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Mohammed Ali  used to boast that when boxing,  he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So it is with Germiane Greer. She writes lightly, gracefully even when agitating for a cause. But the words still sting. And unsettle. Here she consciously creates a quasi-religious epic out of a part of her remarkable life when she decided to restore a small, wrecked rainforest in Australia, her homeland. The tone is apocalyptic, themes existential and critical: (wo)man not against, but ardently for wondrous, pitiless and predatory nature. She, the Lionheart, is awed, meets devastation, fears cataclysms, intuits prophecies, bears historical and biological guilt,  seeks redemption and takes stupendous, fervent  action. It really is some story.

Cambridge Rear of the Year? It's still sexist

It’s little use sprinkling in male buttocks, as a kind of hairy-arsed figleaf

Theatre review: Keeler - 'A tatty retelling of the Profumo Affair'

Charing Cross Theatre, London

Those who played such a pivotal role in Egypt's revolution have been badly let down

My struggle didn’t begin in earnest until I chose a male sector in which to forge my career

Robin Thicke hits back at universities over 'Blurred Lines' ban

US singer claims people in the UK do not 'get' his controversial song

Swedish cinemas to stamp out sexism with Bechdel test rating on movies

Films will be graded on whether on not they contain two female characters who speak about something other than a man

They know they don't want it: More universities ban Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

Around 20 UK institutions have now banned the track for its sexist lyrics

See sexism? Challenge it. Because nice girls DO make a scene

I'd become used to the comments. But this time, I spoke back - and wondered why I hadn't made a scene every time a man had tried to frighten, shame or humiliate me

Is verbal and physical abuse in student clubs getting out of hand?

Are we normalising harassment, asks Lucy Anna Gray

A letter to my 16-year-old self

NUS president Toni Pearce, age 23, writes to her teenage self

Women 'more creative when they kill' claims German forensic psychiatrist

Female murderers more likely to kill people they know and compensate for lack of physical strength by being more inventive says Dr Sigrun Rossmanith

Keep the faith: Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches

Music review: CHVRCHES

“I've never been sick in the ABC,” informs Chvrches’ lead singer Lauren Mayberry helpfully, “but I've probably cried in the toilets.” Unsurprisingly for a young band who have spent the last month touring America, there’s a real sense of cut-loose homecoming as they return to their own city. Yet there are nerves too, coolly hidden beneath a professional exterior and the trio’s obvious joy to be doing this. Who wouldn’t feel a lump in the throat to be playing in a venue packed full with over a thousand people who were unknown just months before?

Craig Conway (Mick) Faye Wragg (Cath) in My Generation

Theatre review: My Generation, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Unless you were part of the counter culture scene of the 80s and 90s you will probably know Chumbawamba best for their infectious hit "Tubthumping" or more likely the sublime moment at the 1998 Brits when band member Danbert Nobacon decanted an ice bucket down the front of John Prescott’s trousers.

Toni Amos stars in The Light Princess

Theatre review: Tori Amos' The Light Princess - 'magical and ravishingly distinctive'

Nicholas Hytner's refusal to play safe with the musical genre has been one of the glories of his regime at the National. From Jerry Springer: the Opera to the verbatim-based London Road, he has  fostered shows that seek to do daring and original things with the form.

Barack Obama and John McCain make one of their final campaign appearances

Barack Obama and the Republican Party are engaged in an existential battle

No winner can come out of this stalemate with their head held high

Believers walk past Salt Lake Temple ahead of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ biannual meeting in Salt Lake City

Mormon leader Dieter Uchtdorf says church has 'made mistakes'

Speech seen as effort at modernising a growing religion with a history of squashing dissent

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