Podcast Episodes

Season 5 – Episode 14: Rob Dionne – Open Sky Fitness

Owner of Open Sky Fitness, Personal Trainer, NASM CPT, CES, PES, Level 1 Crossfit Trainer & Film Enthusiast

Rob Dionne, Owner of Open Sky Fitness is an NASM (National Academy of Sport Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer, also holding advanced specialist certifications in Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement. He is a life long athlete competing in swimming, wrestling, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, beach volleyball, etc. With his extensive sports and fitness background, Rob has developed an effective workout programs that incorporate sports movement and the mechanics of weight training in an outdoor setting, that is extremely fun, safe and effective.

Every individual has different needs and Rob is dedicated to helping his clients accomplish their personal goals. Each workout program is designed specifically for the client’s needs.

Recently Rob has created The Lunch Crunch Workout, a lunch time workout program in the La Brea Tar Pits Park in Los Angeles that is perfect for the Stay at Home Mom and Dad!

He also creator of The Sky Fit Challenge, a 12 week training progressive workout strategy that focuses on core stabilization, strength and power; while never stepping foot inside a gym. This program has produced some shocking results.

After training the Los Angeles branch of TeamASPCA for the Los Angeles Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, Rob is excited to work with Terrior Tri and coach future events around the country.

Open Sky Fitness is a collaboration between husband and wife team, Rob and Devon.

“We understand that life gets in the way sometimes of your health. Having a career and building a family takes a lot of time and energy. It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself amongst all the craziness. Finding time to eat healthfully, exercise regularly and practice mindfulness seems so far away, but, the truth is, it’s at your fingertips. It just takes a little practice and consistency. Let us help you get there. Our mission is to provide you with the best information out there. Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle or figure out a way to juggle all the crazy stuff in your life, we’ll help you achieve the next level in your healthy lifestyle.

If you have found us through the Open Sky Fitness Podcast, you know it’s only been in the last few years that we have found a healthy balance. Before that, we struggled with change, knowing what and what not to eat, how to maintain our weight with health, when to take a break and rest, how to communicate to each other, and how to manage our time. It has been a long journey, and like you, we still have a lifetime of learning ahead of us. But, though we will always have more information to find, we want to share all we can with you so that your path can be easier and faster than ours.
When we are not working one-on-one with clients, we spend a lot of our time researching and chatting with the leaders in the health and fitness business, bringing you the most current information out there.” – Rob & Devon Dionne

A Couple Future Goals:
Year 1: Expand Lunch Crunch to other parks in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Year 2: Launch The Lunch Crunch Workout in other cities in Southern California.

Specialties: Weight Loss, Muscle Gain, Strength Training, Agility Training, Plyometric Training

OUR WORLDS COLLIDE: The Banned Commercial

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Crossfit – builds communities
Build methods


How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip or stop so many heroes and Hustlers just like you?
• Do listen to:

What is the best advise you received recently, and that you still follow?
To Trust My Gut!

The Lokkima Workout and Helen Mirrens Body Secret:

Canadian Air Force exercise routine that “very gently” gets her fit.

“It is the exercise I have done off and on my whole life. It just very gently gets you fit. Two weeks of doing that and you think: ‘Yeah, I could go to the gym now,'” she told the site.

The workout, which was created by physician Bill Orban, is made up of 10 basic muscle-working exercises including a series of push-ups, sit-ups, leg raises, running and more. The exercise program is also offered in two series — a 5BX plan for men and a XBX plan for women which actually only takes 11 minutes. Without using any equipment, the workout follows a chart and according to Mirren, you can’t move on to the next chart until you master the first set of exercises in the given time frame.

Known as the first type of high intensity workout of our time, the concept was later repackaged and sold as a type of interval training we’re all familiar with today, reports the National Post.

Two Awesome Hours: Science‑Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time … Book by Josh Davis


MENTOR? Will Irish – Meet my audience where they are.

“I never lose. I either win or learn.” – Nelson Mandela

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Open Sky Fitness on iTunes

A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Season 5 – Episode 12: Founder & CEO at Tide – George Bevis

Part 1 of 2: Episode 12 of season 5
George Bevis
Founder & CEO at Tide

Value Bombs: Create an event horizon: SPRINT: Book.

http://lokkima.com/ and http://cmereapp.com/

“Business services offered by High Street banks have failed to meet the needs of the modern small business owner,” said George Bevis, Tide founder and CEO. “With slow sign-up processes, hidden charges and poor customer experience, business banking has been stuck in the dark ages.”

Tide, a UK-based, mobile-first banking service targeting small and medium enterprise customers, has picked up a Series A of $14 million, one of the bigger rounds for a fintech startup in Europe this year. The investment was led by Anthemis (the London-based fintech investor that has also backed Azimo, Currencycloud, Betterment and Simple) and Creandum (investor in Spotify and many other high-profile European startups), and is joined by Passion Capital and LocalGlobe, which backed Tide in a $2 million seed investment last year. Eileen Burbidge of Passion Capital is also Tide’s chairperson.

Tide’s unique selling point is that it provides a less expensive and faster service to smaller businesses who lack the staffing to run the accounting and admin sides of their businesses efficiently.

“People who run small businesses waste time with crappy administrative tasks, so we work out smart ways with software to automate these things,” Bevis said.

While a customer would use Tide just as they would a regular business banking account, it’s important to note that Tide is not a bank. Member deposits are kept in a ring-fenced account at Barclays under an FCA-regulated eMoney license by PrePay Solutions (PPS). Funds being held under an eMoney license, means deposits cannot be invested by PPS.

Article on investing and TIDE: https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/03/uks-tide-raises-14m-to-challenge-big-banks-with-a-mobile-first-service-for-smbs/

MENTOR: Eileen Burbidge – Eileen is a Partner at Passion Capital, an early-stage VC fund based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere. In addition to Passion Capital, Eileen is also the Chair of TechCity UK, which is the British government-backed organisation supporting digital business across the UK. She is also HM Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech and has received an MBE for services to Business in June 2015.

BOOK: Buddhafield Dharma: Buddhist Practice on the Land

FOLLOW George Bevis on Twitter

Season 5 – Episode 11: (Part 1 of 2) Music to Hospitality—It’s Always Been About the Experience for Danielle Kimmey Torrez Chief Executive Officer of ExperienceGlobal.com

Hear Jason’s best southern accent as he explains what Experience Global is.

Headquartered in Nashville, TN, EXP Global delivers intelligent experience training solutions to hospitality companies nationwide. Founded on the 5 Disney Principles of Service, EXP Global works with employees from maintenance to the C-Suite, driving cultural change that improves retention and creates repeatable and measurable customer experiences.

( Joy) Danielle Kimmey Torrez serves as Chief Executive Officer for Experience Global and leads the relational partnerships, strategy, technology growth, organizational processes, and sales and marketing for the EG team. She brings fifteen years of leadership experience, with a focus on strategic partnerships and brand identity.

“Customers remember each human interaction from their experience with hotel, restaurant, and events staff. That’s why we founded EXP.”

Her career in music taught her the value of creating memorable experiences. Every show required a well-choreographed, well-executed performance that they had to repeat night after night, treating each time they stepped onstage as if they were auditioning for the first time. She recognized that translates to the hospitality industry. Each staff-to-customer interaction defines the experience and creates a lot of data. The market needed a data-driven, customer experience solution that translates into measurable insights and outcomes.

Experience Global combines a tech platform with in-person training of health system and facility employees. The company has been working at Florida-based Adventist Health System — where it has trained almost 3,500 people in 15 months — and a South Carolina retirement center, among others, focusing on rallying workers around company culture and values. A small bump in employee satisfaction on that front, CEO Danielle Torrez told the Post, generates a big increase in the patient satisfaction scores that are becoming a growing part of reimbursement criteria.

Danielle, is highly energized by investing in people, goal setting and achievement, brand strategy, online marketing initiatives, creative collaborations and teamwork. Her favorite things in this world are people and pizza. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Experience Global.

How have you balanced utilizing both creativity & business savvy in your career?

Growing up, I thought of creativity and business as two completely different spheres. I was so wrong. Once I began to utilize my creative side in business I started to see opportunity in every department of my company! These days, I take time to dream and ideate before making any big business decisions. Total game changer.

COMMUNITY: Nashville Entrepreneur Centre
TECHNOLOGY: Google – Apps, Chat and Slack.
BOOK: Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders by Reggie McNeal Based on his extensive experience as coach and mentor to many thousands of Christian leaders across a broad spectrum of ministry settings, Reggie McNeal helps spiritual leaders understand that they will self-select into or out of greatness.
FILM: Clueless
BIGGEST LEARNINGS: Habits make you successful: Consistency is KING!
BIGGEST TEACHINGS: Being revenue Positive. Proven, Data. I’ve proven the concept. Making it hard to argue with.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Season 5 – Episode 10: Dai Manuel

Dai Manuel

Formerly Chief Operating Officer and partner of Fitness Town Inc., he helped his teams help his clients in 8 retail stores and 2 commercial divisions. Raised in Bowmanville, Ontario, he is now travelling with his 2 children and loving wife, Christie, from Vancouver, B.C. With his rare spare time, he is an active member of Toastmasters and when not honing his public speaking skills, he lives out his passion for writing and sharing best health and fitness practices as the editor of DaiManuel.com.

Dad, Lifestyle Mentor, Nutrition & Fitness Coach, Keynote Speaker, Pro Blogger, and author of the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto. As well as a digital thought leader and lifestyle mentor empowering people to lead a ‘FUN’ctionally fit life through education, encouragement and community. Dai models his work on the basis of 5 pillars (4 actually, plus a roof): Fitness, Family, Finances, and Faith with an overarching roof of ‘FUN’ built on a rock-solid foundation of health. Dai is also a dad, dating his wife, a founding partner and former COO of Fitness Town Inc, keynote speaker, award-winning blogger, Podcaster, CrossFit athlete, co-founder of the #YVRDads support group for fathers, a BC Children’s Hospital Grind For Kids Ambassador, and published author of the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto.

BOOKS: CRUSH IT – Social Media – Gary Vee

Dai Manuel’s Whole Life Fitness Manifesto: 30 Minutes a Day for a Healthier Body, Mind and Spirit

A colorful, dynamic blend of inspiring philosophy and practical workouts that anyone can follow to enhance physical and mental well-being for life. In this book, trainer, motivational speaker, father, and entrepreneur Dai Manuel offers a plan that anyone can follow to create health and wellbeing in both mind and body. Is it possible to get physically fit without taking care of the other aspects of you? Sure. But it’s much harder to get going and keep going, and much less fun. Loaded with concrete workouts, meditation exercises, nutrition advice, and personal development prompts, this book provides the tools to create a “FUNctionally fit”

The highest reward for our toil is not what we get for it but what we become by it. … Mistakes are not failures. They are proof that we are making an effort. When we understand that, we can more easily move out of our comfort zone, try something new, and improve. … Improvement demands a commitment to grow long after the mood in which it was made has passed.” — John C. Maxwell

“Don’t be on your deathbed someday, having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams.”

Treatment with infrared light therapy is simple and painless. Flexible pads, each containing multiple infrared lights, are placed directly on the skin over the area of pain or injury. Energy from the lights penetrates beneath the skin and is absorbed by deep tissues.

Hosts best choice: DPL II Light Therapy System

The DPL II red & infrared LED light therapy system covers the largest treatment area in this list, and contains 96 infrared bulbs (880 nm), 32 dark red bulbs (660 nm), 32 red bulbs (630 nm) and 32 amber bulbs (530 nm).

DPL Panel System Pros:
Large treatment area
2-panels – can be attached to any area with the Velcro strap
Hands-free operation
Timer and auto shut-off
Easy to use

Not a great fit for travel due to size
May not feel comfortable directly on skin.

TO WATCH: In 2009 Bronnie wrote an online article called Regrets of the Dying about her time as a palliative carer. Working with dying people and developing close relationships with them during their last weeks resulted in raw, honest conversations about life and death, including what the patients wished they had done differently.

How to get to know more about Dai:

Season 5 – Episode 9: James Swanston (Part 1 of 2)

Warning! There are some sound issues due to calls between Thailand and London – Apologies to our listeners!

James Swanston is an advisor to Lord Mawson OBE for the St. Paul’s Way Transformation Project, one of the UK’s biggest regeneration projects based in East London, with a focus on encouraging students to look at science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and enterprise. James is the chair of the Transport Working Group of the Energy Managers Association, founded by Lord Redesdale to help major UK businesses to help address the challenges of energy scarcity and climate change. He was recently listed in the Tech City Almanac as one of the 100 key figures helping to redefine digital business in London.

He is a director of Green and Tonic, a fast growing networking group for sustainability leaders in London and has previously assisted the Sustainable Development Commission on smart mobility and was awarded the Greenbang award for smart transport in 2011. James regularly speaks at events on sustainability and entrepreneurship topics. He has been granted the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, one of the City of London’s oldest livery companies and has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

He has served as an officer in the Australian and British Armies, including tours of duty in Malaysia, East Timor, Iraq, Falkland Islands and Afghanistan; he currently commands the City of London Fusiliers Company of the London Regiment. He spent several years in Australian military intelligence, where he established a multi-discipline team working on the fusion of intelligence collection and analysis across different technical intelligence sources, for which he was awarded the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation’s Outstanding Service Award. He was awarded the United States Bronze Star Medal and the Australian Joint Operations Command Commendation for service in Iraq.

James completed three bachelor degrees concurrently from Griffith University in Law, International Business and Modern Asian Studies, a Diploma in Export Management and a Masters in International Relations and Asian Politics (University of Queensland). James is a qualified Justice of the Peace.


Have a clear mission statement. Get people to buy into its mission to build a massive company and aggressively pursue that goal. Elon Musk and HyperLoop – exciting technology – part of a consortium to be a part of the global hyperloop challenge.

READ: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business – Amazon UK – By: Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building …
WATCH: McRaven Best Commencement Speech University Texas – Business – We first saw this speech at the Military Times.

1. Be forward thinking
2. Be inventive, and daring
3. Do the right thing
4. Be honest and straight forward
5. Be willing to change, to learn, to grow and be very very flexible.
6. Work hard and be yourself

Find out more here: www.voyagecontrol.com

Season 5 – Episode 8: SquareMeal Talk

Scott talks at SquareMeal: SquareMeal has been around for almost 30 years and has been the market leading independent restaurant commentators with a circulation of 50,000. The award-winning event is in London and attracts over 8.000 bookers at Old Billingsgate, EC3 in September each year.

Jason shares his talk on Creativity: the phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. He talks “thinking outside the box” and “inside the box” as well as mentioning Stamford University’s Creative Engine.

Listen to find out what you missed!

Season 5 – Episode 7: Business SUPERSIZER – Luke Harvard

 “I help ambitious small to mid-size businesses to SUPERSIZE their growth using acquisitions.” – Luke Havard


Luke Havard is a business investor, advisor and serial entrepreneur with a deep passion and talent for buying, scaling & selling global businesses and advising and partnering with others to do the same.

Luke specialises in partnering with SME’s and investors, with ambition to grow by acquisition, (but lack the time and or the expertise to source great deals), who have access to capital to complete off-market transactions between $5m – $50m in size.

Luke is the founder of Disentis Group a boutique M&A firm and one of four partners in a global private equity consortium that helps small to mid-size companies to supersize their business growth through acquisition.

Are you interested in exploring the option of buying, scaling or even selling your business?

Connect with Luke via Twitter or Linkedin

Season 5 – Episode 6: Founder & CEO at John Murphy International

This episode is sponsored by TREEHOUSE

John Murphy, Founder & CEO at John Murphy International. Experienced Business Coach, Executive Coach, Mentor, and Productivity Expert. Experienced Business Coach, Executive Coach, Mentor, Leadership Strategist and Productivity Expert.

His goal for all his clients is to help them win in their businesses and their lives!

He works as a business coach to CEOs,Business Owners, Professional Service Companies and Senior Executives to help them build sustainable, profitable long term businesses.

His experience as a CEO, Executive Chairman and Business Owner positions him well to understand the challenges that his clients face and he brings a proven process to each client, tailored to their needs.

He has worked as a business coach for the past 10 years all over the world and in all industries, and my philosophy of always adding value to results has enabled me to work with top companies worldwide.

He has had the privilege of working as a mentor and leadership strategist to top CEOs, and have helped them to achieve levels of productivity required for their roles.

His work as an Executive Coach to senior executives and directors who are transitioning to new roles, and support them to become the leaders they aspire to be.

His work in the field of Emotional Intelligence helps his clients to better understand why the behave they way they do, and how we can help them to improve their performance as a result of this detailed assessment.

John has worked with to name a few:

He successfully transitioned his business from offline to online and is now location independent.

His wife, Bernie, and John live in the beautiful Languedoc region of France.

He works online so he can fit in with your schedule and help you start getting the results you want in your business and your life.

Book: SmartTribes by Christine Comaford

As a leadership coach, the author observes that clients generally approach her with three goals in mind: performance, innovation, and engagement. The approaches they have used in the past are no longer getting them the results they desire. What’s needed is more than tactical advice for implementing the same strategy more effectively, but a complete change in the strategic approach to organizational management.

She cites a number of findings of a Harvard study (Haskett 1992) into the way in which performance is enhanced by culture, in which companies identified as having “performance-enhancing cultures” significantly outperformed others in various regards (market share, profitability, etc.)

The author offers the notion of “smart tribes” – a culture that she claims will outperform competitors. The “smart” pertains to the proactive mind – seeing opportunities and evaluating options rather than reacting by gut instinct to the events as they unfold.

She concedes that “tribe” has become a buzzword, but it represents an important concept: the sense of belonging within an organization. Tribes work collaboratively toward a goal, and having the support of a tribe gives each member a sense of confidence in taking decisive action – it mitigates the risk of acting alone, shields us from consequences, which enables us to apply our higher mind rather than reacting in fear. The other benefits of collaboration – combining effort and expertise of many people – are of little value if the culture of an organization does not provide the security necessary to make an intelligent decision regarding which activities should be pursued.

Leaders unintentionally (or sometimes deliberately) push their teams into a position of insecurity, which creates a flurry of panicked activity rather than supporting more measured and intelligent choices. A major shift in the environment or a major change in the organization is often surrounded by uncertainty and doubt, an in times of major upheaval people look to their tribal leaders for direction – while the leaders cannot prevent this from happening, they can certainly consider their reaction. To shrug is not acceptable.

Where there is threat or uncertainty, people go into the animal state – freeze, fight, or flight – to exercise the higher mind and be in what the author calls the “smart state” requires confidence and security. For companies, growth is always desirable, even in difficult times – and to achieve growth, the leadership of a firm must work to keep their employees in the “smart state” even in the face of difficulty and turbulence.

If the organizational culture is consistently in its smart state, then it is a smart tribe – even in the face of change and growth, smart tribes are focused, communicate clearly and directly, and have the enthusiasm and energy to do what needs to be done.

The author lays claim to “neuroscience techniques” that can be applied to maintain a highly productive organization. She switches to providing a litany of benefits (performance, productivity, efficiency, innovation, and morale) that have resulted from applying her methodology. They are dramatic differences, and achieved within a relatively short amount of time.

She compares the book to a “field guide” and herself as a “scout” who has real-world experience and can guide you in the right direction. While the book provides a general methodology, it should also be a troubleshooting guide to help when managers find themselves “stuck” for a solution.

“The first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in itself. … The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.”
― Derek Sivers

Email: john@johnmurphyinternational.com

Winning at Business and Life on iTunes

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Watch John Murphy Coaching on You Tube

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Season 5 – Episode 5: Shaa Lysa Wasmund MBE – A British Business Woman

This episode is sponsored by BOLD

Shaa Lysa Wasmund MBE

In her career so far she has been the boss of numerous dotcom companies, a property developer, the head of a public relations firm, a best-selling author, and even a one-time personal assistant for former British boxer Chris Eubank.

Who received her break from Brendon Burchard, one of the most watched personal development trainers in the world and a Top 100 Most Followed Public Figure on Facebook.

After graduating from the London School of Economics, I became the only licensed female boxing manager in the world, working with Chris Eubank. I then worked with Sir James Dyson for about five years, when he was still operating from his kitchen table. I then went on to set up my own PR agency.

What I really want to focus on now is online education, which is a huge growth area, so I teach people how to create online businesses with The Freedom Collective.

Hero Trait: Honesty and Transparency! Whatever we teach has to be actionable, practical and do-able!

Focus on YOU, forget the competition! Find your Tribe. Don’t be a cookie-cutter of what is already out there. Big Believer of “ALWAYS BE LEARNING! COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS AND COMPETE WITH YOURSELF!”

Missed out on the sale of BEBO to AOL who acquired social networking site Bebo for $850 million in cash.


The Magic Of Thinking Big Reissue by David J Schwartz
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Find her on:

Shaa Wasmund on Facebook

The Freedom Collective

What time do you get up in the morning? 5am.

Which app couldn’t you live without? WhatsApp, or Facebook – definitely communication-based ones.

What’s your top way to unwind in the evening? A run in the park, and then a hot bath while watching Vikings with a carefully positioned laptop. I’ve applied to be an extra in the next series. I want to be a shieldmaiden. I’ve started martial arts training.

What was your first job? Cleaning out stables when I was 14.

What did you always want to be when you were growing up?I wanted to have financial freedom so that I could make my own choices.

What’s a hot tip for a new company? Not a specific one, but I think we’re going to see a lot of companies pop up around meditation.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Never live your life by other people’s limitations.

What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve been given? A famous advertising leader said this to a 26-year-old in front of me: “You need to focus on fixing all of your weaknesses between now and 40, because maybe after 40 you will be able to be a success”. For me that’s a recipe for disappointment and disaster.

What’s your motto? It’s never just business; it’s always about people.

What scares you? Sharks. I would never go diving in a cage with them.

Season 5 – Episode 4: Adam Shakinovsky – Founder & CEO Bru Productions.

Show is brought to you by BOLD –

Adam began his career in NYC working on features and production managing documentaries for the Discovery Channel. He then started as the first producer at Agile Films in 2005, helping to build it from the ground up over seven years.

While at Agile, he produced a number of commercials, digital content and music videos for clients as varied as T-Mobile, W-Hotels, DKNY, Sony Playstation, Accenture, Coke, PWC, Channel 4, Vertu and Pernod Ricard.

Favourite Quote:

“From quiet homes and first beginning, out to the undiscovered ends, there’s nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends. Hilaire Belloc.”

Favourite Show: Sopranos and WestWing

Jason and Adam worked together on the W Hotel’s arrival to London’s Leicester Square, Away We Stay follows the romantic story of a photographer (played by Helena Christensen), who falls for a stranger she meets in a restaurant (David Gandy). Inspired by the iconic movie Blow Up, the film is directed by Edoardo Ponti and produced by Katrina.

Biggest Value Lesson: Humans are emotional creatures. My impression is that storytelling allows us to digest information more easily because it connects that information to emotions. … Storytelling is important because it is effective at teaching in a way that people can easily remember, and at helping people relate to one another.

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