Gillian Orr

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

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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

Photographer Sipke Visser's new book, Doggies, pokes fun at canine aficionados

The 37-year-old visited the Discover Dogs event at London's Earls Court exhibition centre, where 34,000 visitors attend with 3,000 tail-waggers

Copycat culture: the Chateau Zhang Laffitte in China, top, and the building which inspired it, in Paris, bottom

From the White House to the Tower of London: Replicas of Western landmarks are springing up in the most unlikely places

There is a clone of the White House in Virginia, Vietnam and even Iraq, while in China you can find the Tower of London, Mount Rushmore and the entire Austrian alpine village of Hallstatt

Hug in a mug or flavour fad? The pumpkin spice latte, best left to those with a sweet tooth

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice, the combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US. As the super-sweet seasoning gains ground over here, Gillian Orr traces the rise of a heady marketing ploy
Hold onto your hats! The flight safety video from Air New Zealand

The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

The latest bonkers clip is dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"

Let’s pretend: KidZania in Tokyo

KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults

Sudan, the last male northern white rhino

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. Gillian Orr charts the other species on the brink
On top of the world: Actress Cate Blanchett and author Richard Flanagan

From the Man Booker to the Oscars, Australian artists are turning culture upside down

If there was still a myth that antipodean artists lacked culture, then the latest Man Booker win for Richard Flanagan has put paid to that. And about time, too, says Gillian Orr

'Manicomio': 'Built in the late 1800s, this mental hospital served a wide area in Tuscany,' says Soden. 'At capacity, it had 5,000 patients. It was right up in the hills and the architect built the pavilions in a scattered village style. I used a smoke pellet to diffuse the sunlight coming through.'

The beauty of derelict buildings: Gina Soden

Photographer Gina Soden has broken into places all over Europe to capture their eerie attraction

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