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I was surprised that the readings were relatively short and snappy, but I only stayed for 'part one.' A pause was called for, a pause for more Guinness - absolutely vital - and on account of this, the pause also being for 'using the plumbing' - probably no worse than in Paris than in Dublin.

Dennis also noticed that some 'Bloomsdayers' had brought their children. Dennis likes the fact that kids are taken everywhere in Paris - a bit like you see them in country pubs outside of Dublin too.

With Proust on my mind, with the photocopies made by Dennis about the meeting between Proust and Joyce, I went back towards the métro. On the way I passed the Oscar Wilde pub near Les Halles, but it looked like the wildest thing going on in it was billiards. A sad 'Bloomsday' for Oscar.

Summer Sales In Paris

An informal poll done two weeks ago had two out of three shops predicting that this year's 'Soldes d'Ete' will begin soon on Tuesday, 26. June and they will continue for six weeks. The dissenter guessed the start date would be Thursday, 28. June. Make sure your card is fully charged with credit, because sales of spring gear have been slow, and a lot of unsolds will need to be moved at any price.

Metropole's Photos for You

The very changeable weather current in Paris has discouraged me from making my usual 'tours' and this has reduced the chances of accidently capturing the sort of photos I think may be suitable for this, for you.

The offer of Metropole's large-size photos falters badly this week with this link to the week before last's photo / image page.

In theory, each week one or two 'best' photos - or a cartoon - will be shown on this page. The large versions of these images are for sale. If you see another one you like in the issue, ask for it instead.

More details are on the most recent 'Photo' page to appear in Metropole. Check it out. Any suggestions, advice and comments, will be welcome.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Your club's latest meeting on Thursday had few if any odd incidents but did have a 'Quote of the Week' that was very long - somewhat in keeping with the philosophy of this issue, which has Marcel Proust and James Joyce as its patron saints.

Even if you have something better to do, you can still read the 'report' about the club's meeting anyway and still get in a round of golf before dark.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 21. June 2001. This day will be important because it will be the first official day of summer, which will be celebrated with the Fête de la Musique in Paris. Itphoto: public toilet coin slots will also be Saint-Rodolphe's Day, according to my calendar for 2000.

Metropole readers and all future club members are urged take a look at the current version of 'About the Club,' which is handy for finding out about the club's raison d'être, its meeting time and location and so on, and other lesser facts such as being free, except for your own drinks' tab.

This page also contains expired rules about this club in Paris - including its still valid location map - for you, who are either 'Metropole Paris' readers, Café Metropole Club members - or are in Paris for any reason or no particular reason at all.

If you do fall into a couple of these categories, but are doubtful about Paris geography, tear the map off your computer screen and glue it into your passport - right beside your glued-in membership card.

Metropole's Affiliates

The following product or service providers have chosen Metropole because their offers may be of value to you and I agree with them.

'Bookings' has a reservation service for a wide selection of Paris hotels. Check out their offers 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. If you've signed up for these services before you need them suddenly you will benefit from them. I hope won't be the case but you can never tell.

'Petanque America' imports quality Obut boules from France and will ship them to you anywhere in the Americas - which will save you the effort of carrying them all the way from Paris. Be the first on your block to introduce the game of pétanque - or boules. Nearly everybody can play this game, nearly anywhere.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.25 - 19. June 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Posters at Forney.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Montmartre Barricades the 'Butte.' This issue had one feature, titled 'In the Tuileries - With the 'New Yorker.' The Café Metropole Club asked one of its silly questions, 'Perfect Breakfast Wine?' The club's weekly update on 22. June featured the 'Nearly a 'Louie of the Week.' The 'Scene' column's title was 'If You Can't Sing, Hum.' There were four new 'Postersphoto: avenue d'orleans of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Petting Station.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.25 - 21. June1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Risky Living.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Is Paris Safe To Drink? Still No Strikes.' This issue' had one feature titled, 'Salt Marshes' At Trocadéro.' Readers sending emails were seeking something, with 'Will the Real Utrillo - Stand Up?' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Midday Blackout: Celestial Show.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Not Coke Too!' Not Orangina either.

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 25

Readers have possibly forgotten what this is about. On account of having both mega-length writers Proust and Joyce in this issue, this count 'up/down' sub-feature is therefore suspended for a week.

As a reminder though - the 'euro' currency introduction day will be on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01 and not two minutes before.

The number of days remaining this year is 196. This means you still have about 225 days left to trade in your stash of crumbling old FF's for a lesser mess of brand-new shiny 'euros.'

For those uncomfortable with nearly everything in centigrade, European or newfangled, you should look at the French government's 'Euro' Web site for crystal clear and succinct information.

Almost everything for sale here already carries 'euro' and franc amounts on the price stickers. You may ignore the 'euro' amount and simply pay in francs until the end of this year. After then, the prices go up while numbers come down.
signature, regards, ric

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