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The re-installation started about 6:30 yesterday. Around 11:00 in the café Rendez-Vous, they were saying it had got hung up - but there it was - back up on its socle, facing west towards the Tour Montparnasse like it used to.

The mayor, Bertrand Delanoë, said how much he missed it every time he had to come throughphoto: greenhouse, jardin des plantes the place. The mayor of Belfort, Jean-Pierre Chevènement, said something appropriate. He is running for president, so it was expected he would say something too. Pierre Castagnou, the mayor of the 14th had his say, as did 'Député' Georges Sarre.

When I got my paper this morning the ladies in the shop told me that Le Figaro's big contribution to mankind was a suggestion that the statute of the lion be illuminated.

One of the greenhouses at the Jardin des Plantes.

Le Figaro is right-wing so it is pessimistic. It doesn't believe the Tour Eiffel folks who have promised to make their tower sparkle again, during 2003, and for ten years.

I'll admit that the 'lion' can be kind of gloomily brooding in the winter, but we aren't living in visitor-central here - not like the stuffy people who live around the Champ de Mars and are always moaning about the circuses they have there.

Living in Petite Montrouge next door to Montparnasse is circus enough.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Problems are continuing to plague Metropole's ability to get itself and its weekly club 'report' online in a timely fashion. If this was easily fixable, it would have been done weeks ago.

You can try to catch up with last week's important club subjects by reading this meeting's digest of a 'report,' which won't tell you much more or less than you already know - except about the meeting being the first of the club's third year.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 18. October. This day will be another ordinary Thursday-type day.

Metropole readers and those intending to become club members can learn a fraction 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.

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 5.42 - 16. Oct 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Last Week's Weather Replays' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Bouchon, Eviction, Suspension.' This issue had two features, titled 'The Other Victor Hugo - At Home' and 'Anyone for Jeu de Paume?.' This issue's update for the club meeting on 19. October became the 'Not 'No One At the Club' Report. The week's 'Scene' columnphoto: sign, rue de l'hotel de ville was titled 'The (Nearly) Full Fall Program.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Bring a Chicken!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.42 - 18. Oct. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Gaité In Crises.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Official Heros - Médecines Sans Frontières.' This issue had one feature titled, 'Anyone for Pétanque?' Club blurbs continued with 'More Hot Air.' This issue's update for the 2nd club meeting on 21. October became the 'Not Full of Smoke!' Report. 'The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Tango Is Back!' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' appeared and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Weekday Stress.'

The 'Count-Down' - Short Version 42

photo: sign, un repas sans vins est une journee sans soleil The number of days remaining this year is 77. This means there are well less than three months remaining until the 'euro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01.

'Euromania,' with its companion 'euroflation' is here. This paragraph is now no more than these two phrases, because these manias are accelerating at a rate faster than an expanding universe.

If you have the courage and some desire to learn more about the new European-style money take 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 less than three months from now.
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