Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.
02 July 2014 10:00 PM
29 June 2014 12:00 AM
On first viewing, it could be the setting of a sci-fi film or a landscape somewhere in the Antarctic. But these extraordinary images were actually taken at a salt mine in the far hotter climes of Western Australia.
26 June 2014 10:30 PM
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.
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
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
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- 2 Kim Kardashian on Bruce Jenner's 'story': 'We support him no matter what, and I think when the time is right, he'll talk'
- 3 Russian girl takes her own life after parents find pornography on her computer
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights