Monday, 21 October 2013

Boat Building Academy at MADELONDON

We're pleased to welcome the Boat Building Academy to show the work of their pupils in the forecourt of One Marylebone. Their boats will be the first thing visitors see when arriving at MADELONDON.

The Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis,

teaches the widest range of hands-on boat building courses in the world, specialising in composite, modern and traditional wooden construction, restoration and repair.

Students of our flagship intensive 38 week course learn by building and working on a wide range of real boats selected for their educational value. We do not undertake commercial work but do work to marine industry standards.

Students of all ages, from all walks of life join the Academy either wanting a first time career in the marine or woodworking industries, looking for a career change or wanting to take a hobby to a higher level of skill. The boats that you will see here today at MADE London have been built by past and present students of the 38 week, level 3 course. 
Many joined us with little or no woodworking experience and these boats are the product of their training. The Academy also offers woodworking courses, from 5 days to 12 weeks. Based on our boat building training philosophy courses are hands-on, intensive and the 12 week course offers people the opportunity to design and make a piece of furniture in addition to gaining City & Guilds certification and a Level 3 diploma.

‘Tee Mu’ an Andrew Wolstenholme designed 13’ cold moulded motor launch

First launched in December 2011 this 13’ motor launch was built using the modern cold moulding construction method - West African mahogany veneers were moulded over a base layer of strip planking to create the shape of this hull.

Phil Ambler and fellow students built this launch as part of their 38 week boat building course at the Academy in Lyme Regis, Dorset, in 2011.

The original Andrew Wolstenholme design for this boat was altered only slightly by fitting a 10hp Nanni diesel engine rather than electric motor specified by the designer.

Phil who has been a keen sailor all his life joined the Academy after retiring from his career as a GP in Oxfordshire. He first visited the Academy in 2006 with his son, who was thinking of joining the long course. His son decided to go to University but Phil never forgot the Academy and when he retired he decided to join the course himself.

After the course Phil relocated to Dorset. He enjoys spending time in ‘Tee Mu’ with friends and family and is a regular visitor to the Academy collecting supplies for his boat and other woodworking projects.

‘Wally’ 10ft traditional clinker dinghy

Built in 2010 by Ollie Rees and students of the September 2010, 38 week course, ‘Wally’ is a replica of ‘Barnacle’, a dinghy owned by Boat Building Academy Instructor, Mike Broome. ‘Wally’ was built using the traditional clinker boat building method, a technique believed to originate in the Viking era. Wooden planks (mahogany in ‘Wally’s’ case) are fitted together with an overlap that is then shaped to create a tight seal.

Ollie worked as a labourer building oak barns and homes and had been thinking of taking a woodworking course for a few years. He initially joined the long Woodworking Skills course at the Academy, which focuses on making furniture. Being in close contact with the boat building students and the boats they were building inspired him to take his new woodworking skills to another level and he joined the boat building course when the furniture making course finished. Since leaving the Academy Ollie has worked as a woodworker both making boats and in general carpentry, including a season as Ship’s Carpenter on The Caravan Stage Company’s (described as the ‘indescribable theatre of the arts’ but ‘amazing’ comes somewhere close) boat in Italy

14’ glued clinker Whitehall Skiff

‘Nicky Nacky Noo’ is a glued clinker boat built from Gaboon marine plywood, with a West African mahogany plywood sheer strake. The boat has been finished to an extremely high standard incorporating steamed timbers and bespoke bronze fittings. Although glued clinker is a modern construction method, using epoxy to join the timbers rather than copper nails, ‘Nicky Nacky Noo’ has all the beauty of a traditionally constructed boat.

On launch day Matt added to the emotion of the occasion by going down on one knee and proposing to his girlfriend during ‘Nicky Nacky Noo’s’ maiden voyage, offering a wooden ring he had made himself. Yvette said ‘yes’ and, while they didn’t sail into the sunset, they could have done if the tide had been right. Since leaving the course Matt, among other projects, built a beautiful mahogany tender for a superyacht.

18’ 'Arctic Tern' Designed by Iain Oughtred

This double-ended, Arctic Tern, designed by Iain Oughtred is of glued clinker construction and was built by Merry Turnbull in 2007.

Merry was not academic but is eminently practical. Before joining the Academy in 2007 she completed a two year course in 3D design and craft and travelled extensively, working along the way. After gaining some experience of the marine industry, working at a boat yard in Bridgend, cabinet-making and fitting out, she decided that the Academy’s 38 week course was the next step for her.

Merry, who is originally from Scotland fell in love with Lyme Regis, where the Academy is based and still lives here today.

10’ Traditional clinker rowing boat. Lawton Tender

This 10’ rowing boat is the newest boat in the Academy fleet here at Made London, finished just this month she was built by George Mckimm and students of the March 2013, 38 week course.

George has worked as a self employed builder for the past three years, mainly undertaking property renovation projects. He has also worked in New Zealand re-fitting boats and as a fabricator for Princess Yachts. George has always had a keen interest in design and creating objects that are useful and enjoyable to use – he has created two surfboards and has spent the last two years renovating a sailing boat, which led him to enrol on the long course with us.

Khaya mahogany planking has been fitting onto oak timbers using the traditional clinker method to form the hull of this rowing boat, the design for which was taken from the book ‘Building Classic Small Craft: Complete Plans and Instructions for 47 Boats’.
This boat along with 8 others, all of varying size and construction method currently being built at the Academy in Lyme Regis, will be launched into Lyme Regis harbour on 9th December for the very first time.

‘Ack-Emma’ 7 ½ ‘ traditional clinker dinghy

This traditional clinker dinghy was built by Ben Charny and the class of September 2012. Ben used sweet chesnut to plank the hull and black walnut for the transom.

She is a replica of Pip Emma, a 7 • foot clinker dinghy which is currently housed at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. She was originally designed and built by Morgan Giles in 1916 for his children. Ben visited the museum to take the lines of Pip Emma in order to draw full sized plans for his replica at the Academy, in a process known as lofting.

The name Pip Emma is taken from the phonetic alphabet used by Royal Air Force signallers in World War 1 and means PM, or afternoon. In keeping with this, Ben chose to name his replica (the only replica of Pip Emma), Ack Emma, meaning AM.

Ben grew up just down the road from the Academy in the seaside town of Sidmouth, Devon, and before joining the course, worked far from home as a deckhand and bosun in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and crossing the Atlantic.

After graduating from the Academy in June this year, he returned to the Mediterranean as a Ships Carpenter, using the skills learned as part of his training in Lyme Regis, aboard Eleonora, a 50 metre replica of a 1910 Herreshoff yacht

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Friday, 18 October 2013

Dialogue Collective at MADE LONDON

The Dialogue Wall

Following on from last year’s £20 wall of jewellery at MADE LONDON, twenty-one Dialogue Collective members and guests have created pieces for this year’s Dialogue Wall, exclusive to MADE LONDON 2013.
The Collective continues to explore our perception of what makes a piece of jewellery valuable.  Is it materials, size, techniques or exclusivity?  Can a small piece made in steel be of more value than a larger piece in gold?

Each maker has created a collection of three pieces that are connected in some way but have separate price points at £25, £50 or £100. Choose your favourite designer and buy your favourite piece. The colour scheme is red this year, all of the Dialogue team will be wearing red rosettes.
Dialogue Collective are featuring a Maker of the Day in the run up to the show on the website here..
Have a look at all the fabulous makers coming to the show.

Exhibitors: Petra Bishai; Laura Cave; Sophie Hall; Victoria King; Darja Nikitina; Paolo Scura; Margot Sevadjian; Marina Skia; Rachel Terry; Timothy Information Limited and Aneta Wrobel.

Wall Guests: Juliette Bigley; Isabelle Busnel; Ellie Corp; Ruth Drinkwater; Buddug Wyn Humphreys; Maarit Liukkonen; Making Shapes; Obscuritas Design; Natsuki Sawai; Helene Turbe and Deborah Werbner.


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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Sara Moorhouse - Crepuscular Ray

Ceramicist Sara Moorhouse's, ‘Assemblage: Crepuscular Ray’ is an abstract interpretation of a view out to sea on a calm day. Light winds gently brush the sea this way and that creating variably-toned horizontal blue bands, onto which broken sunlight dapples. From between the clouds a single beam of light spills diagonally, crossing the otherwise uniform scene.


The artwork of 24 bowls, 6 per shelf, is held together by colour sequences, which move horizontally, vertically and diagonally across the composition. Each row of 6 bowls has a dominant colour of either dark blue, pale blue or white. From left to right the accent colour of the bowls in each row gradates from mustard yellow to bright yellow.
All horizontal rows are aligned with those above and/or below, creating vertical arrangements where the accent yellow remains the same. In the lower 3 rows the dominant colour of selected bowls is rendered yellow instead of the dark blue, pale blue or white. This creates a yellow diagonal yellow line across the composition referring to the Crepuscular Ray. Whilst the yellow hue of each of these bowls follows the horizontally gradating sequence for the accent colour of mustard to bright yellow, the yellow in each appears changed. This colour illusion is due to the different proportion and arrangement of colour used, even though the actual hue remains the same.

The work is currently on show at Craft in the Bay in Cardiff for the 'Fireworks Now' exhibition. Sara will be showing her work at MADE LONDON.

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Monday, 14 October 2013

Brighton Art Fair 2013 - The Movie

Brighton Art Fair 2013 from MADE LONDON on Vimeo.

Thanks to Felix Speller for this film about the tenth Brighton Art Fair - special thanks to the interviewees for agreeing to be filmed (and being nice about the show!)

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Friday, 4 October 2013

Anne Selby - Arashi Shibori

Anne Selby creates amazing pleated "Arashi Shibori" Scarves. Anne Selby’s work is a fusion of high-level artistic and hand-making skills, in combination with sophisticated technology.

The colour and texture of her products is a tribute to her artistic work, and the pleating is the result of carefully controlled steaming and drying.

Anne takes parts in exhibitions and symposiums throughout the world and has created a video giving a brief introduction to her techniques of Arashi Shibori

Anne Selby will be exhibiting at MADELONDON - One Marylebone - 25th 27th October in the Mezzanine stand M11

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Kiran Ravilious

Kiran Ravilious Prints from Raz on Vimeo.

 "I am a designer and printmaker, carving my designs on lino and printing them directly onto fabrics. My designs probably have more than a hint of the tropics to them as I was born and raised in Singapore. My father was an officer in the Singapore navy and often spent time drawing with my brother and me. At a time where most teenagers were encouraged to pursue degrees which would land them professional careers, he encouraged me to pursue my passion and interest in art and design. I graduated with honours in Visual Art just a year after he died. Soon after graduating, I decided to embark on an adventure! I packed my bags and got on a thirteen hour flight to England. It was only supposed to be a two year stint but soon after arriving in Leicester, on a very cold summer's day, I met Ben. On one of our first dates, I showed Ben these little paintings that I had been doing and he asked me if I'd heard of his grandfather Eric Ravilious. I had not! We hit it off anyway and and were soon inseparable!"

Kiran Ravillious will be exhibiting at MADELONDON - One Marylebone. 
Stand 84 in the Soane Hall.

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Monday, 30 September 2013

James Price - Designer Blacksmith

New film about Blacksmith James Price - featuring iron, fire, candlesticks, coffee and collie dog.

James Price is exhibiting at MADELONDON - One Marylebone 25-27 October on the Mezzanine floor.

Discounted - Advanced tickets are available online here

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Friday, 27 September 2013

MADE LONDON Maker Profile: Beth Moran

My name is Beth Moran. I live on a small island off the west coast of Ireland called Clare Island. Clare Island is a rugged but beautiful island four miles out in the Atlantic Ocean. Having a population of only 150 means you know everyone and get an extended sense of family. It also means there is no place to hide and everyone is going to know everything.  I started weaving on the island 20 years ago. Working in a small workshop on the north side of the island, I endeavour to create unique hand-woven pieces. Each piece I create is a one-off piece and is entirely distinctive. I work with materials varying from the finest silk to the wool from our own sheep.  

The island definitely has proven to be a source of great inspiration for my work; the natural beauty and ever changing colours encourage artistic expression and is represented in my work through an infinitely changing palette of pattern and colour as well as texture.  It is also a place that awards one the peace and quiet necessary to weave and create unique pieces. However, island life is not without its difficulties. Unpredictable weather can lead to the boats being unable to run. This means that you can be stranded on the island until the weather improves. When planning to travel to a show the forecast is closely followed and if it looks bad an extra day or two would be added to the journey coming out early to avoid missing the event altogether.  Despite the inconvenience Clare Island is still a magnificent place to live. A place of space and safety.

I have a small shop attached to my workshop where visitors can come and see work in progress and run courses from April to September for all levels of students. Why not engage in an adventure and come out for a visit!

Beth Moran will be showing her work at MADE LONDON in October.

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Lara Cobden - Image of the Day - Brighton Art Fair tenth anniversary

Shelter - 50cm x 40cm Oil on Wooden
Lara Cobden - ceramic wall panels

Lara Cobden be exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair 19-22 September 2013

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Artist of the Week - Frances Bloomfield

Frances Bloomfield creates mixed media box art/collages exploring enigmatic spaces and dialogues between reality and the imaginary. She is currently showing her work at the Brighton Art Fair.

What was your journey to becoming an artist?Very complicated and with several fits and starts.

Is being an artist your only job? 
Being an artist is now my main job after several years of combining it with University teaching which I finished last regrets!

One favourite living artist?
Anselm Kiefer - he is outstanding, uncategorical and continually the scale and ambition of his work makes my jaw drop.

One favourite historical artist?
This is harder.. Too many.. probably Giacometti – the drawings and paintings – they are so exquisitely sad.

If you could collaborate with anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?I would like to design and build a huge theme park with Jan Svankmajer. You would never be able to leave!

Who is your style icon?Don’t think I have one …

Last book / film that blew your mind?So Much for That by Lionel Shriver – brilliant and very raw.

Last gig you went to?
Regina Spektor at the De la Warr

How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?
Too many.. although Ebay is a wonderful place to get lost..

If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
I love Brighton and I feel incredibly lucky to live here but Barcelona would be great and I fantasise sometimes about living on a beautiful beach in Sumatra called Bungus Beach.

Where and what is your studio?
My studio is at the top of our house – the attic was converted two years ago– it is wonderful – quiet, airy and very light.

Do you have a good work/life balance?
I don’t really see them as separate now.

What one word would describe your feeling of doing your work?

What would your dream commission be?
See above!

If you could exhibit in any gallery in the world which would it be?The Guggenheim in Venice

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Celia Wilkinson - Image of the Day - Brighton Art Fair tenth anniversary

Celia Wilkinson - Figure in the landscape  Acrylic on canvas  60x60cm

Celia Wilkinson will be exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair 19-22 September 2013

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Friday, 20 September 2013

Leila Godden - Image of the Day - Brighton Art Fair tenth anniversary

Enlightenment - 70cm square, acrylic on board

Leila Godden will be exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair 19-22 September 2013

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Tracy Florance - Image of the Day - Brighton Art Fair tenth anniversary

Tracy Florance - ceramic wall panels

Tracy Florance will be exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair 19-22 September 2013

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Artist of the Week - Tessa Pearson

Tessa Pearson creates monoprints and mixed media paintings in bold colour inspired by glorious gardens. She will be showing her work at The Brighton Art Fair tomorrow!!

What was your journey to becoming an artist?
I grew up in the sort of house where the walls were painted bright pink and we had Heals curtains , so it was inevitable that I ended up at art school, graduating in textile design at West Surrey College of Art and Design (now UCCA) and the Royal College of Art. My first job when I left the RCA was designing prints for the fashion designer Anthony Price, and I dabbled with the commercial fashion world including a wonderful commission to design a whole range of abstract prints for Liberty’s, before setting up on my own, hand painting fabric and selling from the newly opened Apple Market at Covent Garden, then opening my own shop and studio in Fulham. So from here I made paintings on silk which sold successfully all over the world  (it was the 80’s when the dollar was down to $1.15!!) The recession and children put an end to all that for a few years but I never stopped painting and the chance opportunity to use a press set me off on my current printmaking journey about ten years ago. An old fashion friend commented recently that my current work looks very much like my painted silks, so the ideas have come full circle, but now on paper.

Is being an artist your only job?
I have always enjoyed teaching, and have taught at every level from fashion students at St. Martins to kids clubs. I currently teach painting a couple of days a week, and occasionally tutor printmaking workshops at Ochre Print Studios. I am very pleased with myself for being able to say that I actually make a living (just!!) from my work, which is something not many artists can do.

One favourite living artist?
Has to be Howard Hodgkin, for his colour. I saw a show of his at the Tate and I was literally breathless.  I still dream about owning one of his etchings, but had better hurry up as they are rapidly getting out of my reach.

One favourite historical artist?
I love all the great colourists, Matisse and Degas, and the mid twentieth century painters especially Patrick Heron and Ivon Hitchens. I have a very special place I return to frequently to paint which is close to Hitchen's cottage on the South Coast, and I like to think of his presence inspiring me.

If you could collaborate with anyone living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?I would paint in his garden alongside Patrick Heron.

Who is your style icon?
Last gig you went to?
Muse. Amazing.

How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?
Too many. It’s research isn’t it??

If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
Where I live now, but with Californian weather ….

Where and what is your studio?
We have just moved to a small house with a bit of land big enough for two huge studios (his and hers!!) on the edge of the Surrey Hills. I am currently working in a very small bedroom while we wait for planning to be agreed, which is very challenging. I am fantasising about the space and the huge paintings I am going to make when we finally get the studios built!!

Do you have a good work/life balance?
Not too bad, now my kids are grown and almost gone… but I am very much an all on, all off worker, and need deadlines to keep me moving.

What one word would describe your feeling of doing your work?

What would your dream commission be?
Huge white walls and blue skies somewhere like New Mexico, with an unlimited budget of course.

If you could exhibit in any gallery in the world which would it be?
See above… MOMA would be nice!

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Clare Crouchman - Image of the Day - Brighton Art Fair tenth anniversary

Clare Crouchman ceramic wall panels

Clare Crouchman will be exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair 19-22 September 2013

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Brighton Art Fair - The Blocks

As part of our celebration of the tenth Brighton Art Fair. We asked artists to participate in a joint art installation.

Each participating artist was given four 5cm wooden cubes and asked to decorate them.

The results will be displayed together in the lobby of the Brighton Art Fair.

Each set will be available for sale at £30 to support the work of Arthouse Meath

 We think the results are great - all original and different ideas.

Some painted, some carved, some printed, some collaged and others with additions
I've set up a pinterest board featuring all of the blocks photographed so far but they'll be more at the show.

They'll be for sale on a first come first served basis - if you want to be sure of securing a particular set you need to be at the private view (tickets available here)

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Hettie Pittman - Image of the Day - Brighton Art Fair tenth anniversary

Harbour Walk - Hettie Pittman

Hettie Pittman will be exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair
19-22 September 2013

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Monday, 16 September 2013

Ten Years, Ten Artists - Sarah Young

Being both an exhibitor and an organiser at Brighton Art Fair can make for an ambivalent relationship. Its a little like holding a party, trying to make sure of thorough preparations, hoping that everyone has an enjoyable time, and then finding it difficult to remember to enjoy the party yourself. You can feel far too responsible for everything - when really all you can do is your best beforehand. People sell work at different times throughout the weekend - some people do brilliantly on the private view but might not make any other sales, others don't sell any work at all or the sales come in after the show's finished. We hope that everyone does equally well but that is of course impossible.

We are veteran exhibitors at various art and craft fairs and often there is at best a coldly professional atmosphere between exhibitors and organisers or in some cases mutual distrust and deep hostility. This was one of my main objections to starting the fair, but what is lovely is that on the whole exhibitors, whether they find Brighton Art Fair financially successful or not, value the show for it's ethos and feel. Many or even most exhibitors seem actively to enjoy the show, a state of affairs we previously considered perverse or even impossible! Brighton Art Fair right from year one has had a great atmosphere, the visitors are actually interested in the art and want to meet the artists, and the artists are happy to meet their public as well as engage with the other exhibiting artists. Many artists and visitors do come back to the show over many years, and to some extent feel a sense of community with Brighton Art Fair if only for a few days.

Exhibiting at Brighton Art Fair is again a double edged sword for me because its difficult to create new work whilst designing the graphics for and helping to organise three, sometimes four fairs. But it is an opportunity for me to try new things out and get feedback about what works or not, new prints, new methods are all tried at BAF. I first showed my paintings at the show and fellow exhibitors' response to my efforts really helped me to feel a little more confident about them. I try to use the shows to produce something a little new each year. BAF provides an opportunity and a deadline to create, and an audience for the work created.

We've never really seen ourselves as 'event organisers' and perhaps we're not as 'professional' as some, but I think that being first and foremost artists and makers we have helped (along of course with the artists and our art fair team) to create an art fair with soul that is valued by both exhibitors and visitors alike.

You have a tiny window once a year that allows you to notice the development of fellow artists work over the years. Its lovely seeing the gradual changes, blossomings and growth in confidence.

Also coming upon a really wonderful application that makes your heart lift!.

But the most positive and important thing for me, that has come from these fairs has been the real friendships we've made. Firstly with Phil and Tessa who we really didn't know well when we all rather rashly decided on this course of action. Eight years later Phil was Jon's best man at our wedding!

Then my inestimably valued and special friendship with Anne-Marie (she has to put up with a lot!) came about purely from the show. Also the opportunity to get to know Chris (our nephew and organiser of our lovely helpers during the actual shows) far more than we would have otherwise.

And of course being in my beloved Brighton and going to the pub for much needed beers after a long day at the show! 










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Brighton Art Fair - Starts this weekend.

Brighton Art Fair opens to the public again this weekend (19th - 22nd September)

It's been ten years since the first show and Brighton Art Fair has become established as a must-see event in the art calendar of the south.
We think that this year could be the best ever show, we've got a fantastic selection of artists exhibiting, many old favourites bringing new work to the show but also lots of new exciting exhibitors. (see all our exhibiting artists here)
 As it's the tenth year there will be a few surprises and a few changes and we hope you'll join us for our celebrations.
If you Purchase Tickets in advance you save money!

Private View

The Private View takes place on Thursday, 19th September from 6.00 - 8.30pm. There are a few tickets available to the general public at £12 per person here. This is a chance to get a first pick of all the artwork on sale before the fair opens to the public.

Opening Times

Thursday 19th September 6.00pm - 8.30pm (ticket only)
Friday, 20th September  11.00am - 7.30pm
Saturday, 21st September  10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday, 22nd September  10.00am - 5.00pm

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