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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Tuesday 24 September 2013
Researchers noticed tamarin monkeys communicating with each other at a 'reduced amplitude' in the presence of zoo staff they disliked
Monday 02 September 2013
It sounds like a riddle devised by Rudyard Kipling: how can the tiny Gardiner’s frog of the Seychelles hear sounds without the benefit of a middle ear?
Friday 16 August 2013
'In Byron Bay, I walked through lush vegetation straight down to the beach'
Friday 16 August 2013
Ecuador's president Rafael Correa is abandoning his ambitious ambitious plan to persuade rich nations to pay his country not to drill for oil in an unspoiled Amazon rainforest preserve.
Tuesday 16 July 2013
It's not all sweat and sweltering - from Ceredigion to Cornwall, find out what you could be up to in out of the heat
Thursday 04 July 2013
Clare Rewcastle Brown has spear-headed a campaign against corruption in the state of Sarawak
Monday 01 July 2013
Military retrial starting today is expected to delve into regiment’s 'culture of impunity' around illegal activity
Thursday 06 June 2013
Andy Warhol’s set for RainForest – a group of silver helium pillows, suspended in the air or floating free – started out as an art installation.
Sunday 26 May 2013
Being on an expedition is about deprivation Whether its trekking through the jungles in Peru or hiking up Kilimanjaro, you really value the resources you have: one pair of pants, limited rations of food, limited battery power. My trips also remind me what I have left behind. Once I'm back home, I'll really value what I have, until I start to become complacent – then I'll go off around the world again.
Thursday 23 May 2013
Bank launches audit as outcry grows over links to Malaysian logging companies
Saturday 18 May 2013
The Big Six
Friday 17 May 2013
Blog raises serious concerns over Gunners’ partnership with the tycoon’s company
Tuesday 14 May 2013
At first, I barely even noticed the oil palm plantation. For first timers it’s not what you would initially associate with deforestation
Bankwatch: Bill Oddie evicted from HSBC headquarters after protest over bank's links to logging companies blamed for destruction of the rainforest in Malaysia
Monday 13 May 2013
Campaign group Global Witness releases satirical film featuring BBC presenter
Thursday 09 May 2013
IGas chief warns that any production of shale gas would involve 'flaring off' leakages
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales