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.
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Sunday 28 March 2010
Never in the field of equine conflict has so much hinged on so little. With the distribution of $10 million at stake three noses passed the post in almost perfect unison here last night – and it was barely by their nostrils that the camera favoured Gloria De Campeao over Lizard's Desire and Allybar.
Friday 18 December 2009
Whatever one thinks of Jim Morrison's status as "Poet" (the sole epitaph on his Père Lachaise Cemetery tombstone), The Doors' effectiveness as a live unit is undeniable. Rarely have three rock musicians pumped out music with the degree of dynamic intensity achieved here, while Morrison's charismatic, brooding good humour remains one of rock'n'roll's classic frontman strategies.
Wednesday 14 October 2009
Saturday 05 September 2009
Who's this wriggly customer? The leopard gecko is one of the most popular reptiles in captivity. As its name suggests, it is decorated with black spots similar to those of a leopard, and it is mainly creamy or yellowy in colour. All this, of course, provides vital camouflage in the wild, but due to selective breeding in captivity the leopard gecko is now available in all sorts of colours, or morphs.
Wednesday 19 August 2009
Making waves: Two huts used by radio pioneer Marconi provide a perfect base to explore the beautiful Cornish coastline
Saturday 04 July 2009
Looking south-west from Lizard Point to the ever-so-slightly curved horizon of the Atlantic Ocean is a humbling experience. From this, the most southerly tip of mainland Britain, the sense of the sea's vast expanse is heightened by the thought that the only thing separating you and the Americas is thousands of miles of open, uninterrupted water – a perilous journey that many had to make before the jet age.
Sunday 15 February 2009
The age of the dinosaurs: how a race of terrible lizards came to dominate life on land all over the planet
Monday 09 February 2009
Nine out of 10 species that existed on the Earth were killed off by the Permian Mass Extinction.
Saturday 07 February 2009
A University has been forced to apologise to one of its graduate students after it accidentally threw away a bag of rare lizard excrement which had taken him five years to collect.
Monday 26 January 2009
A rare reptile has become a father at the age of 111 for the first time. Henry, a New Zealand tuatara, confounded experts who believed he was past it when he succumbed to the charms of Mildred last year.
Saturday 17 January 2009
Tuesday 23 December 2008
Sunday 07 December 2008
Another post-Katrina New Orleans record. Yes, but it's a good one. The Iguanas are impossible to nail.
Wednesday 03 December 2008
A new species of pterosaurs which had a wingspan the size of a family car has been uncovered by scientists.
Monday 24 November 2008
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