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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.

David Cameron sidestepped awkward questions on pensioner benefits on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’

Pensioner perks under threat after next election, David Cameron admits

PM hints that wealthy retirees could lose benefits if Tories win next election, as he sets out key policies for manifesto

Sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov predicted the world of 2014 in 1964: here's what he got wrong

Predictions made by the writer 50 years ago have been whizzing around the internet, but that doesn't mean Asimov was right about everything

Hitting home: Daniela Nardini, Kevin Guthrie, Arabella Weir and Alex Norton in 'Two Doors Down'

Two Doors Down, BBC1 - TV review: cause for celebration with a riotous comedy that goes the whole hogmanay

If, for whatever reason, you're stuck at home at a time when everyone else is out on the razz, surely the last thing you'd want to watch on television would be footage of what you're missing? Obviously the bods at the BBC think otherwise, hence their extensive annual coverage of Glastonbury festival and New Year's Eve fireworks. Or perhaps this kind of programming is just a convenient excuse for a journalists' jolly?

Public transport options are singled out for criticism by consumers

Consumers want an economy with more social enterprises

Most people feel they have "little or no control" over what they pay for in the majority of public services that are fundamental to the cost of living, new research out tomorrow will show.

Among old people, more than half live alone, 17 per cent are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week, and almost five million say the television is their main form of company

Newspaper Christmas Appeals: The elephants and the elderly

When our Christmas charity campaign for Help the Aged fell short of expectations, I searched for reasons

Charming Robbie Williams swings by for a cosy Christmas treat on Radio 2

The Week in Radio: Williams was quick on his feet, and willing to cover mishaps with self-deprecating humour

'Selfie': One of the peculiarities of the past few months has been how the idea of taking a photograph of your own face has become something new and interesting

Terence Blacker: The top 13 words and expressions to be excluded this 2014

'Banter', 'Aspiration', 'Selfie'? Not this year, thank you very much

The Hart district of Hampshire has been named the most desirable place to live in the UK. With 84 square miles of green wooded landscape and Hampshire's largest freshwater lake, the area has been dubbed

Ten best places to live in the UK: Hart in Hampshire takes top spot

The Hart district of Hampshire has been named the best place to live in the UK for the third year in a row, with Uttlesford in Essex taking second place

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring against Tottenham

Liverpool v Cardiff City: Brendan Rodgers confident Luis Suarez can fire Reds to the top of the Premier League this weekend

Liverpool will go top with a win as leaders Arsenal do not play until Monday night

Game of two halves: Laurent Blanc seemed amazed a woman understood football

Comment: After PSG manager Laurent Blanc offends female reporter, it's ime to show male chauvinism the red card

Laurent Blanc's comments to a female reporter typify football's patronising view of women, says Emily Dugan

Saving face: 10 best winter moisturisers

Banish dry, lack-lustre complexions and get glowing with our favourite winter face-savers

Transfer news: David Moyes considering move for Mehdi Benatia to strengthen Manchester United defence

Roma centre-half could be drafted in this January

Why do we get so trollied at Christmas?

The British attitude to drunkenness still baffles me, especially at this time of year

Bath wing Matt Banahan tries to break the Mogliano defence

Bath 63 Mogliano 0 match report: Rampant Bath show the value of coaching switch

Amid an avalanche of points against their hapless Italian opponents, Bath quietly eased a director of rugby out of his seat. It has been a curious week in the West Country – business as usual on the pitch and, in a way, business as usual off it, going by the last three years under the ownership of Bruce Craig.

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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?
Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
On the road to nowhere: A Routemaster trip to remember

On the road to nowhere

A Routemaster trip to remember
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind

Hotel India

Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
10 best pencil cases

Back to school: 10 best pencil cases

Whether it’s their first day at school, uni or a new project, treat the student in your life to some smart stationery
Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

Whole Lotta Votes from Radio 2 listeners
Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

‘It was a tidal wave of terror’

Driven to the edge by postpartum psychosis