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"No choices, still just one type as far as I know. The only variations are that you can have them with or without sauerkraut and/or mustard. It's really the ambiance that does it for Nathan's hot dogs. Nowphoto: shop, flute de pan that they are also sold in some in grocery stores to cook at home as well as some fast food outlets throughout the city, they are readily available to all - yet it's not quite the same thing.

The 'Flute de Pan' has several music outlets in the Rue de Rome.

"Every year a hot dog eating contest is held at the original Nathan's in Coney Island, Brooklyn. For a few years in a row it was a slight Japanese man taking the honors by eating 19 hot dogs in 12 minutes. Can you even imagine that? Heartburn central."

Ed's Note, continued - Since the World Series has ended before it got itself properly started, next week's Sports News will feature news of the opening games leading up to the world championships for Eating Hot Dogs.

Readers are kindly requested to send in their eye-witness reports in a timely fashion. Please include details of the technical aspects of the hot dogs in competition as well as their eaters.

Web Life:

URLs: You Can Help

Since you are operating from longer distances than I am, you depend more on the Web for your Paris information. If you have good URLs and you are willing to share them with other Metropole readers, send them in and I'll place them in this spot with a 'thankyou' for you.

After the avalanche of URLs posted here last week from Alan Pavlik I assume you are still combingphoto: rue de constantinople through them, because no one has offered any new ones.

All the same, you will find a few new ones that are related to features in the current issue. And, for a change, I have checked most of these.

If you are taking looks at them too, you will have probably noted that I don't distinguish between Web sites that are in English, or in French only. If they are bilingual, I usually only check the French version - to make sure it exists.

The following one I checked, and forgot to notice if it has any English version. For an insider's take on the French film industry, check out Mister W, who apparently gets his information from insiders, and this includes some scoops such as the dates that some films will be in the 'salles,' up to 2007.

Avant-Première

'Arts Premiers' are the subject of the new national museum that is expected to open at the Quai Branly in 2004; and until then their exhibitions take place in a wing of the Louvre that has been mentioned in the 'Scene' column.

Since the museum is having exhibitions years before it exists, it is no wonder that it has a Web site too. This presents a history of the project, information about the new museum and its aims, and information about current exhibitions. Here then, is a virtual avant-première of the Musée du Quai Branly.

Comics at the BNF?

When I visited the Freak Brothers' father Gilbert Shelton last week, he mentioned that the exhibition of the European bandes-dessinés - comics - at the Bibliothèque Nationale has been postponed because the thing had broken down again.

Somehow I retained this seeming non-information. By checking the problem-prone national library's Web site I learned that it intends to reopen on Thursday, 2. November, and the B.D. show is scheduled to start a week later, on Thursday, 9. November. Now it's your turn to check out the Bibliothèque Nationale.

Repeat - for the Mois de la Photo

One is a photo gallery supposed to worth a good look and Visuel Image is said to be especially rich. Enoughphoto: merry go round, av de maine words; just for looking. Finally, Canon is having an exhibition in Paris at the end of the month. If you are in town, the expo continues until Wednesday, 1. November and the location is in the Carrousel du Louvre. As a last shot, check out ArtCom's take on the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.

World Wide Poll Revisited

From Wednesday, 15. November until Saturday, 18. November, a worldwide poll will be conducted in eight languages, to find out what it is like to be a human being on the eve of the new millennium.

The poll which is modestly called PlanetProject, has been organized by 3Com, whose president Eric Benhamou wants to know about the haves and have-nots in our electronic age.

This planetary poll will seek to gather some idea of the values and beliefs of the world's population. Poll responses will be analyzed by the Harris Interactive polling organization.

This seems to be a positive and pioneering project that is only possible because of the existence of the World Wide Web, so I suggest that everyone who considers themselves to be an active member of mankind, take part in it.

The 'Official' Weather: Gloomy

Météo France is featured again because of the dramatic autumn it is now giving us. In better times this is the official source for France's TV-weather people. If you don't get French TV where you are, you can get the weather from where they get it. Because it is 'official' - meaning: as true as possible - don't expect forecasts to exceed 24 hours.

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