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Is there any relationship between Bagatelle's 2000 dwarfs and last week's model salon at Paris-Expo? Of course there is.

Models are usually miniatures and so are gnomes; but both are supposed to be representations of our world. People wouldn't make models if they were not putting some personality into them.

The 'Email Addresses' Case Flops

Although Dana Shaw wrote from Florida - thank you, Dana! - to congratulate Metropole for having readers in so many scattered locations throughout the world, none of the 'uncontactable' writers or kangaroo fanciers on the other side of the equator reacted to last week's Emails feature. Wake up!

Café Metropole Club's 26th Session

The 26th weekly meeting - the six-month mark! - of the 'Café Metropole Club' came off with considerable talking - for me, listening - last Thursday. You can read about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page.

The gibberish 'announcement' I made herephoto: salon de maquette, bar last week about the 'Club News' update and whether I should make all of Metropole as an 'update' brought a lively reaction.

Elizabeth McAuley wrote, "No, I don't think that you should drop the idea of the weekly issue. I and, I would think, most of your readers look forward to our weekly Parisian fix. This is especially true for those of us who do not presently have any plans in place to visit la plus belle ville du monde."

This is sweet and sour. 'Not planning' means 'not coming' to the Café Metropole Club. As for 'fix,' I'm not sure I should be considered a 'Paris pusher' even if it is what I am. If I get busted for this, I'll probably end up serving time in Bulla Bulling, WA.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.15 - 12. April 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined: - 'An Accidental Issue For a Change' - which is not news because every issue is accidental. 'Au Bistro' had 'Folly in the Balkans.' This issue also had two features, entitled 'Pierre Prins - The 'Forgotten' Impressionist' and 'Modest Boatworks Becomes 'Gare d'Eau.' This issue's 'Paris' Scene' had 'When in Paris, Do Morocco.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' as usual and Ric'sphoto: paris city limits Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'No Film, No Camera,' keeping up the tradition of negative captions.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.15 - 13. April 1998 - The Café Metropole column was modestly headlined 'Unusually Small Edition.' The 'Au Bistro' column was not titled anything because there wasn't one. This issue had one tiny feature, titled 'Models and Games Salon On Annual Display.' In keeping with the issue's small size, readers contributed two email features: 'Email from Margaret Gilsenberg: Parisians 'Find' Issy for Visitors' and 'Email from Prof. Greb: Rights, Justice, Tyranny.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' as usual and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Chocolate colors' which were done with the previous week's watercolors.

The Metropole Paris Countdown to 31. December 2000:

Here is the 15th issue of the year and I haven't received any complaints about Metropole's spanking-new and whiter-than-white, fabulously stupendous, somewhat worn-out count-down. Again. I don't think anybody reads this, but I can't prove it because nobody has written to say they don't.

Metropole Contest: an exclusive and unique Paris souvenir - made by the millions - will be going to the first reader who can prove they have read this. Here's how - just select this bit of text and paste it into an email message. Look at your watch, and add the exact time where you are. You can use the 'MailTo' form at the bottom of this page. First one in is the winner! Play now! Wonderful prize! Your name will be mentioned here next week - making you famous, for absolutely forever! Don't wait - do it now!

This new countdown will last only 366 days, minus the 86 days already gone. The official reason for doing this is to give the Tour Eiffel a new chance to 'get it right' - and for a leap year it ought to. So many count-down fans missed shouting 'Zéro' on Friday, 31. December 1999 when Paris' countdown clock gave up. There is now an 'unofficial' reason for this, and it is in the paragraph above.

There are only about 273 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium.
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