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    Re: Favourite perfumer and their best work

    Jean Laporte for the exquisite Santal Noble
  2. Re: What realizations have you made on your fragrance journey?

    -- how much you can miss a fragrance when its gone for good

    -- never judge the quality or loveliness of a fragrance by it's price
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    Re: TF Fabulous Censored in the U.K.?

    All the bottles of it on show at Selfridges were redacted -- not sure what they send out though, sounds like they leave it intact.
  4. Thread: MEMO!

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    Re: MEMO!

    I'm not certain but longevity is the key for sure.

    So that's what happened to all the old Creed sprayers - they would give your whole neck a dose with one press and they look similar!
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    Re: CDNIM 'Special Edition EDP' vs Cedrat Boise?

    Morning Chess is a sweeter, fuller version. Don't worry about the note pyramid, just check the reviews.
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    Re: A noob on TF Grey Vetiver

    I'm surprised Grey Vetiver can provoke such hostility -- it's so dull.

    It's like having Daniel Plainview back on the boards! I liked that guy
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    Re: How is Caron 3rd Man?

    Like Yohji Homme now ??? My bottle is older than I thought!

    I need to test it again -- sounds as though it could be even more stupendous
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    Re: Why do people do this ?

    sometimes I think Basenoters are like the archetypal 'marching villagers with lanterns'
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    Re: Finally another good manly fragrance

    Yes, Sycomore was originally marketed for women -- oh dear :undecided:
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    Re: Cant get past the bottle design.

    Those L'Occitane bottles that look like cough mixture are a turn-off for me - they may have been re-vamped by now though.
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    Re: The Absolute WORST Fragrance of All Time

    Ah, ok -- I must admit I haven't tried the ones before the Lacoste 1984, which for me was ok then but has gradually deteriorated. I would also wear Booster at a pinch.

    Now, though, they just seem...
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    Re: The Absolute WORST Fragrance of All Time

    I'm in your half. Serge Noire almost reaches masterpiece proportions for me. No body odour or onions are involved folks -- it's all in the mind!:evil:
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    Re: Rest In Peace Dzing! The greatest perfume ever.

    Same for me. I remember taking Vanilia with me to Zakynthos on a holiday many years ago. The warm evenings suited it perfectly.
  14. Re: Which one is less "formal": Boucheron pH or Lalique pH Lion? (EdT/EdP)

    No, the opposite to 'fresh'.

    Hey, it's just my take on it - lots of basenoters love it, but it's not a fragrance I would recommend buying blind.
  15. Re: Which one is less "formal": Boucheron pH or Lalique pH Lion? (EdT/EdP)

    Oh -- it seems like our tastes differ as I like Lalique's White quite a bit even though I remember it being a little shy.

    The Aunt I am talking about is a sort of dusty, lemony one who wears lots...
  16. Re: Do you know any men's frag from the 90's or earlier that has never been reformulated?

    only to be found on EBay at inflated prices
  17. Re: Which one is less "formal": Boucheron pH or Lalique pH Lion? (EdT/EdP)

    The Lalique for me any day (either)

    Boucheron PH smells like an old Aunt
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    Re: Cant get past the bottle design.

    It's pleasing when everything comes together, great smell, cool bottle and reasonable price --- Dior Homme comes to mind
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    Re: ADP Colonia range - please educate me?

    They are all much of a muchness imo but I actually purchased Pura after testing it.

    All the citric elements seem cranked up with this one and it has an airy fresh feel - it contains a lovely...
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    Re: The Absolute WORST Fragrance of All Time

    Pick any masculine from Lacoste

    Or the truly atrocious Karl Lagerfeld Pour Homme (2014)
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    Re: Rest In Peace Dzing! The greatest perfume ever.

    That's a shame -- but understandable. Doesn't really fit in with today's trends, I guess it was tanking.
  22. Poll: Re: Battle of the Declarations - original EdT or Parfum?

    The original for me

    Essence is the one though
  23. Re: What’s a cross betw Mechant Loup & Gucci pour Homme (2003)? Or Radio Bombay & GpH1?

    so cedar, some sweetness and nutty

    Praline de Santal (if you can find it)

    Also, Un Bois Vanille by Lutens sounds close
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    Re: Noob thoughts on GIT

    I think GIT is only superficially like Cool Water (a greenness) and I don't really like either.

    I'd say that CW's drydown is plasticky and GIT's is richer and don't smell alike by then anyway.
  25. Re: Are there YSL Rive Gauche alternatives that actually smell the SAME?

    Fougere Nobile is a little creamier and less loud -- it's very nice.

    I would also suggest Racquets Formula but that will be pretty hard to find now
  26. Poll: Re: Lush Poll - Your Favourite ? (Unisex thread for male and female releases)

    +1 -- Looking at them, my expectations were low, but I was pleasantly surprised -- they seemed quite distinctive and bold

    I just can't stand in their stores for any length of time
  27. Poll: Re: Lush Poll - Your Favourite ? (Unisex thread for male and female releases)

    Ah - list has appeared now

    It's confusing -- Lush, Gorilla, B too Busy -- who owns what?
  28. Poll: Re: Lush Poll - Your Favourite ? (Unisex thread for male and female releases)

    What list?

    I tried a few of theirs whilst in one of their stores but because of the general overpowering smell inside, I felt dizzy and thought I would pass out, so I hightailed it.

    Breath of...
  29. Re: Thinking of buying Valentino uomo!! Should I do it?

    tip it out
  30. Re: New and looking for classic perfume recommendations.

    It sounds as though you would like Hypnotic Poison by Dior
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    Re: Why do people do this ?

    :thumbsup: s'right -- I've watched these heathens, they get the nozzle right up there!

    If it hasn't been sprayed for ages - what are you going to smell -- a piece of cold metal?
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    Re: Why do people do this ?

    I meant nozzle sniffing in stores -- full of germs and other peoples nasal secretions, it's just not healthy
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    Re: Male's 35-40, would you wear A&F Fierce?

    Ahem -- not mixed-up, no

    Kurise Makise, Light Yagami (Death Note) in their 'animes'

    Big wide eyed teens with coloured spiky or floppy hair - could be with their Moms

    A&F store queues are...
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    Re: Male's 35-40, would you wear A&F Fierce?

    The thing is, well, before lockdown, the queues outside their stores seem to be filled with 'Anime' children and the smell of Fierce was pervading the air.

    So, basically, No.
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    Re: Why do people do this ?

    because they are trying to move through the alcohol blast quicker

    what I can't understand is people smelling the spray nozzles. Please, you don't look professional, you look stupid!
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    Re: Intoxicated by Kilian. Yes. Yes indeed...

    I love it -- very sexy imo.
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    Re: Oud + flowers(incl. rose) sampling suggestions

    I don't really like oud fragrances but the ones below are fairly 'mild' and have lovely rose notes

    10 Corso Como

    Dark Rose - Czech & Speake

    They are both categorized as 'feminine' but are...
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    Re: The Downside (?) of Try Before You Buy

    I know what you mean -- it's a valid point.

    I tried Aventus in-store about two weeks after it's release and fell in love immediately. When I got it home, I didn't wear it again for about a month...
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    Re: Dedicated thread to the House of Memo Paris

    +1 -- I have never taken to this House. I like Jannat though.

    'brilliant presentations' don't really interest me
  40. Re: If we were to create a fragrance 'canon', what would be included?

    I've gone back about 35 years and they are all masculines. I think they represent either movements away from the norm and so are quite bold/daring or are very typical examples of what the big houses...
  41. Re: Icy Cold Fragrance That Resembles the Coldness of Winter

    Try out these two from Serge Lutens -- fresh, clean and ice-cold imo

    Gris Clair
    L'Eau Froide
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    Re: Grammatical errors in Fragrances names

    Aktually and thincking moor on this topic, it is unfourgivabel
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    Re: Cheap frags but top shelf smell?

    Bel Ami can usually be found at a reasonable price if you shop around.

    Also, Polo Supreme Cashmere can be found for about £80-£90 for 125 ml.

    Both could be 'niche' easily.

    I'm struggling...
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    Re: Is Aventus still relevant and still the king?

    It is still a special fragrance for me and even though it gets a load of publicity and chat on fragrance websites, I have very rarely noticed others wearing it in London.

    The price is of course...
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    Re: Grammatical errors in Fragrances names

    Now this is what I call a genuine 'lockdown' question
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    Re: doubts about the blind purchase of eucris edp

    For me, Dali is 'darker' in a sort of hellish way. I think a better adjective for Eucris is 'cold'.

    I am not convinced you need it with the line-up you already have
  47. Re: I'm new to fragrences, and constantly worried about "overspraying."

    One tip is to spray once on the back of your hand before you go to bed at night. If, at breakfast you can detect the smell quite clearly on your hand, you will know it is pretty potent.
  48. Re: I have yet to try out Montale fragrances. Which ones should I sample?

    For me, only Honey Aoud is bottle worthy.

    I've tested about forty and that is time I will never get back.
  49. Re: Recommdtions Orange Woody Dry ( something between Bigarade Concentrée and Eau d'Hermes )

    I agree with Oyedo -- a weird sweet tangerine like note kicks in about halfway through. I love it though.

    Orange Spice -- a class above Kouros imo. I wish I owned a bottle now.
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    Poll: Re: Tom Ford Ombre leather VS Tuscan Leather

    I think Tuscan Leather is the worst PB fragrance from Tom Ford.
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    Re: The best "woodsmoke" fragrances

    No mention of Sycomore EdT? Has it been discontinued?

    Others to consider are Burning Barbershop and Mississippi Medicine.

    Serge Noire is like a smouldering bonfire.
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend to Signature Line?.

    ' estee lauder got no money for PB'

    what does this even mean?
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    Re: The most "different than expected" fragrances

    I suggested Yatagan had been reformulated recently but didn't find many who agreed here -- it seemed much less 'vegetal' to me the last time I tested (Winter 2020)

    To be fair, I think Lapidus PH...
  54. Re: What are 5 fragrances that are criminally underrated?

    Who's the judge?

    You either like a fragrance, dislike it or are indifferent towards it

    I'm not keen on Mitsuoko -- does this mean I am underrating it?
  55. Re: 2 new fragrances from By Kilian Paris coming soon

    I thought the House was just called Kilian now?
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    Re: What's trendy on Basenotes currently?

    Beaufort (London) seems to have become a cult House already.
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Plans?

    ..... have been 'shot to shit' after being sent back to our flat in March with a laptop (luckier than most though)

    I've saved a fortune on no fragrance buying (online is out for me and fragrances)...
  58. Re: The Art of Manliness: "The Colognes of Famous Men"

    :grin: Thanks, you've made my day

    All Bob's landscapes were different but sort of ended up looking the same. Bless the guy.
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    Re: Is Comme des Garcons still relevant in 2020?

    You might want to back Kyoto up soon. There are rumours that the Incense Series is being discontinued. But hey, it could be just 'chat' on other boards.
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    Re: Date this Versace l'homme please!

    Round about 2000 it changed. It has been reformulated again though.

    Before 2000, it was fantastic imo
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    Re: Can a bottle of Perfume go bad? Yes it can.

    Yes - the juice in an old Kouros splash-on bottle went exactly the same way -- but that had been exposed to a lot of air.

    Your Mont Blanc bottle contents is more worrying. Maybe it is a sign of...
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    Re: What’s the best Van Cleef?

    I love Bois Dore
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    Re: Creed Erolfa smell a likes?

    Sel Marin & Sel de Vetiver have similarities and both are preferable imo. Not much cheaper though.
  64. Re: What does Bond No 9 Bleecker Street smell like?

    It's a bit generic -- fresh, green, violets, I found it quite potent though, stronger than OV.

    What a bummer to lose your sense of smell - hopefully it will return soon
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    Re: Is Comme des Garcons still relevant in 2020?

    +1

    I need to check the 'Clash' ones out also. Their Olfactory Library was a good idea also - some nice ones there.
  66. Re: What is the niche equivalent of these designer fragrances?

    For me, the designer fragrances OP chose to highlight are just examples of the worst mall fodder and a long, long way from the majority of 'niche'.



    How can it be a rec for Uden? There is...
  67. Re: What is the niche equivalent of these designer fragrances?

    Oh please -- I'm gonna cry
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    Re: Is Comme des Garcons still relevant in 2020?

    I wasn't keen on the 'Blue Series' but I still think they are well worth following. I'm looking forward to trying 'Rouge'.

    They are one of my fav Houses.
  69. Re: What is the niche equivalent of these designer fragrances?

    I mean, I don't want to appear snobbish, but you would hope none
  70. Re: The Art of Manliness: "The Colognes of Famous Men"

    The Art of Marketing would be more apt

    You can see a photograph of the earliest Creed bottle (circa late 1960's, early 70's). It just has written on it 'Olivier Creed' 'After Shaving Lotion'
    ...
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    Re: Best Modern Barbershop Fragrances?

    ''In England Viking men reportedly had great success with the local women. The Viking males were apparently clean and pleasant smelling, as they took a bath on Saturdays, combed their hair and were...
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    Re: Help me on my next purchase for my collection

    Uden - Xerjoff

    Dia Man - Amouage

    Every man needs to test the above at the very least imo
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    Re: Nivea men sensitive

    I use the AS Balm occasionally and that has a fairly generic fir-type freshness to it -- like a cross between Polo Green and Drakkar Noir but nowhere near their strength.

    I am not sure this...
  74. Re: Ambra Mediterranea [versilia Vintage Ambra Meditterenea] by Profumi del Forte

    I had the pillar like original white bottle also. Has to be one of the loveliest 'ambers' out there.

    The new bottle is making me nervous though
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    Re: Best Modern Barbershop Fragrances?

    For me, Fougere Nobile 1942 and by a country mile
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    Re: Thoughts on a sweet coffee scent?

    If you want to be a bit more adventurous, Comptoir Sud Pacifique have two outstanding coffee, chocolate vanillas.

    Amour de Cacao should be an easy find.

    Vanille Mokha, which is now rare (but...
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    Re: My Mystery Bottle..Help Me

    oh-ok -- I was wondering about the black shoulders on the bottle as I don't remember Tuscany ever having those
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    Re: My Mystery Bottle..Help Me

    That's my guess
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    Re: Any good perfumes on this wesbite ?

    I'm a bit confused because Avery is an Italian fragrance House also. Their fragrances are all 30ml. There was only 5 when I tested them A.V.E.R.Y. -- I purchased one and left a review here. They seem...
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    Re: Best contemporary Chypre?

    Contemporary versions are hard to pick -- maybe Papyrus 24 - Parfumerie Generale, I'm not sure it's strictly a chypre but it is very green and sharp

    There is a version of Chanel #19 (the cologne?)...
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    Re: Please Help! Trying to identify a cologne

    It looks like the original Brut bottle

    119 Euros on Ebay right now
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    Re: Please Help! Trying to identify a cologne

    Hmm -- a lot of leathery 'chypres' tend to be feminine, i.e. Bandit, Azuree

    As mentioned, Tsar seems a possibility as the bottle was greenish

    Maybe also 'Lagerfeld' from 1978? Smell wise anyway
  83. Re: Are Jo Malone and bond no. 9 respected houses by the fragrance community?

    +1 -- Well said

    Another bonus, for me anyway, are the 30ml bottles from JM
  84. Re: Are Jo Malone and bond no. 9 respected houses by the fragrance community?

    No mention of Lime, Basil & Mandarin from JM or Chinatown, Great Jones or H.O.T. Always from Bond?

    I think both houses are getting an unfair kicking.

    Outside of this small Basenotes bubble,...
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    Re: Comme des Garcons Rouge - Bottled Beetroot.

    Thanks -- I missed this thread
    It sounds a nice one
  86. Re: hamster shavings or toilet cleaner - do these descriptions cause your to dislike a fragrance?

    I try and avoid strong pine fragrances because of the cheap dangling car freshener association.

    I think 'hamster toilet' might worry me
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    Re: Comme des Garcons Rouge - Bottled Beetroot.

    I haven't experienced yet but, like you, am looking forward to trying

    That earthy sweetness/ripeness smell -- I wonder how CdG will represent it. It could be a touch skanky!
  88. Re: Are Jo Malone and bond no. 9 respected houses by the fragrance community?

    Silver Birch & Lavender and FiDi from Jo Malone and Bond respectively are both in my top 5 purchases for 2020.

    Bond seem to raise their prices to either equal Creed or be just north of them, i.e....
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    Re: Alternative to Aventus for everyday use

    Morning Chess is similar to Aventus and almost as expensive
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    Re: Platinum Egoiste ... fresh? ... really?

    It's bordering on being downright fraudulent. Too many Houses seem to have carte blanche when it comes to this.

    The same name, same bottle, same price (if you're lucky) but different juice.
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    Re: Platinum Egoiste ... fresh? ... really?

    It has had a major reformulation though hasn't it --in the last 2 years?

    Before that it was 'fresh' in a CW type way

    I think Chanel treat it as the cousin ' we don't talk about'
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    Re: Changing my fragrance

    try something modern from Gucci or Prada
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    Re: Aventus dry down originality (UK MEMOIRS)

    Maybe Lapidus Pour Homme (1987) ?

    more like Aventus in the early stages though
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    Re: Givenchy Ultramarine Incense .... I'm curious?

    No idea -- it must have bombed again I guess

    It was brought back as a double header with Vetyver about 10 years ago
  95. Re: Fragrances/scents you just can't describe to others

    Yes - if there isn't a dominant note, it can be hard

    I struggle with Baptism By Fire from Lutens -- that sort of general pot-pourri, spicy type smell -- but, hey even that is a description of sorts
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    Re: Givenchy Ultramarine Incense .... I'm curious?

    what am I gonna do for half an hour though - sit in a cupboard? :embarassed:

    If others like it, that's fair enough of course but it has garnered some damning reviews
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    Re: Givenchy Ultramarine Incense .... I'm curious?

    Givenchy Insense is a gorgeous masculine floral that has been re-issued twice

    Ultramarine Insense is a chemical disaster that smells worse than any Lynx/Axe product imo
  98. Thread: One of two

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    Re: One of two

    19 years old and you want to smell like your Grandpa?

    I suggest getting a vintage version of Brut -- a much nicer fougere and apparently making a comeback with hipsters
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    Re: Pierre Guillaume Monsieur

    I have a bottle and have worn it to work several times. A powerful 'masculine'

    I actually reined in the sprays I would normally use as I found it almost 'beast mode'
  100. Re: Men's fragrances that smell Sophisticated, Elegant, Rich and Expensive

    Concentre D'Orange Verte - Hermes
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