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The offer of new Metropole's large-size photos therefore walks on the spot where it was some weeks ago, while this link to the photos on the last offered photo / image page continues as a carry-over.

In theory - and getting more theoretical - 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 any issue since last summer, 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.

'Au Bistro' Column On Holiday

I have wasted 21 francs on buying newspapers that I haven't had time to read, and my TV-news time disappearedphoto: roue libre bus down some black hole. I also make notes on odd scraps of paper and then I forget to look at them until the average edition of Metropole is online.

One of bike-rental 'Roue Libre's' buses parked at Concorde on Sunday.

This should hint to you that I have good intentions, but my flesh has grown weak on account of it being summer - in theory - and I [yawn] would like to get laid back, take my shoes off and walk on the grass - which is, by the way, more and more possible on the bits of it that belong to Paris.

Instead of reading this you should come over here, buy some newspapers and sit down on some nice grass and read them yourselves.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Your club's meeting last Thursday had a big surprise for the secretary. I was settling in for another no-show meeting when an original 'charter' member walked in to La Corona after a 15 month stint of 'bourgeois life' in Versailles, which was not so tiresome as you may imagine.

Even if you should be cutting the grass, you can still read this exciting 'report' about the club's meeting anyway, while your lawn quietly grows a tiny bit more.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 12. July 2001. This day will be significant because it will be the first club day in 2001 on which Saint-Olivier's Day will be celebrated, without however, a full moon.

Metropole readers and all to-be club members are urged take a glance 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 - which actually only applies if you attend a club meeting in person.

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.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.27/8 - 3/10. July 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'It'll Be a Picnic.' The 'Au Bistro' column took a week off. This issue had no features on account of 'Ed's' holiday. The Café Metropole Club's weekly update on 6. July featured nothing because 'Ed' was on holidays, which you already know. But a club feature was called 'Huge Success of the Week.' The 'Scene' column's title was 'Parisphoto: sign, quai d'orsay Eté 2000.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'The 'New' World.' This was probably about potatos.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.28/29 - 12/19. July 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Goodbye and Hello To All This.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'I'd Walk a Mile for a Baguette.' This issue had no features, due to moving the office into Paris. The 'Scene' column was titled, 'The Last 'Armada du Siècle.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Bastille Day Every Day.'

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 28

If you can remember what this was about, please write to me to let me know. It all got started during the extra-long 'count-down' to the year 2000. Now that this is long past, and 99 years is too long for a 'count-down' to 2100 - this little feature has been trying out various other 'count-down' subjects.

Since the beginning of the year there has been a half-dozen of them, but none seems to have sparked much general interest. The server-lady Linda Thalman even suggested a 'count-back' to the time that the Romans arrived in Paris in 51 or 52 BC, but nobody seems to be able to figure out how many days ago this was on account of calendar changes, leap years.and the 'Soldes d'Eté.'

At the moment the only thing going on here is the 'count-down' to the introduction of the 'euro' - the new European-wide mono-currency - that is putting most Europeans to sleep when they think about it.

The 'euro' currency introduction day will be on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01 and not even onephoto: refroidissement de la planete, perrier minute before - so you can forget about buying a Carte Orange transit ticket with euros for another 5.62 months, even through the RATP has said its two-zone one will cost 44,35 'e.'

Perrier - 'C'est fou!' Truth in advertising compels me to tell you this photo was shot last January on a Thursday in Minsk.

This 'e' is not right, but I don't have it in any type font except a 'euro' font that I don't think the WorldWideWeb recognizes. Or maybe it does and I should look it up.

[Yawn. Again.] The number of days remaining this year is 175. This means you still have about 204 days left before you should trade in your 'only-in-Europe' change purse full of dull and old FF's for a lesser-sized handful of brand-new colorful 'euros.'

For those wishing to know more about future European-style money, you can take a look at the French government's 'Euro' Web site for clear and succinct information about everything except where to get regular French-franc coins right now.

Nearly everything for sale here already carries 'euro' and franc amounts on the price stickers. Only after the end of this year will the prices go up while numbers come down.
signature, regards, ric

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