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Do you like to travel?

– Do you like to travel?/Ti piace viaggiare??
A Lot!/Tanterrimo!!

– Have you ever been outside of Europe? /Sei mai stato fuori dall’Europa?
Unfortunately not/Sfortunatamente no

– Where do you like to go? /Dove ti piacerebbe andare??
Across the whole wolrd/ In tutto il mondo

– Where you wouldn’t ever go? /Dove invece non andresti mai??
don’t know…I wanna go everywhere, with no restrictions

– 5 star hotel or sleeping bag? /Albergo a 5 stelle o sacco a pelo??
I easily adaptable/ Mi adatto facilmente

– Train or plane?/ Treno o aereo??
I love train..but definitely Plane!/ Amo i treni, ma decisamente aereo!

– Journey or vacation? /Viaggio o vacanza?

– Tourist Guide or visit do-it-yourself? /Guida o visita fai-da-te??

– Suitcase or backpack? /Valigia o zaino?
Backpack on my shoulders and a suitcase to embark/ Zaino sulle spalle e valigia da imbarcare

– What can not miss?/ Cosa non può mancare ??
I don’t really need anything , I’m ok with a pair of shoes/In realtà non ho bisgno di nulla, mi basta un paio di scarpe

– If I were a city would be …? /Se fossi una città saresti…??
New York

– Why? /Perchè??
There’s no why, I think is a really stimulating town…then you get into the metro and you can meet really cool boys!/Non c’è un perchè, penso sia una città piena di stimoli… poi vai in metro e incontri dei gran fighi!

– The most beautiful city that you’ve visited in Italy/ La città più bella che hai visitato in Italia

– The most beautiful city I’ve visited (foreign) /La città più bella che hai visitato (all’estero)
London and Paris/ Londra e Parigi

– In what place that you’ve already visited, you’d like to come back? /In quale posto che hai già visitato, ti piacerebbe tornare?
Already Paris/ Ancora Parigi

– The place you wish to visit as soon as possible /Il posto che vorresti visitare al più presto possibile

– If you could tomorrow you’ll wake to … /Se potessi domani ti sveglieresti a…
Goodmorning Wien!/Buon giorno Vienna!

– A journey through time, where would you go? /Un viaggio nel tempo, dove andresti?
Wembley Stadium 1986 during the storical concert by Freddie Mercury’s Queen/ Allo stadio di Wembley nel 1986 durante il mitico concerto dei Queen con Freddie Mercury

– In the future do you see yourself in … / Nel futuro ti vedi a…
I think it’s a really confusional view right now/Al momento la visione è un po’ confusa

– Write three places you’d definitely visit /Scrivi tre posti che vorresti assolutamente visitare
Australia, Norway and USA/ Australia, Norvegia ed America


Kate Moss at the Ritz Paris

Kate Moss at the Ritz Paris

Vouge Issue April 2012

photographed by Tim Walker

Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington


Bellhop Nicolas Deschamps balances a Roger Vivier silk-and-feather pump on his cap.


Like the neoclassical crimson satin sofa, a dramatic tiered evening dress (Dior’s finale look) adds a jolt of brilliant color to the hushed palette of an Imperial Suite salon. Dior Haute Couture silk dress.


“I drink the French 76: vodka, sugar, lemon juice topped up with champagne; it’s the best drink ever, but it only tastes like that in the Hemingway Bar,” says Moss, here in L’Espadon. “Colin [Field, Ritz Paris head bartender] made it for my wedding. It doesn’t taste at all strong—and then, whoa, whoops-a-daisy!” Alexis Mabille Haute Couture burnished lamé dress and hat.


A cornflower-blue dress by Sarah Burton, reminiscent of 1950s couture, plays on proportion and contrast: nipped-in waist and voluminous skirt; flat jacquard against exploding lace. Alexander McQueen lace bustier jacquard dress and lace boots, made for Vogue. Van Cleef & Arpels diamond necklace. Headpiece created by Julien d’Ys.


Karl Lagerfeld took over the first-floor-spanning Imperial Suite, seen here, for his 1996 couture collection. Chanel Haute Couture embroidered organza flower coat and pumps.


“When I was with Johnny Depp, he always stayed there. I had an apartment in Paris at the time, but he said, ‘No, we’re staying at the Ritz,’ so he came by and swept me up to the Ritz—he didn’t want to “When I was with Johnny Depp, he always stayed there. I had an apartment in Paris at the time, but he said, ‘No, we’re staying at the Ritz,’ so he came by and swept me up to the Ritz—he didn’t want toslum it in my apartment!” Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci silk organza blouse with paillettes and crystals, silk knit tank, silk cady skirt with zipper detail, and crystal jewelry. Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci gloves.


In the Flower Room, a team of five florists overseen by floral designer Djordje Varda is charged with, among other things, selecting and arranging 10,000 blooms for the hotel each week.


Sprigged dresses in the Imperial Suite, inspired by Marie Antoinette frolicking at the bucolic Le Petit Trianon, took up to 1,200 hours to make by hand. On models Sigrid Agren, Patricia van der Vliet, Josephine Skriver, and Mirte Maas: Valentino Haute Couture taffeta dresses. Lace headpieces created by Julien d’Ys, using Mokuba ribbon.


Moss, in the bathroom of the Coco Chanel Suite, wears a petal-like cocktail dress and cape, inspired by a 1960 design, from a pink-and-silver cloque lamé created by Cristóbal Balenciaga. Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière dress and cape, made for Vogue, and ankle boots. Boucheron bracelet.


The Ritz Paris kitchens, once headed by the legendary Escoffier when the hotel opened in 1898, house a team of 80 chefs and staff, who prepare meals for the two–Michelin star L’Espadon, the Bar Vendôme, and room service.


“Gianni’s [Versace] shows were amazing—and sooo convenient. Walk downstairs, go to work: Love that!” says Moss, with housekeepers Khadidja Fakri and Lollie Bacete (standing). Dior Haute Couture embroidered silk dress. Headpiece created by Julien d’Ys.


For three decades, Coco Chanel called the hotel her home. Here, the bedroom of the suite named for her. Armani Privé sequined embroidered flared bustier dress.


Giambattista Valli sent out a cinched draped-shoulder goddess dress in “a color so deep, so intense, you can almost smell it—like bougainvillea on the Mediterranean coast.” Giambattista Valli Haute Couture silk dress and necklace.

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Blink of Words

I had the privilege of growing up in a period of cultural revolution. And the music they have been a part. Maybe I was not nothing but a pawn, but I’m glad, however, to have contributed to change something.


Ho avuto il privilegio di crescere in un periodo di rivoluzione culturale. E la musica ne è stata una componente. Forse non sono stata altro che una pedina, ma sono contenta, comunque, di aver contribuito a cambiare qualcosa.

(Patti Smith)

Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac, the “father of the Beat movement” is one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century. Jean-Louis Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachesetts in March 1922 by a family of French-Canadian immigrants originating in Saint-Hubert-de-Rivière-du-Loup after youngest brother Gerard and his sister Caroline. His childhood was marked by a tragic event: the untimely death of his brother Gerard in 1922. He attended the parish school of St. Louis de France, where the teaching was in French. In 1932, at the age of ten, the family moved to Pawrucketville and began attending the Bartlett Junior High School here had difficulty communicating in English, and it took a few years to become bilingual. In the new school he met Sebastian “Sammy” Sampas, a greek friend with whom he shared a passion for literature. Jack was very good at sports, especially football and running. With large memory, at the age of only years he wrote his first novel “The Cop on the Beat.” In 1939 she graduated from Lowell High School. Between the 1939-40 Jack attended the Horace Mann Preparatory School in New York City and visited the local artists she met people like Henri Cru and Frankie Edith Parker, his first wife. In the ’40s, thanks to a scholarship for athletic merits, he enrolled at Columbia University. After a leg injury, he left football. Among his favorite reading: William Saroyan, Hemingway, Dos Passos, Joyce, Dostoevsky and Thomas Wolfe. In 1942 he entered the merchant marine and sailed all the way to Greenland. Returned to the mainland to attend the beginning of alternative environments in Greenwich Village, attending artist e bohemian. 1944 crucial year in which he met Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. Another important meeting was with Neal Cassidy.

Kerouac made ​​his debut as a writer in 1946-48 with the novel “The Town and the City,” published in 1950, was an immediate success. In the early fifties he devoted himself to writing short stories, which was stored in a backpack that carried with it around America. When Ginsberg and Cassidy moved to Berkeley and San Francisco, there followed, and here he met the young Zen poet Gary Snyder. In this period he began the Buddhist religion that seeks to reconcile with Catholicism. The second novel, “The Dharma Bums” describes a staircase Alpine with Snyder in the park Yosemite. Returning to New York he met Joan Haverty, who married in 1950. April 51, in just three weeks, he wrote his masterpiece, “On the Road”. The novel was published in 1957 and was defined as the manifesto of the Beat Generation. In San Francisco meets Alene Lee, and their love affair was born his novel “The Underground”, written in seventy-two hours. Punctuation in the text no longer exists and the prose flows freely. In Mexico City, where he joined Burroughs, began a relationship with Esperanza Villanueva, heroin addict and prostitute, who will be the protagonist of the novel “Tristessa.” In these years living in a whirlwind of sex and drugs. In 1956 he reached Burroughs in Tangier, and help in the writing of “Naked Lunch.” He then moved to Paris with Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso met. The Paris period is very hectic and Jack spends all his earnings in alcohol. Back in America, and after a short time in New York, spends his time between San Francisco and Big Sur.

Back to live in New York with his mother, who blames his son everything he has done in his life. You move back to Mexico City where it leads to completion “Desolation Angels” and returned to Lowell married his third wife, Stella Sampas, the sister of his childhood Sammy. But his demons do not go away and take him deeper and deeper. In 1966 he was in Italy, at the invitation of the publisher Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, where he held a series of lectures. The beginning of 1968 was marked by a tragic event: February 4 the friend Neal Cassidy was found frozen to death on the rails of a railroad in Mexico. To pull it out of the doldrums in-laws took him to Europe, but Kerouac does nothing but get drunk. He moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., died Oct. 21, 1969.

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Jack Kerouac, il “papà del movimento beat” è uno dei più importanti scrittori americani del XX secolo. Jean-Louis Kerouac nasce a Lowell, nel Massachesetts, nel marzo 1922 da una famiglia di immigrati franco-canadesi originari di Saint-Hubert-de-Rivière-du-Loup: ultimogenito dopo il fratello Gerard e la sorella Caroline. La sua infanzia fu segnata da un evento tragico: la prematura scomparsa del fratello Gerard nel 1922. Frequentò la scuola parrocchiale di St. Louis de France, dove l’insegnamento era in lingua francese. Nel 1932, all’età di dieci anni, la famiglia si trasferì a Pawrucketville e iniziò a frequentare il Barlett Junior High School: qui ebbe difficoltà a comunicare in inglese e ci vollero alcuni anni per diventare bilingue. Nella nuova scuola conobbe Sebastian “Sammy” Sampas, un amico greco con il quale condivise la passione per la letteratura. Jack era molto bravo negli sport, soprattutto football e corsa. Dotato di grande memoria, all’età di unici anni scrive il suo primo romanzo “The Cop on the Beat”. Nel 1939 si diplomò alla Lowell High School. Tra il 1939-40 Jack frequentò la Horace Mann Preparatory School a New York: visitò le città e locali di artisti in cui conobbe persone come Henri Cru e Frankie Edith Parker, la sua prima moglie. Nel ’40, grazie a una borsa di studio per meriti atletici, si iscrisse alla Columbia University. Dopo un infortunio alla gamba, abbandonò il football. Tra le sue letture predilette: William Saroyan,Hemingway, Dos Passos, Joyce, Dostoevskij e Thomas Wolfe. Nel 1942 entrò nella marina mercantile e navigò fino alla Groelandia. Tornato sulla terraferma inizio a frequentare gli ambienti alternativi di Greenwich Village, frequentando artisti e bohémien. 1944: anno cruciale in cui conobbe Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs e Allen Ginsberg. Altro incontro importante fu quello con Neal Cassidy.

Kerouac esordisce come scrittore nel 1946-48 con il romanzo “La città e la metropoli”, pubblicato nel 1950: il successo fu immediato. Nei primi anni cinquanta si dedicò alla stesura di novelle, che era conservate in uno zaino che portava con se in giro per l’America. Quando  Ginsberg e Cassidy si trasferirono a Berkeley e San Francisco, lì seguì e qui conobbe il giovane poeta Zen Gary Snyder. In questo periodo si avvicina alla religione buddista che cerca di far convivere con il cattolicesimo. Il  secondo romanzo, “I vagabondi del Dharma”, descrive una scalinata alpina con con Snyder nel parco Yosemite. Ritornato a New York conobbe Joan Haverty, che sposò nel 1950. Nell’aprile del 51, in sole tre settimane, scrisse il suo capolavoro, “On the Road”. Il romanzo fu pubblicato nel 1957 e fu definito come il manifesto della Beat Generation. A San Francisco incontra Alene Lee,e dalla loro relazione amorosa nasce il romanzo “I sotterranei”, scritto in settantadue ore. Nel testo l punteggiatura non esiste più e la prosa scorre libera. A Città del Messico, dove aveva raggiunto Burroughs , intreccia una relazione con Esperanza Villanueva, eroinomane e prostituta, che sarà protagonista del romanzo “Tristessa”. In questi anni vive in un vortice di sesso e droga. Nel 1956 è raggiunge Burroughs a Tangeri e lo aiuta nella stesura di “Pasto nudo”. Si sposta poi a Parigi con Allen Ginsberg e Peter Orlovsky ed incontra Gregory Corso. Il periodo parigino è molto movimentato  e Jack spende tutti i suoi guadagni in alcool. Ritorna in America, e dopo un breve periodo a New York, passa il suo tempo tra San Francisco e il Big Sur.

Torna a vivere a New York con la madre, che rinfaccia al figlio tutto quello che ha fatto nella vita. Si sposta nuovamente a Città del Messico dove porta a compimento “Angeli di desolazione” e tornato a Lowell sposa la terza moglie, Stella Sampas, sorella dell’amico d’infanzia Sammy. Ma i suoi demoni non spariscono e lo portano sempre più a fondo. Nel 1966 è in Italia, su invito della casa editrice Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, dove tiene una serie di conferenze. L’inizio del 1968 è segnato da un evento tragico: il 4 febbraio l’amico Neal Cassidy fu trovato morto assiderato nei binari di una ferrovia in Messico. Per tirarlo fuori dalla depressione i cognati lo portano in Europa, ma Kerouac non fa altro che ubriacarsi. Trasferitosi a St. Petersburg, in Florida, muore il 21 ottobre 1969.

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Irwin Allen Ginsberg

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was born in 1926 in New Jersey, to a Jewish family: his father was a poet and his mother was suffering from a rare psychological illness never properly diagnosed. Mom was an active member of the Communist Party and took her children with her to the meetings of the party. Ginsberg early age writes letters on political issues on the New York Times. After a long bus trip with her ​​mother to join the therapist of the latter, Ginsberg wrote a biographical poem, “Kaddish for Naomi.”

Important literary figure in his path toward literature, was the poet Walt Whitman. He went to Columbia University with a scholarship from the “Young Men’s Hebrew Association” of Paterson, but in order to continue his studies at the prestigious university was forced to enlist in the merchant navy. During his university years he worked on Ginsberg’s literary magazine “Columbia” and that of humor, “Jester”, in addition to being the president of the “Philolexian Society” discussion group lettararia, and win the prize “Woodberry Poetry Prize.” The roommate, Lucien Carr, he knows some of the Beat writers, including Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. All of them were bound together by a “new vision” for literature and America. Carr became known Ginsberg and Neal Cassady, their meeting is narrated by Kerouac in his wonderful novel On The Road. In Harlem in 1948, Ginsberg had an auditory hallucination while reading a poem by William Blake. The American poet initially thought he heard the voice of God, but then recognized it as the voice of the same Blake. Later, he tried to revive this sensory experience through the use of various drugs.In Greenwich Village, the “Pony Stable”, the first openly lesbian bar, he met Gregory Corso, just out of prison. Ginsberg was very impressed by the poems of course and presented to members of the beat scene.

In 1954, in San Francisco, he met and fell in love with Peter Orlovsky. There he met members of the San Francisco Renaissance and other Beat poets. The following year, the artist and co-founder of the “Six Gallery”, Wally Hedrick, and proposed to organize a poetry reading at the gallery. Here, October 13, 1955, during the series of events of the “Mythos Beat,” there was the first public reading of “Howl”, the poem that gave worldwide fame Ginsberg. Howl was considered scandalous at the time of the publication of a text because of the crudeness of the language that is often very explicit. Incipit is a clear reference to Carl Solomon, Dadaist writer who had met while in prison to the asylum at Rockland. Shortly after publication, the book was banned, and this was removed after Judge Clayton W. Horn said that the poem was a social protest.

In 1957, after a short period in Morocco, Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky settled in Paris above a bar at 9 rue Git-le-Coeur, known as the “Beat Hotel”. It was a period of great creativity for Ginsberg’s poem “Kaddish”, Corso composed “Bomb” and “Marriage” and Burroughs picked up his writings in “Naked Lunch.” In 1959 he founded the literary journal “Beatitude” in with poets John Kelly, Bob Kaufman, AD Winans, and William Margolis. In May of 1965, in London, offered to Better Books to read anywhere for free. Thus was born the program for the International Poetry Incarnation, reading, which was held at the Royal Albert Hall in June of the same year. The event, which drew about 7,000 people to attend readings and performances, attended by poets such as Adrian Mitchell, Alexander Trocchi, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Spike Hawkins and William Burroughs. The music and singing were important elements that accompanied the poet during the reading of his poetry. Ginsberg was point of contact between the Beat movement and the hippies. He was a friend of Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, and Bob Dylan.

Crucial to her spiritual journey was the trip to India and a chance meeting in New York with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master. Ginsberg was also involved with the Krishnaism, through his friendship with AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the Hare Krishna movement. Ginsberg donated money, materials, and his reputation to help the Swami to build the first temple, accompanying him in the promotional tour.
Ginsberg won the National Book Award for his book “The Fall” and in 1993 he was awarded by the French Minister of Culture medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. The last public reading he gave was at the NYU Poetry Slam in February 1997. He died April 5, 1997, a few days after I wrote the last poem of “Things I’ll Not Do (Nostalgias).”

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Irwin Allen Ginsberg nasce nel 1926, nel New Jersey, da una famiglia ebraica: il padre era poeta e la madre era affetta da una rara malattia psicologica mai correttamente diagnosticata. La mamma era un membro attivo del Partito Comunista e portava con sé i figli alle riunioni del partito. Ginsberg già da giovanissimo scrive lettere su questioni politiche al New York Times. Dopo un lungo viaggio in autobus con la madre per raggiungere il terapeuta di quest’ultima, Ginsberg scriverà un poema biografico: “Kaddish per Naomi”.

Figura letteraria fondamentale nel suo percorso di avvicinamento alla letteratura, fu il poeta Walt Whitman. Entrò alla Columbia University con una borsa di studio ottenuta dalla “Young Men’s Hebrew Association” di Paterson, ma per poter continuare gli studi presso la prestigiosa università fu costretto ad arruolarsi nella marina mercantile. Durante gli anni universitari Ginsberg lavorò alla rivista letteraria “Columbia” e a quella di umorismo “Jester”, oltre ad essere il presidente della “Philolexian Society”, gruppo di discussione lettararia, e a vincere il premio “Woodberry Poetry Prize”. Il compagno di stanza, Lucien Carr, gli fece conosce alcuni scrittori beat, tra cui Jack Kerouac e William S. Burroughs. Tutti loro erano legati tra loro da una “nuova visione” per la letteratura e l’America. Carr fece conoscere Ginsberg e Neal Cassady; il loro incontro viene raccontato da Kerouac nel suo bellissimo romanzo On The Road. Ad Harlem, nel 1948, Ginsberg ebbe un’allucinazione uditiva durante la lettura di una poesia di William Blake. Il poeta americano inizialmente pensò di aver sentito la voce di Dio, ma poi la riconobbe come la voce dello stesso Blake. In seguito, cercò di rivivere questa esperienza sensoriale attraverso l’uso di diverse droghe. A Greenwich Village, al “Pony Stable”, il primo bar apertamente lesbico, conobbe Gregory Corso, appena uscito di prigione. Ginsberg rimase molto colpito dalle poesie di Corso e lo presentò ai membri della scena beat.

Nel 1954, a San Francisco, conobbe Peter Orlovsky e se ne innamorò. Qui incontrò i membri della San Francisco Renaissance e altri poeti beat. L’anno successivo il pittore e co-fondatore della “Galleria Six”, Wally Hedrick, gli propose di organizzare una lettura di poesie presso la galleria. Qui, il 13 ottobre 1955, durante la serie di eventi della “Mythos Beat”, ci fu la prima lettura pubblica di “Howl”, la poesia che ha data fama mondiale a Ginsberg. Howl fu considerato un testo scandaloso all’epoca della pubblicazione per via della crudezza del linguaggio che è spesso molto esplicito. Nell’incipit è chiaro il riferimento a Carl Solomon, scrittore dadaista che aveva conosciuto durante la reclusione nel manicomio di Rockland. Poco dopo la pubblicazione il testo fu messo al bando; questo fu tolto dopo che il giudice Clayton W. Horn dichiarò che il poema era una denuncia sociale.

Nel 1957, dopo un breve periodo in Marocco, Ginsberg e Peter Orlovsky si stabilirono a Parigi sopra un bar al numero 9 di Rue Git-le-Coeur, noto come il “Beat Hotel”. Fu un periodo di grande creatività: Ginsberg fini il poema “Kaddish”, Corso compose “Bomb” e “Marriage” e Burroughs raccolse i suoi scritti in “Naked Lunch”. Nel 1959 fondò la rivista letteraria “Beatitude” con in poeti John Kelly, Bob Kaufman, A.D. Winans e William Margolis. Nel maggio del 1965, a Londra, si offrì alla Better Books di leggere ovunque gratuitamente. Nacque così il programma per l’International Poetry Incarnation, lettura che si tenne presso la Royal Albert Hall nel giugno dello stesso anno. All’evento, che aveva attirato circa 7.000 persone ad assistere a letture e spettacoli, parteciparono poeti come: Adrian Mitchell, Alexander Trocchi, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Spike Hawkins e William Burroughs. La musica e il canto furono elementi importanti che accompagnarono il poeta durante le letture delle sue poesia. Ginsberg fu punto di contatto tra il movimento Beat e gli Hippy. Egli fu amico di Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey e Bob Dylan.

Fondamentale per il suo percorso spirituale fu il viaggio in India e l’incontro casuale a New York con Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, maestro tibetano di meditazione buddhista. Ginsberg fu anche coinvolto con il Krishnaismo, grazie all’amicizia con AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada fondatore del movimento Hare Krishna. Ginsberg donò denaro, materiali e la sua fama per aiutare lo Swami a costruire il primo tempio, accompagnandolo nel tour promozionale.

Ginsberg vince il National Book Award per il libro “The Fall” e nel 1993 gli venne assegnato dal ministro francese della Cultura la medaglia di Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. L’ultima lettura pubblica che diede fu alla NYU Poetry Slam nel febbraio 1997. Morì il 5 aprile 1997, alcuni giorni dopo aver scritto la su ultima poesia “Things I’ll Not Do (Nostalgias)”.

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