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Whatever the case may be, it does inspire confidence that the Bouquet's substitute waiter looks like a real waiter, and not one of these t-shirt and black-jeans types.

Don't get me wrong. Le Bouquet's regular waiters, all three of them, wear polo shirts with 'Bouquet' logos and black jeans too, but this is acceptable, because they came with the place.

Is It 'True' What They Say About Paris?

In August it doesn't matter what 'people say about Paris.' If you are visiting here, what you've heard is probably wrong - but on the other hand, it is August. Be relaxed, and you'll get through it okay.

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.

This feature has not been abandoned - it is just in its August mood, which is not in focus at all.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Last Thursday's meeting had a surprising major 'first' when Beijing became the 'City of the Week.' Since Paula Wang was the only long-standing or new member present, some other 'firsts' may have been set, but I forget what they were.

To bring yourself up-to-date on the important subject of new 'firsts,' you can still read this meeting'sphoto: metro 14 elevator, madeleine short 'report' while taking a breather from your summer's heavy duties.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 9. August 2001. This day will be remarkable because it will be the first club day in August 2001 on which Saint- Amour Day will be celebrated in Paris this year.

The métro line 14's elevator exit/entry at Madeleine - beside the Fauchon shop.

Metropole readers and potentially new club members can 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 does not apply if you fail to attend a club meeting.

This page also contains expired rules - now known as 'facts' - about this club in Paris - and includes its location map. This is for anybody, but especially for those 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 5.32 - 7. Aug 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Banda Municipale de Santiago de Cuba' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'France Is On Holidays, But Still Open.' This issue had one feature, 'This Years' Summer - One Day Is Better Than None.' The Café Metropole Club's weekly blurb was replaced by an email from Charles Fremont, titled 'Stuck In Paris.' This issue's update for the club meeting on 10. August was, "Köln - Paris; Four Hours Six Minutes." The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'The Short(er) Version.' There were only two new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Hitchhiking Is Great!'

This Was Metropole One Year Ago, Plus One Week:

Issue 5.33 - 14. Aug 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Summer Arrives In Paris!' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'The Night of the Stars.' This issue had one feature, 'Mid-August, Mid-Nothing - 'Dayclubbing.' The Café Metropole Club's weekly update on 17. August was titled, "I Didn't Come Here to Not Have a Good Time!" The week's 'Scene' column wasphoto: sign, rue du chat qui peche titled 'Some Paris 'Nightclubbing.' There were only two new 'Posters of the Week' again and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Leaving Already?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.32 - 9. Aug. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'August Laziness Sets In.' Decidedly. The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'The Eclipse, Pots of Money and No Smoking.' This issue seemed to have no features. The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Eclipsogoggle! Is Here.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Digital Camera; Latest Model.' So what?

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago, Plus One Week:

Issue 4.33 - 16. Aug. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Two Cafés Less.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Boffo Turnout for Eclipse.' This issue seemed to have three, yes three! features, titled 'The Eclipse In Paris,' 'Sunshine On Montmartre' and the 'Art Marché at Edgar Quinet.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'The Rentrée and 'Paris 2000.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'The Eclipse Is Over.' So much for Eclipsogoggle!

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Short Version 32

Last week this feature proposed havingphoto: sign, voir georges pompidou a 'count-up' since the day Detroit was 'found' by the French, on Sunday, 24. Juillet 1701. This fact was brought to my attention by the server-lady, Linda Thalman.

I am very reluctant to admit to her that this vital news has not even resulted in one emailed yawn. If this is the reward for her diligence and eagle-eyes, I don't want to be the one tell her nobody is reading this.

If you are one of these 'nobodies' or know one on your block, would you please have the yawns emailed directly to the server-lady. Her 'mailto:' is below, on the right.

The Shorter Count-Down to the Euro

[Even larger yawn.] The number of days remaining this year is 147, 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.

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

But frankly, since the government is on holidays because it is August, I suggest you forget all about this - like I'm going to do.
signature, regards, ric

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