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  1. 6 points
    I sense some are happy Boeing is having problems now with the 737 Max. I don't get it. As passengers it is in our best interests for both Boeing and Airbus to succeed. Without both there is little competition driving innovation and improvement. Note Boeing didn't do a lot of new stuff for a while after Douglas and Lockheed gave up passengers jet production. No need. If a new airline came along they could buy Boeing or Boeing. Now there is a choice and Boeing is forced to produce new and improved products. I get it the national pride some have of Boeing over Airbus and vice versa. But don't let it color the reality - we the public benefit from both being around for the long term. OK, off the soap box. Almost fell getting down. 😂
  2. 5 points
    That's the establishment press who are naturally rather liberal in the West. And many people take note of what the media say and it can and does dictate their opinions. I've got a couple of pals who dislike Trump because the BBC have brainwashed them into it. Like a lot of ex pats who live in the LOS and who also get told what to think by the BBC or Sky News. One of these pals is politically as thick as two planks and may not even know who our Prime Minister is let alone our Home Secretary and he certainly knows even less about Trump. But many every day people like Trump and wish we had a leader who put our own folk first. When London Mayor Khan sent up that Blimp taking the piss out of Trump only the lefties applauded it. If you read the comments sections in the on line papers it was Khan who got slagged off not Trump. But Joe Bloggs isn't given a voice. However he made his feelings heard in 2016 on Brexit and just recently in the general election when Trump gave Boris his blessing, even ex mining communities voted Tory and they got an overall majority of 80 seats. Let's hope he does not betray that trust.
  3. 4 points
    The area that used to be the Cheap Charlie Cul de Sac has been cleared and is now home to several temporary restaurants. There's a Burger King where Tops Market used to be The hallway that used to have a dozen massage shops now has Indian reataurants Hemmingway's has been relocated from Soi 14 Further up the Soi, more development An alley leads to a small street with many restaurants I stopped at Daniel Thaiger for a burger and a Rochefort 10, but they didn't deliver my burger order. DUH! I went next door to Artisan Craft Burgers where I got served A few more Zanzabar restaurant
  4. 4 points
    So it's a Y20K problem.
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  6. 2 points
    It had been months since I tried the 100-baht Sunday roast dinner at the Marquee, so I went back last week. Very little had changed; I could almost repeat the review I wrote in February (LINK post #304). That's both positive and negative. It means the Marquee's popular Sunday roasts are holding a decent standard for the low, low price of 100 baht. I had been worried that if the chicken dinner slipped further in quality it would cross the low into the mediocre category. That didn't happen. The slide appears to have been checked. The chicken breast fillet, as before, seems to have been poached in water rather than roasted or pan fried. It was tender and tasty, no complaint on that account. The vegetables and roast potatoes remained good and weren't overcooked. The downside is that the meal hadn't improved on its weak point, the Yorkshire pudding. It was still too heavy and eggy for me. The recipe the Marquee is using probably needs to be adjusted. By way of comparison, below are two pics from the dinner I had in February. Not much has changed, except the sliver of sweet corn was missing this time. The Marquee remains one of the busier bars in Pattaya. I ate at about 3 p.m. and counted 50 guests at that time. Another 20 arrived during the 45 minutes I was there, while 10 or so left. The Marquee was about two-thirds full. It wasn't hard to find a seat, but I had to sit at the counter as all the tables were taken. Bottom line: The Sunday roast chicken dinner at the Marquee is far from the best in Pattaya, but it's still good value for money at the price. I'm not a fan of the roast beef and pork dinners as they use packaged pre-cooked and sliced meat, but that's a matter of personal preference. I'm sure there are others who eat them with gusto. Evil
  7. 2 points
    Fair enough. The rooms were small. When I returned to Pattaya from my trip out east I stayed at Opey de Place on Soi Lengkee. It's a lot smaller and right in the centre of the action. Only a small pool but it was normally empty, always empty recliners and it had trees where you could relax in the shade. No balcony with a view, but you could sit at the front of the hotel, have a coffee while watching the world go by.
  8. 2 points
    Try and stay on topic folks, it's not about events in the Middle East!!!
  9. 2 points
    Get real guys...non of these carriers transit via Tehran, Damascus or Baghdad. Dubai and Abu Dhabi have been stable for years. I would expect BA and London to be as likely targets. Probably a good time to get a nice price via Oman. I am turning into an old man waiting for Wac's implosions and predictions.
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    If you can tolerate 3 flights of stairs there's an interesting and inexpensive rooftop place on top of Hemingway. Draft Leo pints for 65 Baht from 6pm to 8pm.
  12. 2 points
    Like it or not most movement in currencies is down to politics.
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    Boris had to box clever in order to keep everyone happy to be sure of winning that election. And Boris is aware that the electorate are as easily led as are sheep. If the media says Trump is a rascal then many of those sheep will take it as gospel. But thankfully most of us have had a belly full of the liberal's cracked pottery and their celebrity supporters like Edie Izzard and Lily Allen and the rest of 'em with their weeping and wailing and are beginning to see the wood through the trees. There are liberals among the Conservatives not just among the Labourites and Lib Dems and any distance being kept from Trump was to placate them. But in the end it was Joe Bloggs who put Boris in Number Ten because Joe has refused at long last to be one of those sheep that till now were so easily manipulated by the likes of those hand wringing nancy boys at the BBC.
  15. 2 points
    i doubt its local to me in the north west of England but the atm machines were spitting out brand new sequential 20s 200 got you 160 in 20s and 40 quid in new tenners its probably due to the fact that soon they will be launching the plastic 20 so they are circulating all the brand new old style 20s and burning any crap looking ones. nearly £1,500 in brand new £20s and not a single one knocked back anywhere ( id put them all into an envelope as soon as getting them to keep them nice) also noted that a little laminated copy of my passport and Cambodian visa (credit card size) from a few years back was happily accepted as id at every single exchange place i went to.
  16. 2 points
    Thanks for the quick reply. Problem is - I have no heart. LOL. No seriously there isn't anything there. I see stuff after others have liked or whatever but in your reply to me now there is a blank area. No heart.
  17. 2 points
    Wot Yogi said. And if I remember correctly, Reagan was treated in the same way.
  18. 2 points
    Made it out to Huai Chak Nok Reservoir today. Water level is looking pretty dire there too. Here's the view from the dam end on the NW side. Close up of the outflow structure to use as a benchmark for the water level. A lot of what was once under water on the south end of the dam is now dry. Here's a screenshot of the satellite view of the reservoir with a maker of where the above pic was taken. Image is from Nov, 2018 and gives an idea of how far the water has receded. They have pumps going to move trapped water on the south end into what remains of the reservoir. It's going to be quite a while before this overflow outlet will be needed again. A bit of hike from this side of the reservoir to get to the water's edge. The cows are enjoying their new pasture land. The view from the north end looking south towards the dam in the far distance. And on the other side of the road, looking north. Easy pickings for the fishermen. Side note: I've edited the topic title to reflect that posts here cover all the shrinking water sources for Pattaya.
  19. 2 points
    It's been two weeks and two days since the last update, so hopped on my bike and had a very enjoyable ride this morning around what remains of Mabprachan Reservoir. Starting again on the southwest side. More spots that were previously underwater are now exposed. Wish they would mount a water level gage to this structure. I'm estimating the water is down another 1/2 meter or so since the last update. I wonder how much longer it will be before this guy can walk to his fishing camp. They're now having to pump water from the low spots. Another couple of weeks and there will be no need for a bridge over this channel. A babbling brook in the middle of what was once a lake. The island is now a peninsula. On the north end looking south. Fishing is a lot easier when they fish are trapped in what remains of the water on the north end. Mabprachan is fast becoming a lush meadow. Can't really call it "lush" as the dominant flora are thorn bushes. A bit of a technical ride to get out to the far end of this exposed rock outcropping. Had to ride over a lot of broken shells and gnarly rocks to get to the far end, but this was the view looking back. And the view towards the dam at the west end of the reservoir. Now back at the southwest side. I see they've closed off the channel into the pond within a lake and are now having to pump water into the pond. At the rate the water level is dropping it doesn't bode well for the Pattaya area in the coming months. As the next rainy season is a long way off, I expect we'll see severe water rationing measures to conserve what little remains of the water supply.
  20. 1 point
    A Cowboy Walks Into a Saloon, Naked . . . except for his boots. “Where your clothes at, Slim?” “Back at the barn. I was feeding the horses when a beautiful blonde drove up. She says, ‘I wanna show you something in the barn. Follow me.’ So I followed her. She says, ‘Take off all your clothes.’ So I do. Then she takes off her clothes, and says, ‘You like what you see?’ Fellers, she had the most bodacious body I ever did see! I said, ‘Yes, ma’am, I do!’” Then she lays down on a blanket, all friendly-like, and says, ‘Well, then, go to town, Cowboy!’ So I pulled on my boots and here I am.” A Man walks into a bar with a newt on his shoulder. The bartender says “What an interesting pet, whats his name?” “Tiny” the man replies. “What an odd name, why do you call him Tiny?” "Because…He’s my newt. Guy walks into a bar with a gun and snarls, “Who had sex with my wife!?!” A guy in the back replies, "You don’t have enough bullets!" Three conspiracy theorists walk into a bar. You can't tell me that's just a coincidence. A man walks into a bar and sees two pieces of meat hanging from the ceiling. Confused, he asks the bartender "why do you have meat hanging from your ceiling?" The bartender says "I'm glad you asked, currently we have a challenge going on where if you can jump up and slap both pieces of meat with your hands I'll cover your tab for the whole rest of the night. However, if you attempt to slap the meat and miss, you have to pay for everyone else's drinks in the bar until we close". The bartender looks back at the customer and asks "So what do you say, would you like to give the challenge a shot?" The customer quickly responds with a "No". "Why not?" The bartender asks. The customer replies, "The stakes are too high". A horse walks into a bar, at which point the bartender asks if he’s an alcoholic given all the bars he frequents. “I don’t think I am.” the horse replies. ** poof ** The horse disappears. This is the moment where those who are into philosophy start to grin as they’re familiar with the philosophical proposition of “Cogito Ergo Sum”, or “I think, therefore I am”. But to explain that joke beforehand would be putting Descartes before the horse. This guy walks into a quiet bar. He is carrying three ducks, one in each hand, and one under his left arm. He places them on the bar. He has a few drinks and chats with the bartender. The bartender is experienced, and has learned not to ask people about the animals that they bring into the bar, so he doesn't mention the ducks. They chat for about 30 minutes before the guy with the ducks has to go to the restroom. The ducks are left on the bar. The bartender is alone with the ducks. There is an awkward silence. The bartender decides to try to make some conversation. "What's your name?" He says to the first duck. "Huey" replies the first duck. "How's your day been, Huey?" "Great. Lovely day. Had a ball. Been in and out of puddles all day." "Oh. That's nice," says the Bartender. Then he says to the second duck "Hi, and what's your name?" "Dewey," came the answer. "So how's your day been, Dewey?" "Great.Lovely day. Had a ball. Been in and out of puddles all day. If I had the chance another day I would do the same again." So the bartender turns to the third duck and says, "So, you must be Louie." "No," growls the third duck, "my name is Puddles, and don't ask about my day."
  21. 1 point
    Marley from reading elsewhere on Thaivisa the consulates dont ask for the bank deposits accounts employment etc etc for Tourist Visas. (dont hold me to that though) Its probably worth the extra £15 to get a quick visa with zero hassle As such its only the Royal Thai embassy in London that want the works it appears (Again double check first) I'll be using the Cardiff one which I used to use in the 90's
  22. 1 point
    Stay in a hotel the night before your immigration visit. A reputable hotel will do a current TM30 report for you. Sent from my ASUS_X00HD using Tapatalk
  23. 1 point
    Heaven Above style neck breakers!
  24. 1 point
    Hi, Never use ME airlines. I know some are good but I dont want the extra dangers involved in transiting there.
  25. 1 point
    I know London is not Sweden, but I applied for, and got, a METV from London back in Sept. Applying online was a pain, often because of my own misunderstanding of their website. From memory I had to upload the previous 6 month bank statements showing 5k gbp balance each month (mine didnt, only 800gbp for 3 months, then 15k gbp for 3 months), proof of accomodation (agoda booking for the first week, cancelled after printing and scanning), copy of ticket (my departure date was 5.5 months after arrival), copy of my passport, copy of proof that I was resident in the country I was applying from (same copy of passport attached again), and a passport type picture. I dont recall having to supply any evidence of employment or retirement. Presumably your embassy is different. Visa was applied for online, payment made online, then receipt printed out, and this and passport sent to London. Returned 4 days later with Visa attached. Not sure if this is any help to the op, but might help someone, sometime...
  26. 1 point
    Talking of baht.... It took a spike up and then back down again in the last couple of days.The US$ rate went down to 29.7, then this morning it has bounced back to 30.14. That is quite substantial. What kicked that off? Later Edit: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30380025
  27. 1 point
    A bit late. Andy has already stayed there and went home months ago.😊
  28. 1 point
    Guys, if this keeps along the political track, it will be moved to the politics forum. The topic of this thread is 'Baht' KM
  29. 1 point
    I see people have upvoted or something posts hey like. I do not seem to have that ability. I tried Chrome and Safari. Thanks for any tips.
  30. 1 point
    Alright, a classifier.... of the people who could be bothered and were eligible to vote, the majority voted for Brexit You are trying to create a false impression based on people who did not vote. Trying to include those who are ineligible and couldn't be bothered? What you posted sounds to me like an opposition to the true process of democracy... What on earth does a 'majority was gained mean? Anything like a 'majority was won'.....? Reality Please...and as Boris (the PM) said this morning.... “a fantastic year and a remarkable decade for our United Kingdom” Unlike you he does not see the British people as sheep!
  31. 1 point
    I did do a forum update a little over 24 hours ago. That may have done it. Ill look at the reports on the forums support site and see what peeps are saying.
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    Well... it turns out your jest was on point. You have... erm.. had... no heart. And by heart I mean group. Fixing it now. Should be fixed by the time you read this... assuming the 3 or 4 tons of new years celebration juice still running thru my system doesn't throw an extra ass in where the heart should be.
  35. 1 point
    Hi, Lets hope so. The WWC are hated by the the liberal "elite". They are really pissed off with the switch but what are the people to do ?
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    POTUS and his Corporate Tax cuts incentivized big business to bring back trillions being held in banks outside the US to avoid the high US tax rate. Did this help the US economy and hurt overseas banks? US budget deficit hit an all time high and interest rates are trending down. In the US retailers are offering 5 year ZERO interest to spike end of year sales numbers. Cheap money to be had in the US and the Fed Reserve is dealing with a cash crunch....crazy but it's the reason exchange rates are falling. The perception is Citizen in Country XYZ wants Ben Franklins and not XYZ currency in his pocket (safe deposit box) thus the USD is over valued when the Fed problems in the US and EU are boiled down to the simple fact that everyone is printing more money and the US is doing it via cheap loans with ZERO interest. Bottom line is the price of pussy will get expensive especially in Thailand in 2020 https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/10/fed-qe4-could-happen-before-years-end-credit-suisse-says.html
  38. 1 point
    Trump didnt force the British people to vote for Brexit. If Sterling/Dollar was at the same level before that fateful day Sterling/Baht would be sat at 47 today down from the day before Brexit because of the Bahts appreciation against the Dollar since that time
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    Greetings Monkeywatchers, a very Merry Christmas to one and all, and welcome to the last of this year’s peeks into the crevices of Slob City. Let the festivities commence. A new German documentary has done a proper hatchet job on Pattaya, reporting that the place is about as safe as Chicago was in the 1920s with fraud, scams, muggings, bag snatchings and assaults happening on an hourly basis. The local police rose to the challenge immediately by ordering a crackdown on nudity in Go Go bars. And if that wasn’t enough, there have also been reports that pollution in Bangkok has risen to record levels, so we can expect that sour-faced little troll from Sweden to start flapping her jaw as well. Pattaya tourism is suffering a catastrophic decline according to a new report, with high season booking showing a 20 per cent decline from last year. It goes on to say that the Chinese and Koreans are buggering off to Vietnam in increasing numbers and that Pattaya’s last hope lies with Indian tourists. No, stop laughing for a minute, the report claims that they spend an average of 10,000 baht each per day. Okay, you can start laughing again now. It also states they tend to travel in groups of 20-30 (and all on the same bloody baht bus most of the time.) And just to prove the point… If you’re planning to visit Jomtien, it may be prudent to avoid engaging in hazardous pursuits such as eating satay pork in a restaurant or using a hotel bathroom, as partaking in these activities has claimed the lives of a local Thai man and a Russian tourist in the last few weeks. The Tourist Authority has already decided to reclassify these activities as dangerous sports and is advising potential visitors to take out the appropriate insurance. Either that or refrain from eating or shitting for the duration of your stay. A number of 7-Eleven stores stopped using plastic bags a few weeks back to see how things went in advance of the national ban that is to be introduced on January 1. Problems immediately arose in one store when people panic buying plastic bags to beat the national ban were told they’d have to buy a paper bag to put them in before they were allowed to leave the premises. Punches were reportedly thrown and a number of displays were smashed in the ensuing fracas. Police were called when the situation escalated even further and the fighting spilled out onto the street. Several arrests were made and numerous weapons were seized. All leave for riot police has now been cancelled for the beginning of January to cope with the national introduction of this popular eco-friendly policy. It’s also been announced that no less than eight TV stations will be censoring any programmes featuring plastic bags, and will presumably be carrying warnings such as “The following programme contains scenes depicting plastic bags which some viewers may find offensive.” You couldn’t make it up. Following the latest disappearance of Pattaya Beach, security nets have been installed to stop the rocks being stolen as well… Christmas bar news begins with more closures, this time New Star and New Bat Club. The unexpected reopening of Party Girlz a few weeks ago unexpectedly didn’t take place – then last week it did. We also have a new Go Go bar on Walking Street called Spicy Girl, a name from the past (well almost). The girls from the former Peppermint seem to have settled at Baccara if anybody’s interested. No, didn’t think you would be. And the former Hidden has just reopened as the Black Banana Club, though it sounds more like a sports bar than a Go Go. A Pattaya coffee shop owner has been criticized for filming one of her customers being attacked with a shoe but not intervening to stop the assault. “You try fighting with the public and filming on a phone at the same time” she retorted when questioned. The police officer in attendance was not impressed and whacked her with one of his boots. The Ghost of Christmas Past walks among us now, looking back at a pair of yuletide tales from Monkeywatch in December 2009… “Three Thai blokes who were about to vandalise a phone box in Jomtien last Thursday got more than they bargained for when they were attacked by a group of civil volunteers who were working nearby. The volunteers beat the men with pieces of the phone that they ripped out of the box then smashed their heads through every pane of glass in the cubicle to subdue them until the police turned up. The police commended the plucky volunteers for their valuable help in eradicating the scourge of telephone box vandalism. Last Friday, a disaster simulation exercise of a road crash was held on Pattaya Third Road to test if local services could cope. Following the success of this operation, Walking Street has been chosen as the venue for the next disaster simulation exercise in which the bars will run out of beer and the Go Go girls will all perform in anoraks.” The deckchair bans introduced to attract more tourists to Pattaya beach seem to be working well… The latest wheeze by the Tourism Authority to boost numbers is to target first time visitors, concentrating on the usual mixture of dregs and stinking pigs that they seem to favour for some inexplicable reason. They appear to have given up on repeat visitors, presumably because they couldn’t find any. Once bitten, twice shy? A major fire drill has been conducted at a hotel in Pattaya following a recent incident where a large number of guests had to be evacuated from another hotel following a fire. The hotel in question only suffered minor damage, unlike the one used for the fire drill which burned to the ground. “Well they said they wanted it to be realistic”, mused one participant as he surveyed the smouldering ruins. There’s a moral in there somewhere – but we’re buggered if we can find it. There was a bit of a ruck over by Soi Buakhao last week when a row between four street vendors turned into a knife fight. Tourists scrambled to safety as the men hacked and slashed at each other until police arrived and arrested three of the men, the fourth having buggered off before they arrived. They were being escorted to hospital when it was discovered that they were in fact Vietnamese working illegally so, as is customary under Thai law, they were given a bloody good hiding and bundled off to the immigration authorities for immediate deportation. Not exactly a clever way to behave if you’re illegal workers. Silly buggers. Finally, the government has announced that New Year’s gifts are to be offered to Thais and tourists to “increase happiness.” The military will be providing medical treatment, car repairs and massage services, so if you fancy having a hairy-arsed Thai soldier rubbing baby oil into your dick it sounds like you’re in for a good time. Merry Christmas everybody. be seeing you monkeyman
  41. 1 point
    Things were so much better then Now it has become more like a business with minimum pleasure in the past you would get real long time service. Now it is more short times I believe i remember a lady call Yu. What a night to remember and hundreds more
  42. 1 point
    I will be sad to see them go. The A380 is probably the most comfortable plane I've flown on. I only travel economy and the ones I've flown seem to be quieter and have more seat space than the smaller Airbuses and any Boeing.
  43. 1 point
    Thanks, Evil. Another great, informative post and another resto I'll soon be trying. I often go to Villa's at the Avenue so prior to shopping I'll stop in for a bite based on your recommendation. Are they back to doing delivery and do you know what area they cover?
  44. 1 point
    Butch, how right you are. Generally speaking I have had a good relationship with Thai people even when I was shagging their daughters! I have some great memories of just sitting around eating and drinking with the TGF and her extended family. It is a bit difficult to recall all the smaller things that happen but I recall a MC taxi rider happy to give me his chair when I couldn't walk awaiting a new hip. I still pass him and we still share some banter. Just a while ago I was chatting with the manager of my hotel and we touched on the currency woes. Her reply was to say that I could book at the minimum rate and she would upgrade me on every possible occasion. Its a small thing but I have been introduced to a few of my TG's kids and that to me is going beyond the call of duty. As near as the last week I was invited next time in Pattaya to visit a kid of a lady friend. I can hear the cynics saying, "All traps for the gullible farang".I just dont see it that way. To me its a privilege, not a trap. I am sure that I could keep recalling but there is one thing that keeps popping up in my memory. This is the way that some of the ladies have gone an extra mile keeping me happy. Its very difficult if you have taken a "Cynical Pill" this morning to believe that we have anything else than a commercial transaction. Sure, many of them are but that only makes the real special one stand out more. I think for instance that we all enjoyed Awesome's recent TR and what he feels he got from it. The other point to this is that as you get older, slower, more decrepit and look like shit the kindness of some of these ladies comes out in stark relief. Again, money may be the motivation but try to get that in the Western World. Yeah right!
  45. 1 point
    They were flying blind in a political system that restricted people knowing. There was a known flaw to the kill switch but it was supressed. That's not to say it can't happen in the free world but a closed society exacerbates that problem.
  46. 1 point
    Funny the differences we three had emotionally. I watched it all in one day. I can understand your criticisms though. Nobody knew what they were dealing with. The people on the bridge, for instance.
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    A bloke is stopped by a policeman when driving through town at 2.30 am. The copper asks him where he's going. "I'm off to hear a lecture on the evils of drink and womanising." Copper: "Nonsense, who'd be giving a lecture at this time of the morning?" "That would be my wife when I get home".
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    An old cowboy went to a bar and ordered a drink. As he sat sipping his whiskey, a young lady sat down next to him. She turned to the cowboy and asked, "Are you a real cowboy?" He replied, "Well, I've spent my whole life on the ranch, herding horses, mending fences, and branding cattle, so I guess I am." She said, "I'm a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about women. As soon as I get up in the morning, I think about women. When I shower, I think about women. As I watch TV, or even eat, I think about women. Everything seems to make me think about women." The two sat sipping in silence. A short time later, a man sat down on the other side of the old cowboy and asked, "Are you a real cowboy?" He replied, "I always thought I was, but I just found out that I'm a lesbian."
  50. 1 point
    Slowhand is Go(o)d Imho Eagles has a better song, desperado, too bad can't get the original from youtube
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