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Boring News

The news displayed here recently as 'Strike(s) of the Week' and 'May's Bridges' has been declared boring, and is hereby suspended. The next public holiday in France will be on Monday, 4. June, if we chose to omit mentioning Ascension because it is on Thursday, 24. May, which is nearly tomorrow already.

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Metropole's Paris Fashion Tip

From his high viewpoint overlooking seven states and Knoxville near Rock City, Ron Smith has sent a flash alert concerning the Washington Post's fashion tips for men visiting Paris.

Your 'Ed' on the spot - in Paris, not DC - has checked it out. If you men follow the Washington Post's advice, you will be appropriately dressed for a formal visit to Singapore. The paper's 'Slob' version is also passé in Paris, but could be suitable for suburban shopping malls especially if they are located near Versailles.

As a selfless public service, Metropole has sacrificed its highly popular cartoon page in this issue to bring you the latest view from the street here, put together as a result of painstaking investigative journalism conducted in the Rue Daguerre on Sunday.

Some weeks ago the Washington Post offered its fashion tips for ladies planning visits to Paris, and Metropole responded in kind in issue 6.16, on another cartoon page 'borrowed' to aid vital fashion issues.

From reading 'between the lines,' I deduce that the Washington Post's readers are worrying about the possibility that they may bring an 'ugly American syndrome' with them to Paris, in the form of inappropriate apparel.

Frankly this is impossible - if the Washington Post's fashion tips are ignored - because the wholephoto: village voice books world is dressing in the 'American style' these days. Americans should be proud to have inflicted this 'syndrome' on us.

In addition to true American-style clothing, US books are welcomed by Parisians too.

The mistaken notion that American-inspired fashions will make 'visitors' stand out from natives can have its positive side - so long as you dress as if you are intending to have a big day out, at say, Rock City.

To paraphrase the Washington Post's latest advice, 'Rule No. 1 - Because Jean-Pierre can pull off the jeans-and-T-shirt look in Paris, it means you can too.' Men, if you want to 'blend in,' just dress like the boules players in the Luxembourg. 'Suave' they are not.

Note - Pickpockets in Paris and throughout Europe love to plunder bags and sacks carried on backs. If you wish to remain in possession of your valuables, only carry paper hankies in them. Note No. 2 - Paper hankies can be purchased in any shop displaying a sign that says 'Tabac.'

On a Roll, Again

This one is fully commercial as in capital Dot and capital Com but it's about rollers; 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.

Still 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 or riding the TGV rail whizzers.

Cannes Wrap-Up

Yesterday the Cannes Film Festival finished off with the naming of this year's award winners. The top prizes were split between two films, with the Palme d'Or going to Nanni Moretti's 'La Chambre du Fils.' All of the other top awards went to Michael Haneke's 'La Pianiste,' with Isabelle Huppert as top actress and Benoît Magimel as top actor.

Two American films split the director's award. Joel Cohen for 'The Man Who Wasn't There' and David Lynch for 'Mullholland Drive' got the prize, which should translate into golden palms.

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.

Guys at Work Were Discussing This...

Alan Pavlik means the 'guys' where he works. They are discussing the fact that they live in an automobile-crazed country overrun with lawyers looking for loose lawsuits and do-gooders doing their level best to make everything ultra-safe and no-fun.

A by-product of these 'discussions' involves the car called the Deux-Chevaux, which was only barely 'street-legal' in its heyday. Basically, if it was parked - far from playgrounds - it was okay to own one.

What the 'guys' are discussing exactly is the offer of some outfit to deliver a restored and certified 'Street-legal 2CV' right to your very own door.

In case you want one delivered to your driveway instead, I'm sure it can be arranged. To Alan, one big 'thankYou' for this URL.

I doubt if anybody cares, but where I work the 'guys' are not discussing anything because I'm the only one here, and if I start discussing things out loud the neighbors may think I've got something loose.

There being no further new 'URLs of the Week,' I suggest we adjourn this section and move on to what concerns us almost as much as eating, sleeping and that other thing - the weather.

The 'Official' Weather - 90% Sunny?

Last week I gave up my few pretensions of weather forecasting. From now on I'm going to let Météo France take the heat, or cold, or winds, rains, night, day and other atmospheric phenomena and let them take thephoto: aux 3 canettes, chez alexandre blame for being 500 kms off base.

Instead I will confine myself to 'looking out the window.' This is not perfect because what I see most clearly are the buildings opposite mine and the coin laundry.

No Italian flags, no pizza signs and no pizza on the menu - but with squid sizzling in garlic.

To get around this handicap, I have actually stepped outside - all the way down the block on Boulard - to where the sun is actually washing over the buildings along this street. Yes folks, on today's date at 19:19 Paris time, the sun is shining all over a 98.7% clear sky. It will do this until about 21:32.

Since it is only a month until summer this is a good time and place to remind you that the Fête de la Musique takes place in Paris on the day of the shortest night in the year, which will be Thursday, 21. June.

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