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 07 June 2013
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.
Friday 07 June 2013
'We are still as far away from the target of balancing the deficit as we were in 2010'
Thursday 06 June 2013
Team Sky rider wins stage five
Wednesday 05 June 2013
He promises to tackle the power cuts that have crippled industry - and repeats demand for end to US drone strikes
Georgia Williams 'died from pressure to her neck', as Jamie Reynolds appears in court over her murder
Tuesday 04 June 2013
Jamie Reynolds has yet to enter a plea to the 17-year-old's murder
Sunday 02 June 2013
Tributes were paid on Sunday to a 26-year-old office worker whose body was found in a wood.
Saturday 01 June 2013
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.
Friday 31 May 2013
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.
Tuesday 28 May 2013
From wakeboarding in Sussex to photography is Cornwall, here's how to get busy this summer
Saturday 25 May 2013
Ospreys are the main draw as Mark Rowe ticks off his bird-spotting list near the base of the BBC's 'Springwatch'
The height of rule-breaking: Everest climber Daniel Hughes in trouble for 'illegal' video interview from peak
Tuesday 21 May 2013
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.
Monday 20 May 2013
A British skier has died after plunging more than 3,000 feet while tackling a famous off piste glacier in the French Alps.
Saturday 18 May 2013
The Big Six
Saturday 18 May 2013
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.
Friday 17 May 2013
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.
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
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