Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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Boss class: Beyoncé supports the ‘ban bossy’ campaign

Ban the b-word: Men may be 'commanding' but only women get called 'bossy' - and it's undermining female ambition

Now a campaign is calling for an end to the use of the word, says Gillian Orr

Luiz Hara, The London Foodie, would cook Ligurian trofie pasta with potatoes, green beans and his home-made pesto
For every day you carry on smoking after your mid-thirties, you will lose an average of six hours of life

Don't give up giving up smoking: An expert's guide to quitting

Why is it so hard to quit smoking? Professor Robert West, world expert on nicotine and addiction, has spent a lifetime finding out. Here’s his advice for die-hard smokers

This is Britain: Three years, 120 towns, 800 portraits - how the photographer Niall McDiarmid captured the state of the nation

McDiarmid's portrait journey around the UK, entitled Crossing Paths, manages to be both a personal project and a document of modern Britain

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The Lego Movie: Thinking outside the box

The Lego Movie opened with record box office in the US and, after clever TV advertising, is sure to build a good audience on its UK release this week

Purple rain: hundreds of Prince fans queued in the rain to see the musician play a secret show in Camden, North London

Just 300 Prince fans got the chance to see the star play a surprise show this week - but the idea of a secret gig is far from unique

On Tuesday night, 300 lucky sods watched Prince play his first UK show since 2007. The last time you could have seen him perform was during his 21-night residency at London's O2 Arena, along with 20,000 other folk each night.

Part of Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad

Same-sex parents in a Coca-Cola ad?

That's one thing to celebrate about the Super Bowl, but more brands need to see using gay characters as the norm.

Around the world in a day: Eat your way from Sweden to the States in six meals

Who needs a passport when you have a Travelcard? There is now no cuisine you can't find in the nation's capital, says Gillian Orr

Unexpected agony aunt: How My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney transformed teen TV

'My Mad Fat Diary', E4's hit show chronicling the life of a teenage girl with mental health issues, struck a chord with viewers

Nigella Lawson at Isleworth Crown Court in December

Court artists: Quick on the draw

A slew of celebrities in the dock has put the spotlight on the arcane art of courtroom sketches

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?