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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.

Boy feeds animals to crocodile in zoo break-in

A seven-year-old boy broke into a popular Outback zoo, fed a string of animals to the resident crocodile and bashed several lizards to death with a rock, the zoo's director said today.

Bloodbath as boy feeds zoo reptiles to crocodile

Rare Australian animals perish after seven-year-old goes on killing spree

Sex: What is it good for?

We think of it as the most natural of activities. Yet sex, as a method for perpetuating a species, is remarkably inefficient and has huge biological costs. Steve Connor explores a scientific mystery

Attenborough alarmed as children are left flummoxed by test on the natural world

Children have lost touch with the natural world and are unable to identify common animals and plants, according to a survey.

Royal stationer sells gifts made of rare lizard skins

Smythson, the Queen's stationer which employs the wife of the Conservative leader, David Cameron, as its creative director, is selling luxury gifts bound with the skins of rare lizards.

Wet and wild: Britain's coasts are home to many exotic creatures

Puffins, dolphins, sand lizards, seals - Ifunanya Ifeacho on the species to see and where

Stranded divers 'fought off Komodo dragon'

A British couple rescued from a remote Indonesian island where they were marooned with three other divers after being swept away by strong currents described surviving 12 hours in shark-infested waters and having to fend off a giant, carnivorous lizard.

Album: Santogold, Santogold (Lizard King/Atlantic)

As an A&R person who became an artist in her own right, Santi White is rock's equivalent of poacher-turned-gamekeeper – though it's hard to believe any of her former charges' work for Epic could have as explosive and dynamic a character as her own debut album.

Last Night's TV: The men who can't let Maggie go

Portillo On Thatcher: The Lady's Not For Spurning, BBC4; In Cold Blood, BBC1

Blythe Duff: My week in media

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Last Night's TV: Night of the iguana was unforgettable

Life in Cold Blood, BBC1; Nation on Film – Munich Remembered, BBC4

Family Breaks: Let's go and play with the Cayman stingrays

Long a favourite with divers, these Caribbean islands also have much to offer families, says Amar Grover

Sri Lanka 231 & 286-7& England 229: England left with outside chance as Sri Lankans fail to make hay

Another day of Test cricket, another indifferent batting display. Throughout this series England and Sri Lanka have taken it in turn to underachieve with the willow and yesterday, on the third day of the third Test here, it was the tourists who dithered when the initiative was there to be taken.

DANCE: You don't have to be a gecko to enjoy working here...

The puzzle is why a physical theatre company would call itself Gecko - an ugly, scaly thing by most people's reckoning. But once you see this group in action - their latest show rounds off the London Mime Festival - you begin to see how well the name fits. Geckos are fast little movers (zoological fact: they move three times as far per unit of energy than any other animal of similar size) and the five members of this human group barely pause for breath in an hour.

Room at the top

The only way is up when looking for new habitats for urban wildlife, says Peter Marren. Roof-top sanctuaries are cheap, fashionable, and effective
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform