Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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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

Photographer Yoko Ishii's images show wild Sika deer roaming the streets in Nara, Japan

The deer are treated as divine creatures, thanks to a local legend

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing