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 06 March 1994
TWO MEN from Cadgwith, on the Lizard were feared dead after the wreckage of their boat was found on the seabed in Falmouth Bay, Cornwall.
Science: How not to dress for dinner - Grasshoppers wearing snakeskin coats live to chirrup another day, says Simon Hadlington
Monday 13 December 1993
If you are a grasshopper and don't want to be eaten by a lizard, here is a tip. Find a poisonous snake (preferably one that is dead) and make yourself a snakeskin jacket from its hide. Then, next time you see a lizard coming for you, put on your new jacket and stand perfectly still.
Monday 18 October 1993
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Hanging the lizards on the washing line: Julie Aschkenasy meets Richard Pell, whose skill at turning cold metal into dinosaurs, dragons or daffodils is earning him a large following - and amusing the neighbours
Saturday 17 July 1993
WHEN the Hilton Hotel wanted a new fitness centre it demanded more than just a place to work out. So it approached a designer who knew nothing about gyms. Richard Pell's specification was to create something interesting and adventurous. Working in conjunction with Phil Hogan, proprietor of the Hilton's gym, who does know a lot about the subject, he found his lack of knowledge was an advantage. 'I wanted to bring the place alive and feel a sense of movement.'
FILM / The Big Picture: Spare the rod, spoil the child: Adam Mars-Jones reviews Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, the monster of all movies
Friday 16 July 1993
STEVEN SPIELBERG has been in the business of producing wonder for so long now that it's easy to forget he made his name with fear. Jaws was one of the most mechanically efficient of all thrillers, and now with Jurassic Park, after almost 20 years the ex-wunderkind is giving his smiling muscles a rest and showing his teeth one more time.
FILM / They're back. And this time it's personal: Dinosaurs once again rule the earth. And, says Marek Kohn, they have more than Steven Spielberg to thank for their monstrous rise in popularity
Monday 12 July 1993
EASTER is coming twice this year. The key motif amid the dinosaurabilia that the Natural History Museum has piled high, but is not selling cheap, is the plastic dinosaur hatching out of its egg. In Jurassic Park, the British premiere of which takes place next Fridav, Sam Neill is entranced bv the sight of a velociraptor emerging sharp-toothed and bloody from its shell, shining under laboratory lights. Science, as anyone but a dewy-eyed movie palaeontologist can tell, has Given Birth to a Monster.
CHILDREN'S SUMMER SPECIAL / T. Robot walks the Earth: Dinomania looks set to sweep the nation with the opening of Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park'. At the Natural History Museum, disturbingly lifelike models of dinosaurs locked in a bloody battle are already a huge crowd-puller
Sunday 27 June 1993
IN A dark corner of London's Natural History Museum a scene from pre-history is vividly re-enacted each day. A prostrate Tenontosaurus, a largish herbivorous dinosaur that lived some 100 million years ago, twitches in its death throes as it is savaged by a pack of smaller yet vicious-looking Deinonychus which claw and tear the flesh of their hapless victim. The taped sounds of cicadas rasping away in the background and flesh-loving flies buzzing over the open wounds give the exhibit added authenticity. Suddenly a distant Tyrannnosaurus rex roars loudly, causing the Deinonychus to look up momentarily from their prey to roar their own warning. Strange place, South Kensington.
Wednesday 24 March 1993
HAVE YOU ever wondered how male lizards select their mates? Given the choice between a female lizard they know, and one to whom they have only just been introduced, which would they prefer?
Thursday 04 March 1993
THE 'Junior' qualification was only added after a threat of legal action from a San Francisco outfit called The Dinosaurs, but it fits. J Mascis's coruscating trio is the vigorous young descendant of the dinosaur bands of yore. And it has a far stronger claim than its predecessors to be named after the thunder-lizards.
Travel: Into the lair of a dragon turned lounge lizard: Geoff Pope went to Komodo to watch the monsters feeding. He found something altogether more domesticated
Saturday 25 July 1992
THE Komodo Dragon, the world's largest lizard, reputed man-eater and pet to the Emperor Tiberius, is confined to three islands in Indonesia. Of these the island of Komodo offers the best chance of seeing a three-metre-plus monster. Situated only three islands out from Bali, Komodo is now proving a popular excursion.
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