Sweet Thames Flow Softly

I can’t find a version I like of the Christy Moore song we did in class. So here is another song performed by him: Sweet Thames Flow Softly, a song by Ewan MacColl (I understand it’s his son playing the guitar), Sinead O’Connor singing as well:

 

 

 

Sweet Thames Flow Softly

Arctic Monkeys – Do I wanna know?

From time to time we will be doing a song and lyrics in class, here is the first, by the Arctic Monkeys!

 

 

Arctic Monkeys – Do I wanna know?

Have you got color in your cheeks?

Do you ever get that feelin’ that you can’t shift the tide
That sticks around like summat’s in your teeth
Ah, there’s some aces up your sleeve
Have you no idea that you’re in deep
I dreamt about you nearly every night this week
How many secrets can you keep?
‘Cause there’s this tune I found that makes me think of you somehow
When I play it on repeat
Until I fall asleep
Spilling drinks on my settee

(Do I wanna know?)
If this feeling flows both ways
(Sad to see you go)
Was sorta hoping that you’d stay
(Baby we both know)
That the nights were mainly made for saying
Things that you can’t say tomorrow day

Crawlin’ back to you

Ever thought of calling when you’ve had a few?
‘Cause I always do
Maybe I’m too busy being yours to fall for somebody new
Now I’ve thought it through

Crawling back to you

So have you got the guts?
Been wondering if your heart’s still open and
If so I wanna know what time it shuts
Simmer down and pucker up
I’m sorry to interrupt it’s just I’m constantly
On the cusp of trying to kiss you
I don’t know if you feel the same as I do
But we could be together, if you wanted to

(Do I wanna know?)
If this feeling flows both ways
(Sad to see you go)
Was sorta hoping that you’d stay
(Baby we both know)
That the nights were mainly made for saying
Things that you can’t say tomorrow day

Crawling back to you

Ever thought of calling when you’ve had a few? (calling when you’ve had a few)
‘Cause I always do (’cause I always do)
Maybe I’m too busy being yours to fall for somebody new
Now I’ve thought it through

Crawling back to you, (do I wanna know?)
If this feeling flows both ways
(Sad to see you go)
Was sorta hoping that you’d stay
(Baby we both know)
That the nights were mainly made for saying
Things that you can’t say tomorrow day

(Do I wanna know?)
Too busy being yours to fall
(Sad to see you go)
Ever thought of calling darling?
(Do I wanna know)
Do you want me crawling back to you?

Arctic Monkeys – Do I wanna know?

Colm Toibin

Here is a recent radio interview with Irish writer Colm Toibin for the BBC, open the link below:

Colm Toibin on Desert Island Discs

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
Writer Colm Toibin

Best-known for his novels “Brooklyn” – now made into a film – “Nora Webster” and “The Master,” he has been nominated for the Booker Prize three times.

Born in 1955 in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, the second youngest of five children, Colm’s life changed suddenly when his father died after a long illness when he was twelve. He says he has been dealing with the trauma which resulted in his writing ever since. After attending St Peter’s College in Wexford and University College Dublin, he spent three years in Barcelona teaching English before returning to Ireland. He worked as a journalist until his books began to get published.

He once told a class he was teaching that “you have to be a terrible monster to write. I said, ‘Someone might have told you something they shouldn’t have told you, and you have to be prepared to use it because it will make a great story. You have to use it even though the person is identifiable. If you can’t do it then writing isn’t for you. You’ve no right to be here. If there is any way I can help you get into law school then I will. Your morality will be more useful in a courtroom.'”

 

 

Colm Toibin

Rob and Steal, what’s the difference?

Hello Students! We were looking at this in the class the other day and I found this video that might help you understand it a bit better:

It’s well explained. Remember, a person, certain things or places can be robbed, meaning something is taken from a person or place. Think of a car.

You can steal a car or rob a car. If the car is stolen the car itself has been taken. If it’s robbed, something has been stolen or taken from the car.

Speaking of crime, don’t forget that to mug someone is to threaten violence in order to rob somebody in the street. A mugger is the unpleasant character who does this. To burgle is to enter a building by force, typically a house, to steal things. Who does this? A burgler.

Rob and Steal, what’s the difference?