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Isn’t this appropriate for ‘the waterguy’ with a time management challenge when it comes to regular blog updates… but less of me and what’s with the blog action water thing?

 ‘Blog Action Day’ (capitals because it’s official) is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. This year’s topic is water…

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water, which equates to one in eight of us. A lack of basic sanitation (water dependent) causes 80% of diseases and kills more people each year than war does. Children are especially vulnerable and as a parent of a child who’s survived dysentery, it’s a most frightening (water borne) illness which we were fortunate to have nursed our child through.

The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation. So simple, yet so challenging, particularly where politics gets in the way to restrict those least able from helping themselves…

For my part, water is an environmental issue, a sustainability issue and an issue which deserves a global profile as bloggers of the world theoretically unite in one conversation…

I’m not really into research, but the US, Mexico and China apparently lead the world in bottled water consumption, with people in the US drinking an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year. That sounds high to me, but based on this figure, around 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, while more than 80 percent will unlikely ever be recycled.

Which brings me back to where I started out several years ago looking for a better alternative when I realised people won’t stop drinking bottled water just because I think its ecological folly.

I’m pleased, on this particular Blog Action Day, to be able to report how Aquapax is still growing from strength to strength, with a retail listing approaching 500 stores across Europe and with exciting new distribution areas embracing the change we’ve introduced in their own countries.

While it’s frustrating how some UK retailers still won’t talk to us until we can prove with expensive research reports how their particular customers might actually appreciate a more ecologically sensible choice of packaged water, we continue to grow through customer choice exercised within Tesco, Waitrose and Monop (part of Monoprix Group) so this makes three of the largest and most respected retailers in the world.

I’ve updated the ‘where can I buy Aquapax’ listing below with the UK based stores we know about and ask you to please let us know if you’d like to add your local independent retail outlet to this list.

Warm wishes

N

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As our iconic blue cartons establish their presence ever wider, we’ve had quite a few e-mails here at head office asking which Tesco and Waitrose stores AQUAPAX are now available in here in the UK.

Independents typically don’t tell us when they stock a product, and depending on the professionalism of the wholesalers, they can frequently experience out of stock periods, so here’s the list of the multiple stores we know this far, listed alphabetically… NB. If the store isn’t specifically listed as any other, then it’s a Tesco store listing.  If there’s no store near you yet, please be patient…

In addition to countless independent stores near you which already stock AQUAPAX, it is a listed product in both Tesco and Waitrose warehouses; if your local store doesn’t stock them in their range, you can ask for them to be stocked for you. (say please 🙂 )

As of writing, there’s still no news on our listing within Ocado, but hang on in there – we are too… meanwhile, we’re in selected Tesco.com stores, wherever there’s a superstore in the ‘picking’ area…

1-23 CITY RD LONDON – Tesco Express

124 TOTTENHAM COURT RD., LONDON – Tesco Express

125 THE STRAND, LONDON – Tesco Express

248 FULHAM ROAD, LONDON – Tesco Express

279 KINGS ROAD, LONDON – Tesco Express

50 CURZON STREET, LONDON – Tesco Express

700 FULHAM ROAD, LONDON – Tesco Express

82 HOLLAND PARK ROAD, LONDON – Tesco Express

87 GLOUCESTER RD, LONDON – Tesco Express

ACTON, LONDON – Tesco Express

ALDERLEY EDGE – Tesco Express

ALDERSGATE – Tesco Express

ALRESFORD SOTON – Tesco Express

AMERSHAM HILL AVE – Tesco Express

AMERSHAM,LONDON ROAD WEST, AMERSHAM, BUCKS, HP7 0HA

ANERLEY RD CRYSTAL PALACE – Tesco Express

ASCOT HIGH ST – Tesco Express

AYLESBURY EXTRA,BROADFIELDS RETAIL PARK,AYLESBURY,BUCKS, HP19 8BU

BAKER STREET, LONDON – Tesco Express

BALHAM, LONDON – Tesco Express

BALHAM, LONDON – Waitrose

BAMFORD – Tesco Express

BARBICAN – Waitrose

BARKING,HIGHBRIDGE ROAD,BARKING,GREATER LONDON,IG11 7BS

BARNES – Tesco Express

BARNET GREEN BIRMINGHAM – Tesco Express

BASILDON MAYFLOWER RETAIL PARK, BASILDON, ESSEX, SS14 3HZ

BASILDON PITSEA EXTRA,OFF STATION LANE,BASILDON, ESSEX, SS13 3JU

BATHWICK HILL BATH – Tesco Express

BATTERSEA RISE, LONDON – Tesco Express

BAYSWATER – Tesco Express

BEDFORD RIVERFIELD ROAD,RIVERFIELD DRIVE,BEDFORD, MK41 0SE

BELSIZE PARK, LONDON – Tesco Express

BELSIZE ROAD, LONDON – Tesco Express

BISHOPSGATE METRO,158-164 BISHOPSGATE, LONDON, EC2M 4LN

BLUEWATER – John Lewis Food Hall

BOREHAMWOOD TESCO EXTRA, SHENLEY ROAD, BOREHAMWOOD, HERTS, WD6 1JG

BRAMHALL CHESHIRE – Tesco Express

BRENT CROSS HENDON WAY TESCO, TILLING ROAD, LONDON, NW2 1LZ

BRENTWOOD – Tesco Express

BRIGHTON QUEENS RD – Tesco Express

BROMLEY – Tesco Express

BROOKLANDS EXTRA, BARNES WALLACE DRIVE, WEYBRIDGE, SURREY, KT13 0XF

BURNHAM HIGH ST – Tesco Express

BUSHEY HEATH – Tesco Express

CAMDEN, LONDON – Tesco Express

CANARY WHARF – Waitrose

CAVERSHAM – Tesco Express

CHAFFORD HUNDRED – Tesco Express

CHALFONT – Tesco Express

CHELMSFORD PRINCES ROAD,PRINCES ROAD,CHELMSFORD,ESSEX,CM2 9XW

CHELSEA, LONDON – Tesco Express

CHESHUNT TESCO EXTRA,BROOKFIELD CENTRE,WALTHAM CROSS,HERTFORDSHIRE,EN8 0TA

CHISWICK HIGH RD, LONDON – Tesco Express

CLAPHAM HIGH ST, LONDON – Tesco Express

CLAPHAM JUNCTION – Waitrose

CLERKENWELL – Waitrose

CLIFTON, NR.BRISTOL – Waitrose

CLIFTON BRISTOL – Tesco Express

CLIFTON RD MAIDA VALE – Tesco Express

COLCHESTER TESCO EXTRA, HIGHWOODS SQUARE, COLCHESTER, ESSEX, CO4 9ED

COLNEY HATCH TESCO, COPPETTS CENTRE, NORTH CIRCULAR ROAD, N12 0SH

COVENT GARDEN TESCO METRO,22-25 BEDFORD STREET, LONDON, WC2E 9EQ

COVENTRY ARENA TESCO EXTRA, PHOENIX WAY, WEST MIDLANDS,CV6 6EN

CRADDOCKS ASHTEAD – Tesco Express

CROUCH END – Tesco Express

CROUCH-END – Waitrose

CROUCH ST COLCHESTER – Tesco Express

CROXTED RD DULWCH – Tesco Express

CUFFLEY – Tesco Express

DANBURY – Tesco Express

DATCHET – Tesco Express

DEAN ROW RD WILMS – Tesco Express

DEAN STREET METRO, DEAN STREET,LONDON, W1D 3RS

DERBY HILTON – Tesco Express

DIDSBURY – Tesco Express

DORRIDGE SOLIHULL – Tesco Express

DROVEWAY HOVE – Tesco Express

EALING TESCO METRO, UNIT 20 BROADWAY SHOPPING CENTRE, LONDON, W5 5JY

EALING WEST – Waitrose

EASTBOURNE MEADS – Tesco Express

EDGEWARE ROAD – Waitrose John Barnes EAST SHEEN – Tesco Express

EMMER GREEN – Tesco Express

EST RD SHOREDITCH, LONDON – Tesco Express

EUSTON ROAD, LONDON – Tesco Express

FARNHAM COMMON – Tesco Express

FINCHLEY,21-29 BALLARDS LANE,LONDON,GREATER LONDON,N3 1XP

FLEET – Tesco Express

FLEET STREET LONDON – Tesco Express

FOREST ROW – Tesco Express

FORTUNE GREEN RD – Tesco Express

FOUR MARKS ALTON – Tesco Express

FULHAM – Tesco Express

FULHAM PALACE RD – Tesco Express

GALLIONS REACH TESCO EXTRA, 1 ARMADA WAY,LONDON, E6 7FB

GEORGE ST LONDON – Tesco Express

GOODGE STREET METRO,10-16 GOODGE STREET,LONDON, W1T 2QB

GRAYSHOTT HASLEMERE – Tesco Express

GREENFORD HOOVER BUILDING,OLD HOOVER BUILDING,GREENFORD, UB6 8DW

GREENWOOD CROWTHORNE – Tesco Express

GUILDFORD BRIDGE – Tesco Express

GUILDFORD,ASHENDEN ROAD,GUILDFORD,SURREY,GU2 7UN

HALE – Tesco Express

HAMMERSMITH TESCO METRO,13-16 BROADWAY CENTRE,LONDON, W6 9YD

HAMMERSMITH,180 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD,LONDON, W6 7NL

HAMPTON HILL – Tesco Express

HARPENDEN – Tesco Express

HARROW STATION ROAD TESCO,STATION ROAD, HARROW, HA1 2TU

HATCH END – Tesco Express

Hatfield Extra, Great North Road, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9

HAVEN GRN EALING – Tesco Express

HAYES UXBRIDGE RD – Tesco Express

HAYES YEADING TESCO EXTRA, GLENCOE ROAD, HAYES, UB4 9SQ

HEATH ST HAMPSTED – Tesco Express

HEATON MOOR STOCKPORT – Tesco Express

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TESCO, JARMAN WAY, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HERTS, HP2 4JS

HENLEAZE – Tesco Express

HIGH WYCOMBE LOUDWATER, LONDON ROAD, HIGH WYCOMBE, BUCKS, HP10 9RT

HIGHBURY TESCO METRO, 43 HOLLOWAY ROAD, LONDON, N7 8JP

HIGHGATE HIGH ST – Tesco Express

HISTON CAMBS – Tesco Express

HOLBORN VIADUCT – Tesco Express

HORNSEY HIGH ST – Tesco Express

HOVE – Tesco Express

HOVE DENMARK VLLS – Tesco Express

ICKENHAM HIGH RD – Tesco Express

ISLINGTON GREEN TESCO METRO, 25-29 ISLINGTON GREEN, LONDON, N1 8DU

JERSEY FARM ST ALBANS – Tesco Express

KENSINGTON METRO, 146-158 HIGH STREET, LONDON, W8 6SU

KENSINGTON TESCO, WEST CROMWELL ROAD,LONDON, W14 8PB

KENTISH TOWN – Tesco Express

KEW GARDEN – Tesco Express

KING ST HAMMRSMTH – Tesco Express

KINGSCROSS TESCO METRO, 21 CALEDONIAN ROAD, LONDON, N1 9DX

KINGS ROAD CHELSEA – Waitrose

LANGFORD BICESTER – Tesco Express

LEWISHAM TESCO, 209 LEWISHAM ROAD, LONDON, SE13 7PY

LEYES LANE KENILWORTH – Tesco Express

LILLIPUT POOLE – Tesco Express

LITTLE CHALFONT – Tesco Express

LOCKSHEATH SOUTHAMPTON – Tesco Express

LONDON BLACKFRIARS – Tesco Express

LYCHPIT BASINGSTOKE – Tesco Express

MAIDA VALE – Tesco Express

MAILBOX BIRMINGHAM – Tesco Express

MARKET WINCHESTER – Tesco Express

MARYLEBONE – Tesco Express

MELCOMBE ST LONDON – Tesco Express

MONCK ST VICTORIA – Tesco Express

NEW BARNET – Tesco Express

NEW MALDEN TESCO EXTRA,300 BEVERLEY WAY, NEW MALDEN, KT3 4PJ

NEWBURY TESCO EXTRA, PINCHINGTON LANE, NEWBURY, WEST BERKS, RG14 7HB

NEWTON MEARNS – Tesco Express

NORTH END RD WEST KENSINGTON – Tesco Express

NORTHAMPTON SOUTH TESCO EXTRA,CLANNELL ROAD, NORTHANTS, NN4 0JF

NOTTINGHAM TRINITY SQUARE – Waitrose

NORTHFIELDS EALING – Tesco Express

NORTHWICH REGENCY – Tesco Express

NOTTING HILL GATE TESCO METRO,114-120 NOTTING HILL GATE, LONDON, W11 3QE

NOTTINGHAM COMPTON – Tesco Express

OAKWOOD – Tesco Express

OLD BROAD ST – Tesco Express

OLD BROMPTON RD – Tesco Express

OLDSWINFORD – Tesco Express

OLNEY MARKET PLAC – Tesco Express

OLYMPIA HAMMERSMITH – Tesco Express

OSTERLEY TESCO EXTRA, OSTERLEY PARK, ISLEWORTH, GREATER LONDON, TW7 5NZ

OXFORD ST. ALDATES – Tesco Express

OXFORD STREET – John Lewis Food Hall

OXFORD TESCO,UNIT 7 OXFORD RETAIL PARK,OXFORD, OXFORDSHIRE, OX4 6XJ

OXLEY PARK MILTON KEYNES – Tesco Express

OXTED – Waitrose

PIMLICO – Tesco Express

PORTOBELLO ROAD TESCO METRO,224-226 PORTOBELLO ROAD, LONDON, W11 1LJ

PURLEY TESCO EXTRA, 8 PURLEY ROAD, PURLEY, GREATER LONDON, CR8 2HA

PUTNEY HIGH ST – Tesco Express

QUAYSIDE NEWCASTLE – Tesco Express

QUEENS RD WYBRDGE

QUEENSWAY TESCO METRO, 138/142 QUEENSWAY, LONDON, W2 6LS

READING TESCO EXTRA, NAPIER ROAD, READING, READING, RG1 8DF

REGENT ST CLIFTON – Tesco Express

REGENT STREET TESCO METRO,17-25 REGENT STREET, LONDON, SW1Y 4LR

RICHMOND TESCO METRO,29 GEORGE STREET,RICHMOND, TW9 1HY

RIDGEWAY RD FARNHAM – Tesco Express

ROMFORD TESCO EXTRA, 300 HORNCHURCH ROAD, HORNCHURCH, RM11 1PY

ROYAL HOSPITAL RD – Tesco Express

RUSSELL SQUARE – Tesco Express

SANDHURST TESCO EXTRA, THE MEADOWS, SANDHURST, BERKS, GU47 0FD

SHEFFIELD FULWOOD – Tesco Express

SHENFIELD BRENTWD – Tesco Express

SHENLEY – Tesco Express

SIDCUP TESCO,EDGINGTON WAY,SIDCUP, GREATER LONDON, DA14 5BN

SLOUGH WELLINGTON TESCO EXTRA,BRUNEL WAY,SLOUGH, SL1 1XW

SOUTH WHARF PADTN – Tesco Express

SOUTHAMPTON ROW – Tesco Express

SOUTHEND TESCO EXTRA,PRINCE AVENUE,WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA, SS0 0JP

ST ALBAN BEECH RD – Tesco Express

ST GEORGES WHARF – Tesco Express

ST JOHN CLERKNWLL – Tesco Express

ST JOHNS WOOD – Tesco Express

ST MARGARETS TWIKENHAM – Tesco Express

ST PAULS LONDON – Tesco Express

STORRINGTON – Tesco Express

STOTFOLD – Tesco Express

ST. KATHERINE’S DOCK – Waitrose

STRATFORD UPON AVON TESCO, BIRMINGHAM ROAD, STRATFORD-U-AVON, CV37 0UA

STRATFRD BANBURY RD- Tesco Express

STUKELEY MEADOWS – Tesco Express

SUNBURY-ON-THAMES TESCO EXTRA, STAINES ROAD WEST, TW16 7BB

SUTTON CHEAM TESCO EXTRA, OLDFIELDS ROAD, SUTTON, SM1 2NB

SWAINS LANE HIGHGATE – Tesco Express

TABARD SQUARE LONDON – Tesco Express

THEYDON BOIS – Tesco Express

THORPE BAY – Tesco Express

TORQUAY LYMINGTON – Tesco Express

TOTLEY SHEFFIELD – Tesco Express

TRAFALGAR SQUARE – Tesco Express

TWICKENHAM EXTRA, MOGDEN LANE,ISLEWORTH, GREATER LONDON, TW7 7JY

TWICKENHAM LONDON – Tesco Express

UNTHANK RD NORWCH – Tesco Express

VALLEY PARK SOUTHAMPTON – Tesco Express

WANSTEAD – Tesco Express

WATFORD EXTRA,239-241 LOWER HIGH STREET, WATFORD, HERTS, WD17 2BD

WATLING RADLET – Tesco Express

WEST BYFLEET – Tesco Express

WESTFIELD SHOPPING CENTRE – Waitrose

WEST HAMPSTEAD – Tesco Express

WEST ST ROTTINGDN – Tesco Express

WESTMINSTER BRDGE – Tesco Express

WESTERN RD BRIGHTON – Tesco Express

WHITE CITY – Tesco Express

WIMBLEDON – Tesco Express

WIMBLEDON HILL – Tesco Express

WIMBLEDON METRO,OLD TOWN HALL, THE BROADWAY, GREATER LONDON, SW19 8YA

WINCHMORE HILL – Tesco Express

WINDSOR – Waitrose

Please let us know if you have any difficulties finding AQUAPAX in any of the above stores. Sometimes we’re in the fridge and other times on the shelf – co-ordinating a retail listing isn’t as straightforward as you think… 😉

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It’s that time of year again tomorrow where I take a day off to celebrate the anniversary of being born… I confess my birthday isn’t as big a deal as it used to be, but the day still merits a bit of chill out time.

This year it’s a picnic in a child friendly farm setting with some good friends and their 2 young lads. I’ll end up exhausted but happy and ready for the Brighton Business Show (complete with real life ‘dragons’ apparently) on Wednesday morning.

I’ve turned down the launch party for Recognise Magazine tomorrow evening – dropped off the AQUAPAX for them on Friday – and considering I’m already out on Thursday evening for the Jaffa Cakes TLV first group showing of contemporary Tel Aviv art here in the UK (with AQUAPAX in support of course) I think I deserve an evening off.

In case you’re thinking this is a little out of character, I confess to having a phone call scheduled with a major retail buyer just before lunch tomorrow, but that’s still a significant proportion of me time for one whole day! 😉

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7 day weeks are no fun anymore. The Sussex Show was busy enough (although not as busy as last year) and working with my son on father’s day was a reward in itself; but my feet hurt a great deal more than they ever have in the past and beating the break even point at around 4:30 on Sunday afternoon hardly made me smile.

Maybe it’s a simple draining of energy because I’ve always believed how old you are is not as important as how you are old. 😉 Certainly working with my son taught me a few things about myself this weekend and admitting I’m wrong (now and then) is my own modest way of showing I’m becoming wiser with the passage of time.

There was, as always, one potential ‘ace’ contact from the weekend and it proves my adage to treat every customer with respect and the ‘enthusiasm’ as if they were your first and only customer that day. Whether or not anything comes of this particular ‘ace’ is down to the follow up meeting we’ve scheduled for next week, but my intuition is strong that Aquapax on ‘prime time’ is drawing nearer and maybe ‘Robert’ will be a catalyst to help lead us there.

With hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t sign-up to do Glastonbury this year. I know the weather forecast is better than they’ve had in my recent memory, but there are times when one has to accept that 5 days of work by day and party by night is a tough gig! 

Besides that, now Aquapax is being enjoyed equally by the illustrious world champion England cricket team and by the beautiful people at the prestigious St. Tropez Polo Club, maybe it’s time my weekend sleeping arrangements were upgraded from a tent…

wonderful cricket players drink wonderful water

wonderful cricket players drink wonderful water

 

Beautiful people drinking beautiful water in a beautiful setting

Beautiful people drinking beautiful water in a beautiful setting

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…the message is finally getting through and we took so many questions in the food hall yesterday, it was marvelous.

Of course it’s logical that sealing a wonderfully pure mineral water in light free and airtight conditions will keep the water taste absolutely fresh, but when people ‘get it’ and you can physically see their lights turning on, it’s still a great moment for me.

There will always be a majority who stand on the edge and listen to the science, before walking off with the biggest ad budget brand selection, but we never set out our stall to take over the entire market.

It’s pretty simple really; light and oxygen are a catalyst for microbial growth and Aquapax is sealed in light free, airtight, sterile (aseptic) conditions; that’s why it tastes so wonderfully pure and fresh!  It’s also pretty simple that refilling an empty Aquapax with tap water and popping it in the fridge overnight will give you a nice cold portable water for the next day; that’s down to the thermal properties of the paper carton. – never thought I’d end up as a science teacher.

For the lady who carried off a whole case of 24 Aquapax along with the rest of her shopping, you’re a legend and I hope your kids appreciate the effort you made to help them ‘drink fresh’! 🙂

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It was world environment day on Friday and this coincided with the Burgess Hill eco-fair at St. John’s park today. I know the 2 are hardly in the same league, but the sentiment is certainly in the same arena.

This was the second eco-fair in St. John’s park, with the first being 2 years ago when the heavens opened and everyone got thoroughly soaked. Last year it moved over to Horsham, which was a pretty good success (ignoring the big beer tent selling equally big beer brands and traditional plastic bottled water) and today was an equal success as the weather defied the forecasters to remain wonderfully bright all day.

Lot’s of seemingly genuine ecologically sensitive/sensible people in attendance and who knows what the longer term outcome is in terms of their engagement with their traditional retailers? We shared a stand with the Transition Towns Team for Haywards Heath and despite a few issues with their tent instructions, I had a pretty good time all things considered.

Big week ahead, so not much time expected in the office – doesn’t time go quickly when you keep a full diary – I should be getting used to it by now, but it still seems almost surreal… A bit like blogs and twitters really (see my tweets on the right) but I try not to dwell too deeply on that or I might go down a strange road trying to figure out the condron business model… Too many years in corporate life you see 🙂

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I’m overflowing with pride (I know it’s a sin, but read on) to announce that Aquapax natural mineral water is officially partnering with 1.618 the first ever sustainable luxury fair being held at the Palais de Tokyo, Museum of Modern Art, in Paris from 15 -17 May 2009.

1.618 is a new multi-disciplinary show presenting the best products and services in Luxury and Sustainable Development industries in an original and contemporary environment, with support from the French Ministry of Culture and the World Wild Fund (WWF).

As the foremost brand of pure natural mineral water in a more planet conscious paper carton, Aquapax is proud to participate in this the first celebration of goods which fulfill the need for luxury without compromise on sustainability.

Open to the public, 1.618 will showcase the best produced luxury goods and services which combine Luxury and Sustainable Development in an innovative and contemporary setting.

As lifted from their website / press release, the 1.618 event considers contemporary luxury as ethical, essential, aesthetical and immaterial. Luxury has always defined itself through notions of timelessness, heritage and value. Yet luxury also concerns itself with: –
• The will to preserve and protect natural resources
• Research and innovations that aim to reduce social inequalities
• The respect of human rights
• The exploration of the sensory system
• Self-discovery through object appreciation
• An understanding of rarity
• The preservation of skills and techniques

Today, luxury inscribes itself in sustainable development and aims to create new desires within a responsible framework. Luxury is Sustainable Development / Luxury is our planet. The sustainability of luxury depends on its capacity to change, innovate and create new myths. aka AQUAPAX 🙂

For more details, visit the 1.618 website

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