My Development Is Over

Resto Chez Clement
I've been invited to eat at Chez Clement
on the Champs-Elysées. I accepted.

I Wouldn't Mind Being a Fat Cat Though

by Ric Erickson

Paris:- Monday, 8. December 1997:- I still don't know exactly why I went to hear Marc Andreessen talk about Netscape and a thing called 'extranet' last Monday. Usually, after doing this magazine, I try to have a siesta on Monday afternoons.

This - another first for me - was at a 'developer's conference' organized by Netscape in Europe. I am not a developer because I am already over 21, but looking at Mr. Andreessen made me wonder if I should have stopped then.

Here was Mr. Andreessen, who is 26, who looks a bit like a younger President Clinton, who didn't stop developing at 21 and is therefore much richer than me. If I resume developing, I rather doubt I can catch up.

What surprised me was the number of other 'developers' who came to hear Mr. Andreessen. He was talking about Internet, Intranet, and he brought along a brand-new word which he said was 'Extranet.' I think poster: Picasso thinks for Apple this is what happens if you tie a bit of telephone wire between whatever 'net' you have inside your home or office, and the other one - the big Internet - you know, the one that's all around now.

Apparently the reason for doing this is to get rich; or as it's said in jargon, 'to develop.' The reason some of this is unclear to me is I think I did manage to get in a bit of a siesta while Mr. Andreessen was talking.

Does this man have a headache or an unstable stomache?

After Mr. Andreessen's interesting discourse, he answered questions from the audience. At first I think he was surprised by the accents and maybe he thought for a moment he was in one of the rougher areas of the migra's domain at the Los Angeles airport, and even I thought it may have been Moscow's export lounge, but that is neither here nor there.

The best question was something like this: did he, Mr. Andreessen, think network systems would free PCs from their unstable systems?

This was the first mention I've heard anybody make about 'unstable' PC systems and even Mr. Andreessen gave a big 'Ha Ha' before answering. He gave us a brief history of mankind's efforts to build a calculating machine and I think the actual answer got lost in the depths of this.

It gave me something to think about though. I have always wondered why my machine just freezes - drops dead - for no apparent reason. Now I know - it is because it is unstable. I have wondered about it for years.

Round and Round and Round

I am really annoyed. I had this neat little story to give you a chuckle. I pulled out the page so I could find it easily because I knew it would be the last thing to do. There isn't anybody else around, and yet somebody has come in here and stolen it; right from under my nose.

Here is what I remember: In France, 60 percent of all domestic cats and dogs are at least 20 percent overweight. I thought the same thing about my neighbor's cat for a long time. Until I had to pick it up to throw it out, I didn't realize it was all fluff. Now it turns out, some of them are really sturdy under all the hair.

Last Monday at the Bobino - where else? - some 'femmes aux formes opulentes' got up on stage at the Montparnasse theatre to show off the stylist, Edmond Boublil's, new collection of clothing.

Equally imposing was the line-up to get in to see the show. This was appreciated by denizens of the area, some of whom were characterized as 'thinnies' by those in line.

Anyhow, inside at 21:00 the place was full to bursting. There was a skit and a song and for three-quarters of an hour the new collection was paraded before the audience. According to the report it was very colorful and there was enormous amounts of applause.

Some comments were that the models shown were a bit too original, but better that the usual potato sacks one could find.

Edmond Boublil's clothing is not inexpensive. "Bien s'habiller, ça coûte encore plus cher quand on est ronde," said one of the ladies. Another said the clothing was well worth it, even when it was bought 'on sale.'

A Couple of Events

Modern and Contemporary Art Auction

It is more than a week from now, but you may have been lucky lately and feel your walls need to be spruced up with some new decor before the holidays.

On Wednesday at 20:30 on 17. December, Drouot at their avenue Montaigne location, is going to be the scene of a sale of works by Renoir, Soutine, Pascin, Picabia, Dufy, Van Dongen, Kandinsky and Buffet - which sort of sounds like the names from a guest-list at a party in Montparnasse in 1923. Oh, sorry; Bernard Buffet was born in 1928.

Some of the works can be viewed beforehand at Drouot-Montaigne from Sunday, 14. December and on 15, 16 and 17. December from 11:00 to 21:00; on the last day from 11:00 to 17:00. Phone Drouot-Montaigne for details.

15. avenue Montaigne, Paris 8.
Tel.: 33-1 48 00 20 80. Fax.: 33-1 48 00 20 83 and 33-1 48 00 20 86.
These lines will be open during the exhibition and the sales.

Film Retrospective: Nagisa Oshima

Together with Cahiers du Cinéma, this retrospective Expo: Nagisa Oshima presents 20 films made by Nagisa Oshima - of which about ten are being shown in Europe for the first time. The films range from 'Une Ville d'Amour et d'Espoir' made in 1959, to 'Max Mon Amour,' made in 1986. Oshima's 'L'Empire des Sens,' made in 1976, is among the films being shown, and is still prohibited to moviegoers under 16 in France. Titles and showtimes vary from day to day and may change; a robot-telephone has the latest info at 01 40 03 76 92.

Until Tuesday, 16. December. From Tuesday to Friday, films start at 20:30. On Saturdays they start at 14:30, 17:00 and 20:30. Two showing on Sunday: at 15:30 and 18:00. No shows on Monday.

At La Villette, in the Grand Halle, Salle Boris Vian. 211. avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. Parking at the Cité de la Musique.

Cirque du Docteur Paradi

Cirque Dr. ParadiThe spectacle of the Circus of Doctor Paradi was inspired by the works of the Vesque sisters; Marthe and Juilette. Between 1905 and 1950 they created a body of works in watercolors, much prized today, for the homage paid to the circus. This live Circus of Doctor Paradi is not a tableau taken from the paintings, but uses the ingredients - the horses, August, the white clown, the juggler, the ring, the aerials, an orchestra - with fantasy rather than parody; respecting its roots and its traditions, while being contemporary.

At the Espace Chapiteaux, near the Cité des Sciences and next to the canal Saint-Denis. Closest métro is the one at the Porte de la Villette. On until Wednesday, 31. December. Wednesday to Saturday at 20:30, Sundays at 16:00. No performances on Monday or Tuesday. Info. Tel.: 08 03 30 63 06; reservations, Tel.: 08 03 07 50 75 - toll numbers.

Musée Maurice Denis - 'Le Prieuré'

Some time when it is hanging heavily on your hands, take the Musee le Prieure RER's 'A' train out to Saint-Germain-en-Laye to see the home of the 'Nabis,' at a former 17th century orphanage named 'Le Prieuré.' After 1914 it was the home of Maurice Denis, who was a co-founder of the 'Nabis' movement; so-named when the group who formed it published a manifesto in 'Art et Critique' in 1890.

The Denis collection includes works by the Symbolists, Nabis, post-Impressionists, and the Pont-Aven group - who collectively provided the 'gust of wind' which revived French art in the 1890's. This is an important and cohesive collection and is worth a visit.

That said, I was unaware of this museum's existence and I drove right past every morning last year while running a car-pool. In theory, as you leave the RER, turn right and find the rue au Pain. Follow this to the rue Bonnenfant, straight into the rue de Mareil, and you will be in front of the museum. There is supposed to be a bus 'E' from the RER, but I think all buses in Saint-Germain have numbers now.

If by car, take the RN-13 to Saint-Germain and take the 2nd sortie for Saint-Germain Centre, turn right, turn right again, go along, then very sharply at the first left. If you take the 1st sortie by accident, try to find the rue Schnapper and if you find it, take the 1st right going off it, into the rue Maurice Denis.

The Musée Maurice Denis 'Le Prieuré' is open from Wednesday to Friday, from 10:00 to 17:30; on weekends the hours are from 10:00 to 18:30. Entry is 25 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 39 73 77 87.

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.42 - 9. December 1996 featured the columns - Metropole Diary's 'Looking count-down eiffel for the Why It Has Happened Before' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'First the Good News; and With Regret, the Bad News.' The articles in the issue were ' Cruise by Day, Cruise Fast by Night - Motor Nautics at the Salon Nautique' and 'On the Roman Road to Where? - If They All Go to Issy, Then What?.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week rounded off the issue.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 754 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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