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Low Cost Room Available

I have a double room available until Xmas in a nice cottage type semi with 3 bedrooms. I am located in a small East Yorkshire village between Hull (17 miles) and York (22 miles) and Beverley (7 miles). I am looking for a handy man / woman who can help me with some house and garden DIY in return for a SIGNIFICANTLY reduced rent. I will accept benefits claimants but not so keen on animals in the house. Howard

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Living on the land

Is there anybody out there looking at buying land (and has the availabile capital) and thinking maybe there is an advantage to joining up with other people to buy a larger piece to enable living on the land. We have come to the conclusion that it may be easier planning wise to link up with someone and get 15 acres or thereabouts. Our budget allows, depending on area, for 4-6 acres which is alot harder to try differing planning techniques on rather than 15 acres + which generally gets automatic planning for a barn . We are looking at England anywhere from the Midlands to the south coast. Unfortunately not Wales Devon or Cornwall. Anyone in similar situation want to get in touch? Idea to buy, as a small group of maybe 5, 15 acres. Get permitted development permission for a barn and therefore the 5 years allowed to reside there for construction. Then divvy upthe land amongst the group kinda thing- open to other ideas on how to achieve living on the land- taking it from there.

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WANTED: Holiday/ solitary retreat in August

Hello, I am looking for a 7-10 day solitary retreat in August. cabin/boat/caravan/chalet (most things considered) preferably not too far from London, and in nature. Will pay for use. Cooking facilities, and a shop nearby important as I don't drive. Near railway station would be helpful. Open to ideas. Thank you.

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Looking for a place to rent in France

We are a retired couple,our 46 yrs old daughter and her 4 children.We are looking for a property with a minimum of 5 bedrooms.Must have a minimum of 4 hectares.Looking for a property to rent,buy on monthly payments or rent and buy in say 3 years.Ideally the property would have 2 houses or the pontential to create a second .

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Permagricole, Near Bordeaux, France

PERMACULTURE PROJECT OPPORTUNITY Want to live & work on an organic farm in France? We're looking for people to join our community! • Long-term use of our farm land and buildings for your project / enterprise. • In return, varied hands-on work / help to support our evolving permaculture project. • Accommodation and shared organic meals. • A long term communal living arrangement. Permagricole - About Us 'Permagricole' is a Permaculture project situated on our farm in South West France, 45 minutes North of Bordeaux. We bought the 100-acre site, a former distillery, with the intention of starting a working farm using the principals of agroforestry. We're growing trees amongst our perennials and annuals and raising animals in a symbiotic system. The farm now consists of a grove of young walnut trees, a vast vegetable plot, a lake, two streams and expansive meadowland. We've converted half of the distillery building, the other half remains vacant. We're in the process of building lakeside eco-accommodation and a natural swimming pool. We're now inviting others to join our community and help on the farm. Skills we’re looking for • Builders, eco-builders, carpenters, painters, • Farmers, growers, gardeners, beekeepers, animal husbandry, • Designers, PDC graduates, landscapers, • Innovators, clean energy experts, potters, yoga teachers, winemakers, distillers, cheesemakers • Housekeepers, cooks, cleaners Permagricole - The Future Develop the Organic Farm - We're planting a further 500 trees in the next six months and introducing new perennial crops to the fields (vines, asparagus, pear, plum, elder, hazlenut, etc.) Next year we plan to start selling produce from our vegetable garden locally. Nurture Sustainable Business - We're building lakeside eco accommodation and facilities to host retreats and courses (yoga, meditation, permaculture). In time we hope to also add a cafe, art studio and pottery studio to the site and to host workshops and events. We're also interested in wine and gin production. Build The Community - For all of this to happen we need great people with energy and passion. People who share our dream and want to join this new community. We welcome people with ideas who want to develop their own projects and add new skills and directions to the community. How to Apply To register your interest or find out more please email Kath: kshortland@yahoo.co.uk Don’t forget to tell us all about you and your interest in permaculture, what relevant skills you have and about any project or business you would like to start here. Find us Online https://www.facebook.com/permagricole/ https://www.instagram.com/permagricole/?hl=en

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9 acre Finca Catalonia

9 acre finca has olives, almonds, vines and 3 bed house ,lovely views, 4 kilometers to village which has everything - house sound and dry but requires fitting out, would suit DIY person, offers around £40,000 or will also swap for a flat/etc in Spain, Portugal ,France or a canal boat on the Midi

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5 bed room house available for 6 months in exchange for some volunteering

Located near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, we are 2 families down a track. Growing lots of veg and looking to share our community space and our ideals. We would prefer to share with fellow vegetarians/vegans and, as this is a nature reserve, we are unable to accept pets. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

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FOR SALE - Traditional Bulgarian 3 bedroom, furnished countryside house + garden

'The House of The Sun' is a traditionally simple, Bulgarian house built in the mid 1950s. We signed all the contracts and moved in during October 2016 and over the past two years, slowly but surely made gentle improvements, simple updates and delicate additions. This sale comes as a complete package and may suit a couple, 2 couples/friends or a small family. Can sleep 5. It has 3 bedrooms. A beautiful, bright sunny double bedroom with panoramic views over the village and the valley with its pine and oak forests and lake. A space to really contemplate, inspired by the nature right outside your window. Old wooden floors, simply furnished with a double bed, writing desk and quirky home-made features. This room has a traditional Bulgarian wood burning stove for the colder evenings and has a peaceful ambience once the sun goes down. There is a single room on the upper floor and an additional twin/double room downstairs dug into the gentle slope of the hill, both cosy spaces which stay cooler in the long hot summers, and warmer in the cold dark winters. The twin room benefits from a powerful wood burning stove and is simply furnished. This room features a heavy wood-beamed ceiling and comes with twin beds shelving and washing machine. One modernised downstairs bathroom, with shower, toilet and 80 litre hot water heater, a comfortable lounge and a fully functioning kitchen with new modern cooker, oven and fridge freezer complete the house. ​ Outside, we have a good sized 800 sqm sloping property with a small herb patch, 3 walnut trees which provide a good harvest each October, Pear and Cherry trees and both red and white Mulberry trees. There is an upper, flat garden perfect for veggies and a corner ideal for hammocks in the warm afternoon sun with a vista overlooking the forest and its incredible sunsets. We would like to point out that the soil is very furtile! Planting our herbs last year, we've never seen anything grow so fast and so bountiful. ​ There is also a double stone barn, one for firewood storage and the other used for tools. We set up a website with all the info you may need :) http://house-of-the-sun.weebly.com/ And a video tour; https://youtu.be/w8OamqLFvCo Price; 11,100 euros 800 sqm property 71 sqm meter house built in 1955 40 sqm meter double barn 689 sqm garden, majority sloping, top part flat, ideal for veggies. ​ Three bedroom house with lounge, modernised bathroom, fully functioning kitchen Wooden beamed ceilings on the ground floor Wooden flooring on the first floor Double stone barn complete with tools 800 sqm gentle sloping garden Furnishings; Traditional, wooden double glazing for all bedrooms Beds, sofas, tables, chairs, curtains, shelving units, storage etc Two wood burning stoves in two bedrooms Kitchen utensils, pots and pans etc One GIANT, 3 year old main wood burner and hot water heater all-in-one. This burner is not yet hooked up but allows you to install radiators around the house and will warm the whole place up nicely. White goods; Washing machine Fridge freezer Brand new BEKO cooker/oven Panel heater 80 litre hot water heater Manual lawn mower Electric mower Feel free to whatsapp us; +447815 728483

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Mature Person Who Wants To Share/Buy Rural Home North Wales.

Any mature vegetarian with capital interested in 50/50 purchase of amazing old detached rural house in North Wales?Big garden,private double bedroom,share kitchen ,living room and outside space.Legally all done tightly to protect each share.The aim being to live in a stunning place and help each other in harmonious co existence.Meetings ,references,proven finances etc for both parties.If you dont have proven capital,dreams of utopia are rarely realised without cost,no need contact as sorting loans etc puts the other at risk if one cannot keep up repayments.Thanks.

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Peaceful lady to share home in Norfolk

I am a 49 year old single female, looking for another single female for friendship/companionship only who would also prefer not to live alone. I have a 2 bed housing association bungalow with nice garden in a village near Kings Lynn, I am vegetarian/vegan and currently not working due to m.e/cfs (not needing carer) On recovery I will be starting my own therapy business. I have 2 female cats aged 8 years. The neighbours are pleasant and it is not far from coast and woodland.

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Still a Chance for Me?

Hi, o.k. - this is what must count as a last ditch attempt, given the likelihood of Brexit at the end of October. Me, 54-single-german national, 4 cats and one horse, are looking to return (for me, that is - last lived in the country up to 1992) to the UK - this time for good. Area is secondary to the right offer, hopefully coming through this forum. South-ish would be nice, but no condition. Will happily work/do my part within a community/share - next to my still current job in IT (home office). Am not going to post my entire life's story here, nobody will want to read that. Ask if you have questions - which I'll gladly answer relating to a suitable offer. Thank you. Diana

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If you are down our way!!

Hi Diggers and Dreamers, we are a 50 something couple fit and active off-gridders living in southern France's Aude valley.  We have a tiny house and a small cabin plus 4 acres in the most beautiful and spiritually powerful place and a very pretty stretch of river and at this time 5 chickens. We are working towards self sufficiency  but no rush. We are able to accommodate campers/hikers off- Gridders or anyone who would like to visit and see what we are doing. We are actually on the Cathar Trail. There is always a bit of work to do but never too much (and it's not expected). Except last November  when the floods washed our bridge away, all sorted now thankfully. So this is it in the spirit of open mind open heart we are open if you find yourself down this way. Nearest town is Quillan,  feel free to contact us and we shall see if how we fit. Mark and Diane.

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Artist and classical musician

I am looking for a detached ground floor quiet and peaceful place to live long term out of London. Near trees, water, with possibility of growing own fruit and veg. Have cats and Lancashire Heeler. Would be helpful on some kind of public transport link with access to amenities. Ideal situation alongside contemplative Christian monastic community, contributing as a musician, volunteer, or and wildlife animal sanctuary.

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PLEASE CAN YOU HELP US? ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED.

Honest, trustworthy, authentic & well mannered English couple in their mid 50’s (one with long term illness) seeking rural accommodation in exchange for part-time help in southern England or France. We are happy to contribute to most areas of life or business part-time. Ideal environments could be Yoga & mindfulness retreats, house guardianship, animal care, farms, property or gite management etc. We have 30 years experience in England and France in rural based tourism and have accumulated a wide variety of skills and life experience. French spoken. Children all grown up now but have two well behaved family dogs which have lived in farm type environments their entire lives (alongside other dogs, chickens, cows etc). We thrive on nature and animals. Both non-smokers. Owing to changes (landlord selling) we must relocate from our current location by early 2020. Please contact us if you can help. All offers or ideas considered. We would really appreciate if you share this listing with your friends and contacts. With all our thanks. PLEASE CONTACT: tswarc@gmail.com

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Looking for a place to take part and volunteer

I'll start by telling about myself, my name is Tal, 22, from Israel. now travels around England. Looking for place that can teach me community life, gardening, construction, recycling and anything else that can expand my knowledge. Loves cooking, ceramics, traveling, being with children, creates stuff and learning new things.

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Great Accommodation, South Pembrokeshire

House share available for one or two persons in nice victorian house in small hamlet by estuary in south pembrokeshire. Use of whole house and productive organic garden overlooking the waterway.English as a Foreign Language tuition available as an option.Working studio in house also.No extra utility bills.State support is fine.£330 pcm fully inclusive.Thank you.Contact glyn james either via this site or direct on 07392060754 or oakapple5@yahoo.co.uk Thank you.

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Looking for communities to participate in PhD research

Hello, I am a PhD researcher at the University of Westminster, working on a project exploring environmental sustainability within cohousing and coliving communities, and I am looking for some communities to work with. For my research, I am firstly measuring the CO2 emissions of communities using surveys. Secondly, using qualitative research such as interviews and observation, I plan to explore how behaviours relating to environmental sustainability are promoted, changed, spread and maintained within the community; and more broadly, how every day happens and changes occur. I hope that my research could be useful to communities which take part, as it will result in a measurement of CO2 emissions which will give the community an insight into their environmental sustainability. I hope that this research may also aid in advocating for forms of shared living. If this is potentially of interest, please do get in touch and I can give your community some more information about what it would involve. With best wishes, Penny Clark p.clark@my.westminster.ac.uk 020 3506 6809

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Looking for land

Looking to buy a smallish piece land (possibly woodland) in Wales for our family to live on. Please get in touch if know of anything suitable. Many thanks x

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Looking to make some connections...

Hi, I'm currently traveling in Europe and visiting some communities to learn about this way of life. I'm interested in buying a piece of land or joining an existing community to start living simply and self-sufficiently. I am particularly interested in doing this in Europe. So far I have found a few very expensive possibilities (650 Euros for an experience week!) that do not interest me. I'm hoping to exchange my hard work for knowledge and experience. Does anyone have any advice or information that might be useful? I'm hoping to make some connections with like minded people. It would be great to hear from you if you can help or perhaps you're in a similar position? Cheers. Jon

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Moving to the South West of England

Lady 62, BA(Hons) English, looking for a place to stay in the south west of England for a while, in a few months time, whilst I look for a permanent home to buy. I love animals, outdoors, the beach etc. I'm a good plain cook, housekeeper etc. Non smoker. Can be part of a community or work in a private house in a flexible role. Empathetic, caring and responsible lady. Not vegetarian but only eat fish or chicken. Please message me with any questions. Sandie

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Liskeard Intentional Community

Townhouse 5 beds from 10 to 35 sq.m. plus 5 common rooms plus very small outdoor space, therefore suitable for 50+. Envisage: purchasers or renters after 6 month probation. No Smokers. Envisage : small kitchen and diner for residents preparing own breakfast/lunch. Large kitchen/living room for shared main meal. Sitting Room, Sunroom + small roof garden. Envisage: Car Share. Large Workshop. Shop let out on annual tenancy. Adjacent garden rented.

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2 bedroomed smallholding to let in bulgaria

we have a lovely 2 bed modern smallholding to let long term here in the wine growing region of Bulgaria!The cottage sits on an acre of land with barns and storage buildings.(more land if you want to rent) Cottage has modern bathroom , fully equipped kitchen , 2 bedrooms and lounge with wood burner, private garden and patio.With beautiful views down this quaint valley! here time has stood still ...horses and carts trundle by, the shepherds walk past with their cows and goats; the air is clean and the summers are long,perfect for growing and full of wildlife.We live in the next cottage ...we are permaculterists and have flocks of birds and a few sheep ...the village has bars , post office ,pharmacy doctors and shops ...also buses running to the nearest towns ..where both national and international connections can be made by train...Romania is 2 hours away , Turkey is 6 hours, Greece 3 hours Rental monthly is £250 Deposit £300....Bartering is a way of life here so open to negotiations on that rent...why not take a while out of the hustle and bustle and step into a slower ,gentler way of life !

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Wanted: Good woman 45-65 ish

You: Calm, nurturing, happy, strong, resourceful, empathetic, and open minded, with driving license and desire to become live in friend, social companion and helper. Me: Vivacious, sapiosexual lady in mid 50's with anxiety and a moderate degree of PTSD, not interested in dating. Many interests, including rocket mass stoves/heaters, composting toilets, living off grid, permaculture and community living etc :-) Accommodation is offered rent free in exchange for help with cooking, cleaning and initially help to declutter and organise other stuff around the home. You would need to pay your own way when it comes to food and housekeeping costs because I'm very much into good quality food and making as much as possible from basic ingredients, where practical, avoiding processed food. No palm oil, hydrogenated veg oil, etc... The eventual hope is to co organise and develop a structure that will be the launch pad for a small community to develop. If you enjoy a challenge, are reliable, respectful, warm and friendly with a sense of humour, integrity and desires to build a self sufficient, permaculture type way of living as as green and frugal as possible, please contact me! :-) I have my own large (but for the moment cluttered) home, 2 miles from the beach with a small garden and a friend half a mile away who has a garden that can be developed like an allotment. I am located in between the popular seaside towns of Poole and Bournemouth, on the south coast of England and ideally located for all amenities and transport links. For now, this means being located in town but my ambition is to find something quieter without being far from the necessities. I have just acquired a small, old motorhome too and am aiming to get out and have fun times as soon as I can find the right lady to enjoy helping me gently build the confidence to expand my horizons. So someone with relevant experience too would be pretty wild! :-) Long term goals are to research the foundation of building a small intentional community for the joy of mutual support and friendship. I am working to sell my home when the appropriate group of people have coalesced and when we have identified what direction we need to go in based on group skills, needs and resources. If any of this resonates with you, please do message me with details of you and your circs, hopes and dreams at bumfodderdisposal at gmail dot com and I will respond. Include a phone number and the times you are available too and I will be very pleased to phone you! For some reason I never seem to get proper notifications from this site and have missed too many messages so please do email me directly on the address above if you want to be assured of a reply. Looking forward to hearing from you. :-) Ad astra, let the adventure begin...! :-)

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Considering the future!

Hi All..... I'm Antony a just turned 40, former dairy farmer and cheese maker. I recently moved home to Cornwall with hubby and recently came to a crashing halt physically and mentally after years of busting my nuts managing dairy farms and making cheese. I earnt a good wage, had money in the bank but was miserable and exhausted. It’s been a tough few months but I’ve come out of it with a clear sense of direction. I am going to strip my life back to the bare necessities, material needs are out of the window and being as ecologically minded and self sufficient is the order of the day. I have a converted horse box that I lived in for several months before returning to Cornwall and it was the most content time of my life. So if there’s any one in Cornwall with a dream of setting up a self sufficient, eco minded, carbon neutral project (at least as much as is practical) I have three young house cows, sheep, chickens, cheese making equipment and skills and 25 yrs of farming under my belt.....oh and more determination than I’ve ever had to make a difference. Fancy chatting? 07967561307 Antony.curnow@yahoo.co.uk

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European Day of Sustainable Communities 2019

The European Day of Sustainable Communities on 21st September 2019 is a celebration of local communities taking action for a zero-carbon, regenerative and inclusive Europe. All communities and citizens who are catalysing transformation in the face of ecological and climate breakdown are invited to become co-creators of the day. How? Plan an event for September 2019 (as small or big as you want!): open days, shared meals, workshops.... Registration is already open and you are invited to register your event here https://www.sustainable-communities.net/events/community/add. That way you become a co-creator of the day, and your event appears on the #EDSC map. Check out https://www.sustainable-communities.net/ and contact your national contact point if any question! (Spain: noemi_glepetit@hotmail.com)

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Considering Cohousing?

Considering Cohousing on Facebook. Not your standard information but an essential read for anyone considering joining or already a member. This looks behind the usual claims about cohousing, based on detailed research and years of personal experience. Questions you need to ask, and analysis of patterns across many communities. Regular updates. Check it out. www.facebook.com/Considering-Cohousing-2357455264501206

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Very experienced Multi Skilled Estate Handyman, Gardener, Chauffeur, Large Vehicle Driver and very decent van dweller seeks handyman or gardening work on an estate plus a peaceful place to park overnight in Central England/Wales/Midlands area..

Favour for a parking spot would be returned by me in the form of weekly garden maintenance or building maintenance work on your home or estate. I'm ideally looking for a forty hour per week (paid) job but I will settle for less if I can find extra work elsewhere. I'm a quality, experienced, very capable multi skilled maintenance man with good references who is presently searching for a new multi skilled handyman/gardener/driver job ideally on a single estate in the Central England/Wales or in or around the Midlands area of the U.K. I will happily accept £9 per hour minimum. I have been employed in many multi skilled, technical building and gardening, grounds maintenance and construction positions at various places in the past including large hotels, schools, country etates and other establishments. I'm a decent, respectable, well spoken, hard working, fifty years old, presently single, peace loving, alternative minded van dweller who has an eye for detail and completes jobs correctly. I love nature, wildlife, camping, living off grid and being outdoors. I'm fit and healthy and I don't take drugs. I'm not very materialistic and I choose to live a simple, cheap and very legal life living in my standard sized Ford Transit van. I am looking for a safe and peaceful place to park on evenings and weekends. I would be very open to renting out a large garage or secure shed too if you have one for let in order to store my stuff which is currently in storage elsewhere. This isn't a necessity though if you do not have any storage! I would be happy to act as a watchman while on your land or provide occasional company for an old person or for any woman who lives alone and who would like to feel more protected or less lonely. My van is taxed, insured and roadworthy. All I would need would be: access to an external cold water supply, access to a washing machine once a week, a bin,tumble drier and or clothes line. I would be very happy to shower outside behind a screen at the rear of my van using my own low voltage hot power shower system so I would need no access to any house other than for letter collection that is if you were happy for me to use your address as a care of address for my post. Very occasionally I may need a 240 volt connection but I do have solar panels and extra batteries on board my van so this would be very rare. I would be happy keeping myself to myself (if preferred) parked up in a quiet corner of a field or in someone’s country garden or estate where there is access to the road. I own a new high quality Balmoral lawnmower which gives perfect stripes on quality lawns plus other garden equipment and many other tools so I would be happy to negotiate a weekly payment or number of hours of work to pay for my nightly parking spot. I'm a country loving man who does not enjoy crowded town and city areas and I am fed up of parking over night in laybys on noisy main roads or in busy places in the city. I would also be open and willing to integrate with a group of nice peace loving, alternative minded people on a nature biased commune set up somewhere in the central England/Wales/Midlands area if I can find one. If you are looking for a handyman and gardener and if you are based in or near the areas mentioned then please get in touch! I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Gram.

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Looking for a home in rural Herefordshire

We’re looking to follow our dreams and find a small home in rural Herefordshire. Anything considered.. a barn.. derelict house.. Old mill. Please get in touch if you know any for sale... Robbie

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Volunteer

Hi I am volunteer animal care,pets sitter london.i am offer my help part time .i am work part time just 10hours per week cleaning medical alliance london.i need get experience.i am start animal care level 2course.i am kind,honest and reliable most important love animals they lovely and friendly.thank u.agnieszka zuwala

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