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Look After The Largest Organ Your Body Has With These Simple Steps

Looking after your body during a change to a healthier lifestyle can become addictive once you start seeing increases in your energy levels, your mobility, and your general daily happiness or focus. Over time, you might even find it amazing how you neglected to look after yourself in this way at all previously.
However, this doesn’t mean that getting fit is an immediate fix-all solution. Sometimes you need to pay more attention to your health than the foods you eat and the exercise you do. Those two previous considerations are a HUGE part of your daily upkeep, but there are other methods of grooming and self-care that can be considered part of leading a healthy lifestyle too.
One of the most important things you can do for yourself is looking after the largest organ in your body. What is that you ask? 
Our skin is the barrier between us and the outside world. It keeps us safe and protected from malady’s, dirt, bacteria and adverse weather conditions. It can stretch due to weight or muscle gain and repair itself with a near dizzying amount of rapidity. Here’s how you can look after it to the best of your capacity.
Wash & Take Care Of Face
Make sure that you keep on top of your facial hygiene by washing with gentle daily face wash, and moisturize with preferably two different products, one that helps overcome any facial injuries such as open spots, and one that moisturizes the skin itself. 
If you’re having further issues with acne, a bad complexion or unruly spots, you should visit Cedars Dermatology for a professional and safe medical service that will truly allow you to resolve any deep issues you might be facing. 
Wash Hands With The Correct Soap
You might feel as though using handwash is as simple as using an anti-bacterial soap and leaving it at that. Of course, why would you want excess bacteria on your hands? We are repeatedly told as children to wash our hands before or after toilet trips, meal times and just normally throughout the day. If you’re used to working in a professional hygienic medical or food environment, there’s no doubt that you are used to washing your hands with consistency. However, your hands can actually suffer from this. 
Removing all bacteria from your hand has the adverse effect of making your hands suffer regarding their skin flora. Instead, opt for soap that has probiotic elements to help you keep the best skin immunity as possible, such as those that use tea tree or eucalyptus oil. This is a much more natural way to wash your hands, and your skin health will thank you.
Maintain Skin Flora
Eat correctly. Skin flora is as much affected by your internal world as it is your external. Gut and skin flora are intimately linked, and so eating good foods will show up in your skin as glowing and clear. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, healthy fats, protein and complex carbohydrates. Reduce your sugars, salts, saturated fats and fried foods. These will only lead to outbreaks of spots that could potentially become skin infections.
Keep on top of these tips, and your skin will stay healthier for longer.

Giraffe World Kitchen, Intu Eldon Square Newcastle

Last weekend my sister and I visited Giraffe World Kitchen in Eldon Square to try their new summer menu. Normally when I try a new menu out at a restaurant the food is what I concentrate on, I mean that just makes sense. However at Giraffe it was the customer service that stood out to me the most. I have recently read a book called 'Celebrity Service' by Geoff Ramm, the moral of the story being if a celebrity was to walk into your shop or restaurant would you treat them any differently? If so, why? We should treat everyone the same as we would a celebrity. And I personally think that Giraffe excel at their celebrity service. 

When I invited my sister along with me, I kinda dreaded it, I know that sounds nasty. But my sister suffers from a nut and seafood allergy which can make eating out quite difficult, there is always that fear that traces can end up in her food. After we were seated I addressed the manager with my sisters allergies, "not a problem" he quickly popped away from the table and returned with a tablet, on the tablet was a checklist of many different foods that you can select if your allergic to them. The results are then filtered and you receive a list of items on the menu that you can order and comfortably know that there won't be any traces. What a brilliant idea, and something I certainly haven't seen anywhere before. My sister said it really did put her at ease. 

To start we ordered two portions of Nachos Nirvana one with chicken and one with pulled beef, had I known how big the portion would be we would have probably just shared one. Oops. It's safe to say they were amazing, loaded with toppings and different flavours. Unfortunately we couldn't quite finish them due to having another course to come.

For mains I ordered the Katsu Chicken Noodles and my sister ordered the Chicken Milanese. I'm a huge fan of Katsu Chicken, so I suppose this was quite a challenge to see how highly it rated compared to others I've tried. Luckily when I tucked in I was pleasantly surprised to find it would rate at one of the top Katsu Chicken dishes I've tried. As I try to eat healthy majority of the time it was nice that the dish included lots of fresh vegetable along with the noodles. Things then went a little downhill for me and my sister, with absolutely no relation to the food, my sister took ill after the main course was served to us. Like I said this had nothing to do with the food or her allergies it was just an unfortunate event. My sister left the restaurant for some fresh air, meanwhile the waiter Ed came over to check up on us. Couldn't have asked for a nicer waiter, he showed genuine concern for my sister and wanted to double check that it wasn't due to our experience at the restaurant. He also stuck around and kept me company while I dined alone. He then took away my sisters meal and got a fresh serving made for her and boxed up for her to take home for when she felt better. Baring in mind at this point Ed had absolutely no idea I was actually there to review the menu he just showed unreal customer service and I would hate for that to go unnoticed. 

Unfortunately due to everything that happened and the sheer amount of food I consumed there was no chance I could squeeze in a dessert, however I know both me and my sister would love to return very soon. 

My sisters view.

The general atmosphere at giraffe was very relaxed and friendly, all the staff were very welcoming and obliging. As a severe allergy sufferer eating out can be quite daunting and trying to pick meals that will not quick off an allergic reaction is not always easy. When I explained my allergies to the staff at giraffe they immediately showed me how to find the meals that would be safe for me by using an iPad to tick the ingredients I was allergic too which gave me confidence in ordering. On top of this the staff took note of my allergies and advised they would tell the the chef to ensure there was no cross contamination. This made my dining experience much more relaxed and much more enjoyable, I felt I could enjoy the delicious food and enjoy spending time with my sister without having to worry about having a reaction. We had starters of nachos we chose to have two plates to share one with chicken and one with pulled beef, nachos are ideal for sharing the portion size was very generous and they were both delicious! Due to the large starters and me not feeling well when my main arrived of chicken Milanese which was so tasty the garlicy potatoes and tomato covered chicken went perfectly, I was unable to finish it as I was so stuffed. The waiter who served us was so helpful and offered to put the rest of my main in a box to take home which was wonderful cos I did not want to miss out on my main! I could not fault the service and they made us feel like VIPs and did anything to make sure we enjoyed our meal. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and would particularly give them praise for giving so much consideration to people with food allergies it makes dining out so much easier for us! 

Hope you enjoyed reading, RB 

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Frequently asked questions to a fitness blogger.




Over the last few months I've been hosting polls on twitter trying to get other fitness bloggers involved in this. As my blog is mainly about me sharing my fitness journey with my audience, I find that regularly I get messages from people asking how I achieved my results, I love this and I love engaging with my followers. But I feel like there are people out there that would like answers, but don't feel comfortable asking the questions, so that's what this post is all about. Obviously I'm not going to go into a lot of details, just going to share with you the answers I have found from FAQs. All percentages shown are what I have found from my twitter polls.

What is your go to workout?
Cardio  42%
Weights  19%
Fitness Classes  19%
HIIT  20% 

For me mine would definitely be weight training, as much as I've always been abit of a cardio queen there is nothing I love more than throwing weights around in the gym.

How many training sessions do you have a week?
1-3  18%
3-5  45%
5-6  27%
6-7+  10%

Again I would disagree with this as I normally train atleast 5 times a week, I try to push for 7 but it can become difficult fitting it in around working full time.

When do you prefer to workout?
Morning 55%
Lunchtime 0%
Evening 45%

I definitely much prefer training on an evening, I don't mind a cardio session on a morning but I don't feel I can fuel my body right to fit in a weights session before work.

What's your go to breakfast, that fuels you to achieve your goals?
Eggs  67%
Porridge  33%

I completely agree, 2-3 eggs every morning helps me reach my protein intake for the day.

What's your motivation?
Yourself & your results 100%
Your role model 0%
Other  0%

I completely agree, people think you put together a transformation photo for a few likes, when in fact for us it's a massive shock for us to see the difference we have created in our bodies. 

What is your favourite supplement?
Whey Protein  80%
BCAA's  0%
CLA  20%
Pre Workout  0%

Here I would choose BCAA's as they help fuel my recovery, I also do find CLA's are great for helping cut down fat. For the last month I haven't used any whey protein because I decide I wanted to try and hit my protein intake within my meals and it seems to be working really well for me.

And one just for fun.

Is there anyone in the world that actually enjoys burpees?
Hell No  82%
I don't mind them 12%
I actually enjoy them 6%

I am yet to find out who said they enjoyed them, I would love some kind of proof. I detest burpees, they make me feel sick, but I still include them in my workouts because I know they are good for me. There are so many combinations of burpees nowadays, and not one of them is enjoyable!

I hope some of these answers have helped you with your training, feel free to leave any other questions in the comments and I will includes them in FAQs part 2.

Hope you enjoyed reading, RB 

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Give Your Weight Loss a Boost With These Six Simple Tricks

Now that bikini season is in full swing; there will be many of your prepping for a summer holiday or just want to shift a few pounds to feel more comfortable in the heat. But we can all reach a bit of a plateau and find it hard to get any more weight lost. It can be frustrating when you’re exercising regularly and watching what you eat but still stay the same. Don’t get me wrong that is better than a gain. But it won’t get you achieving where you want to be? So here are some tips and tricks to step up your weight loss game that you might not have thought about before. What will you start with today?
Cycle Your Carbs
You don’t have to cut back on all of your beloved carbs in an effort to lose weight. What you might be doing wrong is that you might be eating carbs on the days that you shouldn’t be. Which is where you want to introduce carb cycling. Basically, the concept is to boost your carb intake on the days that you are exercising and cut it down on the days that you’re not. It can be a better option for many people than simply having a low-carb diet. Low-carb diets can often mean that your metabolic rate is lower and you don’t always get the right fuel for your muscles. So mix things up, and you should be seeing a shift in your weight loss.
Change Up Your Supplements
If you find that you’re lacking in energy and still having trouble losing weight, then adding some supplements into your diet can be a good idea. The reason being, we are asked to have so many different things in our diets. Protein, iron, vitamins, carbs, as well as different minerals and antioxidants. But it can be hard to eat everything that you need to eat, in order to get all of those things, especially on a lower calorie food plan. So the best thing to do is to add some supplements. It could be something a simple as multivitamin or something more specific. You can request Xenical for weight loss, for example, or get an iron supplement to help with your energy levels. If you’re not sure what is best for you, you could do a little research online, or speak to your doctor or trainer.
Increase Protein Intake
Protein is one of the best things that we can be eating to help aid our weight loss. So amping up how much protein you eat is going to be a good thing in terms of weight loss. You consume fewer calories when you have protein as they use more energy to digest than things like fats. They are also great for keeping you feeling fuller for longer. So have an extra piece of chicken or an extra spoonful of chickpeas or quinoa, for instance.
Use Interval Training
Interval training is one of the best things that you can do for your body to help it lost weight. If you find that you’re just using steady cardio, like running for twenty minutes and then a bike for twenty minutes, then you’ll be struggling to lose weight. Interval training uses high energy bursts with some lower impact work to maximise the amount of calories that you will burn. The great thing is that you’ll carry on burning the calories long after the workout is over. So try adding this style of workout into your routine at the gym.
Relax and Destress
For many of us, weight gain can be as a result of stress. So in order to reduce overeating or not exercising, you need to find a way to relax and destress. If it can be that going to the gym or cooking yourself a good meal is a way to destress, then great. If not, try to choose things that aren’t going to be detrimental to your health, such as drinking too much or eating copious amounts of chocolate while binge-watching Netflix.

Add Coconut Oil
Like protein, coconut oil has a similar effect on your body, in that it burns a lot of calories just from eating it! It is also completely natural which means your body can process it all at once and use it as an immediate energy source. So it is a great addition if you’re looking for improving your overall body fat loss. Do you use coconut oil in your cooking or daily routine at the moment?

What Body Parts Are Most People Concerned With?

Most people would readily admit that they are keen to look their best as often as possible. Of course, it goes without saying that this is easier said than done. But although achieving the perfect body is difficult, you can take steps towards getting the kind of physique you are really looking for. If you are like most people, you probably have certain parts of your body that you are especially concerned with improving. You probably want to do anything necessary to make sure that you get them just right. Most people are like this, and as it turns out the popular parts of the body that people focus on here are generally similar. Let’s have a look at some of the most popular parts of the body that people generally want to be proud of or change for the better.
The eyes, as we know, are the windows to the soul, so it is hardly surprising that people are so obsessed with them. However, it might seem a little strange to be obsessed with this particular part of the face. After all, there is really not very much you can do about the appearance and nature of your eyes. Most of the work that you can do revolves around the area outside the eyes. You might have wrinkles, and be keen to get rid of them for example. This is a particularly common one. If that is the case for you, you can easily reduce the appearance of wrinkles by eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water and moisturising frequently. You might also benefit from getting plenty of sleep, so maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new bed. If you don’t like the colour or shape of your eyes, that is another matter altogether, and short of surgery it is hard to do much about it. However, there is an increasing trend for people wearing coloured contacts to various events. If you are happy fiddling with them, that can be at least something of a temporary solution. When you are happy with your eyes, you probably feel a lot better about yourself, so it is worth thinking about what you can do to improve your own set of eyes.
People of both sexes really worry about their hair a lot. For many people, this can be because they are unsure about what they actually want to do with it, or because it seems as though they are limited in what they can do with it. If you don’t feel entirely happy with your hair, it might be worth asking the professionals what they think you should do. Next time you go to the hairdressers, see what their professional opinion is. It might be that they suggest a style which you have never thought of, ore maybe one which you always assumed would not work for your face. But it might be worth a go, particularly if you are at a dead end when it comes to your hairstyle. Yeah, there is a possibility that you will regret it, but you also might find that you end up with the best hair you’ve ever had. It is probably worth the risk for that reason alone. The hair impacts your whole look in a big way, so this is likely to be really important to most people.
If you are lucky, then you have never found yourself worrying about your nose. However, plenty of people have, and this can be particularly tough. After all, it sits directly in the middle of your face - if you are not happy with your nose, then you are probably not happy with your face in general. If you feel this way, it can be distressing. But even with something like this, there are likely to be solutions. It might be that you decide to get some plastic surgery done, for example. Although not for everyone, it is good to know that the option is there if you want to go for it. Just make sure that you choose a good surgeon for the procedure. The last thing you want is to add your name to the long list of people who have had to take out rhinoplasty claims because their procedure failed or went completely in the wrong direction. As long as you end up with the nose you feel you were born to have, you will probably be a lot happier with your face overall - and that can make a significant difference to how you feel about yourself in general.
Many people obsess over their legs,and this is definitely something of a cultural obsession. If you find yourself doing this, however, there are many possible steps you can take to improve it. Your legs just need to be used as much as they were designed to be. You might want to think about taking up a spinning class or going cycling for real - or maybe even going jogging a few times a week. This is really the only level of exercise you need to keep those legs toned, so it is worth it if you find you are really concerned about your legs. It will also hugely help your overall fitness and health, so there is really no reason not to do this. I'm 

Let’s be honest: for most of us, this is a lifetime concern. Part of the reason for that is because it takes so much to keep track of it. There is so much that affects your tummy size and shape, and it can sometimes seem basically impossible to stay on top of it all. However, if you put a consistent and concentrated effort into ensuring you keep your tummy tight, you might be surprised at how easy it is to do so. As long as you keep something of an eye on your diet and carry out some basic exercises, you should be fine. The good news here is that pretty much any exercise will help to keep your tummy toned, so you can’t really go far wrong.

4 Tips for Taking Your Dog on Holiday

Our furry friends are part of the family and many owners can’t bear to go on holiday without them. Yes, you could put them in kennels or home boarding but many owners spend their holidays worried about their canine best friends instead of enjoying themselves. Then there is the cost; it can cost just as much, if not more, to board your dogs than take them with you. So, if you’re planning a trip with your dog, here are some tips for making it a success.
Plan Your Route
Although your dog may be an excellent traveller, the least amount of time spent in a car for a dog, the better. That means it’s best to plan your journey beforehand, so you can work out the quickest route. If you’re travelling for longer than an hour, you’ll need to make a stop along the way. This is so your dog can have a quick toilet break, some fresh air and walk if they need calming down. Take a look at where you’ll be able to stop and get out for a break. There may be some dog friendly restaurants along the way.
Pet Friendly Accommodation
If you’re staying away from home, you’ll need some pet friendly accommodation. There are plenty of pet friendly cottages available when you want a luxury stay in the Cotswolds. Check the size of the property is suitable for your family and dogs. You don’t want to turn up to a tiny space with three Great Danes. Read all of the small print before you make your booking. There are some hotels that won’t allow dogs in their gardens or there may be some restrictions as to which rooms dogs are allowed in.
Don’t Leave Packing Until the Last Minute
Just like packing for children, you need to pack for dogs in advance. It’s no good heading off on holiday and forgetting to take the dogs leads with you. Make a list of everything you might need to take with you on your holiday, so you don’t forget anything when you’re running out the door. It’s always wise to take some food, treats, blankets, leads and a doggy first aid kit. It’s likely you’ll be able to find things you need while on holiday, but take the essentials just in case.
Know the Area
If you’re taking your dogs on holiday with you, you’ll have to plan your activities around them. It’s a good idea to know of any good walks in the area in advance and what’s going on. Charities often hold events where you can include your dogs and you won’t have to look far to find a pub that offers dog meals and drinks. It’s also wise to have the contact number of the local vet to hand, just in case your dog needs attention for something.
Taking your dogs on holiday with you can be a wonderful experience, but preparation is the key to making a success of it. If you’re relaxed, they will be too.

Turn Back The Clock On Your Looks

While a lot of people get excited about their birthday, for others they dread getting another year old. And not just because the years are going past so quickly. But down to it meaning they start to lose their youthful look. In fact, they might start noticing ageing lines and wrinkles which can leave them in despair. But there are some ways you can ensure you look younger for longer. In fact, here are some ways to turn back the clock on your looks.
Make sure you are following a healthy diet
You might not realise that food can have such an effect on your appearance. But it’s true that what you eat can affect your looks. So if you are consuming an unhealthy diet full of sweet treats and high-fat foods, you might soon notice your skin takes a turn for the worse. Not only will you notice more spots appearing, but you will also spot wrinkles and fine lines. Therefore, if you want to look more youthful, you need to make a change in your diet. Cut out those sugary foods from your life, and pick up healthier items like fruit and vegetables. In fact, there is a whole list of foods which are good for skin. For example, people who consume yoghurt tend to have fewer wrinkles, so eat this for breakfast. Green tea is also excellent for gorgeous skin too. So cut the coffee and drink this instead to sustain your youthful looks!
Look at going for some kind of treatment
It’s sometimes hard to turn back the clock on your looks on your own. After all, those wrinkles and fine lines you already have can be hard to remove. Therefore, you might need a helping hand to ensure you get youthful looks again. One option would be a facial. In fact, if you book in for a series of facials, they can help to rejuvenate your skin so that it looks gorgeous again. You could also look into going for a facelift. The procedure is perfect for helping you to look young by giving you tighter and smoother skin. Or if you want something less invasive and safer than a facelift, you could consider a treatment like body sculpture acoustic wave therapy. It’s painless and non-invasive while giving you similar results to a facelift. So you will soon be smiling when you look in the mirror.
Go more natural with your makeup
You might be surprised how much makeup can have an effect on your skin. If you cake it on every single day, you can soon experience ageing skin. In fact, you might end up looking way older than your actual age. Therefore, to help you stay looking younger, you should go more natural with your makeup. Cut down the amount you are applying on a daily basis. You just want a simple look when it’s time for the workplace. After all, some lippie and eye makeup should be enough in the day. And if you go more natural, you are bound to find your skin improves, and you look more youthful!

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Vacationing? Explore All Your Accommodation Options

When people are planning a vacation, they tend to think immediately of lavish hotel rooms when it comes to accommodation options. But have you really given serious thought to all of the options available to you?
The classics - hotels, motels, and hostels
There’s a good reason why hotels are still the most popular option for people on vacation. You don’t exactly have to stay at some ultra-luxurious place such as Four Seasons or the Hilton to reap the famous benefits. Hotels are a complete break from reality; no cooking your own meals, people tidy up after you; there’s a general feeling of being pampered. This is the case for motels, too, though motels are often cheaper. 
Hostels are something you should consider too, however, if you’re just travelling by yourself. You can read more hostels at A lot of people assume that hostels are basically just for touring college students, but that isn’t the case. If you’re really eager to see a place on a budget, then a stay in a hostel might be your best option. As long as you’re willing to make a few sacrifices and meet some new faces, then don’t dismiss a hostel!

A (temporary) place of your own
Of course, not everyone likes the total break from reality that hotels provide. Some prefer to have a stronger sensation of being ‘at home’ when on vacation. You can get vacation apartments pretty much anywhere; for example, those heading to London can find short let apartments at There are loads of reasons why; the main concern for most is the price. But this can actually work out cheaper than other options if you play your cards right. 
A vacation rental usually gives you access to your own kitchen, which allows you to save a good amount of money by buying ingredients and cooking your own meals. This also allows for greater flexibility if you have particular dietary needs. Having a short let apartment also allows you to have a bit more privacy than a hotel allows. (And certainly more than a hostel allows!)
Getting (really far) away from it all
If you really want to stay somewhere with a strong sense of privacy, then you might want to look into the biggest break from reality of all: renting a lodge, cabin, or cottage somewhere a bit more rural, such as a quiet village or something even closer to the wilderness. This is the best way to get a truly scenic getaway, away from the hectic nature of most vacations. 
If you find the right cabin in the right location, then you can get closer to nature than you’ve ever been before. There’s a useful list of cabin vacation ideas at Without all the noise and traffic that usually comes with vacations, you’ll be able to relax much more effectively. And if that’s the reason for your travelling in the first place, then this may very well be the option you want to consider most. And if you really want to be isolated, you could even consider renting a cabin out on its own island!

Ushaiya has launched at Elle Sport




As you may have seen ELLE Sport have recently released their new Ushaiya collection. Over the last few weeks I have been trying out a few of the items so thought I would share with you my opinion of them. And it's actually quite simple, I LOVE them. Normally the majority of my gymdrobe (gym wardrobe) are black, grey or white items, I'm not normally one for training in colours, so I have actually loved training in colour for a change. I feel a lot more summery when I'm wearing these pieces, and it's good not wear black in the sun. I have found the items very versatile, and now I would be lost without them in my gymdrobe.

So the pieces I  have been trying are: 



To be brutally honest I don't really have anything to support in this area, however I do love the added shape this sports bra gives me. Due to being flat chested I have the option of wearing this with or without the padding and both look great, however I actually prefer wearing it with the padding as it feels a lot more comfortable for when I'm doing cardio. The bra includes DriActiv technology which prevents too much pespiring while working out, its nice to still feel fresh after a workout. The bra also runs with the colours of the other items. 



These are probably my favourite item out of my purchase. With going to the gym regularly I am quite happy with my shape and I do feel quite toned however these just give you that added shape and really do enhance your silhouette. I love that they have built in a deep double lined waistband that sits at around belly button height, with my tummy being my trickiest area to lose fat from, this helps hide away the part I don't like and adds extra support to my tummy. They have also added in leg panels that enhance the curvature of your muscles, my legs are probably one of my favourite features so I like that they are highlighted in these tights. The tights also include DriActiv technology which helps keep you feeling fresh after your workout, as well as including reflective rainbow detailing to keep you noticeable while running at night.




This jacket finishes off my outfit, and brings it all together. As this is my summer workout set I don't always need a jacket, however some nights are colder than others, and some days I just don't always feel comfortable in just my sports bra. This jacket is actually perfect for out running or in the gym, it includes two concealed pockets to stash away your essentials, for me I'm always looking for somewhere to put my car key so this is perfect. My favourite feature about this jacket is that it doesn't sit on your hips, the back of the jacket sits just under your bum, which I find stops it from riding up while your running. Again it also include DriActiv technology and reflective detail to keep you safe on an evening.



The items are probably some of the highest quality that I own, with being a regular gym goer my gym sets can get washed 2-3 times a week, these haven't faded in colour or changed in shape when they've been chucked in the wash. They also stick to their word and keep you feeling fresh after your workout, obviously I do sweat, but it very rarely shows up through the material. I would definitely recommend you purchasing from the Ushaiya, I have been so pleasantly surprised.

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