Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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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

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
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