The Pandemic and I (11) – an odyssey: living with the virus, plus finding stuff down the back of the sofa and behind the TV…

Odyssey 7 comic shop advert. 1987. UK.

Report – 2 June, 2020


Today in France, 2 June, many of the remaining restrictions and social distancing measures are being lifted – known as déconfinement.

Here, the same as in many other countries, we will have to learn to live with Covid-19 as we go about our daily business as normally as possible in the most un-normal circumstances.

For many of us it will mean wearing a mask in a situation as mundane as entering a shop (many of us already are). Attending work, social, and study gatherings in limited numbers. Observing stricter hygiene measures than we are used to.

I’m in no rush to head to a restaurant, cinema, beach, park, or a busy shopping mall just yet – but I am looking forward to extending my social interaction with as much protection as I can get (mask, hand gels, respecting distances, avoiding large crowds, washing hands, not touching my face).

For me, it does mean a certain few treats:

  • a week off work! At last our leave restrictions have been lifted and I can take a long-overdue week off 🙂
  • coffee on a terrace (outdoor, distancing measures, minimal risk)
  • ordering more material for my blog! The postal service is back to business, and I can order vintage catalogues and ads like I did before, and get back to having a stockpile of material to draw upon – instead of my current in-tray which contains bills, a mint humbug, and Wooof’s yo-yo which I had to confiscate on account of him smashing several windows of the office during his yo-yo practice sessions.

Coca-Cola and Fanta spinners. Denmark. 1981.

Here, point three has been rather difficult… TVTA relies on a regular flow of printed material to sustain the blog. These past months I have had to resort to searching down the back of the sofa and behind the TV for content!

I suppose making these pandemic posts has occupied some blogging space. Tbh, I never intended to make a diary of my experiences as a health care worker during a pandemic – it just sort of happened, and evolved. I don’t know how many more of these posts I’ll do… hopefully not many at all, as we learn to live with our dear Covid-19 and life goes on with whatever measures we have to adopt.

Still, the TVTA material recession will hopefully end soon! Today I ordered two huge lots of vintage comics and magazines packed with retro goodness the good readers of TVTA have come to enjoy 🙂

It’s coming! TVTA new arrivals imminent… you will soon get…

Did we mention dinosaurs?


For now, just a little while longer at least, you’ll have to put up with the scraps…

so, on with the show,

Here is the rest of the stuff we found down the back of the sofa and behind the TV…

A little teaser perhaps?

You will soon get… TV and film goodness!

Wonder Woman TV series photo.

You will soon get more comics goodness!

Frankie Steen. 1980. UK.

Shiver and Shake. 1980. UK.

You will soon get amazing vintage history!

Historia Spéciale Publicité. 1988. France.

You will soon get sparkly martial arts fitness training to a professional level!

You will soon get art and comedy, but with masks and social distancing – unlike our carefree diners below!

Art et Comedie N°49. 1986. France.

By all ye gads! You will soon get quite possibly very likely even more Star Wars!

Until then, vintage mates, it’s scraps and broken biscuits for all 🙂

Stay safe and healthy everyone 🙂

Disclaimer. This report is meant to offer an overview of the fluid impact upon a care worker in the French medical system. No names of any persons or institutions are given, and the reportage here concerns decisions made at a French national level which is available to the public at any time. No breach of confidentiality or professional workplace standards is made or implied. Any health advice stated here is exactly the same as that given by the World Health Organization public advice pages 


15 thoughts on “The Pandemic and I (11) – an odyssey: living with the virus, plus finding stuff down the back of the sofa and behind the TV…

  1. Hi TVTA, you have certainly earned this week of rest and my respect and admiration – I can’t imagine how the past 3 months have been for you.
    I still have a pair of Coca Cola Russell Spinners and they are still going strong today! The hard part is finding the proper strings for them as they were “Free Axle” designs allowing them to spin at the bottom of the string. Looking forward to your new material….after you have your break! Stay safe my friend.

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  2. I most sincerely thank you for your ‘reports from the front’ and I am so happy to hear you’ll finally get a week off. It seems you’ll be spoiling us even more than usual in the future – don’t put too much pressure on yourself! Wish I could join you for the distanced coffee ‘en terrace’… don’t get me started on what’s going on in the UK… Take care and enjoy xx

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    • Thanks, Wibi. How nice that would be to share a coffee on a terrace with you. Keeping an eye on the figures of infection next month will give some indication of how successful the restriction-lifting measures are here. As for the UK… yes, sad reading for me, seems there is still some way to go to get a grip – thanks to the Tory govt present and past.
      You take care too xx


  3. Dear TVTA. Thank you for the memories! That Odyssey 7 was my first “proper” comic shop. It was a long walk to get there from the Arndale bus station (horrible place!) but oh was it worth it!

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  4. Enjoy your week off! My wife is just glad she’s able to go to her favourite cafes and get lattes again. I shall look forward to reading your posts and BTW, I have nothing against Gal Gaddot but for me, Lynda Carter will always be the best Wonder Woman.

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