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Terry Allan

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tribute to Terry Allan 1932 – 2017 Weymouth 1945 – 1949

Terry was a Middlesex grammar school boy who was a bit intimidated by coming to a public school. This was not helped by the fact that he was somewhat deaf following a childhood illness. This gave the impression of being slow, which was far from the truth. After school, when he learned to lip read it changed his life and in later life he worked very successfully as a volunteer guinea pig with a famous deaf aid company.

His family had a shop fitting business in Newcastle but his father had come south as a skilled joiner. Terry was a King’s Scout, which he carried on at school. His other interests were rugby and carpentry. He spent many hours in the maintenance workshop in the basement of the science block with ‘Carp’ the carpenter. One summer, Ian Jarvis and Terry completed a thousand mile tandem bicycle ride round England, Wales and Scotland in eleven days, staying in Youth Hostels.

On leaving Mill Hill, Terry joined Joe Lucas for a short while before enrolling for a degree at LSE. For his national service he took a three year short service commission in the administrative branch of the Air Force.

About this time at a family wedding he met his brother’s Swiss aux- pair and love of his life, Marianne. They married in Frauenfeld, Switzerland and he worked for her father’s small engineering company, which made machine tools. Once he had learned Swiss German, he managed to get a good job with the international company, Sulzer in Zurich, maker of half the world’s marine engines; he held a number of senior positions in different departments in the company until he retired.

Terry and Marianne set up home in Frauenfeld and had two children, Colin, who went on to study Law and works in Frauenfeld, and Susan, who became a doctor and now lives in the USA. There are four granddaughters two in each family. Terry was very much a family man and when he was away on his many country trips, he longed to be home with his wife and children.

Terry had a great love of music, taught himself to play the piano and both he and Marianne joined a choir. He involved himself a great deal in local affairs and in church life. All the family were keen skiers. Colin was an instructor, and on one occasion found a young lady in difficulties at the top of a big slope. He picked her up, put her over his shoulder and skied down. She is now his wife.

Terry had heart problems for some years and volunteered to allow for various new techniques to be carried out on him in Zurich University Hospital. He died peacefully in the Zurich hospital with his family around him.


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Dr Dennis Witcombe OBE

Friday, October 27, 2017

Dr Dennis Witcombe OBE OBITUARY

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Dennis Witcombe OBE on Tuesday 19th September 2017. Dr Witcombe was the Headmaster of Nottingham High School from 1970 until his retirement in 1995.

Dr Witcombe was educated at Mill Hill School from 1943 to 1949, followed by a year serving with the National Intelligence Corps in Austria.

In 1949 he went to St John’s College Oxford where was awarded a BLitt and MA in History. A PhD in History followed this from the University of Manchester.

In 1955, Dr Witcombe’s career in education began as a history teacher at Emmanuel School in London, later becoming the Senior History Master. In 1964, he joined Manchester Grammar School.

In 1970, he was appointed as Headmaster at Nottingham High School, a position he held for the next 25 years.

It was during Dr Witcombe’s tenure that the School saw the opening of the new Preparatory School, the Sports Hall and the Design and Technology and Science blocks.

Dr Witcombe’s tenure at the School was marked by resilience, humanity and most importantly dedication. Sport, music, drama and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme are just some of the activities that were supported by him - delighting in success, commiserating in defeat. He was a regular visitor to the Army, RAF and Naval sections training and adventurous training camps. He was also Board Headmaster for cadetships at Biggin Hill.

In 1995, Dr Witcombe retired as Headmaster, following a 40-year career in education and 25 years as Headmaster of Nottingham High School.

In his retirement address, Tim Moore-Bridger (then Deputy-Headmaster) said, “Dennis always likes to stress that Nottingham High School is a family, a community of people who all have a common purpose, the success and prosperity of Nottingham High School”………... “Dennis is the youngest 65 year old I know. He always has a twinkle in his eye, a mischievous streak - was it an accident or a Freudian slip when, last week, at Prep prizes he talked of Nottingham High School educating boys and girls for the next century?”

Even in retirement, his support for the School was as enthusiastic as ever and he continued to attend numerous School events including Founder’s Day, Speech Day and the Carol Service.

Dr Witcombe was President of the Old Nottinghamians’ Society in 1999 and he regularly attended the popular Beeston Fields lunches and ON Society Dinners.

Dr Witcombe was awarded an OBE for services to education in the 1996 New Year’s Honours list and in 1995 received an Honorary Degree from the University of Nottingham.

Our sincere condolences go to Dr Witcombe’s widow Pat with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2016; their sons John and Simon, who are former pupils of the School; grandchildren and great granddaughter.


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Bill Ibbotson (Murray 1947-1950)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bill Ibbotson died on the 30th January following a very long illness. He was the late Richard Bean's brother-in-law. They became friends playing rugby for the OMs as well as cricket, Bill was an accomplished bowler with a record score of 9 for 5!

Bill had many interests including making his own beautiful intricate clocks, working two amazing allotments, plumbing not only the heating system for his entire house, but also those of two of his son's, plus making row upon row of handmade chocolates at Christmas.

He retired due to ill health in 1995 but as a volunteer was able to create an immensely valuable charitable organisation that has made an incalculable difference to so many people's lives in Barnet. At one time there were 600 members all helping in the local community For 12 years he helped run a Sunday lunch club for the homeless which was greatly appreciated, he was always with the homeless on Sundays befriending those less fortunate than himself.

Sally Ibbotson ..

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Keith Armistead (Scrutton, 1950 – 56)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Keith died on 22 March 2017 after being unwell for around two years. He had a very distinguished career at Mill Hill. He was senior monitor and an outstanding sportsman. He earned first team colours and leadership roles at all three major sports, cricket, hockey and rugby, as well as representing the school at boxing and athletics.  ..

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Ronnie Aye Maung

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ronnie Aye Maung (Burton Bank 1945-50). We are writing to let you know the sad news that our father, Ronnie Aye Maung, passed away on Monday 24th October. ..

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John King

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

John King (Burton Bank 1956-61). We are very sorry to report the death of John King on Saturday 12th November, following a long illness.  ..

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John Cranwell (Winterstoke 1948-53)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Apart from my brother, John Cranwell was the only Millhillian I knew before we both joined MHS. He and I grew up in the same north London suburb. We attended the same schools from reception year to the Stationers’ Company grammar school.  ..

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T John Wright (Priestley 1934-39)

Thursday, January 09, 2014

With the death of John Wright on January 9th 2014, one of the last – if not the last – links with the old ‘pre-war’ Mill Hill has passed.  ..

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Tim Bunyard 1949-2014 (Burton Bank 1963-68)

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The large gathering offamily and friends that attended Tim Bunyard's Memorial Service in the Mill Hill School Chapel onthe 15th January, 2014, was atribute to the high regard and affection that he was held in by so many. Tim, who was educated at Goodwins and then at Belmont and Mill Hill Schools, cultivated a wide circle of loyal friends through his varied, but mainly sporting, interests. ..

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Freddie Thorne (Burton Bank 1943-48)

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Freddie Escott Thorne, who was born in Edmonton on the 22nd November 1930, died at The Princess Alice Hospice in Esher on the 3rd November 2013. He was seen on his way by a very large gathering of close relatives and a multitude of friends during a most thoughtful and excellently arranged service at the Parish Church of St Mary, Headley (close to his home in Ashtead), two days prior to his 83rd birthday. ..

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Sir John Batten (Collinson 1938-41)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

John Batten was probably Mill Hill’s most distinguished Physician. He came to Collinson House (then under the care of AD Whitehorn – ‘The Baron’) in 1938 and the following year went with the School to St.Bees.  ..

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Noel Olsen (Ridgeway 1959-64)

Monday, September 02, 2013

Noel Olsen, who has died of prostate cancer aged 67, was a public health consultant working in areas where there was clear and compelling evidence justifying advocacy for better health and social policy. He was prominent in the lobbying organisations Action on Smoking and Health and the National Heart Forum (now UK Health Forum), where he raised public awareness and he pressurised the tobacco, food and alcohol industries to stop promoting unhealthy lifestyles. He helped persuade the government to adopt more emphatic health warnings on cigarette packets and his work led towards the passing of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotions Act in 2002. ..

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Dr Brian Harley (Ridgeway 1937-42)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Passing on Thursday, August 22, 2013, Dr. Brian Harley, a retired Internal Medicine Specialist. Dr. Harley was born in 1924 and educated in England at Mill Hill School and St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School. ..

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Adrian Jones

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Adrian was bought up in Kingsbury and attended Kilburn Grammar School and Battersea College of Technology. He also ganied an Open University degree. ..

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John Addison Smith (Scrutton 1940-45)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

He was a qualified CPA, joined the family business and was subsequently bought out by Dunlop. He continued to work for Dunlop (or successor firms) including assignments in South Africa and Nigeria until retirement in West Sussex, living latterly in Chichester. ..

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Michael Gee (School House 1942-46)

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Michael (Mike) Gee, passionate glider pilot; loving husband of Moragh; father of Toby, Hilary, Jonny and Piers; grandfather of Sam, Jasper, Zebedee, Rory, Loma and Thalia. ..

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Dr James Houston (1930-34)

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Known to his colleagues as “George”, Houston was Dean of Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental Schools from 1965 to 1982, and the first Dean of the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ from 1982 until his retirement two years later. ..

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Paddy Nolan

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Patrick Nolan, known as Paddy, died on Saturday 19th January 2013. For more than 25 years Patrick had hosted the OMC cricketers and latterly TMCC in an annual cricket match at the stunning ground, Preston Nomads in Fulking behind Devil’s Dyke. Paddy loved sport, in particular cricket, his greatest moment perhaps bowling Justin Langer for a duck! He was always a very congenial host, a brilliant raconteur who was able to recount hilarious anecdotes and jokes which never failed to make the assembled company laugh. ..

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Peggy Turnbull

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Old Millhillians, and in particular Collinsonians of the era 1961-1974, will be sorry to learn of the death of Peggy Turnbull on Wednesday 9th January 2013. Peggy , the wife of housemaster Tony Turnbull, who died in November 2011, was described by one of her sons Alistair as "very much the power behind the throne"; and indeed she will be remembered with both gratitude and great affection by all those boy who were in her care. Our thoughts are with all her family at this sad time. ..

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Matthew Baldwin (Winterstoke 1947-52)

Friday, November 09, 2012

Matthew Oswald Twine Baldwin died unexpectedly of a heart attack, aged 78, on Friday 9thNovember. He was one of that increasingly rare breed – an Old Winterstokian, although he would have been equally happy to be recorded as an Old Belmontian. ..

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Peter Allen (Burton Bank 1971-76)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

At School he was a Chorister (until his voice broke), a goalkeeper for the 1st XI, a thunderous hooker and an impressive squash player. At the age of 16 he headed for Lloyds where he worked in the markets before retiring aged 50 as managing director (North America) at Towers Watson. Laughter was never far away when Peter was around. He was also an enthusiastic stalwart of Lloyds and OMs rugby, his influence equally influential both on and off the field; rugby tours were never quite the same without him. ..

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John McAllister (Ridgeway 1957-62)

Thursday, March 01, 2012

John McAllister grew up at Mill Hill, his father Percy being a key member of the teaching staff from 1925 to 1962 and then Hon Sec of the OM Club until his death in 1970. ..

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Rodney FitzGerald (Murray 1937-39)

Monday, February 06, 2012

Rodney Fitzgerald attended Mill Hill School before going up to Oxford University where he graduated with an MA in French and German. A successful career in the City followed where he was Managing Director of Hinton Hill and Coles Ltd and an Underwriter with Lloyds.. He was also a Liveryman and became Master of the Loriners Company and the Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers Company. For his work with the City of London Corporation he became Sheriff (1983 -84) and was awarded the MBE in 2008. ..

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Kenneth Lloyd (School House 1928-31)

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Kenneth Lloyd was a champion of physical medicine and rheumatology in Wales. With a combination of vision, forceful personality and political skills he created, more than 60 years ago, the first department in Wales to specialise in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. It was a National Health Service facility designed to respond to, not only the huge clinical demands from the local Cardiff population with a heritage of heavy industries and physical injuries, but also to referrals of patients with chronic rheumatic diseases from across Wales. This formed the nucleus for what later became the first teaching centre in Wales for trainees in rheumatology. ..

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Tony Turnbull

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Tony Turnbull, who taught Chemistry at Mill Hill School from 1947-1978, will be remembered above all as Housemaster of Collinson from 1960-1974. He will be remembered for his many contributions to the life of the School, whether as a Housemaster, or as a teacher and Head of Chemistry, or on the sports field. He had a distinguished war service with the Royal Artillery and contributed significantly as an officer in the CCF. For 20 years he ran the boxing but he also turned his hand to badminton, cricket, hockey, rugby and, of course his great love, golf, for which he was instrumental in establishing it as a serious sport at the School. His teaching both inside and outside the classroom will be remembered for his endless patience and commitment and many Collinsonians will be grateful for the happiness and security he inculcated in the boarding house, and he was always capably supported by his wife Peggy. ..

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Kurt Metzer (Scrutton 1946-50)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Kurt was born on 3rd June 1932 in Vienna. An exceptionally academic pupil (he could speak about 5 languages) he initially went to school in India before being sent to Mill Hill School – a bit of a shock coming from the warmth of India. But his love of spicy food remained with him as well as an abiding interest in Asian politics and religion. ..

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Major Roy Stroud OBE (Weymouth 1945-50)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Roy Stroud, who died on the 24th April 2011 was born in Bradford and educated at Mill Hill School. In the 2nd world war he was seriously wounded in Libya in 1942 before recovering to fight again and rise to the rank of Major. He worked in textiles achieving significant accolades including Chairman of the British Wool Textile Confederation (1974-76) before his retirement in 1980. He was Life President of Bradford Synagogue, always combining a full Jewish life with full engagement in the wider community. 1n 1981 he was made an OBE and Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire the following year. ..

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His Hon Judge Esyr ap Gywlim Lewis (Ridgeway 1939-44)

Friday, March 25, 2011

When Esyr was born, on 11 January 1926, his father, Gwillym, and his mother, Mary, were living in Clydach Vale in the Rhonda valley in South Glamorgan, where Gwillym was the Minister at the local Welsh Congregational Church. Soon after, Esyr’s father was appointed as the Minister in Narberth, in Pembrokeshire and the family moved there. Esyr and his brother, Michael, who was four years younger than Esyr, spent their early years in Narberth and all his life Esyr retained vivid and happy memories of his childhood in South Wales. ..

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David Harrison (Scrutton 1965-69)

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

David Harrison was born on March 2nd 1952 in Hammersmith. He was a fine athlete, winning awards for High Jump, Triple Jump, and sprinting, as well as scoring tries for the Rugby 1st XV as a nimble and versatile winger. ..

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Adrian Johnson (Winterstoke 1948-1953)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Adrian arrived at Mill Hill School in 1948 from Sebright School in Wolverley, joining his brother, Malcolm, in Winterstoke House, to be followed by his brother Oliver and following his father, Eric, and uncle, Cyril. Adrian became Head of House and spoke enthusiastically of his years at Mill Hill where he made many good friends whom he enjoyed seeing at the annual dinner in London. No doubt Mill Hill was where he developed his loyalty and commitment to his friends and colleagues and his enduring patience. ..

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Gordon Arthur Stannard (Burton Bank 1939–45)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Born 24th July 1927 in East London and younger brother of Colin (33-38), Gordon was one of a unique handful of OMs whose full MHS career was undertaken at St. Bees Cumberland during WWII. Evacuated from London in September 1939, Gordon started in Burton Bank (Seacote) and embarked on the most memorable period of his life. Mill Hill suited Gordon perfectly. As a talented sportsman, he excelled in all areas of school life, graduating in 1945 with School Certificate, triple colours and minor in Fives, as Senor Monitor and Under Officer. His memory and stories of MHS life are legendary. ..

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Donald Hall (Past Master)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Donald Hall died on 28th October well in to his nineties. He had been a Master at Mill Hill School from 1938-74. After a Ist at Cambridge an illustrious career followed as a Biology and Science teacher at Mill Hill. In 1944 he married Enid Stancliffe, a Winterstoke matron and then became Housemaster of Collinson from 1945-69. He was also Director of Science and Treasurer to the local preservation society. His meticulous care, enthusiasm and scholarship inspired generations of the Medical Sixth, many of whom went on to a career in medicine. He will be remembered with great affection by so many. ..

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Robert Maunder-Taylor (Weymouth 1954-59)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Robert Maunder Taylor passed away on 17th September after a long illness. Robert was the eldest of a second generation of Taylors at Mill Hill and was followed by 3 brothers, two nephews and a great nephew at Belmont. He was head of Weymouth and made his mark in the Corps, where he rose to the rank of Under Officer. One story, oft repeated by Sgt Major Maloney, related to an initiative weekend when the goal was to get as far away and back again within 48 hours. Robert got himself to Edinburgh and requiring proof, entered the Castle late at night. The guard commander, mistaking him for the orderly officer, paraded the guard which he duly inspected. The mistake was realised and a letter of congratulation received by the School. ..

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Vladimir Raitz (Burton Bank 1937-39)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Vladimir Raitz, who died on August 31 2010 aged 88, was the father of the modern British package holiday, which he pioneered in the days when the nation was still in the grip of postwar austerity and rationing. In an era of cheap travel, it is easy to forget that 60 years ago few in Britain were able to enjoy a foreign holiday at all. ..

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Alan Woollaston (Winterstoke 1945-50)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Alan Keith Woollaston who died in July at 78 was at Mill Hill from 1945 – 1950 and boarded in Winterstoke House. He was a Middlesex scholarship boy and hailed from The Stationers School near Wood Green which also sent pupils such as Alan Stroud, Norman Tapley, Rex Frayling and Peter Duck to Mill Hill. Alan Stroud was a close friend of Alan’s from 1943 and remembers family get-togethers, Alan’s motorcycling days and his prowess at making highly successful paper aeroplanes for Alan Stroud’s grandsons. ..

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General News

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We are sorry to learn of the death of Rev Henry Starkey on 14th June 2010. Rev Starkey was Chaplain of Mill Hill School from 1957-1980 and will be fondly remembered by many OMs. The funeral will be held on Thursday 24th June at the United Reform Church in Winchester. ..

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Tom Jourdan (Ridgeway 1958-62)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tom was born on the 20th August 1944 in the Cresswell Coombe Maternity Hospital in Dumfries Scotland. Soon after Tom was born the family moved to High Wycombe where Tom’s Father joined his father in Law and brother in Law at Parker Knoll. ..

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Peter Parr (Weymouth 1933-39)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Peter Parr died on 21st May 2010 after a short illness just two weeks before his 90th birthday. He was in School House (Weymouth) during the Headmasterships of Maurice Jacks and T.K.Derry. His career at the School was exceptional in that he became both Senior Monitor and was also not only a "triple colour" but Captain of both the Cricket and Hockey teams. The Hockey team was unbeaten against other schools in 1939. ..

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Rodney Borgartz 1935-2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Rodney Borgartz (Murray 49-52)was born in Harrow on September 21st 1935 and came to Mill Hill in 1948. He was one of the relatively few day boys in those days and consequently joined Murray House. However, in spite of leaving after the Vth form to take up Articles he had already demonstrated a passion and ability for rugby by playing in the Colts XV and forged many friendships which were to last him for the rest of his life. ..

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Michael Thomas (Winterstoke 1949-54)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Michael Robert James Thomas 74 died on Tuesday 30th March 2010. He was born on Monday 16th December 1935 to Robert Leslie Thomas and Dorothy Alice Thomas (nee Saunders). Michael is survived by his wife Joan, his brother Keith, his sister Anne, his daughter Joanne, his son Mark, his grand-daughter Cher-Leigh and his grand-son Dominic. ..

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