Call of the wild: An international conference in London next month will address elephant poaching

Charity Appeal: A fantastic result – and the campaign will not stop here

This year's charity appeal has raised more than £300,000 for our partner charity, Space for Giants, exceeding last year's total of around £250,000. We are within sight of breaking the record for a charity appeal by this newspaper – £356,000. So more donations would be appreciated.

Home by cheese boat to a brave new waterworld

We landed at Heathrow from Hong Kong at the very anti-social time of 4.30am. I'd been scouring the online news for anywhere in the UK that was still above water. Our best bet was probably to swim to Windsor, and then try to get a boat down through the old land areas of Reading and Swindon then hope to beach somewhere in the mid-Cotswolds. Once there, we would have a chance of finding a friendly local tribe to give us safe passage back to our valley. But who might be running the valley now? While we'd been away in Asia the great waters had come, and old social orders had been reversed.

Damien Hirst,

Damien Hirst unveils new artwork 'Mickey'

Damien Hirst has today unveiled a new spot painting based on Disney character Mickey Mouse.

Michael Kagan's oil painting 'Pilot 2' for White Lies' album cover

White Lies astronaut album cover wins Best Art Vinyl Award 2013

Michael Kagan's oil painting was judged the most creative

Grey matter: Inside Maria Hatzistefanis' Notting Hill home

Cosmetics queen Maria Hatzistefanis has found the perfect way to relax her mind after a day at work

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Just don’t mention “the bagel”…

Geordie Greig's biography of Lucian Freud: 'A stitching together of racy tabloid features'

An intimate and unpretty memoir of a private person – which the late artist would have loathed

Damien Hirst's new book for children

Damien Hirst releases alphabet book for babies

You are never too young to buy your first Hirst.

Frieze 2013: Pilvi Takala gives 12-year-olds £11,000 prize money to spend on art works

When Frieze chose Pilvi Takala as the winner of the £11,000 Emdash Award, they were hoping, as every year, for a new artwork from an up-and-coming talent to liven up the tent at this month’s art fair.

Dan Baldwin, Sacrilegium

Artist Dan Baldwin on the enduring kitsch quality of Catholic iconography

The secular painter and ceramicist explains why he is still drawn to Catholicism, and why his work is different to Grayson Perry

Untitled, by artist Roger Hiorns, to go on show at the Calder

Damien Hirst's hero refuses to be a brand

A young naked man sits on a jet engine, which resembles a torso with entrails of twisted tubes and pipes like thighs protruding from its groin. It's a composition of contrasts: a fragile youth with a defunct war machine.

Accessories in extremis: Frothy femininity to strident and strong - this season's fashion extras prove that opposites are attractive

Whether you go for micro minaudières or jumbo backpacks, featherlight heels or sturdy caterpillar soles, it’s all about polar opposites for the season’s  extras. Rebecca Gonsalves compares and contrasts

Graphite Capital chews over stake in Hawksmoor steakhouse chain

Hawksmoor, the premium steakhouse, is close to selling a minority stake to the private-equity firm behind London's Groucho club.

Artist Damien Hirst poses in front of his artwork entitled 'I am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds' in the Tate Modern art gallery

Dead serious? Photo of Damien Hirst with severed head riles Richard III academics

A photograph on display in a gallery has been branded an ‘abuse of power’

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For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
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Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

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Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

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The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

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Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada