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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.

Henrik Stenson hit eight birdies in Dubai yesterday to lead by one shot

World Tour Championship: Henrik Stenson closes on payday as 64 leaves pack behind in Dubai

Henrik Stenson rattled in eight birdies for a second-round 64 to lead Dubai’s World Tour Championship by one shot from Alejandro Canizares yesterday, putting the Swede firmly in control of a five-man tussle to top the 2013 European money list.

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay

En route to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, the torch relay through Russia passed members of the Nivkh ethnic group.

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A military exercise on the Brecon Beacons

MoD told to tackle risks after heatwave training deaths

HSE issues order after three Army reservists died in Brecon Beacons in July 2013 after demanding SAS selection exercise

Fugitive pigs found 'safe and fat' after month on the run in Lancashire

Three saddleback sows had escaped from woodland pen, but one had remained behind

Olympic Sochi 2014 Winter Games torch makes history in first spacewalk

Flight engineers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy left their base at the International Space Station today carrying the torch

The four-storey structure in San Francisco Bay

Google solves barge mystery: 'A floating data centre? A wild party boat? Sadly not'

Construction on the barges began a year ago but Google have only now said that the barges will be used as 'interactive spaces to learn about technology'

Video: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's 'Jetman' Yves Rossy over Mount Fuji

Iron Man might sound like a Marvel's comic, and only a comic, but a Swiss pilot proves wrong and flies up in the skies using an engine-powered jetsuit

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi ‘unwell’ after arriving at civil prison

Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi spent his first night in a civilian penitentiary in a hospital room after he complained he wasn’t feeling well, senior security officials have said.

Guy Fawkes 2013: From timid testicles to gunpowder plot truthers, ten things about bonfire night you probably didn't know

Remember remember the fifth of November. The rhyme tells us it’s important to make the 'gunpowder, treason and plot' stick in our memory, but how much of this grisly tale of rebellion and religion do we really know?

UK Greenpeace activist denied bail in Russia over protest against Arctic oil drilling

A second British member of the Greenpeace crew arrested by the Russian authorities during a protest against drilling in the Arctic has been denied bail.

Russia: Hundreds arrested in Moscow after stabbing 'by migrant' sparks race riots

Police call in reinforcements as hundreds take to the streets following 'ethnic' killing

Walker dies after 300ft plunge in Snowdonia

A walker has died after he plunged more than 300ft off the edge of the Devil’s Kitchen peak in Snowdonia and landed on a path in front of five other climbers.

Hut stuff: Eagle Brae’s cabins have turf roofs, helping the interiors stay cosy

Stay the Night: Eagle Brae, Inverness-shire

These pioneer-style homes have brought North American luxury to the Scottish wilderness, says Anna Norman

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us