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Since none of these programs have a new Paris database, all we have are these tired old clunkers. I could type my fingers to the bone sending these up, but why bother? You have probably heard them all before.

What is required is a shift in emphasis - but to what, I don't yet know. Please stay on the lookout for 'Is It 'True' What They Say About Paris?' items, while I look around for a new angle on how to treat them.

For sending in 'finds,' as with the occasional Email features, you will be given credit for your eagle-eyes. The only 'fact' I will require is the name of the source, if you have it. If you don't have one, then the item will go into a subsection with the title of 'Is It a True Rumor?'

No New Metropole Photos for Either of Us

The offer of new Metropole's large-size photos stopped on the spot where it was some weeks ago, with this link to the photos on the last photo / image page, which is way back in issue 6.26.

Due to current nice weather conditions in Paris, I am disinclined to prowl the streets looking for 'great photo opportunities.' Instead I am inclined to sit down on a comfortable café terrace with a breeze and say 'to hell with it.'

I will be the first to let you know when this attitude changes.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Last Thursday featured new members joining at the beginning of the club's meeting and established members wandering in at random about a half hour before it was over. This could have been on account of the day's steamy weather, or plain dizziness.

Even if you are mowing your lawn or watching re-runs of the 1948 Tour de France on your campsite TV, you can stil read this exciting meeting's 'report' while taking a breather from summer's heavy duties.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 2. August 2001. This day will be remarkablephoto: cafe le dome, montparnasse because it will be the first club day in August 2001 on which Saint-Julien's Day will be celebrated in Paris this year.

Once the 'centre of the world,' here is the Vavin intersection's 'true' Sunday in summer outlook.

Metropole readers and prospective club members are urged take a peek at the current version of 'About the Club,' which is handy for finding out about the reason for the club's existence, its meeting time and location and so on, and lesser facts such as being free - except for your own drinks' tab - which only applies if you attend a club meeting in person.

This page also contains expired rules - now known as 'facts' - about this club in Paris - and includes its location map - for you, who are either 'Metropole Paris' readers, forgetful 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 5.31 - 31. July 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Roller 'Rando' Resumes' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Concorde Disaster Due To Multiple Causes.' This issue had one feature, 'Blue Skies Over Tango - Sunday Reggae at La Villette.' The Café Metropole Club's weekly blurb was 'Still Unanswered 'Why?' Is Boring.' This issue's update for the club meeting on 3. August was, "Watching Rich People Shop In the Place Vendôme." The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'Snoozy August Program.' Therephoto: sign, martyrium st denys, crypte were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'You Can Hitchhike!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.31 - 2. Aug. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Dog Days To Come?' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'France Is Nearly Full Up.' This issue seemed to have three features, titled, 'The 10 Closest Boulangeries,' 'La Villette - A Multi-Theme Park' and 'The Friday Night Roller 'Rando.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'I Thought Paris Was Closed In August.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the biting caption of 'Pass the Teeth.'

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 31.b4

If you can't remember what this was about, then I hardly can be expected to either. However, the server-lady Linda Thalman is alert - probably because of the stimulating wheat field next to the Cadillac Ranch.

Linda has written, "Sunday, 24. Juillet 1701: Fondation, par les Français, de la ville de Detroit."

"Are there any club members from Detroit? "

"We could count up/down from 1701..."

Why bother? The 24th of July 2001 was six or seven days ago, so it makes Detroit's founding by some French dude - name of La Salle or something? Maybe Le Cadillac? - nearly exactly 300 years ago, not counting leap-years.

Not only this, it is absolutely pure coincidence that Tamla-Motown is mentioned on this very same page as well as Voltaire, who was exactly seven years old when Detroit was found. 'Founded,' I mean.

The Count-Down to the Euro

[Huge yawn.] The number of days remaining this year is 154, which is the number of days until the 'euro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01. After this day, the euro will replace most European currencies, becoming the unique currency unit.

If you don't live in a euro-zone country - like Britain - all you need to do is exchange whatever currency you have for continental euros.

If you do live in a euro-zone country, youphoto: sign, rue piet mondrian don't need to do anything except bring lots of your own euros to spend in Paris.

Although Brusselocrats would like you to waste your time now figuring out the euro equivalent of current national currency prices, this is a waste of time.

Unless, of course, you intend to waste a lot of your time after Tuesday, 1. January 2002 trying to figure out what things used to cost in francs, DMs, pesetas, florins, lira and so on - as some sort of futile trivia game.

For those curious about the new European-style cash, you can take a look at the French government's 'Euro' Web site for whatever it has to say about the looming shortage of current currency coins.
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