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Admin. Mangle

This week's issue and the last issue are both without a feature article about 'life in Paris' or 'historic impressions' because 'Ed' has been fooling around with some administrative make-work.

The story behind this is not amusing. It could fall into the 'Is It True?' category but doesn't becausephoto: sign, rue lelande I still do not know what the reason for it was, or is, and I have a feeling that I'm not going to find out.

Even if I ever do find out, I think it may only provide material suitable for an Eastern European novel. Some of these have won Nobel Prizes, but this doesn't mean you would want to read them for fun.

'Metropole Paris' is going through a technical mangle at the moment too. I mention this in case you have been having difficulty accessing the magazine, or have noticed that new weekly issues and the weekly club 'reports' are a bit slow to appear online.

Getting this cleared up is taking longer than I anticipated and throwing tantrums will not speed it up. If you are persisting with your attempts to access the magazine, I thank you.

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 last new photos on the most recent photo / image page. This is not to say these photos were 'super,' it is just to say there were two new ones, recently.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Two meetings ago, the unusual 'first' of having no 'City of the Week' despite the large number of members present, was reported. This was rectified by Jerry Bump last Thursday when he nominated Lago Vista, Texas. This was a lucky move because the 15 or 16 members at the meeting didn't have a new 'City of the Week' - except for Jerry's Lago Vista.

You can try to keep up-to-date on these unimportant club subjects by reading this meeting's digest of a 'report,'photo: trees, kiosk, champs elysees which won't tell you much more or less than you already know.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 4. October. This day will be another ordinary day even though it will be a club day also known as Saint Francis of Assisi's Day, in France at least.

What some of the Champs-Elysées looks like - like 'champs.'

Metropole readers and those intending to become club members can learn a tiny bit more about this free club by looking at the 'About the Club' page which explains how to join it, its meeting time and location and so on, and other true facts such as being free.

The Café Metropole Club's Anniversary

I have triple-verified that the club's very first meeting was really held on Thursday, 14. October 1999. This year the 14th is on a Sunday, so I propose that the club's 2nd anniversary be celebrated during the meeting on the Thursday before, on 11. October - on Saint-Firmin's Day.

If new and existing members intend to turn up in numbers higher than 20, please decide what you will want drink now and have your orders ready for whichever of the club's 'Waiters of the Week' has the dubious distinction of serving the Café Metropole Club's 'first' 2nd birthday.

Metropole's Affiliates

The following product or service providers have chosen Metropole because their offers may be of value to you and I agree with them.

'Bookings' has a reservation service for a wide selection of Paris hotels. Check out their offers and make your choice long before your arrival in France. Or, if all the other hotel booking services are 'sold out,' try this one. Other Metropole readers have.

'HighwayToHealth' provides a 'city health profile' as well as travel insurance for potential Paris visitors. If you've signed up for these services before you need them suddenly you will benefit from them. I hope won't be the case, but 'Things Happen.'

'Petanque America' imports quality Obut boules from France and will ship them to you anywhere in the Americas - which will save you the effort of carrying them all the way from Paris. Be the first on your block to introduce the game of pétanque - or boules. Nearly everybody can play this game, nearly anywhere, nearly anytime.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.40 - 2. Oct 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Countdown To Heat On' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Tape! Who's Got the Tape?' Note - this is 'Tape' and not 'Tapie.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Paradise On Rubber - Auto Salon 2000.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 5. October became the 'Birthday Party of the Week' report, which wasphoto: postbox, 2nd div blindee supplemented with 'Club News - Your Club Turns Two.' The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'More Cuts Than Additions.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'No New Car!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.40 - 4. Oct. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'In the Rain, In Montparnasse.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline wasn't much better, with 'Paris Wine News & Walnut Time.' This issue had one feature, titled, 'Some Singing In the Rain.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Walls, Vikings and Animals.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the silly caption of 'Come Home Papa!'

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 40

As an exceptional exception to notes here in previous weeks, the 'exception' continues again this week because there is no new 'count-down' news here mainly because there is no current 'count-down' being counted up or down. This 'note' will gain additional exceptions until somebody comes up with a new 'count-down' subject, or until the 'exceptions' fill the whole page, which is bottomless.

The Other Exception

The number of days remaining this year is 91. This means there are only three months remaining until the 'euro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01.

'Euromania' is here. This paragraph is now reduced to this phrase, because this mania is expanding at a rate faster than the Universe. Not even Dr. Albert Einstein could keep up with it.

If you have the courage, 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 about exactly little more than three months from now.
signature, regards, ric

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