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Q&A Sam Jones Weekend Offender

Soho Sam

 

Let me introduce you to Soho Sam, if you met him you’d think he was from London with his swagger, long jackets and rolled up jeans. However, surprising to some, he’s actually from Merthyr Tydfil, a small town in deepest, darkest Wales and only been in London a few years. He’s a lovely fella and by no means vain, for example, when I asked for a pic of him to accompany this Q&A he sent me one with his top off. “It’ll appeal to my male following” he insisted…..Apparently by all accounts he can hold his hands up too, not that he mentions his karate days and fighting in MMA bouts much (ahem). Meet Sam ‘The Destroyer’ Jones….His words not mine.

What did you have for breakfast?

Steak and eggs

What’s good about your hometown?

Merthyr Tydfil. The life expectancy is lower than Haiti apparently but I got to go to school in a real castle

Provide us with a synopsis for your auto-biography in 140 characters and what would it be called?

A jack of all trades. A master at none

If you could punch any celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions who would it be?

I’ve actually got a ‘hate list’ on my phone of people I’d like to do this to. Piers Morgan is up there.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear right now. Tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

£300? Id make 4 jackets for that.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

Ralph : When I started going out this was the label. Everyone had a Ralph shirt or polo.

Stone Island: My football days. Even though I don’t wear now it I still get that same feeling when I see that badge.

Chipie. : Loved all the French labels like Chevignon and C17 but Chipie was my favourite, reminds me of my youth.

If a film was made of your life, tell us 4 songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including 1 for the closing credits?

Rolling Stones : Gimme Shelter

Sterling Void : Alright

Toots and the Maytals : Pressure Drop

Closing credits : Public Enemy – Harder than you Think

www.weekendoffender.com

 

 

Orsman Clothing

Orsman Clothing is the brainchild of former skateboarder turned gallery owner, Greg Finch. Throughout his career Finch has turned his hand to many things, working with the likes of Pointer, Palace Skateboards and recently resurrecting 80s surfwear brand Life’s A Beach. His latest project is, however, certainly focused on the new; utilising taped seems and waterproof fabrics within an aesthetic that balances the line between streetwear and sportswear.

Spring 14 is Orsman’s first season and features a comprehensive array of technical outerwear, reverse cotton sweats, bucket hats and tees; just in case summer decides to appear in the UK. The well-rounded collection doesn’t simply pander to the streetwear stereotype; reflecting the brand ethos of exploration and discovery beyond the concrete jungles in which most brands thrive. It is a shift away from the pseudo-grittiness propagated by many, in favour of a more knowing approach.

Check out some selected items from the forthcoming collection here.

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Calum Gordon

Q&A Gary Aspden

Gary
Meet Gary Aspden, for years, one of the main guys at adidas and now working as a consultant for the brand. Gary recently curated the Adidas ‘Spezial’ exhibition of which I was neither invited or received a book but nevertheless was (I’ve been told) a proper show with the likes of Ian Brown, DMC, Bobby Gillespie and ’man of the moment’ Tom ‘Dotcom’ Scott in attendance. Over the last 15 years, Gary’s been behind a lot of cracking stuff from adidas. He has instigated some of their better collaborations and brought Cashca designer Kazuki Kuraishi in to work with them in 2003 (back when Kazuki was with Bathing Ape). He is also a contributor to Showstudio, Arena Homme+ and believe it or not, did a few bits for the old Drooghi fanzine (and it doesn’t get much better than that does it?).Here’s what he had to say..

 

What’s did you have for breakfast?

Porridge oats (proper ones – not those nonsense ones that look like dust) with vanilla rice milk and two episodes of the Regular Show.

What’s good about your hometown?

Darwin in East Lancashire, It’s the witchcraft capital of the UK.

Provide us with the synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would it be called?

Autobiography? . . . No chance.

If you could punch any celebrity in the face and absolutely no repercussions who would it be?

Rolf Harris probably needs a daily birching but I wouldn’t want to punch anyone if I’m honest. It’s just not helpful is it? I despise the sight of Gary Barlow – he personifies everything I don’t like about the UK right now (especially when he wears those Monopoly boots). I’d rather I just never had to see or hear a lot of these people ever again.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear right now. Tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

I’d save it and put it towards something from Brunello Cucinelli.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

Adidas, Levi’s and 6876 – of whom I have nothing but good memories from when I first came to London in the mid 90s. Remember that label Burro? in my mid 20s when I was first starting out in this game I did a brief internship with them. I made the mistake of mentioning in passing that I used to help out my pal who was a decorator so they tried to get me to paint their shop (unpaid) as part of my ‘work experience’. That was the last time we spoke. What a despicable bunch they were.

If a film was made of your life, tell us 4 songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including 1 for the closing credits?

‘Style of the Street’ – Broken Glass

‘Security’ – The Beat Club

‘Hey Mr Rain’ – The Velvet Underground

For the closing credits I’d have ‘Look Back in Anger’ – David Bowie, ‘F.E.A.R.’ by Ian Brown or something by New Order I guess.

Daniel Sandison Editor Halcyon Mag

Dan S

Meet Daniel Sandison, he does sarcasm about shoes, coats and football on the internet. He is co-creator and editor of Halcyon magazine, the lifestyle mag for men who love ’90s Serie A and reassuringly expensive coats more than their own mother.

What did you have for breakfast?

McDonalds Nugget Meal. Large. Coke. Abominable.

What’s good about your home town?

My hometown is, and whisper this so the internet’s Scousest parody accounts don’t get wind, a place called Skelmersdale.

It’s a new town which has essentially been doomed since it was dreamt up in 1961. It’s full of good people though, mainly repatriated Scousers, and the best thing about it is that it’s so dramatically on its arse, you have to work really hard to make something happen there. Plenty do.

Liverpool is probably my home now though and the best thing about that is the John Lewis.

Provide us with the synopsis for your autobiography in under 140 characters and what would it be called?

‘DAN! DAN!…DAAAN!’

25 years of being at least 45 minutes late for everything and not knowing how to use a comma.

If you could punch any celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions who would it be?

David Cameron.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear right now. Tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

My head is saying something lovely by Nanamica, but if you give me £300 I’m probably gonna spend it all on lager, crisps and a ticket for the derby. Sorry.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

Adidas

Ralph Lauren

Barbour

Nothing too adventurous but I’ve worn pieces by all three of these until they fell to bits, for the past 20 years.

If a film was made of your life, tell us 4 songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including 1 for the closing credits?

Sad Bits: Reel Around The Fountain – The Smiths

Happy Bits: Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys

Dramatic Shootout: The Watcher – Dr. Dre

Closing Credits: Lookin’ Glass – The La’s

www.halcyonmag.com

Halcyon: The Quite Good Men’s Lifestyle Magazine

Victory Journal

Cal

Doubleday and Cartwright is a Brooklyn-based creative agency; think Don Draper with a Macbook. Amongst their list of clients are the likes of Nike and Carhartt and while their work is some of the best I’ve seen, it’d be remiss of me to simply categorise them as a mere ad-agency. D&C also have their own sports-inspired clothing line, Nomas NYC, which draws on reference points from Muhammad Ali to the New York Cosmos. This post, however, is not about their sterling ad-work or Nomas, but Victory Journal; the stylish, offbeat sports magazine which they produce. As you’d expect, it is beautifully presented and features an array of stories that you’d consider alternative to your standard sports magazine. And while obtaining a copy may be somewhat difficult, although thoroughly recommended, there is also an online version of the publication which features videos on their feature stories.

The story of Jimmy Snuka “Superfly,” a Fijian prince who left paradise to pursue a wrestling career, is one which caught my eye in particular. The high-flying Jimmy continues to wrestle to this day, albeit in front of lesser crowds than when his popularity was at its peak in the 1980s.

There’s a plethora of content on Victory Journal with which you can while away a couple of office hours.

http://victoryjournal.com

Calum Gordon

Q&A Kenneth Mackenzie 6876

Ken 6876

If I could snap my fingers like Ali G I would do that now….That’s how I feel about this man and his label. I googled the ‘urban dictionary’ and its called ‘packing’ apparently. Anyway, forget that, lets get back to the Q&A. For a long time, 6876  has been my own personal favourite and have worn it since its humble beginnings from back in the day (1996 I tink) #street-talk.

Year after year, Ken seems to come up with absolute gems and is also involved in some wicked (see urban dictionary again) collaborations. Now, this is where you expect me to name drop Veras x 6876 collab for the Black Project which is coming this year but I’m not that shallow. People, meet Kenneth Mackenzie..

What did you have for breakfast?

Porridge no milk just a tiny amount of salt Scottish style…well actually my wife gives it to me with milk and fruit on it

What’s good about your home town?

Dundee is and has always been a law unto itself much maligned but much more to it than many give it credit for…a case of no one likes us be we don’t care

Provide us with the synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would it be called? (This could be a sentence if you prefer)

A failed footballer, failed graphic designer, not bad at designing clothes, who always kept learning and never stopped hating Tories

If you could punch any celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions who would it be?

David Cameron who actually has quite a punchable face but i’d prefer the car door angle

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear right now. Tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

Alden

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

These are the brands I spend my money on:

Patagonia

RRL

Alden

If a film was made of your life, tell us 4 songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including 1 for the closing credits?

Kind of a rights of passage soundtrack would be (this week anyway)

Don’t Split it / Subway Sect…

24 Hours / Joy Division….

John Coltrane / Alabama….

Plastic Palace people / Scott Walker….

closing credits Subterraneans David Bowie

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Q&A Chris Law Global Design Director Converse

CLAW

 

Now I’ve never met Chris and don’t know much about him so forgive me for not starting off with a fantastically witty and entertaining introduction like I normally do. We actually met (inhales deeply) on Instagram and I realise how sad that sounds as I continue to type. Anyway, what I do know is that he’s been about, worked around the globe for a few of the big footwear brands, co-started and designed Crooked Tongues in it’s hey day, Spine Magazine, Unorthodox Styles etc and even co-wrote and designed a book on trainers. He also supplied one of the UK’s best stores in the late 90s with his co-owned label called Lewis Sterling, no prizes for which store.. Here’s what Chris had to say…

What did you have for breakfast?

Most days it’s a combination of green stuff and fruit thrown into the Vitamix prepared by my health nut – her indoors. Fridays I have to go for the bagel smothered in butter though, due to fact that I play 5 a-side at lunch, so in my brain I’m running it off.

What’s good about your hometown?

Well, it’s a difficult one as I’m a bit of a gypsy. I’ve moved about a fair bit now, Portland Oregon is an amazing place to live, I was there nearly 4 years when I worked for Adidas. I currently live in the suburbs of Boston and that’s pretty rubbish tbh, all oversized Red Sox fans in oversized pick ups (my neighbours are the salt of the earth though). I would say the place that I miss and will always be ‘home’ is London, I still own my flat in sarf. I have to mention my real ‘home’ town, where I was born – Bedford. All my school mates and family live there so it’s a special place to visit, the other decent thing it has to offer is Gary Warnett.

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

‘No Second Delivery’

The story of a jammy git that left school at 15 with sweet FA, studied his craft, travelled the world making a few shoes and lots of friends along the way. A father of 4 and a lover of all things legit. YTS Postman certified.

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

Street wear Dave, he deserves to ‘cop’ a dry slap. Nothing against street wear, I just can’t stand those eejuts that compare anything and everything against a certain norm.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

I’d take the money and try and ‘pay off’ a developer at Clarks Originals to make me some burnt umber Desert Trek SMUs.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years

Albam

Stone Island

Visvim

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

This is really hard to pin down to just 4, I could list my top 4 tunes that seem to get the most play or list 4 tracks growing up that pin point certain times and memories of my life so far. I think I’d need to list a few from each of my 4 decades, sorry for breaking the rules a bit.

70′s…

Maggie May – Rod Stewart & The Faces.

My first memory of music was mum used to always be playing records, a lot of Stones, Beatles, Faces. I remember liking ‘Maggie May’, I think it was the bit about wetting the bed and kicking him in the head. ‘King Bee’ by The Rolling Stones would prob sit next to that.

80′s…

Ghost Town – The Specials.

I was 10 when this came out and I think this really was the first time I was ‘into’ music, 2 Tone was pretty big at my school, all burgundy Stay Press trousers and waffle jumpers, we used to have school discos where everyone would bring in a 7″s. The whole mood was way beyond all the other stuff on Top Of The Pops.

Renegades Of Funk – Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force.

I think it would have been the school holidays of summer ’83 that I got into breakin’. Channel 4 ran a documentary about hip-hop ‘A Hip-Hop History’ I think t was called. That whole culture really hit with me and my mates, we got well into it, big time into breakin’. As we were too young for Punk’s first outing, this became our rebellious outlet. I guess that’s where my love affair with shoes began also.

Bass Solo Take 1 – Cliff Burton (Metallica).

A friend of mine at school lent me Metallica’s first album as he knew I really liked Run DMC’s ‘King Of Rock’.

I was blown away, that was that. Hip-hop had gone all weird with Sir Mix A Lot and the ‘Square Dance Rap’ so this new sound appealed to me as the sound was so intense, I was hooked. The next few years were all about thrash metal and Hardcore. The one track though that was mind blowing was the bass solo by Cliff, that cemented my love of bass guitar right there.

90s…

Flame Still Burns – Youth Of Today.

When everyone was getting off their tits on E and listening to shit electronic rave music (minus the acid house days). Me being me decided I wanted something else, I liked the whole early hip-hop thing, the attitude, the look, the music the whole package and was looking for something similar. I grew up in a shit town that was all about getting lashed and fighting at the time, so the whole hardcore thing opened up a different world to me that was the polar opposite and no one from where I was from new anything about and I liked that. So I submerged myself in American hardcore and SXE culture (for a few years anyway before I realised how much I actually like beer – sell out).

Jimmy James – The Beastie Boys.

When the ‘Check Your Head’ album came out that smashed it for me, it combined all the things I liked from the b-boy style and dusty 70s beats, the punk attitude & the Glenn E Friedman pic to the thrash guitars, that album was well up my street.

00′s…

The Real Me – The Who.

I guess it comes from my love of mod rock from when I was a kid. Quadrophenia is probably my fave film of all time and the opening is amazing. The song itself though is killer, especially Entwistle’s bass owns that track, unbelievable.

Dragonaut – Sleep.

Stoner grooves laid down with heavy as fuck Rickenbacker riffs.

10′s…

Tiny Circle – Wolf People.

Everything encapsulated in one track, psych, folk, rock, flutes, break style drumming, sabbathy bluesy riffs, vintage sounding dusty production and they’re from my home town. Best band I’ve heard in years.

Closing Credits…

It’s Just Begun – Jimmy Castor Bunch.

Q&A Phil Thornton Author of ‘Casuals’

Phil T

We’ve been big fans of author, activist and Runcorn ace face Phil Thornton for a long time. Phil’s been setting scenes and writing wrongs since before the internet were a lad and continues to write wise words and wear top tweed in a way we can only admire. When he was asked to contribute a new chapter to the reissued 10th anniversary edition of his landmark Casuals book, he wrote that much he had to release it as another book.  Author of one of the best football books of our generation, let’s see what Mr Thornton had to say.

What did you have for breakfast?

Eggs benedict with truffle shavings and brown sauce

What’s good about your hometown?

Runcorn is a huge social experiment to see if scousers and Mancs can get along together. They can’t!

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

Born in Liverpool, taken to the Kop aged 6, end up in United Road yelling ‘you Scouse Bastards’ to Liverpool fans 12 years later. In fact I’ve already written about it, ”100% Pure Wool” – life in a northern new town. Feather cuts, wedges, skinheads and back perms.

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I’m not sure if they’re a celebrity as such but I’d love to twat Kelvin MacKenzie good style, not only for the lies he told about Hillsborough but for being such a loathesome Tory maggot.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

I don’t spend that much on one item – I’d get a whole outfit for that much. I missed out on a lovely Paramo Halcon Traveller jacket at Adapt Outdoors in Liverpool. I’d get one of those, some Lois Ronda jeans, a pair of Scarpa hiking boots and a Greenwoods bobble hat.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

Fjallraven – if only to prove that This Thing Of Ours is not the ‘designer’ label/expense over function fixated movement that too many fuckwits have claimed it to be over the years. The Scandiphilic obsession may have waned a tad now but we still seek and that’s the important bit.

Post O’Alls – I call it Casey Jones Chic or the Third Reich Rambler look but these classic and new outdoor wear/workwear labels have proved that you can produce unique, beautiful garments that will last a lifetime.

Curva Nord – our doomed t-shirt label from the early 00s. 80s Casuals and Casual Connoisseurs proved there was a big market for casual/scally/footy inspired designs but we were perhaps too ‘niche’ even within that niche.  Glad to have got it back on the road this year thanks to the CasualCo twins.
If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

Slaughter & The Dogs – You’re Ready Now

Eric B & Rakim – Follow The Leader

Orbital – Chime

Debussy – String Quartet In G Minor

Casuals

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Words – Michael Richardson

Q&A Chris Gibbs ‘Union Los Angeles’

Chris Gibbs

Now, I don’t think I’ve ever used the word Cat to describe someone…because I’m Welsh, fortyplus and slightly balding. I’m just not the type you know and plus my missus would call me a dick… But fuck it, for the first time in my life I’m gonna call someone not just a Cat, but a Cool Cat… I met this guy years ago when he ran Union in New York, they were one of the first stores in the US to buy ‘Rather Not Say’. However, a few years ago Chris left New York and moved out to sunnier climes and can now be found in Los Angeles. We had a quick chat with Mr Gibbs..

What did you have for breakfast?

I eat the left over scraps of whatever my kids leave on their plates in the morning, not a big breakfast person.

What’s good about your home town?

Ottawa?

The Rideau Canal; A river that runs through the city. In the winter the canal freezes over and becomes the world’s biggest skating rink….people use it to skate to work in the winter.

Beaver Tails (fried dough that’s round and flat in the shape of a…beaver’s tail).

Ottawa and Hull are twin cities and they border another province (Quebec). When I was younger Quebec had a lower drinking age and lax laws..throw in easily made fake id’s and you have 16 year old’s “in the club”.

Provide us with the synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would it be called?

“Dirty White Boy” would be the name of the movie.

A coming of age story. The journey of a mixed up, mixed kid growing up in Canada trying to come to terms with his split personality; half white/half black, loves hip hop and punk music, is a skater and a jock, all in the 80′s when these were all polar opposites. Yearning for something other than the perfect life that Canada could offer him he flees to Louisiana in search of something different. He swiftly realises he is far away from Canada when he is called “Dirty White Boy” and he experiences every negative stereotype the dirty south has to offer. Next he heads north for NYC where he finds himself. Everything he wants is there and he finds a whole community of “a-alikes” in Brooklyn and the downtown scene. He is home and he’s got it all figured out. Or so we thought…He get’s blindsided by a Siddharthian plot twist when he falls in love with his soul mate who out of nowhere decides to move them to Hollywood…

There would have to be a sequel a la some National Lampoons Vacation type shit documenting his west coast life. It’s kind of where Herman Hess’s “Siddhathra” meets Claude Brown’s “Manchild in the Promised Land” with a kind of a Larry Clarks “Kids” feel and appeal to it.

If you could punch any celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions who would it be?

Clint Eastwood…fuck it.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear right now. Tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

£300 Pound Sterling so thats like $600 dollars over here…these days that doesn’t get you much and I am a picky mother fucker. I guess it would get me started on a nice Thom Browne suit.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

Visvim, is literally half my wardrobe, I have pieces from every season going back 10+ years.

Supreme, they revolutionized streetwear. Entitled the youth generation to dress themselves.

Comme Des Garcons, they are just on some other shit and open up a mother fuckers imagination…you know?

If a film was made of your life, tell us 4 songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including 1 for the closing credits?

Too many to name…

Suicidal Tendencies, Institutionalizes – Highschool/Youth Angst/Skater days…

A Tribe Called Quest, Midnight Marauders could play for every night scene while I was living in NYC in the 90′s. I was a full blown “backpacker”.

Cocteau Twins, Carolyn’s Fingers would be playing for my first trip Europe, seeing Paris and Italy for first time, blew my mind…I think this was playing on my walkman?

Mighty Travellers, Rocks and Mountains would have to be the closing credits…

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Q&A Dan At Casual Connoisseur

Dan Dan Dan

Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan, Dan……….Meet a good friend of mine, Dan. He loves a pint, possesses a fondness for shoes and jackets and has a very unusual sleeping pattern.  The other half of Casual Connoisseur, Dan and his twin brother Tom are working on several projects at the minute but when pressed on what they are most looking forward to next year, they both replied in unison, they’d Rather Not Say. See what I did there…….Anyway, here’s what Mr Vearnals had to say.

What did you have for breakfast?

Pushed the boat right out today, a Wetherspoons all day (Veggie) brunch and a cup of sweet tea.

What’s good about your hometown?

Stockport can claim several notable figures; famed architect Norman Foster, a certain Frederick Perry, climber Peter Boardman who died up Everest, Corrie perma tanned eye candy Michelle Keegan, the utterly brilliant Timmy Mallett too, and my personal favourite, Peter Butterworth from the Carry On films.

Strawberry Studios made and mixed albums for the likes of 10CC, the Smiths, Joy Division, the Hollies and the Happy Mondays too.

We also used to have a half decent football club who once made great headlines and punched well above their weight for many years, now they couldn’t even punch Shirley Temple.

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

Seems too much like hard work for me. I’d do a graphic novel instead, with a readership of probably just one. Id be like a modern day People’s Poet on a quest for fun, with dead cool illustrations of loads of sex and ultra violence. I’d travel across America in a silver Land Rover Defender wearing a Deerstalker hat with Nicki Minaj and Irene the Dream off Instagram as my sexy sidekicks.

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I’d thump Miley Cyrus right in the fanny!

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

I’ve got enough coats at the minute, tough one, that new 6876 Oxford shirt, and I’d stretch the rest pretty far on some vintage wares – Goretex coat, suede shoes and a nice titfer. Easy.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years

Stone Island (old)

6876 (classic)

Engineered Garments (current)

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

Romeo and Juliet – Dire Straits

This is What She’s Like – Dexys Midnight Runners

Colors – Ice-T

God’s Cop – Happy Mondays

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