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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.

Dimbleby visited the Vagabond tattoo studio in east London, followed by cameramen for the 30-minute procedure

David Dimbleby gets inked: so what exactly does a tattoo even mean anymore?

There are many parallels of tattoo significance: Sexy/chavvy, body art/body graffiti, rebellious/criminal

Britain's old age 'time bomb' may have been exaggerated, say experts

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh say that the number of dependent older people in the UK has actually fallen by a third in the past four decades

Depression makes us biologically age 'by several years' say scientists

Severe depression led to increased cellular ageing

Angela Merkel has promised progress on identifying Munich art haul

Angela Merkel promises progress on identifying Munich art haul

The government is pushing for faster identification of works of art found in a Munich apartment that may have been stolen by the Nazis from private owners.

Paperback review: Memoirs of a Madman and November, by Gustave Flaubert

“Why write these pages? What are they good for?” begins Flaubert’s unfocused, rambling first-person story, “Memoirs of a Madman”, written when he was 15.

Anthony Hilton: Why the City should be wary of banking too much on the Chinese

London earns a lot of kudos when foreign companies decide to list their shares on the Stock Exchange here rather than, say, New York or Hong Kong.

Top: When gene is not activated. Bottom: Tissue regrowth shown when gene activated

Fountain of youth? Scientists discover why wounds heal quicker for young people

Hopes rise for new drugs and treatments to speed healing process for the elderly

Baseline Junkie: Dizzee Rascal performs on stage

Dizzee Rascal launches foul-mouthed rant against Radio 1

The rapper said he thought US artists were favoured on the station

Projected 9.6 million rise in the population would mean an increase bigger than the current 8.3 million population of London

UK population will soar by nearly '10 million by 2037 with immigration attributed to projected increase

Sharp rise in the projected number of people aged 80 and over in next 25 years

Hillcroft Nursing home in Slyne-with-Hest, near Lancaster

Three staff at Hillcroft care home in Lancashire 'mocked, bullied and assaulted' dementia sufferers

Residents ‘tormented by carers to relieve boredom’

Paperback review: Forest of a Thousand Daemons, By D O Fagunwa (Trs by Wole soyinka)

First published in Nigeria in 1939,  D O Fagunwa’s Forest of a Thousand Daemons is a treasure of world literature: it was one of the first African novels, and the first to be written in the Yoruba language. It tells of Akara-ogun, a legendary hunter; he battles shape-shifting “ghommids”, marries an enchantress and carries out “gory assignments” at the behest of a giant ostrich.

Robbie Williams has said he's 'gutted' Radio 1 won't play his singles

Robbie Williams 'gutted' Radio 1 won't play his singles

The singer was declared irrelevant to Radio 1's young audience earlier this year

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Transfer news: Juventus president admits a 'massive offer' for Paul Pogba would be impossible to resist

The former Manchester United player has become a regular since switching to Turin

Krokodil the flesh-eating drug spreads to Chicago suburbs with three cases in a week

Krokodil, which is considered more addictive that heroin, originated in Russia

Dour but impressive: Tom Hanks in the title role of ‘Captain Phillips’

First night: Captain Phillips - the Somalis vs Captain America tells only one side of the pirate story

As an action movie it is  very well made in its own macho fashion. What it lacks is a human dimension

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

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Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

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Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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