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In all likelihood, the server-lady Linda Thalman has neatly handled the club's 38th meeting by now, and everybody - all the new members! - who were at it know perfectly well what went on.

The other Thursday's club meeting was fairly subdued until the new members arrived and one tried to 'gate-crash' by way of a telephone. You can read about it on the week before lasts' Thursday 'Club 'Report'' page.

Your club's next meeting will be on Thursday, 6. July, when I will no longer be in an airplane, somewhere over Greenland. I will probably be wondering how to run away from bears even though I know bears can run faster than most people and much faster than slow people like me.

But if you are in the mood, be sure to see this week's 'Club News' page too. As a special treat, all of the old non-rules and unofficial blather about the club has been hauled out of the archives - which, if you are thinking of becoming a member, will be fresh and new. Maybe not 'fresh.'

Next Issue

Your 'Ed' is gone, and Metropole takes a pause for two weeks. This should give you some spare time to surf the 'Net to find like sites, and report their URLs to me so I can spread them around.

The next regular issue will appear on Monday, 17. July. It may no longer be Monday where you are when it goes online but it'll be close enough. I haven't the faintest notion of what it may contain, if anything. By then, you may be off somewhere on holidays anyway. Somewhere where there's no bears.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.27 - 5. July 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was headlined 'The Guided Blues.' There was no 'Au Bistro' column for some reason. This issue had one double feature, titled 'Summer Guide - Good, Clean Fun' and 'Summer Guide - High Life.' The 'Scene' column asked, 'Did I Mention Festivals?' Therephoto: sign, entree des catacomba were the usual four 'Posters of the Week.' Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Lifesaver Unnecessary.' Lifesaver?

This Was Metropole One Year Ago + One Week:

Issue 4.28/29 - 12. July 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was headlined 'Goodbye and Hello To All This.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'I'd Walk a Mile for a Baguette.' This issue had no feature or features at all. But it did have a 'Scene' column and it had 'The Last 'Armada du Siècle.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' with an extra page of European election posters. Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Bastille Day Every Day.' For this, I think lifesavers might be necessary.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.27 - 6. July 1998 - The Café Metropole column hinted at non-content with the title of: 'Non-Gabby Café Week.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'All the News I can Remember.' This issue had three features, titled 'Everything Is Okay In Saint-Denis,' 'The 1998 Tour de France Is Soon' and 'Learn To Love Pétanque Now.' An email from John McCulloch was titled 'Montmartre Unmobbed.' For WM'98-crazed sportsfans there was 'Links For World Cup: Ready, Set - Allez les Bleues!' There< were the usual four 'Posters of the Week.' Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Do Something About Sports,' so it must of been about TV-news.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago + One Week:

Issue 3.28 - 13. July 1998 - The Café Metropole column hinted at paradise with the title of: 'Today France Is Happy!' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'No News, Onlyphoto: sign, rue des quenouilles Football.' This issue had two features, titled 'WebSports: Ready, Set - Les Bleues WIN!' and 'Looking For The Revolution.' Another email from John McCulloch was titled 'On Bastille Day in 1963.' For WM'98-crazed sportsfans the really big show was over.' There were the usual four 'Posters of the Week' too. Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Should We Celebrate?' so it must of been aboutFrance's improbable win.

Metropole Paris' Nearly Solo Countdown to 31. December 2000:

The countdown was resumed recently for no reason in particular. It had become difficult to maintain its suspension, on account of impending contests that may show up here as soon as the contest judge gets back from holidays. A drive will be launched to stock up the prize fund, although this is assumed to be only a small amount on account of few likely contestants.

There are only about 181 days - more than half gone! - left to go until the 3rd Millennium. This figure is correct for today only. Due to the resumption of this section, there are now, officially, 185 days gone since the last countdown failed on account of an unidentified ristan that ate the Tour Eiffel's count-down mechanism last 31. December, which deprived count-down fans and their uncles of the thrill of the century if not the Millennium.
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