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The Tour Eiffel company paid for the show there. So the Hôtel de Ville sees the score as a turnout of more than a million for an outlay of three million francs; plus another three million for last September's Fêtes de la Seine.

The Rest of Paris 2000

'Le Livre Capitale' which was supposed to go into action on New Years Day at Palais-Royal apparently lacks enough capital to turn its 15-metre high pages.

The really big show, recounting Paris' history from Lutèce to 2000, which was to have been produced by Robert 'Big Show' Hossein on Bastille Day - now has been rescheduled for September, with the city taking control of the production with the intention of putting 10 million into it.

Johnny Hallyday, France's oldest rocker, wanted to take over the Champs-Elysées for a 'really big Johnny Hallyday show' on Saturday, 10. June - but has been allotted Bastille Day instead, because Robert 'Big Show' Hossein backed out of the other 'really big show' - partly because his 'Moi, De Gaulle' took off and has been prolonged until February.

According to rumor, Robert 'Big Show' Hossein's personal project is plastered - on this week's Morrisphoto: cafe vieux chatelet column on the contents page - all over Paris, and its title is something like, 'Moi, Jesus, I'm Back.'

The city has another project up its sleeve - a fireworks festival - and it is considering Bastille Eve, Day, for it. Will this upset Johnny? Will it upset Robert 'Big Show' Hossein?

Never mind. The other projects are still on their timetables; such as the Paris Marathon - held every year anyway - for Sunday, 9. April. Seiji Ozawa is still booked for Friday, 5. May at the Champ de Mars. The Tour de France - held every year anyway - is still scheduled to arrive on the Champs-Elysées for its final sprint on Sunday, 23. July.

If I have to juggle dates in the 'Scene' column a bit, this is a small price to pay for all these 'big shows.'

Important Dates

Winter Sales will begin possibly on Thursday, 13. January or on Saturday, 15. January. Don't forget the 'Year of the Dragon,' which is on Saturday, 5. February.

Repeat: Holiday Circuses

At this time of year, it seems to be traditional for the circus to be in town. Four of them were here and four of them got their tents blown to shreds by the storm. These have regrouped to form one unit, and they are carrying on at the Pelouse de Reuilly out at Vincennes. You've got until Sunday, 16. January to catch their act. Info. Tel.: 01 43 44 09 09.

Café Metropole Club's 13th Session Re-Run

The 13th weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' ran off quite modestly, as we again shared the club's area at La Corona with a handful of civilians last Thursday. Read all about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.02 - 11. January 1999 - The Café Metropole column was titled by its immer-flummoxed 'Ed' - 'Uh-Oh, Winter Is Back!' 'Au Bistro' had 'Tintin's 70th Birthday,' the first of many. This issue had one feature, entitled 'Sun On the Montparnasse Terraces.' The issue had 'Paris' Scene' - again, forphoto: joachim du bellay, died here 1560 a change - 'Dies Da und Das Hier' - which means this and that, sort of. There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Local Weather.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.02 - 12. January 1998 - The Café Metropole column had 'The History That Wasn't.' Sound familiar? The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined 'If the Unemployed Can't Have Work' then they should free lodging in the Canaries. This issue had two features, entitled 'Captain Dreyfus and Mr. Zola' and 'The Woman In a Red Business Suit' which was by M-R O'Rahilly. There were four'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'The Unemployed - On Strike!' Why not?

The Metropole Paris Countdown to 31. December 2000:

For equally obvious reasons, this silly countdown starts with the second issue of 2000, because readers have demanded a 'do the right thing' countdown to the real beginning of the next century and even more importantly, to the next millennium. This new countdown will last only 366 days. The reason for doing this is to give the Tour Eiffel a new chance to 'get it right' - because so many count-down fans missed shouting 'Zéro' on Friday, 31. December 1999.

There are 357 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium.
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