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Readers should catch up with last week's club subjects by reading the meeting's report concerning a "Lot of Gravity Here.."

Before you decide to stop reading now because you think you've read this before, I assure you last week's club meeting was the first to mention 'gravity' in any way, shape or form.

While you think it over, the coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 6. December - because it is a Thursday - but will probably not be at the café La Corona.

It will likely be held at Le Café Lodi. The following meeting on Thursday, 13. December may be held at La Corona if its renovations are complete.

Next Thursday will be just another fairly ordinary Thursday-type day called Saint-Nicolas, and not just because it is the first Thursday in December.

Metropole readers and those wishing to become club members can learn oodles more about this free club by lookingphoto: fiat 500 of the week 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, which is in temporary suspension.

The day wasn't a total loss, with this terrific last-chance 'Fiat 500 of the Week.'

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 a recent week's club 'report.' Both pages have changed map, showing the location of Le Café Lodi and La Corona.

The Café Metropole Club Meeting in New York

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

The club meeting on Thursday, 27. December will be held someplace in New York City. Read more about this on the special 'Manhattan page' in this issue.

Metropole's Affiliates

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'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 5.49 - 4. Dec 2000 - As a result of the last issue beginning with, 'Newsflash! - 'Ed' Falls On Knee!' - this week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'La Rue de la Vie Is Bumpy.' All other planned features were dropped in favor of some poor excuse titled, 'Mini-Issue - 2nd Week of 'Pratfall of the Week.' Even if it is belatedphoto: sign, rue du moulin de la vierge to thank all the folks who sent fruit baskets, boxes of chocolate, tangerines, get-well cards, and bills for power and gas, I thank you anyway.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.49 - 6. December 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Survive New Year 2000 With a Long Shampoo.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'The Song and Car of the Century.' This issue had two features, titled 'Getting Papered In Paris - Less Angst Than Usual' and 'The Big Café On the Avenue, Not On l'Ile.' The Café Metropole Club blurb page posed the trivial question, 'Is 'Flufflenutter' a Real Word?' and then was followed up by the club's 9th 'report,' which mixed geography with fooding, as in 'Glasgow and Hot Dogs.' There were two 'Scene' columns, titled, 'Word-of-Big-Mouth' and 'Christmas '99 and '2000,' again. The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were featured and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the sappy caption of 'Be An Artist!'

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

There are only 28 days remaining in this year. This means there is almost no time remaining until the 'euro 3 signuro' 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.

After midnight on Sunday, 17. February, the euro will be the sole currency in circulationphoto: evian water drop bottle, 2002 in France, and 11 other European countries. This allows for seven weeks for banks to soak up francs and for users to get used to dealing with euros.

After all old francs have disappeared, the euro will be all there is, forever. For you and for people living here, it will be like we are all visiting some country with foreign money.

Between the start of the year and 17. February, money in francs can be exchanged at any bank for euros. The exchange rate is fixed at 6.55957 francs for one 1euro 3 sign. After 17. February, old francs can be exchanged for new euros at any branch of the Banque de France.

After the beginning of the year, dollars can be exchanged for euros instead of francs. The rate of exchange will depend on the daily 'fixing' in New York. Users have found that withdrawing cash from ATMs gives a good exchange rate.

Between now and 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 one month from now.
signature, regards, ric

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