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Please note that Octavia's Perspective is not a serious advice service. Octavia is an imaginary character and any 'advice' is offered tongue in cheek and in the spirit of humour. If this kind of humour is not for you and you would like a more sensible answer to a serious question, go to Sylvia's Perception. If you are suffering from depression or have another serious problem, please seek advice from suitably-qualified professionals elsewhere. For further information, a list of helplines can be found on the Counselling In France website, or at Anglo Info.

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