Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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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

Panda Bear wants Brian May and James Brown in his band

Panda Bear: My fantasy band

‘Brian May would sing a bit and play synths as well if he’d like’

Some purists are displeased with the direction Crufts is taking

Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

A British institution is under attack from foreign pooches with their fancy products and unscrupulous owners. Gillian Orr reports on the dog-eat-dog world of Crufts

The oddest photo from the night

Oscars 2015: The alternative winners, from best accessory to creepiest attendee

The achievements lauded by the Academy are all very well, but more gripping was how the stars behaved on the night. Gillian Orr hands out brickbats (and the odd bouquet)

The Star Bistro trains young people with disabilities and makes up food packages

Prize for a bistro where everyone is a winner

The first Sustainable Restaurant Award of 2015 goes to a truly radical business

Tim Norwood (left) with band OK Go!

Tim Norwood, OK Go: My fantasy band

'With Animal on drums, you don’t need anyone else'

Johnnie Shand Kydd's photographs show Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, and Grayson Perry holidaying on Greek island of Hydra

Artists, curators and writers are invited to stay with the contemporary-art collector Pauline Karpidas one weekend a year

Supreme team: Holland-Dozier-Holland with Diana Ross and the Supremes in a rehearsal room in Motown's Hitsville USA building in Detroit

Holland-Dozier-Holland to be honoured with 2,543rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Why did it take so long for the men who wrote the soundtrack to a decade to be honoured, asks Gillian Orr
Sugar rush: a display board from the show

Do you have a sweet tooth? Science Museum's new exhibition reveals it's all your mum's fault...

At the exhibition's preview, Gillian Orr discovers how we learn to yearn in the womb
Sole sister: Fancy a shoe-shopping trip with Home Secretary Theresa May?

Political fundraisers: From shoe shopping with Theresa May to Iron Man Endeavour with Iain Duncan Smith

A Tory auction has raised eyebrows as well as funds. But it's not the first time a party has peddled absurd prizes, says Gillian Orr

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What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
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Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
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Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
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Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
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Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
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Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
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Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
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Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
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Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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