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(@joannaberry)
Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Hi my name is Joanna, I don’t mind if I’m called Jo or Jojo.

I’ve been dressing as joanna for around 6 or 7 years, but well before that, from around the age of 13 I guess.

I live in the U.K. but luckily I get to travel all over the world.

It feels so good to join a community which hopefully has the same outlook on life as I do💕

Recently I’ve been venturing out into the big bad world fully en femme & I still get goosebumps, but a wonderful feeling of being at peace with my feelings, which for years told me this is wrong.

Hope to learn & share with so many lovely ladies.

Joanna x💕

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Ambassador
(@ellyd22)
Joined: 12 months ago

Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posts: 3186

@joannaberry 

Hi Joanna

Welcome to CDH from another UK girl 🙂

I'm Ellie, from a currently very wet and stormy Norfolk.

You've just joined a very warm and supportive community. The girls here are wonderful, and it's a great place to make friends, seek advice, chat or simply sit back and dip into everything that's going on.

There's lots to explore here ... enjoy!

Ellie 

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@ellyd22 - HI Elle,

I’m looking forward to getting involved & learning about others experiences.

 

Thankyou so much for the lovely welcome

Joanna 💕

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Baroness
(@alexina)
Joined: 5 months ago

Noble Member     Fife, United Kingdom
Posts: 644

@joannaberry 

Hi, Joanna, I can tell you the outlook here is very much inclusive, non-judgemental and really caring. Spend even a little time looking around and you'll see what I mean.

One of the best things, and there are many, is being able to share this secret part of me with others just like me 😊. As you explore, you'll find lots of us have very similar stories so no more feeling alone in enjoying our feminine sides.

Welcome to the family!

Allie 

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Lady
(@tia)
Joined: 1 month ago

Trusted Member     Shady Cove, Oregon, United States of America
Posts: 56

@joannaberry Hi Joanna, I'm Tia

I live in a fairly red neck state which is American slang for not very open-minded people in general. There are a few places around here that I might feel ok going out en femme, but I have not ventured that far yet. I applaud anyone with the courage to do it. You are braver than I am at this point. I still have a beard and none of my friends even know what I look like clean shaven. I'm not sure if I would recognize myself with a smooth face. I look at some of these ladies with the wigs and makeup and I'm amazed at how beautiful they are. I picture myself as an ugly duckling trying to be a swan. Well one day at a time.

Welcome, by the way, you are among friends. The ladies here are very supportive and loving.

Love you, Tia

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Ambassador
(@lucyb112)
Joined: 2 years ago

Noble Member     Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 752

@joannaberry 

Hi Joanna,

Welcome to CDH from another UK girl, and not too far away from the look of it! 

Your history of dressing will be quite common here, it does sound very similar to my own. 

You’ve joined a very warm and friendly community. There’s plenty of like minded people to get to know here, so enjoy! 

Lucy x

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@lucyb112 - Thankyou for your kind words Lucy.

Another UK girl amazing! I will over the next few weeks try & read plenty & see what I can learn no doubt.

Its nice to know there’s a friendly community out there & not too far away.

Joanna x💕

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Lady
(@harriette)
Joined: 1 year ago

Famed Member     Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2374

@joannaberry Welcome to CDH, Joanna!

You are young and still have plenty of time to grow and expand your dressing. Even if it takes driving away from where you live, taking some clothes with you should enable you to do more. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@harriette  - Hi Harriette👋

Thankyou for the welcome CDH!
I travel for a living so I’ve always got some feminine clothes in my bag, time doesn’t always allow for anything more than a little private dressing.
To have time to get fully En Femme isn’t that easy to come by, but I’m always learning & trying to get a look that’s passable in the real world.

Lovely to meet you 💕

Joanna x

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Baroness
(@annaredhead)
Joined: 3 months ago

Honorable Member     Cornwall, United Kingdom
Posts: 306

@joannaberry Welcome to CDH from another UK girl.

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@annaredhead - 💕Thankyou Anna, so glad to be here! So many girls in the UK - wonderful 

joanna x

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Baroness
(@trish1980)
Joined: 3 years ago

Prominent Member     Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 741

@joannaberry 

    Hi Joanna, so nice to meet you. You're definitely going to love it here on CDH. All the girls are so caring and compassionate and all your sisters are happy to help you out any time you need. 

Trish💖 

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@trish1980 - Thanks Trish, nice to make your acquaintance too💕

I’m really looking forward to dipping my toe into the CDH world!

It feels so lovely to be here.

Joanna x

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
Joined: 7 months ago

Famed Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Posts: 1195

@joannaberry 

Hi Joanna, welcome to CDH from another UK girl.  I'm up in Tyne and Wear. It's lovely to have you with us!

You're definitely in the right place to connect with like minded ladies. One of the best things about the Internet is that there are sites like this - and this is the best, most supportive site for crossdressers. When I and a lot of us here were growing up, ours was a mostly solitary activity shrouded in loneliness and guilt. Fortunately all that's changed.

This is such a wonderful community to be part of,  so don't hesitate to join in whenever you like!

Have fun!

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@jacquelinelarkspur  - Thankyou for the warm welcome Jacqueline, so nice to hear from another lovely girl in the UK💕

Ive just been out walking my dog & thinking that the internet has created many problems, but one thing that is truly amazing is that it can bring us all together, sharing our thoughts & feelings with one another is wonderful.

Very happy to be here amongst friends.

joanna💕

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Baroness
(@chrisfp99)
Noble Member     London , Kent, United Kingdom
Joined: 1 year ago

Hey Jo, welcome from another UK girl. You sound like a classy lady from your profile. You'll fit in here perfectly. The going out in public thing is a commonly discussed theme here, as is the which box do we fit in question. I prefer not to attempt to label myself at all. Anyway dig in, read the forums and share a bit more about yourself. You'll find the girls will welcome you with open arms. 

Hugs, Chrissie xx. 

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Duchess
Topic starter
(@joannaberry)
Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Thanks sooo much Chrissie, I will read lots when I get the time!
it’s nice to be made to feel so welcome & to hear from other girls in the UK like yourself, I know I’m not alone, but it’s so reassuring to now be able to communicate with others going through the same as myself. This I’m sure will be a priceless resource, something I should have done years ago.

joanna 💕

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Baroness
(@chrisfp99)
Joined: 1 year ago

Noble Member     London , Kent, United Kingdom
Posts: 738

Jo, some of the girls here have said CDH has been life-changing for them xx.

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(@rozalyne)
Noble Member     Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Joined: 2 years ago

Hi Jo, 

Welcome to CDH it's nice to meet you we are like one big happy family on here so don't be shy come on in and join the family,

I'm a mature crossdresser I've been dressing most of my life since i was about 8 or 9 years old when i tried my older sister's lingerie on I'm still in the closet to my family,

I'm a UK girl too I'm in Shropshire, I'm sure there are lots of girls near to where you live who will be happy to meet up with you for a coffee and a chat I'm sure you will find lots of friends on here so if you have any questions just ask and the girls will get back to you X 

Hugs Rozalyn X 🤗 

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@rozalyne - Thankyou Rozalyn.

it’s sooo nice to here from other UK based girls, I was wondering before I joined wether everyone would be U.S based???

That’s not an issue for me, but it’s lovely that there are others close by. Chatting & potentially meeting others in a safe friendly environment is something I thought would never be a possibility.

I’m going to read lots over the next few weeks & see if I can pick up tips on makeup & clothing, who knows where this journey will go.

lovely to be here💕

Joanna x

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Ambassador
(@ellyd22)
Joined: 12 months ago

Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posts: 3186

@joannaberry 

it’s sooo nice to here from other UK based girls, I was wondering before I joined wether everyone would be U.S based???

CDH has members all over the world. While the majority are in the US and Canada, we also have a LOT of UK members now, and that number is growing very quickly. I know we have around 45K members in total; it would be interesting to know roughly how many of those are in the UK.

You'll also find that several of the Forums staff are UK based. There's me of course, but you'll also spot Jacqueline Larkspur, Lucy Bancroft and Angela Booth 🙂

So rest assured, there are a lot of UK girls out there. You're not alone!

Hugs

Ellie x

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@ellyd22 - Thanks Ellie that’s good to know, yes it would be interesting to see how many UK based girls there are.

Joanna x

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Ambassador
(@ellyd22)
Joined: 12 months ago

Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posts: 3186

@emilyalt 

it would be interesting to see how many UK based girls there are.

Liz ... is there any easy way of finding this out?

Hugs

Ellie x

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Managing Ambassador
(@emilyalt)
Joined: 5 years ago

Illustrious Member     North County San Diego, California, United States of America
Posts: 2953

@ellyd22 

I think that info is somewhere.  Let me see what I can find.

/LK

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Managing Ambassador
(@emilyalt)
Joined: 5 years ago

Illustrious Member     North County San Diego, California, United States of America
Posts: 2953
 

@ellyd22

It took a little digging to find that data.  UK membership is easily the 2nd highest among our 45100 members.  As expected, the US has the most members.  As of today, there are 5951 members from the UK.  Here are the top 5 countries.

United States      24693
United Kingdom    5951
Canada                2180
Australia              1630
India                     919

/LK

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Ambassador
(@ellyd22)
Joined: 12 months ago

Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posts: 3186

@emilyalt 

Wow ... that's really useful information.

I'd guessed that there were maybe around 4000 members in the UK, so to find out that there are almost 6000 is amazing. Now we can throw that figure out whenever a new UK member says 'I thought I was alone' 🙂

And each of those other totals is also fascinating in its own right.

Thanks so much for doing this Liz 🙂

I wonder whether you could use this data as a topic starter in its own thread? It might spark all sorts of interesting discussion!

Big hugs

Ellie x

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@ellyd22 - W0W! That’s fantastic 💕

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Managing Ambassador
(@emilyalt)
Joined: 5 years ago

Illustrious Member     North County San Diego, California, United States of America
Posts: 2953

@ellyd22 

I was actually thinking about that while staring at a spreadsheet.  It would be an interesting topic. 

I was also surprised by the UK statistic.  I'd assumed Canada would be 2nd highest because of proximity to the US.  And that may have been true at one time.  But we know there's been huge growth from the UK in recent years.  Considering the UK has 67M people vs 39M for Canada, that shouldn't be surprising.

For anyone that's wondering, there isn't a page on CDH that lists membership by country.  It would be a nice addition to the site.  Membership data can be found by querying the member directory (Social>Member Directory) and doing a simple calculation.

/LK

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Ambassador
(@ellyd22)
Joined: 12 months ago

Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posts: 3186

@emilyalt 

When you take the population of each of the top three countries into account the figures are relatively close to each other.

USA: population 333.29 million, 24693 members, % of population = 0.0074%

UK: population 66.97 million, 5951 members, % of population = 0.0089%

Canada: population 39.08 million, 2180 members, % of population = 0.0056%

Ellie x

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
Joined: 7 months ago

Famed Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Posts: 1195

@ellyd22 

I heard my name and came as fast as I could!

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(@rozalyne)
Joined: 2 years ago

Noble Member     Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 1600

@joannaberry 

Your welcome Jo,

The good thing about this site is it's shown me we are not alone,  there are girls like us all over the world, there are even some not far from where i live, I'm sure there are girls near to where you live who would be happy to meet up with you and give you any help they can X 

Hugs Rozalyn X 🤗 

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Lady
(@candycross)
Estimable Member     Queensland, Australia
Joined: 1 month ago

Welcome Jo,  l live in Australia,  welcome. I have only been here a short time and l found everyone's friendly and welcoming. It have been a helpful place to be with the girls. We are one big happy family  hugs Jane 

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@candycross - Thanks Jane…

It’s lovely to be welcomed by so many girls from all over the world, I’ve been to Aussie many times over the years & have family in NSW, what an amazing country you live in!

Thanks for the lovely welcome💕

Joanna x

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Lady
(@candycross)
Joined: 1 month ago

Estimable Member     Queensland, Australia
Posts: 127
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Hostess
(@fishingr8)
Illustrious Member     Montana, United States of America
Joined: 5 years ago

Hi Joanna nice meeting you and happy you found and joined us girls here so as you do some looking around start reading the forums and posts from so many wonderful girls here telling there stories about there femme journey in life.. As a new sister and family member you are welcomed with open arms into our home as well as yours now also.. When you get comfortable with us please join in with a story or two about the life and times of Joanna as she travels down her own girly path in life.. Now girl as for making friends here there are so many ladies from all over the world like you in the UK and I am in Montana USA not really that far away he he .. Have fun girl and dont be shy as we all love a wonderful girly chat .. Once again girlfriend nice meeting you and hope to see you around for that chat sometime soon..

Stephanie Bass

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@fishingr8 - 🙏Thankyou Stephanie.

I’m already feeling so blessed with all the wonderful greetings I’ve received in such a short space of time. Maybe I should have joined years ago!

I will in time post some stories about my journey as Joanna, I’m sure they are well trodden paths though, my most amazing story is the first venture outside fully En Femme. I still can’t quite believe I did it!

For now I’m going to read, learn & digest as much of the experiences from all the lovely girls in the community as possible, everyday is a school day!

I’m very lucky as I travel the world for a living, but Montana is a place I’ve never been to Stateside…. Big country isn’t it? Parts look absolutely amazing.
Maybe one day.

Joanna 💕

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Baroness Annual
(@finallyfiona)
Noble Member     Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Joined: 6 months ago

Hi Jo, welcome aboard from yet another UK girl 🙂  There's quite a few of us on here now. 

Everything you've been told in the posts above about this sisterhood is absolutely true, it's such a wonderful place to be!  Chrissie mentioned that some girls consider CDH to have changed their lives:  I'd put myself firmly in that category.  It really does happen!  Congratulations on getting out and about in public, it's a feeling like no other isn't it?  Again, welcome, and I'm  looking forward to getting to know you as you contribute to the forum threads 🙂

Hugs, 
Fiona xxx

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@finallyfiona - Hi Fiona.

As I’ve mentioned more than once, I do feel really blessed to be here.
Just the fact there are other girls close by here in the U.K is reassuring that I’m not alone.💕

Who knows what life is going to throw at us next?  Maybe I’ll be the next one to experience a positive life changing moment.

I can’t express enough what a truly liberating feeling it has been to step out as Joanna, something I’m hoping to repeat soon. So wonderful to have that feeling of overwhelming peace, despite all the nerves beforehand…

Joanna x

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(@Anonymous 95623)
Eminent Member
Joined: 3 months ago

Welcome jojo to CDH it’s absolutely amazing here so much support and so many wonderful ladys here to help with any questions concerns guidance it’s also a great place to be open about yourself and not be judge such a wonderful site nice to meet you hope to see you around TC 

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@erinboo - Thankyou sweetie.

It feels so good to be here & already after only a few days I can feel the warmth from everyone.

I will no doubt get involved in some of the chats when I’ve got more time to spare.

Nice to meet you too!

Joanna💕

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Lady
(@sroyer)
Estimable Member     Ontario, Canada
Joined: 3 months ago

Welcome Jojo,

This is the place to be...

Take care,

Summer

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@sroyer  - Thankyou summer

(lovely name btw💕)

I’m looking forward to getting to know a  few girls on here & make some new friends.

Joanna x

 

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Lady
(@sroyer)
Joined: 3 months ago

Estimable Member     Ontario, Canada
Posts: 45
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Baroness Annual
(@d44)
Noble Member     New York, United States of America
Joined: 5 years ago

Welcome to CDH Joanna!

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@d44 - Thankyou Fiona💕

So glad to be here & I’m really looking forward getting to know other girls on CDH.

No doubt there’s a lot for me to learn!

Joanna x

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(@aliceunderwire)
Illustrious Member     Near Burlington, Vermont, United States of America
Joined: 5 years ago

Hi Joanna,

Welcome to CDH.

Alice

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Duchess
(@joannaberry)
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 57

@aliceunderwire - Thankyou Alice💕

Its so lovely to feel so welcome, hopefully I will see you around in some of the chats.

Feeling blessed

Joanna x

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Duchess
(@catherine0918)
Honorable Member     Henderson, Nevada, United States of America
Joined: 1 year ago

Hi Jojo!

Welcome to CDH!

I think you will find the community helpful, encouraging and supportive as you have seen from the many interactions you have already had!

Again, welcome to CDH!

Catherine

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Duchess
Topic starter
(@joannaberry)
Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Hi Catherine👋
Yes it’s been a whirlwind since I joined the community, it really has.

Its been so lovely to be made to be feel so welcome💕

Hugs Joanna x

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(@ajthairms)
Estimable Member     Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
Joined: 4 months ago

Hi Joanna, welcome to CDH 🙂

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Duchess
Topic starter
(@joannaberry)
Estimable Member     Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Joined: 4 weeks ago

Hi Alicen, Thankyou for the welcome 💕

Its lovely to be here.

joanna x

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