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Mr. Nobody's Poster

Almost exactly when you'd think it wouldn't be, it is a slow time for the commercial billboard companies. To fill their blank spaces, one of them has been running a mystery campaign, featuring a nobody named Jean-Patrick.

The big, wide banners show Jean-Patrick drinking a cola or shaving, with pithy texts such as "Jean-Patrick always knew he'd be Jean-Patrick." or "Jean-Patrick doesn't cheat."

The campaign was supposed to run for two weeks, but the cat slipped out of the bag a few days early. It is the brain-child of a billboard company calling attention to itself - to point outphoto: beer testers, cow show the fact that billboard messages do reach an audience.

The Mr. Nobody named Jean-Patrick has turned out to be a nobody from New York, named James Christopher Candi, who specializes in self-portraits of nobodies.

Regional breweries on hand at the cow show find plenty of willing 'testers.'

Too bad he has just done himself out of a possible lifetime job, by getting himself plastered all over Paris for the past ten days.

According to Le Parisien, Mr. Candi has returned to New York - but he hopes to return to Paris soon, where he is fairly famous.

Web Life - Modest 'ThankYous'

Last week's absence of this column was not due to any of you not sending in any interesting Paris URLs - although nobody did. This means that the following contributions are considered to be completely spontaneous, and therefore are worth of big 'Thankyous.'

Michael McKinnon in Pomona is unrelated to Scott McBride in Sausalito even if both places are in California. The reason for linking their names here is that they've both plugged the Paris click-maps found on France Télécom's PagesJaunes.

First you get a whole map of Paris, then you click on part of it, and a close-up map appears. Then you click on the street you want, and this eventually leads to a photo - perhaps of a shop, or of an apartment building. Scott said these images are available in 3D but I didn't see this, possibly because I generally leave my 3D software turned off. My building isn't on this Web site either.

Meanwhile, Paul Rupert, who recently became a Café Metropole Club member by coming to a meeting and signing the members' booklet, suggested the Paris Chamber of Commerce web site - for its listings of upcoming salons and trade fairs.

Paul Rupert is unrelated to Scott McBride even though they both live in Sausalito. Christina Witsberger is also unrelated to everybody above, which has nothing to do with her living in Maryland.

Christina's plug is for the France Tourism's famous people page. This gives a brief overview of where to find some famous Parisians, like Frédéric Chopin, who Christina thinks has been sadly neglected in the museums and monuments department.

Joel Stratte-McClure, who lives on the Riviera, sent an email plugging a new book of photos titled 'Coastal Pleasures - Perusing the French Coastline,' with a suggestion that I review it. He also included the Web URL, so you can get an idea of its contents without any interference from me.

Your Paris Web URLs

If you have any favorite Paris Web sites you think other readers should know about, please send them in. If they haven't been featured before and they don't crash my browser, you'll get a modest 'thankyou' here.

The Big Catalogue

This is not La Redoute's or Trois-Suisses' combined mailorder catalogues, but the catalogue of catalogues for books in French. Called the 'Catalogue Collectif de France,' it unites the catalogues of the Bibliothèque Nationale, the university libraries, and 55 specialized libraries around France. This site is relatively new. Its ambition is also to provide documents on demand, but this is still in the works.

Winter Sports News

As of today, 'winter' is 67 days old. It may be a bit more perky, colder and snowier than before. If you are interested in the state of snow at French winter sports stations, tryphoto: snow on cars, sunday hitting the Hiver, SkiFrance and Net4Ski Web sites.

The ex-ski champion Edgar Grospiron has a site, called Ridearth. Especially conceived for actual fans or practitioners of speedy downhills, it features all sorts of current white snow activities, including morsels of techno-ski music.

France's choo-choo people also have a winter sports Web site. Clicking on Neige will bring up whatever it is that the SNCF has to offer in this line.

The 'Official' Weather - 110% 'Winter'

This weekend will see Paris getting a taste of real winter and who knows how long it will last? For real forecasts, give the Météo France site a hit. Predictions are usually fairly shortrange because Météo France doesn't have any crystal balls to compare with the TV-weather news.

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