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PLASA 2016: Hall Stage presents LivePipe

PLASA 2016: Hall Stage presents LivePipe

Thursday, 8 September 2016

UK - Hoffend LivePipe hoists - Engineering Product of the Year at the 2016 ABTT Trade Show - are on the Hall Stage PLASA stand N40 - at Olympia London from 18-20 September.

The innovative approach taken to design and operation has led to a faultless installation in Tennessee, completed by BellaTEX Inc. & Ty Prewitt sent this independent report:

"I have nothing but good things to say about the LivePipe product. It offers significant and unique advantages - & showed us it will work in very difficult situations.

"LivePipe was not only the best solution in this case, but its cost was on par or lower than other options. I believe it's appeal will be broad. It can be exceptionally quick to install. Since it doesn't include hoisting a 150Kg motor, 'quick' actually has some validity.

"The assembly and installation process is significantly simpler than any other products I've encountered. The heaviest section was easily carried and into the building by two people.

"The double helix cable management is functional and even...attractive...if one can say that about cable(!) This is a very exciting new product with some remarkable innovations. I encourage everyone to look closely at it for any new or existing projects you're working on."

(Jim Evans)

PLASA 2016 announces further educational sessions

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

UK - As the PLASA show consolidates its position as one of the premier events in the international tradeshow calendar, it is pleased to announce the last of its free-to-attend educational sessions.

Completing this year's educational and informative offering, are Sound Design for Olympic Ceremonies - Lessons Learnt, The art of creating impactful artist performances, Investigating the Intangible - When Lighting & Sound Interact, Apprenticeships - A new approach to employer-led schemes, AV Installation Strategy for Venue Owners and Inventing The Future: The Story of the National Theatre's Lightboard.

Scott Willsallen has been one of the leading audio designers for major international and outdoor events since 2004 and has been involved in the majority of the Olympic Ceremonies since then. In Sound Design for Olympic Ceremonies - Lessons Learnt he will discuss the challenges of sound designs for such complex projects, from loudspeaker system design, control system redundancy, signal transport, RF systems, music replay and timecode.

"This is an interactive session where I'm going to be talking about my design process and the lessons I've learnt over many years of major event sound design," says Scott. "I'll follow this with a discussion about if, and how, some of these techniques may be implemented into small scale p

 
 
Powersoft offers integration at InfoComm India

Powersoft offers integration at InfoComm India

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

India - Powersoft will exhibit a full range of their innovative solutions at InfoComm India 2016 (Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, 12-14 September).

Visitors to their booth (#D55) will see the eight-channel Ottocanali and process controlled X Series, with its new worldwide compatible three-phase power supply. They will also show Deva, the new multimedia/multifunctional device that integrates solar power, bi-directional wireless A/V communication, lighting and an efficient Class D amplifier in a compact, weatherproof enclosure.

As at Prolight+Sound 2016, Powersoft will place the focus on end-user application rather than highlight the products' technical specifications, and as was the case in Germany they will have a control desk dedicated to Armon

 
PLASA 2016: Harlequin set to roll out new floors

PLASA 2016: Harlequin set to roll out new floors

Monday, 5 September 2016

UK - Entertainment and events flooring specialists Harlequin Floors will be exhibiting at PLASA 2016, Olympia, London from 18-20 September on stand F10.

Harlequin Floors offer a wide range of floors for live entertainment, the performing arts, dance, special events, set building, television studios, exhibition stands, as well as theatre stage construction and stage refurbishment projects. At PLASA this year Harlequin will additionally be launching a number of exciting new floor options, including the addition of Gold and Silver, the first two in Harlequin's new Metallic range, joining the already immensely popular Hi-Shine event and display floors.

Also of interest to set designers looking for new creative opportunities, Harlequin is rolling out Reversible Pro a floor that is well suited to printing designs and images using advanced wide format computer controlled techniques.

Based on the original concept the new Harlequin Reversible Pro is a unique double-sided option that still allows the colours to be changed around. Reversible was Harlequin's first product and has remained a best seller ever since. The new Reversible Pro version benefits from an additional layer to the standard floor for even greater stability, which ensures it's even quicker to lay flat.

Harlequin's flooring expertise is not limited to providing stunning display surfaces, or safe sur

 
 
Knight of Illumination Awards Concert Touring and Events nominees revealed

Knight of Illumination Awards Concert Touring and Events nominees revealed

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

UK - The judging panel of the Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 Concert Touring and Events category has announced its shortlisted designers for the highly-anticipated ceremony next month at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

The panel, led by new Chairperson for this year Coral Cooper, is made up of deputy editor of Lighting&Sound International magazine Claire Beeson, head of lighting design at creative agency Imagination Jonny Milmer, editor of Total Production International magazine Kelly Murray and formally-trained lighting designer and experienced video content creator Miguel Ribeiro. Beeson, Milmer and Ribeiro are also new to the process for 2016.

"The incredibly high standard of entries for the KOI Awards Concert Touring and Events category made selecting a shortlist a real challenge," says Claire Beeson. "It's been an honour to witness the vast and varied array of work from nominated lighting designers and I would like to wish all shortlisted entries the best of luck."

The Concert Touring and Events shortlist is as follows:

THE AMBERSPHERE SOLUTIONS AWARD FOR ARENA - Al Gurdon for Madonna, Tim Routledge for Jeff Lynne's ELO and Patrick Woodroffe for Adele.

THE HSL AWARD FOR CLUB - Francis Clegg for Krept and Konan and Public Service Broadcasting and Tom Webber for Charlie Puth.

THE MA LIGHTING AWARD FOR EVENTS - Adam Bassett for The R

 
PLASA 2016 hosts essential Dante training seminar

PLASA 2016 hosts essential Dante training seminar

Friday, 19 August 2016

UK - One of the key audio networking protocols, Audinate's Dante, is an essential part of audio solutions ranging from huge, multi-console festival and multi-zone club systems to the simplest of retail background music applications. PLASA 2016 features a unique, free opportunity for audio professionals to learn more about Dante, with a training event hosted by Kieran Walsh, regional manager, global support services at Audinate.

Taking place on Tuesday 20 September in the Apex Room, Olympia London, the seminar is recommended for anyone involved with the installation of networked audio systems; including design consultants, system integrators and live sound engineers. Certified Technology Specialists will earn four RU credits for attending.

The seminar, which will run from 10.00-15.30, is sponsored by a number of leading audio technology companies, including Audinate, Focusrite, Solid State Logic, Roland, Yamaha and XTA. With an introduction from PLASA's managing director Peter Heath, it will include Dante Level 1 and 2 training from Audinate's Kieran Walsh, live table-top displays and a session on deploying Dante networks in live events from Liam Halpin.

"Audinate is pleased to co-present a day of seminars in cooperation with PLASA at PLASA 2016," says Kieran. "The seminar day will give a great opportunity to gain a greater insight into Dante Audio Networking

 
 
PLASA 2016: Gottelier Award nominees announced

PLASA 2016: Gottelier Award nominees announced

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

UK - Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator who passed away in 2006, the annual Gottelier Award aims to recognise those product developers who have made significant long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology - whether in audio, lighting, rigging, staging, or any other related field.

Voting in the Gottelier Awards is only open to PLASA Members, registered readers of LSi magazine and pre-registered visitors to PLASA 2016. All will receive an email with a unique code inviting them to place their individual vote via the PLASA Show website. Voting closes on Friday 9 September 2016 and the winner will be announced at the PLASA Show at Olympia, West London, on Monday 19 September.

The nominees for 2016 are:

Chris Cronin

During a career of almost four decades, Chris Cronin has had a hand in pushing forward many of the developments in staging technology that we take for granted. From the days of PAR cans and Raylights to the T2 safety truss, and from the Medium Duty truss to Take That's 'Big Man', Chris has applied his enthusiasm and ingenuity to products which have benefited thousands of projects all over the world. Having started his career with

 
BMD selects ImageCue as preferred playback device

BMD selects ImageCue as preferred playback device

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

USA - Broadway Media Distribution (BMD), formerly known as Broadway Motion Design, has selected ImageCue as the preferred playback device for their scenic projection content. BMD has partnered with Adoline A/V to provide ImageCue for purchase or hire to its customers.

"We are very excited to be associated with BMD", says ImageCue CEO Bill Hewlett. "Their animated artwork for musical theatre scenic projections is stunning, and the way they build cue-able content is a perfect match with ImageCue."

ImageCue allows BMD's scenic projections to be played back on cue from a standard lighting controller using only 12 channels of DMX512. Both ImageCue and BMD have been featured in Richard Cadena's Video Matters column in LSi magazine - ImageCue in November 2015, and BMD in April 2016. Broadway Media Distribution now offers projection content for over 40 musicals.

ImageCue is distributed in the UK by White Light and will be a part of their exhibit at PLASA London in booth G37. ImageCue demonstrations using content from BMD will feature at the show. To register for PLASA 2016, test

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Elation brings innovation to PLASA 2016

Elation brings innovation to PLASA 2016

Monday, 15 August 2016

UK - Elation Professional will bring its most impressive line-up of PLASA products ever to this year's Show at Olympia. Elation will have on hand at Stand C40 an unprecedented line-up of new cutting-edge innovations for entertainment lighting that includes the new Fuze Series of dynamic LED wash lights, ZCL Series of high-output LED effects, and DTW Series of variable white LED lights.

Also showing will be the new seven-colour Platinum Seven LED wash luminaire along with a cyclorama wash fixture, the TVL CYC RGBW, an ideal floodlight for theatre and broadcast applications. The Sniper Pro, an upgrade of Elation's award-winning Sniper 2R that features three times the power, will also feature as will the Protron 3K Colors, a high-power 40,000 lumen LED colour strobe.

Elation will also be showing the latest offering in its line of creative high-resolution LED display panels, the EVHD Series. Available in three different pixel pitches (2.8, 3.9 & 5.9), the EVHD are curveable for more creative applications and feature a fanless design with complete front and rear service access.

Plus - don't miss your chance to see the popular X-Series of award-winning hybrid fixtures. The Elation team looks forward to a great show. Join them at Stand C40 for a closer look at these and other professional lighting, video and control solutions.

To register to attend the PLASA

 
Yamaha and Nexo connect at PLASA 2016

Yamaha and Nexo connect at PLASA 2016

Thursday, 11 August 2016

UK - Yamaha Commercial Audio and Nexo will be demonstrating the seamless connectivity of their products at PLASA 2016, which takes place at London's Olympia from 18-20 September.

The jointly-hosted stand J10 features a unique, zoned design which showcases a range of scaled audio solutions - from the smallest room to the biggest stadium. A significant feature is a comprehensive Dante network, allowing staff to demonstrate the ease with which Yamaha and Nexo products can be seamlessly networked to provide complete, easily managed system solutions of any size.

The stand will feature a significant new Yamaha product, alongside the flagship RIVAGE PM10 and CL/QL series digital mixers, the Commercial installation Solutions (CIS) series of processors, mixers, amplifiers and loudspeakers, plus a range of input and output options.

Key Nexo products on show will include the ID Series (ID24 and S110 sub), GEO M6 compact line array and DTD amplifiers and controller.

Technical staff from both companies will of course be on hand throughout the show to demonstrate products and answer any questions.

(Jim Evans)

 
 
EDC spectacular with Enteetainment

EDC spectacular with Enteetainment

Monday, 8 August 2016

UK - On behalf of Festival Republic, Dick Tee of 'enteetainment Ltd', was asked to look after the technical production management of the recent EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) show in Milton Keynes Bowl, working alongside his counterpart, production manager Jake Berry, who was representing Los Angeles-based Festival producer, Insomniac.

Electric Daisy Carnival UK returned to Milton Keynes Bowl for a one-day electronic dance music party. The main stage built by Serious Stages was some 70m wide and incorporated a huge Owl, a Dragon and two 'Guardians' as well as a massive 400m2 LED screen and a fully functioning 'waterfall'.

"It was a great challenge to be able to combine such a huge stage based construction with so much creativity and artistic design," said Tee. "Unlike conventional stages which offer complete weather protection to the performance area, the only 'on stage roof' comprised of a small perspex canopy covering the actual DJ performer and their equipment with the rest of the construction acting as a supportive 'skeletal' frame for the set & scenic panels and cloths, inflatables, lighting, audio, LED screens, laser and pryo effects."

In addition, there were a further three stages located in Big Tops along with carnival rides, performers and art installations.

(Jim Evans)

 
Historical sessions scheduled for AES Los Angeles

Historical sessions scheduled for AES Los Angeles

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

USA - The Audio Engineering Society will celebrate the rich history of professional audio through a series of Historical Track presentations at the 141st International AES Convention in Los Angeles. Taking place Thursday, 29 September 29 - Sunday, 2 October 2, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, AES Los Angeles will offer sessions covering the innovative and interesting histories of iconic recording studios, acoustics and technology design, sound reinforcement of historical events and more, curated by Historical Events chair Mark Gander of Hrman Professional Solutions..

AES Los Angeles Historical Events sessions are slated to include:

Political Audio: Sound for Past and Recent Presidential Debates and Conventions - A panel of industry professionals with first-hand experience working on past and present presidential events will come together to discuss the sound reinforcement, broadcast, and audio communications production and workflow of these historic happenings. Panelists include consultant Ken Fause, audio expert Dave Brand, and sound designers Michael Abbott, Patrick Baltzell and Stan Miller.

The Great British Recording Studios - Author Howard Massey will explore the origins of the fabled "British Sound" and celebrate the people, equipment and innovative recording techniques of the day through rare photographs, videos and musical exa

 
 
White Light faces EXPOSURE at St James Theatre

White Light faces EXPOSURE at St James Theatre

Thursday, 28 July 2016

UK - This evening marks the world premiere of EXPOSURE The Musical at St James Theatre, London. The new British musical has been written by Mike Dyer and Quentin Russell and stars Michael Greco and Natalie Anderson. Alongside providing the lighting to The Stripper which is currently running in the venue's studio space, White Light has also supplied the equipment for this new production.

EXPOSURE The Musical tells the story of young photographer Jimmy Tucker who faces the biggest challenge of his life when a stranger commissions him to find and shoot the seven deadly sins within modern-day London. Yet, throughout the night, a series of encounters with girlfriends, family history and the world of celebrity reveals there is more at stake than just money.

The lighting designer on the show is Ben Cracknell. He comments, "Projection plays a huge role in EXPOSURE. It is used across the entire set in virtually every scene, with a fantastic video design by Timothy Bird. My role is to create a lighting design that fuses video projection with the live action whilst unpinning the strong musical nature of the show. I wanted to ensure that projection, lighting and sound weren't separate entities but worked in harmony and became holistic. The songs are drawn from an eclectic range of musical styles so I needed to ensure my design matched every single

 
MDG's ATMe adds atmosphere to Week 53

MDG's ATMe adds atmosphere to Week 53

Thursday, 28 July 2016

UK - Performance and visual arts venue, The Lowry, in Greater Manchester's Salford Quays launched its first festival of arts, Week 53, earlier this year.

The 11-day festival, which brought together contemporary dance, visual arts, music and theatre in interactive installations, exhibitions and performances, featured more than 200 international artists, and will be held annually for the next three years with a view to extend into the future. The occasion was marked by the procurement of a new ATMe haze generator to complement The Lowry's 15-year-old MDG Atmosphere.

MDG's ATMe is an evolution of the Atmosphere which is a long-term industry standard. ATMe has an added degree of controllability which attracted the attention of The Lowry's head of technical services, Dave Woodward, and was supplied by MDG UK complete with a portability kit.

The ATMe was brought into use for the first time on the opening night launch party, where it helped complete the transition of the main stage into a night club, and the truck loading bay into a chillout zone and bar. Dave Woodward explains, "We were able to fill the space with good quality haze, then simply control the levels from the console throughout the night."

For the remainder of Week 53, the ATMe was positioned in the theatre's Scene Dock, which had been turned into a fourth theatre for the course of the festival. Th

 
 
PRG XL Video supports The Go-Between

PRG XL Video supports The Go-Between

Thursday, 28 July 2016

UK - The Go-Between, a new British musical based on L.P. Hartley's classic novel, is currently playing at the Apollo theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue. Lighting designer Tim Lutkin explained the journey the production took to reach its current location in the heart of London's Theatreland.

"The Go-Between has a pretty interesting history; we opened at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds five years ago, before hitting the Derby Playhouse and Royal and Derngate in Northampton - the reviews were great and we really wanted to bring it to London, but we were aware of the need for a strong actor to play the lead role who could really pull in the crowds. When Michael Crawford said he'd do it, it was the perfect casting, so we started planning to bring the show to the West End."

Tim continued, "The lighting rig we have here in the Apollo is a full mix of what we used in Leeds, Derby, and Northampton. I decided to stick with the basic rig and add a layer of LED lighting over the top. We used the ETC LED Source 4 Lustr 2 profile lights which are great, and a lot of GLP X4 RGBW LED wash lights overhead which give lots of really beautiful, deep, saturated colours.

"We chose the X4 over similar lights because they are really punchy and bright. I put two out-front narrowed-in, along with a couple of Martin MAC TW1 lights to do the work of followspots."

PRG XL Video

 

Pennington Entertainment partners with 44 Designs

Thursday, 28 July 2016

USA - Pennington Entertainment, led by industry veteran Shawn Pennington, has announced a partnership with stage design and production company 44 Designs, headed by concert and event production expert Jeff 'Lava' Lavallee.

"Having worked with Jeff and the 44 Designs team extensively in recent years, I can tell you that there is not a more creative brain trust of individuals in the stage creative space in Nashville," says Pennington. "Every production that I have seen them produce, or been involved with has blown my mind every time! We could not be more excited about this partnership and the ability to deliver amazing production and event services in an affordable manner to the Nashville music community, and beyond."

Nashville-based 44 Designs enters the partnership with over 25 years of experience in lighting, touring and production. As a 360

 
 

The Scorpions: 50 years of rock history on tour

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Germany - The Scorpions were formed in Sarstedt, in 1965, by guitarist Rudolf Schenker and drummer Wolfgang Dziony. During the decades that followed, the band made history: 18 albums, lengthy list of awards and innumerable tours, which have taken the Scorpions all over the world. Today the group has embarked upon its latest world tour.

Roland Beckerle is the tour production manager and Olaf Schr

 

Clay Paky Scenius debuts at CMC Music Awards

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Australia - The CMC Music Awards 2016 were held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), with some of the biggest names in country music including superstars Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, Australia's own Adam Harvey, and rising country star Kelsea Ballerini taking to the stage to perform.

Broadcast live on Foxtel's Country Music Channel the event celebrated the music and artists who are most-loved by their dedicated country music fans in Australia.

Mandylights were responsible for the production design, production management, stage management, lighting design and operation. Lighting gear came from Crystal Productions, Resolution X and Mandylights themselves.

The event was the first time Scenius, Clay Paky's moving head spotlight, was used in Australia as Crystal Productions had received 14 a few days prior.

"We are among the first companies in Australia to offer Scenius which gives us an advantage," commented David Thomas, managing director of Crystal Productions. "Anybody can join the party later, but being early adopters sets Crystal apart and the Scenius are the new standard in lighting technology. It has a huge 8°-50° zoom, is super quiet and very fast for a fixture of its size. The depth of field with projected images is unlike anything we have seen before."

"The Scenius is fantastic!" commented Richard Neville, managing

 
 

Pink Floyd tribute Eclipse shines with Chauvet

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

New Zealand - Pink Floyd's legacy of bright, visually powerful stage productions lives on today in New Zealand, thanks to a tribute band formed (quite fittingly) by a lighting designer who uses the colour and intenstity of Chauvet Professional fixtures to create lightshows that do the group's legacy proud.

"We want to celebrate the Pink Floyd experience, not just with music but with lights and the entire stage presentation," said Anthony Macdonald, the LD who created the show. "Lighting was essential to the original Pink Floyd experience, so we try to replicate that feeling, but with the efficiency and intensity of today's fixtures."

Mcdonald has two STRIKE 4 multi-formatted LED fixtures in his band's road rig along with 12 Rogue R1 Spots, two Rogue RH1 Hybrids and five COLORado Zoom WW Tour fixtures. The fixtures were provided by Mcdonald's own company, MDR Sound and Lighting.

"I incorporated the STRIKE 4 fixtures into the show primarily as audience blinders. They evoke the same warm white look as the old incandescent blinders of earlier decades," commented Macdonald, who positioned two STRIKE 4 fixtures on front arched truss. "The brightness of these fixtures is pretty astonishing and gives great emphasis to certain climactic moments during the set."

Although Macdonald specified the STRIKE 4 primarily as a form of blinder, there are moments in the set w

 

PixelFLEX at the 2016 Miss Florida Pageant

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

USA - Taking centre stage inside the Lakeland Centre, the 2016 Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant showcased 48 contestants all vying for the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss America. Held in conjunction with the Miss Florida Outstanding Teen Pageant, production designer Trenton Dick was once again working behind the scenes at Miss Florida, and was asked this year to build upon the previous pageants LED video design.

So with an expanded budget and some increased expectations, Dick decided to create three LED video walls for the event using FLEXLite Plus 6.9mm and FLEXCurtain HD 12.5mm LED video technology from Nashville-based PixelFLEX.

"We used the PixelFLEX LED video technology for the first time in our 2015 pageant design and the producers loved it so much they really wanted to expand our video design for 2016," said Dick. "With the opportunity to expand the design, I knew I wanted to create a large centre screen using a high-definition 6mm product, and then I wanted to create two LED video towers that would be stage right and left of the centre screen to give us the space to be more creative with our custom graphic content. From the very first day we set it up, the producers were absolutely ecstatic with the new design and it actually made people stop for a moment to truly take it all in."

Dick spoke with the team at PixelFLEX about what might be

 
 

Showforce crew the Henley on Thames Festival

Thursday, 21 July 2016

UK - Showforce, the event crewing specialist, was called upon by Henley Festival Ltd to help deliver their five-day black tie 'boutique cultural experience' at Henley-on-Thames this July.

The quintessentially British festival, set on the banks of the Thames, returned for its 34th outing, with a showcase spanning classical music, rock, pop, jazz, opera and folk. Headline acts Elton John, Elvis Costello and Will Young all graced Henley's floating stage.

Show-stopping visual art and dance, comedy from leading performers and the finest cuisine ensure that the music is not the only thing that makes Henley unforgettable to an audience of 30,000 people, the festival experience concluded with a firework spectacular.

Showforce supplied 16 crew and plant operators to unload, install and set-up infrastructure and equipment for the event. The team were onsite for eight days supporting the festival. Their tasks involved erecting pedestrian barriers to cordon off designated areas and protect the festival goers, installing metal trackway for pedestrian access, setting up steeldeck, laying out and arranging folding seats, as well as installing a variety of fencing including herras fencing and netting.

The crew were also on hand to assist PRG in unloading flight cases and installing the lighting and audio visual equipment for the floating stage and getting it ready for se

 
igus systems centre stage at PLASA 2016

igus systems centre stage at PLASA 2016

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

UK - At this year's PLASA Show, igus will be demonstrating its innovative bearings, linear slides and cable management systems for the live entertainment technology industry. Returning to the heart of West London at Olympia the show, which runs from 18-20 September, is a significant date in the calendar for professionals working with pro audio, lighting, broadcast, AV, rigging and stage technologies.

On the igus stand (Stand C20) there will be two main demonstrations; the first is the drylin W curved rail system. These rails offer an innovative way of mounting sound and lighting rigs, or displays and control panels - anything that needs to be adjusted regularly. As the aluminium rails can be modified by precision bending, the profile of the curve can be tailored to customer requirements. The use of spherical tribopolymer bearings enables the guide rail system to be self-adjusting, adapting automatically to the radius of the rail making the system run smoothly and quietly. As with all drylin linear guides, these curved rails are self-lubricated and therefore maintenance free.

The second highlight will be the e-spool cable management system, which enables users to guide many different cables in narrow spaces and allows them to save space thanks to its small footprint. The innovative e-spool is easy to install and flexible, providing no-break connections in any dire

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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