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    Sticky: Re: Welcome to Just Starting Out...

    Welcome to a superb hobby, but an expensive one. Bear in mind that it is a hobby first and formost. Hobbies are for fun and relaxing enjoyment primarily for your own pleasure.

    Blind buys are...
  2. Re: Speed Smelling Collection by IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances)

    and the Dominique Ropion one? It sounds nice.... is it?
  3. Thread: Truffles

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    Re: Truffles

    No idea. I've never smelled nor eaten a truffle on it's own before I bought this one. Only tasted French ones within pate de foix gras when in France a couple of times. It cost an arm and a leg but I...
  4. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    Sharing the approach..... hmmmn, now this may let the side down but honesty is essential to learning.....

    I've been combing my composition to ascertain this lack of florals issue. I genuinely...
  5. Thread: Truffles

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    Re: Truffles

    I also have been making one from English Black truffle. I dehydrated them first in salt and then tinctured them when they were dry. They have been maturing since before Christmas. The scent is not...
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    Re: What have I become?!

    Humans are genetically programmed to stash like squirrels. It is the hunter gatherer aspect with the brainpower to store, preserve and control our environment. It is meant to be for survival and...
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    Re: What have I become?!

    It's a definite 'itch' one needs to scratch. There isn't a problem with that until the budget and/or time consumed overtakes common sense and overtakes ones own life on a day to day basis. The...
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    Re: What have I become?!

    (whisper).... I had to buy a bigger cupboard too......:evil:
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    Re: What have I become?!

    When it gets out of control..... stick to swaps and samples. Indulge without the purse or wallet getting the severe hurt.

    I would pretty much bet that everyone on this site has had a moment when...
  10. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    I have both if anyone still needs some. A mini with the vintage and the reformulation. I hope that I sent a vial of the vintage to everyone that PK didn't and I sent a vial of the new to everyone.
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    Re: What have I become?!

    Lol.... I can relate to that. You have to do it happily with them and ignore perfume ideas all day.... but to reward yourself you have to arrange a special stinky pong testing day to look forward to...
  12. Sticky: Re: DIY Suppliers List ------Editing in progress 12/2013

    I can vouch for these two products that Eleonora produces. I have some and they are very beautiful indeed.
  13. Re: New supplier I met here in Jakarta... WOOHOO!

    Take care PK. Sorry to hear about the bug. Hospital is the best place to be getting lots of fluids in. Speedy recovery to yours.
  14. Re: How narrow have you gotten your collection? Or do you keep adding?

    Yes... but I don't want to.
  15. Re: Memo now available in the US at Luckyscent & Aedes De Venustas!

    I have some samples here if anyone would like them. UK preferably or if not, a postal refund or a swap might be appreciated. PM me.

    Irish leather, Italian leather and Manoa.
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    Re: Brand New Smelly Game

    I've decided to be naughty today and do a shopping list of ingredients..... and then order them all..... Retail therapy.........
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    Re: What is your strategy/structure/system...?

    Mine are alphabetical by house..... my seasons are my mood only.
  18. Thread: All male office

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    Re: All male office

    That just set me chortling...... thank you......
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    Me too and perhaps even more than 70%...... probably nearer 90%.....
    Maybe I shall use the randomiser button........
    or
    maybe I already qualify because I have a large dob of Zino by Davidoff on...
  20. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    Perhaps it is the front sappy part of sandalwood or possibly the sharper edge of cedarwood added to the clary sage/herbal aspect.
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    Re: Solvent for Scentenal in Water

    Just a thought which may be impractical but what about a border around the top of the tank which is impregnated with the aroma and the water stays free of it? A fishtank usually has a black plastic...
  22. Thread: Off-Topic

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    Something rather lovely. Shows there is beauty in everything.


    http://youtu.be/lG-7e1vaB18
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    Re: Brand New Smelly Game

    Civet is not used as an ingredient as such but as a touch to modify, so a real trace. If you look at the demo formulas on the GSG site, you will see there most are used at 5/1000 at a 10% conc. Or...
  24. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    I don't think you were the only one..... that didn't go unnoticed.... lol
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    That was red rag to a bull here...... I've had a look in my Poucher for you.

    This is a Vetiver base for oriental perfumes.
    300 Vetivert - Java
    300 Santal
    100 Rose rouge
    200 Methyl Ionone
    50...
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    Re: Of Plumbing, Perfume and Private Messages

    It sounds like you are beginning to need a PA Chris..... Good to be so busy though.
  27. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    It's just never occurred to me to use pre-made bases. I don't like the idea that I am not the master of what is in them. I must be a control fiend.
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    ColHP's version of 'patchouli' just arrived. It certainly looks the part....

    I'm wearing it to the physio this morning...... strong and herbal opening..... will sniff further later....... off out...
  29. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    Postman has just delivered some nice patchouli essential oils............ back when I've opened them...

    Wayhay.....thank you...... two samples, one to forward on, a blank vial (tease) and the...
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    Re: List of 100 Natural Aroma Materials

    The more brains on this initially the better to get it just so. I am an extreme nerd when it comes to this sort of thing. There will be a way of coding each ingredient within a structure. It is a...
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    Re: Exclusive Materials Proposition

    Without being rude, if you wanted to market these. I would like to know beforehand what the product actually was without all the fluff. I cannot read nor absorb much of that writing for long. Is it...
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    Re: A cool story about a kind BN member

    Thank you for writing so nicely. It is just a small part of a huge BN pass-on-the-love circuit. It sounds as if it is well deserved right now. I hope the leg mends fast.

    My vote goes to Yarn, Ipp...
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    Re: List of 100 Natural Aroma Materials

    Quite happy to help. I have the right programme on my mac to draw it up in seconds. It used to be my job as I was a graphic designer BC. Tell me how you'd like it and it will be done. I could do the...
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    Re: List of 100 Natural Aroma Materials

    This one. (I know.... I promised.....)
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    Perhaps they could start from the inside of the wheel and branch out to more choices. These really tickled the old designer taste buds. I feel a wheel...
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    Re: Exclusive Materials Proposition

    You'd need a mind boggling amount of money for all of those.....Lol.

    As nice as someone else's creations might be, I shall have to make my own bases and capture my own molecules for now.........
  36. Thread: Mastic Tincture

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    Re: Mastic Tincture

    Mastic tincture is lovely as are lots of the resins as tinctures. The first problem you may encounter is that they are very hard to powder in a mortar without being sticky lumps on the pestle. If you...
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    Re: List of 100 Natural Aroma Materials

    I think this is a lovely idea but I think perhaps any large undirectional list of any kind, natural or not, is probably daunting for any beginner because it is meaningless to choose ingredients at...
  38. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    That is a nice write up. Many thanks. I'm still not in the game for proper evaluation sniffing. This cold is a beggar and had decided to simulate bronchitis as best it can but i'm winning with the...
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    Re: Brand New Smelly Game

    I began yesterday with the accord searching to see what I have and don't have. I think I shall make the flower accords first and smell them to see where I think the emphasis will go. I've been...
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    Re: Of Plumbing, Perfume and Private Messages

    Love your moniker then.... lol
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    I don't think anything will mess up the evaluation. The perfumes will remain as they are, maturation allowing, so unless they are all identical then we don't have a problem. Graphite has offered to...
  42. Re: The "dumb phase" or "age ingrat" of fragrances

    My own knowledge on the wine front only comes from making country wines. I will try and look out for this phenomena when I make the next batch. Is there a particular time or age at which it happens?
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    Re: Brand New Smelly Game

    Found a nice headspace GC for Hyacinth here

    and narcissus here (clearer here) and here
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    Re: Brand New Smelly Game

    Just a thought folks. If someone is missing an ingredient they think might be suitable but don't want to go to the expense of purchasing a whole amount just to find out, then let's ask each other on...
  45. Re: Why Don't Cologne Companies Come Out With Different Versions Of The Same Cologne At One Time?

    If there is one scent, but it isn't quite hitting the mark, what are the odds of that presumably loyal customer buying it? If there are three scents, one of which hits the mark and the other two are...
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    Re: Possible mixtures??

    Start here too and see what you fancy making. Then get the right things to make it with.

    https://shop.perfumersapprentice.com/t-PerfumersCornerHow.aspx
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    Re: Of Plumbing, Perfume and Private Messages

    The same used to happen with graphic design. It was called a 'pitch'. Occasionally and very rarely, these were paid pitches but the rest you could safely substitute a b. The clients invariably...
  48. Re: Why Don't Cologne Companies Come Out With Different Versions Of The Same Cologne At One Time?

    It's also really expensive to launch a perfume, so to have three or four times the presentation costs would be prohibitive.
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    Re: Molecule 01 v homemade versions

    All clearer in #7 of this thread.
  50. Re: Why Don't Cologne Companies Come Out With Different Versions Of The Same Cologne At One Time?

    I think it's a very good idea. I recently made a tobacco perfume that I thought was far too dry for a perfume game project and so sweetened it up. The first comment I got was that it was a bit sweet...
  51. Re: The "dumb phase" or "age ingrat" of fragrances

    Wines are generally made from the same sort of ingredient blend. Grapes, sugar, yeast and various additions for flavour and maximising yeast performance whilst minimising harmful bacteria. Perfumes...
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    Re: Brand New Smelly Game

    Good to have that in mind. It is so easy to repeatedly get sidetracked when there is no deadline and no client. It doesn't really help the learning in a way because the resolution decision is the...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    I have been just far too naughty, far too often and I'm far too old to even know which is which any more. I cannot list them all..... so I'm going to still be naughty and depart from the norm a bit...
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    Re: Brand New Smelly Game

    What is the average length of time that a real perfumer would have on a run of the mill ordinary brief? Or is that asking how long is a piece of string?

    As for swapping samples..... that was just...
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    Re: Brand New Smelly Game

    Wonderful. I'm in to play. I may do both in tandem by leapfrogging their brewings within their waiting times. A professional perfumer would have more than one task at a time presumably. Can't think...
  56. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    I've also sent you the newer one. PK sent the vintage. There is a perceptible difference in the two but it is a good reformulation.
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    For the cough, put a few drops of your best frankincense oil in boiling water in a mug. Put a towel over your head and breathe in the damp air. It is supposed to help the lungs.

    For the cold if it...
  58. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    I've spent the last two days in a wonderful maths muddle, with some spreadsheets and a very patient nephew who is a maths whizz. We have gone over my multitudinous tweaks to condense them together...
  59. Heads up on eight hour cream offer - three for two

    Advertising email came this morning. Normally goes in the bin but actually this stuff is expensive and superb so this offer is worth it.

    I completely swear by the eight hour lipsticks. They are...
  60. Thread: The diy lab

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    Re: The diy lab

    Just wow. Lots of hard work has paid off. It's fantastic.
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    Re: setting up a workspace: odor "prevention"

    I agree. I was enjoying being so nosy in other peoples houses. I love seeing how everyone sets their stuff up.
  62. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    It just doesn't matter Niz. Just pop the vials to one side, assuming they even get there safely. Make yours in your own time and don't worry. I've only pulled the curtains so I can be free to look...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    I suppose an investment perfume is something one has bought NOT to wear but to accrue value. I could be wrong.
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    Re: setting up a workspace: odor "prevention"

    Surely the set up of a workspace is contributory to odour prevention and therefore relevent?
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    Re: Heliotrope / Heliotropin

    Young ambergris has it but they lose it as they age until the oldest whites don't have it at all.
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    You know that I will.
  67. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    Ha.... postman just arrived with a nice 'incense sample'. Your nose will grow......!!!!!

    Very nice at first sniff. I shall be wearing it today. The pole opposite to mine I think. This was what was...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 16th February 2015

    Ooooh, one of my fave real wearers. Green and sophisticated.
  69. Re: a scent that you like but others/most don't seem to like

    I really like Old Spice and I quite like Denim too.... shhhh
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    Re: Why do you collect fragrances as a hobby?

    We're supposed to ask by whom presumably?
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    Re: What is your 'simple' favourite?

    Houbigant Ambergris, simple, elegant and unusual.
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    Your 'Humidor sprays' are on their way...........

    http://i62.tinypic.com/1zx1mwn.jpg
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    Re: A question for the ladies!

    Well in that case it sounds very nice indeed. If you want a guinea pig......
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    Re: A question for the ladies!

    For my pennyworth. It is a rare body cream that is worth applying as a perfume. I only ever use one that is perfumed if it is a luxury item that matches the scent I am wearing such as Coco Chanel. I...
  75. Re: Proposed Live Chat - Response Requested - Choice of Day & Items to Evaluate

    I tried, but was already late by an hour by the time I got back. I didn't find anyone online but could easily have been doing something wrong. Never mind.... next time I will practice on a dummy run...
  76. Thread: Off-Topic

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    SERIOUS POST TO JUST NOTE AND KEEP IN MIND......(no comments needed really. I just need you all to know this)

    The waste of it....

    A dear friend suffered an untimely demise that was caused in...
  77. Thread: Off-Topic

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    That paper artist.... just wow
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    Re: setting up a workspace: odor "prevention"

    I've just sat down with a morning coffee to read my emails and this has made me laugh my head off. What a nice way to start a day. Thank you for that perfumers gem.
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    Re: The $500 Challenge: 2015

    From memory, if you married Terre D'hermes with an orange and gave it a Duc de Vervins vibe, then somewhere around there.
  80. Re: What type bottle for diluting Aroma Molecules?

    There already is one that is quite useful here.
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    Re: The $500 Challenge: 2015

    I'm with you on this. I really love it.
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    Re: Sparkle in "Elixer" from Penhaligon's

    Indeed making a sandalwood accord is a good challenge. I have been playing with that too recently.

    Here is a simple one from the perfumers apprentice

    Sandalwood Accord

    Leaf Alcohol 10% - 8...
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    Re: Heliotrope / Heliotropin

    Thank you. I know my kooky views are often not shared. Of those who initially argued voraciously with me, some were very experienced and I was not. I listened and heeded the advice and I learned of...
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    Re: Sparkle in "Elixer" from Penhaligon's

    One of the original responses was this…



    The answer might be that the ingredients originally used are just too expensive now or simply unobtainable.

    What do you think of the new one?
  85. Re: Proposed Live Chat - Response Requested - Choice of Day & Items to Evaluate

    So that's 8pm UK time for the 3pm
    and
    3.30pm for the Saturday 10.30.

    Ok so far.......
  86. Re: Smelly game....... then smelly swaps (For after the blind sniff game)

    I missed the post hours today because I got busy with a friend in need. I will try for tomorrow otherwise it will be Monday. They are only open till 12 tomorrow and I have the kids at home.
    ...
  87. Re: L'Artisan Parfumeur scents at TKMaxx. Just a heads up.

    I was quite tempted by the Elixir. There were two there, but d'you know what? I'm really a vintage girl and the newies are bound to have me disappointed most of the time for a whole bottle. Samples...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    How nice to be scent twinned, and isn't it nice? I had completely forgotten about it as a daily scent.

    First Fragrance Notes

    Top Notes - Aldehydes, Hyacinth
    Middle Notes - Jasmine, Rose ...
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    @teardrop. I hope you are wearing the necklace to match...... this one is a dream.....

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    Re: Complete Amateur!

    Fragrance oils are already diluted which is why you are getting not a lot on further dilution. You need proper Essential oils and absolutes and/or aroma-chemical concentrated blends.

    If you are to...
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    Re: Buying Vintage...sizes and forumulation

    I've been buying vintages for years. The colour of the juice is the best sign. Full bottles stand a better chance of being unspoiled than a half bottle. Whenever you find the one you are targeting....
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2015

    Congratulations...... may they (and you) recover soon. Enjoy this special time and snatch a nap whenever you can. Be well slept before they come back home.
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    Re: Madagascar Vanilla Absolute Supplier.

    I have some wonderful tincture of Madagascan vanilla if you wanted to smell it. It is the odour profile of a more dry and serious vanilla rather than the sweetie types. More true to the best beans....
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    Re: DIY Molecule 01/ (With additional scent)

    :smiley:
    Kettle's on....... xxx
  95. Re: Thinking About Layering Noir de Noir With Tobacco Vanille For Valentine's Dance

    There you have it. Done with consideration and knowledge of exactly what you are doing in the same way a perfumer would consider these things.
  96. Thread: Tutti

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    Re: Tutti

    You really are a good sport and i've been ragging you rotten..... think of it as light relief. You made me smile anyway..... I hope it did make you do so in the end.....loving the suggestions.
  97. Thread: Tutti

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    Re: Tutti

    I've found it

    FX Lab Tutti Frutti Fragrance Scent Smoke Fog Machine Fluid Liquid 30ml for 5l

    http://i59.tinypic.com/n3x3rl.jpg

    Enhance the atmosphere in your venue by adding this 30ml bottle...
  98. Thread: Off-Topic

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    I'm trying to think what we did instead before mobiles. I seem to remember spending hours in front of a mirror experimenting with make up. It would start nicely, then get darker, then get vampy, then...
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    Re: Concentrate Preparation

    Lol Bill..... pass it round....
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    Re: Concentrate Preparation

    Allowing a decent settling wait is the other tip. Don't send it out too fast to the customer. (Yes I have done that).
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