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Need a 10-minute break? Step into the Reading Room…

Want to take a few minutes out to catch up with some interesting reads? We promise you’ll be out in 10 minutes or so…

WE KNOW HOW it is. You need to take a few minutes to yourself, and you want something interesting to watch, read, or flick through.

That’s where the Reading Room comes in. Five varied reads that don’t take much more than 10 minutes each to enjoy.

Your toughest decision should be: which one do I pick first?

1. Staying present when the internet is all around


It truly is the age of information overload. So how can we stay grounded? Maria Popova, of the fantastic blog Brain Pickings, gives her thoughts. [99u -8 minutes]

2. Brainstorming tech

Fortune held a Brainstorm Tech Conference – and Mashable rounded up the top 13 things it learned. Like what? Like Intel realised it totally missed the smartphone revolution. Oops. There are also videos of interviews if you have a few extra minutes. [Mashable - 6 mins]

Source: Fortune Magazine/YouTube

3. In praise of… the Angelus

Love the Angelus, or want it gone? Journal Voices contributor Donal O’Keeffe argues that it should stay. [TheJournal.ie -5 mins]

In an Ireland where the religious orders can’t even be bothered to honour the sweetheart deal they cut with Fianna Fáil to pay a meagre few bob in redress to the victims of their members’ grotesque physical, emotional and sexual abuse, is the minute of bongs that makes the Six-One the Six-One rather than the Six really all that’s troubling us?

4. Witness to War

The Lusitania, sunk in 1915

This collection of photographs from the National Library of Ireland shows what life was like in Ireland during World War 1. Fascinating. [Google Cultural Institute]

5. Best girl groups of the 60s

Looking for a good playlist to get stuck into? Here’s a list of the best 60s girl groups. Nowhere to run, baby, nowhere to hide… [The Guardian - 10 minutes]

Source: tordenfisk/YouTube

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