Entries Last updated:- 11th-December-2017
News has reached us of the following Sad Events:-
The Passing of Peter Russell
More sad news that we have lost another of our old friends.
It is believed that Peter was from English Electric and
was known to have worked at the Giro Office.
Reported by Bill Wood.
Mike Hymes We have received news of the passing of Mike Hymers.
Mike is belived to have passed away after a long illness
and was cared for by his wife during that period.
More information will follow as we discover more about
Reported by Brian Ferres.
Sad news of the Death Of Ernie Cutler
The sad news for all who knew him is that Ernie Cutler died
on the 15th of November 2017. Ernie developed Chest pains
after a long treatment for Prostrate Cancer, and died after bieng
Ernie was an FEHQ man in his early company years, which he
joined after service in the Navy. Where he served on HMS
Ocean during the korean War.
Ernie's service is to be held on the 5th of December at
11:30 at the Mintlyn, Crematorium at Bawsey, PE32 1HB
The webmaster has great memories of Ernie, when he was the
area manager in Central London, always smartly dressed as
any ex Navy man should be.
Sad news of the passing of George Soul
ICL Colleagues some bad news this morning with a phone call from
Sue Booth, George's daughter, that he had passed away last
Tuesday, the 3rd. Made even sadder that his wife Gay is suffering
from vascular dementia. Not sure of his age but guessing that he
would have been approaching 90.
The arrangements for his funeral on Thursday, 19th October are:
1.30pm Service at St. Michael's, Garston where he was the
organist for many years.
2.30pm Interment at St. Peter's, Woolton where there is a family
3.00pm Refreshments at Woolton Hall
A few year's ago George and Gay went to live with their daughter.
If you want to make contact then her address is:
4, Berwyn Avenue, Thingwall, WIRRAL CH61 7UN and her phone
number is: 07851 967914
Please pass on this information to anyone you think may have
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Just realised that the 11th next week is the second Wednesday of
the month so the usual reminder of noonish at the John Blackler
Wetherspoons, Great Charlotte Street, near Lime Street Station.
Believe there are engineering works so we may not be able to
get all the way by train!
Reported by Bill Wood
It is with sadness that we announce Colin's passing on the
21st September 2017.
The funeral is on October the 16th at Kingston Crematorium
at 13:40 hrs.
The passing of Colin was advised by his daughter Ann Simm.
Should any work friends wish to attend please email bits and
bytes and we will forward any details to Ann for you.
Sad news on the Passing of Roger Crump
Roger Crump, who worked at ICL Letchworth and Stevenage
up until the early-mid 90s, passed away on 12th September
2017 at the age of 71.
He graduated from Manchester Uni in 1968 and worked
in ICL until he left the company in the mid 90's.
Retiring from work in 2004 he entered the Care and
Volunteer community around Sheffield.
He often spoke fondly of his time at ICL, and the
friends that he made there. However he stayed active
and was in fact, helping out at a charity shop at the
time he collapsed. We share this news in the hope that
anyone can recall times with Roger Crump.
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Roger's funeral will take place at 13:45 on Thursday
the 12th of October 2017, at City Road, Crematorium
Sheffield S2 1GD.
Information supplied by his daughter, Amanda Field
We have just heard of the passing of Alan Eastaff
His funeral details are as follows :- Monday 18th
September at 13.45 hrs
Howbridge Crematorium Lovers Lane
Wigan M46 0PZ
The sad news for all who knew him is that
Hamish Carmichael, has passed away, on the 19th of July
just a few short weeks after his 83rd Birthday, ending
his long fight with Cancer.
Just about everybody he met, thought Hamish Carmichael
was a complete gentleman, and all of those people were
right. After serving in the navy Hamish moved to the
world of Data Processing in 1958 and was trained by
Headley White in the Powers Samas offices in Holborn.
In common with all of us who did the same thing, Hamish
was soon programming company systems and driving
projects out of Putney and Stevenage.
Hamish's Military bearing and classically educated wit
was very evident when he guided tours round the Putney
demonstration area. These qualities stayed with him
in later life and are now enshrined in his two volumes
entitled ICL Anthologies, which he has allowed to be
freely available on specific web sites.
Anyone who attended one of his lectures would also
find that same sense of humour very evident in his talk.
His skills on the Guitar were also renown if you could
get him to play for you.
A family man, he leaves not only his family behind
but some very close friends who he had settled down
with in the later end of his life. All of these people
will miss him very deeply, as will all of us who were
privileged to have known him and shared his good company.
The last word here must be from Hamish himself and
I quote his own words about his Career with the
company. " When I retired from the Company in 1994,
I had enjoyed 36 exhilarating years of interesting
work and fun ". Well done Hamish we agree with every
word you said.
We who remain after him are keen to inform anyone who
may have worked with him, specifically in Winnersh that
this event to say goodbye to Hamish is planned as follows.
Funeral details for the southern area are 12:00 hrs at
Eltham Cremtorium on the 11th of August 2017, a reception
is planned and details will be published here soon.
Sad news about the Passing of John Brown,
John died aged 83 a week ago, on 15 April, after
prolonged ill health.
His ICL career started in 1967 and continued, I
think into the 1990s. Apart from saying that he
worked at Lily Hill and Lovelace Road in Bracknell
and at various sites in Reading I have little
information about his projects – but he did work
with/for Basil Cousins at one point and on the
development of One Per Desk.
I think there was also some MoD involvement ,
perhaps at Northwood.
Reported by his brother, David Brown.
It is the saddest duty of this webmaster to report
the passing of Rita Brown 1938/10/09 to 2017/04/10.
Rita Nash joined ICT early in 1960's and entered
the company with a knowledge of handling punched
card equipment, gained from her time at the Kuwait
Oil Company. She was quickly spotted by the magical
leader of the newly formed Demo Group who operated
and demonstrated new equipment to potential clients
at the Putney HQ.
Working with such people as Edwina McCombe, Pat
Chandler and Marion Harlow the team were a focal
point in Putney for new customers.
Rita then moved on to Marketing and also Account
support until 1993 when she retired and married your
webmaster Rodney Brown.
We travelled extensively in retirement, and in 2012
Rita was diagnosed as an Alzheimer's sufferer. The
disease has taken its toll and five years later Rita
was ultimately overcome by its impact on her body,
which had diminished her weight to a mere 32 kilo's.
Rita was not a lady who ever wanted children, but she
became the step mother of her husbands single child
Stuart, and was a good step Grandmother to all four
of her grandchildren.
She is sadly and deeply missed by all who were privileged
to know her. Funeral details are:- Tuesday the 9th of May
at Beckenham Crematorium, Time 02:15 for her service and
After at a venue in Hayes, Kent for a Celebration of her
good works as Rita Nash and later as Rita Brown.
Reported by Rod Brown, her husband of 23 years 6 Months.
Sad news - Frank Tilly has died peacefully in Lister
Hospital on 15th March age 94.
Funeral is at Harwood Park Crematorium Stevenage on
Thursday 6th April at 3.30 p.m. Donation (no flowers)
to RAF Benevolent Fund (Bomber Command Memorial)
Directors are Austin's 01462 438422 who have a
donation Web Site.
Matt, was a well-known member of the Local Authority
Project services team when I knew him.
Matt though was a man of many parts starting off as
a professional footballer for Sheffield Wednesday and
then joining Dataskil in Leeds where he worked on
system development managing teams of developers, one
of his claims to fame was that he recruited Angela Thomas.
During this time, he worked with people such as Liz
Peggs in implementing the Magistrates Court System
for East Yorkshire and then moved on to develop the
Community Charge system.
Whilst in Project Services (based in WAK01) Matt worked
on many projects and was always well received by our
Clients and was well known for his wit and no nonsense
After leaving ICL Matt worked for a short period with
IBM. Just recently we have been meeting with him and
were able to re- live some of the good times that we
Our thoughts go out to Matt's family.
Clive Bramley and John Mann
James (Jim) Sylvester Moraghan
Sadly, Jim passed away on 25th September 2016 aged 79
due to complications resulting from heart surgery carried
out 4 days earlier. This outcome was unexpected as the
surgery wasn't the result of trauma but rather to improve
Jim’s long term quality of life and survivability.
Jim was born in Ireland on 2nd July 1937. He was married
to Jill and the devoted couple subsequently adopted their
beloved son Andrew. Jill sadly died from cancer many years
Between 1956 and 1959, Jim undertook and completed a
full-time course in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
at Dublin College of Technology, achieving I.E.E Examination
parts 1, 2 and 3. In March 1959, Jim joined GEC Telephone
Division at Coventry as a Test Engineer then, in November
1959, he joined the Computer Division of EMI in Hayes,
Middlesex. In 1963, EMI Computer Division became part
of ICT and Jim transferred to ICT Stevenage (STE04).
He and Jill relocated to Royston, Cambridgeshire, and
subsequently to the market town of St Neots,
Between 1963 and 1970, Jim was involved in peripheral
development for the 1900 series.
In 1970 Jim joined the newly formed Special Systems
Division (SSD), headed by George Roberts, at STE04.
SSD later relocated to LET06 (No.3 Factory Letchworth)
and became Letchworth Development Centre (LDC). LDC was
responsible for the design and development of equipment
and facilities to enable users to connect non-standard
(or non-ICL) devices to ICL product range. In 1973, Jim
was promoted to Senior Engineer.
LDC subsequently became Network Development Centre (NDC).
Jim worked on many key developments and was a first-class
designer. On the closure of NDC he continued with excellent
work at Local Premises Business Centre (LPBC) at STE09.
Between 1970 and 1982, Jim was involved in many projects
including specification, design and commissioning for the
7015 Remote Job Entry terminal (became product line);
interface adaptors for alien map-reading digitisers to
connect to 7905 for MoD at MCE (Mapping & Charting
co-designer of the fetch-on-the-fly Retrieval Unit for
CAFS (Content Addressable File store) that became product
line; H/W design of microprocessor based modules.
In 1982 Jim became a Chartered Engineer following
successful application and registration as a member
of the I.E.E (now the I.E.T).
Jim subsequently took on a varied quality management
role from around 1982 onwards on various projects including
the NATS (National Air Traffic System).
In 2002 ICL became part of Fujitsu Service. On reaching
65 in July 2002, Jim took well-deserved retirement,
completing a long career of 43 years in the computer
Jim was very professional and competent in all his
activities. He was much respected and a true gentleman.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Roger Chick (ICT/ICL1966-2002 )
It was with much sadness that I learned of Dave’s passing
from his daughter. Although he was not a well man in recent
years it still came a shock since was only recently that I
was Skyping with him.
It is always difficult to try to summarise a person’s life
in a few sentences especially someone as accomplished and
well liked as Dave .
His tales of working in Moscow and introducing flares
into the city are legendary, this was matched by Dave’s
wicked sense of humour which stayed with him to the end.
Dave was a great Project Manager working on many projects
such as Merseyside Fire Brigade where he introduced the
Client to the world of Gantt charts. My lasting memory
of Dave was seeing him programming a Calcomp printer to
produce yards if not miles of a Gantt chart and then
covering a wall in the Arndale centre with it .
He was a true professional and his attention for detail
was unsurpassed, he was one of a few PM’s that qualified
for the Prince accreditation and his filing systems were
amazing and he helped me greatly in getting many of my
projects compliant with the Prince methodology .Although
based in Man12 Dave covered projects in Edi 04 , Wak01 ,
Dave also was a founder member of the “Old Buggas”
Dave was a great guy and I am pleased to be able to call
him my friend.
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Alexander Burns. Passed away at home on Sunday 8
January 2017 aged 77 years Funeral Service to be held
at St Peter and St Paul Church Checkendon on Wednesday
25 January 2017 at 11:00.
Flowers welcome. Donations in memory of Alex to Macmillan
via www.abwalker.co.uk . All enquiries to A B Walker
Blythe House 158 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1EA
Tele: 01491 413434.
Alec, as I knew him, was an operator at Putney back
in the days of the ICT1500/RCA301 when I worked from FEHQ
supporting the hardware.
He then came to Dataskil in Reading, and we I met him
again in 1978 when he interviewed me for the job as Admin
Manager at Dataskil System Centre REA04 in Cardiff Road
Reading. We realised immediately that we knew each other
from the early 60s.
We got to know his family, Denise, Richard and Jo very well
and visited each other’s homes, celebrating Christmas together.
We played cards and other games after meals. My wife and I
played in the Dataskil crib team in various Reading pubs and
clubs with Alec and Denise.
Richard was very interested in cars and at a very early
age said he wanted to be a rally driver. Alec encouraged
him by allowing him to drive his car in their very big
garden in Checkendon, and also at race tracks like Castle
Coombe. As work driver for Subaru he became World Rally
Champion in 2001.
After DSC Alec went to the AA in Basingstoke and we lost
touch with each other. Denise died as a result of a brain
tumour in 2004 and Richard died from a similar condition
almost a year later.
Sadly missed by his workmates and fellow Pensioners.
Reported by Adrian Turner.
It is with deep regret that these pages carry the
announcement of the passing of our friend Bill
(Robin) Williams on the very last day of December
Bill was an RAF man and spent some of his service
time in RAF Squadron No 256 which flew meteors from
RAF Ahlhorn which was a former Luftwaffe base in
Germany and when taken over by the RAF it hosted
this Squadron from November 1952 to February 1958
This was the home of the Gloucester Meteor, a very
early twin engined jet and ground breaking British
When Bill left the RAF he joined ICT and discovered
a close community of ex service staff and a very
sociable group who were very focused on delivering
service to the customers underÂ sometimes extreme
conditions around the clock.
Bill found lifelong friends within this group and
progressed across all the current ranges of ICT/ICL
machines including 1900's, 2903, ME29's and Series
39. However he continued to study his German in his
Bill was known to all of the London engineering staff,
whilst we went home to our families Bill would be out
doing his bit for the staff. This was due partly to
Bill having the time to do this Staff and later Union
Representative roles, but was also a sign of
his dedication to the task as a firm and clear voice
for his fellow engineers.
Even in retirement Bill was the first to offer
his services as a Pensioner's Representative and
continued to be a voice of the all of the pensioners
whilst organising the twice a year re-unions for the
And this he kept up until the start of his illness,
which began with a bout of ill health which in turn
led to Pneumonia, and this, in turn returned many
times during 2016, each bout robbing him of more
strength and resilience. Bill spent a lot of time
in UCH London and received very focused care.
Our thoughts now have to be in mutual memory of Bill,
his determination to care for his fellow engineers
and now forever with his Brother in Law and his
family in Wales, now bill has passed on and left us.
Sadly Missed by all, RIP Robin Williams
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A Tribute to Dick Allison :-
Remembering Dick Allison :- A Compilation of his friend's
recollections by Trefor Busby.
Last year we lost one of the giants of ICL Tech Support -
a small man who cast a huge shadow!
Several of us who were lucky enough to enjoy his company over
the years have combined our favourite memories of Dick to
produce this short tribute.
Oh how we miss that raucous laugh of his ringing out –
he brightened any room!
Rumour has it that many years ago Dick trained as a
Lighterman on the Thames, although this career was
severely limited when his barge hit a bridge!
So he moved on to Computers – where some of his old
skills were useful – he was well known for
‘vibration testing’ 2980s with a plank of wood!
Bob McLeod knew Dick for over 50 years.- they both
worked for Derek Caston on the 1902, Dick had previously
worked on the EMIDEC. Then came the 1900s, then the
2900 P Series where Dick managed a Tech Support team,
later the Series 39.
Dick had such a competitive nature that he would never
accept defeat – whether playing cards fixing a hardware
fault or running marathons, or involved in a static rowing
race in the gym. He just would not admit defeat!
Engineers watched in amazement as he spent hours lying
across the top of the 1907 machine at Southampton U -
very gently separating the fixed wiring thro’ the
magnetic cores of the memory bank. Took him hours -
but it worked!
Another amazing sight (years later) was Dick, with a
broken collar bone, practising one armed press-ups in
the gym – on his ‘bad’ arm - the broken bone jutting
out of his shoulder at every push – but he just carried
He was a great fan of water skiing and trained his
daughters to drive his speed boat. His boats/engines
were the same as his pals - but his always seemed that
bit faster Later he switched to windsurfing and even
competed in an event sailingaround Hayling Island
called Surfers against Sewage!
Then he took up horse riding and had trips across
Dartmoor. As the years took their toll on his
running legs he switched to cycling – still competing
with anyone who dared!
Many of the tech support fraternity remember Dick
for his unique management style. Your phone rings at
0300 and there’s Dick on the line: “There’s a problem
at Acme Soap Works”.
Then – silence..........after waiting and waiting,,,,
you felt obliged to chip in with
“Er, shall I go there Dick”. ”Yes, thanks”, end of call.
Off you went - only later did you realise that once
again he’d got you to volunteer without him asking!
After retirement Dick slowly sank into the sad and
lonely world of dementia - his wonderful laugh was not
heard again. He passed away last October (2016)
and is sadly missed by his family and old colleagues.
Thanks to Bob McLeod, Alan Watson, Les Rollinson and
Derek Bibby for sharing their memories with us.
Yea , we miss him greatly, as a friend, colleague
and great all rounder.
One of a kind!
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Vicki Stewart (formerly Measom) passed away on
Monday 4th July 2016, aged 65, after a long battle against
She was a Quality Manager nominally based at home (HOM99)
although the unit she worked for was based in Bracknell.
For her funeral we have requested family flowers only, with
an option to make donations to LOROS, the hospice where she
spent her final few days.
The notice of her death and an online giving page (for
donations etc.) are both available on the Funeral Directors’
There are two obvious buttons at the top of the page, and each
shows a scrollable list.
Vicki’s funeral will be on Thursday 21st July 2016.
If any former colleagues and friends would like to attend,
could they please contact Richard Stewart by phone on
07717 049425. This is so that I can confirm numbers, and
also supply directions/best places to park etc., as Narborough
is a relatively small village.
The above as reported to Bits and Bytes.
We have just found out about the Loss of Jerry Chatten.
Who I am sorry to say passed on and was laid away
many weeks ago.
Jerry worked for the Government Section based at Victoria
House in the mid 1950's where he ran the Customer Bureau
along with engineer Nigel Everson. The monthly repair reports
were produced on the Mark Sensing machines ( anyone
remember them ?) on the 6th Floor.
The West Central Area Office , under John Brooks,was based
on the 5th Floor where field engineering was administered from.
Jerry was quite forthright in his political views, and was one of
the engineers to be part of the first country wide strike action
ever to take place in ICT.
He was later involved in the early days of Computers, operating
out of senate house in the University complex.
Jerry was a popular London engineer, and always happy
to stop and chat if you met him at work or out of hours.
An item of note about Jerry was that he always kept a
record of important information, the usual problem for Jerry
was just where that note was kept, was it in his pockets ?
or in his to filing system which he carried with him.
We record here the loss of a gentlemen and fellow engineer !
Reported by Bob Tuckett. and detailed by Martyn Best.
Sad news about Alan Pound.
Alan was a Salesman with Local Govt, Alan left Fujitsu
about five years ago to take up a post as a maths teacher
in his home town of Merthyr Tydfil.
Sadly he passed away on 8th March 2016 after a short
fight with cancer.Cremation was at Merthyr Tydfil on
News supplied by Roger Coope
We have received the following sad news about Frank Pigott:-
Maxine wishes to update the Bits and Bytes Repository for
Pensioners that Frank Pigott sadly died on the 26
February 2016 in Bexhill on Sea East Sussex, he was aged 94.
He suffered with dementia in the latter years of his life
and was cared for by his wife Vera Pigott. He leaves Vera,
Diane and Christine his daughters and Maxine, Dominic and
Xander his grandchildren.
His funeral is on the 11 February 2016 at the Eastbourne
Crematorium at 3pm, we are accepting flowers.
Anyone wishing to arrange delivery of flowers should contact
the funeral parlour on :- 01424 218704
29 Ninfield Road,
Reported by Maxine Fifield, who is interested in any stories
or information from the rest of the pensioners about their
memories of our friend Frank. Please forward any details to
the web site and we will ensure they reach the family.
We have recieved the following sad news about Eddie Dawkins.
For those of you who knew and worked with Eddie Dawkins at
ICL, I just wanted to let you know the news that my Dad sadly
passed away recently after a short battle with cancer.
Dad had turned 80 last May and had always been fit and
healthy but become very unwell in the autumn with myeloma.
He was responding very well to chemotherapy treatment and
was home for 4 weeks in November before being re-admitted
to hospital mid December with a chest infection.
Unfortunately lung cancer was diagnosed just before Christmas
and he passed away last Sunday.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday 27th January with a
church service in Staplehurst, Kent followed by the committal
at Vinters Park Crematorium, Maidstone. If you did know Eddie
and would like to join us at his funeral you will be very
welcome - please contact me via email or on 07817 856957
and I will be able to let you know the precise arrangements.
Reported by his Son :- Mark Dawkins
Peter Brown's Cremation
My father's cremation details are as follows:
Friday 27 November at 1045 at Kent and Sussex Cematorium,
Benhall Mill Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5JJ.
If anyone would like to send flowers we would prefer a
donation to the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust,
Tel 02392 690112, email email@example.com.
It was lovely talking to you and thank you so much for
including this in your newsletter.
News has reached us of the passing of John Lock.
A well remembered and popular member of the engineering
community who many will remember. He passed away on
Monday the 27th of July.
The funeral will be held at the Amber Valley Memorial
Park and Crematorium at 3 pm on Monday 10 August 2015.
The address is:
Derby Road, Swanwick, Derbyshire, DE55 1BH
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, his sons, Ian and
Howard, and his grandson, Alastair.
our thoughts are with the family at this Time
News of the passing away of George Lynn,
Repoted by Bill Wood.
George has passed away after a long fight with mobility
and memory problems which limited his ability to enjoy
The Funeral arrangements were:-
Monday 29th June - 3.15pm at Christ Church,
Eccleston and 4.00pm at St. Helens Crematorium
Some very sad news; Peter Havard died peacefully at his
daughter’s house last night, a few of you will have known
or worked with Peter so I’m sure you’ll join me in
remembering his passing.
For those that didn’t know Peter; he worked for many
years at ICL in Dalkeith, Kidsgrove then in Manchester
(MAN05) until his well-earned retirement in 1995. He
was an absolute gentleman, a man of great merit in
many ways – astonishing intelligence, steadfastly
religious but not in a proselytising way, very patient
and a fined-tuned wit. He was also my mentor and
Father-in-Law for 13 years.
The funeral arrangements are not yet finalised but
the service is highly likely to be in Alderley Edge.
Please let me know if you wish to have the details once
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*** UPDATE ***
If you are attending Peter Havard's funeral, please let
John Manning know via firstname.lastname@example.org
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our
father, John Arthur William Dalton, on 16/04/2015 following
an 18 month battle with cancer of the lung and bladder. He
greatly missed our mother who died 2 years ago and took a
turn for the worse after his chemo-therapy treatment did
not slow the cancer down but rather accelerated it.
John Dalton started work at ICT, 250 Purley Way, Croydon
in 1961 and worked for ICL/Fujitsu for 33 years until 1994.
He is most fondly remembered by colleagues in his role as
Head of MBO in Worsley Bridge Road, Lower Sydenham; he
also had spells at Putney and Stevenage.
Perhaps our father's proudest achievement at ICL was
when he received his Cheif Executive's Award for
Excellance at an awards dinner in Paris - my parent's
stay at the Hotel Georges V remained long in their memory.
Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Friend and
Comrade in Arms; this is to confirm details of his funeral
and wake.The funeral will be held at 3pm on Friday,
8th May 2015 at Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Balcombe
Road, Worth, Crawley, RH10 3NQ
We leave it up to the individual if they wish to send
flowers (remembering that this is a cremation and
interment will not be happening on the 8th) or a donation,
or a combination of both.
Our nominated charities will be MacMillan nurses and
St Wilfred's Hospice in Chichester, both of whom helped
Dad in his final days. All other enquiries should be
directed to our Funeral Directors, BC Baker & Son,
Gary, Robin and Mark Dalton.
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