Rhythm & Views Film Festival 15-29 June

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This year’s festival pays tribute to ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin, with the films Amazing Grace and the timeless, The Blues Brothers; and keeps it soulful with the Teddy Pendergrassbiopic: If You Don’t Know MeAnd, there’s a celebration of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing on its 30th anniversary. Plus, a feast of short films from around the world.

15 June – FESTIVAL LAUNCH & FESTIVAL OF SHORTS (part 1). David Lean Cinema. 7pm

16 June – BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (Cert. 15). Boxpark.  8pm.

17 June – THE BLUES BROTHERS (Cert. 15). Boxpark. 8pm


20 June – AMAZING GRACE (Cert.U). David Lean Cinema. 2.30pm&  7pm screenings, Tickets:http://www.davidleancinema.org.uk/ 

22 June – TEDDY PENDERGRASS: IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME (Cert. 15). David Lean Cinema. 7pm, Cert. 15 + post screening Q&A

26 June – FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL SHORTS (part 2). The BRIT School. 1pm -3.30pm.

29 June – Spike Lee’s DO THE RIGHT THING (Cert. 18) SPECIAL 30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING + music. CACFO UK, 40 Northwood Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 8HQ. Film festival wrap with music, dancing and good vibes. Book tickets at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT2al2t2jnU

Tickets also bookable on eventbrite at:



The Festival is run with Black Stock Films.


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History events at 23 May inc. Peterloo, and journal essay list

General events; Peterloo events; essays in  Theory & Struggle, journal of Marx Memorial Library; Essays in Historical Studies in Industrial Relations

General events 

Tuesday 28 May.  5.15pm. She is an Outsider in Public Life’: women parliamentary candidates 1918-1923

Lisa Berry-Waite (University of Exeter)

IHR Seminar Senate House

Thursday 6 June. 6.30pm. ‘Time Come’ Britain’s black futures past

Arts 2 Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

The IHR Historical Research Lecture 2019 by Rob Waters

Drawing on the research for his new book Thinking Black: Britain, 1964–1985 (University of California Press), Waters will explore how the demand to ‘think black’, so common in the languages of political blackness of the long 1970s, worked as a call to carve out new historical subjects. This was an era in which remembering the histories of slavery and colonialism became a common concern for black Britons. Waters will show how, for its advocates, ‘thinking black’ meant working to remember these as unfinished histories that would be the driving force of change for Britain, the material out of which new futures would be made. In the project of thinking black, blackness was a historical experience whose time had come. What black futures were imagined at this moment in Britain’s past? And what role did black pasts play in imagining them?

After the lecture, Rob Waters will be joined in conversation with Kennetta Hammond Perry, Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre (De Montfort University). Reception: 8pm

Monday 17 June. 5.30pm. The size of the crowd. How historians have assessed numbers at demonstrations from 1848 onwards

Talk by Keith Flett at London Socialist Historians Seminar at IHR, Senate House

Peterloo Events

To Saturday 7 September. Misshaping Peterloo

Commemorative exhibition by illustrator and ceramicist Alex Sicking

Manchester Draft & Design Centre, 17 Oak St, Manchester. M4 5JD

Friday 31 May – Thursday 19 September. Peterloo: news fake news

Exhibition at Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX

26 June. 7pm. Protest and the politics of space in Manchester and Salford in the 19thC

Talk by Katrina Navickas at Working Class Movement Library,

3 July. 2pm. Ballads and songs of Peterloo

Talk by Alison Morgan with singers at Working Class Movement Library, Salford

3 July.  7pm. “How many shots were fired?” the ‘Plug Plot Insurrection’ and Peterloo

Talk by Michael Saunders at Working Class Movement Library, Salford

Saturday 3 August. 2pm. Our Sam, the Middleton Man

Community film about Samuel Bamford, radical reformer and leader of Middleton contingent at Peterloo, at Working Class Movement Library, Salford

The Peterloo Massacre @Live1819. Report day by day.


Robert Poole. Peterloo. The English Uprising

Oxford University Press. July. Hardback. 9780198783466

Review of Peterloo Conference Manchester 18 June:


Essays in  Theory & Struggle, journal of Marx Memorial Library

Malcolm Chase. Chartism, democracy and Marx and Engels


On Marx’s method and the study of history. By way of introduction: concepts and dialectics in history


Andrew Murray. The October Revolution and the British Labour Movement A century in perspective


The Russian Revolution and Britain’s shop steward movement. The local roots of solidarity and the Councils of Action


Mary Davis. East End Women, Sylvia Pankhurst and the Russian Revolution 1917 to 1922


Mary Davis. Socialist opposition to the First World War


Paula Bartley. Ellen Wilkinson: from Red Suffragist to government minister


Graham Stevenson. Radical Clerkenwell


Essays in Historical Studies in Industrial Relations

James Moher. The Combination Laws and the Struggle for Supremacy in the Early Engineering Trades: The London Society of Journeymen Millwrights


Roger Seifert. Wearing the Turban: The 1967–1969 Sikh Bus Drivers’ Dispute in Wolverhampton


Sian Moore. Gender and Class Formation: Women’s Mobilization in the Industrialization of the Bradford Worsted Industry, 1780-1845


Lydia Redman. State Intervention in Industrial Disputes in the Age of the New Liberalism: The London Docks Strikes of 1911-12


Lewis Mates. ‘Seven Shillings is Not Exactly the Millennium’: Economic Liberalism and the Campaign for a Miners’ Minimum Wage in the Durham Coalfield to 1914


The 2012 issue is mainly concentrated on the 191/12 Great Unrest



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Croydon History events & news at 23 May

Contents: events, contacts for further information about members of the Forum, Croydon Museum projects, notes and queries, political meetings in Croydon Parks project

Council appoints new Museum & Archives Manager

Marie Tulley-Rose has been appointed as the new Museum & Archives Manager. Lindsay Auld reverts back to her role as Bough Archivist. Marie has previously worked for the Kenley airport project, the National Trust and the Natural History Museum.


Eleven Croydon Historic Buildings on Heritage England’s Buildings at Risk Register



Local and Social History events sponsored by Croydon Local Studies Forum organisations

Friday 24 May – Saturday 28 September. Coming Home

Croydon Museum Exhibition of a Croydon individual whose portrait is in the National Portrait Gallery.


Wednesday 29 – Friday 31 May. Croydon Old Palace Open days

Doors open 13.00, tour begins at 13.45, lasts about two hours including tea. Admission £7, Over 60s £6, Under 16s £3. Friends of Old Palace

Sunday 2 June. 12noon-5pm. Shirley Windmill Open day

Tour lasts about an hour, last at 16.00. Souvenirs and refreshments. Buses 130, 466, parking in Oaks Road.

Monday 3 June. 7.45pm. The Big Croydon Birdwatch

Talk by John Birkett for CNHSS

Monday 10 June 8pm. Croydon Airport

Talk by Graeme Roy for East Surrey Family History Society

Tuesday 11 June. 7.45pm. Transports of Delight

Talk by Alan Walters for Norbury & South London Transport Club

Thursday 20 June 8pm. A Miscellany of Old South Norwood

Talk by John Hickman for South London Local History Group

Saturday 22 June – Saturday 28 September. Windrush Generation

Exhibition curated by Tony Fairweather and community groups in project chaired by Councillor Patsy Cummings, with Government and Council funding.

Ground floor Clocktower

Monday 24 June. 7.45pm. The Great Fire of London

Talk by Andrew Warde, City of London Guide for CNHSS

Sunday 7 July. Noon – 5pm. Shirley Windmill Open day

See 2 June

Monday 8 July. 7.45pm. Never Thought of That

Talk by Lady Mary Teviot for East Surrey Family History Society

Wednesday 10 July. 7.45pm. The Magic of the Mind

Talk by Michael Symes, member of Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star


Thursday 18 July. 8pm. Ladywell and Brockley

Talk by Mike Guilfoyle for South London Local History Group

Sunday 4 August Noon to 5pm. Shirley Windmill Open day

See 2 June

August. 100 years of Council Housing

Croydon Museum and Croydon Housing team exhibition in Clocktower

Thursday 15 August. 7.45pm. More Bygone Streatham

Talk by John Brown for South London Local History Group

Sunday 1 September Noon – 5pm. Shirley Windmill Open day

See 2 June

Friday 6 September. Evacuation & the Outbreak of War

Croydon Museum evening event in Clocktower

Monday 9 September. 7.45pm. Stuart London

Talk by Ian Bevan for East Surrey Family History Society

Wednesday 11 September. 7.45pm. Happy Valley – Past, Present and Future

Talk by Dominic North for CNHSS

Thursday 19 September. 8pm. An A-Z of Croydon II

Talk by Mike Gilbert for South London Local History Group

Sunday 22 September. Noon-5pm. Shirley Windmill Open Day

See 2 June

Monday 23 September. 7.45pm. The Life and Times of Old Palace

Talk by Janice Barter for CNHSS

Tuesday 24 September 7.45pm. British Buses and Trolleybuses in the ‘60s and ‘70s

Talk by Graham Donaldson for Norbury & South London Transport Club

Meeting venues

CNHSS – United Reformed Church, East Croydon

East Surrey Family History Society – St Matthew’s Church, Chichester Road, Croydon

Norbury & South London Transport Club – United Reformed Church, East Croydon

South London Local History Group – Phoenix Centre, Westow Street, Upper Norwood

November Local Studies Fair – November

The Local Studies Fair is organising a Fair on local history and studies in the Clocktower for either 9 or 16 November. It will include society stalls, talks, walks and films. Full details to be finalised.

Contacts for further information about members of the Forum

Bourne Society: bournesoc,org.uk; Hon. Secretary 020 8405 4833; bourneweb@postmaster.co.uk

Historic Croydon Airport Trust & Croydon Airport Visitor Centre:

www.croydonairport.org.uk; Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 0XZ; cas.cavc@hotmail.co.uk

Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society (CNHSS): http://www.cnhss.org.uk/index.htm

Crystal Palace Foundation: www.crystalpalacefoundation.org.uk; Melvyn Harrison, 58 Laurier Road, Croydon, CR0 6JQ. 07889 338812.


East Surrey Family History Society: www.eastsurreyfhs.org.uk; events@esfhs.org.uk

Friends of Old Palace: www.friendsofoldpalace.org.uk. David Poole, 31 Princes Avenue, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey. 020 8643 5978. davidpoole6717@hotmail.co.uk

Friends of Shirley Windmill: www.shirleywindmill.org.uk. Tony Skrzypczyk, 39 Addiscombe Road, Croydon, CR0 6SA. 020 8406 4676.

Museum of Croydon: Lindsay Ould, Borough Archivist, Museum of Croydon, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET. 020 8253 1022; researchroom@croydon.gov.uk; or museum@croydon.gov.uk

Norbury & South London Transport Club:  www.norburyclub.org.uk. Graham Donaldson. graydon56@btinternet.com

South London Local History Group. Keith Holdaway, 223 Leigham Court Road, London SW16 2SD. 020 8761 175

Forum members also include Whitgift Foundation, and independent historians: Pam Buttrey, Sean Creighton, John Hickman, Carole Roberts and Paul Sowan.

Croydon Museum Projects

Fairfield Collections – coming to an end with database to be finished.

Ponds of Croydon – HLF project with The Conservation Volunteers

Layers of London  – next workshop Tuesday 25 June. 2pm

Home Front Film – HLF/Croydon/Merton uses 1943 silent film to stimulate reminiscences of life and tome during the Second World War. To be shown at Clocktower event on  6 September.

Notes & Queries

Informal discussion between Forum embers and at the Forum meeting on 22 May identified the usefulness of exchanging snippets of information people find in the course of their researches about which other people may know. The new style newsletter of CNHSS has already triggered a lot of useful feedback. My snippets include:

John Mogge of 15 Norbury Ave – creditors notice November 1913

Daniel Peacock Wildbore and Edward Weller

The Smiths, mother and daughters suffrage activists living in Norbury

Carolie Sorabjee, living at 42 Sorley Park Rd in 1948

Any information would be grateful received and acknowledged: sean.creighton1947@btinternet.com

Political Meetings in Croydon  Parks Project

Katrina Navickas, a Croydon resident and Reader in History at the University of Hertfordshire, is ‘researching the history of public space in England from 1700 to 2000. She has been looking at where political meetings were held in Croydon and in some of the London boroughs in the 19th century and early 20th century, particularly in parks. The Croydon County Borough Council parks committee minute books are a major source, and are revealing that the Parks Committee regularly received requests to hold political meetings by various groups, from the local Labour Party and socialists to the Union of Fascists. Public parks came to Croydon quite late in the 19th century compared with other towns, and there was disagreement within the Council over the purchase of Park Hill Park, with pressure being put by the leaders of the Ratepayers’ Society that the purchase would raise rates and that the site should be sold off for ‘respectable’ housing development. Similar debates were raised about the purchase of Addington Hills. The most common site requested by political groups for open air meetings was Duppas Hill Park. But it seems that the Parks Committee disallowed political meetings there often, and suggested that the political group should approach the main Council for permission to meet on Fairfield instead. Indoor meetings were usually held in the Greyhound Inn.’ Katrina is continuing her research into the patterns of contestation over these spaces for a forthcoming book and welcome any leads and suggestions.

Dr Katrina Navickas, School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB



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Croydon events & News at 23 May

Thursday 30 May. 2-3.3pm. Peter and the Wolf.

London Mozart Players at Thornton Heath Library


Saturday 8 June.  11am-4pm. Green Spaces Open Day

Croydon Central Library, Clocktower, Katharine St

Discover more about Croydon’s green spaces and local wildlife and nature groups at this Open Day. Find out how you can become a volunteer and take part in activities.

Stall holders include: Croydon RSPB, Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society, Croydon Ponds Project, London Wildlife Trust, the Wilderness Project, Association of Croydon Conservation Societies.

Sunday 16 June. 7.30pm. Labour Party fundraising celebration of Norbury’s Eric Sanders

See: https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2019/05/23/eric-sanders-labour-party-fundraiser-16-june

Saturday 14 – Sunday 29 September. Wandle Fortnight

Celebration of all things Wandle run by the community for the community. begins over the first Heritage Open Days weekend and closes with World Rivers Day.

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September. Open House Weekend

Ruskin House Events

24 May. 8.30pm. Jazz with Soft Winds: standards, Latin, ballads and be-bop on sax, flute, clarinet, guitar and bass.  Free.

26 May. 8pm. Folk & Blues: Libre Fuego and Singers’ Night

31 May. 7.30pm. 5 Broken Cameras – award winning documentary about Palestine.  £5 from bar or Eventbrite.

See: https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/croydon-events-news-at-15-may

2 June. 8pm. Folk & Blues: Dulcidelic – Steve Lillywhite and Singers’ Night

7 June. 8pm. Poets Anonymous – £2 .All poets welcome.  See poetsanon.org.uk

9 June. 8pm. Folk & Blues: Bill Wardwell and Singers’ Night

15 June. 8pm. Cinema Ruskin: Shoot-out at Medicine Bend (Randolph Scott 1957) and Ghost Camera (John Mills 1933).  £2

16 June. 8pm. Folk & Blues: Sarah Milne and Singers’ Night

23 June. 8pm. Folk & Blues: Singers’ Night

30 June. 8pm. Folk & Blues: Four Gone Confusion and Singers’ Night


Brick by Brick shared ownership sales



Will the people of Croydon ever get their much-anticipated mega-mall?

This question is asked and analysed by Andrew Busby, founder of Retail Reflections consultancy.


Council’s up-hill struggle against waste and fly-tipping


New Mayor to reduce accountability by shortening Council meetings


Consensus growing on need for water features for well being


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Eric Sanders Labour Party Fundraiser 16 June


Saturday 16 June (7.30 – 9.30pm) 

Celebration of the life of Eric Sanders, Norbury and Pollard Hill Labour Party’s oldest member,

Organised by Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood Labour Party,

Fundraising  contributions to Croydon North Labour Party and the Jewish Labour Movement.

Born in 1919, young Ignaz Erich Schwarz, son of Jewish parents, stood on the pavement watching Adolf Hitler arrive in Vienna in March 1938. During the next few months, he and his parents emigrated from Vienna to Britain. His life has been an interesting, exciting one. During World War Two he served for seven years in the British Army, including three in the Special Operations Executive, one as an interpreter in a German Prisoner of War camp and one in the Legal Division of the British Occupation of Austria. Last year, he received an Austrian Cross of Honour for Culture and Science from the President of Austria.

Eric’s son, Paul, will be guiding the audience through the evening, which will be accompanied by musical interludes. On the night you will also be able to purchase, at reduced prices, a copy of Eric’s autobiography Secret Operations, From Music to Morse and Beyond”, as well as his novel, a thriller, in two volumes Mazes 1, Murder in Munich” and Mazes 2, Conspiracy in Vienna.” The autobiography tells the story of a young promising pianist and composer, Eric, whose chances of a career have been destroyed by the arrival of the Nazis.

Tickets (inclusive of a drink) are £10 waged or £5 unwaged. Each book will cost £10, but all three can be purchased for £20.

Please register for the event on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/myevent?eid=61336410856 and if you have any specific questions please be in touch with Will Townsend on will_098@hotmail.co.uk

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Croydon events & news at 15 May

Contents: Events at Ruskin House, inc. re-FGM, Palestine, Fascism & Racism; Westfields; CCG & NHS Trust; rodent plague, sale of Toys ‘R’ Us store; Inside Croydo; Cycle Lanes in Croydon

Events at Ruskin House

23 Coombe Road, CR0 1BD

Saturday 18 May. 8pm. Cinema Ruskin.  ‘The Gay Divorce’ (Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers) 1934 plus shorts.  £2

Monday 20 May. 8pm. aym.   ‘In the Name of Your Daughter’

Film about FGM in Tanzania, the girls escaping it and about women’s fight back.

Croydon Amnesty free event

Tuesday 21 May. 7.30pm.  Fascism, Racism and their Contemporary Afterlives

Croydon Momentum and LARAF (Labour Against Racism and Fascism) discussion. Invited speakers are Esther Leslie (Professor, Political Aesthetics,  Birkbeck College, Dr Alberto Toscano (Reader in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Theory, Goldsmiths College) and Anwar Akhar (Samosa media project leading the Royal Society of Arts Pakistan Calling project, of 70+ films.

LARAF aims to mobilise Labour Party members for anti-racist and anti-fascist activities, including demonstrations and local campaigns, as well as to share experience and spread local anti-racist initiatives across boroughs and Constituency Labour Parties. https://laraflondon.wordpress.com/about; laraflabour@gmail.com

Get your tickets here! 

Friday 31 May. 7.30pm.  ‘5 Broken Cameras’


Award winning documentary about Palestine.  Emad Burnat, a Palestinian farmer living in the village of Bil’in in the occupied West Bank, bought a camera to film his new son, Gibreel. Then construction began on a separation barrier between his village and a nearby settlement, cutting off access to 60% of Bil’in’s farmland. The villagers responded with non-violent protests and Burnat, recorded their resistance struggle and the growth of his son. Over the next five years, his cameras drew fire from Israeli forces trying to stop his filming. Co-directed with an Israeli peace activist, this feature documentary reveals a gripping story.

Tickets from Ruskin House Bar (£5.00) or online (£5.83) at:

Fascism, Racism and their Contemporary Afterlives


Is Westfield delay making Croydon a retail graveyard?

A detailed analysis in Retail Week discusses the uncertainties about the new Westfield shopping centre amidst the closure of retail stores and collapsing footfall.


Despite the uncertainty the Council website only talks about the potential benefits from the 2016 planning permission.


The company that now owns Westfield states on its website|:

‘The Croydon Partnership, a joint venture between Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson, aims to redevelop Croydon’s retail town centre to build a true retail and leisure hub for South London. The project will create 5,000 new local jobs, and act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the town. The scheme will be anchored by a brand new combined John Lewis and Waitrose store, and a Marks & Spencer.’

The opening date is given as 2023. The job creation figure is down 2,000 on the original Partnership promise.


First joint chief executive for CCG and NHS Trust

Is the proposal to have a joint chief executive for the Croydon NHS Trust and Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group a sensible move to improve the integration of health and social services, or does it create an over powerful body which it will be more difficult for Health Watch and campaigners to influence?


Rodent plague or bad management?

Two more stores have been fined for rodent infestations. Is this because cafes, pubs, restaurants, take-aways and grocers and convenience stores have an uphill struggle to combat rodent  infestation, or is it because of poor health and safety management?  Whichever t is it raises questions about how much the public an rely on food safety.



Croydon’s former Toys ‘R’ Us store sold for over £16m


Inside Croydon v Sean Creighton

Because of his dislike of me, and despite  for sometime now I have been listing some Inside  Croydon stories in this blog,  the Editor Steve Downs has chosen to bad mouth me on a posting on Andrew Kennedy’s Facebook.

New arrivals in Croydon may not know that back in 2015 there was a spate of personal attacks via social media on various people leading  to the following postings on Croydon Citizen:

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/croydons-appetite-self-destruction by me and a follow-up by Robert Ward, now a Conservative Councillor


Cycle Lanes in Croydon

Following his talk at the Nobury Village Residents Association AGM on 26 April I asked Cabinet member Stuart King for more information on cycle lanes. Here is the reply (15 May) from Tom Sweeney, the Council’s Programme Manager for Walking and Cycling:

‘Much of the Croydon’s existing and proposed network is on quieter back streets where there is less of a need to provide segregated cycle lanes (although there is a need to reduce some ‘rat running’ traffic from these largely residential roads).

Where cycle lanes are introduced on more main roads this is done in line with the London Cycle Design Guidance (for the cycle lanes) and other guidance such as Manual for Streets (for general traffic lane widths).  Where acceptable widths for the cycle lanes and the general traffic lanes are not possible due to narrowness there  is the option for cyclists to take the ‘primary position’, travelling in the same lane as general traffic, although the assumption is to segregate wherever possible.

Cycling schemes are (as with most road schemes) subject to network approvals in line with the Traffic Management Act 2004.  A balance has to be struck between keeping the private motor vehicle moving and providing space for safe cycling. When compared to use of the private car cycling has a number of benefits, polluting less, taking up less road  space per vehicle, providing health benefits and cutting fossil fuel use.   There have been an number of articles with regards to the issue of cycle schemes, congestion and pollution as exemplified by the two articles below:



The evidence of the introduction of cycle schemes in central London has not been accompanied by increased levels of  air pollution.  The picture on delays is more complex, with some impacts on bus journey times in particular, although much of this can be attributed to the rise of Uber and light delivery vans for internet shopping, etc.  Overall the more we get out of our cars and onto our bikes the fewer cars there will be in traffic jams and less pollution.

With regards to a study of which roads would be suitable to have cycle lanes, this has been done at a very high level to accompany the Cycle Strategy.  More detailed analysis is conducted on a scheme by scheme basis as proposals go through feasibility prior to implementation and are then subject to consultation/highways approvals.’

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Closures at St Helier’s & Epsom Hospitals Public Meeting 21 May

Closure will have a serious impact on Croydon University Hospital.

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