Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.
29 June 2014 12:00 AM
On first viewing, it could be the setting of a sci-fi film or a landscape somewhere in the Antarctic. But these extraordinary images were actually taken at a salt mine in the far hotter climes of Western Australia.
26 June 2014 10:30 PM
22 June 2014 12:00 AM
22 June 2014 12:00 AM
Death Valley, in California's Mojave Desert, holds the record for the highest temperature ever measured: 56.7C, back in 1913.
18 June 2014 09:35 PM
The Fault in our Stars is the bestselling book of the year so far, proving that Young Adult fiction is also read by those old enough to know better
15 June 2014 12:00 AM
As ruler of the largest single territory in the world at the time, it was impossible for Tsar Nicholas II to travel the extent of Russia, which at the turn of the 20th century extended from Finland to Turkestan, and from Poland to Siberia.
Have you ever written fan mail to a favourite author? From Enid Blyton to JD Salinger, these readers were surprised by the response...
11 June 2014 10:00 PM
Two recent stories have shed light on the way in which fan letters are handled
Portfolio: Alessandro Gandolfi's images of teenage girls who ride the waves along Gaza's 25 miles of Mediterranean coastline
08 June 2014 12:00 AM
Among the growing band of surfers who ride the waves along Gaza's 25 miles of Mediterranean coastline, you'll find a rather curious sight: a small group of teenage girls on boards.
A one-time hen-do stripper on the peculiarities of his profession... and a current stag-do stripper on the odd requests in hers
07 June 2014 12:00 AM
'They thought I was a real fireman': Tony's story
05 June 2014 11:30 PM
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
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