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Metropole readers and those intending to become club members can learn oodles more about this free club by looking at the 'About the Club' page which explains how to join it, its meeting time 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 the last issue's special ''No Trick, No Treat, No Fooling' page. The location change will last for about six Thursdays, but when it's over the club's regular café La Corona will be bright, shiny and new.

Vital Dates for Le Café Lodi

The last meeting at La Corona before its renovations begin will be this week on Thursday, 1. November. The following meeting, on Thursday, 8. November, will be held nearby at Le Café Lodi.

La Corona's renovation is scheduled to begin on Monday, 5. November and will be completedphoto: concorde fountain on Friday, 14. December. The first meeting to be held in the renovated Café La Corona will be on Thursday, 20. December.

This means that club meetings will be at the Cafe Lodi, on Thursdays, 8, 15, 22, and 29. November and on 6. and 13. December.

At the Place de la Concorde - last Thursday.

While La Corona's important renovations are in progress, attend club meetings at Le Café Lodi, which is located at 24. Quai du Louvre. It is about 60 metres away from La Corona, towards the Pont Neuf, next to the pet shop. See the map on the recent special club page in last week's issue.

Metropole's Affiliates

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.44 - 30. Oct 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'The Longest Weekend' and the 'Au Bistro' news columnphoto: sign, pietons, traversee obligatorie was titled, 'The Life of Plants.' This issue had two features, titled 'Modern Sculpture and Medals' and 'The Orphaned Europe Quartier.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 2. November turned out to be the 'Word-of-Mouth' Report. The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'Month of the Photo Begins.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Hurry Up!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.44 - 1. Nov. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Home' In Paris.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'French Win Rugby, Somehow.' This issue had two features, titled 'American Dreams In Paris' and 'Declining a Beard Trim In Jordon,' by Linda Thalman. The Café Metropole Club had a blurb called 'Membership Climbs Dizzily' and then was followed up by the club's 4th 'report,' which was summed up with "Europe Has Better Gadgets." The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Mose, Not Noah of the 'Flood.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were joined by 'Posters III' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the short caption of 'Happy Hour.'

The 'Count-Down' - Euro-day Minus Nine Weeks

The number of days remaining this year is 63. This means there is less and less time remaining until the 'euro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01.

'Euromania' and 'Eurogaga,' with itsphoto: pumpkins companion 'Euroflation,' is in full swing in Europe. This paragraph is now no more than these three catch-words, because they are being over-used. The European Union is nearly being 'euroed' to death.

Next year, if it does not seem as if all Europeans have resorted to the barter system, it will be safe to visit Europe again to play around with the new money in about 12 countries at once.

Until then, if you have 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 slightly more than only two months from now.
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