The brush and the broom by Eve (age 4)


‘Friends are really special.’ Read more...

The story of the knots and tangles…

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Street compliments

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The story of the face at the window.

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December is for…

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As I sit and type this, the song Simply having a wonderful Christmas time is ringing out in my local coffee shop. There are snowflakes and robins hanging from the ceiling and my cup is filled with Read more...

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#Worththewait

We’ve been hearing from girls all around the UK, and here’s what they had to say…
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November is for…

NovfinPhotography by penandshutter.co.uk

Do you ever get that feeling when you hear the rain pouring outside but you’re all cosy inside? It’s a feeling that makes you feel warm and comfortable. You know the feeling?

Well my mum has totally Read more...

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‘Fine lines’ – Spoken word

I’ll be a success when I’ve made a difference
To those I meet along the way,
And I’ll be a success when I am kind
With the words that I give away.

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October is for…

Octfin

I used to hate hurdles at school.

I could never seem to get myself over all of them. I can’t tell you the number of times I hobbled back to the P.E. changing rooms with blood dripping down my knees. Read more...

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September is for…

septSo this week I lost my phone for TWO WHOLE DAYS – ARGHH!

This is a pretty big deal for me. I searched high and low but it was nowhere to be found. So I left the house on the Read more...

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‘You don’t have to suffer in silence.’


‘If you are struggling, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Let’s talk.’
For more information and advice about mental health, take a look at Read more...

August is for…

Aug-RecoveredOh dear – this is how my morning went one day this week:

I threw open the curtains (expecting a sunny garden) and was greeted with rain and I thought,
‘Ugh, what a dull, grey day.’
Then I looked in Read more...

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koko explores: self-harm


What actually is self-harm? Can you recover from it? How can you support someone who is self-harming?

Inspiring stories of hope and perseverance in our new film ‘koko explores: self-harm’ Read more...

July is for…

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A few years ago I was on a train with my mum. We hadn’t seen each other in four weeks so we had loads to catch up on. During the 45 minute train journey we spent every moment sharing stories Read more...

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The story of the wrong direction…

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June is for…

Juneisfor2My friend Katie* told me a story recently about a student who had put their wet washing up on the line before they went out. When she returned, her washing had been taken down and someone else’s was up. She Read more...

Dear 16 year old me…


Have you checked your skin recently? Read more...

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May is for…

mayimSome of you will know that last week I brought home a puppy called Mollie! She’s lovely but my week has been filled with poos and wees everywhere! At one point Mollie pooed and then she ran in it – Read more...

‘Life doesn’t begin when you find a relationship’

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The majority of us have watched the film Mean Girls; ever noticed how the character Cady Heron lets the idea of acting mean and thinking in a mean way take control over who she actually was?

Through talking with Read more...

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Chibok girls, we’ve got your back!

by Claire Rush

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We have been so inspired by koko’s ‘I’ve got your back!’ video. Those four words are easy to say when you’re saying them to people that you know and love. But there are many young women across Read more...

April is for…

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My Dad eats woodlice. He says that you have to crunch them quickly before they run around your mouth – euggh!

He told me that after you’ve eaten them you’ll find their legs between your teeth later on in the Read more...

40acts of generosity.

Over 70,000 of us joined in with the 40acts challenge:
Instead of giving something up for Lent,
give something out to those around you.
Here’s what Hannah, Lydia, Sarah, Rachael, Nat, Grace, Beth and I got up to…

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The story of the door in his face.

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I’ve got your back

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March is for…

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On Monday I had 637 words (I used word count) constantly running through my head.

I was filming a new rhyme up in Manchester and my mind was not only racing with words, but also with worries; would I remember Read more...

40 days of living generously

Logo-2-white-on-redIt gets to this time each year when I think…

‘Ooh Lent begins today! Should I give something up?’ My mind races with different options – ‘Coffee? Facebook? Chocolate? No I did that last year. Clothes shopping?’

Then usually I Read more...

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‘The most powerful thing you own is your voice.’

I got an email from Yasmin in Manchester that said this:

‘I know a song that is great for boosting confidence about the way you look, it’s called ‘Perfect’ by Emma Blackery, and I thought it might help.’

So here Read more...

February is for…

Young woman by the water's edgeAt the beginning of Year 7 our year group was told there would be a school trip to Norway at the end of Year 8. I can’t tell you how excited me and my best friend Chloe* were! We signed Read more...

#thebestthingsinlife

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To read more about my best things in life, check out my original post.
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Wooohooo!! koko is 1 today!

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koko is nearly 1!

thistimelastyearThis time last year I had two weeks until the launch of koko & was busy writing, filming and creating final pieces! Read more...

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January is for…

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Happy new year! Wooohoo! I hope you had a lovely Christmas are excited about the year ahead.

If you follow koko on Twitter you might have seen that I broke down recently on the motorway on my way home from Read more...

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Consider.

Take a moment to stop this Christmas, and consider. Read more...

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Wintery walks on the beach.

To read more about my best things in life, check out my original post.
Tweet me a photo that you’ve taken of your best things in life and I’ll upload my favourites!

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17 years old and changing the world.


Woohoo! Go Malala! She’s become the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize today.
In her acceptance speech she said:

I chose to speak up, I am Malala… I am those 66 million girls who are deprived of education,

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‘The story of Catherine’s advice…’

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December is for…

DILIGENTfinWell, we’ve had a whole year of these blogs; 2014 has gone so fast! I don’t know whether this year has been a really good one for you or whether it’s been a tough one. But let’s remind ourselves of Read more...

#nowplaying

Today I’ve mostly been listening to…


Hillsong : ‘Alive’

I was lost with a broken heart
You picked me up, now I’m set apart
From the ash I am born again
Forever safe in the Saviour’s hands
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Be authentic

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#antibullyingweek

*Note: because this video is interactive, it is best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer*

Check out this amazing interactive anti-bullying video created entirely by volunteers. Throughout this video you will be asked to make a decision from the Read more...

‘Come and find me.’

I represent a teenage girl. My question is do you know what I’m facing?


-A few of you have been asking about the monologue I performed at YWS14 so I thought I’d post it here.
I hope it challenges and Read more...

mentalhealth4I’ve been at university for about six weeks now and it’s already feeling like a second home. My course is great and my flatmates are lovely. It’s funny how quickly you can become close friends with somebody when you live Read more...

T.H.I.N.K

I sat at my computer the other day with Twitter open in front of me. My fingers were poised over the keys and stayed that way for some time.

I couldn’t think of what to say.

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November is for…

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It’s such a beautiful day today that I’ve wandered down to my local park. The sun’s beaming down on me and the birds are singing away. I’m quite tempted to do some sort of Disney-esque dance and song through the Read more...

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Feeding the ducks

To read more about my best things in life, check out my original post.
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Jam Thank you Gemma for sharing this photo with us! It’s a great reminder for us all. Read more...

We cannot be defined.

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The Girl Declaration.

Today is International Day of the Girl, a day to celebrate and champion the value of girls across the world.
There’s lots of people tweeting about today, take a look and get informed: #dayofthegirl

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#thebestthingsinlife…

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Sunsets

To read more about my best things in life, check out my original post.
Tweet me a photo that you’ve taken of your best things in life and I’ll upload my favourites!

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I see you.

A poem for National Poetry day 2014. Read more...

October is for…

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This month I want you all to eat omelettes.

…ok, I’m just kidding.

So my family has eight lovely chickens:

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They’re pretty cool and give us lots of eggs each day. Ever since we got the chickens I’ve thought I’d Read more...

imageThis is my amazing friend Mary who today shaved her head for Breast Cancer Care and Brain Research UK. #sobrave #sobeautiful Read more...

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koko’s article for Christian Aid magazine:

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You can read the whole magazine for free here, yay!

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It’s raining, it’s pouring…

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I’m sitting in my car called ‘Poddington’, down on the seafront. It’s a REALLY chilly, dull, grey day.

The rain has just started to patter onto my window, I was going to get out and go for a walk but Read more...

The Girl Effect

‘When you empower a girl or a woman, she becomes a catalyst for positive change whose success benefits everyone around her’  – Care.org Read more...

The story of the coffee machine…

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September is for…

septMy friends will all tell you the one phrase that leaves my lips more than any other is…

‘Where’s my phone?’

Constantly. Every day. Without fail. It’s become a bit of a joke. But ohhh no, it’s not a joke Read more...

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Being in the garden

To read more about my best things in life, check out my original post.
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Holiday with the fam!
What a welcome rest!
See you soon girls,
I think you’re the best!
M xxxx Read more...

Can and Will


Told she was too young to succeed, Ellie Simmonds’ drive has proven her doubters wrong. Read more...

August is for…

augisforThe other day I was out for dinner with about 30 people I’d only just met when we started talking about musicals. I was split seconds from saying that my ultimate all-time favourite musical is The Lion King when the Read more...

out the planeSo during July we’ve started to look at the subject of justice.

What we’ve heard:

  • There are nearly 30million people are held as modern-day slaves.
  • 1 in 5 women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her
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valuable, precious, invaluable, prized, dear, rare, treasured, cherished,
incomparable, irreplaceable, incalculable, inestimable, beyond price.
Thanks Jade for sharing this with me!

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By Claire Rush

It’s summer – the season of sunshine, holidays, ice cream and lazy days with friends.

Hurrah!

It’s also a great opportunity to refresh our wardrobes for all those picnics, parties and date nights. Any excuse for a Read more...

koko is 6 months old! woohoo!

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I’m dropping shopping!

lyds copyby Lydia Richards

In the final few weeks of my first year at uni I found myself praying a prayer which made me laugh out loud – ‘Lord Jesus, thank you for my overdraft.’ Dealing with the woes of rent, Read more...

Colbie Caillat – Try


‘You don’t have to try so hard.
You don’t have to give it all away.
You don’t have to change a single thing.’

Thank you Colbie Caillat. Read more...

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The story of the spilt milk…

A story about tears and taking deep breaths. Read more...

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July is for…

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I found this card on my desk the other day…

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I picked it up and just held it for a while, staring at the two words before me ‘seek justice’. What did that mean? ‘Justice’ seems like such a massive Read more...

#Likeagirl

‘I am a girl and that’s not something I should be ashamed of.’  Great work Always, this is such an awesome campaign! Thank you Grace and Holly for sharing it with me! xx Read more...

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#saysomethingnice

Thanks for sending me this @KitKatzzz123, I totally agree! #saysomethingnice Read more...

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Making music.

To read more about my best things in life, check out my original post.
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June is for…

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I was on my way home from Oxford to Essex at about 10pm the other day.

I was driving down a dark country lane when I turned left and was faced with a big red sign saying ‘BLOCKED ROAD – Read more...

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This little light.

So how’s your ‘May is for making a difference’ going? If you need a bit of inspiration, have a look at this music video from LZ7. Remember, let your light shine. Read more...

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Give a day.

So I spent the day helping out at a charity shop. It was so much fun! Can you make a difference by giving a day of your time to help others? Read more...

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May is for…

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Two of my lovely friends, Grace and Hannah, have been away in Uganda and Thailand recently teaching English, working in a slum, and supporting refugees.

I think they’re totally amazing for being so brave and travelling so far to help Read more...

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Exploring.

To read more about my best things in life, check out my original post.
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‘I am who I am’

I love stories. We’re all made of them aren’t we?… good ones and sad ones, funny ones and difficult ones. I always love hearing stories, especially if they can teach me something. So, I’m really pleased to be posting this Read more...

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You Brought Me Home.

This is one of my favourite videos on youtube. Such a powerful message. Read more...

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May you blossom

mayyoublossomI’m sitting on a bench by the sea, and I just had to write to you. Above me is a beautiful blossom tree. As I write, little bits of blossom are falling off and surrounding me… by the time I Read more...

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The story of the wrong name…

What have you been called in the past? Is there a name that you need to get rid of? Read more...

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‘Hello world, this is my birthmark!’

I love love love this Naomi! Thank you so much for sharing it with us all on koko. x

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Hello world, this is my birthmark! Please get acquainted 😉
It’s been hiding away under a mass of hair for several
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April is for…

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Have you seen any of #thebestthingsinlife photos that I’ve posted?

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Rainbows.

To read more about my best things in life, check out my original post.
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Sleepy meerkat… teehee!

Haha! Girls I laughed SO much at this youtube video so I just had to share it with you!
Hope you find him as funny as I did. Bahahaa!! Read more...

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My amazing friend Hannah is coming home from Thailand! Hooray!
I just wanted to share with you her reflection on her time away. #countyourblessings Read more...

‘The ripple is starting!’

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 15.42.40Abbie P! I just had to share this comment that you’ve posted on the latest vlog.
THANK YOU! It’s really made my day. I can’t tell you how happy I am that the ripple is starting.
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The story of the hairy bum…

So this is what happened on my way to Northumberland. Read more...

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Because I am a girl…

by Claire Rush

 

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I love being a girl. Guys are great… but I wouldn’t change being a girl and so would you. After koko posted a question earlier in the week, you told us all the AMAZING things that Read more...

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Being on a speeding train.

To read more about my best things in life, check out my original post.
Tweet me a photo that you’ve taken of your best things in life and I’ll upload my favourites!

 
 

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Lupita Nyong’o, you’re incredible.

I just HAD to share this with you. wow. Lupita’s words are so powerful and so very true.

‘Get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside’.

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March is for…

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I found out recently that one of my friends from school has been in hospital for five years with anorexia. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about her – what she’s going through and what she feels about herself. Read more...

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Duct Tape Surfing

If you watch just one video on the internet this week, let it be this one. It’s utterly beautiful and incredibly moving all the way until the end. Thank you Natalie Clarkson for sending this to me, I love it. Read more...

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Bike rides.

To read more about my best things in life, check out my original post.
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Smiling really is infectious.

rlatOk, I’m going to tell you a secret… I love to people watch. I know it’s odd but something I LOVE to do is go to a coffee shop, get a yummy iced latte and watch people wander past the Read more...

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The story of the ripped card…

Boyfriends, broken hearts and being patient. Read more...

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Beinginthecountryside1Being in the countryside.

To read more about my best things in life, check out my original post.
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Being a girl.

I had a great afternoon chatting with the lovely Emilie, Grace, Lydia and Elizabeth. Thank you girls! I love your thoughts about beauty, opinions on photoshop and ideas on how we can become happier with ourselves just as we are. Read more...

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February is for…

Febfriend

This is me and my friend Sarah…

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We became friends at church when we were 11. I thought she was SO cool – she had this long, glossy straight hair and mine was really curly. I decided I wanted straight Read more...

 

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Arriving home.

To read more about my best things in life, check out my original post

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Mandisa – Overcomer

If things are tough or you’re feeling down right now, take a listen to this amazing song by Mandisa.
You’re an overcomer. Read more...

The best things in life.

A little while ago I was chatting to a few of you girls about wanting ‘stuff’. I asked you what it is that everyone wants at the moment and here’s what you said…

An iPad, Louboutins, tickets to festivals, a Read more...

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The story of the suitcase…

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January is for…

janimage‘A new year, a new you!’

That’s what I read every January in magazines. The pages are full of diet tips, resolutions, ideas about revamping your wardrobe and suggestions about how a new haircut can make you feel like a Read more...

let the adventure begin

Oh my gosh – you’re here, on koko! I’ve been looking forward to this day for SO long.

If you’re wondering what koko is all about, then take a look at the let the adventure begin film, it Read more...

Let the adventure begin.

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Did you know?

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