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The Serpent's Teeth
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The Serpent's Teeth

These two short plays take distinct perspectives on the price of war

The Overcoat: A Musical review
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The Overcoat: A Musical review

This new musical is based on a short story by Nikolai Gogol

Designing Bright Futures
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Designing Bright Futures

See the future in this new exhibition by young designers investigating the big creative ideas of our time

Eurydice review
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Eurydice review

Sarah Ruhl's reimagining of the Greek myth makes its way to the Old Fitz

Sundaes and Sounds
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Sundaes and Sounds

Head to a laneway bursting at the seams with a mini dessert festival

Share Your Zines Fair
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Share Your Zines Fair

Get to know your local self-publishers and meet fellow zine fans at this creative marketplace

The Dance of Death review
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The Dance of Death review

Judy Davis directs an all-star cast in this confused take on August Strindberg's classic

Rise of the Tarongasaurs
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Rise of the Tarongasaurs

There are more giants than just the giraffes at Taronga Zoo these school holidays

A Cheery Soul review
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A Cheery Soul review

Patrick White's surreal satirical masterpiece returns to Sydney Theatre Company with Sarah Peirse in the lead role

24 Hours at the Aquarium
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24 Hours at the Aquarium

See Sydney’s aquatic residents get up to no good after dark

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Employees Only finally opens this Saturday night

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Employees Only finally opens this Saturday night
Throw your support behind ‘Equality Green’ one year on from the Yes vote

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Throw your support behind ‘Equality Green’ one year on from the Yes vote
The Global Drug Survey wants to have an honest conversation about your drug habits

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The Global Drug Survey wants to have an honest conversation about your drug habits
Will the new lime green electric bikes survive Sydney?

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Will the new lime green electric bikes survive Sydney?
Mr Liquor's Dirty Italian Disco is evolving into a new venue in Bondi

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Mr Liquor's Dirty Italian Disco is evolving into a new venue in Bondi
Sydney now has a Night Time Industries Association

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Sydney now has a Night Time Industries Association
You can now book a night in this remote luxury dome in the bush

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You can now book a night in this remote luxury dome in the bush
One of our favourite theatre directors is tackling Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus

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One of our favourite theatre directors is tackling Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus
Kylie announces her first Australian shows since 2015

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Kylie announces her first Australian shows since 2015
This new juice bar saves wonky fruit from landfill

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Win a double-bed pass and a popcorn bucket for the opening night of Mov’in Bed Outdoor Cinema
Film Win a double-bed pass and a popcorn bucket for the opening night of Mov’in Bed Outdoor Cinema

Join us between the sheets for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

A Midnight Visit review
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A Midnight Visit review

This immersive theatre experience takes place in an abandoned Newtown warehouse

The Big Design Market
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The Big Design Market

Find your style match with independent makers and designers at this three-day art, fashion and design festival

Just for Laughs
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Just for Laughs

Bill Bailey, Ken Jeong and Iliza Shlesinger headline the eighth Sydney edition of this international comedy festival

A guide to shopping on the Central Coast
Travel A guide to shopping on the Central Coast

Here’s where to get your retail therapy

A guide to eating and drinking on the Central Coast
Travel A guide to eating and drinking on the Central Coast

Top chefs and great plates of food can be found all along the coast

Time Out Sydney magazine
Things to do Time Out Sydney magazine

Food awards issue out now

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The best of Sydney

The 50 Best Restaurants in Sydney Right Now
Restaurants The 50 Best Restaurants in Sydney Right Now

Welcome to the Time Out EAT List, our handpicked ‘best of’ for Sydney's food scene.

The Best Clubs and Nightlife in Sydney
Nightlife The Best Clubs and Nightlife in Sydney

We'll party on the roof, in the basement, by the pool, even once every few months in a suburban bowling club. 

Top Sydney attractions
Attractions Top Sydney attractions

Let us be your guide to the sights you need to see and the ones you can wave to from an open-top bus. 

The Best Tattoo Parlours in Sydney
Shopping The Best Tattoo Parlours in Sydney

It’s worth investing a little time into who and where you should get inked before making the decision to permanently commit. 

The best antique shops in Sydney
Shopping The best antique shops in Sydney

We got splendidly lost sprawling warehouses and unusual independent stores. 

Where to have a boozy brunch in Sydney
Bars Where to have a boozy brunch in Sydney

Whether you're softening the sharp edges on a nasty hangover or kicking off the day with a bang. 

The Best High Tea in Sydney
Restaurants The Best High Tea in Sydney

Sydney is obsessed with high tea, and with good reason – we know how to bake a good scone. 

Where to find the best Sydney parks
Attractions Where to find the best Sydney parks

While away an afternoon or simply catch a break at lunch time. 

Sydney sightseeing
Attractions Sydney sightseeing

Sydney packs a punch when it comes to spectacular views and thrilling activities.

The 50 best cafes in Sydney
Restaurants The 50 best cafes in Sydney

Whether it's a reward after tackling one of Sydney's beautiful walks or a caffienated catch up or a hangover fixer.

The best escape rooms in Sydney
Things to do The best escape rooms in Sydney

Time Out took the challenge of visiting all the escape rooms in the city.

The best walks in Sydney
Sport and fitness The best walks in Sydney

Coastal walks, bush walks, historical walks and inner city ambles: there are many routes to choose from.

The 50 best bars in Sydney
Bars The 50 best bars in Sydney

We don't need an excuse for a cocktail once quitting time hits. 

The best hotels in Sydney
Travel The best hotels in Sydney

There are a few hotels whose hospitality is just as popular with locals as with those visiting town.

The best day trips from Sydney
Travel The best day trips from Sydney

Point your compass in the direction of one of these nearby towns, regions and bush walks.

The best markets in Sydney
Shopping The best markets in Sydney

Whether it’s the brekky pho or racks of vintage threads that gets you out of bed in the morning. 

The best rooftop bars in Sydney
Bars The best rooftop bars in Sydney

Sometimes there's nothing better than the sun on your back and a cool drink to keep things chill.

Sydney's harbour islands
Things to do Sydney's harbour islands

Take a day trip to one of these ten landmarks surrounded by water.

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Neighbourhood guides

Newtown
Newtown

We love Newtown for the music. We love it for the food.

Chippendale
Chippendale

Chippo packs a lot of punch for a little fella. 

Bondi
Bondi

The beachside 'burb has amazing cafés, diners and shops.  

Ashfield
Ashfield

Ashfield holds onto the charming remnants of its ageing looks.

Parramatta
Parramatta

Parramatta's food and drink scene is on the rise.

Fairfield
Fairfield

Flavours dominate this multicultural hub in Western Sydney.

Crows Nest
Crows Nest

It's one of the highest points of all of the northern suburbs.

Petersham
Petersham

Sydney’s ‘Little Portugal’ your first port of call.

Penrith
Penrith

There’s more to Sydney’s adventure capital than adrenaline highs.

Neutral Bay
Neutral Bay

Get around the Lower North Shore suburb's food, drink and entertainment. 

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Our guide to casual dining in Sydney with American Express

Superb sushi for a light bite
Restaurants Superb sushi for a light bite

Creative sushi chefs and excellent produce make Sydney a great place to explore the magical combination of rice, seaweed and protein. The fact that it makes for a swift, filling and inexpensive lunch makes sushi an irresistible siren song to busy workers and students, who flock to the hundreds of restaurants that fill every corner of the city. To make things even easier, at all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that these venues welcome American Express.    

Top Sydney falafel dishes
Restaurants Top Sydney falafel dishes

Plant eater or not, the thrill of landing a plate of crunchy, just-fried falafel is the stuff of every food nerd’s dreams. These deep-fried balls of goodness can look and taste slightly different depending on which country they come from. Syrian and Lebanese falafel tend to have a chickpea centre, while Egyptian ones are usually made of ground fava. Use our cheat sheet to track down your favourite version in Sydney, and pay in confidence with American Express at all of these venues.

Pasta dishes to try in Sydney
Restaurants Pasta dishes to try in Sydney

Twirling spoons at the ready? We’ve scoured Sydney’s many Italian restaurants to find these Nonna-approved pasta dishes, from pillowy soft gnocchi to just-made tongues of ribbony linguine. We’ve also looked beyond the Boot to bring you to the best non-Italian interpretations of the flour-egg-water brief. At all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that these venues welcome American Express.    

More 20 great dishes for under $20
Restaurants More 20 great dishes for under $20

You can easily drop your week’s wages on dining out in Sydney but there’s no need. The city’s hot dining destinations have plenty of satisfying and scintillating stuff on their menus for less than a lobster. And when it comes to settling up you can use your American Express® Card with confidence. How about a complementary side dish with your meal? Check out the offers at Side with Amex.    

 Dim sum to try in Sydney
Restaurants Dim sum to try in Sydney

Sydney is home to excellent Chinese restaurants that serve up dim sum with serious style. Whether you're after an elegant banquet, a hangover-soothing repast or some steaming hot dumplings, these restaurants have some seriously great dim sum dishes. At all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that they welcome American Express.

20 must-try dishes for under $20
Restaurants 20 must-try dishes for under $20

What's $20 worth in Sydney these days? If you're looking for a good feed at least, a humble $20 note will actually get you pretty far. From Bondi to Barangaroo, Sydney's sprawl is dotted with foodie gems that won't cost you the earth. Grab your wallet and your comfy pants and tuck into our must-try dishes for $20 or less. And when it comes to the bill, you can pay with confidence knowing these venues take American Express.    

Antipasto plates perfect for aperitivo in Sydney
Restaurants Antipasto plates perfect for aperitivo in Sydney

Antipasto plates may not always involve much cooking, but they have the potential to show off a chef’s ability for sourcing some of the best deli goods from across the world. They also demonstrate a knack for the age-old art of preserving, pickling and curing the best local produce around. Whether it’s neat folds of cold cut meats, wedges of moreish cheese or pots of sour pickled veggies you’re after, these are the top spots in Sydney to get your antipasto fix. Then, when it comes to getting the cheque, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.      

Stir fries to wok your world
Restaurants Stir fries to wok your world

A good stir-fry is all about the breath of the wok – that magical combination of heat, timing and squeaky-fresh produce that transports you straight to the backstreets of buzzy Asian cities. Whether it’s fiery kung pao chicken or a plate of Indomee Goreng with a twist, we’ve sought out the best stir fries in Sydney. Check out the diverse range of dishes that come alive in the wok, and pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.

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JJ's Place
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JJ's Place

Jameson is hosting a blockbuster festival called JJ's Place filled with live music, exclusive beer and whiskey tastings and delicious snacks for one day only at Commune in Waterloo. The best part? It's free entry, with your first round on the house for you and a mate, if you register on the site. JJ's Place promises a packed and exciting day with your pals, especially if your crew are music lovers. The festival will be raging with sets from Gooch Palms, the Delta Riggs, Sloan Peterson and Display Homes. The tunes will be flowing the entire event with FBi DJs spinning faves between live sets. The festival also boasts the launch of Jameson Caskmates IPA editions, a blended Irish whiskey finished in IPA beer barrels. The hoppy, smooth whiskey will be served up the way it is best enjoyed, with fresh lemon and tonic. There'll also be other delicious selections from the Jameson Caskmates family to try: the stout with soda and orange; the hard shandy; and a limited edition Young Henrys Irish pale ale boilermaker. Alongside whiskey tastings, you'll also get the chance to watch a live barrel charring with the Jameson master distiller and Master cooper.  JJ's Place has also got great snacks to pair with all that delicious whiskey and beer, teaming up with two local legends to bring you custom plates and cocktails. Frankie's Pizza will be transporting their beloved pinball machines, serving up fresh slices, and flinging fresh apple and whiskey cocktails. Newtown gem Continental Deli

Check out the Four in Hand's new facelift
Bars Check out the Four in Hand's new facelift

Beloved pub Four in Hand in Paddington has stood for more than 140 years. Recently it was under threat of becoming a residential development, but 12,000 people gathered to fight back. The passionate local support prevailed and Good Beer Company stepped in to buy the beloved Four in Hand and keep it running.  After a style revamp, it's reopened and it's stronger than ever. Gone are the days of fine dining: the restaurant has been replaced with a plush, rustic bistro serving up classic pub meals. Inside the building’s new interior the old has been preserved in the polished wooden features and sporting hall of fame, then blended with the new for a light and airy refresh. There are 13 TVs peppered throughout the pub’s rooms, and an enormous 90-inch screen dedicated to airing sports, so you never miss a goal. With cricket season on its way it couldn’t come soon enough.  Stop in for a Monday night parma at just $12.50 a pop, or try Fridays with their two-for-one steak special. Happy hour runs seven days per week, with craft beer and wine on offer for just $5 from 5-7pm. Tuesdays are trivia night, with $12.50 rump steaks and plenty of fun to be had. Or if you’re interested in cocktails, check out their weekend specials, with $12.50 Espresso Martinis on Fridays, Margaritas on Saturdays, and Bloody Marys on Sundays.For more on Four in Hand, check out their website here.

A Midnight Visit review
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A Midnight Visit review

At first glance, the building – an old business furniture showroom situated between a rubbish-truck rental and a hipster coffee shop on the outskirts of Newtown – seems an unlikely place for a show. But when you step inside, hand over your valuables and sign a safety waiver, it’s clear that A Midnight Visit is no ordinary show. This is an experience. An Undertaker greets you and escorts you into this new, mystical world. You are warned that the residents you’ll encounter are strange and perhaps dangerous. You’ll be handed a surgical mask (no talking allowed). You might be separated from your friends – but you’ll find them again soon enough. Now it’s time to pass over.   Based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe and populated with characters and scenarios you might recognise from this old-school goth (yes, there’s a Raven, and he and Poe have some serious sexual tension), A Midnight Visit is an exploratory playing space. Over two levels, through winding corridors, secret passageways, and once through a magical, Narnia-style closet, you’ll be able to follow these characters through a world that’s a little bit horror movie with a dash of fun (an example: there’s a creepy church – but inside is a ball pit). A Midnight Visit owes a great deal to Sleep No More, the immersive, abandoned-warehouse theatre experience whose take on Macbeth transferred from London to New York in 2011, where it has remained open and inspires a fanbase of dedicated, triple-digit repeat viewings. A Mid

Woodford Folk Festival 2018
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Wedged between Christmas and New Year, the Woodford Folk Festival is a mainstay of the Aussie festival calendar. The six-day jamboree pulls more than 2,000 musicians and artists in front of a crowd of well over 100,000 people, and come festival time, the dedicated event site, Woodfordia, becomes a thriving village. Woodford includes concerts, film, comedy, social dialogues, environmental debates, circus workshops, cabaret and a children’s festival. While the original iterations dating back to the 1980s had an anything-goes, hippie vibe, the festival has developed a more mainstream flavour. That said, its audience is as varied as its offering, with people of many orientations, nationalities and ages fronting up for an all-round good time. The best way to experience Woodford is to bag a campsite, or you can step up your comfort by checking in to the tent motel known as Tent City. Off-site options are also available. If you don’t want to commit to the full program there are day tickets available. Campfires aren’t allowed, but the organisers make up for it by creating an enormous bonfire sculpture each year that ties in to a professionally directed show of music and theatre.

Summer events in South East Queensland
Travel Summer events in South East Queensland

During summer in Queensland it’s all systems go on fun and frivolities. The southeast corner in particular becomes a flurry of activity, including sporting tournaments, music festivals, art exhibitions and much more. As 2018 ticks over to 2019, you can watch all the tennis action in Brisbane, let your hair down at one of the country’s biggest folk festivals, and enjoy a spot of polo by the beach. Culture buffs can peruse international works of contemporary art, while sports nuts sit it out for three days at the Gabba with eyes fixed on a cricket ball. In between the formalities there are plenty of other places to chill/explore (depending on your energy levels), including Brisbane’s inner-city beach at South Bank, which makes even locals feel like they’re on holidays; the hill with a view, Mt Coot-tha; and wine trails through the Granite Belt. You can also head offshore to Stradbroke, Moreton and Fraser Islands, the latter being the world’s largest sand island, or get lost in the hinterlands behind the Gold or Sunshine Coasts. Of course, the coasts are also ripe for beachy stuff, so bring your towel and a surfboard.

Christmas in the City
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Christmas in the City

Christmas in the City parades a whole program of free Christmasy events around the city in the lead up to the big day, kicking off one month before you'll open pressies. There’s 30 days on this advent calendar, where you’ll have the chance to see choirs of carolers, family-friendly concerts, visit festive food pop-ups and catch a glimpse of Saint Nick as he zooms through the city. The celebration starts at 6.30 on November 24, when the city centre will get a sparkly makeover and host a Christmas party with roaming entertainers, stage shows, late-night shopping and a banquet of food stalls. On King St, you’ll find popcorn carts, mobile cafés and food trucks serving everything from Yum Cha to pastas, burgers and gelato under a canopy of 94,000 twinkling lights. You can catch more fun between George Street and Martin Place for the rest of the countdown to Christmas. There’s choirs performing on Pitt Street Mall every Thursday and on weekends, and the fabulous Christmas tree and decorations are there to marvel at day and night. There’s a family-friendly concert series happening across Alexandria (Dec 7), Rushcutters Bay (Dec 8) and Rosebery (Dec 9), while Green Square hosts its own Christmas wonderland on December 2. Throughout the festivities, there’ll be great kids’ activities like gingerbread icing and Christmas craft, as well as appearances by popular childrens’ performers like Jimmy Giggle, Justine Clarke and Sam Moran.

The Winery’s garden Prosecco Fountain has arrived, and it’s extra AF
Bars The Winery’s garden Prosecco Fountain has arrived, and it’s extra AF

Forget Champagne showers – the Winery have reinvented the wheel by bringing us the garden Prosecco Fountain of your summertime dreams. If your ‘Gram game needs lifting, Prosecco Picnic will be providing the goods this November and December only, so don’t wait around to organise your girly get-together. For the few who aren’t already acquainted with Surry Hills’ beloved wine laneway, you can be assured this boozy picnic party will serve as the perfect intro. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon, get comfy on the brightly coloured picnic blankets and oversized cushions while grazing on a sharing menu expertly matched to the bubbly flowing from the lion’s mouth of the extra-AF fountain. As if spending two hours with a cool stream of bottomless prosecco wasn’t convincing enough, the $79 package also includes the Winery’s signature pork and veal gourmet sausage rolls with a spicy tomato relish and their delightfully light chicken parfait. In addition to these hero dishes you can expect to please the palate with a premium selection of cheeses, salumi, housemade dips, roasted nuts, fresh fruit and more. With everything taken care of by the Winery’s expert team of wine lovers and passionate foodies, the only thing you need to decide on is a date and time. Visit their website to book on any Friday, Saturday or Sunday until December 30 from noon or 2.30pm.

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Finders Keepers
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Finders Keepers

Australia’s longest running indie design and art fair is returning to the Barangaroo Cutaway for three days, signalling the start of summer and tinsel shopping season. A line-up of more than 200 established and up-and-coming stallholders will descend on Barangaroo to show off their handcrafted and meticulously designed goods.After ten years Finders Keepers are always looking for ways to spice up the mix of creatives, through design initiatives and fresh experiences. As in previous years, there will be a devoted ‘debut’ section, for designers that are brand new to Finders Keepers. They are also extending hours to include Friday daytime so you can head in early and explore the set-up from noon. With the stalls opening less than four weeks before Christmas, it’s prime time for finding stocking fillers and those big centerpiece prizes. You’ll be able to shop for funky mugs, plates and planters by Gail CC Ceramics, small batch, natural soaps at raw.suds, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally-friendly storage products from Big Bite Eco, statement jewellery by Liz Lau Studio, gardening kits from the Little Veggie Patch Co, ethical fashion by Eva Cassis and much more. There will also be food trucks, two coffee carts, two licensed bars, and a host of fine snack purveyors to keep you fuelled. Live music and DJs will provide a fresh soundtrack across all three days. Entry is $5 and kids under 12 are free.

Develop your skills at these camera workshops
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In the age of Instagram, great photography is always just a few swipes away. When you’re surrounded by an abundance of beautiful images, even good photography can seem a little lacklustre, and it's easy for your efforts to be lost in the crowd. To aid in this endeavour, Ted’s World of Imaging is offering guests the opportunity to sharpen their skills in a series of free workshops at its Pitt Street store. The workshops will feature representatives from different camera brands giving participants an up-close rundown of the ins and outs of their products, as well as some helpful tips on how to get the best snaps for your social accounts. It's also your chance to have your questions answered by Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus and Fujifilm and more. Among the events is the People with Cameras Creative Space, a day of photography, walking and goodie bags on November 17 at 9.30am-2.30pm. Run by Fujifilm, participants in the walking photography challenge can win prizes like a Fujifilm camera, a Think Tank bag, a NiSi Filter Kit, or a Sirui tripod. There’ll be opportunities to try out a range of imaging equipment, from cameras to MagRings, with drinks and canapés to keep you going. Other highlights include, an Olympus food photography workshop on November 29 at 6-7.30pm, just in time for all the Christmas treats you’ll be eating, and a ‘Touch and Try’ session for the Sony A7RM3 with Q&A sessions throughout the day on November 16. That's just the tip of the iceberg, Ted's World of Ima

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