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

Sad sloth stories, the Budget, and the socialist president.

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. Sad sloth

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This tale of a sloth c-section is the saddest thing you’ll read all day. [Washington Post - 3 mins]

2. Budgeting tips

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Budget 2015 was passed yesterday, but what about your own household budget? We put together some tips, and asked our readers what their advice was. Here’s the outcome. [ - 4 mins]

3. Austerity no more?

Speaking about the Budget, have we left austerity behind? That’s what Noel Doherty is asking. Here are his thoughts. [ Voices - 4 mins]

The Minister has clearly failed to live up to expectations with regard to a reduction in taxation for those in work. The changes proposed do little to ease the burden on middle income earners or on those on low wages.

4. A Marriage to Remember

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Pam White was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at just 61. Her son made this documentary about the impact of the diagnosis on her family and marriage. [Vimeo - 8.29mins]

5. The socialist president

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Meet Evo Morales, recently re-elected as president of Bolivia, for a third term. Under him, Bolivia’s economy has grown extremely fast in the past eight years. But he’s managed to reduce poverty too. [The Guardian - 9 mins]

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