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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. Um, what’s a fatberg?

Dan Lee journeys into London’s sewers to find out what lurks beneath… and see if he can spy a ‘fatberg’. [The Guardian - 7 mins]

Health and safety paperwork read and signed – gas, explosion and collapse risks make it dangerous underground – we head off in a large van. There needs to be plenty of room for everyone to change into the CSI-style suit, hard helmet, surgical topped with heavy-duty gloves and thigh-length wellies for protection from the dangers down below.

2. The Amazon tribe in danger

Venezuela Amazon Indians Source: AP/Press Association Images

Sebastiao Salgado journeyed to the Amazon in Brazil to meet a tribe that’s in peril from mining companies and farming enterprises. [Washington Post - 7 mins]

3. Animal conservation

Kenya Wildlife Source: AP/Press Association Images

Poachers are threatening the lives of animals in northern Kenya – so conservationists have really had to step up their game. These photos from David Chancellor show the scale of their work. [Time - 6 mins]

4. What’s wrong with my skin?

adrienne keene

When Adrienne Keene spoke to NPR about her experiences as a Native American in college, she wasn’t expecting the backlash she received over her looks. Here’s her take on it. [Native Appropriations - 8 mins]

5. I’m a ghostwriter


Jordan and Keith Richards might not seem like they have a lot in common, but one thing they share is that they used a ghostwriter for their books. the fascinating world of ghostwriting is looked at in this article. [The Guardian - 8 mins]

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