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

The News Matrix: Thursday 12 December 2013

Spending on home families’ biggest cost

Philip Treacy, Milliner

Page 3 Profile: Philip Treacy, Milliner

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee