Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.
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
Slender Man: Horror character may have led two teenage girls to brutally stab a classmate. But who - or what - is he?
04 June 2014 09:30 PM
Until this week, Slender Man was known only to internet horror fans who would write stories about him and share his legend. But his tale took a sinister turn after it was revealed that two Wisconsin schoolgirls had allegedly stabbed a classmate because they wanted to please the mythological character
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
- 1 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Bill Cosby: Isn’t it obvious why his accusers have stayed silent up until now?
- 4 Halle Berry takes ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry to court for allegedly trying to make daughter look less African-American
- 5 Isis propaganda image showing 'abuse of Muslim woman by soldiers' is actually taken from Hungarian porn film