Economical ways to heat your residence

Economical ways to heat your residence

The cold slowly appears and we are all looking for ways to warm up. Here comes our need for economical heating systems, as oil price has reached the heights.

We, did a research for you. We find the best ways to warm up economical and we are ready to present them to you.

Oil boiler

If you have autonomous heating and you want to use the oil boiler, although in recent years it is one of the most expensive options, you can reduce the operating costs of the system by doing some small “interventions” of low cost.

Boiler maintenance – burner

Ask your technician to set it to the minimum thermal power that can operate at high efficiency. This will save 5-15% depending on the age of the boiler. This will cost you from 100-200 euros.

Installation of a compensation system

Automatically regulates the temperature of the heating water according to the weather conditions. As the outside temperature drops, so does the heat transferred to the premises. This way you save 15-30% and the cost of installing this system is 1000-1500 euros.

Thermostatic heads

They are placed in each body separately (cost 25 € each). Thus, it is regulated according to the needs of each space. This way you save up to 30% on fuel.

Gas or LPG boiler

In this case it is good to have the thermostat at a constant temperature. The ideal temperature is between 19 and 21 degrees Celsius. Also be careful not to cover the bodies with furniture as this significantly reduces their performance.

If you can afford it, dare to change the oil boiler with a gas boiler. Its combustion causes the least possible pollution compared to all other fuels. On the other hand, natural gas is 30-35% cheaper than oil, which means that you will have depreciated in 4 years.

The pluses of natural gas:

  • Save space as it can be placed on the balcony
  • Reduced maintenance requirements
  • Automatic switching from natural gas to LPG and vice versa
  • Whether you have a gas or oil boiler, you should use radiators

Economical ways to heat your residence

Heat pump

Although the heat pump has a high installation cost, in case you are preparing your house now, it is one of the most economical options in terms of savings. It does not burn any fuel, operates on electricity and makes use of the hot air from the environment.

It can be connected to the radiators but the best option is to connect to fan coil units, which have the ability to produce both cooling and heating, which means that you do not need radiators and air conditioners, nor water heaters since with a connection you can always have hot water.

The cost of the heat pump is around 6500 euros and the time you will pay it off is 8 years.

Inverter air conditioner

For those who choose an air conditioner for your heating, prefer Inverter technology. They can be 30% more expensive than conventional air conditioners but consume 40% less energy.

It is worth noting that the Inverter is beneficial for those who use more than 1 hour a day.

The machine you choose should be suitable for the square footage of the room. If you force the machine to cover the space it will burn more electricity. Therefore, consult a specialist before making such a purchase.

Wood stove or a pellet one

A wood stove that costs around 400 euros is definitely a cheaper choice than a pellet stove that costs around 1200 euros.

Pellet, however, emits less pollutants into the atmosphere and is a recyclable material. Pellet is compressed wood or agricultural products and burns more slowly.

Heat Transmitter

The radiator operates with current with the natural flow of air. What it does do is pull down and take out the hot air. It does not dry the atmosphere while adjusting the thermostat saves energy.

Heat accumulators

These are made of firebricks and have a larger volume and are more expensive but in case they operate with the night power they make great savings. They can be set to turn on automatically at night to charge power and operate during the day with energy already stored. The already stored energy can be used 24-48 hours later with little loss.

Instant heater

This is a device that is placed next to the shower faucet and heats the bath water for as long as you have it running. The energy you save by using it is very large and definitely worth it especially if you have a large family.

Heated mat

Some of you may find it excessive but there are people who get very cold on their feet. This mat keeps the feet warm while it is also suitable for office spaces.

Using it, you isolate the cold coming from the floor, keep your feet warm and regulate your body temperature faster, especially when you are still. This mat is also ideal for your pets.

Wood-burning radiator

This is a radiator with a wooden cover, rounded corners and hidden switch connections for complete safety. It is definitely suitable for children’s rooms and you can order it with a design of your choice.

Traditional fireplace

The traditional fireplace does not offer any heating in the house. It can heat anything in front of it, but in essence, whatever hot air it puts in lets so much cold air in.

Prefer lining with firebricks and not with cast iron. The cast iron heats up quickly but freezes when the fireplace is extinguished, while the opposite happens with the firebrick.

Some tips just for your eyes

Find dry wood. They have radial cracks and their bark is easily detached. Do not burn furniture or anything other than wood intended for fireplaces.
Avoid fir and pine wood because it is dangerous. Prefer olive and oak wood because it burns longer.

Briquettes made from 100% recyclable material are twice as expensive as wood but provide 60% more heat than that. They leave no ash and have almost zero carbon dioxide emissions.
Do a good chimney sweep once a year if you use it often to avoid catching fire.

We believe we manages to inform you about all the economical ways of heating your residence. As you see there are many opportunities, so you can choose the best one fits you.

10 plants with large impressive flowers

10 plants with large impressive flowers

We all love flowers! They are the most beautiful we meet in nature and they charm us every time we see them in our garden and yard with wonderful combinations of harmonious shapes and impressive colors.

Each flower has its own unique beauty and a feature that makes them even more impressive is the size. Large flowers, no doubt, have their own fanatical fans and are a reference point for gardening friends. They stand out among the other plants in the garden with their irresistible charm, and flood us with color and optimism.

Large flowers are ideal to create a beautiful flower garden in our home, to make wonderful bouquets that we will give to our loved ones, as well as to keep them in a vase and to decorate our living room or office.

Plants with large flowers for the garden and balcony

Let’s see what are the most beautiful plants with large flowers to plant in our garden and balcony and enjoy their impressive flowering.

1. Dahlia

Large and impressive flowers, the first plant that comes to mind is the dahlia, the popular tuberous plant that is planted all over the world.

We will find varieties of dahlias with different shapes and sizes of flowers, as well as in incredible colors, from white, cream, yellow, to pink, purple, orange, red and even dark red that is almost black.

The beautiful dahlia flowers are an extremely popular choice for vase decoration. Dahlias need several hours of sunshine to give us their rich flowering.

So we choose a sunny place in our garden, protected from strong winds, to plant them.

2. Hydrangea

We continue with the hydrangea that stands out for its wonderful large flowers, in white, pink or blue color, although now we will find varieties in purple, yellow, red and orange shades.

In addition to the shrub varieties of hydrangea, there are also climbing hydrangeas that are particularly impressive. Hydrangea flowers remain beautiful even when dried, retaining their ornamental value, and are an excellent choice to decorate in a vase.

Hydrangea grows best and blooms in semi-shady and cool places as it loves heat, humidity, but not bright direct sunlight. It is resistant to frost and low winter temperatures, however it is sensitive to strong winds and especially the north winds.

3. Amaryllis

The list of the most impressive and large flowers could not but include the amaryllis that fascinates us with the huge colorful flowers that project on long strong stems.

There are many varieties of amaryllis that are planted both in flower beds in the garden and in pots on the balcony, and give us their wonderful flowers at the end of winter, the season when amaryllis bloom.

The countless color combinations of amaryllis flowers are based on white, red, orange, yellow and pink with beautiful two-tone colors that have characteristic streaks.

Amaryllis can be grown without soil and grown in water to give us its impressive flowers using a special vase that has a narrow mouth to place its bulb.

4. Roses

Of course, we should not forget the rose, the most widespread and recognizable ornamental plant with fanatical fans all over the world, which has varieties with large flowers, fragrant, in wonderful colors and impressive designs.

Roses to decorate with beautiful flowers in a vase, as well as to make unique bouquets. We choose special shrub varieties, with a large flower shoot, suitable for cut flowers to plant in our garden.

The rose loves the sun, so we choose sunny places for planting, in order to have a rich growth with more flowers. Even in a semi-shady position, the rose can survive by giving us enough flowers. When we plant roses in a pot.

5. Camellias

The camellia, the impressive flowering ornamental shrub that stands out for its glossy foliage and its beautiful single or double flowers in white, pink and red, also gives us great wonderful flowers.

A plant of unique ornamental value, the camellia reaches a height of 2-3 meters and blooms from late January to mid-May. We choose a relatively shady and cool place for the camellia, protected from strong winds.

The camellia suffers in hot and dry climates, as well as when it is in direct exposure to the sun. Especially the intense morning sun in combination with the high temperature after the night frost causes a significant drop of its flowers.

6. Hibiscus

Hibiscus is one of the most popular flowers in the garden that gives us impressively large flowers, white, purple, red, orange and pink that emerge among its characteristic triangular toothed leaves.

The most famous species of hibiscus is the Syrian that blooms in summer and autumn and its numerous flowers are preserved only for 1-2 days.

Hibiscus loves sunny places and thrives in places sheltered from wind currents, especially from the north. In sunny places, hibiscus has richer flowering while in semi-shady places, the appearance of flowers is limited.

Hibiscus is quite sensitive to low temperatures, as it loses its foliage and freezes when the temperature drops to zero.

7. Lilium

Lilies are one of the most beloved bulbous flowers that give us a wonderful bloom with their large and impressive lilies.

The flowers of lilies have different shapes and are found in the form of a cup, bell or trumpet, while they have many colors from white and pink to orange, red and yellow.

Those who win the impressions are the Oriental lilies that stand out as they have large flowers and an intense sweet aroma.

Most lilies bloom in the summer and are an excellent choice for planting in pots, as well as to create a wonderful colorful backdrop in our garden.

Lily lilies are ideal flowers to decorate in a vase in the living room and in our office, as they can be kept for at least 2-3 weeks.

8. Trumpet of Angels

Particularly impressive flowers are given to us by Brugmansia (Brugmansia), also known as datura or trumpet of angels.

Originally from South America, the trumpet of angels has rich foliage and large leaves, reaches a height of 2-3 meters and stands out for its huge trumpet-shaped flowers that spread on its shoots and reach a length of 15-20 cm .

Its flowers have different colors from white, cream, yellow, pink to purple and we can choose the variety that suits us. The trumpet of angels thrives in subtropical climates that are both humid and warm.

We prefer semi-shady places as it suffers from the intense midday sun of summer. It is sensitive to low temperatures, as well as strong winds.

9. Zinia

In our list of plants that have large beautiful flowers is zinnia the annual ornamental plant that impresses with the variety of colors and shapes of flowers.

There are varieties of zinnias with flowers that reach up to 20 cm in diameter and are used in bouquets or vases for cut flowers.

Zinnias have strong upright shoots with a length of half to one meter and large flowers that remain in bloom throughout the summer.

Zinnia is a plant of warm climate and needs relatively sunny and sheltered places to thrive. It must be planted in rich and well-drained soils to have growth and rich flowering.

10. Sunflower

And for the end of this interesting list of plants that have large beautiful flowers, the sunflower is the favorite summer plant that we plant to decorate our garden or balcony to give us its impressive flowering.

The dwarf varieties of sunflower, which reach up to 40-50 cm in height, are suitable for pots, while for the garden we prefer the tallest varieties that exceed one meter and are also edible.

The characteristic color of sunflower flowers is yellow but now new varieties of sunflower have been created in shades from light yellow to red and brown.

Sunflower is suitable for the arid conditions of our Mediterranean climate and needs plenty of direct sunlight to grow and thrive.

Flower compositions and bouquets

Our love for flowers and our many years of experience in one of the oldest flower shops in Athens (VINTZILAIOS Flower Shop), led us to the decision to open the flower shop “LAURA SPRING FLOWERS, LAURETA S. DOGA” in the center of Athens.

In our shop you will find fresh seasonal flowers, compositions, bouquets, plants, wedding and baptisms decorations, as well as various proposals at the best market prices!

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Web Hosting vs Domain: What are their differences?


Web Hosting vs Domain: What are their differences?

Many people who are just starting out on the internet and want to create a website, do not know that domain name and web hosting are 2 completely different things!

A website is made up of different elements that work together harmoniously to display your content to visitors. It is impossible to have a website without web hosting or domain name – you need both!

For example you can have all your files in one hosting space but if you do not have a domain name, then they can not be accessible to the public – except with the IP and the exact path!

If this sounds like a bit of a distraction, don’t panic! Read the article to the end and you will understand the differences between domain and web hosting, as well as how these 2 are connected.

What is Web Hosting?


In order for your website to be online, 24 hours a day, you must either have your computer open at all times (and of course properly configured to function as a web hosting server) or purchase a web hosting package.

Of course, over 99% of the world chooses the 2nd solution – the purchase of a web hosting. Web hosting services are usually charged per month, depending on the package and benefits you choose.

The company – provider will provide you with the available space where you can upload your applications and files to be accessible to the general public. A company that specializes in web hosting has all the necessary technical infrastructure to host the files of your website.

Your package, and then your website, will simply own a small portion of a server, as it will share it with dozens or hundreds of other websites! But do not be intimidated by this, as shared web hosting has many advantages, such as:

  • Low cost: shared hosting has the lowest cost and is the ideal choice for those who are just starting their online adventure with a new website.
  • Very easy to use: Shared web hosting is very easy to use as everything comes pre-configured. You just have to upload your files!
  • Instantly upgradeable: Whenever you want, you can upgrade your package to a bigger one with more space and more features!


To start hosting your website, all you have to do is choose the right web hosting package from the various providers available. We suggest you choose a Greek company for better speeds and more immediate support.

What is a domain name?


The domain is the name of a website, as it must be written for anyone to have access! For example, on our website the domain is – if you type it you will be directly on our website! If domains did not exist, users would have to remember a number (IP) to be able to access your website.

Now, the domain name covers IP “as a mask” so your visitors only need to know the name of your website!

There is a lot of “background” behind each domain and how it relates to the web hosting package you have (with name servers, A records, etc.) but you do not need to know them!

How Web Hosting and a Domain Name Work Together!


In order for your website to be online and accessible from anywhere and everyone, all you have to do is buy a hosting package along with a domain. In the company you will buy – we recommend the Greek company MyIP – you will use some name servers that you must declare in the domain you bought.

If you buy domain + web hosting together, then it is very likely that this process will be done by the company and you will not do anything. Otherwise, you will simply enter 2 to 4 name servers in the corresponding field of your domain (in the domain administrator). This way you declare in the domain “where to find” your files and display them when you enter the name of your website.

From now on, all you have to think about is the construction of your website, as in less than 24 hours the domain will be ready for use! To get started and choose your own domain along with a web hosting package, click here!


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What you can do when you feel car nausea


You want to take a trip with Santorini car rental  but every time you think about how to deal with the nausea in the car, these annoying dizziness and the tendency to vomit. The truth is that it is annoying but there are ways to control it.

Car travel has its own grace. You are in your space, you put on your music if you are not the driver you can even eat a book (better not because you will be stunned). How will you deal with the nausea in the car that spoils your whole festive and happy mood?

There are people who, regardless of whether the distance they travel is an hour or 8 hours by car, immediately feel dizzy when they are on the move. And that’s really annoying. Dizziness in the car is more common in children, pregnant women and people who have a tendency to migraines .

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms are many and of course, they are unpleasant. You can experience one of them, maybe all together.

The symptoms are:

Serious symptoms include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • pallor
  • sweating
  • drooling
  • short breath
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness

Other common signs are:

  • sweating
  • a general feeling of discomfort
  • not feeling well (malaise)

Mild symptoms are categorized as:

  • headache
  • mild unease
  • yawning

It doesn’t matter if the road is turning or not, as this is a situation that people experience when they get in the car and are on the move. The good news is that there is a way to control it.


Most cases of motion sickness are mild and self-treatable. Very severe cases, and those that become progressively worse, deserve the attention and care of a physician with special skill in diseases of the ear, balance (equilibrium), and nervous system.

To help diagnose motion sickness, a doctor will ask about symptoms and find out what usually causes the problem (such as riding in a boat, flying in a plane, or driving in a car). Laboratory tests are generally not necessary to diagnose motion sickness.

How do you deal with nausea in the car?

There are several things you can do to prevent it, such as taking a pill, such as Dramamine. Apart from the pill, however, there are some other ways to deal with it.

Looking at the horizon

One common suggestion is to simply look out of the window of the moving vehicle and to gaze toward the horizon in the direction of travel. This helps to re-orient the inner sense of balance by providing a visual reaffirmation of motion.

Keeping eyes closed and napping

In the night, or a ship without windows, it is helpful to simply close one’s eyes, or if possible, take a nap. This resolves the input conflict between the eyes and the inner ear.


A simple method for relieving common and mild car sickness is chewing. Chewing gum has uncanny effectiveness for reducing car sickness in those affected. 

Chewing gum, however, is not the only thing one may chew to relieve mild effects of car sickness, snacking on sweets, or just chewing, in general, seems to reduce adverse effects of the conflict between vision and balance.

Fresh air

Fresh, cool air can also relieve motion sickness slightly, although it is likely this is related to avoiding foul odours, which can worsen nausea.


Ginger has been found to reduce motion sickness. This is available in tablet form, or a fresh stem of ginger can be chewed to relieve symptoms. There is some debate over whether it is the chewing or the ginger that helps. 


An acupressure practitioner works with the same points used in acupuncture, but stimulates these healing sites with finger pressure, rather than inserting fine needles. Some studies suggest that acupressure may help reduce symptoms of motion sickness in the same way as acupuncture, although the evidence is not clear.


Here are some important tips for preventing motion sickness:

  • Always sit in a position so that the eyes can see the same motion that the body and inner ear feels.
  • In a car, sit in the front seat and look at the distant scenery.
  • On a boat, go up on the deck and watch the motion of the horizon.
  • In an aeroplane, sit by the window and look outside. Also, in a plane, choose a seat over the wings where the motion is minimized.
  • Do not read while travelling if experiencing motion sickness, and do not sit in a seat facing backwards.
  • Do not watch or talk to another traveller who is having motion sickness.
  • Avoid strong odours and spicy or greasy foods immediately before and during travel.

Medical research has not yet investigated the effectiveness of popular folk remedies such as “soda crackers and 7 Up,” “cola syrup over ice,” or ginger products.


What you can do with child nausea

The window, or an older child reading  book, or playing on his cell phone in the car as it moves. The child’s inner ear will feel the movement, but his eyes and joints will not “confirm” it. The result can be stomach upset, cold sweats, fatigue, loss of appetite and a tendency to vomit.

It is not clear why nausea in the car affects some children more than others. Although the problem does not seem to affect most babies and toddlers, children aged 2-12 are particularly sensitive.

What can you do to prevent childhood nausea in the car?

  • Reduce sensory information: Encourage your child to look outside the car instead of focusing on books, toys, or cell phones. If your child falls asleep on the trip, then he will have less nausea.
  • Prepare meals carefully BEFORE the trip: Do not give your child spicy, or fatty foods, or generally a large meal just before or during a car trip. If travel time is short, skip meals altogether. If the trip is long, or if your child needs to eat, give him a small, “soft snack” such as crackers and a little juice BEFORE you leave.
  • Good ventilation: Adequate ventilation in the passenger compartment can prevent nausea in the car. Try to keep the air clean from odours.
  • Distract him: If your child is prone to nausea in the car, try to distract him during the trip by talking to him, listening to music with him and singing together.
  • Use medication (always on the advice of a paediatrician) : If your child is older than 2 years and you are planning a long car trip, ask your child’s doctor about a prescription drug to prevent nausea. Dramamine and diphenhydramine are common options. Carefully read the product label to determine the correct dose and be prepared for possible side effects, such as drowsiness.


If your child starts to feel nauseous in the car, stop as soon as possible and let him go out and walk. He can also lie on his back for a few minutes with his eyes closed. Put a cool cloth on his forehead if needed. If these tips don’t seem to help, call your child’s doctor about other options.

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Should You Hire a Car or Travel by Public Transportation in Santorini?


Should You Hire a Car or Travel by Public Transportation in Santorini?

Seeing Santorini by public transport is rather simple as well as budget friendly if it fits your schedule as well as pace. The basic bus in Santorini is typically used by the locals.
You can also see  the island with Santorini car hire, more easy and comfortable… so this is quite a journey!

Travelling by car in Santorini

Travelling by a hired car in Santorini is a secure choice as well as comes with a great deal of advantages if you want to discover brand-new locations as your simplicity.

From the exciting Santorini beaches to the archaeological sites, you can enjoy the entire appeal of the island by driving a car. The greatest advantage is that you can stop whenever and wherever you desire, getting to know more new places and also immerse yourself in the abundant neighbourhood culture.

In Santorini, both North as well as South part, in addition to the villages all have unique areas all set to be uncovered. So a hired car will be the most effective alternative to aid you navigate as well as delight Santorini to its greatest!

The benefits of a Santorini Car Hire

The benefits of having a hired car in Santorini whilst on holiday in this Caribbean heaven far surpass the negative aspects. To hire a car in Santorini is by far one of the most convenient as well as suggested transport remedy, whether you get on business or vacation.

Renting a car on your vacation will offer you with the flexibility to go where you desire, when you want, without having to rely on public transport or taxi drivers.

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Visiting the Best Beach in Santorini


Visiting the Best Beach in Santorini

You have actually determined to go to the island of Santorini, truly one of the most amazing locations worldwide. At Santorini Tours, it is our job to supply top quality services that surpass our customers’ assumptions.

Discover in our website the numerous services available, and we shall make sure that your experience on the island will certainly be most meeting and also compensating.

Visit the best beach of Santorini

Santorini’s volcanic background has actually resulted in the formation of several of the more one-of-a-kind coastlines in the Greek Isles, as well as Kamari is no exception. Sitting about 4 miles south-east of Fira on the island’s east coastline, this stretch of black sand is just one of the largest in Santorini. The beach is backed by the community of its name. It is a prominent resort area where you’ll find many hotels, dining establishments, beachside bars and also stores. On the beach, visitors can capitalize on the offered easy chair and also umbrellas.

Take pleasure in the clear blue waters of Kamari and recommended growing your feet in the direction of the southern part of the shore. That’s due to the fact that the views of the imposing Mesa Vouno hill. There you can find Old Thira, creates a picture-perfect Greek beach setting. No matter where you decide to sit back on Kamari beach, travellers highly recommend bringing protective footwear.

The sand and also pebbly terrain can get rather warm with the sun depressing on it, particularly after a couple hours, so bring shoes if you’re wishing to invest the day on the beach. Some site visitors even suggested bringing water shoes, commenting that the undersea surface at the shore promptly goes from sand to slippery solid rock.

Kamari is totally free to visit all hours of the night and day, though it’s never an excellent suggestion to swim without a lifeguard present. You can reach Kamari beach on foot from Kamari… Or book a Santorini Private Personalized Tour and make the most of your visit in Santorini.

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How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger


When it involves plumbing, the worry upon understanding your bathroom simply isn’t going to flush is second just to the concern of realizing that there’s no plunger visible. Prior to you consider a “Do Not Make use of” indicator and an emergency trip to the equipment store, try one (or all) of these household life hacks for unclogging your commode without a plunger, put together by Apofraxeis Antoniou.


Put half a mug of dish soap into your bathroom and also let it sit in the dish momentarily before attempting to purge. Hopefully, it will sink down and coat the sides of the pipeline enough to reduce the flow of the blocked mass. If you’re to your last decrease of meal soap, you can reduce a bar of soap into cubes and also use those rather.

Warm water

Put a bucket of warm water into the bathroom from waist-level (to prevent it from spraying the commode bowl’s components all over your bathroom as well as you), which might compel the clogged up mass via the pipeline. You can incorporate this method with the soap technique to optimize your chances of addressing your problem; simply ensure the water you make use of is not steaming, which can crack the porcelain.

A Wire Hanger

Order a cable wall mount from your storage room and also untwist it till you have one straight length of wire. After that, utilize it just like you would certainly a drainpipe serpent: Stick it down right into the pipeline as well as poke the mass till it gets removed or separated enough to proceed via the pipeline.

Sodium Bicarbonate and Vinegar

Put one mug of cooking soft drink and two mugs of vinegar into your toilet as well as let it sit for half a hr. It might unclog the pipe on its own, yet do not hesitate to gather a container of warm water if it does not.

A Plastic Bottle

If you seemed like the cord hanger technique was a little too hands-on for your convenience, you could not like the plastic bottle technique— but maybe your ticket to a clog-free commode. First, take as much water out of your toilet dish as feasible, as well as fill up a plastic bottle with warm water. After donning a set of rubber gloves (or big plastic bags, in a pinch), connect the top of the container with your thumb, and also position the container and your thumb at the mouth of the pipe. Then, eliminate your thumb as well as squeeze the bottle to drive the water, and also with any luck the clogged mass, with the pipeline.

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