Gillian Orr

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

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Blight on the land: Uuganaa Ramsay presents a true depiction of her countrymen to tackle pre-existing negative notions of the Mongols

Why are the words 'mongol', 'mongoloid' and 'mongy' still bandied about as insults?

Uuganaa Ramsay explores how the proud name of her people came to be used as an offensive term, and not just for those - like her son - with Down’s Syndrome

One of Tatiana Bruni's original designs from 1931

Tatiana Bruni's groundbreaking costume designs for The Bolt go on show

In 1931, ‘The Bolt’ fell foul of Stalin’s censors before it even opened. But now images from the original production are on display
Los Israelitas

Stan Raucher: Rite place, rite time

A community that has melded ancient religious beliefs with their daily lives deep in the rainforest

Photographer Susan Middleton captures extraordinary world of marine invertebrates in all their colourful, diverse, and prickly glory

Middleton has been taking portraits of rare plants and animals for 30 years

Photographer Sipke Visser's new book, Doggies, pokes fun at canine aficionados

The 37-year-old visited the Discover Dogs event at London's Earls Court exhibition centre, where 34,000 visitors attend with 3,000 tail-waggers

Copycat culture: the Chateau Zhang Laffitte in China, top, and the building which inspired it, in Paris, bottom

From the White House to the Tower of London: Replicas of Western landmarks are springing up in the most unlikely places

There is a clone of the White House in Virginia, Vietnam and even Iraq, while in China you can find the Tower of London, Mount Rushmore and the entire Austrian alpine village of Hallstatt

Hug in a mug or flavour fad? The pumpkin spice latte, best left to those with a sweet tooth

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice, the combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US. As the super-sweet seasoning gains ground over here, Gillian Orr traces the rise of a heady marketing ploy
Hold onto your hats! The flight safety video from Air New Zealand

The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

The latest bonkers clip is dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"

Let’s pretend: KidZania in Tokyo

KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults

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Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
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...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
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Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
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Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

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Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
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'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
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International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border