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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Friday 03 May 2013
My book on migration, The Mara Crossing, took seven years. I put the birds and animals first, so their dangerous journeys could show that the drive to find better living conditions is universal and that human migration, a burning political topic everywhere today, is as natural as that of animals. Both are done to survive, both are part of the self-renewing nature of all life.
Saturday 20 April 2013
Private reserves, colourful casitas and boutique retreats
Saturday 06 April 2013
'Memories are made when travelling, not when you're chained to a desk'
Sunday 31 March 2013
Experts have queried accounts of a Yorkshire housewife who claims she was raised by a troop of capuchin monkeys after being abducted as a child.
Photography review: Landmark, the Fields of Photography - Planet Earth in all its glory and the macabre beauty of desecration
Saturday 16 March 2013
In a show of exuberant generosity and breadth, images of natural beauty and brutal destruction jostle with Flickr fun
Wednesday 27 February 2013
The vertiginous plunges in environmental concern are indeed remarkable – but, it has to be said, only what has been expected ever since the worst global recession for more than half a century took hold.
Wednesday 27 February 2013
Not every degree leaves you languishing in lectures for three years. Third-year zoologist Tamara Williams' studies have taken her to Ecuador so she can get up close and personal with rain forest life.
Sunday 24 February 2013
I'm not modelling any more It's been a crazy journey since first being spotted but modelling never felt like a long-term plan. I've wanted to act since I was a child [Cole has appeared in films including The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and last year's Snow White and the Huntsman]. I've also got a geeky side, so I'm now involved in a project within the tech industry.
Thursday 21 February 2013
The energy company EDF has launched a civil claim for £5m in damages against a group of activists who shut down one of its gas-fired power stations in a week-long protest last year.
Sunday 20 January 2013
Why West is not always best
Wednesday 16 January 2013
Mobile phones fitted to trees in an attempt to tackle illegal logging and deforestation
Monday 07 January 2013
20-year-old man said to have fallen 100 metres from Wentworth Falls in New South Wales
Sunday 16 December 2012
Amazon.co.uk is coming to a convenience store near you. The online retail giant has been rolling out its self-service delivery lockers across Britain's supermarkets, train stations and newsagents since last September.
Friday 14 December 2012
Room Service: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort Saint Lucia
Wednesday 12 December 2012
With worldwide box-office returns of almost $2.8bn, James Cameron's Avatar is by some distance the highest-grossing film of all time, which may explain why so many people are keen to take credit for it.
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
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- 5 Iran launches anti-Isis cartoon competition 'to expose true nature of Islamic State'