Posted: 08-08-2022

Mercia Challenge Cup We did it. Thank you once again for your participation and your support – this was a passion project of ours and we will cherish these memories. Those who couldn't make the appearance may order an "I missed the Mercia Challenge Cup” T-shirt… but we would recommend waiting for the new White Company merchandise that is coming soon. We are thankful for your comments and feedback. Knowing how much fun you all had is very satisfying to the organizers. Mercia Challenge Cup was the first buhurt tournament organized by White Company, and we are happy that fighters from all over the UK, the USA, Australia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Slovakia, Germany and Poland were able to attend. A total of 184 people participated in the event, including organizers, fighters and support. We spent 2 days fighting, a total of 10 hours continuously. 14 marshals monitored the safety of our fighters and safeguarded the results integrity of the competition. 5 women's teams attended and participated in the buhurt, a total of 36 people, from UK, Finland, Czech Republic and France (including fighters from Germany and Australia). Mercia Challenge Cup is the largest international women's buhurt tournament organized in the United Kingdom to date. 6 male teams, a total of 44 fighters, from the USA and UK, including fighters from Australia, Poland and Slovakia took part. Special thanks to the American team and Australian fighters for being the first to sign up for the event and coming a long way to enjoy the medieval violence. We had 26 exhilarating buhurt rounds and we are glad that some fighters still had the strength to do friendly fights right after the tournament. Thanks to the selflessness of the Marshals who supported it. At the Profight part of the tournament we were glad to host 17 male and 8 female fighters who came from all over to test their skills. Women went through a total of 16 round robin fights. Men fought in two categories – middleweight + lightweight (<85kg) totaling 24 fights, and heavyweight + super heavyweight (>85kg) featuring 21 fights. We enjoyed an entire day of fighting and managed to end on schedule. Due to the well-coordinated professional work of the first captain of White Company Lukasz Kowal, secretary Antony Lamsdell, and the Knight Marshal Andrew Mowgli, both days of the tournament went smoothly, with any issues resolved quickly and efficiently. The tournament livestream received >25k clicks according to Facebook analytics and in the moment was viewed by an audience of 300. A similar number of live viewers enjoyed the violence galore in person. Thanks to the brilliant commentary of Gavin Stewart, the viewers of all ages were kept engaged with the action within the lists throughout the day and learned a lot about the Historical Medieval Battle (HMB) sport. Some viewers even left with the desire of joining the HMB. On 21st of August, White Company will open its doors to the beginners and anyone who wants to join the club at our headquarters in Whittlebury. More details will follow soon in a separate post. Bohumil Masnicak, the current captain of White Company, along with the several team members have spent many long hours gathering the timber in the wood and building the strong lists featured at the tournament. After, we have diligently numbered the poles and made instructions for putting them together to make them available for rental. Any enquiries should be directed to the man who built them with his bare hands, Theofil Masnicak (https://www.facebook.com/tmasnicak). Dawid Dyczek, Chris Lamsdell, Henrikas Viteika, Karen Cunningham, Martin Gill, Justyna Aleksandrowicz, Guy Billingham, Daniel Winter – know their names! As they made huge efforts at various points in the preparation process of the event, helping us organize the prizes and communicate with the venue owners at the Towcester Racecourse. Since the second half of March we have been gathering participants for the Mercia Challenge Cup, actively communicating with Teams and fighters and updating all the information as we drew closer to the tournament. Maya Kowal was the person responsible for organizing this, currently editing her photos and videos captured throughout the tournament. This is all for the benefit of all participants of the Mercia Challenge Cup to keep as a pleasant memory. There will be few more photo albums and video soon. Finally, this tournament would have not taken place without the hard work of several people who took the risk of responsibility and invested their personal resources, time and energy. Thank them dearly, this was seriously a No Mercy Challenge… Thank you for taking the time to read one more post about Mercia Challenge Cup. It was the last Update of this event. See you on the battlefield. No mercy! #merciacup #merciachallengecup #hmb #medieval #knighttournament #buhurt #buhurtUK #profight #whitecomapnymedieval #whitecompany

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Posted: 03-08-2022

Profight winners of 🏆 Mercia Challenge Cup 🏆: Women 1 place - Jenny Häbry (UK) 2 place - Riyana Kasmawan (Australia) 3 place - Evie Spurdle (UK) Men Middle + light weight 1 place - Johny Porter (USA) 2 place - Thomas Pommier (France) 3 place - Quentin Mouty (France) Men Super-heavy + Heavy weight 1 place - Colin Campbell (Australia) 2 place - Jake Taylor (Australia) 3 place - Daniel Cooper (Australia) Photos by Maya Kowal

Posted: 01-08-2022

Tournament results: Mercia Challenge Cup, United Kingdom, Buhurt Challenger Men's 5vs5: 1st place: Dominus, United States 2nd place: White company, United Kingdom 3rd place: Invicta, United Kingdom Most Valuable Fighter: Joseph Brandt, team: Dominus Women's 5vs5: 1st place: Prague Vixens, Czech Republic 2nd place: Swords of Cygnus, United Kingdom 3rd place: Kivuttaret, Finland Most Valuable Fighter: Rachel Waters, team: Swords of Cygnus Video is available on White Company page (photos Maya Kowal)

Posted: 28-07-2022

Livestream announcement Mercia Challenge Cup, Buhurt Challenger, United Kingdom Livestream will be placed on White Company page -https://www.facebook.com/WhiteCompanyMedieval 30 July, Saturday 11:00 - 12:30 Female fights 12:30 - 13:00 Break 13:00 - 15:00 Group stages 15:00 - 15:30 Break 15:30 - 16:30 Semi Finals 16:45 - 17:15 Finals 17:15 - 17:45 Closing Ceremony live stream for pro-fights Sunday as well 31st July ⠀ 10:00 - 11:00 Female groups ⠀ 11:00 - 12:30 Male <85 Groups 12:30 - 13:00 Male 85-95 Round Robin 13:00 - 14:00 Male 95+ Groups ⠀ 14:00 - 14:30 Break ⠀ 14:30 - 15:00 Female Semi 15:00 - 15:30 Male <85 Semi 15:30 - 16:00 Male 95+ Semi ⠀ 16:00 - 16:30 Female final + 3rd place 16:30 - 17:00 Male <85 final + 3rd place 17:30 - 18:00 Male 95+ final + 3rd place ⠀ 18:00 - 18:30 Closing ceremony

Historical Medieval Battle team. Winners of the Buhurt League season 2018/19. Bronze medalists of Battle of the Nations 2019 5vs5 category.

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Posted: 26-07-2022

Are you looking to attend Mercia Challenge Cup this weekend? Then remember to have a gander at the schedule in the post below! Have fun and stay hydrated 🤍

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Posted: 25-07-2022

Reminder - this weekend is Mercia Challenger weekend ! Tickets for the Mercia Challenge at Towcester racecourse 30/31 July can be found here :- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-full-contact-knight-tournament-and-medieval-festival-tickets-342655841847 We also thank our sponsors: Quiverstock - UK's largest padding specialist, offering a range of standard and bespoke padded armour designed for buhurt and duelling. If you need historical clothing and accessories, in-house custom embroidery and screen printing services - welcome on site www.quiverstock.co.uk! Manufactured in the UK and shipped worldwide. Nidhoggr Mead based in Yorkshire Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NidhoggrMead WEB URL: https://nidhoggrmead.co.uk/ HV Shields https://www.facebook.com/hvshields Past Time Pedlars https://www.facebook.com/pasttimepedlar Fever UK https://www.feveruk.co.uk Hunts Family Butchers https://www.facebook.com/HuntofGreensNorton/ Active Garden Ltd https://www.facebook.com/ActiveGardenUK/ https://activegarden.co.uk

Experience legendary medieval action at our tournament & festival event, taking place at the famous and spacious Towcester Racecourse.

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Posted: 19-07-2022

Next addition to Medieval Combat Sports Association Great Britain is The Infernal Unicorns! This women focused team is the second of its kind in UK and the first in Scotland! They only started to fight together in January this year and officially became a team in May. With one non-league tournament under their belt they fought at Fantasy Forest during the hottest weekend of the year, where they took home bronze on their UK League debut! What a feat! Please, join me in welcoming The Infernal Unicorns to the list! For information on how to join MCSA GB as a club or induvidual, please, contact us through messenger or uk@hmbia.com.

Posted: 18-07-2022

During this extremely hot weekend the women of MCSA GB made history! For the first time, UK fielded 4 individual 5v5 female teams! Please, help us in celebrating this momentous occasion! Fighters from Armoured Combat Gloucester, Invicta, Swords Of Cygnus and The Infernal Unicorns descended upon Fantasy Forest for the Fantasy Forest Cup tournament organised by Swords Of Cygnus. Here beginners and experienced fighters alike fought in Triathlons, 10v10 mixed teams buhurt and the official 5v5 UK League in 30 degree heat. The Infernal Unicorns and Invicta, women's team, made their debut on to the UK League table and we hope to see more of them soon! The result of the 5v5 is as follows: 🥇Swords Of Cygnus 🥈Hellions (Armoured Combat Gloucester) 🥉The Infernal Unicorns Will to win: Bruna Gabriela Peixer from Invicta Runner up Will to win: Steff Holbrook from Swords Of Cygnus Quiverstock kindly sponsored prizes in all categories including a lovely cup for the runner up of Will to win. ❤️ Great work and thank you for all your effort this weekend! If you watched the fights or fancy getting involved in any way then feel free to contact us or the clubs directly! Stay safe and hydrated in the heat!

Posted: 15-07-2022

If you're looking for somewhere to spend the hottest weekend of the year, then Swords Of Cygnus have a treat for you! The UK female fighters will gather at Fantasy Forest for triathlons, duelling and profighting for beginners and experienced fighters alike. They will make history with 4 individual UK female teams clashing together for in Buhurt for the first time! So come down and see Armoured Combat Gloucester, Invicta, Sword of Cygnus and The Infernal Unicorns, who is making their UK League debut! Who are you rooting for?

Final preparations for Fantasy Forest are in full swing. Over the weekend Swords of Cygnus have organised a momentous tournament for the FF crowds. Fighters will compete in all disciplines over the weekend and one unique warrior will win this trophy. But who will it be? 🤔 @fanforfest #readyfortheweekend #warrior #warriorwomen #shefights #battle #tournament #fantasy

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Posted: 14-07-2022

We are pleased to announce that we have new clubs joining Medieval Combat Sports Association GB. First out, with Scotland representing once again, is Glasgow Sword Breakers! Their club members have no fear of travelling as we have seen representatives of the club at every GB tournament and training event after the pandemic. Fast growing and ready to get stuck in with profighting. Please, join us in welcoming Glasgow Sword Breakers to the fight! For information on how to join MCSA GB as a club or individual, please, contact us through messenger or through email at uk@hmbia.com. 📸Fraoch Ford Photography

Posted: 12-07-2022

If you’re planning on buying from Amazon in the Prime sale 12/13 or at any time in future, if you use this link the MCSAGB (formerly HMBGB) will get a 0.5% donation from purchases. It does not cost you directly and is from Amazon directly. Please share… if you are a person who buys a lot through Amazon please use this link. Every penny helps. Thank you

When you shop at smile.amazon.co.uk, Amazon will donate to Historical Medieval Battle - Great Britain. Support us every time you shop.

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Posted: 01-07-2022

If you want to know a bit about the sport and how it is different to Hema (Historical European Martial Arts)

Hello and welcome to another video podcast.In this video I’m chatting with Daniel George from Honour and Arms HMB club in Rochdale Greater Manchester.Daniel ...

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Posted: 26-06-2022

Not all tournaments are UK League but we love them anyway! This weekend 7 teams returned to Ragnarock Rally in Silloth for a border brawl. This is the first tournament we got to see The Infernal Unicorns fighting as a team and we are chuffed to see them and a lot of new fighters at this tournament. Great work, The Northern Wolves and Honour & Arms HMB Club!

Posted: 24-06-2022

This weekend Pre-book sales have now closed but there's plenty of tickets on the gate, get yourself to along, enjoy 4 great bands, the northern wolves full contact medieval fighting, have a go at axe throwing and archery and wander around a selection of stalls. Don't forget to enter the bike show on Saturday for your chance to win a unique hand made trophy

This weekend Pre-book sales have now closed but there's plenty of tickets on the gate, get yourself to along, enjoy 4 great bands, the northern wolves full contact medieval fighting, have a go at axe throwing and archery and wander around a selection of stalls. Don't forget to enter the bike show on Saturday for your chance to win a unique hand made trophy

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Posted: 23-06-2022

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Posted: 23-06-2022

Tournament announcement Heritage Shield, Men's 5vs5 / 12vs12, Women's 5vs5 Buhurt Challenger, United Kingdom 8 October 2022 Open to supporters to come along and watch or live stream

Tournament announcement Heritage Shield, Men's 5vs5 / 12vs12, Women's 5vs5 Buhurt Challenger, United Kingdom 8 October 2022 Open to supporters to come along and watch or live stream

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Posted: 22-06-2022

Tickets for the Mercia Challenge at Towester racecourse 30/31 July can be found here :- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-full-contact-knight-tournament-and-medieval-festival-tickets-342655841847

Experience legendary medieval action at our tournament & festival event, taking place at the famous and spacious Towcester Racecourse.

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Posted: 16-06-2022

Hi All, The HMB-GB committee and Trustees have approved a name change for the charity and sports body to Medieval Combat Sports Association Great Britain. There were a number of reasons for the change, one related to the effects on the sport of the conflict in Ukraine, plus clubs not only take part in the old HMB rules, but also IMCF and members participate in duals. The new charity and association name reflects the different disciplines that members compete within, and will give us a clearer position of what we are within the sports field within the UK.

Posted: 26-05-2022

The UK have newly accredited marshals! On the 25th of May, UK Head Marshall Andrew Mowgli announced that David Brown and Daniel George of The Northern Wolves have successfully gained their National Marshal accreditation under the recently announced Buhurt League marshaling certification scheme. The newly created Buhurt League scheme sets out a clearly defined path for marshaling certification. Both David and Daniel had satisfied the required number of events and criteria to look for certification, and further attended the 7th May National Training where Andrew assessed them further. This now means the UK have 3 certified marshals with many more looking to gain their accreditation in the future. If you are interested in marshaling please get in touch for further information. Photo credit Denise Lamsdell

Posted: 20-05-2022

Important announcement! We are happy to announce that our NEW Women's Representative is Sofie Maceanruig! The Women's Representative has been a permanent fixture in HMB GB for years and plays an important role in helping us drive the women's side of the sport forward. We are sure you are as excited as we are to get to know Sofie and her aspirations for the role a bit more in the coming weeks so we will leave you with a sneak peak of what is to come: "I’ve been involved in the sport in one way or another for the last 6-7 years. I came in as a fighter when I was 19, however reoccurring injuries made me take a major step back from fighting in 2019 just before covid struck. Still on the road to recovery but I now feel ready to commit to the sport again. I’d like to do that by continuing to grow and nurture the idea of bringing the female fighting community together as one." Keep an eye out for our interview with Sofie coming soon!

Important announcement! We are happy to announce that our NEW Women's Representative is Sofie Maceanruig! The Women's Representative has been a permanent fixture in HMB GB for years and plays an important role in helping us drive the women's side of the sport forward. We are sure you are as excited as we are to get to know Sofie and her aspirations for the role a bit more in the coming weeks so we will leave you with a sneak peak of what is to come: "I’ve been involved in the sport in one way or another for the last 6-7 years. I came in as a fighter when I was 19, however reoccurring injuries made me take a major step back from fighting in 2019 just before covid struck. Still on the road to recovery but I now feel ready to commit to the sport again. I’d like to do that by continuing to grow and nurture the idea of bringing the female fighting community together as one." Keep an eye out for our interview with Sofie coming soon!

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Posted: 17-05-2022

While we are preparing for the next tournament, have look at the White Company video review of the first tournament of the year Castleton Cup. Will we see you at Ragnarok - Border Brawl on the 25th June? Follow White Company Youtube Channel for more videos from tournaments and trainings: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCZix-tmo1gSrtkfZ_MkzM0A

For more information about HMB sport and White Company Team follow Facebook and Instagram: WHITECOMPANYMEDIEVAL

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Posted: 14-05-2022

A great look behind the scenes at the first UK League tournament of 2022, showing the courage, dedication and teamwork that competing in this sport develops. Many thanks to Armoured Combat Gloucester and Ben O'Riordan for capturing this thrilling event on video and allowing us to share it. Like and follow us for more updates on upcoming events!

Buhurt, bohurt or bugurt - The modern medieval tournament. Brutal group fights with male and female categories using blunted steel swords and axes. Documenta...

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Posted: 11-05-2022

A follow on from this weekends National Training. A little Q&A with our very own head marshal Andrew Mowgli. Q: Do you think all fighters should know the rules? A: Of course, it's important fighters read and understand the rules, it stops pointless arguments. It would be a nightmare if fighters didn't understand them. Q: What do you think puts people off becoming a marshal? A: They can be long days on your feet that get tiring. You can't just go socialise with friends at events as you please and there's the occasional times with having to deal with fighters who aren't happy with outcomes of fights, or some people I guess just find it boring to do. Q: What’s are your thoughts on the new regulations? A: Personally I'm a fan of the new rules it's made things clearer with less grey areas. The rule about being allowed to touch the floor with a hand after a throw is something I wish was in place when I was fighting. Q: What are your plans for the UK marshals? A: There's a couple of guys who I'm waiting on BL questionnaire before making them officially national Marshalls, one person in particular I'm really happy with is David. He helped me last year at Tournament of Deeds and I think since he's Marshalled almost every UK tournament, not being a fighter also helps massively as I know I don't need to worry about him disappearing to fight. I held the first Marshall training at a national training this past weekend that went well, doing it there means I could also have the guys Marshalling a fight in a setting where the outcome doesn't matter. Q: What made you decided to be a marshal? A: I stopped fighting but still wanted to be involved and help White Company out so they could hold tournaments etc. There was a Marshall seminar in the UK organised by Antony that I went to and passed the theory side, then onto dynamo in Moscow for my practical, and now I'm the head UK Marshall and responsible for it all. Q: How many marshals do you think we need in the UK? A: I don't think there's really a limit. It would be great to have as many as possible and that way people didn't have to Marshall every round of every fight, but it's difficult to find people who just want to Marshall. It is a very long day at a tournament where you're doing everything. Q: What makes a good marshal in your opinion? A: In my opinion I think the best Marshalls are made by ex fighters who were involved with the sport for a while. On top of that coming to any trainings if there are any, whether that's a Marshall training or just a normal national training to practise, reading the rules making sure you understand and not being afraid to ask questions about what you aren't sure on. I still ask questions to the Marshalls above me. Q: How do you become a marshal? A: First step is reading rules, then volunteering to come help at a 3 tournaments or 2 and a Marshall training, working alongside an accredited Marshall. Once this is done and they believe you are ready you take a national certification exam to become a National Marshall, the next step is regional Marshall. For this you need to work a tournament alongside the regional head Marshall who will assess how you're doing tell you if you need to work on things still or are ready for the regional test which is more in depth. There is then an interview with them and once the interview is passed you become a regional marshall. After this becoming buhurt league certified is done by talking to your regional head about gaining this next level, for more in depth explanation its best to read the post on the buhurt league Facebook page. A massive thank you to Andrew Mowgli for allowing me to ask these questions and for answering them honestly. We are always in need of more marshals in the UK, even more so with there being more tournaments being held in the UK. If this is something you are looking to do and want to become a marshal please do not hesitate to get in touch for more information.

A follow on from this weekends National Training. A little Q&A with our very own head marshal Andrew Mowgli. Q: Do you think all fighters should know the rules? A: Of course, it's important fighters read and understand the rules, it stops pointless arguments. It would be a nightmare if fighters didn't understand them. Q: What do you think puts people off becoming a marshal? A: They can be long days on your feet that get tiring. You can't just go socialise with friends at events as you please and there's the occasional times with having to deal with fighters who aren't happy with outcomes of fights, or some people I guess just find it boring to do. Q: What’s are your thoughts on the new regulations? A: Personally I'm a fan of the new rules it's made things clearer with less grey areas. The rule about being allowed to touch the floor with a hand after a throw is something I wish was in place when I was fighting. Q: What are your plans for the UK marshals? A: There's a couple of guys who I'm waiting on BL questionnaire before making them officially national Marshalls, one person in particular I'm really happy with is David. He helped me last year at Tournament of Deeds and I think since he's Marshalled almost every UK tournament, not being a fighter also helps massively as I know I don't need to worry about him disappearing to fight. I held the first Marshall training at a national training this past weekend that went well, doing it there means I could also have the guys Marshalling a fight in a setting where the outcome doesn't matter. Q: What made you decided to be a marshal? A: I stopped fighting but still wanted to be involved and help White Company out so they could hold tournaments etc. There was a Marshall seminar in the UK organised by Antony that I went to and passed the theory side, then onto dynamo in Moscow for my practical, and now I'm the head UK Marshall and responsible for it all. Q: How many marshals do you think we need in the UK? A: I don't think there's really a limit. It would be great to have as many as possible and that way people didn't have to Marshall every round of every fight, but it's difficult to find people who just want to Marshall. It is a very long day at a tournament where you're doing everything. Q: What makes a good marshal in your opinion? A: In my opinion I think the best Marshalls are made by ex fighters who were involved with the sport for a while. On top of that coming to any trainings if there are any, whether that's a Marshall training or just a normal national training to practise, reading the rules making sure you understand and not being afraid to ask questions about what you aren't sure on. I still ask questions to the Marshalls above me. Q: How do you become a marshal? A: First step is reading rules, then volunteering to come help at a 3 tournaments or 2 and a Marshall training, working alongside an accredited Marshall. Once this is done and they believe you are ready you take a national certification exam to become a National Marshall, the next step is regional Marshall. For this you need to work a tournament alongside the regional head Marshall who will assess how you're doing tell you if you need to work on things still or are ready for the regional test which is more in depth. There is then an interview with them and once the interview is passed you become a regional marshall. After this becoming buhurt league certified is done by talking to your regional head about gaining this next level, for more in depth explanation its best to read the post on the buhurt league Facebook page. A massive thank you to Andrew Mowgli for allowing me to ask these questions and for answering them honestly. We are always in need of more marshals in the UK, even more so with there being more tournaments being held in the UK. If this is something you are looking to do and want to become a marshal please do not hesitate to get in touch for more information.

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Posted: 10-05-2022

The latest UK National training was headed up by National Captain Daniel Winter over the weekend at the ISCA training grounds in Ledbury. The National training allows our highly experienced veteran fighters to share their knowledge with new and seasoned fighters alike. This session started with some fitness and calisthenics and quickly moved on to soft kit training and technique, before finally putting the day's lessons into practice with some armoured wrestling and buhurt which was joined by the UK Head Marshal and the trainee marshals. More on this soon! Is this something you need in your life? Get in touch and we will point you in the direction of your nearest club! 📷 Lisa Michelle Robertson

Posted: 09-05-2022

Sun is out, so are our busy weekends. On Saturday, in famous british heat, 3 of our fighters attended 7th national training hosted by @isca.afc and Hellions had their xtra training session on Sunday. Historical Medieval Battle: Great Britain Special shout out to our hellion Sian for attending both 💪 🔴⚔⚫ 📸 insta: warriorqwen_lisa

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