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ART & ART HISTORY

151-01 DRAWING - Nina Cook

Starts 11 February, 9.30 - 11.30 am, 8 Wednesdays, $66
In this course you will learn drawing fundamentals that will strengthen and complement your existing skill base. The aim is to grow both your knowledge and confidence and to assist in developing your individual style. Beginners are welcome, with the small class sizes allowing for some individual tuition. Nina is a working artist with substantial technical knowledge. She has taught drawing for over 12 years. Please bring A3 paper (at least 130gsm), 2B, 4B and 6B graphite pencils, a rubber, medium charcoal pencil, soft white charcoal pencil and a small bottle of Indian ink. Some additional media may be required as the class progresses and you become more adventurous!


151-02 INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING - Diane Swain

Starts 16 February, 1 - 3 pm, 4 Mondays, $32
This course will introduce you to four different methods of printmaking, mono, relief, engraving, and screen printing. We will concentrate on some processes that will enable you to create your own prints in class and at home using simple equipment and materials. Please bring an old shirt, biro, 4B pencil and $10 to give to the tutor to help cover the costs of materials. Diane was formerly HoD of Art and Art History at Marian College and an Education Officer at the Christchurch Art Gallery for which she still occasionally guides and teaches.


151-03 PASTELS WORKSHOP - Mike Glover

Starts 14 February, 9 am - 3.30 pm, 2 Saturdays, $68
This two day workshop in soft pastels (not oil) is based on techniques Mike has developed as a self-taught artist, and is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience of the medium. The focus in on landscape themes. The work-shop will cover use of materials, some composition and colour theory, and lots of exercises and demonstrations in pastel techniques. Mike is an established artist known for his bold, often stylised images of land, sky and water. Especially regarded are his pastel landscape paintings which combine an intensity of colour with the tonal sensitivity of the soft pastel medium.


151-04 PORTRAIT DRAWING AND PAINTING - Nina Cook

Starts 13 February, 10 am - 12 noon, 8 Fridays, $91
Nina is an artist/portraitist and an experienced tutor - to view her work visit her website: http://www.ninacook.co.nz. Artists of all levels are very welcome. Please bring an A3 drawing pad, some sheets of watercolour paper, 4B and 6B graphite pencils, a medium charcoal pencil and white charcoal pencil, plus any preferred drawing/painting media. Model fee included.


151-05 THE BRITISH INVASION: CONTEMPORARY BRITISH ART AND NZ MODERNISM - Warren Feeney

Starts 9 March, 10.30 am - 12 noon, 3 Mondays, $18
The emergence of modern art in New Zealand is also the story of British art and culture shaping the identity of a Commonwealth country. This course reveals the vital contribution that Britain made to modernism in New Zealand. It encompasses the arrival of artists like Robert Nettleton Field in the late 1920s, teaching artists such as Colin McCahon, controversial touring exhibitions of British modern art in the 1950s, and the appointment of New Zealands first professional gallery directors, English artists Eric Westbrook and Peter Tomory. Warren Feeney has written extensively on New Zealand art and is currently Adjunct Fellow at the University of Canterbury.


COMMUNITY

151-06 ACTIVELY ENGAGING WITH COMMUNITIES - Rodney Routledge

Starts 18 February, 5.30 - 7.30 pm, 6 Wednesdays, $48
How does one work more effectively in community? This course will introduce the principles and processes of Community Development, one of the main branches of community work. Participants will be engaged in a series of interactive exercises to demonstrate the skills involved. Attention will also be drawn to the political and community context of community development in Aotearoa New Zealand. Rodney Routledge has many years experience of teaching and working in community development in Christchurch.


CULTURAL STUDIES & HISTORY

151-17 ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION IN THE HEROIC AGE (1897-1922) – SCIENCE, HEROES AND A TOUCH OF ADVENTURE - Ursula Rack

Starts 17 February, 9.30 am - 12 noon, 2 Tuesdays, $20
This course introduces early Antarctic exploration and its link to New Zealand which played an important role at that time. Pressing scientific questions demanded collaboration between different countries. Of greater public interest, however, was the touch of adventure. World War 1 brought Antarctic science to a halt, with the exception of the epic Endurance expedition, led by Ernest Shackleton, in which a New Zealand captain played a crucial part. This course will shed light on all these aspects and much more. Dr Ursula Rack is an Adjunct Fellow at Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, and has training and experience in environmental and social history.

CURRENT & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

151-07 SAUDI ARABIA: PAST AND PRESENT - Karim Pourhamzavi

Saturday 21 March, 1 - 4 pm, $12
Saudi Arabia was established as a nation state in 1932 and is a significant and influential state at both a regional and global level. This course will focus on both the history of Saudi Arabia and current Saudi affairs in order to address the significance of the state in the global and regional arenas. Karim Pourhamzavi is a post-graduate student in political science and sociology at the University of Canterbury.


151-09 UKRAINE: THE FASCINATING HISTORICAL PATH TO THE RUSSIAN TAKEOVER - Charles Drace

Saturday 28 February, 1 - 3 pm, $8
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a seminal event in our recent history and is reshaping the global geo-political environment. Though the US and other NATO countries started the conflict between East and West Ukraine 20 years ago, the stage was set more than 200 years ago and the fascinating history of Ukraine over the last 2000 years has led directly to the current, mostly inevitable, conflict which has been so masterly managed by Russia's Vladimir Putin. Charles spent a month in Ukraine in 2013 and continues to monitor events in both East and West.


CURRENT & INTERNATIONALA AFFAIRS

151-08 THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANISATION - Professor Graham Hassall

Friday 27 March, 5.30 - 7.30 pm, all welcome to this free event
This two-hour seminar will provide a comprehensive and holistic picture of the United Nations as an organisation. Learn more about the current challenges facing the UN and consider the best way forward for the UN as it strives to fulfil its original mandate as the preserver of world peace and the pathway to development and co-operation on a global scale.


DANCE

144-12 EXERCISE DANCING - Judith Varga

Starts 20 October, 11 - 12 noon, 8 Mondays, $32
Have fun and improve your fitness while moving to music. The exercise bit is driven by the legs which will be moving in simple patterns. The dancing comes as you optionally add arms, shoulders, ribs and hips to help express the music. You will be led through short, simple sequences (2 - 8 counts) and will be taught assuming no prior knowledge. Suitable for all ages and abilities - each person can adjust for their own ability to coordinate and move. Judith has been teaching dance to adults for over 15 years and has a background in jazz, belly, and Egyptian folkloric dance.

151-10 EXERCISE DANCING - Judith Varga

Starts 9 February, 11 am - 12 noon, 8 Mondays, $32
Have fun and improve your fitness while moving to music. The exercise bit is driven by the legs which will be moving in simple patterns. The dancing comes as you optionally add arms, shoulders, ribs and hips to help express the music. You will be led through short, simple sequences (2 - 8 counts) and will be taught assuming no prior knowledge. Suitable for all ages and abilities - each person can adjust for their own ability to coordinate and move. Judith has been teaching dance to adults for over 15 years and has a background in jazz, belly, and Egyptian folkloric dance.

151-11 ISRAELI FOLK DANCING - Val Clements

Starts 11 February, 11.45 am - 1.15 pm, 8 Wednesdays, $48
Israeli Folk Dancing is ideal for improving ones general well-being. It is good exercise for physical fitness and pleasurable, because of the lovely music and learning to move with it. As one concentrates and tries to remember the different movements, it shuts out the rest of the day, which is both relaxing and counters stress. There are different styles from different parts of the world, some vigorous and some gentle and graceful, but all dances are written for joyful occasions. Val has been dancing and teaching Israeli Folk Dancing for twenty two years and the pleasure hasnt faded. No partners required.

ECONOMICS

151-12 MONETARY SYSTEMS - Allen Cookson

Saturday 14 March, 1.30 - 4 pm, $8
In this course we'll consider how our present unsustainable monetary system operates, and how harmful economic, environmental and social effects are generated by it. Reform proposals and historical monetary reforms will be subjected to critical examination. Allen Cookson has degrees in science and economics. He is author of the favourably reviewed book Prosperity, Poverty or Extinction?


HEALTH

151-13 DEEP BREATHING AND RELAXATION - Diane Brasell

Starts 13 February, 1 - 2 pm, 8 Fridays, $32
Learn how to quieten your mind and body with the correct breathing techniques. A busy active mind can create stress in your life and body and cause all sorts of health issues. Once you have learnt to become more aware of what a relaxed mind and body feels like, it then becomes easier to identify when you are out of balance and what you can do to help yourself. Diane Brasell has herself benefitted from working with breathing and relaxing after developing fibromyalgia (muscle pain and chronic fatigue) in 2003. Please bring 2 blankets and a pillow.


151-14 NORDIC WALKING – Frances Young

Starts 17 February, 10 am - 12 pm, 6 Tuesdays, $48
Enjoy learning a fresh way to walk with Frances Young who has 20 years experience in professional health counselling. Initial session meets at the WEA, thereafter at Hagley Park - for meet, greet and tuition. Develop safe Nordic Walking skills and enjoy learning to tune into your body while helping to enhance your exercise experience. Classes begin and end with gentle stretches. Whilst Nordic walking you are likely to gently improve any cardio vascular walking exercise by as much as 30 percent. Nordic Walking Poles and cheerful banter supplied, just come along wearing trainers.


151-15 SLEEPING WELL – Veronika Gabel

Starts 23 February, 10 am - 12 noon, 5 Mondays, $41
Difficulties with sleep are increasingly common, and can have a big impact on how well we feel and function. Reasons can be diverse and complex, and there is no one size to fit all. In this course we will explore several aspects that can support or get in the way of healthy sleep. Participants will be invited to reflect on their own patterns, and supported in discovering practical and workable solutions. Veronika has worked as a counsellor and social worker in a range of health related settings. She developed an interest in healthy sleep through her work, and has facilitated workshops on this for several years.

151-16 TAI CHI, QIGONG AND HARA BODY ALIGNMENT – Geraldine Parkes

Starts 3 February, 2 - 3 pm, 9 Tuesdays, $36
Tai Chi was developed from Qigong, which has always maintained the aim of health and well-being. Thousands of forms of Qigong have developed over the last 5000 years in China. Qigong uses easy-to-learn movements to guide the mind to draw in and replenish Qi. The movements increase flexibility, balance and co-ordination, the Qi heals and energises, and the whole activity brings deep relaxation and a calm and focussed mind. Hara refers to an area of power within the physical body that contains the tan tien - your core or centre of gravity. This is also a falls prevention programme. All welcome.


HISTORY & CULTURAL STUDIES

151-19 INTRODUCTORY LATIN - Andrew Moore

Starts 27 February, 10 - 11.30 am, 5 Fridays, $30
A course outlining the structure of the Latin language - the formation of words and how their function in a sentence is indicated by their endings. It caters for both beginners and those looking to refresh previous experience. Basic grammar will be covered, which will provide understanding of why we use words as we do. The course will also demonstrate the origin of many English words. Andrew completed a B.A. (Hons) degree, in Classics, at the University of Canterbury in 2009 and is currently teaching Latin at Kirkwood Intermediate School.


151-20 THE PEOPLES UNIVERSITY: AN ILLUSTRATED TALK ON THE HISTORY OF THE CWEA - Ian Dougherty

Thursday 5 March, 10 am - 12 noon, $8, free to members
Its our 100th birthday and we are beginning our educational programme of celebrations with an illustrated talk by historian Ian Dougherty, who has written our centennial history book. The Canterbury WEA has been a pioneering provider of adult education. Through its box and travelling library schemes, it reached nearly every nook and cranny of Canterbury-Westland from the 1920s. Fifty years later its wider horizons programme revolutionised adult education for the retired. Using photographs from the book, Ian will tell the fascinating and important story of this resilient association and of the enthusiastic and committed involvement of students, tutors, volunteers and staff.


151-21 THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TO THE WEAS 100 YEARS IN EDUCATION

Starts 12 March, 1.30 - 3 pm, 3 Thursdays, $18 - free to members
Speakers in this series include Associate Professor Jim McAloon of Victoria University and Robert Tobias, adjunct Senior Fellow in Education at the University of Canterbury. Full details available in February.


HOME & GARDEN

151-22 PRACTICAL ORGANIC HOME GARDENING - Lily White

Starts 18 February, 6 - 7.30 pm, 6 Wednesdays, $40
This practical course will teach you about the basics of organic gardening including the following topics: soil life, compost, worms, Bokashi and liquid fertilisers; permaculture; pests and diseases; raised beds, square foot gardens; crop rotation, companion planting and intercropping; community gardening and community building. Come prepared to get your hands dirty! Lily White has been gardening organically for 40 years and has done formal training at Christchurch Polytechnic. For the past 18 years she has been running the Kids Edible Gardening programme. Her specialty topic is garden design.

LITERATURE

151-23 CREATIVE WRITING – FICTION – Helen Hogan

Starts 11 February, 10 am - 12 noon, 8 Wednesdays, $64
In this course students study the short story genre by reading to each other the stories they write and, through discussion, consider the many aspects and varieties of the form. The course is intended for people who have already found pleasure in writing and want to build on and extend existing skills. Helen Hogan is a writer and teacher.

BOOK DISCUSSION SCHEME (FWEA)

If you enjoy reading and want to join an existing book group or start up your own, the FWEA Book Discussion Scheme is the place to start! We lend out sets of more than 800 titles, from non-fiction to the latest page-turners. Groups read the same book and receive discussion notes to help get the conversation going. $60 for 10 books a year; student and half-programmes also available ($45/$30). Website www.bds.org.nz Email: bds@bds.org.nz or phone us on 365 6210.

DIY PLAY READING

D-I-Y Play Reading group meets Thursdays 10 am - 12 noon. Phone Wendy 352 7119 for more info.

MAORI

TE REO MAORI

TE REO MAORI: An eight-week introductory course in Maori language and customs is being offered by Risingholme Community Centre in three different locations in Term 1 2015. This evening course (6.30 - 8.30 pm) has a strong focus on speaking and understanding spoken Te Reo Maori. It is aimed at providing beginners with knowledge of basic greetings to more complex sentences. The class will also provide an opportunity for the more advanced to support the beginners and practise and increase their skill in speaking, listening and understanding. Waiata (songs), tikanga (culture), karakia (prayers) and mihi (introductions) will be covered together with oral/aural and reading/writing skills. The course starts on Tuesday 10 February at Christchurch Girls High; Wednesday 11 February at Riccarton High School or Thursday 12 February at Shirley Boys High School. For further information contact Risingholme Community Centre, phone 332 7359; email: info@risingholme.org.nz or go online to: risingholme.org.nz


MUSIC

151-18 BOHEMIAN JOURNEY: A MUSICAL HERITAGE IN COLONIAL NEW ZEALAND – Roger Buckton

Starts 9 March, 1 - 2.30 pm, 4 Mondays, $24
Based on his recent book, Roger Buckton discusses the musical heritage of Europeans in New Zealand with a focus on the Bohemians who settled in Puhoi from 1863. Liberally illustrated with original pictures and musical examples, the series traces the amazing story of the Bohemians and their life in New Zealand amidst a dominant British culture which was itself coming to terms with pioneering life. Twenty five years ago Roger Buckton moved to Puhoi and discovered the fascinating world of kiwi-style Bohemian music. Since then he has recorded and researched the songs and music - and learned to play the Bohemian bagpipe - the dudelsack. Roger is an associate-professor at the University of Canterbury.

151-24 CONCERTOS AND YOUNG PIANISTS - David Sell

Starts 9 February, 10.30 am - 12 noon, 4 Mondays, $24
On March the 9th, three young New Zealand pianists, the finalists of the 48th National Concerto Competition, will each play a complete piano concerto of their own choosing with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. This four-week course will study the concertos that the finalists have chosen, and will begin with a session on how the piano concerto grew into the powerful virtuoso form that it is today. David Sell is Adjunct Associate Professor of Music, and Director of the National Centre for Research in Music Education at the University of Canterbury. He has written extensively about music education and is a music reviewer for the Christchurch Press.


151-25 ITALIAN SINGING - Claudia Lues

Starts 19 February , 12 - 1 pm, 5 Tuesdays, $21
When you think of Italy, surely good food and music come to mind. Learn to sing beautiful Italian songs, both modern and classics, and learn the language at the same time. Claudia is Italian and grew up with a love for her culture and its music. She has conducted and sung in choirs and has been familiar with the stage throughout her life. She would love to share her passion of Italian music with you. From artists such as Andrea Boccelli, Gianni Morandi and many others, let your heart sing and for an hour be transported to ITALIA. Ciao!


151-26 SINGING FOR PLEASURE - David OBeirne

Starts 10 February, 12 noon - 1 pm, 8 Tuesdays, $37
Learn the basics of vocal production and sing a selection of different types of songs, both unison and two-part, if a balance of voices is available. David is Musical Director of Schola Cantorum and a choral tutor for primary schools around the Canterbury region. He is a member of the NBR (National Business Review) New Zealand Opera chorus and appears regularly as a soloist around Canterbury and New Zealand. A firm believer in the health and fitness benefits of singing well, David is firmly committed to helping all singers achieve their full potential.

151-27 UKULELE BEGINNERS STAGE 2 - Kerry McCammon

Starts 16 February, 1 - 2.30 pm, 6 Mondays, $37
For students with some familiarity with the ukulele, (or having completed the Beginners course). Moving on with more songs and covering various styles of music such as Folk, Latin, Dixie Blues, Swing, Jazz standards.

NEW BRIGHTON COURSES

151-34 SIT AND BE FIT – Katrina McKenzie

Starts 9 February, 1 - 2 pm, 8 Mondays, $24, enrol at the WEA, held at St Faiths, 46 Hawke St
These exercise classes teach gentle movements, with low cardio stress. A little bit of brain gym is included and we try to incorporate some balance and breathing instruction. The classes are lots of fun as we sing along to the music, with a big focus on safety. Loose clothing and sensible supporting shoes are essential. The class is divided into mostly seated and a little standing, (though all exercises can be done sitting). Katrina has been a group fitness instructor for the past four years, mainly working with community based classes.

151-35 TAI CHI, QIGONG AND HARA BODY ALIGNMENT - Geraldine Parkes

Starts 2 February, 2.30 - 3.30 pm, 9 Mondays, $27, enrol at WEA
Tai Chi was developed from Qigong, which has always maintained the aim of health and well-being. Thousands of forms of Qigong have developed over the last 5000 years in China. Qigong uses easy-to-learn movements to guide the mind to draw in and replenish Qi. The movements increase flexibility, balance and co-ordination, the Qi heals and energises, and the whole activity brings deep relaxation and a calm and focussed mind. Hara refers to an area of power within the physical body that contains the tan tien - your core or centre of gravity. This is also a falls prevention programme. All welcome.

151-36 UKULELE BEGINNERS – Kerry McCammon

Starts 17 February, 1 - 2 pm, 6 Tuesdays, $19, enrol at the WEA, held at St Faiths, 46 Hawke St
Sing-a-long; learn to tune a ukulele; learn basic chords and strums; learn common patterns and songs. Some ukuleles supplied. Kerry McCammon has been teaching and performing for over 30 years. He has toured extensively throughout NZ, England and Japan as part of the Natural Magic Theatre Company. A qualified High School and ESOL teacher, Kerry has found the ukulele to be the ideal instrument to facilitate all kinds of group singing and celebration.

151-37 21st CENTURY FUNERALS - varius speakers

Starts 17 February, 2 - 3.30 pm, 4 Tuesdays, $18, enrol at the WEA, check re venue at time of enrolment
17 Feb What choices are offered by funeral directors? - David Capill, Funeral Director
24 Feb Planning a funeral service - Katrina Kill, Priest of Anglican Parish of East Christchurch
3 Mar Eco-burial - Ann Thornton and Rosemary Tredgold
10 Mar Saying goodbye: A general discussion on themes and issues raised by the course.


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

151-28 THE ART OF LISTENING: A HOLISTIC AND INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH - Richard Dawson

Starts 7 March, 10 am - 12 noon, 4 Saturdays, $32
The aim of this course is to reflect on the importance of active listening in the process of understanding, with the goal of building better communities, from within the home to national and international politics. We will begin by attending to the neglect of listening in formal education, including secondary and tertiary levels. We will reflect on and judge listening performances by: spouses, children, teachers, lawyers, doctors, psychotherapists, politicians, among others. Key questions include: What is good listening? How do we become good listeners? Dr Richard Dawson has held lecturing positions in law, politics, and economics.


151-29 THE SCIENCE OF WILLPOWER, HABITS, AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE - Cathie Edwards

Starts 18 February, 7.30 - 9 pm, 6 Wednesdays, $36
Learn practical, evidence-based strategies to help you change your behaviour and extend your willpower. Find out what academic research in recent years has discovered about how willpower works and habits are formed. The scientific research that this class is based on, has helped people change their behaviour in a diverse range of fields including exercise, diet, procrastination, stopping smoking, saving money and reducing clutter. Cathie is a professional life coach who works predominantly with clients who want a healthy lifestyle. She loves helping people reach their goals and is keen to spread the knowledge that has been discovered about willpower and habits.


PHILOSOPHY

151-30 ETHICAL ISSUES AND APPLICATIONS - Michael Couch

Starts 18 February, 10 am - 12 noon, 5 Wednesdays, $40
This course considers multiple modern ethical topics via philosophical analysis and directed discussion. It will include a range of medical, legal, political, education, engineering and economic-based topics. Michael Couch is completing his PhD in the Philosophy of Education and has a background in History and Classical Studies. He has been tutoring since 2004.


151-31 SPIRITUALITY - WHAT IS IT AND CAN IT REPLACE RELIGION? - Brian Lilburn

Saturday 21 February, 10 am - 12 noon, gold coin donation
Brian's approach to spirituality is based on the ancient Sumerian myth-story Gilgamesh, where the pathway to spirituality is seen as a journey with five stages. This will be considered alongside some modern views of spirituality and religion. Brian believes it is in the combination of spirituality and insightfulness that real advances can be made in uniting all branches of knowledge for the long-term well-being of life on this planet. Brian Lilburn, a graduate in philosophy and psychology, worked for many years as a teacher. While living in Sweden he also worked at the Stockholm International Peace Institute.


LIVING IN THE PRESENT: A ONE CHANCE LIFE

This WEA group is now meeting monthly on the fourth Saturday of the month at 10 am - 12 noon, gold coin donation Many people today have no church or faith commitment, but remain very interested in the important questions of life, death and making sense of life in the present. They also believe that part of developing a full humanity is to work to make the world a more just and fair place. Such a perspective can be called secular humanism. It is based on the premise that all we have is the living of our own brief lives and we do not have immortal souls. We each have a one chance life. Phone Rodney 377 5011 for more information.


RECREATION

151-32 MAH JONG

Tuesdays, 10 am - 12 noon, $2 donation per session.
This fun and challenging game continues every Tuesday. If you have your own set please bring it along, otherwise just come along and join a bunch of friendly people having fun. Beginners welcome.

THE WORLD

151-33 ARMCHAIR TRAVEL - various speakers

Starts 12 February, 10.30 - 11.30 am, 8 Thursdays, $32
12 Feb On the Cut: the Canals of England and Wales - Bob and Joanne Gumbrell
19 Feb Eastern Europe - continued - Brenda Crocker
26 Feb A cultural tour of France and Belgium - Denis Guyan
5 Mar No travel talk this week: we encourage you to attend the free-to-members seminar on The Peoples University, see course number 20.
12 Mar Sailing the High Arctic - Sally Finch
19 Mar Visiting Nepal with a local - Katherine and John Peet
26 Mar Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda - Richard Chandler
2 Apr The secret rhythm of the mighty Ayerarwaddy River, Myanmar - Peter Cooper
9 Apr Friendship Force, Changing the Way You See The World - Heather Ponder


WEA CLUBS & BRANCHES

WEA FIELD CLUB

Monthly trips on 3rd Saturday.
An established group to encourage outdoor activity and the enjoyment of natural history and the beauty of the countryside. Phone Barbara, 355 2040.

WEA NORTH WEST BRANCH

Meets at St Margarets, 94 Farrington Avenue. Fridays 10-11.30 am. $4 per session.
A variety of tutors speak on a wide range of topics. For full programme details phone Jan 351 9796.

WEA OUTDOOR PAINTING CLUB

Meets Saturday mornings at previously arranged painting places.
Programme displayed at WEA Centre or by mail. Phone Judith 337 5235 or Jeanie 381 8119.


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