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No New Metropole Photos

The offer of new Metropole's large-size photos resumed several week's ago, with this link to the photos on the photo / image page. Since none of the most recent photos were even close to 'above-average,' there are no new big ones in this issue.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Last Thursday's meeting had its usual half-dozen unusual 'firsts.' Included among these was the fact that it was the club's 100th meeting, which I'm sure has had nothing to do with the current technical problems - because nothing has been the same since then.

To bring yourself up-to-date on the important subject of ever more outlandish 'firsts,' you can still read this meeting's medium-length 'report' in less than three minutes, more or less.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 13. September. This day will be another one of hum-drum even though it will be a club day on which Saint-Aimé Day will be celebrated in Paris this year.

The club's meeting numbers are a bit skewed, but the very first meeting was held on Thursday, 14. October 1999. This year the 14th is on a Sunday, so I propose that the club's 2nd anniversary be held during the meeting on the Thursday before, on 11. October.

It the 'count' continues from where it is now, this will be the 105th meeting, or the 54th of its 2nd year. However, this date will effectively place the birthday club report in Metropole'sphoto: buildings on the bievre, suze issue 6.41, which matches the very first meeting report in issue 4.41. The other numbers are 'skewed' because of the year '2000' thing and leap year, I'm sure, or because I'm just an average club secretary.

I could be wrong, but I think these buildings are on top of the Bièvre river.

Metropole readers and intentional club members can find out more about this free club by reading 'About the Club,' which is handy for finding out the reason for the club's existence, its meeting time and location and so on, and other true facts such as being free.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.37 - 11. Sept 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Post-Summer Festivals' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Back To Square One?' This issue had two features, titled 'Down and Out In Paris' and 'Free Meat for Paris' Art Fans.' This issue's update for the club meeting on 14. September somehowphoto: sign, rue des tanneries turned out as the 'Your Club Turns 50!' Report. The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'Carry On - September.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'No Twingo!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.37 - 13. Sept. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Between Waves.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title ran as 'José Bové Freed!' This issue had two features, titled, 'La Hôpital Saint-Louis' and 'The Canal Saint- Martin.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Paris Pumps Up the Volume,' and there was an additional column for '2000 In Paris' titled, 'No Wheels In Corcorde's Sky.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the gasless caption of 'Pedal Day - Coming Soon.'

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 37b

Sooner or later one of you is going to be hit with the 'Aha-Effect' and there will be another new count-up or down goal or subject appearing here, for the enjoyment and enrichment of us all.

Since this 'Aha' is exceedingly slow in coming, the 'Count-Down's Funeral' announced here two weeks ago, is being seriously reconsidered.

The Euro's Ever-Shorter Count-Down

The number of days remaining this year is 112. This is the number of days until the 'euro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01. On this day, you can say 'hello' to Europe's brand-new uni-currency.

'Euromania' is gathering ever more steam. Ifphoto: sign, passage du moulin des pres you plan a visit before the end of the year, do not be surprised to witness Europeans acting gaga about it - with everyone having a pocket calculator to find out what euro prices mean in francs. This will become unnecessary after 1. January of course.

For fun, some places will be selling baggies containing 100 francs-worth of real euro money, sometime in December.

If you are 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.

This site probably has images of the actual currency because it was rolled at the European Central Bank two weeks ago.
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