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3,272: Fußball in Berlin, part 5

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There’s a cup competition in the city, it’s called the Berliner Landespokal, the Berlin Cup. The only teams in the city that don’t seem to take part are the ones in the first and second Bundesliga divisions. The competition started in August with a qualification round, with 51 games, then there’s the first round with 64 games, etc etc. This weekend were the semi-finals, and a pal and I went down to see VSG Altglienicke v. FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin. Altglienicke are in the fifth tier of German football, Viktoria in the fourth. On the way to the semi-final, Altglienicke beat Hellersdorfer FC Schwarz-Weiß of the Berlin Kreisliga B (10th tier of German football) by a score of 20-0. Eleven different scorers, including the goalie, and an own goal.

I’ve never been to the Altglienicke part of the city before. And once I was there, I can see why. It seems quite nice. Quiet. But if you were dropped there, you’d never really know you were in a capital city. It’s a part of town where you have to use two different types of public transport to get there. The buses here, though, are dreadfully modern, and have a screen displaying the names of the stops and everything.

Inside a clubhouse near the street, we bought a ticket (€8) and a beer (€2.50) and went over to the larger of two artificial turf fields where the game would be played. Plenty of people already there, the four or five rows of concrete bleachers nearly full. Before kick-off, a fella sang a song about VSG Altglienicke. Let’s go, football team! And, oh, they’re one-nil down within four minutes. They were two-nil down after ten minutes. The first half finished 0-3, and the game was essentially over. Final score: 0-4. Attendance: 528.

The second semi-final was on Sunday, where SD Croatia Berlin v Berliner FC Dynamo ended 0-3. The final is on 25 May at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, which is a) really close to where I live, and b) also Dynamo’s home stadium.

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project – five down, six to go:
25/02/17: Hertha BSC
18/03/17: FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin
19/03/17: FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf
22/03/17: Berliner AK 07
25/03/17: VSG Altglienicke
1. FC Union Berlin
Berliner FC Dynamo
Hertha BSC II
CFC Hertha 06
SV Lichtenberg 47
Tennis Borussia Berlin

A wee bit of artwork

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Gloria by Laura Branigan

On this day
Personal pie charts, 27 March 2007

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Queen Victoria

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March 27th, 2017 at 7:10 am

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3,271: Embedding the week

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Post-Brexit luxury apartment. £500/week. No pets.

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I lived in that building from October 2000 until April 2003. It was really nice.

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FIST

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The lads

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Zum Steckenpferd, Neukölln.

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Prefab Sprout

On this day
Greys, 26 March 2015

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The Great Game

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March 26th, 2017 at 1:09 am

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3,270: Morning views

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Boker tov

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Bonjour

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Dzień dobry

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Buenos días

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
(Feels Like) Heaven by Fiction Factory

On this day
Observer Magazine cover illustration, 25 March 2013

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British Empire

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March 25th, 2017 at 1:04 am

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3,268: Fußball in Berlin, part 4

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After three games way out in the west of the city, it was nice to go to one that was closer, just six trams stops away. I went to see Berliner AK 07. The AK stands for Athletik Klub, not Avtomat Kalashnikova. They play in the fourth tier, the Regionalliga Nordost, at Poststadion in the Moabit district, about a 10 minute walk from the city’s main train station. Yesterday’s game was against FC Schönberg 95.

Let’s talk about the stadium. Postastadion was built in 1929, and the main stand is very very nice-looking indeed. It was one of four stadiums in the city used for football at the 1936 Olympics. One of the quarter finals was there. Germany 0 Norway 2. The attendance that day was 55,000. One of those people was Mr Hitler. I wonder which team he was rooting for…

(Old stadium photos from here.)

Nowadays, though, it doesn’t have such a high capacity. It’s 10,000 apparently. There’s the main stand, a few rows of un-covered seating on the other side and some terracing behind one of the goals. Where people would’ve stood higher up back in the old days, it’s just trees now.

The old entrance ticket gates are still there but don’t need to be used. Instead, I bought my ticket (€10) from a woman in a small cabin about the size of a portaloo next to the main stand. Nearby were two fellas each with a small table. One, a younger guy, selling official team stuff (t-shirts, scarfs, hats, badges), the other was an older guy selling pins. Pins seem to be a popular thing for German football fans. I bought an AK 07 pin from him. I’m hoping to get one from every team I see doing this eleven-team project. A nice souvenir set to remind me of the project. (Although, I suspect it’ll end up being ten pins, cos one of the eleven teams is Hertha BSC reserves who play in the same division as AK 07.)

I got a beer, €2.50. The food on sale included döner kebabs. Never seen that at a football game before. It was the smallest crowd I’ve been a part of so far, just 111 people. But, y’know, this is a stadium without floodlights, so kick off for a midweek game in March was understandably early. 4.30pm. The crowd though, seemed nice. A nice mix of young and old. A good feeling in the stadium.

The game ended 2-2. The home team were never in the lead: 0-1, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2. They were the better team, though. The lack of floodlights meant it was pretty dusky by the end of the game. Totally reminded me of being a kid, not wanting to stop playing when it started getting dark.

The Eleven Berlin Teams Project:
25/02/17: Hertha BSC
18/03/17: FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin
19/03/17: FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf
22/03/17: Berliner AK 07
1. FC Union Berlin
Berliner FC Dynamo
Hertha BSC II
CFC Hertha 06
SV Lichtenberg 47
Tennis Borussia Berlin
VSG Altglienicke

Other business
This video of correct pronunciations of car manufacturers massively gave me the giggles the other night. Here’s another, of famous actors.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell Williams

On this day
Inauguración temporada, 23 March 2011

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Badminton

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March 23rd, 2017 at 2:09 am

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3,267: Respectable

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Respectable by Mel and Kim was number one in the UK thirty years ago. What a great song. They had that proper pop star essence, too, didn’t they?

I’ve always thought (and when I say always, I actually mean it, cos I’ve been saying this to anyone who’ll listen for nearly 30 years now), that if you change the instrumentation of Stock Aitken Waterman records to sound more like Motown or Red Bird recordings, people would adore them, and they’d get the respect they deserve. (Although, looking at Mike Stock’s Twitter these days, he seems fairly right wing, so respect only goes so far with him.)

This is definitely one of the highlights of SAW’s output. This, You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), Never Gonna Give You Up, and obvs a whole load of Kylie songs.

But, here I am, falling into the male rockist trap of praising the producer over the artist. Pop stars have producers. Rock stars work with kindred spirits. Pop star producers “do everything,” rock music producers enhance. The Stone’s albums with Jimmy Miller get rightly praised, but we don’t really take anything away from the band in that praise, and I feel we do when talking about pop music (clearly, I’m not comparing the output of the Stones and Mel & Kim, cos that wouldn’t be fair).

It’s the same with they don’t play their instruments or they don’t write the songs. Who cares? Really? I don’t need Lionel Messi to manufacture footballs or mow the pitch to enjoy his skillz.

But yes, Respectable. Brilliant record. Showing Out was ace, too.

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago:
18/01/2017: Jack Your Body
01/02/2017: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
15/02/2017: Stand By Me
08/03/2017: Everything I Own

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Manchild by Neneh Cherry

On this day
Balls, 22 March 2007

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India ink

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March 22nd, 2017 at 2:18 am

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3,266: Tower city

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Another drawing done with both hands. The main bulbs of each tower were drawn right (wrong) handed, the rest with my dominant hand.

In Brexit news…

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

On this day
More finger painting, 21 March 2009

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Marquetry

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March 21st, 2017 at 1:27 am

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3,263: Morning views

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Guten morgen

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Good morning

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Eh up

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Goedemorgen

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Günaydın

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Body by Syd

On this day
Arthur No.5, 18 March 2006

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Shakers

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March 18th, 2017 at 1:56 am

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3,258: d i g i t a l d r a w i n g s

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A drawing made in SketchUp, a quick little story about a senior citizen, a drawing of a pop group, but first: a snowman is for life, not just for Christmas:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
It was technically Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic, but really there was a bit of a soup that also included Fun by Coldplay, Crucified by Army of Lovers, and two Neneh Cherry songs, Buffalo Stance and Manchild.

On this day
Harmony, 13 March 2010

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Helicopter

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March 13th, 2017 at 2:17 am

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3,257: Embedding the week

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall by Coldplay

On this day
Old digital photographs, 12 March 2016

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Hummingbird

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March 12th, 2017 at 2:52 am

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3,256: Morning views

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Previous morning views:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
On the Bible by Deuce

On this day
Life cycle of gum, 11 March 2016

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Santo Daime

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March 11th, 2017 at 1:11 am

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3,255: Cataratas del/do Iguazú/Iguaçu

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I noticed last night that Iguazu Falls is on Street View. It’s the best place I’ve ever been to. I feel very lucky to have been there.

Embedded below is the view from the Argentinian side, here is one of the views from the Brazilian side.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Green Light by Lorde. Second time this week. I have a feeling this one has the potential to be in my brain a lot over the next few weeks.

On this day
Self portrait, São Paulo, 10 March 2008. Maybe it’s because there’s photographic evidence of the moment, but I can still clearly remember taking that photograph in a hotel with a good expansive view of part of the city. Blue Demon t-shirt, Marlboro Light cigarette. The next day I went to Curitiba which, after two months of travelling, kinda felt like the beginning. I was mentally ready to do it properly at that point, I think.

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Ayahuasca

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March 10th, 2017 at 2:52 am

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3,253: Everything I Own

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Everything I Own by Boy George was number one in the UK thirty years ago. I’ve never been keen on the original Bread version, or the Ken Boothe one (the best of the three, and the one George is covering) and this one is worse.

I think it’s partly because the chorus is illogical and I can’t get past that. You would give up all of your possessions, the place where you live, and your life itself? Just to have someone back again? So, this “someone” would actually be back with you, a dead homeless person?

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago:
18/01/2017: Jack Your Body
01/02/2017: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
15/02/2017: Stand By Me

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Power by Petite Meller

On this day
CLWNMNTNJNNJNJN, 8 March 2016

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Mezcal

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March 8th, 2017 at 2:13 am

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3,252: Same photo three times

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Because I do the morning view photos every day, and they are always very slightly different (I just try and stand in the same spot on the threshold of the balcony door and hold the camera at a natural height), I wanted to see if I could be more precise in taking photographs.

So on three different days over the course of two weeks, I went to a nearby bridge and tried to take as close to the same photograph as possible. Before I left the flat to go and take the second photograph, I studied the first one on my computer. I did the same after the second photograph. These are the results.

First the three photos

Here they are next to each other

All three on top of each other

On this one, I aligned the column thingy of the bridge in the middle distance

Same, just with the C, M, and Y channels assigned to each of the photos

Pointless exercise? Possibly…

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Milk Bath by Petite Meller

On this day
Doodles and movies, 7 March 2008

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Pulqueria

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March 7th, 2017 at 3:12 am

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3,251: Reading Festival 1989

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Look at this line-up. Especially the Friday. That day was more or less perfect. I remember it rained for quite a while, but still, it was a very good day.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Green Light by Lorde

On this day
After a thunderstorm, 6 March 2011

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Condesa

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March 6th, 2017 at 2:47 am

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3,249: Morning views

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Backpack by Petite Meller

On this day
Kissy, 4 March 2016

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Park Güell

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March 4th, 2017 at 2:06 am

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3,248: Buildings the same age as me

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Obviously, one of the joys of Wikipedia is finding yourself trucking on through a load of info you didn’t know you were interested in and- oh look, it’s 2.30 a.m. I was looking at communication towers in Germany, ended up on the page for the Florianturm in Dortmund, which was part of a category of towers completed in 1959, which lead me to towers completed in 1970, which got me to Buildings and structures completed in 1970. That was the year of my birth, and I fancied having a look at me-aged buildings. Here are some nice ones. (All photos from the applicable Wikipedia page.)

No.1 Croydon, Croydon, UK

World Trade Center, Tokyo, Japan

Welbeck Street car park, London, UK

Tigran Petrosian Chess House, Yerevan, Armenia

Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute, Madrid, Spain

Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi, Pakistan

Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, Amherst, USA

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial, Dallas, USA

Hotel Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Edificio Colón, Barcelona, Spain

Dai Heiwa Kinen Tō, Tondabayashi, Japan

A wee bit of artwork
Welsh football person Gareth Bale done in pixels.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cups by Underworld

On this day
Brasilia skies inverted and upside down, 3 March 2008

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Hyperboloid structure

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March 3rd, 2017 at 3:21 am

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3,243: Embedding the week

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Jorge

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Jorge took a good photo of me too. The good being the photo, not my dumb face.

Moritzplatz

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Mauerpark und Falkplatz, 12/2016-2/2017

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Three-Dee Melodie by Stereolab

On this day
Doooosseldorf, 26 February 2010

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Van Dyke Parks

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February 26th, 2017 at 3:17 am

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3,242: Morning views

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Previous morning views:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne again. I heard that song once, four days ago. And it keeps on popping into my head. Thanks, Canada.

On this day
Life is beautiful, 25 February 2011

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Yellow Magic Orchestra

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February 25th, 2017 at 3:11 am

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3,240: edges2cats

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Well, gosh, edges2cats is a heck of a lot of fun.













The song in my head when I woke up this morning
How He Wrote Elastica Man by Elastica feat. Mark E. Smith

On this day
Joy/not joy, 23 February 2009

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Juan Atkins

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February 23rd, 2017 at 2:01 am

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3,236: Embedding the week

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Brand new notebooks (excellent Mexican notebook by @laikanotebooks ) are the best feeling. Free of the weight of the last one, full of the joy of this one hopefully being better.

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Brain vomit

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Paste

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Jenny Ondioline by Stereolab

On this day
Shakira, 19 February 2007

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Krautrock

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February 19th, 2017 at 3:37 am

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