Under the Sea, a Virtual Art Gallery Showcasing the work of Rob Goldstein

Opening Announcement

Welcome to my art gallery.  Today the venue is the #steampunk submarine of Cornelis Drebbel, who graciously allowed us into his domain. 

I’m excited to present the artwork of Rob Goldstein, who illustrated Hullaba Lulu.  Please join me for a stroll through the submarine to view his images.

Yes, that’s the first piece of Rob’s art on display ― Sea World.  Isn’t it calming?

Sea World
Sea World

First, we need to go to San Francisco to pick up Rob, the guest of honor.  Cornelis, it feels like we are already under weigh.  I’m surprised you put your book down without a fight.  What was all that clicking about?  What do you mean click you?

Cornelis:  No, click me, not click you. Click Me Happy.”  It’s exciting for me to be able to choose the book’s ending, Teagan.  But I simply couldn’t pick one.  So, I decided to just pick up the author.  Olga Núñez Miret, of Author Translator Olga is on her way through the airlock.  

Olga, what a pleasure.  I’m so excited about your translation of “Atonement, Tennessee.”   Although I thought we were going to pick up Rob first.  Cornelis, it’s Rob’s show!  (I sigh…)  Nothing ever goes to plan when Cornelis Drebbel gets in the mix.  

Lovely isn’t it, Olga?  Rob calls it Cegeste.


Robbie!  What a lovely surprise.  What’s that?  Okay Cornelis, I forgive you since you’ve brought Robbie Cheadle of Roberta Writes   and some of her gorgeous cakes.  My goodness, just look at all the cakes and chocolate.  

Won’t you have a slice?  They’re delicious.  I don’t know if I would have been able to cut any of the beautiful cakes Robbie brought.  Cornelis, however, had no problem… 

Robbie’s Cake

I see we have the refreshments set up beside a porthole.  What a view!

Porthole Cornelus-The Sub
Art by Rob Goldstein

Ah, we’re already in San Francisco Bay.  That’s the beauty of traveling with an alchemist!

What’s that thing outside the window?  Oh!  That’s the mini-sub shuttling Rob’s V.I.P. guests.  Sorry let me turn off that claxon.  It’s letting us know the shuttle has docked.

Mini Sub
Art by Rob Goldstein

Welcome aboard, Rob!  I see you have all your special guests with you.  Thank you so much for bringing these wonderful people.  I know some, but not all of them.  So, would you please check the passenger manifest for me, to make sure no one is lost?

Sally G. Cronin, of Smorgasbord Variety Is the Spice of Life, Linda Bethea of Nutsrok , Annette Rochelle Aben, Erika Kind, Mary Smith, Diana Peach of Myths of the Mirror, and Danica Piche.  What a wonderful group!

I saw that, Cornelis…  I know those wriggling bushy eyebrows mean you’re flirting.  Mind your manners with our guests.  What did you say, alchemist?  Oh, yes.  Thank you.  You did go “outside” to retrieve a piece of art, but you’d still better behave yourself.

Finding the Lost De Milo (2)
Finding the Lost DeMilo

Sally, it’s so good to see you!  Won’t you help the rest of the VIPs tour the submarine?  I know you are already familiar with Cornelis and his submarine.

What’s that, sailor?  More guests?  Oh, it’s Christine (CE) Robinson, from Before Sundown and Denise (DL) Flinn.  I see they’ve come down the West Coast to catch the submarine here at the City by the Bay.  I can guess which of Rob’s images will be Christine’s favorite ― Sundown.


Forgive me… Let’s get back to guiding you around this undersea gallery.  Here’s the refreshment table.  Have one of those lovely shell-shaped plates of hors d’oeuvres, and a shimmering glass of champagne.  Yes, those Victorian Era sailors are our waiters.  If you need anything, be sure to let one of them know.  They fill in when the band takes a break too.  I see they’re serenading Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

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Wow, I see that Cornelis used a trick of alchemy to display some of Rob’s art outside the submarine.  Deborah Zajac of Circadian Reflections, Fraggle of Rocking a Camera Across the Universe, and Cindy Knoke are out there with their underwater cameras.  They are such great photographers.  I can’t wait to see the results on their blogs.

Diver Cornelus - 9th and Harrison
Art by Rob Goldstein

Oh, sailor.  Thank you for refilling our champagne glasses.  Could you please make sure everyone gets back inside?  I don’t want anyone to be left behind in any sort of Ripple Effect.

The Ripple Effect
Ripple Effect

That didn’t take long…  Do you hear the country tune the band is playing?  It’s by Jan Sikes, “Mama’s House.” (click for song) That tells me that this alchemically powered submarine is at the Gulf Coast of Texas where we’re going to pick up more guests (including Jan) who are from the Lone Star State.  There’s Jan, John W. Howell, of Fiction Favorites, and Lisa Amaya, of Life of an El Paso Woman

I see Teri Polen of Books and Such, and Staci Troilo, and there’s Brad, from Writing to Freedom came down to the Texas coast from their homes to meet up with them too. 

Hi, John.  I’m happy you all could make it.  Oh, I like that image too.  Being from Port Aransas, I can see why you’d be drawn to “By the Sea.”

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By the Sea

I see reflections in the porthole.  Jennie Fitzkee, from A Teacher’s Reflections, is that you?  I’m so glad you could take a break from your classroom to join us.  And you brought Dan Antion from No Facilities with you!  Thanks to you both for coming all the way down to the Gulf Coast to meet the submarine.

Cornelis, are we ready to get going again?  We have to pick up guests from farther north, like Donna Parker, Jacquie Biggar, and Joanne Sisco.  

Cornelis:  Really… It’s not as though I can just chant Yadadarcyyada and make my submarine disappear and then reappear.

(I gasp.)  Yadadarcyyada is an incantation!  (I put my hand over Cornelis’ mouth to keep him from saying it a second time.)  Cornelis, please watch what you say.  The last time you spoke that word twice, you and the submarine went to a very strange place! A vanishing act is not on the program ― except for the one in Rob’s collection.  Sorry, if I say more it will be a spoiler for my blog serial, Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.

Vanishing Act
Vanishing Act

Hold on, what was that sound?  Donna!  Everyone!  Are all of you okay?  I’m delighted to see you, but I hope an accident of alchemy didn’t pull anyone away at a bad time.

Cornelis:  Oh, do calm down, Teagan.  It was just a little prank.  I had already made arrangements with them.  We wanted to surprise you.

Rob, what am I going to do with that alchemist?  Ah, you are so kind – thank you for this plate.  I haven’t had a moment to visit the refreshment table.  I see they got your favorite Brie.  It looks delicious.  Are you enjoying your show?  Yes, I think it’s going well and everyone is having a great time.  You could say it’s quite a Conquest.  You know I can’t resist a play on words.


We seem to have stopped.  That looks like the wreck of some long-lost luxury liner… and that’s Nicole, from The Bookworm Drinketh.  She’s found several crates of champagne!  Sailor, would you please help Nicole inside?  Now we have plenty of champagne, just in time to zip across the Atlantic to pick up more guests.

Cornelis, are you sure your submarine has enough power to get there?  What do you mean it does now?  Erm… what’s that you’re holding?  It looks like an Aladin’s lamp…  What are you doing?  Be careful polishing that thing.  Purple smoke is coming from it! 

Oh!  Cornelis, you’ve brought the Lamp Magician.  What a great idea!  Dear Magician, thank you for joining us.  Please relax and enjoy this undersea art gallery.  But wait, the lamp is smoking again. This time the smoke is bright pink. It reminds me of something from my Thistledown serial.  Look! There’s Andrea from Harvesting Hecate, and Sue Dream Walker too.

Yes, Andrea?  I agree that image is lovely.  Rob calls it My Blue Heaven.

My Blue Heaven
My Blue Heaven

Oh good, there’s Janet Weight Reed, of My Life as an Artist.  Thank you for coming, Janet. 

I’m glad she’s already aboard.  Janet is keeping Cornelis Drebbel out of trouble (for the moment at least) by having him pose for a watercolor portrait.

I see Janet brought Chris the Story Reading Ape.  Now I understand why they only had two passengers for that run.  People can be timid about getting on a mini sub with a great ape, even though Chris is a perfect gentleman.

It’s wonderful to see you, dear Ape.  That one?  Rob calls it Eclipse.  Yes, it’s one of my favorites, though I really can’t choose.

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Oops, excuse me!  (Several sailors rushing past.)  They’re getting the mini sub ready to pick up another group guests.  Let’s see who’s on the passenger manifest. 

Dyanna, of Ravenshawks’ Magazine, and  Michael of OKIOS Redaktion.  What’s all the barking?  I see, how fun. Christoph Fischer brought his Labradoodles and Hugh Roberts of Hugh’s Views and News brought his Corgis!

Good, there’s Melissa, from Today You Will Write with Suzanne of Musings on Life & Experience.  Thank you for visiting, everyone.  Please make yourselves at home and enjoy this showing of Rob’s wonderful images. 

Cornelis Drebbel inside sub _001
Art by Rob Goldstein

Click over to Rob’s blog to see the related treat he has made at his blog.  https://robertmgoldstein.com/

The comments are part of this art show, so I hope you’ll visit as many of the folks there as you can.   

You are part of this party too.  So, be sure to leave a link to your own website in the comments.  Leave a comment mentioning your favorite “Under the Sea” related thing, song, recipe, or art.  Come and go and comment as often as you want.  Rob, Cornelis, and I will be here on the submarine all weekend.   

Heartfelt thanks for visiting.

Stay tuned for Hidebound Hump Day on Wednesday with Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers chapter 8.  Cheers!

This is a work of fiction.  Characters, names, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

Artwork Copyright © 2018 by Rob Goldstein

Copyright © 2018 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

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187 thoughts on “Under the Sea, a Virtual Art Gallery Showcasing the work of Rob Goldstein

  1. Teagan, I’m getting redundant in that I can’t help every time I write you, but to comment on your imagination and brisk, energetic writing style–very enjoyable, and the art was great. Thank you for the work you put in to make your posts so interesting.

    Best David

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    1. David, it is such a pleasure to see you. I seem to have an endless need for encouragement, so do go on… ^^’ I never tire of having that kind of blush. Seriously though, it’s good to be reminded of my strengths and put my focus there. Plus writing the imaginative parts takes me outside myself, which is also a good thing.
      I’m delighted that you enjoyed this art show, and Rob’s work. He will be pleased as well. Great big hug!


  2. Even with my fish phobia this is the kind of underwater adventure I could get on board with!!
    Congratulations someone loved this post so much they added it to our #BlogCrush linky

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  3. Thanks so much for taking me along, Teagan. What fun, but there are a lot of elbows in here! Thank goodness we’re all friends. The food, champagne doesn’t hurt either. I love Rob’s creativity and will be sure to check out his complementary post. So where are we all off to? (Wouldn’t that be fun). Thanks for the smile, my friend. You are a creative powerhouse. 🙂

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  4. Teagan! What a fabulous party!! Thank you for inviting me. Wouldn’t have missed this gala event for anything. Rob’s art was fantastic. I swooned over Sunset, Sea World, and Ripple Effect. And Robbie’s cake was delicious. The guest list was the best, especially you, the hostess. ❤️

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  5. Wow, Rob and Teagan, what a fabulous Under the Sea party. Robbie’s cake looks so pretty. I agree to just look at it but I also want to taste it. I love the pothole and the mini-sub. Rob, you make the sea currents and sea creatures beautiful! Thank you for the show!

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  6. What a lovely blog party, Teagan & Rob! The paintings are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing! So nice to see so many of my fabulous fellow authors here.
    As for things under the sea, I love The Little Mermaid and all it’s music, sea horses, all my tropical fish in out tank, and clams lobsters and shrimp. 😘🤗

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  7. Wow, really enjoyed viewing the artwork and the theme is wonderful. I especially loved Sundown, the colors drew me in immediately. So vibrant and seeming to swirl as you look at the colors. Like my mind I guess, swirling with activity. Thanks Hugh, Hugh’s News and Views for sending me your way. Thank you for the 🥂 too! I would agree, I wouldn’t be able to cut into Robbie’s cake either.

    I really appreciate the opportunity to post a link at your blog party! My blog is a tip & how to for mobile devices and I hope someone at the party finds it useful. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Enjoyed the party! 🎈 🎈🎈https://mobilemomtechrescue.com/2018/09/22/messages-and-photos-update/

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  8. Hi Teagan! Thank you so much for this lovely party and for showing Rob’s amazing work! He is extremely talented, isn’t he? As for the sea, snorkeling is something I utterly adore. It’s like having a sneak-peek into another world. Oh, and thank you kindly for allowing us to leave a link. This is a post I wrote about kindness called, “A Little Bit of Kindness Does Matter”. Thank YOU for your kindness, my dear! https://wp.me/p4doQv-1zN Cher xo

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  9. Hi Teagan and Rob,
    Wow! I’m impressed with this party. I’ve got to catch up and say hello to all the people I know here, plus introduce myself to those that I don’t. Someone pass me a glass. I brought my own Single Malt Whiskey. 🥃Before I forget, I did a ping-back from my site. If anyone is interested here is a link to my site. https://chuckjacksonknowme.com/
    What’s a party without some music. Here let’s try this:


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    1. Thanks for returning with things for the party, Chuck. One of the great rock ballads of all time! I see the mermaid outside the porthole is grooving to it. And here comes one of the Victorian sailors with the glass for your single malt. Cheers — and hugs right back!

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  10. Thanks so much for inviting me to this wonderful party where you’re showcasing Rob’s wonderful artwork, Teagan. If I must choose a favourite then it would be ‘Vanishing Act.’ I don’t know how Rob did it, but he seems to have captured me in my 20s in that picture. 😀How did you do that, Rob?

    Great artwork, Rob. You are very talented at creating it. I hope it’s something you’ll carry on with doing. I’m positive you’ll be very successful with it.

    As for my favourite item to do with the sea, as a non-swimmer, it’s a tough choice for me. However, I think I’d go for a starfish because they are the opposite of what we see in the night sky.

    You kindly invited us to leave a link to a post, so here’s one that I hope will help all your guests. Teagan and Rob.
    7 ways to get more readers to your blog.


    Would you mind looking after the Corgis while I go and find those victorian sailors serving the champagne, Teagan? I promise I’ll collect them later.

    Have a wonderful time. 🎈

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    1. Tee-hee. Hugh this is the perfect blog party comment. Thank you so much. The Corgis are having a good time watching the mermaid who is outside the porthole.
      I can’t swim either — your choice of a starfish (and why) was lovely!
      While you’re over there with the Victorian sailors, would you pick up a champagne cocktail for me? Cheers!

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  11. Thank you for the amazing art-show Teagen, the morning glass of champagne is going down well with my toast and vegemite . Robert’s works are truly incredible, and “by the sea” is definitely my fav’, I’m a surf beach guy, and love songs about the sea, I could use Robert’s picture here with this classic song. Oh… and here’s a link to an interesting poem of mine. https://ivors20.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/time-travelers/ Now the song, by the Waterboys, This Is The Sea

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    1. Thanks so much for creating this comment, Rob with your link, Rob. I can’t resist showing the video here.
      But I hope everyone will check out your companion post — it’s much more than the video. The party sails on! 😀

      Great big hug!

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  12. What a knock out of a post, Teagan. The first thought that came to me is just how many friends you have. The second was your creativity, and the third was how beautiful is Rob’s work. This was a special post and thank you so much for including me with such a wonderful group.

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  13. I’m having so much fun, Cornelius will have to jettison me to get me to leave, lol.
    Thanks for the invite, Teagan. I’m so impressed by Rob’s undeniable talent! I think my fav’s are Sea World and Vanishing Act, though it’s hard to choose! And that cake- stellar, Robbie, truly stellar!

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    1. (Darn WP wouldn’t cooperate for me to edit my own comment. Look at the mess I’ve made…)
      Oh, Jacquie, Cornelis is in a tizzy. He’d never jettison you. Now he’s taken that ukulele away from the sailor. I think he means to serenade you. He actually has a great voice…

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    1. Hi Annette. I’m so happy you could make it. Please come back with a link to your wonderful– everything! I’m delighted that you enjoyed yourself. Oh… the singing sailor is strolling your way. (Now my lunch break is over. Back to the grind.) TGIF hugs!

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  14. What a fun and creative way to highlight Rob’s art and our motley crew of artists and bloggers. Thanks for the fun Teagan.

    Rob, your art is amazing! I enjoyed so many of these images, but my favorites are Sundowner and Ripple Effect. Thanks for the wonderful show! I tip my cyber champagne to you. 🙂

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  15. Wow! I can’t choose a favorite piece. They are all such amazing depictions. And, what a shock to find my name and a song I wrote mentioned! You are wonderful, Teagan. What a perfect host. I tasted Robbie’s beautiful cake, although I felt it was too pretty to cut. 🙂 And I’ve sipped the champagne, visited with Cornelis (He really is such a flirt) and said hello to Sally, Denise, John, Chris and to Rob, of course. I call this a perfect party. As far as sharing some of my favorite things that take place under the sea…This will sound crazy, but remember I spend lots of time with my grandchildren. I loved Nemo. 🙂 As far as an art favorite, I think it is a toss-up between “My Blue Heaven” and “By The Sea.” The vortex shown on “My Blue Heaven” called to me. Just stunning, Rob!

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    1. Tee-hee! I’m tickled that you enjoyed my little surprise for you Jan!
      That’s not crazy at all — Nemo was the first thing I thought of. I appreciate you calling out a couple of the paintings. I know how much specific feedback helps me, so Rob will appreciate that. Thanks for making this voyage. Hugs!

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  16. I’m so tickled to have made it onto the sub! Thanks!

    This artwork is amazing. What a fantastic portfolio/art show. Each image evoked strong feelings or sparked a creative thought. (I haven’t had breakfast yet, so I have to call out Robbie’s cake as particularly appealing.)

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    1. You are so welcome, Staci. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you via the recent serials. Rob will love your wonderful comment.
      Robbie’s cakes and fondant creations astound me! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Have a beautiful weekend. Great big hug!

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  17. Well, this just consumed my early morning hours!!! Thank you, thank you, I can’t say thank you enough! All this raw talent in one place could be overwhelming, but instead, it’s magnificent! Simply divine! The bee’s knees! The cat’s pajamas (ironically I’m wearing pajamas with cats right now). 🐱🐱🐱
    Thank you, dearest Teagan for hosting such a stunning event – I’m sure I visited all the guests – including me (thank you again, you’re too kind ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️) and will return for more, and not just because there’s cake, although… 🎂🎂🎂
    Here’s one of my latest https://yadadarcyyada.com/2018/07/15/see-you-again/
    And now I’m off to visit some more, soak in more of Rob’s amazingly astonishingly artful art 🎨 (this makes me want to go sit in an octopus’s garden in the shade), 🐙🐙🐙 and share all over the place, so others can have no troubles, life is the bubbles when they’re visiting blogging friends.
    So glad to be part of your blogging world. 🧜

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    1. Donna, you are such a delight. Thank you for this wonderful bubbling-over with positivity comment. ❤ I'm so happy that you brought a link, and you are a treasure to have picked the one where you did an advanced copy review of Atonement in Bloom. 💐💐💐 Thank you, thank you again. (Now if I can just finish proofreading it and get it out there…) Mega bubbly, splashy, mermaid hugs, my friend!

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  18. Yay! I’m so happy to be part of the opening of this wonderful show. Rob’s artwork is fantastic and it was great to see all my friends, and even meet a few new ones. What a wonderful way to show off Rob’s talent!

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  19. Hello, everyone! Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has already visited. If you didn’t leave a link, then come back and do something to share yourselves with all our guests.
    I will faithfully work the comments… today it will happen when I can get little breaks. Meaning I have to get to the office and work.

    Please come back throughout the weekend. Leave a comment or link mentioning your favorite “Under the Sea” related movie, food, song — anything that tickles your fancy. Hugs on the swim! Teagan

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  20. What an amazing exhibition, and thanks for coming to pick me up and for Clicking away. Like Cornelius, I also have trouble choosing just one of the works of art and I am pleased to be in such great company (I love pink, so perhaps Eclipse, although By The Sea and Sundown are spectacular as well and I love the submarine and…) What a treat! I am off to mingle and pat the dogs (I know Christoph’s girls well!) Congratulations, Rob and Teagan. A fantastic virtual exhibition!

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  21. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I am sure that if you visited Teagan Geneviene’s blog during the summer and enjoyed meeting Lulu and her friends and admiring the artwork of Robert Goldstein you will enjoy this art show – under the sea, brilliant images and a VIP list of guests who are enjoying the art and the hospitality… join us… recommended

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  22. What a wonderful tour Teagan. I loved my first trip on a submarine:) I enjoyed the cake, champagne and amazing company for our trip. The music was perfect! I think Blue Heaven caught my eye, but they were all unique and beautiful. Hope everyone is having a great time, too! Thanks Teagan and Rob.

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    1. Hi Robbie. My pleasure. I think I’ll go back for another piece of that cake! 😀 I’m happy you could take a moment to visit. I appreciate you mentioning a particular piece of art. I like getting that kind of feedback (it’s so valuable), and I’m sure Rob will too. TGIF hugs!

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