Sunday Salon: On task
I decided to start with a book that I have been reading to read for ages: The Way of the Panda by Henry Nicholls. So far I have only read a couple of chapters but have found them fascinating. The first concerns the heroic (or maybe lunatic) adventures of one Armand David, a Jesuit priest. He was the first westerner to encounter a panda, which unfortunately was in the form of a skin. He classified the panda as a bear, whereas Alphonse Milne-Edwards, David's contact back in France, decided it had features which more closely resembled the red panda, which was thought to be more closely related to the raccoons. The second chapter is about this controversy, and the way in which people set out to solve it. The writing is excellent - clear and yet entertaining - and I am looking forward to reading the rest.
Unfortunately, there is another pile awaiting me of the less entertaining variety, and it looks like this.
Yes, folks, the ironing pile. My son has come home for for the Easter vacation bringing the usual bags of dirty washing with him. However, these days I can accompany this activity with my audiobook, which in my case is still the excellent 'Castle' by J. Robert Lennon.