Germaine Greer planting some trees, is there a whole book in that? The answer is a resounding “yes” after reading this heartfelt, sharp and meticulously researched account of the author’s decade-long efforts to rebuild a small corner of rainforest in her home country of Australia.
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Friday 19 September 2008
It is an all-round embarrassing fact that the art of the past often only speaks to us by being misunderstood. It seems to communicate so clearly, but it does this because we've made a mistake. We've imagined that it's talking a language that it couldn't possibly be talking. And knowing that leaves us with a dilemma. Should we give up our delusory delight in old art? Or persist in the delusion, aware that's what it is?
Thursday 18 September 2008
It is commonplace today to see flocks and herds of animals, and vegetation cut and mown, on nature reserves. It is hard to recollect that, some 50 years ago, the prevailing view was that nature should be left to look after itself. Management of such areas amounted to putting up a fence and reserve notices. But it was eventually observed that under such a regime of neglect, reserves lost their intrinsic wildlife-interest as grasslands became rank and woodland thicket.
Thursday 18 September 2008
Friday 11 April 2008
David Cushing was an outstanding contributor to marine science and a large character. He joined the Fisheries Laboratory (now the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science or Cefas) at Lowestoft in Suffolk after Second World War service in the Army. It was a time of change in cultures and technology that he embraced.
Saturday 23 February 2008
Parts of a child's body have been found at a former care home in Jersey, police have confirmed.
Tuesday 22 January 2008
Several years ago, when confronted with the environmental damage inflicted by gas-powered patio heaters, B&Q sought solace in the old arms dealers' defence: "If we do not sell them, then our competitors will."
Tuesday 06 June 2006
The Government set itself on a collision course with small shareholder groups yesterday after the Trade Secretary, Alistair Darling, said he would fight to repeal an amendment to the Company Law Reform Bill that would have given voting rights to those who hold shares in nominee accounts.
Sunday 28 May 2006
Friday 26 May 2006
Tirelessly courteous, the small, dapper man kept on greeting, smiling and pressing the flesh until late in the evening. Around him buzzed hangers-on, as florid tapestries and heavy marble spoke of an older kind of hierarchy. When he talked, as gracious as the "royalty" he has become, you felt the vast burden of his name and fame. "Wherever Pelé goes, I carry the name of my country. I never, ever want to disappoint my people."
Saturday 11 March 2006
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Wednesday 12 October 2005
Wednesday 31 August 2005
Saturday 13 August 2005
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