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    Re: Pierre Bourdon & Creed - any new information ?

    It occurred to me that there may be a confidentiality agreement or something of that nature in place. Bourdon already gets a ton of well-deserved acclaim without the credit for these....doubt he is...
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    Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Still one of my favourites, but I envy the longevity you seem to be getting with it. Not the case for me.
  3. Re: Do you ever wear the same fragrance TWO DAYS IN A ROW?

    Nah, not on purpose anyway. That said, my regular rotation has gotten smaller.
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    I've been down a similar road, and I think I was chasing my tail a bit. It would be nice if we could nail down what we like to a single note, but more often than not it's an accord that would be hard...
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    Re: Back to Black vs Tea for two vs ???

    I'm not a Killian fan, but I really do like T42.
  6. Re: Fragrance that you love but but the wife/girlfriend HATES?

    Any of my vetiver based scents other than VE.
  7. Thread: Customs Problem

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    Re: Customs Problem

    Worse, I've had a shipment of Bond New Haarlem that I swapped for here confiscated and destroyed. Flammable. Ugh.
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    Re: 2 Sprays! 12 Hours!! 10 meters!!!

    I just measured and my furthest reaching scent is only 8 meters, 12 centimetres, so I'm not much help. I'm certain Le Male fits the bill, though.
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    Re: Musk Koublai Khan or Musc Ravageur?

    +1.

    This comes up fairly often if you want to search the archives. They are not similar.
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    Re: Cologne for Vanilla Latte, Please ?

    Why not just buy a bunch of Demeters and layer the heck out of them?
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    Re: Muscs Koublai Khan: Why oh Why??!!

    Been away from the forum for a while, interesting that this one still being discussed. And it's still every bit as polarizing, I see. I pull out my vial of this every once in a while to determine if...
  12. Poll: Re: Le Male: Who likes this fragrance? Who hates this fragrance? Favorite Vanilla Based Fragrance?

    I like it, but there's too many scents I like better to consider it. My favourite vanilla may forever be Tobacco Vanille, but this Odin NY 01 Nomad stuff is really growing on me (even if it is more...
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    Re: Bois Du Portugal. Not for a young man?

    It's a stiffer scent that I associate more with my father's generation than my own. Then again, maybe the old man just had good taste?
  14. Re: What Fragrance Gets You The Most Negative Comments

    I've never gotten any unsolicited negative comments, but a lot of ladies didn't like vetiver based scents when I've asked.
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    Re: Parfums MDCI Invasion Barbare

    IIRC they do. I seem to remember a substantially discounted "refill" bottle offered to people who didn't want the artwork.
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    Re: Explain New Haarlem to me

    Celery!
  17. Re: The best way to "scrub" a frag you can't stand ?

    I wonder if those stainless steel "soap bars" would help. Works a treat on onions.
  18. Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    Precisely. You may not like all of them, but if they are living up to the term "niche", then someone is looking for (and willing to pay for) their uniqueness. There are, of course, extreme cases that...
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    Re: What is/was your wedding scent?

    Thankfully not something I enjoy now LOL (probably Le Male or Swiss Army).

    Congrats!
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    Re: The most over priced house !

    LOL how did I know this was going to be a Creed thread?

    I'm ok with Creed's prices, especially when there's quantity discounts or discount sites readily available. I mean, you're only looking at...
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    Re: Creed vetiver 48 vs. Guerlain vetiver

    I concur.
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    Re: Musc Ravageur - Why so expensive?

    Maybe not with the Studio line. ;-)

    FWIW I think almost everything this house does is the epitome of niche and worth every penny. Malle's scents hit me just the right way....I wouldn't change a...
  23. Re: Has Drakkar Noir been diluted in reformulation?

    Funny this got bumped today....an old man in our waiting area nearly knocked me over with Drakkar this morning LOL. Either he's got a vintage bottle kicking around, or I disagree that it's been...
  24. Re: Figs: I really like Philosykos, but it's $$$ for such a short-lived, linear scent. Any other rec

    AdP Fico di Amalfi is worth a shot for you, but I've tried most of what's been mentioned here and the Diptyque is untouchable IMHO.
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    Poll: Re: Creed Royal English Leather vs Knize Ten

    I own REL, but I hardly ever reach for a leather scent. K10 was not to my taste. Interesting, but very much not anything I'd like to smell like.
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    Re: SHITTY topnotes....GORGEOUS basenotes??

    Green Irish Tweed, but I think I'm in the minority on that one.

    The other I can think of is Musc Ravageur. It's one of my favourites by far after the initial 15 minutes.
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    Re: Your response to "The Question"?

    I either tell the truth or make like Spacey in the Usual Suspects, depending on my first impression of the person asking.
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    Re: Maximum no of perfume bottles

    Somewhere around 20, but I could probably count the ones I wear regularly on one hand.
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    Re: Your Nightmare Fragrance?

    Patchoulli, civet, and calone. To a lesser extent oud, aldehyde, cumin. Sometimes lavender.
  30. Re: Inexpensive place to order Tom Ford Private Blend

    Also watch out for splits in the forums...or start your own. I was able to get 50-60ml of TV at a very reasonable rate as part of one.
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    Re: your top 5 fragrance companies not named Creed

    I enjoy most MDCI and Frederic Malle scents. Comme des Garcons and Diptyque are up and down, but I'd name them next. After that I struggle to name a house that I like with any consistency.
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    Re: Why bother with samples at all????????

    This analogy would only apply to the first scent you ever tried, first few at best. Now that you've clarified that all you were after was a laugh, I think it's safe for this thread to die.
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    Re: Why bother with samples at all????????

    LOL exactly. I may not be the sharpest, but I can tell you whether I like or dislike something in one wearing and formulate an opinion of why I like or dislike it. If it falls into the former...
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    Re: Frederic Malle for men

    Ooops! Sorry about that. In that case I agree that NE is a nice choice after MR and VE.
  35. Thread: Cinnamon pure

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    Re: Cinnamon pure

    +1 on the Diptyques. CdG White is in that ballpark too.
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    Re: Frederic Malle for men

    Vetiver Extraordinaire (if that particular note is up your alley) is certainly worth a sniff.
  37. Thread: Dirt Scent

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    Re: Dirt Scent

    I wear Dirt on occasion. The novelty of smelling like soil is whatever for me, but the dry down of that particular Demeter is really nice and soapy, while maintaining some of the edge of the opening....
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    Re: Penhaligon`s Douro - Eau du Portugal.

    +1. It's ever so slightly stiff so it leans to the formal side, but the fresh sweetness of it's citrus accord makes it perfectly suitable for both.
  39. Re: Crazy story about Abercrombie & Fitch perfume and how it could cause infertility!!!

    Cheers.
  40. Re: Best (Canadian Friendly) Site to Buy Fragrances?

    Search and ye shall find: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/203032-Online-Shopping-from-Canada

    All of my fragrancex orders have shipped from Ontario, so they have some sort of operation this side...
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    Re: Male Fragrance Mythbusters

    A++
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    Re: Male Fragrance Mythbusters

    I've always thought the opposite was the general consensus regarding longevity.
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    Re: your top 5 vetivers

    Malle - Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    Givenchy - Vetyver
    Creed - Vetiver (not OV, which I like not love)
    Hermessence - Vetiver Tonka
    Mazzolari - Vetyver

    Dying to try the...
  44. Re: Suggestions from my collection to wear on a first date

    +1. Actually, as much as love them, vetivers in general are not lady pleasers (speaking VERY generally). As it's your first date, and without knowing anything about you or her, I'd probably stick to...
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    Re: Observations about designer vs. niche

    Precisely! You can ignore the ad copy and the reviews. Even note pyramids to an extent. The fact is we don't all perceive things the exact same way, and the only sure way to know if you'll like it is...
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    Re: what is the WORST smelling fragrance

    I think you spelled MKK wrong. ;-)

    That's my vote. I've tried and tried and tried to find the appeal, but no dice.

    There's lots of dime-a-dozen mainstream stuff listed in this thread.....I find...
  47. Re: Guerlain Vetiver and F.Malle Vetiver Extraordinare

    Nope. I love both, but you'll sense the difference in quality instantly.
  48. Re: The Look On an SA's Face When She Knows You're More Knowledgeable...

    I've actually had a lady at the Perfume Factory condescendingly try to tell me that Givenchy Vetyver didn't exist, and that Guerlain would have sued the pants off of them if they tried to name their...
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    Re: A scent for a cynic

    Burberry has a bad wrap in their homeland though, so I doubt it LOL.
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    Re: A scent for a cynic

    House is a complex character.....on one hand he seems to be a man of fine taste (note the SOTA turntable in his office or his Gibson guitars), on the other, he's a drug addict, doesn't really dress...
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    Re: Burning match smell

    There's a Demeter called Fireplace that I think may be close to what you're after.
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    Poll: Re: Bond no.9 New Haarlem or Malle Musc Ravageur?

    Sorry, your mileage may vary.
  53. Re: Could a monkey design a spicy vanilla fragrance?

    Disagree LOL. There are so many terrible spicy vanillas out there! It's easy to go overboard on the sweetness or the synthetics or in most cases both.....
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    Poll: Re: Bond no.9 New Haarlem or Malle Musc Ravageur?

    Outstanding on me.....12+ hours every time, but YMMV.
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    Poll: Re: Bond no.9 New Haarlem or Malle Musc Ravageur?

    Love both, but MR is a top 5 for me.
  56. Re: Frapin Caravelle Epicee and Malle Musc Ravageur.

    I'm a MR fanboy. I can smell some similarities, but ultimately I didn't like the Frapin because of the cumin or the booziness. And on me the MR drydown is all spicy vanilla musk rather than chocolate.
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    Re: Orange with Vanilla?

    i Profumi di Firenze - Arancia e Cannella. Despite the name, it's not super spicy. I get more of a smooth vanilla + orange out of it.
  58. Re: Coconut AND Masculine (Well, Not too Feminine, at least)

    Comptoir Sud Pacifique - Mage D'Orient. Dirt cheap too.
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    Re: For every 20 fragrances that you sample...

    Something like 1 in 30. I dislike a lot more than I like.
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    Re: FREDERIC MALLE: Which one is the best?

    +1 Solid advice. I love them all, but they surely aren't for everybody.
  61. Re: Suggest me an online discounter for Creed fragrances!

    When does that one smell "on"? ;-)

    Maybe I've just been lucky, but the Creed purchases I've made between FragranceNet and FragranceX yielded no surprises. Good stuff each time.
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    Re: Gurus,please help me on this

    #1. Bond no 9 - Silver Factory and Creed SMW do sharp tingling things to my nose. So much so that I can't enjoy them. Actually, I get this from a lot of Creeds, but none to the degree of SMW.

    #2....
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    Re: rochas man Fake?

    +1. This size goes for ~$30 on most websites.
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    Re: Bought Kouros yesterday: Opinions.

    This best describes my experience. I can hang with the urinal cake aspect no problem, but the animalic element grosses me out.
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    Re: Creed Himalaya vs Amouage Reflection.

    Haven't found an Amouage that does it for me yet, basically for the reasons TalkingMuffin outlined above. Just not for me.
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    Re: in defense of: Original Santal by Creed

    This is actually my favourite Creed. My appreciation for many of their heavy hitters has diminished over time (GIT, OV, BdP, etc), but I go back to this bottle all the time.
  67. Re: Recomendations for a Masculine, Creamy, not too sweet Sandlewood.

    Very sweet though, no?

    I think the i Profumi di Firenze line is criminally underrated. If you're sampling, give Sandalo Misore and Sandalo Indiano a shot.

    Edit: If I remember correctly, the...
  68. Re: Tom Ford Grey Vetiver vs. Creed Original Vetiver

    I like GV by a nose between the two.

    Does anyone know if Creed's Vetiver is discontinued? I see OV in stores and online, but never that one.
  69. Re: Is Bulgari Black a good poor man's Tobacco Vanille?

    I wish I had a better suggestion for you (hopefully someone will), but I don't find these two similar in the least.....outside of the obvious.
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    Re: Application of Powerhouse Fragrances

    No way. Subtlety is key. I hit my chest, back, each arm, and my neck twice each, and then I "walk through" an additional spritz. Before I leave the house I spray twice on my tongue too, so that my...
  71. Poll: Re: musks kublai khan vs. miller harris l'air de rien

    It really, really, really, doesn't smell like Kiehl's. I'll leave it up to a fan of the fragrance to describe MKK for you, but Kiehl's is a fairly linear musk. MKK is complex and has oodles more...
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    Re: 1 Million! To buy or not to buy...

    Let me assure you, no matter what you are telling yourself, it won't be the last bottle you want. ;-) That's not how you end up on this forum LOL.

    Just wanted to add that despite there being a...
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    Re: Fragrances from the House of Diptyque

    In terms of cost per ml, I think they're one of the best values in niche scents. I'm only a big, big fan of a couple of their scents, but I like numerous, and in general find them well made with good...
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    Re: Would you wear Creed if......

    I don't want to speak for anybody, but I believe he was referring to their vehement anti-union policies (see The High Cost of Low Price). That's one of the reasons I don't shop there, in addition to...
  75. Thread: vs.

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    Re: Sycomore vs. Vetiver Extraordinaire ?

    Agreed completely. My experience with these was similar to kumquat above....Sycamore is not for me.
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    Re: Niche Fragrance Samples

    Most of mine are from The Perfumed Court, but I've ordered a batch or two from the Perfume Shoppe as well. It's $15.75 Canadian for 5 (shipping included), which I think it a pretty great deal.
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    Re: TOBACCO VANILLE or HAVANA VANILLE

    These are two very different fragrances that you should probably sample before shelling out for. I have nothing to add to the accurate descriptions above other than as a male, I am far more...
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    Re: top 5 niche companies?

    MDCI
    Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
    Creed
    Diptyque
    Parfums de Nicolai

    Honourable mentions to Tom Ford's Private Blend line, Serge Lutens and Biehl Parfumkunstwerke.
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    Re: Comme des Garcons fragrances with Longevity

    Series 4: Cologne seem to be the only ones that didn't last on me, out of the ones I've tried.
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    Re: Is there such a thing as an oriental aquatic?

    I wanted to try this badly, but it's been discontinued. :-(
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    Re: Is there such a thing as an oriental aquatic?

    Fougeres Marines is pretty mainstream for a Montale, and doesn't have many fans here, but I like it.
  82. Re: 1 Million coming Exclusive to Sephora in the USA this fall !

    For a second I thought this was an old thread....they've been trying to push this stuff in Canadian departments stores since at least November. Strange that we got something quicker than our...
  83. Re: Ocean Pacific for men smell similar to Frederics Malle Musc Ravageur????

    LOL I thought OP died in the 80s! There's a blast from the past.

    I think Horny Little Devil Devil by Smellbent - at least on the preliminary whiff I took - has a very similar vibe to MR. So it's...
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    Re: Odori: Most boring niche line in existance?

    I found the line anything but boring, but at the same time, I didn't find one that suits me. Spigo being my favourite of them.
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    Re: Name your best incense cologne.

    Will try Kyoto based on the recommendations here, but I can't say I'm an incense fan. When I do want one, I reach for something safe like LDDM.
  86. Re: Hermès Bel Ami or Creed Royal English Leather.

    I really like REL, but may have to revisit Bel Ami based on this thread. I was very put off by it when I last tried it.
  87. Re: What do you wear for final of FIFA WORLD CUP?!!

    Not spilled Becks. :-(
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    Re: Most Underrated/Overrated (Niche Only)

    Could you please list a few others you consider decent? I was pretty sure I'd not find an incense scent that I'd like until LADDM (which I still don't enjoy enough to buy).


    I'm enjoying the...
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    Re: Alas, Penhaligon's Fans...

    +1 for Douro. Love the stuff, and happen to be wearing it today. You won't find it feminine in the least but, as Scentsitivity said, you may find it stuffy. I don't particularly.
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    Re: Most Underrated/Overrated (Niche Only)

    Overrated: Green Irish Tweed (I like it and own it, but come on)
    Underrated: The i Profumi di Firenze line. (namely Arancia e Cannella and Sandalo Misore)
  91. Thread: Wishlist !!

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    Re: Wishlist !!

    Malle - Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Bond - New Haarlem
    MDCI - Ambre Topkapi
    Domenico Caraceni - Ivy League

    Been meaning to start a swap thread, because I've got a couple of nearly full bottles of...
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    Re: What was the first fragrance you wore?

    My grandmother gave me a bottle of Drakkar Noir for xmas, I believe in the 9th grade. My first solo purchase was Swiss Army. I still have a soft spot for both, though I'd never wear them LOL.
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    Re: Diptyque blind buy??

    I haven't tried the TB, but I think you'll find Tam Dao very different from the other three (which I also enjoy to varying degrees). It's a fairly unique take on sandalwood, drier, I believe due...
  94. Re: Last night I wore a sample of Amouage GOLD Man... Or should I say PAMPERS Gold?

    I'm with the OP on this one.....not my style. This or any of the line I've tried.
  95. Re: Best/favorite mass market fragrance in the past 5 years?

    Lalique - Encre Noir
    Hermes - Osmanthe Yunnan

    and one of the Jack Black scents I just got a sample of was alright.... can't remember if it was Silver or Blue. But maybe it hasn't had time to...
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    Re: Le Labo VS Malle

    Malle for me. I did like Poivre 23, but not nearly as much as my favourites from Malle (and there a numerous).
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    Re: The sweetest, yummiest, foodiest vanilla ?

    That's the one I was trying to think of! Great minds.....

    A lot of really good suggestions. Surely the Demeter line has something you'd like, if none here suit you. Shoot, at those prices, buy 2...
  98. Re: Which basenotes member have similar taste as you?

    It's a very subjective hobby, so I don't mean to imply anything negative about anyone (nor positive about myself LOL) by saying this, but I think I note more people with opposite taste than similar....
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    Re: Helmut Lang Cuiron - My 1st Impression

    Ironically, I just recently got around to sampling Cuiron because it was suggested by so many K10 fans, and that scared me off LOL. Different strokes.
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    Re: Frags for superstitional matters :)

    CdG Avignon reeks of superstition to me. ;-)
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