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What 'worked' last week is expected to repeat itself this week, but I won't know how certain this will be until this issue goes online - later today or early tomorrow morning. At the rate I'm going right now, tomorrow morning seems more likely.

The lights of Christmas were turned on in Paris last week.

In order to have a little of tomorrow left over for my 'weekend' - to do some more of the administrative chores I've been mentioning, I'm going to give the 'Au Bistro' column a pass again this week.

Thank you for writing all of your messages alerting me to the online problem.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

You can catch up with last week's club subjects - about the 'Church of the Week' for example - by reading this meeting's digest of a 'report,' which also contains some important information that I've already been repeating endlessly here.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 15. November, but not at the café La Corona. See the 'Change -Location Alert' below. See it again if you've seen it before.

This day will not be just another ordinary Thursday-type day called Saint-Albert because it is the third Thursday in November, which means that it will be 'Beaujolais Nouveau' day, which is semi-holy in France.

Metropole readers and those intending to become club members can learn scads 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. This page also contains a location map for the club's regular café, La Corona.

Café Metropole Club Change-Location Alert

The coming meeting, on Thursday, 15. November, will be held at Le Café Lodi. Other weekly club meetings will be held at this café on the Thursdays of 22, and 29. November and are projected for the 6. and 13. December too.

But Madame Naudan of the club's regular café told the club's secretary that La Corona mayphoto: eurocafard shop and cybercafe, oberkampf have its renovations completed ahead of time due to a change in its staircase plans. While 6. December may be cutting it fine, expect the club meeting on 13. December to be in La Corona.

Only in east Paris - cybercafé in front, rat-catchers in the rear.

Le Café Lodi 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 special club page in a recent issue or take a look at last week's club 'report,' which also contains a map showing the location of Le Café Lodi.

La Corona's renovation is now scheduled to be completed earlier than Friday, 14. December. Watch this space for the latest news about the club's next meeting in its 'home' café.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.46/7 - 13. Nov 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, ''Ed' Does a Bunk' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Where's the Beef?' This double issue had two features, titled 'The Prince of Montparnasse' and 'Two Photo Exhibits.' Paul Babbitt sent an email concerning the election in the United States. The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 16. November turned out to be the 'Meat of the Week' Report. The second update on 23. November had thephoto: sign, impasse de la baleine catchphrase, 'Vachement Cool!' The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'Besides Photos, Other Stuff.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Are You Blind?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.46 - 15. Nov. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Terminal Weasels.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'The War of the Beef.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Blue Skies In Paris - Rare In November.' As befits this nearly third week in November, there was a thing called, 'Update - The Beaujolais Nouveau of the Century' - which is an annual event. The Café Metropole Club had two items, titled, 'Pets Gain Right To Join' and this was followed up by the club's 6th 'report' on 18. November, which was summed up with 'A New Member - the Server-Lady!' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Online Ticket Sales.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were followed by Ric's Cartoon of the Week, which had the silly caption of 'Are the Summer Sales Soon?'

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

There are 56 days remaining in this year. This means there is less and less time remaining until the 'euro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01. TV-news has reportedphoto: sign, cgt us metaux that counterfeiters are now working overtime as much as the legitimate mints.

A money expert said the counterfeiters' job was easier because they didn't have to make their fake money as good as the real stuff.

But in France, and in the rest of Europe too, for the remainder of this year you can safely use whatever good money you have, after it has been changed into francs, which may be real ones.

Next year, if it seems that all Europeans have not resorted to the script system, it will be safe to use whatever you have for money, after it has been changed into real euros. What could be more simple?

Until then, if you have some curious wish 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 less than only two months from now.
signature, regards, ric

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