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

A nice pug, erasing women, and why Eddie Redmayne shouldn’t get an Oscar.

LOOKING FOR SOME articles and videos to help break up the afternoon, but only have 10 minutes to spare?

Try these nuggets for size – all take 10 minutes or less to enjoy.

1. Tattooed You

Brazil Tattoo Convention Totolinha, left, and Rato pose for a photo during Rio Tattoo Week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. AP / Press Association Images AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

Can a tattoo cause you problems, or are we beyond all that in 2015? Turns out there may be some issues for you if you’re inked. [TheGuardian - 3 mins]

2. Goodbye, Deirdre

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On Monday, Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in Coronation St, died. Here were some of her best bits in the soap. [ - 6 mins]

3. Oh.

Doug the Pug / YouTube

It’s a pug delivering nice messages to strangers. Yes. [Mashable - 5 mins]

4. Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything is the embodiment of this idea. It is so keen to pander to able-bodied audience members’ disgust at disability, and to soothe the guilt they feel because of it, that it actually pauses to allow that “collective ‘Phew’” to occur during the film. James Marsh’s movie exists for two purposes: to make able-bodied people feel good about themselves and to win Oscars.

Should Eddie Redmayne get an Oscar for portraying Stephen Hawking in Theory of Everything? This writer, Scott Jordan Harris, says no. [Slate - 5 mins]

5.  Where are the women?


Last week, the Israeli ultra-Orthodox newspaper Hamevaser erased German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with other female leaders, from a photo of a Parisian march. Ruth Margalit says that yes, the paper is a fringe one, but it’s no laughing matter. [New Yorker - 5 mins]

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