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HALF MEAL TICKET at Staines Riverside Club

Meal Ticket were a country rock band that played the London pub circuit in the late 1970s. The Canadian performer Rick Jones wrote many of their songs.

Steve Simpson and Willy Finlayson played guitars (plus additional instruments ) in the original squad and are still going strong — now performing together in the band-project known as ‘HALF MEAL TICKET.’

Willy takes center stage and plays acoustic rhythm guitar. He still provides most of the lead vocals, though ocassionally defers to Steve. Steve, meanwhile, takes on the electric lead guitar.

The last time we saw HALF MEAL TICKET at Staines Riverside Club they boasted the fabulous Nigel Portman-Smith on bass.

Now Nigel has retired from music, and we wish him well. In his place this Thursday was the esteemed blues bassist Malcolm Hoskins — a long-time friend and collaborator of Steve Simpson.

Completing this all-chordophone line-up was the excellent lead guitarist Dean Barnes. We last saw Dean in action performing with LIZA MARSHALL and the Smokey Turtle Band [reviewed here: https://staines.me/2016/06/03/liza-marshall-]

Half Meal Ticket with Steve Simpson [L] and Willy Finlayson [R]  — Image by @neilmach 2016 ©
Half Meal Ticket with Steve Simpson [L] and Willy Finlayson [R] — Image by @neilmach 2016 ©
The show kicked-off with the sensational Singalong classic: “It’s All Over Now.”

The band gave us motoring rhythms, jangling strings and the first fine harmonies of the evening.

Both Steve and Willy are passionate vocalists. Steve’s voice has dark amber gravitas with tobacco edges. Whilst Willy’s is less rough — more fervent.

Look Good In Blue” had scintillating guitar-work from Dean and an ‘Ain’t No Sunshine‘ riff. We spoke to someone who seemed convinced that this number was originally performed by the hard-bop drummer Grady Tate.

The show continued to be an exploration of truly great, but rarely covered gems. Such as “She Will Be Loved” [Maroon 5] and the Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson number “Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile (Every Woman I Know)” which was made famous by Ry Cooder in 1980.

At times the band sounded very similar to Dire Straits. (With the two Knopfler-like guitarists duelling it out.) But HALF MEAL TICKET produce more “rootsy” tones than most pub rock bands and their renditions are filled with deep soul and meaning.

Although improvisations seemed scarce, with few ‘blowing’ guitar breaks, nevertheless it seemed obvious that the band were merely ‘jamming along’ at times. The lack of smooth transitions between songs and no obvious pre-agreed set-list made the show a little less polished than perhaps really necessary — although it was never actually chaotic.

As one observer put it, “Once they get going they are better-than-good… But it takes more than a while to get themselves into things …

The stand-out song of the second half was the Springsteen number “Hungry Heart” [originally written for The Ramones and recorded by The Boss in 1980.] Here the audience at Staines was encouraged to clap and sing along. Soft and kindred guitar lines were eased out by Dean and Steve and sparkled in the warm summer air.

This was yet another lovely evening at Staines Riverside Club spent in the company of some really versatile and thorougly entertaining musicians.

Words & Images: Words: Neil Mach 2016 ©

Links:
http://www.willyfinlayson.com/
http://www.stevesimpsonguitar.com

 

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

Rock Out at Staines

Overthrow at Staines

Overthrow
Feb 12 2009
Hobgoblin
Staines
With: MR KAMIKAZE + THE NEW ASSASSINS


Overthrow are a 4 piece band from Guildford in the UK. They have been playing together for about two and a half years. Throughout the last year they have been gigging across the country, and also recording a new six track EP “So Much Power, So Little Time” which is OUT NOW!!

Lots of energy and motivation is guaranteed… so come and see ’em!

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See the ADPONTES Review of the NEW ASSASSINS here…one of STAINES favourite bands!

2.

Classic Rock & Heavy Metal – Staines

Raw Glory at Shepperton

Raw Glory
Feb 15 2009
Dog & Partridge
Staines


Raw Glory is Ronnie Garrity (bass), Paul Manzi (vocals), Mick Underwood
(drums), Cosmo (guitar)…

Over many years Mick Underwood has played, toured and recorded with a host of artists as diverse as  Paul Rodgers (Free and Bad Company). Some of the bands he was a member of include The Outlaws, The Herd (with Peter Frampton), Episode Six, Quatermass, Peace, Strapps, Gillan (with 4 Top 20 albums, 2 of which were Top 3), Quatermass II and so on… as well as far too many recording sessions to remember, let alone list in their entirety.

Cosmo toured extensively in the UK and US with The Heavy Metal Kids, and then Curtis Knight & the Squires (a former member of Jimi Hendrix’ pre-Experience band). He has also worked with Frankie Miller, Andy Fraser (Free), Lionel Morton (The Four Pennies), David Jack (East Of Eden), Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy), Brian Connolly (Sweet) and the legendary Jordanaires (Elvis’ backing group) – the list is endless!

www.myspace.com/rawgloryrock


3.

Rock, Soul & Country  – Shepperton

Micky Kemp Band Shepperton


Micky Kemp
Band

Feb 14 2009
Barley Mow
Shepperton


Micky Kemp writes the songs, plays rythmn geetar and sings,

His devastating good looks and charm have made him a big hit with the over 70’s and under 5’s, it seems to have failed miserably on all points between.

He is ably assisted by One of the UK’S great guitarists, Ex Ian Hunter etc etc Darrell Bath. Darrell sings a bit too and plays lead guitar, a master of understated playing and tone perfection, Dazza loves playing guitar, drinking and british sitcoms, he can be found most evenings watching George and Mildred.

Link:

www.myspace.com/mickykempband

4.

Stunning Jazz & Latin Singer – Live in Ascot

Trudy Kerr Jagz Ascot

Trudy Kerr
Feb 15 2009
Jagz
Ascot

Trudy has been singing at JAGZ for more than ten years. A very versatile singer who has entertained our Saturday revellers as well as the more serious jazzers on a Sunday. She now prefers the more serious side of the business and is only working the major jazz clubs in town or on tour.

Her musicians with her at the JAGZ show are Michael Garrick, piano, Geoff Gascoyne, bass, and Sebastion De Krom, drums.

Sunday, 15th February
Show will start at 1pm to 3.30pm
Ticket cost: £6.00
Special offer, entrance and roast lunch £12

Link:

www.myspace.com/trudykerr




5.

Awesome Classic Rock Covers Band – in Windsor

Netherworld at Old Ticket Hall Windsor

Netherworld
Feb 13 2009
Old Ticket
Hall
Windsor


Fronted by the amazingly talented Jason Stretch on vocals and guitar, backed by the brilliant bass playing and vocals of Paul Smith and the dynamic drumming of Ian Roberts, NETHERWORLD ROCKS. Covering the best classic rock songs known to this planet, you will not fail to be impressed by the superbly tight musicianship of these three heavyweight players … Previous gigging and recording credits include; Steve Harris(Iron Maiden) Hal Lindes(Dire Straits) Neil Murray (Whitesnake/Black Sabath/Queen)… check the ADPONTES-STAINES live review here.

THE OLD TICKET HALL, WINDSOR, SL4
Cost: £3
+ DJ PLAYING 80’s & 90’s HITS – BAR OPEN TILL 2AM

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/netherworldrock

Other local dates for NETHERWORLD fans:

Mar 1 2009      5:00P The Dog & Partridge     Staines
Mar 7 2009      8:00P  Hounslow Staff Social Club    

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

Heavy Classic Rock Masters – in Staines

Netherworld at Staines

Netherworld Nov 28 2008      8:00P Staines Riverside Club     Staines £3

Fronted by the awesomely talented Jason Stretch on vocals and guitar, backed by the brilliant bass playing and vocals of Paul Smith and the dynamic drumming of Ian Roberts, NETHERWORLD ROCKS. Covering the best classic rock songs known to this planet, this three-piece bring their wealth of professional talents together for this new project.

Previous gigging and recording credits include ; Bad II The Bone, British Lion, Steve Harris (Iron Maiden),Hal Lindes(Dire Straits) Neil Murray(Whitesnake,Black Sabath) Reload, The Dhogie Band and Phil Mogg (UFO).

You will not fail to be impressed by the superbly tight musicianship of these three heavyweight players

Links

www.myspace.com/netherworldrock

Also check them at:

Nov 29 2008     8:00P The Cardinal Wolsey     East Molesey Surrey
Nov 30 2008     6:00P The Dog & Partridge     Middlesex, London and South East
Dec 5 2008       8:00P Ye Old Swan     Burnham, Berkshire,

2.

Big Rock/Punk Sounds – in Staines

Her Enemy


HER: ENEMY Nov 27 2008      8:00P The Hobgoblin *with nixa*     Staines £3


Links

http://www.myspace.com/herenemy


3.

Hot Dance – Latin and Jazz – Live at Ascot

palenke at Ascot

Palenke      Saturday, 29th November  8:45P   Jagz Ascot £8

Columbian band with a passionate Latin repertoire. Back by incredible popular demand, Adrianna and her fellow Salsa partners are back and ready to shake Jagz from its very foundations! Palenke, Londons leading Latin American Dance band, was born in 1990 to the collective talents of Fernando Suarez – Kinacho and Lisandro Zapata from Colombia. Both are highly professional performers and are widely experienced in the Latin and Jazz scene. The Bands eclectic repertoire is passionate, dynamic and eminently danceable: from the characteristically hot blooded tempos of Cuban Salsa and Brazilian Lambada, the traditional folk rhythms of Colombian cumbia and Dominican Merengue, to the latest Caribbean Reggae and universally popular Spanish style Gypsy Kings.

Saturday, 29th November
Show will start at 8.45
Ticket cost: £8.00
Doors open from 7pm. £26 for 2 courses and entrance (£30 for 3 courses). Entrance for the bands is £8 but is strictly limited and on a first come first served basis. Entrance for dining or just the band INCLUDES free entrance to the nightclub

Links:

http://www.palenke.co.uk/

4.

Smooth Jazz Piano at Ascot

John Donaldson Quartet

John Donaldson Quartet Sunday, 30th November    Lunchtime     Jagz Ascot

The winner of the piano category at the 2006 British Jazz Awards

Jazz gigs began when he was a student in 1978. He was part of the Cambridge Modern Jazz Club’s resident trio, backing visiting guest soloists in the city. In 1980 he won the prize for best soloist at the San Sebastian International Jazz Competition.

In 1982 he moved to California . He worked there and gigged with local notables including Eddie Henderson, Red Holloway, John Handy, Richie Cole, Paul Jackson and David Baker as well as working in groups alongside Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Donny McCaslin, and Louis Romero.

Since returning to England in 1993 he has worked with many of the leading musicians on the British scene including groups led by Iain Ballamy, Art Themen, Clark Tracy, Alan Barnes, Don Weller, Dick Pearce and Norma Winstone.

Sunday, 30th November
Show will start at 1pm to 3.30pm
Ticket cost: £6.00
Special – entrance and roast lunch £12.

‘With remarkably little publicity or fuss John Donaldson has emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting jazz pianists with his own distinctive style’
Dave Gelly. The Observer.



5.

Top Unsigned Act of  the Year- at Staines

Nixa at Staines

Nov 27 2008      8:00P The Hobgoblin *with HER:ENEMY*     Staines £3

“One of the top 10 unsigned acts in the UK”
Metro National Newspaper

Rock / Tropical

Nixa are rock. They’re here to remind you that despite reality TV, plastic indie tat, the cult of celebrity, and production-line pop, ultimately it’s still all about the music. They write great songs, and have a lot of fun while they’re doing it – and that’s their manifesto. Fundamentally, they just love music and want music to love them back, and as a result they have so many riffs that they’re currently being investigated by The Monopolies Commission. Multi-layered and yet accessible to anyone who’s ever felt adrenaline surge through their veins, Nixa songs combine addictive melodies, intertwining vocals, riotous screaming, ferocious guitars, pulsing drums, and dirty bass to create an energetic morass that climbs the walls and rips the roof off. Nixa was born in the summer of 2006 after a massive gangbang involving Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Soulwax and Death Cab for Cutie: the custody battle still rages…

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/nixaspace

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The Stilts

STAINES  HOBGOBLIN
Sunday 31st August 2008

Stilts

‘The Stilts’ are a local four-piece power pop outfit. They have a natty image and a cool razorsharp sound not unlike ‘The
Knack’ or ‘The Strokes’ They are playing live gigs all round town right now and you can pick them up at the Camden Barfly on 26 Sep 2008.

These lads are on an urgent mission to bring rock (tinted with punk and ska) to the tired London masses whose jaded ears and unenlightened minds are not used to the raw and organic stilts-sounds that recall those early days of rock n Roll. Take, for example, “Stalker” with its familiar guitar riff reminiscent of ‘Fountains of Wayne’. Twinkling lead guitar follows the verse right up ‘till the fulfilling chorus when Mr Fred sings out, “I know your name, I know your name”. The song is about a sexy cyber-spy ‘a chat-room chaser’ who takes so much more than the advantage. The cheerful beat and the familiar tune is a breeze to pick up and it is guaranteed that you will be humming it as you skip to the shops tomorrow. The song is contemporary enough to be a modern fable that will ring true in the hearts of real urban men everywhere.

“Sunshine Breaks” is my favourite ‘Stilts’ song with a huge swoopy bass thing and thick slabs of shoegazing fuzz. The verse sounds like very early Bowie – perhaps something from the ‘Man Who Sold the World’ album. There is also a healthy dollop of early ‘Dire Straits’ and old-fashioned ‘Chili’ in there too. This is a bright and versatile number and could easily make your day- if not your week… Other tunes from the song-book include ‘Left for Dead’ with a mid-sixties feel and attractive hooks.

The Stilts are kinda timid. They are ‘out there’ but they tend to hide behind their graphics and their logo even at the
live shows. And you just try to find pics of this group on the internet…nope, it can’t be done. When I saw the Stilts their
people didn’t even have any goodies for sale and no CD to hawk, which is a shame. Hopefully, all this will change when the children of the revolution start to discover this young band and they begin to reap the benefits of a success they so
earnestly seek.

I saw them at The Hobgoblin Staines last weekend and the boys were looking good and sounding fine. ‘Mr Fred’ – sings and plays rhythm, ‘Trigger’ is on the drums and ‘Here’ is the very capable lead guitarist – the band is currently advertising
for a bass player… but in the meantime ‘J’ thumps those low strings. The Stilts brought their own fan-base to the Hob and
delightful they were too- jigging and shimmying to those sparkly songs with those lil Stilts Stickas stuck to their hineys.  Cute!

© Neil_Mach
Sep 2008

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You can see the Stilts at:

12 Sep 2008     20:00 Bull and Gate        Camden

26 Sep 2008     20:00 The Barfly             Camden

3 Oct 2008        20:00 The Providence     Brighton

29 Nov 2008     20:00 The Good Ship       Kilburn

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/thestilts





5 Things- This Week in Staines

1.

Impressive Guitar with Big Jim Sullivan, Staines

Big Jim Sullivan

Duncan McKenzie & Big Jim Sullivan at STAINES RIVERSIDE CLUB
Thu Aug 21 2008 9PM £3 on door Non-Members welcome

We saw this duo at the convivial Staines Riverside Club, Laleham Road, Staines last April. Their set was split into two, with part one being acoustic and ‘jazzy’ and the second part being electric and ‘rocky’. The jazz standards in the first half were perfect and there was plenty to be amazed at. But the second half, the rock half, was when the fire really started and the earth really began to move. The pair sound a lot like 1970’s Dire Straits but the playing fluctuates between raw blues to flamenco style – always bold – always confident- using the body of the guitar percussively, and employing some sumptuous finger-style technique.

See The AdPontes FULL REVIEW here

Links:

http://www.bigjimsullivan.com/

http://www.duncanmckenzie.com/

2.

London Soul and Funk, Ascot

The Unikque at Jagz


The Unikque Aug 25 2008 7:30P The Jagz Club & Restaurant, Ascot

The finest Soul and Disco classics from a superb band with 3 sensational singers up front.
This is a London band which has been around since the eighties. They concentrate on Soul, Funk and R&B and perform a lot of commercial classic soul and funk covers that everyone knows and have danced too.

Some of the classic covers they perform are:

Can you handle it – Sharon Redd
We’ve got the funk – Positive force
Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn
Good times – Chic
We are family – Sister Sledge
Behind the Groove – Tina Marie

And lots more……….

All tracks are not rewrites, but complete copies of the original track.

You will probably never hear theses tunes performed again, unless you come to one of their gigs

The Show:

Saturday, 23rd August
Show will start at 8.00
Ticket cost: £8.00
Doors open from 7.30pm. £26 for 2 courses and entrance (£30 for 3 courses). Entrance for the bands is £8 but is strictly limited and on a first come first served basis. Entrance for dining or just the band INCLUDES free entrance to the nightclub

http://www.unikque.co.uk/

http://www.jagz.co.uk/

Station Hill, Ascot


3.

Enjoy FREE lunchtime Jazz at The Rose Kingston

Free Lunchtime Jazz at Kingston The ROSE

Free Lunchtime Jazz at THE ROSE THEATRE Kingston August 20 1:00P

The event will be taking place in the Rose Theatre Cafe bar, and is free, and no ticket is required.

Rosabella Gregory

WEDNESDAY 20 AUGUST: 1-2PM.

Rosabella and her band have been making waves in jazz and songwriting circles, with the likes of Grammy winner Bob James picking up on their talent via myspace and collaborating with them on a song from Rosabella’s forthcoming debut album. A born composer, Rosabella graduated from the Royal Academy of Music where she met her musicians-guitarist Tommy Caris, percussionist Jez Wiles and bassist Oli Hayhurst.

Together the band focus on creating delicately crafted soundscapes and much like characters in a film, they offer their individual voices to the songs.

Rosabella was invited to perform her song “Better love next time” in an interview with Richard Niles for his program “What is melody?” on BBC radio 2. This song also won her the “International Prize” at the 2007 New York Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest. Rosabella will perform her winning song at the finals in New York City’s legendary “Bitter End” this November. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Rosabella live in the cafe at the Rose Theatre on Wednesday 30 July at 1pm.

http://www.rosabellagregory.co.uk/index.php

The above events are free, and no ticket is required.

4.

Jolly Hockey Sticks at Windsor

Daisy Pulls It Off

Daisy Pulls It Off Theatre Royal, Windsor 18 Aug to 23 Aug
Show Times
Mon – Sat 8pm, Thurs 2.30pm & Sat 4.45pm

This affectionate and keenly observed parody of English boarding school life will appeal to the whole family.

Plucky school girl Daisy Meredith is forced to overcome snobbish prejudice after receiving a scholarship to attend Grangewood School. She forms a secret society to find the missing treasure that would save the school’s debts – but still finds time for a cliff top rescue and a jolly good game of hockey!

Featuring Kim Hartman (who starred as Helga in the in all ninety-six episodes of the BBC comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo), Ben Robert’s (who played Chief Inspector Conway on Thames TV’s The Bill for fourteen years), Julia Mallam (Emmerdale’s Dawm Hope) and Carly Hillman (Nicki di Marco from Eastenders) as Daisy.

This nostalgic production brims full of old fashion values, midnight feasts and jolly good adventure stories.

“Perfectly Ripping, Absolutely Spiffing not to mention Scrummy Entertainment” Sunday Times

Box Office 01753 853 888

http://www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk/

Lots of Fun !!


5.

Prog Rock Maestros from Spain at Kingston

Kotebel at Kingston

KOTEBEL Aug 23 2008 7:30P @ THE PEEL House of Progression

Influenced by Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Antony Banks, Messiaen, Poulenc, Keith Emerson, Robert Fripp, Chopin, Yes, PFM, Jethro Tull, Beethoven, Finnegans Wake, After Crying, Bartok, Deus Ex Machina, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Mussorgsky, Gentle Giant, Discipline (Mathew Parmenter), Anglagard, Porcupine Tree, Isildurs Bane, Universal Totem Orquestra, Univers Zero
Kotebel are prog rock maestros.

Kotebel, founded in 1999, was conceived as a long-term project with the aim to serve as a vehicle for the development of a musical proposal that could be described as Art Music:

* An artistic expression not subject to commercial considerations
* A structured approach to the development of thematic material
* An eclectic language with a strive to integrate different musical genres, resources, instruments

In short, elaborate music that appeals to the mind and the spirit.

Kotebel’s music also shares a number of characteristics with other contemporary artistical expressions currently labelled as Neo-Barroque:

* A highly creative, hybrid cultural expression
* An aesthetics and ideology of inclusion
* A tendency towards expansion, creating ambiguity in the frontier between pieces
* A desire to evoke states of transcendence

Carlos Franco – Drums and Percussion …. cfranco@kotebel.com

César Garcia Forero – Guitars ………………. cgarcia@kotebel.com

Jaime Pascual – Bass …………………………… jpascual@kotebel.com

Adriana Plaza – Keyboards ………………….. aplaza@kotebel.com

Carlos Plaza – Keyboards …………………….. cplaza@kotebel.com

http://www.myspace.com/kotebel

This is a very rare UK performance at THE PEEL, KINGSTON this week!

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The Beck Theatre
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Hayes
Middlesex
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Big Jim Sullivan and Duncan McKenzie

Big Jim Sullivan

Big Jim Sullivan with Duncan McKenzie

If you prefer your peanut butter smoo-ooth and you like your breezes warm and tropical – then the gentle sounds of Duncan Mckenzie and ‘Big Jim’ Sullivan are probably for you. This is music for the ’mellow birds’ set.

That is not to say that there is no drama or light n’ shade in their playing, but the sheer class and gentle power of the strings washes over the listener in a mesmeric and, frankly, spiritual way. Yes, it is musical healing.

You probably already knew that ‘Big Jim’ has worked with just about every artist in the business- from Ritchie Blackmore to Frank Zappa via Jimmy Page. He played with Elvis. He toured with Tom Jones. He practiced sitar with George Harrison in his sitting room. Heck, he was even on the fateful tour that ended Eddie Cochran’s life. But you probably were not aware of just how mighty and influential ‘Big Jim’ has been on the guitar world stage. Amongst his many, many achievements he can boast that he introduced 12-string guitars to the UK, he was the first to use fuzz-boxes and whah-whah on recordings and he even did the musical arrangements for the orchestral version of The Who’s Tommy.

Duncan McKenzie, one of the uk’s finest acoustic guitarists in his own right, provides the vocals for the duo.His ambient vocal style, gritty when required but fluid and soulful for the most part, add colour and nuance to the twin guitars.

I saw the duo at the convivial Staines Riverside Club, Laleham Road, Staines last week. Their set was split into two, with part one being acoustic and ‘jazzy’ and the second part being electric and ‘rocky’. The jazz standards in the first half were perfect and there was plenty to be amazed at. But the second half, the rock half, was when the fire really started and the earth really began to move. The pair sound a lot like 1970’s Dire Straits but the playing fluctuates between raw blues to flamenco style – always bold – always confident- using the body of the guitar percussively, and employing some sumptuous finger-style technique.

Covers include work by Van Morrison, Bob Dylan (or to be more accurate Jimi Hendrix plays Dylan), Eric Clapton, the Beatles and, naturally, Elvis. Sometimes folksy and soulful a la 1970’s Wishbone Ash, often gritty and raw, but always majestically tuneful and gloriously sumptuous.

This is guitar heaven. It is guitar cream and honey.

Neil_Mach
©AdPontes-Staines.com
2008

Links:

http://www.bigjimsullivan.com/

http://www.duncanmckenzie.com/

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