The Sunshine Blogger Award Part 1 | naming pets, co-writing and bookish creatures.

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Hey everyone!!!

Today I have a very exciting post which is long overdue (I put the pro in procrasti… I’m sure you can finish that sentence for me) but I’m doing it now. It is…. (let’s pretend you didn’t see the title for a second)…. THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD!!

I’ve been very kindly nominated FIVE times* which blows my mind and I’m so, so thankful. It means a lot. I’m sorry I’m late at getting to them but here they are…..

*I have decided to split them into two posts.

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First thing first, the rules….

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog

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EL’S QUESTIONS

 

Firstly, I got nominated by El @ Elated Books so thank you so much!! You should definitely check out her awesome blog and admire the beautiful, colourful design.

 

WHAT’S ONE PLACE YOU’D LIKE TO GO IN YOUR COUNTRY?

Right now probably the Scottish Valleys so I can visit some Lochs!! I think Scotland can be really beautiful and I would love to explore the countryside.


IF A FIRE STARTED RIGHT NOW WHAT’S ONE THING THAT YOU’D SAVE IN THE ROOM THAT YOU’RE IN?

Um… probably my notebook. I only have one copy of a lot of my notes so I want to save them as even if they are rubbish, they are irreplaceable. But my main priority would be my dog and my life.

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WHAT’S A WISH THAT YOU’VE HAD FOREVER?

To have my own home and decorate it exactly how I want it. When I was younger I used to imagine my ‘dream home’ and now I am older I still imagine my ‘dream home’ and have a pinterest board for it. It definitely has a bookshelf wall!!


WHO’S ONE PERSON YOU WISH YOU KNEW IN REAL LIFE?

Um… I don’t know I’m pretty anti-social. I’m joking. People are great.

Maybe Lin-Manuel Miranda so I can ask him what musicals he is thinking about and what it was like on the Brooklyn Nine Nine too. Plus it is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who doesn’t want to know him?!?


IF ALL YOUR BASIC NEEDS WERE PAID FOR AND YOU WERE ONLY ALLOWED TO SPEND MONEY ON ONE MORE THING FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? (BOOKS, NECKLACES, ETC.)

This would be super hard but I think books because there are so many that you could never get bored and I love the community so I could still be involved with them too. And I obviously love them and they mean a lot to me.

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WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WISH YOU PAID MORE ATTENTION TO IN YOUR LIFE?

Wow this is deep!! I kind of what to say everything so I could notice the little details but that isn’t the most interesting answer so…

I wish I paid more attention to my family. I probably took a lot of things for granted growing up so it would be nice to notice every little thing and appreciate everything a little more.


IF YOU COULD GET A(NOTHER) PET, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I would get two guinea-pigs because guinea-pigs are adorable. Their ears bounce when they run, they squeak and they love food.


NOW WHAT WOULD YOU NAME THEM?

I would name them Bilbo and Frodo. Then I can get them a hobbit hole door for their cage!!


WHAT’S A BOOK YOU WISH YOU’D WRITTEN?

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Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo because the group dynamics are AH-MA-ZING!! And I would have loved writing them. I also think the characters are rich and each represents something in our society and I adore it when you get reality in fantasy books. And it has a lovely fan-base which I imagine is a lovely feeling as an author. THE FAN ART! FAN ART IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS EVER!!


WHAT’S ONE OF YOUR HOBBIES THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT?

I like to draw. I don’t have the most interesting hobbies, my life is just books.


HOW’S YOUR DAY?ย ๐Ÿ™‚

It was good thank you.

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ALLY’S QUESTIONS

 

Thank you so much to Ally @ Ally Writes Things for the nomination. Please follow her for great, regular bookish content.

 

IF YOU COULD CO-AUTHOR A BOOK WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

*whispers them all* Maybe Patrick Ness because I love his writing and he has such unique ideas that I think it would be so fun and challenging to write with him.

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Or Benjamin Alire Saรฉnz because I love his writing SO much!! Teach me the skills please.

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And well….. all of them!!


IF YOU COULD READ A BOOK FOR THE FIRST TIME AGAIN, WHICH BOOK WOULD IT BE?

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I wish I could experience the Harry Potter books for the first time without knowing the books or the movies!!ย  It would be an amazing experience and I want to experience Hogwarts for the first time with Harry.


ARE THERE ANY BOOKS YOU WISH YOU DIDNโ€™T READ?

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I wish I didn’t dedicate time to 4 books in the ‘I am Number Four’ series!!


WHATโ€™S YOUR DREAM JOB?

Well I hate to be the classic book lover who dreams of being an author BUT… I dream of being an author.

But other than that I don’t know what to dream of. *it is such a struggle at the moment*


WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK YOU HAD TO READ FOR SCHOOL?

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I didn’t read many books for school so maybe Animal Farm by George Orwell because it is a giant metaphor for society and kind of weird.


WHY DID YOU START YOUR BLOG?

Honestly I had something to say and I never managed to say them so why not put them on the internet. It has certainly evolved pass my initial idea but it still remains a place to talk about things I love.


WHATโ€™S BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK OF 2019 SO FAR?

Well 2019 is now over which shows how late I am but I had many great books in 2019 and you can see them all in this post but I loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sรกenz because the writing was amazing and I loved all the characters. The same with Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.

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WHO WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD AUTHOR?

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I loved Anna Wilson because she wrote about animals and her writing voice was really engaging especially when you are younger because it was so fun.


WHATโ€™S YOUR PHONE BACKGROUND?

It is a picture of the night sky. It is starry and deep blue!! It appeals to my Ravenclaw side.


IF YOU COULD MEET ANY FICTIONAL CHARACTER, WHO WOULD IT BE?

TOOTHLESS!!! AKA THE MOST ADORABLE DRAGON. I LOVE HIM.

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WHAT FICTIONAL CHARACTER DO YOU ASPIRE TO BE LIKE, AND WHY?

Luna Lovegood because she is honest, kind, clever, creative, a loyal friend and fully okay with who she is and I love all those qualities so DEFINITELY LUNA!!!

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SOPHIE’S QUESTIONS

 

Next up is Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner who nominated me for this award which was so sweet and I’m so thankful. I love Sophie’s blog so please check it out and follow her!!

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE BOOKS THIS YEAR?

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Well we are only a month into this year but I loved ‘Last Night I Sang to The Monster’ by Benjamin Alire Sรกenz. It was a very character driven story about rehabilitation but I loved the emotions and the overall message.

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IF YOU COULD READ ONE GENRE OF BOOKS FOR YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, WHAT WOULD YOU READ?

Fantasy books!!! Because well I did a whole post on it here but basically I love the escapism it can provide and the cast of characters!! The excitement I feel for fantasy books is incomparable. There is something very magical about them.


IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE BOOKISH CREATURE TO KEEP FOR A PET, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

A DRAGON!! And by that I mean Toothless. You can fly so free transportation to anywhere. Plus he is adorable and powerful!! So it’s an easy choice really!! I love TOOTHLESS (I think I’ve mentioned that before).

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WHAT IS ONE BOOK ON YOUR BOOKSHELF THAT YOU WOULD TEAR TO SHREDS??

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I don’t have many books that I dislike really strongly but the ‘I am Number Four’ series was one I really didn’t enjoy so maybe I would tear some of those books up… maybe.


IF YOU ARE STRANDED ON AN ISLAND AND CAN ONLY HAVE ONE BOOK TO READ FOR ENTERTAINMENT, WHICH BOOK WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

One book!! NooOOo… how could I choose!! Maybe The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss which I haven’t read yet but it is big book so logically it will keep me busier and I have a lot of faith that I will love it. Plus there is an illustration edition so I can have pretty pictures too.

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WHAT IS ONE MEMORABLE (SPOILER-FREE) SCENE FROM A NOVEL YOUโ€™VE RECENTLY READ?

Ninth House had some really cool magic. I remember the butterflies who took away the tattoos and that scene was pretty memorable for me.

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DO YOU LIKE HAPPY ENDINGS, SAD ENDINGS OR BITTERSWEET ENDINGS?

Well I did a whole post on this here but I think I can like all of them if they match the theme of the story and are well written. But I probably have a soft spot for happy endings as long as you acknowledge the darkness as well.


WHICH BOOK HAS YOUR FAVOURITE ENDING?

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I thought Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was an amazing ending because it was so wholesome and I can still remember the last line months later. So it is certainly one of my favourites.


WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO BESIDES READING?

Writing!! Watching TV!! Drawing!! Travel!! Be sarcastic!!


DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE PLACE TO WRITE YOUR BLOG POSTS?

Um… probably the sofa. I have the habit of writing with the TV on (not going to lie, it is a bad habit) and honestly it is the most comfortable place to write.


DO YOU HAVE A WORD THAT GETS ON YOUR NERVES?

Chit-chat. I hate that word so much for some reason.

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Also Chick-Flicks (similar sound so maybe I don’t like the sound). Also it is sexist and I think there is a better name for it like romantic comedies.

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Questions and Nominations:

I will nominate the people in my part 2 of this post coming later this week.ย 

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Thank you again to everyone who nominated me. It means a lot and sorry it took me so long to do them.

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What would you name a guinea pig? Who would you co-author with and what would you write about?

Is there a word which gets on your nerves?

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37 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award Part 1 | naming pets, co-writing and bookish creatures.

  1. You have not idea how much I went in to ‘FANGIRL’ mode when I saw Toothless as your answer to not one, but two questions!!!! HTTYD is my ultimate favourite franchise and I LOVE Toothless!

    Lovely answers to the rest of the questions too ๐Ÿ˜

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  2. Ahhhh I love tags!! This was a cool post! One of my dream jobs would be to work in a bookstore, their atmospheres are so nice most of the time! And you might even get employee discounts which is a plus haha! One word I hate and cant stand is MOIST. ewhwhickkckck its so grosssss ugh it gives me shivers ๐Ÿ˜‚ Enjoyed this post xx ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Yay tags can be really fun and it is nice to do something different!! Thank you!!!! โค
      Ahh.. a bookstore would be amazing!! I would imagine the atmosphere would be amazing and you know everyone likes books. Discount would be amazing aha!!
      Yes moist does sound weird and I think many people would agree with you. Although it doesn't bother me too much haha!!
      Thank you so much!! โค

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  3. Knowing Lin Manuel Miranda would be VERY cool. I love that the first thing you’d ask him is what it was like being in Brooklyn Nine Nine ๐Ÿ˜‚ Relatable, though.

    Also, writing with Patrick Ness would be incredible! Though very intimidating, probably. NO idea what I’d write about. Six of Crows is definitely a book that I wish I had written too…the fanart is incredible, as you pointed out!! If I ever get published and have fan artists as talented as the SoC artists, I will be lucky indeed ๐Ÿ˜

    I constantly think about how much I want to reread Harry Potter for the first time, especially since I was so young the first time round that I don’t really remember my reactions. And I would DIE to have a pet dragon!! Toothless truly is the BEST.

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    1. Yes I think Lin Manuel Miranda seems so nice and he would be so interesting to talk to!! Haha yes B99 is the best, I would have to ask (i’m obsessed haha)!!

      I know Patrick Ness is an amazing writer but you’re right it would be intimidating. Maybe I would just watch him do all the work!! haha!!
      Yes SoC is amazing!! I know it would be so lucky to have the fan artists like them. It would be an awesome feeling! I wish I could draw like that!!

      Yeah I watched the movies first and I don’t remember my first experience like you so it would be great to remember the feeling of going to Hogwarts for the first time!!

      I know I love Toothless so much!! I can dream!!

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  4. Awww, that GIF at the beginning is adorable! *heart eyes* Yesss… I’d love to one day have my “dream home” and decorate it exactly how I want it to be! “I donโ€™t have the most interesting hobbies, my life is just books.” < THIS IS SO TRUE I LOVE IT, hehe ๐Ÿ˜†

    You are so right about how amazing Luna Lovegood is, and I'm already loving your phone wallpaper because the description you wrote is beautiful! I really need to read Ari & Dante lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I really enjoyed getting to know you more, Sophie, and I can't believe you fit all this quality content into one (amazing) post! Have a lovely week โค

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    1. It is so cute and very suitable I thought!! haha!!
      I know it would be so amazing to have a home and decorate it perfectly (it would probably be really expensive though)!!
      haha yep books are my life and I’m not sorry about it haha!!

      Luna is great!! I wish she was my real life friend ahah!! Ah.. stars are the best!! I probably should have included a picture!! Yes you should read Ari and Dante, it is wonderful (no pressure of course)!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Aw.. thank you so much Ash. Thank you for reading!! โค I was worried about the length so I'm glad you enjoyed reading it!! Thank you, you too!! โค

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  5. Five nominations is amazing, and you deserved all of them ๐Ÿ™‚

    I loved getting to know you more through this post and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of your answers โค

    – Emma

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  6. Hey Sophie!!
    I loved your answers haha. I haven’t thought of it before but you are right that the term “chick flick” (or “chick lit”) is sexist! Men can enjoy romantic comedies too, right?
    That’s awesome that you like to draw! What kind of pictures do you draw? I used to draw a lot too, but that was a long time ago ๐Ÿ™‚
    Haha I agree about bringing The Name of the Wind to a stranded island. It’s so long haha. I enjoyed the book for the most part however I am so sad that the third book isn’t out yet!

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    1. Hello!!! ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Thank you ๐Ÿ’›
      Yeah I’m not sure when the thought occurred to me but it makes it seem like a “girly” thing to enjoy these movies when men can enjoy them just as much. It is weird the things that get a gender assigned to them, once my dad’s friends said he shouldn’t get a latte because it was a girl’s drink which I thought was so weird!!

      Yes I really enjoy it (and my sister likes it too so we do it together)!!
      I tend to draw people but not with insane detail. I tend to have bold lines and a more cartoon-ish style! My favourite thing to do is actually draw a concept like a person (e.g. the 7 sins, yesterday and tomorrow) and then I will do some writing along with it ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Haha I thought I would go with logic and have a big book that would entertain me!! I’m glad you enjoyed it but it is pain about the sequel. I have the same problem with The Lies of Locke Lamora!!

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      1. Yeah I totally agree. I think there is a negative connotation to “chick flick” or “chick lit” so I don’t think these words should be used at all. Also I think using this terminology might discourage guys from trying these books or movies out because they don’t want to seem “girly” when in fact they might enjoy them as well.
        Interesting that you mentioned lattes because my husband gets them all the time ahaha XD But yeah I agree that it’s weird to assign gender to things, which perpetuate stereotypes
        That’s awesome that you and your sister draw together, and that’s great that you are able to tie in drawing with writing too ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. Yeah definitely!! I agree I think it might deter some men too which would be a shame !!
          Haha I love lattes too (and my dad still gets them all the time ๐Ÿ˜‚) yeah we don’t need things like that I don’t think!!
          It is really fun. Haha it does encourage me to write!! ๐Ÿ’•

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  7. Once again congratulations on all of the well deserved nominations โค๏ธ I’d love to visit London as it has a lot of attractions that I’d love to see one day plus they have all the new shows. I bet the Scottish valleys are beautiful though.
    And I love your home design wish. Id love a house to decorate and organise exactly how I want to as well. Omg if you like guinea pigs you should totally look up the bit of them from Attenboroughs most recent animal show. They were wild ones in a graveyard and so, so sweet to watch. Also Wrensdale – the design of the bookmarks that I showed you – do some guinea pig stuff ๐Ÿ˜Š
    I’d love to read Harry Potter for the first time again too โค๏ธ it would be amazing to pick them up and not know what to expect. I’m sure you can make your dream of being an author one day ๐Ÿ’• Toothless does always look incredibly sweet ๐Ÿ˜ and Luna is a wonderful character. I can see a lot of people aspiring to be like her, especially with how comfortable she is in her own skin.
    I’m totally with you when it comes to fantasy books. Id definitely pick those or YA in general. But the. I couldn’t have adult fantasy ๐Ÿค” also I love the transportation reasons when it comes to dragons. You could get places so, so quickly!! I think happy endings are probably best but in a balanced way. If it’s too happy after a lot of hardship it doesn’t feel quite right. Sad endings and open ones can be great too though as they really have the power to get under your skin. I don’t think I have a word that annoys me?? Maybe the phase Wheeler Dealers as I HATE that show.

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    1. Thank you so, so much again!! ๐Ÿ’• True London has so many amazing things to do, it is a great place to visit!! ๐Ÿ˜

      Yes it would be such a dream to design my own house ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ hopefully we will both get too!!
      Ooh.. thank you for telling me about that. I will look that up !!
      Oh really, that’s so cute ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

      Yeah it would be magical to experience them the first time. It would be amazing ๐Ÿ˜

      Aw.. Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ that means a lot, thank you โค

      I do love Toothless ๐Ÿ˜‚ I definitely think Luna is someone to look up too!!

      It would be hard to pick one genre but I had to pick fantasy especially as I want to try more adult fantasy out!! But YA would be a good choice too !!

      Haha a dragon would be a handy pet!!

      I completely agree, endings have to have their balance of emotions!! True open ones always play on your mind in a good and bad way so they are always interesting!!

      That phrase is annoying and I’m not a big fan of the show either ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. I was really hoping to go there this year but I doubt I will now. Even when lockdown does lift I think it’s going to be too busy a place to go tbh.

        I’m sure we both will one day (:
        You should, it’s so sweet!! And funny :L

        Yes that’s true, there are so many fantasy books that I have on my TBR and which sound amazing.

        Yay it’s not just me :L :L I seriously can’t stand it!!

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        1. Yeah this year has been very different so it might be difficult but you never know!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully next year if not.
          Yes!!!
          I know I love fantasy so much !! And so many books are available !!
          haha yeah I definitely understand that !!

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  8. Ahh congratulations on the award, I loved reading your answers to all of these questions so, so much โค Right here with you on the dream home with the bookshelves and pinterest inspiration, ahah. I just can't wait to have my dream home someday and… a library room of some kind?? that'd be a DREAM ahah ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much Marie!! ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’› I know I just love the idea of creating my own space and Pinterest just makes me want it now ๐Ÿ˜‚ I know a library room would just be… WOW ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ hopefully we can both get this dream!!

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  9. Ooh loved reading your answers to these questions! I still have yet to read Ari & Dante but I so need to!! Itโ€™s been on my tbr for ages and itโ€™s been so hyped! Lin-Manuel Miranda would also be who Iโ€™d meet for sure!
    Great post!๐Ÿ’›

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    1. Thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ’•
      Ooh… I definitely recommend. I am with the hype!! ๐Ÿ˜ I really hope you enjoy it. It is a great character led book!!
      Haha he would be so interesting I think!!
      Thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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