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I had hoped that Metropole's photos would be on offer last December, with all the usual Web rigamarole - forms, the card business, etc. - but the partner Web site has not come up with the necessary technical whatever.

For this reason, Metropole's photo sales will be simple and based on an 'honor' system. In this order - if you like it, you write to ask for it and I will send it to you as an email attachment, and then you send me the money.

To begin, the offer for this week concerns the photo that opens the Utrillo feature. I've seen the photo in its full size, so I know it is worth offering.

You can also enquire about any other photo you see on Metropole - including those in past issues. If it looks good when big, I'll tell you. If it doesn't, I'll tell you that it's not worth it.

All of the photos you see in Metropole are taken in the week prior to the issue's publication date. If you want recent, large photos of Paris for display on a computer screen near you, this is where you'll find them.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Last Thursday's club meeting was no more ordinary than any other, pretty much as usual. I'm beginning to think a truly 'unusual' meeting will be a solo one, but these are looking more and more unlikely.

Three totally new members individually signed the members' booklet. This was no 'record of the week,' but there were plenty of other significant ones, plus a huge yellow surprise.

Five 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 - if what the secretary does can be called 'handling.'

Keep up with this so-called 'handling' by checking the 'report' of the last meeting. It's details may seem about as scatty as usual and this is entirely the secretary's doing.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 8. March 2001. This may be a strike day, but I've lost my note on this long ago, and the strike may have been last week without anybody noticing it.

As is now regular, this particular meeting will only happen once. If you miss it, it means missed forever - which is a much longer miss than even short millenniums.

New readers and prospective club members may alsophoto: fiat 500 of the week take a look at the elderly but current version of 'About the Club,' which is useful for learning out about the club's reason, its meeting time and location.

This is - of course! - the 'Fiat 500 of the Week.'

This page also contains lesser but vital 'facts' about 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. If you do not fall into any these categories, you'll probably miss this meeting forever.

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 5.10 - 6. March 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Elephants Enter Race.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'France Télécom's Jackpot.' This issue had one feature, titled 'The Big Moo In Paris - At the Salon Agriculture.' The Café Metropole Club commented on the 'Farmers On Rampage' arrival. This was not quite the same as the previous week's 'Demo of the Week,' but nearly. The club's weekly update on 9. March featured 'Solo At the Club,' which I imagine means what it says. The 'Scene' column's title was 'A Little Picnicphoto: sign, valadon ate here Coming Up.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Food Toon.' Food, food, toot!

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.10 - 8. March1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Coming Soon: Another Birthday!' What was this about? The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'French Tabloid.' Metropole's headlines used to be a lot shorter. This issue' had one feature titled, 'Looking Around for Arago's Markers.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Rare Chinese Ceramics.' Some headlines were pretty boring too. There were the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Astronomist, Not Astrologist!' No surpise caption either.

The 'Count-Up' That Used To Be

About Metropole's postmillennial 'count-up' that was suspended a couple of weeks ago - I know what's going on. Readersphoto: sign, 29 are actually reading this and imagining that I've painted myself into a hopeless corner with no exit. You are sitting back and calmly waiting to see how I get 'out of this one,' and cackling.

For those who are not actually cackling, you are no doubt sorry that this widely popular feature has lapsed due to an inexplicably high level of total indifference. All I can say about this is - it is not too late!

However, for the all cackling 'count-up' fans, regardless of how few you may be, the current Day One of the now suspended 'Count-Up' is still Tuesday, 9. July 1776. As of today, it has been 82,144 days since the first American tourist had a skimpy continental breakfast without freshly- squeezed orange juice in Paris.
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