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    Re: $600 for 50 ml most expensive niche?

    Fair comment. I doubt in these cases the price is coming from the artist though. More like the marketing team to support their own activities.....

    Here is someone spoofing the whole price thing......
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    This off topic is addictive....

    http://i59.tinypic.com/30tqejq.jpg
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    Re.Ysatis. I might go and give that another sniff then. My mother always wears it, and although it always smells lovely on her. There was always a note on me I didn't like so much. I didn't ever...
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    19/09/2014 You Like the Reformulation Better

    This is hard.... I don't think I like any of them better than the originals... but....

    I do regularly wear the new Diorling despite having said it...
  5. Re: A 13thC Apothecarys delight for those who can read Arabic

    Found the Maili fern...

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funafuti_Conservation_Area

    It is this... Meili fern, (Polypodium), another fern is Asplenium nidus

    Gosh, there are loads of them..
    ...
  6. Re: A 13thC Apothecarys delight for those who can read Arabic

    I hope it reveals some wonderful things..... I just adore ancient books...

    And another book entirely.... I looked up 'scents' this time...

    ....talking of a body perfume used on a Coral...
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    Re: $600 for 50 ml most expensive niche?

    I'm not fussy.... lol
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    Re: $600 for 50 ml most expensive niche?

    The price is as the creator wishes and for the price of their own skill. If others agree, and buy it, then it is worth it and if they don't, then that is no matter. The base value of the produce is...
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    Re: Green Cognac Essential Oil

    Would love a sample to see if it goes cloudy with ethanol.

    @Pears. Funnily enough it is a historic formula that I was looking to use the boozy one for. I am making a proper 17th C dandies perfume...
  10. Re: A 13thC Apothecarys delight for those who can read Arabic

    A Western lady never can get too many perfumes either......
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    Re: $600 for 50 ml most expensive niche?

    That's what I meant.... lol. Same essential function and structure basics as a skoda but with much more panache...

    (Humble apologies to Ferrari for even mentioning them in the same sentence)
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    Re: Green Cognac Essential Oil

    @PK Any mention of water in yours?
  13. A 13thC Apothecarys delight for those who can read Arabic

    Just a little gem for keen historians ... how I wish I could read it.....

    http://www.wdl.org/en/item/2838/

    and a wonderful picture...

    http://www.wdl.org/en/item/10735/#q=perfume&qla=en
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    Re: Green Cognac Essential Oil

    The white cognac is rather nice in a 10% dilution. Still pretty strong. It smells of Eau de vie and rather fruity fermented grapes. I just smelled it again to check out that note, and can relate to...
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    Re: $600 for 50 ml most expensive niche?

    Who cares what somebody wants to charge? There is no obligation to purchase...

    Of cars, there are Ferrari and there are Skoda.... both pass muster as transport, the tyres on both are still rubber...
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    Re: Fragance for young girl

    Amazing Grace is a lovely perfumed cloud of clean powdery niceness. Very inoffensive and light.
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    http://i62.tinypic.com/5pmo84.png

    (Picture: Bell Pletsch)
    Three-toed Baluchistan pygmy jerboa is the joint smallest rodent in the world, alongside the African pygmy mouse. It is not found...
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    double post somehow and I don't know how to get this pic off. You'll have to look at two sweet mice… lol
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    Re: Ugliest Bottle for a Great Cologne?

    That is really gross.....
  20. Re: Three captivating vintage fragrances - all very different in there ways.

    Lovely range....... I want to sniff them all..... lol
  21. Re: Blind nose training: who wants to play? closes Sept 22nd

    Need to get some more vials, then all set. Three ideas lined up. All excited...... Thank you Irina for organising all this.
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    Ha ha………… I love that and am going to show a teenage son later………..
  23. Re: How to build a perfume from essential oil/absolute dilutions?

    You either get good at maths, or have them at the same strength of dilution for ease of calculation.
    The 10%, 1% and 0.1% thing makes for easier maths so you can get on with the perfumery.

    The...
  24. Re: Blind nose training: who wants to play? closes Sept 22nd

    All hunky with me.... I shall send my samples neat as 100% in 1ml vials. Then it:-

    a) satisfies my Virgoan perfectionist and micro analytic habits of being correctly behaved (can't help these...
  25. Re: Blind nose training: who wants to play? closes Sept 22nd

    Lol. I'm not worrying. Just chatting.......
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    Just sharing a sweet little moment from this morning.....

    Beautiful daughter came downstairs with a little wail of 'heeelp'......

    ..... "I was saving a butterfly and now it won't let go and...
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    I was thinking... If we are now at 8 participants, 4 in the UK, so over 12 samples in one parcel won't pass muster at the UK end for the regs. (Unless they are pure). So unless it is sent with a...
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    I keep a whole set of ingredients to 'smell' and blend with, that are 10% mostly, then 1% and 0.1% and even in the occasional case 0.001%.
    These are to save the nose from smelling fatigue whilst...
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    Lol..... that's a clue...... x

    PS. If everyone else is fine with solvents then so am I. I don't want to put a spanner in the works.
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    Re: Ambroxan doesn't smell at all!!!

    Turn your back on it for a day or two. Assuming your ambroxan is ok, then your nose has fatigue for that molecule for a little while. The only way to find out the former is to obtain another sample....
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    That was a fail…. tried to post a video


    Nope…
    …..


    http://youtu.be/VTbbYLvhDSM

  32. Re: What is in an aftershave that makes it an aftershave and not an EdC / EdT

    I'm sure the 'proper' ones had soothing ingredients like witch hazel in them and glycerine but that is off the top of my head. I will check in an old book I have...... (scurries off)

    Lotions......
  33. Re: Blind nose training: who wants to play? closes Sept 22nd

    Bear in mind that if we all do our best to provide 3 x pure, decent and entertaining samples in a 1ml vial, then the postage will be worth it. (Both for the learning and the attainment).

    PS. The...
  34. Re: Blind nose training: who wants to play? closes Sept 22nd

    I just did it once as a favour for another perfumer and will do so again if asked.
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    I was only being good online... Do you think I really am?

    It is possible to take delivery of one parcel from abroad and then redistribute the contents using local postage with the proper hazard...
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    Fabaloosie. Love it....

    UK only ..... would be sad not to join in with everyone. It isn't too hard to comply with regs....
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    Re: Perfume duplication by GCMS

    Definitely every point in doing it for learning purposes.
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    http://i57.tinypic.com/x55rar.jpg

    UK only

    http://i61.tinypic.com/bgwlz8.jpg

    http://i60.tinypic.com/15h0w82.jpg
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    They haven't done it to me....yet!. The sharing is more important to me than the risk.... but it is not something I can endorse nor recommend because it is technically breaking the law.

    There are...
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    As far as I am aware. Sending ethanol solvent to the UK or from the UK is not fine 'legitimately'.... hmmm hmmm

    The substances could be neat (100%) as long as they didn't have other 'safety'...
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    Re: Formula for Lily (Lys) Accord ?

    Poucher Madonna Lily 1062
    100 Terpineol
    150 Linalol
    250 Hydroxy-citronellal
    50 Amyl cinnamic aldehyde
    100 Citronellol
    30 Phenyl propyl alcohol
    10 tuberose abs
    50 Phenylethyl salicylate
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  42. Re: Blind nose training: who wants to play?

    The old blind sniffs had a time frame. The samples were opened in sequence on certain days and the participants were not to sniff before the allocated time so that each fragrance got undivided...
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    Me too.... I just love blind sniffs. I used to really love our monthly game. Chandler's pinched it now.... lol
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    Re: Looking for formula feedback

    It was precisely because you didn't do so, that led to objections. I suggest following this little gem of self advice and you may find a friendlier attitude.

    This forum is a very kind, generous...
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    I just showed these to my family and the two girls are practicing bending like that on the trampoline. Not working because they are giggling too much.
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    Re: Looking for formula feedback

    Everyone who came on this thread was here to help you in any shape or form. They bothered, as real people, to spend a little time of their own, just, and only, for you. Do you not value that as a...
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    Re: Looking for formula feedback

    Violet leaf is very potent and adds a cold note, almost metallic.

    You look like you have definitely decided to do this anyway. If you are flying blind, then add slowly and diluted to 10%. Then...
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    Re: Help with Oud fragrances please

    If you want a real one that is affordable then take yourself off to Les Senteurs and buy Ex Idolo Thirty three. You will love me forever for saying that when you have smelled it. It won't be around...
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    OUCH.......... les hope they are good friends....... that human wheel is a complete hoot. I was spellbound. My daughter will love it.
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    Three varieties. Gardeners delight, Shirley and i've forgotten the other one.

    Fun fact. They were considered poisonous long ago because they are part of the deadly nightshade family. The leaves...
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    @BetsyM Hope you feel better soon. That sounds a bit sore. Take care....
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    Re: EU regulation and lavender

    I'm not sure that is so true as a blanket statement. Some have even improved. The reformulation issue isn't necessarily about all-naturals. Just about the secrecy of doing so after regulation...
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    Re: Can a man wear female fragrances?

    I reckon a chap could easily get a love on for Cabochard. Especially vintage.
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    These were all picked green because the plants got blight. I ran out and saved all the largest ones. The smalls had to do battle. I do love growing things but they must be edible, smellable or...
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    ....:embarassed: I have to admit I have no idea what a tomato 'jones' is. I even looked it up....

    They are now aga drying for five + hours with fresh rosemary and celery salt on top. Then they...
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    Don't you just love it when the kids around us develop an early 'nose' for a fine scent but on their own terms? We's doin' our job properly....
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    http://i61.tinypic.com/2vkb0jc.jpg

    The tom feast.....
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    Re: what would the sons of anarchy wear?

    Caron L'Anarchiste of course
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2014

    More like extremely gorgeous.... nice to see you, or more like, smell you.

    I haven't been synching for a while because I have had too many ingredient samples up my arms recently. But how could I...
  60. Re: Advice on adding a baked/roasted nut scent that doesn't overpower?

    Did you try the hazelnut Co2? I was diluting some today and this one didn't dilute with ethanol. It separates. I shall treat it as a tincture and shake it every day for three months. It was a lovely...
  61. Thread: I. Won!

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    Re: I. Won!

    Cool. Nice of you to tell us too. I love to hear about wins..... The review of it next please.
  62. Thread: Nougat Accord

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    Re: Nougat Accord

    Definitely the above and perhaps Hazelnut Abs, something almond, a dark sugar note like molasses, some kind of creamy lactone. I want to eat some now.
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    Re: Can a man wear female fragrances?

    It is historically correct for men to wear the flowers. I say wear them. The more the merrier. You will find that on the masculine skin with the masculine pheromones, the ladies perfumes smell more...
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    Re: Perfume duplication by GCMS

    Apart from when a perfume is unobtainable any more and for learning purposes, there is little point in duplication.

    There is no future in marketing a duplicate perfume. Putting aside the dreadful...
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    Re: EU regulation and lavender

    The market technically ought to automatically regulate itself financially when figures begin to show. We fumeheads are already detecting a high level of dissatisfaction on BN with the overall quality...
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    Re: A fragrance for my mother ? Need your help

    24 Faubourg - Hermes
    Dune - Dior
    Eau de Merveilles - Hermes, original not flankers
    Coco Chanel - original, no flankers
    Chanel 22 - not tried it reformulated but the original was lovely
    Boucheron...
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    Re: Labeling Against IFRA

    And this is the point at which the two threads meet the same conclusion.

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/388258-EU-regulation-and-lavender
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    Re: EU regulation and lavender

    Oh gosh, really, so not even made privately is ok either….. I had always thought a private perfume was fine to make in any way the perfumer or the customer liked. If that isn't ok either then the...
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    Re: Scent you will always have love for.

    To love like an old slipper
    Je Reviens by Worth

    To wear
    Yendi
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    Re: EU regulation and lavender

    Naah, we'll be dancing in the woods scraping the moss off the trees....
    (\__/)
    (>'.'<) (sarcasm bunny sign)
    (")_(")

    Seriously. I actually don't think it will come to that. The EU...
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    Re: EU regulation and lavender

    More to the point, one has to question why the Arabian market, which has stayed aloof and stuck to it's classic and beautiful formulations is now altering them to fit the EU market guidlines.
    ...
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    Re: EU regulation and lavender

    I already do. My fragrance wardrobe is nearly entirely vintage apart from the occasional super niche offering and samples galore.


    HOWEVER..... I NEED TO SHOUT VERY, VERY LOUDLY a minute.........
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    Poll: Re: Why do you buy Niche fragrances?

    I took it as a spoof....
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    Poll: Re: Why do you buy Niche fragrances?

    lol.... :bath:
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    Re: EU regulation and lavender

    There is too much being allowed to go on in this world that interferes with valuable traditions.

    When all our objections have finished being ignored.......

    When the lavender fields in Grasse...
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    Re: EU regulation and lavender

    I quite agree that things should be continually assessed for safety, and of course that benchmark will continually change with the advancement of increasingly sophisticated research
    BUT
    Just label...
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    Re: EU regulation and lavender

    It just proves these regs are truly mental.

    http://www.thelocal.fr/20130612/eu-calls-french-lavender-farmers-a-health-hazard

    Lavender is an essential oil that for centuries has been considered...
  78. Re: Determining the correct amount of ambergris tincture

    Here
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    Re: Whats next on your "To buy" list.

    Going shopping tomorrow....for Balafre.
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    Re: Galaxolide 50% IPM - Scent?

    Thank you. Most useful. I shall smell those too.
  81. Re: Determining the correct amount of ambergris tincture

    Try the Luca thing with a small amount of lavender cologne. On it's own and with ambergris added. You will feel the added complexity and 3D-ness. The simple blend will allow you to observe the change...
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    Re: Labeling Against IFRA

    When I was researching it here (UK). The problem wasn't whether the artist followed the guidelines or not. It was the fact that if you require your fragrances to be in any normal commercial shop,...
  83. Re: Can Pure Oud Oils Be Diluted In Perfumers Alcohol

    Watch out. You'll be in the DIY department before you know it and be hooked like the rest of us there…. lol
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    Re: Galaxolide 50% IPM - Scent?

    @hondo
    What type of fresh laundry smell? You are good at describing scents and I would appreciate a description because I am looking for an ingredient that answers along these lines....'sharp,...
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    Poll: Re: Why do you buy Niche fragrances?

    I buy what I like and do not care how anyone else chooses to classify it. Niche eventually becomes classified as designer as soon as it gets popular enough to be widely available in stores.
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    Re: how can that be, smelled cocos...

    You have such a lovely nose that maybe your vocation is indeed here with us. I am going to smell my lovely roses now and see.

    Of course I had to look up that too and if you smell your rose again,...
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    Re: Bombed the office today

    Not with a fragrance but spilled half a 30ml bottle of pure geranium bourbon essential oil on the bathroom carpet because it didn't have a dripper inside. It was OK for a very tiny while and then...
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    Re: how can that be, smelled cocos...

    It might be an older blossom. Some of the flowers have a sweet dried honey note as the heads dry off. You will have to walk around smelling everything until you find it. OK as long as you don't...
  89. Thread: Ta Ta For Now

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    Re: Ta Ta For Now

    A break from compulsion is a good thing. Real life is there to enjoy it. We don't need stuff. Live life happily and with free will.
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    Re: How much do you spend a month of fragrance?

    Totally depends on what I find. If it's that vintage fragrance I have been looking for and it crops up in perfect nick. Then I may just be really mad occasionally. Obviously not normally because I do...
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    Re: Oils to help aid sleep

    Clary sage was something used for calming feelings but in low doses as it can be too stimulating at high levels.
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    Those album covers are a scream... trouble is they are so familiar...... I'd better see what mine look like now.....
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    Re: Oils to help aid sleep

    I'm glad I saw that now and not then.

    At the time we had a five month old baby boy whose eczema was so bad that his skin was open and weeping from his neck to his stomach. Infections were getting...
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    Re: Oils to help aid sleep

    Absolutely agree. I'm a firm believer in it. My smaller boy is undergoing TCM right now for a skin condition on his hands and in under a week we are seeing a change. It was positively magic on my...
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    Re: Yor most worn scent, ever....

    Probably Coco Chanel. Yendi coming a close second but only because it gets kept for the very best occasions.
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    Re: Oils to help aid sleep

    The type of lavender helps too. The high altitude lavender is better.

    If one was doing an aromatherapy interview. Then one would ask first about the type of sleep disturbance to know where to...
  97. Re: Can Pure Oud Oils Be Diluted In Perfumers Alcohol

    It sounds fantastic. We are smelling it with you in our minds eye..... or should I say nose?
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    Re: How to get nice decant labels?

    'Tis easily done. What bottles would you like it for?
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    Re: Sample bag smells very bad

    Wipe the vials carefully in a non smelling alcohol like vodka. Keeping it away from the labels. You could hand wash the bag carefully if it has a wool content, but it may still leave a trace. A dry...
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    Re: UK split - Balafre Lancome

    Fab. I'll PM you.

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    Ok chaps. The split ratio is completed now and the purchase will go ahead tomorrow when all is settled. PM's being sent.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Just...
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