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Sir Bill Taylor offers to meet Venky’s

SIR Bill Taylor has repeated his request to open dialogue with the Rao family ahead of their scheduled visit to Ewood Park on Saturday.

Taylor, the ex-Blackburn with Darwen council leader, formed Blackburn United in the summer – an umbrella group for leaders of trusts, groups, forums, fanzines and websites for Rovers supporters.

He met Rovers’ global advisor Shebby Singh in October to express his concerns about a number of issues at the club.

Taylor then sent Singh a letter for the attention of the Raos, calling for greater dialogue between Venky’s and the community. Among his other requests, he urged Rovers’ owners to issue five per cent of the club’s shares to the supporters as a gesture to the town.

Anuradha Desai and brothers Venkatesh and Balaji Rao are currently due in town for Saturday’s game against Charlton.

“For the last two years I have been writing to the Raos,” he said. “I met Shebby in October, he came to my house. He said he would discuss the letter with them and he has told me since that he has discussed it with them and they are considering it.

“I contacted Shebby by email earlier this week, but as of yet he has not replied.

“I have contacted the club to say I am happy to meet with them.

“If they want to talk that’s fine, if they’re not interested then that’s fine.

“I just think they don’t completely get the culture of the club and the area.

“I don’t think Shebby did until I spoke to him.”

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1:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Justjes says...

Anuradha Desai and brothers Venkatesh and Balaji Rao

These people are ignorant.
All they care about making money.

What are the odds of them praying for more heavy snow for an excuse not to come??????
Anuradha Desai and brothers Venkatesh and Balaji Rao These people are ignorant. All they care about making money. What are the odds of them praying for more heavy snow for an excuse not to come?????? Justjes
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2:10pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Riverside 7 says...

Sir Bill - I wouldn't waste your breath.

If you have been writing to them for the past 2 years and they havn't had the decency to reply - do you really think they will listen to what you want to say to them?

I too have written many times to India without a response - but hey Bill, we are not on our own.

So too have Blackburn''s MP Jack Straw, the leaders of Blackburn Council, John Williams, Tom Finn and Martin Goodman, the previous Deputy CEO of the club Paul Hunt, a director of the club's main sponsors Wayne Wild, a petition from thousands of fans - the list goes on and on.

I would dearly like to know, who, other than JA & SK have they turned to for advice over the past 27 months because their ownership has turned my club into a laughing stock.

From day one, they have done nothing but lie to the Walker Trust, the previous management set-up, the players and the fans.

The sooner they leave the better.
Sir Bill - I wouldn't waste your breath. If you have been writing to them for the past 2 years and they havn't had the decency to reply - do you really think they will listen to what you want to say to them? I too have written many times to India without a response - but hey Bill, we are not on our own. So too have Blackburn''s MP Jack Straw, the leaders of Blackburn Council, John Williams, Tom Finn and Martin Goodman, the previous Deputy CEO of the club Paul Hunt, a director of the club's main sponsors Wayne Wild, a petition from thousands of fans - the list goes on and on. I would dearly like to know, who, other than JA & SK have they turned to for advice over the past 27 months because their ownership has turned my club into a laughing stock. From day one, they have done nothing but lie to the Walker Trust, the previous management set-up, the players and the fans. The sooner they leave the better. Riverside 7
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3:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Sherwoodforest says...

Ever the diplomat :)

Good luck I hope they meet you.

But I wouldn't hold my breath, if I was you.
Ever the diplomat :) Good luck I hope they meet you. But I wouldn't hold my breath, if I was you. Sherwoodforest
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4:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13

forever-a-blue-jean says...

Riverside 7 wrote:
Sir Bill - I wouldn't waste your breath. If you have been writing to them for the past 2 years and they havn't had the decency to reply - do you really think they will listen to what you want to say to them? I too have written many times to India without a response - but hey Bill, we are not on our own. So too have Blackburn''s MP Jack Straw, the leaders of Blackburn Council, John Williams, Tom Finn and Martin Goodman, the previous Deputy CEO of the club Paul Hunt, a director of the club's main sponsors Wayne Wild, a petition from thousands of fans - the list goes on and on. I would dearly like to know, who, other than JA & SK have they turned to for advice over the past 27 months because their ownership has turned my club into a laughing stock. From day one, they have done nothing but lie to the Walker Trust, the previous management set-up, the players and the fans. The sooner they leave the better.
You would love to know who the Venks turn to for advice??? The story goes that ALLEGEDLY the 3 little piggies flew out to Pune to meet the Venks months before the "purchased" the club.

Piggie 1 was ALLEGEDLY SK (strange for a coach to meet potential buyers)
Piggie 2 was ALLEGEDLY JA ( helped broker the sale, so OK)
Piggie 3 was ALLEGEDLY life long Rovers fan and author of books about PNE and PNE players (strange for a then programme editor)

All of these are of course Alleged, and should not be taken as fact.
[quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: Sir Bill - I wouldn't waste your breath. If you have been writing to them for the past 2 years and they havn't had the decency to reply - do you really think they will listen to what you want to say to them? I too have written many times to India without a response - but hey Bill, we are not on our own. So too have Blackburn''s MP Jack Straw, the leaders of Blackburn Council, John Williams, Tom Finn and Martin Goodman, the previous Deputy CEO of the club Paul Hunt, a director of the club's main sponsors Wayne Wild, a petition from thousands of fans - the list goes on and on. I would dearly like to know, who, other than JA & SK have they turned to for advice over the past 27 months because their ownership has turned my club into a laughing stock. From day one, they have done nothing but lie to the Walker Trust, the previous management set-up, the players and the fans. The sooner they leave the better.[/p][/quote]You would love to know who the Venks turn to for advice??? The story goes that ALLEGEDLY the 3 little piggies flew out to Pune to meet the Venks months before the "purchased" the club. Piggie 1 was ALLEGEDLY SK (strange for a coach to meet potential buyers) Piggie 2 was ALLEGEDLY JA ( helped broker the sale, so OK) Piggie 3 was ALLEGEDLY life long Rovers fan and author of books about PNE and PNE players (strange for a then programme editor) All of these are of course Alleged, and should not be taken as fact. forever-a-blue-jean
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4:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13

harrydb5 says...

Riverside 7 wrote:
Sir Bill - I wouldn't waste your breath. If you have been writing to them for the past 2 years and they havn't had the decency to reply - do you really think they will listen to what you want to say to them? I too have written many times to India without a response - but hey Bill, we are not on our own. So too have Blackburn''s MP Jack Straw, the leaders of Blackburn Council, John Williams, Tom Finn and Martin Goodman, the previous Deputy CEO of the club Paul Hunt, a director of the club's main sponsors Wayne Wild, a petition from thousands of fans - the list goes on and on. I would dearly like to know, who, other than JA & SK have they turned to for advice over the past 27 months because their ownership has turned my club into a laughing stock. From day one, they have done nothing but lie to the Walker Trust, the previous management set-up, the players and the fans. The sooner they leave the better.
I agree with your post.

I also dont see the Venkys getting it right with Blackburn Rovers. They have done too much damage, too quickly and alienated a lot of supporters.

I also believe they have alienated any future buyers from our club. Imagine the mess you would inherit if you were to pay Venkys the £25 or so million it would cost to purchase the club. Plus all the monies you will need to get rid of a crazy Global Advisor and a dysfunctional board. Plus the cost of enticing the fans back to the club. You are not gonna get 22,000 fans in the stadium overnight.

It seems as though we have been protesting for so long the Venkys just hear white noise. They dont care about us and they never will. To them this is money and nothing else.
[quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: Sir Bill - I wouldn't waste your breath. If you have been writing to them for the past 2 years and they havn't had the decency to reply - do you really think they will listen to what you want to say to them? I too have written many times to India without a response - but hey Bill, we are not on our own. So too have Blackburn''s MP Jack Straw, the leaders of Blackburn Council, John Williams, Tom Finn and Martin Goodman, the previous Deputy CEO of the club Paul Hunt, a director of the club's main sponsors Wayne Wild, a petition from thousands of fans - the list goes on and on. I would dearly like to know, who, other than JA & SK have they turned to for advice over the past 27 months because their ownership has turned my club into a laughing stock. From day one, they have done nothing but lie to the Walker Trust, the previous management set-up, the players and the fans. The sooner they leave the better.[/p][/quote]I agree with your post. I also dont see the Venkys getting it right with Blackburn Rovers. They have done too much damage, too quickly and alienated a lot of supporters. I also believe they have alienated any future buyers from our club. Imagine the mess you would inherit if you were to pay Venkys the £25 or so million it would cost to purchase the club. Plus all the monies you will need to get rid of a crazy Global Advisor and a dysfunctional board. Plus the cost of enticing the fans back to the club. You are not gonna get 22,000 fans in the stadium overnight. It seems as though we have been protesting for so long the Venkys just hear white noise. They dont care about us and they never will. To them this is money and nothing else. harrydb5
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8:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13

karltop says...

Why would anyone want to meet this blatant attention-seeker? So puffed-up he is from his devalued Knighthood. All Venky's are doing is continuing the terrible work that you did in ruining this town, but with our football club.
It's like Fred West asking to help run a children's home. Get a grip you foul-mouthed labour toad. Talk about deluded!
Why would anyone want to meet this blatant attention-seeker? So puffed-up he is from his devalued Knighthood. All Venky's are doing is continuing the terrible work that you did in ruining this town, but with our football club. It's like Fred West asking to help run a children's home. Get a grip you foul-mouthed labour toad. Talk about deluded! karltop
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7:20am Sat 19 Jan 13

Sir Bill Taylor says...

Think you're a bit confused Karl...if you can get a dialogue with the Raos going, brilliant. Have you GOYA & contacted them?
We need some positive engagement, where we are just now is no good to anyone.
Mind you, if venting your spleen at me helps with your deep rooted difficulties, that's fine.
Think you're a bit confused Karl...if you can get a dialogue with the Raos going, brilliant. Have you GOYA & contacted them? We need some positive engagement, where we are just now is no good to anyone. Mind you, if venting your spleen at me helps with your deep rooted difficulties, that's fine. Sir Bill Taylor
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8:34am Sat 19 Jan 13

karltop says...

It was hardly the venting of one's spleen, was it? As for confusion, I fail to see what a town-destroying, attention-seeker like yourself can do to save our football club.
I bet you were really excited that Shebby came to your house, that's why you are telling anyone who is willing to listen.
After what you've done to this town, the best thing you could do is go away and crawl under a rock, and never come out.
If you think you are the person to sort out this mess, then you are sadly deluded. But then we knew that anyway.
At least you've managed to curb your foul mouth, on here at least. Well done!
It was hardly the venting of one's spleen, was it? As for confusion, I fail to see what a town-destroying, attention-seeker like yourself can do to save our football club. I bet you were really excited that Shebby came to your house, that's why you are telling anyone who is willing to listen. After what you've done to this town, the best thing you could do is go away and crawl under a rock, and never come out. If you think you are the person to sort out this mess, then you are sadly deluded. But then we knew that anyway. At least you've managed to curb your foul mouth, on here at least. Well done! karltop
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9:11am Sat 19 Jan 13

Sir Bill Taylor says...

Is it vented now...perhaps you'd like to contribute to making a positive difference...as you obviously judge I can't.
What's your plan Karl, tell us what you would do...
Is it vented now...perhaps you'd like to contribute to making a positive difference...as you obviously judge I can't. What's your plan Karl, tell us what you would do... Sir Bill Taylor
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9:18am Sat 19 Jan 13

karltop says...

Sir Bill Taylor wrote:
Is it vented now...perhaps you'd like to contribute to making a positive difference...as you obviously judge I can't.
What's your plan Karl, tell us what you would do...
I don't know. But then it's not me going to the papers, like I'm some sort of self-proclaimed saviour.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Bill Taylor[/bold] wrote: Is it vented now...perhaps you'd like to contribute to making a positive difference...as you obviously judge I can't. What's your plan Karl, tell us what you would do...[/p][/quote]I don't know. But then it's not me going to the papers, like I'm some sort of self-proclaimed saviour. karltop
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9:45am Sat 19 Jan 13

Sue Lee says...

Mr Topp, you would try the patience of a Saint (Jude in your case, I would guess), never mind a Knight.
Sir Bill is too patient.You would make a Saint curse never mind Sir Bill, who if you like it or not is trying to solve a problem that effects many of us deeply.
Please if you have nothing constructive to offer, get off the line.
See, I was close to swearing then but why waste my breath?
You just seem to have needs that your attention seeking behaviour evidences.
Its cold outside, so please why don' you just wrap up!
Mr Topp, you would try the patience of a Saint (Jude in your case, I would guess), never mind a Knight. Sir Bill is too patient.You would make a Saint curse never mind Sir Bill, who if you like it or not is trying to solve a problem that effects many of us deeply. Please if you have nothing constructive to offer, get off the line. See, I was close to swearing then but why waste my breath? You just seem to have needs that your attention seeking behaviour evidences. Its cold outside, so please why don' you just wrap up! Sue Lee
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9:56am Sat 19 Jan 13

karltop says...

What I've said is constructive, Sue, I mean Bill's loyal wife. It's just that you don't like what I've said. It's a brave man who hides behind his wife on message boards.
What I've said is constructive, Sue, I mean Bill's loyal wife. It's just that you don't like what I've said. It's a brave man who hides behind his wife on message boards. karltop
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10:47am Sat 19 Jan 13

Sir Bill Taylor says...

Oh Dear Karl not sure what more I can say to help you.
The previous lady contributor is not married to me. Though she does appear to have a mind of her own, strong conviction & something to say. She seems to know you?
You aren't even prepared to use your real name..but the question remains:-
What have you done constructively to try & positively improve the situation down at Ewood? Or what are you going to do?
Rather than try & bully women...put up or shut up...
I'm sure you'll want the last word, but you can rest assured I won't be trying to assist you any further.
Now, back to the situation at Blackburn Rovers...
Oh Dear Karl not sure what more I can say to help you. The previous lady contributor is not married to me. Though she does appear to have a mind of her own, strong conviction & something to say. She seems to know you? You aren't even prepared to use your real name..but the question remains:- What have you done constructively to try & positively improve the situation down at Ewood? Or what are you going to do? Rather than try & bully women...put up or shut up... I'm sure you'll want the last word, but you can rest assured I won't be trying to assist you any further. Now, back to the situation at Blackburn Rovers... Sir Bill Taylor
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10:09am Sun 20 Jan 13

greenscreener says...

Bill,

Did you succeed in having any dialogue with the Venkys ?

Have you tried talking to their new PR agency ? Their line may be busy right now, talking to the samaritans since about 20 past 4 yesterday, but they may be able to see the value of communicating with the locals.
Bill, Did you succeed in having any dialogue with the Venkys ? Have you tried talking to their new PR agency ? Their line may be busy right now, talking to the samaritans since about 20 past 4 yesterday, but they may be able to see the value of communicating with the locals. greenscreener
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10:18am Sun 20 Jan 13

greenscreener says...

karltop wrote:
What I've said is constructive, Sue, I mean Bill's loyal wife. It's just that you don't like what I've said. It's a brave man who hides behind his wife on message boards.
karltop, having reviewed your posts I think you are confused. You certainly don't understand the difference between constructive and offensive.
[quote][p][bold]karltop[/bold] wrote: What I've said is constructive, Sue, I mean Bill's loyal wife. It's just that you don't like what I've said. It's a brave man who hides behind his wife on message boards.[/p][/quote]karltop, having reviewed your posts I think you are confused. You certainly don't understand the difference between constructive and offensive. greenscreener
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10:20am Sun 20 Jan 13

karltop says...

Sir Bill Taylor wrote:
Oh Dear Karl not sure what more I can say to help you.
The previous lady contributor is not married to me. Though she does appear to have a mind of her own, strong conviction & something to say. She seems to know you?
You aren't even prepared to use your real name..but the question remains:-
What have you done constructively to try & positively improve the situation down at Ewood? Or what are you going to do?
Rather than try & bully women...put up or shut up...
I'm sure you'll want the last word, but you can rest assured I won't be trying to assist you any further.
Now, back to the situation at Blackburn Rovers...
Bullying women? That was bullying in your eyes?!! And what exactly is this "help" you seem to be so keen on offering to people. The time for helping was when you worked at the council, and look at what a fine mess you created there.
You're the one who needs help, because you are a deluded fool who only got anywhere because of that other traitor to the town, Jack straw.
People have seen what your "help" does, and you are certainly not the saviour of the town, or of Blackburn Rovers.
However, you certainly are a silly little man desperate for attention and recognition. No-one cares about you, silly billy. You are irrelevant, so just give up.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Bill Taylor[/bold] wrote: Oh Dear Karl not sure what more I can say to help you. The previous lady contributor is not married to me. Though she does appear to have a mind of her own, strong conviction & something to say. She seems to know you? You aren't even prepared to use your real name..but the question remains:- What have you done constructively to try & positively improve the situation down at Ewood? Or what are you going to do? Rather than try & bully women...put up or shut up... I'm sure you'll want the last word, but you can rest assured I won't be trying to assist you any further. Now, back to the situation at Blackburn Rovers...[/p][/quote]Bullying women? That was bullying in your eyes?!! And what exactly is this "help" you seem to be so keen on offering to people. The time for helping was when you worked at the council, and look at what a fine mess you created there. You're the one who needs help, because you are a deluded fool who only got anywhere because of that other traitor to the town, Jack straw. People have seen what your "help" does, and you are certainly not the saviour of the town, or of Blackburn Rovers. However, you certainly are a silly little man desperate for attention and recognition. No-one cares about you, silly billy. You are irrelevant, so just give up. karltop
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10:21am Sun 20 Jan 13

Sir Bill Taylor says...

Derek Shaw's Sec has asked me for all correspondence for him & I sent it all + the PowerPoint Pres I used with Shebby Singh & our "umbrella" group of groups, Trusts, forums, fanzines & websites.
What happens next is in the Club's court...that ludicrou "demonstration" yesterday an't have helped.This situation needs respect trust & good communication...Thin
gs the last 2 1/2 years seems totally devoid of?
I feel I may be near to some movement by the Club?
Stress "may" here!!!
Derek Shaw's Sec has asked me for all correspondence for him & I sent it all + the PowerPoint Pres I used with Shebby Singh & our "umbrella" group of groups, Trusts, forums, fanzines & websites. What happens next is in the Club's court...that ludicrou "demonstration" yesterday an't have helped.This situation needs respect trust & good communication...Thin gs the last 2 1/2 years seems totally devoid of? I feel I may be near to some movement by the Club? Stress "may" here!!! Sir Bill Taylor
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10:24am Sun 20 Jan 13

Sir Bill Taylor says...

Sorry...I expected & offered Karl his need to have the last word...

He's had it...I ain't offering him any more...
Sorry...I expected & offered Karl his need to have the last word... He's had it...I ain't offering him any more... Sir Bill Taylor
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10:31am Sun 20 Jan 13

karltop says...

Greenscreener, Sue Lee and Norfolk and Goode are all Bill Taylor. Creating conversations with himself under pseudonyms to make himself look important. The fact that 50% of the comments on this story are mine suggests, yet again that people don't care, Bill.
How very sad...
Greenscreener, Sue Lee and Norfolk and Goode are all Bill Taylor. Creating conversations with himself under pseudonyms to make himself look important. The fact that 50% of the comments on this story are mine suggests, yet again that people don't care, Bill. How very sad... karltop
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1:16pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Sir Bill Taylor says...

Dash, I have been unearthed, twigged, rumbled...I do have a doppelganger, I am a split personality & as such, a bit like the masked wrestler, I shall reveal that I am also indeed...
karltop...
My secret nom de plume is revealed!
Dash, I have been unearthed, twigged, rumbled...I do have a doppelganger, I am a split personality & as such, a bit like the masked wrestler, I shall reveal that I am also indeed... karltop... My secret nom de plume is revealed! Sir Bill Taylor
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1:32pm Sun 20 Jan 13

greenscreener says...

Karltop,

I have no affiliation to Bill Taylor, I am just a Rovers fan pointing out the obvious inconsistency in your post.

I note that you would prefer to dispute my credibility as an independent observer rather than defend your feeble argument.

If it makes you feel happier thinking that Bill Taylor is smarter than you, feel free, but you are now wrong on two counts. How very smart....
Karltop, I have no affiliation to Bill Taylor, I am just a Rovers fan pointing out the obvious inconsistency in your post. I note that you would prefer to dispute my credibility as an independent observer rather than defend your feeble argument. If it makes you feel happier thinking that Bill Taylor is smarter than you, feel free, but you are now wrong on two counts. How very smart.... greenscreener
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1:47pm Sun 20 Jan 13

karltop says...

Talking to yourself again?
Talking to yourself again? karltop
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1:49pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Sue Lee says...

Greenie, give oer winding Karl/Bill up!
Cracking neet last neet, from what I can recall or what N and G told to me!
We meeting up a Blues Bar at 3 like we agreed
But about Rovers.What do you think about Karl getting on with his own project?
Bully for you, Karl.
Sue, well am I Sue?
Greenie, give oer winding Karl/Bill up! Cracking neet last neet, from what I can recall or what N and G told to me! We meeting up a Blues Bar at 3 like we agreed But about Rovers.What do you think about Karl getting on with his own project? Bully for you, Karl. Sue, well am I Sue? Sue Lee
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2:53pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Sir Bill Taylor says...

Dear SL, GS et al...sorry about all that...
Loved it Sue...did you guys rendezvous???
Thght the pathetic embarrassing snow ball stuff pre match at Ewood was only matched for crassness by Raos quitting the game 3/4 way through.
If no-one takes any leadership initiative this whole sad saga wil deteriorate even further & we will become the HMV of the Football League.
Is there anyone big enough to wave the first sign of peace maig?
Dear SL, GS et al...sorry about all that... Loved it Sue...did you guys rendezvous??? Thght the pathetic embarrassing snow ball stuff pre match at Ewood was only matched for crassness by Raos quitting the game 3/4 way through. If no-one takes any leadership initiative this whole sad saga wil deteriorate even further & we will become the HMV of the Football League. Is there anyone big enough to wave the first sign of peace maig? Sir Bill Taylor
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