself into the need for them. I'd mostly be...
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    Re: Fragrance Safari.

    Omega1185,
    You are not alone!
    I used to do this not so many years ago. I still would but there are fewer and fewer brick and mortar places to sleuth around in. There used to be some discount...
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    Re: Best/worst name of a perfume?

    Good ones:
    Dans la Nuit (Worth)
    Empreinte (Courreges)

    Icky:
    Feeling Man (Jil Sander)

    Also as earlier stated, don't like a lot of the ELDO titles as well. i mean really, Fat Electrician?
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    Re: just found the best patchouli !!!

    As long as it doesn't smell like natto!
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    Re: Modern Pine Scents?

    Looks like the vintage bottle, but I believe GK only came in a splash for the longest time.....

    And for another pine suggestion, how about A Scent by Issey Miyake? Not strong or spicy - a summer...
  92. Re: NEW: Oriza L. Legrand - La Fleur d'Oranger, Cologne Extra-Vieille and La L'Eau de Corse!

    Thanks, hednic!

    Love the packaging, with the mini refillable spray.

    I like that the big bottle is a splash. Sometimes, with lighter edc scents, to spray a goodly dose means to create a cloud...
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    Re: Best/worst name of a perfume?

    I agree. Just really bad. Although I imagine some wearers are just pining to be asked the name of their signature scent.
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    Re: Favourite Rose Scent

    My most recent favorite is the Rose de Mai from Dame Perfumery's soliflore line. It stayed in my rotation a long time. Not a heady scent, but a surprisingly deep one for the edt concentration that...
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    Re: James Heeley - everything so weak?

    Thanks hednic - I loved my sample of Chypre 21 and plan to buy a bottle. I do get the feeling that this is a fragrance that needs spraying rather than dabbing to get the firepower.
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    Re: James Heeley - everything so weak?

    Anyone have experience with the longevity factor on Chypre 21 by Heeley?
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    Re: bergamotto Marino or ferarri bright neroli?

    Bergamotto Marino, by far.
  98. Thread: I'm Done

    by Jardanel
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    Re: I'm Done

    "I've beat myself up for 20 years for becoming an attorney and then a legal recruiter. I hate the industry..."

    Boy do I hear you loud and clear!! I'll still be in the salt mine for a while yet.
    ...
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    Re: Warm weather oud

    Aoud Flowers by Montale. Geranium meets oud. Surprising, delightful balance between dry and green.
  100. Re: Dame Perfumery: brief thoughts about their unique approach

    My one experience with Dame Perfumery so far was exceptionally good and will lead, hopefully, to a long habit of ordering from them.

    They included a nice variety of samples. What impressed me is...
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