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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 you see another one you like, ask if it is available.

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 featured Montréal as the 'City of the Week' - and this had nothing much to do with any members' state of jet-lag.

After five week's of silence, Eric Rathbone has written to point out that I wrongly attributed his quote, "The first thing I do in Paris is light a candle in Notre Dame, in thanks for being back" to another member - one who left the meeting before signing the members' booklet.

Let this stand as an apology and a correction then - it was Eric Rathbone who really said, "The first thing I do in Paris is light a candle in Notre Dame, in thanks for being back."

If you have nothing better to do, read the 'report' about the club's most recent meeting. It's details may seem less boggled than hinted at above, but both are entirely the secretary's doing.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 10. May 2001. Although boringly routine by now, this particular meeting will be amazingly unique even if it isn't a holiday in France. If you miss it, it means you can try again any other Thursday, for years to come at least.

All readers and prospective club members are urged take a look at the current version of 'About the Club,' whichphoto: balloons to bastille, may day is handy for finding out about the club's reason-for-being, its meeting time and location and so on, and other lesser facts such as its being free.

Marching towards Bastille is still popular in Paris.

This page also contains other vital 'notions' about this club in Paris, which is the only one this magazine will ever have - for 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, think up any reason you want.

Metropole's Affiliates

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.19 - 8. May 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Another Darn Long-Weekend.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'France's Dubious Record.' This issue had three features, titled 'A Pair of Nude Twenty Years In Montparnasse,' 'Sitting Around Paris, a Bit' and 'Euro Road Tips' ably written by Badger. The Café Metropole Club got serious (!) with 'An Authentic 'First.' The club's weekly update on 11. May featured the 'Question of the Week,' 'What Is a Paris Monsoon?' The 'Scene' column's title was 'In the Place Vendôme...' with disgusting little dots. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Pardon! Gaston.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.19 - 10. May 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column asked, 'Is This How the 'Café Metropole Club' Begins?' The 'Au Bistro' column posed another question, 'Is Corsica Burning?' This issue had one feature, 'The Rue du Faubourg du Temple.' 'The 'Best' and the 'Finest' was the subject of an eMail from Mike Kotch. The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Asterix Park Reopens for 1999.' This happens every year about this time. There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'That's Not a Train Whistle.' It was probably a Deux-Chevaux beeper.

The 'Count-Up' - Part 19

Metropole's new count-up person is Charles A. Lindbergh who arrived in Paris at Le Bourget airport on a one-way ticket at 22:22 on Saturday, 21. May 1927.

Bill Hilton supplied the name and the URL of the Web site. He also took a lot of work off my hands by calculating the number of 'count-up' days. He wrote, "Applying Astrology, Theology, Texology and a flop-eared text book assiduously, I find that the true count-up total will be 27,014 days and some 12 hours or so."

A check of the Tour Eiffel's 'count-down' display yesterday seemed to indicate that no action is yet evidentphoto: not the car of the week of any attempt to re-start the count-down, to the 'euro's' introduction day, which will be Tuesday, 1. January 2002.

As much as it may look like it, this is not the 'Car of the Week.'

To keep you up-to-date with this, until it is decided to spend a lot of taxpayers' money on it or not, the number of days remaining this year is 238. This means you still have about 267 days left to trade in your hoard of old FF's for a lesser bunch of brand-new 'euros.'

'Euros,' by the way, will be valuable throughout Europe except for weird countries like Britain and Switzerland. One face of the notes will be common to all, and there will be national designs on the reverse side. After a short time, a confetti of money will be common - but all of it will be worth about the same as a boringly grey-green US dollar.
signature, regards, ric

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