No Burning Hurry For You

'cafe' Saint Michel
Here is Paris: a damp spring day, the métro, a café and a demonstration.

But Rapido Rapido for the Taxpersons

by Ric Erickson

Paris:- Monday, 30. March 1998:- I don't think I have very much to say today. After this is finished, I expect to spend the rest of the day working on my income tax return. It was due a month ago, but the people who process the returns, were on strike or something.

I don't know if Professor C. Northcote Parkinson factored in the possibility of the tax employees being on strike, when he was developing his famous theory that 'work expands to fill the time available.'

I also don't know why this important fact is still considered a 'theory' because it gets proved fairly often. Maybe there is no category for it in the Nobel Prize scheme of things, because these wise men were or are 'control freaks' or they have secret access to 26-hour days.

There are all kinds of reasons why stuff didn't get done yesterday and if I could think of five of them, I would write them here, but there's no burning hurry, is there?

Readers have been writing to ask me for information I do not have on hand. I usually write the gist of these requests on slips of paper and toss them in the bag I carry on my rounds. The slips pile up. I keep a duplicateresto L'Echaude list of them in my head, and sometimes I trip across an answer, long after the person who posed the question has forgotten all about it.

L'Echaude Saint Germain is not distorted; it really looks like this.

All this is sort of a preamble to saying that I cannot get anybody tickets to any World Cup games, nor do I know of any hotels that have free rooms. France has a lot of stadiums, but they are small and all the tickets have been sold. There are a lot of hotel rooms, but two million extra visitors this summer has assured that they will be more than full.

In doing today's 'Coming Events' I have even found out more that I don't know. This Jardin des Serres at Auteuil for example - I have been under it hundreds of times without knowing that the autoroute tunnel goes underneath it. There is no sign in the tunnel about it.

That's it, I guess. The tunnel is a long one and there's no sightseeing signs in it. Now, I wonder if I have all the paper I need to do the tax return. But this is silly. I never had all the papers before, so this year will not be different. At this time 24 hours from now, I will be writing little notes which start off with, "Dear Taxperson..."

Find the link to Friday's The Toqueville Connection: on Metropole's Links Page.

Coming Soon:

Henri Cernuschi, Voyageur et Collectionneur

This year marks the centennial of Paris' Musée d'Art Asiatique, which is named the MuséeHenri Cernuschi Cernuschi. Henri Cernuschi originally came from Milan, when the Revolution against the Austrians of 1848 made it too hot for him in Italy.

As a Roman citizen, he also got into trouble with the French and was imprisoned, then acquitted. He moved to France and joined Crédit Mobilier in 1852. In 1869, he participated in the founding of the Banque de Paris. Then he got into trouble with Napoléon III and had to hide out in Switzerland. A year later, he received French citizenship; no doubt with the aid of Gambetta.

In the same year he was almost shot by royalist troops from Versailles - but managed to set off for Yokohama, via the United States, in October. He did his collecting and his monetary studies, but in 1888-89 he was on the political barricades again, with Clemenceau, against General Boulanger. Cernuschi died at Menton in 1896 at the age of 75 years.

From 1871 to 1873, he toured the far east, together with the art critic, Théodore Duret. Cernuschi came back with a large collection of oriental treasures, and he had the townhouse built by the Parc de Monceau to house it. His collection influenced French artists and artisans of the time, and was especially famous for its Japanese bronzes, as well as those of China and Korea. In all he brought back over 5,000 objects.

Musée Cernuschi
7. avenue Vélasquez, Paris 8. This is at the northern end of the Parc de Monceau. From Wednesday, 8. April until 21. June. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:40, except Mondays and holidays. Entry: 30 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 45 63 50 75.

Salon de la Maquette

This one has quietly snuck up on me, but all the same the modelling and games show starts on Saturday, 4. April and continues until Monday, 13. April. This salon will take up slightly more space than the Salon du Livre, but this will be for the flying objects such as helicopters and rockets. Hours are from 10:00 to 19:00; on Friday, 10. April, until 22:00. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15.


This musical salon starts next Friday, at the Grand Halle de la Villette, and continues for five days, until Tuesday, 7. April. In addition to exhibitors of instruments, there will also be musicians and they will be performing nearly non-stop.

For the first time, an annex has been set up for a thing called 'Music Mania 98,' which will feature rock, techno and world music. The entry price of 50 francs covers both locations, and the hours are from 10:00 to 19:30 daily. Out at la Villette, Porte de Pantin, Paris 19. Info. Tel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

Paris Marathon

Just in case anybody has forgotten, the 22nd Paris Marathon takes to its heels next Sunday, 5. April. The first marathon was on 19. July 1896 and it had 191 runners. For some reason, the next one was held on 18. September 1976.

Starting point in midway on the Champs-Elysées and from there the 22,000 participants will head east, along rue de Rivoli - all the way out to the Château of Vincennes, and then back again.

Metropole is supposed to have a runner, who was training in the Himalayas, but he has not been heard from for some time now. In Paris, 3000 volunteers will supply contestants with water and other drinks, and give directions if necessary. For last minute info, Tel.: 01 53 17 03 10.

13th Festival du Film de Paris

This festival, which is becoming more important, started yesterday, and it runs until next Sunday, 5. April. There are 50 films 'inedits,' which usually means first-run, but means something else here because there will be a mini-festival of Claude Lelouch movies.

There will also be theme days and exhibitions, meetings with film makers and films for younger people. Sean Penn is the President of this 13th edition. Several awards will also be given to films in competition.

Films are projected from 9:30 until 23:00, and a daily ticket is 40 francs. A ticket for theplay: the Clearing whole week is 150 francs. At the Espace Pierre Cardin, 1-3. avenue Gabriel, Paris 8.

The Clearing

The Dear Conjunction Theatre Co. has been performing 'The Clearing' by Helen Edmundson since 17. February and I've decided to mention it because the last performance is on Thursday, 2. April. This show is at the Petit Hébertot, 78-bis, boulevard des Batignolles, Paris 17. Métro Rome or Villiers. The show starts at 19:00 and tickets cost either 70 or 100 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 44 70 06 69.

Le Jardin de Serres d'Auteuil

The park features 'L'Elegance et l'Exotisme' of the end of the 19th century, and this is all I know about it. If you walk west from the métro station of Porte d'Auteuil, you will come to the 'Jardin des Poètes,' which I never heard of either, and the Jardin de Serres is just beyond it; kind of on top of the Périphérique. The poster for the garden is on the poster page and that's why I menion it at all.

Les Nouvelles Plaisirs de Versailles

Plaisirs de VersaillesAlready started and running until 9. July, are a series of concerts at the Château de Versailles. These include works by Jean-Sébastien Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Pleyel, Berlioz, Rossini, Schubert, and a long list of other names. Performances are of classical favorites and of contemporary works.

At the Opéra Royal, see 'Les Femmes Savantes' by Molière and 'Les Caprices de la Danse' which is a ballet, done in the style of the court of Louis XV. Info. Tel.: 01 30 83 78 78.

Still On Show:

Brigitte Terziev Continues

For people who take in poetry through their eyes, the work of this 1997 Bourdelle Prize winner, will offer something a bit more than words.

Exhibition: until 5. July. From 10:00 to 17:40, except Mondays and public holidays.
Musée Bourdelle
16. rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris 15. Métro: Falguière
Info. Tel.: 01 49 54 73 73.

Printemps Vietnamien

The following exhibitions fall within the over-all framework of the 'Printemps Vietnamien,' to be held mainly at Les Halles, and lasting until 20. June. Friday, 20. March:

'Lumières - Laques, Lavis, et Aquarelles du maître laqueur Nguyen Van Minh.' His show can be seen at the Mairie of the 2nd Arrondissement, 8. rue de la Banque, Paris 2. From Friday, 20. March until Thursday, 30. April. Info. Tel.: 01 42 61 55 02.

Paris-Hanoï-Saigon, l'Aventure de l'Art Moderne au Vietnam Pavillon des Arts from Saturday, 21. March until Sunday, 17. May. At 101. rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

La Photographie Vietnamienne
Espace Photographique des Halles, from Friday, 20. March until Wednesday, 20. May. At the Forum des Halles, Place Carrée, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 40 26 87 12.

Rencontres et Programmations Musicales
Médiathèque Musicale de Paris at the Forum des Halles. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 20 50.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.13 - 31. March 1997 featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Walk on the Grass? In Paris?' andcount down Eiffel Tower 'Au Bistro' had - 'Red Wine Good Against Senility.' The articles in the issue were 'Pascin's 25 Year-Long Party in Montparnasse' and 'Restaurant Review: Altas Opéra.' Kim Murray sent an eMail about 'President Chirac Having Fun.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'One-fingered Reporter.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 642 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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