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Robot Footballers World Cup

Yes! Real robot footballers. About 60 teams from around the world will have their robots kicking off on Tuesday, 30. June, at the Cité des Sciences out at la Villette - in a dashing companion competition to the Coupe Mondial '98 playing elsewhere in France at the same time.

The competition is open to all robots from 4.5 cm to 50 cms in height. There is no apparent age limit. Each team will be composed of at least three robots and the matches will last twenty minutes, with two half-times of ten minutes each.

Except in cases of 'terrible blunders' - such as eating the goal-posts - the robots will play by themselves without assistance from their coaches. Wow! Spectators will not only be able to watch the matches but will also have access to the training areas, where the robots' coachescite des sciences football robots will be putting the fine-tuning on their team members. This should be really jolly, and I doubt if stadium advertising will be intrusive.

This 'World Cup' is organized by the Computer Lab of 'Paris 6' and the Robot Lab of Paris, which are at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and the CNRS has something to do with it too.

La Coupe du Monde des Robots Footballeurs
From Tuesday, 30. June until Wednesday, 8. July. Except Mondays; daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and until 19:00 on Sundays. Entry is 50 francs; 35 on Saturdays.
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
30. avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette.

Tea Parties at the Musée de la Vie Romantique

Throughout the month of June, public tea parties will be held in the idyllic gardens of the Musée de la Vie Romantique every day except Mondays, from 13:00 to 18:00.

Two young ladies will prepare the goodies by using secrets learned from their grand-mothers, to the romantic sounds of fountains bubbling into a pool or something, full of 'red' fish and there is something about nesting birds as well.

Even if I don't get all these romantic details - my dictionary is tired - I have been in this museum's garden and if there are tea-parties in it, it is a good place for them to be - it is another bit of 'the country' in Paris.

Musée de la Vie Romantique
16. rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:40. No entry charge for the gardens and the museum entry is only 17.50 francs. No reservations for the tea-party necessary; but, Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Neighborhood Party Continues

For the second year running - er - this is the second time - ah - the 'Festival Onze' is an arrondissement party, which runs another week, until Sunday, 7. June.

Just about every bar, dancehall, musician, singer, performer and all the good citizens, have a good, big party for the duration of the oddly-numbered week. Or is it a short fortnight?

Okay; so they've got everything: music, theatre, dance, street stuff, art stuff; stuff in bars, cafés, bistros, churches, cinemas, in the street, on TV - this year there are more than 200 'spectacles,' and hundreds shows put on by nearly a thousand 'artists.'

Altogether, 6 wild days and nights left for the 'Festival Onze' party in the 11th arrondissement. Info. Tel.: 01 53 27 11 47.

21st Foire Saint-Germain

Although this is only the 21st modern version of a 'Foire' which first took place 822 years ago, you shouldn't think there is a lot of moss growing on it.

The Foire is centered on the place Saint-Suplice, but actually takes place in six locations, including the Odéon theatre. Basically there will be exhibitions, concerts, and some theatre and dance, plus street animations.

Within the framework of the whole Foire, there will also be 'marchés - four in all. There will be antiques from 4. to 15. June, the 'Marché de la Poésie' from 18. to 21. June, the 'Marché de la Bibliophilie' from 23. to 30. June and the 'Journées de la Céramique,' which lasts from 3. to 5. July.

The Foire Saint-Germain - until Sunday, 5. July. Jointly sponsored by the Mairie of the 6th arrondissement and the Mairie de Paris. Info. Tel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

Continuing Exhibitions:Exhibition: 'La Gloire d'Alexandrie'

Apparently, this exhibition is supposed to interest children or a certain age. It has a lot of underwater items in it. On show until 26. July at the Petit Palais on the avenue Winston-Churchill; métro Clemenceau, Paris 8. Except Mondays, showtimes are 10:00 to 17:40 and until 20:00 on Thursdays. Entry charge is 45 francs and Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 12 73.

Man Ray - La Photographie à l'Envers

See the article entitled 'Man Ray in Montparnasse' if you feel up to it. The exhibition is on show until Monday, 29. June, in the Galeries Nationales of the Grand Palais.

L'Art au Temps des Rois Maudits

Until Monday, 29. June, in the Galeries Nationales of the Grand Palais.

Delacroix, les Dernières Années

Until Monday, 20. July, in the Galeries Nationales of the Grand Palais.

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10:00. Without reservations, from 13:00 to 20:00. Entry: Square Jean Perrin. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau.

Delacroix: 'Le Trait Romantique'

An exhibition of about 250 drawings, watercolors and engravings, by Delacroix.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu
Galeries Mansart et Mazarine
Until Sunday, 12. July. Open daily except Mondays, from 9:30 to 18:30. Entry 35 francs. 58. rue de Richelieu, Paris 1. Métro: Quatre-Septembre or Bourse. Info. Tel.: 01 47 03 81 10.

Delacroix et Villot

This exhibition accents the copies of Delacroix done by Frédéric Villot.

Musée Eugène Delacroix
Until Friday, 31. July. Open daily, except Mondays, from 9:30 to 17:00. Entry, 30 francs. 6. rue de Furstenberg, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Près. Info. Tel.: 01 44 41 86 50.

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.

Paris-Hanoï-Saigon, l'Aventure de l'Art Moderne au Vietnam

Pavillon des Arts from until Sunday, 17. May. At 101. rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Info. Tel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

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count down Eiffel TowerIssue 2.22 - 2. June 1997 - This issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'There Goes the Neighborhood - Again!' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Long Sentence Asked For Tapie.' The articles in the issue were 'Elections '97 - Jospin Leads Left to Stunning Victory' - 'Strolling Down the Champs-Elysées,' 'Cruising on the Seine in May - or June' and 'One of the Higher Café Terraces.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was called 'Things Go Bump.'

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