Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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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

Expedition photographer Camille Seaman's stunning images of Antarctica shine a spotlight on global warming

Respect for nature was drilled into Camille Seaman from a young age, as part of her Native American upbringing.

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
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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

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

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

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
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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