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But the 'pages viewed' this January show a 20,000-page increase over the amount for January 2000. Of all the pages available, readers looked at 1700 different ones in January.

Your magazine about Paris 'right now' seems to be appreciated by readers, according to their emails, and according to comments made by signed-up members of the Café Metropole Club, as well as those who have not yet had the chance to become 'signed-up.'

Due to the usual 'rush of events' this anniversary has snuck up on me. I do do 'Metropole One Year Ago' every week but it has taken several days for it to finally sink in that this is an 'anniversary' issue. Too late for cards or a cake, in other words.

'Not Playing' This Week

Last week there was no 'Au Bistro' column. This was not due to lack of news, but caused by a little bit of too much everything else. This week the 'Scene' column has its turn for a no-show, despite minor items that have been added to it during the week. Hitting the link here or on the contents page will bring up last week's column, which is not totally out-of-date.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

As of last Thursday's regular club meeting, your club in Paris has 183 'signed-up' members. This may seem like a low number to you, but it is a high number for me, because as the club's secretary, I'm supposed to have all your names memorized.

Some members have come to club meetings from as far away as New Zealand and Australia. Other club members come to meetings repeatedly, but all are only counted once. The club has been in existence long enough so that some members are making 'first anniversary' re-visits.

Last Thursday's club meeting was no more routine than any other, pretty much as usual. Four new members individually signed the members' booklet. This was far from being a 'record of the week,' but is no less significant.

Four existing members put in appearances too. You'll need to read the 'report' to find out how this meeting was handled by the club's secretary. A recent 'facts bungle' gets further treatment in this issue's email feature.

Keep up with this 'bungling' by checking the 'report' of the last meeting. It's details may seem just as unfocused as usual and this is entirely the secretary's doing.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 1. March 2001 - and not on Thursday, 29. February as I have previously announced due to a mix-up of leap-year fingers.

As is now routine, this particular meeting will only happen once. If you skip it, it means skipped for forever - which is much longer skip than the average millennium.

New readers and prospective club members may also take a look at the current version of 'About the Club,' which is practical for finding out about the club's reason, its meeting time and location.

This page also contains lesser but vital 'facts' aboutphoto: sign rue agar this free club in Paris, which is the only one 'Metropole Paris' has for all of its readers who are either Metropole Paris readers or Café Metropole Club members, or are in Paris for any reason. Should you not fall into any these categories, come anyway even if you are in London.

Metropole's Affiliates

The following product or service providers have chosen Metropole because their offers may be of value to readers and I agree with them.

'Bookings' has a reservation service for a selection of Paris hotels. Check out their offer and settle on your choice long before your arrival in France.

'HighwayToHealth' provides a 'city health profile' as well as travel insurance for potential Paris visitors. These services will be only be a benefit if you've signed up for them before you need them suddenly - which I hope won't be the case.

'Petanque America' imports quality Obut boules from France and will ship them to you anywhere in the Americas - which will save you from carrying them all the way from Paris. Be the first on your block to introduce the game of pétanque - or boules. No particular experience is necessary.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.09 - 28. February 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Four Years Online!' Incroyable! The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Alimony - French Style.' Thisphoto: sign, rye agar issue had one feature, titled 'Zingg Is Back! Original, Right Now, For Sale.' The Café Metropole Club began its 'Week's' honors in ernest with a 'Quote of the Week' like "What Was That Demo?" This was not quite the same as the previous week's 'Demo of the Week,' but nearly. The club's weekly update on 2. March featured 'Real Farmers On Real Rampage.' The 'Scene' column's title was 'Food-Chain Show Tops List.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'The Birthday Cake.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.09 - 1. March1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Strolling for Stories.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Ohhhh - The Winter!' This issue' had two features, 'A View of the Musée Fournaise' and 'On the 'Route des Impressionistes.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Now, the Russians Are Coming.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Skip Hamlet!' No omelet either.

The 'Count-Up' That Used To Be

Metropole's postmillennial 'count-up' was suspended during the week. This widely popular feature has lapsed due to an inexplicable level of total indifference.

However, for the remaining 1.5 truly unconditional 'count-up' fans, the current Day One of the now suspended 'Count-Up' is still Tuesday, 9. July 1776. As of today, it has been 82,137 days since the first American tourist had a skimpy continental breakfast in Paris.
signature, regards, ric

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