Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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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
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

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'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
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'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
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Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
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Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

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