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Finally, do a double reverse. Publish a special edition - this could be your annual Fashion Edition. This works darn well for Sports Illustrated, even though it's not published in Paris.

If necessary, I will travel to Rock City or K-Mart and obtain photos of the tourists. Put these under the header - 'What Smart Parisians Are Wearing This Year.' Have someone check into to the Washington Post's 'Travel Chat,' citing this as the definitive source on the subject. In legal terms, this would be 'heinous, amoral, atrocious and cruel,' but a lot of fun.

Ed's Note 2:- The above updated update is from Ron Smith in Knoxville of course. He is not a known stockholder in the 'See Rock City' corporation.

Passing off photos of what Parisians wear while visiting Rock City would not be in Metropole's editorial spirit, which is to be totally ignorant of what Parisians and visitors wear in Paris - as opposed to what is shown in shop windows, and nobody wears.

As before, the Café Metropole Club's secretary is reluctant to institute any 'rules' for the club, so any sort of dress code is unlikely. However, if members have been shopping for fancy throat-upholders - 'soutien-gorge' - in Samaritaine before club meetings, the other members will likely welcome seeing these.

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.

This project is operating 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 scored a rerun of semi-chaos with the attendance of the 'Jersey Four,' which was a dubious 'first' of some unforgettable sort. It is only April and New Jersey towns are leading this year's crop of 'Cities of the Week.'

Other existing members put in appearancesphoto: window box too, but were outnumbered. You should read the 'report' to find out how this meeting unfolded, nearly much as usual despite the lack of any new plastic 'Zulu' Mardi Gras beads from Baton Rouge.

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

Doubtful plastic flowers may be real sign of spring.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 19. 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 any other Thursday, except for past ones.

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 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, you may be from Mars. 'Mars' has not been 'City of the Week' yet.

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 make 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 a real benefit if you've signed up for them before you need them suddenly. I hope won't be the case but you can never tell.

'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 in your neighborhood to introduce the game of pétanque - or boules. No particular expertise is necessary.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.16 - 17. April 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Weather Fixation 'Fix.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Is There Life After 60?' This issue had one feature, titled 'The '20's and '30's In Boulogne.' The Café Metropole Club continued laconicaly with 'More New Members.' The club's weekly update on 20. April featured 'Non-Readers Become Members!' The 'Scene' column's title was 'Last Minute Easter Program' - which eclipsed this year's no Easterphoto: sign, ex rue d'arras program. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Birds Sing.' Or, whistle in the dark.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.16 - 19. April 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Backpacking Without a Pack.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'How To Quit Drinking, In France.' Say, what? This issue' had one feature titled, 'With a Home On Your Back.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Speed-Record Set at Achères.' Where? There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Restless Visitors.' Ed remembers it well.

The 'Count-Up' - Part 16

Last week I stated here that the anniversary of the second millennium of Roman rule in Paris was celebratedphoto: sign, rue saint julien le pauvre on Tuesday, 8. July 1952. It has come to my attention that this event may have happened in 1951 - which, if it was on 8. July, was a Sunday. I apologize for this error.

Since the new - since last week - 'Count-Up' personality was Charles A. Lindbergh - but with a so-far unknown exact arrival date and time in Paris - it was sometime in May of 1927 - I think it is time to let this 'Count-Up' feature cool off a bit until Metropole's fact-checking department returns from its visit to Rock City.

But until they do, last week's number will be retained. This means the current Count-Up starts from a nighttime in May of 1927. Believe it or not, and I don't, it is about 9547 days, give or take 12 or 13 hours either way - which might make it 9546 or 9548 days.

Did Elvis ever visit Paris?
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