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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.

Mark Cavendish at the Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia: Mark Cavendish sprints to yet another victory

Manxman takes stage 13 following Bradley Wiggins' withdrawal from the tour

James Lohan of Mr & Mrs Smith

Interiors insider: James Lohan of Mr & Mrs Smith

Since co-founding the travel website Mr & Mrs Smith (with his wife Tam), James Lohan has become a connoisseur in interior design. Last month, the father-of-two launched Smithandfamily.co.uk, a collection of parent-approved hotels for families who want style – and happy children. He talks to Annie Deakin about unusual interiors and common decorating mistakes.

Liber Nauticus is 7-2 for the Oaks despite a laboured win at York

Nauticus finds it far from plain sailing in Investec Oaks trial

If this was supposed to be the preliminary sketch for an Epsom masterpiece, then for now Liber Nauticus remains closer to an oil tanker than a dashing ocean clipper. Nonetheless she finds herself disputing favouritism for the Investec Oaks, bookmakers having taken an indulgent view of the heavy weather she made of her trial here.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: International laughing stock, Prime Minister? Don’t worry – just blame it all on the rebels

John Baron can seem like a Mafia operative offering you the sort of protection that it would be unwise to refuse

Irish government faces fight with residents of picturesque island Inis Oirr over new salmon farm

Locals fear it could take away much of the island’s appeal

Expedition members cross a crevasse using a light metal sectional ladder

Photography book review: Everest - Summit of Achievement, By Stephen Venables

On 29 May 1953, the New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and the Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of the planet's highest mountain, described by Hillary as "a symmetrical beautiful snow cone".

Italy’s Dolomites

Summer Guide 2013: Mountains

Learn about life in the Swiss mountains with the new BaseCamp package at Nira Alpina (00 41 081 838 6969; niraalpina.com). Keep all the family amused on a summer break at this designer hotel in St Moritz, in the Engadine Valley, with workshops for children on edible mountain plants, how to milk cows and make cheese, and active pursuits including kite-surfing, climbing and sailing. From Sfr875 (£606)pp for five nights' B&B, picnic two guided hiking tours, plus other trips and treats. Children aged under 12 can stay free of charge in their parents' room. International travel costs extra. Departures are between 15 June and 13 October.

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Five climbers killed after Mayon volcano erupts in Philippines

More than a dozen injured in first major activity in three years

Round-up: Anthony Knockaert blow is perfect for Nigel Pearson's Leicester

Anthony Knockaert's 90th-minute goal for Leicester City helped Nigel Pearson's side set up a play-off semi-final meeting with Watford and broke the hearts of both Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers on a thrilling final day at both ends of the Championship.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to victory in the opening stage time trial of the 2010 Giro d’Italia

Bradley Wiggins and his love-hate affair with the Giro d'Italia

Brit 'despises' the Giro as it's so crazy – and that's why he wants to win it so badly

Police in Nepal are investigating a fight between Sherpas and three European climbers

Fighting on Everest is just one more sign the golden age of mountaineering has passed

Overcrowding and culture clashes are the modern Himalayan climbing experience

<b>Bradley Wiggins v Chris Froome</b><br/>
Tensions between the two came to a head during Wiggins' triumph at last summer's Tour de France. With Froome instructed by Team Sky to hold back for the eventual winner, the 27-year-old ignored it and raced up to Wiggins, only to decide against challenging later on the course. Froome also expressed his intentions of leading Team Sky by saying: 'The team's success depends on that - that everyone buys into that plan. If everyone's off doing their own thing it's going to be a circus.'

Chris Froome rejects Sir Bradley Wiggins' bid to lead Team Sky at the Tour de France

Last year's runner-up issues statement

Ueli Steck, left and Jonathan Griffith, right, were both nearly killed when a they were threatened by a mob of up to 100 angry sherpas

Treading on thin ice: Three European climbers get into fight with Sherpas near Everest summit

The team of three Europeans claim a misunderstanding between themselves and a group of Sherpas deteriorated into an ugly scene

Sergei Pomazun, a former convict, who is the main suspect of a shooting on April 22 in Belgorod

Man wanted for massacre of six people in Belgorod captured after manhunt

Sergei Pomazun arrested by two transport police as he tried to flee the city on a freight train

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