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Big Metropole Photos

Metropole's large-size photos, even if they are not new ones, are on show every week - with this link to the latest new photos on last week's photo / image page. This is not to say these photos were 'super,' it is just to say there were two new ones.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

The club's meeting last Thursday's had its usual number of unusual 'firsts.' One of these was having no 'City of the Week' despite the large number of members present. Regarding 'what to drink' during club meetings, one quote is worth repeating and it was, "Why is café served in consommé tureens?"

Keep yourself up-to-date on the important subject of other highly interesting 'quotes' by reading this meeting's modest 'report,' which shouldn't take more than five minutes, more or less.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 27. September. Thisphoto: fiat 500 of the week day will be another absolutely ordinary day even though it will be a club day on which Saint-Vincent-de-Paul's Day will be fêted in Paris this year - again.

As long as we're going to have no 'no car days,' we should have them with the 'Fiat 500 of the Week.'

Metropole readers and those wishing to become club members can learn a tiny bit more about this free club by reading 'About the Club,' which is handy for finding out how to join it, its meeting time and location and so on, and other true facts such as being free.

Café Metropole Club Anniversary - The club's meeting numbers are a bit skewed and will probably remain this way, but the very first meeting was held on Thursday, 14. October 1999. This year the 14th is on a Sunday, so I suggest that the club's 2nd anniversary be celebrated during the meeting on the Thursday before, on 11. October. The meeting on the following Thursday, 19. October, should be a calm one even though will be the first in the club's third year of existence.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.39 - 25. Sept 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'A 'No Siesta' Week' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Ho-Hum Vote Wins.' This issue had one feature, titled 'On a Day In the Rue Campagne Première.' This issue's update for Café Metropole Club's weekly meeting on 28. September became the 'The 'Crowd of the Week' Report. The week's 'Scene' column wasphoto: sign, pelouse autorisee titled ''Méditerranée' at the Grand Palais.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Heads or Tails?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.39 - 27. Sept. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Ho-Hum 'Car-Free' Day.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'War On the Seine.' This issue had three features, titled, 'The 'Bonne Bouffe' To Go,' 'Napoleon's Greek Madeleine' and 'Skimming the Fleas.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'The Fun and Games Season' and there was an additional column titled, '2000 In Paris - Less Than 100 Days Away.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the maladroit caption of 'Left-Handed Screwdriver.'

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 39.1

As an exception to last week's note here, the 'exception' continues this week because there is no new 'count-down' news here mainly because there is no current 'count-down' being counted up or down except for the 'euro.'

The Other Exception

The number of days remaining this year is 98. This is also the number of days remaining until the 'euro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01. Starting very early on this day, you can begin to sort out Europe's new coins and banknotes - and spend them, of course.

'Euromania' is in the air here. Even if most civilian citizens are giving it a big ho-hum, localphoto: sign, defense d'afficher media are trying to drum up hysteria as an excuse to sell papers and TV-spot time. This frenzied industry should cease after 1. January, of course, because by then we will actually have some of the new stuff.

But in order to make the change-over as painful as possible, we are already being told which taxes will be 'rounded-up or down,' and so far the 'ups' have won, which suits the tax collectors perfectly - although they have already agreed it will not be called 'inflation' - officially.

Learn more about the new European-style money by taking a look at the French government's 'Euro' Web site for whatever it has to say about the arrival of the euro just slightly more than three months from now.

This site probably has images of the actual coins and notes because they were publicly displayed by the European Central Bank recently.
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