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Is it safe to eat beef? I just ate some and I'm writing this, so I must be still alive.

Sports News

This week's 'Sports News' hasn't amounted to a hill of beans and Other Marathon Sports News got me in so muchphoto: fountain, les halles trouble last week - again! - that it has been suspended for all time, even though there weren't any marathons around this week that I know of.

If there are other Metropole readers who are marathon fans, let me know because I have the entry details for both of next year's Paris marathons.

If you ask, I will send details to you. If a lot of you ask, I will have to include the details here. I intend to do this sooner but preferably later anyway, but hope to get Thanksgiving - not a French custom - and New Years out of the way first.

And now, to wrap up, the scores. France 26, New Zealand 39. Both you and I will miss next week's game in Marseille, but the same teams are playing again for some reason and I don't really expect the score to be much different.

Web Life:URLs: You Can Help

Regular readers may recall that I have requested - nearly endlessly - that you send in your favorite Paris-related Web URLs; for publication here in return for a 'thankyou.' If you are a new reader, this applies to you too.

However, this exciting reader-action is suspended this week on account of the uncertainties caused by the uncompleted US election last week.

Obviously readers who are online 24 hours a day trying to find out who their President is, have no time to find Paris-related and amusing Web sites nor time to send me their URLs if such things could be found.

Even Metropole's server-lady is glued to her satellite-connected TV night and day - she says it is an 'incredible spectator sport.' Then in her 'PS' she has added, "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz" and I think this means there will be more undetected typos this week than usual.

So, faithful Metropole readers, you are off the hook. Therefore, here are last week's URLs once again. Give every one a hit if you have some spare time.

Inside Paris-Hollywood

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 scoopsphoto: chez denise, les halles 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.

Check out the beef situation yourself at Chez Denise in Les Halles.

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 an avant-première of the Musée du Quai Branly.

Comics at the BNF?

By checking the problem-prone national library's Web site I learned that it intended 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'

Photo Gallery is worth a look according to regular long-time reader Dana Shaw. Visuel Image is said to be especially rich. Enough words; just for looking. As a last shot, check out ArtCom's take on the Maison Européenne de la Photographie - which is mentioned elsewhere in this issue.

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 this planet 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, consider taking part in it.

The 'Official' Weather: Gloomy Becomes 'Norm'

Météo France is featured again because of the rainy autumn it is giving us. 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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