Gillian Orr

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

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Bringing home the Birkin: Jane with her eponymous handbag

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

So, asks Gillian Orr, is this a clash of ethics and aesthetics?
That will do ricely: the Cauli-Rice that will be gracing your supermarket shelves soon

Cauliflower rice: The new superfood or just the latest food fad?

The unloved cauliflower is gaining a following among the swelling ranks of carb-avoiders, who convert it into guilt-free rice. And it's tastier than it sounds, reports Gillian Orr

Photographer Giulio Magnifico captures the tranquillity and characters of Italy's osterias

Magnifico describes an osteria as being "like a bar but with a very old style"

Girls, uninterrupted: Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham launches feminist e-newsletter called 'Lenny' for fellow-millenials

Gillian Orr explores why old-fashioned emails are a hit with modern women
Fit to print: the key to success in magazines is to corner a specialised market and speak directly to your reader

Indie magazine sales are proving print is not dead

People have long predicted the death of the traditional publishing model, but indie magazines are flourishing. A new book celebrates the trend.

Manchester, 1966

How photographer Shirley Baker chronicled Manchester's working-class families in the 1960s

When Shirley Baker turned her camera on Manchester and her home town of Salford in the 1960s, she did so not only to protest the decline of the region's working-class communities, but also to record the heartwarming freedom of its children, as a new retrospective reveals

Graphic designer Nick Barclay breaks down classics cocktails in his minimalist poster designs

The designer came up with an interesting way of letting people know the drinks' ingredients and measures, while making it look cool

Behind the scenes of the world's most experimental science labs

The photographer Daniel Stier has spent four years gaining access to some of the world's most curious scientific experiments. Just what are these researchers up to, wonders Gillian Orr

The Confederate banner isn't the only flag to cause controversy

Pressure is mounting to ban the Confederate banner after the Charleston shooting. Gillian Orr flags up some other offenders

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