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Obituary - March 06, 2021

Obituary - March 06, 2021

Dorothy Hicks

Dorothy Hicks, 94, died peacefully in Ajijic on February 8 at the...

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Secrets of survival

Secrets of survival

I never walk out my door without a pocket sized notebook and several pens stuffe...

Arts & Entertainment

Local group to stage debut opera

3 MONTHS AGO
Local group to stage debut opera

Expat opera buffs starved of a fix in these culturally bereft times, should go online Saturday evening to watch – and support – a local version of “Madame Butterfly,” the first original production sponsored by the Universidad de Guadalajara’s Conjunto Santander. 

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Urban artists are serious professionals, not hobbyists, contest winner says

4 MONTHS AGO
Urban artists are serious professionals, not hobbyists, contest winner says

Daniel Reséndiz, a Guadalajara artist better known as Mack, has defended the Jalisco’s government’s initiative to allow urban artists the opportunity  to paint murals on columns supporting elevated sections of Guadalajara’s new Tren Ligero (subway) line.

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Christmas décor at Ajijic plaza

3 MONTHS AGO
Christmas décor at Ajijic plaza

The spirit of Christmas got a boost in Ajijic last week as seasonal decorations were installed at the central plaza.

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A literary jamboree courtesy of San Miguel

4 MONTHS AGO
A literary jamboree courtesy of San Miguel

The San Miguel de Allende Writer’s Conference and Literary Festival began in October and is spread out over six months through March 2021.

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Ribera Arts Review - March 20, 2021

7 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - March 20, 2021

Magic night

Author and musician James Twyman will perform his “magical” one-man Cat Stevens review at Casa del Sol in Ajijic on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27.

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Ribera Arts Review - March 13, 2021

13 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - March 13, 2021

Live theater is back

Lakeside Little Theatre hosts “Quarantine for Two,” an original play by Hy Conrad, directed by Peter King, Thursday, March 25 through Frday, April 2.

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At the Movies - March 20, 2021

7 DAYS AGO

The Marksman

A rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who’ve pursued him into the U.S.

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At the Movies - March 13, 2021

13 DAYS AGO

The Little Things

Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe Deacon is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer who is terrorizing the city.

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Columns

Mural depicts city’s history

7 DAYS AGO
Mural depicts city’s history

Near the end of 2008 I heard a rumor that someone was painting an extraordinary mural inside the foyer of the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce building on Avenida Vallarta.

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The man who could fix anything

20 DAYS AGO
The man who could fix anything

Tepatitlán is a bustling City located 60 kilometers northeast of Guadalajara, in Los Altos de Jalisco (the Jalisco Highlands). Should you happen to be wandering about Tepa—as the local people call it—you might glance up at a street sign and discover you are on Calle Esparza, which...

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Ushering in Mexico’s hot spring: Tia Tepache and the jacarandas

7 DAYS AGO
Ushering in Mexico’s hot spring: Tia Tepache and the jacarandas

March is a time when trees full of lavender and blue explode along many avenues of Guadalajara and stain certain rural roadsides like the magical blood of ancient Nahua gods.

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From New York ad executive to curing Indians in a remote village

27 DAYS AGO
From New York ad executive  to curing Indians in a remote village

As the 1960s came to an end, a woman who had built a fast-paced New York advertising career (Helen Rubenstein’s advertising manager, vice-president of a mid-sized advertising agency, copy group head for Baten Barton Durstine and Osborn), who had reared a family, and seen her husband pass away,...

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COMPUTER CORNER: Fighting Google’s changes in URL protocols

6 DAYS AGO

Internet users have a really hard time understanding URLs. Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is the protocol used to specify addresses on the internet. Typically a URL begins with “https://www” and includes a domain name such as “google.com” then can continue for dozens, hundred...

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The Computer Corner: Is this the end of www?

13 DAYS AGO

The good news is that the World Wide Web (www) has not gone away.

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Ancient Aztecs feared world would end at new year

2 MONTHS AGO
Ancient Aztecs feared world would end at new year

With insurrection in Washington D.C. and Covid-19 vaccinations lagging around the world, only a fervent optimist can cherish January hopes that 2021 will be a year of golden good fortune.

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Covid messaging: mixed & chaotic, and can also lead to fatigue

5 MONTHS AGO
Covid messaging: mixed & chaotic, and can also lead to fatigue

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro has generally earned praise for the robust and no-nonsense way in which he has handled the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - So Long, Farewell ...

4 YEARS AGO

I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Packing Up

4 YEARS AGO

The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...

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Vacuna Matata

7 DAYS AGO
Vacuna Matata

After nearly five decades as a full-time resident of this nation, I have had my share of unique and incomparable Mexican adventures.

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One year & counting

13 DAYS AGO
One year & counting

On March 14, 2020, Jalisco’s health minister announced the state´s first two confirmed cases of Covid-19, pertaining to a housewife and a health worker from the metro area who carried the virus here from travels in Europe.

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‘We are experiencing high call volume’

7 DAYS AGO

One of the inconveniences seldom talked about during a pandemic is flight cancellations, and how to regain funds, obtain credits, or even get a seat upgrade to something suitable for primates.

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Radical extremists just need some kindly understanding

13 DAYS AGO

People with extremist views are less able to do complex mental tasks, research suggests.

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Expat Living

Looking Back: A review of February news from the last 50 years

27 DAYS AGO
Looking Back: A review of February news from the last 50 years

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our February editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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Reporter marks seven years

Founder and publisher of the Colony Reporter, Bob Thurston, writes in his Potpourri column: With last week’s issue of the Reporter we finis...

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Briefly - February 06, 2021

1 MONTHS AGO

AstraZeneca vaccine not for sale

Mexico’s health regulator, Cofepris, has issued a warning about the illegal sale of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Mexico.

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City Living - January 25, 2020

1 YEAR AGO
City Living - January 25, 2020

Dragon dance

Sunday, January 26, experience the Chinese New Year with a presentation of the dragon dance, and other rituals, by the students and professors of Kung-Fu Dragón Inmortal, one of the most acclaimed Kung Fu schools in Guadalajara. The Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, January 25...

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City Living – March 16, 2019

2 YEARS AGO

American School race

Think green – the sixth annual Eco Race and Green Market are scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at Guadalajara’s American School Foundation. Everyone is welcomed to this event meant to raise awareness about conserving the planet’s resources. Expect to learn a lot ...

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Weekly Worship - March 20, 2021

7 DAYS AGO
Weekly Worship - March 20, 2021

Lake Chapala Baptist

The Lake Chapala Baptist Church will be open Sunday, March 21, 11 a.m., for an in-person service. Protocol for Covid, including masks, sanitizing and social distancing will be followed.

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Weekly Worship - Jannuary 13, 2021

13 DAYS AGO

Jewish Congregation

The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation holds Friday services at 7 p.m. via Zoom. See www.lakechapalajewishcongregation.com for the URL link.

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Laguna Chapalac - March 20, 2021

7 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - March 20, 2021

Open Circle

Dr. Todd Stong presents “Update of Conditions of Lake Chapala & Area Villages’ Infrastructure” at the next gathering of Open Circle, Sunday, March 21, 10:30 to noon in the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) gardens.

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Laguna Chapalac - March 13, 2021

13 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - March 13, 2021

Open Circle

Dr. Danuel Acuff presents “Your Life Is a Battlefield. Your Weapons: Power, Control, and Domination” at the next gathering of Open Circle, Sunday, March 14, 10:30 to noon in the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) gardens.

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 28, 2020

1 YEAR AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 28, 2020

Village & Covid-19

Normally at this time in March, the tourists and snowbirds are trickling northward as fundraisers and community events are winding down, ending the high season at a leisurely pace.

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‘Tis the season to be scammed

1 YEAR AGO

At this time of year, as the snowbirds return and tourists are everywhere, it’s paradise … for scammers.

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North Banderas Beat - March 13, 2021

13 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 13, 2021

Wellbeing

Typically, this is the time of year when folks get crazed about getting beach body fit. For me, it’s about checking in on how I’m feeling.

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North Banderas Beat - February 27, 2021

27 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - February 27, 2021

This week I’m sharing ethnic food options. When I put out the call asking for locals to share their favorite ethnic spots, I thought at least one person would tell me that Mexican food is ethnic food, but nope, my peeps got me!

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 01, 2020

1 YEAR AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 01, 2020

Bocce Ball Tournament

A few weeks after hosting an elegant dinner dance in late January, the Bocce Ball Committee and aficionados of the sport donned shorts and t-shirts to face off in the 6th annual Bocce Ball Tournament on February 15.

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La Manzanilla Memo – February 15, 2020

1 YEAR AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – February 15, 2020

Otra Vez

Last November, a little thrift store named Otra Vez opened its doors to the residents of La Manzanilla and became an instant hit with both the Mexican and expat communities.  Operating solely with donations and dedicated volunteers, it is now in its second year with no signs of slowin...

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - April 04, 2020

11 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - April 04, 2020

In the Bahia de Navidad everyone is doing their part to stay safe and help each other. As some businesses close down, others stay open to keep the community safe and supplied with basic essentials and information regarding Covid-19.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 22, 2020

1 YEAR AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 22, 2020

Four years ago, a small team of big-hearted Canadian and Americans decided they wanted to give something substantial back to the community.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 06, 2021

1 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 06, 2021

Races

To celebrate the Día de Amor y Amistad (Valentine’s Day), two races, sponsored by the Municipal Sports Advisory Committee (Comude), will be held on Sunday, February 14 along two areas: the Malecon and the Rio Pitillal linear parkway.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - March 07, 2020

1 YEAR AGO

El Salado

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro last week signed a decree to increase the size of the protected area of El Salado marshland by 23 percent.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Days of the Dead in Michoacán

5 MONTHS AGO
Days of the Dead in Michoacán

Mexico’s Days of the Dead coincide with the Christian All Souls and All Saints Day, November 1 and November 2.

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When to tip – and not to tip

3 YEARS AGO
When to tip – and not to tip

Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexico’s social culture, chiefly because of its informal, cash-driven economy.

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Senate beefs up laws on access to beaches

5 MONTHS AGO

The Mexican Senate has approved reforms to the General Law of National Assets, increasing the fines for establishments or individuals that restrict access to Mexico’s beaches, to more than one million pesos.

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Masocta-PV highway not totally safe, US says

5 MONTHS AGO

Despite the recent renovations to the Highway 554 linking the Jalisco town of Mascota with Puerto Vallarta (reported in last week’s edition), the U.S. State Department believes the road is far from safe for travel.

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Breakfast with an exalted reputation

20 DAYS AGO
Breakfast with an exalted reputation

Although Guadalajara’s Boulangerie Central has been open long enough to receive the city’s highest rating on Trip Advisor for its breakfasts, for some reason I had never been there until this week.

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Go Bistro – Ajijic’s great escape from the humdrum of isolation

5 MONTHS AGO
Go Bistro – Ajijic’s great escape from the humdrum of isolation

If you’re looking for ways to escape the captivity of sheltering in place, Go Bistro, by all accounts, is a safe haven from Lakeside’s forced introversion.

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Prolific local author, prodded by pandemic, elucidates existential anxieties – and their solutions

27 DAYS AGO
Prolific local author, prodded by pandemic,  elucidates existential anxieties – and their solutions

“Living is no Laughing Matter” came to me like a message from God — seriously — delivered to me in the middle of my morning sun, reading and coffee ritual, which never fails to turn my mind to higher things.

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Prolific local author, prodded by pandemic, elucidates existential anxieties – and their solutions

27 DAYS AGO

“Living is no Laughing Matter” came to me like a message from God — seriously — delivered to me in the middle of my morning sun, reading and coffee ritual, which never fails to turn my mind to higher things.

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Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

2 YEARS AGO
Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

As Guadalajara and Jalisco enter into their warm season, typically between April and June of each year, residents and seasonal visitors should take precautions to avoid heat stress.  What’s more, the University of Guadalajara’s Institute of Astronomy and Meteorology reports that eve...

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Winter warning: Catching a cold, getting the sniffles is all too easy here

2 YEARS AGO
Winter warning: Catching a cold,  getting the sniffles is all too easy here

Returning snowbirds should not be fooled by the warmer winter weather in this region. Big swings in temperature can play havoc with a person’s health and bring on cold symptoms in a flash.

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News

Looking Back: A review of March news from the last 50 years

7 DAYS AGO
Looking Back: A review of March news from the last 50 years

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our March editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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Doors open at museum for kids

7 DAYS AGO
Doors open at museum for kids

The excellent Trompo Magico children’s museum in Zapopan reopened to the public on Thursday, March 18, following a series of adaptations in order to observe Covid-19 protocols.

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New wheels for Chapala public services

7 DAYS AGO
New wheels for Chapala public services

A pair of second-hand passenger buses and two brand new garbage trucks were lined up outside Chapala City Hall on Thursday, March 4, for a blessing ceremony before being put into public services.

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New traffic lights not quite ready for prime time

13 DAYS AGO

Don’t blame the messenger.

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March equinox heralds springtime

7 DAYS AGO

Saturday, March 20, is the spring equinox – officially at 4:45 p.m. CST. 

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Jalisco mayor shot to death

7 DAYS AGO

The Jalisco Prosecutor’s Office (FGR) are treating the death of the mayor of the Jalisco town of Casimiro Castillo, Alfredo Sevilla, as a murder inquiry.

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Vaccines: A crap shoot, or are some better than others?

7 DAYS AGO

Although many questions have been raised about the efficacy of the Chinese-made Sinovac Covid vaccine, Chapala area residents rushed – and in some cases waited many hours – to get jabs this week.

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Benito Juarez national holiday

13 DAYS AGO

On Monday, March 15, Mexico takes the day off to mark the birth of Benito Juarez, one of the nation’s most respected presidents. 

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Navy captain takes control in Vallarta

2 MONTHS AGO

Following the assassination of former Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval last month, the Mexican Navy (Semar) has taken charge of municipal public security in Puerto Vallarta.

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Three weeks of ‘low-cost’ fine dining

6 MONTHS AGO

Amid these troubled times, Puerto Vallarta has rescheduled its popular Restaurant Week promotion, set to run September 15 though October 10.

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Are wealthy nations doing enough to vaccinate the rest of the world?

1 MONTHS AGO

As rich nations ramp up their Covid vaccination programs, many low-income and developing countries have yet to administer a single jab. 

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Biden makes bold moves on wall & DACA on day one

2 MONTHS AGO

On his first day in office, U.S. President Joe Biden issued an “immediate pause” on construction of the southern border wall, “to allow a close review of the legality of the funding and contracting methods used, and to determine the best way to redirect funds that were diverted by ...

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The British Council marks a milestone

2 YEARS AGO

It’s been 75 years since the arrival in Mexico of the British Council, a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization that promotes a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language, while encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational understanding and co-ope...

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Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

3 YEARS AGO
Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

Data released this week by the National Statistics Agency (Inegi) showed the consumer price index to have risen by 0.59 percent in December, leaving inflation for 2017 at 6.77 percent – the highest level since 2000, when the rate was 8.96 percent.

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Obituary - March 06, 2021

20 DAYS AGO
Obituary - March 06, 2021

Dorothy Hicks

Dorothy Hicks, 94, died peacefully in Ajijic on February 8 at the home of her eldest daughter, Dawn Radel.

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Obituary - February 13, 2021

1 MONTHS AGO
Obituary - February 13, 2021

Tony Andalón

Well-known lakeside entrepreneur Antonio “Tony” Andalón died Thursday, February 4, at the age of 68.

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‘Canelo’ returns to the ring in Miami, Florida

27 DAYS AGO

In what on paper looks like a huge mismatch, Guadalajara boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defends his WBA and WBC super middleweight championships against Avni Yildirim of Turkey, Saturday, February 27, in Miami, Florida.

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US-Mexico match-up to be highlight of Olympic qualifying tourney in GDL

27 DAYS AGO

At the end of March, Guadalajara will host the Concacaf Men’s 2020 Olympic soccer qualifying competition that was postponed at this time last year due to the Covid-19 pandmeic.

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