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Saturday, August 12, 2006

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Read Ireland Book News – Issue 349 ---------------------------------- The Bog Body from Tumbeagh by Nora Bermingham and Maire Delaney (Hardback; 40 Euro / 50 USD / 32 UK; 230 pages, with black-and-white photos and illustrations throughout) This book relates the story of the Tumbeagh body’s discovery and ensuing archaeological and related investigations. It explores a range of possibilities as to why and how this late medieval body came to rest in a relatively quiet corner of north west Offaly. The book contains a forensic examination of the remains and is unique in that details of the excavation of bog bodies are not numerous despite the numbers in which they have been found. -------------------------------- The Museums of Ireland: A Celebration compiled and edited by the Liffey Press (Large Paperback; 20 Euro / 26 USD / 14 UK; 240 pages, with full colour photos throughout) This guidebook will provide detailed information on nearly 100 museums and galleries in Ireland, North and South. Each listing will include information on the museum's history and background, its most important features and collections, any highlights for 2006, a list of special programmes or educational courses, and details on its location, opening hours, costs and other practical information. The book will also include four to six colour photos of key exhibits and the museum itself to accompany the listing. "The Museums of Ireland" will include all the major museums - the National Gallery of Ireland, The Hugh Lane Gallery, the National Museums of Ireland, the Chester Beatty Library, the Hunt Museum, and so on - as well as very interesting smaller museums like the Sheelin Irish Lace Museum in Fermanagh, the Foynes Flying Boat Museum in Co Limerick, the Derryglad Folk Museum in Co Roscommon, and the Irish Agricultural Museum in Co Wexford. In each case, the reader will get a thorough understanding of the highlights of the museum and be able to view specific exhibits in full colour. "The Museums of Ireland" will be an invaluable guide to visitors interested in Ireland's cultural heritage as well as museum goers of all kinds. ------------------------------------ Ireland and the Ryder Cup by Paul Kelly (Large Format Hardback; 25 Euro / 30 USD / 20 UK; 240 pages with full colour photos throughout) Beginning with Fred Daly, Ireland's first competitor who played in 1947, and progressing to our most recent participants, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley, "Ireland and the Ryder Cup" covers two generations of proud sporting achievement by Irish professional golfers. The players recall historic achievements and famous moments. Paul McGinley and Philip Walton describe the experience of holing the winning putts in the Ryder Cup. Christy O'Connor Jnr relives his famous two-iron approach to the 18th green at the Belfry in 1989, while his uncle, the great Christy O'Connor, remembers the good and the bad of playing in ten successive Ryder Cups. This beautifully illustrated book revisits these and other great Irish golfing achievements in this unique competition. ------------------------------------ Stories from a Sacred Landscape: Croghan Hill to Clonmacnoise by Caimin O’Brien (Large Format Hardback; 40 Euro / 48 USD / 32 UK; 230 pages, with full colour illustrations throughout) Using each sacred place as a springboard, this book traces the history of Christianity in Offaly. It begins with the stories of the men and women who became the first saints of Ireland and tells a story not only of a county, but of a nation. Offaly was the place where the boundaries of four of Ireland's five ancient provinces came together. Monasteries founded here expanded into some of the largest foundations in Ireland, such as Clonmacnoise. This region became known as the 'Flowering Garden of Monasteries' because of their central location, the monasteries in Offaly played a crucial political and economic role in Irish society. Over time, the great economic success of Offaly's monasteries brought them into conflict with their spiritual mission. Conflicts between wealth and piety, patrons and priests became part of the stories of these religious foundations. ------------------------------------ Diarmait: King of Leinster by Nicholas Furlong (Paperback; 15 Euro / 18 USD / 11 UK; 191 pages) Diarmaid Mac Murchada was a king through misadventure. Owing to a series of fatal family mishaps, he was elected to power in 1126 at sixteen. He ruled through a turbulent period and became one of the most dominant figures in Irish history. Furlong presents a thorough account of Diarmaid's life, and examines his actions and decisions not only in the context of his questionable personal traits and character, but also expanding the analysis to reflect on his effect on the political turbulence of the time. At one stage of his influential life, ousted as King of Leinster, he invited King Henry II of England to assist him in regaining the throne. The subsequent invasion marked the beginning of eight centuries of English dominance. After his death, he was damned as a traitor and a blackguard. He is recorded as having two wives at the same time, raping an abbess, the abduction of Dervorgilla, the wife of his bitter rival, and the mutilation and killing of rivals. Furlong's "Diarmaid King of Leinster" is a subtle, compassionate yet realistic examination of the man behind the myth. ------------------------------------ St Patrick’s Breastplate by Alf McCreary (Small Hardback; 10 Euro / 13 USD / 7 UK; 80 pages, full colour throughout) St. Patrick's Breastplate with its familiar words 'Christ behind me, Christ before me' has been an expression of Christian faith for many years, but what is the complete prayer, where did it come from, and did St Patrick even write it? Here Alf McCreary examines the history of the prayer and how in Victorian times, Mrs. Alexander, the hymn-writer came to write the definitive version. "St. Patrick's Breastplate" is beautifully illustrated with Celtic script, attractive drawings and the complete words of the prayer. The Celts believed that God was all around them and the prayer was written as a lorica (a piece of ancient armour) asking for God's protection in a harsh landscape. The very closeness of the prayer to the old Celtic beliefs shows how Patrick identified with the people he served. It is a beautiful Celtic gift. ------------------------------------ Beat the Goatskin Till the Goat Cries: Notes from a Kerry Village by Gabriel Fitzmaurice (Paperback; 13 Euro / 17 USD / 10 UK; 191 pages) In "Beat the Goatskin", Fitzmaurice's skilful storytelling and optimistic spirit give a charming account of Ireland, particularly rural Ireland with its customs, education, sport, literature, music and song. Growing up Irish has something of a fairy tale ring to it, but beware, this is not a gentle stroll through leprechaun land. Fitzmaurice's eye is affectionate and sympathetic, but it can be self-critical when the occasion demands. Ireland, particularly rural Ireland, speaks in this book - its writers and Wrenboys, its musicians and singers, its footballers and teachers, and its corner boys. It gives voice to pubs and parishes, their rogues, poets and playwrights. Fitzmaurice understands the heart of Ireland's culture and appreciates the way in which writers and singers like Bryan MacMahon, John B. Keane, Brendan Kennelly, Michael Hartnett and Con Greaney re-created their communities through their art. ----------------------------------------- Ripe for the Picking: The Inside Story of the Northern Bank Robbery by Chris Moore (Paperback; 11 Euro / 14 USD / 8 UK; 230 pages) Chris Moore shows how the Australian owners of the Northern Bank systematically cut costs at the price of comprising security. Simple but effective security routines, were discontinued. Traditional practices aimed at frustrating thieves and robbers were compromised in the interest of cutting costs. The net effect was to leave the bank uniquely vulnerable to the sort of heist that actually took place. Of course, nobody knew that the pickings were going to be so rich. But the point that the book stresses is that the bank was there for the taking. Chris Moore also summarises the fall-out from, and consequences of, this extraordinary bank raid. -------------------------------------- The Men That God Made Mad by Derek Lundy (Large Paperback; 16 Euro / 20 USD / 11 UK; 350 pages0 Derek Lundy, one of Canada's finest writers of non-fiction, was born in Belfast. In this remarkable book, he uses the lives of three of his ancestors as a prism through which to examine what memory and the selective plundering of history has made of the truth in Northern Ireland. In Ulster the name 'Lundy' is synonymous with 'traitor'. Robert Lundy, the author's first ancestral subject, was the Protestant governor of Londonderry in 1688, just before it came under siege by the Catholic Irish army of James II. For reasons that remain ambiguous, Robert Lundy ordered the city's capitulation. Crying 'No Surrender', hardline Protestants prevented it and drove him away in disgrace, a traitor to the cause. In Derek Lundy's view, however, Robert is more memorable for his peace-seeking moderation than for the treachery the standard history attributes to him. William Steel Dickson's legacy is a little different. A Presbyterian minister born in the mid-eighteenth century, he preached with famous eloquence in favour of using whatever means necessary to resist the tyranny of the English, including joining forces with the Catholics in armed rebellion. Finally there is 'Billy' Lundy, born in 1890, the antithesis of the ecumenical William, and the embodiment of what the Ulster Protestants had become by the beginning of World War I - a tribe united in their hostility to Catholics and to the concept of a united Ireland. The lives of Robert Lundy, William Steel Dickson and Billy Lundy encapsulate many themes in the Ulster past. In telling their stories, Derek Lundy lays bare the harsh and murderous mythologies of Northern Ireland and gives us a revision of its history that seems particularly relevant in today's world. ---------------------------------------- Leisure Cycling Near Dublin by Hugh Halpin (Paperback; 10 Euro / 13 USD / 7 UK; 206 pages) This book serves two practical purposes. The first is to encourage you to cycle - a good thing in itself. The second is to introduce you to the marvellous varieties of terrain and cycling routes that can be easily accessed from Dublin. To add spice to the mixture, Hugh Halpin includes snippets of history and folklore in his descriptions and points out fascinating sights worth seeing along the way. The author has chosen forty routes which vary in terms of length and difficulty. The shortest route, at 20 km, would take less than an hour for a fit cyclist and would make an ideal family half-day, taken at leisure. The longest route, at 95 km, is a challenging day's cycling for a fully fit cyclist. Most of the routes are suitable for families and the averagely fit. All are circular, so that you can, if need be, drive to the start and return to your car. Terrain is varied, with the Wicklow mountains to the south and - at the northern extremity - the Cooley Peninsula, offering upland routes. These contrast nicely with the flatlands of Kildare and the low hills of Louth, Meath and Fingal. This is the ideal guide for leisure cyclists in the greater Dublin region. ----------------------------------------- Better Than Working: A Memoir by Patrick Skene Catling (Trade Paperback; 15 Euro / 19 USD / 10 UK; 286 pages) If Ian Fleming had made James Bond a journalist and not a spy - he might have looked to Patrick Skene Catling as a template for his hero. English born, educated then in the 'States and Canada, Patrick became a navigator in the Royal Canadian Airforce during World War II and was luckily assigned to ferrying bombers and transports from the Bahamas across the South Atlantic, Africa and the Middle East to India - sometimes with a case or two of West Indian rum to cover the high cost of Cairo night life. One marriage and two years later he became a journalist which his father assured him was 'better than working'. Based at various times in England and the United States, he travelled to Korea, Guatemala, Greenland and Australia covering wars, revolutions and press conferences that could give a man a terrible thirst. At the same time his writing enabled him to plunge himself into cultural milieu that fascinated him. He interviewed Louis Armstrong and James Baldwin. He had a memorable encounter with bombshell Jane Russell, lived with and very nearly married Peggy Lee and was kissed by Billie Holiday. He became a close friend of P.G. Wodehouse. Self-deprecation, charm and a wry sense of humour draw a veil over tremendous achievements, serious discussion and an extraordinary fund of anecdotes. Better Than Working is a hymn to a vanished era in British and American journalism, as well as being an utterly enjoyable book about a remarkable life. --------------------------------------- Irish Coast to Coast Walk: Dublin to Bray Head by Paddy Dillon (Paperback; 18 Euro / 23 USD / 12 UK; 215 pages with full colour photos and maps throughout) Walking through Ireland, from the Atlantic coast to Dublin, through glorious mountain and river country, offers an opportunity to discover the heart of the Emerald Isle. Linking the Wicklow Way, South Leinster Way, Munster Way, Avondhy Way and the Kerry Way, the Irish coast-to-coast walk joins Dublin in the east with Bray Head in the southwest. Whether you intend to split this route into sections and enjoy the walk over a period of time, or walk it in one go, the alternative high-level routes found along the way enable you to make the adventure as challenging as you like. The guide provides a comprehensive introduction to walking a long-distance route in Ireland and details of accommodation along the way. It divides the 370-mile route into 21 day stages, and the route for each stage is shown on Irish OS maps. ------------------------------------ Buying a Home in Ireland by Joe Loredo (Paperback; 15 Euro / 19 USD / 10 UK; 210 pages) Essential reading for anyone planning to buy a home in Ireland (2nd edition) - designed to guide you through the jungle and make it a pleasant and enjoyable experience. Most importantly, it is packed with vital information to help you avoid the sort of disasters that can turn your dream home into a nightmare! Written by Joe Laredo, an experienced non-fiction writer, and illustrated by Jim Watson. ------------------------------------------- Highlights from the Previous Issue: ---------------------------------- The Moves: An Illustrated History of Dance and Physical Theatre in Ireland by Deirdre Mulrooney (Large Paperback; 25 Euro / 30 USD / 20 UK; 292 pages, with black-and-white photos throughout) "Irish Moves" is a historical book with a difference. From Ninette de Valois to Jean Butler and Tom Hickey, it showcases - and in some cases salvages - the stories of Ireland's unsung movers: actors, dancers, choreographers, playwrights, directors, and the few academics who dare to go where no words have gone before. Focussing on people who value what's in between the words as much as the words themselves, it features stories of the creative journeys taken by artists who have devoted their lives to physical expression, despite the fact that their medium was ignored, or even erased from memory. An in-depth introductory essay points up how the zeitgeist finds expression in this new history of dance and theatre in Ireland through the eyes of practitioners, historians, and sociologists, and the as yet unpublished "lost chapter" of "Modern Dance in Ireland" in the 1940's. The Abbey School of Ballet is also salvaged from obscurity with a memoir and unpublished images from the 1920's, '30's and '40's. "Irish Moves" not only provides a map of dance and physical theatre in Ireland, but is also a meditation on our complicated attitude to the body as a nation. It offers surprising and sometimes disconcerting revelations about Irish society. But this is no dry history: this is a beautiful book, full of pictures and highly visual, in keeping with the usually word-less subject matter. "Irish Moves" will be of interest to the ever-increasing audience for dance and physical theatre; the world-wide Riverdance audience (there are interviews with Riverdancers Colin Dunne, Jean Butler, Brendan de Gallai, and Moya Doherty on their aesthetic journeys); the Abbey Theatre audience (as well as salvaging the Abbey School of Ballet from obscurity, the book features key Abbey Theatre movers from the 1980's and 1990's such as Tom MacIntyre, Tom Hickey, and Conall Morrison); and all readers interested in Irish social and cultural history. ---------------------------------------- Ireland by Gustave de Beaumont (Hardback; 34 Euro / 40 USD / 23 UK; 420 pages) Paralleling his friend Alexis de Tocqueville's visit to America, Gustave de Beaumont traveled through Ireland in the mid-1830s to observe its people and society. In Ireland, he chronicles the history of the Irish and offers up a national portrait on the eve of the Great Famine. Published to acclaim in France, Ireland remained in print there until 1914. The English edition, translated by William Cooke Taylor and published in 1839, was not reprinted. In a devastating critique of British policy in Ireland, Beaumont questioned why a government with such enlightened institutions tolerated such oppression. He was scathing in his depiction of the ruinous state of Ireland, noting the desperation of the Catholics, the misery of repeated famines, the unfair landlord system, and the faults of the aristocracy. It was not surprising the Irish were seen as loafers, drunks, and brutes when they had been reduced to living like beasts. Yet Beaumont held out hope that British liberal reforms could heal Ireland's wounds. This rediscovered masterpiece, in a single volume for the first time, reproduces the nineteenth-century Taylor translation and includes an introduction on Beaumont and his world. This volume also presents Beaumont's impassioned preface to the 1863 French edition in which he portrays the appalling effects of the Great Famine. A classic of nineteenth-century political and social commentary, Beaumont's singular portrait offers the compelling immediacy of an eyewitness to history. --------------------------------------- Nature Guide to the Aran Islands by Con O’Rourke (Trade Paperback; 15 Euro / 18 USD / 11 UK; 170 pages, with full colour illustrations throughout) This is a comprehensive account of the wildlife of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay by an author intimately familiar with the landscape. It summarizes the key facts from the writings on Aran, illustrates them copiously with over a hundred colour photographs, and condenses the whole into a single, handy source for exploring the diverse and abundant wildlife of the islands. The chapters are organized as follows: In the Beginning - The Geology of Aran, Climate, Flora, Fauna, Seashore, and Farming in Aran. "The Nature Guide to the Aran Islands" throws open a window onto one of the environmental treasure troves of Europe's western seaboard. The outcome of lifelong study and observation by an expert in his field, it will become an invaluable and enduring reference work for locals and tourists alike. -------------------------------------- The Lighthouses of Ireland by Richard Taylor (Trade Paperback; 15 Euro / 18 USD / 11 UK; 178 pages, with black-and-white photos throughout) Lighthouses can be romantic, mystical and tragic. Most people know of the Fastnet and Loop Head, but may not have heard of Rotten Island, Maidens or Straw Island or that there are 86 lighthouses on or off the coast of Ireland. The story behind this remarkable system of lighting our coast is virtually unknown. Richard Taylor was a lighthouse technician for 44 years, worked on all 86 lighthouses and is uniquely qualified to write this personal history-cum-guide. Describing the lighthouses and their history, he captures the unique way of life of the lighthouse keepers and their families, largely ignored and, with automation, no longer extant. Often waiting weeks at places like Blacksod or Valentia for the weather to abate, Richard got to know lighthouse keepers and their families intimately. The result is a book embellished with anecdotes and hair-raising tales of getting on to lighthouses, time spent there, often weeks on end, and getting off. A notable inclusion is a strongly worded letter dated 9 August, 1950 from the Principal Keeper, St John's Lighthouse, Co. Down, to head office urging the dismissal of one Brendan Behan from the position of painter. ----------------------------------- The Celts by Daithi O Hogain (Large Paperback; 15 Euro / 18 USD / 11 UK; 296 pages, with an 8-page black-and-white photo insert) Lighthouses can be romantic, mystical and tragic. Most people know of the Fastnet and Loop Head, but may not have heard of Rotten Island, Maidens or Straw Island or that there are 86 lighthouses on or off the coast of Ireland. The story behind this remarkable system of lighting our coast is virtually unknown. Richard Taylor was a lighthouse technician for 44 years, worked on all 86 lighthouses and is uniquely qualified to write this personal history-cum-guide. Describing the lighthouses and their history, he captures the unique way of life of the lighthouse keepers and their families, largely ignored and, with automation, no longer extant. Often waiting weeks at places like Blacksod or Valentia for the weather to abate, Richard got to know lighthouse keepers and their families intimately. The result is a book embellished with anecdotes and hair-raising tales of getting on to lighthouses, time spent there, often weeks on end, and getting off. A notable inclusion is a strongly worded letter dated 9 August, 1950 from the Principal Keeper, St John's Lighthouse, Co. Down, to head office urging the dismissal of one Brendan Behan from the position of painter. ---------------------------------- Celtic Fortifications by Ian Ralston (Trade Paperback; 30 Euro / 36 USD / 24 UK; 220 pages) From northern Scotland to southern Iberia the enclosures around hill- and promontory-forts are the most conspicuous component of the Iron Age archaeological record. Ian Ralston looks at their construction and reconstruction and at the architecture of banks, walls, ramparts and ditches, gateways and ancillary features. He examines the placing of these fortifications in the landscape and their effectiveness as hill-fort defences in war. He also considers these enclosures as signs and symbols. The work is completed with a selective gazetteer. ----------------------------------- The Great Calamity: Irish Famine 1845-1852 by Christine Kinealy (Large Paperback; 18 Euro / 23 USD / 14 UK; 460 pages) The Great Famine of 1845-52 was the most decisive event in the history of modern Ireland. In a country of eight million people, the Famine caused the death of approximately one million, while a similar number were forced to emigrate. The Irish population fell to just over four million by the beginning of the twentieth century. Christine Kinealy's survey is long established as the most complete, scholarly survey of the Great Famine yet produced. The unravelling of fact from opinion, the interpretation of motives behind the London governments' responses, and the confrontation of stereotypes are at the heart of this extensive work. "This Great Calamity" is an exceptional book, now available for the first time in pocket format. 'This book is mandatory reading for anyone who wishes to be informed about Irish history' - "Irish Post". 'This is not the last word on the Famine, but it is the best so far' - "Irish Independent". -------------------------------------- The Burren Wall by Gordon D’Arcy (Paperback; 12 Euro / 15 USD / 9 UK; 64 pages, with full colour photos and illustrations throughout) The Burren and the Aran Islands have some of the most distinctive stone walls to be found anywhere. Visitors are invariably intrigued while locals, having lived with them for generations, pass little comment. The walls, in their use of local stone and economical design, nevertheless stand as linear monuments to local skill and hard won endeavour. This book deals with their social history, from the earliest prehistoric examples to the most modern, indicating how different styles may be attributed to specific periods of construction. Celebrating the aesthetic qualities of the Burren wall in photographs, illustrations and quotations, this book also informs about natural history, presenting the wall as a habitat for myriad flora and fauna. ------------------------------------ Granuaile: Sea Queen of Ireland by Anne Chambers (Paperback; 7 Euro / 10 USD / 5 UK; 114 pages) Granuaile ruled on land and sea in the province of Connaught over 400 years ago. A Pirate Queen and Irish Chieftain, she became a legend. We first meet Granuaile or Grace O'Malley, a young girl, on Ireland's west coast in a world of bards, brehons, chieftains and gallowglasses, rebellion and intrigue, very different to today's. Ireland is divided into 'kingdoms' ruled by chieftains. Granuaile's father is chieftain of Umhall. A strong chieftain, he protects and provides for his clan. Living in a castle on the coast, Granuaile loves the sea and wants to be like her father, to know all about sailing and navigation, and to sail the clan's ships to Spain and Scotland to trade. But she is a girl, her parents don't think it suitable for her. Granuaile becomes a better sailor than any of her father's crew and reluctantly they agree. And so the adventure and legend of the Sea Queen begins. Following her adventures, we sail on her galley to Spain where war with England affects Granuaile and Ireland. We meet her husbands, Donal of the Battles and Richard in Iron, and are on board her ship when her youngest son is born and when North African pirates attack. After many adventures and escapades we finally sail with Granuaile to London for her famous meeting with Queen Elizabeth 1 and see how they got on. And we are with Granuaile in her castle at Rockfleet where she dies in 1603. (for Teenagers) -------------------------------------- The Magic of Pagan Ireland by Rob Vance (Gift Hardback; 8 Euro / 11 USD / 6 UK; 60 pages with full colour photos and illustrations throughout) What makes a place magical? Visiting ancient sites can be unsettling to the modern ego, awakening something primitive - a vestige of ancient, primal life, awaiting ignition through contact. And then it is a call, perhaps something like a love affair - a promise, a glimpse of something different, an intimation of ecstasy...and it may last. Visit the magical site of Ireland and prepare to be moved. ---------------------------------- Celtic Spirituality by Rob Vance (Gift Hardback; 8 Euro / 11 USD / 6 UK; 60 pages with full colour photos and illustrations throughout) Celtic Spirituality is many things: a time frame, a mode of spiritual understanding, and perhaps a personal encounter in a place of ancient wisdom. This book is about places in Ireland that facilitate that encounter. --------------------------------------- Uncertain Ireland: A Sociological Chronicle, 2003-4 edited by Mary Corcoran and Michel Peillon (Paperback; 30 Euro / 36 USD / 24 UK; 256 pages) The Irish Sociological Chronicles present sociological accounts of particular events and phenomena in the social world. The contributors to this volume engage with a variety of happenings and events that occurred during the years 2003 and 2004. A number of the contributions are attuned to the anxieties that have been recently generated about the provenance of the food we eat, about the quality of daily life and about changing value systems and their impact on the wider social fabric. Others raise questions concerning the wholesale encouragement of economic development that may threaten the integrity of an ancient landscape and way of life, the folly of a new consumerism that produces a waste mountain for which nobody accepts responsibility and the love affair with motorways that have singularly failed to regulate traffic flows. The demise of Bewley's cafés, the citizenship referendum, the Club Anabel case and the genesis of the Rossport Five campaign are just some of the topical events chronicled in Uncertain Ireland. What unites the accounts in this book is a curiosity about how to reconcile Ireland's new found prosperity and economic self-confidence with its accompanying and pervasive sense of uncertainty and contingency. These qualities present challenges, in terms of learning to manage and deal with risks, and opportunities as Irish society adopts creative and innovative means of finding its way in an Uncertain Ireland. ----------------------------------------- Thank you for your continued support. It is vital for the continuation of this service! If you appreciate receiving these regular emails, I respectfully request that if you are considering ordering any of these books that you do so through Read Ireland. Using these emails to order books from other suppliers does NOT support Read Ireland nor the continuation of the service. I very much appreciate your patronage. To order books from the Read Ireland Book Review – simply return the Newsletter by clicking your reply button. Please DELETE the books you do NOT want and LEAVE the books you DO WANT to order. 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