Category Archives: COMMENTS FROM INHABITANTS OF PLANET ZARSOFF( ZARSOFFIANS).

TONY VERHOEVEN FOR IZZY

I am finally looking back at some of the things people have written for Izzy. Here’s one. I shall dig more up.

Tony Verhoeven

I learned of Peter’s death through my son just last night and the news has left me devastated. The very idea Izzy is no longer with us seems unreal.

The source of this news was the father of a friend of my son, who is apparently something of a Zarsoff Brothers tragic, but he is not alone in this, because at the Blue Gum Hotel in Hornsby they still talk about the days when the band played there.

From late 1977 till 81, Peter was an integral and influential part of my life, while he, Bernie, Bluey and I breathed life into the Zarsoff Brothers. What a time that was. Green? I could have been the outer on the SCG after a wet winter, but was living my dream being in a full time band and absolutely having the time of my life.

It all came together in Cairns, little more than a large country town then, where we had a six week residency and first worked as the Zarsoff Brothers at a disco called Caesar’s Palace. It was located beside a dilapidated, deserted and condemned hotel, so it should come as no surprise to learn this is where the band stayed. We had this entire hotel to ourselves while conveniently located right next door was the biggest liquor warehouse in the universe with booze they were practically giving away. Little more than an hour after we arrived, Bluey had already laid his hands on a thirty-dollar, North Queensland ounce and to this day I am still in awe at his resourcefulness and dedication to that task.

The venue’s patrons were strictly disco and we had maybe a dozen songs or so that might have fitted the bill, but with three hours to fill, we were struggling and the first week was horrendous. The disco crowd didn’t like us at all and management was extremely worried. For a band getting its act together though, a residency is like gold. An extended period of time where you don’t have to lug gear? Heaven, and with everything already set up, we rehearsed just about every single day.

During that difficult period where you’re completely alienating one type of audience, and hoping to catch a new one, Izzy fronted the microphone each night, undaunted, dedicated and resolutely outrageous. Ball-bag solos, armpit solos, farting, burping, swearing – at the time this kind of behaviour was unheard of.

So what happened? Those twelve disco songs we knew became works of bullshit art. Dog’s Boogie was born in Cairns, as was Nose Pickin’ Boogie. Bum Sweat, Little Red Riding Hood, They Won’t let Us Show It At The Beach, all the classic Zarsoff Brothers songs were fermented during that six week stint.

We spent Christmas there. It fell on our second week, when things beginning to turn around. On Christmas day, just using an open sandwich maker, Bluey produced the most amazing Christmas lunch I’ve ever had. On New Year’s Eve, Caesar’s Palace was so packed, a queue formed outside and on our last night I think we might have brought the sleepy village to a standstill. Such was the power, talent, fearlessness and absolute charm of Izzy Foreal. The rest is legend.

I’ll miss you dear friend, but thanks for all the meat. (Burp)

Terry Zarsoff

 

 Ray Floyd Jones
Me too.Pretty shocked.I spent a year on the road with Izzy in the bastard sons of the Zarsoff Bros.Some very funny times were had and we even saw a UFO.Maybe we’ve already been in space and had an episode of missing time!Izzy is in space now and maybe his ashes can join him!My version of the Zarsoff bros(and Steve and Ken) all would wish him well on his next adventure in the universe.Cheers mate.
Dave Wray
My Dad saw Izzy perform before I even knew he existed, let alone joined his band. I believe it was The 69ers at Sefton Hotel. I had some of the funniest times of my life with the man. Some were actually on stage. RIP Iz!
Unreal. Mate it was very shocking news. I was part of the road crew for a few years. Started off doing the lighting with I think only 8 cans and and basic switch board. Then Jamie Dodd show ed me how to do front of house. Traveled many miles with you guys which have me a great start to the industry. Izzy was truly one of the kind.
Bruce McLean
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ZARSOFF BROS HISTORY

History

In the beginning…

Three members of The Zarsoff Bros (Izzy, Bernie and Terry) were playing as The Robin Lee Sinclair Band in 1979, backing a singer (Robin Lee Sinclair) doing disco versions of every kind of song that moved. The band was very popular in the club circuit, but Izzy started to yearn for an outlet for his comedy material.The three future Zarsoffs started doing some low key gigs away from Robin Lee Sinclair, as The Likker Act. When Robin found out, he demanded exclusive loyalty. Izzy, Bernie and Terry got pissed at the Royal Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay one afternoon, and went to visit Robin. Izzy Told him where to stick his exclusive loyalty, and the 1979 version of The Zarsoff Bros was born.

After a few gigs, the boys decided they needed a fourth member. There was a Bluey who rehearsed a lot with the band and did maybe one gig, but he proved to be too serious a musician and wasn’t too fond of the bizarre onstage antics of the other members. He soon departed and the real Bluey Zarsoff joined, just before the band headed to Cairns for a six week stint at Caesars Palace. In fact, this Bluey only did one gig before Cairns, at The Bondi Tram, then feel headfirst into the mayhem. This was the 1979 version of The Zarsoff Bros because, unknown to Izzy Foreal, there was a band with this name who recorded a single some time in the early 1970s. This band consisted of members from popular bands of the time, who got together to release a record under the name The Zarsoff Bros. This band never performed live as far as is known, and the whole thing was meant to be a one-off joke.

The 1979 version…

The Zarsoff name, of course, has been around as a joke for ages. Many of Izzy’s road crew members had Zarsoff names in previous bands. In fact, Dave Ovenden, drummer with The 69ERS when Izzy was known as Peter Knox and that band’s bass player, used to often call out over the microphone: “A message for Mister Bluey Zarsoff, please refrain from leaving skid marks in the car park”.

Anyway, it was the 1979 Zarsoff Bros who went on to carve themselves a reputation as a rude, crude, offensive, irreverent and extremely funny band throughout the 1980s. The 1979 line up came to an end when Izzy went to Tweed Heads to play bass with The Bullamakankas. After about eight months and one Bullamakankas album, he returned to Sydney and formed the next version of The Zarsoff Bros.

The 80’s version…

This version featured Rocky on drums, Smokey on lead guitar, Izzy on bass and Bernie on keyboards. Bluey returned after a few months, and Rudi joined on saxophone not long after. This classic line up carved its way through the Sydney live scene for some time, creating the legend that still lives on in many drug addled minds.

Later on…

Frontman and bassist Izzy Foreal put the band to sleep some time in the early 1990s. He was asked to put a lineup together for “The Boys Are Back In Town” tours towards the end of the 1990s, which he did using various combinations of past band members. The vibe was so good that the version of the band in the photo above decided to write an album of new material and continue the mayhem. So, The Legendary Zarsoff Bros were back on the road with a new second guitarist, recording a new album and touring to promote it. Stay tuned to this site for updates on live shows, album release dates and other Zarsoffian insanity.

The last Zarsoffs gig with the line up in the picture was at the Bull N Bush (Sydney), September 22, 2001. Long-time drummer Lefty & airkeys player Buster departed soon after. The next gig at the Lewisham Hotel (January 18, 2002) featured fill-in drummer Squeezie. The remaining members then began rehearsing with a new drummer, to continue as a 4-piece.

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Greg Simpson January 17, 2011 at 9:08 am

Hi guys, I only saw the Zarsoffs once in Ballina when a very old friend was playing with you. I am trying to find him after many years and was hoping you might be able to hook me up. His name is Mark Manning and I’m sure you remember him. We played in a band called Pressure Cookers for about 3 years and I’m buggered if I can find him now. A couple of the band came with Mark to my place after the gig (next day) which was the “Boys are back in Town tour” with Matt Finish etc. I had a ball that night, thanks. I’d appreciate it if you could pass my email to him or even supply me with a phone no. etc.
All the best,
Greg

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Susan manning April 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Hi Greg
Mark and I are down here in Sydney. I was adding the Zarzoff Bros to my Facebook and I read your message….Hope everyone is well?
Sat night and Mark is out workin’
He’ll be in touch with you soon ;)
susan

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Noel C March 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I remember seeing them at The greystanes Inn in the very late seventies , top band funny and good musicians ,,

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Ian Robson September 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Whatever became of Bluey?

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smokey February 20, 2012 at 8:08 pm
Aussie Ozborn April 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Had the pleasure of seeing The Zarsoff Bros at the Governor’s Pleasure at The Rocks. Funny as! Later saw them supporting the HeeBeeGeeBees at the Uni of NSW Roundhouse – the funniest night ever.

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sue May 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm

hi guys!

didnt you used to play at collies many years ago! omg, if yes use to love going seeing you when you coming to brisbane !

all good… when im back in the gong ill come see you play… MEMORIES!!!!

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frank klaassen May 18, 2012 at 10:57 am

hello susan
i have been searching for mark manning a guitar player who worked with me in a band called ;the replicas; in the early 1980s.
would this be your mark?
regards
frank klaassen aka the flying dustman

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Chris Manning October 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Yeah that’s my old man Mark Manning.

(Currently listening to Zarsoff Bros)

cathryn Jost June 22, 2012 at 8:55 am

Hoping you can help. A friend of our’s is 50 next week and is a big fan. I have been looking on web sites for a poster, I even looked on ebay with no luck. If you have one I can purchase before next weekend that would be great other wise do I have your permission to enlarge an albam cover.
One of your Fans
Cathryn Jost

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Steve September 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

We used to go to your gigs @ Blacktown RSL in the auditorium, back when they had live bands. One night I had dragged the whole family down because I had been taking you guys up……and one of the band members left all of a sudden to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. The band struggled on for a bit and we just got pissed…
Great times!

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Bobby Shannon March 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Hey guys l saw you at the Eastwood pub late 80s then I ended up playing in a band with Steve Wilkenson in Jindabyne. I also met DARREN the all dancing all singing drummer. Would love to see the Zarsoff Bros again for a fucking good belly laugh. As Frank said ” Humour belongs in Music”

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Barbie May 26, 2014 at 10:58 am

The Zarsoff Brothers were one of the first bands I snuck in to see whilst under the age of 18 at The Palais in NEwcastle!!

Tony Verhoeven

Tony Verhoeven
28 June at 10:36

I learned of Peter’s death through my son just last night and the news has left me devastated. The very idea Izzy is no longer with us seems unreal.

The source of this news was the father of a friend of my son, who is apparently something of a Zarsoff Brothers tragic, but he is not alone in this, because at the Blue Gum Hotel in Hornsby they still talk about the days when the band played there.

From late 1977 till 81, Peter was an integral and influential part of my life, while he, Bernie, Bluey and I breathed life into the Zarsoff Brothers. What a time that was. Green? I could have been the outer on the SCG after a wet winter, but was living my dream being in a full time band and absolutely having the time of my life.

It all came together in Cairns, little more than a large country town then, where we had a six week residency and first worked as the Zarsoff Brothers at a disco called Caesar’s Palace. It was located beside a dilapidated, deserted and condemned hotel, so it should come as no surprise to learn this is where the band stayed. We had this entire hotel to ourselves while conveniently located right next door was the biggest liquor warehouse in the universe with booze they were practically giving away. Little more than an hour after we arrived, Bluey had already laid his hands on a thirty-dollar, North Queensland ounce and to this day I am still in awe at his resourcefulness and dedication to that task.

The venue’s patrons were strictly disco and we had maybe a dozen songs or so that might have fitted the bill, but with three hours to fill, we were struggling and the first week was horrendous. The disco crowd didn’t like us at all and management was extremely worried. For a band getting its act together though, a residency is like gold. An extended period of time where you don’t have to lug gear? Heaven, and with everything already set up, we rehearsed just about every single day.

During that difficult period where you’re completely alienating one type of audience, and hoping to catch a new one, Izzy fronted the microphone each night, undaunted, dedicated and resolutely outrageous. Ball-bag solos, armpit solos, farting, burping, swearing – at the time this kind of behaviour was unheard of.

So what happened? Those twelve disco songs we knew became works of bullshit art. Dog’s Boogie was born in Cairns, as was Nose Pickin’ Boogie. Bum Sweat, Little Red Riding Hood, They Won’t let Us Show It At The Beach, all the classic Zarsoff Brothers songs were fermented during that six week stint.

We spent Christmas there. It fell on our second week, when things beginning to turn around. On Christmas day, just using an open sandwich maker, Bluey produced the most amazing Christmas lunch I’ve ever had. On New Year’s Eve, Caesar’s Palace was so packed, a queue formed outside and on our last night I think we might have brought the sleepy village to a standstill. Such was the power, talent, fearlessness and absolute charm of Izzy Foreal. The rest is legend.

I’ll miss you dear friend, but thanks for all the meat. (Burp)

Terry Zarsoff

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Bruce McLean Unreal. Mate it was very shocking news. I was part of the road crew for a few years. Started off doing the lighting with I think only 8 cans and and basic switch board. Then Jamie Dodd show ed me how to do front of house. Traveled many miles with you guys which have me a great start to the industry. Izzy was truly one of the kind. 
Bruce McLean

JEFF IZ IAN

Ian Willis Caesar’s Palace Cairns. 6 weeks, 6 nights each week, 6 brackets – devilish numbers! All true Terry, I know as I also lived it with all of you as your sound engineer. Champagne times on North Queensland lager. Living above the old Queenslander pub which was Caesar’s we had the entire floor for ourselves. The huge veranda is where we partied every night till the sun came up between 2 hills on the peninsula to the sea. Slept till afternoon when we would go to swim up in the hills often with Danny or travel around, hang out, whatever came up. Then in the evening prepare for the long session at work. When Bernie & Ted refused to perform “What’s That Smell Like Fish, Mama?”, because it might cruel their chances with the girls, I would sub & we would do it 3 piece. I was dubbed Rudi Zarsoff & have forever on done my best to honour that title. I would have a beer each bracket & by the end of the residency I was developing mouth ulcers. Hey Tony perhaps we should write it up?

Greg Bankx 

I was in a touring Band in the 80s, Gimix and run into the Zarsoffs many a time at Royals rugby Club in Camberra,we were pretty out there but the 2 of us together on the one bill the audiances didn.t know what hit them lol Issy will be missed, As a fellow musician that was touched by issy and the Zarsoffs my heart goes out to his close friends and family he certainly made his mark in the music industry.

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Ray Floyd Jones Me too.Pretty shocked.I spent a year on the road with Izzy in the bastard sons of the Zarsoff Bros.Some very funny times were had and we even saw a UFO.Maybe we’ve already been in space and had an episode of missing time!Izzy is in space now and maybe his ashes can join him!My version of the Zarsoff bros(and Steve and Ken) all would wish him well on his next adventure in the universe.Cheers mate.

ZARSOFFIAN COMMENTS

FROM THE FACEBOOK FAN CLUB

Sunbury 1973

Rick Sparkes:  thanx for the invite Izzy … ’bout time you did some more Utube stuff !
 
Peter Olive writes: "I grew up in Lalor Park, not far from your first gig at the Stockade Hotel on Sackville St. My dad was actually the first guy to get thrown out for swallowing a whole goldfish from their fish tank." Now that’s rock & roll history worthy of The Zarsoff Brothers …

 

Izzy Foreal The shop featured on the cover of the ‘Mixed Business’ album is on the corner of Sydenham Road and Park Road, Sydenham (Sydney). We chose a Sunday because the shop was usually closed then. It was open this day. The lady running the shop agreed at first to allow us to be photographed outside, but after consulting with her neighbour, she decided we should pay her some money. Tense negotiations ensued, during which the shop lady’s daughter was called in from afar to help with interpretations. Even with the threat of her "angry" son being woken from his sleep upstairs to come and sort us out physically, we stood our ground and did the photo shoot anyway. That’s the short story of the adventure, but the gist is there.

 

Peter Okeefe wondered where that was….awesome izzy

 

Lynne Collins Dalrymple I can remember the Zarsoff Brothers when I worked at the "Jolly Frog" at Windsor NSW we all stayed back afterwards when the pub closed what a fantastic night that was. I still have the 45 somewhere… she moved the dishes first and ??? Boogie – god for those times again xxx

 

Garry Lambert I’m sure I paid my threepence halfpenny to join this fan club years ago…did I expire or something?…are the old plastic rings and masks not valid anymore…and It’s ages since I got my monthly comic.

 

Steve Vote Worked in a number of venues when the zarsofffs were bigger than BEN HUR..great music and fun to go with it..have got the original Bumsweat album..i think izzy gave me a copy at a venue I worked at in penrith…I want our live gigs back..the kids today are missing lots…

 

Anthony O’Grady And some nights only an overdose of gratuitous filth soothed the soul…

 

Now here's a classic shot! The Zarsoff Brothers at Caesar's Palace, Cairns, 1979.

 

FACEBOOK FAN CLUB

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS

Just to give you an idea of the kinds of people who follow the Foreal Feel.

http://www.facebook.com/izzyforeal?ref=ts

first up – TRY THE CLARENCE THIS WEEK.

THURSDAY. SOUTH GRAFTON EMPORIUM MUSIC NIGHT IZZY MC.

FRIDAY – SQUATTER’S REST AT TUCABIA. IZZY MC.

SATURDAY – THE BIG ONE. FLAME TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL AT GRAFTON SHOWGROUND. IZZY MC.

NOW BACK TO THE BDAYS GREETINGS !

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Clay Djubal Hi Izzy, happy birthday for yesterday. We’re a behind here in Queenland, so I’ll toast your future happiness tonight.. Cheers, Clay.

from UK

Richard Soloway Happy birthday, Izzy.

from USA

Dennis McKenzie Sending b’day greets from the Big Apple!
Ellen Derek Happy Birthday, Izzy- have a wonderful weekend!

from Canada

Terry Wilkins Happy B’day Izzy.

 

AUSSIES

Peter Jam Hey Izzy, hope ur enjoin ur DAY!!!☮
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Ken Voiselle Happy Birthday Izzy ..

Robin Baker

And I bet you don’t Know me, but I was always in the background.

 

Robin Baker I go back so far that I knew your once girlfreind, Pam Bridegefoot and a beautiful lady she was.

 

Jon Rolfe *ahem*
Happy Birthday to you…
Happy Birthday to you…
Happy Birthday dear Izzy…
Happy Birthday tooooooooooooooo…
Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…

 

Ellen Jacobsen happy birthday

 

Yvonne Selbach hope you had a wonderful birthday and hope you have lots more. 🙂 ♥
Joharri Richard Derschow Happy Birthday Izzy, Rock ON!
Rock Box Happy Birthday big guy hope its a fantastic day.
David Hall Happy birthday Izzy….have a great day mate.
Dave Brown Jnr Happy Birthday Izzy!!! Have a fun day mate!!! Cheers – Dave (Gotta get a copy of Star Search off ya)
Paul Culnane hippo, birdy, two ewes IZZY. make it a good ‘un!
David Le Roy Happy birthday Izzy …. Hope you have a blast mate 🙂
Annalisse Morrow Happy Birthday Mate!
Tom McLeod Happy Birthday From Me and all at Australian Music Scene !
Have a Good one Mate !

Warren Sparke

onya mate..happy birthday..Cheers..sparksy..

Colleen Margaret Obrien

Have a great Izzy birthday all.

Sandy O’Sullivan Hi beautiful, hope you have a fantastic day! Happy, happy birthday!
Buzz David Humphrey Happy bday izzy hope you have a great day
George Bennett Happy Birthday Izzy
Tracy Spry Happy Birthday, Hope you have a great day.
Narrell Brown ah … such a survivor – Happy Birthday Izzy, we miss your sarcasm and wit on the south coast! all the best for this one and many more from Naz & JB xxxx
Doug Jansen Happy Birthday
Geoff Dundon Izzy Foreally 61? Happy birthday Pete and many more..
Steve Skinner Have a good one mate
Phil Dracoulis Happy Birthday Izzy
Alistair Johnson Happy Birthday Izzy!
Marc Daley Happy Birthday Brother !!!!
Scot Mercer ava goodone Pete, u dont look a day over 61 lol ;-}
Rob Rock happy birthday young man from me and all the other trouser snakes
Noel Selway Happy Birthday have a good one

Steven Guy Happy Birthday Izzy, You can’t have too many white goods especially on your birthday, ot sure why but it seemed kind of relevant at the time.

Keven Munro All the Best Izzy ! how are you celebrating?

Peter Head Looks like a birthday….Have a good one Izzy. Best wishes from Smokey

Clare Loh Happy Birthday Izzy ;o)

Ron Montague  Hey bloke, happy birthday, hope you had a great day.
I told my mate that i dragged to see you at the "Guv" that I had caught up with you and he said "Holy shit is he still around?" and then started pissin’ himself laughin’ as he remembered that night out to see the Zarsoffs at the Guv. I reckon if I rang him now, he’d be still laughin’!!!
cheers   Ronnieboy

Norm Alberts Happy Birthday Izzy, have a great day
Pete James Happy Berfday mate….how old are you ?…i wouldn’t have picked it Izzy!
Terry Meaney Happy birthday 2 u happy birthday 2 u happy birthday dear izzy happy birthday 2 u ! Hey mate hope you have a great day stay safe much love too ya party on!!!!!!

Bill Carroll Happy Birthday Izzy

Peter Doyle Hey Iz, it’s just ticked over to Sunday here in China so hopefully I can be the first to say Happy Birthday on the day! Hope it’s a great day for you – Who knows… If you were of South African origin – your monicker may have been Rudy Zarsoff! I’m sure you’ll find an appropriate way to commemorate the anniversary of your arrival!
Tricia Bates Happy Birthday Izzy, I hope you have a great day….xx
Rob Judd Izzy ancient? Happy Birthday ma-a-ate!!
Hamish Danks Brown Happy LX+Ist birthday M. Izzy Foreal and here’s hoping that the Tea is not too High tomorrow! Have a great time and may all your loved ones Raleigh round you!
David Rowlands All the very best for your birthday. ’49 was a good year:)
Ma Baker have a great day on sunday cheers

ZARSOFF MIXING

I mixed the Zarsoff’s once or twice but one gig that will always stand out in my memory was a Sunday afternoon on the Central Coast. The Zarsoff’s were in fine form, the pub overflowing, and 60% of those punters pissed as farts. Perfect fromula for a great time until some dick in the crowd decided spitting beer all over the mixing desk would be a laugh. Gave him a warning, the dude did it again and I jumped on him. next thing I know there’s a bouncer trying to throw me out!!!! Hehehehehe had a good laugh with the bouncer once I explained and it all turned out good.

Luke.

IZSMOKEY

COMMENTS FROM INHABITANTS OF PLANET ZARSOFF( ZARSOFFIANS).

Isn’t ” bumsweat” a legitimate medical condition? It’s enough to give ya “the blooz” and a “lost watch” will ensure you’re late.Just say “you’re a prick” and “I an’t workin” and I’m yet to see a collar on a pair of “silk pyjamas”,but being the “handyman” that u are I bet you will be “workin it out” and if ya don’t u will be up to ya neck in “dog’s boogie”.

IZZY WITH HIS ONE AND ONLY COLLARED SHIRT AND WAISTCOAT. OUT LOOKING FOR DAY GIGS.

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