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Dinner for two! Is it really the weekend so soon?! What a week!

Arriving through the softly lit stonework archway at the end of the long drive way, we’re quickly greeted and whisked away through the grand manor decked out with oil paintings, animal trophies and leather seats before entering the grand but elegant dining hall, complete with long table decorated in silverware and candles. We’ll schmooze with the honoured guests before taking to our seats and eagerly awaiting the delights of the kitchen staff and toasting to the host.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 18th OCTOBER

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Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
MGM Channel 12:35pm-2:00pm (1 hour 25 minutes)
Timid, immature would-be author Owen still lives with his domineering mother, and fantasises about killing her. When his English tutor offers advice on how to write a good murder mystery, he gets the wrong idea and becomes convinced the teacher is asking him to kill his ex-wife, and will dispose of the monstrous matriarch in return. Black comedy, inspired by Hitchcock’s thriller Strangers on a Train, directed by and starring Danny DeVito, with Billy Crystal, Anne Ramsey, Kim Greist and Rob Reiner.

The Dirty Dozen (1967) 5USA 1:00pm-4:00pm (3 hours)
An uncompromising major is placed in charge of a seemingly suicidal mission to destroy a French chateau being used as a base by Nazi officers. Needing tough but expendable soldiers for the task, he recruits 12 hardened criminals from a military prison. Second World War action adventure, starring Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland.

Demolition Man (1993) Sky Movies Action & Adventure 5:10pm-7:15pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Maverick cop John Spartan is frozen alive in 1996 and held in cryonic suspension for a crime he did not commit. Decades into the future, the dictator of a seemingly utopian city unleashes a criminal psychopath against his political enemy – but he proves impossible to control, forcing the authorities to revive Spartan to defeat him. Sci-fi thriller, with Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock and Nigel Hawthorne.

For Your Eyes Only (1981) ITV4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
James Bond goes in search of a British weapons system aboard a sunken vessel before it falls into the hands of enemies who will use it to deactivate all Western submarines. Unfortunately, his mission is hindered by a crossbow-toting woman out to avenge her father’s murder. Spy thriller, starring Roger Moore, Topol, Julian Glover, Carole Bouquet, Jill Bennett and Lynn-Holly Johnson.

Clerks (1994) Film4 11:25pm-1:15am (1 hour 50 minutes)
An unhappy shop assistant is forced to work on his day off, and also has to contend with his sarcastic best friend insulting all the customers. As his girlfriend pressures him to sort out his dead end life, he learns that an old flame has returned to town, forcing him to consider what he really wants. Comedy, the debut of writer-director Kevin Smith. Starring Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson and Marilyn Ghigliotti.

SUNDAY 19th OCTOBER

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Uncle Buck (1989)
Sky Movies Comedy 9:35am-11:20am (1 hour 45 minutes)
An unreliable but good-natured slob is called upon to look after his trouble-making nephew and nieces while their parents are away – and what starts as a disaster soon changes for the better as the unlikely babysitter gets to grips with the finer points of being a responsible adult. Family comedy, starring John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Kelly, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Madigan and Laurie Metcalf.

Superman II (1980) ITV4 6:25pm-9:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
The Man of Steel meets his match in the form of three fugitive villains from his home planet of Krypton. Flying down to Earth, the super-powered trio unleash a reign of terror in a bid to take over the world – but Superman is not there to stop them, having surrendered his powers to lead a normal life with his beloved Lois Lane. Comic-strip adventure sequel, with Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Terence Stamp and Margot Kidder.

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Back to the Future Part II (1989) ITV2 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly travels to the 21st century, where he has to save his children from a terrible fate. However, this proves to have unforeseen consequences when the future version of arch enemy Biff sees a chance to rewrite history for his own benefit, leaving Marty stuck in a twisted parallel universe. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

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Jaws 2 (1978) ITV4 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
The seaside resort of Amity is terrorised once again by a man-eating great white shark. While police chief Brody struggles to alert the townsfolk to the magnitude of the danger, a group of teenagers – including Brody’s two sons – is adrift at sea in waters hunted by the shark. Thriller sequel, starring Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton.

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Cast Away (2000) BBC2 London 10:00pm-12:15am (2 hours 15 minutes)
A manager for an American courier service has to fend for himself when a plane crash leaves him stranded alone on a desert island. Initially panic-stricken, he overcomes his terror to survive for four years on his own before building a raft and setting off on an epic journey back home. Adventure drama, starring Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy, Lari White and Chris Noth.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, remember a smile might just make their day and don’t forget the about recycling…..again 🙂

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Yo, Happy Birthday 68th Sylvester Stallone!

What a man! Yes action-movie hero and all round machine of a man Sylvester Stallone celebrate his 68th Birthday today and we thought, what better time to celebrate a real retro icon!
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Possibly the ultimate self-made movie star, Stallone has been with us is some of the biggest films (with the biggest budgets) ever and has made himself into some of the most iconic characters through the 70s and 80s and still knows how to do his thing today!

Writing, directing and staring, he has paved the way for his success at every step of the way. After he saw Muhammad Ali fight Chuck Wepner in 1975, deeply inspired, Stallone ran home and three days later had a script for “Rocky.”. Amazing stuff and a real turning point in his life which also earned 10 Academy Award nominations and a place in our top movie collections.

It’s been a real K.O. of a career for the actor, producer, director, musician, sometimes painter and Boxing Hall of Fame member. So much so we thought we would help remind you guys of just what amazing characters, films and even scenes he has given us over the years. Take a look at some of our personal Sylvester highlights….
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Cobra (1986)
Kicking things off we have 1986 flick Cobra. Tough guy cop Marion Cobretti enters a hostage situation in a grocery store near the beginning of Cobra. You know he means business as he’s wearing Aviator shades, chewing a toothpick and possesses a mean scowl. “It’s time to waste you,” he vows before confronting the perpetrator – and he unflinchingly does so thanks to a knife/gun combo. POW!
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Rocky (1976)
Of course Rocky! Rocky isn’t s much a series of films, it’s an epic story of struggles, dreams, fighting for what you want (literally at times), overcoming life’s problems and of course some good old fashioned underdog action. What more could you want?
Bring us such classic moments as “Adriaaan! Adriaaaaaan!” and that iconic stairs moment (above) who EVERYONE – whoever you are has done at some point or another. That’s a fact.
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Rocky IV (1985)
Another notch in the Rocky empire, Rocky IV is well know for the fights again Russian giant Ivan Drago and naturally the big speech!
Rocky Balboa usually lets his fists do the talking, but after conquering Ivan, he unleashes some powerful verbals. Addressing the crowd he explains how “everyone can change,” and that “in here there were two guys killing each other, but I guess it’s better than 20 million.”.
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Demolition Man (1993)
Frozen in 1996, Phoenix, a convicted killer is “thawed” out for parole well into the 21st century. Revived into a crime free society, Phoenix resumes his murderous rampage, and no one can stop him. Spartan, the cop who captured Phoenix in 1996 has also been cryogenically frozen, this time for a crime he didn’t commit. In desperation they turn to Spartan to help recapture Phoenix….again.
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Cliffhanger (1993)
After one of the most memorable openings to any film in which skilled mountain climber Gabe Walker fails to save his lady from plunging to her death, Cliffhanger’s ending saw Sly in far less generous mode. On top of a helicopter dangling from a rock face, Gabe batters John Lithgow’s thieving bad guy, splutters out some unintelligible insults and jumps to safety in the nick of time.
Not one for those with a fear of heights but such a great film if you’re on the hunt for a good old good buy bad buy flick.
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Rambo (1982-2008)
Playing John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former Green Beret, Stallone became the ultimate man and all round killing machine and survival expert….a winning combination for any film! We saw John during the series of four flicks consisting of First Blood (1982), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988), and Rambo (2008 where he faced charges of vagrancy by police and manhunted, as well as some pretty action-packed and daring rescue missions.

Big muscles, bigger guns and of course some of the best action sequences ever, what a man!

The Specialist (1994)
Starring along side Sharon Stone and James Woods, Sallone (Ray Quick) is a explosives experts working for the CIA. After a mission gone wrong resulting in the death of a little girl, Ray becomes a bomber-for-hire who lives off the grid. Ray’s latest client May Munro,  hires Ray to assassinate Miami mobsters who murdered her parents when she was a child. Things take a turn when one of the mobsters was the song of a crime boss who then sends crooked Ex CIA agent (Ray’s former college) to deal with Stallone and get revenge. WOWZERS!
The Expendables (2010)
Ever wanted a film jam packed with every living bad ass action movie hero?? Well…this is the film just for you! This time playing veteran army guy Barney Ross, Barney leads the “Expendables”, a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen.
The team are offered a cool $5million to kill the corrupt General Garza and so the hunt is on as they go for gold and scout out their target, only later to discover a little more about their customer Mr Church and the real motivation for going after Garza. Packed with big guns and bigger explosions, this is a real gem of a action film if not just the the names and faces in it along the way.
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So there you have it peeps! Maybe this has given you a little insight into some of the amazing work from the Birthday boy, or perhaps this has just given you some extra motivation to grab some of these classics and watch them all over again.

So which are your favourite Stallone flicks or moments?

Let us know by leaving a comment below…

xoxo

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Sweet potato and gravy! It’s the weekend again retro film fans!

Like a hunter slowly creeping their way through the woods, lightly treading on the leaves and sticks as they stalk their prey, let us be your jumping, antlered stag as we dash and dive our way through this weekends retro cinematic greatness and make our way back to the safe land of celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 15th MARCH

The ‘Burbs (1989) ITV4 1:50-3:45 (1 hour 55 minutes)
The arrival of secretive neighbours sparks an unhealthy curiosity in a group of friends, leading them to go to bizarre lengths to discover the truth about the newcomers. However, their investigations take an even weirder twist when they begin to suspect their unseen fellow suburbanites are part of a cannibalistic cult. Joe Dante’s black comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson.

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Electric Dreams (1984) MGM Channel 3:50-5:25 (1 hour 35 minutes)
A man falls hopelessly in love with his neighbour, only to discover his rival for her affections is none other than his super-computer – and the ensuing feud soon leaves him in peril. Sci-fi comedy, starring Lenny von Dohlen, Maxwell Caulfield and Virginia Madsen.

Aliens (1986) E4 9:00-12:10 (3 hours 10 minutes)
Lone survivor Ripley is rescued in deep space decades after an alien creature wiped out her ship’s entire crew. She is recruited to accompany a military expedition to a colony on the planet where she first encountered the monster, only to find the aliens have been reproducing and there are now hordes of them. James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller sequel, with Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen.

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) Syfy 9:00-11:00 (2 hours)
John Rambo returns to the jungles of Vietnam on a life-or-death mission to rescue American PoWs. In the course of the operation, he develops strong feelings for his guide, a female freedom fighter – but tragedy strikes, leaving him more determined than ever to exact a bloody and explosive revenge. Action adventure sequel, with Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Julia Nickson-Soul and Steven Berkoff.

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SUNDAY 16th MARCH

Back to the Future (1985) Sky Movies Action & Adventure 12:35-2:35 (2 hours)
Teenager Marty McFly travels back to the 1950s in a time machine built by his eccentric inventor friend. The return journey proves tricky enough, but he also accidentally alters the sequence of events that led to his parents falling in love – and has to persuade his future dad to win his mother’s heart, or he will never be born. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.

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The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) ITV London 4:15-6:35 (2 hours 20 minutes)
James Bond’s investigation into the death of a world-renowned scientist working on solar technology draws him into a battle of wits with a stealthy assassin, who dispatches his victims with a golden bullet and has the British secret agent next in his sights. Spy adventure, starring Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland and Maud Adams.

A Bug’s Life (1998) Sky Movies Disney 6:15-8:00 (1 hour 45 minutes)
Well-meaning ant Flik lands his colony in trouble when he accidentally disposes of an offering meant for a swarm of greedy grasshoppers – who promptly promise a horrible revenge. Faced with the imminent destruction of the anthill, he sets out to save the situation by enlisting the help of a few would-be heroes – an out-of-work troupe of bugs from a low-rent flea circus. Pixar animation, with the voices of Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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Alice in Wonderland (2010) BBC3 7:20-9:00 (1 hour 40 minutes)
A 19-year-old Alice returns to the magical land, having forgotten her previous adventures. She finds the tyrannical Red Queen has begun a reign of terror that can only be ended by slaying the monstrous Jabberwocky – a task she is seemingly destined to perform. Tim Burton’s fantasy adventure based on Lewis Carroll’s novels, starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway.

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Whatever you’re up to this weekend, remember to keep secrets a secret and always check under the bed for monsters.

xoxo

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Wizadora! It’s the Weekend!

So like an old cardboard box full of fluffy, cheeky, snugly, super cute and cuddly Kittens, let us roll about in blankets of retro movie magic as we chase balls of unwinding cinematic greatness before tiring ourselves out and falling asleep on a massive comfy pillow of celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro Weekend!

SATURDAY 15th FEBRUARY

California Man (1992) Film4 3:10pm-4:50pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Two high-school students accidentally unearth a frozen Stone Age caveman in their backyard. They decide to thaw him out and show him off around town. Unfortunately, their ticket to cool starts to run out of control and cause mayhem all over the state. Teen comedy, starring Brendan Fraser, Sean Astin, Pauly Shore, Megan Ward and Mariette Hartley.

Brewster’s Millions (1985) Film4 4:50pm-6:55pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A baseball player is stunned to learn he has come into a massive inheritance. Unfortunately, there is one condition – he must somehow find a way to spend $30million in just one month, or he will lose the lot. Meanwhile, two scheming lawyers, who stand to get the money if he fails, are determined to sabotage his efforts. Comedy, starring Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee and Jerry Orbach.

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Tank Girl (1995) MGM Channel 5:15pm-7:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a sadistic tycoon controls the world’s water supply. A rebellious heroine whose boyfriend was killed by the tyrant’s henchmen plots to bring his regime down – with a little help from a gang of mutant kangaroos. Comic-book adventure, with Lori Petty, Malcolm McDowell and Naomi Watts

Rambo III (1988) ITV4 10:00pm-12:00am (2 hours )
Vietnam veteran John Rambo turns down a request from his old colonel to join a mission in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. However, when the officer is captured, Rambo sets off to save him, joining the Mujahedeen rebels in fighting against the Russian invaders. Action adventure sequel, starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Kurtwood Smith, Marc de Jonge and Sasson Gabai.

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SUNDAY 16th FEBRUARY

The Love Bug (1968) Film4 3:10pm-5:20pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Herbie, an irrepressible Beetle car with a mind of its own, takes a shine to a struggling racing driver and helps him to win a string of victories on the track. However, his success attracts the attention of an unscrupulous rival competitor, who will go to any lengths to win the most important race of all. Disney comedy, starring Dean Jones, Michele Lee, Buddy Hackett and David Tomlinson

The Mighty Ducks (1992) ITV2 3:40pm-5:50pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A self-centred yuppie lawyer is horrified when a judge finds him guilty of drink-driving and orders him to coach a hopeless inner-city junior ice-hockey team as part of his community service. However, he comes to appreciate his new role and things finally start to look up for the team. Comedy, starring Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith and Joshua Jackson.

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Harry and the Hendersons (1987) 5* 2:50pm-5:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A hapless family’s camping holiday in the mountains is brought to a sudden end when they accidentally hit the legendary Bigfoot with their car. They decide to adopt the endearing creature, but have more trouble than expected trying to keep him concealed and to avoid arousing their neighbours’ suspicions. Comedy, starring John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, David Suchet, Don Ameche and Kevin Peter Hall

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Cliffhanger (1993) ITV4 9:00pm-11:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A retired mountain rescue expert is drawn into a battle of wits with a psychopathic criminal searching for a $100million fortune lost in the Rockies – and puts his life on the line as he negotiates the treacherous mountains in a bid to stay one step ahead of the crook. Action thriller, starring Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner and Michael Rooker.

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Whaka-Whaka! Bonus movie clip time!
This week we learn a little something as Stoney teaches link about the basic food groups….

Remember to always wheez the juice and enjoy yourselves.
Cheerio.

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Happy Birthday Pulp Fiction! Here’s Some Cool Facts….

That’s right peeps! One of our all-time favourite retro flicks Pulp Fiction was released today back in 1994! A cool 19 years ago, some of the coolest cats ever to hit the silver screen first wowed us with it’s amazing action, dark comedy moments and possibly one of the best all-star cast ever!

Directed and written by one of our heroes Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction connects the intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a super mysterious briefcase. A lot of the screen time is devoted to conversations and monologues that reveal the characters’ senses of humor and perspectives on life. Known for its slightly different film style which became slightly fragmented story telling style of the different characters, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s you know.

Well, anywho we’re sure you guys have certainly seen it once or twice in your time and could tell us even more reasons to love it, so we’ve decided to search the web and pick out some cool lesser-known facts about this movie masterpiece that might shock, amaze or simply have you wanting to go back and watch it once more. Check out some of our Pulp Fiction Did You Know Facts!

So why was is called Pulp Fiction? Well the film’s title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue. Pulp Fiction is self-referential from its opening moments, beginning with a title card that gives two dictionary definitions of “pulp.” The plot, as in many of Tarantino’s other works, is presented out of chronological sequence.

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Tarantino actually wrote the part of Jules specifically for Samuel L. Jackson, however it was almost given to Paul Calderon after a great audition. When Jackson heard this, he flew to Los Angeles and auditioned again to secure the role. Calderon ended up with a small role as Paul.

Not really shocking…but the F bomb is used an F#@*ing insane 265 times in the film!

Quentin Tarantino has said that the band-aid on the back of Marsellus Wallace’s neck had nothing to do with an allusion to the Devil stealing Marsellus’s soul… but that the actor Ving Rhames had a scar on the back of his neck he wanted to cover up. Simples.

The marquee where Butch boxes advertises the following fights: “Coolidge vs Wilson” and “Vossler vs Martinez”. The first is a reference to United States Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Woodrow Wilson, the second is a reference to Russell Vossler and Jerry Martinez, who are two friends of Tarantino’s from when he worked in a video store.

The classic Bible verse told by Jules known as ‘The Righteous Man and the Shepherd’ doesn’t actually exist and was made up mostly by Tarantino and Jackson.

The movie cost an amazing $8 million to make, $5 million of which went just to pay the actors’ salaries. Wowzersss!

The movie’s line “You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?… They call it a Royale with cheese.” was voted as the #81 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere in 2007.  Simple things huh.

Pulp Fiction Canvas Print 30 x 40cm
Pulp Fiction Canvas Print 30 x 40cm

Sylvester Stallone was briefly considered for the role of Butch. BONUS: Bruce Willis worked on the film for only 18 days.

Jules’ “Bad Mother F**ker” wallet actually belongs to Quentin Tarantino. The inscription on the wallet is a reference to the theme song of Shaft. Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Jules, would later go on to play Shaft in the 2000 remake, Shaft.

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Pulp Fiction Bad Mother F****R Wallet

Jules’s character was originally written to have a gigantic afro, but a crewmember obtained a variety of afro wigs and one jheri curl wig. Quentin Tarantino had never thought about a jheri curl wig, but Samuel L. Jackson tried it on, Tarantino liked it, and it was kept.

Aaaand that’s a wrap folks! Hopefully you’ve had fun and maybe learned a little something along the way.

So what are you top gangster films? Let us know by leaving us a comment below 🙂

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