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Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About on UK & IRL tour – Oct 2013 – London, Kildare, Waterford, Dublin

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Hello spoken word fans in Dublin! The award nominated show “Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About” by Kalle Ryan, Colm Keegan and Stephen James Smith is back this October for a final whistle-stop tour that will hit London, Kildare, Waterford and Dublin. Don’t miss your last ever chance to see the award nominated show. Please spread the word to any fans of theatre & poetry you know and please pick up tickets as soon as possible to show your support. It promises to be a spellbinding night from three of Ireland’s leading performance poets under the assured direction of Sarah Brennan. Come along, spread the word, share in the experience. Support great art. We can’t wait to see you there!

TICKETS FOR WATERFORD SHOW AVAILABLE HERE

TICKETS FOR DUBLIN SHOW AVAILABLE HERE
(INCLUDES POST-SHOW Q & A)

TICKETS FOR LONDON SHOW AVAILABLE HERE

TICKETS FOR KILDARE SHOW AVAILABLE HERE

Three Men Talking - Colm, Kalle, Stephen - (c) Jessica Ryan - www.comfyphotography.com

“Three of Ireland’s leading performance poets – Colm Keegan, Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith – take the audience on a cathartic, emotional journey into the heart of who they are. Digging into subjects that men may not traditionally explore like love, relationships, loss, family and self doubt, they explore what it really means to be a man. 

Three Men Talking has had hugely successful sold out runs at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011, the Turnaround Rep Season in Project Arts Centre 2012, as well as the 2012 Kinsale Arts Festival. The show has been nominated for the ‘Bewleys Cafe Theatre Little Gem’ award in 2011 and is currently in development to be made into a feature film. 

Colm, Kalle and Stephen James are all award winning writers and slam-poetry champions in their own right, having performed at several prestigious literary festivals & venues across Ireland and around the world. This is their first play.”

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the brownbread mixtape Irish performance poetry audio showcase – Commissioned by Penduline Press, USA

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We are delighted and honoured to let you know about a special audio broadcast on performance poetry in Ireland that we recently put together for a special Irish issue of Penduline Press, a literary journal based in Portland, Oregon, USA. Our inimitable host Kalle Ryan was commissioned by guest editor Dave Lordan, to put together an audio selection of the most interesting and engaging contemporary performance poets in Ireland and the end result, an hour long broadcast, can be found at the soundcloud link below. There are, of course, many other brilliant performance poets across this country, but we simply didnt have space or existing audio recordings to include them all in this showcase.

We are very proud of it and immensely honoured to have had so many gifted poets grace our stage over the last few years.  We hope that you take a moment to listen to the broadcast and that you enjoy it. Please feel free to share it with any poetry and spoken word fans you may know. We also encourage you to read the entire current issue of Penduline which features a wide selection of great contemporary Irish writing. Enjoy!

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“[the brownbread mixtape] is a very professionally run cabaret and it has featured many of the most engaging and entertaining live arts practitioners in the country. Kalle is an excellent host and curator, a fact proven by the popularity of the monthly event. Everybody wants a gig at The Brownbread Mixtape. [ … ] Kalle probably has the closest to an overview of performance poetry in Ireland and he was the obvious choice to make a showcase selection for Penduline.” – Dave Lordan, Guest Editor, Penduline

 

Poets in order of appearance:

1. Stephen James Smith – Poem: “The Gardener”
2. John Cummins – Poem: “Brink”
3. Abby Oliveira – Poem: “the television”
4. Karl Parkinson – Poem: “The Positivity Manifesto”
5. Raven – Poem: “High John”
6. Erin Fornoff – Poem: “Hymn to the Reckless”
7. Brian Conaghan – Poem: “Waiting for the penny to drop”
8. Colm Keegan – Poem: “Ireland Is”
9. Fergus Costello – Poem: “Extract from a letter to the fella that used to be married to my sister”
10. Kalle Ryan – Poem: Excerpt from Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About”

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the brownbread mixtape is a free monthly live comedy, poetry & music show in Dublin, Ireland.

Each show has a theme. Each act does a performance based on the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:

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Three Men Talking at Draiocht Theatre in Blanchardstown – Friday March 8th

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Hello spoken word fans in Dublin! The award nominated show “Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About” by Kalle Ryan, Colm Keegan and Stephen James Smith is being presented for one night only in the Draiocht in Blanchardstown on Friday, March 8th. This is the only Dublin date for the show this year, so please don’t miss this rare chance to see it again. It promises to be a spellbinding night from three of Ireland’s leading performance poets under the assured direction of Sarah Brennan. Tickets are only €16 and are already selling very well. Come along, spread the word, share in the experience. Support great art. We can’t wait to see you there!

PICK UP YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE

Three Men Talking - Colm, Kalle, Stephen - (c) Jessica Ryan - www.comfyphotography.com

“Three of Ireland’s leading performance poets – Colm Keegan, Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith – take the audience on a cathartic, emotional journey into the heart of who they are. Digging into subjects that men may not traditionally explore like love, relationships, loss, family and self doubt, they explore what it really means to be a man. 

Three Men Talking has had hugely successful sold out runs at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011, the Turnaround Rep Season in Project Arts Centre 2012, as well as the 2012 Kinsale Arts Festival. The show has been nominated for the ‘Bewleys Cafe Theatre Little Gem’ award in 2011 and is currently in development to be made into a feature film. 

Colm, Kalle and Stephen James are all award winning writers and slam-poetry champions in their own right, having performed at several prestigious literary festivals & venues across Ireland and around the world. This is their first play.”

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Looking for Christmas gift suggestions? Why not buy some great music and poetry by these Irish artists?

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With the festive season inching ever closer and the clamour to purchase dizzying amounts of gifts, why not support independent Irish artists? So many of our past brownbread mixtape performers are deserving of your support, so please spend your money like a vote and show them that their work is important to you and to our society.

There are so many talented people who have performed at the brownbread mixtape, so it would be impossible for us to list all of them and their available work. But please see below for a few suggestions of some of our favourite releases from this past year ( as well as a few gems from previous years) with links to buy directly from the artists.

Enjoy!

Kalle

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MUSIC

1. Pearse McGloughlin  – In Movement

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2. The Guilty Folk – Charm Offensive

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3. Lindsey Ryan – The Divers

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4. Marc O’Reilly – My Friend Marx

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5. Ross Breen – When I Met the Devil

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6. Justin Grounds – The Moon Pulled Us Here

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7. Fiach – So I

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8. Eric McGrath – Little Ripples

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9. Bill Coleman – You Can’t Buy Back Your Life

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10. Fia Rua – Falling Time

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POETRY

1. Colm Keegan  – Don’t Go There

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2. Smith & Reilly – Arise and Go

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3. Dave Lordan – Invitation to a Sacrifice

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4. Sarah Clancy – Thanks For Nothing, Hippies

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the brownbread mixtape is a free monthly live comedy, poetry & music show in Dublin, Ireland.

Each show has a theme. Each act does a performance based on the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:

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Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About – Turnaround Season – Project Arts Centre – April 18, 19 & 27

A reminder that the award nominated spoken word show “Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About” (written and performed by Kalle Ryan, Colm Keegan & Stephen James Smith and directed by Sarah Brennan) will be on at Project Arts Centre as part of the Turnaround rep season in association with ABSOLUT Fringe. Five brilliant shows. Three performances of each. One more chance to see them. Pick up your tickets here , right now!

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“Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About” is back!

Our inimitable host Kalle Ryan and fellow performance poets Colm Keegan & Stephen James Smith, will be performing in their remarkable award nominated spoken-word show Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About again this April. Following their sold-out run at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011, the show will be presented again by Project Arts Centre and ABSOLUT Fringe as part of a unique rep season of five shows entitled Turn Around.  [See listings here]

(c) Jessica Ryan - Comfy Photography

The Project Arts Centre and ABSOLUT Fringe have picked five of their favourite shows from past fringe festivals and are showcasing them at this prestigious event. Kalle, Colm and Stephen are delighted to bring their show back and are honoured to have the opportunity to perform it on the legendary Cube stage at Project Arts Centre. The show will once again be directed by the inimitable Sarah Brennan.

(c) Jessica Ryan - Comfy Photography

Their show will be staged on 18th, 19th and 27th April and you can pick up tickets below. There are all kinds of cool deals also in place to see the entire season of work too, so please support these great artists and this wonderful set of shows. Tickets are already selling fast, so snap up a seat while you can from the Project Box Office online >  I would love to buy a ticket , take me to the website!

For more information on the show and the writers, you can visit the offical blog right here >Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About

The Three Men also have a Facebook page that is regularly updated > Three Men Talking on Facebook

Three Men Talking by Philip Barrett (c) 2011

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a documentary about performance poetry in Dublin

Last year Danny Carroll (2XM) put together the first ever documentary about the current performance poetry scene that is brewing and fizzing here in bubblin’ Dublin. It is now available for the first time online and features lengthy excerpts from the brownbread mixtape, as well as an interview with our resident MC and house poet Kalle Ryan. A lovely snapshot of a moment in time and while much has changed even since it was made (The Glor Sessions no longer exists) , it features some great performances and interviews with many of Dublin’s leading performers, all of whom are past performers at the brownbread mixtape (incl. Fergus Costello, Stephen James Smith, Abby Oliveira, Raven, CAH-44 and Colm Keegan) . Yeah, POETRY!

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the brownbread mixtape is a free monthly comedy, poetry & music show in the Stag’s Head pub in Dublin, Ireland.

Each  show has a theme. Each act does a performance based on the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:
YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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best of the brownbread mixtape 2011 – Poetry & Spoken Word

It was a remarkable year for poetry, prose and spoken word performance at the brownbread mixtape. Once again we were proud to showcase many of the incredibly talented writers and performers based in Ireland. Live poetry and prose can be a tricky thing to convince others about, but time and again we heard from audience members how much they loved the spoken word performers at our shows. Alas we have not been able to upload all of the different performers from this year, so you will have to listen to our podcast in 2012 to catch up on the other literary nuggets. For now, take a moment and absorb the wonderful words woven by these masters of the craft. Spread the word, post the links, update your social networks, make the words go viral. So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are some of the best spoken word acts of 2011…

See also [ Best Music 2011  | Best Sketch Comedy 2011 ]

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1. Ireland is – Colm Keegan

The year kicked off with a typically powerful set by Colm Keegan, whose poem “Ireland Is” was written for a previous brownbread mixtape. It captures the zeitgeist perfectly and will go down as one of the best documents of this time we are living through.

[For more info: Uiscebot’s Blog]

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2. High John – Raven

Raven hails originally from California but has been a Dublin local for some time now. In addition to being a well-known powerhouse poet, he co-runs the highly regarded Tongue Box poetry session every month in The Cobblestone. His poems are highly crafted pieces, expertly delivered.

[For more info: myspace.com/nomanifesto]

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3. Raphymn – Karl Parkinson

Karl has a real shamanic spirit, as he channels his own life experiences with his love for rhythm and rhyme that harkens to modern day hip-hop performers like Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg. His poems are chronicles or the everyday and the extraordinary . This recording is from a studio session for an album to accompany the Culture Ireland Irish poetry showcase at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City where Karl performed along with Kalle Ryan, Sarah Maria Griffin, Stephen James Smith and Dave Lordan.

[For more info: myspace.com/karlparkinsonpoet]

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4. Hymn To The Reckless – Erin Fornoff

Erin is a poet from the mountains of North Carolina who, luckily for us, lives in Ireland now. Her emotionally resonant, lyrically deft poems have been a smash hit at our shows. Erin knocked us out with her poems at our Electric Picnic show, as well as our showcase at Mindfield in Merrion Square earlier this year, but this performance of her masterful poem “Hymn To The Reckless” from our March gig is a barnstormer. It’s hard to believe she has only been performing her own material for about a year. Already one of the best y’all.

[For more: Erin performs a Shel Silverstein poem]

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5. Crash – Sarah Maria Griffin

Sarah’s poetry has wonderful whirling blends of tenderness, electricity, fight and foolhardiness. Her future is limitless, her ideas are clearly brimming and the coming years will surely see her grow in stature as a writer. Earlier this year she published her first collection of poems entitled “Follies” which was extremely well received. This session was recorded for the same aforementioned Culture Ireland showcase CD and captures one of Sarah’s typically confessional and captivating poems.

[For more info: wordfury.blogspot.com ]

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6. Manhattan – Kalle Ryan

As MC of the brownbread mixtape, I don’t always get a chance to perform my poems and certainly not the more “serious” ones. This was a poem that I have held dear to my heart and it has been written and rewritten several times since my experience of September 11th 2001. I was really proud to be able to perform it in my second home of New York City in April of this year on an emotional night at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

[For more info: http://kalleryan.bandcamp.com/]

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7. The Death of the Dollar – Abby Oliveira

Abby is, quite simply, a hypnotic presence on stage. It is n surprise she has wowed audiences around the globe with her mesmerising poems and performances. She often performs as part of The Poetry Chicks on the festival circuit, but on this occasion we were treated to a special solo performance. Poems that pack power, politics, passion and poesy all in one.

[For more info: Abby Oliveira – Facebook Artist Page]

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8. The Lake Isle of Innisfree – Smith & Reilly

Stephen James Smith is a great performance poet. Enda Reilly is a great singer and songwriter. Together they are electrifying. Stephen and Enda have recently embarked on a project to record original works, as well as classic Irish poems in a genre they call spoken word sung verse. There is nothing quite like it currently being performed. The marriage of the lilting musical song with the potent poetic delivery makes for a unique experience. In this performance from our show at the Imagine Festival in Waterford, you will hear W.B. Yeats exquisite poem in a way unlike any before. Their album “Arise and Go” is available on iTunes and select record shops nationwide. Buy it. It’s great.

[For more info: facebook.com/SmithandReilly]

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9. Hair Loss and Baldness – Fergus Costello

Fergus is the current Munster Slam Champion. He is also a dead ringer for Yul Brynner. In addition he is a hysterically funny and multi-talented performer. A buzzing dynamo of energy and ideas, Fergus is one of our favourite poets and favourite people. He orbits planets you and I could only dream of.

[For more of Fergus: Tell Me Lies by Fergus Costello]

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10. Will You Tell Her? – Fabian Montes

Every month, magical things happen at the brownbread mixtape, but every now and again spectacularly mystical things happen like this. Fabian Montes, an LA based poet and former gang member, was in attendance at our Twisted Pepper show and we were lucky enough to entice him to the stage to speak about his remarkable life’s journey and to hear a reading of one of his poems. A slice of a life and a world that was a real honour to hear. Our thanks to him for sharing and best wishes to him in his important work with Homeboy Industries.

[For more info: Homeboy Industries]

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11.Cheek, Cheek, Chin and Nose – Colm Keegan

As the year began with a magnetic performance by Colm Keegan, it seems fitting that we closed it with another. This performance of a truly remarkable poem is the best we have ever seen Colm. The room was stunned into silence and hung on every word. Rightly so.

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It really was an exceptional year for poetry and spoken word, with some of the strongest, most powerful performances we have seen yet. Please check out our YouTube channel for loads of other brilliant spoken word performances from this year and last year at the brownbread mixtape. On a personal note, it was a very special year as myself (Kalle Ryan) and former brownbread mixtape performers Stephen James Smith and Colm Keegan wrote and performed an ABSOLUT Fringe spoken word show entitled “Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About”. The show, directed by Sarah Brennan, played to a week fo full houses and rave reviews (including a 4 star review in The Irish Times), culminating in an award nomination in the category of “Bewley’s Café Theatre ‘Little Gem’ Award”. It was a huge triumph for us as poets &  friends and we believe that it took the Irish performance poetry scene to a new audience and in a new hopeful direction. We hope to revive it for a tour of Ireland in the spring of 2012. Below is an audio trailer for the show and you can find out more at threementalking.wordpress.com

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The brownbread mixtape is a free monthly comedy, poetry & music show in the Stag’s Head pub in Dublin, Ireland.

Each  show has a theme. Each act does a performance based on the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:
YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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a christmas present… the brownbread mixtape podcast – coming in 2012!

It’s nearly Christmas, so we wanted to open this present a little early with you! Over the years, we have amassed hours of incredible live footage of the very best contemporary Irish music, poetry and comedy at the brownbread mixtape. Early on in our existence we put out a compilation of the Best of the Batch (which you can download for free here) but we decided we wanted to put together a more regular podcast showcasing the amazing material we have recorded since then.

Below is a short trailer type thing that we put together as part of a radio broadcast submission to whet your appetite. The actual podcast will probably have a different format but there should be enough in here to give you a sense of what delights to expect.

Please stay tuned to this blog for details on the podcast launch and online availability. Spread the word and pass it on. And a Happy Christmas to one and all! We will see you all back in The Stag’s Head in January 2012!

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The brownbread mixtape is a free monthly comedy, poetry & music show in the Stag’s Head pub in Dublin, Ireland.

Each  show has a theme. Each act does a performance based on the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:
YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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The Brownbread Mixtape is in Waterford at the Imagine Arts Festival on Monday!

We are taking the brownbread mixtape on the road to Waterford to perform at the Imagine Arts Festival this Monday, October 31st. We will be performing in Downes Bar, the greatest pub in Ireland (FACT!)  Here’s the scoop:

 

The theme for this unique brownbread mixtape show at the Imagine Festival will be “Halloween” and we have a truly fantastic lineup of artists on the night [Imagine Arts Festival online listing here]

SPOKEN WORD:

Stephen James Smith & Enda Reilly |

“Stephen James Smith is a ball of hydrogen gas that should be pumped into every household across the land. He knocks seven shades of shite out of all the usual “birds and bees, whey and cheese” nonsense you find at poetry readings” – Jinx Lennon

“I truly cannot think of another Irish solo artist who’s even close to creating the type of music [Enda Reilly] is.” – The Event Guide

Fergus Costello |

Fergus Costello is a performance poet based in Tipperary and is the current Munster slam poetry champion. He was also the winner of the Cuisle International Poetry Festival Grand Slam held at The Locke Bar, Limerick in 2010. Fergus is also a highly regarded artist and his work has been displayed widely. the brownbread mixtape is beyond excitement to welcome Fergus and his mercurial talents to the stage.

MUSIC :

Deaf Joe |

Deaf Joe is the nickname of Waterford musician Joe Harney. He originally started out writing music for theatre, but was convinced to consider putting out his own music by friends who heard a demo of a track he had left over from a show that never went into production. To date he has released three EPs through Dublin’s Delphi Label, and is currently preparing his first full-length album for release later in the year. He also sometimes joins the live line-up of fellow Waterfordian Katie Kim. the brownbread mixtape is delighted to welcome the mellifluous talents of Deaf Joe to our stage.

“Joe emerges pearl-like from his shell. Sublime songs and divine inspiration; a potent mix.” – Donal Dineen

SKETCH COMEDY

The Brownbread Players |


OTHER COOL STUFF

Barring any technical hitches, we will be broadcasting the show LIVE ON D’INTERNET here 

We will be having our deadly RAFFLE with highy desirable and coveted prizes

And you can expect lots of surprises and silliness

It would be a pleasure to see you all there!

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The brownbread mixtape is a free monthly comedy, poetry & music show in the Stag’s Head pub in Dublin, Ireland.

Each  show has a theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:
YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Ustream

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