Greetings, vintage mates… a quick post at the end of my week off work before I return this weekend.
In my last post I wrote that during the French period of déconfinement I wanted to:
- enjoy a week off, after leave restrictions were finally lifted at my work. Check ✅
- enjoy a real coffee on an outdoor terrace. Check ✅
- order material for my blog, now the postal service is back to business. Check ✅
Today’s post features some new mask additions to my print advert collection.
Nice to get some new stuff in at last 🙂
- Trust me I am smiling very happily beneath my fabric mask. I have to wear a medical mask at work, so it makes a change to wear something comfier.
- The espresso was a double 🙂
- Surprisingly, the server did not wear a mask, but I was wearing mine, so… okay I guess.
- Compare this to the boulangerie next door – all staff in masks, disinfecting their hands between operations, only two customers allowed in per time. This was perfect.
- It’s June here, and still cloudy/raining on and off, hence the hat…
Talking of masks and hats…
Fabric masks VS medical masks…
Here is the WHO‘s latest advice regarding wearing a fabric mask or a medical mask:
Black Lives Matter
Reading about the protests in the US and around the world in support of George Floyd and causes against racial injustice, I wanted to do something, and not stay silent on the issue when I have a platform. What happened to a man, and many others before him, is brutal, shocking, and firmly out of place in any society that claims to value human lives.
As a member and donator of the 60+ million strong Avaaz community, I put my name to their public open letter against racism and police brutality here
If you are not already a member of Avaaz then do consider joining. Avaaz is a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere, and they really do make a difference.
If I could choose a black hero in pop culture fiction to go out there and right some wrongs… my nomination would go to detective Angela Abar a.k.a. Sister Night (played brilliantly by Regina King in the HBO TV series Watchmen).
For me, Angela Abar is a true detective.
This week off work, I picked up my novel for editing. It was good to devote some quality time to a process I really enjoy – the edit. At one point I was looking for a quote from author Ben Okri, as one of his books is mentioned in my story, and I found this, which seemed not only right for my chapter, but apt for what has been happening.
“He saw the world in which black people always suffered and he didn’t like it. He saw a world in which human beings suffered so needlessly from Antipodes to Equator, and he didn’t like it either. He saw our people drowning in poverty, in famine, drought, in divisiveness and the blood of war. He saw our people always preyed upon by other powers, manipulated by the Western world, our history and achievements rigged out of existence.”
Office cats VS work cats
Wooof insisted I post up these following pics of a rather cool cat!
The story: Going through some recent photos, I found a picture of Garfield, our resident cat at work, “relaxing” on my mobile work trolley at 7am as I started my shift.
Luckily Wooof is not a jealous cat, because how cool is Garfield here!
Me: Garfield, dude, wake up! I gotta work!
Garfield: Mmm, yawn, what? Can’t you, like, use another trolley?
Me: Haven’t you got mice to catch or something?
Garfield: Alright, alright, I’m getting up now. Yawn.
(PS – I disinfected my work trolley after, even though Garfield is meticulous with his cleaning routines)
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