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Concorde Gets Its Sundial - Camille Flammarion's old idea to turn the Place de la Concorde into a giant sundial by using the shadow of the Obelisk as the watch-hand, was realized last Tuesday. However, at the time of inauguration, it was cloudy, which caused a bit of flatness to the Champagne. On sunny days, Concorde will give the time from about 7:00 to 17:00 - except in winter - until the end of December 2000.

For science fans I can explain how it was done. Some guys from the Palais de la Découverte and the Société Astronomique de France got out their pocket calculators and decided exactly where to pound a bunch of nails in straight lines, into Concorde's surface.

Presumably, the nails will be dis-installed on 1. January 2001. For the moment, these 'lines' are difficult to see on account of the size of the thing. Birds have good views. When the 60-metre high ferris wheel is put up in the Tuileries on 1. September, the view should be perfect. On sunny days, that is.

The Summer Sales Are On Now - This means, of course, that you should not come to Paris without a little 'mad-money.' The official sales period lasts for six weeks in Paris. Since the sales are regulated to offer only what was in the shops - or nearly - when they began, the best stuff goes first and by the end whatever you see that you like, won't fit. Discounts are again on the order of minus 10, 20, 30 and as much as 50 percent off. All articles have to display their full pre-sales prices. Caution: very good, very classic goods, are seldom offered 'on sale.' Many famous brand-names are, so there are some real bargains to be had. Anything you may want for fall, is full price.

Part 2 of Babble by Ric, On 'Visions by Herb'

On Sunday, 16. May, Herb Malsman had me talk into his microphone for a 'wretched excess' lasting three hours in the Latin Quarter. This was reported in the 'Scene' column in issue 4.20. Afterphoto: marche edgar quinet considerable editing - I hope - Web broadcast time finally rolled around, and this will be in two parts: last Monday, 21. June, and Herb's Père Lachaise visit, Monday 28. June.

Summer sales do not apply to marchés, but some items are cheaper anyway.

Herb Malsman didn't know about sculptor Ousmane Sow's 'Little Big Horn' show on the Pont des Arts before he saw it, and seeing it blew him away. Tune in to his 'Visions' on Broadcast.Com's audio-book Web site to hear what babble sounds like, plus some other Paris noises.

John McCulloch wrote, "Artie Johnson style," but more importantly went on to add, "Perhaps you should point out that readers need to select 'AudioBooks' on the list at left, then 'World Tour' on the left of the new page, then register, then - maybe - download the new RealAudio G2."

I thank John for keeping his technical eye peeled on Metropole and for passing along this vital information. Myself, I have not downloaded the RealAudio G2 out of sheer laziness, plus fear that my three-hour babble may not be 'very interesting.' Herb Malsman, I assure you, is interesting.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 3.26 - 29. June 1998 - This issue featured - Café Metropole - 'Can It Be Good If It's Free?' and the 'Au Bistro' column had 'Bad News Phones, Bad News Fans.' This issue had two features, entitled 'Reaching the Sky - Up On Montmartre' and 'Versailles Is Not Lonely - But Not Everything Is Open.' 'Links for WC'98: Ready, Set - Bootez la Balloon! was an service feature nobody asked for or noticed. There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was titled 'Oops, Sorry!'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 187 more partly cloudy, partly sunny and sometimes hot Ile-de-France summer days to go until something really new begins to happen.
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