It is starting today…

The Covid-19 ordeal has been very propitious to television binging, and my main dish in this area has been a French program called “Ça commence aujourd’hui » (It is starting today.)

The promise of this production is to invite 4 or 5 people with unusual stories and have them questioned by a host (Faustine Bollaert) in front of a live audience. The stories are indeed unusual and quite entertaining.

Yesterday I watched a show about couples, who after 10 or 15 years of marriage, separated (or divorced), and finally reconciled a few years later. Nothing extremely unusual about this, except for one case. A former couple, living with new partners, was secretly having an affair… with their original spouses. How deliciously perverted can that be?

In another episode, after having a serious car accident, a woman ended up in a coma. She remained in this state for a certain time, but while totally unable to move or to respond, she heard and understood everything said around her.

Since she stayed unresponsive for weeks, one day she heard doctors talking about disconnecting her from life support. And to her horror, she remembered that she also volunteered to donate her organs…

Fortunately, her parents were always at her side, talking to her and holding her hand. Although unable to talk, the bedridden woman finally managed to move a finger to signal that she was conscious, thus probably saving her own life.

Mythomania was the topic of another show. In this story, a young woman meets a confident young man. He is a policeman. Nice uniform, badge, service revolver.

“A policeman in plain clothes is a man; in his uniform, he is ten. Clothes and titles are the most potent thing, the most formidable influence, in the earth.” ~ Mark Twain

 The man is very busy and she can only see him on weekends… but the romance is going well.

 One evening, they go out for dinner but the man gets involved in a fight. The police are called. Even though he is not the aggressor, the young man is arrested and cuffed. When his girlfriend protests and tells the police that her boyfriend is also a cop, they laugh at her. This man is not, and never was a policeman. They had been looking for him for quite a while and were glad that they finally caught him.

As it turned out, the busy young man had 2 other girlfriends. He saw one at night, and the other one during the day, pretending that he was working nights. Ah, the allure of the uniform…

If you understand French and want to be entertained with true surprising stories, tune to YouTube and look for “Ça commence aujourd’hui ».

Alain

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