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Meanwhile, it has been very warm in Paris and the local ladies have ceased to wear their raincoats and other weather-dictated disguises. I'd like to do a 'lady on the street' interview - or pose a few 'lady in a métro station' questions.

Such as, "Would you wear one of these things?" And, "Do you think these models are real people, or virtual?" Of course, since the mainstream textile merchants are showing these 'uplift' or 'booster' models on semi-skinny mannequins, the most important question is, where does Aubade get its full-sized models?

I might have this all wrong. All the suits have their noses buried in Internet magazines and some of the lady passengers are reading books or thinking about the hammer they're going to buy at BHV. Taking in the poster show probably makes me some kind of degenerate voyeur. Uplifting thoughts, to brighten the underground all the same.

An elegant green-plastic twig broom got my attention last week while waiting at a crosswalk beside a guy who had a trash barrel on wheels and a new broom. I touched one of the 'green twigs' and they really are real plastic.

I asked some silly question and set the guy off; "Some months ago the city changed suppliers," he said, "And now they are just junk." He was taking it like a personal insult. "Just doing the marché at Richard Lenoir wears one out. Only lasts one day!"

It was bright, warm and sunny, and his trash bucket was empty. Once the shoddy green-plastic twig broom beefphoto: painters, sat 29 may was off his chest, he was happy. Jacques Q. Citoyen was concerned even if his superiors were not. Reinforced in his belief that 'us' understood the irresponsibilities of 'them,' his day was made.

On Saturday, at the Rond-Point of the Champs-Elysées; for the paint-in.

And me? My mind's eye called up the image of the 'after' of a marché like Richard Lenoir - mountains of empty fruit and veg flimsy-wood boxes and bits of lettuces and other market garbage, and an army of these guys dressed in viper-green and their fake-twig brooms shoving it all into one pile and other guys hosing the whole thing down and a gang of them keeping the bigger junk out of the drains. What a lot of work!

On the other side of the street, I went into the Mairie of the 11th to find out about the 11-day Fest Onze and its 200 free shows. It starts this coming Thursday and the posters are not printed yet.

For Rent - Flat In Paris:- Available from Friday, 16. July to Saturday, 24. July, inclusive. A 75 square-metre apartment with two bedrooms, which can accommodate four or five. Located in the Marais, 3rd floor, walkup; all mod. cons., bright with windows; near five métro lines and several bus stops. Rent for less than hotel rates; buy goodies and do own continental breakfast. For full info, contact Ms. Adrian Leeds. This is a private-to-private deal.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 3.22 - 1. June 1998 - This issue featured - Café Metropole - 'Starving Artists Discovered Squatting' and the 'Au Bistro' column had 'World Cup Ticket Monkey Business.' This issue had one feature entitled 'The 'Panoramas' - The Eldorado of Passages.' 'Links For World Cup SportsFans' was an additional service feature. There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was about 'Not artist! Clochard!' - pretty close to what is reported in this issue.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 215 more quite sunny, and much warmer Ile-de-France pre-summer days to go until summer really happens.

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