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I give more attention to Tocqueville's cultural and 'French Style' sections because so much goes on herephoto: 2nd entry, musee du montparnasse and I am so slap-happy about it. I will miss and you will miss some interesting stuff if we both pass it up.

A view of the annex to the Musée du Montparnasse.

If you haven't heard of the death of the piano giant, little Michel Petrucciani, you can get a brief update in the current issue. In another feature, a film slated for Christmas release, was put into Paris cinemas on the day of the World Cup semi-finals last summer, killing its chances of success. Arthur Joffé's latest film, 'Que La Lumière Soit,' is about God's visit to our earth, where he tries to break into Hollywood movies, without success because he can't get a lunch date.

Imagina 99

This annual festival of digital images is mostly in Monaco, but this year there are also some activities in Paris, on Wednesday, 20 February which continue until Friday, 22. February. Organized by l'Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, or INA as it is known, this is a showcase for new talent to exhibit new stuff for the eyeballs.

The Caves of Lascaux

Take a trip through prehistory at this site located on the Culture Ministry's server and put together by specialists of dark and very old places. I was in another, similar set of caves once, and all I could think of was what the prehistoric painters' electric bill must have been, and how far it was to Montparnasse.

Almost Comic Forgetfulness

On this week's 'Scene' pagephoto: icerink, hotel de ville I wonder aloud if I have forgotten the 100th anniversary of the Opéra-Comique. Scrolling the whole page turned up nothing. In fact, I wrote about here last week and forgot about it.

This is a dog-free zone, currently right in front of Paris' Hôtel de Ville.

To make amends, I will run the Web address of the Opéra Comique again in case you missed it last week. This 'Almost Comic Forgetfulness' is due to having 'closed' my brain and mislaying its key.

Paris' 'LiveCam' Scores Hits

Hitting this site will give you some views of Paris right now from TF1-TV's 'LiveCam' unless it happens to be nighttime here, which it usually is between about 15:45 and 07:45 GMT. If you are in our modest 'continental' CET zone, nighttime is between about 16:45 and 08:45.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 3.03 - 19. January 1998 - This issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Lack of Window Gazing Foils Weather Report' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Papon Says It Was Somebody Else's Fault.' The issue had two features: 'Weddings On the Cheap Unchic in Paris' and 'The Memorial of the Deportation.' Several eMails commented about 'Anti-Semitism and Captain Dreyfus.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week declared, 'Jules Verne Wedding Receptions' which I feel like running again in this issue, but probably won't.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 348 perhaps icy, perhaps snowy days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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