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Metropole Offers Its Photos

The offer of Metropole's large-format photos continues with a new photo / image page, which is included in this issue.

In general, one or two 'best' photos - or a cartoon - will be offered each week. Many of Metropole's weekly crop of other photos will match the 'best' one for interest and quality. If these are not specifically 'offered,' it does not mean that they are not available.

As this project starts out it is doing so without impersonal 'Internet- robots' to handle the transaction. This means that the process depends on personal emails. This also makes sense because I've taken the photos with you in mind.

More details are on this week's 'Photo' page. Check it out. Any suggestions, advice and comments, will be welcome.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Last Thursday's club meeting marked a return to semi-chaos with exactly five members from Baton Rouge alone, which was a major 'first' of some sort. If jumbos-loads of visitors are arriving in Paris, they also got to the club despite 'Black Thursday II.'

Four other existing members put in appearances too. You should read the 'report' to find out how this meeting was bungled by the club's secretary, pretty much as usual on account of some new 'Zulu' Mardi Gras beads.

Keep up with your club's doings by checking the 'report' of the last meeting. It's details may seem more vague than usual and this was entirely the secretary's doing.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 12. April 2001. As is now sort of usual, this particular meeting will only happen once. If you miss it, it means you can try again a week later.

All readers and prospective club members can take a look at the antique but current version of 'About the Club,' which is useful for learning out about the club's reason-for-being, its meeting time and location and so on.

This page also contains vital 'facts' about this free club in Paris, which is the only one this magazine has for all of its readers who are either 'Metropole Paris' readers or Café Metropole Club members, or are in Paris for any reason or no reason in particular at all. If you do not fall into any these categories, drop by anyway. It's free.

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.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.15 - 10. April 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Socko Garden Dwarf Show.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Gnome Snatch At Bagatelle.' This issue had two features, titled '10,000 Minis On Display at Model Show' and 'A Bagatelle of Dwarfs - 2000 of Them!' The Café Metropole Club continued its 'Week's' honors in ernest with Brooklyn becoming 'City of the Week.' The club's weekly update on 9. March featured 'Starving In Paris.' Starving? The 'Scene' column's title was 'All the Stuff, From Soup to Nuts.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Don't Rush!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.15 - 12. April 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'An Accidental Issue For a Change.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Folly in the Balkans.' This issue' had two features, 'Pierre Prins - The 'Forgotten' Impressionist' and 'Modest Boatworks Becomes 'Gare d'Eau.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'When in Paris, Do Morocco.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'No Film, No Camera.' No photo either.

The 'Count-Up' - Part 15

Metropole reader Bill Hilton, who lives somewhere in Texas, has suggested a new famous person who created a 'first' by visiting Paris. This provides a new date, much easier to figure out than the Roman one of Tuesday, 8. July 48 BC., which was celebrated for convenience on the same day in 1952 in Paris 2000 years later.

Bill Hilton writes, "The first person to fly First Class to Paris from the United States left Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, on Friday, May 20, 1927. The terminus was Le Bourget in Paris, which was reached 33 hours and 30 minutes later. All of Paris was there to welcome him.

"His name - Charles A. Lindbergh."

This is all very fine and well, but 33 hours is more than a day and there is a several-hour time difference betweenphoto: hemingway plaque New York and Paris, so I don't really know - to the hour, to the minute - when this aviator - he was not a first-class passenger, he was driving! - landed in Paris, except I'm pretty sure it was nighttime.

The odd thing was, many other aviators were also arriving in Paris that year, and it was a regular thing for 'all of Paris' - including Ernest Hemingway - to go out to Le Bourget to greet them. Other than Lindbergh, few showed up, but the airport bar was kept open anyway.

This means the new countup starts from a nighttime in May of 1927. Believe it or not, I think it is about 9540 days, give or take 12 or 13 hours either way - which might make it 9539 or 9541 days.

Who's next?
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