Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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Lily Allen: New music video sticks it to the misogynistic music man

Explicit music videos are revolting parents and politicians alike. But as Lily Allen shows, there's a different way to revolt

Cate Le Bon: 'Toko Yasuda has the voice of a beautiful ghost'

Fantasy band: Cate Le Bon

'Toko Yasuda has the voice of a beautiful ghost'

Now that's what I call a short film: A new book condenses plots into five-second graphics

If you’re fed up with movies getting longer, this book is just the ticket, says Gillian Orr. But can you recognise your favourite in our gallery?

Elliott Smith died ten years ago

Elliott Smith: Last word on a tormented rock hero

A new book aims to unpick the troubled life and mysterious death of the songwriter Elliott Smith

Survival of the unfittest

From allergies to diabetes, the modern diseases that plague us were unknown to our hunter-gatherer forebears. So what can we learn from them?

'The prettiest basslines come from James Jamerson': Temples' James Bagshaw

Fantasy band: James Bagshaw, Temples

'The prettiest basslines come from James Jamerson'

Slice of life: Helen Graves makes a picnic loaf sandwich

Now that's what I call a sandwich!

If it can be wedged between two slices of bread, then Helen Graves has tried it. The snack obsessive has made it her mission to find the world’s weirdest and most wonderful. Gillian Orr samples some of her favourites

Tomorrow's World: 'Jaki Liebezeit has a motorik style but he's funky too'

Fantasy band: Tomorrow's World

'Jaki Liebezeit has a motorik style but he's funky too'

Portfolio: Martin Kollar's images of Israel capture 'one of the most contentious geographical zones of modern history'

When Martin Kollar was invited, along with various award-winning photographers, to spend several months in Israel to capture "one of the most contentious geographical zones of modern history", the 41-year-old found the country reminded him of growing up in Zilina, Czechoslovakia (now the Slovak Republic).

Nina Nesbitt: 'Debbie Harry is kind of an idol of mine and a legend'

Fantasy band: Nina Nesbitt

'Debbie Harry is kind of an idol of mine and a legend'

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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam