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Head Scarves & Wraps At Shepherd’s Bush Market

Head Scarves & Wraps At Shepherd’s Bush Market

We just love a good hair accessory, and what better than the timeless head scarf..

We may be famous for fabrics but one of our most popular items, that doesn’t quite get the credit it deserves, is the classic head scarf. Whether used for a stylish hijab, wrap or DIY turban/headband, we can’t think of a more appropriate accessory for the summer.

Although there are many places within the market where you can find a variety of gorgeous prints & textures. The only stall entirely dedicated to this timeless accessory is She Fashion – Stall 54.

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Mr Kalra, the owner of She Fashion

Serving both fashion & function, choosing to adopt this stylish summer trend also means you’re protecting those ends from the much dreaded sun damage (yes that glorious orb in the sky does damage more than just the skin) or maybe you’ve got a festival booked in this season and you know all too well that hair isn’t going to get washed for 3 days (hey, no judgement!) in which case, a hair turban is most definitely what you need.

She Fashion caters to a variety of tastes. With textures ranging from silks & satins, to cottons & poly’s with a broad array of prints to choose from, we can safely say you’ll be spoilt for choice. We’re big fans of the yellow Russian print (pictured above) with some gold door knocker earrings – a great look for Notting Hill Carnival this year, right?!

If the idea of wrapping your own doesn’t quite tickle your fancy, you can pick from a large selection of ready made turbans also.

Need a little inspiration? Sit back and enjoy these tutorials from gorgeous YouTubers Kihlamazing and Luxy Hair

Ready to try your own? Make sure to tweet us your pictures @shepherdsbushmarket!

Shubbak Festival Comes To Shepherd’s Bush!

Shubbak Festival Comes To Shepherd’s Bush!

London’s largest contemporary Arabic cultural festival is landing right on our doorstep…

We’re elated to announce that the Shubbak Festival will be taking over the market this July! Famed for connecting London audiences with the best contemporary Arab culture, the organisation has attracted over 50,000 visitors in more than 40 venues at their last festival alone!

Shubbak will be taking over 5 spots throughout market lane for 3 days of fun. Working with London based and international art institutions, many participants travel over the world to take part in the biennial event. You can expect visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance & literature as the artists bring the town to life through creativity and interactions with market shoppers & traders.

Shepherd’s Bush Market will see a strong focus on music, storytelling and live art being created with textiles sourced from the market as the medium, as artists explore our vibrant town and it’s rich multicultural history.

Running from 13 – 15th July,  be sure to join us for 3 incredible days of creative interventions.

The best part? The festival is completely free! Join us:

Thursday 13th July: 10am – 6pm
Friday 14th July: 10am – 6pm
Saturday 15th July: 10am – 6pm

Be sure to keep an eye on our twitter for live updates!

Let’s Get Social

Let’s Get Social

There’s nothing we love more than cruising on social media for a killer photo. We’re pleased to have seen a wave of uploads featuring nothing other than our very own market and all we have to offer…

Like anyone and everyone, we do love a little scroll over the old social media every now and then, and we’re always pleased to receive a notification letting us know someone has posted a gorgeous photo of their purchase or experience in the market. 

With such an amazing collection of photos building online, we just had to show a little appreciation and upload them to our very own site for your viewing pleasure…

Pretty impressive, right?

Long may it continue, and we want YOU to get involved! Whether your a professional photographer or just addicted to ‘instagraming’ your daily life, make sure to hashtag #shepherdsbushmarket in your posts, or tag us directly! Find our handles on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.

DON’T FORGET! The top 4 will make their way into our seasonal newsletter sent out to over 10,000 people in the local area. See who got selected our Spring edition HERE

*Featured photos are via Instagram and have been credited to their respective owners. 

Street Food Hits SBM!

Street Food Hits SBM!

We’ve had some new vendors join our foodie haven…

If you’ve passed through the market recently, you may have noticed we’ve had some incredible new additions serving up nothing but steaming hot & delicious street food.

There’s no denying the incredible aroma that has been filling the market since our latest vendors China Wok opened. Serving out onto Goldhawk Road, they’ve fast become a local favourite…

Having joined us from the Truman Brewery, China Wok are serving up street food cult classics like sweet and sour chicken to spicy beef with your choice of noodles or fried rice. Any true street food fanatic will know that the trend originated from the delicious Chinese delicacies you could pick up on the go through any one of London’s markets, and we’re happy to have one of the pioneers right here on our doorstep.

With a small box for £4 and a large for £5, you can mix and match to your hearts content. Filled right to the brim, they’ll ensure you’re getting your money’s worth! Open 6 days a week, China Wok serve directly onto the main road, so they’ll be open even when we’re not!

If you’re after something a little unique, we’re elated to have welcomed Nepalese Street Food into the community, in the form of Momo Hut..

After spending years working in the events & catering industry, Momo Huts owner, Bimala, found there was a serious gap in the market for the delicacies from her home country. She wasn’t wrong, serving up steaming hot dumplings and a selection of incredible curries, Momo Hut has been an instant success!

With options for both vegetarians and meat lovers, Bimala assures us the secret is in her spices, which you are sure not to find anywhere else. Each dish is served up with your choice of their secret sauces, which seems to be what has got the locals hooked!

So, if you’re craving a taste of something exotic, we recommend making your way down to see these ladies. We mean, come on, 8 dumplings from as little as £3.. how could you say no?

In the form of a bright orange gazebo located near the Goldhawk Road entrance, our mouths have been drooling and tummies well fed since welcoming Urban Okra into the market…

Photo @urbanokra

Photo @urbanokra

Serving up curried goat, jollof rice, spicy grilled chicken skewers, fried plantain and much more, we’ve NEVER had African street food like this before!

A festival of flavours on the palette, you can’t miss the opportunity to sample the incredible delicacies being served up daily. Urban Okra will be here for the rest of the week, and given that our customers continue showering them with the love their food deserves, possibly throughout summer too!!

To be the first in the know about upcoming events and daily pop ups follow us on Twitter.

20 Reasons Why You NEED To Visit Shepherd’s Bush Market

20 Reasons Why You NEED To Visit Shepherd’s Bush Market

Read up on the top 20 reasons why you need to visit Shepherd’s Bush Market;

1.We’re a historical landmark within the West London Community, with 2017 being our 103rd year.

Photo by @nomtaigne on Instagram

Photo by @nomtaigne on Instagram

2. We’re world renowned for some of the best falafel in not only the city but dare we say… the world?

3. Our traders are super friendly and are always up for a good bubble.

Snapshot from the 2015 Cinderella movie

Snapshot from the 2015 Cinderella movie

4. One of our fabric traders are so good, they supplied the fabric for Cinderella’s evil Stepmother in the 2015 hit movie. Find out who here.

5. Our bedding and household furnishings are the exact same that go through some of our major department stores like John Lewis, but at a fraction of the price.

Photo courtesy of @hdglutenfree on instagram

Photo courtesy of @hdglutenfree on instagram

6. Sylvia Fletcher makes sure her son, John, picks up their fruit & veg from the wholesaler EVERY morning. Only to ensure they’re bringing you the best!

The Display in Bush Store Jeweller's

The Display in Bush Store Jeweller’s – @shepherdsbushmarket on Instagram

7. We have our very own Aladdin’s Cave.

8. You can buy home favourites from Africa to Latin America.

9. You can pick up fresh popcorn and mint tea on your travels through the market.

10. We were voted one of Buzzfeed’s must visit London markets.

Fabrics from Shepherd's Bush Market

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11. We’re world renowned for our fabric, holding some of the best stock from England to Africa!

12. Customers get the chance to win £5 on the spot if you’re the first to show the manager a selfie with a trader – listen out for the tannoy announcements!

Kylie Lip Kit @shepherdsbushmarket on Instagram

Kylie Lip Kit @shepherdsbushmarket on Instagram

13. You’ll be surprised by all the on trend products you will find.

14. We have a constant supply of perfectly ripe, tropical fruit year round.

Avocado

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15. You can find some of the largest avocado’s in the nation.

16. One of our food traders spent over 10 years cooking for some of the biggest names in pop culture, we can’t name names though. 😬

17. We’re a revolving door of pop up traders, so you never know what new treasure you may find!

Photo courtesy of sam_ikinofo on Instagram

Photo courtesy of sam_ikinofo on Instagram

18. We make sure to keep it super atmospheric for you in the evenings.

19. We’re conveniently located between Shepherd’s Bush Market and Goldhawk Road Underground stations, so getting here is a total breeze.

20. And lastly, our market is full of small, family run, independent businesses. By choosing to shop here means funding our local economy and helping the heart of our town beat that little bit stronger.

So be sure to pay us a little visit on your next trip through West London, we’re not a local favourite for nothing!

 

The Felix Project Needs Your Donations!

The Felix Project Needs Your Donations!

We’ve teamed up with The Felix Project and we need your donations!

Bishop of London's along with other faith leaders visit St Laurence's Larder, Brondesbury, where they help with the unloading of food from a Felix van....

Bishop of London’s along with other faith leaders visit St Laurence’s Larder, Brondesbury, where they help with the unloading of food from a Felix van….

For those not in the know, The Felix Project is an organisation that collects surplus food and delivers to charities tackling food poverty. (this is where we come in…)

The organisation was set up by Justin Byam Shaw to commemorate his late son Felix, after his untimely passing in 2014. Felix was known for his compassion and his parent’s wished to create something he would be proud of to continue his legacy, and so, The Felix Project was born.

Sadiq Khan delivering food to St Mungo's charity in a Felix van in support of the ES Food for London campaign.... Sadiq handing out the fresh produce out the back of the van to St Mungo residents.....

Sadiq Khan delivering food to St Mungo’s charity in a Felix van in support of the ES Food for London campaign…. Sadiq handing out the fresh produce out the back of the van to St Mungo residents…..

So, from the 28th – 31st of December we will be collecting food donations from our customers and traders in order to help tackle food poverty within the UK this season.

We hope that you will all have plenty to donate to help those in need this time of year. If you would like to donate, please make your way to the Market Manager’s Office and leave your contribution with a member of the team.

The MM office is located 6 stalls in to the left from the Goldhawk Road entrance of the market, please feel free to ask any trader as they will be able to point you in the right direction.

There are guidelines in place what can and can’t be donated, please see below;

Please donate any items from the following;

  • Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
  • Dried goods ie pasta, rice etc
  • Wrapped/Packaged bread, pastries and cakes (no loose loaves/rolls or cakes)
  • Tinned food
  • Packet goods ie soups, mixes etc
  • Jars ie sauces, jams etc

Please do not donate;

  • Meat Products
  • Fish Products
  • Anything past it’s sell by date

We will stop taking donations on the 31st December.

This a great cause and a fantastic alternative to throwing out any food you feel you may longer need. Don’t forget to tweet us and let us know what you’ve donated!!

Festive Trading Days!

Festive Trading Days!

Christmas is on it’s way and we’re looking forward to a festive month of market life!

Be sure to make your way over for your pick of gifts and fresh produce to cook up for Christmas dinner! Please remember the market will be closed on the following days; Monday 26th December, Tuesday 27th December and Monday 2nd January.

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Christmas At The Market

Christmas At The Market

Ho, Ho, Ho! The Festive season is nearly among us and we just can’t wait to get things underway!

We’ve ensured that every weekend will have a festive offering for passers by and the local community to get involved in. You can expect carollers, bake/craft sales and a variety of charitable causes to support.

 

If you’ve strolled through the market in the last week, you would have noticed that our Christmas lights have now been activated for 2016 (have you noticed our swanky new banners yet too…?) giving us all the pre – Christmas feels…

In addition, we have 2 HUGE trees on their way. They’ll be lit to the heavens providing us all with the festive sparkle we’ve so desperately missed…

December will see our space filled and animated every Friday and Saturday throughout the month with a variety of local community groups, Christmas themed pop ups and a range of charitable causes to support. Scroll down for our full timetable and make sure to pencil us in your diary!

Pop Up’s

Lucky Go Cooky

Lucky Go Cooky

The German Wholegrain Baker’s Shop

Charlotte’s Cake Creation’s

Our regular pop up The German Wholegrain Baker’s Shop will be back with us with a whole new twist on their regular menu. They’ll be introducing a whole line of authentic German Christmas confections for us to sink our teeth into! If that wasn’t enough, newcomers to the market Lucky Go Cooky and Charlotte’s Cake Creations will be popping up shop with a huge selection of their Christmas themed bakes. Whether for yourself or as a gift, make sure to swing by and pick up some of these tasty treats!

Christmas Carol’s

Trinity West Church and The Treblemakers

We’ll be having some amazing carolling sets from a few of our local groups. Trinity West Church, The Treblemakers and The Masbro Centre will all be coming down to the market on separate days to treat our ears to some festive tunes. From Silent Night to O’ Come All Ye Faithful come and get in the festive spirit with the sound of Christmas!

Community Groups/Charitable Causes

We have always been passionate about giving back to our local community and ensuring that everyone has the chance to be involved. We’ll be working with our local community groups The Harrow Club and The Masbro Centre/Urban Partnership Group as part of their development programs for their members. The Harrow Club will be taking over our pop up spaces over 3 days in December selling their handmade Christmas themed crafts and bakes, be sure to swing by and purchase something as all proceeds will go toward their group. The loveable bunch that took part in our Young Trader Competition from Greenside Primary School will be back on our ground and we can’t wait to see what they’ll have in store!

Our charitable contribution is currently growing, Family Action will be kicking things off with a collection running through the market on the 2nd of December, please be sure to donate what you can to help a family in need.
Our Christmas plans are still being developed and added to, be sure to keep an eye on our twitter and check back to this post for updates. If you would like to be involved in Christmas At The Market please contact info@myshepherdsbushmarket.com with your idea.

Roll up, Roll up! Young Trader’s take over SBM!

Roll up, Roll up! Young Trader’s take over SBM!

8 local students sold their hearts out at their very own market stall, and taught us all a thing or two in the process!

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If you follow us on social media you may have heard that we were holding our first ever Young Trader Competition. Partnered with Greenside Primary School as part of their ‘Specialist Programme’, we gave 8 bright and bubbly students the chance to experience what it’s like to be a market trader.

Provided with a table and stock donated by our existing traders, our young protege’s went out for the morning and showed us all they truly had the ‘gift of the gab’! Each and every one of these students exceeded the expectations of management, customers and traders alike, throwing out some great one liners and teaching us all a thing or two about market banter! Having made themselves a pretty penny (and they earned every bit!) let’s recap on how the day went down…

A crash course in trading

A crash course in trading

First our traders were given a crash course in the art of market trade. Led by the market manager (and with a little help from YouTube) they learnt all about the ‘art of the pitch’.

Setting up shop!

Setting up shop!

Supplied with a variety of produce and fresh fruit and veg, we asked our young traders to set up their stall how they thought best.

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The group was then split into two teams of 4. We had been told that our young traders had been watching The Apprentice in order to prepare for the day, so, in true form of the TV show a team leader was picked and a friendly competition was introduced. All went swimmingly until it came to the ‘board room’ where we all learnt we didn’t have the cut throat nature to axe any one from the teams, so…

… on to group trading it was! Our students sure weren’t shy when it came to pulling in the customers and making a sale. Drawing them in with infectious energy passers by had no choice but to purchase something! With some great one liners like ‘ A little spice to funk up your rice’ and ‘How about a banana to turn that frown upside down’ watch some of the highlights below;

 

After a great morning, the students had a tour around the market. They met some of the owners of our longest standing businesses and learnt about our history from the people who have been a part of it. Sure not to leave these loveable scamps empty handed, our traders were handing out drinks, sweets and even falafel’s to show our appreciation for them coming by and joining the market. Fingers crossed we’ll be able to get this amazing bunch back for a Christmas event too!

A huge thanks to Greenside Primary School and their lovely students for coming by, you made our day!

If you are a local school/community group that would like to work with us, please contact shaherazadfayyaz@wellingtonmarkets.co.uk

Achieve Pop Up Success at Shepherd’s Bush Market

Achieve Pop Up Success at Shepherd’s Bush Market

2016 saw a whole new wave of pop up food traders hit our historic market.

From crepes to Caribbean food we’ve seen a whole new generation of trader achieve success right on our doorstep. So if you’re on the fence about trading with us, why not see how our most recent additions found their experience…

The German Wholegrain Baker’s Shop

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Run by sisters Susanne and Alexandra, we just loved what TGWBS added to the market. Selling wholegrain bakes, the family recipes went down a treat with customers and traders alike. Exceeding even their own expectations, they sold out of bread only half way through their first day! We asked the siblings how they found their time here; We had a very good time at your market. We can see the potential for us here as many customers were very interested in our products and the variety. The ambience is very nice and friendly and it seems that the customers enjoy strolling through.”

The German Wholegrain Baker’s Shop will hopefully be making a comeback soon, so keep an eye on our twitter!

Wowshee’s

Wowshee's at Shepherd's Bush Market

Sister brand to The Beledi Kitchen, ‘Wowshee’s’ is a new street food concept that has taken Shepherd’s Bush by storm. A unique twist on Egyptian street food, these sizzling sandwiches are prepared fresh everyday, with your choice of meat (beef or chicken) or vegetarian – they also serve up an amazing Nutella Wowshee which is not to be missed! So we asked owner, Adam Eleshi, how has the experience been so far?; “As a trading company the Beledi team have found it very easy to settle in. We found existing traders very supportive and an excellent management team that has helped us every step of the way.”

Heavenly Crepes

Serving up some amazing creations Heavenly Crepes were hugely popular within the market. Not a moment went by during their first day that they weren’t busy, exceeding their expectations by a mile!

Owner Kaz said ‘We had a great day, we’ll be back with some exciting new crepe creations’ – and so they did, they immediately signed up for the day after!

Street Feed

Our latest pop up trader Street Feed has been serving up the best jerk chicken this side of town for the last few weekends. Serving up burgers, wraps and rice dishes this Caribbean cuisine is not to be missed. With over 7 sauces from sweet to spicy, and a range of dishes to suit everyone’s taste, they’ve settled in so well they’ve signed on indefinitely…

Our pop up offering is continually growing and we are currently accepting applications to trade. To apply to be a trader, please visit the Become A Trader page.

 

Filipino Food Hits Shepherd’s Bush Market!

Filipino Food Hits Shepherd’s Bush Market!

Richie's - Arch 186

Richie’s – Arch 186

If you’ve had a chance to swing by Shepherd’s Bush Market recently, you would’ve noticed a very exciting new renovation taking place… An unused arch sat outside of the market manager’s office has finally been transformed into a stunning, modern and chic cafe! Serving up quite the selection of fresh food cooked on site, ‘Richie’s’ has already taken off as a huge hit amongst customers and traders alike! We spoke to owner Richie Abalayan to find out more…

Tell us a little about yourself; Well, my name is Richie, I’m 48 years old and I’m a professional chef. I worked full time for many years before deciding it was time to set up my own business, so, with my wife Leony by my side, that’s exactly what I’ve done!

What food do you have on offer? Oh, we have lots on offer, everyday we’re serving up barbecue cooked right outside so you can expect burgers and some great grilled meats every day. On top of that, one of our main focus here is our fusion of Filipino and Asian cuisine, it’s served up everyday but we also hold buffets on the weekends. One of our best sellers right now is a traditional Filipino breakfast dish called ‘Tapsilog’, ‘Tapa’ translates to fried beef, ‘Si’ to fried rice and ‘log’ to egg – and that’s exactly what it is!  All of our meat is halal too, so everyone can eat here.

Tapsilog - A traditional Filipino breakfast

Tapsilog – A traditional Filipino breakfast

Vegetarian Noodles with Chicken and Prawn Spring Rolls

Do have dessert options? Yes, of course, we have waffles that you wouldn’t believe! Our most popular is our decadent chocolate, it’s a chocolate chip waffle which has molten chocolate inside so it melts in the middle when you eat it. Served up with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, drizzled in hot fudge sauce!

What’s the most unique thing you have on offer? Definitely ‘Halo Halo’, it’s a Filipino dessert which directly translates to ‘Mix Mix’. It’s essentially our traditional sundae, it’s shaved ice mixed with sweetened beans, palm seeds, cooked plantain, flavoured rice krispies, condensed milk, ice cream, cocoa jelly, shredded melon and much more! Trust me, it’s not famous in the Philippines for nothing, you’ll love it!

Halo Halo

Halo Halo

Why did you choose Shepherd’s Bush Market? For it’s diversity and broad cultural mix of customer, we knew this was the place for us. It’s a great place to set up our kind of business.

How has it been so far? It’s been buzzing here, we’ve been busy every day. Many customers and traders have said we’re serving up the best food they’ve ever had!

Richie's serve up some great off menu healthy options too - just ask!

Richie’s serve up some great off menu healthy options too – just ask!

What do you have in store for us?  Fresh food cooked on site every day. We’re always bringing in new dishes too, we have a Chef’s special every day. Today’s is beef brisket soup cooked with plantain and cabbage. You can come and enjoy a delicious meal in our summer garden right outside!

Richie's Summer Garden

Richie’s Summer Garden

Any fun facts for us? We actually buy our meat from the butchers in the market. We’ve been a huge hit with the traders, one of our neighbours picks up one of our burgers for his son EVERY day – apparently, he’s addicted to them!

So be sure to show our latest business some love and pay them a visit. We’re sure you’ll be leaving with a happy tummy!

Richie’s is located in Arch 186, close to the Goldhawk Road entrance.

Fabric Focus

Fabric Focus

Shepherd’s Bush Market has long been famous for it’s fabrics, a tradition that has now surpassed 100 years.

Our very first fabric shop ‘Dave Horatha & Co’ was opened in 1919, after the First World War. Over the years we have seen an exciting influx of bold and beautiful fabrics make their way into the market by a variety of specialist traders.

Having always been renowned for our ethnic diversity, we would be lying if we said our fabric traders weren’t one of the main reason’s we gained that reputation. Having played a huge part in the fame of the market, we are proud to host some of the best fabric businesses in the borough.

Serving home sewers, students and businesses from all over the world, our fabric shops are not to be missed. With 4 heavy hitters supplying us with some of the best in town, whether you’re looking for pretty florals, ethnic prints or supreme quality jersey, our traders are offering a range to suit your personal needs.

So, let’s find out a little more, shall we?

Guruwar Fabrics
Shop 19 & 22

One of our staple fabric traders, Mr Guruwar owns 2 of our fabric shops, both serving a different clientele. Shop 19 is where you will find his stunning range of ethnic and African fabric. Packed to the rims with eye catching colour, intricate embroidery and an array of textures. If you’re after something a little simpler, Shop 22 is where he stocks his range of chiffon’s, polycotton’s and jersey in a variety of colours.

Dave Horatha & Co
Arch 170

Now, if you’re looking to get lost in a sea of variety that you have no idea what to do with yourself, Horatha & Co is the place for you! Constantly re-stocking their offering, they are known for dress, furnishing and curtain fabrics. Their business specialises in bringing you liquidation stock, which means they can ensure that they are always giving their customers the absolute best value for money! They are renowned within the community for bringing you the best possible quality of essentials such as; calicco, denim and cotton whilst also carrying sturdy suit fabrics such as tweed and herringbone. Being our longest standing trader of course means that they don’t just stop there, they have an exquisite range of luxury items such as lace, chiffon, velvet, satin’s and silks!

GS Fabrics
Shop 13

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GS Fabrics – Shop 13

The first fabric shop you’ll come across when entering from the Shepherd’s Bush Market underground station, GS Fabrics hold a gorgeous range of designs and textures. Mixed prints from ethnic to floral, you’ll find yourself lost in a haze of colour upon entering this unmissable strore. A rainbow of laces and chiffons, stacks of African prints and some gorgeously printed viscose we’re sure you won’t manage to leave empty handed!

So if you’re on the hunt for something bold and beautiful, make your way down to the market and explore the world fabrics we have on offer. And, don’t forget, our traders are experts in the business, if they don’t have what you’re after – just ask! We’re sure they’ll be able to order in whatever you’re after.

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