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Kazuo Ishiguro: An Interview

March 11, 2008
Posted by mmarvs in : Audio and Video, Books, Resources
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Listen to an interview with this exceptional writer talking about his latest novel Never Let Me Go.

In this link you will also find other programmes in which the author reads the opening passage of the book.

A sad song: Bridge over troubled water

November 24, 2007
Posted by mmarvs in : Audio and Video, Resources, Songs
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Águeda has also suggested a sad song in one of her comments. Another classic: Bridge over troubled water, by Simon & Garfunkel

And the lyrics (with gaps, for the sake of practice) here.

A romantic (?) song (By Tom Waits)

November 17, 2007
Posted by mmarvs in : Audio and Video, General, Resources
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Martha by Tom Waits

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Listen to the song and read the lyrics (with some gaps for the sake of practising…)

When I first heard this song I felt like crying: the power of a real love that was never meant to be! But as years went by I started to change my mind. What a nerve! What’s the purpose of his call? She has a life away from him, probably a happy one after a more than likely difficult relationship with someone who just wanted “to be a man”, whatever that’s supposed to mean. Ghosts from the past rubbing salt on wounds? He wants to recover his happy past now that he’s old and most likely alone in life. When I was young I thought his call was a sign of romantic love. Now I see it is as a desperate call from someone who knows he has wasted his life. But, it is still a very beautiful song.

Do you agree with me?