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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.

Simon Calder: Minimal fury for new Heathrow third runway plan ticks box for politicians

Regulars at the bar of the Five Bells in the village of Harmondsworth, just north of Heathrow, could last night celebrate the departure of runway blight. But customers at the pub’s namesake in Stanwell, on the other side of the airport, may be drinking at the last-chance saloon.

The Pawnbroker logo hangs outside a pawn shop in Walthamstow in London, England

Austerity to last until 2020: expect hard times for a decade, say think tanks

'We are still as far away from the target of balancing the deficit as we were in 2010'

Chris Froome

Criterium du Dauphine: Chris Froome takes the overall lead

Team Sky rider wins stage five

Nawaz Sharif's challenges include rolling electricity blackouts and militant attacks

Nawaz Sharif makes history as he is sworn in as Pakistan's PM for third time

He promises to tackle the power cuts that have crippled industry - and repeats demand for end to US drone strikes

Georgia Williams has been missing since Sunday

Georgia Williams 'died from pressure to her neck', as Jamie Reynolds appears in court over her murder

Jamie Reynolds has yet to enter a plea to the 17-year-old's murder

Missing woman’s body found

Tributes were paid on Sunday to a 26-year-old office worker whose body was found in a wood.

Paperback review: Gossip from the Forest, By Sarah Maitland

Sara Maitland rather beautifully weaves together a history of forests and fairy tales in a study that actually teaches you something (I'd never thought before about the links between dwarves and mining in fairy tales, for example – and that their representation goes beyond those traditional tales, to Tolkien and others), whilst also speculating helpfully about the originators of fairy tales themselves.

Drummer Lee Rigby

Lee Rigby inquest: Soldier had been working at Tower of London on day of death

Murdered soldier Lee Rigby was killed as he returned to his barracks after a day working at the Tower of London, it was revealed today.

The 10 Best adventure weekends

From wakeboarding in Sussex to photography is Cornwall, here's how to get busy this summer

Walk of the month: Welsh wildlife - even better close up in Ynyshir

Ospreys are the main draw as Mark Rowe ticks off his bird-spotting list near the base of the BBC's 'Springwatch'

Daniel Hughes did not have permission to give a phone interview from the top of the mountain

The height of rule-breaking: Everest climber Daniel Hughes in trouble for 'illegal' video interview from peak

A British climber who delivered a live video interview from the top of Mount Everest has found himself in trouble with the Nepalese authorities who have branded the broadcast illegal.

The world's longest lift-served ski run, the Vallée Blanche, descends for 22km (13.6 miles) into Chamonix

British skier falls to his death near Chamonix in French Alps

A British skier has died after plunging more than 3,000 feet while tackling a famous off piste glacier in the French Alps.

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The Big Six

Tim Key: 'We couldn't call mountain rescue or justifiably perish, so we pressed on'

I went to Wales the other day and while I was there I went for a longish walk and that's what my column's about this week.

Yuichiro Miura: The Japanese climber made the record book with his first ascent in 2003

Everest climber aims to reach his peak at 80

An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer has begun his attempt to scale Mount Everest, in an effort to reclaim his title as the oldest man to reach the summit.

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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

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Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

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