Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Announcing event In my VEG BOX ~ Carrots


                                                                    photo credit: NatalieMaynor via photopin cc

Vegetables contain large amounts of vitamins and minerals. They are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, vitamin B-complex, vitamin-C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They have antioxidants that help to protect the body from diseases and increase the body’s immune system. Vegetables are high in fibre which aids the body maintain balance and provide valuable nutrients to the body. Furthermore vegetables are low in fat and calories and help to reduce cholesterol, heart diseases and many other illnesses.

Citrusspice is introducing a new series of events called In my VEG BOX, This will be a monthly event where one vegetable will be chosen to cook with.

The month of January (1st Jan -31st Jan 2014) In my VEG BOX we shall have carrots. This event is all about cooking with carrots.

To Participate:

1. Prepare any vegetarian recipe using carrots  (eggs allowed) please link your dish using the linky below by entering your Dish Name and Post URL
2. Please link this event announcement with your entry, this is mandatory.
3. Use of logo is not mandatory but it helps to spread the word if you can use it.
4. Multiple entries are allowed, archived are only allowed if reposted and updated with this event link.
5. Please make sure that you follow this blog via googleplus, google friend connect or face book so that you can get regular updates of future events in this series and also so that you can receive notification of the round up of the event.
6.In the event of problem using linky you can email me the entry at simplysensationalfood@gmail.com

Please use this format:
Your Name: Recipe
Name Recipe URL
Image no larger than 300 pixels.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Thankyou and a Grow Organic Eat Organic book giveaway



Thankyou to each and every one of you who has been part of citrusspice and all things nice I really appreciate your support and I humbly request that you continue to drop by, comment, inspire and motivate me.I look forward to all your visits which give me great inspiration to nurture and grow citrusspice to bring you some more anecdotes, interesting and informative posts throughout 2014.

To celebrate this success and to start the New Year I would like to host this giveaway to thank all my visitors.
The prize is a Grow Organic Eat Organic containing an assortment project and activities about sowing and growing veg that you can do with little children.


How To Enter

Simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entries
Entries can be via blog comment, Facebook, Twitter etc
Please read the rules they form the terms and conditions of this Giveaway
Closing date – 5th February 2014 12.00 am
Open to over 18 years old and UK residents only.

How Rafflecopter works:
·        You will need to complete the mandatory entry first – usually making a blog comment. You can do this by clicking on leave a comment at the bottom of the post and leaving your reply in the comment box. Please note your comment will not show immediately as it needs to be moderated however rest assured it will appear on the site, so carry on with rest of entries.
·        Login to Rafflecopter – click to see what the question is. Make a comment answering the question on the blog.
·         Go back to Rafflecopter and click the green button to tell me you have made a comment, this will unlock all the other options. All entries are checked to see that the mandatory question is answered, if its not all bonus entries will become void. 
·        Rafflecopter will tweet, like and follow on your behalf.
·        For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here
·        For bonus entries you can return to this page and enter the daily bonus entries. 

·        If you are still unsure as to how Rafflecopter works please do check out this short video.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, 26 December 2013

How to back up your blogger blog in 7 easy steps.



Backing up your blog is very important. You should aim to do this at least once a week. If some thing happens to your blog you can easily restore it if you have a backup.

1. Log into your blogger dashboard.Click on the image with the black file. A drop down menu will appear.

2. From the menu Select SETTINGS.


3. In setting select OTHER


4. Move to the top of the page where you will see 3 options: IMPORT BLOG, EXPORT BLOG, DELETE BLOG.




5. Select EXPORT BLOG,  when you do this a dialogue box will appear that will give you option to down load  blog. Click on it.


6. Down load this file it will be in xml format . SAVE this file in a folder created for your blog back up on your computer.

7. Make sure you give the file a recognisable name so that if you need to restore your blog in any instance you can find it easily.Also make sure that you keep this back up folder in two places so that you always have a copy if your computer crashes.

Make sure you back up your blog at least once a week.

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Friday, 15 November 2013

How to add a "Contact Me" form in blogger.


Part 1

1. Go to Email me form and create an account.
2. Log into Email me form with your user name and password
3. Click on add form.
4. Click on go to template section
5. Select Contact form.
6. Click on customize
7. Click on add field
8. Select additional fields in advanced that you wish to add to your form.
9. Once you have added all the fields you want on your form click on save form .
10. Click on take me to form manager.
11.Click on code and copy the html code generated for your form.

Part 2

12. Log into your blog and  on home page in top right corner click on design
13. In left hand corner click on pages.
14.Click on new page , blank page
15. Give the page a page title "Contact Me"
16.Click on html in your post and add the code generated in Step 11 and paste it here.
17. Save
18. You can add any other text to the page you wish. Save and publish.

Monday, 28 October 2013

How to set up google authorship with blogger blog



Setting up Google Authorship is very important for your site to attract more visitors. It also allows your site to get a better position in search engine. Google has provided writers a way to verify to readers that the content is unique, valid, and yours. 

How to set up Google Authorship:

Step 1

Create a google plus profile and fill in all the relevant details on your profile page, add a headshot photo of yourself to your profile. Save the page and make a note of the Google plus profile url with the long number in it. You will need to add this in Step 2.

Step 2
  • Make an about me page on your blog. Include a photo of yourself , make sure it is same photo you used for google plus profile
  • In your about me page, start with an opening sentence that says: My name is “add your name here” I am the author of “your blog name here" 
  • Add this link to your name once you have added your details in the where the red script is.
<a href="https://put your google plus page url here /" rel="author" target="_blank">put your name here </a>
  • Link your blog url to your blog name in the sentence.

         Add any other info about your self on the about me page.Save the page

Step 3

Go to your google plus page and open the page, click on about.
Click on edit profile and in the section that says other profiles add the following:

  • Your blog about me page url
  • Your blog homepage url
  • Your twitter url
  • Your facebook url
  • Your  pinterest url
  • You can also add any other profiles you have like linkdin, stumpleupon ,network blogs etc
Step 4

Click on the edit contributor section and add the following:
  • Your blog homepage url
  • You can add url of any other websites you write for.

Step 5

Click on the edit link section and add the following:
  • Add your blog about me page url
  • Add your blog home page url

Make sure you hit save after adding all this info.

Step 6

Open this page:
Click on this link and verify your email address, this email address should be the same for googleplus and your blog login.

 Step 7

Now go back to google plus page about page and you will see your email address will appear in the contact information with a tick next to it.

Step 8

To see if Google Authorship has worked click on this link:
Type your blog url  in the box and check if authorship has worked.


Google authorship can take anything up to three months to start working. 



Thursday, 17 October 2013

Launching my 1st set of Vegetarian cook books and a giveaway.


 

 I am so proud that my two vegetarian cook books  Easy to cook Snacks and Easy to cook Potatoes are finally ready and available to purchase. Both books offer a selection of  vegetarian multinational cuisines and are all accompanied with colourful photography and easy step by step recipe instructions.They are neat and compact lightweight so perfect for your kitchen shelf ready at hand when you need that simple recipe idea. Both books are perfect for young students living away from home who want a taste of home cooking that is easy and quick to make.

The books are available to purchase on line in Europe, India, China, Australia and in the UK from Waterstones Book shops. They are retailing at £ 9.95 each  and are perfect for Eid, Diwali, Halloween and Christmas Presents.The books can also be purchased directly from simply.food  and as special introduction offer to the celebrate the launch of these books simply.food is offering  25% discount  plus free postage for UK orders when both books are purchased together making them £ 15.00 per pair. (Postage will apply for overseas orders.)
Please complete the order form to place your order in time for Diwali and Christmas.
Fill out my form!

To mark this double celebration of  simply.food's 5th anniversary and the launch of my two new cook booksI am giving away one set of books to one simply.food reader.The giveaway is open worldwide as simply.food has so many readers all over the world and would like to thank each and every one who has visited the site, inspired and motivated me and shared so much love in the form of comments and visits.

Rules:
  • Competition ends 28th November 2013 6.00 pm
  • This giveaway is open to all readers WORLDWIDE who are over 18.
  • The winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter (which uses random.org) and announced on this page. 
  • The winner will be contacted by e-mail, if they do not respond within a 7 days another winner will be chosen. 
  • There is one prize of a a set of books (Easy to cook Snacks and Easy to cook Potatoes)
  • By entering you are **agreeing** to share your address with simply.food to receive the prize.
  • The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. simply.food reserves the right to **substitute** the prize for one of a similar type / value if the prize above is not available. 
  • Instructions form part of the terms and conditions.
  • All entries will be verified, failure to follow instructions correctly will result in participants being disqualified. Please do not cheat.
How Rafflecopter works:
  • You will need to complete the mandatory entry first – usually making a blog comment. You can do this by clicking on leave a comment at the bottom of the post and leaving your reply in the comment box.
  • Login to Rafflecopter – click to see what the question is. Make a comment answering the question on the blog.
  • Go back to Rafflecopter and click the green button to tell me you have made a comment, this will unlock all the other options. All entries are checked to see that the mandatory question is answered, if its not all bonus entries will become void. 
  • Rafflecopter will tweet, like and follow on your behalf. For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here.
  • For bonus entries you can return to this page and enter the daily bonus entries. 
  • If you are still unsure as to how Rafflecopter works please do check out this short video

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, 7 October 2013

How to add Link Within to a Blogger Blog



Link Within is a blog widget that links related stories from your blog archive. It helps to increase page views and keeps the reader engaged allowing you to retrieve archived posts and present them to your readers with the new posts.

Here are simple instructions on how to add Link Within to your blog.

1. Sign in to your Blogger Account.
2. Open the Blog you want to use add Link within to.
3. In another tab open www.linkwithin.com.
4. On the Link within page enter your email-id, your blog URL and then your blog platform.
5. Next select the number of links of posts you want to show.
6. Click Get Widget
7. Then on install widget page click install widget in the first line.
8. Select your blog name and click Add Widget.
9. You will be redirected to your blog , make sure you are logged into your blog.
10.In layout you will find Link within widget included automatically.
11.Drag the widget to the bottom of your blog post on the layout .This will give it the best exposure.
12. Save layout and refresh blog.
Widget should be installed.

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Monday, 30 September 2013

Halloween sweet treat gift cups video


Halloween sweet treats gift cups video.

The month of October brings Halloween, shops will be full of costumes, trick and treat goodies, pumpkins, witches and many devilish item.These lovely Halloween gift pots are easy to make and will make really good trick and treat presents. The simplicity of them makes them a perfect supervised activity for parent and child.

These little gift cups are perfect for filling with sweet treats, mini gifts such as pencils, cookies,hair accessories for little girls or marbles for boys.The options are endless.


Friday, 27 September 2013

How to add a Facebook Page Like box on your Blogger blog.



I am sure that most bloggers who have a blog also have a Facebook page where they share their blog posts on Facebook. Wouldn't it be great if you are able to have a simple and easy way for your blog readers to LIKE  your Facebook page without leaving your site?
Here is a very simple way to add your Facebook page to your blogger blog.

Part 1

1.Make sure you have a Facebook page, if you don't you need to create one before you start.
2 .Get your Facebook page URL by visiting your Facebook page and copy the URL
3. Go to your Facebook developers page.





















4. Paste your Facebook URL in the box that says Facebook page URL
5. Next customise your width  and height.
6. Check boxes for show header, show stream, show border, show faces.(Customise this to suit your taste by selecting or de selecting the boxes.As you select you will see your widget change, once you are happy with the size and customization. Click on get code.
7. Once you click on get code a dialogue box will pop up with 4 options on top:

8. Select I frame and copy the code.


Part 2

9. Log into your Blogger blog and go to layout.
10. Select add a gadget
11. Select html / javascript and click on the + sign
12. Paste the code you have copied from Step 8 into the gadget and click on save.
13.Reposition the gadget to the required position on your sidebar layout by dragging it up or down.
14. Save layout and view blog.
The widget should be showing in your side bar.

You can also watch a video of how to do this here.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Prop collection and a lesson in Ebay.


I love cooking and my new obsession is collecting props for food photos.From plates to cups to bowls. I have so many odds and ends of mismatched crockery that is overflowing in my cupboards all purely for food photography. But one thing that I really wanted was to find some brass, copper and authentic props for my asian dishes. On a recent trip to India, hubby asked me what I wanted him to bring me back.He was most surprised when instead of a beautiful designer saree I asked him to bring me some pots.He was rather amused but said he would try.
These pretty sets of pots were what he brought me together with this pretty kadai ( brass pot with handles) aren't they lovely?

But my prop obsession did not end there, I now wanted some brass spoons to add to the collection. I searched high and low, asked friends and family if they had odd cutlery they no longer wanted. I even tried charity shops and antique shops but to my dismay I could not find any things.Disheartened I thought to google brass spoons and to my excitement I saw a link come up for ebay, yes someone had some brass spoons that they wanted to sell. I was so excited to open the link. Now I have never shopped on ebay before so the experience was very new to me. When I saw the spoons I immediately fell in love with them and further more they were reasonably priced too infact too reasonable. I immediately clicked the button to order them but lo and behold a message came up saying you have been out bid. Wondering what this was I soon realised that the price I saw was a starting price and I needed to place a bid to buy them. Frantically I placed bid after bid and each time I was out bid. I was getting quite upset and had conjured up a vision in my head that some foodie out there had conspired to stop me buying these spoons and was laughing in glee at me. Little did I realise that the spoons were being auctioned and a price reserve was set on it  the highest bidder would get to buy them. Realising that my efforts were wasted  and the spoons were never going to be mine I decided to give up on the purchase.

That evening I narrated my woeful tale to my family, after being laughed at I found out that I could actually put the item on a watch list and bid on it nearer the closing time, this way there was more chance of securing the item. Feeling more optimistic this time I added the item to the watch list and forgot all about it.
A few days later I had an email alert late one evening advising me that the sale of the spoons was to end soon. I logged back into the ebay account for one last time and saw that the spoons were still available however the price had increased to a lot more than the starting price. My prop obsession over ruled my sensible head and I clicked on the bid to make  final bid, I did not even wait to see if the bid was accepted or not and immediately logged out.

The next day whilst checking my emails I saw an email from ebay, it read congratulations on the purchase of your brass spoons. So finally after much ado I am the proud owner of this set of brass spoons, I had finally managed to out bid my imaginary foodie competitor on ebay.


I have learned a lot about bidding on ebay for items now, but now I need to stay away from ebay in fear of finding another purchase and my prop obsession taking over again.

You can see the lovely Kadai and brass spoons featured in this recipe post  for Bombay Aloo on my food blog simply.food


Friday, 13 September 2013

Giveaway ~ Win tickets to Crafts for Christmas, Hobbycrafts & Art Materials Live NEC Birmingham



Create your own beautiful handmade Christmas at Crafts for Christmas and Hobbycrafts

Visit Crafts for Christmas and Hobbycrafts between 7-10 November at the NEC, Birmingham alongside Art Materials Live where you will find everything you need to make your Christmas extra special this year.
Hundreds of exhibitors will be on hand offering a treasure trove of gifts and treats including beautiful jewellery, cuddly toys, board games, decorations and ceramics not usually found on the high street. 
To bring some festive cheer to your home, get crafting at the Prima ‘Make & Take’ Craft Theatre and take part in workshops and demonstrations throughout the day to create handmade Christmas decorations and treats.  

At Hobbycrafts, the award-winning creative crafts show, over 200 exhibitors bring the best of the creative craft world together.  Stock up and discover all the latest innovations and supplies, speak to the exhibitors for their advice and ideas and take part in one of the many free Quick & Easy Workshops, Make & Take sessions, Talks and Demonstrations each day of the show.  With everything from stamping, patchwork and quilting and cardmaking to papercraft, jewellery making and beading - you will find everything you need for your next crafty project.

Inspire your artistic side at this year’s Art Materials Live (Birmingham only), the largest and liveliest show of its kind in the world.  Leading professional artists will be offering the very latest art supplies, ideas and innovations as well as their top tips and advice for you to take home.  Take part in one of the pre-bookable hands-on workshops organised by the Leisure Painter & The Artist Magazines, where you can learn to create landscapes, markets, animals and much more in a variety of media.  With numerous free workshops and demonstrations taking place daily from some of the industry’s best known names along with some stunning displays to offer inspiration, you will be racing home to create your very own masterpiece.


Crafts for Christmas, Hobbycrafts & Art Materials Live 
NEC, Birmingham 7-10 November 2013

Ticket Prices:
Adult: £12.00 (£10.00 Advance Price)
Senior: £11.00 (£9.00 Advance Price)
Children free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £5.00
2 Day Ticket (Advance Only) Adults: £17.00 Senior: £15.00
All advanced tickets need to be ordered by 5pm Mon 4 November

For more information or to book tickets please visit www.ichfevents.co.uk.  Alternatively, phone the Ticket Hotline on 01425 277988.

Citrus Spice has teamed up with Crafts for Christmas, Hobbycrafts & Art Materials Live to offer 5 lucky readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to this fantastic show. Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 7-10 November, visitors can spend a day in craft heaven exploring the latest ideas, supplies, competitions, demonstrations and workshops from the industry’s experts.  

How to participate:

  • Simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entries
  • Entries can be via blog comment, Facebook, Twitter etc
  • Please read the rules they form the terms and conditions of this
  • Closing date - 20th October 2013 6.00pm .
  • Prize 1 pair of tickets per winner only
  • This competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only.

How Rafflecopter works:

  • You will need to complete the mandatory entry first – usually making a blog comment. You can do this by clicking on leave a comment at the bottom of the post and leaving your reply in the comment box.
  • Login to Rafflecopter – click to see what the question is. Make a comment answering the question on the blog.
  • Go back to Rafflecopter and click the green button to tell me you have made a comment, this will unlock all the other options. All entries are checked to see that the mandatory question is answered, if its not all bonus entries will become void. 
  • Rafflecopter will tweet, like and follow on your behalf. For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here.
  • For bonus entries you can return to this page and enter the daily bonus entries. 
  • If you are still unsure as to how Rafflecopter works please do check out this short video.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

How to add this social bookmark Share buttons to your blogger blog

To popularise you blog and content, increase traffic and engagement it is important to encourage your readers to share your content on social media, you can make this easy by providing buttons for your readers to share your content.
Here are simple instructions on how you can add Share buttons on your blog.

Part 1

1. Create an account at Add this.
2. Click on get the code and select Share button
3. A grey box will appear.

4. From "Get sharing button for" select 
Blogger





5. Select style that you require .





6. In Options section click on my profile
 and select your profile.






7. On the right side you will see a preview of your buttons, these are created by Add this however you can customise them by clicking on disable and select your own buttons if you require.This can be done by clicking on the button options from the left and and dragging them to the selected buttons on the right.




8. A preview will appear at the top for all the buttons you have selected.
9. Once you are happy with your selection move down to add to blogger and click on Install widget. You will see this box.

10. Click on add widget and you will automatically land on your blog layout page with the code added in the side bar.
11.Reposition the gadget to the required position on your sidebar layout by dragging it up or down.
12. Save layout and view blog.
The widget should be showing in your side bar.

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Friday, 6 September 2013

Easy and simple Birthday gift tags tutorial and video


Beautifully home made and personalised birthday gift tags. These are so easy to make that they would make a perfect rainy day activity for a child and parent.


This is my first arts and craft video on U Tube, I hope all my readers enjoy it and you will get inspiration from it to create your own gift tags.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

How to add this social bookmark Follow buttons to your blogger blog


Get more fans and followers for your social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and other popular social networks by adding follow buttons on your blog.

Part 1

1. Create an account at Add this.
2. Click on get the code and select Follow button
3. A grey box will appear.


4. In the grey box select my profile and select your own profile in the drop down.






5. In the header section select a title you wish to give your buttons such as "Follow Us"
6. Select the design  for your buttons from horizontal large, horizontal small, vertical large ,vertical small.


7.In the next section you can create as many buttons as you want, just fill in the individual URL's of all your social media sites you wish to create a buttons for.


















8. You will be able to see a preview of the buttons you have created.
9. Once you have created all the buttons you require, click on grab the code.




















Part 2

9. Log into your Blogger blog and go to layout.
10. Select add a gadget
11. Select html / javascript and click on the sign
12. Paste the code you have copied from Step 9 into the gadget and click on save.
13.Reposition the gadget to the required position on your sidebar layout by dragging it up or down.
14. Save layout and view blog.
The widget should be showing in your side bar.

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Monday, 2 September 2013

Celebrate Citrus Spice Launch - Giveaway Easy cake decorating book.

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I am very excited  about the launch of this blog and am already planning lots of wonderful posts on a range of topics. I started blogging about 4 years ago and it seems along time since I designed my blog simply.food. Most of the widgets, codings and layouts I had forgotten how I had added them so for Citrus Spice it was back to the drawing board to try and redesign and style the blog. This time I thought it would be a good idea to actually create blog posts about the technical side of things, so I shall be sharing amongst other posts technical post on how to add widgets to your blogger blog. I am also planning a series of art and craft posts which I am going to aim at parents and children creating stuff together. Finally I will also be adding some posts about basic cake decorating techniques. I have attended a couple of cake decorating classes but mostly I have learnt techniques from books. One book that I particularly like is "Easy cake decorating" by Parragon Books. It is beautifully illustrated with simple techniques and easy to follow instructions.To celebrate the launch of Citrus Spice and all things nice I am hosting a giveaway to win 1 copy of this lovely book.

This competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only.

How To Enter:

  • Simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entries
  • Entries can be via blog comment, Facebook, Twitter etc
  • Please read the rules they form the terms and conditions of this
  • Closing date – 3rd October  2013 6.00pm .

 How Rafflecopter works:

  • You will need to complete the mandatory entry first – usually making a blog comment. You can do this by clicking on leave a comment at the bottom of the post and leaving your reply in the comment box.
  • Login to Rafflecopter – click to see what the question is. Make a comment answering the question on the blog.
  •  Go back to Rafflecopter and click the green button to tell me you have made a comment, this will unlock all the other options. All entries are checked to see that the mandatory question is answered, if its not all bonus entries will become void. 
  • Rafflecopter will tweet, like and follow on your behalf.
  • For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here
  • For bonus entries you can return to this page and enter the daily bonus entries. 
  • If you are still unsure as to how Rafflecopter works please do check out this short video.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 30 August 2013

My first blog post ~The Introduction.




This is my first blog post at Citrus Spice. I am already an established blogger and many of my blogger friends will have visited me at simply.food where I blog about my vegetarian recipes. I craved to start a new home where I could share posts about many of my favourite topics such as arts and crafts, my travels, learning about food photography and sharing posts about my obsession for collecting props for my food blog.


You may think why the name Citrus Spice and all things nice? I thought the name Citrus Spice was apt for the blog, “Citrus” because it reminds me of pungent freshness which I want to bring to my readers. “Spice” because being Indian, one can never forget spice which is foremost in any recipe and the cliché “and all things nice” well that is perfect to describe my ever increasing obsession of collecting crockery, plates, bowls, cutlery, napkins and cards and boards I have acquired over the last 4 years.

I am planning to share some posts on my travels, arts and crafts ( I always loved Blue Peter and Art Attack), my antics at amateur food photography using my new DSLR and the stories behind my ever increasing prop collection. Of course being a foodie there will always be some recipe posts too.


I would like to welcome all my blogger friends to my new space and I sincerely hope that you will all give Citrus Spice the same love and affection that you have showered on simply.food. Please don't forget to spare a minute or two to follow Citrus Spice by clicking on the widgets in the side bar so that you can receive regular updates of all my new posts.

Thankyou



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