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My top tips on how to break down barriers

I’m often asked why inclusion is so important to business and the best ways to foster a happy, inclusive, productive culture. In our latest Spotlight Series on Virgin.com, Breaking Barriers, we are looking at how people fulfil their work and career potential. We’re sharing how we’re trying to do things differently across the Virgin Group, and getting inspiration from what other companies are doing.

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Here are my top tips on how to break down barriers at work: 1.            Include everyone The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people. It is about giving equal access and opportunities, moving from tolerance to acceptance, overcoming biases and getting rid of discrimination. Essentially it is about letting everyone be themselves and valuing them. I’m proud of Virgin Holidays’ campaigns standing up for the LGBT+ community and Virgin Media’s Work With Me campaign which aims…

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Dogs vs Annoying Hamster: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie

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Hamster Critter made by: http://overstuft.com/
Dogs vs Annoying Hamster: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie
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Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch funny dogs Maymo & Potpie get pranked by an annoying hamster! This crazy creature interrupts video games, ruins Maymo's recipes and rips down curtains! Watch how these cute beagle dogs react to the annoying rodent! #funnydogs #prank #gaming #hamster #videogame #creature #pranks #dogs Music:
"AI 2" by Vibe Mountain, "Dangerous" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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and "Fun Activity Montage" by Biz Baz Studio
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How Virgin Voyages is working to be the cleanest fleet at sea

Virgin Voyages is on a mission to make the world a better place in everything they do. “We are committed to having one of the cleanest fleets at sea,” Tom McAlpin, Virgin Voyages’ President and CEO said. “Which is why we are committed to creating the right partnerships to help make our ships as ocean-friendly as possible.” One of the partnerships that Virgin Voyages has formed is with Sweden-based Climeon, aiming to majorly reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by converting the heat from the ship’s engines into electricity. One Climeon unit can produce enough energy to power 250 normal households and each Virgin Voyages ship will have six units, giving it the potential to power about 1,500 households. This will provide not only power for the cabins and suites but also the onboard restaurants, casino and other venues.

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From The Rebel Billionaire to a $56 million IPO

Many years ago, on a TV show called The Rebel Billionaire, I offered an entrepreneur a choice: take a cheque for $1 million – or toss a coin to double their money, or lose it all.

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The person I gave that choice to was Shawn Nelson, who is the founder of modern furniture company Lovesac. He wisely took the money. It has been a rollercoaster ride for him since, going from the brink of losing everything to raising $56 million in Lovesac’s recent IPO.

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There’s plenty of lessons to be learned from Shawn’s story. But none more so than the value of perseverance. Show me an entrepreneur who says they have never failed and I will show you a liar. We all fail – that is what…

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Getting ready for the Virgin Strive Challenge 2018

We’re about to start the Virgin Strive Challenge and I’ve been training hard over the past few months to get in shape.

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The challenge is the most adventurous yet, with a route that will see us cycling and sea kayaking across Sardinia, hiking across Corsica, cycling and hiking across France and finishing by climbing up Europe’s tallest mountain, Mont Blanc. One of my favourite things about the Virgin Strive Challenge is meeting lots of different people from all walks of life who all want to create positive change – it makes it easier to keep trekking up that mountain when the conversation is inspiring.

Image from Adam Slama

We’ve all come together to strive for Big Change, the social impact accelerator co-founded by my children, which helps young people thrive in…

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Dogs vs Bowling Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny

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Dogs vs Bowling Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny
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Maymo's Instagram: http://goo.gl/1MrHRh
Maymo's Facebook: http://on.fb.me/UPC8d7
Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch funny dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny get pranked by a giant bowling pin! These dogs are having fun using their inflatable bowling set when an unexpected visitor drops in and surprises the cute beagle dogs. Watch the dogs dance with the giant bowling pin mascot man, then attack him and send him out the door (literally!). #funnydogs #prank #funnyprank #bowling #mascot Music: "Almost August" by Dan Lebowitz and "Skuba Drive" by Quincas Moreira …

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Reopening Necker Island with the Extreme Tech Challenge

Delighted that Necker Island will soon be open again as we continue the recovery from Hurricane Irma. I’m looking forward to welcoming our first guests of 2018 back to Necker – the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC).

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The XTC finals were due to take place earlier this year, but the team moved the dates so they could still hold the event on Necker. The final will take place on October 19th, and I’m proud to be helping to judge the winner again. This year’s finalists have already got through three stages to reach Necker, winning through a nerve-wracking public pitch at CES, the world’s biggest technology trade show in Las Vegas. They are:  Power Ledger a blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading platform from Perth, Australia; Owlet Baby Care, a healthcare platform and baby monitoring system from the Utah; and Revl, a smart action,…

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Chef Dogs Cook Chicken Noodle Soup: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie

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Chef Dogs Cook Chicken Noodle Soup: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie
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Maymo's Instagram: http://goo.gl/1MrHRh
Maymo's Facebook: http://on.fb.me/UPC8d7
Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch funny chef dogs Maymo & Potpie cook chicken noodle soup for Penny! These two cute beagle dogs make a perfect duo in the kitchen – dicing up veggies and taste-testing their soup recipe until it's perfect! Wait til the end to watch them serve it to their 'sick' friend, Penny! #cooking #recipe #funnydogs #tutorial #funnydog #chef Music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones …

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How Virgin Money and Sofar Sounds are keeping shared experiences alive

Throughout the Creative Matters Spotlight series we’ve been striving to gain a greater understanding of the impact of music, film and art on wider society. What better way to do so, we thought, than by teaming up with a global community dedicated to supporting new creative talent and bringing people together. We recently hosted a gig with Sofar Sounds in one of Virgin Money’s Lounges, to which our readers were given the chance to purchase queue-jumping tickets and join us at the show. The evening saw an intimate crowd take in performances from three very different acts; The Last Dinosaur, Acantha Lang and Three Laws. While the music might be the motivating factor to attend for many, the benefits are far greater. Speaking to Virgin before the event, Sofar Sounds founder and CEO Rafe Offer explained why the shows give people something different from the usual gig-going experience. “Sofar brings people together for a shared…

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How a teenager is turning frustrations into opportunities

It’s so wonderful seeing entrepreneurial spirit alive in young teenagers who are turning their frustrations into opportunities. I was in Menorca recently having lunch with Kate Winslet and we met a wonderful young entrepreneur who, even in a challenging situation, is finding ways to make his ideas come alive.

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Iolo Edwards is a 13-year-old from Wales who has been quite poorly recently and was diagnosed with Acute Severe Ulcerative Colitis. In order to save his life, he had to have surgery to remove his bowel in April. He said he hated the stoma bags that he left hospital with – they were beige and looked really old-fashioned. He said he spent a long time looking at different products that would suit him better and settled with a plain black or white bag. He said there were loads of patterned bags…

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Dog vs Zombie R2D2 Prank! Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny

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Zombie R2D2 made by Travis Mullins: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TravisMullinsArt
Dog vs Zombie R2D2 Prank! Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny
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Maymo's Instagram: http://goo.gl/1MrHRh
Maymo's Facebook: http://on.fb.me/UPC8d7
Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch funny dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny get pranked with a scary zombie R2D2! Potpie enlists the help of Maymo in exterminating their unexpected guest, Star Wars robot R2D2. However, just when they think they've destroyed the annoying creature, it returns in zombie form! #dog #r2d2 #zombie #starwars #funnydogs #prank Music: "Batty McFaddin – Silent Film Light" and "Merry Go" by Kevin MacLeod are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200003
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"Greeting the Day with a Smile" by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions …

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There’s nothing more important than family

I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family and their unwavering support. They are my inspiration, the best sounding board and a constant source of new ideas.

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There is nothing more wonderful than spending quality time with family. It is so important to recharge, reconnect and relax with the people you love. How do you make time for what’s important?

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Behind the scenes at Virgin Galactic

It was wonderful to see our spaceship VSS Unity successfully completing her third rocket powered, supersonic test flight in less than four months. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of the teams at Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company that we are making such great progress. I love hearing about all the preparation that goes on behind the scenes and feeling the excitement radiate off the team. 

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In this video, Virgin Galactic’s Vice President Julia Hunter, who has been with the team for more than 12 years, describes her journey and why she thinks going to space is so important.

She recounts how it all started with the Ansari X Prize – a challenge aimed at bringing some private sector flair into human spaceflight. The rules focused on…

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Funny Dogs vs Giant Carrot Prank! Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny

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Huge carrots made by Jumbo Jibbles: https://jumbojibbles.com/
Funny Dogs vs Giant Carrot Prank! Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny
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Maymo's Instagram: http://goo.gl/1MrHRh
Maymo's Facebook: http://on.fb.me/UPC8d7
Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch Funny dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie get pranked by their owner with a giant carrot! These three cute beagle dogs are speechless when confronted with what they think is a huge carrot…until a larger carrot comes along…and then an even larger carrot shows up…with arms! Music: "Good Starts" by Jingle Punks, "About That Oldie" by Vibe Tracks, and "Mariachiando" by Doug Maxwell/Jimmy Fontanez …

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Get up and dance

People love to ask what makes the Virgin brand different from other brands – it’s all about the people who work for us and their attitude towards having fun.

A post shared by Richard Branson (@richardbranson) on Aug 3, 2018 at 1:37am PDT

There’s nothing that breaks the ice more at a function than blasting some great music and getting everyone up on the table for a bit of dancing. Zorba the Greek music always gets a dinner party going and is great to table dance to. 

Image from Virgin Voyages

I was in Fincantieri’s shipyard in Italy recently celebrating the name reveal of Virgin Voyages new ship (we called her the Scarlet Lady, in case you were wondering). Shipyard’s aren’t typically the best place for celebrations and parties but our team had transformed the area (usually used…

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Why I love crowdfunding

Now is the best time there has ever been to be an entrepreneur starting or growing a business. In 2015 I wrote that crowdfunding will change the world, but the speed of its impact has surpassed even my expectations. 

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In the UK the biggest crowdfunding platform, CrowdCube, has raised more than £390m in equity investment to help businesses scale. £130m of that was in 2017 alone. On a more global scale, rewards based crowdfunding platform Indiegogo (which we are proud investors in) is close to having generated an incredible $1.5bn for businesses and projects. That’s quite a crowd!

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It’s incredible how this new format of fundraising has helped so many businesses find the cash and support they need. Many of these entrepreneurs would have ended up trying…

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Creative matters for Student Magazine

I recently got chance to see all of the editions of Student Magazine together. It had been a long time since I’d seen the original versions and was great to get the distinctive feel of holding them in my hands.

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Student gave young people a voice and challenged perceptions of youth culture, covering everything from pop culture and music to the Vietnam and Biafra wars. While looking through the magazines, I read my original editorial from the first issue. I think it set our stall out pretty well. One part of it highlighted one of the aims of the magazine – to reframe the way young people were seen.

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“In the last few years there has been more widespread interest in the student age group than ever before. But…

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VSS Unity goes into the Mesosphere at twice the speed of sound

So excited to see our beautiful spaceship VSS Unity back in the air at  Mach 2.47 (almost two and a half times the speed of  sound) as she successfully completed her third rocket powered, supersonic test flight in less than four months.

A post shared by Richard Branson (@richardbranson) on Jul 27, 2018 at 1:39am PDT

Behind every test flight lies meticulous preparation and analysis on the ground. I couldn’t be prouder of the teams at Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company, whose hard work and dedication makes every step closer to space possible.

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After a clean release from carrier aircraft VMS Eve, pilots Dave Mackay and Mike “Sooch” Masucci lit the spaceship’s rocket motor, before pulling up into a near vertical climb and powering towards the black sky at Mach 2.47. The…

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Dog Saves Little Brother from Shark! Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie

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Dog Saves Little Brother from Shark! Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie #sharkweek
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Maymo's Instagram: http://goo.gl/1MrHRh
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Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Just in time for Shark Week, funny dogs Maymo & Potpie get pranked by a giant shark! Watch as cute puppy Potpie runs from the huge Great White Shark. Big brother Maymo steps in and rescues his little brother from the scary shark! Just when they think they've gotten rid of the enemy, their sister Penny joins them for another battle, this time involving a dancing hammerhead shark! #sharkweek Music: "Cockpit" by Silent Partner …

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Second chances are good for us all

It was great to meet Chris, a 29-year old Virgin Trains employee, who is one of more than 30 ex-offenders who currently work for Virgin Trains after being identified through its ex-offender recruitment programme.

He is living proof of how someone can turn their lives around and fulfil their potential. As an entrepreneur and employer who needs to attract people with talent and enthusiasm, looking beyond criminal records and seeing people’s potential has always made good business sense to me. Who have you given a second chance?

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The man who made Virgin’s murals

I was was with Holly and Sam on a bicycle ride in Oxford recently, in training for the Virgin Strive Challenge. We were passing The Manor, Virgin Records world-first country recording studio and manor house where everyone from Mike Oldfield to The Rolling Stones made music. So we went up to the front gate and rang the bell, on the off chance they would let us in.

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I hadn’t been there for many years, and the grandchildren had come along, so we wanted to show them around. Somebody answered the doorbell and asked who it was. “It’s Richard Branson,” I said. “I used to live here; I was wondering if we could come in and take a walk around the garden?”

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“How do we know you’re really…

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Funny Dogs vs Mad Scientist: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie

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Funny Dogs vs. Mad Scientist: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie
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Maymo's Instagram: http://goo.gl/1MrHRh
Maymo's Facebook: http://on.fb.me/UPC8d7
Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie assist a crazy scientist in some messy experiments complete w/beakers, test tubes & unknown elements. When the cute beagles get fed up with the clumsy scientist they try their own 'science project', turning the hapless scientist into something you'll never forget! Music: "Amazing Plan – Distressed" and "Amazing Plan – Silent Film Dark" by Kevin MacLeod are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Artist: http://incompetech.com/,
"Cataclysmic Molten Core" by the Jingle Punks
and "The Angels Weep" by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Walk Together for a freer, fairer world

Every year, for ten wonderful years, I would receive the enormous honour of a call from Nelson Mandela on my birthday. That this legendary leader made the time to send me his regards was incredible enough. That he found the time on his own birthday was amazing. It was just one small way Madiba showed his warmth and his humanity. 

On his 100th birthday, yesterday, The Elders were joined by thousands of people on an unforgettable walk to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy. The symbolic walk to Constitution Hill marked a year of the #WalkTogether campaign, which celebrates the courageous leadership of 100 grassroots Sparks of Hope. These organisations from around the world are continuing Mandela’s long walk to freedom through their work and the values of compassion, empathy and solidarity.

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Revolution, HEAT and racing Sam at Virgin Active South Africa

There comes a time in every parent’s life when they have to accept that their child is finally faster than them. Well, that time hasn’t quite come for me quite yet…

A post shared by Richard Branson (@richardbranson) on Jul 16, 2018 at 8:23am PDT

I’m delighted to be in Johannesburg with my son Sam, wife Joan and lots of the Virgin family. We got chance to visit Virgin Active South Africa’s Rosebank health club today, and I challenged Sam to a race on the innovative outdoor sprint track. Hey, what do you mean I cut him up?!

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While I wasn’t sneaking victories over my son, we joined in with the new Revolution class. I love to keep fit on a bicycle, but this was less cycling and more a party on…

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Third for Bird and DS Virgin Racing in New York

DS Virgin Racing capped off their best ever season in New York this weekend, securing third place in both the teams’ and drivers’ championships. Sam Bird picked up points finishes in both races at the double header weekend but was just one point behind rival Lucas di Grassi to miss out on the championship runners-up spot. Saturday’s race saw Bird cross the line in ninth, holding on to second place in the standings before the season finale on Sunday. It was a tough race, with temperatures rising as high as 45 degrees on the track.

Bird’s teammate Alex Lynn saw an unfortunate ending to his race on Saturday, hitting the barrier in the closing stages and having to retire early. Sunday was a new day though and following wet conditions in the morning sessions Bird lined up on the grid in P8. At…

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Funny Dogs vs Slimer Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie

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Funny Dogs vs Slimer Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie; To use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, email Brave Bison (licensing@bravebison.io) Subscribe! http://bit.ly/VzYUvE
Maymo's Instagram: http://goo.gl/1MrHRh
Maymo's Facebook: http://on.fb.me/UPC8d7
Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch funny dogs Maymo & Potpie get pranked by Slimer from Ghostbusters! The two cute beagles are resting when they hear all kinds of noise from the kitchen. When Maymo goes to investigate the racket, the cute dog's reaction is priceless to what he finds! Music: "Temptation March" by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Artist: http://audionautix.com/
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"Batty McFaddin – Silent Film Light" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200003
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