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

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

The club meeting last Thursday featured miniature people from New Jersey, which was a true 'first' of major importance. It is still only April and I'm beginning to wonder if New Jersey contains more Paris fans than, say, St. Louis.

Existing members put in appearances too, but some were from New Jersey as well, although two were from California. Nottingham in Britain got mentioned for the first time - as 'City of the Week' no less.

If you have time, read the 'report' about this meeting. It's details may seem more undone than usual and this was entirely the secretary's doing.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 26. April 2001. As is now kind of usual, this particular meeting will be unique. If you miss it, it means you can try again any other Thursday, except for past ones.

All forgetful readers and prospective club members are urged take a look at the currentphoto: fiat 500 of the week 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.

I am beginning to suspect that new 'Fiat 500's of the Week' are being made by elves in the Black Forest.

This page also contains vital 'facts' about this free club in Paris, which is the only one this magazine will ever have for you - you 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 South America. This place 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.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.17 - 24. April 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Update: Promenade d'Australie Opens.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Blast Kills McDonald's Employee.' This issue had three features, titled 'Galleries That Aren't,' 'Quercs' of The French' by Badger in his first appearance, and 'Olive Oilphoto: sign, meme renus en laisse, non Is Good for You,' which was by Catherine Thevenin. The Café Metropole Club began its escalation of 'rules' with 'A New 'Class' of Members.' The club's weekly update on 27. April honored 'Two of New York's Boroughs.' The 'Scene' column's title was 'One Two, One Two Three.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Our Late Egg-Bunny.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.17 - 26. April 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Sunday Strolling, Biking, Rollering, Jogging and Plain Walking.' The rest of the issue was one that wasn't, except for two 'Posters of the Week.'

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago:

Issue 3.17 - 27. April 1998 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'This Strike Won't Affect You.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was '20 Million Wrong Numbers.' Oh? This issue had three features, titled 'Flower-Gazing in the Parc Bagatelle,' 'Camping in Paris' Bois de Boulogne' and 'Where All Lanes are Fast: the Perifreak!' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Train Driver Dream.'

The 'Count-Up' - Part 17.2

The new - since the week before last - 'Count-Up' personality has become Charles A. Lindbergh thanks to Bill Hilton. Bill has sent the URL for true facts about Lindbergh's flight, so the arrival in Paris at Le Bourget is now fixed at 22:22.

Lindbergh left Roosevelt Field on Longphoto: sign, place josephine baker Island, New York, on Friday, 20. May at 7:52 in the morning. He landed in Paris 33 hours and 30 minutes later. By subtracting the time difference, I figure the arrival date was late on Saturday, 21. May 1927, which made his first-class flight nearly as long as 'taking a stagecoach.'

By using a computer-savvy calendar, a sunlight-powered pocket calculator and a Bic pen with red ink, I think the 'count-up' totals 26,983 days today - plus or minus some 29. February leap-year days.

This means that no fans of this popular feature noticed that the previous 'count-up' number of 9546 days, was miles - kilometres even - not to mention years, off the mark.

This leaves one remaining question - did Elvis ever visit Paris?
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