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No New Metropole Photos for You

The screen on my old monitor has been twitching for weeks. This was a sign that it was going to drop dead at any moment, and for the past two weeks I put up special contents pages with a 'delayed' explanation in case it died while getting a new issue together.

A replacement monitor arrived last Wednesday, and I actually got an adapter so that it would work with my antique Mactintosh. However the software that came with the new screen refuses to work with my Mac's antique software.

This, even if it is not a software fault, has resulted in working with a brand new monitor that does not displayphoto: cafe daguerre village black or white. The best it can do is show very dark grey and very light grey. This means that it is worthless for working with photographs.

While neighbors sat on the terrace of the 'Daguerre Village' café, a film about building excavations was projected inside.

On one hand this will explain that all photos in this issue have been treated using guesswork, and on the other hand it will also explain why I can't offer any of the new photos in their large versions. I simply do not know what they look like.

I also do not know if the monitor's manufacturer can supply me with a 'fix' for their 'ultra-bright' and 'ultra-sharp' device, or whether I will have to return it and try another one - plus I don't know how long all of this will take.

The offer of new Metropole's large-size photos grinds to a halt this week, but with this link to last week's photo / image page, which features previously done photos.

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 because no members were present for the first time in 48 meetings. This was quite a surprise to me but I used the time wisely by having a quiet snooze.

Even if you have anything else to do, you can still read the so-called 'report' about the club's meeting anyway and still get in a short game of snooker before daylight.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 5. July 2001. This day will be important because it will be the first club day in 2001 on which Saint-Antoine's Day will be celebrated with a full moon.

Metropole readers and some to-be club members are urged take a glance at the current version of 'About the Club,' whichphoto: sign, rue de l'egalite 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 - which actually only applies if you attend a club meeting in person, as some members chose not to do last week.

This page also contains expired rules about this club in Paris - and includes 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.

Metropole's Affiliates

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'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 5.27/8 - 3. July 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'It'll Be a Picnic.' The 'Au Bistro' column took another week off while 'Ed' took off. The Café Metropole Club's weekly update was called 'Huge Success of the Week' which was probably quite modest. There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'The 'New' World.' This 'World' was 'new' only in relationship to the peoplephoto: sign, villa des lilas who took a long time to find it even if it wasn't lost.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.27 - 5. July 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'The Guided Blues.' The 'Au Bistro' column was missing, possibly on account of strikes or other natural causes. This issue also had no features other than the 'Scene' column, titled, 'Did I Mention Festivals?' A 'Summer Guide' was featured in two parts - 'Good, Clean Fun' and 'High Life.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Lifesaver Unnecessary.'

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 27.e-minus

Readers may have forgotten what this is about. I'm on the verge of forgetting too. This count 'up/down' sub-feature remains in suspension for another week anyway, partly due to general forgetfulness.

As a reminder though - the 'euro' currency introduction day will be on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01 and not two minutes before - so you can forget about buying a Carte Orange with euros for another 5.75 months.

The number of days remaining this year is 182. This means you still have about 211 days left before you should trade in your ship containers full of crumbling old FF's for a lesser-sized thimble's worth of brand-new colorful 'euros.'

One helpful hint here - bring back the French coins you took home last time. We are running out of them, and some cashiers are demanding plastic or cheques because they haven't enough coins to make change. Automatic public toilets in Paris, on the other hand, do not accept plastic or cheques - for an example of an 'extra' helpful hint.

For those uncomfortable with nearly everything in litres, European-style or plain newfangled, you should look at the French government's 'Euro' Web site for clear and succinct information about everything except where to get coins right now.

Nearly everything for sale here already carries 'euro' and franc amounts on the price stickers. You may ignore the 'euro' amount and simply pay, - in cash, if you are lucky - until the end of this year. After then, the prices go up while numbers come down, except the métro people say they will round their fares 'down' instead of up.
signature, regards, ric

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