Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr is an arts and features writer for The Independent.

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Best Coast interview: 'I grew up obsessed with female musicians, to now be in that position now is just crazy'

The band talk everything from new album to trying to be Liam Gallagher

Festival-goers at Glastonbury last year
Eduardo Guerrero Gonzales, Osuna

Ruven Afanador's latest photography book showcases the surreal world of flamenco dancers

Afanador became transfixed by stories of the gypsies who had roamed the south of Spain for centuries

Hajdu Tamas's work carries a certain preoccupation with the animal world

Photographer Hajdu Tamas captures the quirkier side of life in Romania

From a cow hiding in some bushes, to a sign suggesting the unsuitability of dogs using a slide, Tamas's work bristles with humour and absurdity

Bags for life: The Walkers factory in Leicester is the world’s largest crisp plant, producing more than 11 million bags a day

Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors, says Gillian Orr

Photographer Karen Knorr's India Song features animals from Indian folklore in exotic settings

Knorr wanted to produce work about India that wasn't cliché poverty shots

Park and stride: the car park is no stranger to hosting events

Is this Britain’s coolest car park? Pay and sashay at Brewer Street NCP

London Fashion Week is packing its trunks and moving to a car park, of all places. But Brewer Street NCP is an ideal place to showcase top gear

You can hear Rachael Naylor's dulcet tones on Olay ads and One Direction DVDs

Meet the voiceover stars: From Mind the Gap to the talking clock, the industry is finding its own voice

We hear them every time we turn on the TV, whenever we listen to an audiobook and even when we go shopping. But voiceover artists end up being, well, invisible. Rachael Naylor tells Gillian Orr why she's helping the industry speak up

Photographer Dillon Marsh captures man-made palm trees that disguise mobile-phone towers

The striking structures in Cape Town hide ugly, grey installations

Carol Morley, director of The Falling with Florence Pugh

'After you left the room I said, Wow!': director Carol Morley and actress Florence Pugh on their haunting new film The Falling

The 'twisted coming of age story' explores a breakout of mass hysteria in a girls’ school

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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy