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Apparently the state is willing to finance a 'historical study' of the location - which shouldn't cost more than $500 because its history is no secret, even to Metropole readers.

According to the report, 'Parisians' have been invited to share their ideas with the city. For this purpose, a info-tent has been put up at the Tuileries' main entrance.

If you are in the area, check it out. I'm not sure an expensive airline ticket will be proof that you are a bona-fide, if temporary, resident of Paris.

As for me, I suggest that Concorde be turned into an all-weather swimming hole with a sandy beach and palms. For the winter, the glass roof could be etched with the sundial lines, so you could lie on your back and see what time it is - on sunny February days.

How To Not Fall Asleep While Driving

Driving in Paris, and to a lesser extent, in France, is pretty exciting - even thrilling! - so if you are actually behind the wheel there is little danger you will fall asleep. In fact, the danger of driving will tend to keep you awake.

This is not the case in the United States where the number of accidents due to falling asleep while driving is estimated at 200,000 annually.

Yawning is not a sign of falling asleep. It is what your brain tells your body to do when there is insufficient oxygen in the blood in your head. Yawning, therefore, is a good thing.

Being hypnotized by road markings on autoroutes is not unknown, and 25 percent of the accidents on limited-access highways may be caused by this.

Some people also suffer from 'sleep diseases,' such as narcolepsy- cataplexy - neither of which, hyphenated or otherwise, I have heard of before. It's a good thing not many people suffer from this combination, because together they mean passing out suddenly - with or without facial convulsions.

Sleep disorders can be detected by finding out what your brain is up to while you are asleep. Victims who are aware of their tendency to narcolepsy-cataplexy can take elementary precautions, and there are medicines which exist.

However, fatty foods, alcohol and a wide variety of medicines are not the recommended diet of drivers. Lack of sleep before setting out long trips is not recommended either.

The time-zone of 13:00 to 15:00 is one prone to sleepiness, so if you have a chance to take a siesta in this time period, make sure your car is parked first.

Paris' Online Life Rehash

Practically every Paris taxi has a banner ad on its flank and these all have URLs. Now URLs are popping up where posters used to be - one of this week's posters - but my source for French Web site ideas has no new ones this week. Voilà, a small re-run of last week's:

The 'Fête' de l'Internet

Every year this event is announced with some fanfare, and every year I fail to grasp what it's all about, because it seems to be entirely 'virtual.' In order not to forget it, I'll run this one yet again.

The Fête's organization is non-profit and it is coordinated by the AFI association. This event is not restricted to France; at the European level it is called the Fiesta 2000. The actual Fête/Fiesta will take place from Friday, 17. March to Sunday, 19. March.

Beaubourg's Stars au Féminin

The reopening is old news now. During the klotzy culture factory's two-year renovation, its Web site kept ticking over. Take is look for a current show titled 'Stars au Féminin' which has something to do with 150 films; on show until 2. October.

GNT = Greenwich Net Time

'Greenwich Net Time' has been on trial since January and is supposed to be rolled out on Tuesday, 29. February, which it 'leap-day' - which is in some dispute too. The idea, I think, is to have a universal 'Net Time' so all our emails carry some sort of correct time, independent of GMT. It might even be some new metric-type system.

Web Shorties: Re-Re-Runs:

The 27th comics festival at Angoulême ended two weeks ago. This Web site presents this year's prize winners, plus links to other sites featuring 'bandesphoto: imprimerie dessinées' - BD for short. In France, the 'comic books' are hardcover and they outsell practically all other forms of published fiction, except magazines and newspapers.

The annual 'Milia 2000' is now past history. This was the annual market showcase for multimedia, which included more Internet than CD-ROMs this year.

Some of the suggestions for these Web site references have been gleaned from 'Internet-Actu.' Internet-Actu has also just launched a new bi-weekly newsletter called Pixel-Actu, which concerns digital imaging; also in French. Laurent Katz is the editor. For a taste of Pixel-Actu, give its Web version a hit.

Both of these newsletters feature many items you may already be familiar with, but they also include news of developments in Europe. Both are well-written in French, so if you want to build up your techno vocabulary, these newsletters can help.

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