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Their national language is English; however, if you’ve spoken to an Aussie lately, you might be scratching your heading and asking huh? They have a dialect and host of unique sayings un-like any other language. One thing is for certain: The country is culturally diverse with about one in four residents born outside of the country. Many are children and grandchildren of migrants and refugees.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that as of the last week in March there were 22,862,147 people in the country. A common misconcep-tion is that the majority of the popula-tion lives in the countryside or the out-back. However, nearly 80 percent live in coastal areas. Like any large coun-try, Australia has its share of differing weather patterns – from rain, cyclones, flooding and snow to sand storms and bushfires. By far, most of the country is hot and dry; the northernmost part is more tropical/wet and the most temper-ate areas are in the southeast and south-west coastal regions. A little something for everyone.

The sixth largest country in the world, Australia has a total land area, includ-ing its islands, of 2,969,907 square miles. Including the marine areas, is-lands and their waters, the number increases to 3,128,586 square miles. The country has about 7,000 beaches, attracting a significant tourist industry which contributes about $34 billion to the country’s gross domestic product as well as employing over 500,000 people.

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Although indigenous people are esti-mated to have lived on the island for the last 40,000 to 60,000 years, the first Europeans to discover Australia were the Dutch. Captain Willem Janz landed in the north Queensland area in March of 1606 via the Dutch ship Duyfken. He didn’t spend much time on this land after one of his sailors was killed by an Aborigine, reportedly speared to death.

Dirck Hartog came along in 1616, land-ing in Western Australia. He named the country Eendrachtsland. A museum in

Holland is said to have possession of a pewter plate that he nailed to a tree while in Australia.

The history books likely tell more about Englishman Captain James Cook and the First Fleet who established the country as the Colony of New South Wales in 1788. But before then, the Dutch dropped Eendrachtsland and were calling it New Holland. For near-ly 100 years, England shipped many of her convicts to Australia. Gold was discovered there in 1851 which caused a significant increase in population and wealth.

At another time during the 18th century, Australia was called Terra Psittacorum by a local explorer who also liked re-ferring to it as Terra Australis or South Land. The name was officially recog-nized by the governor in 1817.

Its official name is now the Common-wealth of Australia.

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ON THE FAME MAPMany actors and musicians have brought attention to the country such as Actors Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Cate Blanchett; and singers/musicians AC/DC, Olivia Newton-John, Joan Sutherland and Dame Nellie Melba.

The country boasts a Nobel Prize win-ner, Patrick White along with famous writers Morris West, Nevil Shute, Col-leen McCullough and Robert Hughes. Well-known artists include Arthur Boyd, Russell Drysdale and Thomas Keneally, to name a few.

The Aussies love their sports and es-pecially enjoy cricket, swimming, ten-nis, rugby, football (“footy”) and golf among others. They’ve won more than their fair share of Olympic medals, and Cadel Evans recently won the 2011 Tour de France cycling race.

THAT CRAZY DIALECTBesides the fact that they don’t like the letter ‘z,’ (think organisation, person-alised), the sound ‘ay’ is pronounced ‘ie.’ Today is pronounced ‘to-die.’ Two t’s together in a word make the ‘d’ sound. Fatter becomes fadder. That’s just the start.

Webster’s could publish a whole dic-tionary with Aussie phrases and slang, but here’s a short selection to try out at the next co*cktail party you attend.

Ace!: excellent, very goodAnkle biter: small childApples, she’ll be: It’ll be all right Billy: teapot, container for boiling wa-terBloke: man, guyBloody oath!: That’s certainly trueBludger: lazy person, someone who relies on others to do things or lend him

thingsBlue: fightBottle shop: liquor storeChuck a sickie: calling in sick from work when healthyCorker: something excellentDaks: trousersDinkum, fair dinkum: true, real, gen-uineDrongo: a dope, stupid personGive it a burl: try it, have a goGobsmacked: surprised, astoundedGood onya: good for you, well doneHottie: hot water bottleIn the Nuddy: nakedKangaroos loose in the top paddock: intellectually inadequate (“he’s got kangaroos loose in the top paddock”) Lair it up: to behave in a brash and vulgar manner Lob, lob in: drop in to see someoneLondon to a brick: absolute certaintyNot the full quid: not bright intellectu-allyOff one’s face: drunkOldies: parentsPig’s arse!: I don’t agree with youPorky: lie, untruthRellie or relo: family, relativeRidgy-didge: original, genuineRoadie: a beer you buy to take away with youSanger: a sandwichShark biscuit: somebody new to surf-ingSpunk: a good looking personThingo: wadjamacallit, whatsit, thing-amajigThrow-down: small bottle of beer which you can drink quicklyWhinge: complainWowser: straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport

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When we have experiences, es-pecially in childhood, it cre-ates imprints or reactions in our

mind. Our mind remembers everything. It is simply that our mind may place certain events in the subconscious rather than the conscious mind. Our mind becomes pro-grammed, on a conscious or subconscious level, to continue to experience what was already experienced in childhood.

For example, if a child experienced much unconditional love, nurturing, bonding, freedom of expression, and joy, then that child would naturally expect those energies to continue. That is because those loving and nurturing experiences created an im-print or transmitters in the brain and mind to expect the same to continue.

However, what if a child experienced loss, lack of bonding, abuse, anger, addiction, or severe punishment? Then that child would also expect that type of energy to continue. Those experiences create certain transmit-ters in the brain that keep those energies/experiences in place consciously or sub-consciously. Then the person makes choic-

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es to keep anger, addiction, punishment, and lack of bonding in place. The person continues to experience pain.

Another scenario is a child who did not have a particularly painful childhood, but perhaps the child did not really bond with his or her parents. Perhaps the child expe-rienced punishment (judgmental) rather than consequences (non-judgmental) and developed beliefs that life is just one path-way and is not full of passion and joy. The person also created transmitters in the brain and mind that continue that cycle. The person may find him or herself mak-ing choices to stay ‘in the box’ rather than take risks. The person may experience fear of life and fear of survival.

A Tai Yi treatment titled Transmitters of Life can assist with this. This treatment is for clearing of transmitters. When a person had an unhappy childhood, it programs the transmitters and sends signals to keep the pain intact. Some transmitters carry fear, anger, and death. This assists in clearing the program so the transmitters are sending correct (that life can be full of joy) infor-mation. It also increases messages from the mind to the brain more clearly and from higher mind back to the mind field. When this treatment is being done, the person should hold the memory of a fear and pay attention to how much lighter he or she feels during and after the treatment.

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• It was Irish playwright George Ber-nard Shaw who made the following sage observation: “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always de-pend on the support of Paul.”

• We’re all familiar with the act of CPR -- we often see a film or tele-vision character come to the rescue and save a life using the technique. And on TV, according to a recent study, CPR is shown as being suc-cessful 75 percent of the time. The reality is not quite so rosy, though. A study conducted in 2010 found that when CPR is used in real life, only about 8 percent of the patients were still alive after one month. Of those who did survive that long, 97 percent couldn’t live a normal life.

• Do you suffer from astraphobia? If so, I hope you don’t live in Florida.

Those who are afraid of lightning would be terrified in the Sunshine State, especially in Tampa, known as the lightning capital of the world.

• Researchers in the United King-dom have invented a robot that eats slugs and is powered by the gas from the decaying creatures. They have dubbed their creation the SlugBot.

• For six generations, many mem-bers of the Fugate family of the Ap-palachian region of Kentucky have suffered from a rare blood disorder called methemoglobinemia. The disorder seems to have no adverse health effects, but it’s not at all diffi-cult to diagnose it at a glance: Suffer-ers have blue skin. Not just a slight tinge, either; various family mem-bers have been described as “blue as Lake Louise,” “the bluest woman I ever saw” and “almost purple.”

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We all adore our VegemiteIt puts a rose in every cheek.”

-Advertising jingle from the 1950s

Vegemite is a brown pasty food staple of Australia. It’s made of brewer’s yeast extract, which is a byproduct of beer manufacturing. It also contains wheat and some spices. It’s said to be salty, bitter and malty tasting. Folks smear it on bread, crackers, toast and make sandwiches out of it. A vegemite sandwich is typically made with two slices of buttered bread with a layer of Vegemite and maybe some cheese, let-tuce, tomatoes, etc.

This “food” was invented in 1922 dur-ing World War I when they could no longer get the British product Mar-mite (quite similar to Vegemite). Out of desperation, apparently, someone had to come up with a replacement. If interested, Vegemite can be purchased online from many vendors. And why not buy a case? It’s loaded with vita-min B12 and is fat free, animal free and gluten free.

AUSTRALIANINVENTIONSAND FIRSTS

Australians have made a multitude of contributions to the world, especially in the areas of health/medicine and aviation.

John McGarvie Smith discovered •the anthrax vaccine in 1918.The Crown Street Woman’s Hos-•pital in Sydney invented the Heart Pacemaker in 1926.In 1900, “Soldiers of the Cross,” •the first feature film was made. We can thank Australia for invent-•ing the box of wine in 1967.The 1950s brought about aviation •advances. The Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) used by every airline today was invented. The ‘black box’ flight recorder was in-vented by David Warren in 1958. Scientists at the Commonwealth •Health Department invented ultra-sound in 1961.The cochlear implant was invented •by Graeme Clark and a team of sci-entists in 1978.Australia was the first to produce •

test-tube multiples from donor eggs.Stephen Newman invented the •multi-focal contact lens in 1992.Relenza, the first anti-influenza •drug was invented at the Victorian College of Pharmacy in 1996.If you love ice, thank James Harri-•son who invented the cooling sys-tem for refrigerators in the 1850s.

PRODUCTSAustralia is a major exporter of agri-cultural products, minerals and energy with mining and agriculture alone re-sponsible for 57 percent of the exports. Wheat, wool, gold, iron ore, coal and liquefied natural gas constitute the highest volume of exports to Japan, China, South Korea, U.S. and the Eu-ropean Union.

95 percent of the world’s supply of •opal comes from Australia

70 percent of the world’s wool •comes from their 126,000,000 sheep

They are the world’s biggest ex-•porter of veal and beef

The country also grows a variety of grains, fruits and vegetables; produces poultry, meat, cheeses and other dairy. And, to no one’s surprise, a plethora of seafood is available, both farmed and from the ocean.

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Aussies are the biggest purchasers •of 4-wheel-drive vehicles in the world.

It is the third country that launched •a satellite into orbit behind the U.S. and Russia, in 1971.

The original spelling of kanga-•roo was kanguroo, which was the first Aboriginal word in the Eng-lish language from Captain James Cook days.

Australia is one of only two coun-•tries – the other being Greece – who have participated in every Olympic Games since the modern Olympic games began in 1896. They also hosted the summer games in 1956 (Melbourne) and 2000 (Sydney).

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: How does one eliminate dandruff? I have had it for months and have tried many, many shampoos without making any progress. I can’t wear a dark suit coat. I look like I’ve just come in from a snow blizzard. Please give me some sort of program that I can follow. -- H.H.

ANSWER: Dandruff’s official name is seborrheic (SEB-uh-REE-ik) dermati-tis. “Dermatitis” indicates skin inflam-mation. Seborrhea is an overproduction of oil, sebum. Many with dandruff deny they have an oily scalp. They say their scalp is dry. That can be the case, but seborrheic dermatitis flourishes on skin with an abundance of oil glands. The scalp is one of those places, but not the only place. The flakes that land on your shoulders are sloughed-off skin cells. Dandruff usually is quite itchy. Scratch-ing dislodges the dead skin cells.

A yeast with the name Malassezia con-tributes to the problem. It’s probably not the actual cause, but it aids and abets the dandruff process.

I’m sure you have tried many sham-poos. Let me suggest ones that contain salicylic acid, zinc or selenium. Scalpi-cin, Head and Shoulders and Selsun Blue are three brand names. There are others. The way you use the shampoo is as important as your choice of sham-poo. Wash your hair daily with one of these products. Massage it into your scalp, and let the shampoo remain on your scalp for five minutes. Do this for a minimum of three weeks. If you have an improvement, you can cut back on your shampooing to every other day.

If there has been no improvement, then get a shampoo that attacks the Malassezia yeast. Nizoral A-D (1 percent ketoconazole) is a brand name you can find easily. Do the daily shampoo drill with one of these for three weeks.

If after all this you still have dan-druff, you need a doctor’s inter-vention. The doctor can prescribe more powerful agents, ones that have cortisone that can calm the inflamed skin.

***DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband has just been told he has spasmodic dystonia. He has

had two Botox injections. They made it worse at first but then better. Friends and family have never heard of it. Would you give us an explanation of it in lay-man’s terms? -- T.W.

ANSWER: Spasmodic dysphonia messes up the voice. People often be-lieve they have laryngitis from a virus. They don’t; they have a cramping of the muscles that control their vocal cords. Their voices crack while saying a word, or become weak and breathy, or sound as though they are being choked. Some-times it seems like the affected person has developed a stutter. The condition usually arises between the ages of 30 and 50. Its cause is unknown.

An ear, nose and throat doctor can make a diagnosis by viewing the affected per-son’s vocal cords and seeing how they are misbehaving. Botox can put an end to the vocal muscles’ spasms. Treatment lasts for about three months, and then another injection is given.

Contact the National Spasmodic Dysto-nia Association (www.dysphonia.org or 800-795-6732) for detailed information and for notifications of any new treat-ments.

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It isn’t often that our Western-medicine physicians will suggest we take an al-ternative route to health. Boston Uni-

versity scientists have done some research, however, that points to an Eastern form of exercise that will help with a big Western problem: Yoga is theorized to help reduce stress.

Specifically, their research shows that yoga can help treat and prevent high blood pres-sure, cardiac disease and anxiety. Yoga, they believe, helps to restore balance to the nervous system. Imbalance can come from stress. In one study, participants were split into two groups: walking versus yoga. Only those in the yoga group had a rise in gamma amino-butyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of calm.

Researchers took a big step (for Western medicine) when they suggested that spe-cific yoga practices should be created as a way to help with stress-related conditions. The theories now will be tested in clinical studies.

Yoga classes are easily found, but for se-niors, a class that is specially geared to us is safer. Muscles get weak, and osteoporo-sis can result when we sit too much. Yoga itself isn’t a strenuous exercise, but it’s best to start with slow, gentle movements and a skilled instructor.

With yoga we can learn deep breathing and mild stretching ... with quiet Eastern mu-sic playing in the background. Doesn’t that sound peaceful?

Look for senior-friendly yoga classes at the senior center, churches, assisted living cen-ters (even if you don’t live there) and fitness centers. Yes, those fitness gyms are start-ing to figure out that there are a lot of us, and we’ll use their services if they provide what we need. Sometimes that can include special classes, like yoga for seniors.

Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot person-ally answer reader questions, but will incorpo-rate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to [emailprotected].

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I love the whole retro image of making homemade bread. In my mind’s eye, I picture myself in dainty, flour-covered

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The beautiful thing about a retro recipe is that you can always find a way to make it modern. I love playing with dough, wheth-er it’s bread, pizzas or pies. Quick bread recipes allow me to re-create a delicious memory in a modern way.

Quick breads provide the taste and smell of yeast breads in a fraction of the time. Most recipes for quick breads contain a chemical leavening reaction of a base, like baking soda, and an acid such as cream of tartar, lemon juice or buttermilk to produce car-bon dioxide. A good-quality baking pow-der contains an acid and a base and only needs a liquid to activate it. The carbon di-oxide that is formed makes the bread rise. It also produces a texture softer and lighter than most yeast breads.

My recipe for Liberian Pineapple Nut Bread is about as retro as you can possibly get! It’s an African recipe that I’ve modernized by adding a healthy dose of wheat bran. Wheat bran contains B vitamins, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, minerals and fiber to keep things, um, moving. The fiber in the wheat germ helps you to feel full faster, and also absorbs fat and cholesterol before it enters the blood stream. This quick bread is perfect as part of a healthy breakfast or a light snack. Best of all, it’s a delicious ex-

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LIBERIAN PINEAPPLE NUT BREAD

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1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran1/2 cup chopped, almonds or walnuts2 cups King Arthur Flour Organic Artisan All Purpose Flour 1/2 cup Bob’s Mills Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour1 tablespoon Bob’s Red Mill Non-Alumi-num Double Acting Baking Powder1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt2 large eggs, lightly beaten2 cups crushed pineapple with juice1/2 cup water1 teaspoon vanilla or fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. Toast the wheat bran and the nuts togeth-er in a heavy, dry pan over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep from burning. Set aside to cool.

3. Sift the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Mix in the toasted wheat bran and nuts. Add eggs, pineapple, water and vanilla or lemon juice. Mix together thoroughly. The dough should be moist and well-combined.

4. Scoop batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick or tes-ter inserted in the middle of loaf comes out clean. Cool and wrap tightly in food-safe plastic wrap and foil. Loaf can be frozen up to 3 months.

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***Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, a culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Visit her website at www.divapro.com.

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Fun Websites for Music and Video Enthusiasts !

Series 3, Article 7

Let's start out with a creativewebsite that is just fun to playwith.lab.andre-michelle.com/crash

Another good way of discover-ing artists directly via theirmusic is to use "Unsigned", acatalogue of unsigned and bud-ding musicians who have will-ingly posted their music on theinternet. You might just findsomeone you like.www.Unsigned.com

There are often lots of creativemusical artists out there justwaiting to shine, but musicartists are nearly forced tohave some form of video toaccompany your music thesedays. As nerve-wracking asthat may sound to some, it'sreally not that hard to makeyour own online video content.To make things simple, I'mgoing to say that you just needthree things for this basic tutori-al.www.makeuseof.com/tag/create-basic-music-video

Looplabs is the web's premiereonline music mixing applicationand platform. Since 2000 wehave connected millions of webusers from around the world tothe art of music mixing throughour extremely intuitive andeasy-to use software inter-faces.www.looplabs.com

Songspin.FM is free, legalstreaming radio curated fromthe best music sites on theweb.They aggregate music chartinformation from top sites likeiTunes, Billboard, HypeMachine, Pitchfork and last.fmand pull it together in oneplace. They also use this infor-mation to create custom radiostations across multiple musi-cal genres.http://songspin.fm

Many years ago whilst lookingfor internet radio stations I dis-covered Ishkur's Guide toElectronic Music, a toungue-in-cheek look at the history ofmusic that was only possiblewith modern electronic instru-ments. Even the author hasadmitted that the guide is opin-ionated and will never be fin-ished, it still makes for an edu-cational and entertaining stay.http://techno.org/electronic-music-guide

The award winning open sourceaudio recording and editing pro-gram, Audacity, which runs onMac OS X, Microsoft Windows,GNU/Linux and other operatingsystems:http://audacity.sourceforge.net

Sound Sunday is a weekly fea-ture promoting free albumdownloads. Every editioninvites you to explore variousgenres and artists from aroundthe world. A variety of genresshould ensure that everyonefinds a gem to enjoy.www.makeuseof.com/tag/11-free-mp3-albums-download-sound-sunday-3

For only $2.99 you can down-load an app called Movie360 toyour iPhone, iPad and iPodTouch that lets you be a coolmovie director without needingall of the super expensivegadgets. It is an app that letsyou record movies with 13 dif-ferent kinds of film effectsincluding memories, sketch,elegancy, charm, magic,silence, jewelry, cold, love andmore. The best part is that youcan switch between effectswhile you are recording.Go to iTunes and search for“Movie360 My Movies MyLife” to download.

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1. LANGUAGE: What is the meaning of the Latin phrase “novus ordo seclo-rum,” located on the Great Seal on a U.S. $1 bill?

2. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the name for a seashell collector or expert?

3. ART: What Mexican muralist was married to Mexican painter Frida Kah-lo?

4. COMICS: What was the name of Casper the Friendly Ghost’s horse?

5. SPORTS: Where did the sport of jai alai originate?

6. GEOGRAPHY: Where is Death Valley located?

7. TELEVISION: Which PBS documen-tary series featured the song “Asho-kan Farewell” as its theme music?

8. MEDICINE: What is the brand name for the sedative diazepam?

9. LITERATURE: Who was the first to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (1901)?

10. ENTERTAINERS: What was the stage name of the actor who was born “Laszlo Lowenstein”?

1. Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro set a record in 2010 for most RBIs in a major-league debut. How many did he have?

2. In 2011, Atlanta’s Brian McCann became the second person in major-league history to have a pinch-hit, game-tying homer in the ninth and followed with a game-winning home run. Who was the first?

3. Who was the last coach of the Houston Oilers before Jeff Fisher took over in 1994 and the team even-tually moved to Tennessee?

4. Entering the 2011-12 season, Ken-tucky was the No. 1 team for total victories in Division I college basket-ball (2,052). Name three of the next five schools.

5. How many players reached the 100-point plateau in the NHL in the 2010-11 season?

6. Name the Russian superheavy-weight Olympic weightlifter who won two gold medals and had a nine-year unbeaten streak (1970-78).

7. Who was the last LPGA golfer be-fore Yani Tseng (2010-11) to capture two women’s majors in consecutive years.

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1. What group released “Bus Stop”? What is the song about?

2. Name the band that had a No. 1 hit with “The Voice.”

3. Van McCoy was best known for which dance tune?

4. Who wrote and released “Give Ireland Back to the Irish”?

5. Name the artist who wrote “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”

6. “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” netted a Grammy for what group?

New DVD Releases forWeek of April 2, 2012PICKS OF THE WEEK

“War Horse” (PG-13) -- This latest offering from Steven Spielberg has all of the visual splendor and classic-style sentimentality ex-pected from the veteran film maker. It starts with an English farm boy named Albert (Jer-emy Irvine) being tasked with raising and training a colt racing stallion called Joey. When the two are separated by World War I, the horse braves an odyssey through ravaged Europe, making an impact in the lives of hu-mans wherever he goes.

The bulk of the story stays with the horse. While the majestic creature makes its way through the horrors of war, everything has that classic-movie sheen to it. While we’re supposed to feel for the horse, it seems like the mountains of human suffering are being glossed over.

“We Bought a Zoo” (PG) -- Sometimes, you just have to take a big, crazy leap and give it your all. That seems to be the syrupy mes-sage at the heart of this based-on-a-true story. Benjamin (Matt Damon) is a let-go newspa-per reporter who recently lost his wife. While looking for a new home where he can take his young daughter and teen son, he finds a run-down country estate that also happens to be a run-down zoo in need of new, dedicated owners.Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Colin Ford (who plays Damon’s son) all portray characters more grounded than their script. This story of a wild risk that paid off for one troubled family can be a joyful experience,

just make sure any children watching don’t get their hopes up.

“Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” (PG) -- This isn’t a typical Elmo DVD-adventure, but it is about a young person with dreams that come true. This documentary follows Kevin Clash, Elmo’s puppeteer and voice. The film tells the story of Clash’s childhood aspirations to work with Jim Henson, and shows behind-the-scenes footage of Clash and the rest of the Muppets crew.Looking behind the curtain might seem like it could drain the magic from the Muppets, but it’s actually a peek into another dimen-sion of their world. Colorful felt, buggy eyes and clever shots abound. It’s a magic trick that’s impressive even when you know how it’s done. Clash has been making puppets since he was a boy in the suburbs of Balti-more. Learning how Clash worked his way to where he wanted to be makes scrappy little Elmo even more endearing.

“London River” -- In the aftermath of the London Underground bombings in 2005, two people cross paths while sorting through the terror and the tragedy. Elisabeth is a white Christian woman searching for her daugh-ter. After putting up posters, she comes in contact with Ousmane, a black Muslim man from France who found a photograph of his son with her daughter. The two try to use each other to get to the bottom of what hap-pened. The story and the performances make the film worthwhile, even if the message can seem a bit blunt.

TV RELEASES“3rd Rock From the Sun --

Season 3 and Season 4”“Designing Women:

The Complete Sixth Season”“Roseanne -- Season 3 and Season 4”

“That ‘70s Show: Season 3 and Season 4“Discover Planet Ocean”

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TRIVIA TEST ANSWERS

SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS

FLASH BACK ANSWERS1. The Hollies, in 1966. The song describes a ro-mance that started at a bus stop in the rain, with a shared umbrella.2. The Moody Blues, in 1981. The English band’s name developed in 1964 from a hoped-for sponsorship from the M&B Brewery, which never materialized.3. “The Hustle,” written in 1975. Before he died in 1979, McCoy had written 700 songs.4. Paul McCartney and Wings. The song, written af-ter the deadly Bloody Sunday civil-rights protests in Ireland in 1972, was banned from airplay. It rose to No. 1 anyway.5. Randy Bachman, of Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO). The 1974 song was the Canadian rock group’s only No. 1 single.6. The Police, in 1982. The song was used in a 2009 episode of the television show “Glee.”

1. A new order of the ages2. Conchologist3. Diego Rivera

4. Nightmare5. Spain’s Basque region

6. Southern California7. “The Civil War” by Ken Burns

8. Valium9. French poet Sully Prudhomme

10. Peter Lorre

1. Six.2. Jeff Heath of the Boston Braves in 1949.3. Jack Pardee (1990-94).4. Kansas (2,038 wins), North Carolina (2,033), Duke (1,944), Syracuse (1,800) and Temple (1,766).5. Just one, Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin, with 104 points (41 goals, 63 assists).6. Vasily Alekseyev.7. Karrie Webb, in 2000-01.

APRIL 2, 2012

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Be careful about doing someone a favor when you don’t know the full story behind the request. Don’t rely on someone’s unsubstantiated assuranc-es. Insist on all the facts before you act.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) That work-place problem still needs your attention before you finally can close the book on it. Meanwhile, a long-anticipated reunion gets closer to becoming a happy reality.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might be demanding more from others than they can give. Best advice: Have a long and frank talk to determine what the facts are. Tensions should abate as the week winds down.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Aspects are favorable throughout this week for making contacts that could be important to your ca-reer plans. Meanwhile, an old friend offers the advice you’re seeking.

LEO (July 23 to August 22) It’s time to stop licking your wounds from past mistakes. Get up and get going toward your future. Loyal friends will be there to help the Lion get back into rip-roaring shape.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Take time out to go over what’s expected of you before you begin your new project. Other-wise, you run the risk of pushing yourself harder than you need to.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) An unusual request could put you in an awkward position. Best advice: Deal with it immedi-ately. The longer you delay, the more difficult it will be to get out of it.

SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You should feel recharged and ready for whatev-er your workaday world holds for you. The same positive energy spills over into your personal relationships.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A prospect might be less than it appears to be. Like the Archer in your sign, you al-ways aim for the truth. And this is no time to settle for less than full disclosure.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Start doing some serious thinking about a career move that could entail more than just changing job sites. Some lifestyle changes also might be involved.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) With tensions easing at the workplace, a more positive environment once again encourages the free flow of ideas so typical of the always-innovative Aquarian.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Show some of that usually hidden steel-strong Pi-scean backbone, and stand up for yourself if you hope to make a case for that promotion you know you deserve.

BORN THIS WEEK: You enjoy doing new things and staying ahead of the crowd. You would make a fine sports coach or military leader.

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The Gleneagle Sertoma Club will hold its 8th Annual Gle-neagle Sertoma “Spirits of

Spring” Wine and Beer Tasting and Auction Charity Event at the Air Force Academy Stadium Press Box on Saturday, May 5, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Non-military/DoD ID cardholders must contact Sertoma at 488-9879, 488-1044, or www.spiritsofspring.org to get on the USAFA entry access list no later than Monday, April 30.

“Spirits of Spring” has become a very popular annual event. High-lights include specialties from local chefs, dozens of wine and beer tast-ings, a professional auctioneer for a live and silent auction, and ice cream sampling. The unique and beautiful Blue and Silver Room venue pro-vides you with an excellent oppor-tunity to mingle with local people as well as Air Force personnel who like to dine out and enjoy the finer tastes of life. You will enjoy tan-talizing samples of unique cuisine from 14 local restaurants including The Mozaic at the Inn at Palmer Divide, Biaggi’s, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Colorado Mountain Brewery, and Texas Roadhouse plus nine oth-er surprise restaurants. These deli-cacies will be complemented by an array of wines and beers generously poured by vendors selected by Pow-ers Liquor Mart. The silent and live auctions will feature donations from generous local businesses.

Gleneagle Sertoma (SERvice TO MAnkind) sponsors the event and all profits go to local charities. We

are a 501(c)3 non-profit organiza-tion that provides services and sup-port to numerous charities in north-ern El Paso County. These include Tri-Lakes Cares, organizations for the hearing-impaired, the Boy Scouts of America, patriotic speech contests through the local schools, and col-lege scholarships for the hearing-im-paired. Gleneagle Sertoma also do-nates funds for low-income people to receive low-cost audiologist services and hearing aids through the Sertoma HEARS program.

Few charities are more important to northern El Paso County than Tri-Lakes Cares. You might not be that familiar with Tri-Lakes Cares. When families in our area have difficulties, Tri-Lakes Cares is there with food, clothing, utility bill payment assis-tance, and most importantly – some-one who will listen and care. They are truly a bonding force that is a founda-tion charity for the Tri-Lakes area.

Gleneagle Sertoma has raised thou-sands of dollars for charities in the past and we would like your help in continuing this tradition. Please in-vite your friends and join us at our 8th Annual Gleneagle Sertoma “Spirits of Spring” Wine and Beer Tasting and Auction. This is a very worth-while and fun-filled event. We expect over 250 guests and we’d love to have you enjoy the experience with us.

Buy tickets at the door for $40 each. $30 is tax-deductible.

Reminder: Non-DoD/Military ID cardholders must register with Gleneagle Sertoma for USAFA gate entry by Monday, April 30. Call Sherry Edwards (719-488-1044) or Rae Berg (719-488-9879) for tick-ets, registration, and more infor-mation, or visit spiritsofspring.org.

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The following are instructions for what the title of this article so plainly states. Let’s be hon-

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Pinz Bowling Center is now offer-ing a new, inventive way to get your club some serious cash; Fundraiser Leagues. They offer organizations the chance to raise awareness, increase membership, gain recognition, and of course fundraise for their cause. All of this can happen, while you and your sponsors have a great time.

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Pinz does all the work. A Fundraise League begins by any association forming league teams. Teams are made up of five people. There are ten and twelve team packages, or the custom option up to 24 teams. Weeks stretch between ten and thirty six. You’re organization receives half of the entire weekly lineage from the League. You also have the option of adding other fundraising events, like Bake Sales, Drawings, 50/50 cam-paigns and more!

So even if it’s not all about the money, and it’s about much more; you still need some help in the financial de-partment to get the important things done. Why not have a good time do-ing it? Why not give others a good time while helping out? There is no proper answer. The questions are rhe-torical. I know, and you know, every-one needs to increase their currency. So pick up the phone and call Pinz. Or get in the car and go down to Pinz. Or get out for a walk or bike ride and, yes, go to Pinz. Because we have all the information you need to get your fundraiser on higher level.

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COLORADO YOU GOT TALENT FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

By Mattie Peltier

There is a buzz in the air as ev-eryone waited for the announce-ment of the talent finalists. It

took hours, but in the end, the judges came to their final decisions and are ready to go. Twenty-six acts in four categories were selected to compete at the Palmer Lake Town Hall during the Youth Empowerment Festival 2012 on April 28 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Each category will have a 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winner with only one act receiv-ing the Grand Prize.

In addition, the 1st place winners of all categories and the Grand Prize winner will perform that night at the Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes Mayor’s Dinner. The finale will be held at the Palmer Lake Town Hall and is open to the pub-lic, so come and show your encourage-ment and support for your local final-ist.

The finalist for the ColoradoYou Got Talent 2012 are:

Cassie Williams, Aurora•

Hailey Van Auken, Castle Rock•

Gianni Vecchiarelli, Castle Rock•

Emilee Barela, Colorado Springs•

Hayden Black, Colorado Springs•

Justin Covergeist,•

Colorado Springs

Sarah Garlick, Colorado Springs•

Emily Garlick, Colorado Springs•

Allison Greening,•

Colorado Springs

Abby Jones, Colorado Springs•

J.D. Malkin, Colorado Springs•

Kennedy McDonald,•

Colorado Springs

Jeanelle Pike, Colorado Springs•

David-Lee Pulga,•

Colorado Springs

Andreas Silva, Colorado Springs•

Chris Tyler, Colorado Springs•

Karlye Hansen, Fort Atkinson•

Anastasia Lee, Green Bay•

Alyssa Lopez, Lakewood•

Chance Foster, Monument•

Bryce Foster, Monument•

Dillon Hall, Monument•

Steven Hall, Monument•

Lauren Palmer, Monument•

Alex Sands, Monument•

Alyssa Austin, Palmer Lake•

Cory Gephart, Palmer Lake•

Liam Hoard, Palmer Lake•

Audrey Paramentier, Peyton•

Michael Casey, Westminister•

Meghan Casey, Westminister•

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Tri-Lakes HAP-py Feet Foot Care ClinicTri-Lakes Senior Center

Second Wednesday of each MonthMedical foot care clinic, on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-Lakes Senior Center, located at the Lewis-Palmer High School campus, across the street from the YMCA. Foot care services include skin condition check, circulation evaluation, pulse in feet, blood pressure, callous and corn buffing, and more. This is a medical clinic, with services provided by a registered nurse. Appointments are for 30 minutes and cost $25; limited financial assistance for qualifying applicants is available from Tri-Lakes Health Advocacy Partnership. To schedule an appointment, call Bob or Debbie at the Visiting Nurse Association on Tuesday through Thursday between 9 and 4, at 719 577-4448.

LIONS CLUB MEETING2nd and 4th Thursdays of the Month

6:30PM-8:00PM - Fairfield InnLions are here in the Tri-Lakes community. We have a brand new service club chartered as of the week of February 6th We meet at the Fairfield Inn on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7:00PM-8:00PM with a social starting at 6:30PM. Please help determine Tri-Lakes area projects for volunteer support and sharing in the good fortunes of our wonderful community.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUSBeacon Lite Group

Tri-Lakes Chapel 1750 Deer Creek RoadWoodmoor Dr & Deer Creek Road

8:00 PM Mon & ThursKathleen - (719) 649-1046

THE RECORD ROOM Pinz Bowling Center 855 hwy 105, Palmer Lake, CO

Every Thursday Night (3/1 3/8 3/15 3/22 3/39) 7pm-9pm Free, all ages acoustic concerts featuring local and

regional talent. 2-3 Artists per night perform original music. Concerts are every Thursday night and open to the public.

MONUMENT AND PALMER LAKEEASTER EGG HUNT

Saturday, April 7, 2012For the event, eggs are hidden in the Village Green and the little tykes get the first five minutes to find as many eggs as they can before the bigger kids join in, Gray said. Since the Easter Bunny’s helpers hide them the morning of the hunt the town asks parents not to bring their kids to the event until the start time of 10 a.m. so as not to spoil the surprise of the location of the approximate 1,000 eggs. After the eggs are found, the games, including a gunny-sack race, begin and will be held outside if weather permits or inside the town hall, Gray said. Students from Lewis-Palmer Middle School’s National Junior Honors Society will help run the games. A bunny known to make appearances at Easter and hide eggs will appear in Palmer Lake during the festivities and just might hop on over to Monument afterward. Palmer Lake’s festivities conclude around 11 a.m., just in time for Monument’s to begin. Egg seekers will have a chance to bounce from shop to shop in downtown Monument to collect one egg at each location from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be coloring pages to be picked up in advance and dropped off the day of the hunt for a chance to win a prize.

PALMER LAKE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Sunday, April 8,2012Come join us for our Annual Pancake Breakfast! The Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate its 74th anniversary this year. The department got its start in the mid-1930’s. Back then, the department’s equipment consisted of a hand-drawn hose cart stored at an automotive garage in the center of town. When a fire started, volunteers passing by the garage would pick up the cart on the way to the fire.

8TH ANNUAL HOPE AWARDS DINNER*Caring Hands, Warm Hearts*

April 13, 2012 6pm The Club at Flying HorseCerebral Palsy Association of Colorado Springsis pleased to recognize Dr. Steven Luebbert, MD Pedia- trician,Derek Kirkham DDS, Jeffrey Kahl DDS, Zachary Houser DDS of Pediatric Dentistry of Colorado Springs, for their outstanding dedicatio and service helping those with

disabilities in our community. RSVP prepayment required due to limited seating $40.00/ person via www.cpappr.orgPayPal *donate* button or send check to:

CPACS 1322 N. Academy Blvd Ste 115 80909Please include Names of attendees and any dietary

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AUTHENTIC BREAKFAST: THE SONS OF NORWAY ANNUAL FROKOST - Sunday, April 15 - 11AM - 1:30PM

a Norwegian cold-style breakfast, featuring various meats, cheeses, breads and side-dishes will take place on Sunday, April 15, 11 AM to 1:30 PM at Viking Hall, 1045 Ford Street, Colorado Springs. Cost is $17 for members, $19 for non-members and $8 for children 12 and under (no charge for little ones who need no seat). Reservations are requested by April 11. Please phoneearly to Laurance or Lucille at 719-260-9490. Seating is limited. VELKOMMEN til bords!

PALMER LAKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS Trails to Interstate: Transportation Systems

Across the Palmer DivideApril 19, 2012, 7:00 PM

Lee Whiteley will use historic maps and illustrations, as well as modern photographs, to trace transportation routes across the Palmer Divide from the early trails to Interstate 25.

2012 ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY LUNCHEON & SEMINAR

Colorado Springs Marriott, 5580 Tech Center Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 9:00 AM - 1:30 PMPikes Peak Chapter, International Association of Administrative Professional (IAAP) invites you to Celebrate! Professional Development Seminar Featuring: Dawn Bjork-Buzbee. Seminar Time 9:00 - 11:30 AM. Followed by the Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon with speaker, Doug Price. Luncheon Time 12:00 - 1:30 PM. Registration: To attend only one event, Seminar or Luncheon $35; To attend both events, Seminar and Luncheon $65. For IAAP Members, to attend both events save for only $55. To complete the registration form, visit our website: wwww.iaap-pikespeak.org. Deadline for Reservations is Monday, April 16, 2012.

PALMER LAKE AFTER DARK Palmer Lake Town Hall

Feb 24, Mar 30 & Apr 27 8 pm - 11 pm Adult and teen inspired event of neon lights, music, dancing and food. This will be a blast!

Proceeds from this event support FamilyNation non-profit services. You will not be bored at this

event.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT FESTIVAL 2012 Palmer Lake Town Hall

April 28, 2012 4 pm - 11 pmThis is a festival dedicated to youth empowerment. There will be music, dancing, exhibits, and Arts & Crafts Festival, the Mayor’s Dinner and a proclamation declaring April 28, Youth Empowerment Day. Also, the PALMER LAKE YOU GOT TALENT finals will be held and the Youth Empowerment Awards 2012 will be announced. This is an amazing event.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AWARDS 2012Palmer Lake Town Hall - Mayor’s Dinner

April 28, 2012 6-8 pmDo you know a youth or young adult in the Palmer Lake or Monument area that is exceptional in the community? If so, submit your nomination to our Youth Empowerment Award Nomination at familynation.net and tell us why we should recognize this individual for the “Youth Empowerment Award 2012,” during the Mayor’s dinner at the “Youth Empowerment Festival 2012” on April 28, 2012. We want to hear from you.

SENIOR CITIZEN FRAUD PROTECTIONWednesday, May 2 - 12:30PM

Big Red - 146 Jefferson St., MonumentDo you know the safest way to pay your bills? What are the 3 R’s of Fraud Protection? How to avoid telemarketing scams? Join Bob Mager, Program Specialist from AARP Foundation’s ElderWatch for a free, energetic, interactive presentation to answer these questions and test your consumer fraud knowledge. Learn how to keep you and your loved ones’ hard earned money safe! It doesn’t matter if you are 55 or 95; this is an opportunity to learn about the latest scams affecting the 50+ population. This is open to anyone and everyone. Wednesday, May 2; 12:30 PM at “Big Red”, 146 Jefferson Street, basem*nt, immediately following the Senior Luncheon.

McCord’s Garden Center & LandscapingWe’re Open!

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And we’re gearing up for another growing season!Green up your Spring with some of our lush foliage houseplants!

Or decorate your Easter with our beautiful blooming tropicals!We’re stocked with everything you need to get a jump on your gardening season:

SEEDS AND SEEDING SUPPLIES, SOILS, COMPOSTS AND MULCHES, GARDENING TOOLS AND PRODUCTS, STARTER

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FLAT TAX FALLS FLAT

Our conclusion is that flat tax, fair tax, consumption tax, or whatever

you call it will not work.

How about some quick metrics first- ac-cording to www.ntu.org, to be in the top 10% of all wage earners, you needed to earn $112,000 in 2010. This group of people pays over 70% of all Federal taxes. To suggest that the wealthy don’t pay a fair share of taxes might hold, but when 10% of taxpayers pay 70% of all taxes it’s a hard argument.

When people start tossing around flat tax, we kindly ask how much they are willing to pay. Most reply with a 10% figure. Bummer- You just gave Warren

TAX TALK

with TinaBuffet a 7% tax cut, or approximately $2.7 million (he earned $69 million, had taxable income of $39 million and paid over $6.9 million in taxes), And a 10% flat tax just increased the tax burden of a single parent of two children who earns $30,000 annually by $4,000 to $5,000.

Ok- what about consumption tax? The gist here is that wealthy people spend more money than the middle-class, and therefore by taxing consumption the peo-ple who can afford more taxes, pay more taxes. Consider a gallon of milk- it is safe to say that regardless of income, the purchase of milk is relatively flat among all taxpayers.

What about cars? A bigger ticket item as compared to milk for sure. It is hard to think that

Other countries have tried a flat tax- Es-tonia started one in 1994, and currently

charges around 22% in taxes. Most households earning under $150,000 pay around 8-12% in taxes. None of the top 25 countries in world in terms of econ-omy charge a flat tax (the only possible exception is Hong Kong).

Yes, we concede that a graduated flat tax rate might work. 0% for low income, 10% for middle-class and 20% for the wealthy.

Finally, the 67,000 pages of tax code that everyone wants to reduce down to a post card is an exaggeration to say the least. A very small portion affects a rather large majority of the people. The other bloated chunk addresses corporations, non-profit organizations, trusts, and a gaggle of other tax issues that don’t di-rectly affect the most taxpayers.

We’ve certainly enjoyed being able to chat about some tax issues (and opin-ions) for the past three months. Enjoy your summer and Happy Holidays in ad-vance.

Tina Watson is a Certified Public Ac-countant in Gleneagle. You can contact her at [emailprotected] or visit her website at www.tinawatsoncpa.com.

BUYING A HOME WITH AN FHA REHAB LOAN

If you’ve hoped to buy a home on a low budget, chances are that everything you’ve looked at needs work. If you’re

lucky, it might be as simple as paint in ev-ery room. On the other hand, perhaps the house you want was a foreclosure that was trashed by vandals when it sat empty, and the cost of the repair work will take more cash than you’ll have available after clos-ing.

There are a number of reasons to take on a home that needs work: location (you want to stay in the kids’ school district or be closer to work), you can’t afford a perfect house, or you see the potential in the house and know if would serve your family well for many years to come.

That’s where a Federal Housing Adminis-tration 203(k) rehab loan can come in. This type of loan covers the mortgage as well as repairs that need to be made to single-family homes, with the total cost wrapped up in one neat loan package.

There are two levels to the loan program: 1) if the work that needs to be done is fairly simple (doesn’t involve structural repairs) and will cost under $35,000, or 2) exten-sive renovation at a cost of at least $5,000 with no maximum limit.

During the rehab process, FHA inspectors will visit the site multiple times to ensure that the work is up to standards and is fol-lowing the plan. You’ll have six months to get the work completed by a contractor. Funds, held in escrow, will be released in stages as the work is done.

If you’re interested in a multi-unit build-ing and plan to live in one of the units, the 203(k) can be used for up to four family units. You can build a new house on an old foundation, or move a house to a new lo-cation. The work must include improving “thermal efficiency,” such as weather strip-ping and insulation.

The process for securing a 203(k) loan is complicated, with numerous steps to fol-low, but the stress can be worth it if it gets you the house you want, with repairs made, at a price you can afford.

For more information on FHA rehab loans, go to http://portal.hud.gov and put 203(k) in the search box. You’ll need to speak to an FHA-approved lender in your area.

David Uffington regrets that he cannot per-sonally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Fea-tures Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to [emailprotected].

(c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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