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Dictators and dinner, Zoella, and a different Love Actually trailer…

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. Dictators and dinner

Well this is a weird one – the favourite dinners of 10 dictators… [Mashable - 3 mins]

The book features Stalin’s penchant for a five-course meal cooked by his chef (who also happened to be Vladimir Putin’s grandfather), Gaddafi’s camel-milk induced flatulence and Fidel Castro’s tendency to give cooking lessons to the nation.

2. The best photos this year

guardian photos of the year Source: The Guardian

The Guardian’s nominees for the photos of the year 2014 are by turns sobering and uplifting. [The Guardian - 5 mins]

3. Life on Mars

Britain Universe Exhibition Source: AP/Press Association Images

Here’s how the Mars Rover has been getting on… [New York Times - 5 mins]

4. Who is Zoella?

Zoella had help with her book Zoe Sugg/Zoella Source: Dominic Lipinski

If you’re baffled by talk of one ‘Zoella’ and her ghostwritten book, here’s a primer on who she is. [Buzzfeed - 6 mins]

5. Honest Love Actually 

Source: Screen Junkies/YouTube

Here’s the Love Actually trailer as you’ve never seen it before… [Screen Junkies - 4 mins]

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