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  • Technology Helps Win the Sports Day
    May 24, 2016
    Client News
    By the time this newsletter is published, the London Marathon will be over for another year and participants will be nursing their blisters, aches and pains, wi...
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  • Teetotal Brass Band Trophy Solves Perpetual Problem
    May 22, 2016
    Client News
    Over 2,000 students and music fans congregated at Warwick Arts Centre for a weekend of brass band playing, in February. Music-making at its best − fun and ver...
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  • Nick Places Customers on the Winning Plinth
    May 15, 2016
    Client News
    Customers are valued assets to most businesses. None more so than at Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products UK, which hosts an Annual Awards to acknowledge ...
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  • Winning Team Effort Creates Top Retail Trophy
    May 8, 2016
    Client News
    The Special EFX studio finds that some of its most striking designs emerge from a participative process that sees the design evolve as client and designer work ...
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  • Astonishing Entries Win Annual’s Best in Book
    May 1, 2016
    Client News
    The Creative Review Annual provides a platform for some of the best visual communications around. In an industry which nurtures young talent and recognises the ...
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  • EFX Designed European Car of the Year Award
    April 25, 2016
    Client News
    The Opel/Vauxhall Astra has been named European Car of the Year 2016. It was a close-run contest this year; many, but not quite enough, of the 58 motor journali...
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  • Food Porn Awards Cooks Up a Feast for the Eyes
    April 18, 2016
    Client News
    The words ‘food’ and ‘porn’ are not a commonly associated. Thankfully, the 2016 Food Porn Awards are a celebration of beautiful looking food…and nothi...
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  • Exclusive Touch for
    Audi Q Awards
    April 11, 2016
    Client News
    Interpreting design agency drawings of bespoke awards and trophies is an important aspect of EFX’s service. The Audi Q Awards comprise two designs of trophy a...
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  • Grower Awards Celebrate the Greenest
    February 28, 2016
    Client News
    Horticulture Week’s annual Grower Awards recognise those individuals and companies who are high- flyers in the trade. The awards celebrate the best in the hor...
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  • The Perfect Retirement Gift with its Own Red Carpet
    February 21, 2016
    Client News
    How do you mark and suitably honour the retirement of someone who has been exceptional? Joe Jewkes Managing Director of Corinium Carpets approached EFX for the ...
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  • EFX Scores as Kookaburras Win World Hockey League
    February 14, 2016
    Client News
    Australia’s Kookaburras beat Belgium 2-1 in the fiercely contested World Hockey League, held in Raipur India. Each member of the winning team was presented wi...
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  • Vuelio Awards Celebrate the Best in Blogging
    February 7, 2016
    Client News
    Surely, there is a blog covering every conceivable topic by now? There are literally millions of posts a year. In fact, Special EFX contributes to the statistic...
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  • New Year's Honours & Award Schemes
    January 29, 2016
    General News
    The other day, I came across this blog from Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service. It congratulates those civil servants mentioned...
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  • Legendary Trophy for Heroes of Warcraft
    January 28, 2016
    Client News
    In the virtual world of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the online strategic card game, the stakes are high and the action gripping. In early December, a mega ...
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  • Graham Norton Wins Inaugural Winq Award
    January 21, 2016
    Client News
    Winq, the luxury lifestyle magazine for gay men and said to be the biggest gay magazine in the world, recently held its inaugural Winq Men of the Year Awards. T...
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  • Dreams Turn to Reality at Pillow Talk Awards
    January 14, 2016
    Client News
    Pillow Talk is the aptly named customer satisfaction programme for Dreams, the leading bed retailer. Important to Dreams’ success in the marketplace, Pillow T...
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  • 6 Ways to Give Your Awards the Wow Factor in 2016
    January 13, 2016
    General News
    1.   Awards that intrigue and astonish Bubbles that miraculously float inside glass, wheels that rotate, intricately pierced creations… Such unique design...
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  • The Miniaturisation of Porridge the Bear
    December 23, 2015
    Client News,Design
    Porridge is probably the most photographed bear in the world. He stands 5 feet tall, is decidedly friendly in persona and stands guard at Bicester Village, the ...
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  • Marketing’s New Thinking Awards Inspire Innovation
    December 21, 2015
    Client News
    Last Christmas, the Sainsbury’s 2014 ad campaign retold the story of Christmas Day in 1914, when British and German soldiers laid down their arms and gathered...
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  • Why Ad Agencies Should Enter Awards
    December 15, 2015
    General News
    It’s easy to knock awards. They’re ‘all about vanity’, a ‘distraction’ from the important stuff, reducing the vital work of creativity to a beauty c...
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  • The Grass Proves Greener with an ESTO Award
    December 7, 2015
    Client News
    Events promoting excellence and celebrated with industry awards play an important role in so many sectors, including that of synthetic turf. The European Synthe...
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  • The Winners Hit the Dance Floor at EVCOM Live
    December 3, 2015
    Client News
    It must be extremely satisfying as an event organiser when over 500 pay to attend your organisation’s annual Awards dinner. The EVCOM Live Awards celebrated t...
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  • How to Add Value to an
    Awards Event
    December 2, 2015
    General News
    If you are looking to enhance the prestige of your Awards event, then some would suggest you may well need to look beyond commissioning a glittering silver trop...
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  • Superhero Awards Prove Hit with DS Smith Employees
    December 1, 2015
    Client News
    Winners of the DS Smith Employee Engagement awards 2015 have been officially promoted to ‘Superhero’ status. The staff recognition trophies, designed and ma...
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  • Award Honours Africa’s Rising Young Journalist
    October 28, 2015
    Client News
    Ghana-born Komla Dumor was a presenter for the BBC World News and its Focus on Africa Programme and considered to be an exceptionally talented, authoritative an...
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  • VIP treatment at
    the Event Awards
    October 23, 2015
    Client News
    As Steve Jones, the compere at the Event awards last week commented, it is a tall order to impress professionals in the Events industry who have seen it all bef...
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  • Achieving Child Appeal for CITV Share a Story Awards
    October 21, 2015
    Client News
    Understanding exactly what a client wants to achieve visually is key to creating a successful award. The CITV’s Share a Story competition award is a perfect e...
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  • Trophy Shines a Light on Legal Professions’ Best
    October 14, 2015
    Client News
    The annual Lawyer Business Leadership Awards are all about shining a light on individuals who are outstanding at applying themselves to championing changes and ...
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  • KPMG Recognition Awards Create a Positive Buzz
    September 28, 2015
    Client News
    KPMG provides global tax, audit and advisory services and has 22 offices in the UK, employing over 12,000 partners and staff. In April, the company launched the...
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  • Welsh Roots for MotoGP British Grand Prix Trophies
    September 21, 2015
    Client News
    The MotoGP World Championships Octo British Grand Prix was held at Silverstone, the last weekend in August, and despite pouring rain provided a racing spectacle...
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  • Rotating IWC Logos Dazzle World’s Wine Elite
    September 14, 2015
    Client News
    The International Wine Challenge is respected the world over. Recognised as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition, it attracted over ...
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  • EFX Letting the Plug Out
    - Safely
    August 5, 2015
    EFX News
    Our manufacturing capacity has increased hugely over the last five years as we have grown the awards and trophies side of our business. As a result, we now have...
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  • A Fitting Award for
    the Best in Shoes
    July 28, 2015
    Client News
    If you were one of the deserving winners at the recent Drapers Footwear Awards 2015, you were presented with a wonderfully apt and memorable trophy – a pair o...
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  • Green Success for Digital Masters Awards
    July 21, 2015
    Client News
    The Digital Masters Awards were launched in 2014. They are now in their second year and the event took place 5th June at London’s Freemasons’ Hall, attracti...
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  • BVCA Moves to Custom Designer Trophies
    July 14, 2015
    Client News
    Custom trophy design or off-the-shelf? How to choose? Prior to this year, the BVCA (British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association) had always opte...
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  • Hannah Takes
    Top Dog Award
    July 14, 2015
    EFX News
    As someone who is attracted to other people’s awards and trophies, like the proverbial bee to a honey pot, I was delighted to see that former Special EFX empl...
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  • Stearman Wins Wolves Twitter Player of the Year
    July 7, 2015
    Client News
    Thousands of fans have tweeted their votes for Richard Stearman and honoured him with the accolade of Twitter Player of the Year at Wolverhampton Wanderers Foot...
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  • Sculpture Unveiled at WBS Official Opening
    July 1, 2015
    Client News
    Mayor of London Boris Johnson has unveiled a specially created sculpture to commemorate the opening of Warwick Business School’s (WBS) new base at The Shard, ...
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  • Over 1 Million Fans Vote in Facebook Football Awards
    June 28, 2015
    Client News
    The Facebook Football Awards are an international phenomenon! Over one million votes were cast by fans from around the world in the recent inaugural Awards. The...
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  • Rugby Union’s Elite Take Top Guinness PRO12 Honours
    June 21, 2015
    Client News
    The leading top flight rugby union players were celebrated at the Guinness PRO12 Awards 2015, Sunday 17th May. Players and coaches of the twelve competing profe...
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  • Davis Cup Custom-Made Trophy Hits the Mark
    June 16, 2015
    Client News
    It is the time of the year when UK tennis fans can revel in their sport. The Men’s French Open has just thrown up a new hero for the kids to emulate on court....
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  • New Seatrade Awards Launched with Fanfare
    June 14, 2015
    Client News
    The 27th annual Seatrade Awards, held 6 May 2015 at London’s Guildhall, attracted some of the top names from across the shipping industry. The Awards are orga...
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  • Harrods Elite Receive Ultimate Recognition
    June 7, 2015
    Client News
    The Harrods 100 Club is an élite group of personnel, deemed to have perfected the art of selling.  A unique club, exclusive to the world renowned store, the e...
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  • Top Bodybuilders Honoured
    in Style
    June 1, 2015
    Client News
    EFX loves to work with new clients, turning their hopes and aspirations for a new trophy or award into a tangible and impressive reality. The recent commission ...
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  • Singapore Finale for Festival of Media Awards
    May 28, 2015
    Client News
    The Festival of Media Asia Pacific Awards 2015 were presented 22 March at a gala dinner held at the Capella, Singapore. The Awards celebrate the most creative a...
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  • The Importance of Advertising Awards
    May 26, 2015
    General News
    Written by: AMV Chief Creative Officer, Paul Brazier For the individual recipient, awards are an honour in recognition of their creativity. This is usually r...
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  • Step Inside EFX’s
    New Design Studio
    May 22, 2015
    EFX News
    I set up the very first EFX studio some eleven years ago – just me and my Mac. Today, we have a team of five creating custom trophies and awards. We also have...
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  • Success of Miramar Trophy at Antigua Sailing Week
    May 21, 2015
    Client News
    “The trophy has just arrived and we are knocked out by it!” This is the type of email you just love, especially when it’s come all the way from sunny Anti...
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  • ITF Commissions Mega Trophy for Junior Masters
    May 14, 2015
    Client News
    Creating a new trophy worthy of discriminating teenagers is quite a challenge. This was the task set Special EFX by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) wh...
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  • StreetGames Projects Make a Sporting Difference
    May 7, 2015
    Client News
    StreetGames is a nationwide organisation with a phenomenal track record. It supports a network of projects, which bring exciting and affordable sport to the doo...
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  • Employee Recognition Awards to Impress
    May 6, 2015
    General News
    The start to 2015 has been full-on at EFX. We’ve got more staff than ever and everyone is busy, busy busy!  Currently, one of our most buoyant sectors is emp...
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  • FirstCar Awards Steers Successful Course
    May 1, 2015
    Client News
    The RAC Club in Pall Mall was the venue for the inaugural FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards 2015, held 15 April as part of the Young Driver Focus confere...
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  • Who’s Who of
    Motor Industry Awards
    April 17, 2015
    General News
    It seems the UK motor industry is on a roll. Over one billion pounds of investment has been announced by Jaguar Land Rover, Honda and Geely (makers of London ta...
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  • EFX Delivers Keys to the Mortgage Strategy Awards
    March 28, 2015
    Client News
    If you are likely to be looking for a mortgage this year, read on! The Mortgage Strategy Awards ’15 have just been presented; they acknowledge brokers and len...
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  • Foodservice Packaging Awards - Served with Style
    March 21, 2015
    Client News
    You may not have given a second thought to the paper cup in which your skinny latte appears on your desk, the pizza delivery box which arrives at your front doo...
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  • The Cool Venue Awards, the Hottest Night in Town
    March 14, 2015
    Client News
    The 8th Prestige Events COOL Venue Awards demonstrated, once again, that the Events industry knows how to party! Special EFX was a sponsor of the event and made...
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  • Barclays’ Surfing Tombstone Proves a Winner
    March 7, 2015
    Client News
    In the world of corporate finance, the successful conclusion of a major deal involving several parties is sometimes marked with the presentation of tombstones t...
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  • Solar Panel Trophy Reflects FOE Schools’ Competition
    March 1, 2015
    Client News
    Last year, Friends of the Earth commissioned EFX to create UV resistant outdoor plaques for its Bee World scheme. This year it was a trophy featuring a used sol...
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  • Skoda Fabia Wins Ultimate What Car? Accolade
    February 28, 2015
    Client News
    What Car? Magazine has been published by Haymarket since 1973 and is hugely popular and influential amongst the car-loving public. Its reach and clout in the ma...
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  • Honda Rewards Top Dealers with Iconic Wing Trophies
    February 21, 2015
    Client News
    The Honda motorcycle brand has been around since the 1950s and the Honda Wing logo is widely recognised. In November, Honda (UK) held its annual Motorcycle Deal...
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  • The Scent of Victory
    is Overpowering
    February 20, 2015
    EFX News,General News
    Cruising the duty free area at Madrid airport the other day, I came face to face with this trophy. INVICTUS. Virile young man, adoring Greek nymphs…now what i...
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  • Seven Day Race for Mercedes-Benz Award
    February 14, 2015
    Client News
    What do you do when your Managing Director announces he wants to change the current trophy your company presents at its major annual Awards AND it is just one w...
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  • Candelabras for Hire? Why not commission your own?
    February 9, 2015
    Client News,EFX News
    It’s official!  Special EFX has just designed and manufactured its very first acrylic candelabras. Instead of an event organiser going out and sourcing cande...
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  • P&G Awards Promote
    Site Vision
    February 7, 2015
    Client News
    How best to engage with your workforce and encourage them to strive towards your company’s business goals is a recurring challenge for many managers. The Proc...
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  • The Iconic ISS Awards Celebrate the Best
    February 1, 2015
    Client News
    ISS is a leading, global outsourcing provider and it employs over 45,000 in the UK alone.  Its annual ISS UK Awards are a significant and respected event in th...
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  • Want to Strike Gold?
    Go Green!
    January 28, 2015
    EFX News,General News
    Here at EFX Awards we are used to seeing events and awards of all shapes and sizes. We have been fortunate enough to work with a variety of different clients an...
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  • How to Refresh a Winning Trophy Design
    January 28, 2015
    Client News
    The PURE Awards were first introduced in 2013. EFX designed and made elegant monogram trophies for the event, in rich sapele wood. One year on, PURE got in touc...
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  • SORAS Celebrates its 30 years Anniversary
    January 21, 2015
    Client News
    SORAS is the leading insurance provider in Rwanda and recently celebrated 30 years of business. The occasion included a special event for staff and business ass...
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  • Special EFX: A Corporate Magpie’s Dream
    January 18, 2015
    General News
    To take my mind off the decision, I had a look at the different designs on offer, and I couldn’t believe just how many styles there were. Every last design wa...
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  • Hooked on Awards at
    the Pot and Fin
    January 15, 2015
    Client News,EFX News
    I had a very fishy, serendipitous moment last week. I came face to face with one of our EFX-made star trophies, over a portion of fish and chips! Hungry and dis...
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  • EFX Trophies Receive Thumbs Up from CVA
    January 14, 2015
    Client News
    The EFX studio created this distinctive ‘thumbs up’ design for the Customer Voice Awards, which were presented late 2014. Innovative and narrative in style,...
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  • My Golden Moment by Matthew Davies
    December 9, 2014
    Client News
    So there I am … sitting around, waiting for nothing in particular … feeling life’s a bit flat, dull and uninteresting, when I’m whisked into the air and...
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  • Kidnapped Pride of Stratford Swan Returns
    December 4, 2014
    Client News
    The other day, I was moseying along at a craft fair in aid of Shipston Home Nursing and came across one of our Pride of Stratford awards on The Arter stand.  I...
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  • The Power of Saying Thank You
    November 5, 2014
    General News
    The Times newspaper* ran an article last week about measuring wellbeing and how the government is planning to make it at the heart of its policy-making. Accordi...
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  • It’s Another Win for EFX’s Football Trophies
    October 31, 2014
    EFX News
    During the day, Dave’s an account handler at EFX. But, he’s also a UEFA B coach, training youngsters who may be the stars of tomorrow. It’s amazing how ma...
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  • And the winner is...
    Special EFX !
    November 2, 2011
    EFX News
    Winning a prestigious award and with it the accompanying public recognition of your outstanding efforts is heady stuff! No surprise then that the team at Specia...
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  • The Best of British Comedy Celebrate with a Tear or Two
    February 11, 2011
    Client News
    What is it about the British Comedy Awards that makes the winners cry?  This time it was Queen of Comedy herself, Sarah Millican, and Lee Evans, who picked up ...
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