‘Apples and Oranges’

After the serious and sombre nature of the previous post, a discussion I found really interesting and I thank you for making it so, here’s something to lighten the collective mood a little, returning us to charming frivolity and shameless banality.

‘Apples and Oranges’, the third single from Pink Floyd, was getting its first airplay in the UK on this day in 1967 (the single’s B-side is Richard Wright’s delightful ‘Paint Box’). So how about a colourful burst of songs with a fruit – or vegetable, it’s all good – in the titles or elsewhere in the lyrics, including also the name of the artists responsible? There are loads of them – and this is perhaps my favourite of them all: Fats Domino and ‘Blueberry Hill’.

As we’re all supposed to be eating five portions a day, five would be ideal.

– The Beatles, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’
– Black Grape, ‘Reverend Black Grape’
– Booker T. & The MGs, ‘Green Onions’
– Neil Diamond, ‘Cherry Cherry’
– Robert Wyatt, ‘Soup Song’

We’re not eating as much fruit and veg as we should, though, even though we all should know by now and are reminded often that it’s rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, high in fibre, as well as low in fat. Research also suggests that those who manage to incorporate a broad variety into their diets are less likely to develop chronic illnesses such as cardio-vascular disease and even some types of cancer. Do you believe it? Either way, your best tips on how to fit the good stuff into meals would be welcome, writing as someone who adds spinach to most meals.

For those of you in the UK who care about food miles and wish to eat only what’s in season, I happened to notice this calendar and thought it pretty nifty.

Photographs of amusingly misshapen produce are also allowed, nay, eagerly encouraged. Let’s laugh out loud today. It’s good for you.

The chatroom will be open tomorrow from 5pm (UK); I hope you can make it.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

84 thoughts on “‘Apples and Oranges’”

  1. I have a very bad habit. All right, I have many. One is I sing snippets of songs under my breath (or not) while I’m doing chores or whatever.

    My favourite fooding song is The Beach Boys’ Vegetables, from Smiley Smile or Smile depending on your point of view. Why? One word: ‘table-veggies’.

    I don’t have very many fun food songs in my repertoire. Sorry.

    1. Thanks Roger, I needed that laugh. 😀

      Here’s one composer that you can’t beat for the holidays, Cab Calloway: I can guarantee that you’ll be 5 pounds heavier by the end of this song!

  2. Donovan – “Mellow Yellow”

    “Electrical banana
    Is gonna be a sudden craze
    Electrical banana
    Is bound to be the very next phase”

    Syd Barrett – “Vegetable Man”

    “It’s what you see,
    It must be me,
    It’s what I am!
    Vegetable man! Where are you?”

    R.E.M. – “Orange Crush”

    “I’ve had my fun and now its time to
    Serve your conscience overseas”

    1910 Fruitgum Company – “Simple Simon Says”

    “I’d like to play a game,
    That is so much fun,
    And it’s not so very hard to do,
    The name of the game is Simple Simon says,
    And I would like for you to play it too”

    Anything by the synth band Tangerine Dream, which didn’t write lyrics.

    Beatles – “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”

    “Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
    With tangerine trees and marmalade skies”

    Okay, so that’s five songs (with lyrics) and a band. I have now done my good deed for the day and can be totally mean and arrogant until tomorrow morning.

  3. peaches – the stranglers

    that’s the first one, maybe think of some more later.

    can i be first to say “ok already” on the royal wedding stuff? :! thought i’d left that all behind when i moved stateside, was i wrong? 😮

    1. What Tony said. Make it stop. 😡

      I enjoyed the satirical Daily Mash take on the wedding: Prince William will be barred from the throne unless he spends at least £80m on his wedding.

      Joking aside, it makes me sick.

  4. Watermelon In Easterhay by Frank Zappa

    Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles (‘tangerine trees’)

    Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya by Dr John (gumbo is also known as okra or ladies fingers)


  5. Prince (who doesn’t want his music on YouTube) – Raspberry Beret
    Fools Garden – Lemon Tree
    The Stranglers – Peaches
    Stereophonics – Carrot Cake and Wine
    Chips Theme Song

  6. You know how you can get that misheard lyric thing or even that downright stupid thing, or something like it? 8|

    I’ve got a story to share. Whilst considering this fruit and veg post, I remembered Chris Rea’s Auberge because I was thinking of aubergines. You see the downright stupid thing now. :))

    I only vaguely remember the song so had a look for it and what auberge means, (I can hear you laughing already Michèle), and lo and behold, Chris Rea’s next album was called, “God’s Great Banana Skin”!

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the whole thing hadn’t been planted in my head by that other mind reader, New York Dan! (My LSD, tangerine and vegetable man!! Mine!! 😡 )

    I’m going to start wearing aluminium foil on my head.

    ash :))

    1. I can read minds through great distances, language barriers and, yes, aluminum foil. I actually swipe a lot of great comments that way. Seriously, though, I had no idea.

      I will have to miss chat today, being the working man that I am. I was out sick for a week and, even though I’m not totally well yet, I have bills to pay and that means work. Why can’t I use my mind-reading skills to win the lottery?

    2. You’re planting the numbers in the wrong head Dan. You have to plant them in my head because it’s the numbers on the Euro lottery we want to come up.

      The forces of the universe won’t allow you to gain financially from your power. You can only help others gain. (You help me win and I’ll cut you in. 😉 )

      ash :))

    3. Dan, if you want to team up with me and promise to give 90% to charity, I would be more than happy to combine your mind reading ability with my own telepathic sending powers. Sending the winning lottery numbers back through time isn´t all that difficult really.

  7. – ‘Pomegranate’ by Poi dog Pondering (a local fav Chicago based band)
    – ‘Heard it on The Grapevine’ by Marvin Gaye
    – ‘Raspberry Beret’ by Prince
    – ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ by Brothers Johnson
    – ‘Orange Blossom Special’ by many… 8)

  8. I love the Mail Online pictures, especially the “sitting” carrot. :))

    Five songs.

    The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    The Beatles – Glass Onion
    Led Zeppelin – Tangerine
    Guns n’ Roses – Bad Apples
    Tori Amos – Raspberry Swirl

  9. Us and Them
    …a tea and a slice, the old man died.

    Any thing by J. J. Cale. LOL.

    Stompin’ Tom, a famous Canadian legend with Bud The Spud.

  10. We could wash it all down with “Sweet Cherry Wine” couldn’t we?

    Hey, we saw a well-known Pink Floyd cover band in Chicago last night and loved it. They do your material justice as you know! Actually it has riled us up to being desperate to locate and attend a David Gilmour concert or any form of a Pink Floyd get-together. Anything on the horizon?

  11. This reminds me of an old blog post about fruit salad; you asked us: “If you think of David’s ‘On An Island’ band as a fruit salad, which fruit would each band member be?” Reading all the bloggers’ suggestions was great fun. :))

    My five songs:

    – The Beatles, ‘Glass Onion’
    – Serge Gainsbourg et Charlotte, ‘Lemon Incest’
    – Tom Waits, ‘Grapefruit Moon’ (‘Lune de Pamplemousse’ sounds better 😉 )
    – Maroon 5, ‘The Kiwi’: “Sweet kiwi, Your juices dripping down my chin…”
    – Hop Wilson, ‘Rocking In The Coconut Top’

    + A bonus one: ‘The Cherry Song’: “Un, deux, trois, nous irons au bois; quatre, cinq, six, cueillir des cerises…”

    It seems this is Great art with fruit. I like the fifth one. The fourth one is funny, too.

  12. Hello, FEd and fellow irregular bloggers~

    Fun topic; but then we always end up on the topic of food, don’t we?

    The first song that came to mind for me was

    “Polk Salad Annie”~ by Tony Joe White; which I also discovered was covered by Elvis as well.

    Remember “Popcorn”, by Hot Butter?? LOL!

    “Savoy Truffle”~ George Harrison (or is that a fungus?)

    “Apples, Peaches, Pumkin Pie….”… etc.

    This is all making me hungry!!!


  13. Photographs of amusingly misshapen produce are also allowed, nay, eagerly encouraged. Let’s laugh out loud today.

    Not sure if it counts, but how about this one? :))

    Makes me think of Andy Warhol. 😉

      1. Sorry, FEd, it’s your fault. 😛

        😛 At least it will be a public holiday, so it will be easier to block out the merry occasion and do something that actually matters.

        29 April, if you haven’t heard the joyous news.

        Enough bitter sarcasm for you?

    1. Michèle,

      if you’re a good girl, I’ll buy you this gift for Christmas. :))

      Don’t worry, FEd. I have another of these for you, too. 😉

    2. Enough bitter sarcasm for you?

      Ahah, 14 July is a holiday thanks to some Royal Family here too, we just cut off some royal heads some time ago… Happy to celebrate.

      Sarcasm, eh? 😉

  14. I just thought of another (sorry, Ash, if it is your thought too):

    Prince, “Raspberry Beret”

    “She wore a raspberry beret,
    And when it was warm, she didn’t wear much more.”

    1. And let’s not forget the album from ELP entitled “Brain Salad Surgery.” That title sounds like a description of my former boss.

  15. here’s another one

    hawkwind – the aubergene that ate rangoon

    now that’s a funky tune.

    alman bros band – eat a peach (think that’s the lp title, not a song)

    have a good day fed, don’t let the papers get you down. 😀

  16. Jimmy Buffett: Grapefruit – Juicy Fruit
    Strawberry Swing – Coldplay
    U2 – Lemon

    Any song by Fiona Apple

  17. Peaches en Regalia – Frank Zappa. How’s that?

    My effort of posting an amusing vegetable failed to materialise, self composting perhaps? I will try again.

    I hope this works (me thinks my soil is not sandy enough).

  18. Hi FEd and all, not sure what’s going on but… fruit songs is it? Errrr, did Led Zep do something about a Lemon Tree? Squeeze me and all that.

    We have come a long way since 2006, was it?


  19. Well the first (only) one that comes to mind is this. The guy who cuts my hair played guitar on this track and he’s also a DG fan.

    I’ve cheated with these.

    Led Zeppelin – The Lemon Song
    Frank Zappa – The Orange County Lumber Truck Medley
    Little Richard – Tutti Frutti

    Happy eating,

    1. I’ve just come across this one. I think it’s an LP title though, but I’m not really not sure.

      It may be interesting for Pink Floyd fans.

  20. Have you ever seen such a “sweet” potato? 😀

    And here is another duck-shaped vegetable.

    Is it raining in your countries like it’s raining in mine? I wouldn’t be surprised if, one of these days, all our vegetables decided to transform themselves into ducks and swam away from here. 8|

    1. I’ve given up trying to grow anything for this year. I need more time to recover from the shock of this story, I think.

      Great pictures, by the way. :))

    2. Bananas and coconuts in Wales: that’s disturbing.

      Don’t let Dole, Chiquita and Del Monte know about that, or they’ll come there and find a way to buy the entire country, Government included. :/

      Speaking about tropical fruits, I grew a small avocado on my balcony last summer. It would have been impossible some years ago, I think.

  21. “Savoy Truffle” – The BEATles
    “TV Dinners”- ZZ Top
    “Mashed Potato, USA” – James Brown
    “I Eat Heavy Metal” – John Lee Hooker/Pete Townshend
    “Now I’m A Farmer” – The Who

    It would be great to run across the single by Pink Floyd at a garage sale or flea market. Gotta start getting out more.

  22. Yummy vegetables? Who doesn’t love roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots and onions with a traditional Sunday roast? The problem of course is that they all absorb the wonderfully tasty fat which has mixed with the seasoning of herbs, bacon, salt, pepper, ginger, garlic/any other wonderful family favourite (we need a drooling emoticon Fed).

    Add sultanas and fresh herbs to stuffing, be experimental by adding nuts and seeds (even to shop bought stuffings).

    For the side dishes of vegetables, I’ve recently been cooking a mixture in the microwave with no seasoning other than a little butter and some freshly ground pepper.

    Try fine French beans, carrots cut in similar girth but two inch long strips, florets of broccoli and cauliflower a bit bigger than your thumb nail, runner beans cut into diamonds, mix them all together, no need for water, add some butter. Cover and cook on medium/high for a few minutes, stir and cook again for a few more minutes. The sweetness of the vegetables is totally preserved and you haven’t boiled all the vitamins out. You have also saved energy and not steamed the kitchen up with loads of pans of boiling water.

    You can still add parsnips to the roast tin if you want.

    Maybe everyone knows these ideas already. See another post for more of my favourites.


  23. This is a nice mix of roasted Mediterranean style vegetables to add to cous-cous or quinoa.

    Bite size chunks of capsicum (whatever colours you are fond of), courgette, aubergine, mushrooms, spring onion, garlic cloves cut in half, whole cherry tomatoes or any others chopped. Pour a little olive oil on, sprinkle with dried basil, oregano (fresh if you have them but not vital), some freshly ground black pepper. Roast for about twenty minutes.

    I like to add mixed olives, fresh coriander leaves, feta cheese chunks, and a few tablespoons of lemon juice after combining the roast vegetables with the cous-cous or quinoa. Notice there’s no salt added and it’s delicious.

    Maybe everyone knows this type of thing too. Sorry if it doesn’t sound very adventurous. It is quick easy and tasty and full of lovely veg.


  24. I am the sort of person who is happy enough to eat fruit for desert, and I often put a combination of several together and eat as is or add yoghurt which I love with a spoonful of sugar and some vanilla flavouring.

    A family favourite is roast pears. Soak a cupful of sultanas in some warm water, not too much, just cover. Cut pears in half, remove cores, spoon sultanas over pears, add a knob of butter and sprinkle with sugar. Cook in the microwave for a few minutes then finish off in the oven if the oven is on for a short cooking dish, if it is on for a roast, cook in the oven.

    Many of you will recognise this as what we normally do with cooking apples but this variation is great for diabetic people if you substitute a couple of sweeteners for the sugar. This is why I suggested very little water, you want it to make a sweet syrup, but if there is no sugar or very short cooking time, you won’t need much water. For four pears you wouldn’t need any more than a tablespoon of sugar anyway because of the pears natural sweetness.

    Serve with your favourite cream, yoghurt, custard… or all of the above! 😀

    If you really have to have something more like a desert than fresh fruit, you can put any combination of cut fruit in a a hot frying pan containing melted butter, fry very quickly (don’t stir or the fruit will turn to mush, turn the pieces over gently) then spoon onto pancakes with a sprinkle of cinnamon, fold pancake in a half or quarter, serve with cream, yoghurt, ice cream if desired but is delicious on its own.

    The cooked fruits make a lovely sweet syrup no need to add any sugar. With a really hot pan you only need a little butter.

    Try bananas (obviously) strawberries, blueberries, apple, the list could go on but combinations are definitely fab.

    I’ve stuck to quick and easy thrown together quickly dishes, hope it gives someone some ideas. Looking forward to some of yours. Especially anything that makes Brussels sprouts better. 😀



    1. Did you ever see that piece on The One Show about Brussels sprouts? Oh dear. They came up with all sorts of repulsive, pretentious ways of trying to make them more appealing, including Scotch Sprouts (God, give me an egg any day). They even made a cake, for goodness sake (I’m not joking and neither were they… I don’t think), and then made children taste each of their vile creations, which surely borders on cruelty.

      This is the chef responsible.

      Horrible things, Brussels sprouts. The thought of them makes me gag.

      Three times as much Vitamin C than the equivalent weight of oranges, though…

    2. Very good Lorraine. :))

      I remember your advice about one of my five a day being the orange juice I pour as a mixer, given Fed’s statistics about vitamin content, I could now justify three whiskeys a day unless some one comes up with a Brussels sprouts juice mixer… :! Yuck!

      By the way, remember I said something about virtual water and water being transported away from place of origin inside the exported product? I’ve been reading cartons for juices, ‘reconstituted from concentrate’, does use British water. 🙂 (In Britain that is.)


  25. When my Dad had prostate cancer – now CURED 😀 – he was given a list of foods by the oncology doctors, that might have a beneficial effect and help to fight cancer. I don’t remember them all but one of the combinations I remember was cooking broccoli and tomatoes together. What’s more, they advised that tinned tomatoes were even better because they already had anti-oxidants in concentrated form because of the processing.

    Needless to say, broccoli was added to all pasta sauces after that. I also added it to curry sauces that had a tomato base.

    Fed, try making a curry sauce (I’ll give you a recipe if you don’t have one), cook it for about half an hour so the sauce develops flavour, you will need to watch it doesn’t dry up, keep adding a little water, before you add spinach, let it cook down for a few minutes then add fresh prawns. Only cook until the prawns are cooked otherwise they go rubbery.

    I’m hungry again now. 😕


    1. Oh, Ash. Don’t tempt me with your talk of fresh prawns. One of my resolutions to try and be greener was to give up prawns. (The method still favoured by so many fishermen, of dragging their nets, indiscriminately dredges up so much more than prawns; I think for every tonne of prawns caught, something like three tonnes of other sea life gets caught and is then thrown back into the sea, dead). I do love them, though.

      I also briefly gave up bacon, Coca-Cola and chewing gum, but am not doing as well with those self-enforced bans. I don’t know which I should feel worse about. Coca-Cola, probably?

    2. Thanks Pete. 😀 He had radiotherapy every day for a month, it was a nightmare of logistics for us daughters, we took it in turns to take him but we had difficulty fitting the appointments into school hours. The hospital was terrific though, bent over backwards to accommodate us. For patients who can’t do daily travelling, the hospital has a ward and they can stay for the month! We never hear the good stories about our NHS do we?

      Then he had two years of male hormone suppression because prostate cancer is a hormone dependant one. He got hot flushes and night sweats just like the female menopause. It was all worth it though when they gave him the all clear.

      Hope your wife continues to do well. 😀


    3. Oh no Fed. 😮 I thought I was blissfully unaware of how they caught prawns, when you think about it though, there is only one way. 🙁 I’ll have to research now to see if there is a better way and who is selling a better catch. I wonder if you can farm prawns.

      I hope I’m not sorry for asking… why did you give up bacon? I always buy outdoor reared pork, I hope you’re not going to tell me that simply means they still confine the pig but without a roof!

      Coca Cola I know about, guess what? It was on the news this evening that they are trying to buy the rights to Malvern water. :/

      Chewing gum? I used it to give up smoking but don’t use it anymore, why did you give it up? What’s wrong with chewing gum?


    4. Giving up bacon was just to give up something high in saturated fat that comes in packaging I hate; chewing gum because you can’t compost it and I was inspired by Dan who said that he had given it up. However, my local council has started collecting kitchen scraps, so they now get the things I won’t put in my composter (bones, for example) so maybe they can take chewed gum. I’ll have to find out.

  26. I feel like eating apples whenever I hear this song.

    When I discovered this music, little known here in Brazil, I showed it to my friends and they loved it.

  27. A sweet subject FEd. I’ve “Picked” these…

    “Climbing your favourite APPLE tree”: Remember a Day – Pink Floyd
    BLACKBERRY Way – The Move
    CHERRY Pie – Sade
    DATE Stamp – ABC
    ELDERBERRY Wine – Elton John
    “FIGS and Dates and Grapes and a Cake, ah”: Come On A My House – Rosemary Clooney
    GRAPE, GRAPE Joy – Amy Grant
    “Honey, you look like a HONEYDEW melon”: Sugar (Gimme Some) – Trick Daddy
    ICE CREAM Phoenix – Jefferson Airplane [Inga edulis (ice-cream-bean) is a fruit native to South America]
    JAMMIN’ – Bob Marley
    “Pickin’ fruit off of a KUMQUAT”: Do This My Way – Blackalicious
    “LIME and limpid green”: Astronomy Domine – Pink Floyd
    Here We Go Round The MULBERRY Bush – Traffic
    My NUTMEG Phantasy – Macy Gray
    ORANGE Blossom Special – Johhny Cash
    “As I reach for a PEACH”: San Tropez – Pink Floyd
    “QUINCE your thirst”: Work It – Nelly
    The RHUBART Tart Song – Monty Python
    STRAWBERRY Swing – Coldplay
    TANGERINE – Led Zeppelin
    Unable to find one
    VANILLA Queen – Golden Earring
    Kim’s WATERMELON Gun – Flaming Lips
    Xtremely hard to find one
    “She got you stuck on a YAM and she’s splatting too”: Love Won’t Wait – Black Eyed Peas
    “Would you like some-a ZUCCHINI”: Lasagna – Wierd Al Yankovic

    1. Once more I doff my hat to you, Sir. Another sterling effort.

      How about ‘Ugly Fruit’ for ‘U’? The best I can manage at this hungry hour with food on the brain is Ugly Kid Joe’s take on ‘Cats in the Cradle’. I always liked that one.

    2. For ‘X’:

      ‘Xigua’ (= watermelon), by Billy Bong Kenny (electronic artist from Liverpool).

  28. How timely this post is even though I am a few days late.

    Last week I went to a screening of various vintage Pink Floyd material. One of the items I saw was a music video for Apples and Oranges. Did you ever see this? It was quite an interesting song for Pink Floyd to record, kinda outside-of-the box if you know what I mean. By the way, these were not bootleg or unauthorized clips, these were films (mostly stuff that was shown on TV at some point).

    But the most special part for me was that the screening completed with three clips from the original Wall tour. The songs were Another Brick in the Wall, Mother and Comfortably Numb.

    Having seen Roger perform his current Wall tour and a week later seeing the original, all I can say is that combination of Roger and David was just extremely special. I’m not going to rant that they should get back together, if they do or they don’t, that is their business. But watching those clips helped me realize, once again, how those two really work off of each other. The sum of the parts are greater than the one.



    1. Andrew:

      Looks like you are saying that you saw The Wall show that David did for Roger. Is that correct? If so, can you tell me where it was? Am assuming it was perhaps London? Just curious. I did see the Wall here in Minneapolis. I was glad I had gone but was disappointed that Roger felt it was ‘OK’ to not name his musicians. Well, he did give their first names, but I wanted to know who did the honors for Comfortably Numb. I have since found out, but felt it was bad form not to give your musicians full credit. They did a beautiful job after all and it felt like Roger’s ego preventing him from giving anyone else a nod. I tried to just overlook that.

      At any rate am interested in where David actually performed and assumed he did his usual very moving and beautiful job on Comfortably Numb.

      Happy Holiday to all,

    2. Jan,

      No, to my knowledge David has not made that appearance at Roger’s show. (Right FEd?)

      What I am referring to is a video recording from the early 1980s of the original Wall performance with the entire band. I was quite shocked to see that footage and truly enjoyed it for what it was.



      1. No appearance yet as far as I know. I’m sure we’d have heard about it by now, complete with numerous photos, shrieky audio and shaky video. 😉

        I was only wondering the other day just how many gigs are left before the US leg of the tour is complete. Apparently some people are very sure that David will appear in the US. (Didn’t Roger Waters say as much?)

        I know nothing, sorry.

    3. I don’t remember Roger saying specifically it would be on a U.S. date. If it was, I would have expected it to happen in NY but it didn’t.

      Yes, the U.S. dates are almost done. There are just a handful of shows left on the West Coast and one show in Canada, then it is off to Mexico for a few shows before the end of the year. By the way the Canadian show will be at a venue called Rogers Arena. You think that will go to his head? LOL.

      Next year is the European leg of the tour and the chatter I hear is that at end of the tour there is a date in Manchester and that is where David will make an appearance. Interesting in that originally there were two dates in Manchester but it seems one was cancelled. There also is a string of dates in London at the O2 Arena. To my knowledge, David has not performed there but I know he did see the Led Zeppelin reunion there. But who the heck knows at this point.

      Personally I think it would have been great if he did it in Brazil but it seems Roger is not going to Latin America at this point either.



    4. …complete with numerous photos, shrieky audio and shaky video.


      By the way, at the two shows I attended there was an announcement that Roger was fine with people taking photos and taking as many as they wanted as long as they did not use flash. And they further explained that using flash won’t work because it would wash out much of the graphics that were being projected.

      This was certainly a unique approach rather than the standard no photography please.



  29. In my country, Pink Floydians are heartbroken.

    It’s been 30 years since The Wall last performed in the United States. Since that time Europe has seen reunions, The Wall fall in Berlin… we have not had the continental privilege and so when the chance comes around, for the mass of fans who’ve spent their lives knowing only split Floyds, quality control isn’t a factor.

    I hope this isn’t David Gilmour and Nick Mason’s reasoning behind not performing just once in the US with Roger Waters?

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