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2017 Netflix Resolutions

1st February 2017

I’m not a big New Years resolution person. Mostly because I never keep them. Ever.

But Netflix resolutions? That’s something I could totally do. Netflix and I are besties after all.

Yes that sounds sad. No I don’t care. I’m confident like that.

So, here are my 2017 Netflix Resolutions!!!

I WILL WATCH RIGHT AWAY:

  • THE CROWN
  • STRANGER THINGS
  • The OA
  • BATES MOTEL

I WILL FINALLY FINISH WATCHING:

  • SUITS
  • GILMORE GIRLS
  • THE MINDY PROJECT
  • HOUSE

I WILL WATCH WITH MY FAMILY:

  • LEMONY SNICKET
  • BOB ROSS (My 10yo is OBSESSED – he’s her screensaver. Seriously).
  • TRON
  • MIRACLE

I WILL:

  • Make sure to remember to alternate Pepperoni Pizza with Chinese takeout on Friday night Movie Nights.
  • Remember that you can never have enough Skittles, Diet Coke, Sour Cream & Onion chips and Prosecco on movie nights. Or any other day for that matter.
  • Wear my finest flannel jammies, or my finest cozies during all Netflix viewing. Bra is optional.

What are your Netflix resolutions???

Disclaimer: I’m part of the Netflix #StreamTeam and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix. All views and opinions are my own.

Surviving the Holiday Break with Kids AND Netflix #StreamTeam

31st December 2016

The Christmas Holidays are coming to an end…..or are they?

Yes, it’s New Year’s eve but with school not back until the 9th, the holiday break continues. It’s ok though. The kids have promised not to fight, yell or say they’re bored for the next nine days.

It could happen.

In the meantime, we’ll amuse ourselves with various xmas gifts, activities involving snow, sprinkles and bowling balls and of course, NETFLIX!!!

With the release of some great new shows this month like Gilmore Girls, Fuller House Season 2 and the new Netflix/Dreamworks series Trollhunters, the odds of hearing I’m bored from the brood will hopefully be greatly diminished.

I’d also like to send Netflix a personal thank you for their new download option, so the kids have something to watch on the holiday road trips. It really cuts down on the slapfights when their hands are busy holding their ipads, so thank you so much.

And if you have younger kids, don’t forget to take advantage of their on-demand New Year’s Eve countdown options. You can choose from ten different videos, from Beat Bugs to Skylanders to Fuller House, and make it midnight whenever you want the little people to head to bed. I miss those days, when I could trick my kids into going to bed at 8pm.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone has a fun New Year’s Eve! I’ll be here binge watching Life in Pieces (again) in my flannel penguin pyjamas, with a Diet Coke i.v. and sour cream and onion chips on standby. Jealous?

 

 

Gilmore Girls Date Night with Mom and NETFLIX! #StreamTeam

23rd November 2016

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It’s HERE!!!!!!!!

THIS FRIDAY (November 25th!) Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres on Netflix! Is it just me or have we been waiting FOREVER for this? It deserves a celebration, don’t you think? In honour of the show and that amazing bond that Lorelai and Rory share, the premiere of Gilmore Girls is the perfect time to have a Girls Night In with your Mom (or daughter, sister, girlfriend…..any fab lady friend will do.

Did you know?

  • 61% of mothers and daughters feel sharing TV shows with each other helps them build a stronger relationship.
  • A recent survey revealed that almost half of women (45%) wish they spoke to their mother more often.
  • More than half of mother-daughter duos surveyed (54%) report post-show discussions are the best part of sharing a show together.
  • Almost half of moms and daughters (45%) think watching together brings them closer.

I’m going to have to agree with these stats. When Sex and the City was still on the air, I’d watch the show with my Mom and we’d laugh hysterically the entire time. And the Greek/English post-mortem was always my favorite part. It was our Friday night ritual and we always looked forward to it, not just for the show but for the time we’d get to spend together.

Fast forward a million years, and I now have my own kids. I’m actually going to be watching this new season of the Gilmore Girls with my 10 year old daughter who invited me to be her Friday Night date.  We’re so excited – we’ve got treats, hot chocolate to enjoy in our new Netflix/Luke’s mugs (thanks Netflix Canada!) and our warmest jammies ready to go. Want to officially invite your mom/daughter to watch with you? Here’s an invite to send their way…

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How about this one?

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Ok. One more….

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You’ve got your invites ready, all you need now is a tv and snacks and you’re ready to watch the LONG awaited four episode (only four?!!) revival of this much loved show.

Date Night with Mom is ON.

Family Movie Time Reboot #Streamteam

4th October 2016

We are official back to school and back to our fall routine, finally. I love summer and summer break but by the end of the summer, I am ready to be back to a more scheduled lifestyle. Mommy needs a break. Plus it’s cardigan weather and who doesn’t love a cardigan???

Over the summer we watched a ton of movies and shows with the kids whenever we wanted. During the school year however, we watch our movies mostly on the weekends. On Fridays, we have pizza and a movie night. We make homemade personal pizzas then choose/fight over which movie to watch.

(Side Note: Here is the yummiest, easiest personal pan pizza recipe ever. We use Naan bread as the crust, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and then whatever toppings you want, from pepperoni to peppers, and then throw it in the oven at 350. The kids love making their own pizza, they cook super fast because you’re using Naan as the crust and they’re delicious and healthy). I’m a regular Martha Stewart.

Unless it’s a movie that was just released, Netflix is always our go-to for movie night. Thankfully, the kids are older now so they’re much more open to watching documentaries, and classics and John Hughes films. Honestly, re-watching great movies like Ferris Bueller or Mean Girls is so much more fun when you can watch it through your kids’ eyes. I don’t even feel THAT old when I do.

My favourite thing to do for movie night lately is something I did as a kid with my siblings. I move the coffee table out of the way, and make a huge bed on the floor, with several duvets and comforters and pillows. We turn out all the lights and grab some snacks and it’s officially movie time. It’s simple but the kids love it, which makes me love it too.

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So what are some of the movies we’ve seen so far, that we really enjoyed?

  • Zootopia – LOVE it. It’s adorable and clever and really funny.
  • He Named Me Malala – Absolutely fantastic documentary. A must see.
  • The Little Prince – This is actually a new release and not on Netflix yet but it was so so good. We rented it and the kids watched it three times before the rental time ran out.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – A huge hit in our house for all of us.
  • Teen Titans Go! – Not a movie, but my kids are obsessed with this show.
  • I Am Big Bird – LOVE LOVE LOVE.

And some movies that are on the MUST SEE LIST coming up this month include:

  • The Breakfast Club – it’s time to share this movie gold with the tweens for sure.
  • Splash – Tom Hanks and a mermaid. Enough said.
  • Zoolander – This one is a maybe – I haven’t seen it so I’m not sure if it’s appropriate.
  • Coraline – Perfect for a Halloween re-watch – both kids think it’s totally freaky.

HAPPY MOVIE WATCHING!!

What we’re watching on Netflix this summer #StreamTeam

29th July 2016

We are a Netflix family. The kids, the husband and I are big fans

If it weren’t for my need to watch The Real Housewives of every city in the U.S. of A, we would probably cancel our cable subscription, but alas, not happening.

So what are we watching this summer??

ME:

I’ve been watching some documentaries and stand-up comedy specials that I’ve really enjoyed.

Ali Wong: Baby Cobra – She is HYSTERICAL. This is one hour of hilarious joy – WATCH IT!!

AMY – A fantastic documentary about Amy Winehouse. Totally wrecked me.

LUTHER – My girlfriend Laura has been telling me to watch this show FOREVER, and I finally sat down and watched it and totally binged on it. It was so good, and so well done, that it’s probably one of the best shows I’ve seen in ages. Also, Idris Elba is very pretty with an accent, so there’s that. And the man can act. Watch this one a.s.a.p!

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The HUSBAND:

Daredevil – Season 2: LOVED IT. He liked the first season, but thought the new season was amazing.

Marco Polo – Season 2: LOVED IT.

The 100: He’s a big fan of this show.

STRANGER THINGS – LOVED IT and thought it was very scary, so I won’t be watching this one.

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The Kids:

NICHOLAS: We’ve been watching The Office together, and it’s a new favourite for both of us. He’s also a big fan of Video Game Highschool, and Sherlock. We tried to watch the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but we didn’t love it as much as the first season.

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NASIA: She is my little animal lover, so we were thrilled to discover a show called The Bionic Vet. She also loves Fuller House, Victorious and Mako Mermaids. She’s so cute.

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What are you guys watching this summer? Any favourites???

 

Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life #StreamTeam

29th July 2016

FINALLY!!!!! The premiere date for Gilmore Girls has been announced! November 25, 2016! Put it in your calendar peeps!

“Seasons may change, but some things never will.”

The show will consist of four 90 minute episodes spanning the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. So if you’re one of those people who will watch an entire season of a Netflix show over a day or two, you should be done and waiting for more within a day or two. Patience is a virtue people.

Are you excited about it?

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season Two #NetflixCanada #StreamTeam

14th April 2016

unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-sliceFINALLY!!!!

Season TWO IS HERE!!!! It premieres TONIGHT just after midnight and I can’t wait! I found season one hilarious although I could have definitely done with less Jon Hamm. I don’t get the Jon Hamm thing. WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE JON HAMM??? WHY IS HE EVERYWHERE?????

Colin Firth, I get. Jon Hamm…..not at all.

Season two of the Emmy-nominated series picks up shortly after season 1 and finds Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) looking for a new job, Titus (Tituss Burgess) forced to face his past with the appearance of his ex-wife and Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) rediscovering her roots, while landlady Lillian (Carol Kane) finds a surprising romance.

The series was created by Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Robert Carlock (30 Rock), who serve as executive producers with Jeff Richmond (30 Rock) and David Miner (30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a production of Universal Television, Little Stranger Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment and Bevel Gears for Netflix.

Normally, I would bingewatch a Netflix show over a weekend but my kids LOVED the first season so I promised them that we would watch it together, so it’s anyone’s guess how long it will take me to see all 13 episodes. Have you seen the official trailer for season two yet? Check it out below!
 

Countdown to New Year’s with Netflix and a Giveaway!

31st December 2015

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Netflix is genius.

Do you have little kids who desperately want to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve to ring in the New Year, whereas you’re thinking, “NOPE?” Thanks to Netflix, you can trick them into thinking it’s midnight, at anytime you like tonight!

Netflix is launching six on-demand countdown specials that parents can use to ring in the new year anytime! They can choose when it’s time to say goodnight and the kids choose how to celebrate with their favourite characters including: Puffin Rock, Care Bears & Cousins, Inspector Gadget, King Julien, and favorites from DreamWorks Animation like Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Project Mc2.

Netflix surveyed parents in the US, UK, France, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, and Mexico recently and found that 55% would love to be able to ring in the New Year with their kids early, using a special countdown. With 95% of Canadian parents spending this special night with their kids, Netflix’s early countdown options are a brilliant idea. I wish I had had this option when my kids were younger. Sadly, they’re too old to trick at this point so I am REALLY looking forward to dealing with exhausted tweens tonight.

Their poll also found these interesting stats about Canadian families and how they’ll be celebrating this New Year’s Eve:

  • More than a third of Canadian parents would use a special New Year’s Eve countdown as a way to get their kids to bed early (34 per cent)
  • 51 per cent of parents feel that having an on-demand New Year’s Eve countdown will allow them to celebrate as a family
  • Over 70 per cent of parents would start their special countdown before 11 p.m., with one in five parents choosing 9 p.m. as the ideal time to ring in those famous 10 seconds (20 per cent)
  • 65 per cent of parents plan to spend time with their significant other after putting their kids to bed before midnight

To ring in the New Year, I’d love to give away a little Netflix love to one lucky winner. Enter below to win a 6-month membership to Netflix Canada!!! This is open to Canadian residents only and will run until January 7, 2016!! GOOD LUCK and a HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR to you and yours!!

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What I’m Watching on Netflix Instead of Sleeping #SleepingIsOverrated #StreamTeam

1st December 2015

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My bedtime battle days involving my kids are over, thankfully. The kids are pretty good about going to bed and know when they’re too tired to function and can’t really be bothered to fight it. I on the other hand, am not the best at sleeping regular hours like a normal person. I’d rather Netflix than sleep these days. Actually I’d rather Netflix than do anything at night, especially when it’s so cold out and I’m already wearing the jammies. Let’s be honest, after the bra comes off, a fire couldn’t get me to leave the house.

After the kids are in bed is really the only time I get to watch television, which is convenient since most of my tv watching is not appropriate for them anyway. So what am I watching these days??? Right now I am HOOKED on the Netflix Original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones. It is SO good. This is the second (Daredevil was the first) of five Netflix/Marvel properties on the way.

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Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter who is totally badass, as Jessica Jones. The cast is great and includes Mike Colter (The Good Wife), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Rachel Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy) and Carrie-Ann Moss (The Matrix). Originally, I planned to watch it with my 11-year-old but it’s rated TV-MA (for  and after the first episode, we both decided we’d watch something else together instead. Daredevil anyone?

I also watched three fantastic documentaries this week that I really enjoyed. netflix-documentaries

I’m no fashionista but I love clothes and love fashion books and documentaries. Both Dior and I and Iris do not disappoint. Dior and I (2014) is a behind-the-scenes look at the House of Dior and the first couture collection by their new designer Raf Simons. It also features and focuses on the incredible seamstresses of Dior, some of whom have been a part of the fashion house for over 40+ years. It’s a great watch.

Iris is a documentary of the beloved New York fashion icon Iris Apfel, and I absolutely LOVED it. You will fall in love with both Iris and her adorable husband. It’s hard to believe that she’s 93-years-old. She is hilarious and amazingly talented and so in love with her husband that it’s hard not to adore this film. I promise you, you will adore it too.

Banksy Does New York surrounds the famous graffiti artist’s October 2013 project, “Better Out Than In”, in which he created a new piece somewhere in New York every day for the entire month of October. It’s amazing to watch New Yorkers become so addicted to finding the piece he creates each day before it gets painted over or even stolen. It will make you wish you had been there. If you love Banksy or want to know more about him, you should watch the other documentary first Exit Through The Gift Shop – it’s fantastic.

Have you seen any great documentaries, movies or shows on Netflix lately? Feel free to share – I’m always looking for suggestions!

What’s Streaming On Netflix Canada in December #NowOnNetflixCA

25th November 2015

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DECEMBER 1

A Woman Like Me

An author facing a terminal cancer diagnosis weaves together a documentary about her struggle with a fictional version of the same story.

Afternoon Delight

A bored housewife with a seemingly perfect life seeks to spice up her marriage and befriends a stripper who educates her about being true to herself.

Crescendo! The Power of Music

Three inner-city American children partake in the El Sistema music program, originated in Venezuela, and their trajectories change in startling ways.

Detectorists

Two quirky friends share a passion for metal detecting and a dream of unearthing Saxon treasure that they’re certain is buried in a local farm field.

Gary: Tank Commander – Season 2 & 3

A soldier on leave from a tour of duty in Iraq offers unique insights and a comic look into life on the home front and the front lines.

I’m Brent Morin Netflix Original

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After many mistakes and adventures, comedian Brent Morin admits that he wants to be in love, but is nowhere near ready for a relationship.

Kick-Ass 2

In this sequel, high school superhero Kick-Ass has to find a new crime-fighting partner after Hit Girl is suddenly taken out of action.

Ninja Assassin

Cast: Rain, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles

When his best friend is murdered by the shadowy Ozunu clan, Raizo, an orphan raised to be an assassin, vows revenge.

Real Rob – Season 1 – Netflix Exclusive

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Go inside the world of comedian and actor Rob Schneider in this comedy series that follows the ups and downs of his career.

Sherlock Homes

Robert Downey Jr. stars as the legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes in this Guy Ritchie-helmed reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective series.

Team Hot Wheels: Build the Epic Race

Team Hot Wheels must defeat the Road Pirates on a new racetrack to stop them from winning a key to the team’s latest technology and using it for evil.

The Longest Ride

A young woman caring for an elderly widower finds parallels to her own budding romance as she reads the man’s letters to and from his late wife.

The Straits

A close-knit family makes their living running drugs across the Torres Strait, evading wildlife, the authorities, tribal elders and rival mobs.

Where the Wild Things Are

Max imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts crown him as their king.


DECEMBER 2

Monkey Kingdom

A newborn macaque and its mother face a day-to-day struggle to survive among predators – and members of their own monkey society.


DECEMBER 3

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

This documentary chronicles the life of Matthew Shepard, whose infamous 1998 murder left his friends and relatives devastated.

Tap World

The unique blend of ethnic percussive dances known as tap makes a comeback thanks to a new generation of dancers profiled in this upbeat documentary.


DECEMBER 4

A Very Murray ChristmasNetflix Original

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Bill Murray rounds up an all-star cast for an evening of music, comedy and good cheer in this homage to classic holiday variety shows.


DECEMBER 5

The Avenging Fist

In the near future, scientists begin to conduct research on the Power Glove, a device that will yield unimaginable power.  But the gloves are stolen by a special agent who subsequently disappears.


DECEMBER 9

Darkness on the Edge of Town

Seething over the murder of her estranged sister, a teenager sets out on the plains of southern Ireland to use her sharpshooting skills for vengeance.

Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High And Unemployed Live In AustinNetflix Original

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Ricky, Julien and Bubbles bring their trailer park humor out onto the stage for a night of bravado, schemes and an intoxicated acting demo.


DECEMBER 11

The Adventures of Puss in Boots – Season 2 Netflix Original

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The world’s greatest feline fighter, lover and milk connoisseur takes on daring adventures in exotic locations in this family-friendly comedy series.

The Ridiculous Six Netflix Original

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When his long-lost outlaw father returns, Tommy “White Knife” Stockburn goes on an adventure-filled journey across the Old West with his five brothers.


DECEMBER 12

Kano

A hard-nose new coach takes charge of a ragtag Taiwanese high school baseball team and charts them a course for the national championships in Japan.

W1A – Season 2

The new Head of Values at the BBC deals with redefining the company’s purpose, events like the arrival of Prince Charles and issues with new programs


DECEMBER 13

2 Days in New York

Marion and Mingus go from perfect domesticity to waking nightmare when her family comes from France to New York for the weekend.


DECEMBER 15

Burnistoun – Season 1

Comedy sketch show set in the fictional Scottish town of Burnistoun near Glasgow. The show follows the exploits of characters such as an aspiring girl band and a serial killer who is unhappy at his portrayal in the local media.

Empty – Season 1

Property management employees Jacky and Tony discover the hidden lives of Glasglow residents behind closed doors in this comedy series.

Limmy’s Show! – Season 1

Scottish comic Brian “Limmy” Limond headlines this sketch series featuring him in various roles from a TV psychic to costumed adventurer “Falconhoof.”

Peppa Pig – Season 2

Join plucky piglet Peppa and her family and friends for everyday adventures that prove there’s learning and laughter to be had anywhere you look.

Rab C. Nesbitt – Seasons 6-8

In Glasglow, a middle-aged alcoholic unapologetically revels in a lifestyle absent of employment, other than being a self-made “street philosopher.”

The Good Wife – Season 6

In this courtroom drama, attorney Alicia Florrick finds herself forced to return to work after a scandal lands her politician husband in prison.


DECEMBER 16

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Things go awry when Tony Stark revives a dormant peacekeeping program, and Earth’s mightiest heroes must put a halt to an archvillain’s evil plans.

Santa Claws

When a gift sack full of kittens gives Santa a bad allergic reaction, the kitties have to take over and deliver presents on time.


DECEMBER 18

F is For Family – Season 1 – Netflix Original

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Follow the Murphy family back to the 1970s, a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport.  From comic Bill Burr.

Glitter Force – Season 1 – Netflix Original

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Five preteen girls learn they’re a legendary superhero squad known as the Glitter Force.  Their mission? To defend Earth from evil fairytale villains.

Making A Murderer – Season 1 – Netflix Original

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Filmed over 10 years, this real-life thriller follows a DNA exoneree who, while exposing police corruption, becomes a suspect in a grisly new crime.

Mike Epps: Don’t Take It PersonalNetflix Original

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Mike Epps wastes no time bringing his unapologetic and raunchy swagger to a howling live audience at the historic Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.


DECEMBER 21

Redirected

Three friends try to make money and invite another friend in on a plot.


DECEMBER 23

Two-Bit Waltz

As her 18th birthday approaches, Maude is suspended from school, stranded by her best friends and dumped by the boy she loves.


DECEMBER 24

Dawn of the CroodsNetflix Original

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The world’s first family is back, funnier than ever and taking the prehistoric Croodaceous era by storm in this all-new family sitcom!


DECEMBER 28

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Journey to the enchanted land of Equestra, where unicorn Twilight Sparkle and her pals have adventures and learn valuable lessons about friendship.

Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

This documentary chronicles the story of the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki and his inspiring journey from Germany to superstardom in the NBA.


DECEMBER 29

Her

Love comes to a lonely writer in the sleekest of packages when he finds himself falling for the advanced operating system he bought to run his life.


DECEMBER 30

About A Boy – Season 2

An immature man is amazed when his new neighbours – a ditzy single mom and her 11-year-old son – awaken unexpected feelings of responsibility.

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