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I don't think the BVP has any control over what textile creators do on runways, nor over what is shown as 'news' on TV. Out of 11,000 ads studied this summer, the BVP only rejected about 50.

But there is no point in having a State Secretary for Women's Rights unless something is done about thisphoto: sign, paris info, crummy weekend weather situation - in parliament, and by law - so this is in the works.

A former top-model, speaking on TV, characterized the current fashion shows as, "Offensive advertising using cadavers."

If your mobile phone doesn't get weather forecasts, the city's info panels do.

Another person on the same broadcast said if women felt that the advertising was degrading, they could refuse to buy from the offenders. An advertising professional said that if an ad was found not to work, it got changed.

In this department, I usually do not run about four posters a year because they are a bit extreme. The 200-odd posters that do appear in Metropole annually aren't even the best there are, but the best I come across during their average life of a week. Some good ones are inaccessible. About 800 others I see are simply not good enough.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Metropole's ability to get itself and its weekly club 'report' online in a timely fashion are still being hampered by 'bugs.' If this situation was easily fixable, it would have been done weeks ago.

You can catch up with last week's usual club subjects - especially if you were one of them - by reading this meeting's digest of a 'report,' which won't tell you much more or less than you already know.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 25. October. This day will be another ordinary Thursday-type day.

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

Café Metropole Club Change-Location Alert

For details about the club's temporary but pending change of café location for its weekly meetings, please read this issue's ''No Trick, No Treat, No Fooling' page. This location change will last for about six Thursdays soon, but when it's over the club's regular café La Corona will be a bright, shiny and new clubroom.

Metropole's Affiliates

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'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 5.43 - 23. Oct 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Plans Scrubbed by Photos' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Traffic Jam of the Week.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Looking for Autumn.' The issue's update for the club meeting on 26. October somehow became the "Was Ist Plop?" Report. Thephoto: sign, quai du louvre week's 'Scene' column was titled 'Family of the Future.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Stuck for Weeks!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.43 - 25. Oct. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Halloween Is a Humbug!' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined 'Papon On the Lam.' This issue had one feature titled 'Nigel Ends Ten Years' of No Show.' It's about time for Nigel's 'Last Return' about now too. The Café Metropole Club continued its blurbs with 'Lots of Mirrors, But No Smoke.' The 'report' of the week claimed, 'Not Much Grouching.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Not Moses of the 'Flood.' And then there was something else titled, 'You May Boo - You May Hiss At This.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' showed up again and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the true-story caption of 'The Halloween Legend.'

The 'Count-Down' - Shorter Version 43

The number of days remaining this year is 70. This means there is little time remaining until the 'euro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01.

'Euromania' and 'Eurogaga' with itsphoto: sign, rue de fleurus companion 'Euroflation' is in full swing in Europe. This paragraph is now no more than these three phrases, because these manias, gagas and 'flations' are twisting themselves into an increasingly big ball of string at a rate faster than this year is disappearing.

Concurrently, there is a mini-mania for getting the last examples of French Francs to be minted - soon to be valuable as souvenirs only.

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 less than three months from now.
signature, regards, ric

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