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<?xml version="1.0"?>
      <page pageid="2844" ns="0" title="Main Page">
          <rev user="Bryan" timestamp="2009-01-27T17:29:20Z" comment="[[Main Page]] moved to [[Math and the Art of M. C. Escher]]: Calling it Main Page wasn&#039;t helping at all with search engines, plus it looks like a title." />