From Mornington to Selfridges; The Turmeric Empire Story

From Mornington to Selfridges; The Turmeric Empire Story

From Mornington to Selfridges; The Turmeric Empire Story

For one Aussie trio, a gap in their cafe menu offering presented an opportunity and infused a story with international success. 

Renwick Watts and his wife Tahli along with sister in law Sage Lamont are the team behind Golden Grind and Ponderings wanted to spill the latte on the journey from beloved ingredient to luxe bougie brand. 

Turmeric; the yellow spice tantalising tastebuds and tuning in our growing love for tasty concoctions has an ancient history. With origins in Vedic culture dating back nearly 4000 years in India, Turmeric is used as a culinary spice and as a medicinal herb. Spruiked by many in the natural health sphere, Curcuma Longa has also enjoyed historical religious significance. We can vouch for that!

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From the decadent Miracle Turmeric Face Mask to a beyond delicious latte blend what is not to love about this brand based on passion, ethics and quality of health? Did we mention the golden spoon? It’s no surprise the Aussie superfood ended up on Selfridges London shelves. 


Voted Australia’s number one health product by retailers and nominated as Winning “Best Beverage 2017” Ponderers welcome to the story of Golden Grind

We ponder with Renwick Watts: 

How did you begin your business? 


Turmeric has been a staple in my diet from a young age. My Father originated from the West Indies, where he used Turmeric in lots of his cooking. Furthermore, my wife and Co-Founder has completed a bachelor of Dietetics and Nutrition and had heard of the benefits of Turmeric and so together, we decided to introduce the turmeric ‘Golden Latte’ to our menu at our family-run cafe. It was a huge success, and the business grew from there. 


We noticed that the Golden latte was getting really popular in the cafe. Hence, I jumped online to see if we could buy the mix bulk/premade, and there was nothing on the internet. We also had customers, and cafe’s wanting the mix, so we decided to blend in house and start supplying. But really, we were driven by the motivation to help ease inflammation for sufferers using this wonder spice!


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Why are you so passionate about your product, this clearly isn’t just a clever idea, you really love this! 


This is my favourite question. I love seeing our products help people with genuine conditions. We get a lot of testimonials whether it’s our supplements helping with joint pain to our skincare helping with acne. I get such a buzz from that. 


Have you got a core mission or focus? 


To help prevent illness. We want to help people before they get sick so by educating them on the benefits of Eastern medicine. 


What have been the highlights of running a business? 


Seeing Golden Grind on the Selfridges London shelves has been a big highlight.  


What have been some of the lowlights? 


We have worked with some great people along the way. We have been passionate advocates for supporting local and disadvantaged people. A partnership with a disability centre doing all our packing was recently shut down, and this has been really hard for the GG team to see. 


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Any great lessons? 


Stay true to yourself and don’t give up. It’s bloody hard work. 


What makes your product so different from what else is out there? 


The efficacy of our product. We have spent years researching and sourcing the best we can find and made products that work. 


What are the main benefits of it and unusual aspects? 


At the moment, it is reducing inflammation. Inflammation is the leading factor for disease globally. There are over 50 different types of Turmeric your typical shelf turmeric won’t be as potent as ours. 


If you could achieve one incredible goal in 2020, what would it be? 


We have some really exciting NPD coming soon. I wish I could tell you more. Stay tuned…


What would you like people to know about your products they might not know? 


The integrity of our products is the core focus to Golden Grind from a sustainable, organic, and quality front. We pride ourselves on delivering the best to deliver results. 


Treehouse or Cubbyhouse?


I couldn’t go past a treehouse. It’s already bringing back such fond childhood memories. Plus I loved climbing.


Enjoy. Be Bliss. Be present. Be Golden #iamgold


Editor’s Note: This was not a paid affiliation, we heard about GG and had to try some, we were so in love we needed to know more about the story and it turns out it was pretty inspiring.  We got our hands on some more for our June Competition EXCLUSIVE to Ponderings Subscribers. 

Click the link to find out more about Golden Grind 

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Written by Kirsten Macdonald

Narnia, A Faraway Tree with a smidge of a Doc called Suess, and some Kahlil Gibran is the word charm that grew seeds in Kirsten Macdonald's imagination. She has an innate curiosity about the stories of "us" and a deep faith that is strongly supported by a dark sense of humour. Ask this wordsmith about anthropology, ancient religions, the curious nature of humanity and the incredible cuteness of sloths and you will have a conversation for hours. Writer, editor and researcher, Kirsten has developed Ponderings into a space that is now shared by a team and a shared vision that is infectiously positive and forged in good stuff.
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Five Australian Designers Reinventing Fashion The Ethical Way

Five Australian Designers Reinventing Fashion The Ethical Way

Five Australian Designers Reinventing Fashion The Ethical Way

Words by Renae Lauren

June 2, 2020

Have you ever thought twice about where your fashion comes from or how many times you have worn a piece before throwing it away? 

A large proportion of the Australian population don’t and for this reason, over 501 million kilos of clothing ends up in Australian landfill each year. 

This astronomical amount of landfill could be attributed to fast fashion brands like H&M who release roughly 14-16 collections and Zara with the release 24 collections per year. With some of these items being worn 1-3 times before reaching landfill.  

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The University of Queensland reveals that the average Australian buys about 27kg of textiles per head per year and, as easily as it comes in, then disposes of about 23kg per person per year of the same textiles. This places Australia as the 2nd largest consumer of new textiles behind the US with a whopping 85% of textiles being discarded. 


While acknowledging this paramount issue, a selection of Australian designers are taking matters into their own hands, reinventing their procedures to employ the 3 R’s into every garment they create – Recycle, Reuse & Repurpose.


Consumers are becoming more mindful and aware of the implications of their consumption patterns, sustainable fashion is becoming increasingly popular.


Exie Studio (Melbourne)

Genre of Fashion: Streetwear/Sportswear

To Melbourne based streetwear brand Exie, ‘People and the Planet Matter’. For this reason, designer Christina Exie, has chosen to create 90% of her range from recycled ocean plastic as well as only sourcing ethical manufacturing.

The brand sources fabrics from Carvico and Jersey Lomellina whose mission it is to repurpose what some would consider ocean waste into garments and the added bonus of these materials are that they dry almost instantly.

From the types of fabrics, employees and packaging – Exie considers sustainability at every point of the production line with the overall mission of empowering women and equipping them with what they need to feel confident to ‘Unleash [their] inner badass’.

Shop: https://exiestudio.com/


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Liandra Swim (Sydney)


Genre of Fashion: Indigenous- inspired swimwear

Paving the way for future designers, Wollongong based designer Liandra Gaykamangu, has decided to take the plunge and evolve into not only an eco-friendly brand but ensuring sustainable practices with the manufacturing of each garment.

Liandra infuses her aboriginal culture in her designs with many sporting reversible designs. Each design is also named after inspirational women in her life – like Jessica Mauboy.

Her new range uses regenerated plastics and all packaging is made from an element called cassava which can dissipate before your eyes when boiled. Liandra wishes to break the bounds of stereotyping and cookie cutter definitions stressing that she aspires for her designs to be stocked all around Australia and overseas – not just in souvenir shops because of their aboringal prints.

Shop: https://liandraswim.com


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Baaby Swimwear (Melbourne)

Genre of Fashion: Sexy swimwear

Featured in Australian Vogue, this Melbourne based – Italian made swimwear label uses 100% renewable energy in their manufacturing process and it is their mission to create garments that can be recycled indefinitely.

Baaby Swimwear use Econyl fabric which is derived from fishing nets and plastic waste found in the sea by non for profit organisation Healthy Seas. This fabric is used for both the main fabric and lining. They consider themselves to be part of the slow fashion movement as opposed to the fast fashion we are so used to seeing.

Shop: https://baaby.com.au

Baaby Swimware

Sustainable Clothing Co (Adelaide)

Genre of Fashion: Artsy Womenswear

Sustainable Clothing Co work with natural fabrics such as hemp, organic cotton and bamboo that are biodegradable.They also encourage customers to purchase from their pre loved ranges featuring 80s,90s and 00s vintage from the following collections: Allergies Clothing (Au), Daddy Issues The Label (Au), Daniel Palillo (Finland), Demian Renucci (Au), Field Of Ponies (UK), Grown Royal Clothing (Au) and more!

Maintaining the slow fashion model opting for quality standards through manufacturing, SCC value design and production rather than the concept behind fast fashion and the discarding of clothing after a few uses.

Shop: https://sustainableclothingco.com/

Sustainable Clothing Co

The Social Outfit

Genre of Fashion: Artsy Womenswear

The Social Outfit are an upcoming brand that focus on ethical trading as well as providing employment to refugee and migrant communities. For many refugees, working at The Social Outfit is their first paid job.

Research shows that in Australia a “large percentage of apparel purchases are only worn once” so it is part of their mission to repurpose and reuse. The Social Outfit  have saved over 3 tonnes of waste from landfill thanks to partnering with over 28 Australian brands including Seafolly, Alice McCall and Bec & Bridge.

Shop: https://thesocialoutfit.org/

Baaby Swimware

This round up of Australian designers hailing from all around Australia, highlights the way in which the fashion industry is becoming increasingly aware of their negative impact on the environment and encouraging their loyal customers to keep the ‘Recycle, Reuse & Repurpose’ model at the forefront of their buying habits.


So if you’re currently sitting on the couch reading this article in iso, after you’ve just cleaned out and rearranged your wardrobe for the fifth time in the last month – consider your fashion footprint and join the social movement of sustainable fashion.


Written by Renae Lauren -Guest Ponderer

Renae Lauren’s writing flair and experience reads like an eclectic menu of finesse. The Marketing Coordinator and serial blogger has communications and media prowess with a love for fashion, travel and Italian fine food.

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Written by Barbie Cail

Guest Ponderer & Social Enterprise Advocate


25 years ago, when I separated from my husband with two small children, I struggled to get a bank loan and finances were tight.

I realised to secure the future of my family; I needed to be smart about money.

My goal was to one day be in a financial position to retire early. 

Hard work and determination (and a lot of fun along the way) resulted in my retirement last year at 54. 

As the economy of our country and the rest of the world are impacted, financial care is more important than ever. 

My mindful budget tips during Covid19

Ok so you may be getting paid less than before. What now? 

This is the best time to look at your budget. It is either a priority or you may simply have a little more time to get all your expenses in order. Allocate a couple of hours and review all of your bills.

First, list all of your necessary expenses. This would include your mortgage or rent, car payments, insurance, rates, body corporate fees, energy bills, phone/internet contracts. 

Research online to see if there are any better deals available. I know this can take time, but you will be in a better position to negotiate if you have done enough research.

  • Talk to your bank and ask for a better deal after reviewing the offerings for new home loans. If you don’t ask you will not get the best rate. 
  • Make your repayments match your income, e.g. weekly, fortnightly. 

If you’re like me, you will be excited with the savings you can make by increasing the frequency of your mortgage repayments or just paying a little bit more.

Remember loyalty is NOT rewarded. Instead, you pay a premium for staying. Doesn’t seem fair, but that is the way it is.

  • Contact all of your suppliers to see if you can get a better price. Insurance agencies, energy and phone/internet suppliers will often give you a better deal if you ASK. 

  • Set up direct debits and make the repayments to match your income e.g. weekly, fortnightly. This will spread your bills over the year and avoid the stress of trying to find money all at once. 

Next look at your discretionary expenses.

This would include your car/travel expenses, groceries, streaming services like Netflix, Spotify etc., clothing, takeaway food/coffee/alcohol.

This is the most important area for you to review thinking seriously about the difference between a need or a want. 

Be honest with yourself about what is adding value to your life. 

  • When I think of groceries, all I want to say to you is PLAN, PLAN and PLAN. Write a shopping list and stick to it. 

Grocery wastage is crazy because the shops are open almost every day of the year. Only buy what you need. Buy in bulk only if it will save you money. 

  • Streaming services – be mindful of what you are paying for and whether you are getting value for money.


Swing in and out of the streaming services, but keep track of them. Can you get your music/podcasts in the same streaming service as your movies? Worth checking out. 


Finally, we get to my favourite topic – Superannuation. This is your pot of gold at the end of your rainbow when you retire!


  • The opportunity to withdraw money from your Super is tempting (more than one million have registered to do this during this current crisis). However, there is a high price to pay in your future. Promise yourself that if you do withdraw money from your Super, you will replace it when your finances improve!

Remember that your budget needs to suit YOU and your lifestyle.

If you do not manage your money, you will never be able to live the life you want to.

Make some tough decisions now that your future self will thank you for.

Written by Barbie Cail Guest Ponderer

Writer, adventurer and social enterprise advocate Barbie Cail gives us inside tips on saving some moula during COVID. Her career has included Small Business Project manager as well as field auditing roles. Her positive outlook on life and people is infectious and we welcome her to the Ponderings fold.

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Avoiding Financial Crisis for Tradies- A COVID Quest for Businesswoman

Avoiding Financial Crisis for Tradies- A COVID Quest for Businesswoman

words by Kirsten Macdonald


COVID19 is impacting health as well as businesses all over the world and a devastating cascade impact on the livelihoods of employers, sole traders and employees.

The Australian Government on Federal and State levels have announced a series of financial support benefits. These are intricate and can be somewhat tricky to navigate. Books4Tradies founder Genaya Hutchinson has written an e-book for Tradies to quickly and easily understand the rescue packages and what they entail.

A successful businesswoman, Hutchinson had an established bookkeeping business. But in 2018, outside of this business model, she witnessed people struggling financially and the mental health of a particular industry slipping. Tradies, the beloved Tradesperson, create an industry worth millions and yet they are the largest failed enterprise. Shocking but true.

” I saw so many brilliant master crafters, but an industry wrought with failings and a lack of business guidance. People needed to be able to work doing what they did best but with cash flow causing real problems for many small operators, packages budgeted for convenience and affordability meant a new model of bookkeeping. Seamless and easy for those on the go and to help improve and grow business rather than tear your hair out and watching it go down the drain.” 


The need for action led to the design of an additional business; Books4Tradies, a service carefully tailored with bookkeeping and administrative needs for the trade industry. 

The business flourished and is now a well respected and growing support system; one needed now more than ever. Its success story has been the saving grace for many SME, and now with the COVID crisis unfolding, businesses need all the help they can get. In 2019 ASIC reported the Tradie industry was in the highest default category in our country. This is due to a whole lot of issues. Residential building activity was on the decline last year, with the fall in house prices and deteriorating market conditions impacting domestic dwelling approvals. 

According to the Australian, Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman small businesses account for 35% of Australia’s gross domestic profit and employ 44% of Australia’s workforce. Of the 877,744 total employing businesses, 823,551 are small businesses (93.8%), and of those businesses, 627,932 are businesses that employ only 1-4 people, known as micro-businesses (76.2%). 

The business survival rates for small businesses enjoyed a growth from 59.6% in 2014 to 72.2% in 2018, however, with many businesses closing and people losing jobs, the impact on the trade industry may turn to be quite devastating. The construction industry alone equates to 57% of the small business share. 


The Australian Bureau of Statistics released critical information as the crisis unfolds showing Two thirds (66%) of Australian businesses reported that their turnover or cash flow had reduced as a result of COVID-19, according to results from the second Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey on Business Impacts of COVID-19

Nearly half (47%) of businesses made changes to their workforce arrangements as a result of COVID-19. For some businesses this included temporarily reducing or increasing staff working hours, changing the location where staff worked (including working from home) or staff being placed on leave. 

Two in five businesses (38%) have changed how they deliver their products or services, including shifting to online services. Over a third of businesses have renegotiated their lease and rental arrangements and a quarter have deferred loan repayments. 

Genaya says it’s more important than ever for business owners to be organised and have the books up to dates and understand the money they now may have access to via the funding release. 

With easy to read instructions, Books4Tradies COVID Business Rescue Guide is a quick 1 response to a concerning and unprecedented issue. Covering each category from employees, business grants and loans the guide is comprehensive. 

​”In times like these, it is so important that those of us who can be of service to others and help them need to step up and give what we can. When we think on our feet and bring a positive action mindset to the table, we can overcome and achieve anything” says the inspiring Geelong entrepreneur. 

For more information visit the website https://www.books4tradies.com.au 


Delicious Chaos – Interview with Clare Bowditch

Delicious Chaos – Interview with Clare Bowditch

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Words by Kirsten Macdonald

On this planet, there appears to be an advanced species dexterously capable of left and right brain agility which is dangerously marvellous. David Attenborough missed the memo.

Delicious Chaos – Interview with Clare Bowditch

She comes with flaming hair, a voice teeming with talent, rich with humour and she’s a wordsmith and enjoys unusual cups of tea along with the joys of a backyard family jam. She’s an aficionado. Musician, actress, radio presenter, mamma, clever business human and an author…and there is more. But if we whisper ARIA win and Logie nomination, and add in the smattering of awards and deluge of really nice stuff people say about her- there is more than a little wow.  

We are not going to pretend to be cool here. We can’t. She’s thermal. 

Well versed in life experience, Clare Bowditch is a survivor and journeyer and now has more than enough ingredients to deliver a recipe of awakening.

Her new book Your Own Kind of Girl is the full menu of light and shade, this artist has wisdom to impart. The ‘be real’ memoir will no doubt be a refreshing insight to seekers of self-awareness, and it feels like a conversation. 

Treehouse or cubby house? Which one?

Treehouse for me. I wrote a song about it. I did have a treehouse as a kid. But I once read a book by Italo Calvino called The Baron in the Trees in my early 20’s and it was one of the books that inspired a song I wrote called “On this side”- and I also went to a school that had a classroom built into a tree. 

What is your perfect day?

It’s a very simple day. In a perfect day, all my washing is done. I collect herbs from my garden, everyone brings a plate. We get to sing together, and the kids really want to be there. On a perfect day- this is more exciting to them than tech, playing minecraft. My favourite days are always the multigenerational ones, and we might go for an ocean swim if the weather is nice. 

Where is your favourite place to shwalk?

“Shwalking” A term Bowditch coined to name an inclusive style of exercise: that combo of walking and shuffling that is not quite running but feels wonderful).

Anywhere there is a body of water nearby. St Kilda beach. You never know what you will see. 

What is your spirit animal?

The little girl sitting in her bathers on the cover of my book full of chutzpah. Master of guinea pigs…

My fave song of yours is “You look so good,” then when I read the chapter Amazing Life- I had an ‘aha second.’ It got me thinking that this workplace was THE specific cubicle and I have to ask- was it one and the same and what exactly was it that you wanted to touch? 

Hmmm, call centre, character maybe partly me? Mostly or partly fiction. I can tell you it was not the telephone I wanted to touch!

Do you think being a song-writer helped you when it came to writing the book?

For a long time, I didn’t really know how to express my emotions or how to give words to them. I had lots of feelings as a kid, and I thought that the trick was to learn not to speak them. I tried a few alternative routes, and I discovered as young adults, it’s actually a really handy skill to have.

This is one of the gifts of going to therapists and having writers like Stephanie Dowry, Caroline Jones and Dr Claire Weekes in Australia.

These are great women who taught me through their books how to speak about emotions. So this, combined with the love of making music, was a good training ground in a way for writing Your Own Kind Of Girl.

But, I think you can hide behind songs in a way that’s not possible in the writing of a memoir. So there were some really quite difficult growing pains with allowing myself to tell my story in so much detail but we did get there. I am seeing the value of it now.

Most intriguing person you have ever met?

The person I am with at the time, I genuinely believe we are all pretty bloody intriguing at our core. 

Who would you invite to your pool party?

(no hesitation-) Lizzo! I love her! Ohhhh more than one? Hmm, Ru Paul. Friends with opinions. Clem Ford, Zoe Foster Blake, and Jamila Rizvi- there are lots of people I would love to have; my family! Comedy side, someone like Will Anderson, writer; John Marsden. Actually, you know what? I’m more likely to invite anyone who wanted to come! Circa 1999! 

Piece of advice for people trying to make it as an artist and earn a quid?

Work out who you admire or who you are jealous of. Then really look at how cleverly they have worked. Forget the guilt about making money- give yourself permission to succeed and make money as well as do the project.

Learn from those that have been successful. Keep a lean ship- it will work out. When I started, I was teaching music lessons, working in a community house- you just have to start and get out there.

What lead you to write the book?

I had a nervous breakdown at the age of 21, which is the story I tell in the book. It gave me great hope that if I did recover from my nervous breakdown, I would one day write a story about it. I said I wasn’t going to write it until I was really old, but I would write it one day.

So it was with the hope and a promise but not the pressure that I would write it when I was in a better place. Thankfully I did learn how to recover and learn how to maintain my mental health. That was a great skill to learn, particularly in the industry that I am in. That’s one of the stories that I tell in my book as well as the love story.

(PS- We love the love the story- sigh) 

What’s been your favourite bit so far with the release of this book and going on the book tour?

By far, the best part- I was working on a hunch. I suspected that there were other people out there who needed this story the same way that I once did. It’s a story about living with and learning to work with self-doubt.

There’s nothing that triggers self-doubt louder than saying you’re going to write a book about it. It’s been quite a difficult few years getting to this point. So that’s really satisfying.

“I was on a flight, and when the pilot was preparing us for landing he announced that if anyone was looking for a bit of summer reading the author Clare Bowditch had written a book which he just bought in the bookshop and that I was onboard and I would sign books if they asked really nicely.

I just thought that was so funny. I pinched myself. What’s in this wine? You know he was this lovely Brittish guy.

That was bizarre and lovely. He bought the book for his wife- he had no idea who I was and I had no idea who he was- it was a lovely exchange.”

Have you found the book tour part of the process, fun but rigorous? 

It’s just always a surprise and an honour to connect with people. But I am effectively strongest when I am on domestic duties. That’s how I restore so I think it’s probably time for a bit of restorative pottering. It’s really the art of pottering that makes me come back to my centre.

What is your favourite tea?

I have a very special favourite tea. It is a tea that I inherited from my Godmother Rita. It is a fresh pot of tea. It is looseleaf. It is half earl grey, half English breakfast. I know, right?

You realise we’ll be trying this tomorrow?

It’s a strong tea with a good dollop of milk, and when I’m feeling a little crazy I add in another little trick my friend Kim taught me once- I add a knob of ginger. I know it sounds weird, but I’m tellin’ ya, it’s top quality.

What’s next?

Well next I’m actually going to do some pretty serious summer self-care I think. Lots of swimming. In terms of projects, I am finishing an album. I’m also doing a couple of special projects for Audible that will be released next year. But for now, I’m going to spend the summer decompressing.

In the film clip for ‘You make me happy’- you are messing everything up.

From a creative perspective do you sometimes think when things become stagnant or aren’t moving or not- in-flow, there is a restlessness that can happen where you create a little bit of subconscious havoc? Is that where creative juices flow from when things are too still? 

I think that life, as it has presented itself to me, has always offered this chance for chaos. I did ask a set of questions actually in that album: The Winter I Chose Happiness: can we be peaceful, creative moon units and still be productive in our work? So I tried to slow down my life and find this equilibrium that I heard existed and you know it’s beyond me, I couldn’t. 

So I embrace now that delicious chaos of this full dance card of parenthood, animals, creativity and making our living that has some meaning in the world. So I think I understand that restlessness very much. I do think it’s actually just a pretty normal part of the process of living as a human being. We get to choose as creatives what we do with that restlessness which is a great gift- the feeling, the calling to be creative.

Oh my goodness that is the best answer I have ever heard.

(Kate: I think we just wrote a song!)

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you?

Just that I really appreciate what you are doing and I think this conversation is worth having, and I wish them all, and you, great courage. Don’t forget to tell your inner critic to eff off if it gets in the way- get on with what you are called to do.

Clare’s book is a best seller and can be found at all great bookstores (including airport lounges).






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