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

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.

Surf's up, as Emin and team paint against pollution

Fourteen boards designed by top British artists are expected to raise thousands at auction for environmental campaign

The Feral Beast: BBC takes the 'TMS' cake away from Selvey

'Guardian' cricket correspondent Mike Selvey has been dropped as a commentator from 'Test Match Special' after 24 years. The news came as a surprise to Selvey, a former England cricketer who only last winter was reassured he was a crucial part of TMS. "I am disappointed," he says. "Once upon a time TMS was part of a great tradition of BBC radio. But they are bringing in commentators with little knowledge of the game, especially of the cadences of Test match cricket." His departure will be a great disappointment to fans of Selvey's lugubrious manner. A BBC spokesman confirms the move, saying the aim is to "refresh the team", which is to include ex-England wicketkeeper Alec Stewart.

Tracey Emin: I'm really, really in love, passionately in love

My Life In A Column: 'Art with its big ideas and its engulfing arms picked me up and swept me away'

Julian Schnabel: 'I wanted to share Tracey's story with everyone I met'

"Like a fucking dog when the truth is hard to bear; I waved goodbye to my mum at the school gates."

Love, National Gallery, London

Love in some of its infinite guises is celebrated in an exhibition that delivers few amorous surprises

What's the best way to keep a secret? Tell the world the details on your website

Gossip is really only interesting if it looks as though you're trying to hide something

While Fleet Street's finest clamour for an interview, Ronnie Wood tells all to the 'FT'

The pink paper pips the red tops with its unlikely scoop on the Stone's latest exploits

Your chance to own a Tracey Emin original

The Independent is pleased to offer '21746' (2008) by Tracey Emin exclusively for readers at the special launch price of £2,800. '21746' (2008)is a white chalk pebble wrapped in a hand embroidered cotton sheet, measuring 11 x 15 x 16 cm (4 x 6 x 6.5 in).

Middle England will love my show - Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin has revealed that she deliberately set out to be provocative when she was asked by the Royal Academy to hang a gallery in its Summer Exhibition because she thought that was what was expected of her.

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia, Tate Modern, London

Duchamp eclipses his fellow Dadaists – and yet, when all's said and done, this show revolves around a urinal

Tracey Emin: My Life In A Column

'In a place where nobody knows who I am, or what I do, stands my library'

Fourth Plinth, National Gallery, London

Mirrors and meerkats fight the new battle of Trafalgar: Only two serious contenders are among the proposals for London's most famous empty site

Jeremy Langmead: 'I've avoided the minimalist approach to interior design'

As a former editor of the interiors magazine 'Wallpaper', people expect Jeremy Langmead to decorate his home in minimalist style. That's why he's done quite the opposite
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?