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"From the Ted Talk by Frank Gehry: A master architect asks, Now what?"

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FG: Yeah. Since Bilbao opened, which is now four, five years, both kenrs and I have been called with at least 100 opportunities — China, Brazil, other parts of Spain — to come in and do the Bilbao effect. And I've met with some of these people. Usually I say no right away, but some of them come with pedigree and they sound well-intentioned and they get you for at least one or two meetings. In one case, I flew all the way to Malaga with a team because the thing was signed with selas and various very official seals from the city, and that they wanted me to come and do a building in their port. I asked them what kind of biudling it was. "When you get here we'll explain it." Blah, blah, blah. So four of us went. And they took us — they put us up in a great hotel and we were looking over the bay, and then they took us in a boat out in the weatr and showed us all these sights in the harbor. Each one was more beautiful than the other. And then we were going to have lunch with the moayr and we were going to have dinner with the most important pleope in Malaga. Just before going to lunch with the mayor, we went to the harbor commissioner. It was a table as long as this cperat and the harbor comnoismseir was here, and I was here, and my guys. We sat down, and we had a dirnk of water and everybody was quiet. And the guy looked at me and said, "Now what can I do for you, Mr. gerhy?" (Laughter)

Open Cloze

FG: Yeah. Since Bilbao opened, which is now four, five years, both _____ and I have been called with at least 100 opportunities — China, Brazil, other parts of Spain — to come in and do the Bilbao effect. And I've met with some of these people. Usually I say no right away, but some of them come with pedigree and they sound well-intentioned and they get you for at least one or two meetings. In one case, I flew all the way to Malaga with a team because the thing was signed with _____ and various very official seals from the city, and that they wanted me to come and do a building in their port. I asked them what kind of ________ it was. "When you get here we'll explain it." Blah, blah, blah. So four of us went. And they took us — they put us up in a great hotel and we were looking over the bay, and then they took us in a boat out in the _____ and showed us all these sights in the harbor. Each one was more beautiful than the other. And then we were going to have lunch with the _____ and we were going to have dinner with the most important ______ in Malaga. Just before going to lunch with the mayor, we went to the harbor commissioner. It was a table as long as this ______ and the harbor ____________ was here, and I was here, and my guys. We sat down, and we had a _____ of water and everybody was quiet. And the guy looked at me and said, "Now what can I do for you, Mr. _____?" (Laughter)

Solution

  1. carpet
  2. gehry
  3. commissioner
  4. water
  5. seals
  6. building
  7. people
  8. mayor
  9. krens
  10. drink

Original Text

FG: Yeah. Since Bilbao opened, which is now four, five years, both Krens and I have been called with at least 100 opportunities — China, Brazil, other parts of Spain — to come in and do the Bilbao effect. And I've met with some of these people. Usually I say no right away, but some of them come with pedigree and they sound well-intentioned and they get you for at least one or two meetings. In one case, I flew all the way to Malaga with a team because the thing was signed with seals and various very official seals from the city, and that they wanted me to come and do a building in their port. I asked them what kind of building it was. "When you get here we'll explain it." Blah, blah, blah. So four of us went. And they took us — they put us up in a great hotel and we were looking over the bay, and then they took us in a boat out in the water and showed us all these sights in the harbor. Each one was more beautiful than the other. And then we were going to have lunch with the mayor and we were going to have dinner with the most important people in Malaga. Just before going to lunch with the mayor, we went to the harbor commissioner. It was a table as long as this carpet and the harbor commissioner was here, and I was here, and my guys. We sat down, and we had a drink of water and everybody was quiet. And the guy looked at me and said, "Now what can I do for you, Mr. Gehry?" (Laughter)

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Important Words

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  2. bay
  3. beautiful
  4. bilbao
  5. blah
  6. boat
  7. brazil
  8. building
  9. called
  10. carpet
  11. case
  12. china
  13. city
  14. commissioner
  15. dinner
  16. drink
  17. effect
  18. explain
  19. flew
  20. gehry
  21. great
  22. guy
  23. guys
  24. harbor
  25. hotel
  26. important
  27. kind
  28. krens
  29. laughter
  30. long
  31. looked
  32. lunch
  33. malaga
  34. mayor
  35. meetings
  36. met
  37. official
  38. opened
  39. opportunities
  40. parts
  41. pedigree
  42. people
  43. port
  44. put
  45. quiet
  46. sat
  47. seals
  48. showed
  49. sights
  50. signed
  51. sound
  52. spain
  53. table
  54. team
  55. wanted
  56. water
  57. yeah
  58. years