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  1. Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    I have recent (current) EdP and it seems fine to me. When I was considering buying LHB a couple of years back, EdP was the recommended concentration to go for.
    Batch code on my bottle is 6uo1
  2. Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying... January 2021

    Today I am particularly enjoying a scent whose name is as yet unknown to me; part of a current blind sample pass : it appears to combine aspects/notes/accords of many of my darker winter favourites,...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 18th January, 2021

    Hermes Bel Ami.
  4. Re: A second round of blind testing...

    Bottle No. 1.
    Projection : skin scent
    Sillage : almost none (couldn't smell it at all when wafting the strip)
    Longevity : vaguely, 30-60 mins, but hangs on for longer on skin. Does it get more...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    Wearing Tabac Original (stick deo). This smell takes me back. My father, who always wore Old Spice, was given a small bottle of Tabac for Xmas one year by my mother, and refused to wear it. It sat in...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    Tabac or Quorum for me.
  7. Re: Icy Cold Fragrance That Resembles the Coldness of Winter

    Comme des Garcons Zagorsk (cold snowy landscape with forest : hinoki, violet (metallic-ish)/iris, incense; good longevity, but not massive projection)
    Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta pour Homme EdT...
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    Re: Similar to dry down of Jacomo

    Glad it's not a redundant purchase for you.
    I own, love, and wear Jacomo deJ, Zagorsk and Black frequently, and find none of them redundant despite some overlaps in mood/style/notes.
    I wonder...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    SOTD : CdG Zagorsk - hinoki, pine, violet and iris notes make this a chilly olfactory snowscape with forests. It's been below zero all day here, and I was walking in snowy woods this afternoon; the...
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    Poll: Re: Random Perfume Picker

    Guess you could keep trying until it suggests one of your FBs.
  11. Re: Best Gentlemen Fragrance for 55+ year old man?

    Add to the other Hermes suggestions : Equipage. Or Equipage Geranium if you live somewhere with hot summers.
    +1 Penhaligon's Sartorial
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    Has to be CdG Zagorsk, for me, and a most appropriate theme, given the weather here (frost and snow).
    Penhaligon's Juniper Sling might also work (zingy aromatic topnotes), Bottega Veneta pH EdT...
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    Re: Robert Piguet Your Favorites?

    My personal favourite is Casbah, though if you're not into incense, then it probably wouldn't appeal.
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    Re: Share your blind buy statistics!

    Most of my 30 FBs were sampled prior to purchase. Blind buys, which cured me of blind-buying :

    Failures
    Bogart Signature - hated the never-ending lemon top note so much, I returned the scent...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    I've Synched in a duo of Boucheron Jaipurs : EDT for day, EDP for evening.
  16. Re: 2021 edition: Post your pic and other posters will pick a fragrance you look like you'd wear

    My first thought was Bentley for Men Intense - and then I scrolled down further and saw your sig. Equipage is a good suggestion.
    L'Occitane Eau des Baux.
  17. Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying... December 2020

    Unum : Io Non Ho Mani... Complex and long-lasting.
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    Re: Most worn in December 2020

    Two or more wearings :



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    Ambra by Etro
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    Re: Your Most Worn 2020

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    Elixir by Penhaligon's
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    Re: Meditational Hinoki-Type Scent?

    Kyoto for meditative; Zagorsk for the hinoki note.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    My choices are YSL Body Kouros, or Boucheron Jaipur pH EDT followed by the EDP for evening.
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    Re: Similar to dry down of Jacomo

    @ ifti : TF Anthracite can/could be found on the bay as samples/decants; also a surprising number of CdGs, including Black, if you search specifically.
    In the Before Times, a trip to HoF would have...
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    Re: Similar to dry down of Jacomo

    Pretty sure you'll enjoy it, looking at your Wardrobe - do let us know your impressions.
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2021

    Until January 6th, sticking with December's FB rotation of incense, amber, leather and spice : Avignon, Penhaligon's Elixir, Casbah, Shaal Nur, Etro Ambra, Jaipur pH, Gomma, Knize 10, Jacomo de...
  25. Re: End of 2020: Simple, Classy, Designer

    Seeing as you're in Texas, how about Hermes Equipage Geranium.
    I would suggest Equipage, total classic, which works all year round here in Scotland, but perhaps not for you in summer heat. EG has...
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    Re: Similar to dry down of Jacomo

    Hey, Ifti ! Good to see you enjoying JdJ. Seasonal greetings, mate !

    ETA : agree with the suggestion above to try TF Noir Anthracite; it's the shiny black coal fire to JdJ's ashy peat.
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    Re: Similar to dry down of Jacomo

    Hmmm, they're pretty close, and if anything I find the opening of JdJ marginally less dry than Black. The clove (is there camphor in cloves ?) note lightens JdJ, and in a weird way recalls the...
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    Re: Similar to dry down of Jacomo

    I'd say the opening of current JdJ is not that harsh, although you do need to enjoy cloves and smoke.
    I find it a very easy wear; one of my favourites.
    'Colourwise' it makes me think of ashy grey...
  29. Re: Best / most loved female fragrances

    Designer
    Hermes Twilly (ginger, tuberose, sandalwood) - very suitable for a mid-20s woman. Fun and youthful. Not one of the run of the mill fruity florals.
    Bottega Veneta EdP (plum, violets, suede)...
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    Re: Christmas Gifts

    Glad to see I'm not the only one gifting myself this season : back-ups of Hermes Equipage and Bel Ami, and a belated birthday present of CdG Black.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Merry Xmas to all who Synch on Fridays.

    Celebrating ComDiva's Cardamom Day, starting with

    Penhaligon's L P No. 9 For Men


    Top NotesBergamot, Orange,...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    For ComDiva's Cardamom Day, I'll wear Penhaligon's Elixir, which fortunately/allegedly has a cardamom note - not that I've ever noticed it, I must confess.
  33. Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020

    Knize Ten. Perfect on a cold day.
  34. Re: Building a minimalist but situationally diverse wardrobe. Advice?

    Hermes Bel Ami, or Equipage
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    Thank you for putting the coming year's Friday Synchs together, and for keeping us right throughout the year, N.Cal.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 18th December, 2020

    SOTD : Penhaligon's Elixir
    SOTE : CdG Black
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    SOTD : Penhaligon's Elixir. A favourite at this time of year.

    https://www.basenotes.net/photos/products/300/26129425-8166.jpg
    As it is not yet the actual solstice, and the daylight hours are...
  38. Re: Alternative to Angelique sous la Pluie?

    Piguet Casbah has a significant angelica topnote, for all it is an incense and spices beast.
  39. Re: Is Comme des Garcons still relevant in 2020?

    I found Sugi to be a lemony/citrussy take on cypress. Very refreshing. Haven't sampled it for a while. Kinda medicinal feel to it, in a similar way (not same smell though) to the opening of Gucci...
  40. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Boucheron Jaipur
  41. Re: Is Comme des Garcons still relevant in 2020?

    Can't believe no mention of CdG Black (2013) or Sugi (2013). I enjoy their older Series/releases and would be happy rebuying; but the newer Clash and Rouge have me intrigued too.

    What do you think...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 15th December, 2020

    Great choice for this time of year !
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    Re: Your favorite Aromatic Fougere

    Jacomo de Jacomo
  44. Re: Recommendations, something beteween ( TDifferentCompany Bois DIris and Prada L'Homme EDT)

    Tom Daxon : Iridium. Iris topnotes; woods and vetiver in the base.
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    Re: Perfume Themed Daily Diary

    re Palais Jamais


    Are your summers hot like a continental climate ? I am in Scotland, where a hot summer's day is 20C, probably with a breeze, and more usually 15-16C. Might account for the...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    RichMan'sOldSpice seems to have a wide range of scents, from a wide range of houses.

    Looking at his Wardrobe : quite traditional, old-school, barbershop
    Most bottles from one house = Creed...
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    Re: Perfume Themed Daily Diary

    Good to see so much love for the house of Etro in this thread ! Palais Jamais is one I usually wear in summer, but I will get it out of storage and try it now, in cooler weather.
    How did you get on...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    If hednic were to participate in next week's Synch.....
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Etro Ambra on one arm and Etro Shaal Nur on the other, for the night.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Great choice (bit too cold here to join you Synching with this one)




    I do miss The Sartorialist's photos of Italian outfits/fashion.
  51. Re: 2020 is entering the home stretch - what are your top three purchases for the year?

    Not distinguishing between samples, decants or FBs purchased or repurchased this year; just which of those have given me most pleasure to wear in 2020
    CdG Black (decant, soon to become FB)
    Hermes...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    I like these ideas - they would work well instead of actual places/countries/cities.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Starting the Synch with Etro Gomma : an Italian house; a scent with an air of sprezzatura.
    I expect to continue this Synch all weekend.
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    Re: Best airy soft ambre

    Etro Ambra
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    Re: Best (and worst) of 2020

    So you weren't keen on the new Caron either ?
    For me it was a skimmed milk version of Fat Electrician crossed with Habit Rouge L'Eau, Caronised..
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 7th December, 2020

    SOTD - Robert Piguet : Casbah. Enjoying the angelica and orris over incense, producing what ClaireV described as a dry ice effect.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Ambre Sultan works so well at this time of year.
    Thanks ! Cold weather scents are the best.
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    Re: Best (and worst) of 2020

    Seconding Rogue Jasmine Antique. I also enjoyed Flora and Fauna from the same house.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Continued to Synch in L'Heure Bleue EdP last night, and Jaipur pH EdP today.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Today has been a tour of some lesser-worn Penhaligon's. Started out with Endymion, which despite having spice notes, was overpowered by the lavender opening and rather trad barbershop, so not really...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Some old favourites in this category :
    Eau des Baux (vanilla, spices)
    Boucheron Jaipur pH EdP (vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove)

    and a few Penhaligon's
    Elixir (cinnamon, mace, cardamom)
    LP...
  62. Re: Why did you wear what you wore today.. December 2020

    Knize Ten. Hadn't worn it for a couple of weeks. Missed it.
  63. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    SOTN LADDM, over SOTD CdG Avignon. On a night-time layering incense, smoke or leather drydown with amber kick at the moment.
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2020

    How about leaving it until we start a new thread for 2021 ? Happy to see this topic in GeneralFD
  65. Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying... December 2020

    Comme des Garcons Avignon. Still enjoying this one.
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    Re: Most worn in November 2020

    Scents worn twice or more in November



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    Shaal Nur by Etro
    4 wears
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    Re: My current top 5 underrated scents

    Hermes Equipage. Most of the house buzz is about Bel Ami (rightly esteemed)
    Hiram Green Hyde. Not as unwearable as it first seems, and not so much talked about now the newness/shock of the BBQ has...
  68. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Etro Ambra, over SOTD Jacomo de Jacomo. Turned out rather well in the drydown.
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    Re: Your Perfume Rotations in 2020

    December FB rotation of incense, amber, leather and spice : Avignon, Zagorsk, Penhaligon's Elixir, Casbah, Shaal Nur, Etro Ambra, Bottega Veneta, Jaipur pH, Gomma, Knize 10, Jacomo de Jacomo. From...
  70. Re: Christmas in a bottle! Which fragrance and why?

    +1 Eau des Baux - vanilla, spices, benzoin; so cosy.
    +1 current Etro Messe de Minuit, which smells of chocolate (patchouli) and orange (myrrh) to my nose - would it be Xmas witihout a Terry's...
  71. Re: Note you love that many others hate

    Galbanum, costus.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Will be starting with CdG Kyoto (incense+cypress, cedar&teak) or perhaps Zagorsk (incense+hinoki), since the weather will be cold; perhaps Odin 07 Tanoke (frankincense + unspecified woods) later.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    I've not yet had a Synch day, and would be honoured.
    Either 'wear a scent with an incense or a heliotrope note; bonus points for a scent with both';
    or 'an artemisia plant family note (artemisia,...
  74. Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 25th November, 2020

    Finished off my sample of Bottega Veneta pH EdT, and oversprayed from the FB.
    I wasn't sure of the longevity/strength of this one until I sprayed from a bottle rather than a spray sample : it's...
  75. Re: Men's fragrances that smell like bug spray

    Depends what you mean by bug spray too.

    Some insect repellents are based on natural ingredients that can smell quite pleasant : citronella, for instance.
    Or in Scotland as a midge repellent, bog...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2021

    Thank you for hosting the Friday Synchs again for 2021, NCal ! Much appreciated.

    A few basic thoughts :

    House : Guerlain, Hermes (max chance that people can join in)
    or
    Nose : Thierry Wasser...
  77. Re: incense! incense! my kingdoom for an incense!

    CdG Zagorsk - snow and forests, and incense.
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    Re: Sample Pass: Rogue Perfumery

    Today, I ordered a sample of Jasmine Antique, having tried this during the sample pass earlier in the year. Surprised myself, as I would not previously have considered buying a jasmine solifore(ish)....
  79. Poll: Re: Poll: Comme des Garcons incense and woody "outsider" fragrances

    FWIW, Zagorsk is nothing like either Odin 07 Tanoke or Tauer's Incense Extreme, both of which I have and wear. I can't think of anything it is like, other than having that hinoki note in common with...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Continuing today with
    SOTD : Yatagan
    SOTE : CdG Kyoto

    I hadn't noticed how relevant my November rotation was until this week.
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Finishing with zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, perhaps
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Synch so far
    SOTM : Quorum
    SOTA : Ouarzazate
  83. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Back-up of Hermes Equipage
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I might stick to choosing scents that start with those letters, to restrict my choices. Or those in brackets as alternatives.
    Q - Quorum (Equipage)
    X - (Elixir)
    Y - Yatagan (Kyoto)
    Z - Zagorsk...
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    Re: Fragrances that made you cry

    I could imagine it happening with some extreme olfactory memory or flashback, but maybe not linked to a scent; rather the smell of someone beloved, lost.
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    Re: In praise (or not) of pink perfume

    +1 Bottega Veneta. That was my feeling too.
  87. Re: Favourite mens or unisex floral fragrances...

    Knize Ten : floral leather (jasmine etc)
    Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur : Floral leather, violet
  88. Poll: Re: Poll: Comme des Garcons incense and woody "outsider" fragrances

    Hard to choose just three. So : Zagorsk, Ouarzazate and Sugi. If I must.
    Own one, have a decant of another, and have tried the third.

    Zagorsk : evokes snowy, cold forest with some incense. I find...
  89. Poll: Re: Guerlain Heritage VS Hermès Equipage

    Equipage by a long way. It's the perfect semi-formal scent, suitable for so many occasions and wearable most of the year. I find Heritage fusty and too heavy, even the EdT.
    Musing on, I can't...
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    Yup, it's an iris day here too : Hermes Hiris, and now Prada Infusion d'Iris EdP, and probably the IdI Parfum Absolue this evening.
  91. Re: SOTD: Thursday, 12th November, 2020

    CdG Kyoto
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    Re: Synchronized Fridays 2020

    I'm heading in the direction of Moon > moonlight > cool/cold > pale > calming > Tranquility.
    Getting in the mood today with CdG Kyoto, and will probably wear something with iris tomorrow : Tom Daxon...
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    Re: A Vetiver For Every Season

    Warm weather : Guerlain Vetiver
    Cooler weather : Etro Vetiver
  94. Re: Gin or similar fragrances ( Rosemary, Juniper Berry, Thyme, aromatich herbs )

    The opening of Juniper Sling is very aromatic and refreshing, but unfortunately the drydown is much sweeter and I find it annoying. Attempts to respray over the top to recall the delightful opening...
  95. Re: Guerlain Vetiver - What's wrong with the new formulation?

    I have found the opening half hour of the most recent (wooden top) version to be slightly harsher and inyerface than the previous (silver top) version. Other than that, they both dry down to the same...
  96. Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 11th November, 2020

    SOTD : Comme de Garcons Ouarzazate, followed very nicely by
    SOTE : Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 10th November, 2020

    Hermes Equipage (vtg)
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 9th November, 2020

    Knize Ten
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 6th November, 2020

    CdG Concrete for the Friday Synch : 'Industrial' theme. Smells nothing like any concrete I have mixed or poured. Milky, rosy sandalwood. Hmm.
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 6th November, 2020

    An excellent choice.
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