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For headlines for Macs, I have the 'Chicago' typeface. It's been around since 1984 and even enjoyed a recent vogue with graphic print designers. It is a 'fat' face, relatively compressed - more short words of it fit into a shorter, bold line.

For today's Metropole, for PC users, 'Lithos Black' has been written into the page code for headlines. I have seen this in a book - with a magnifying glass - and I can say two things about it: it is not as compressed as 'Chicago' and I don't really know what it looks like at a size which can be seen with an unaided eye.

If you know of a PC font similar to 'Chicago,' I'd like to know its name. If this 'Lithos Black' looks like garbage, please let me know and I will look around a bit harder to find something better to replace it.

The Photos On This Page

I had an errand to do on the Champs-Elysées last Wednesday, plus the usual things I do there in a usual week - so that's where all the 'rain' photos are from. With the idea of doing some sort of feature about the Avenue de Clichy on Friday - after Thursday's non-stop rain - I took the opening photo of the Café Maryland. But other events, plus a number of reader's letters, prevented any profound thoughts about colorful Clichy - so its story will be for another issue.

Letters From Readers

This issue contains five letters from you. One is from Frank Watson and it is in the Café Metropole Club page. I expect this is going to grow into being a very 'interactive' page. We'll see how this works out.

Two ladies are planning visits to Paris and their letters pose questions about safety and 'what to wear.' Jim Auman has written about the street cleaners' twig brooms and there is an email from China, which may be 'spam.'

Having all these letters in one issue is not a signal of a policy change. Pure chance has produced these letters for this issue and I decided to run all of them and I think you'll enjoy them.

If you have the urge to write, don't hesitate to do so. I answer all letters unless I forget until I remember to do it. If I've seem to havephoto: metro on champs, rain forgotten yours, I don't do it deliberately. Some of your return email addresses are duds - don't ask me why - but if they are, this is the most likely reason for not getting a reply.

For publication in Metropole, I try to pick letters that pose general questions - which require answers to subjects I may have overlooked, or haven't gotten around to yet - replies that may address the interests of many readers. Oddball letters are also appreciated, especially if they are general enough to tickle the fancies of many.

Behind the scenes, partly because of Metropole's own very large database of proper nouns, I get a steady stream of letters, posing very specific questions, usually concerning Paris. The answers to these are often specific too and therefore would be of little interest to all. Not all of these letters get the answers they seek, even if they all do get replies.

It may not seem like it sometimes, but I am a bit leery about self-promotion. The preceding category of letters sometimes gets things done for their writers, who cannot do it themselves because they are not where I am. These little jobs are not always successful; if they were, I'd be Mr. Magic.

Finally, there are a small group of reader-writers - who know I am not 'Mr. Magic' - but who write more or less regularly. I really appreciate this - and look forward to seeing your thoughts pop up in my email Inbox. Thank you. Thank you all.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 3.21 - 25. May 1998 - This issue featured - Café Metropole - 'Rattled in Long Weekend May' and the 'Au Bistro' column had 'Libération: Paper of '68, Born in '73, Hits 25.' This issue had two features: 'Paris Is a Moveable Picnic' and 'Véloville! Rollerville!' Murray J. Aronson sent an eMail about the'Hôtel des Bains.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was about 'Season Ticket' or some such other foolery.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 222 more quite rainy, but slightly warmer Ile-de-France late-spring days to go until summer happens before it's over.

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