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The Rest of This Issue

Obviously I am not going to try and catch up with some of the things I intended to put in this issue. But I did get both the city's Christmas program and a guide to the festive parts of the year-end. These I will attempt to get online during this week, to be part of this issue.

As for the rest of this year, I am not going to be as mobile as usual. This will result in fewer photographs - just when I thought I was close to getting the hang of it. It is too soon to predict how I will get out of this mess.

Metropole's Services

The three great firms listed below have chosen Metropole Paris for affiliate association. You - great too! - have chosen to read Metropole, so you have something in common.

Affiliation permits Metropole to offer you products and services related to Paris. You benefit, these firms benefit and any modest benefits for Metropole will help it to stay online, or permit me to have an occasional picnic.

Health Care In Paris

You have probably planned your trip to Paris long in advance. As unlikely as it is to happen, if you bring a mean 'bug' with you, it doesn't have mean that your holiday will be spoiled.

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

For peace of mind, take a look at this before you leave home. See 'HighwayToHealth' for its health care and insurance services for travellers.

French Pétanque In America

The apparently simple game of pétanque - or boules - can be played anywhere, almost anytime - by just about everybody. Any handy dirt patch can be used as a playing field - as you probably know if you've seen the game played around Paris.

Regulation French boules are made out of metal. These are available in France, but they are a bit heavy for casually hauling around in your luggage with a ton of other Christmas gifts.

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

The online shop also has books, containing the short list of simple rules for the game. It also has 'junior' boules for children. While you shop around for the less weighty souvenirs of Paris, let Petanque America to do the heavy hauling for you.

Online Paris Hotel Reservations

Don't wait until you get to Paris to book your hotel, only to learn that Reserve your accommodations now through 'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service.

Doing this will permit you to preview the hotels available in Paris and enable you to choose your lodgings with a minimum of fuss and bother.

Café Metropole Club's News and Video

In keeping with tradition, last Thursday's club meeting was no more bizarre than most other meetings which have had a seriously bonked secretary. Incomplete notes, new café stains on the members' booklet, and the two members present consuming an entire bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau, were of course not noted due to the secretary's condition.

The 'report' of the meeting may explain how thephoto: two shops, marais secretary became bonked. This is surely a better explanation than if we got it directly from the secretary himself, who is not in the room at the moment.

Theards may have replaced horse meat, but the veggies remain the same.

The very next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 7. December - which is the first Thursday after the beginning of December which has just begun - and it will be at the usual time and in the usual place.

New readers can also take a look at the slightly dusty version of 'About the Club' to find out about the 'usual time and place.' This page also contains other mildly useful about this free club in Paris. The Café Metropole Club - the only club in Paris for readers and close relatives of the free online magazine, Metropole Paris, etc. etc.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.49 - 6. December 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Survive New Year 2000 With a Long Shampoo.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'The Song and Car of the Century.' This issue had two features, titled 'Getting Papered In Paris - Less Angst Than Usual' and 'The Big Café On the Avenue, Not On l'Ile.' The Café Metropole Club got into its culinary routine of loopiness with 'Is 'Flufflenutter' a Real Word?' and the meeting's Update featured 'Glasgow and Hot Dogs' which was also about food. Food? The 'Scene I' column was headlined 'Word-of-Big-Mouth.' The week's other Scene column concerned 'Christmas '99 and '2000.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Be An Artist!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.49 - 7. December 1998 - The week's Café Metropole column was Scrooge-crazed with, 'The End of 'Humbug.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'What Is 'The President Is Not On Strike.' This issue had one shopping feature, titled 'Waiting Lines and Weather At the Marché' There were two 'Scene' columns, 'Last Chance for the Festival d'Automne' and the 'Pre-Christmas Program V - Xmas '98.' For 'hyper'-shopping, the server-lady Linda Thalman sent an email outlining life in the big aisles. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Ohh, It's Scratchy!'

Metropole's Countdown to 31. December 2000:

It seems to be gradually getting around that the 'The 21st Century begins on Monday, 1. January 2001' and the same date coincides with the beginning of the 3rd Millennium. Even if acknowledged, Metropole will accept no special mentions or other dubious awards for its year-long effort to get these dates recognized for what they are - um, will be.

Just think. No more 20th Century. 'No more' 2nd Millennium will be less celebrated because we don't tend to think in such high numbers, even though theyphoto: la crypte est ouverte sign are implied every time the date is written out in full. Actually, already it's hard to think backwards - as in, 19th Century; in a few weeks it will be two centuries behind us.

For Metropole's countdown, this leaves only about 27 speedily passing days left to go in this century, in this Millennium. During the ultimate countdown, you probably don't realize or care that 339 days have sped away since New Year's 2000. The 2nd Millennium, which has lasted 27 days less than 1000 years, is now nearly over. Get ready to kiss it goodbye. Soon.
signature, regards, ric

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