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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

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

Don't let skills of the elderly go to waste

We would view it as a tragedy if young people were left to languish

James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Much Ado About Nothing

Theatre review: Much Ado About Nothing

James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave fail to sparkle

Loneliness, relationship problems and money troubles: The Samaritans reveal what is troubling modern man

One in four men who rang the Samaritans talked about their feelings of loneliness or isolation, the emergency counselling service disclosed last night.

Young men aged between 15 and 24 were particularly vulnerable

Spike in suicide rate in Europe and US linked to financial crisis

UK registered 300 deaths above the expected rate in 2009, after start of crisis

Gavin Henson, left, grew steadily more influential on his first start for Bath

Gavin Henson capitalises on Bath’s display of coaching strength

Bath’s high-profile coaching group led by Gary Gold arrived midway through 2012, so by necessity they spent last season, when the Rec crew finished seventh out of 12 in the Premiership, juggling their predecessors’ resources. Not any more. As Matt Banahan, the scorer of Bath’s second try in Saturday’s 27-20 win over Leicester, put it: “You have always got a settling in period with coaches and with players. Coaches obviously want their squad and the players they want to come in, and sometimes they are working with players when they would rather have different ones. So this year we have had that teething out of the way and we have got a squad we want to build on.”

The only way is up: Men's average height 'up 11cm since 1870s'

Men have grown at the rate of approximately a millimetre a year and a centimetre a decade

DVD: Love Is All You Need

It may be an Abba-free zone, but this sweet Mediterranean romance has so much in common with Mamma Mia (Pierce Brosnan included) that it could have been marketed as a remake.

Jason Crookes: The Hull outside back ran in a hat-trick last night

Wigan 33 Hull 34 match report: Jason Crookes leads way as Hull make amends for Wembley loss

Two late drop goals from Daniel Holdsworth prevented Wigan from showing that whatever their Challenge Cup-winning senior players can do to Hull, their young reserves can do too.

The tell-tale signs of becoming middle-aged

All I know is that, when I was in my twenties, I'd look at someone in his fifties and think he was really, really old

Leading rail firm First Great Western accused over 'secret 11% fare hike'

A leading rail firm has been accused of secretly increasing advance rail fares by over 11%.

Book review: The Asylum, By John Harwood

“I am Miss Georgina Ferrars  of Gresham’s Yard, London. I am. I swear that I am. And I shall prove it.”

Police respond to the the ‘terror attack’

Panic on the streets of Birmingham: City responds to mock terror attack

Exercise tests if there are cultural differences in responding to instructions from emergency services

Paperback review: Mutton, By India Knight

At the centre of India Knight's novel is 46-year-old Clara Hutt. Clara is content with her lot, until a friend, Gaby, moves back to London from Los Angeles looking 10 years younger. Her secret is cosmetic surgery – lots of it – and Clara is tempted to give it a try.

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