Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr is an arts and features writer for The Independent.

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Fighting talk: Jeremy Clarkson after his suspension from the BBC

Jeremy Clarkson: Is the word 'fracas' just a middle-class way of describing a punch-up?

The word 'fracas' was trending on Twitter following Jeremy Clarkson's suspension. Gillian Orr investigates
Every Lidl helps: chef Kevin Love was in charge at The Hinds Head in Bray

From Heston Blumenthal to Lidl: Kevin Love on leaving an award-winning restaurant for a supermarket chain

Before he worked for Heston, Kevin Love used to manage a branch of the supermarket. He tells Gillian Orr why he's gone back, swapping Michelin-stars for low-cost lobster

Bruce Davidson's images of 'devastatingly awful' Cwmcarn show the domestic side of life in Wales

The revered photographer had wanted to visit Wales ever since he came across his hero Robert Frank's series about Welsh miners taken the previous decade

Clemens Rehbein (left), one half of duo Milky Chance

Clemens Rehbein, Milky Chance: My fantasy band

‘Michael Jackson can sing in so many ways. And he’s got the dance moves...’

Photographer Sean Hawkey uses 19th-century techniques to capture images of miners in Peru

Hawkey used the so-called "wet-plate" process to photograph miners as part of a Fairtrade Foundation campaign called I Do, which encourages couples to buy Fairtrade silver and gold wedding rings

Panda Bear wants Brian May and James Brown in his band

Panda Bear: My fantasy band

‘Brian May would sing a bit and play synths as well if he’d like’

Some purists are displeased with the direction Crufts is taking

Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

A British institution is under attack from foreign pooches with their fancy products and unscrupulous owners. Gillian Orr reports on the dog-eat-dog world of Crufts

The oddest photo from the night

Oscars 2015: The alternative winners, from best accessory to creepiest attendee

The achievements lauded by the Academy are all very well, but more gripping was how the stars behaved on the night. Gillian Orr hands out brickbats (and the odd bouquet)

The Star Bistro trains young people with disabilities and makes up food packages

Prize for a bistro where everyone is a winner

The first Sustainable Restaurant Award of 2015 goes to a truly radical business

Tim Norwood (left) with band OK Go!

Tim Norwood, OK Go: My fantasy band

'With Animal on drums, you don’t need anyone else'

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