Day 181: The Legend Of Zelda – The Wind Walker

Owwww! That hurt! Link takes a swipes at my suede Cons…

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So, the last day of June, and once again I get to moan about the year being front loaded with short months. So while I should be celebrating hitting the halfway mark in the challenge, in fact the real halfway point is midday tomorrow. So not far off, but I think the second half of the year is going to be a bit more of a struggle than the first. No more Future Publishing sports division freebies box to rely on for one thing.

So, if you haven’t sponsored me yet, now would be a good time to chip in, to make me feel like all the effort in the next six months is going to be worth it. Heavy hint.

Today’s Cons may seem familiar, but they’re subtly different to ones I wore to the X-Men: Days Of Future Past premier or the matte black ones I wore way back on Day 40, so I’m not cheating. For one thing, they’re low tops, not high tops; secondly they’re both suede and mono black (ie, no white rubber); but most importantly, they’re hiding a secret.

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A red checked lining! (Actually, eBay, where I picked them up, it was described as a tartan lining, but I’m pretty sure that’s not tartan, though I’m happy to be corrected.)

Suede Cons are something I didn’t even know existed before this challenge, but I definitely prefer them to leather Cons, which never look quite right to me for some reason I can’t quite put my finger on.

I was going to get on with my novel today (yeah right), but already real freelance has got in the way. Got to watch new HBO show The Leftovers later (the new one from Damon Lindelof for HBO) and I’ve already watched the new True Blood, which wasn’t much cop to be honest. It feels like a show limping towards it final curtain. I was amused to see Arlene wearing dress that appeared to made from from five-day old lettuce she found at the bottom of the fridge…

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And before I sign off today, here’s a random image I found on a desktop wallpaper site that seemed pretty apt for this blog.

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See you tomorrow.

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Day 180: District Nike

Spaceships hovering over Willsbridge. They’ve come to take our steam trains!

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Well, that’s not something you expect to see on a Sunday morning. Personally I always expect an alien invasion on a Tuesday morning or a Thursday evening. But not a Sunday morning. Aliens over Willsbridge. Lord knows what they want. A ride on a steam train perhaps?

Have I mentioned I live really near to Bitton Station (which confusingly is in Willsbridge)? It’s not much use for getting into Bath, to be honest. Despite some estate agents cheekily claiming that Willsbridge is “handy for the station” you’re only going to travel about a mile and end up at a platform in a field that’s actually nearer to Bitton than Bitton station is…

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It must be Britain’s shortest steam railway. Admittedly, from Bitton Station the tracks runs in two directions (the alternative to the field is another platform in the middle of some trees), but the whole line can’t be much more than two miles. In all the years I’ve been in this area, I’ve never felt the need to travel on one of the trains. Don’t get me wrong; the steam enginess themselves are magnificent (though oddly my favourite is a Diesel engine which use to run to Calder Hall, for some reason even I can’t fathom). I still own all of Rev W Awdry’s Little Engine books, and insist in calling all the engines Henry or James. They do sometimes even have a guest appearance from Thomas.

But why travel on a train two miles at most, when the engines themselves are the most impressive thing about the railway, and you can’t see them from the inside of a carriage?

The most exciting thing about the line, though, is that the station itself looks authentically “period” and so gets used for filming a lot. Every time I’m convinced it’s going to be Doctor Who, but it never is. Last time it was for an independent film which one of the crewmembers told me was called Light Years, which had me momentarily excited, but he then explained it wasn’t sci-fi but a drama about teenagers in care. Apparently War Horse filmed there as well, but it must have ended up on the cutting room floor – I never spotted the scene.

I’ve actually had today’s photo and pun planned for ages, but typically the supply of Nikes dried up until these ones were donated by an old mate from university.

Watched the new episodes of Dominion and Defiance last night. Still can’t get on with Dominion because it’s all so pompous, cheesy and cheap-looking. Poor old Alan Dale has to deliver lines so leaden and hokey, he looks like he’s just been taking oxygen off camera to help him with the trauma of saying them.

Defiance, though, despite some cringey scenes, remains a fun and surprisingly intelligent slice of sci-fi action, helped by a cast of colourful and intriguing characters. What’s really amusing me at the moment about the show (apart from it’s sudden obsession with Carry On-style humour) is the collateral damage caused to innocent passers by every time Nolan chases a criminal through the streets. There’s an accident  insurance claims scam begging to happen:

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“Have you suffered an injury caused by a blundering lawman? Was your baby knocked from its pram by a careless cop? Did you have concussion after a Han Solo wannabe shoved you out of the way? Then call 0800-Nolan-Victim and we guarantee to take up your case. No win no fee.”

See you tomorrow.

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Day 179: Marvel Shoe-niverse Goes Cosmic

Sole Of Sci-Fi suddenly remembers that the World Cup is on…

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Sometimes I don’t know what I actually own. While doing some picture research for the last issue of Comic Heroes– which has tons of stuff about Guardians Of The Galaxy, you may not be surprised to hear – I discovered I actually own a really early appearance of Star-Lord  in Marvel Spotlight #4 from 1980 and a bunch of Guardians Of The Galaxy comics form 1976.

The irony being that although Star-Lord is the star of new Marvel movie, he had nowt to do with the Guardians at that point. He would actually guard the galaxy officially until 2008. In fact, the Guardians of the movie bear little resemblance to the original comic Guardians, being instead largely based on that 2008 line-up that also introduced Groot and Rocket Raccoon to the series.

And if you think a talking raccoon and walking tree are pretty weird, the earlier team wasn’t exactly dull either. It boasted a woman with flaming hair and Star Hawk (no relation) who regularly used to swap sex.

MartinexPersonally, though, my favourite was Martinex, partly because he was the original bling superhero (he had a body made out of crystal) and partly because I assumed he must be related to Professor X.

Anyway, I’m now hoping that  Guardians Of The Galaxy goes on to become the biggest movie ever made in the history of history so my comics all increase in value exponentially so I can sell them and retire to a small island in the Caribbean where I can write and self publish really bad comics about superhero ghosts. Or something.

Anyway, off to the (old) office now to pick up all the stuff I left behind before I left. There’s quite a lot…

See you tomorrow.

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Day 178: On Me ’Ead

Sole Of Sci-Fi suddenly remembers that the World Cup is on…

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Today’s photo gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Taking a header.” Well, with the World Cup on, I had to do a football-related pic at some point. I’m not sure I’m keen on Ash looking up my shorts, though.

So, it’s my first day as a freelancer and Sole Of Sci-Fi is late because I was in bed this morning, recovering from my leaving party last night. I had a great time, and some great presents, and a great card with an overflow sheet of paper to contain all the lovely messages that wouldn’t fit onto the actual card. A couple of the messages nearly had me welling up; I wasn’t sure they were writing about the right person, because he sounded like a genius and a legend in publishing. If that were the case, then legends in publishing don’t make much money.

But seriously, thanks to everyone who showed up, signed the card and/or chipped in for the present. You made me feel like a God last night (even if I feel like one of the undead this morning) and I’m sorry I didn’t get to chat to all of you longer.

And I do actually have some freelance to do today… I was looking forward to lazing around watching Bargain Hunt, but no. Writing beckons.

See you tomorrow.

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Day 177: Lego Ghostbusters Versus Giant Shoe Monster

It’s my last day at work, which is a hit like the last day of term, so it’s time to get out the toys

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Apologies for the lateness of the blog today. Oddly it has less to do with the amount of alcohol I downed at the SFX 250 party last night, and more to do with the fact that I decided to build the Lego Ghostbusters car that’s been hanging around the office for weeks.

Two hours it took me!

Worth the effort though because it looks awesome.

And it is my last day at Future Publishing, which is a bit like the last day of term, so I make no apologies for getting the toys out.

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Meanwhile, here are a few pics from last night’s party, including the rather spectacular cocktail…

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If it looks a bit empty, that’s because these are all from very early on. As I got a little tiddly, and the place filled up, my ability to use a camera waned and all the pictures ended up looking like this.

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In just assumed it was my vision at the time…

And that’s all you’re getting today, because I am a little hungover, I’ve spent far too long building Lego and I do need to do some work…

…Before my leaving party tonight.

Will I survive this week?

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Day 176: Battle Of The Plimsolls

Or Sandshoe Ninja Team Gatchaman as it’s known in its native Japan

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This robot would not be familiar in Japan. That’s despite 7-Zark-7 being one of the stars of Battle Of The Planets, which was the re-edited US version of the Japanese anime Science Team Ninja Gatchman. Because when I say re-edited, I mean chopped up, amended, re-ordered, cut and added to beyond recognition. And one way the American producers could justify and explain all these changes was to introduce exposition droid 7-Zark-7 and his occasional sidekick 1-Rover-1 (a robot dog, in case you hadn’t guessed).

7-Zark-7 was basically the bastard love child of Star Wars’ two main droids, inheriting R2-D2’s looks and C-3PO’s irritating, camp personality. And boy, could he talk, which was handy for padding out episodes where the US producers had excised all references to the main villain being a transexual.

I kid you not.

ZoltarZoltar, or Bergu Kattse as he/she/it was known in the original, was a chimeric mutant created by Sosai X by fusing two fraternal twins (one male, one female) into a single entity for the task of world domination. As a child Kattse would change from male to female on a yearly basis and had to spend years transferring between schools before gaining control of his body.

Zoltar, on the other hand, was a camp bloke in a silly mask.

And because I haven’t got much time again today (it’s my penultimate day at Future, and SFX’s 240th issue party is later in London, so I’ve got a lot to pack in) here’s another article from the SFX archives that I wrote about other famous sex changes in sci-fi…

(Oh, and I hope you’re liking the green stripey socks, worn to try to spice up some dull cheap daps in today’s pic.)

1 Curtis (Misfits)

You can rely on Misfits to take an SF cliché and reinvigorate it in strange and perverse ways. When the 2010 Christmas special ended with the community service superheroes going to dodgy power dealer Seth to get some new powers, we all wondered what cool abilities they’d choose. Curtis somehow ended up with the ability to change into a female version of himself.

Despite helping him escape from the police in the first episode of the new series, this new ability was initially a bit embarrassing for a guy who never shown a hint of a feminine side before, and it was a long while before he let his mates see his other half.  Female Curtis also has to deal with periods, female orgasm, the wandering eyes and hands of leery blokes, date rape and Rudy’s opportunistic muff diving. Rudy is distressed when he discovers that the pube stuck in his throat is a man’s…

And through it all, being a woman teaches Curtis how to be a better man. Who says Misfits is immoral?

2 Godzilla

Fnas of the Japanese Godzilla were less than thrilled with Roland Emmerich’s bizarre decision to turn the clearly testosterone-fuelled giant lizard of the original film series into a doting, egg-laying mom for his maligned US version. Not that we needed this proof to realise that Emmerich’s Godzilla was an impostor. It was clear from the first glimpse she was just an iguana with attitude. God may be a woman. Godzilla certainly is not. As Gareth Roberts nows.

3 Starbuck (and Boomer)

The new Battlestar Galactica was particularly gender-, colour- and species-blind when it came to recasting characters from the old show. Boomer went from being a black male human to an Asian-American female Cylon. The most high-profile sex change, though, was Starbuck’s – Dirk Benedict in the original show was replaced by Katee Sackhoff in the reimagined show, though she still puffed on the odd cigar. Benedict initially seemed happy with the idea; he posed and shared a cigar with Sackhoff for a publicity stunt held, of course, at a Starbuck’s. Later, though, he had a major change of heart, disdainfully referring to his successor as “Stardoe” and saying in an interview in May 2004: “‘Re-imagining’, they call it. ‘Un-imagining’ is more accurate… One thing is certain: in the new un-imagined, re-imagined world of Battlestar Galactica everything is female driven. The male characters, from Adama on down, are confused, weak, and wracked with indecision while the female characters are decisive, bold, angry as hell, puffing cigars (gasp) and not about to take it anymore.”.

4 Doctor Who

For just about every regeneration since Tom Baker’s, there have been rumours that the next Doctor would be a woman. What many forget is that it actually happened – sort of – when Hugh Grant regenerated into Joanna Lumley. “Hang on…?” you might be thinking, “What kind of a cockamamie parallel world have we stumbled onto here?” Welcome to Planet Red Nose, where “The Curse Of Fatal Death” was a one-off comedy episode of Doctor Who produced for 1999’s Comic Relief fundraising exercise on the BBC. Written by Steven Moffat, it’s very funny (a rarity for these kind of events), and features a whole host of actors playing the part of the Time Lord, all of them potential Who material – Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant and Jim Broadbent as well as Hugh Grant and Lumley.

The Doctor seems quite delighted to regenerate into her first female self (“I’ve always wanted to get my hands on one of these”) and overjoyed at a new setting she finds on the Sonic Screwdriver. Her companion, Emma (Julia Sawalha), is less enthusiastic, as she was due to marry the Doctor: “I’m sorry, but you’re just not the man I fell in love with.” This leaves the way for a romance to blossom between the Doctor and his old enemy (played by Jonathan Pryce): “Tell me, why do they call you the Master?” “I’ll tell you later…” he says with a lascivious grin..

5 Starhawk

A member of Marvel’s superteam from the future, the Guardians Of The Galaxy, Starhawk (aka Stakar) was forced to live part of his life time-sharing a body with his adoptive sister Aleta Ogord – they took turns occupying the same physical space; while one was “here” the other was banished to some kind of limbo. Somehow this didn’t prevent them developing romantic feelings for each other, and when they were finally separated they had three kids together. It’s all just too weird, really, and if you missed the “origin” story it was near impossible to work out what was going on – it really did seem like Starhawk was just randomly changing sex.

6 Holly/Hilly

If there were ever a character less likely to undergo an unexpected, self-elected sex change it would have to be Red Dwarf’s grumpy, sardonic, world-weary computer Holly. Yet that’s exactly what happened, in the digital equivalent of Jack Dee suddenly becoming Jacquie DeLite. Actually, it’s even weirder. Holly decided to have a “head sex change” after meeting and falling in love with his alternate female self, Hilly – he actually became her! In image at least. That’s like Jack Dee deciding to have a sex change and a facelift to look like his wife..

7 M

Bond’s boss was a man. Then he was a different man. Then he was a woman. Then again, Bond has been a Scotsman, a Welshman, an Englishman, an Aussie, an Irishman, and a catalogue man in a safari suit. So it seems likely Q, M and perhaps even Bond are mere code names, and different people can take up the mantle. Does that mean we could soon have a Jemima Bond? Or is that an even more heinous suggestion than a female Doctor Who?..

8 Orlando

Orlando was a character created by famous literary darling Virginia Woolf for her novel Orlando: A Biography. He was born in the 16th century as a male, and, like Peter Pan, decides not to grow old. He spends a century or so tromping around Europe hobnobbing with historical bigwigs and writing poetry (like an eternal teenager) before one day falling asleep, and waking up sometime later as a woman. After suffering a few teething problems, Lady Orlando soon decides that being female is actually a pretty good thing.

At which point, Alan Moore steps in and decides, “Blimey, you’d make a cracking character for The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” And thus a great, witty, ingenious adventure comic about the likes Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo and Jekyll & Hyde teaming up for a bit of derring do, suddenly becomes a cul de sac of high brow literary in-jokes for the kind of people who can think James Joyce is a little too trashy.

9 Dr Jekyll & Sister/Ms Hyde

You really wouldn’t want to read a feminist critique of Hammer’s 1971 gender swap take on The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde. Well, think about it – the good Dr Jekyll (Ralph Bates) becomes the evil Sister Hyde (Martine Beswick). It’s not exactly PC is it? More AC/DC. But dodgy gender politics aside, it’s a typically affable piece of Hammer melodrama, and about a million times more watchable than 1995’s Dr Jekyll And Ms Hyde, a “comedy” starring Tim Daly and Sean Young where the real evil comes in the form of the insultingly lame script, and a message about, “To understand women, he had to become one.”

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10 HG Wells

Yep, in the wacky world of Warehouse 13 HG Wells is a woman. An evil woman. Helena Wells. She never really changed sex. It’s more a conceptual change. Y’see, she wrote all the books back in the 19th century, but had to pretend her brother really wrote them because it was man’s world. For a while she was an apprentice at Warehouse 12, but went off the rails after her daughter was killed, and became obsessed with finding a way to time travel so she could go back and save her. She never seems too worried about missing out on her book royalties, though.

11 Spot

Data’s cat spot in Star Trek The Next Generation was originally a long-haired male moggy. Not that we examined him close enough to check, but Data certainly calls him “he”, and Data’s an android with a positronic brain, so we’ll trust him on that. But then, as the seasons went by, Spot morphed into a short-haired cat that eventually had kittens. We blame some kind of bizarre transporter accident or a fuzzy blue anomaly…..

12 Dren

Some scientists are a bit thick. The modern-day Frankensteins in Splice, Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley) (horror fans will get the in-joke in the names) create some artificial slug-like creatures. Unfortunately, they unexpectedly and spontaneously change sex during an ill-timed press conference, and, being male now, they decide to maul each other to bloody pulps. Clive and Elsa then create the far cuter Dren using similar methods, but only cotton on to the fact that she’s due to turn into a psychotic male when it’s a tad too late..

13 Jurassic Park

Nature finds a way. So while scientist John Hammond tried to maintain control over the dinosaurs in his prehistoric theme park by making sure they were all female (so that they couldn’t breed) nature had other ideas. What that silly old duffer Hammond forgot was that he had used frog DNA to help recreate his dinosaurs, and some frogs are known to spontaneously change sex. D’oh! Next thing you know, the big blighters are breeding and getting very aggressive. Men, eh?.

14 Goybirl/Birlgoy/It-Star

It-Star was actually an android, so it’s debateable if he/she ever actually changed sex. He was a “baby” android constructed by Cy-Star, sister of Zelda, the big bad in Gerry Anderson’s ’80s series Terrahawks. Cy-Star was never sure if she wanted a boy or a girl, so she went for a bizarre compromise. At times it would have a male personality, all scheming and evil and speaking in a masculine German accent; at other times it would be all innocent and delicate, speaking in a little girl’s voice. No gender-stereotyping there, then..

15 Ranma 1/2

Ranma ½ is a manga and anime series created by Rumiko Takahashi about a 16-year old boy martial arts protégé who, on a training trip to China, falls into The Spring Of Drowned Girl. As a result, whenever he comes into contact with cold water, he changes into a girl; and whenever she is splashed with hot water, she changes back into a boy. Endless fun at shower time, when somebody else in the house switches on the washing machine. Most teenage boys might find the situation all a bit squirmsome, but the sly, opportunistic Ranma soon learns how to use gender swapping to his advantage..

16 Sasquatch

Sasquatch, a kind of orange, furry, Canadian version of the Hulk, created for Maple Leaf superhero team Alpha Flight, has a history so chequered he makes a Chess board look like a sheet in a Persil advert. Although originally the alter ego of a scientist called Walt Langkowski he’s been a woman twice. When his Sasquatch form went evil, he was killed by team-mate Snowbird, but – after a long series of hiccups far too loony to go into here (but involving the Hulk) – his soul was eventually recovered and placed in the handily-recently-vacated body of Snowbird (now, there’s irony for you). In this female form he became a white Sasquatch with the alter ego “Wanda” Langkowski (see what he did there?). After a while, he became a bloke again. Don’t ask. But the spirit of Snowbird was involved. Presumably she wanted her body back and didn’t like all the hair that clogged up the bath plug.

Later, in Marvel’s Exiles, we met another female version Sasquatch – but this one was woman from an alternate dimension, so that doesn’t really count.

17 Ben/Glory

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The big bad of Buffy season five was Glory, a Hell dimension goddess (or sommat) too powerful to destroy, so she was banished by two other gods to Earth (gee, thanks guys), where her essence was imprisoned in a human child called Ben. The idea was that when he died, so would she. But when Ben hit his 20s, Glory started to assert control of his body, until they were body swapping like crazy..

18 Sam Beckett

sam beckett in a dressAnd finally, TV’s greatest serial sex changer. It took a season and a bit before the producers of Quantum Leap bit the bullet and experimented with Sam leaping into the body of a woman for the first time in “What Price Gloria?” If they had any worries about the audience reaction to putting their star in drag, they needn’t have. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive, and star Scott Bakula proved so game tottering around in high heels and a dress, that soon gender-swapping leaps were a regular thing.

In “Another Mother” he plays a mother of three who destined to go missing; in “Miss Deep South” he plays a contestant in a beauty pageant; in “8 1/2 Months” he’s just about to pop; in “Raped” he puts in a stunning performance as a rape victim that never veers into distasteful parody; in “A Song For The Soul” he’s a member of an all-female singing group; in “Liberation” he’s burning his bra (literally, at one point); and in “Dr Ruth”… well, actually with this one, maybe they did go a little too far.

 

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Day 175: Just Don’t Do It

A little bit of politics for the latest installment of the 365-day charity challenge

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Donate button You know what? If it came to a choice between an evil intergalactic megalomaniac and Nigel Farage, I think I might just vote Saxon. I’m still not sure that David Cameron isn’t The Master, to be honest, just playing the long game. Michael Gove is clearly the more likely alien, but he’s more of an emotionless Vulcan. Either that or he’s Data’s evil brother, Lore, masquerading as a Ferengi.

simm-the-masterI know I’m in the minority of Who fans when I say I loved the John Simm version of The Master. Hell, even John Simm says he wished he could have played him straighter. But the Master-as-the-Joker incarnation clicked with me. He was like an irrepressible force of nature; as if the evil pressure that had been bottle up for years in the body of that awfully nice Professor Yana, was now erupting with uncontrollable ferocity.

I didn’t even mind when he developed superpowers in Tennant’s swan song (I think I just liked the image of the Master in a hoodie). His standout moments for me, though, were him playing “Voodoo Child” to accompany the Toclafane invasion of Earth in “The Sound Of Drums”, then manically pushing the ancient Doctor around in wheelchair to the accompaniment of The Scissor Sisters in “Last Of The Time Lords”. Maybe I just wanted a rock star Master…?

To me it was just great to have a different take on the Doctor’s best enemy. Loved Roger Delgado. Thought Anthony Ainley was a respectable replacement (despite the stick-on beard that always seemed to be trying to leap off his face). But they were very similar. Whereas each actor to play the Doctor is encouraged to put his own spin on the character, Ainley’s Master was clearly supposed to be the same interpretation of the Master, and any differences in performance were merely minor degrees of interpretation. It was great to have a really different Master, and hopefully the next one will be different again. How about a female Master? [Ducks and runs for cover]

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