5 Best Bars in D.C.

Washington D.C., formerly known as the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or merely D.C., is the capital city of the United States and one of the most emblematic cities in the world.

Needless to say, Washington D.C. is a city that hosts hundreds of amazing sights and attractions, so many, in fact, that it would be impossible to see them all in a single stay.  From the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, to the Smithsonian Institute Museum, to the Capitol Building and the White House, home of the president of the United States, Washington D.C. is a city jam-packed with must-see attractions, making it one of the world’s hotbeds for national and international tourism.

And while Washington D.C. is always bustling with locals and tourists by day, it is equally busy come nightfall, when many thirsty sightseers head out to sample some of the city’s amazing restaurants, bars and cocktail lounges, of which there are hundreds.  In the following piece, we will introduce you to just a handful of these popular bars, pubs, and lounges, and provide a description of each destination, including the drink and food menu available at each location, the usual crowd that populates them, and the various amenities that make each so popular among locals and tourists.

The Round Robin

Located near the White House and Capitol Hill, at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Round Robin is a bar located within the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, which regularly hosts important dignitaries from around the globe.  The bar offers a full medley of classic cocktails and an impressive wine list longer than your arm.

The Round Robin is also a very iconic drinking establishment, one that is filled with history and lore.  American literary figures Walt Whitman and Mark Twain are said to have tipped a few drinks at the Round Robin, which is also where the famous U.S. and Kentucky statesman Henry Clay concocted the world’s first Mint Julep, now the drink of choice at the renowned Kentucky Derby horse race.


Located just blocks away from the presidential mansion, at 1432 Pennsylvania Avenue, the bar known as Wisdom is generally considered one of the best free-standing (not a hotel bar) cocktail lounges on Capitol Hill—a place where it is not uncommon to see Congressman and Senators hashing out a deal over drinks.

A very swanky cocktail lounge, the most popular order at Wisdom is gin, served either as a martini or mixed with refreshing tonic.  This is not surprising, as the bar is closely affiliated with the Philadelphia gin producer Blue Coat Gin.  In addition to gin-based drinks and other classic creations, the bar offers a very inventive menu of fruity cocktails, including their Pears of Wisdom, made with pear and elderflower liqueurs; the absinthe-based Captain Jack’s Green Sparrow, and the cucumber vodka and sake-based Saketini.

The bar menu includes some tasty and original snacks, including Boozy Bacon Waffles and a variety of outstanding sandwiches made fresh to order.

Chi-Cha Lounge

As you might infer from the name, the Chi-Cha Lounge is a Latin-themed bar modeled almost exactly after a real Mexican Hacienda—a hacienda once owned by the bar’s owner Mauricio Fraga’s grandmother.  The lounge, which is located at 1624 West U Street in the Dupont Circle region of Washington D.C., is known for its great Latin jazz music and comfortable furnishings that allow patrons to relax and stretch out.

The drink selections at the Chi-Cha Lounge include a variety of bottled beer from around the world, including an unprecedented selection of Mexican and Latin American brews, as well as a comprehensive array of great spirits and liqueurs, most notably the over 50 tequilas that are very popular here.  The signature cocktail at the bar is the red or white Chi-Cha, made with a (secret and unnamed) Latin American spirit and fresh fruit ranging from kiwi to pineapple.

The décor at the Chi-Cha Lounge is much like you would find at a classic Mexican restaurant and bar, and the atmosphere is friendly and lively, punctuated by Bolivian and Peruvian folk tunes playing softly over the wonderful sound system.


One of the most well-loved and oft-visited bars in the Northwestern part of Washington D.C., Zaytina is a Mediterranean-style restaurant and bar, with a drink and food menu inspired by that of Turkey, Lebanon and (mostly) Greece. Opened in 2002, the bar has gained rapidly in popularity over the years, thanks in large part to its delicious drinks, scrumptious fare and exemplary service.

The bar at Zaytina is a big part of the establishment’s success, and many patrons are known to forego the table service and opt instead for one of the tasty appetizers served right at the bar, such as the Lebanese French Toast or the Spinach Calamari.  The drink menu is highly original and relies heavily on Mediterranean liquors and liqueurs, including the Greek spirit known as Ouzo.  When you’re here, make sure to try the very popular Harissa Fizz, a refreshing concoction made with Silver tequila, house-made Harissa, ginger liqueur, lemon soda and lime juice.

POV Lounge

Situated at 515 15th Street in Washington’s City Center, the POV Lounge is located on the rooftop of the W Hotel (a popular chain with locations in several major cities), which was formerly known as the Washington Hotel.  The POV Lounge, located 14 floors above the city’s skyline, offers one of the best views of the city, and directly overlooks one of the most symbolic and significant residences on the planet: the White House.

Inside the plush POV Lounge, which provides both indoor and outdoor seating, you’ll find a décor dominated by deep-scarlet furnishings and accents, giving it an almost regal or royal vibe.  The pricey bar is populated mostly with hotel guests and some of Washington’s elite, discussing politics and policy as they sip on one of the bar’s classic drinks.  In addition to offering all of the standard spirits and concoctions, the POV Lounge also boasts a novel menu of house-invented cocktails, such as their French Reception, a champagne cocktail, and the always tempting Rock and Rye, made with the finest whiskey and rum.

The food menu at the POV lounge is Asian-inspired and truly delicious, including snacks such as pepper-rubbed beef skewers, bite-sized egg rolls, and samosas.  Every Sunday, the lounge hosts a scrumptious Sunday Brunch, complete with pitchers of mimosas that pair nicely with the Eggs Benedict and Lobster Rolls.

Washington DC cityscape by tpsdave/Pixabay CC0 license

How To Get Rid Of Wine Stains In The Carpet?

Wine spills happen to the best of us. No matter how careful you are, you will have a small party one day or simply host a few friends over and some red wine gets spilled on your beautiful carpet. It is the risk of loving red wine and it is not without solutions. Red wine stains can be pesky on clothes but on a carpet, it is even more difficult to deal with. You have to know some ways to remove those red wine stains so they do not stick around for too long. If you act quickly, there is no need to fear red wine stains. Make use of the following neat tricks to get rid of red wine stains on your carpet.

For every stain, the first thing to do is blot up the stain immediately. As soon as the wine spills, pick up a rag or paper towel and act fast to blot up as much of the wine as possible before it sets into the carpet. Blot in an up and down motion not rubbing side to side so as not to increase the stain are or help the wine enter deeper into the fibers of the carpet. Also, blot from the edges into the center of the spill to control the affected area.

At some point, blotting will get difficult. Now you should add cold water to the spot and keep blotting. The water helps to dilute the wine and loosen it up for more to come out before moving on to any of the methods below.

Dishwashing liquid and hydrogen peroxide

For light colored carpets, mix dishwashing liquid with hydrogen peroxide. The amount of the mixture will depend on the size of the wine stain. Blot the mixture into the stain with a clean rag working in sections until the entire affected area is covered. Allow the mixture sit for a few minutes to penetrate deep into the carpet fibers. Mix cold water with a little dish soap in a bowl or spray bottle and spray or dab it on the stained area. Blot with a dry cloth or paper towel. Use lukewarm water and blot the area to remove the soapy residue.

The salt trick

The blotting will help but will not get rid of the stain. While the affected area is still wet, cover it liberally in salt. As the salt sits there, the granules will draw the moisture and stain out of the carpet. This will take a few hours. Do not use this treatment over a dried area, wet it if it is too dry. Allow the salt to sit and do its work and leave it there overnight if you are not in a rush. The salt will turn pink in color as it absorbs the stain. Scoop off the salt when the stain is gone or vacuum the carpet.

Vinegar solution

Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid into 2 cups of warm water. Combine these ingredients in a big bowl and stir. White vinegar is better because it does not leave a stain of its own. With a clean cloth, dab the mixture on the affected part of the carpet. The mixture will enter into the carpet fiber and loosen up the stain. Use a dry towel to dab the area as you work. Alternate between cold water and the mixture and dab it dry until you have your desired results.

White wine and baking soda

Pour white wine or plain vodka on the stain to lessen the red color. Blot this lightly with a sponge to soak up the color and avoid pressing it deeper into the carpet fibers. Make a paste with three parts water and one part baking soda. Spread this paste over the affected area and cover the area with a clean cloth overnight. Use a heavyweight on the cloth to apply pressure and push the baking soda deeper into the stain for better cleaning. The cloth may get wet so only use a weight that will not be affected by moisture. The baking soda will form clumps and dry after soaking up the stain. Vacuum the area to remove the clumps.

Next day solution

Cleaning up will be more difficult if you did not notice the spill when it happened. The red wine stain would have dried. In this case, you need to pour a lot of hot water on the stain and apply pre-treatment. Apply an oxi product on the stain for 2 hours to 10 hours.

If the above do-it-yourself solutions do not work then your only option might be to call a professional carpet cleaning service like Prestige Specialist Cleaning if you’re in the greater Bristol area. The industrial grade products used by professionals will help to return your carpet back to its former stainless glory and solve your worries.

Wine Glass Red Bordeux Merlot Chianti Stain Spill image by Michael Jastremski for openphoto.net

5 Best Bars in Dubai

The largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is positioned on the southeast coast of the strategic Persian Gulf and is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country.  It is also a country with a surprisingly amazing nightlife.

Although an article about the “Best Bars in Dubai,” a mostly Muslim-populated city in the Middle East, may raise some eyebrows (drinking alcohol is forbidden under the tenets of Islam), it’s important to remember there are thousands of foreign workers and visitors that populate the city, in addition to a sizeable portion of non-Muslim believers.  As such, the city has a quite surprising number of superb bars and nightclubs scattered throughout its many neighborhoods, boasting beer, wine cocktails and entertainment, a combination that consistently rocks patrons into the wee hours of the night or morning. So, whether you’re coming down from doing of lots of shopping, indoor skiing, or relaxing, there’s plenty of bars to get your drink on in Dubai.

To prove this point, below we have highlighted several of the best bars, cocktail lounges and nightclubs in the city of Dubai, and provided some pertinent details regarding the type of clientele you can expect at each location; the ambience at each bar; and the respective drink and food lineups that make each of these establishments stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Sho Cho

A chic and trendy locale, located at the Marina Beach Resort in Dubai, Sho Cho is a Japanese restaurant and lounge and one of the most popular drinking hangouts for the city’s jet set clientele.  The establishment, which is particularly busy on Friday and Saturday evenings, boasts a terrific food menu with all the traditional Japanese favorites, including over 50 types of sushi and a Miso Soup that has to be tasted to believe.  The cocktails are fruity and fresh, and the traditional Japanese sake truly packs a wallop.

Although the drink and food menu at Sho Cho is divine, the design of the structure may be even better.  The brainchild of designers Kamran Riazi and Greg Oram of the Washington architectural firm Oramiaz, the restaurant/lounge features a “a carpeted low-ceiling pod of a room, lit in glowing blue neon and furnished with cream leather space-age chairs, along with some rather spectacular flower displays and Manga cartoons projected onto the walls.”  The bar area also features a showy collection of fish tanks that just may make you think you’re in a submarine rather than an upscale lounge.


The aptly named 360° bar offers panoramic views of the Burj Al Arab.  Located at the end of a long pier, this alfresco lounge is one of the oldest and most established bars on our list, and also one of the best, having kept its grip on a loyal cross-section of customers for over two decades now.  Music, great conversation and amazing views make 360° very popular during Happy Hour—Monday through Friday from 5 PM until 7 PM—and the on the weekend nights, the locale truly comes alive to the sound of DJ-spun tunes blasting over the bar’s incredible sound system.

The 360° Bar carries over 50 varieties of ice-cold bottled beer, and their fully-stocked bar of fine spirits and fresh fruit juices make each cocktail taste better than the last.


Located in the heart of Dubai’s city center, Neos is a rooftop bar located on the 63rd floor of the Address building, and a must-see locale for visitors to this eclectic city.  To get to Neos, patrons must ride two separate elevators—and that will only get them to the 61st floor.  Once disembarking, they will then take another lift to the 63rd floor, which mysteriously skips the 62nd floor altogether.

Upon entering the bar, customers of Neos are immediately drawn to the large windows that surround the bar, offering some of the best views of Dubai’s skyline in the city—a skyline littered with high-rise tenements and impressive skyscrapers.   The décor is chic, yet rather bare, with black leather furnishings and an oval-shaped mahogany bar.

The cocktail menu at Neos includes a number of tasty signature cocktails—the creations of the head bartender and his amazing staff. There is also an impressive lineup of draught beer from around the globe.

Neos is a dress-to-impress locale, so be sure to wear your finest when visiting this upscale cocktail lounge and eatery.

Bahri Bar

Located in the Dubai neighborhood of Jumeirah, the Bahri Bar is just another in a long list of trendy drinking locales in the city.  Boasting an Arabian décor, the bar is furnished with Persian rugs and plush, comfortable sofas; and a gorgeous verandah offers some breathtaking views of the Madinat waterways and the Burj Al Arab.

The Bahri Bar offers drink specials throughout the week, most of which highlight their inventive menu of house-inspired cocktails, but the beer and wine menu is also quite extensive and affordable, especially when compared to some of the other bars on our list.  A great place for an after-work drink and great conversation, the Bahri Bar additionally features some pleasing, DJ-provided jazz and soul music up to five nights a week.

Uptown Bar

The Uptown Bar, which is located on the 24th floor of the very swanky Jumeirah Beach Hotel, is a fashionable cocktail lounge and one of the most elegant settings in the city.  Typically populated with well-clad businessman, oil sheiks and sun-burned tourists on holiday from their workaday lives, the no-frills and very expensive bar offers a drink menu that relies heavily on the classics—think Manhattans and Cosmopolitans—and boasts one of the city’s finest menus of aged wine and champagnes.  Their signature cocktail menu includes names such as the Negroni, made with Bombay gin, Campari and Rosso vermouth; and the Uptown Citation, a combination of Chambord, blackcurrant marmalade, cranberry juice and lime juice, all topped off with pricey, sweet champagne.

In addition to the indoor, square-shaped cocktail lounge, the Uptown Bar offers its guests outdoor seating on a simple terrace overlooking the beach—a great place for people watching.

A great place to take a first date (if you can afford it), the Uptown Bar is one of the favored locales in Dubai for those who want to “see and be seen.”

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6 Best Bars in Covent Garden

A district in the city of London, England, located on the eastern fringes of the town’s West End, between St. Martin’s Lane and Drury Lane, Covent Garden is one of the most popular tourists regions in the city.  It is also a wonderful place in which to quench your thirst, at one of the quarter’s many different bars, pubs and cocktail lounges.

Covent Garden first became popular as the site of the former fruit and vegetable market that was located in its central square, but it is now populated mainly by shoppers and tourists looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Central London.  Covent Garden is home to the Royal Opera House that bears the same name, the London Transport Museum and the Theatre Royal, located on Drury Lane.

If you find yourself thirsty after a long day of sightseeing in Covent Garden, we’ve got you covered.  Below we have listed and highlighted some of the best and most popular drinking destinations in this region, and provided a brief description of each locale.

Covent Garden Cocktail Club

The Covent Garden Cocktail Club is one of the most fashionable cocktail bars in this part of the city.  Although the bar is a members-only locale, visitors can check out the Covent Garden Cocktail Club if they attend with a member, and the experience is well worth it.  Boasting a vintage atmosphere and an early 20th century vibe, the lounge is especially popular among the region’s older patrons, and the wide-ranging menu of cocktails represents some of the most popular drinks of yesteryear with a modern twist—a twist that relies heavily on house-squeezed juices and fresh spices, herbs and fruits.

With its dated furniture and simple décor, the Covent Garden Cocktail Club feels more like a 1920s speakeasy than a modern British bar.

Inamo Covent Garden

The Inamo Covent Garden is a two-story bar and restaurant that is ideal for a date night or private party.  On the top floor of this trendy locale is the restaurant—an eatery that truly takes advantage of modern technology.  Patrons place their grub order via an electronic tablet at their table, and even “set their own tabletop projections,” in a restaurant that specializes in Asian-pan delicacies, particularly sushi and a variety of Asian-based soups and appetizers, created by head chef Jon Claro.

Downstairs, you will find the Inamo Covent Garden’s pleasant and warm bar area, with a horseshoe-shaped bar and well-dressed bartenders that definitely know their way around a shaker.  Here you can enjoy a glass of wine or one of the bar’s imaginative and original cocktails, which also lean toward an Asian influence.

Be at One

If your perfect and preferred bar experience includes music and dancing, you will definitely want to make your way to the Covent Garden bar known as Be at One.  Known for hosting some of the best private parties in the region, the bar might seem a bit upscale to visitors, but with its (semi) affordable drinks and cool, friendly atmosphere, a more comfortable bar you will not find in the city.

Located in the basement of one of Covent Garden’s most historic buildings, Be at One hosts one of the best happy hours in the city (5 PM to 7 PM Monday through Friday), and its juke box is always cranking out the very best tunes of the day.  A small stage area occasionally hosts live music performances, during which tipsy revelers cheer on the band as they shake they stuff on the crowded dance floor.

Tropicana Beach Club

The beach-themed bar known as the Tropicana Beach Club is rapidly gaining in popularity as one of the best and most well-visited bars in Covent Garden.  In what’s actually more of a nightclub than a neighborhood bar, the Tropicana Beach Club is renowned for its music, put on by local DJs as well as a variety of live bands, including a number of big name artists from London and beyond.  Partiers at the bar can often be seen dancing on the lagoon-themed dance floor as the music plays, stopping only briefly to sip from one of the destination’s delicious signature cocktails or craft beers.

The cocktails at the Tropicana Beach Club are scrumptious and fruity, similar to what you might find in Hawaii or Polynesia, and the surroundings here are very laid back, with make-shift cabanas serving as booths and a long fiberglass bar that resembles a surfboard.  And if you happen to visit the club on a Thursday evening, you may want to try your luck in the limbo contest, after which the top three benders receive drink prizes and a spattering of much-deserved applause from the fun, happy crowd.

Cocktail Baby

Tucked away in the basement of Joe’s Southern Kitchen in Covent Garden is a little secret you just have to check out:  Cocktail Baby.  Cocktail Baby is an entertaining, and almost retro cocktail lounge that is always pleasant and friendly.  Here you will find an all-inclusive compilation of beer, wine and spirits, served up by uniformed bartenders that are always happy and eager to lend an ear.  Happy hour (from 4PM until 6:30 PM) is especially popular here, with terrific specials on craft beers, ciders and $1 off all well drinks.

On the weekend nights at Cocktail Baby, when the bar stays open into the wee hours of the morning, the club truly comes alive.  Soulful blues music and a bit of disco blare over the speakers as drinkers become dancers on the small dance floor.

Top Secret Comedy Club

For a truly different—and very uplifting—experience when visiting Covent Garden, make sure to check out the Top Secret Comedy Club, which also doubles as a fantastic bar and eatery.  Located in a basement below a popular Drury Lane restaurant, the two-room Top Secret Comedy Club features a medium-sized bar area, with a long, straight, wooden bar, hilarious bartenders and a décor that pays homage to the comic industry, with walls adorned with headshot photos and posters from days gone by.

In the second room of the Top Comedy Club, get ready to laugh while you sip on one of the club’s classic cocktail creations.  The club features top-draw comics at least four nights a week, with names that include Jason Manford and Jack Whitehall, both of whom are very popular throughout the UK and Europe for their crazy and witty hysterics.

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5 Best Bars in Copenhagen

The capital and most populous city in the country of Denmark, Copenhagen is one of the most livable cities in the world, as well a major hotspot for European and international tourism.  An historic city, Copenhagen effortlessly blends the old with the modern, and the result is a clean and safe city that most tourists find difficult to leave once they arrive.

In addition to being a wonderful tourist locale, with literally hundreds of great sites and attractions to take in, Copenhagen also boasts an amazing nightlife scene, hosting an impressive number of fantastic bars, cool lounges, laidback pubs and thumping nightclubs.  People of all ages will find it easy to locate a bar that suits their particular tastes in Copenhagen, and in the following article we aim to make that process a bit easier.  Here we will highlight several of the best bars and lounges in the city of Copenhagen, and describe for you some pertinent details about each destination: the drink menu, music, vibe, characteristics and amenities.

Nimb Bar

Located on the ground floor of the Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen, the Nimb Bar is one of many hotel bars in the city and definitely one of the finest of its kind.  Here hotel guests and visitors will find an innovative medley of succulent cocktails from an extensive menu that changes about once every month, ensuring there is always something novel and exciting to sample here.  The bar also has an impressive range of bottled beers representing the best in both local craft brews and imported beer from around the globe.  So extensive is the drink menu at the Nimb Bar that you may find it hard to decide, but we highly recommend the bar’s Old Fashioned and Sloe Gin Fizz.

The atmosphere at the Nimb Bar is rather quiet and demure.  The sparsely decorated space is located in an historic Moorish-influenced building, boasting an attractive mixture of domes and arches, a sleek, horseshoe-shaped bar, an open fireplace, wood floors, and striking chandeliers that give the bar a romantic vibe.  A great place for a pre-dinner drink before dining at one of the hotel’s four-star restaurants, the Nimb Bar is a great place for a that important anniversary.

Salon 39

Populated by smartly-dressed patrons, Salon 39 is one of Copenhagen’s most upscale bars; however the drink prices are rather reasonable given what you receive in return.  The bar’s chic décor has been luring some of Copenhagen’s elite for over a decade, all of whom come for the Top Shelf spirits, delectable fare and a private atmosphere that is hard to come by in most drinking establishments.

All of the bartenders at Salon 39 are highly trained, friendly, and attentive, and are largely responsible for the club’s unique menu of cocktails.  Two of the favorite choices on this extensive drink menu are the Pussers’ Pain Killer, a mixture of Malibu Rum, pineapple, coconut, lime and nutmeg; and the Lynchburg Lemonade, made with Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, ginger ale, lemon and triple sec.

Salon 39 essentially has a triple identity, serving as a café by day, a bistro during the dinner hour and a rocking party hub after dark.  So whenever you decide to visit this fine establishment, make sure you bring your appetite and your thirst.

Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus

The mere name of this bar makes it worth a stop, and the delicious menu of signature cocktails will surely make you want to stay.  A crowded bar on most nights of the week, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays after 10 PM, Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus is always buzzing with people and excitement.  It is also, according to locals, the preferred drinking destination for Denmark’s royal class, and an occasional glimpse of the regal playboy Frederick Denmark is entirely possible here.

Half bar and half nightclub, Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus regularly features live music, and their jukebox has an amazing selection of tunes from across many different genres.  The décor is chic and a bit ridiculous, and its glass walls, which look out onto the busy square, make it a perfect place for some epic people watching.


Located in what used to be an old apartment building in Copenhagen, Ruby is known as a fairly glamorous cocktail lounge and a marvelous place to go after a delicious meal in the city.  Although the bar can be a tad difficult to find for first-timers (the door is unmarked like an old speakeasy), once inside patrons will have access to one of the best cocktail selections in the city.  All the conventional favorites are on hand here, such as Manhattans, Screwdrivers and Greyhounds, and all are made from Top Shelf liquors and fresh juices.  There is also a notable menu of original drinks from which to choose, one of the most popular being their Burnt Fig, made with Cognac, cream and caramelized fig syrup.

Ruby boasts high ceilings, comfortable furnishings, an oaken bar and a genuine Scandinavian feel.  A great place to chat with an old friend, the friendly servers will gladly take your drink order at your table, eliminating the need to stand at the bar and hope for the bartender’s attention.

Bar 7

A rather affordable bar by Denmark’s standards, Bar 7 is one of the most popular gathering hotspots in the city.  In a space that feels more like New York than this European capital, Bar 7 is divided into several different rooms, each with something different going on.  The game room boasts pool tables and electronic games, while another room hosts a DJ booth, stage and dance floor.  The prime drinking area, and by far the largest room, is home to a sleek, black 7-meter bar that accommodates over two dozen happy drinkers, black leather sofas and loungers and some high tables and chairs.

The drink menu at Bar 7 is fairly standard, but there is a narrow selection of signature drinks to choose from (the Danish Strawberries cocktail is to die for).  This is the perfect place for a first date or a night out with friends, as its relaxing atmosphere truly lends itself to great conversation.

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