Lack of Window Gazing Foils Weather Report

Bar Cafe Stolly's
What can I say about Stolly's that hasen't already been said?.

Multilingual Metropole?

by Ric Erickson

Paris:- Monday, 19. January 1998:- I don't think we had any big storms last week; not like the violent ones on the coasts a few weeks ago that I forgot to mention. There was a local tornado around the Calais area - one that had drifted across the Channel from Hastings after wrecking things there - but the worst I had was a puny ten-minute downpour last Wednesday.

I might moan about the weather a bit more if it was cold. It is, in fact, unseasonably warm - probably about five degrees more than normal during the daytime, although the weather people will insist it is only one-tenth of a degree; averaged, no doubt, over the past 548 years.

Metropole readers had a bit to say about my shoddy coverage last week of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Emile Zola's 'J'Accuse...!' in the Aurore. Some of their comments are in this issue.

I looked around the Web a bit to see if I could find more information about the wartime deportations from France and learned that there is a serious industry involved with historical facts involving the Holocaust. Scholars are worried about phoney histories, because these may give fuel to the lunatics who insist it never happened.

You might shrug your shoulders when someone like Jean-Marie Le Pen declares that the brochures: Paris Promanades Holocaust was a 'mere detail' of the entire history of the Second World War. But if you visit Paris' Memorial for the Deportees and read that 200,000 French residents were shipped east to the death camps, then it doesn't seem like a 'mere detail.'

I just 'found' these attractive brochures for Paris promanades, but I'm not sure they are still in circulation.

Just try thinking about your own government 'deporting' you to such a fate, and you'll begin to understand why Mr. Le Pen has been busted twice already for his little comment, and is facing appearances at additional courts, on the same charges.

Meanwhile, other Metropole readers like the magazine so much that they move to France so they can have it 24 hours a day and live instead of virtual.

I think this may be a bit extreme, but all the same I took a bit of time off last Wednesday to meet a nice young lady from Atlanta. After several months, she is getting by a little bit better. She may do some contributing to Metropole, so I will save her name until she wants to go public with a 'byline.'

The other major event of the week was the wobbly launch of a very serious 'missing person' investigation by Metropole's 'Investigative Reporter' department.

It is by no means certain this search will have a successful result, and even if it fails, it will make a highly unusual report. I'm counting on it to be 'the story of the year' - it's only January too - so keep hitting Metropole's bookmark every week until it shows up.

Metropole in Portuguese

There are probably one or two readers who would prefer to read Metropole in French, German, Spanish or Portuguese and I would prefer it if these languages were a regular feature of the magazine. For the time being, this cannot be.

However, Digital's search site ' AltaVista ' now has a new feature. If you do a search for 'Metropole Paris' you will see that AltaVista will display quite a few recent columns and features. Near the end of each listing you will see the word 'Translate.'

When you hit it, a window appears, containing the Web address of the referenced Metropole page; and Berlin - Fin du Monde underneath the window there is a 'pull-down menu' which allows you to choose which language you wish. You pick one, and then you can read Metropole - in its usual page-layout, with photos - in any one of several languages.

You can also put any Web address you want into the text area of the window, choose the language, and the page will be translated in a couple of seconds - if the text isn't too long. Actually, you can put any text into the window and it will be translated. Translations are also possible from various languages into English.

As the translations are done by robots and software, they are not perfect - but they will do. Some quite funny results may turn up when they go to work on some of the words I occasionally invent.

Besides being a part of the AltaVista search service, Digital also has a stand-alone service where you can try out any texts you have. A company named Systran is responsible for the software, and offers it in a variety of language pairs.

Coming Events:

Retromobile 1998 rolls into the exhibition grounds at Paris-Expo on Friday, 6. February and Retromobile 98 runs through to Sunday, 15. February. Several 100th anniversaries are going to be celebrated; those of Renault, Ford and Michelin's very round Mr. Bibendum. In addition to old cars in sparkling 'as new' shape with 'low milage,' there will also be some old speedboats such as the famous 1912 'Batboat 1' and a steam-powered motorcycle. Need some parts for your 2CV which is 50 years old this year? This is the place. In the Hall 2/1, open all week. Watch this space for daily times.

Already Playing:

Berlin - Fin du Monde is a series of short scenes from springtime in the Berlin of 1945: houses in ruins, corpses, war sounds, droll massacres... sounds like good, clean fun. This is put on by L'Ultime & Co., directed by Sylvain Maurice. The author is ex-zonard Lothar Trolle. This show runs until Monday, 16. February; skipping all Tuesdays. Performances at 20:30 Monday to Saturday and at 17:00 on Sundays. At L'Atalante, 10. place Charles Dullin, Paris 18; near métro Anvers or Pigalle. Info. Tel.: 01 46 06 11 90.

Les Larmes d'Eros seems to be some sort of 'spectacle' involving life and death, death and life, some of it brutal, some of it violent Les Larmes d'Eros and all according to its author, Georges Bataille. His texts are adapted here for the stage by Marc Zammit. The best part may be that the theatre's bar opens an hour before the performances at 19:00, which are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Last showing is on Saturday, 7. February. At the Theâtre Molière - Maison de la Poésie, 161. rue Saint-Martin, Paris 3; but the entry is at 157, in the Passage Molière. Resa. Tel.: 01 44 54 53 00.

La Boite à Outils or the 'Toolbox' is also playing at the Theâtre Molière - Maison de la Poésie and its last date is Sunday, 8. February. This piece is about our daily life around taps, doors, locks, bottles; which sounds safe enough until Pandora is mentioned... I have no times for this one, so you'll have to try the Info. Tel.: 01 44 54 53 00 - which is the number for reservations, cited above.

Oops - Almost Over: There is an exhibition showing the activities of the 900 year-old Order of Malta, which in its present incarnation is devoted to all sorts of good works - which have been going on a long time; especially since the Order defended Malta well enough to stop Turkish expansion into the Western Mediterranean in the 16th century. The Maltese Cross is like a discrete version of the Red Cross and if you want to find out more about the Order's activities, hurry along to the Mairie of the 5th arrondissement. This is located at 21. place du Panthéon. The last day is next Saturday, 24. January.

Coming Attractions: New 'Grand' Exhibitions

Musée du Louvre: the 'Lemme Collection' of 17th and 18th century portraits: opens on Friday, 13. February.
Musée d'Orsay: 'Manet, Monet, the Gare Saint-Lazare' opens on Thursday, 12. February.
There are 12 other 'Grand' exhibitions scheduled to open in Paris, mostly between March and the end of June.

Exhibitions About to Close:

The 'George de la Tour' show ends its run on at the National Galleries du Grand Palais, Champs-Elysées-Clemanceau, on Monday, 26. January.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.03 - 20. January 1997 featured the columns - Café Metropole - Lunch In, Lunch Out; Year In, Year Out' andcount-down eiffel 'Au Bistro' had - 'Men Available, Pay-TV, Johnny and Boxing.' The articles in the issue were 'Boulogne-Billancourt - In a Worker's and Architect's Paradise' - 'Is European Union Dead Duck? Could Be Self-Fullfilling Prophesy' and a 'First-Hand Account of Revolution in Bulgaria' by Paul Swider. The Email question from Ken Romero was, 'Is the Winston Churchill Pub Still In Existence?' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week closed off the issue.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 712 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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