The protesters who have been camped in Norwich’s Hay Hill for almost four months have agreed to take down their tents and move on.

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City council officers last week issued an ultimatum to the Occupy Norwich campaigners to leave the city centre site or risk legal action.

And following a meeting at City Hall yesterday afternoon, the protesters have agreed that they will remove their tents, although they say their campaign is not over and have yet to give a date for when they will depart.

The Occupy Norwich protesters have been in Hay Hill since October as part of the same protest which saw campaigners camped outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The group pitched tents on the square, close to McDonald’s and Next, displaying posters and placards protesting against bankers, capitalism and the unfairness that so much of the country’s wealth is in the hands of a small percentage of people.

The city council’s enforcement officers served a notice on a single sleeping protester last Wednesday, giving the group until Friday to leave the site.

The group did not leave and the city council threatened legal action, which led to a meeting between campaigners and council officers at City Hall yesterday afternoon.

At that meeting the city council offered the protesters use of a stand at Hay Hill, but said they would have to take down the tents.

A spokeswoman for Occupy Norwich described the meeting as “very positive and constructive” and said they would be moving on as soon as they can make necessary arrangements for the removal of the tents.

The spokeswoman said: “During the last four months the Occupy movement has raised awareness of global problems and has also found broad agreement across society, both locally and globally, that these urgently need addressing: Inequality, unsustainabilty and dysfunctional democracy.

“Those at Hay Hill have had positive and mutually enriching conversations with literally thousands of people during this time.

“The General Assembly of Occupy Norwich has agreed by consensus that the camp should be brought to a close, however its removal in no way signals the end of Occupy Norwich.

“The council’s request for the camp to leave has come at a time when the Global Occupy movement is moving on from continuous camps to a new phase of wider community and direct actions, educational projects, and a continued public forum for discussion.

“We are thankful to Norwich City Council and the people of this fine city for their support in our peaceful use of Hay Hill as a public space for engagement. We also thank Norfolk police.”

She added the group would move once they have made necessary arrangements to take the tents away.

A spokesman for Norwich City Council said: “Although the matter remains in the hands of our solicitors, we very much want them to leave voluntarily.

“We are willing to offer the protesters the use of a stall at the front of Hay Hill for two days a week, subject to existing bookings.

“However, this will depend on them ceasing their unlawful occupation and clearing the site of all the tents and structures.”

• Do you think the time is right for the protesters to move on? Write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

53 comments

  • This from their Facebook page about why they've broken their promise to leave: "After a long meeting the following resolution was adopted by the GA: "A branch of Occupy Norwich has decided to take sole responsibility for the camp in the form of a working group. It is therefore their responsibility to improve the image of the camp and bring the message out to the public more efficiently. Occupy Norwich will welcome feedback from the working group." The working group is convened by Chris Keane. Five of those present at the GA chose to take responsibility for the camp: Chris Keane, Georgina Moles, Stacy, (male)Kitt and Karen. - I believe the list is accurate, please check the minutes once posted for the definitive account." Sounds like anyone can decide on the spot to "take full responsbility" for the camp!

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    locke_211

    Sunday, February 12, 2012

  • Pleased to see the back of them. They've made Haymarket look like a pig sty! When they interviewed a protester on the TV he point blank refused to move on saying that the whole group will only do so if the council provided them with an alternative location. Why should the council do this? Most of them moan about captialism etc... yet you can see them buying stuff from Starbucks, and places like that. Double standards? I think so...I think that slowly but surely the support for them is eroding away and they know it too...

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    nobbly1

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Who is paying these people? I expect they are living on benefit, which means we are paying them.

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    beverley

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • The Council.The People. The 99 per cent.The Tax Payer.The Working Man.The Norwich Citizen.The Ballot Box.and the list goes on wants this Camp.This Mess .This Blot on the Landscape,this haven of habitual protestors MOVED OUT and the eye sore "Camp" removed with no conditions !!! from these self appointed saviours of the world !

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • It's great to see so many different opinions regarding the occupation of Hay Hill. Everyone of us has the right to an opinion which is why we love living in a democratic society, however,It is not correct to be called ' Ignorant and naive' because one's view do not coinside with Dorothy Button. We all have our own idea of protesting and making a difference.

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    Angie100

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • They are too disorganised to get through a coherent order to disband. If you look at their Facebook page, there was a "General Assembly" meeting on Saturday that decided to move on, but hardly anyone turned up, and now the people who didn't turn up are complaining that they weren't made aware that they weren't "made aware in advance" that the meeting was important! Shows how committed and badly organised they are that they don't go to those meetings as a matter of course and then complain things were decided without them!

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    locke_211

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • Good! They have about 0.002 percent public support. I personally avoid the area, as it makes me feel ill. Maybe in ten years time, they can look back at how little they acheived and smile. Hurry up and go away please. Regards Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • This from their Facebook page about why they've broken their promise to leave: "After a long meeting the following resolution was adopted by the GA: "A branch of Occupy Norwich has decided to take sole responsibility for the camp in the form of a working group. It is therefore their responsibility to improve the image of the camp and bring the message out to the public more efficiently. Occupy Norwich will welcome feedback from the working group." The working group is convened by Chris Keane. Five of those present at the GA chose to take responsibility for the camp: Chris Keane, Georgina Moles, Stacy, (male)Kitt and Karen. - I believe the list is accurate, please check the minutes once posted for the definitive account." Sounds like anyone can decide on the spot to "take full responsbility" for the camp!

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    locke_211

    Sunday, February 12, 2012

  • In a word - good

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • This stinking pile should be dismantled NOW,with these self appointed Saviours of the World moved on,the sheer arrogance of these people is truly amazing,]..The 95 per cent don,t want them there and reject the anarchy that surrounds their point of view.Norwich people want to reclaim their City Centre,and want them and the mess cleared out,though no doubt at the Council Tax payers expense

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, February 11, 2012

  • I am pretty sure the inclement weather has a lot more to do with them moving than anything the council may have decided. Many "occupiers" in North America have done so for the same reason. one does not like frozen butt.

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    canuk

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Nothing is happening.come on NCC get them moved on NOW

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • The oxygen of publicity,with the Police being accused of "heavy handed tatics" not allowing our Human Rights etc....these are the things these people seek before they will move Well the 95 per cent of Norwich Citizens want to reclaim their City Centre ! though I doubt the mess will be removed by the saviours of the world,and it will be down to the Council Tax payer to pick up the bill

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • spoiled brats will be heading back to mummy and daddys mansion

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    jmm

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Although I agree with much of what the protesters are saying, they have made the centre of our historic Norwich look an absolute tip, While they are being cleared off perhaps the 'puppet man' could be dealt with also!!!!!!!

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    chrissy

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • They have had four months now to get thier message across to the public. I think the time has come for them now to move on and give that part of hay hill back to the City. To stay any longer may turn the public against them

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    Rorping

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • "make necessary arrangements for the removal of the tents" This logistical feat may take a while for these guys. It's not like you can just take out a couple of sticks and carry it off... or can you?

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    Norry

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • The vast majority want these muddle headed smelly layabouts gone. They've had their moment in the limelight, now get rid of them.

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    Brian the Snail

    Sunday, February 12, 2012

  • correction-Basildon Council have spent £4million not four quid!

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Beverley, I'm afraid to say that your wrong. Most of these people are not on benefits and I can't see that they have diner much wrong. They haven't been abusive in the street towards each other or the public and they haven't damaged any property. All they have tried to do is open the eyes of the public to the outrageous things happening, I for one agree with them. Our benefits are paying for some dishonest people to sit at home in the warm with huge tvs, not paying rent and being able to afford new cars.....so I think I know who I prefer. Please don't put people down for doing what they think is right

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    NewsLady

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Can anybody where I can book a pitch at this new Council free camp site on Hay Hill? I fancy a week in July. I bet the mob in City Hall regret filling in the fountain as I am sure the swimming facility would have been a big hit. Perhaps the Puppet Man will be Entertainments Manager!

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    All Smiles

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • I am so tired of the old 'they are scroungers on benefits'... could you criticisers be more original and accurate please? I can't believe how prejudiced you all are. I bet that 80% of those that have used this argument have never spoken to anyone of them, and those that have have only approached with an air of superiority. The people in the camp itself might not have anything better to do but they are supported by a network of hundreds that DO have jobs (like me, I work almost 50 hours a week and I camped for the first 7 weeks on weekends which is all I could do because it was so exhausting my health started to suffer). Besides, do you really believe that going to work and paying taxes has much of an impact in the current situation... Instead of moaning at the campers you should be moaning at the CEOs and owners of businesses that proactively avoid tax, at the politicians that take 'donations' and then implement policies like the Health & Social Care bill, the Welfare bill, selling publicly owned banks at a loss, which are mainly aimed at lining the pockets of the private sector. You call them scroungers, I call YOU ignorant and naive for assuming that following the system we have will actually make our lives better... Next time you complain about something the bankers or the government do realise they are doing the same but with a lot more conviction cause they have given up the comforts of a warm house with electricity to fight for the rights of ALL of us while receiving cowardly remarks from people slouching on their sofas... Moreover they are actually achieving what they set out to do (which your incessant moaning in the pub and all your taxes have not). The topics on parliament are changing and this is due to the efforts of Occupy worldwide which Occupy Norwich is part of. I know who I admire!!

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    Dorothy Button

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Yes, maybe they do need to assemble in the queue at the job centre, recruiting more activists to bring about the change that is needed to build a better society. With the camp destroyed will Occupy Norwich generate quite so many column inches for an agreeable movement?

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    George Ezekial

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • This from their Facebook page about why they've broken their promise to leave: "After a long meeting the following resolution was adopted by the GA: "A branch of Occupy Norwich has decided to take sole responsibility for the camp in the form of a working group. It is therefore their responsibility to improve the image of the camp and bring the message out to the public more efficiently. Occupy Norwich will welcome feedback from the working group." The working group is convened by Chris Keane. Five of those present at the GA chose to take responsibility for the camp: Chris Keane, Georgina Moles, Stacy, (male)Kitt and Karen. - I believe the list is accurate, please check the minutes once posted for the definitive account." Sounds like anyone can decide on the spot to "take full responsbility" for the camp!

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    locke_211

    Sunday, February 12, 2012

  • "The General Assembly of Occupy Norwich"!? Perhaps they should now assemble in the queue at the job centre.

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    DT

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • The posts I read seem to outnumber the ones in favour of this stinking heap right in the centre of our City....and the arrogance of these self appointed anarchists seeing themselves as Saviors of The World is almost disbelievable !

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, February 11, 2012

  • This scruffy "tented village" has been allowed to ruin the vista around Hay Hill and St Peter Mancroft church for far too long. They have broken their word to the city council that they would move on. Now is the time for the council in conjunction with the police to take action in order to avoid further embarrassment to themselves!

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    inactive user

    Sunday, February 12, 2012

  • All of these attention seeking events are good for one thing; they reveal the ultimate and bare naked hypocrisy of the left wing. Having visited Occupy London and Occupy Norwich, the areas are nothing short of eye-sores, filthy, and smell to high heaven of cannabis and sweat, and the anti-capitalists were selling items even though they supposedly oppose capitalism. I am personally glad they are going....

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    Norwichnf

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

  • I am pretty sure the inclement weather has a lot more to do with them moving than anything the council may have decided. Many "occupiers" in North America have done so for the same reason. one does not like frozen butt.

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    canuk

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Everyone excited about the area being cleaned up should take a look at the official Occupy Norwich Facebook Group. It seems a number of them are threatening to stay, despite the promise made to move on and tidy the place up. It also seems there's huge amounts of disorganisation in the way the group is structured, so that giving a coherent order to leave is pretty much impossible

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    locke_211

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

  • I sometimes wonder how bile can push normal thinking into the backside of some here. News lady and Canary sid repeated that these principled people were not on benefit and I thank them for highlighting the bondage we are being kept in, the bonus culture and lack of coalition resolve on this matter. Our cuts are hurting now, so that our bankers might agree to a reform in 2019? maybe?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Echoing others, GOOD. It has made the Haymarket a messy area, From myown experience, when approached by an "Occupation" person, who said: "we are here for YOU! you MUST support us, this is our right!!!!" I replied, yes, its your right to protest, but I do not agree with what you are doing, and it's making a mess of the Haymarket and people often now avoid the area". He then called me a "pig". At that point I walked off. That is hardly helping the "cause".

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    Fiona Battigan

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • What was their message?

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    BarclayBigMouth

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • These people are nothing but travellers without jobs if they are not on benefits what are they living on no employer would let them have 4months off what are they protesting about anyway im suprised they havent been victim of vigilante groups why couldnt they be treated as travellers and have eviction notices served on them .

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    claascougar

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Good on Norwich city council,they have offered an alternative with a stall on Hay Hill so these people will still have a voice to air their concerns

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    Darren Mallett

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Deary me! Much rather walk past a bunch of tax dodging, un-washed protesters on a week day afternoon than a bunch of hard working, tax paying nine to fivers "letting off steam" (and the contents of their stomachs) down POW road on a Friday night. Unfortunatley democracy,capitalism and western society go together like Stella,chavs and babies and in any case, whatever system you adopt, they'll always be those at the top and rest of us filtering down to the bottom. Their only wrong doing is the naievity of their actions.

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    frank young

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • There is a later headline current.Ocupy Nowich Disagree to move ! Norwich City Council move them out NOW

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    Albert Cooper

    Monday, February 13, 2012

  • I agree with most of the comments regarding the removal of these so called activists. If anybody else put a tent up in the city centre they would be moved on. I dont think comments regarding the puppet man are justified however or for him to be tarred with the same brush. I have been told he does it for charity but for whatever reason he is causing nobody any inconvenience

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    Everitt

    Sunday, February 12, 2012

  • Dick, I love that! Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

  • I read on Ceefax that with so much "Public Support" they have decided to stay put.I suspect they want to go through the usuall spectacle of being removed by the authorities,with crys of unnessasery force.Police Brutality,and anything to see themselves broadcast as victims.

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, February 11, 2012

  • There should be conditions attached to their removal: 1. It should be permanent. 2. It should include the banning of the so called "puppet man". 3. Someone in the Council should be held accountable for their continued presence in Norwich and be dismissed. 4. The occupiers should be made to publicly clear up the mess they will undoubtably leave. 5. Legislation should be introduced to ensure it never happens again.

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    Dick

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

  • Newslady, i agree not all of them are on Benefits as i know of one who is a 'Gentry' man and has an annual income of over £50,000 thanks to his Parents and his Trust Fund. He is Protesting against "Bankers, Capitalism and the Unfairness that so much of the country’s wealth is in the hands of a small percentage of people." Slight Irony there Do you not think !!!...and i wonder how many of his Fellow Protesters Know this ???

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    CanarySid

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • @nobly - You are totally right, the occassion I do walk past I too have spotted them munching on a McDonalds and sipping on a Starbucks. The probably nipped into the Next sale too. I can't believe that they want a council funded building in return for moving on! Defeats the object really when they are putting further stress on council funds, which are paid for by tax from hard workers across the city. It's starting to become a free ride for them, where the tax payer is left to foot the bill.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • They are too disorganised to get through a coherent order to disband. If you look at their Facebook page, there was a "General Assembly" meeting on Saturday that decided to move on, but hardly anyone turned up, and now the people who didn't turn up are complaining that they weren't made aware that they weren't "made aware in advance" that the meeting was important! Shows how committed and badly organised they are that they don't go to those meetings as a matter of course and then complain things were decided without them!

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    locke_211

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • They're not moving on because it's got a bit cold are they??

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    martin

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Dorothy Button, you are a Star!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

  • Well said, NewsLady. Today a few people may sneer at the protests. But in a few years perhaps they’ll think differently, when they are made redundant or find they don’t have enough pension to live on. Then they may remember that at least some people had the decency to stand up for the vast majority of decent people who are bearing the brunt of recession and cutbacks while a tiny rich minority are doing very nicely.

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    DrJB

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Why should these people hold the council to ransome and be able to dictate their terms of when they will vacate the site.I want them out NOW ! as do the most of the 99 per cent !

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Deary me! Much rather walk past a bunch of tax dodging, un-washed protesters on a week day afternoon than a bunch of hard working, tax paying nine to fivers "letting off steam" (and the contents of their stomachs) down POW road on a Friday night. Unfortunatley democracy,capitalism and western society go together like Stella,chavs and babies and in any case, whatever system you adopt, they'll always be those at the top and rest of us filtering down to the bottom. Their only wrong doing is the naievity of their actions.

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    frank young

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Yes George, because recruiting more people to sit in a tent and make our city centre look an eyesore for four months rather than going to work and contributing to local services and society directly through taxes is really beneficial to their own lives and the lives of others!?

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    DT

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • Dorothy Button et al. I have noticed that Parliament has been desolved all the Government bills have fallen, bankers have decided not to make any profits, the Bank of England is abolishing the £ and taken up a free bartering system, transport is all free to everyone, NHS can spend what it likes, taxes will be slashed to zero, cars will be all be abolished, roads dug up, trains will be renationalised and brand new trains will be built and paid for by the barter system, anyone who wants a house will get one and so on and so forth. Occupy Norwich has not changed anything now, today or tomorrow.

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    NchNthMan

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • Bye !! been nice seeing Not !! I am sure your next hall of residence should be a dis-used oil rig out at sea !!! take your Dale Farm friends with you.. laters..

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    Footyboy16

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • When are the authorities going to kick out the hedge fund managers,the Private Equity Financiers,the Investment Bankers who have done the damage to our communities from our communities?When are the authorities going to make the rich pay their taxes?However I commend the City Council.It is a fantastic win-win for the protesters and the council.Let's not forget Basildon Council have just forked out £4 for achieving precisely nothing at Dale Farm.The City Council has done well to protect the council tax payer whilst respecting the fundamental human right to protest.It is also worth pointing out that the legacy of the camp is that it is where the notion of the common good was reaffirmed and understood- a legacy of a few lifetimes.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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