Jonny Donahoe on Bringing Every Brilliant Thing to HBO

first_img View Comments Following the film adaptations of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and All the Way this year, HBO has once again brought the New York stage to the screen with Every Brilliant Thing. Comedian Jonny Donahoe headlined the solo show at the Barrow Street Theatre in 2015, having previously toured the U.K. with it. The play follows a man from adolescence to adulthood as he compiles a list of brilliant things in the hopes of cheering up his depressed and suicidal mother. Producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato captured footage from multiple performances during the off-Broadway run for the HBO presentation, premiering on December 26.Broadway.com recently spoke with Donahoe about revisiting the show on screen, his unsuspecting co-stars and the importance of discussing mental health.The way you tell this story is extremely intimate and feels very personal, but it’s not autobiographical. Where does the narrator of the show end and Jonny Donahoe begin?It’s inherently truthful of my life, and it’s also true to [writer] Duncan MacMillan’s, but none of the story happened to us. We say it’s based on true and untrue stories. Whilst the narrator hasn’t lived my story, there are a huge number of similarities, and that life has been lived by a number of people. We’ve met those people, we’ve talked to them, and we’re trying to tell their story eloquently and as well as we possibly can.Were there any steps in putting this show together with MacMillan and director George Perrin that were particularly difficult to navigate?More than anything else, we wanted to make sure that the truth of the story was never forgotten. Depression is going to appear in your life, whether you like it or not. It’s something you need to be able to talk about and have the tools with which to understand it. It was really important that we didn’t shy away from how hard that is. The dramatist’s urge is to be dramatic. We didn’t want to oversell the drama. It was quite a challenge to just lay things out exactly as they are and not sugarcoat with language or metaphor.Did the audience being such an important component make rehearsing a challenge?Definitely. You can learn the things you have to say and the order to say them in, but you can’t do it without the crowd. It’s very much like standup. A standup comic doesn’t sit down and write a one-hour narrative. They try this bit, they try that bit, and they fit them together. We’d try stuff out with Paines Plough; we’d insist that at four in the afternoon everyone in the office puts down their laptops and come in, and I would do a new bit.Some audience members you interact with in the filmed version—particularly the man who plays your father—seem almost too perfect to be improvising. Is there a trick to scouting the right participant?That dad is a masterstroke of luck. He was a rabbi; I hadn’t met him before and haven’t seen him since. Watching it back, it seems like he knew what to do—because he did. You set out rules all through the show without the audience really spotting it to create a sense of absolute safety. That means anyone can do anything and is welcome. There is something unique about improvisation when it works. It would take them months to get the spontaneity if you were to write it and rehearse it. It exists in and of that moment. That rings true with people because that’s what life is like.Why do you think this show works as a filmed production if the live audience is so essential?The audience is very much the set around you. You see all of them. Randy and Fenton filmed it so extraordinarily beautifully. It’s unobtrusive. We had 17 or 19 cameras, and they had gone to great lengths to hide every single one of them. They filmed it in a way that David Attenborough would film Planet Earth. You don’t want to spook the lions, so the cameras are hidden in rocks and under trees.What do you hope someone struggling with any sort of mental health issue takes from the show?Life is hard, but tomorrow will be better than today. The hardest thing with people who are suicidal is that suicide only needs to win once. Life has to win out every single day. But it is always a mistake to take your life. If you are at the worst, talk to people. Share with people. Do anything but take such a drastic and pervasive action. Tomorrow could be better. It may not be brilliant, but it will be better.New York audiences saw Every Brilliant Thing in early 2015, but why is this story important to be heard now?I’m a political person, and it’s important that I steer away from answering that question politically, because people vote for things that I disagree with like Brexit and Trump. In both those cases, it’s very hard to justify some of the voting. What is demonstrably clear, though, is that people are hurting, and they’re reacting. That has to be dealt with, and it hasn’t been. There are reasons why these things have happened, and we have to keep going. I hope you see past the darkness and have some hope. It’s not a political piece, but I think if there’s one thing this work is about, it’s the value of believing in hope.To wrap things up on a lighter note, what would be the first three items on your list of brilliant things?The first thing I would have on my list—what I really love more than anything else is feta cheese. That’s a magnificent piece of work. Well done, whoever invented that. That’s a real win for mankind. I’m also an enormous fan of single malt scotch. The last thing? More time. How do we do that? The promise of more time. Jonny Donahoe in ‘Every Brilliant Thing'(Photo courtesy of HBO)last_img read more

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Supreme Court wants DNA rule, law compared

first_img July 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Supreme Court wants DNA rule, law compared Supreme Court wants DNA rule, law compared Senior Editor The Florida Supreme Court has ordered the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee to compare a proposed rule on DNA testing for inmates with a recent state law on that issue, following a June 6 oral argument on the suggested rule. The court asked the committee, in a June 12 order, to have an amended petition filed by July 6. The order didn’t come as a surprise. Oral arguments had barely begun on proposed Rule 3.853 when Chief Justice Charles Wells asked 18th Circuit Judge O.H. Eaton, Jr., chair of the rules committee, if there would be confusion between the proposed rule and a recently enacted state law on the same subject. Other justices expressed a similar concern. “We all feel that it’s critically important that to the extent we can we coordinate these two efforts and that the rule contains a careful consideration of the legislation,” Justice Harry Lee Anstead said. Eaton said he would be willing to take the proposed rule and new law to his panel’s fast track committee and get back to the court, and Anstead said that would be “helpful.” Justice Pariente said the court wants to see the differences and conflicts between the proposed rule and the new law. But the justices also used the opportunity to question the parties before them on the nuances of both the law and the proposed rule. Although technically divided into opposing parties, all four lawyers appearing Eaton and former committee Chair Robert Wills for the rule, and 11th Circuit Assistant Public Defender Christina Spaulding, representing the Florida Public Defenders Association, and James T. Miller, representing the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on the other side said they favored some sort of DNA rule and all expressed reservations about some part of the proposed rule, new law, or both. Eaton told the court he thought the law was an improvement over the proposed rule because the rule only contemplated DNA retesting in cases where exoneration is the issue. The law allows retesting where the result could be a reduced sentence, such as a case where an inmate was less involved in a crime than thought. But he said a problem with the law is it only affects those who were found guilty and not those who entered a plea. He said that has implications for the court’s habeas corpus powers, noting that the law, like the proposed rule, has a two-year time limit. The law does impinge on procedural issues that are under the courts’ purview, Eaton said, but its good points include requiring preservation of DNA testing and spelling out how the testing will be done. Wills noted that while the evidence preservation part of the bill takes effect July 1, the remainder has an effective date of October 1, giving the court some time to harmonize the rule and law. He also said the court should not be reluctant to make changes in the rule. “When we passed this rule in January, our goal was to get something up here in front of this court as soon as possible,” Wills said. He noted that the two-year time limit to seek DNA testing was included because it was necessary to get the two-thirds vote necessary to approve the rule. Most committee members would have approved it without the time limit, but “some saw a need for finality in the process,” he said. In response to a question from Justice Fred Lewis, Wills said the law is better than the rule because the statute allows for future testing if improved technology becomes available, while the rule has no such provision. Spaulding called for testing to apply to cases where inmates plead guilty. “Justice is not served if the wrong person is in prison,” she said. “There are no demonstrable good reasons for keeping an innocent person in prison only because they pled guilty.” She noted the current case of Jerry Frank Townsend, a retarded man who pleaded guilty to a rape and six South Florida murders more than 20 years ago but recently was cleared of four of the murders by DNA tests. Review of the other two cases is pending. Miller said the court should treat DNA the same as any other newly discovered evidence, adding that is a procedural matter properly determined by the court, not the legislature. For most new evidence, inmates must only show there is a high probability it would have affected the outcome of the case, while the DNA law and rule requires them to allege it would prove their innocence, he said. He also agreed with Wills that the rule should allow future tests if improved technology becomes available.last_img read more

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Region of boom: Heritage Grove’s unique, homegrown, reloadable debit card aims to attract area millennials

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Olivier Raoust Olivier Raoust is the founder and creative force behind Raoust+Partners, a brand consultancy that has worked with almost 40 credit unions over the past 20 years. Passionate about credit … Web: www.meetyourstorytellers.com Details By listening to its younger members, Heritage Grove FCU created an in-house, reloadable debit card product free of fees and paper that sets the stage for its future.With Apple Pay seemingly making headlines every minute with its breakthrough payments solution, there’s one credit union making waves of its own with a unique, homegrown, payments product. Heritage Grove Federal Credit Union has created a no-nonsense, no-strings attached, reloadable debit card to make purchases for today’s members who don’t desire a checking account. They call it boom, which is how easily members can make purchases and manage their accounts – all online, with no paper checks, no paper statements, and no paper period.Heritage Grove’s boom account, meant for those members who think checkbooks are synonymous with the Model T, cotton gin, and 8-track cassette players, leverages today’s mobile and online financial services with free mobile and Internet banking – along with eStatements, remote and direct deposit, and access to more than 50,000 ATMs. Again, unlike most other FIs, the credit union’s reloadable boom debit card services are free. Best of all, this product was created, developed, and deployed by the $100 million credit union.According to Heritage Grove CEO Jim Mau, the idea for boom debit originated during a checking product review. Mau and his team researched competitor products and completed an exercise in Product Attribute Mapping.“We mapped the positive and negative attributes of our current product offerings as well as some of the more prominent bank and credit union competitors in our market,” he explains. “The idea being to create new value by adding positive discriminators like free features that other competitors charge for – while removing negative attributes like overdraft fees.”After several iterations and prototypes, Mau and his team determined that a debit card with no overdraft fees, no direct deposit requirement, no paper checks, and no paper statements would provide the credit union with the best market differentiation. And so boom was launched in July 2014.“We are the only credit union in our market-space that I am aware of with this type of product,” he says. “One local credit union executive recently told me that he believes plastic cards are destined for extinction. I agree that overall plastic use will begin to decline eventually with the rise of mobile payments, just like paper checks have with the rise of debit cards.”Mau believes, however, that plastic cards will be useful for at least the next five to 10 years. This window provides the credit union with ample time to recover its modest research and development expenditures.Most large national banks – and even non-traditional competitors like Walmart – offer reloadable debit cards. The services offered, fees charged, and restrictions vary greatly with those organizations, however. For example, most competitor debit cards require a direct deposit to avoid a monthly service charge.In Salem, Oregon, where Heritage Grove is located, it has many small employers that do not offer direct deposit. By removing the requirement for direct deposit, the credit union has created an opportunity to connect with a valuable source of potential members: local retailers and their customers.“Instead of forcing options via fees, we have opted to emphasize the positive attributes of boom debit that includes free mobile banking with mobile deposit and bill pay,” Mau says. “By requiring e-statements, we lower our per account costs and focus our offering on people who are willing to receive their statements and other account communications electronically through our internet banking platform.”Mau adds that if his credit union connects the right people with this product, he believes that the vast majority will choose to utilize its most convenient and lowest cost channels to fund their accounts and perform transactions.“We chose to create boom as a debit account instead of a ‘checking account’ in part because many younger members no longer requested checks,” he admits. “We also picked up on the fact that the primary payment tool, the debit card, is what people wanted not a checkbook.”By not offering checks with this account, the credit union has eliminated the opportunity to bounce checks and made the chance of accidentally drawing the account negative very rare.  Complimentary mobile and internet bill pay further reduces the need for paper checks. If needed boom debit holders can purchase money orders and cashier’s checks at the credit union’s standard fees. Other unique features include boom debit’s vertical card orientation that aligns with Heritage Grove’s “Stand Tall” philosophy:“We Stand Tall™, believing that we are stronger together.  We take pride in standing tall with our members, giving them the confidence and tools needed to navigate their financial future.”Heritage Grove partnered with Raoust + Partners marketing firm to help develop and promote its debit card product, which crafted and created the name “boom” to leverage the popular vernacular expression of great and amazing that’s common with a younger demographic. It’s also a double entendre to communicate to members that they, too, are empowered to “stand tall.” Lastly, boom is also a name that refers to the cluster of logs that float down rivers, ubiquitous to Oregon’s logging heritage.“boom is unique in the sense that how many $100 million credit unions out there have actually created, branded, and deployed their own reloadable card? The answer is exactly none,” states Raoust + Partners’ President Olivier Raoust. “As previously stated, boom is also a very competitive product targeting folks who simply do not want a traditional checking account relationship – which is becoming more and more common today.”Mau adds that boom’s primary goal is to connect with a much greater number of potential and younger members increasing total debit account penetration and interchange income. Heritage Grove’s boom debit provides for a low-priced, entry-level product that allows the credit union to deliver immediate value and build relationships over time.“Items such as eStatements not only lower our cost over traditional statements, but they provide for regular electronic credit union messaging including financial education opportunities,” he says. “Our boom product allows Heritage Grove to compete with the large national banks and retailers in a space that we know that we can deliver a superior value along with our Stand Tall service.”Since July, Heritage Grove has added 99 boom accounts (as of October 31), increasing its total payment account penetration (checking and debit) year-to-date by more than 3%.The credit union had a goal to reach 100 boom debit accounts by yearend without cannibalizing its existing payment accounts. “We will greatly exceed this initial goal and have continued to grow our traditional checking account options,” Mau says. “With adjustments to our marketing and business development strategies we are forecasting continued payments account growth in 2015.”Much to the credit union’s surprise many Heritage Grove member segments have found value with boom debit. Originally thinking the card would primarily appeal to young members because those were the folks who were declining checkbooks when opening our traditional checking accounts, Mau and his team quickly discovered that members of all ages enjoy the value and convenience that boom debit provides.“Overall, the results we are really looking for will be measured over time as we work to deepen the relationships with our boom debit members,” Mau adds. “By connecting members with the immediate value of our free boom debit card, we are able to begin communicating about our other offerings, such as financial education, first time auto loans, home loans, and more. This springboard boom provides will help build a solid foundation of long-term member relationships for a very bright future that will benefit both parties.”last_img read more

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Boycott violence as entertainment

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We should all be encouraged by the show of interest that the young people of this nation have taken in voicing their concerns and opinions since the Parkland shootings. Their determination to peacefully seek change in our laws and exercise their First Amendment rights should be an example to us all.Each one of us has the ability to bring about a change in our violent culture by boycotting violence. We can stop playing violent video games. We can stop paying for movies at the theater and home that treat hatred, guns, and killing as entertainment. We can stop buying books and magazines that desensitize us to violence.We can take note of commercial sponsors of TV programs that glorify violence and stop buying their products. And tell them why we’ve stopped. Money can be a powerful tool that we as individuals can use to make our voices heard. If you are unable to take part in a protest or March you can certainly choose to make a change by starving out violence.Send a message. Violence isn’t entertainment. Refuse to pay for it.JEAN JONESSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Statement on Agreement Reached Between SEPTA and TWU

first_img November 07, 2016 Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement regarding the agreement reached by SEPTA and TWU:“I am pleased that SEPTA and TWU have reached an agreement and the City of Philadelphia’s transit system will be fully operational within 24 hours. While I am beyond disappointed the situation ever resulted in a strike that affected the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, I commend both sides for bringing this crippling work stoppage to an end. I especially thank Representative Dwight Evans for his tireless work to reach a resolution.“The strike caused severe economic hardship because so many rely on transit service including the elderly and individuals with disabilities, as well as those who need transit to travel to work, school, and medical appointments. Now, these individuals can return to their normal daily commutes without the anxiety of disruption and the workers can return to their job and continue this important service for the people of Pennsylvania.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Statement on Agreement Reached Between SEPTA and TWUcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Crouch on Ettalong Channel Issues: Community Demands Action

first_imgMore than 60 local residents attended a ‘Save Our Beach’ protest convened by Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Liberal Member for Terrigal Mr Adam Crouch, and Liberal councilors Cr Jilly Pilon and Cr Gale Collins last week.Mr Crouch said that the protest sent a clear message to the Central Coast Council that the community demands action. The councilors repeated their call for the council to take responsibility for the situation at Ettalong Channel.Mr Crouch said that the council has avoided responsibility and delayed any progress on this issue for far too long.“I call on the Labor and independent alliance of councilors to stop obfuscating and avoiding this issue, and start to work together to achieve a positive outcome,” Mr Crouch said.“Since 2011, funding has been available through the Rescuing Our Waterways program, which consists of a co-fund arrangement between local Councils and the State.”Cr Pilon also added that the need for dredging to prevent silting in the Ettalong Channel was not a new problem: “Indeed, as far back as 2009, a management study was written by an independent engineering consultancy and provided to council with options to fix this ongoing problem.”“I have raised this issue with my council colleagues on multiple occasions already, and I will continue to advocate for our community at every possible opportunity,” concluded Cr Pilon.Adam Crouch MP – Member for Terrigallast_img read more

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Thun Tankers Names Newbuild Pair in China

first_imgImage Courtesy: Thun Tankers Erik Thun Group & Thun Tankers BV have named two new product/chemical tankers in China.The naming ceremony for Thun Lidkoping and Thun London was held at the shipyard AVIC Dingheng on March 23.“It is a historic day for our company with the naming of both Thun Lidkoping and Thun London on the same day,” Alice Brax, the godmother of the tankers, said.The 18,650 dwt ships are the first two in a series of five newbuilds of the L-class. They are built to the design focused on energy efficiency, sustainability and new regulations.With a length of 149.8 meters and a width of 22.8 meters, the vessels have a capacity of 21,000 cbm.Expected to start operating during the spring and summer of 2019, the tanker pair will enter the Gothia Tanker Alliance network upon delivery.Thun Tankers is part of Gothia Tanker Alliance, a European tanker network for coastal tanker owners, currently operating 23 intermediate tankers ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 dwt and 17 coastal tankers in the size range from 6,000 to 8,000 dwt.The company will take delivery of three small and six intermediate newbuilds during 2019-2021.last_img read more

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Formula One team helps develop breathing aid for virus patients

first_img Loading… Medical researchers and engineers have teamed up with Formula One outfit Mercedes to adapt a breathing aid for mass production that could keep coronavirus patients off much-needed ventilators. The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) breathing aid, developed in less than a week by mechanical engineers, doctors and the Mercedes Formula 1 team in conjunction with UCL University College London said UK regulators had approved its adaptation of the continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP), which helps patients with breathing difficulties. A version of the equipment, which increases air and oxygen flow into the lungs, has already been used in hospitals in Italy and China to help COVID-19 patients with serious lung infections. Teams at UCL and Mercedes have reverse-engineered the device and say they can make them quickly “by the thousands” and provide hospitals across Britain, as pressure builds due to more confirmed cases. Reports from Italy indicated about 50 percent of patients given CPAP did not need mechanical ventilation, which requires sedation and a tube placed into the patient’s windpipe, UCL said. Clinical trials with 100 of the machines are to be carried out at University College London Hospital, it added in a statement on Sunday. “These devices will help save lives by ensuring that ventilators, a limited resource, are used only for the severely ill,” said UCLH critical care consultant Mervyn Singer. “While they will be tested at UCLH first, we hope they will make a real difference to hospitals across the UK by reducing demand on intensive care staff and beds, as well as helping patients recover without the need for more invasive ventilation.” Read Also: Ighalo deserves new Man United deal – Arsenal legend With the season suspended due to the outbreak, they say they are well-placed to help because of their engineers’ expertise in rapid design, making prototypes, testing and assembly. Andy Cowell, managing director of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, said: “We have been proud to put our resources at the service of UCL to deliver the CPAP project to the highest standards and in the fastest possible timeframe.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Britain’s state-run National Health Service currently has some 8,000 ventilators and the government has ordered 8,000 more. But there is concern there will be a shortage as the virus peaks. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has put his government on a war footing, appealing to major manufacturers and industry to repurpose their production, including for medical devices. Tim Baker, from UCL’s mechanical engineering department, said the process took days instead of years and improvements were made to the devices using computer simulations to help mass production. UK-based Formula One teams and their technology partners have been involved in a variety of schemes to meet medical needs in a partnership called “Project Pitlane”. Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldlast_img read more

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Collina primed for Polly test

first_img The four-year-old is set to have just her second try at 10 furlongs in the Group One event after finishing second on her first attempt in May. She subsequently reverted to a mile to finish second in a Curragh Group Three last time, but the longer trip holds few fears for Prendergast. Kevin Prendergast is anticipating a good performance from La Collina as she goes for glory in the Oxigen Enviromental Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh next Sunday. He said: “She would be my definite runner. I’ve no concerns over the trip. She ran over a mile and two in the Blue Wind at Naas and it was just that the winner (Euphrasia) skipped away. “She had Dermot Weld’s good mare (Princess Highway) behind her and Rehn’s Nest, who was then placed in the Irish 1000 Guineas. “It’ll be a very hot race, although some of the better ones will have raced at Ascot and might not run, but she should run well. “She likes good ground and hopefully it’ll be good next weekend.” La Collina has not tasted victory since landing the Group One Phoenix Stakes as a juvenile back in 2011 and Prendergast would love to secure another top-level victory. He added: “She’s been great for us and solid as a rock. It would be great to get another Group One with her.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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D’Tigress Still Work in Progress, Says Otis Hughley

first_imgDespite a massive 133points to 33 victory against a selected women’s side, Head coach of D’Tigress, Otis Hughley believes his team is still work in progress.Speaking after their test match played on Sunday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos Hughley said he is not carried away by the final result because his team can still get better.The former assistant coach of Sacramento Kings revealed that the game gave the team an opportunity to notice some lapses as they continue their preparation for the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Tenerife, Spain. “There are still a lot of things to work on. The practice session is just revelatory.“It revealed the things that we need to look at and fix and when we go back to practice, we will take our time. We will fix it in part and put it together and fix it as a whole”.Having been with the team for some weeks, he applauded the girls for the vast improvement and their ability to listen and implement his tactical and technical instructions.Otis said the team poised to make its World Cup appearance since 2006 is on a slow but steady rise.He assured that the current African Champions will be in good shape before their first game against Turkey.Nigeria is in group B alongside Turkey, Australia and Argentina.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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