Against all odds, we have buttoned all the buttons, filed, tracked, posted, met, emailed, and reported on "all that demands attention" and are free to adventure – the process of preparing for 14 days in China has made me blog mute –
We leave at lunchtime – so I can mindshift from the templates, the milestone reporting, the meetings and the variations and observe everything from the perspective of a new taxonomy.
Have always loved the delicious ripple that Foucault’s "The Order of Things" extract from a Chinese encyclopaedia creates in my mind. And at last I can indulge in the ripple
In the encyclopaedia animals are grouped in the following categories: ‘(a) belonging to the Emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera , (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies.'
I am starting with Insouci’s revelation that "Anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies with its back to heaven is edible." And building in the detail as we travel.