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These are mere quibbles on a sunny day like last Wednesday. The bridge is a good open-air hang-out spot, and Ousmane Sow's sculptures make it very lively - his figures are very dynamic and strong.

The Battle of the Little Big Horn may seem odd in Paris, with all dressed in various shades of African mud, but it was a hard fight in reality and Ousmane Sow has really captured it.

This outdoor show is not only free, but you get to cross the Seine at the same time. The official opening day for the public was on Saturday, and the figures will remain in place until Thursday, 20. May. If you are in Paris, don't miss it.

After a good, long look, Allan and I got to the left bank and went up the Rue de Seine to say hello to the good folks at La Palette and then proceeded on to stroll around a small part by Buci and Odéon. Wephoto: ousmane 'gunfight' got planted in a noodle joint and started telling stories, overlooking the Boulevard Saint-Germain.

Here is old George, just about to get popped in the gut.

As we were heading back to the right bank by way of the Pont Neuf, the sun was low and had all of the Quai des Orfèvres washed in gold and I was cursing my full camera - you either get these shots or you don't get another chance.

At home, when I unloaded the thing, I did the bang-the-head-against- the-wall routine when I discovered it had two unused shots left in it. Fully forgotten on account of the noodle blab. Ah hell, it was a really good day though.

Tocqueville This Week

'The Tocqueville Connection's' Camille Mackler writes about 'Nanas on the Web,' which men are allowed to look at, but are not encouraged to make comments about. So I didn't look and I make no comment except to merely suggest you give 'Tocqueville' a hit and take a look at 'Girl Talk' under 'France On the Web' and try out some of the ideas you will find. Okay?

Last Reminder: UNESCO Web Prize

Artists, designers and programmers are invited to sign up - until 31. May - to enter their Web sites, especially if they involve themes of UNESCO interest. There are two categories for entries; 'anything goes' and anything that could qualify a site for an '.Org' registration. There's two prizes of US$5,000 each at stake.

Paris' 'LiveCam' Shows Typical Weather

Quite a few Metropole readers are giving this site a hit because they think I should know about the weather in Paris and they write to tell me about it. Thank you. This peep-show comes from TF1-TV's 'LiveCam.' If you want to see what typical spring weather looks like, now you will see it - for what it's worth to see Paris bathed in bright, blinding sunlight or dull and chilly overcast. I will content myself with looking out of a closed window.

count down Eiffel TowerThis Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 3.12 - 23. March 1998 - This issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Philosophy and the Front National' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Elections Turn Right Into Shambles' The issue had two features; entitled 'All That's Fit to Print - Salon du Livre, Part I' and 'Looking for Bears in the Jardin des Plantes.' This appeared on account of the eMail from Ron Roizen, about bears. There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Gone Out.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 285 cool days of light breezes and weak sun getting stronger.

Regards, Ric
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