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The weather was perfect for the big 'Prix de l'Arc' race just after 16:00. Due to the closing events of the Olympics in Sydney, the race itself received only half of its usual 30-second TV-news report. The Aga Khan's three-year old Irish horse Sinndar won the 2400 metre sprint, as it was expected to.

This 79th edition of the 'Prix de l'Arc' only had ten starters, which made it ineligible for the riskier types of combo tickets such as the Quinté, Quartre and possibly, the Tiercé.

The French are not overly extravagant bettors; they are in 7th place worldwide - after the Swedes! - and they wager 16 times less on the ponies than the true track fanatics of Hong Kong.

Metropole's Services

The three firms mentioned below chose Metropole Paris for affiliate association for the same reasons as you've chosen to read it, so you have something in common.

Affiliation is not advertising in the traditional sense. If you sign up for the services or buy the products offered, the modest benefits resulting from your actions will help Metropole to stay online.

Health Care In Paris

It is unlikely to happen to you, but if you arephoto: societe geographique hit by a 'bug' after anticipating your visit to Paris long in advance and then finally getting here, HighwayToHealth offers a service that allows you to seek medical aid here almost as easily as if you were at home.

If lost in Paris, ask the way at the Société Géographique.

A 'city health profile' has been created by HighwayToHealth for Paris, to give you information about local health services, including the ability to make appointments for medical services.

This is in addition to a full line of travel insurance. You can sign up for all of this before you leave home. Be sure to check out all of the 'HighwayToHealth' services for travellers.

Pétanque In America

The game of pétanque - or boules - can be played anywhere, almost anytime - by nearly everybody. Any old bit of dirt patch can be used as a playing field - as you might know if you've seen the game played around Paris.

Regulation boules are made out of metal. You can buy these in France, but they are a bit heavy to haul around in your luggage. They don't look good on the carry-on baggage radar either.

'Petanque America' imports France's quality Obut boules and can ship them to you anywhere in the Americas.

Petanque America's online shop also has books about the game and its short list of rules, plus junior boules for children. Let Petanque America to do the heavy work for you while you shop around in Paris for the less weighty things of life.

Paris Hotel Online Reservations

Long in advance is the time to use the 'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service. Doing this will permit you to get a preview of hotels available in Paris and will enable you to choose your Paris accommodations with a minimum of fuss and bother.

The Café Metropole Club's 53rd Meeting

As you will find elsewhere in this issue, next Thursday's club meeting will celebrate the club's first year and be the first meeting of its second year. It is impossible to predict a long life for your club, but this seems to be the wish of its members, who are you.

While moving ahead there is still last Thursday's meeting to catch up on and now is the chance to do it, unless you have something else urgent to do. The club's last weekly 'report' also noted the presence of some new members, so reading it will not waste your time much.

Fairly new readers can also take a look at the fairly new 'About the Club' page. This contains mildly useful and fairly accurate information about this magazine's club for readers in Paris. Everyone lacking other important urgencies can look at it again too.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.40 - 4. Oct. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'In the Rain, In Montparnasse.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Paris Wine News & Walnut Time.' This issue had one feature titled 'Some Singing In the Rain.' The 'Scene' columnphoto: bugatti badge was headlined 'Walls, Vikings and Animals.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Come Home Papa.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.40 - 5. October 1998 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Hot Cars and Cold Café.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'The Big Train Robbery.' This issue had two features, titled 'Auto Salon - Dreams Of Future Wheels' and 'Doing Saturday Stuff In Paris.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Honk, honk! Beep, beep!' It was the 'wierd noise' from the previous week.

Metropole's Exclusive & Solo Countdown to 31. December 2000:

This countdown - nobody cares how it got started! Again. Wiser people - they exist! - know that the 21st Century starts on Monday, 1. January 2001. Because it's a Monday, that's why. The big celebration we had - which was great! - for '2000' was just a rehersal; a tryout countdown to thephoto: auto salon ticket before-the-first second of the last year of the 20th Century. Last year's countdown was not the 'Big One.' The world didn't end, did it?

Now that everybody who wasn't wiped out by the 'End of the World' has it straight and we know exactly what we're doing. There really are only about 90 days (ten less than 100!) left to go until we arrive in the 3rd Millennium. Even if you remember the last countdown, you probably won't care that now 276 days have dribbled away since New Year's 2000. What's gone is long gone and this includes the 2nd Millennium, which is now more nearly gone than ever, for good too.
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