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You don’t need a weatherman

This place, this place, this place.  However hard I try, I do miss this place.  Snapped last summer during le canicule (the heatwave), this is my corner of France parched, thirsty – gasping for water but still flaunting green trees.   And there’s a tower beckoning Rapunzels and Ladies of Shalott from far and wide.  Or in my case just girls that never grew out of romantic ideas that a tower in a fanciful mind will make all those whimsical dreams come true.  And give roots.

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My offering for Claudette’s Emotography Challenge (free-form simplicity – just a  simple ask that you offer a photograph along with the notion of the emotion it was prompted by or that it provokes in you) screams homesick to me.

Hence the necessary PS that my title is the teeniest stolen snippet of  Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues

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  1. I remember my garden looking a bit like that. Very dry and sad.

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    March 15, 2016
    • It seems an eternity ago – the weather is the most fickle and dictatorial of mistresses 🙂

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      March 15, 2016
  2. Ooo, I share this feeling. I@m on my way back to the UK; I don’t want to leave my little corner of France – I get homesick – and when I’m in the UK I can’t wait to get back here. Strange how two years can change perspectives and “allegiances” altho’ I’ll always be a Brit.

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    March 15, 2016
    • That’s it exactly – I’ve been in France since September 2013. When I came away for this sojourn it felt like a bit of me had been ripped away. It still feels like that even though I now feel i have adjusted sufficiently to really begin to appreciate this place – and there is much to appreicate. I am back to France for a meagre week in 10 days and then to England for two weeks. Where I differ from you is that I do not feel anything but foreign in Britain now. Maybe I was always a dastardly imposter ….

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      March 15, 2016
      • Pan #

        But you do love your tea 😄

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        March 15, 2016
      • I do understand you:”Maybe I was always a dastardly imposter…” 🙂 I often feel “dépaysée”(uprooted), but in fact I can adjust(adapt) to lots of places…
        kinda global citizen – being here is also being away from elsewhere… 🙂

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        March 16, 2016
  3. Those wide vistas bring the parched summer back. Even in town, the plane trees looked ever so sad. Lovely photo.

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    March 15, 2016
  4. There we go again mirroring each other, you know how homesick I am feeling at the moment. I long to wake up to the sun streaming in from the east and looking at my slither of the river Marne.
    Also – and you’re going to love this – the post that I began writing last night to publish Thursday or Friday, has our favourite girl in the title – yes Rapunzel is back in the limelight.
    Did you know that the original painting of ‘The Lady of Shallot’ is here in the Walker Art Gallery at Liverpool? It was my favourite painting when I was a child and I once used my Sunday pocket money to buy sweets, to buy a postcard of this painting. ‘She has a lovely face, God in his mercy lend her grace’ (or something like that!)
    Watch this space for my own ‘Rapunzel moment’………..
    Homesickers of the world unite x

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    March 15, 2016
    • I really look forward to your post – Rapunzel should be celebrated at every opportunity. I can entirely understand you spending your pocket money on The Lady of Shalott. Homesick is beastly but at least we both know we will be French-side eventually xx

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      March 15, 2016
      • Just had coffee in Calderstones with my cousin Cyndy, so not all bad x

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        March 15, 2016
      • Lovely! and I spoke to my KL based daughter on skype last night and am about to speak to number three in Bristol so not all bad here either. Though I could do with a coffee mate! xx

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        March 15, 2016
      • Get over here and we’ll stroll around the gardens, or go for a bracing walk by the river….there are loads of free concerts coming up at ‘The Palm House’ in the summer – including Salsa early September, if you can get over for that?

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        March 16, 2016
      • April and August are the two planned trips so far …. Salsa at The Palm house is tempting 🙂

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        March 16, 2016
  5. lindywhitton #

    My own paddocks are looking even more parched than this. It’s been the hottest, driest summer here in Tasmania-I’m homesick for a drenching rain!

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    March 15, 2016
    • I just commented on the wrong comment! This is where my comment which has landed on your Dolomites was meant to go! One of the things I find strangest of all is that Australia is coming to the end of summer whilst we are only just emerging from winter. 🙂

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      March 15, 2016
  6. Simply beautiful. I love the wide open spaces, and rolling hills. It has some similarities with California by the end of summer.

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    March 15, 2016
    • Cantal is a hugely varied place considering its area is only about the same as Rhode Island which is one of the things I love about it … The pays de Massiac where this was taken is high and sparse – thanks so much for your comment 🙂

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      March 15, 2016
  7. Lovely image. This place is quite a contrast to our area where the weather can change moment to moment. Cheers.

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    March 15, 2016
    • Cantal has a very varied landscape – this bit is high and spare but the surrounding gorges are thickly wooded with rivers and lakes. Actually I am loving the landscapes here in New England which are equally varied … It’s what I love about walking – you notice the nuances more, I think 🙂

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      March 15, 2016
  8. Oh so very beautiful! It appears peaceful and tranquil. I love the rolling hills! 🙂

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    March 15, 2016
  9. That is lovely! I can imagine waking up every morning to that view.

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    March 15, 2016
    • Great spot to build a cabin 🙂

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      March 15, 2016
      • With a big porch!

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        March 15, 2016
      • But no banjo playing 😉

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        March 15, 2016
      • No deliverance, thank you! Squeal….

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        March 15, 2016
      • In England some years ago I had a friend help me build a porch on my house (I LOVE the American tradition of porches and verandas and had craved one for years complete with rocking chair – blame The Waltons for this obsession) and when we finished a friend of my daughters turned up with a friend and christened it by playing the dueling banjos. I was scared to sit out on it for weeks!!!

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        March 15, 2016
      • That movie haunts me to this day!

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        March 15, 2016
      • Me too 😱😱😱

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        March 15, 2016
  10. What wonderful colours!
    We have had drought here- just broken by a few showers this week – and the colours- if not the contours – are similar.
    I’ve never been homesick: I’ve enjoyed – or not – where I’ve lived, have a continuous slideshow in my head of plants, buildings,landscapes but don’t look back with regrets. Except for decent cheese…
    Though I’m still a Scot, if asked…..

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    March 15, 2016
    • I’m glad you liked the shot – I’ve been looking for an excuse to use it …. that part of Cantal is very exposed and I like very much the long views one gets in contrast to the deep gorges, forests and lakes that also dot it liberally. And the volcanos, of course. My homesickness actually springs from the distance from my children and the Aged P more than anything. As for what I am – I suppose I AM English but I feel increasingly foreign when I visit 🙂

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      March 15, 2016
      • Quite glad at times that my Aged P lives on the other side of the Atlantic….I do slot back in when I visit England, but then I’,m not there long enough to start getting hot under the collar about the way the country has declined.

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        March 15, 2016
      • It’s the lack of manners that gets me every time I go back. That said every visit so far has been a month this time I am only there for 12 days which might be an advantage!

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        March 15, 2016
  11. Porches are great. There is something about sitting out front of one’s house and interacting with passers by that I love.
    Ther is a little triangular area outside our village house just big enough for a bench or a couple of chairs for the main evening gossip!
    I am just posting about this — Osyth I swear you are psychic!

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    March 15, 2016
  12. A very beautiful shot and a lovely memory! So sorry you are homesick! I know the feeling! This picture is not what I would picture(no idea what it would look like) and so it is lovely you shared with us! I love this challenge that combines pictures and emotions! So beautifully stated!

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    March 15, 2016
    • This is just one face of my place in France – it is a really changeable landscape which is one of the things I love about it. I’m OK now …. I’m enjoying my time in the US which might after all stretch far into the future – I have so much to see, there is SO much to see and experience here and I have only really seen the tiniest little smidge of it so far. But Cantal does hold my heart 🙂

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      March 15, 2016
  13. Pan #

    It’s funny how emotions evoked will vary from one observer to the next.. Mine comes straight from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.. even without the reference to Rapunzel, the photo seems to have popped into our time from long long ago in a world of knights, dragons, kings and queens, heroism and valor..
    And look to the right edge of the tower ! There’s a blonde streak running down the tower, from what is surely Rapunzel’s prison !!! We need a modern knight on a speedy steed to save the day !!!

    Hmmm.. Guy has many horses under the hood.. Maybe he’ll rush in and climb up Rapunzel’s long, long, loooonggg locks !
    😄

    Since I’ve never witnessed that beautiful scenery, I don’t feel homesick.. But I can sure understand why you are..

    Btw, I zipped you an email the other day..

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    March 15, 2016
    • I got the email … Will answer later today :). I love your description …. That tower is begging for the right Guy to rescue Rapunzel and now I look you are right … Her hair is beckoning in a blonde cascade on the right of the tower. By the way – the tower is contemporary with ours in Marcolès – cept this one didn’t fall into ruin. Watch out for Chapter 7 of that story tomorrow or Thursday 🙂

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      March 15, 2016
      • Pan #

        It did not fall to ruin !!! It just is experiencing a temporary depression and will soon be in its glory again with the talent and TLC from you and Two Brains !!!
        Can’t wait to read the next twists, turns, progress and townie shenanigans in store !

        Glad you got the email..

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        March 15, 2016
      • This is true – my house loves you for your understanding 🙂

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        March 15, 2016
      • Pan #

        💜💛💚 I’m determined to send the troubled tower a house warming gift.. Not for you and Two Brains, but for the house, as a welcome home to itself 😊

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        March 15, 2016
      • Oh that is lovely. It has been mistreated and I really do feel privileged to be able to restore her to her rightful splendor 🙂

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        March 15, 2016
  14. Pan #

    😂 i guess the emotion would’ve been good to put in my comment..
    Anemoia..

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    March 15, 2016
  15. Pan #

    You’re going to have to grow your hair really really long and bleach it blonde you know..

    😂

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    March 15, 2016
    • I can buy into this challenge …. My second daughter used to do Part time work as Disney princesses for children’s parties when she was first in Malaysia. She said the Rapunzel wig was so heavy it gave her a crick in the neck!!!!

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      March 15, 2016
      • Pan #

        Oh my, I bet that was “a load off her shoulders” after each shift 😯

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        March 15, 2016
  16. Beautiful landscape, beautiful photo. 🙂

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    March 15, 2016
    • Thank you …. It’s great for clearing the head in the way that open space and solitude are good at 🙂

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      March 15, 2016
  17. Beautiful picture. I also love my porch and porch swing. I love to sit on it and watch the world go by. Our neighbor’s cat had made it one of her favorite spots.

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    March 15, 2016
  18. No wonder you’re homesick with a view like that. I love the ochres and umbers with the greens, blues and greys – oh dear, I need to be back in the studio, but enjoying time with our beautiful granddaughter this week. Warm wishes 🙂

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    March 15, 2016
    • And to you too – the warmest wishes, that is. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy …. I know you will be. That place is absolutely magical – you would love it. But then I am certain you would fall head over heels for most of what Cantal has to offer – forgotten France … it’s pretty magical 🙂

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      March 16, 2016
  19. I thought the skies were painted over the scenery. I could not believe how beautiful and melted looking the clouds were like marshmallows floating on a blue hot cocoa. Just serene and deep in your words and I can feel the French countryside calling out for you. Did you ever see my friend, Veronica on my post? She lives in France and has a vineyard, a fellow and a dog. She had a horse but must go down the road to visit it, She also has posted about the quaint church nearby. Her photos are great. Veronica La Croix, but I will return once I find her post. Smiles, Robin

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    March 16, 2016
    • I hope you know the scenery was gorgeous and it caused me to “wax poetic” about it here (above!)
      So glad you went to look at Veronica’s post and I see Melanie here, too. 🙂

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      March 19, 2016
      • Melanie and I have been friends a long while …. I love her words and unerring belief that love and nature are the most important gifts we have 🙂

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        March 20, 2016
  20. Lovely photo, sad about the emotions. I suffer dreadfully from homesickness – even when I am only 3 ours away! Something in us pulls to certain places, some feel it more than others, some are true nomads & happy anywhere. Hugs for your homesickness, may you soon feel “home” whereever you are.
    P.S thanks for joining in this week.

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    March 16, 2016
    • My pleasure to join …. I love this challenge, as you know. The sickness is abating and I think I have now got it settled in the place it needs to dwell rather than feeling it run amok and ruling me. Sensitive wee beasties we are 🙂

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      March 16, 2016
  21. I have never lived in France, only visited, but I am homesick to visit…..such a beautiful country…I bet your counting the days down!!! what fun…..are you going alone?? xxkat

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    March 17, 2016
    • Two Brains and The Bean are travelling with me then back by themselves to Boston whilst I go to England to see my mum and daughters for two weeks. France would welcome you anytime 🙂

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      March 17, 2016
      • trust me I will revisit it again someday…just not sure when….glad you have company going over….I am itching for a road trip…I think we are heading north to the Sedona area, its about 200 miles from here…be a good break….kat

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        March 17, 2016
      • You are just a natural explorer …. When I’m back in France you can always come visit 🙂 xx

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        March 17, 2016
      • Don’t tempt me….!!!

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        March 17, 2016
      • It’s a serious offer – I never say anything I don’t mean, remember? x

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        March 17, 2016
      • yes I do remember….so I wont feel bad when I knock on your castle door…….xxkat

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        March 18, 2016
  22. What colours! But remember: love the one you’re with!

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    March 17, 2016
    • I’m there baby bird! Oddly enough my husband is in Hawaii this week (such a tough life he leads) and it has rejigged my head quite brilliantly. I am now fully immersed in making this amazing country home from home properly instead of paying lip service (the fact that I fly to France in a week for a week and then onto England for a fortnight with my mother may be concentrating the mind a little). Tomorrow I am off with The Bean to enjoy our first ever early morning breakfast in a real American Diner and to be frank, I’m pretty excited!!!!

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      March 17, 2016
  23. Just stopped by to check if I missed a ost or comment. Peace be with you. I do understand homesickness. Hugs, Robin

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    March 18, 2016
    • That’s very sweet … Thank you – the waves of nausea are abating and it is in huge part due to the kindness shine me by my blogging friends. I’d never have guessed it 🙂

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      March 19, 2016
      • I am going to give your post a shout our and let me know if it is okay tovsay you are my fiend, using Fiona and also, how you admitted to putting on a lemon face when you resist saying yes. I am writing ost about overcoming my recent instinct to say no more. I want to say “Yes!” more! 🙂 Please let me know but don’t worry not being published for awhile. Smiles, Robin

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        March 19, 2016
      • Robin I’m absolutely fine with all of that – flattered and humbled actually that you would like to. I was rather occupied yesterday making food for our first ever dinner and overnight guest here in the US but on a separate note, I have a lengthier response to our conversation on your Goose thread – I would not want you to think I’m ignoring you ….

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        March 20, 2016
  24. How lovely. Have a wonderful vacation.

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    March 19, 2016
    • Thank you …. It’ll be nice to check on things and particularly to see my mum and girlies 🙂

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      March 19, 2016
  25. You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the winds blows.
    Subterranean Homesick Blues. My absolute absolute Dylan favourite 🙂

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    March 19, 2016
  26. Osyth, that’s a beautiful shot. Your choice of artist and song seem fitting. Reminds me of one of my backyards. The BLM [Bureau of Land Management], Nevada. I’d saddle Bo [Bandit’s best 4 legged friend] and the three of us would make it a day. My only objection to the open land was the ‘blow me over’ wind. I have yet to see a more beautiful sunset though.

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    March 21, 2016
  27. Have a wonderful trip my friend…can’t wait to see pictures….eyes open at all the airports…!!! xxxxkat

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    March 23, 2016
    • Thank you! It’ll all be good. And I promise I have put on my fly-eyes and my bat-ears for the trip(s) …. pictures and drivel promised from France and England 🙂 xxxx

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      March 24, 2016
      • Just thinking about you….great minds sync LOL have a great time…..xxxkat

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        March 24, 2016
      • I like that – great minds sync alike! It’s a possible top seller as a t-shirt or bumper sticker, I think 😉 xxx

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        March 24, 2016
      • I am up for that…we could make our millions….LOL

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        March 24, 2016
  28. Stunning even parched, Osyth! I can see why you miss it so. So lovely!

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    March 24, 2016
    • Thank you – it is very beautiful and it has many many different personalities …. this is the North East corner which is a high plateau with far-reaching views. I was walking there yesterday to stash some memories to bring back to the US. Italy is another of my great loves by the way – I lived there for a couple of years in my twenties. You do a lot to keep that flame alight when you talk of your family and experiences 🙂

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      March 30, 2016
  29. Beautiful colours, but a reminder of just how dry it can be here. It looks like it did in 2003. However, it’s rained a lot since the beginning of Jan, so hopefully it will stay green for some time. I do understand your missing the place. I love it where we are but I have a specially attachment to Cantal.

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    March 29, 2016
    • Cantal has something indefinably special about it. I was talking to the spouse this morning and mentioned how much you love it even though you live in a very lovely part yourself (we drove through TetG last summer en route to Ariege – sans pèage it was very very long!) He and I both wondered what the je ne sais quoi is and then decided it doesn’t matter what we are just very lucky to be in it.

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      March 30, 2016

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