Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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At this year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas

SXSW 2015: Why this music festival is still the place to spot the next big thing

Despite corporate sponsorship, SXSW, the festival that began as a showcase for new acts, has managed to preserve its sense of the unexpected

Story of his life: Malik has found his admirers' attentions too much to bear

The distress of some Zayn Malik fans is real, and they need support, say experts

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until a hashtag that appeared to promote self-harm emerged
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Photographer Ryann Ford's images of rest stops on America's highways reveal a bygone era

Ford travelled across 17 states photographing the distinctive chunks of architectural Americana before they were pulled down

Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese would be on keys

Steev Livingstone, Errors: My fantasy band

‘Fraser had a unique approach to lyric-writing’

Photographer Beth Moon's black and white images celebrate the diversity of ancient trees

The San Franciscan has travelled across the US, to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa in search of her subjects, which must meet one of three criteria: age, immense size or notable history

Fighting talk: Jeremy Clarkson after his suspension from the BBC

Jeremy Clarkson: Is the word 'fracas' just a middle-class way of describing a punch-up?

The word 'fracas' was trending on Twitter following Jeremy Clarkson's suspension. Gillian Orr investigates
Every Lidl helps: chef Kevin Love was in charge at The Hinds Head in Bray

From Heston Blumenthal to Lidl: Kevin Love on leaving an award-winning restaurant for a supermarket chain

Before he worked for Heston, Kevin Love used to manage a branch of the supermarket. He tells Gillian Orr why he's gone back, swapping Michelin-stars for low-cost lobster

Bruce Davidson's images of 'devastatingly awful' Cwmcarn show the domestic side of life in Wales

The revered photographer had wanted to visit Wales ever since he came across his hero Robert Frank's series about Welsh miners taken the previous decade

Clemens Rehbein (left), one half of duo Milky Chance

Clemens Rehbein, Milky Chance: My fantasy band

‘Michael Jackson can sing in so many ways. And he’s got the dance moves...’

Photographer Sean Hawkey uses 19th-century techniques to capture images of miners in Peru

Hawkey used the so-called "wet-plate" process to photograph miners as part of a Fairtrade Foundation campaign called I Do, which encourages couples to buy Fairtrade silver and gold wedding rings

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Caves were re-opened to the public
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'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
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Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor