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Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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Portfolio: Nebraskan-born engineer Dr Harold Edgerton photographed motion that was too fast to be captured with traditional methods

Dr Harold Edgerton led the sort of life that lends itself to a Hollywood biopic. During his illustrious career the MIT professor, who died in 1990 at the age of 86, made advances in night aerial photography that was used during the Second World War, photographed nuclear testing in the 1950s and 1960s, and used radar to help illuminate the ocean floors for Jacques Cousteau.

Metronomy and Pixies are already confirmed to perform at Field Day 2014

Field Day 2014: Who are the hip new kids on the block?

New bands often emerge at the hip festival and this year is no exception

Richard Martinez has delivered a series of emotional and rousing speeches

Father of one of Elliot Rodger's victims calls for people to use postcards to tackle gun crime

In an age of online 'slactivism', paper can still pack a punch, finds Gillian Orr

Portfolio: Californian Austen Ezzell spent five months photographing football pitches around the globe for his project The World's Game

The United States is hardly known for its love of "the beautiful game", seemingly more in thrall to the pleasures of baseball and American football. But for Californian Austen Ezzell, football – or soccer, as he calls it – was always his sport of choice.

The love that never was:Harry and Hermione

What is shipping? Your chance to make Harry end up with Hermione

Want Holmes to romance Watson? Whether you know it or not, you are 'shipping'. Gillian Orr on a handy addition to the dictionary
On song:Conchita Wurst

Conchita Wurst: A great ambassador for gender diversity

Rise Like a Phoenix's triumph at Eurovision showed that the contest can still surprise us. But for the world's drag artists, it also struck a blow for gender tolerance, says Gillian Orr
Li's resumé is impressive: two critically adored albums, well over 100 million YouTube views of her videos and near-top billing at festivals

Swedish singer Lykke Li moves on to the final instalment of her acclaimed indie-pop trilogy

She has never heard a happy song she likes, longs to work with Lars von Trier and wears nothing but black (check out her forthcoming fashion line!). Meet Lykke Li, Swedish star of indie-pop and connoisseur of torment, sorrow and woe…

Still standing: the Plastics, including Gretchen (far right)

10 years of Mean Girls: How the film defined a generation - and gave it a new language

Gillian Orr talks to one of the stars of 'Mean Girls' about its lasting appeal
Simon the cat, on board HMS Amethyst

Man's bravest friends: a roll call of non-human heroes

A dog has been posthumously awarded the PDSA Dickin medal, the animals’ Victoria Cross. Gillian Orr looks at the animals that have been honoured

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