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Outside Paris, I believe bus drivers in many towns are staging sporadic or non-stop strikes, so don't be surprised if you have to resort to shoe leather to get around in some places.

May's 'Bridges' Revisited

Still to come in May is the 'bridge' of Friday, 25. May. The next public holiday follows on Monday, 4. June, the day after Pentecôte, which is not a 'bridge' but is a three-day weekend all the same.

The holiday of Ascension on Thursday, 24. May - gives the month one remaining four-day weekend. There is only one complete five-day workweek in this month, and it is this one coming.

Internet Life In France

Learn English In Paris?

This should probably be in 'Café Life.' It comes from seeing Geneviève Lombard in the café Le Bouquet for about two years, but only actually talking to her for the first time the other night. Geneviève heads the Paris unit of a worldwide Finnish outfit that teaches English online. Not everybody reading this has English as their number one language - so why not learn it from Paris via the 'Net. Stranger things are going around.

On the Rollers

This one is fully commercial as in capital Dot and capital Com but it's about rollers and rolling around Paris is a very in way to move around town right now. In case you aren't bringing yours, try out 'RollerNet, which I think has links to the Friday night roller rando folks - so it will tell you 'Friday night at 22:00' just about as regularly as the Café Metropole Club tells you it meets on Thursdays at 15:00, without rollers.

On the Road

If you like rolling but are into rubber, the Michelin people have cranked up their Web site - or created a new one - especially for travellers. This features maps, bits of their Guide Rouge and lots of other stuff about getting around in France without hitchhiking of riding the TGVs.

Cannes Forever

Movie people and movie fans get ready for the film festival in Cannes for nearly a whole year, but year after year it manages to surprise me by flinging up its posters - mostly underground in the métro - about two minutes before it starts. This year Cannes has twice as many plastered all over the city.

Your Paris Web URLs

If you have any favorite Paris Web sites you think other readers should know about, please send them in. If they haven't been featured before and they don't crash my browser, you'll get a modest 'thankYou' here.

Two non-readers get in here this week. Jacques Le Bourg has sent me a 'thankYou' for mentioning the 'Art-Squat' at 59. Rue de Rivoli, along with a working URL for it. These good folks are still squatting on Rivoli, but if the new city turns it into an institution they'll probably move elsewhere.

Meanwhile Christophe Parmentier has sent an URL for Humanahom, which seems to be a do-it-yourself 'world culture' sort of affair. I was supposed to put in my ten favorite book titles by English authors, and my ten favorite Spanish ones - and my favorite Chinese ones too. Take a look to see what there is, quit to make your lists and then go back to fill in the forms.photo: water station, rue tombe issoire

Does anybody care that Madonna's Paris concerts are sold out? Will her greedy managers add more dates? Find out at the Madonna Corp. Web site.

Odd 'Find of the Week' belongs to Paris' waterworks system.

The Espace Paul Ricard should have its URL on the 'Scene' page for the upcoming 'Viel Spaß*' exhibition featuring six young German artists, beginning at the end of the month. But by then I might forget, even if I got the press release on 21. April. If you are on the Rue Royal and want a quiet place to hide, pay them an in-person visit at 9. Rue Royal. Go in to the back and look for a sign pointing upstairs. 'Viel Spaß' means 'have fun' by the way.

Joan Doe

People I meet, usually in cafés, write down their URLs on scraps of paper. I bring them home and they lie in a pile of flotsam and debris in front of my keyboard. One from FrannyGolden had floated to the top. Paintings of both Paris and Istanbul are featured.

The 'Official' Weather - 50% Full?

Well, after getting wasted by some surprise good weather last week, I am giving up this forecasting gig. Météo France has changed its URL slightly and this may mean it has changed its policy of no forecasts more than 12 hours in advance. Fine for them. It probably means they look out the window occasionally.

This said, Météo France is hoping to have ultra-shortrange predictions available online by this coming summer. This may mean keeping their eyes and windows open. Medium shortrange, I'd like Météo France to tell me there will actually be a summer before next fall.

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