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The future of female empowerment and the power of the mentor with BelEve UK founder Marsha Powell

“A lot of girls don’t look in the mirror…they’re afraid of what they will see, of not loving what they will see, because of the imagery they are exposed to on social media every single day.”

Today’s guest, Marsha Powell, is the ambitious CEO of BelEve UK, a London-based charity created to offer support, guidance, education, confidence, self-esteem, opportunities, positive solutions, and role models to young girls. 

Having herself grown up in a large family (her mum was one of nine children and Marsha herself has three sisters), Marsha has been surrounded by love and support, particularly from women, all her life. When her mother died suddenly from cancer at just 52, Marsha created BelEve as her legacy – helping to keep her mother’s ‘magic’ alive. 

“I was 32 when my mum died so I know what it’s like, as an adult, not to have a cheerleader. But I also know what it’s like to have one,” she says. “What if I could recreate some of what my mum gave me for other girls who don’t have that?” 

Marsha believes every girl needs a mentor to be able to bridge the gap between their aspirations and reality and through BelEve’s various mentorship programmes, has supported 6,000 girls aged between eight and 20. 

As well as her work connecting and empowering young girls, Marsha is also the COO of Reliable Property Group, whose ambassador is none other than Rio Ferdinand, and before founding BelEve, she had a high-flying career in HR, all while bringing up two children. 

We also speak about:  

  • Society’s archaic view of leadership and what leadership really means.
  • Your network as your net worth and opening doors for young girls and women.
  • Marsha’s career in HR and studying for a Masters while bringing up her children.
  • Having a plan and being vocal with that plan to create opportunities.

You can find out more about BelEveUK by on Instagram @beleve_UK and at www.BelEveUK.org.

About The Nicole Bremner Podcast:
Nicole Bremner is an investor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. After a successful decade building a multi-million property portfolio in London, Nicole was forced by a number of external obstacles to stop, take stock and figure out what really matters in life.  

Following a period of healing and reflection, she discovered that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, so very often, setback is followed by real success. On The Nicole Bremner Podcast she speaks to others who have triumphed in the face of adversity and explores the lessons they have learned along the way. 

To find out who’s coming up next on The Nicole Bremner Podcast, follow Nicole on Instagram @nsbremner and facebook or subscribe to her YouTube channel. You can also support the show here.

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The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research.

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Learning how to trade forex in just 30 minutes a day with ‘the Travelling Investor’ Lewis Crompton

“The purpose of your life can be different to that thing that makes you feel alive.”

How many times have you thought hard about building a career on one of your passions? It’s the dream, isn’t it – finding your spark and then being able to make money doing the thing you enjoy?

My guest in this episode of The Nicole Bremner Podcast is Forex trader, educator and business owner, Lewis Crompton, who is all about making money work hard for you, rather than you working hard for your money. 

He travels the world teaching people how to trade, sometimes in front of over 14,000 people, earning him the nickname, The Travelling Investor. But, trading is not something that came naturally to him, nor is it his passion.

“It’s a skill that I’ve mastered and it’s given me the freedom, choice and ability to live my life of passion,” he says. “Trading for me is more of a purpose, it’s something that I do and help other people do because it’s a doorway to living the life you want to live.”

Lewis talks to me candidly about his religious upbringing, the serendipitous moment that led him to learn about trading through Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad process and how, six years later, he now has his own StartTrading community. 

We also speak about: 

  • The relationship between religion, money and personal identity.
  • Building a business community that is generous with time, energy and knowledge.
  • Trading as a facilitator for property investment and keeping things simple.
  • Technical analysis versus fundamental analysis.
  • The volatility of Cryptocurrency – should you invest? 
  • How to become a successful trader, safely, in less than 30 minutes a day.

You can follow Lewis on Instagram @lewis_crompton and download his free ebook, Stop Failing, Start Trading, here.

About The Nicole Bremner Podcast:
Nicole Bremner is an investor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. After a successful decade building a multi-million property portfolio in London, Nicole was forced by a number of external obstacles to stop, take stock and figure out what really matters in life.  

Following a period of healing and reflection, she discovered that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, so very often, setback is followed by real success. On The Nicole Bremner Podcast she speaks to others who have triumphed in the face of adversity and explores the lessons they have learned along the way. 

To find out who’s coming up next on The Nicole Bremner Podcast, follow Nicole on Instagram @nsbremner and facebook or subscribe to her YouTube channel. You can also support the show here.

Disclaimer
The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research.

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How to laugh, think and play your way through business with Em Stroud

“The story of me has been really hard work, loads of self-analysis, a bucket load of therapy and also giving myself permission to have a team around me that help me be me.”

Today’s guest on The Nicole Bremner Podcast is partly to thank for me being able to speak eloquently in public as her Pitch Perfect Club is where I learnt so many helpful skills in this area.   

Comedienne, MC, West End performer, speaker mentor, podcaster and filmmaker Em Stroud has many strings to her bow and joins me straight from filming a trailer for her new immersive film about mental health and how we “show up” in life and business. 

Em’s mission is to get people to laugh, think and play more through her global movement Laugh, think, play. 

 She speaks candidly about her upbringing and how it has led to making certain decisions in life and business, choosing to become a mum and how that has helped her look in the mirror and ask:

“Who am I if I pull away the identity of my work, what does ‘Em’ really stand for and how do I want to show up in the world?”

We also speak about: 

  • Friendships in business and the antidote to Cancel Culture. 
  • The meaning of ‘showing up’ and having the courage to question who you are and reflect on your identity. 
  • Vipassana meditation and how it led to Em making a huge life choice.
  • Em’s Clowning Around podcast and how comedy can aid personal development.

Em’s book Lessons from a Clown: What the Clown Taught the Business Coach publishes in May. You can follow Em on Twitter @emmastroudldn and get updates on her podcast and new film by following @clowningaroundpodcast and @reframedtheshow on Instagram.  Find out more about Em at emmastroud.london 

About The Nicole Bremner Podcast:
Nicole Bremner is an investor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. After a successful decade building a multi-million property portfolio in London, Nicole was forced by a number of external obstacles to stop, take stock and figure out what really matters in life.  

Following a period of healing and reflection, she discovered that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, so very often, setback is followed by real success. On The Nicole Bremner Podcast she speaks to others who have triumphed in the face of adversity and explores the lessons they have learned along the way. 

To find out who’s coming up next on The Nicole Bremner Podcast, follow Nicole on Instagram @nsbremner and facebook or subscribe to her YouTube channel. You can also support the show here.

Disclaimer
The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research.

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How to immigrate through real estate so you can live, work and play across borders – with Lauren Cohen

“Imagine, you’re coming back from your honeymoon, you’re newly married and you’re told you can go back to Florida but your husband can’t go with you – it was so shocking.”

On February 22, 2007, something truly devastating happened, which turned Canadian-born Lauren Cohen’s life upside down. On returning to America, where she lives, from her honeymoon in Thailand, her husband was deported and told he could never return to the US. 

This sparked a journey that has seen Lauren become a top international immigration lawyer, helping others to avoid a similar fate. She is now a bestselling author, speaker and cross-border expert with a globally-acclaimed advisory service, assisting entrepreneurs and real estate professionals and investors expand their global footprint so they can live, work and play anywhere in the world. 

Lauren tells me about how she recovered from this traumatic time in her life, her new book, Finding your Silver Lining in the Business Immigration Processand the countries to invest at a time when the world is recovering from a global pandemic.  

“I think right now the most appealing country would be Israel…if I was to immigrate anywhere, it would be there,” she says.  

We also speak about: 

  • Cross-border barriers between America and Canada.
  • Citizenship by investment and how that can be a path to gaining an American visa. 
  • How the Biden administration might affect immigration and the real estate market in the US. 
  • The new tax havens gaining popularity across the world. 
  • Lauren’s Creative Cross Border Academy and the 7 steps to investing across borders.  

You can follow Lauren on Instagram @Lauren_cohen_esq, on facebook @Laurenesq and on Twitter @eCouncilInc. Find out more about the e-council global and listen to Lauren’s podcast, Investing Across Borders at laurenesq.com. To receive a free How to Invest in Real Estate Across Borders consultation with Lauren, email her at laurenesq@gmail.com

About The Nicole Bremner Podcast:
Nicole Bremner is an investor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. After a successful decade building a multi-million property portfolio in London, Nicole was forced by a number of external obstacles to stop, take stock and figure out what really matters in life.  

Following a period of healing and reflection, she discovered that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, so very often, setback is followed by real success. On The Nicole Bremner Podcast she speaks to others who have triumphed in the face of adversity and explores the lessons they have learned along the way. 

To find out who’s coming up next on The Nicole Bremner Podcast, follow Nicole on Instagram @nsbremner and facebook or subscribe to her YouTube channel. You can also support the show here.

Disclaimer
The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research.

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What I learnt from building a million pound business in my teens with UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year Liv Conlon

“Get too big for your boots, it’s what you need to do to make it.”

My guest today already has a decade of business experience under her belt, yet she is only in her early 20s. Liv Conlon started her first business when she was just 13, importing products from China and selling them online. After leaving school at 16, she founded her next business, ThePropertyStagers, which revolutionised how the UK sells properties and became a seven-figure business within two years. 

Named UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 and 2020, Liv is now a personal brand expert, helping other like-minded entrepreneurs grow an internationally-recognizable brand through her  The Thought Leader Method. She’s also written a book, Too Big for Your Boots, which has been hailed by co-founder of Netflix, Marc Randolph, ,as “the step-by-step guide that I wish I had when I was starting out.”

We talk about the lack of support there is for young people interested in becoming entrepreneurs and how Liv is working with government to change that, as well as exactly what it was that made her hungry for success at such a young age and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

“I get up at 4am every single day and do eight hours work before midday,” she says. 

 We also speak about: 

  • The perception of young people in the world of business 
  • The fatal mistake of falling in love with your product or service and knowing when to quit or stick.
  • How to deal with knock-backs and build the courage to ask for help.
  • The importance of investing in personal development.

You can follow Liv on Instagram and Twitter @oliviaconlon and on Facebook @livconlon.co.uk.

About The Nicole Bremner Podcast:
Nicole Bremner is an investor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. After a successful decade building a multi-million property portfolio in London, Nicole was forced by a number of external obstacles to stop, take stock and figure out what really matters in life.  

Following a period of healing and reflection, she discovered that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, so very often, setback is followed by real success. On The Nicole Bremner Podcast, she speaks to others who have triumphed in the face of adversity and explores the lessons they have learned along the way. 

To find out who’s coming up next on The Nicole Bremner Podcast, follow Nicole on Instagram @nsbremner and facebook or subscribe to her YouTube channel. You can also support the show here.

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The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research. 

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Why it’s imperative that we rethink fast fashion with Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, sustainable fashion expert, investor and CEO of Katla

“In the traditional fashion industry, there’s about 30-40% over production on average every season – if you can find a way to tackle that, you’re tackling a big part of the problem.” 

Did you know that the fashion industry emits more carbon than the airlines and maritime industries combined? The effect of fast fashion on the environment is an issue that has been highlighted more frequently in the press in recent years but is enough being done? 

Today my guest is Aslaug Magnusdottir, an Icelandic fashion entrepreneur responsible for the launch of luxury women’s fashion e-commerce site Moda Operandi, customisable women’s fashion store Tinker Tailor and sustainable fashion brand Katla. 

Sustainable fashion has shaped Áslaug’s career but through her American-based, Icelandic-focused brand, Katla, she has created a company centred around on-demand manufacturing to produce clothes that are kind to the environment, people and animals. 

Katla clothing also has a unique tracking number so purchasers can learn about the history of the garment, for example who made the item and where the fabric came from, as well as a free-return shipping so unwanted items can be returned for recycling.  

We also speak about: 

  • The future of fashion and how, in collaboration with other industries, it can be a force for good. 
  • The effect of raw fashion materials on our health and the need for better labelling.
  • The responsibility of brands and consumers to clean up the fashion supply chain.
  • Áslaug’s partnership with Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas to launch Six Senses Össurá Valley, a sustainable hotel in Iceland.

 You can followÁslaug on Instagram @amagnusdottirTwitter @MyKatla and facebook @AslaugMagnusdottir and visit her website: aslaugmagnusdottir.com.

About The Nicole Bremner Podcast:
Nicole Bremner is an investor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. After a successful decade building a multi-million property portfolio in London, Nicole was forced by a number of external obstacles to stop, take stock and figure out what really matters in life.  

Following a period of healing and reflection, she discovered that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, so very often, setback is followed by real success. On The Nicole Bremner Podcast, she speaks to others who have triumphed in the face of adversity and explores the lessons they have learned along the way. 

To find out who’s coming up next on The Nicole Bremner Podcast, follow Nicole on Instagram @nsbremner and facebook or subscribe to her YouTube channel. You can also support the show here.

Disclaimer
The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research. 

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The rise of ‘Coroner Cruisers’ seeking an alternative life at sea with Kræn B. Nielsen of X-Yachts

“The wonderful thing about sailing boats is that you’re always on your toes – you’re always racing a little.”

Those who follow me on socials will know that my partner Paul and I are avid sailors and love nothing better than escaping to the Mediterranean to spend time together with our families on his X-Yacht, Savvy of London.

So, it was an absolute honour for this episode to speak with X-Yachts CEO Kræn B. Nielsen, who is not only as passionate as us about sailing but also power-boating, open-water swimming and paddle boarding too.

Denmark-based Kræn’s love of sailing started as a child with classic small dingy lessons but, after writing a letter to one of his country’s best sailors, Olympic gold winner Jesper Bank, in 1992, he managed to join the national team. 

“Back then, I was a hardcore sailor but now I’m a hardcore cruiser,”  he tells me. 

X-Yachts was founded in 1979 and was responsible for the X-79, which won what was then the biggest yacht race in the world, Sjælland Rundt. The company is now renowned for its cruiser yachts, which can be fully customised so you can optimise your ideal boat for an alternative life at sea.

Kræn and I also speak about: 

  • The heritage of X-Yachts and the brand’s beginnings as the ‘Formula 1’ of sailing.
  • ‘Corona customers’ and how the pandemic has changed the way people feel about sailing and how achievable the yachting lifestyle is. 
  • The growth of the power boat market and the launch of the X-Power 33C.
  • Catamaran vs monohull – what’s better?

Find out more about X-Yachts at www.x-yachts.com and you can follow Kræn B. Nielsen on Instagram @kbrincknielson and facebook @kraen.nielson 


About The Nicole Bremner Podcast:
Nicole Bremner is an investor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. After a successful decade building a multi-million property portfolio in London, Nicole was forced by a number of external obstacles to stop, take stock and figure out what really matters in life.  

Following a period of healing and reflection, she discovered that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, so very often, setback is followed by real success. On The Nicole Bremner Podcast, she speaks to others who have triumphed in the face of adversity and explores the lessons they have learned along the way. 

To find out who’s coming up next on The Nicole Bremner Podcast, follow Nicole on Instagram @nsbremner and facebook or subscribe to her YouTube channel. You can also support the show here.

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The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research. 

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Cities are a physical manifestation of our society explains Monika Jaroszonek of Ratio.City #82

“Every single city is unique – the result of the direct forces that act upon it…they are a physical manifestation of the society that we live in and they represent the best of us.”

What makes a city a good place to live? Is it the buildings? The infrastructure? The history perhaps? In this episode of the Nicole Bremner podcast, I speak with Monika Jaroszonek, co-founder of Ratio.City, about what shapes a city and how data can be used to help develop and transform cities for the better. 

Toronto-based Monika is inherently passionate about cities. Ever since she was a child she was fascinated by the various different factors that make up a city. This fascination evolved into a career in architecture, which then led to her co-founding Ratio.City, a dynamic Proptech company that helps city builders make data-driven decisions for urban transformation. 

Monika explains how technology can be used to build more liveable cities through increased density, affordable housing, well-designed municipalities, and better access to urban information.

“Amazing things really happen in cities, they have always been centres of culture and invention and innovation,” she says. “And they are going to continue to be that because humans are social creatures – we like being around other humans.” 

We also speak about: 

  • The intersection of real estate and technology and how that affects the future of city building.
  • Toronto as one of the ‘new world’ cities at the forefront of urbanisation.
  • The ecological benefits of city living.
  • Current trends in urbanisation and the changing face of our residential communities.
  • The ‘15-minute community’, de-urbanisation and the long-term impact of coronavirus on the built form. 

For updates about Monika Jaroszonek and Ratio.City follow them on Instagram @ratio.city  and Twitter @RatioCity.  

About The Nicole Bremner Podcast:
Nicole Bremner is an investor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. After a successful decade building a multi-million property portfolio in London, Nicole was forced by a number of external obstacles to stop, take stock and figure out what really matters in life.  

Following a period of healing and reflection, she discovered that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, so very often, setback is followed by real success. On The Nicole Bremner Podcast, she speaks to others who have triumphed in the face of adversity and explores the lessons they have learned along the way. 

To find out who’s coming up next on The Nicole Bremner Podcast, follow Nicole on Instagram @nsbremner and facebook or subscribe to her YouTube channel. You can also support the show here.

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The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research. 

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Beating The Imposter Syndrome with Caroline Flanagan #81

 

“Imposter syndrome is that feeling that you’re a fraud, that whatever success or achievements that you’ve had are down to luck and the fear that any minute now someone is going to tap you on the shoulder and expose you as the fraud you think you are.”


Imposter Syndrome can be totally debilitating but it can also be used as a force for good. In this episode of the Nicole Bremner podcast, I explore this subject with my guest, inspirational keynote speaker, transformational coach, author and fellow podcast host, Caroline Flanagan.

Caroline was the only black student in an all-white school, was one of a tiny minority of students of colour at Cambridge University and one of the only people of colour at two of the world’s most prestigious law firms.

She now works with some of the most influential international global organisations including Latham & Watkins, Kirkland and Ellis, Morgan Stanley, Google and Shell, to increase the number of women and people of colour in leadership.

Caroline talks about her new book Be the First: People of Colour, Imposter Syndrome and the Struggle to Succeed in a White World and how she has used Imposter Syndrome to fuel her own success and improve diversity in the workplace.

“The bit that I want to help us all individually repair is the perception of that aspect of ourselves as a weakness, when actually that is the root, the seeds, of our strength.”

We also speak about: 

  • Marginalisation of minority groups, particularly people of colour, and the struggle for better diversity in the workplace and beyond
  • Terminology surrounding ethnic minority groups – what language should we use?
  • Meritocracy and systemic bias.
  • The ethnicity pay and ‘stay’ gap.
  • The secrets to balancing a career and family explored in Caroline’s first book Baby Proof Your Career.

You can follow Caroline on Instagram @flan_caroline and Twitter @caroline_flanagan. Listen to The Caroline Flanagan podcast on all iTunes.

About The Nicole Bremner Podcast:
Nicole Bremner is an investor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. After a successful decade building a multi-million property portfolio in London, Nicole was forced by a number of external obstacles to stop, take stock and figure out what really matters in life.

Following a period of healing and reflection, she discovered that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, so very often, setback is followed by real success. On The Nicole Bremner Podcast, she speaks to others who have triumphed in the face of adversity and explores the lessons they have learned along the way.

To find out who’s coming up next on The Nicole Bremner Podcast, follow Nicole on Instagram @nsbremner and facebook or subscribe to her YouTube channel.

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The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research.

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The Property Twins, Tonya and Rea, discuss mothering, careers, and property as well as their exciting new venture #80

In the last of our live podcasts we interview  The Property Twins, Tonya and Rea. With England still in lockdown, we talk about how much of the burden of homeschooling  and childcare typically falls on women and the myth of having it all.

While many aspects of Tonya and Rea’s lives are similar – they’re both mums of two, they started as lettings agents and their husbands even work together – there are many differences too. Particularly in their choices in property. Tonya is a very hands-on property manager favouring HMOs and student lets while Rea prefers a more hands off approach developing and selling.

About The Property Twins :
In their early 20s Tonya and Rea began their property careers in estate agency in their hometown of Chelmsford. Working from the bottom of already established businesses as trainee negotiators, up to management positions before setting up their own property companies some years later. 
 
Since selling her estate agents in 2018 Rea spends the majority of her time designing luxury gardens for her husbands garden design company Rose Hill Design & Build Ltd.

As well as head of lettings for Adrian’s, Tonya also has her own property portfolio which continues to grow.

Now in their mid 30s, as well as being mums to four small children (Avie, Drew, Hudson & Jaxon), they have a selection of buy to let properties that they let and manage.

The Property Twins have write their own Interior Column and their future as a on screen duo is exciting.

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Hosted by Nicole Bremner:
Nicole is an investor, speaker, writer, and podcaster. After a frantic decade building out a property portfolio worth millions throughout London recent personal and professional setbacks forced her to stop and reassess what really matters. After a period of healing, Nicole realised that what comes after a setback is a success. Nicole focuses on telling these stories of #reboundaftersetback and the lessons learned along the way. 

Connect with Nicole:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolebremner
Instagram: http://instagram.com/nsbremner
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/NicoleBremner
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/SailingSavvy
Facebook: http://facebook.com/nicolesbremner

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The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research. 

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