The Long Weekend

Fafa la Frite
Get your shoes fixed while waiting for a tasty chicken.

They Always Catch Me By Surprise

by Ric Erickson

Issue 2.20:- Metropole Paris - Monday, 19. May 1997:- Last week I had it on the tip of my finger - writing about the 'bridges' - the long weekends of May - and then I forgot to write that this issue would probably be a bit late hitting the Net on account of them. If you are in the habit of reading the latest edition of Metropole on Mondays: my excuses.

The basic reason for the 'mea culpa' is that I am a computer illiterate. I have two applications for organizing my time and the schedule for Metropole, so I use paper 'notes' instead. So far, all I've managed to do with my super calendars is find out what day of the week it was on 26. May 1989 - it was a Friday.

I use a small keyboard without 'function' keys, and although I have programs that allow the user to make custom key-shortcuts, I never use them. Configuring them is a brain-numbing exercise. I learned about the shift-key on a Hermés portable, and that seems to be as far as I'm going to get.

For example, in a computer magazine I found a 'Java' script. It is a neat bit of code that I could put here and when you read this page, it would display the current date and time. This way you would know if you were reading the current issue or not - because if you accessed Metropole from your browser's 'cache' or your ISP's 'proxy server,' an old date and time would be shown.

Using the code from the magazine, I managed to get the current date and time to display; but there was an alert that there was a 'syntax' place de la Bastille problem and it even showed the location in the code where it went wonky. An hour later, the 'wonky' indicator had moved to the beginning of the code-line - meaning, I think, that I was further from getting it right than when I started.

I'm afraid it's back to the old 'shift-key' approach: sometime shortly after noon, Paris time - next Monday, 26. May - if you want to read the latest Metropole, look at the dateline on the contents page or on this page. If it is Monday, 26. May, then you've got the latest issue. If you do not see this date, then hit your browser's 'reload' or 'refresh' button.

I suppose I could find a 'Java' script to do this for you, but I'm pretty sure I couldn't make it work. On a computer keyboard, I've found the 'return-key' to be a useful trick key. With it and the 'shift-key' I feel confident of reaching the millennium - but beyond that, the outlook is murky.

A Feature Too Soon

Last week's feature article "When the French Ate Grass - Bread for All Seasons, All Meals - If There Was Any" seems to have been premature. 'Bread Day' was celebrated in France on Friday, 16. May, as it every year on the day of Saint-Honoré.

The Rue de Paradis

This street, known for its 'Arts de la Table' shops, featured elsewhere in this issue, also has a very interesting building at number 18. Until recently, it was the home of the Museum of Advertising. This Art Deco building is like a tattooed-lady; it is covered in hand-painted tiles, as sort of a display-case of the tile art as done at Choisy-le-Roi. These begin on an outside wall, and more are in the entrance. There is supposed to be a modern art gallery inside - open from 13:00 to 19:30 daily except Sundays - but I saw no sign of this. The building's construction of cast iron, glass and ceramic tiles alone, is supposed to be worth a visit.

The 'Mobilis' Ticket is the Ticket

The Paris transit authority, RATP, and its partner, the SNCF, have a vast variety of local ticket options and sometimes it's hard to tell if something is new, or has simply been lost in a clutter of options.

This 'Mobilis' ticket may be a View at Bercy new one, because after I accidently noticed it on sale, I also noticed that there are unattractive posters advertising it.

It might be a good value. The one-day 'Mobilis' ticket costs 30 francs for unlimited travel within Paris' zones one and two; 40 francs for zones one to three; and 70 francs a day for five zones. This ticket is good for the métro, buses, the RER and some suburban buses.

For reference, Paris' zones one and two include the near suburbs, and zone three takes in most of the mid-outer ones. Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Orly are all in zone four and the Charles-de-Gaulle airport at Roissy is in zone five.

Services not included for use with the 'Mobilis' ticket are the special Orly/Roissy Bus, the Orly/Roissy Rail and the OrlyVal rail service. I think it is possible to take an ordinary RER - line B3 - to the airport at Roissy with it.

Coming Events:

73rd Montmartre 'Slow' Race

This is a race of antique cars, up the rue Lepic, in Montmartre. The last vehicle to finish the 607 metre course is the winner.

Sunday, 25. May. Start, at 10:00 in front of La Pomponette, 47, rue Lepic. Finish: sometime after 11:00 at La Mère Catherine, in the place du Tertre.

Country Show International

This is a salon showing off hunting, fishing, golf and riding equipment; with animations, initiations and demonstrations.

At the Hippodrome d'Auteuil
Friday, 23. May to Sunday, 25. May; from 10:00 to 20:00. In the Bois de Boulogne, at the racetrack. Entry charge unknown. Info Tel.: 01 41 40 32 32.

Up in the Air with Toulouse-Lautrec

'Up in the air' being on the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse, where you will find the 'Itineraire d'un Maître: Toulouse-Lautrec du Château du Bosc au Sommet de Paris.'

This show features a presentation of the collections of the Château du Bosc in the Aveyron. Souvenirs of the painter, family photos, designs, palettes... The exposition places 'Uncle Henri' within his life-context, from youth to maturity, in a magic location where he was happy.

Tour Montparnasse
Until Thursday, 3. July. 9:30 to 23:30 daily. Entry fee is probably the same as for the ride to the top, but for more information, phone 01 45 38 52 56.

Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 1.13 - 30. May 1996 featured the columns - Metropole 'Diary' - A Photograph of Gloom; and 'Au Bistro' - Loto, Jazz and Sports, Losers and Winners. Articles in the issue were: Propellers by the Hundreds - Little Club Puts On Big Air Show; The House of Photos - Contents Unknown Due to Lack of Appointment; Pull, Mac and Brolly to Go - As Damart Used to Say: Me Cold? Never! Plus the week's Paris Posters and Ric's Cartoon of the Week.


Regards, Ric

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