Updated: Kate’s Before the Dawn designs at V&A till January 3rd 2016

Update: If you are in London, you can still catch some of the Before the Dawn costume and set designs at the V&A Museum in London as part of their Make/Believe exhibit. Read more at the V&A website here. The exhibition runs till January 3rd 2016.

It’s a modest exhibition that takes up just one of the four rooms (Room 104) in the Theatre and Performance area of the museum. Robert Allsopp’s fish skeleton masks and Dick Bird’s set design for Watching You Without Me are on display as well as photos of set sketches and rehearsal photos.

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Before the Dawn at the V&A

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From the Financial Times review:

“…a small show of British stage design at the V&A in London, embraces an eye-watering variety of events: the populist spectaculars of the London 2012 Olympics and Para-lympics closing ceremonies; Kate Bush’s instantly sold-out Before the Dawn shows, her first live performances for 35 years; the famous skeletal frame of the War Horse; extravaganzas for Miley Cyrus and designs for performances at Glastonbury…Make/Believe highlights the most popular and the most memorable moments in the past four years of British design for performance. The exhibits are by no means all as familiar as the examples above, but there are some original and striking designs here that indicate a British industry that is undersung in the media.”

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Listen to John Carder Bush chat to Graham Norton on BBC Radio2

John Carder Bush chatted to Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2 last Saturday morning. You can listen back to their chat here. John talks about his book, Kate: Inside the Rainbow. John even diplomatically attempts to answer the question fans have been asking all year – will we ever see the film of Before the Dawn released? Spoiler: nothing is confirmed! It’s another insightful interview from John – and here’s yet another interview he did for Spanish radio, well worth a listen also.


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Aerial was released 10 years ago today!

Aerial is 10 years old

Aerial, Kate’s astounding 8th studio album, and only double album, was released 10 years ago today! Wow, it seems so new to us still. Birdsong, Elvis, washing machines, deep oceans of memories and the profound magic of everyday life brought us one of Kate’s greatest ever works. Fans have been leaving their thoughts on the album at our Facebook page here and BBC Radio 6 Music also celebrated the occasion on their site.

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Kate: Inside the Rainbow – first brief impression


I have just spent the last few hours in the company of a complete treasure trove of a book; Kate: Inside the Rainbow by John Carder Bush. “Treasure” is a good word here, I think the shimmer and glow of what’s unearthed here enhances and even changes how I think about some of the work that Kate has produced, so utterly associated as is it is with the visuals over the decades.

It’s also a supremely loving tribute to the entire extended Bush family, with an unexpected and sensitive biography of Kate thrown into the bargain. I learnt a LOT of new things. Every aspect of it – the tasteful modern design and layout, the brilliantly chosen visual surprises, the feel of the (sizeable!) tome in the hand, means that John has achieved what amounts to THE most relevant, important and visually sumptuous printed publication on Kate Bush to date. Of course he has. ~ Seán

(with thanks to Kirsteen Astor and congratulations to John on his superb book)

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Four-page feature on ‘Kate: Inside the Rainbow’ in The Observer Magazine

Observer MagazineToday’s edition of the Sunday UK newspaper The Observer has a 4-page feature in the Magazine supplement featuring photos from ‘Kate: Inside the Rainbow’ by John Carder Bush. Read more here. Note: As of Thursday Oct 22nd only 30 signature boxed editions remain – you can order them here.


John writes:

“For 20 years I was involved with my sister’s creative career as she rode the waves of fame. I started photographing her “professionally” in an almost accidental way. For her first album, The Kick Inside, her record company began to arrange for sessions with full-time photographers. The thought was daunting. So we thought we would have a session of our own at home – a chance to try out poses and looks. I borrowed some old tungsten lights on skinny, fragile stands that would throw you across the room if you were too ambitious with their circuitry.

The wash house which served as our studio was cold as there was no heating; a velvet curtain for the background was supplied by our mother. It didn’t feel particularly different from photographing Kate as I had when we were young. We could still hear our mother singing as she swept the yard outside the building and our father playing Schubert on the piano in the front room, and every so often my dog came in to see what was going on. Kate had a natural ability to make a connection with the camera, knowing what was needed to achieve a particular result.

Maybe it is the brother-sister connection that makes the pictures I took of her distinctive. It may also have something to do with where the photos were taken: it was always where we were living. I would turn a room into a studio, piling my kids’ bikes and toys into a corner to make way for the backcloth and the studio lights.

I never became a professional photographer. At the same time as taking photos, I was involved with her career on many other levels: driver, bookkeeper, bodyguard and executive producer, occasional backing vocalist. There was no time to pursue a career in photography with the kind of dedication it requires. The “product” was delivered and then we moved on to the next one; we didn’t look back.”

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Click on this picture of Kate “on holiday on the Kent coast, 1972” for the HI-RES version:


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Kate: Inside the Rainbow can be ordered from Amazon here.

The limited Signature Boxed Edition can be ordered here.

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Updated! WIN! a copy of ‘Kate: Inside the Rainbow’ by John Carder Bush! Signature Boxed Edition available now

packshotAs you know, Kate’s brother John Carder Bush is releasing Kate: Inside the Rainbow, his book of photographs of Kate on October 22nd – it’s available to pre-order on Amazon here.

In advance of the regular book release, a special deluxe Signature Boxed Edition is now available to order at www.katebook.co.uk – images of the boxed edition below! UPDATE: The signature edition is selling very fast, the publishers have let us know that only 100 copies remain. 


The lovely people at Little, Brown publishers have given us a copy of this beautiful signature boxed edition to give away! To be in with a chance, just answer the following question:

John Carder Bush is Kate’s oldest brother. What is the name of Kate’s other brother?

Please send your answer to insidetherainbow@katebushnews.com – if you are successful we will then be in touch by email to get your details for getting the book to you. The competition runs till the end of Sunday October 18th at which point the random draw will be made. Good luck! Update October 22nd: The winner of our competition has been notified, the correct answer was, of course, Paddy Bush! Paddy has told me that it’s “a nice surprise to be a solution to something in this world of ours.” There are only 30 copies of the signature boxed edition left as of today. More here: http://www.katebook.co.uk/

Competition Rules: Competition starts October 14th 2015 and ends October 18th, 2015 at 23:59 (GMT). One entry per person. Multiple entries, the registration of multiple email addresses for one person and incomplete entries will result in disqualification. katebushnews.com is not responsible for the timeliness of delivery or electronic or computer malfunctions that may affect the delivery or content of entry. Winner will be selected in a random draw from all eligible entries on or about October 19th, 2015. Winner will be notified by email. If winner cannot be reached within 3 days of notification, an alternate winner will be selected. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable. No substitution or cash equivalent will be made. All decisions of katebushnews.com is final. Winner should allow 6 weeks for delivery of prize.


Kate: Inside the Rainbow is a collection of beautiful images from throughout Kate Bush’s career, taken by her brother, the photographer and writer John Carder Bush. It includes outtakes from classic album shoots and never-before-seen photographs from sessions including The Dreaming and Hounds of Love, as well as rare candid studio shots and behind-the-scenes stills from video sets, including ‘Army Dreamers’ and ‘Running Up that Hill’.

These stunning images will be accompanied by two new essays by John Carder Bush:From Cathy to Kate, describing in vibrant detail their shared childhood and the early, whirlwind days of Kate’s career, and Chasing the Shot, which vividly evokes John’s experience of photographing his sister.

The Signature Boxed edition of Kate: Inside the Rainbow is presented in a beautiful, bespoke presentation box and contains additional unique elements including three previously unpublished fine-art prints, presented with a signed authentication certificate by the author.

  • A beautiful, full-colour coffee-table hardback with a quarter-bound linen cover and head and tail bands
  • Includes more than 250 stunning rare and unpublished black and white and colour photographs, taken between 1964 and 2011
  • An exclusive portfolio of three previously unpublished fine-art printsof Kate Bush, taken by John Carder Bush. Each portfolio will have an authentication certificate signed by the author
  •  Each copy of this special edition will be signed and numbered by the author
  • All the contents will be contained and protected within a bespoke, high-quality presentation box, with velvet lining

Priced at £120, this special edition is available from www.katebook.co.uk only. The print run is limited, so to guarantee your copy, please order as soon as possible. Your book will be shipped by 30th November, and may take longer to deliver to those outside the UK.


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Happy Halloween: 2015 Wuthering Hike and tribute Sky of Honey

WHikeIIThe HomeGround Wuthering Hike to Top Withens,  the legendary site of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights on Haworth Moor, will be taking place on Saturday 31st October 2015, Halloween. As HomeGround old timers will know, we first did this in 1984, and have been doing it intermitantly in the thirty odd years ever since. Weather permitting of course, we’ll be leavisky2ng from the Wuthering Heights pub at Stanbury at about 1.00 pm and hope to be up at Top Withens by about 2.00 pm, and down before it gets dark. If you’re coming, make sure you’re properly dressed for hill walking and that someone knows where you are! If the weather is really bad, then we might stay in the pub! In the evening we’ll be across to the Black Bull pub in Haworth for a 8.00 pm set by our good friend, Kate tribute vocalist, A Sky of Honey, fresh from her much appreciated appearance at Birmingham.  We can recommend Haworth at this time of year, the season of mellow fruitfulness, mists,  and ghosts. [Photo of Sky by Krystyna FitzGerald-Morris]

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BBC looking for Kate fans to contribute to archive and documentaries…

The BBC have contacted us looking for input from Kate Bush fans (i.e. YOU!) for an interesting new project. It is called the People’s History of Pop and the Beeb are crowdsourcing the nation’s music memorabilia and memories, at www.phop.co.uk. As well as an amazing online archive, PHOP will culminate in four films for BBC FOUR in 2016, interviewing some of those who have sent great stories in.

So, what are you waiting for? They are keen to get Kate Bush fans taking part and contributing their stuff.  Share your stuff here. More info on the BBC site itself here.

Here’s an example of a Kate Bush fan who has an incredible collection: Fiore Dago from Italy has shared photos of her remarkable, decades-in-the-making collection of Kate records and memorabilia (thanks for the pics, Fiore!)

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Kate Bush research project – help out and win a signed mini photobook!

Some of you may remember helping Sara Nyman from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, with her study on Kate Bush fans last year (which can be read here).

Now she is looking for participants for her next Kate Bush research project. Follow the instructions by clicking here, to take part in the project and win a beautiful signed edition of Guido Harari’s Kate Bush mini photobook which was sold last year at Snap Galleries! (good luck with your study, Sara)

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Dublin celebrates 30 Years of Hounds of Love with “Vinyl & Wine” event

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Kate Bush’s classic ‘Hounds of Love’, Vinyl & Wine in Dublin are hosting a special listening party on Sunday September 27th at 5pm. (Facebook event page is here)  

‘Hounds of Love’ will be played from start to finish on high-quality vinyl on a spectacular sound system, specially provided by Cloney Audio for this event. There will also be a panel discussion about the album, the artist and the album’s legacy, as well as a great vinyl giveaway! And Seán Twomey from katebushnews.com is one of the featured panelists :)

Last few remaining tickets are available here

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The Kate Inside – Guido Harari launches lavish photo book pre-orders

Photographer Guido Harari and Wall of Sound Gallery are launching a pre-publication offer on the upcoming lavish photo book, “The Kate Inside” which will be shipped in early March 2016. The gallery website has all the details here.

The Kate Inside

From the press release:

“The Kate Inside, Guido Harari’s lavish tribute to one of the world’s greatest music geniuses, is finally happening to ya! Guido’s collaboration with Kate Bush spans from 1982 to 1993. During that period he was invited by Kate to shoot her official press photos for landmark albums like Hounds Of Love, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes, including a completely never-before-seen reportage on the set of Kate’s film The Line, The Cross & The Curve.

Accompanied by Guido’s own commentary, The Kate Inside is packed with more than 300 hundred photographs. They include all of Guido’s classic images of Kate, a wealth of outtakes, contact sheets, unseen photographs and other materials (including test Polaroids and personal notes by Kate) taken from his personal archives that are showcased here for the first time.

Such an expensive project can only be possible with your support. This is why we’re starting an early pre-order campaign on our website offering a 25% pre-publication discount. The campaign will take off on September 26th, 2015 and will be officially launched by Guido on the same day at the Kate Bush Convention in Birmingham. Since this project is very personal to Guido and to all of you, he will acknowledge your support featuring your name in a special Acknowledgments section of the book. THE PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER WILL ONLY BE VALID TILL JANUARY 2016!!! The book will be ready to ship in early March 2016.”

The Kate Inside

L to r: A never before seen photo from the 1985 shoot for Hounds of Love; Kate with dancers Gary Hurst (l) and Douglas McNicol (r) in 1982 during the promotion of The Dreaming. This was Guido’s first shoot with Kate; a classic double exposure from the “blue” sequence shot in 1989 for The Sensual World.

T H E  B O O K

(copies 1-350)
Pre-publication offer: 390€

(copies 351-3000)
Pre-publication offer: 90€

The Kate Inside is a limited edition book of 3000 copies worldwide. It’s available both as a Deluxe Edition (520€ -25% = 390€ for copies numbered 1-350) and a Regular one (120€ -25%= 90€ for copies numbered 351-3000, all personally signed by Guido).

The 240 pages hard-bound book measures an awesome 29x39cm (11”x23” ca) and is printed on heavy-weight paper by Grafiche Milani, the same master printers in Milano who also print the luxurious editions by Genesis Publications.”

T H E  D E L U X E  E D I T I O N

“The Deluxe Edition will be limited to the first 350 copies, all personally signed by both Guido and Kate’s legendary mentor Lindsay Kemp, who has also written a special foreword for the book.

Presented in a solander slip case, the Deluxe will have a full leather cover and will feature extra pages!
It will also include a 24x30cm (10”x11”) signed/numbered fine art pigment print (unique to this edition and unavailable elsewhere) as well as a set of 8 replica Polaroids (10x15cm/3”x5”, unsigned and non editioned). These are replicas of the actual Polaroids used by Guido with Kate on the 1985 and 1989 shoots and have never been seen before. They will only be available as part of the Deluxe Edition.”

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L to r: another classic image from the 1985 shoot for Hounds of Love; a never before seen photo of Lily from Kate’s film The Line, The Cross And The Curve, 1993; a funny pose from the 1985 shoot.

S P E C I A L  E X T R A S  T O O !

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“To help cover the book production costs, we also have on offer for you TWO SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION POSTERS (40€ each, they measure 48x68cm – 19”x26” and are personally signed by Guido in an edition of 100) and A SPECIAL SET OF 4 LITHO PRINTS (55€ per set, 18x24cm – 8″x10″ in size, unsigned and non editioned).”


“Please take note that, for the duration of the book pre-publication campaign, all of Guido’s Kate Bush fine art prints on our website will be discounted 25%. The discount applies to all print sizes. Check them out here.”


L to r: two never before seen images from The Line, The Cross & The Curve, 1993: Kate in red shoes and with Lindsay Kemp; Guido, Kate and Lindsay on the set of The Line, The Cross And The Curve.
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Hounds of Love released 30 years ago today!

Hounds of Love, the fifth studio album by Kate Bush was released on the 16th September 1985. It was a massive commercial and critical success and to this day regularly finds it’s way onto most lists and polls of the greatest albums of all time. Rightly so, it’s an exceptional work that continues to fascinate and inspire listeners. It is also clearly one of Kate’s favourite albums; she played almost all of the songs from the album during her live shows last year. We’re going to listen to it loud today!

To mark the occasion, the full album is being performed in its entirety this evening by tribute band Cloudbusting, in Islington, London. More here.

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Hounds of Love print ad 1985

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SITE EXCLUSIVE: “Kate – Inside the Rainbow” by John Carder Bush, book cover and ordering info


A unique collection of rare and unseen photographs of KATE BUSH, taken by her brother, the photographer and writer – KATE: INSIDE THE RAINBOW by JOHN CARDER BUSH is published on 22nd October 2015 Hardback, price £40.00. PRE-ORDER FROM AMAZON: Kate: Inside the Rainbow

Note for fans: be sure to visit www.katebook.co.uk where a limited run of special editions will be available to pre-order shortly. You can sign up to receive more details as soon as they are released.

KATE is a collection of beautiful images from throughout her career. It includes outtakes from classic album shoots and never-before-seen photographs from The Dreaming and Hounds of Love sessions, and rare candid studio shots and behind-the-scenes stills from video sets, including ‘Army Dreamers’ and ‘Running Up that Hill’. These stunning images are accompanied by two new essays by John Carder Bush: Inside the Rainbow, describing in vibrant detail their shared childhood and the early, whirlwind days of Kate’s career, and My Sister, My Sitter, which vividly evokes John’s experience of photographing his sister.

‘For me, each of these images forms part of a golden thread that shoots through the visual tapestry of Kate’s remarkable career. Storytelling has always been the heartbeat of Kate’s body of work, and it has been a privilege to capture these photographic illustrations that accompany those magical tales’ JOHN CARDER BUSH

KATE is a truly extraordinary insight into the life and career of one of our most influential and well-loved artists. JOHN CARDER BUSH is a respected photographer and writer. His sister is the composer and musician Kate Bush, and John’s poetry narration and backing vocals have been used on several of her albums. He headed the Kate Bush management team for twenty years and since her early childhood, and throughout her career, John has photographed Kate both candidly and professionally. His images have appeared on iconic album, single and magazine covers worldwide.

In 2014, Sphere published a new edition of CATHY, John’s iconic collection of photographs of Kate Bush as a young girl.

PRE-ORDER FROM AMAZON: Kate: Inside the Rainbow

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VENUE CHANGE: Cloudbusting tribute 30th Anniversary of Hounds of Love concert!

An important change-of-venue announcement from Kate Bush tribute band, Cloudbusting, on their special Hounds of Love 30th Anniversary concert in London on September 16th:

“30 years to the day after it was released, on Wednesday 16th September, Kate Bush’s astounding album Hounds of Love is going to be performed in full by Cloudbusting at the Islington Assembly Hall which, according to The Guardian, is ‘one of London’s best mid-sized music venues’.


That’s only half the story! We are performing a full 2 hour set spanning the whole of Kate’s career including some songs which we are pretty sure have NEVER been played live before.
We will be joined on stage by Kate’s drummer Preston Heyman who is planning something VERY special for Sat In Your Lap.

Members of The London Bulgarian Choir will help us recreate the magic of Kate’s music throughout the evening. Our very good friends from the South West’s greatest folk/rock band Mad Dog Mcrea will pile on the Celtic authenticity for many of the songs from Hounds of Love.

Any tickets that have been sent out from The Bloomsbury will be valid on the door. We will have in our possession on the evening the tickets that were to be collected at the Bloomsbury box office. The Bloomsbury box office team have assured us they will be contacting everyone with full details of the venue change. Anyone who is unable to make it to the new venue will be offered a full refund by the Bloomsbury Theatre. To these people we offer our most sincere apologies.

There are a handful of tickets still available. The Islington Assembly Hall does not have its own box office so we’re not quite sure how to allocate these. If you know anyone who might want one please get them to contact us on this page. We will do our best to ensure you get similar seats to the ones originally purchased. If you have any further questions please get in touch!
Now, who knows a good pub nearby where we can all celebrate afterwards?”

More at the band’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cloudbustingkatebushtribute

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One year later, memories of Before the Dawn

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Seán Twomey writes:

In the end it came down to a single smile.

After over sixteen years running the news website there was still no guarantee back in March 2014 that I’d score a ticket. Over those years I would occasionally revisit my site’s dusty FAQ page, maybe sometimes slightly rewording the question and answer section about whether Kate would ever tour again. I’ll admit it: I had more or less decided that she wouldn’t. Fast forward to August 26th 2014 and I had turned down several radio and TV interviews wanting to get my immediate post-show reaction to Kate’s first concert since 1979. Surreal.

Opening night was all so overwhelming to me that I needed to shut all that stuff out. Excited, busy journeys from Dublin brought myself and five friends together, sitting in an impressively tiled Wagamama restaurant on the Shepherds Bush Road. It was 5.30pm when my day-long, breezy euphoria at what was unfolding came to an abrupt halt. As my friends animatedly poured over the menu, something sank in my stomach. I felt weak. Actual cold sweat. I started searching my mind for the root cause of this sudden unexpected change of mood. The weight of all the hype I’d poured on this occasion for myself condensed down into a single thought; “How is SHE feeling right now, just how is SHE doing?”

As we headed out into Hammersmith and approached that now iconic ‘Before the Dawn’ marquee sign, my thoughts were mostly focused on Kate herself. She had somehow agreed to this enormous responsibility after years of avoiding such exposure. I had fleetingly and politely met her in the kitchen of East Wickham Farm many years earlier in 2002. She was a friendly, busy mother that evening, and afterwards I “left the room, caught my breath outside the door and didn’t dare to go back in again” – to borrow Kate’s description of her own first meeting with Bowie. For the briefest moment I had at least once encountered the person behind the famous name, and as I approached the queue at the Apollo, it was hard to imagine that the same unassuming, low-key woman was responsible for all of THIS.

Now the experience is flash-bulb quick. Barricades are set up to guide ticket-holders in. We stroll past the television crews, the blissfully willing interviewees, the mouthy ticket touts and cagey security guards and into the slow moving throng of fans, proudly/shyly wearing their t-shirts and badges as we got closer to the doors. Fan tickets are scanned: no, they don’t tear them, your seaweed and anemones are safe. The merchandise stall: is that really an inflatable life preserver ring? The venue: very Art Deco, Eberhard Weber music floats out hypnotically from the stage speakers. The stage: we can see the instruments. All of them. Did someone accidentally raise a curtain? Are these the actual instruments that will produce ACTUAL Kate Bush songs? Did she really mean to show that? The programme: I rapidly flick through it in my seat. Spoilers. Glimpses of….elaborate, theatrical stuff and pages of notes carefully written by Kate. Our seats: three rows from the front. Dead centre.

My excitement was back. Full force. As the venue filled, as the voice-over announcement came welcoming us to the show, as Lily Cornford’s voice bathed us all in a spell of protection – it felt like a deep inhale before the explosion of sound and lights. And there she was. Dance-marching out into the stage, out into that cacophonous outpouring of love from three thousand people. And there it was, Kate’s reassuring smile. Nodding and studying the audience, she smiled as the chorus took their place stage right and she presented herself with open arms to the roars of the crowd. It was a relieved, mischievous smile, tinged with only a little nervousness. Bertie was right there with her. Her family and friends were there. She was about to unleash something truly extraordinary, and she knew it. This was going to be an unforgettable night. And oh, how it was.

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