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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Monday 24 May 2010
When you are exhibiting at the world's premier flower show you might be expected to regard gardening as one of the greater pleasures in life.
Thursday 20 May 2010
Tuesday 18 May 2010
We may think we've seen it all when it comes to wildlife, but we haven't, as these remarkable pictures prove. You won't find any of these creatures in any zoo or aviary or animal collection, as every single one of them is believed to be new to science.
Tuesday 11 May 2010
Thursday 06 May 2010
At last! The controversy is over. Forget the general election for a moment; this is even more important. It turns out the "scientific" claims promoted for decades by whiny self-righteous liberals were a lie, a fraud, a con - and we don't need to change after all. The left is humiliated; the conservatives are triumphant and exultant.
Wednesday 21 April 2010
Brazil awarded a domestic consortium rights yesterday to build the world's third-largest hydroelectric dam in the Amazon rainforest amid criticism that the dam will be catastrophic for the environment.
Last Night's TV - Ross Kemp: Battle for the Amazon, Sky1; Blood, Sweat and Luxuries, BBC3; Great Ormond Street, BBC2
Wednesday 21 April 2010
Wednesday 14 April 2010
Sunday 04 April 2010
Classy, entirely successful collection of newly recorded material by Brazilian singer/guitarist/ composer Joyce (here using her married name of Moreno: husband Tutty plays drums) and the famous bossa nova pianist and composer Joao Donato.
Friday 26 March 2010
Saturday 13 March 2010
Friday 12 March 2010
Time to take on the CBI, British Tourism Week
Britons failed to take an average of seven days of their holiday entitlement over the last year, according to British Tourism Week.
Sunday 07 March 2010
Sunday 28 February 2010
Saturday 13 February 2010
Thirty years ago, Chris Parrott co-founded the travel specialist Journey Latin America. At the time, the region was in turmoil, from Mexico and Guatemala to Argentina and Chile. Today Latin America is largely calm, peaceful and accessible (except, temporarily, Machu Picchu in Peru). But there is still plenty of virgin territory. In September, Chris will lead a prospecting trip to the territory that Evelyn Waugh described as "gobs of Empire": the Guianas. He tells Simon Calder about the trip.
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
Review: Mike Leigh biopic is a rambling, rich character study
Want to ward off (or welcome) trick-or-treaters? Here's how
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
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