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Throwback Thursday #2 (Not the Work Version)

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Back to the times where I said that speech about Learn, Create, Share at the Manaiakalani Ambassador presentations..



To read my speech, you can click here, reader.

That Happy Moment… | A Special Day/Event

The bride’s father gives the bride to the groom, and the guests with chairs sit down. The guests standing just...stayed standing...gosh, it was a pain standing straight for and extremely long time. But the whole moment was so touching, even with the pain. 

They exchanged vows to each other, and they were blessed. We all prayed-well, not me...I was holding a camera recording it all. Besides, I could’ve missed a moment! Give me a moment to say that I am strict on capturing events on camera. And I try to keep it steady, too.

Moving on, I always distract myself. Dang it...after a few prayers in English, Samoan, and Tongan, they both stood up, and looked at each other. My uncle raised the veil. “Is this her?” the celebrant asked in a joking fashion. A few laughs from the guests, before they sealed the start of their marriage with a kiss.

Mind you, I am thirteen years old. Capturing a kiss by the husband and wife for the first time is quite new to me, not that I’m going to be doing this in a wh…

A Special Day - At the Venue, Where It Begins

It took a while and a bit to get to the parking spot at the wedding venue. We had just passed a man who asked if we were going to the wedding. Mum answered yes, and he said that we would have to drive to the “bottom”, like, waaayyy at the “bottom” and then turn left. We didn’t understand the whole message relaying. Well, I couldn’t. I’m just saying “we” because Mum was turning in different places.

She turned here, she turned there. She turned into dead ends, and into cars. And before you know it, we ended up at the same guy! Skip a few minutes later, and you get us parking in the parking lot, space, thing. I forgot what it’s called. Oh, nevermind, nevermind, on with the story.

Below are two pictures I took while walking into the building. I’m not a good cameraman, but I try! Oh, how I try hard...reaaalllllyyyy haarrrrd. It’s a tough job having everyone call you a camera boy. Or cameraperson. I don’t really kno-moving on, we were inside. Mum and Dad got the programme on three sheets of p…

A Special Day - Introduction

The following posts recollect my Labour Day...a wedding...
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Hi, reader!


Labour Day was a great day! All sunny, some clouds in some places, but you could still see the blue sky! The reason why I sound pretty excited (if you notice the exclamation marks), is because my uncle, and it is the same uncle that I mention sometimes on this blog, had his wedding on this day! Here links to some of the posts that mention my uncle:

My Uncle’s 21st - Part One - Part Two (I don’t know why I did the post like this)  - Part Three A Year On From His 21st B-day Found Footage Of The Party

And yes, after many self-corrections and mistakes and corrections from others, I can now say that he is married to his WIFE. Yes, not girlfriend anymore, not fiancee anymore, not...girlfriend-slash-fiancee anymore, WIFE. His wife. Yay! I’m not confused anymore! 

So, there we were, my family. My mum, my dad, Abby (and I’ve used this name before so don’t question it, reader), and my Nana. Walking to t…

Update...

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Santa's Going Back Now...

A Full Moon! On Christmas!

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Hi, hi, hi, reader!

I'm just doing a little update on this Christmas Day (with a full stomach), and I found out something really amazing!

There's a full moon out tonight!

BUT! What's special about this full moon is that it is the first full moon in THIRTY EIGHT YEARS!! How amazing is that, reader?! That's amazing! And what a flashback to seeing the last eclipse for three years! This is truly amazing....
This is rare! It's been reported that another one is years to come! How lucky am I to notice this? Pretty lucky!
Hopefully Mehi will notice...get it, because she said she missed the eclipse....it looked like a banana, by the way!

Sucess!!!!!

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YES! After COUNTLESS TIMES and a YEAR, I have finally beat the Gumball Tilt game!!!! I made it straight to the end watching the time! I can't describe the feeling but here's the pictures!

If you didn't know, this game is ADDICTIVE to some people, it just drives you nuts when the gumballs drop! So it felt SOOOOOO great once I finished the whole game!

What a Christmas Miracle!


The Google Santa Tracker!

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Hi, hi, HIII!!

Another post related to Christmas - focusing on Santa! Ever dreamed of tracking Santa's journey, giving gifts and presents to children LIVE around the world, while also exploring different surprises revealed each day of December before Christmas? Well, this is one of them, and it's called the Google Santa Tracker! It's this website filled with everything Santa and Christmas related, includes lessons and games for the viewer to read and interact!

I found this website back about two to three years ago, and am still enriched by all its fun stuff! And when Santa arrives in New Zealand...I mean, WOW! Sure, we all know the truth about Santa - and I found out years ago as a little boy (not really little, a bit tall), but it sure is creative and exciting to see Santa's progress around the world!



Click here to see the calendar and Santa's Village, and click HERE to see his tracks and journey around the world! But remember, there is a limited time so once Chri…

Christmas Padlet!

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Hi, hi, HI reader!

Merry Christmas! Here is a Padlet based on the Season of Giving - Christmas! It includes some facts and some "superstitions" about Christmas which you will find, below! Enjoy!


Created with Padlet

Merry Christmas...

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Throwback Thursday

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It's nearly the "Christmas Season" for some so I might as well post this...
Back to the time when KiwiCan brought the Mascot (forgot his name),  and Christmas to Tamaki Primary.



After these pictures was taken, though, I suffered from severe misfortune. 
Because I was wearing a Santa Cap. <-- Read the bottom of the picture, if you can. ... And Chasity got misfortune from me, and was tripping behind me.  ... And I had food fall on me from the shared lunch taking place after KiwiCan. ... And spill a drink at the shared lunch. The drink went everywhere, but no one knew until now, shhhh... ... And I got shin-kicked in the leg by Caprice.  ...
And I tripped a girl while trying to get Caprice for kicking my shin.
... And slipped in a bathtub at home.  ... And accidentally kil-you know, the list goes on and on...
Wow this was a throwback, alright...

Spot the Difference - Smiling through Adversity ANSWERS

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Today is the day that I release the answers for the Smiling through Adversity Spot the Difference pictures. There were ten differences in total, just one more than the last two pictures! Click the picture to enlarge, so you can also see the differences in both Picture #1 and Picture #2...


Oh, yeah...I forgot to put #10 on there. See that mini blind in the background? In Picture #2 it's been opened a bit...by the way, changes in smoke, fire, or position or "choreography" did not count.

Earth and Beyond: The Night Sky - Word Cloud!

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Hi, there!

With inspiration from a blogpost that was posted last year that I stumbled upon yesterday, I went and made a word cloud of the words related to "Earth and Beyond". Earth and Beyond: The Night Sky was the topic for Room 10, for the whole of Term Four.

It took a bit of thinking to figure out how to use the website. But I got there in the end! There was a list and I had to click "Import Words" and put the words down....then do some editing and change the shape and text and size and stuff like that...

I didn't brainstorm the words...well, I did some of the words, but I got a lot of help from this vocabulary list that I found on the site. I didn't want those words to go to waste! So, here it is! The Earth and Beyond word cloud! By the way, if you notice the way its shaped, it really is a word cloud!

Thinker's Keys - Alphabetical Key - Earth and Beyond!

Hi, there.

This is a Thinker's Key. The Alphabetical Key. It's where I gather words that relate to the current (or what used to be the) inquiry topic, and put them in alphabetical order. This is usually done in a presentation, which I've chosen for this task. Gosh, this is quite awkward doing work from school when I'm not actually at school anymore. This is probably the first actual learning post for this month, actually.

But here it is. Don't forget to comment, feedback and feedforward...

Year Eight Leavers Movie

This is the Year Eight movie that was edited and done by Ms Kyla, with some images taken by me. She gets the full credit, and I wish all my Year Eight colleagues and friends the best in their upcoming learning journey in college next year, and I hope to see at least most of them, later on.

Please enjoy the video. It was a walk down memory lane...kind of reminds me of the day before the end of school this year, where Teina, Fa'amanu, and I were standing in the hallway near the library, reminiscing about our years at Tamaki Primary. It was truly distracting (in a good way) and radical. 30 minutes were spent just looking at the pictures. So cool :')

By the way, to break the formality...check out that thumbnail...pretty...pretty cool, am I riiight...notice that there was no question mark, for effect...


Prizegiving Speech...

This is the speech that I shared at this year's Prizegiving ceremony. I worked hard on this speech, as I tried to include some important moments from my journey in Tamaki Primary over the past five years.

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Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia Orana, Kia Ora, and warm greetings to you all. My name is Willy and I would like for you all to dedicate the next few minutes to be with me. Look around you. See the smiles of everyone's faces? We are truly delighted to welcome and see you here today. On the count of three, turn to your neighbor and say 'hello'. There are no strangers here, only friends we are soon yet to meet. One, two, three!

(then just wait and make something up) <-- This was basically an attempt to make the audience interact with each other. I thought this would take at least two seconds to say "Hello" to someone next to them, but no...it took about five.

Thank you for participating in what could’ve been the same e…

Prizegiving - Part Two

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The Prizegiving ceremony began with the kapa haka group (excluding the Year Eight members) calling us in. We sat down, and were signalled to stand up again for the national anthem.

Thursday 10th - Prizegiving...Part One...

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Class of 2015...in two pictures...

Just Dance! Gonna be okay...da-doo-doo-doo | Dine and Dance 2015

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Smiling through Adversity | Spot the Difference!

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Hi, there, reader.
Continuing on with the Spot the Difference game. I now have a storyline. Now, every Christmas, there's always going to be some sort of family dinner, am I right? So in this sort of "universe", this shows some truth into what's happening. I am not good at cooking. Backstory time: I tried to make toast in an oven....didn't go so well.
So what could possibly happen when I try doing a Christmas meal in the oven??
I do not condone the act shown in the picture, by the way. Just showing an exaggeration of bad cooking. Because I really am bad at cooking in the kitchen. Especially with an oven, just to mention that.

Comment if you know, the answers will be revealed.....in at least five days!! Because I forgot what the differences were...

Teachers Only Day - December 4th

On Teachers Only Day, I came to school.

Again. Whoops. But for good reason. I was going to this little presentation to show my perspective of digital learning. I had to explain, using a presentation with pictures, digital learning and how I'm what people say, a star blogger. By the way, reader, even with a presentation with images representing what I was going to talk about, I actually made up the "speech" as I would call it, as I went on, using the pictures to guide me.

Thanks for the tip, teachers. Mostly Ms Aireen and Ms Kyla, if I could mention them.

Me and Ms Kyla (Ms Aireen wanted to come but you know, paperwork, reports, end of year stuff....and paperwork) went to the place of where the presentations were taking place, which was May Road School in Mount Roskill. Over there, there were a few adults with laptops and chromebooks and other devices, and two other guys who I saw before.

Mr Winter and Mr Hopkins, I think their names were. Anyway, Ms Kyla and I came in ju…

Feast! | Dine and Dance 2015

Hi, again.

So the first meal was going to come out, and..well...before I continue, another backstory...

The week before, the whole of Room 10 were deciding on which meal they would want on the night. For the first meal there were two choices. I think one was chicken with mashed potatoes, and two was lasagna and a salad. That is what I remember. The desert (or the second meal) had two choices as well. One was ice cream, and two was a mousse. Again, that's how I remember it. I picked two and two (the second choice for the first meal and the second choice for the second meal).

Now fast forward to now...or the evening...and the chicken was confusing! I didn't know how to eat a chicken with a fork and knife. Neither did Brandon (he ordered the same thing). Neither did Christopher. Neither did-okay I'm going to stop right there. All I knew was that Christopher was using his hands, Brandon was still confused, and I was figuring out how to use the fork and knife. The chicken was n…

Getting Ready...and a "toast"... | Dine and Dance 2015

This Is EXTREMELY Important...

Hi, there, reader.

This is an important post. Now that I am out of Tamaki Primary, and am reaching college, there are going to be some changes to this blog. I'm going to Edgewater College, not Tamaki College. It was my personal choice, so sorry, but it was my personal decision. There's a BIG chance that Edgewater College is not part of the Manaiakalani Cluster.

But I don't want to stop blogging. I've come all this way, and just to leave my blog like this? No! I need to keep going. I need to not stop. But posts will not be as regular as it was back in 2014 and this year.

Another thing that is changing is the title of this blog. Willy @ Tamaki Primary. In 2016, I'm not going to be in Tamaki Primary anymore. Sure, there's occasional visits, but other than that...I'm not going to be a student in Tamaki Primary anymore. So, the title of the blog will be changed to simply...uhh...what's a good blog name that's about me..."Willy". Willy will be t…

Last Day As A Student At Tamaki Primary...

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH........

Oh, wait...

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Something relatable from my thoughts on Tuesday...

No explanation here. It's literally what I was thinking. I mean, school...ending on a Tuesday!
TUESDAY?!?!

Quote #6

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A quote and a promotional picture for an upcoming post coming sooner than thought...

Quote #5...

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Wow, a great picture, isn't it?
This quote was made up by me, and even if it's already taken (I don't know), this is a good comeback to, well, you know, those statements with attitude and when...wait, I'll start over...it's a comeback quote that might be honest for when someone says to you:
"Happy now?"
Now, come on, we're not really happy with attitude like that, and we would have to say something that is truthful to answer that "question". So here's my "quote". And do you think the use of the picture's good? Such a good angle.

Quote #4...

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Here's another quote, by Stanley, who is one of my good friends (GOOD friends, not bad....why did I just say that?) that said this quote below in the image below. There was a time where everything was just going everywhere...moving to the new classroom, seeing the new bike track, being told that milk was going to be in school (quick note, me and Simon had a bet about milks in schools and he said it would never happen...look where we are now! I deserve five dollars from that!)...
With all that happening, there was this strange "quote" that Stanley said, and I still remember it to this day...

Quote #3...

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Hi, again, reader.
This quote for now is from my good friend, Tiere. There was a moment during that Tamaki College Open Day, where Year Eights from near Tamaki College would visit the college to see what it was like to do college things in a day.
It was confusing, by the way, but eventually it went well. While sitting down having some lunch (which I never mentioned in the In A Day of the Life of a Year Nine blogpost series, because of this moment), I heard Tiere make some noises that I confused for (at first) choking, then some weird laughter. Later on, it would be a running gag between me and Tiere, whenever we found something funny together.
Never got old...

Quote #2...

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Another quote by another person.
Quick story, Mehi and I would talk online, well, I would be doing some work, and she'd be online, and we would chat a bit about some stuff around here and around there, and although I didn't get so distracted, we did chat for a while. And sometimes I would crack a pretty "smart" joke or pun, like, uhh...
I'm so good at making puns of Shortland Street! I must be Punia!
Ohhhhhh, did you get that? Moving on, Mehi would get sick of those puns because I was quite literally cracking one every. Single. Minute. And I would be so happy! Because wordplay is important in vocabulary humor! Then Mehi sent me an email, and it began a short phenomenon of saying:

By the way, here's what the email would be if I cracked a joke...

Talk about a visual pun! The drought picture, not the..the, uhh, poo emoticons...

Quote #1...

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Friends can say some things that will eventually stay with you for a long time. Today starts the remembering of Tamaki Primary, by showcasing some of its many unuseful but memorable quotes...
Inspired by this post. The picture might not be there so, the quote was "Use your initiative!".
This is all for humor (hopefully it works out), and is not intended to take seriously. It's nearly the end of school anyway, so I might as well commemorate that with "quotes"...

The Great...Second...Part! The Great Second Part! Sleepover At Tamaki Primary (Part Two)

Dinner was on! Yay! Although I forgot to bring something for dinner....

Whoops......that was awkward....

We all (Khorus, Teina, Mehi, Mele, Chardonnay, Deandra, Shantai, Brandon, TJ, myself, Brodie, Viliamu, and some other people I forgot, sorry) dig in after a prayer and a blessing, and gosh, dang, Brandon was taking almost ALL the oranges!! TJ was taking some, and so was I, but Brandon...wow, if only I had a picture of the many oranges he had.

It was just so much, reader....sooo muuuch...

I was a bit full after the dinner, so why not just walk out of the hall and pretend to play with everyone else?? That would actually help me digest a lot of food! Now, due to some malfunctioning with the importing with the iPad i used to film some moments of the sleepover being deleted, I can only describe what happened.

We kicked some rugby balls, soccer balls, basketballs, and it was a good time. Me and Quitah had turns kicking some balls around (get your head out of the gutter, reader, if you…

Nothing Much... | 2 Weekly Post (Part Two - Week Four)

Hi, there.
It was testing week. SO, I don’t know if I should talk about the rest of the testing things and stuff like that. I might as well not talk about it.
There was a touch tournament. And there was swimming. I went to neither. Editing stuff...
On this week there was the last Attitude session (if I never mentioned this before...we had an Attitude programme at school!) and it was about puberty. Am I allowed to talk about what we talked about on my blog? Probably not. Am I allowed to talk about some of the things we talked about on my blog? Probably not, or possibly.
But I’m allowed to write down what I asked, right?
“Are we allowed to write down the uhh….the, uhmm, uhhh...the, you know...doowwwnnn….there….dow-ARE WE ALLOWED TO WRITE DOWN PEN-*beeeeeeep*
Okay, scrap that, that was a bad idea.

The Speech... | The 2 Weekly Post (Part One - Week 3)

Okay, so, Labour Day was on Monday, so I should skip that. For now...hehe…
Tuesday. I volunteered to get out of the classroom (because I didn’t know what was happening for a few minutes) along with Cypress, Deandra, and Ma’asi to welcome visitors who were coming to the school for something I forgot about. Whoops. But I know that it was going to be in the boardroom, and in the boardroom, there were sweets and treats in those little bowls. Gosh, I wanted some! But unfortunately, since it was during school, and I am a student, I couldn’t be bothered later on. So, dang it.
Only, probably, one or three people came by, because there was probably a lot of people in the boardroom already, I believed. We then went back to class, and guess what? I missed my Spelling and IKAN test! Yay! Now I’ve put myself into the section of catching up, and you know it’s not good when you have to do a catch up test when you miss out of the initial test day. You miss out on the good stuff and have to go to anothe…

The Great Starter! - Sleepover At Tamaki Primary (Part One)

So, hi, there, again, reader!

After Waiwera, everyone was pretty tired. I was a bit tired. And wet. On the way back to school, I didn't realize that the togs I was holding was actually wetting my pants. It left a stain that even convinced ME that I wet my pants! Wow, doesn't this remind me of something else...

"Uhh, can't really, say anything at the moment...I wet my pants...with...with the water, didn't pee my pants, that's not right."

If you don't recognize that...that, uhh, dialogue, it's from that Speech Post from the Manaiakalani Hui from this year. I suppose I'd tell a quick story. I was drinking water and some of it spilled on my pants, I think. It was a bit of an accident. So I went to the bathroom to fix my pants, and-wow, this went downhill quickly. Accident...went to the bathroom...fix my pants...moving on, my pants dried up when we came back...

And to skip two hours, I went back to school for the sleepover! There weren't as many pe…

Spot the Difference!

Hi, reader.
It's Spot the Difference! To be simple and straightforward, all you need to do is find the NINE differences (or ten, I don't know how many differences there were because I was busy editing the picture). It's been a while since the last Spot the Difference, so this was cool to make!
I hope this was worth it....

Service To School End Of Year Rainbow's End Trip!! Wow!!

Hi. I'm going to make this quick.

Almost a week ago, on Monday, Student Councillors, Fruit Monitors, Milk Monitors, Road Patrollers, and other students who did their service to Tamaki Primary went along with teachers and adult helpers and other adults who were....coming, to Rainbow's End! Wow what great fun and I had a great time saying weird stuff while also going on rides everywhere. Someone spewed up on the Pirate Ship, and that was a bit of a bummer. Boo, but hey, things happen!

Uhhhh, what else can I say....uhhhh....OH YEAH! The STRATOSFEAR was the first ride I went on, surprisingly, I usually go on it later in the day but, oh, well, gotta go with the people who are in my group! Sort of, Maopa wasn't in my group, so wasn't Paris, and Marcus t-nevermind, moving on, James was swearing next to a teacher on the ride (in a funny way, don't get too hyped up, reader), I was saying good things at the right time like:

*when ride goes upside down*

Me: AAAHHH! AAAHHH, so guy…

Thursday 26th - At Waiwera! Part Two...

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My representation of a splash at the pools...

Thursday 26th - At Waiwera! Part One....

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Wednesday 25th - The Laser Session...

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Thirty minutes of pressure, strategy, running, staring, squinting, screaming, yelling, charging....and striking...
Don't forget striking...

...DECEMBER...

...14 MORE DAYS...
...2 MORE WEEKS...
...EXPECT PRESSURE...

Longways Isn't Always Best...

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Hi, reader,

This is my opinion. Just a little post about the importance of recording on an iPad...properly...well, it depends on what proper way you want to film something, it depends on how you face the iPad that can get cheers or a bit of a jeer.

For the Moment...

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Hi, reader!

Remember that In the Meantime post earlier? Well, since it seemed cool to do it again, here's another edition talking about ANGLES! The pictures were taken, once again, at Hoyts Cinemas AFTER the evening session of films shown to the community, and there was an opportunity to take a picture in front of our stand.

But which angle is better?

Making A Movie... | My NEW Speech!

Hi, reader!

Wow, I'm posting another speech. And may be doing another one pretty soon. This one is about making my film for this year's Manaiakalani Film Festival, which took eight weeks to "plan", film, and edit.



Slide One: Talofa Lava, my name is Willy and I am a Year Eight Student. I attend Tamaki Primary School which is a full primary school located in Alamein Road. A great way to meet you all with an exciting speech to tell you.

Slide Two: Last term, which was between July and September, I created a film for the Manaiakalani Film Festival, parodying the well-known song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson...featuring Bruno Mars. My song had to be about my syndicate, which is called Kia Manawanui, meaning Be Big Hearted. So, I had to learn what it meant to...be big hearted! I learnt that it was hard working, a generous and striving personality. So, I incorporated those meanings for being big hearted into my song.

Slide Three: After finishing the song, and with the help of my sc…

Manaiakalani Film Festival 2015 - The Evening! And Afterwards...

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The Evening Session...
Part Two...

Wednesday 25th - The Dilemma Ends...

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A dilemma is solved...