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Café Metropole Club Change-Location Alert I

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

Last week, Madame Naudan of the club's regular café told the club's secretary that La Corona may 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.

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.

Café Metropole Club Change-Location Alert II

Right after the club's coming meeting in the Café La Corona on Thursday, 20. December, the club's secretary is going to fly from Paris across the Atlantic Ocean to New York City.

The purpose of this transatlantic flight is to hold a club meeting in Manhattan on Thursday, 27. December.

All members, from anywhere, are invited to this meeting. And, of course, all readers who have found attending meetings in order to become members in Paris, inconvenient, are invited to come and sign the members' booklet too.

Today, the actual location of the meeting place in Manhattan is unknown. To nail this down, I will be relying on club members and readers to make suggestions for a suitable location, andphoto: billboard on hotel de ville an appropriate time for the meeting to be held.

The other purpose of this change of venue is to produce a 'Paris In New York' issue of Metropole Paris. All suggestions furthering this purpose will be welcome as well.

Paris' Hôtel de Ville now supports billboards, advertising city events.

If all goes well - I may have to use a PC! - with hidden or no French accent keys! - the New York meeting's 'report' will go online as usual, on the same day in certain selected time zones, mostly to the west of New York City.

The 'Paris In New York' features will appear in Metropole's issue 7.01/02, which is expected to be put online on Monday, 7. January 2002.

This project will be another 'first' for your online magazine about Paris. To make it a major 'first' I am relying on you, both readers of the magazine, and members of the Café Metropole Club. I am looking forward to seeing you in New York City.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago, Again:

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 the catchphrase, 'Vachement Cool!' The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'Besides Photos, Otherphoto: sign, bibliotheque pour tous 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 4.47 - 22. Nov. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'We Gain Readers.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Speleologists Rescued.' Speleo what? This issue had one lone feature, titled 'Artist's Open Doors On a Freezing Day.' An email from Paul Babbit was answered with 'What To Wear In Winter.' Or, maybe this was the question. The Café Metropole Club's weekly blurb was called the 'City of the Week Program' and this was followed up by the club's 7th 'report,' which was summed up with 'More Odd Questions.' There were two 'Scene' columns, titled 'A 'New Look' and 'Christmas '99 and '2000.' The four 'Posters of the Week' appeared as usual and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the racy caption of 'Roller King.'

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

There are 42 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.

In France, 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. If real and new - or extra old - these notes and coins may become collector's items.

Beginning at midnight on Sunday, 17. February, the euro will be the sole currency in circulation inphoto: model, yellow taxi France, and 11 other European countries. This allows for seven weeks from the beginning of the year for users to get rid of francs and get used to dealing with euros.

Between the start of the year and 17. February, francs can be exchanged at any bank for euros. The exchange rate is fixed at 6.55957 francs for one euro. After 17. February, francs can be exchanged for euros at any branch of the Banque de France.

The euro will also be in use offshore, in Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, and Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean island group of the Comoros.

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 somewhat less than only two months from now.
signature, regards, ric

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