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Encyclopedia > Alan Bennett
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Alan Bennett (born May 9, 1934) is an English author and actor noted for his work, his boyish appearance and his sonorous Yorkshire accent. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1166x1816, 1714 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1166x1816, 1714 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... May 9 is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (130th in leap years). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... Cosette Dwyer is an amazing author. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Look up Yorkshire in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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Life and work

Bennett was born in Armley in Leeds, Yorkshire. The son of a Co-op butcher, Bennett attended Leeds Modern School (a former state grammar school), learned Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguists during his National Service, and gained a place at Cambridge University. However, having spent time in Cambridge during national service, and partly wishing to follow the object of his unrequited love, he decided to apply for a scholarship at Oxford University. He was accepted by Exeter College, Oxford University and went on to take a first-class degree in history. While at Oxford he performed comedy with a number of future successful actors in the Oxford Revue. He was to remain at Oxford for several years researching and teaching Medieval History before deciding he was not cut out to be an academic. There is also a town in Saskatchewan called Armley. ... Leeds is a major city in West Yorkshire, England. ... The Co-operative Group, the trading name of Co-operative Group (CWS) Ltd, is a United Kingdom consumers co-operative, one of the largest consumer-owned businesses in the world. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Grammar school can refer to various types of schools in different English-speaking countries. ... The Joint Services School for Linguists (JSSL) was founded in 1951 by the British armed services to provide language training, principally in Russian, and largely to selected conscripts undergoing National Service. ... National service is a common name for compulsory or voluntary military service programs. ... The University of Cambridge (often Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and has a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... History studies the past in human terms. ... The Oxford Revue is a sketch comedy group featuring students from Oxford University. ...


He claims that as an adolescent he assumed he would grow up to be a Church of England clergyman, for no better reason than that he looked like one. The Church of England is the officially established Christian church[1] in England, and acts as the mother and senior branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, as well as a founding member of the Porvoo Communion. ...

Album of "Beyond the Fringe" Published by EMI in 1996

In August 1960, Bennett, along with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller, and Peter Cook, achieved instant fame by appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe. After the Festival, the show continued in London and New York. He also appeared in My Father Knew Lloyd George. Bennett's first stage play, Forty Years On, was produced in 1968. Many television, stage and radio plays followed, along with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non-fictional prose and broadcasting, and many appearances as an actor. The recordings of Bennett's highly regarded 1966 television comedy sketch series On the Margin are notorious for having been erased. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1124x931, 1005 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1124x931, 1005 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Album of Beyond the Fringe Published by EMI in 1996 Beyond the Fringe was a British comedy stage revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Brook Green in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based on Charing Cross Road, London. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002), was an Academy-Award nominated British comedian, actor and musician. ... Miller (far left) with the Beyond the Fringe cast Sir Jonathan Wolfe Miller, CBE (b. ... Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995) was an English satirist, writer and comedian. ... There is no one Edinburgh Festival but those using the term are usually referring to the collection of various festivals in August and early September of each year in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... Album of Beyond the Fringe Published by EMI in 1996 Beyond the Fringe was a British comedy stage revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... NY redirects here. ... My Father Knew Lloyd George was a one off BBC satire written by John Bird with additional material by the cast, and directed by Jack Gold. ... Forty Years On is a 1968 play by Alan Bennett. ...


Bennett's lugubrious yet expressive voice (which still bears a strong and distinctive Leeds accent) and the sharp humour and evident humanity of his writing have made his readings of his own work (especially his autobiographical writing) very popular. His readings of the Winnie the Pooh stories are also widely enjoyed.


Many of Bennett's characters are unfortunate and downtrodden, or meek and overlooked. Life has brought them to an impasse, or else passed them by altogether. In many cases they have met with disappointment in the realm of sex and intimate relationships, largely through tentativeness and a failure to connect with others.


Bennett is both unsparing and compassionate in laying bare his characters' frailties. This can be seen in his television plays for LWT in the late 1970s and the BBC in the early 1980s, and in the 1987 Talking Heads series of monologues for television which were later performed at the Comedy Theatre in London in 1992. This was a sextet of poignantly comic pieces, each of which depicted several stages in the character's decline from an initial state of denial or ignorance of their predicament, through a slow realization of the hopelessness of their situation, and progressing to a bleak or ambiguous conclusion. A second set of six Talking Heads pieces followed a decade later. London Weekend Television logo, 1978-1996 London Weekend Television Limited (LWT) is the ITV contractor for London, Friday 5:15pm to Monday, 5:59am. ... Talking Heads is a series of dramatic monologues written for BBC television by the acclaimed British playwright Alan Bennett. ... The Royal Comedy Theatre, as it was then known, opened in Londons West End on October 15, 1881. ...


In his 2005 prose collection Untold Stories Bennett has written candidly and movingly of the mental illness that afflicted his mother and other family members. Much of his work draws on his Leeds background and while he is celebrated for his acute observations of a particular type of northern speech ("It'll take more than Dairy Box to banish memories of Pearl Harbor"), the range and daring of his work is often undervalued – his television play The Old Crowd, for example, includes shots of the director and technical crew, while his stage play The Lady in the Van includes two characters named Alan Bennett. The Lady in the Van was based on his experiences with a tramp called Miss Shepherd who lived on Bennett's driveway in a dilapidated van for fifteen years.


In 1994 Bennett adapted his popular and much-praised 1991 play The Madness of George III for the cinema as The Madness of King George. The film received four Academy Award nominations, including nominations for Bennett's writing and the performances of Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren. It won the award for best art direction. The Madness of King George is a 1994 film which tells the story of King George III of the United Kingdoms deteriorating mental health, and the equally declining relationship between him and his son, the Prince of Wales. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Sir Nigel Hawthorne, CBE (5 April 1929 – 26 December 2001) was a renowned English actor. ... Dame Helen Mirren DBE (born on July 26, 1945) is an Academy Award-winning English stage, television and film actress. ...


Bennett's critically-acclaimed The History Boys [1] won three Olivier Awards in February 2005, for Best New Play, Best Actor (Richard Griffiths), and Best Direction (Nicholas Hytner), having previously won Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actor and Best Play. Bennett himself received an Olivier Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre [2]. The History Boys is a play by English playwright Alan Bennett. ... The Laurence Olivier Awards, previously known as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, were renamed in honour of British actor Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier in 1984, having first been established in 1976. ... Richard Griffiths as Uncle Vernon in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Richard Griffiths (born 31 July 1947 in Thornaby-on-Tees, Yorkshire, England) is a Tony-award winning English actor who has appeared on stage, film and television. ... Nicholas Hytner (born May 7, 1956) is an award-winning British theatrical and opera producer and director. ... The Critics Circle Theatre Awards (Drama Theatre Awards in 1989 and 1990) are presented annually for the years theatrical achievements. ... The Evening Standard Awards are presented annually for oustanding achievements in London Theatre. ... The Laurence Olivier Awards, previously known as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, were renamed in honour of British actor Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier in 1984, having first been established in 1976. ...


The History Boys also went on to win six Tony Awards on Broadway, including best play, best performance by a leading actor in a play (Richard Griffiths), best performance by a featured actress in a play (Frances de la Tour), and best direction of a play (Nicholas Hytner). What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ... Frances de la Tour (born July 30, 1944) is a British actress best known for her role in the 1970s British sitcom, Rising Damp, and renowned for her critically acclaimed stage performances, notably in Tennessee Williams play Small Craft Warnings in Londons West End in 1973. ...


A film version of The History Boys was released in the UK on October 13, 2006. Bennett discussed the play and its themes in an interview interview on stv.tv.


Bennett refused an honorary doctorate from Oxford University in 1998, in protest of its accepting funding for a named chair in honour of press baron Rupert Murdoch.[3] He also declined a CBE in 1988 and a knighthood in 1996. Despite refusing an honorary doctorate from his old university, Bennett was made an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford in 1987. He was also awarded a D.Litt by the University of Leeds in 1990. An Honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum) is a degree awarded to someone by an institution that he or she may have never attended, it may be a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree - however, the latter is most common. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... A media proprietor is a person who controls, either through personal ownership or a dominant position in a public company, a significant part of the mass media. ... Keith Rupert Murdoch AC, KCSG (born 11 March 1931) is an Australian-American global media executive and is the controlling shareholder, chairman and managing director of News Corporation, based in New York. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... A statue of an armoured knight of the Middle Ages For the chess piece, see knight (chess). ... The University of Leeds is a major teaching and research university, one of the largest in the United Kingdom with over 32,000 full-time students. ...


In September 2005, Bennett revealed that, in 1997, he had undergone treatment for cancer, and described the illness as a "bore". His chances of survival were given as being "much less" than 50%. [4]. He began Untold Stories (published 2005) thinking it would be published posthumously. In the event his cancer went into remission. In the autobiographical sketches which form a large part of the book Bennett writes openly for the first time about his homosexuality (Bennett has had relationships with women as well, although this is only touched upon in Untold Stories). Previously Bennett had referred to questions about his sexuality as being like asking a man dying of thirst to choose between Perrier or Malvern mineral water.[5] Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... Perrier bottles have a peculiar, instantly recognizable shape. ... Malvern is the name of a town in Worcestershire, England. ...


Bennett earned Honorary Membership of The Coterie in the 2007 membership list. The Coterie comprised a fashionable and famous set of English aristocrats and intellectuals of the 1910s, widely quoted and profiled in magazines and newspapers of the period. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ...


Bennett has lived in London's Camden Town for thirty years, and shares his house with his partner of fourteen years, Rupert Thomas. Camden Town is an area of north London in the London Borough of Camden. ...


References

  • Peter Wolfe, Understanding Alan Bennett, University of South Carolina Press, ISBN 1-57003-280-7.
  • Alexander Games (2001). Backing Into The Limelight: The Biography of Alan Bennett. Headline. ISBN 0-7472-7030-9. 
  • Joseph H. O'Mealy, "Alan Bennett: A Critical Introduction," Routledge, 2001.

The University of South Carolina, Columbia (USC or Carolina) is a public, co-educational, research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. ...

Further reading

  • Robert Hewison Footlights – A Hundred Years of Cambridge Comedy, Methuen, 1983
  • Roger Wilmut From Fringe to Flying Circus – Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960–1980, Eyre Methuen, 1980

Television work

  • My Father Knew Lloyd George (also writer), 1965
  • Famous Gossips, 1965
  • Plato—The Drinking Party, 1965
  • Alice in Wonderland, 1966
  • On the Margin series (actor & writer), 1966-67
  • A Day Out (also writer), 1972
  • Sunset Across the Bay (also writer), 1975
  • A Little Outing (also writer), 1975
  • A Visit from Miss Prothero (writer), 1978
  • Me—I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (writer), 1978
  • Doris and Doreen (Green Forms) (writer), 1978
  • The Old Crowd (writer) with Lindsay Anderson (director), LWT 1979
  • Afternoon Off (writer), 1979
  • One Fine Day (writer), 1979
  • All Day On the Sands (writer), 1979
  • Objects of Affection (Our Winnie, A Woman of No Importance, Rolling Home, Marks, Say Something Happened, Intensive Care) (also writer), 1982
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (actor), 1982
  • An Englishman Abroad (writer), 1983
  • The Insurance Man (writer), 1986
  • Breaking Up, 1986
  • Man and Music (narrator), 1986
  • Talking Heads (A Chip in the Sugar, Bed Among the Lentils, A Lady of Letters, Her Big Chance, Soldiering On, A Cream Cracker Under the Settee) (also writer), 1987
  • Down Cemetery Road: The Landscape of Philip Larkin (presenter), 1987
  • Fortunes of War series (actor), 1987
  • Dinner at Noon (narrator), 1988
  • Poetry in Motion (presenter), 1990
  • 102 Boulevard Haussmann (writer), 1990
  • A Question of Attribution (writer), 1991
  • Selling Hitler, 1991
  • Poetry in Motion 2 (presenter), 1992
  • Portrait or Bust (presenter), 1994
  • The Abbey (presenter), 1995
  • A Dance to the Music of Time (actor), 1997
  • Talking Heads 2, 1998
  • Telling Tales (writer, as himself), 2000

Alice in Wonderland (1966) is a more adult television adaptation of the classic novel by Lewis Carroll, directed by Jonathan Miller of Beyond the Fringe fame. ... Lindsay Anderson (April 17, 1923 - August 30, 1994), English film and documentary director. ... London Weekend Television logo, 1978-1996 London Weekend Television Limited (LWT) is the ITV contractor for London, Friday 5:15pm to Monday, 5:59am. ... Title page of the 1602 quarto The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare featuring the fat knight Sir John Falstaff. ... An Englishman Abroad is a film based on the true story of a chance meeting of an actress, Coral Browne, with Guy Burgess, one of the famous group of Soviet Union whilst with MI6. ... Talking Heads is a series of dramatic monologues written for BBC television by the acclaimed British playwright Alan Bennett. ... A Question of Attribution is a 1991 television play written by Alan Bennett and commissioned by the BBC. Directed by John Schlesinger it stars James Fox as Anthony Blunt and Prunella Scales as Queen Elizabeth II. Set around 1977 the play details the complex relationship between Blunt as Keeper of... The Abbey or The Abbey with Alan Bennett (1995) is a three-part BBC TV documentary written and hosted by playwright Alan Bennett and directed by Jonathan Stedall. ... A Dance to the Music of Time is a twelve volume roman à clef by Anthony Powell, published between 1951 and 1975. ... Talking Heads is a series of dramatic monologues written for BBC television by the acclaimed British playwright Alan Bennett. ...

Films

Dreamchild is a 1985 drama film directed by Gavin Millar. ... The Secret Policemans Ball is the collective name for a series of fund raising performances featuring big-name comedians and musicians and other celebrities, held at various London venues, and once at a Nottingham television studio, to raise money for (and awareness of) Amnesty International. ... The Secret Policemans Other Ball was the fourth of the benefit shows staged by the British Section of Amnesty International to raise funds for its research and campaign work in the human rights field. ... A Private Function is a 1984 British comedy film starring Michael Palin and Maggie Smith. ... Prick Up Your Ears is a 1986 film about the gay playwright Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell. ... Little Dorrit is a 1988 film, starring Alec Guinness, based on the novel, Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens. ... The Wind in the Willows is a classic of childrens literature by Kenneth Grahame. ... The Madness of King George is a 1994 film which tells the story of King George III of the United Kingdoms deteriorating mental health, and the equally declining relationship between him and his son, the Prince of Wales. ... The History Boys is a British film released in October 2006. ...

Radio

  • The Great Jowett, 1980
  • Dragon, 1982
  • Uncle Clarence (writer, narrator), 1985
  • Better Halves (narrator), 1988
  • The Lady in the Van (writer, narrator), 1990
  • Winnie-the-Pooh (narrator), 1990

Winnie the Pooh Winnie-the-Pooh is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. ...

Stage

BBC Radio Collection release of the play "Forty Years On", recorded in 2000.
  • Better Late, 1959
  • Beyond the Fringe (also co-writer), 1960
  • The Blood of the Bambergs, 1962
  • A Cuckoo in the Nest, 1964
  • Forty Years On (also writer), 1968
  • Sing a Rude Song (co-writer), 1969
  • Getting On (writer), 1971
  • Habeas Corpus (also writer), 1973
  • The Old Country (writer), 1977
  • Enjoy (writer), 1980
  • Kafka's Dick (writer), 1986
  • A Visit from Miss Prothero (writer), 1987
  • Single Spies (An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution) (also writer and director), 1988
  • The Wind in the Willows (adaptation), 1990
  • The Madness of George III (writer), 1991
  • Talking Heads (Waiting for the telegram, A Chip in the Sugar, Bed Among the Lentils, A Lady of Letters, Her Big Chance, Soldiering On, A Cream Cracker Under the Settee) (also writer), 1992
  • The History Boys (writer), 2004; Winner of Tony Award for Best Play, 2006.

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (597x772, 72 KB) Summary Album cover for the BBC Radio Collection release of the remade BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama of Alan Bennetts play Forty Years On Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (597x772, 72 KB) Summary Album cover for the BBC Radio Collection release of the remade BBC Radio 4 full-cast drama of Alan Bennetts play Forty Years On Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete... The BBC Radio Collection was an imprint or record label used for audio books from the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... Album of Beyond the Fringe Published by EMI in 1996 Beyond the Fringe was a British comedy stage revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller. ... Forty Years On is a 1968 play by Alan Bennett. ... Habeas Corpus is a comedy stage play by the English author Alan Bennett. ... Poster for National Theatre production on tour The Madness of George III is a 1991 play by Alan Bennett. ... The History Boys is a play by English playwright Alan Bennett. ... A Tony Award for Best Play has been awarded since 1947. ...

Publications

The Lady in the Van and Three Stories Published by the Folio Society, 2006
  • Beyond the Fringe (with Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, and Dudley Moore). London: Souvenir Press, 1962, and New York: Random House, 1963
  • Forty Years On. London: Faber, 1969
  • Getting On. London: Faber, 1972
  • Habeas Corpus. London: Faber, 1973
  • The Old Country. London: Faber, 1978
  • Enjoy. London: Faber, 1980
  • Office Suite. London: Faber, 1981
  • Objects of Affection. London: BBC Publications, 1982
  • A Private Function. London: Faber, 1984
  • Forty Years On; Getting On; Habeas Corpus. London: Faber, 1985
  • The Writer in Disguise. London: Faber, 1985
  • Prick Up Your Ears. London: Faber, 1987
  • Two Kafka Plays. London: Faber, 1987
  • Talking Heads. London: BBC Publications, 1988; New York: Summit, 1990
  • Single Spies. London: Faber, 1989
    • Winner of Olivier Award: England's best comedy for 1989
  • Single Spies and Talking Heads. New York: Summit, 1990
  • The Lady in the Van, 1989
  • Poetry in Motion (with others). 1990
  • The Wind in the Willows. London: Faber, 1991
  • Forty Years On and Other Plays. London: Faber, 1991
  • The Madness of George III. London: Faber, 1992
  • Poetry in Motion 2 (with others). 1992
  • Writing Home (memoir & essays). London: Faber, 1994
  • The Madness of King George (screenplay), 1995
  • Father ! Father ! Burning Bright (prose version of 1982 TV script, Intensive Care), 1999
  • The Laying on of Hands (novella), 2000
  • The Clothes They Stood Up In (novella), 2001
  • Untold Stories (autobiographical and essays), London, Faber/Profile Books, 2005, ISBN 0-571-22830-5

Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Luttrell Psalter (2006) Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (1962) The Wind in the Willows (2006) The Folio Society, founded in 1947, is based on the fringes of Bloomsbury, London. ... Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995) was an English satirist, writer and comedian. ... Miller (far left) with the Beyond the Fringe cast Sir Jonathan Wolfe Miller, CBE (b. ... Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002), was an Academy-Award nominated British comedian, actor and musician. ...

Translations

French

  • Soins intensifs, 2006

German

  • Der Rote Baron, Sein letzter Flug, 2001
  • Vater, Vater, lichterloh, 2002
  • Così fan tutte, (previously published as Alle Jahre wieder) 2003
  • Die Lady im Lieferwagen, 2004
  • Handauflegen, 2005

Italian

  • La pazzia di re Giorgio, 1996
  • Nudi e crudi, 2001
  • La cerimonia del massaggio, 2002
  • La signora nel furgone, 2003
  • Signore e signori, 2004
  • Scritto sul corpo, 2006

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Alan Bennett (born May 9, 1934) is an English author and actor famous for his work and his sonorous Yorkshire accent.
Born in Leeds, Bennett was schooled at Leeds Modern School (a state grammar school), learned Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguists during his National Service, and gained a place at Cambridge University.
Many of Bennett's characters are unfortunate and downtrodden, as in the Talking Heads series of monologues for television which were later performed at the Comedy Theatre in London in 1992.
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