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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Wednesday 13 November 2013
There are many parallels of tattoo significance: Sexy/chavvy, body art/body graffiti, rebellious/criminal
Friday 11 October 2013
The singer was declared irrelevant to Radio 1's young audience earlier this year
Sunday 06 October 2013
We would view it as a tragedy if young people were left to languish
Friday 20 September 2013
James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave fail to sparkle
Loneliness, relationship problems and money troubles: The Samaritans reveal what is troubling modern man
Friday 20 September 2013
One in four men who rang the Samaritans talked about their feelings of loneliness or isolation, the emergency counselling service disclosed last night.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
UK registered 300 deaths above the expected rate in 2009, after start of crisis
Sunday 15 September 2013
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.”
Monday 02 September 2013
Men have grown at the rate of approximately a millimetre a year and a centimetre a decade
Saturday 31 August 2013
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.
Friday 30 August 2013
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.
Wednesday 28 August 2013
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
Tuesday 27 August 2013
A leading rail firm has been accused of secretly increasing advance rail fares by over 11%.
Sunday 25 August 2013
“I am Miss Georgina Ferrars of Gresham’s Yard, London. I am. I swear that I am. And I shall prove it.”
Friday 16 August 2013
Exercise tests if there are cultural differences in responding to instructions from emergency services
Saturday 10 August 2013
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.
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs
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