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The New NickB - on 08 Jan 2013
Seem to be a lot of threads about online dating at the moment, so I just wondered how people met their significant other.

I met my girlfriend through my running club!
ice.solo - on 08 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

a friend needed a wing-man to coax his girl into a hot tub.
Mooncat - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

I met mine in an employment tribunal, she was a solicitor for the opposition.
Mike C on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

She drove 170 miles to my house for dinner one Thursday night, a few weeks after she "winked" at me on match.com.
She stayed till Saturday :o)
Darren Jackson - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

She was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, when I met her. I picked her out, I shook her up and turned her around. Turned her into someone new. Now, five years later, on she's got the world at her feet.
minus273degrees - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: met mine whilst doing agency work entertaining kids at the zoo always think its a bit of a different story
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to Darren Jackson:
> (In reply to The New NickB)
>
> She was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, when I met her. I picked her out, I shook her up and turned her around. Turned her into someone new. Now, five years later, on she's got the world at her feet.

Yeah, my girlfriend was a barmaid too.
stroppygob - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: I met mine on a philsosphy forum. She was in Aus, I was in Cornwall. Two years internet romance, 8 weeks physically (very) together, (4 in Aus, 4 in Cornwall,) we got wed, and I moved out here.
Jonny2vests - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Windgather. I was teaching and she was soloing. Phwoarr.
adstapleton - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

High school. We had a 2 year relationship, broke up for 8 years (we tell people we were on a break), met again in a local night club and were married a couple of years later.

We refer to our first relationship as 1.0.
Caralynh - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

When ex husband left me, I joined OutdoorsMagic. Met Jez on one of many meets I went on, although we were just friends/climbing partners for years before anything else, since at the time I was dating someone I met on a dating website. I'm still very good friends with that person, but very happily married to Jez.
Big Steve - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: I went to Turkey in 2008 to climb MT Ararat, i took my seat on the plane from Heathrow and was sat next to a Turkish lady who had been in England for her sisters wedding. We married 2 years later.
as646 on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to Darren Jackson: Do the Human League owe you royalties?
birdie num num - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:
Mrs Num Num and I knew as soon as our eyes met, mine, through my safety goggles, hers, from behind her welding mask, that we were firmly smitten by lust.
Trangia - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

I once had a long distance relationship with an American girl from San Francisco.

I met her by walking into the toilet where she was sitting on the seat with her nickers round her ankles. She had forgotten to lock the door!

It was in a music bar in a ski resort in the USA, and when she came out I went over to her to appologise. We had a good laugh and spent the rest of the evening chatting, and carried on seeing each other thereafter.

Sadly the relationship eventually broke up because neither of us was prepared to chuck in our jobs and move to the other's country, but we had a great year or so during which time we both contributed a lot of money to Virgin Atlantic's profits!
redsonja - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: he came to work in the hotel i was working in.
TheDrunkenBakers - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

I was in a relationship with another girl but had always seen my wife walking near to where I work because she is an absolute stunner - she was always known as mystery girl in the office. When the aforementioned relationship ended I thought to myself that if I dont ask, I will never know.

I found out where she worked/stalked her, took her some flowers.........

............and a year to that day we were married and celebrated our 10th year anniversary in 2012.

Who dares wins, Rodney, who dares wins.
SGD - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to jonny2vests: that's pretty cool.... I met met my g/f through the mountaineering club I'm in.
Only a hill - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:
Through this forum. Hannah and I started messaging each other back in early 2009 but the time wasn't right--I was seeing someone else (briefly, as it turned out) and was far too obsessed with winter climbing to think about much else! We got back in touch in summer 2010 and I visited her just before going off to the Alps for two weeks. When I came back I knew I was smitten; our relationship was long distance (lots of commuting between Glencoe and Lincolnshire!) until just over a year ago when I moved down here permanently.

A lot of people have told me they never thought I would leave Glencoe, but it's one of the best decisions I've ever made! You have to seize happiness with both hands when it presents itself.
Chris the Tall - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:
Work - my job was to make her job redundant
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cb294 - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

University, shared courses and practicals. I then signed up for Swedish lessons because I heard she had enrolled as well. Forgot most of the language, but am still married to the girl.


CB
Rigid Raider - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Mrs RR placed a personal ad in The Sunday Times. I seldom bought a Sunday paper but did that Sunday and looking through the personals I spotted one about "snow, sea and mountains" and ringed it with a biro. Forgot about it for a couple of days then one evening went to find the paper and re-read it, replied and we met at an hotel in Manchester when she came up on business.

KA_R36 on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:
University caving club 20 years ago........... He introduced me to climbing :-)
In reply to The New NickB: Comic Con - I was dressed as Princess Leia (Jabba the Hutt scene). I thought she had come as Chewbacca but in fact she was not in fancy dress.

I showed her how to epilate, we were married the next day and 1 year later she gave birth to an jawa.
needvert on 09 Jan 2013
She was trapped in a well, I was lowering moisturiser down in a bucket.
Pursued by a bear - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: At Lancaster University, during the first year. A mutual friend said to me and my room mate that we'd get on with two girls he knew. A little while later he and I introduced ourselves to them. 31 years and a fair amount of ups and downs later we're still together and enjoying being newly-weds...

T.
AlisonSmiles - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Having had more than one significant other in my life over the years, I have to say I've met all of them through doing group activities involving physical hard work or exercise. Voluntary labour, walking / climbing and mountain biking spring to mind.
fxceltic on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: on the revolving dance floor in Planet Earth, Leeds.
Denni on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

I was teaching climbing in the military down at Sennen and had to coax her down an abseil, love at first fright!
Axel Smeets - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Republic nightclub in Sheffield (now burnt down). She was 16 and I was 21. 8 years later and we're getting married in November. I owe a lot to the alco-pop manufacturer VK, which is now a client of mine at work, coincidently.
Robert Dickson on 09 Jan 2013 - rcd.jb.man.ac.uk
In reply to The New NickB: Friends of friends, we met under the wonderfully inept science fiction paintings in the Red Deer in Sheffield. Sadly, I believe the lovely paintings have long gone.
nniff - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

She came over to Germany in 1987 to see my best friend, having just decided that getting married to a third party was a bad idea. It then gets very complicated and entertaining and is at least a two pint story, but two years later we were married, and still are.
jkarran - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Rather conventionally (or in the case of this thread it would seem unconventionally) through an interned dating service.

jk
Liam M - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: Out on the wiley, windy moors...

I'd arrived late to Widdop Fell Race, and so was chasing the back of the field. At some I passed her and she recognised the Kirkstall vest, but not me (I was fairly new to the club, and she hadn't been at training much). That was the first time we met, albeit briefly.

It was a while later at a club social we got together.
mattrm - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

At university.
teflonpete - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Through POF. Online conversation, text conversation, met up the following Monday evening for a chat, walk and drink. Wasn't really expecting that much from it to be honest but we just clicked.
Tall Clare - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to teflonpete:

Similar here via Fitness Singles, though I did 'dump' him before we'd even met (I decided that as a triathlete he'd be busy training all the time and that, with him juggling childcare and a demanding job, would mean there wouldn't be time for a relationship. Turns out he has a somewhat lackadaisical approach to training...)
John_Hat - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

At a music festival. Saw this stunning lady wandering through the crowd and trailed her at a respectable distance to find she was sitting with a group of people I knew. They introduced us, rest is history....
hokkyokusei - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

I met my current gf at the party of mutual friends. I fancied her and tried to chat her up but she was having none of it so I gave up. We met again at another party almost a year later and she practically threw herself at me. She's carried on being just as contrary ever since.
MeMeMe - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Fitness Singles.

For our first date I took her climbing to Almscliff.
It was love at first sight.
And luckily she liked me too.

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Cú Chullain - on 09 Jan 2013
Met Mrs Cú Chullain though match.com so not the most exciting places to meet.

My mate down the rugby club met his mrs during an actual game, she was the referee. Was very funning watching him trying to chat her up during stoppages in play, poor girl was mortified as she tried to keep her 'serious' game head on without laughing. She ended up yellow carding him for 'back chat' and timewasting. They are still together now.
Mr. K - on 09 Jan 2013
My wife and I met through working for the same company, she a high-flying financial accountant and me a lowly IT drone. We got talking on some sort of after-work soirée about Tensing Norgay's book Touching My Father's Soul because she'd heard I was into climbing and we were married 18 months later. Boom! o/
Steve Perry - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

I met the girlfriend in a very remote lay-by beneath Foinavon up in the far northern Highlands early one summer morning. Me and a climbing partner were gearing up ready for biking in to Creag Urbhard and climbing Gargantua when she pulled up in her car with plans to hike up the mountain. We chatted for 10 minutes or so in which I learned she was working at Kylesku and on the look out for somebody to climb with. We exchanged numbers and met at Sheigra a few weeks later, the rest - as they say - is history.
We both live together in the far north now and always laugh when we drive past that lay-by, it holds very fond memories for us both.
trish1968 - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:
I met my hubby at Quaffers night club (classy joint) it's now a homebase :-(
lynda - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Met the significant other at Glasgow Climbing Centre. He was taking the proverbial out of my bouldering ability (apparently I was making hard work of it all).

Nearly 10 years later, he still takes the proverbial and I still do things the hard way.
teflonpete - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to Tall Clare:
> (In reply to teflonpete)
>
> Similar here via Fitness Singles, though I did 'dump' him before we'd even met (I decided that as a triathlete he'd be busy training all the time and that, with him juggling childcare and a demanding job, would mean there wouldn't be time for a relationship.

We thought we'd only meet up every now and then for a weekend away or a night out on weeks I didn't have the kids, so her living the opposite side of London and me climbing regularly and having the kids every other week wouldn't really matter.
We now just about manage 3 nights apart every fortnight so I can get home early after work for the kids, and spend the rest of the time together at her place or mine. It's a bit of a logistical nightmare, both of us living between two places and climbing has taken a bit of a knock, but it's by far the happiest relationship I've been in and well worth the effort traveling.
Ee on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: Showed my Long Haired Sergeant Major around the gym i work,prior to her having a staff interview. Result,we were married 3 years later...........on 1st April.
Ee :-)
Tall Clare - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to teflonpete:

Sounds familiar! My climbing mojo has yet to recover fully, mind...
paulcarey - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Dating website.... still going strong over 7 years later!
tlm - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

UKC ukc
Steve John B - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: She was a housemate of an old friend. A shared interest in toilet humour and alcohol brought us together.
tlm - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to Darren Jackson:

> She was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, when I met her. I picked her out, I shook her up and turned her around. Turned her into someone new. Now, five years later, on she's got the world at her feet.

Success has been so easy for you.
But don't forget it's me who put you where you are now

And I can put you back down too.
jayferg76 on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: We both drank in the same pub and knew the same people, but only really got talking when i found out that her boyfriend was doing the horizontal bop with my girlfriend.

We went out drinking as mates, and love soon blossomed. It turned out that she lived just round the corner from my grandparents, where i lived with them up until about 11 years old.
So of course we got into conversation about what we did as kids. She told me about this little scar on her left arse cheek where some t@sser shot her with an air rifle whilst walking through the field at the back of my grans house.
Turns out it was me. I remember the day perfectly, sat in the back garden shooting targets, only to miss one and hearing someone scream. Being the upstanding citizen i was back then, i scampered off into the house pretending nothing had happened.

Suprisingly, she still won't let me have one. So much for love.
Trangia - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to jayferg76:

Miserable cow! You mean she won't give you the pellet back?
Carless - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

At the Sobell climbing wall

2 cute French girls turned up and asked me to show them where the climbing in England was, on a map of the London underground... English wasn't their strong point ;-)

That was 24 years ago
edunn on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

GCSE French class 11 years ago.

Anthony Salih used to sit next to her and I asked him if he would swap so that I could copy her notes.

Anthony already had a grilfriend so he didn't mind.
jayferg76 on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to Trangia: Oh, i'm sure she'd give me another one instead.Probably from point-blank range.
I keep telling her that if i shoot the other cheek, it'll just look like she has a couple of cute dimples. Maybe i should have said that Cupid had run out of arrows, so he borrowed my gun instead.

At least she can't say that i didn't leave a lasting impression on her!
Timmd on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to jayferg76:That's a cool story!
Doug on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to Carless: A small hotel in the French Alps (Les Cinq Saisons) where we both staying over New Year (they used to run very good courses for telemark skiers). I think we sat at the same table a couple of evenings. A year later we were both back again, recognised each over, & have been together for some 10 years :-)
Ridge - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to Doug:
At a friends house party, she came in from the patio, slightly inebriated and talking ten to the dozen. She went back out the same way, not noticing the patio door had been closed. After rebounding back cartoon-character style she managed to hang onto the fridge, slightly drunk and very concussed. I thought "I'm in here..."
johncook - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: Was badly drunk, and ignored her, so became a target. It is a lesson in the reasons for staying sober! (P.S. now divorced.)
John Rushby - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

During an evening of badger baiting - our terriers became ensared and it pretty much took off from there.
teflonpete - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to Ridge:
> (In reply to Doug)
> I thought "I'm in here..."

Good work sir!
Lukem6 - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: Drunk, and alone in a classy dirty hip hop club(that is no longer open due to stabbings and shootings.)

Out with my step father and his curfew had meant he left me alone. hours later I was still drunk on the dance floor when this big booty wiggles up to be to say hello. it was 3 am before I discovered the booty had a face. I invited her and her friends to my bachelor pad above the club, I got no further than her tights! So annoying!

2 dates later she dumped me!

8 months later we met back up, and she teased me along for 6 months before finally deciding we was in a relationship. We have been together for 8-ish years and married for 1 and half of those, although she almost died with laughter with I proposed.
Motown - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: Worked in same place, but when I noticed a harness in her car I her true qualities shone through (she was obviously not put off by my suspicious lurking around the car park).
JohnnyW - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

She was supervising the checkouts at Sainsbury's in Loughborough, and I was the new Provisions Manager. She had a heck of a figure, and I used to volunteer to do the high-value product escort when she was doing a cigarette order from the stockroom, just so I could get a closer look.

She was a nippy sweetie to work with, as they say here in Scotland, so I didn't think owt would come of me asking her out.

3 kids and 24yrs later, it turned out it did :o)
Timmd on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to Timmd:
> (In reply to jayferg76)That's a cool story!

From both perspectives that is, I don't potentially have a thing for shooting people in the bum with an air rifle. (:-))
iksander on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: Came round to my squat to procure
Fraser on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Met my (now) wife when she came and shared my dining table in the San Francisco Youth Hostel, back in 1988.
neilh - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:
Christmas office party held atnight club Warrington Wolves RL ( before moved to new stadium). I was an invited guest, being one of the few single males from a client company . She was a trainee who had just joined after dropping first year at university. At the time I was dancing in my boxers- do not ask. 21 years married in Jan, two daughters.Still makes me laugh how we met.
Father Noel Furlong on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Hopefully I'm not the first to say I was born with it......
Duncan Bourne - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:
UKC the modern way
KellyKettle - on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: We split a little while back now, but the story of how I met my ex is still amusing.


I was one of the hosts of a large toga party (with more than a superficial resemblance to 'national lampoon's Animal House'), and was dressed as Jesus, complete with a crown made of real gorse thorns (long story).

This tiny giggling blonde blur comes bouncing across the room, jumps up and slaps the crown into my head; by the fifth time this happened I was getting irked, so i crouched down to her level, looked at her nose to nose asked her to stop... I then noticed her grinning like a cheshire cat, grinned back and kissed her.

She chose the second the kiss finished to slam her hand down even harder on my head and ripped her palm open on the gorse... So I took.her to the kitchen, cleaned the cuts (with iodine, just to get my own back) and we got talking properly whilst I bandaged her up.

We're still actually good friends, but were a bit too alike to be a stable couple.
puppythedog on 09 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: We met playing facebook scrabble. MrsTheDog picked me to play against because I had a zero score (so was probably easy pickings) and I was cute (apparently). One of the first words I played, we differ over whether the first or not, was C&^t.
We then started chatting, decided to play another game, then another. We then friended each other to make sure we could keep playing each other.
Over the next several months we played and chatted, I started leaving parties and stuff early to go home to see if she was on t'internet. Over months we chatted honestly about ourselves never thinking we would meet. There was no guile or fear of rejection so we were free to be open.
Eventually we decided to meet to see if we fancied each other, I drove to where she lived (miles away) we talked, drank lots and became a couple.
We married last June and she let me climb the old man of hoy on the wedding trip :-) She's brilliant, far better than me :-)
chrisicles - on 10 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:
Same course in uni- got put in the same group for a lab project on STDs.
Me (awkward male) in a group with 5 girls, she was the only one who laughed at my jokes!
Flinticus - on 10 Jan 2013
On the way to the off licence.





But there's a bit more to it than that!
Fultonius - on 10 Jan 2013
In Chamonix last winter. I saw an add for a flatmate, went and looked at their place - decided I didn't like their slightly creepy other flatmate and stayed in a different place.

Sent her a text: "Sorry, I've decided to stay at a different place, but if you ever want to go out for a drink or a snowboard let me know". 2 months of hanging out and snowboarding later we hooked up and now live together in Chamonix.

oddtoast on 10 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:
On an online game. 3 years long distance (summers together) then he emigrated over here and we setup home together, 4 years and counting since then :)
Bloodfire - on 10 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: Went to Pakistan, saw a girl climbing a tree that must've been a 6b+ and thought "hummm, she looks a bit alright", spoke to my parent, who spoke to her parents and some time later, we were married....

... and thats how you sort out an arranged marriage! Sorted.
mikehike on 10 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

She was a barmaid at my local, so I had a pint of courage and asked her out.


Cheers
MH
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Banj - on 10 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: Saw this 12-year old girl admiring my cannonballs. (Stop that! I was a 14-year old boy goofing around at the local outdoor swimming pool) Made friends that day, got married 7 years later, 24th wedding anniversary coming up this year. She still loves my cannonballs. . .
Orgsm on 10 Jan 2013
In reply to Darren Jackson:
> (In reply to The New NickB)
>
> She was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, when I met her. I picked her out, I shook her up and turned her around. Turned her into someone new. Now, five years later, on she's got the world at her feet.


You met her in the 80's then.....
Orgsm on 10 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Ski chalet in a mixed group some of whom I knew
johnj on 10 Jan 2013 - 86.112.78.158 whois?
In reply to Darren Jackson:

Sometimes I feel like i don't have a partner, Sometimes i feel that my only friend, is the city I live in the city of Yorkshire, I never worry, now that is a lie..
mypyrex - on 10 Jan 2013
In reply to birdie num num:
> (In reply to The New NickB)
> Mrs Num Num and I knew as soon as our eyes met, mine, through my safety goggles, hers, from behind her welding mask, that we were firmly smitten by lust.
Oh, I thought you found her in a quarry
The Norris - on 10 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Met mine in an IT lab at uni, she was struggling to get the computer to do what she wanted it to do so asked me for help... i had a quick look and pressed the 'on' switch.

climbingpixie - on 10 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

Hodge Close. It was lust at first sight, with his beanie and his ripped trousers, and I was well up for some climbing partner with benefits action! We had a chat, he took some pictures of me on through the looking glass and when I got home from work the next day he'd emailed me through UKC about the pictures. We had a lakes climbing trip where nothing happened then got together a couple of weeks later while hiding from the rain, sharing my tiny tent in the Nant Peris campsite.

I ended up moving in with him a few months later after quitting my job and moving to leeds so I could climb more. It was supposed to be a stopgap until I found a job and my own place but less than a week later I broke my leg and by the time it was fixed there didn't seem to be much point moving out.
Tomar - on 10 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: At Heathrow airport, me going to Rome, she going to Hamburg
Toerag - on 11 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: Had a phone call from a German Au-pair working on the island to ask about joining my climbing club. She couldn't make our meeting night but could do weekends. She sounded nice so I encouraged a couple of the single lads in the club to give her a call as I was in a relationship at the time. She eventually came along and became friends. She left the island shortly after and stayed in touch with xmas/birthday emails. A couple of years later I split up with my GF, and after the next birthday email a few months later we rekindled our friendship. We get married in May :-)
Lord of Starkness - on 11 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

On the Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond -- She and her friend were drinking pints - so my mate and I thought we'd be in for a cheap night by offering to buy them a drink. That didn't last long -- little did we know they both preferred dark rum and coke and were hoping to meet some mugs daft enough to buy them a couple. What's more they needed a lift home and I had a car! We were engaged a few months later.

That was 43 years ago -- so something must have worked out OK!
Lancs lass - on 13 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

At an outdoor centre where I was a newbie and he was Senior Instructor. During staff block tour, I was shown the drying room and innocently said it seemed like a good place to take clothes off in... 6 years on, still climbing together, he just asked me to marry him at Grizedale forest...
confusicating on 13 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB:

An anti SDL protest.
dale1968 - on 13 Jan 2013
In reply to The New NickB: Swimming competition

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