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Last Friday Biscuter cooked three meals and Pepe cooked one and nobody ate any of themphoto: rue des archives because of the phone ringing at a crucial moment. For those about to miss these meals, all the ingredients were given beforehand.

Pepe also gets a lot of good tips from an old guy who sells lottery tickets and is Pepe's main cigar supplier. Barcelona cool is a lottery ticket vendor who has a cigar cutter.

In the Rue des Archives on Friday in Paris' 3rd arrondissement..

Unlike the old Peter Gunn show, 'Pepe Carvalho' is shot outside on the streets of Barcelona, which is about as colorful as Pepe's wardrobe. Pepe is also a hip dick; he has a gun but he keeps it in a box on his mantelpiece, unloaded. He drives an old Peugeot 504, which is clean and sturdy but boring.

The scripts are based on stories by Manuel Vazquez Montalban. On Friday, the story was about the modern governor of Barcelona and his anti-Franco past, and its return 24 years later. Like everybody else in Barcelona, Pepe has an anti-Franco past too. In the end, the governor got blown up by a former anti-Franco never-ex bomber ex-girlfriend.

As far as I could tell, it was because he had 'sold-out' - then? - now? - it doesn't matter because his daughter was saved, which was what Pepe was hired to do. While this was going on, another woman also hired him to find out who her husband was seeing.

He turned out to be seeing guys - so Pepe fixed him up with some fake photos with non-girlfriends - Charo's dancers - and this saved his marriage, because he wasn't quite ready to come 'out of the closet' yet.

This sub-plot was in addition to Pepe's eternal wrangle with the police boss; which caused Pepe to just miss grabbing his own Franco-time secret police files from the police archives.

As usual there was a lot of wine drinking, cigar smoking and large amounts of Charo, whophoto: light & shade at chatelet is somewhat taller than Pepe except when they are in bed, which was two or three times during an episode.

Light and shadows at Châtelet on the right bank.

This morning, radio-news says that the ruling Catalan nationalist party squeaked back into power in elections held yesterday. The Spanish Socialist party gained, especially in low-population rural areas, and the right-wing ruling party in Madrid, came in third.

Back on the TV front, the rest of French TV shows a lot of TV-series from the USA, but all their stories - not plots - are about aliens or millennium-angst or serial killers. If you've seen one of these, you've seen them all.

Café Metropole Club Launched

The first session of the 'Café Metropole Club' ran off successfully last Thursday. Read all about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page. I am not a bit nervous about it being a bit haphazard because this is a planned feature. Otherwise, no need to dress up for this; just come as you are.

Metropole's New Web Address Continues

This is the new Web URL for 'Metropole Paris:' http://www.metropoleparis.com Some readers have said the old URL works fine, with the 're-direct' sending them automatically to the latest issue. Please 'bookmark' this new URL.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 3.42 - 19. October 1998 - The Café Metropole column was titled - 'Get On the New Métro and Drive!' 'Au Bistro' had 'Student Demos in France.' This issue had only one feature, entitled 'No Hassle From Airport to Snow - Gare du Nord to Lyon.' count down Eiffel Tower The week's 'Scene' column headline was 'The 'Italian Autumn'.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'All Aboard!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 2.42 - 20. October 1997 - The Café Metropole column was called - 'Broken Promises: Another Ordinary Week.' The 'Au Bistro' column was entitled 'Papon Trial Switches from 1942 to 1961.' This issue had one feature too, entitled 'The Great Pencil Hunt, Part Two.' Reader John McCulloch wrote about 'Sharing Lunch With Emile' and reader Susan Beaupre wrote 'Seine Boats are Made for Not Walking.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Trolling Speed?'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 75 more partly cloudy, partly very sunny, slightly warm and occasionally warm Paris and Ile-de-France autumn days to go until the really big year-end party is in full swing.
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