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    August/September 2014

    Greetings to all our fans, helpers and sea gypsies out there.

    The autumn is here and with that comes harvest on sailing the farm. We
    got lots of raspberries this year which is partly stored in the
    freezer and partly as jam. Then some hundred jars of raspberry-honey
    from the bees and in the end we harvested the potatoes, so in sum: Yes
    we are partly selfsufficient, but it might be a little boring eating
    baked potatoes with raspberries and honey every day during the winter.
    :-) But we are slowly getting there…

    We are also getting closer with the boat project. All stuff made of
    fabric is finished, electricity (both AC and DC) is installed. There
    is still some more work to do on the engine before its ready to go
    into the boat (basically split and rebuilt that iron beast)

    Then there is some deck work left, and then the last step is tearing
    down the temporary boatshed to get ship the boat down to the
    sea. So still lots of work to do but its going forward.

    We wish you all a happy autumn whereever you are.

    Love from
    Sailing the Farm
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

    Pics from last weeks of work.


    a. 2 volunteers hitchiking up north to look for trolls.
    b: harvest honey from the bees.
    c. grinder work in the galley
    d mattress for the aft cabin
    e. volunteers out testing the flimsy canoe.


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    July 2014

    Greetings to all our fans, helpers and sea gypsies out there.

    July 2014 has been as busy as we expected. We have had people from all
    over the world to come help us with running the boat project forward
    and plant and weed on the fields to get us self-sufficient in
    future. We are still some way to go but we are getting there.

    On the boat side the biggest thing is that all the inner plating and
    insulation are all finished up, the bathroom (wet-room) is plated and
    all watertanks are welded into position. Next big thing is to get the
    engine into the boat. We have to lift it up 3 meters and then 2 meters
    sideways. Its a little messy but we are working on this right
    now. Weight of the engine is around 500 kg so we need a hoist-system.

    The volunteers took some days off to hitch-hike to the west coast, and
    came happily back home with pictures of fiords, and camping outside in
    the mountains close to the glaciers. The summer has been extremely
    warm one so contrary to what i was thinking that they will almost
    freeze to death they got back to the farm sun-burned with a happy
    smile on their faces.

    During next weeks we will be harvesting what we have been planting
    this year and we will work on the engine and rigging, so if you have
    any skills you might think be useful please feel free to contact us.

    We also looking for crew for sailing across the atlantic, heading
    towards Cuba when the boat is finished so if you find that fancy
    please contact us.

    Love from
    Sailing the Farm
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

    Pics from last weeks of work.


    a. volunteers are hitch-hiking to the westcoast. hippie-factor running high maybe?
    b. fixing up the aluminium canoe for weekend canoing in the lake.
    c english lady working on the hatch and water tanks.
    d. painting up the bulkheads. all in white.

    a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=801471&stc=1&d=1407650159
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=801481&stc=1&d=1407650162
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=801491&stc=1&d=1407650163
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=801501&stc=1&d=1407650165

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    June 2014

    Greetings to all sea gypsies out there

    Its been a busy month up at the farm. The potatoes are slowly coming
    up. the bees are out flying and we even got ourselves some more queens
    this year, but best of all, the weather has been really good. Days and
    days of sun, which is more you can ask for so far north.

    We are also working hard on the boat to finish up and go south this
    year. The plating is finished, which was more or less a 2-3 months
    work. Next one is installing all electric stuff and continue gettting
    the engine in. Getting the rigging in also have high priority now.

    As mentioned earlier our plan is to set sail for West Indies/Cuba at
    the end of this year helping wwoofing/organic communities around the
    world. So if you have skills in organic farming and love travel with
    zero carbon footprint, please contact us.

    We still have space up on the farm until the boat is finished so if
    you have farming or boatbuilding skills you think might be useful
    please contact us.

    Love from
    Sailing the Farm
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

    Pics from last weeks of work.


    a. Here is the sizes for the sails. If you have some spare sail laying
    around we can modify to fit then we would love to hear from you.
    b. Wall.. Sorry, bulkheads are coming up
    c. Machining some drainage to the bathroom.
    d. Crazy Aussie guy trying to get through the porthole.
    e.. Painting up the forward storage area


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    May 2014

    Greetings to all sea gypsies, past present and future!

    I hope you all had a beautiful May, with lots of sunshine and no
    snow. Up on the farm, we are happy as fiddles. The weather is just
    perfect. it was snowing a little in the beginning of May but then it
    turned into summer and now we have those really nice warm days with
    sun until midnight..

    Farming News.

    The farming is going good. we have started with queen breeding which
    will give us a few more hives, then we have planted all kinds of
    veggies in the garden and some in the small greenhouse. Now, there
    will be lot of weeding until harvest time..


    We are working on blumbing and electricity inside the boat these days.
    Next step is getting the engine in then the sails. We might have to
    outsource the sailmaking due to lack of time. so if you know about
    some good sail-loft we would love to hear about it.


    A little early but… we are really pushing hard to sail south this
    year. hopefully around the same time those smart migrating birds are
    flying south. (finger crossed) So if you want to join us as CREW please
    contact us.

    We will prioritize those of you who have been on the farm, but
    everyone will get a chance to come sailing in the end No sail
    experience required. We will teach you whatever skills you need. And
    for those of you who have never been out on the seven seas.. Enclosed
    is a picture of a pacific island waiting for you….

    We still have space for one more more sea-gypsy up on the farm this
    summer , so if you have skills you might think we need, dont hesitate
    to contact us.

    Love from Sailing the farm.
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.


    1. This small pacific is waiting for us all…
    2. Sail plan. Anyone into sail-making or know about a good sail-loft?
    3. Plating up the dog-house.
    4. Small greenhouse ready for summer. This is for sugar-peas.
    5. Happy welding lady fixing up some small stuff.

    1. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=732971&stc=1&d=1401550758
    2. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=732981&stc=1&d=1401550760
    3. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=732991&stc=1&d=1401550763
    4. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=733001&stc=1&d=1401550765
    5. http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=733011&stc=1&d=1401550767

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    April 2014

    Greetings to all sea gypsies, past present and future!

    The springchickens and bees are active and so are we!

    Anotherbusy month for boat building. The gang has been shaping,
    painting and fitting the interior panels with plenty of insulation
    underneath. The bunk cabins are shaped and even one of the volunteers
    has tested one with an overnight sleep – very comfy! English Tony has
    been busy designing the wiring and circuitry, and Frenchy has helped
    determine the electrical needs and the outputs we can expect from the
    solar panels and windmill. Will we be able to boil the kettle often
    enough at sea?

    Lorna, the English girl has been attacking with gusto and positive
    energy the mold-making for the cowl vents, and hopes to start smelting
    and pouring some aluminium this week. Frenchy has calculated and drawn
    up the sail plan, and has made a 1/10 model to verify his design.

    Sarah the token yank is spoiled in the warm indoors sewing up
    custom-sized boat mattresses, cushions and curtains. Are Czech girls
    sweet? When they’ve been covered in honey for 2 days like Micha they
    are: 60 jars of lovely honey and we’re happy to have some at every
    meal! Jams as well, lingonberry, strawberry and plum, and some great
    banana cakes from Lorna as well.

    The weekend was warm spring weather and all volunteers descended upon
    the spa and pool at the cloest town for an outing. Happy at work and
    at rest. There is still plenty to do in the coming months – have you
    the skills to help? Woodworking, electrial and engine skills, sewing
    and more. We hope to hear from you!

    Love from Sailing the farm.
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.


    1. American sewing-lady busy making stuff for the boat.
    2. Happy Frenchman and his sails
    3. Potato planting.
    4. Inventive cat-litter dance. (basically crush catlitter bentonite
    to cast the cowl vent) This will be the dance of the summer.

    a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=712511&stc=1&d=1399400767
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=712521&stc=1&d=1399400769
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=712531&stc=1&d=1399400772
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=712541&stc=1&d=1399400775

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    February 2014

    Dear Sea Gypsies

    The winter has been kind to us this year. During Christmas and New
    year there was hardly any snow up here, which is kind of unusual at 60
    degrees north. January has been mostly down to -10C which is really
    good when we work outside. In January we got plenty of snow so skiing
    is as close to perfect as it is possible to get and we have plenty of
    those old and wooden army skiis around.(we use to call them
    NATO-planks) For first termers its perfect skiis. Slow and heavy.

    The Boat work is going pretty good . We are working on insulating
    inside and we are more or less finished with the aft cabin (named
    princess cabin), since its getting really nice and spacious.

    We are soon ready to start insulate and plate the main cabin in the
    boat. Its a little more tricky due to the galley (kitchen for those
    landlubbers out there). and also the navigation station. Then its more
    casting. Basically more cowl-vents to get more fresh air into the

    We usually run with lower staff during winter but this year we will
    scale up in February and aim for getting the boat ready for sea-trial
    this year. It will be a busy summer.

    So if you think you have some useful skills (welding, mechanics,
    sewing, interior wood working) or are really good at cracking jokes
    you are more than welcome to join us.

    This is hopefully the last year of boat building (Ok, I know we have
    said that before but…) so hurry up if you want to be part of the
    fun. (Ok, I admit sailing is also fun) But it gives a good feeling
    knowing that you have been part of building something moving around
    our planet with zero pollution…

    Love from Sailing the farm.
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.


    a: Plating and insulating inside the boat
    b: one of the crew made an icebar! How cool is that!
    c: the chicken-sisters is busy hatching golf-balls! Not the most
    clever sisters.
    d: Aft-deck with rudder, and boxes. With wooden deck this will look
    like a wood boat.


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    December 2013

    Dear Sea Gypsies

    December again! This one has has been quite warm. (today is only -10C)
    We still have frostbites from the one last year so we are happy as a
    fiddle up here. Makes life and boatworking much easier.

    Its been a really good year on sailing the farm with lots of stuff
    accomplished and its still some more work weeks to go before we can
    sum up 2013.

    Deck fittings, deckhouse and most of the stuff up there is
    finished. We are proud to say that everything is home-made. Not a
    single thing is from the the boat-store.. Main reason for this is:
    its hard to get stuff in alloy who looks like wood..

    We have probably put another 2000-3000 hours into the boatproject this
    summer (with the help of all of those nice and skillfull volunteers)
    and still some 2000-3000 hours to go until we see her finshed.

    This christmas will be a traditional one on the farm with St. Claus
    (Julenisse in norwegian) coming down from the northpole with the
    sledge, raindeers and ofcouse packets. I usually dont fancy soft
    packets, but im in dire need for a new welding overall so if the
    julenisse reads this… :-)

    ok. I know its a little early early, but we wish new and old friends
    of sailing-the-farm a peaceful and quiet christmas and a prosperius
    new year and hope to see you all up next year.

    Love from Sailing the farm.
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.


    a: the boat start to look like a wooden boat now.
    b: shaping up the bowsprit. 6 meter long
    c: boat from stern. Sexy lines.
    d: welding up the bunkbeds.

    a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=554741&stc=1&d=1386583072
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=554751&stc=1&d=1386583080
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=554761&stc=1&d=1386583088
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=554771&stc=1&d=1386583097

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    November 2013

    Dear Sea Gypsies

    Whops. time is flying so fast and soon october was gone and no
    newsletter sent out so here it comes a little late.

    Still no snow up here, which is just incredible. Should have been half
    a meter by now.. but the good thing is: it feels like mid-europe
    climate so why migrate to Spain when Spain is coming to us!

    Farming season is over, everything which was planted during summer is
    in the basement. We got around 300 kg of potatoes which will keep us
    going until spring. We have turned into professional dumpster-divers
    and find way too much food – so we are getting a little picky – What
    about raspberries from Brazil? Its hard to believe so much food who is
    just wasted. Someone should do something… ahh. enough political

    Boatbuilding is going really good. She is happy as a fiddle. Latley
    she got shiny bowrollers installed, (both forward and aft), tiller,
    and soon to come: bowsprit! We just have to cut down the tree.
    Everyday we see changes, and its a good sign… We are making the fat
    lady ready for the 7 seas. She will be the strongest boat ever sailing
    out there.

    Thats all for this late october newsletter, If you are interested in
    becoming a seay gypsy, just drop us a line.

    Love from Sailing the farm.
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.


    a: A little crowded on deck. Even the anchors are soon installed.
    b: Picnic and out looking for a bowsprit in the forest. (6 meter long)
    c: Hardcore welders in action.
    d: The sea-monster looking trough the porthole
    e: Fancy dumpster lunch with sushi!

    a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=526681&stc=1&d=1383332827
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=526691&stc=1&d=1383332836
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=526701&stc=1&d=1383332847
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=526711&stc=1&d=1383332855
    e: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=526721&stc=1&d=1383332862

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    September 2013

    Dear Sea Gypsies

    The autumn is here soon, but its been quite mild to be september
    sofar. It feels more like august… But we are not to be fooled so
    easily… Winter is coming soon enough so we work hard to finish up
    all stuff before its getting too cold to work outside.

    We are more or less finished on the deck. The hatch is in, the rail is
    on (just need a little shaping) water intakes, and all bits and pieces
    are there. It start to look like more like a war machine for
    blood-thirsty vikings and not for a bunch of friendly sea gypsies.

    The naked oats (or rather half naked oats) are harvested, potatoes are
    still in the soil but will be harvested soon. Our sugar peas are dried
    and harvested for the thursday peasoup and waffles, not exactly self
    sufficient but we have at least for one thursday :-)

    Out of the 10 chickes we got, 1 was taken by a fox or something, 7 are
    males (which in this case is lots of sound and and no use) and the 2
    last one will give us eggs. So in sum quite a bit of work and hardly
    more eggs than we have today :-) But they are mighty fun to watch –
    Chicken-TV is addictive.

    Ok, thats all for this months from Sailing the Farm – a place where
    crazy dreams come true. If you are interested in joining, just drop us
    a line.

    Love from Sailing the farm.
    A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.


    a: Boat seen from the bow.
    b: Lots of head scratching to get all the pieces togehter.
    c: Out swimming (yes, we are not always working)
    d: The noahs ark chickens waiting for the boat to finish.
    e: Dumpster dinner again.


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    August 2013

    Dear Sea Gypsies

    Its been a busy summer up here. plenty of volunteers and plenty of
    work to be done. Our community is growing bigger and bigger and soon
    we will take over the ocean.

    July has been a good one. 3-4 weeks with stable nice weather, even
    some start to complain about too much sun… That was close to end up
    on the plank…

    Our 10 new chickens are all getting big now. We are still curious how
    many of them are roosters – and will end up in the soup :-)

    The garden loook really good thanks to 2 girls who spend quite alot of
    time weeding.. we got plenty of peas this year – all kinds and some
    really tasty. I didnt know yellow peas could be sweet if you eat them
    raw. raspberries are soon ready to ripe and berry season are here in
    some weeks.

    The boat is really start to look like a proper boat. mostly all
    portholes are in. skylights and railing seems stong and seaworthy.
    there are quite a bit of woodworking to do inside, but we all look
    forward to this.

    So in sum, we are doing quite a bit of progress and its still a couple
    of month until the winter is back so things look pretty good keeping
    the schedule.

    If you have an interest in joing our sea gypsy tribe dont hesitate to contact us.

    Love from Sailing the farm.

    Pictures: (courtsey ela/photograephin)

    a: weeding the potatoefield
    b: queenbreeding
    c: picnic at the lake.
    d: welding stuff on the deck
    e: travelling outdoor library (kind of)


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    Dear Sea Gypsies

    Summer is here, its more or less rain every day but the wwofers order
    sun in the weekends so weather is always nice when we go hiking during
    weekends, (not sure who they order it from though)

    We are now up to full speed on boat and the farm. Last week we
    planted another field of rasperries, which will be give us lots and
    lots of rasperries in 2 years time. Then another field with potatoes
    and even more herbs of all different kind. Its getting interesting
    when the weed is coming up. It will be plenty of weeding soon.

    The bees are busy collecting honey, and flying all over. they seems
    pretty happy now after a quite cold may.

    The portholes are more or less finished – that was a long journey. Its
    quite a few steps. The good thing: which casting and machining skills
    there is limit to what we can make in alloy. Plenty of blocks for the
    boat is already on the list..

    We are in the stage of insulating all over inside. Then make ready for
    the wood deck and railings. The wood deck is not just to make the boat
    look like a boat, but avoid burned feet on hot alloy deck in the
    tropics – besides since we are faking everything to look lke wood, so
    why not a proper wood-deck.

    Lots of sea gypsies are coming next months, both returning ones and
    new ones, but we still have some space, so if you have any skills you
    think could be useful – drop us a line!


    a: sorting out weed in the rasperry field. Then we planted out some
    hundreds sq-meter more.

    b: metal girls at work moving heavy alloy-plates.

    c: casting stuff for the boat. We use sand to mould them.

    d: welding guy busy welding up ears on the portholes.

    e: dumpsterdiving. one night catch from the bin at the foodstore. Now
    we go every weekend to stack up on free fancy food.


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    Newsletter April 2013.

    Dear Sea Gypsies,

    The potatoes are planted just a few days ago. Thats even earlier than
    last year. It a little risky since its still frostnights up here but
    they are protected under a bed of soil so hopefully they wont freeze.

    Summer is coming very slowly. Still no leafs on the trees, but the
    small yellow flowers – coltsfoot (tussilago farfara) are starting to
    show up along the roads. They are important pollen plants for the bees
    this early in season (together with salix)

    Sailing the farm have 3 nice girls now (irish,zchech,french). 2 guys
    (swedish/english) who have been here the first part of april.

    We have mostly been working on casting portholes for the boat which is
    pretty timeconsuming. It means making molds, melting aluminium and
    then shape the half-finished product in the lathe. The result looks
    really good i must say.

    Even if not even close to being foundrymen/girls or machinists we
    manage to get quite a professional result after some weeks of trial
    and error.

    Thats enough for now, If you fancy joining the seagypsy tribe – just
    drop us a line.

    Love from
    Sailing the farm


    a. irish girl making sand-castles (sort of)
    b. inspecting the casting results.
    c. swedish sand-crab.
    d. unfinished and finished result. (with the help of a lathe)
    e. turning soil.

    a: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=380071&stc=1&d=1367131663
    b: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=380081&stc=1&d=1367131670
    c: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=380091&stc=1&d=1367131675
    d: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=380101&stc=1&d=1367131679
    e: http://weldingweb.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=380111&stc=1&d=1367131684

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    Newsletter March 2013. .

    Dear Sea Gypsies,

    Spring is slowly coming our way, Its been maybe the coldest winter for
    as long as people can remember up here. Minus -30 for weeks out and
    weeks for january and february and even in march we have -20 degrees
    for many days. But we dont complain (at least loudly!) the shed was
    filled to the brink with firewood and during evening and weekends time
    have been spent reading about small pacific islands where the sun
    always shine… Guess where to boat is sailing!

    Last two months have been spent doing foundry work (melting
    aluminium). We are now making our own portholes and all small bits and
    pieces out of the all the scrap alloy we have floating around. Next
    would be to make a few dolphins for decoration :-)

    Anyway, enjoy the early spring folks!  .. and if you want to join our
    tribe please contact us!


    a. making a sand-cast for a small porthole.
    b. Out enjoy the skiing in cold winter weather.
    c. a cake? Nope. Its called cores and used for foundry work! Its a
    miks of sand and linseed oil. Taste awful, but works good.
    d. welding small boxes and stuff together.
    e. Porthole production.


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    Newsletter Late August 2012.

    Howdy Sea gypsies

    August has been a good one…. The weather was much nicer than july i
    must admit. even some of those wwoofers start to complain about too
    much sun!

    We have had quite an invasion from volunteers lately, and majority has
    been from US, so now we have a distinct texas-slang around here.

    Boatbuilding is going forward with the speed of light kind of… The
    deck is on. The deckhouse is fixed. Even with the possibility to
    remove to store big stuff inside. We are now working on
    interior. Space for six bunk beds, kitchen and toilet/shower needs
    some thinking…

    We got some cool news lately. two volunteers (french/american) who met
    less than one year ago here on farm, got married… even after
    struggeling so hard to keep those girls and boys in separate barracks!
    … some stuff must have been happening after dark… hmm. :-)

    That was big and small news from our coolest sea gypsy tribe this
    month. If you fancy joining us, please drop us a line…

    Some pictures from last month.

    a: happy volunteers eating lunch
    b: Deckhouse is soon on.
    c: two pretty mermaids taking care of the raspberry field.
    d: forehatch girl cleaning up inside boat.
    e: wedding picture…


    Love from
    Sailing the farm – a sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

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    Newsletter August 2012.

    Dear Sea gypsies

    Then it start to rain…. July has been the wettest last 80 years up
    here. Soon we dont need a truck to move the boat. We just launch her
    just behind the shed.

    Due to weather the gras harvest season is a little slow, but it goes
    forward. Some gypsies have also been out in the forest checking for
    the berries but its still some time to go.. Hopefully a week more and
    it will be a fiest of blueberries during the morning porridge.

    Boatbuilding has been good last weeks, due to rain. Thankfully our
    shed is rainproof. We are now working on shaping in the deckhouse so
    it looks nice. Most of the deckplates are welded in. I must say our
    lady without a name start to looks like a proper boat.

    Ahh. forgot to mention. 2 nice chinese girls has been up here last
    week, feeding us proper food. Oh, I must say i really miss that
    stuff. Nothing can beat homemeade chinese food. hmmm.

    Enjoy our pictures. If you want to join our seagypsy and have
    cabinetmaking skills – you are especially welcome. We are getting
    closer to that step…

    a: Real chinese dinner. Chopsticks and everything.

    b. Polish girl – still smiling after a day of heavy brushing.

    c: Work on the deck house. American/French team.

    d. Beijing-girl helping with deckhouse welding.

    Love from
    Sailing the farm – a sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.


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