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My feeling now is, if I returned to where I came from so long ago, I would be an expatriate from France, from Europe.

Rétromobile 2000 Repeat

If you wish to exhibit at the coming Rétromobile 2000, here are the telephone and fax numbers of the people who organize this exhibition: from outside France telephone 33 1 48 44 30 30; the fax number is 33 1 48 44 15 15. These numbers were confirmed late last week and were found to be operating as normally as anything at Rétromobile.

I am including this information here because 'Rétromobile' is not on the Web and has no email. When asked why not, they said, 'Because we are Rétro.' The dates for the comingphoto: pont alexandre III edition of Rétromobile 2000 are from Friday, 11. February to Sunday, 20. February 2000. At Paris-Expo.

View of the Pont Alexandre III.

Judging from enquiries that have found their way here, this 2000 edition of Rétromobile is going to be one too good to miss. Its February date means that the weather may be less than winter, but we'll have to wait and see.

Metropole's 'Scene' Column Re-Bop

Last week I spent a long time re-coding the 'Scene' column to make it more user-friendly. This took so much time I had none left to put new items in it.

This week, I took so much time putting new items in it and trying to straighten it out - to keep it under 7000 words - that I'd like to push the whole thing into a convenient bottomless pit.

It isn't 'under 7000 words' for one thing. I am gong to have the re-think this thing again. Any suggestions you have will be welcome.

Café Metropole Club 7th Session Rehash

The 6th weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' ran off pretty successfully, without much to eat or drink last Thursday. Read all about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page. The coming 'Club' meeting is on an ordinary, which is not a holiday in Paris so the meeting will be held as usual.

Ad Nauseam New Web Address Suspended

This note has gone on far too long. If you are reading this and don't know what Metropole's new Web URL is, I don't see why you need to know it if you are already here.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 3.48 - 30. November 1998 - The Café Metropole column was titled - 'France Plans 'Green Line.' 'Au Bistro' had 'What Is 'Smoked' Chicken?' This issue had only one feature, entitled 'Chapeau, Saskia!' The issue also had 'Metropole's Pre-Christmascount down Eiffel Tower Program III - Xmas '98.' The week's 'Scene' column headline was 'The 'Foire Saint-Nicolas.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Elves On Strike.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 2.48 - 1 December 1997 - The Café Metropole column had the daffy title of - 'We Think Singing in the Métro is Fun.' The 'Au Bistro' column was entitled 'Barbara - Another Funeral in Paris.' This issue had three features, titled 'Free Grapes Galore at Champerret,' 'Looking Around at Food, Sort Of - In the rue Lepic' and 'Alfa Wins Euro Car of the Year Award.' Two 'Posters of the Week' doubled to four and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Keep Pouring.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 33! more mostly cloudy, damp and very cold, spottily snowy, and occasionally rainy Paris and Ile-de-France autumn days to go until the really big year-end party bursts upon us.
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