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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.

Edinburgh 2013: John Robins: Where Is My Mind?

A former flatmate of a clutch of successful Bristol-based comics that included Russell Howard and Jon Richardson, John Robins could be the next of his peer group to go on to greater things.

Leading rail firm First Great Western accused over 'secret 11% fare hike'

A leading rail firm has been accused of secretly increasing advance rail fares by over 11%.

Bob Dylan's 'Nina Felix' - part of the exhibition 'Bob Dylan: Face Value' at the National Portrait Gallery

Review: Bob Dylan, Face Value - The musician-turned-artist's portraits have a lyrical side

“The empty handed painter from your streets / Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets,” Bob Dylan sang on his 1965 hit "It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue". While Dylan, now 72, is loved by millions for creating songs with such depth, anger, and poetry, he has also always been a visual artist, albeit a private one.

Book review: The Asylum, By John Harwood

“I am Miss Georgina Ferrars  of Gresham’s Yard, London. I am. I swear that I am. And I shall prove it.”

Ryan Harris celebrates after taking the wicket of England's captain, Alastair Cook, at The Kia Oval

Ashes 2013: Ryan Harris has become Australia’s main man for home series

The Aussie Angle: Big man has just one more box to tick: an Ashes series win

Clifford Coonan's Sketch from the trial of Bo Xilai: An ‘open’ hearing which is closed to foreign journalists, in a city where my hotel reservation has just been cancelled

China’s “trial of the century” in the sweltering, eastern coastal city of Jinan has been hailed by authorities as “open” proceedings, but the atmosphere is hardly welcoming.

Mothers play a crucial role in determining how quickly their children grow old

Blame your mum if the years have not been kind: study says mothers pass on 'ageing gene'

Results could help in discovery of ways to slow down ageing in humans

In some areas, local health authorities did not receive a single application for a deprivation of a liberty safeguards (DoLS) authorisation

Complacent? Alarm sounded over huge variations in legal safeguards for the vulnerable

Mental health charity warns 'fundamental human rights' could be at risk

'Grey jurors' given the nod as age limit raised from 70 to 75

Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green 'harnessing life experiences of people who can offer significant benefits'

Police respond to the the ‘terror attack’

Panic on the streets of Birmingham: City responds to mock terror attack

Exercise tests if there are cultural differences in responding to instructions from emergency services

GTA 5 travelogue guide to Los Santos: Join a cult, steal a car

New featurettes promise Los Santos will be the most full-realised GTA city yet

Is it rude to use your smart phone during screenings? Cinema etiquette debate rages in US

Film buffs fight to keep tweeters and bloggers who use tech silent

The Spanish church’s fresco was succumbing to damp, left, before its facelift

So bad it was brilliant: Botched fresco restoration answers Spanish town’s prayers with tourism boom

Monkey-faced Christ found fame online, and whole village has reaped the benefits

Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone

‘Dirty and unsafe’: Whipps Cross hospital told it must make urgent changes

Inspectors reported cases of women having to wait up to four hours to be seen at a labour ward

Quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon speaking to his friend Arnaud Chassery, with whom he crossed the Bering Strait between North America and Russia

Channel-crossing quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon has stolen wheelchair returned

A bus driver found the expensive, custom-built chair dumped in a car park, and phoned Mr Croizon after seeing media coverage of the theft

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's heavenly crab dishes don't need hours of preparation

Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

Scared off by the strain of shelling a crab? Let a fishmonger do the hard work so you can focus on getting the flavours right
Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

Terry Venables column

Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

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Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past