Bishop FM Project

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I’ve now completed my 4th show with Bishop FM, but what is this project all about and how did it start.

Not through choice, not my own anyway, radio has always captured me, especially as I have a love of music like most people do, but more so in the last 12 months and maybe longer, the idea of media and marketing as a whole.

As Bishop FM is a community radio station it really wasn’t an opportunity I was going to turn down when I was first approached several months ago, although it probably wouldn’t have been something I would have persued either.

After completing my 4th show and having known what I now know, that would have been a big mistake on a personal level and who knows on a future professional level too as I have gained so much enjoyment and learnt so much from doing it.

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But I wasn’t approached through chance either, in all the months prior to this conversation, I’ve been noticed because of the articles I have written and how active I am within our community, all through choice, because ultimately I want to do it, and be as involved as much as I can be to keep giving back.

Equally, as much as the articles I have written so far with a musical influence, which also brought the attention of a new London based music publication that I now write for and promote North East musicians and venues.

Hand in hand they all fit together to make this project very rewarding on a voluntarily basis for myself and for other parties too.

So earlier this year in July, after working in association with Bishop FM at the successful Smile4Claire charity event, I had a conversation that transpired into the start of what we are both collaborating to bring and achieve today.

Initially, our conversation was around presenting a new-look Indie Show on Tuesday evenings between 7pm and 9pm, and whilst doing so was focused on helping to give the North East undiscovered music scene a voice.

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To encourage local musicians and bands that write and record their own music, in knowing they will always have an outlet to be heard away from playing their gigs through their local community radio station Bishop FM.

The longer term plan for this project is to support local musicians as much as the station and community can do, and provide them with a platform that could help them progress to their next level by creating further exposure for each band or musician.

By doing so each band or musician doesn’t just have the opportunity for their songs to be heard live, but lead them onto receiving a podcast through Mixcloud, so each of them can promote their songs to their followers and fans acknowledging that they have had air play on Bishop FM.

Leading onto future live on air performances and guest interviews, along with articles written about each of them too, bundled all together providing a very powerful multimedia package to promote local music within the North East, and wider locations too.

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Looking back I am delighted to have been approached and given an opportunity to help the station, I want to play my part in helping the station grow by volunteering my time, learning new skills and to give back in a way I know I can make a difference.

Bishop FM is run by volunteers and has been operational since 2009, located on 105.9FM and transmits across the airwaves from South Church Industrial Estate.

The shows cover a wide range of music, news, local sport, programmes, local news, features and an opportunity to hear from a wide range of guests from our local community.

For more information regarding Bishop FM from opportunities to volunteer, advertise or to listen live please visit their website here:

http://www.bishopfm.com/

For more information or to read more of my articles please visit:

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Bishop Celebrating Together

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This Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September sees the community event ‘Bishop Celebrating Together’ happen, but what’s it all about?

Rewind 6 weeks ago and all of this was just an idea.

An idea that I had originally came up with, I wanted to see a Bishop Auckland celebration day within our town, where the full community came together and enjoyed themselves, celebrating the passion that the people have for this town, and support the local community with it too.

I’ve spoken many times before about collaborations, ever since April it’s been a foreword in a lot of things that I do.

Collaborations are about working together towards a common goal, and this event is no different.

6 weeks ago I pitched this idea to Colin Wilkes of Bishop Auckland Market, Durham Markets and Durham Street Food Project.

I approached him because I wanted to see the now popular ‘Full Moon’ Street Food Market return for one more time, to give our community, residents and visitors something to look forward too.

From here I spoke and pitched this celebration day to Lee Brownson of Bishop Auckland Town Team and Lee liked the idea too.

Fast forward 6 weeks and we as a community of people have really come together to provide an event we can all support and be proud of.

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In 6 weeks we have worked immensely hard behind the scenes, whilst working with and supported by local businesses, and the community, over the next two days sees this event come together on what we hope will be the first of many ‘Bishop Celebrating Together’ events in the years to come.

This event is all about Bishop Auckland, the community, the people, collaborations and just enjoyment.

With the start of the celebration weekend now just hours away, what I personal like about this project is how our community and businesses have got behind it from the outset.

Many businesses creating special offers and wanting to be a part of this weekend, to offer many different choices and options to what we hope will bring many visitors into Bishop Auckland over the 2 day event.

Tonight sees the return of the popular ‘Full Moon’ Street Food Market.

For anyone that has been before they’ll tell you it’s an event to look forward too, with a varied selection of food stalls, craft beers, and live musical entertainment, it’s an opening event to share with family and friends in our iconic market place.

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To read more about the ‘Full Moon’ Markets, see here:

https://andrewcorryblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/full-moon-street-food-market/

Along with the above article, further parking is now available in the Bondgate car park, as per the below photos.

 

Stall holders tonight are:

Earth & Fire

The Asian Project

La French Pop Up

Hatch 76

Auckland Cupcake Co

HI Food

Barista Sisters

Caps Off

Harvey’s Sausages

Good Grazing

Los Churro and Waffle

Ice Cream Van

Animal Kingdom

Children’s Roundabout and Candyfloss

Children’s Facepainting

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Saturday sees a full day of community themed entertainment starting at 10.00am from live music, to dancers, to entertainers, stilt walkers, Bishop the Boar, birds of prey, the police and the fire brigade too.

Also, many different events can be seen and visited within Bishop Auckland Town Hall, No.42 and St Anne’s Church over the course of the day too.

Alongside the entertainment sees over 20 market traders take part in Bishop Auckland’s Saturday Market, hopefully giving some impetus for future week’s too.

Saturday’s Market Traders can be found here:

https://m.facebook.com/notes/bishop-auckland-market/bishop-celebrating-together-saturday-market/1695072340512023/

With performances from local musicians and dance schools:

Cara Pearson

Joe Hyam

Ami Leigh Boorman

Anthony Fish

Aldworth Williams Experience

Xtreme Dance Fusion

Sandra Welsh School of Dance 

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Tonight is the start of the ‘Bishop Celebrating Together’ and we hope the community comes out in support of both tonight’s and tomorrow’s events.

Bishop Auckland is a town like no other, it’s a town full of passionate people, a town that everyone wants to see it return to its once former glories.

And together we can all help it happen.

To hear more about the ‘Bishop Celebrating Together’ events please listen here:

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The Driving Academy

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Another business that is excelling in our community of Bishop Auckland is The Driving Academy, not just a stereotypical driving school, The Driving Academy are innovators in Bishop Auckland and County Durham.

A business that was first established in December 2015 by business partners Andy McDonald and Darran Shaw who each had their own successful businesses in Bishop Auckland, but took the opportunity to merge with one another to form The Driving Academy.

Since then their business has gone from strength to strength and now are a team of three within The Driving Academy brand, resulting in offering students more opportunities to learn to drive within their business, with ambitious plans for future growth.

The Driving Academy although based in Bishop Auckland can offer driving lessons to their students and potential students in a wide range of locations within the County Durham region, often using test centres for their students at Durham, Hartlepool and Darlington.

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Alongside regular driving lessons for students, The Driving Academy are the only Bishop Auckland driving school and one of only a few in the County Durham region who can offer introductory driving lessons to 14-16 year olds as part of their Under 17 Driving Academy which are held at Bishop Auckland College.

The Driving Academy first launched the Under 17 Academy in December of last year and has proven to be extremely popular amongst young students and parents looking to give their children an early start.

During these events The Driving Academy have enlisted the help of a further two instructors, allowing five students to benefit in each session held over five time slots throughout the day.

Since their first event they have gone on to have five highly successful Under 17’s events, the next event is Saturday 4th November, but these events often sell out very quickly if you are interested for your child.

For more information on these events or to book this course please see here:

https://m.facebook.com/Thedrivingacademyba

Another service The Driving Academy can offer their customers are B&E Car & Trailer lessons, which have also proven to be quite popular with many drivers looking for additional qualifications.

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The Driving Academy is often the driving school of choice from both their customers and students, and also organisations such as Durham County Council and Dale Valley Homes.

Having ran classroom sessions for both organisations with their own “Theory Test Made Easy” courses in the last 18 months, with future plans to offer these courses to the public next year.

 

 

 

The Driving Academy are growing a high class reputation not only in Bishop Auckland and the surrounding communities, but within the County Durham region too, with many students giving positive feedback on how well each of them have been taught, and how highly they would recommend them too.

The common denominator from their customers is how patient all of The Driving Academy instructors are, who each immediately put their students at ease from the very first moment, through their professional, yet friendly nature.

And through their experience and support have gone on to help hundreds of new drivers pass their driving and trailer tests.

Among the many hundreds of students that choose The Driving Academy to teach them to drive, The Driving Academy can also lay claim to teaching an Olympian, when local resident Amy Tinkler learnt and successfully passed with zero driver faults earlier this year.

 

 

 

The Driving Academy’s philosophy for their business is to bring together some of the best local instructors who offer driving lessons in Bishop Auckland and the surrounding areas.

The Driving Academy offers a fresh style of teaching using iPads, dash cams, and an interactive theory website and in car training that they believe is of a very high quality as part of their teaching tools to make your lessons fun and interesting.

All of their instructors are fully qualified and have a real enthusiasm and passion for the job, and want each of their customers to feel valued, and to provide a fun environment so the pupils feel relaxed and enjoy their learning experience.

The Driving Academy firmly believes that they can offer great driver training delivered at a competitive price.

 

 

What I personally like about The Driving Academy is not only do they offer a highly experienced and professional service within our community, but they provide an exceptional business that truly benefits the residents of Bishop Auckland.

The services they provide not only with teaching students to drive is beneficial, but the uniqueness of the Under 17 Academy shows they are a forward thinking business who are switched on to opportunities to further their business, whilst offering further appeal to more students and the community.

Amongst this The Driving Academy are more than just a driving school, they regularly keep their customers and followers to their business updated either by their newsletter or updates through social media on any changes to the DVLA (Driving & Vehicle Licensing Agency) alongside showing off the personality of their business by celebrating the successes of their students.

The Driving Academy will be interviewed on Bishop FM on Monday 11th September to talk about their business, theory courses, the Under 17 Academy and driving lessons.

To hear more listen here: 

For more information or to book driving lessons please visit The Driving Academy’s website and Facebook page:

http://www.the-driving-academy.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/Thedrivingacademyba/

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https://m.facebook.com/andrewcorryblog/

Auckland Castle Walk

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Everyone has that special place that they go to when they want to relax, or go for a walk, to search for clarity or inspiration.

One of my places that I always seem to be drawn towards is Auckland Castle.

The Castle itself may well be closed, currently going through a transitional period, with a full restoration taking place which is anticipated to reopen in May of next year.

But Auckland Castle has so much more to offer and enjoy than just the castle itself.

Once you approach and enter the Robinson Arch you know your arriving somewhere special, parts of the grounds may well be currently under construction, but the warm feeling you have when you arrive will never be extinguished.

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The grounds of Auckland Castle are simply beautiful, tranquility away from all the hustle and bustle of your life, a place that you can visit just too completely switch off and unwind.

A park which is popular with dog walkers and family trips out.

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Heading left you can venture into the castle grounds where you’ll be met and amazed by the iconic Auckland Castle itself, a place where you can choose to walk the grounds, sit and rest awhile on one of the many benches or perhaps bring a picnic with you to enjoy.

 

Or you can carry on straight into the park, where you’ll be met by many of the different trails for you to explore.

 

For me, Auckland Castle has it all, the history and heritage, the sounds and the sight of the flowing river, the lush green parkland, the woodland and the rolling countryside in the distance.

The photography opportunities are outstanding with so much beauty on show in one place.

Below are two of my favourite photos I’ve taken within Auckland Castle’s parkland.

Both photographs capture Auckland Castle’s true beauty and everything that makes it great.

The wonderful castle in the distance on a Summer’s day, and the transition of the colours within the woodland during the Winter months too.

Auckland Castle is a place I go to gather my thoughts, surrounded by nature, to enjoy the peacefulness of the place, to find clarity, to discover inspiration.

It’s a special place for me, as I know it is for many, and it will be for you too.

To learn more about Auckland Castle and their projects please click the below link for more information:

http://www.aucklandcastle.org/

For more information or to read more of my articles please visit:

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Bishop Auckland and Shildon Business Network Event

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Last month I attended the Business Durham networking event for Bishop Auckland and Shildon businesses, in order to gain an insight into what this event was all about.

From my previous experience of being self-employed I was already very aware of what these type of events involved, but I was keen to go along for myself to see what benefits this event had for the local business communities.

The venue of this event was held at The Park Head Hotel at a starting time of 8.15am, usually attending breakfast networking meetings of this type you can often expect to receive a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea or coffee.

But not at The Park Head Hotel, a fantastic cooked breakfast, with a wide selection of fruit and pastries made attending all the more worthwhile.

The structure of this event can be seen below;

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Giving all attendees a good 40 minutes to get a warm drink, some breakfast, and do some networking in the room that consisted of over 30 businesses.

For me it was nice to see some familiar faces with Auckland Castle, Durham County Council and Caps Off in attendance.

A short welcome and introductions were made by both Business Durham and South Durham Enterprise Agency, before handing over to the main speaker from Auckland Castle Trust to carry out their presentation based on this occasion, regarding the development plans from Auckland Castle Trust and also taking time to highlight the ‘Kynren’ project delivered by Eleven Arches.

Once the informative presentation was complete, there was around 20 to 30 minutes at the end to do some further networking within the room, chatting to new people and making business connections.

Business Durham’s objectives for these events are each meeting is to include breakfast, networking, business support and discussions, guest speakers and more.

What I like about this event is it’s very relaxed, friendly, you have the opportunity to meet local business people all in one room, and they alternate the event venues.

This event was their second event, the first one being held at Bishop Auckland Football Club in June, enabling many businesses in both towns the opportunity to experience first-hand the many different venues and businesses for themselves.

Tomorrow sees the next Bishop Auckland and Shildon Business Network event held at The Manor House Hotel, West Auckland, Bishop Auckland, at 8.15am – 10.30am (Thursday 17th August).

With presentations taking place from Malcolm Potter of the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) informing you how you could receive a FREE Energy Audit potentially leading to practical improvements supported by Grant Funding.

Followed by John Atkinson, about the current Business Support options, for County Durham businesses available from NBSL.

If you have your own business or the business you work in is operating in the catchment area of either Bishop Auckland or Shildon, you may wish to go along to one of their free to attend events.

To register for tomorrow’s event please click on the attached link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bishop-auckland-and-shildon-business-network-17th-august-tickets-362200777320 

Otherwise you may wish to make a note of the September date of Thursday 28th September that will be held at Bishop Auckland Golf Club.

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#ILiveItIBlogIt

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When I was first approached to be involved in this project, straight away I said yes, even without knowing what the whole campaign was about.

It was one of my easiest yes’s since I’ve started writing.

I’ve mentioned many times since April and after attending the UK Blog Awards, that their underlying message was regarding ‘collaborations’.

It’s something that I’ve identified ever since with, and for me this project was always going to be a yes, because of the person who had asked me to become involved.

The person behind the #ILiveItIBlogIt campaign is a man called John Sennett, you can read more about him and his journey here: https://johnsroadtovolunteering.com/2017/08/11/represent-who-you-are-using-iliveitiblogit/

John isn’t someone I have met, but someone I know, someone who inspires me just from being part of the same community which is ‘blogging’.

And this campaign is what blogging is all about.

It’s about sharing your thoughts, your feelings, your emotions, your creativity, and having the courage and belief to share them with the world, for some to either judge you or others to become inspired by your words, your pictures, your delivery and what you believe in, to be voiced in exactly your own way.

The #ILiveItIBlogIt campaign is bringing the blogging world together to celebrate diversity and individuality, and the stories we all have to share.

There are many people sharing their stories using this hashtag over all social media platforms, sharing how blogging started for them, how it has helped them, inspired them, how passions have developed or have added a level of confidence for them.

Blogging isn’t just a word, it sits ahead of a very loyal community, where everyone has a story to tell and a voice to be heard, where support and guidance go hand in hand with each other.

Ultimately everyone starts by writing for themselves, a hobby, a vision, a drive, a passion, for a release, but once you get those words down on paper, or your computer, or just out of your own head, they flow, they start to make perfect sense.

You inspire yourself to write your next one, and the one after that and so on, it’s certainly transformed my life.

So after being approached to share my contribution, my thought process clicked in and I asked myself a question on what was I going to write about?

Initally, I thought it would be around my experience with depression and recovery, something that has been extremely challenging and difficult for me during the last 10 months.

And in the last few days and even so much as this morning, I thought and I was going to do two different blogs covering both my journey with ‘depression’ and another one on ‘community’.

But in reality I don’t need to split them as they both actually flow into each other.

Community

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This is where my blogging journey started, it started with ‘community’ and it still does and always will remain to do just that.

I may have inadvertently found a passion for writing, but equally and if not more I’ve found a passion for my community too.

The town, the people, the passion, the loyalty.

‘Kynren’ was my first jaunt into writing, and who knew that inside 10 months I would be able to take a blank piece of paper and take it to a National finals.

 

To this day, this is my visual aid, it shows me that anything can be achieved as long as you back yourself.

Which leads me into what would have been article number two:

Depression and Mental Health Awareness

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To achieve what I have achieved so far is a real testament to myself, but to do all of this whilst going through depression is something quite remarkable.

Something that I can truly look back on, and be proud of myself.

I was diagnosed with depression in November of last year, the awards were something I had entered to give me some focus, something to cling onto, and keep me occupied.

Something I truly never of expected to go anywhere but it did, and because of writing my first blog, it played a massive part in my ongoing recovery by writing my second one too.

I found writing a blog on my depression and recovery a way of releasing all my thoughts, all my emotions, and not allowing my depression to keep gaining control of who I really was, who I really am.

It’s been a struggle, a huge personal battle, depression is an awful illness, it robs you of your whole identity, your self belief, and your self worth.

And it’s something I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

I do talk about depression and speak out about mental health awareness, openly and honestly, because it’s important.

Many people believe mental health comes with a stigma and it does, but a stigma is described in the Oxford Dictionary as “A strong feeling of disapproval that most people in a society have about something”

That something is just a lack of information or a lack of understanding on the illness.

So for me it’s important to make people aware that not only is mental health related illnesses awful to have, an illness that anyone can have, at any stage of your life, it’s also important to write, talk and be open, that there is always hope, and if you can give yourself time, be patient, and get the right help that you need for you, as depression isn’t a one word suits all illness, you can, like I have, find your way back.

Which leads me onto what I’m doing now.

In the last few months I didn’t want depression to define me, something I couldn’t be sure either way if I’m perfectly honest, but during that time, I’m better, I’m recovering, and although depression will always be with me, I know how to live with it and it will no longer have that hold on my life.

Closing off, I’m back to writing more about the community, my community, the community I’m loyal too, and passionate for.

I want to remind local residents of what we have, against what we don’t, I want to encourage visitors into the area of Bishop Auckland, inspired by each of my articles, to be lost in my words, my passion and my desire to help it grow.

Blogging has changed my life, it’s given me a passion, it’s given me encouragement, it’s given me support, an outlet, a voice, but ultimately it has given me hope.

‘Hope’ that as long as you believe in yourself, anything, anything at all can be possible.

If you would like to read any of my blog articles, please click on the attached links:

‘Kynren’ My Experience – https://corryandrew.wordpress.com/

Black behind my eyes – https://blackbehindmyeyes.wordpress.com/

Andrew Corry Blog – https://andrewcorryblog.wordpress.com/

 

‘Full Moon’ Street Food Market

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On Friday 11th August, Bishop Auckland’s ‘Full Moon’ Street Food Market returns, building on its first successful event last month.

Organised by The Durham Street Food Project in association with both Durham Markets and Bishop Auckland Market.

Last month’s event was a roaring success, around 9 or 10 food and drink vendors attended, and were supported by 3 acoustic performances throughout the evening.

It was great to see the Bishop Auckland Market Place a hive of activity, enjoyed by many local residents, and visitors to the area which included the Kynren show.

It was nice to see, there were many families and friends socialising within the central point of our town, soaking up the atmosphere, whilst enjoying some fabulous culinary food and hand crafted beers too.

It was a good opportunity at the end of the week to come together and enjoy a good event and catch up with people I hadn’t seen in awhile.

For me, I think this street food market compliments the town’s offerings, bringing more residents and visitors into the market place, with pubs, cafes and restaurants open providing any visitors with an alternative choice, or an opportunity to go on somewhere after.

Hopefully an event that will continue to be supported and become a monthly event in the future too.

The above images were of some of the above businesses who attended last month.

The full attendees list returning to the street market tonight are:

The Asian Project 

The French Pop Up

Crispy Conewich

Smoke Dokies

The Green Guerrilla

Barista Sisters

Mailbox

Ice Cream Van

And local Bishop Auckland businesses:

Caps Off

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The Auckland Cupcake Co.

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Belgian Waffle Tuk

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With live entertainment being provided tonight by Middlesbrough band ‘Swilly Chill’.

Heading to the event by car?

Don’t be deterred.

Yes there is another fantastic performance of the Kynren show tonight, but there are still many car parks to choose from, you may even wish to buy last minute tickets and go along to the show too, it’s highly recommended.

Castle Chard Car Park

Victoria Avenue Car Park

Kingsway Car Park

Tenters Street Car Park

All of the above Durham County Council car parks are free after 6pm, or follow the boards for payment structures prior to 6pm.

Whilst you are here you may wish to take a look in the old McIntyre’s shop in Newgate Street, where Bishop Auckland College have had an Arts Exhibition throughout the Summer.

Tonight they are accompanied by musicians performing until 8pm.

Alternatively, you could also pay a visit to Fore Bondgate businesses Gillian Arnold Boutique were you can see the finished article of their ‘On The Map’ project.

And Bondgate Gallery taking in their impressive collection including this outstanding Kynren painting by owner Eric Thompson.

Whatever the weather it should be another fantastic event, come along and support Bishop Auckland.

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