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I hate bad design and food that is total junk like cotton-candy and now you know I am no fan of Halloween. So I am not Mr. Nice all the time; who wants that anyway?

Besides, where Halloween is concerned, I have written about it before in Metropole. You can look it up in 'Past Issues' without too much trouble.

However, Café Metropole Club charter member Heather Stimmler has also recently written about Halloween in Paris. If you are absolutely determined to read about it - as scoped by a fresh head - I suggest you hit her URL.

This has been a public service Halloween announcement by Metropole Paris; freely served up by its grouchy Ed.

Metropole's Photographer Pals

Long-time readers probably know that John McCulloch is Metropole's contact in the throbbing centre of the theme-city supreme, Las Vegas, Nevada. However, John's main interest is photography, followedphoto: venice carnival costumes distantly - in years - by Paris, where he was stationed for a time in the early '60's, as an keen observer of the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf.

Lately, and for the past couple of years by the looks of it, John has been tracking down the ghosts and real rails of old railroad tracks in the mountains and deserts of western America. He has photographed scenes that were once the themes of folksongs before all of us folks became so urban. Take a look.

Don Smith won Nelly with a tinned chicken, and the result was a 70-day honeymoon in France late last spring. In the middle of it they spent a half-hour on the Champs-Elysées finding me taking part in a 'painting' contest. The honeymoon was a chance for Don to shoot everything French in sight, and you can see all of this on his Web site.

Although personally unknown to me, Gerald Panter has let me know about his Web site. I took a look at the section where he has followed Eugéne Atget's footsteps, in order to re-shoot the identical scenes. Mr. Panter shows that after a century, Atget's Paris is still here if you can take the time to look closely enough.

Café Metropole Club 2nd Session Rehash

The 2nd session of the 'Café Metropole Club' ran off successfully last Thursday. Read all about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page. I was not a bit nervous about it being a bit haphazard because this is a planned feature, plus I drafted a passing photographer - who also became a new charter member. If you want to drop by, no need to dress up for this; just come as you are.

New Web Address Continues Ad Nauseam

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.

The whole Internet seems to have been a bit unsettled for the past few weeks so if you have any problems making a connection, just try again a little later. Do not bother trying to readjust your set.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 3.43 - 26. October 1998 - The Café Metropole column was titled - 'Helping to Open the Tiepolo Exhibition.' 'Au Bistro' had 'Haunted Chuch Foils Exorcist.' This issue had only one feature, entitled 'Everything is Bercy Except the Métro.' count down Eiffel Tower The week's 'Scene' column headline was 'Paris Does Halloween!' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Why, Charlie, Why?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 2.43 - 27. October 1997 - The Café Metropole column was called - 'Forest 'Panther' Turns Into Dog; 500 Hunters Mystified.' The 'Au Bistro' column was entitled 'Nothing in France is Like Chicago.' This issue had three features, entitled 'From Shakespeare & Co. to the Luxembourg,' 'Looking for the Big Pumpkin In Any Old Place' and 'Sundown On the Zip Train to Poitiers' by Linda Thalman. A fourth feature asked, 'E-mail For Everyone in France, With a Minitel?' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'E-mail Bike with Motor?'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 68 more mostly cloudy, medium-cool, often windy, and occasionally very rainy Paris and Ile-de-France autumn days to go until the really big year-end party kicks in.
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