Thursday, 15 November 2018

Kingdom of Dreams by THOMAS SABO | AD



With the festive season fast approaching it's always a time of year I find myself wanting to dress myself up a little more and add some sparkle to my outfits with jewellery. 
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Monday, 5 November 2018

The George & Dragon Epping | Vegan


Last week I was invited along to a special preview evening of the newly refurbished pub The George & Dragon in Epping, Essex. I used to visit this pub quite a lot back in the day so I was really looking forward to making a return visit and to have the opportunity to check out their vegan menu which I'd never tried before. 
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Thursday, 1 November 2018

12 Days of Tropic Gift Collection | Vegan & Cruelty Free



It's that time of year again when you're probably starting to think about your Christmas shopping and what advent calendar to get in time for the start of December. I always really look forward to seeing what new advent calendars hit the shops and it's always a tough choice of whether to go down the simple but yummy chocolate route or invest in something a little more special. It's actually become a bit of a  tradition in our house for my husband and I to surprise each other with an advent calendar and so it's usually around about now I start to drop some serious hints!
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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

My Month In Photos | October 2018


October is always my favourite month of the year and this year has been no different! I love it when the weather gets colder and the leaves start to turn brown. Everything suddenly becomes so colourful and beautiful outside! I get so excited for all of the Halloween and Autumnal homeware to hit the shops and decorating my home for this season is one of my favourite activities. It also feels like the calm before the storm of Christmas and I've promised myself that I'm not going to get sucked into anything Christmas related until at least mid November. I like to relish this time of year and everything that comes with it. Its an opportunity to slow down, appreciate the little things and give life a little refresh. 
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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel - My Diary | Beauty



Back in early September I was invited along to the Dermalogica flagship store in Chelsea for the launch of their new rapid reveal peel product which is a professional grade at home peel, clinically proven to enhance radiance and visibly reduce fine lines. As I'm now in my mid thirties these are things I find myself worrying about more and more. There's no denying that my skin doesn't look as youthful and fresh as it did ten years ago and I'd really like to be proactive in taking care of my skin and doing what I can now to prevent signs of ageing.

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Club Mexicana at The Spread Eagle | Vegan


This review has been such a long time coming, I can't even tell you how many times I have planned to make a visit to The Spread Eagle and something has got in the way. The last time I actually made it to their front door only to find out that I had messed up the times and they were indeed closed. It almost started to feel as though we were destined to never meet! But finally last weekend I made it there, they were open and they had just launched their brand new brunch menu
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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Test Driving An Electric Car With Lookers | AD



Over the past year my husband and I have had many discussions about whether we should get an electric car. It has in fact become a regular bone of contention in our relationship in that he is ready to go fully electric and I am still somewhat on the fence. Now don't get me wrong, I can certainly see the appeal. The environmental and economical factors alone are already extremely appealing to me but I have had concerns over practicability along with the fact that we are yet to find one that ticks the box of attractiveness.  

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Monday, 1 October 2018

Cruelty Free & Vegan Secret Santa | 2018



Yes, it's that time of year again! I hate to mention the 'C' word so early but in this case I'll make an exception. The success of the first ever Cruelty Free & Vegan Secret Santa in 2017 was really heartwarming and a little mind blowing all at the same time. I wasn't 100% sure if I would do another one, or if it would become an annual thing, but after asking all of you on social media for your opinions it was a unanimous yes to another one!

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Bill's | Vegan


Last week I was invited along to Bill's to try out their newest vegan options. Prior to this visit I hadn't actually been to Bill's for a very long time because the last time I'd been I really struggled to find anything vegan on the menu, despite them catering for vegetarians really well. So when this email popped into my inbox I did let out a little 'hoorah!' because it does feel like vegan options at Bill's have been a long time coming. 
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Sunday, 30 September 2018

My Month In Photos | September 2018


Is it just me or has September just flown by!?? I honestly don't know where this month has gone but I will say that i'm very happy that Autumn is here and we're about to enter October because it really is my favourite time of the year. 
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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

What I Eat On A Normal Day | Vegan



Welcome to my no thrills presentation of what I usually eat on a normal kind of day! I'll pre warn you - it's not hugely exciting or groundbreaking, but it is just a real representation of what every day eating looks like for me as a vegan. The other day I just decided to snap everything I ate in a day and well, here it is! 
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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Hello Autumn



There's a change in the air and I can almost smell the arrival of Autumn. It's a time of year I honestly feel myself craving and after the intense Summer we've had I am more than ready for it. 

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Friday, 14 September 2018

Wulf & Lamb | Vegan


It's another week, and another vegan burger making an appearance on this blog. What can I say? I  appear to have a growing obsession for trying all the vegan burgers London has to offer and I can't see it stopping anytime soon! This week I happened to be in Chelsea for a skincare event and it presented itself as the perfect opportunity to make a long overdue visit to Wulf & Lamb which has been on my hit list since January of this year. So yes, it's only taken me nine months to get myself there! I guess that's a testament to how spoilt for choice we are for vegan food in London right now.
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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

South of France | Travel With Dogs



Last week my husband and I, and my Mum, and our combined 5 dogs, took a trip down to the South of France that I have wanted to do for such a long time. Ever since having dogs I’ve really wanted to take them on a trip abroad and France has always seemed like the perfect option. 

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Friday, 31 August 2018

My Month In Photos | August 2018



I'm going to be honest, August has felt like a really long drag of a month and I've been looking forward to it being over. That sounds quite dramatic and depressing, particularly when nothing bad has really happened, but lets just say it hasn't been my favourite time of this year. I've been really struggling with a low mood this month and it's felt like a big of struggle to motivate myself to do much. But then when I was getting the photos for this post ready it does in fact look like I've done quite a lot! However, I feel like a lot of time has been spent feeling bored and almost like I am just waiting for Autumn to arrive and for a fresh start.
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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Half Man Half Burger | Vegan



Until last week I'd never heard of Half Man! Half Burger! and I only happened to stumble across them after failing to find any vegan options whatsoever at the Eastbourne Air Show. The smell of burgers and hot dogs from all the food stalls there really gave me a craving for a good burger and after a quick search online I came across this place and the vegan menu looked exceedingly good.

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

A Night At The Malmaison Brighton | Travel With Dogs



It wouldn't be Summer without a little jaunt down to Brighton and it's something which has become a bit of a tradition for us this time of year. Having spent a few days at my Mum's in Eastbourne enjoying the air show weekend it made sense for us to extend our break away with an extra night in Brighton. 
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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Vurger Co. | Vegan



What's that I hear you say! Another vegan eatery in East London? Hell yes. The Vurger Co. opened their doors up this year and they're already proving to be a major hit with all the vegan foodies and bloggers. Their claim is that they are 'revolutionising fast food through the power of plants' which is basically just like music to my ears! I couldn't wait to get myself down there to find out what all the fuss is about.

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Friday, 10 August 2018

My Tips For Fighting Depression



It's no secret that I've had my battles with low moods and depression and it's still something I find myself having to fight today. After a long period of tapering off the antidepressant I was taking (Venlafaxine), I have recently gone meds free for the first time in three years. It feels great to finally have that drug out of my system but, as I had expected, there has been an adjustment period where I have felt some side effects and my mood has dropped again. 
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Thursday, 2 August 2018

The Invisible Rule Book For Vegans



When I first went vegan back in 2015 it all felt quite simple and straightforward. I knew that the choice I was making in changing my lifestyle so dramatically was first and foremost for the animals. My compassion for animals was the driving force for me originally going vegetarian and then later making the decision to go vegan.  I wasn't getting into it in a bid to become healthier, or as an attempt to help the environment, or any other reason. It was purely for the animals. 
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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

My Month In Photos | July 2018



July seems to have passed me by in one super hot and sticky heatwave, which for the most part I have spent complaining about! Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a bit of sunshine and good weather but the continued and relentless heat really got to me to month. I did try to get out and make the most of it where I could and when I had the energy to but, and if I'm being honest, it's been a struggle! Thankfully as I'm putting together this post the heatwave is no more and I'm finally feeling a bit more like myself again. It's actually rained the last couple of days which has felt like such a relief. I don't think I've ever talked about the weather so much in my entire life! 
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Monday, 23 July 2018

Vegan Bloggers In Glasgow | Travel




We all know how much I enjoy travelling and exploring new places, especially when there are an abundance of vegan cafes and restaurants to try out too. Glasgow has been on my radar for quite a long time now as being a hotspot for vegans and as an ideal city break destination within the UK. It's also long been known as the vegan capital of the UK so it was only right I went to check it out! When I suggested a little foodie getaway to fellow vegan blogger friends Jess and Anjuli we all agreed it would make a fantastic trip and, as somewhere none of us had been before, we were excited by the prospect of a little adventure away! 
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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Tropic Haircare | Vegan & Cruelty Free | AD



When I first heard that one of my favourite skincare brands, Tropic were bringing out a new hair care range I was so excited to see what they had come up with! Having always been so impressed with their skincare and body care products I was really keen to get my hands on the new hair care range and try it out for myself. I love trying out new hair care products as it's a part of my routine that I am often happy to change up regularly as I think my hair really benefits from using different products. I have quite fine hair which I colour fairly regularly so it is prone to feeling dry and dehydrated at times and I'm therefore always keen to find products which will help to really nourish and hydrate my hair and keep it looking healthy.  
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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Hitchin Lavender



One place I knew I wanted to visit this Summer was Hitchin Lavender. I remember this time last year seeing so many gorgeous photos from other peoples visits and it really stuck itself in my mind as a great Summer's day out. Last Summer I was in the depths of moving house and that kind of took over, but this year life has thankfully slowed down and it's been so nice having time to explore and enjoy more of life's simple pleasures.
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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Lone Wolves Organics | Essex



Lately I feel like I spend so much time exploring what London has to offer on the vegan scene that I tend to forget about little old Essex where I live. I mean lets face it, London does have a LOT to offer and it also seems to be constantly changing and evolving with new openings and menu's each week which keeps me so busy. But that isn't to say that exciting things aren't happening out in the countryside too! 
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Thursday, 5 July 2018

CIRCUS Vegan Menu Launch | Covent Garden



Last week I was invited along to cabaret restaurant Circus in Covent Garden for the launch of their brand new Vegan Tasting Menu. Prior to this invite I hadn't heard of this place before and I was quite excited by the prospect of an evening of entertainment in the heart of London's West End, and lots of vegan food of course! Having never been to a cabaret or performance restaurant before I had no idea what to expect but I was really looking forward to attending and doing something I wouldn't ordinarily do. 
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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Kind Natured | Vegan & Cruelty Free | AD


We all know by now how much I love discovering new vegan friendly and cruelty free beauty brands and I am always happy to work with brands whose ethics are in line with my own. So when the natural hair and body care brand Kind Natured reached out to me to collaborate on reviewing their products I was of course more than happy to oblige! 
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Friday, 29 June 2018

My Month In Photos | June 2018


Is it just me or are these 'My Month In Photos' posts just coming round so quick!? Time is absolutely whizzing by at the moment and I keep thinking that I can't believe we're already half way through 2018. It only feels like last week when I was sitting down to contemplate my new year goals for this year. Where is the time going!??? Anyway, I definitely think the busier you are the faster time goes and this month has felt extremely busy so it makes sense that it has flown by. 
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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Spring & Summer Style Picks | Fashion


I very rarely, if ever, post any kind of fashion or style related posts because, if I'm being honest, it's not really my area of expertise! I have however really enjoyed shopping for Spring and Summer this year and in particular my holidays. I think as plant prints seem to be hugely popular in 2018 I've been drawn to quite a few different pieces and well lets just say that I'm really feeling this look!
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Friday, 22 June 2018

Mykonos | Travel



Ever since we visited Santorini last Summer I had been thinking about going to visit the island of Mykonos as so many people recommended it as an equally amazing, if not better, holiday destination.   Last week we were lucky enough to spend a week on this beautiful island and I wanted to put together all of the highlights in one place and offer up some good recommendations for places to see, things to do and where you can find decent vegan food.
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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Kew Gardens | Plants



A couple of weeks ago I took my Mum to Kew Gardens for a day out for her birthday. Neither of us had ever been to Kew before (aside from the Christmas Lights show) and I was so looking forward to exploring the gardens in the sunshine and looking at all the plants on display. As my obsession with house plants grows so does my enthusiasm for getting out and about and seeing plant displays, from garden centres to flower markets, and even just other peoples photos on Instagram - I'm hooked! 
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Monday, 18 June 2018

My Summer Holiday Skincare Essentials | Vegan & Cruelty Free



Having already been on two amazing Summer holidays this year  I thought it was time I shared with you all my favourite 'go to' vegan and cruelty free beauty essentials which I always ensure I take away with me. I've already posted a Prepping My Skin For Summer post which includes some essential tips for ensuring your skin is in tip top condition for sun exposure. But now it's time to take a look at how I care for my skin when I'm away on holiday and spending lots of time in the sun. 
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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Growing My Own Vegetables | Lifestyle



At the start of this year, and when I was thinking about some goals for the year ahead, I knew that I wanted to try my hand at growing my own vegetables. This is something I've thought about for quite a while but as a complete novice I didn't really know where to start. This meant lots of research and thinking about how and where I wanted to grow them in my garden. 
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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Broadway Vegan Market | London



The last time I'd been to Broadway Market was around three years ago and before their separate Vegan Market even existed. I remember back then it was still really good for vegan food and for a long time now I have been really keen to make a return visit to check out this new addition spin off market. Last weekend presented the perfect sunny Saturday with no plans, so off we went in search of vegan comfort food!
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Petersham Nurseries | Plants



It's no surprise to any of my regular readers and followers that one of my favourite past times is browsing garden centres and plant shops. My house plant collection is now at around the fifty mark which is a real testament to my ever growing passion for plants! When I have a little more time on my hands I really enjoy venturing off to new plant shops further afield and one place which has been on my 'to see' list for quite a while now is Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, London. Thankfully the May Bank Holiday Monday presented itself as the perfect day to go off exploring with my camera. 
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Thursday, 31 May 2018

My Month In Photos | May 2018



May has felt like a really great month, probably helped along by the fact that we left the country for a few days and we've seen a tremendous amount of sunshine in the UK too. It's been a nice level busy, without feeling too crazy, and it's really got me in the mood for Summer. 
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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Deliciously Free From 'Free Shakes' With Sainsbury's



Last week I was invited along to Sainsbury's HQ and their Food Innovation Centre in London to take part in their #DeliciouslyFreeFrom Iced Desserts 'FreeShake' Masterclass. When this invite popped into my inbox I was really excited because not only was I yet to try their new vegan friendly Iced Desserts, but also because this event just sounded like so much fun! I've also surprisingly never enjoyed a vegan 'Freak Shake' before so I was really looking forward to learning how to make my own. 
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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Linda's Veggie Table



On Saturday myself and the lovely Jess from Simply Living Vegan headed into London for our first ever Linda's Veggie Table event. It was an event we'd seen promoted on their social media pages for National Vegetarian Week and we just loved the look of it. As a huge Linda McCartney Foods fan anyway I didn't need much convincing!
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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Doughnut Time | Vegan


 

Last weekend I was enjoying a little shopping trip at Westfield Stratford when I came across the Doughnut Time van outside on 'The Street' section of the shopping centre. I had already heard of this doughnut company before and from all of the amazing photos I'd seen of other peoples doughnuts from there I knew they had some great vegan options so I couldn't resist checking them out for myself! 

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The Vegan Kind Beauty Box - May 2018



The Vegan Kind Beauty Box is a bi-monthly subscription box packed full of vegan friendly and cruelty free beauty products. It's a box I always look forward to receiving because not only does it introduce me to new products and brands I might not have used before, but also because it always prompts me to indulge in a little self pampering at home! 
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Saturday, 19 May 2018

All Day Brunch | Vegan



The arrival of the weekend always signals that it's time for an all day brunch in our house but this is a meal which can be enjoyed on any day and at any time of the week. In fact it also happens to be one of my favourite easy dinners to knock up after a long day. It's the ultimate in vegan comfort food! 

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Friday, 18 May 2018

Mushroom Bolognese | Vegan



Pasta is a staple in our house and rarely a week goes by when we're not enjoying it! More often than not I'm happy to eat it with a simple tinned passata and some chopped mushrooms but if we have the time then we also really like making a vegan take on a bolognese. This is another dish that we always make more of so that we can enjoy it again on a jacket potato another night. 
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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry | Vegan



Stir fry's are one of my favourite meals to enjoy at home because they're just so quick and easy and they're a great way of packing in loads of vegetables into your diet. You can really mix this up to suit your tastes and add in whatever vegetables you fancy, there really aren't any rules! I tend to buy the ready to eat Cauldron tofu pieces because I still haven't perfected the cooking of tofu myself and I just find that this is the easiest way for me to enjoy a quick stir fry with minimal hassle. But again you may wish to add whatever tofu you prefer!

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Mixed Bean Chilli | Vegan



Today I'm sharing another favourite regular meal in our house, the mixed bean chilli! I just love how versatile this dish is and that you can enjoy it in a number of different ways - either with rice, on top of a jacket or even in tacos. Despite the fact there are only two of us living in my house we always make enough for four people as then we can enjoy it again another night or for a lunch the next day. 

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bio-D Ethical Cleaning Products | Vegan & Cruelty Free | AD



As many of you will probably already know this week is National Vegetarian Week and I've been  really keen to produce lots of content around this campaign to help promote a more ethical and plant based lifestyle. I was so happy when the environmentally friendly cleaning brand bio-D got in touch to collaborate on a blog post and video this week to help to promote their vegan, cruelty free and eco friendly cleaning products. 
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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Postcards From Ibiza | Travel



Last week my husband and I jetted off for a blissful few days in Ibiza for our five year wedding anniversary. We actually got married in Ibiza and decided to return back to our venue for our stay - luxury boutique hotel Agroturismo Atzaro. We hadn't been back there since our wedding day so it really did feel so special to be staying there again and reliving all of the special memories we made there. 
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Monday, 14 May 2018

Cauliflower, Chickpea & Potato Curry | Vegan



Homemade curries are my absolute favourite and they always make a regular appearance on our weekly food plan. They're so easy to cook from scratch and make a very balanced and healthy meal. I always like to load my curries with chickpeas to ensure that we're getting that all important protein and the combination of them with potatoes and cauliflower is just so delicious! To be honest though  you can load this curry up with whatever vegetables take your fancy and I always find that making a curry is an excellent way of using up a number of different vegetables from your fridge.  

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National Vegetarian Week | 14th - 20th May 2018



Today marks the start of National Vegetarian Week and in a bid to get involved, and to encourage  more people to leave meat off their plates, I'll be sharing some of my own favourite home made vegan meal recipes on the blog all throughout this week.

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Monday, 30 April 2018

My Month In Photos | April 2018



How are we already heading into May? This year has suddenly started to steam roll away but I'm certainly not complaining because the arrival of sunshine and Spring blossom has really raised my spirits this month! April has been another busy month for me and I'm not going to lie, it's also been pretty stressful at times. I've struggled a bit with my health which has meant that I haven't been feeling that great but I'm glad that, for the most part, I've managed to stick my plans and enjoy life a little too. 
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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Facing Fears | Life Stories



One major thing I have learnt throughout my entire experience with anxiety is that nothing gets better until you start facing the things that you are fearful of. 
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