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This new version will enable new tricks; tricks that should be supported by version 3 of most browser applications. You'll still need Noctambus - night buses exotic plug-ins to watch jerky 'real-time' video and use the Web for telephoning. If you have a standard - read, 'slow' - part-time dial-up connection you might want to forego these little marvels - because you already have either a telephone or a TV set or both. If I get curious enough to see some 21st century dreams, I'll go out to the Cité des Sciences and look at their stuff in person.

Night owls take the night buses - all night long - including New Years morning.

What I don't understand, is why the Cité des Sciences has failed to have the sense to use the Web 'as is' and 'where is' to promote its high-tech exhibition. The Web 'as it is' is reality here and now even in France, and this is what real people use - let's face it: France is not going to re-cable itself like this museum has done. Not this century; and I doubt the next century too. Nearly 23 million francs has been blown on this exhibit - to the detriment of the museum's overall budget - and in the end all we have is science fiction.

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, 30. avenue Corentin Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. 'Nouvelle Image, Nouvelle Réseaux' - open daily except Mondays, from 10:00 to 17:30; on Sundays until 18:30.

French Lessons - Department of Argot

The 'Dictionnaire Argot Français sur le Net' might be quite interesting - and I have read that it is - but I did not have the patience to try and figure out the author's conception of his Web pages which are supposed to explain it.

Maybe it is because I don't understand French well, and it is therefore futile for me to learn any 'argot' - slang - or maybe it is because the Web was full, or because I have a lousy connection and use an old browser. I don't know. If you try it and it doesn't make much sense to you, don't spend a lot of time on it. If you turn up something interesting, let me know.

Cheapo Paris Hotels - True Stories

I am supposed to say that there are people in Paris who want you to know that Paris isn't as expensive as you may think it is. In fact, it can be WAY MORE expensive than your wildest dreams.

But for just plain folks like us, Suzanne Forster has written a new guide to modestly priced hotels in Paris. In it she lists hotels with accommodations for 600 francs or less - and that's less than $100. To find out what this marvel costs, you'll have to check the Web site for The Insider's Guide to Paris Hotels Under $100 a Night.

If you intend to be hungry as well while you are in Paris, you can check out Adrian Leeds' 'Leeds Good Value Guide to Paris Restaurants'. Adrian's guide lists 75 quality Paris restaurants where the basic menu comes in at under 100 francs. I asked her to put together a list of places where you can get a decent lumberjack breakfast for 35 francs, but she wasn't wearing her red shoes so I don't think she heard me.

Goodbye 1997; Hello 1998

If you are reading this I sincerely wish you and yours a Happy New Year. Tune in to this station at this time next week for the coming episode of 'Paris - the Place You Wish You Were, Part 3.01.'

All of this week's 'Events' are in the Noël Program, Part IV, feature.

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.45 - 30. December 1996 featured the columns - Metropole Diary's 'Metropole's Last '96 Gasp' and count-down eiffel 'Au Bistro' had - 'It Feels Colder Than It Is - To Some.' The articles in the issue were 'The Rue Daguerre - Personal Inspection Finds No Yuppies or Real-Estate Speculators' - 'New Year's in Paris - Gold Card, Cash Only and Empty Pockets Choices' and 'Huge Contest Big Winners - Entries Wildly Unsurpass Expectations.' 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 733 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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