This weeks Memory Tapes is a story of a long distance love that stood the test of time thanks(partly)to music, this is Serap Petts...

"Ok so here's the Serap and Mark story.

My friend Lindsay was living in Cyprus for a few years and I went out to visit her in April 2008, just before she was due back to the UK. She had to work on evening, so arranged for Mark to take care of me and cook me dinner. She worked at the pub on Aphrodite Hil, where we now live.

Mark and I were both aged 30 and recently out of long term relationships, so i was not looking for anything, just a date! So we met on the Saturday, and then basically spent the next couple of days together, until I went home on the Tuesday. We got on really well(needless to say!) with a mutual love of The Cure and again, so sent him a text saying it was great to meet someone like him...he replied saying he wanted to have my babies! Idiot!

Anyway, I got home and we were in contact constantly, and he asked me to go back out to Cyprus again to spend more time together. I wasn't sure as by this time Lindsay was back in the UK, so I didn't have any friends in Cyprus, but, after getting a "sign" I booked tickets for June, and went and spent a wonderful week with him - that's when he made this mixed tape.

So then we were in a long distnace relationship and it was really tough - he came to the UK a couple of times, and we met in Rome in September. i then applied to take a 6 month sabbatical from work to come out to Cyprus and see how things went, but they refused my application, so just quit and moved out here in January 2009. I gave most of my possesions away to family and friends, and came out with a suitcase! Luckily it worked out...Mark proposed when we were on hholiday at the top of the Rockefeller Center in New York in March 2011.

It sounds like it all moved quite fast, but it has all felt so totally natural."

Track Listing:

Love Will Tear Us Apart-Nouvelle Vogue

Keep The Car Running-Arcade Fire

Don't Give Up-The Whitest Boy Alive

Do Your Thing-Basement Jaxx

I Love You-The Bees

This Modern Love-Bloc Party

Too Drunk To F***-Nouvelle Vague

She Sells Sanctuary-The Cult

Black Thumbnail-Kings Of Leon

Love Is The Key-The Charlatans

Close To Me-The Cure

The Man Who Sold The World-David Bowie

On & On-Erykah Badu-

Let's Get Ready To Rumble-Ant & Dec!!

War Of The Worlds-get Cape Wear cape Fly

I See You Baby-Fatboy Slim

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