Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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Japanese photographer Shin Noguchi presents his country's culture with beauty and humanism

Noguchi has been documenting his native Japan for more than a decade, and was first attracted to street photography after reading about the renowned photographic agency Magnum

George Ezra enjoyed a meteoric rise in 2014

George Ezra interview: The singer-songwriter on his stunning rise and what to do next

The 21-year-old has reached a level of fame he never expected

Curves magazine's Stefan Bogner pairs images of mountain passes with a road-movie story

The 46-year-old designer launched the magazine in 2009, as he believed there was a gap in the travel market for those who drive or cycle and long for the adventure of the open road

Photojournalist Guillermo Cervera's first solo exhibition reveals the more offbeat side of life

Guillermo Cervera made his name photographing conflict zones. For the past two decades, the Spanish photojournalist has covered subjects from the war in Bosnia to the Arab Spring to Darfur's refugees.

The offspring: Jeff Tweedy with son Spencer

Keeping it in the family: Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on making an album with his son

Tweedy: 'I want to make a record that is universally accepted as the greatest thing that’s ever happened in music'

The hold a beloved bear can have on a young mind is quite remarkable

Long-lost teddies: The joy of being reunited with a beloved bear

The heart-wrenching loss of a much-loved teddy is one of the trials of childhood. Gillian Orr discovers that surprise reunions and happy endings can happen

Candy Crush

Candy Crush: The wrong kind of technology at work

MP Nigel Mills has been spied playing Candy Crush Saga in Parliament. But, says Gillian Orr, he’s by no means the only one to be lured by the giddy glare while at work

Father Frank Browne's treasure trove of photographs captures the spirit of his times

The Jesuit's collection of 42,000 negatives was discovered 25 years after his death in 1960 - none of which had been printed by Browne

By royal appointment: two of the volumes released today

Penguin has embarked on a four-year project to chronicle the lives of all 45 of our monarchs

From Athelstan to Elizabeth IIs, Gillian Orr discovers some great pub facts
Behind closed doors: Benefit's soughtafter £60 calendar

Advent calendars for grown-ups: cosmetics, whisky, and porcelain ornaments behind every door

Advent calendars are no longer reserved for children, as adult versions featuring gin and fine china are now on sale

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The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
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Army general planning to come out
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What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
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Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
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The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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