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A few copies of the book 'Paris Noir' by Tyler Stovall remain available. To purchase a copy, write to Patricia Laplante-Collins or Tel.: 01 42 61 37 00, Fax.: 01 45 21 40 46.

African-American Literary Soirée, at 36. Rue Jacob, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Près. Meet and mingle at 19:30; the program begins at 20:15. For reservations, contact Patricia Laplante-Collins who also has a Web site. Next Literary Night date: Friday, 5. March.

Tocqueville This Week

This week's 'The Tocqueville Connection' has its customary number of interesting articles and features, but there is more nitty-gritty and less of the lighter side than usual. The Goya show in Lille is mentioned in more detail than was featured in Metropole some weeks ago and is worth a look. There is also a major report about the current 'Aids Trial' and the three former government ministers who are being tried - in a highly unusual court invented just for this trial.

A Good Reason To Give BOL a Tryout

On the Monday before last, European media giant, Bertelsmann, launched 'Books-On-Line' - or BOL for short - in France and Germany, with a bit of a delay and no great deal of fanfare, but with a great of deal good intentions behind the effort.

Readers who ask me questions always get replies, even if I don't know the answers - and I don't know all of them because my own library only contains so much.

When BOL gets settled in, they should be able to offer the latest editions of guides about Paris, in a language you read. This doesn't mean you should abandon your local bookseller - it just means you will be able to get the latest books in your language choice, delivered to where you are, worldwide.

Milia's 6th Edition -The Awards

This year's edition of the Milia has unrolled in Cannes. The 'Milia' is to interactive content what the 'Midem' is to music: an international showcase and a trademart. This year, for the first time, I believe games are featured. I believe the winners of various categories are featured - if you care for multimedia,photo: boat steering wheel that is. This site requires Shockwave, so you too can be - interactive! If you haven't got it, prepare for a meltdown.

This boat steering wheel, is right behind a V-16 motor; now at Rétromobile.

New URLs - Some for Farmers

My usual sources have produced only a slim selection this week. As a result of a reader query, I turned up an Agricultural Equipment Salon, the SIMA 99. It takes place from 28. February to 4. March. This is instead of the Salon de l'Agriculture I was hoping to find. Another Web site that might interest farmers is called 'Agrisalon,' but it may only be in French even if it looks very complete otherwise.

Paris' 'LiveCam' Shows Rotten Weather

Hitting this site will give you no views of a sky over Paris these days from TF1-TV's 'LiveCam' if you want to see what typical winter weather looks like, now you will see it - for what it's worth to see leaden, gray skies - unless it happens to be nighttime here, which it usually is between about 16:30 and 08:00 GMT. If you are in our modest combo 'Euro'-and-'continental' CET zone, nighttime is between about 17:15 and 09:00.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 3.07 - 16. February 1998 - This issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Fake Spring Surprises Paris' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Weather and Lucky Valentines.' The issue had two features; entitled 'The 'Grands Boulevards,' Part 23' and 'On the Ile Saint- Louis: Island in the Sun.' An Email from Nicki Ryker was titled, 'Our Trip of a Lifetime.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Late but Sunny Valentine' which must have meant I put in a recycled one from 1971.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 320 gray and cool days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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