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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'

Last Thursday's club meeting featured the near destruction of the '2nd Café Blot of the Week' in the 'reports' booklet. We had a good splotch of a blot going when Charles Eitel saw it, took out a blanket-sized hankie and mopped it up - not realizing he was wrecking a major 'Thing of the Week.'

Even if you have something better to do, read the 'report' about the club's most recent meeting. It's detailsphoto: cafe club area, empty are just as murky as they used to be, partly due to one of the members saying, "If I went out naked I might see somebody.".

The member's area of the Café Metropole Club in the café La Corona.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 7. June 2001. This particular meeting will be totally unique because it will happen on Sainte-Solange's Day, which only happens once a year and not often on Thursdays.

All readers and prospective club members are heartily urged take a look at the current version of 'About the Club,' which 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 being free, except for 'l'addition.'

This page also contains other long-suspended rules about this club in Paris - but not including its location map - 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 fall into a couple of these categories, but are still geographically-challenged, rip the map off your computer screen and glue it into your passport - right beside your glued-in membership card.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.23 - 5. June 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Non-fiction Splinters.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'The 'Fake Voters,' Part II.' This issue had two features, titled 'To Paris Plage! - At the Palais-Royal' and 'The Hunt for Harrison's Clocks' was by Linda Thalman. The Café Metropole Club passed out with 'The Big Yawn of the Week.' The club's weekly update on 8. June featured, I think, the 'Unmentionable of the Week.' The 'Scene' column's title was 'Music Still Topsphoto: sign, club des cordeliers, 1791, 1794 Calendar.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Tennis Needs the Right Driver!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.23 - 7. June1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Chaos Surprises Parisians.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'The Other Big Strike.' This issue' had one feature, titled 'The One-Day Tour of Everything.' 'Bet On Longchamp' was the subject of an eMail from Cindy Walsh. The 'Scene' column announced, 'It's Festival Time Again!' Europe's election were happening so there were some 'European Election Posters.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Don't Come Back.' What? Why not?

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 23.4b

This highly popular Metropole feature has had a recent lack of new candidates for new 'count-up/down' person or thing. This is a shame because it only leaves the 'euro' business.

In France, 'euro'-education has swung into high gear if not some overdrive area just below the speed of sound, and I bet we will all be thoroughly sick of it by the time the second half of the year starts, 26 days from now.photo: eau dangereuse a boire

Perfectly ordinary people are minding their own business when some shill hired by Brussels sticks a microphone in their face and asks, "If these strawberries cost 11.85 francs, how much is it in 'euros?'"

The correct answer is 11.85 francs, because the 'euro' currency doesn't exist yet. The 'euro' currency introduction day will be on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01 and not one minute before.

The number of days remaining this year is 210. This means you still have about 239 days left to trade in your hoard of tattered old FF's for a lesser bunch of brand-new shiny 'euros.'

For those uncomfortable with nearly everything foreign or new, you should look at the 'Euro' Web site for totally clear and exact information. It might even be reassuring.

Almost everything already carries 'euro' and franc amounts on the price stickers. If you ignore the 'euro' amount you will have nothing to worry about.
signature, regards, ric

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