English reading and listening links for discussing in online English lessons, featuring articles and videos about cocaine consumption, annual holiday leave and music.

Questions

  • Are illegal drugs prevalent where you live?
  • What is the annual holiday allowance like in your country?
  • Who is your favourite musician and why do you like them?

 

Reading

Which country uses the most cocaine?

104 year old becomes a college freshman

Irish workers get less holidays than their EU counterparts

Listening

Cork [Ireland] accent

Music

(a bang on the ear = an affectionate kiss in Scottish English)

 

Lindsay was my first love

She was in my class

I would have loved to take her out

But I was too shy to ask

The fullness of my feeling

Was never made clear

But I send her my love

And a bang on the ear

Nora was my girl

When I first was in a group

I can still see her to this day

Stirring chicken soup

Now she’s living in Australia

Working for an auctioneer

But I send her my love

And a bang on the ear

Deborah broke my heart

And I the willing fool

I fell for her one summer

On the road to Liverpool

I thought it was forever

But it was over within the year (oh dear)

But I send her my love

And a bang on the ear

The home I made with Bella

Became a house of pain

We weathered it together

Bound by a ball and chain

It started up in Fife

It ended up in tears

But I send her my love

And a bang on the ear

Krista was a rover

From Canada she hailed

We crossed swords in San Francisco

We both lived to tell the tale

I don’t know now where she is

Oh, but if I had her here

I’d give her my love

And a bang on the ear

So my woman of the hearth fire

Harbor of my soul

I watch you lightly sleeping

I sense the dream that does unfold…like gold

You to me are treasure

You to me are dear

So I’ll give you my love

And a bang on the ear

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