Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.
22 June 2014 12:00 AM
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
Portfolio: Nebraskan-born engineer Dr Harold Edgerton photographed motion that was too fast to be captured with traditional methods
01 June 2014 12:00 AM
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.
30 May 2014 12:00 AM
New bands often emerge at the hip festival and this year is no exception
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
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- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more