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Sweet sound of success

  • Paresh Soni
  • 14 Dec 06, 04:30 AM

Paresh SoniWhen your team's 2-0 down and seemingly on the verge of losing the Ashes, it takes some confidence to blow your own trumpet.

But England fan group the Barmy Army have been able to do that here in Perth - finally.

Bill Cooper, the group's trumpeter, was thrown out at the Gabba and also silenced at the Adelaide Oval.

Cooper with his trumpet style="float:right;margin:5px 10px 5px 0;" />The Barmy Army threatened to boycott the rest of the series in protest but that was averted when authorities at the Waca allowed Cooper to sit in the Podium East Stand, which was almost entirely populated by England supporters on day one.

"They've been great to me here," Cooper, 27, told me.

"They've been very friendly and said they had no problem with me playing the trumpet, which is the way it should be."

With England ending the first session on top, the mood among the visiting fans was upbeat but Cooper insisted his quiet start was not because Australia began confidently.

"I took my time to get going because you don't want to play all day - you have to pace yourself.

"I've got a fair few tunes - I don't keep count - but you have to keep it varied to make sure the boys and girls are well entertained."

With that Cooper grabbed hold of his instrument and blared out a number created for Monty Panesar.

And as I was leaving, the left-arm spinner/cult hero struck to delight the huge English presence among the crowd.

Music to the ears.

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  1. At 07:18 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Paul Corden wrote:

    I'm currently in snowy Kabul trying to tot up the manning numbers of the future planned Afghan National Army, but a far more exciting set of numbers from Perth keeps distracting me...!

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  2. At 07:31 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Lizzie wrote:

    If only Bill had been allowed in for the first two tests. We'd be 2 up by now!
    I'm working with a crowd of Aussies and loving this!

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  3. At 07:39 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Kev Scorah wrote:

    Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat
    I can't go High Street shopping,
    Monty's bowling - Howzat!

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  4. At 07:50 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Juicy Lucy! wrote:

    Yee Haa!! Sat at work with my beloved BBC pop up scorecard keeping me happy. The Barmy Army were good craic at The Lucky Shag last night in Perth...see you again tonight boys!!

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  5. At 08:21 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Alex wrote:

    Let's finally put this daft debate that Gilo is anywhere near as good as Monty to bed once and for all.

    Firstly, he has taken four wickets and who would bet against him taking a feiffer. Secondly, despite being caned in one over by that flukey brummie Symonds, he returned to exact the upmost revenge in getting him out.

    Gilo, thanks for the memories, the abject, negative bowling, the dropped catches, now do the decent thing a la Husain and retire.

    You are a far better commentator than cricketer.

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  6. At 08:34 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Alex wrote:

    Let us get this traight, in one innings, Monty has taken more wickets than Gilo managed in two tests!!

    If this lad ever, and I mean ever, gets dropped for Gilo or any other second rate spinner, the selectors and coach should be sacked forthwith.

    I don't include Rashid of Yorks in that, as I feel in 2/3 years time England could, and say it slowly, could have a twin pronged spin attack to complement, Freddie, Harmison, Broad and Hoggy.

    6 bowlers, two potential world class all-rounders in Freddie and Rashid!!!!!

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  7. At 08:35 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Paksta wrote:

    Maybe Bill's just not good at playing the trumpet?

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  8. At 08:54 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Iron Bottom wrote:

    LOOOOOOOOOK HOW WELL WE HAVE DONE THIS MORNING WITH THE WRONG TEAM !!!!

    WELL IT MUST BE THE WRONG TEAM BECAUSE WE WERE TOLD THE LAST TEAM WAS THE RIGHT ONE !

    OTHERWISE WE WOULD HAVE PLAYED MONTY BEFORE !!!

    WE ENGLAND FANS DO NOT KNOW WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OBVIOUSLY BECAUSE WE WANTED THE WRONG TEAM FROM THE START !

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  9. At 08:57 AM on 14 Dec 2006, jon wrote:

    What a surpirse! Could anyone have imagined that England's best bowler over the last year, when played, would be our best bowler. Well done to Fletcher and more particularly Flintoff for finally waking up! What is depressing is that, even if we lose this match as well, is that it is likely that we could have competed in the earlier two tests had Monty played.
    People, good as today has been so far, NEVER forget the bad decisions Flintoff and Fletcher made in the first two tests. They could HAVE cost us the Ashes.
    On a positive note - well done Monty for doing what we all knew you would do and well done, finally, to Harmey - is this a sign that he is going to be the threat that we know he can be. Lets all hope that it is not all too late (though I think it is).
    Come on England. Get in and press home the advantage.

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  10. At 08:59 AM on 14 Dec 2006, paul jennings wrote:

    England has done really good after what happend in 2nd test. It takes lot of courage and they have shown it.

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  11. At 09:01 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Craig Speed wrote:

    It has being great to see MONTY doing so well, he really should have played in the first two tests after doing so well in the last Ashes Series.
    The Aussies have really struggled against a very good spinner and for the first time are on the back foot, lets hope now that the English batsmen back up the bowlers and put on a good show and get a really big first innings score. KP must get runs again and quickly, he really has talent. Also hope Strauss gets runs, he deserves to. I hope the Poms level the series and draw the last test to keep the Ashes, it will do wonders for English cricket who have had their ups and downs recently.
    Go POMS Go

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  12. At 09:18 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Ralph Brooker wrote:

    Someone said that Monty was in a no-win situation. His late call up cannot have an impact on what looks like a lost rubber.

    Well, tell that to Monty: a Michelle on Ashes debut!

    I prefer Vic Marks' theory. Monty was spared the flatter pitches at the Gabba and A-Oval. This is all part of Duncan Fletcher's script. And it's going to plan!!!!!

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  13. At 09:21 AM on 14 Dec 2006, peteyw18 wrote:

    Two questions:

    How did we leave Monty out?

    How did Aus not pick Hussey until he was over 30?

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  14. At 09:27 AM on 14 Dec 2006, PHILIP BANN wrote:

    I take yesterday's comments back as long as they keep it up fo the five days! What a great performance from Panesar and David LLoyd said he wasn't at his best! Also great from Harmison - seems we have a chance now. How galling that it took virtually losing the Ashes to get Panesar on the pitch.

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  15. At 09:38 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Mark wrote:

    OK England - you've had a good 2.5 sessions....we've seen that before! Australia will be over the relative failure quicker than you can say "Kevin Pietersen and Ashley Cole are related".....

    Oh - and you're 2 down....

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  16. At 09:47 AM on 14 Dec 2006, paul wrote:

    peteyw18

    who do you reckon the Aussies should have dropped for Hussey? Up to the last Ashes series (and since) they have beaten everything in front of them. It's not like England, where you can drop a non performing Giles and replace with MP, or an equally non performing Anderson and replace with a similar non entity.

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  17. At 09:49 AM on 14 Dec 2006, graeme green wrote:

    How many do England need to avoid the follow on ?

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  18. At 09:53 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Andy wrote:

    Congratulations to Monty, and it's great to hear harmy has finally come to the party.

    Key first session tomorrow a.m, come on lads.

    Listening via radio in Argentina, it's great to hear the Barmy Army making such a noise.

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  19. At 10:08 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Pokes wrote:

    Does Monty have a brother who cat bat?

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  20. At 10:12 AM on 14 Dec 2006, vira wrote:

    Hi,
    firstly special congrats to the English team for (yipeeeee) bowling out the aussies on the first day itself.to be noted, monty is in and bucknor is out.as i always felt he won half the matches for the aussies, look into the record books and you'll find i was true.

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  21. At 10:13 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Sim wrote:

    Hussey is the best batsman in world cricket (including Ponting and Yousuf) - he is absolutely phenomenal - the best ever one day average and the second best test average in the history of cricket. a legend. Also Panesar is a hero, with so much pressure on him he has delivered big time.

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  22. At 10:25 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Jim Forbes-Ritte wrote:

    altogethernow...

    Ooohhhh Monty Monty-
    Monty Monty Monty Monty Pa-ne-sar!

    :o))

    Ooohhhh vindicated-
    vindi vindi vindi vindi ca-a-ted!

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  23. At 10:41 AM on 14 Dec 2006, me wrote:

    freddy got it very wrong by playing giles

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  24. At 10:42 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Darren wrote:

    Rigged? Australia will be 'forced' to 'deliberately' lose this one to keep crowd numbers up then they will bounce back to win the series. Anybody checking what bets the Aussie cricketers or their relatives are laying at the bookies?

    Dr conspiracy theory

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  25. At 10:42 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Daniel wrote:

    I am just currently on a break in school and as you can tell from that last sentence I wasn't going to be up at 2am watching it but boy does it feel good even as a Welshman to see that England have the advantage in this test match.

    I believe that tomorrow is a crucial day for England as they need to post a decent score without losing too many wickets cheaply, this is especially the case with giving cheap wickets away to the fast bowlers as the wicket is set to favour them as the test match goes on. So if England manage to still be batting by the end of tomorrow then I think they will have a good chance of winning

    And also Well Done Monty I say stick with him for the rest of the series!

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  26. At 10:45 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Budgie wrote:

    SOOOO Frustrated with the England management including Fletcher AND Flintoft. They said we did well in four days of the last test and had a barmy 2 hour period. NONESENSE, a test lasts for five full days!! They were simply not good enough in the first two tests mainly due to the fact that they were under cooked going into the first test. If Fletcher claims they weren't he is simply wrong. Lets hope they can play for 5 days now and get right back into the series.

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  27. At 10:50 AM on 14 Dec 2006, marvelous monty wrote:

    What an innings I cannot remember a better performance by an England player he shook the Aussies from the first ball.

    "Monty bowls the ball
    the Aussies wickets fall
    he spins the ball in his own way
    super Monty saves the day"

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  28. At 10:51 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Mohinderpal Singh Sarang wrote:

    Lets not get too exited, we havn't won (or drawn)the match yet to hang on to the Ashes. All the best to all our lads, they are all working very hard , I'm sure, and they need our full support. Well done Monty and don't loose the rhythem now, keep up the good work.

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  29. At 10:54 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Mark Maclean wrote:

    Great to see Harmison fire at last and Monty live up to his build up. Great work lads!

    I was listening to the match today whilst working and came up with a new(?) song for Monty - one for the Army's repertoire?
    To the tune of "Hey Big Spender"....

    The minute you walked in the joint,
    I could tell you were a bowler of distinction,
    A real Big Spinner,
    Good looking - so refined.
    Wouldn't you like to get an Aussie caught out behind?

    But let me get right to the point,
    You can spin a ball like no Englishman I've seen.
    Hey Big Spinner!
    Hey Big Spinner!
    Spin... an Aussie out for me!

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  30. At 10:58 AM on 14 Dec 2006, twinklesportbilly wrote:

    Don't get to excited all you England fans, there is a fair way to go yet. Looking forward to tomorrow mornings session just watch the Aussies strut their stuff.
    In all fairness and though I hate to say it, Monty has proved himself to all his doubters and well done him but he can't do it all himself. See you all tomorrow.

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  31. At 11:04 AM on 14 Dec 2006, George wrote:

    Paresh, Are you nuts? The aussie crowd weren't shouting 'boring, boring' they were shouting 'Warnie Warnie'.
    Good on you poms for a terrific first day. But 3 down would have been a bit more uncomfortable no doubt.
    I predict clarke will take '5 for' tomorrow - little bit of swing - long tail - collingwood looking uncomfortable. England all out for 230. Sorry chaps. Thanks for coming.

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  32. At 11:43 AM on 14 Dec 2006, AW wrote:

    With regard to the use of the trumpet it seems that the Barmy Army see this as an Australian attack upon their rights. I would like to point out that the use of the trumpet (or, more generally, any musical instruments) is actally banned at the Gabba and the Adelaide oval, irrespective of which team you are there to support.

    The fuss that has been made by the Barmy Army in respect of the trumpet has been ridiculous and petty - at the end of the day all cricket goers would have to adhere to these rules - not just the people there to support the English team.

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  33. At 11:44 AM on 14 Dec 2006, Aussie Chick wrote:

    I cannot believe that you Pommies got so excited just because Australia only got 244 and your team are not so hot at 2/51. Must be like a glimmer of light in that otherwise bleak grey life of a loser in England! If the Aussies got 244 the Poms might be lucky enough to crack 200 if they let them, just to keep the game interesting!!

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  34. At 12:15 PM on 14 Dec 2006, Nick wrote:

    It was a great performance from Monty, who has proved again that he is England's premier spinner.

    However I still don't think his inclusion in the Adelaide test would have made any difference to the result. It was pathetic batting (Collingwood apart) on the last day that lost us the game.

    I'm also struggling to get why Mahmood is in for Anderson, who was easily the pick of the seamers in almost all of England's warm-up games (esp the WA match). Mahmood has generally been v expensive up to now.

    It seems as if Fletcher and Freddie want to balance the team again, which effectively means that Anderson has been dropped as he is the inferior batsman - and that's a shame.

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  35. At 12:18 PM on 14 Dec 2006, Freeman wrote:

    Aussie Chick - you're all class! I can just hear your nasaly strine squawking those words out.

    Good luck to you and your team tomorrow!

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  36. At 12:18 PM on 14 Dec 2006, Spoff wrote:

    Who's that coming over the stumps? Is it a Mont-ster? It's a Mont-ster

    Superb England keep it up!!!

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  37. At 12:43 PM on 14 Dec 2006, Boony wrote:

    Oiright, lets get one thing straight here, Steve Harmison can bowl well now and then. But lets be honest, unlike Glen McGrath, Matthew Hoggard, Stuart Clark and every other leading professional bowler out there in World Cricket he neads the stars to align, a favourable pitch, a dose of Grandma's homesickness potion and a reprieval from two test matches worth of atrocious bowling!!! There seems to be too many people today launching into the "i told you so" attack and labelling Harmison back and ready to fire. Look, i'm not trying to take anything away from the mans performance today, but unless you can back up your bowling consistently against the worlds best on all pitch conditions you don't warrant much attention. Steve Harmison has had every excuse offered for him so far, sure he's taking a couple of wickets today on a bouncy perth pitch, but lets not get back to the "best bowler in world" status again. Until he can learn that as a professional cricketer to bowl consistently in conditions that aren't as favourable he doesn't rate at all.... Sit back and watch the Australians race through the English mugs tomorrow and let Harmy face a few rib ticklers of his own on a pacy pitch before we start over-rating him yet again!!

    Actually come to think of it, lets wait and see how the course of the test match pans out before we start giving too many compliments to sub-standard players - read Ian Bell (seriously making 50 runs in 5 hours on a batting paridise does not mean you are batting maestro mate!)

    Wait and see.....

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  38. At 12:50 PM on 14 Dec 2006, Paul Cunliffe wrote:

    Great, informed commentary as ever,but where is the sound?

    This is a really special event. For all of us not prepared to subscribe to SKY,and back home in blighty, windows rattling and rain pouring, the sound is so important to capture the atmosphere and relay the thrills of the matches. Even if I watched the pictures, I would prefer the commentary from TMS as we all used to do in the good old days.

    I was employed by the BBC in Sound for 30 years and would like to query some of the coverage.

    Why no ball fx? The 'leather on willow'
    No shouts of Howz that?
    No sound of the Barmy Army or the infamous trumpeter?
    The feeds must be available to add into the mix.
    Why Mono in this digital age and listening via Freeview, surely a stereo fx feed could be added.

    This is the only coverage the BBC have of live Test Match Cricket. It could be so much better and exciting, without detracting from the ball by ball description and analysis of the commentary team if the complete aural scene was transmitted. Maybe, then we could all feel closer to the action
    Is it just lazy or rights issues that determine the maximum 2 microphones in the commentary box, the occasional fading up of Bill's informed comments and the one fx mic, somewhere very close to the commentary area. All then fed via a side chain limiter to heavilly compress the fx when the commentators become enthusiastically loud.
    For no cost and a couple of wires, the experience back home to a vast and growing audience could be so much better.

    Now freelance and very willing to help or advise as this is what the BBC should be doing Best.

    Paul Cunliffe
    ex Senior Sound Supervisor
    Outside Broadcasts London.

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  39. At 12:59 PM on 14 Dec 2006, layman wrote:

    Oh look, everyone was right about the team selection after all.

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  40. At 01:54 PM on 14 Dec 2006, John Standing wrote:

    Well Done Monty...

    ...with a trumpet,and a spinner, the aussies out before dinner...

    Marvelous!!!

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  41. At 02:24 PM on 14 Dec 2006, shahid shah wrote:

    AS they say that sometimes its good when you loose. For engalnd it was good they lost at he adelaide otherwise Giles would still be playing in this test as well, had england managed to draw at the adelaide. Now england need to bring in Chris Read and Stuart Broad to complete the best side.

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  42. At 03:23 PM on 14 Dec 2006, Highbury Wicket wrote:

    GRRRRR.... Someone please remind commentators on the BBC to mention the score more often than once overy 15 minutes! I stood in front of my radio for 10 minutes, dressed, ready to walk out the door, eventually late for work because I kept hearing about gulls in the stadium and ancient stats rather than the run/wicket total after two singles. Blowers would never do that to us!!!!

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  43. At 03:55 PM on 14 Dec 2006, turbanator2 wrote:

    Monty has practised more than any other specialist bowler on his batting and is no way like a rabbit caught in headlights anymore. Even though as a bowler he shouldn't have to but watch Duncan Flecther moan about.....his batting!!

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  44. At 04:17 PM on 14 Dec 2006, James maycock wrote:

    what a legend

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  45. At 07:06 PM on 14 Dec 2006, chris higham wrote:

    thank god england have shown wisdom come on duncancheer up ps up monty lets hope the boys can do good tomorrow

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  46. At 09:15 PM on 14 Dec 2006, Mankyblue wrote:

    Steady on now , lets not get carried away... its great that we bowl them out, even better it was the 1st day but we need to bat well and steady all day tomorrow plus make it a big score.
    This game isnt over by a long shot, Adelaide proved that, remember this is the best team in the world right now. Clear controlled heads required keeping on the pressure in the crease.
    Well done to Monty, a legend in the making and Harmy im sorry i doubted you, you were awsome, keep up the good work men you even looked like a team.
    If we win this one it will make my trip to Melbourne a whole lot more interesting..playing for something other than pride ...
    Keep the faith.... nanu nanu !

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  47. At 10:00 PM on 14 Dec 2006, Aussie Chick wrote:

    Hey 'Freeman'!!! Better rethink that comment. I was born in London but intelligently moved to the far more beautiful land "Down Under'. Am now a one eyed Aussie fan and grateful everyday for my good fortune.

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  48. At 10:51 PM on 14 Dec 2006, Charlie Sceptic wrote:

    What a surprise, a possible reincarnation for the England team, a shock win in Perth after dismal displays in the previous two tests. I wonder if this is anything to do with the distinct possibility that a win by Australia in this one might trigger a considerably smaller attendance by spectators at the final two tests in the series. A loss of revenue is not to be tolerated by the money men behind the scenes. Remember the decision not to enforce a follow on in a test not too long ago.
    Merry Christmas to everyone, Charlie.

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  49. At 01:06 AM on 15 Dec 2006, Paul wrote:

    WOW ! Look at the comments coming thick and fast with regards to the English performance yesterday, well done on bowling out the Aussies for under 250, but........ you are two down for bugger all. Australia will bat again today. Should make for a very interesting next two days.

    Remember, Adeliade was the start you were all harpong on about as well.

    Paul

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  50. At 02:06 PM on 16 Dec 2006, Anonymous wrote:

    seems so quiet in here....

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