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Before anybody takes offense, the club's secretary merely reports what he definitely did hear. The above could have been said by somebody sitting at another table in the café, unconnected to the club and serenely ignorant of its presence, but it wasn't.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 31. January. It will be a Thursday again, like always. The meeting will be held at the Café-Tabac La Corona.

It will be just another ordinary Thursday-type day, but one called Saint-Marcelle, whichphoto: end of buffalo grass vodka we haven't had before. All the better, even though it is never any kind of holiday despite the efforts to extend the school holidays in France until Easter

The day after will be an ordinary Friday again just like every week, regardless of there being about 45 more of them this year.

Buffalo grass fans do not leave much in the way of leftovers.

Metropole readers and those wishing to become real club members can get all the details about this free club by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page, at least once.

It explains how to join - by being here! - 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 café La Corona, which still shows the location of the club's back-up café, Le Café Lodi, because I still haven't replaced the temporary map yet.

Metropole's Affiliates

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.05 - 29. Jan 2001 - This issue started with the week's Café Metropole column, titled, 'Birthday Vodka Chez Dennis' - already, again! - and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Retirement - Are You Ready?' This issue had one feature titled 'Paris 'Business' Slum - La Défense.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 1. February was called the 'The "Smoke In Dreams" Report' The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'Opening Withphoto: plaque, edith whatron lived here, 1910 1920 a Bumble.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "No Beef! Just Caviar and Vodka!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.05 - 31. January 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'The Big Social Experiment.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Bové Fails To Talk To 'Billionaires.' This issue had two features, titled 'Daytime 'Feelgood' Nightclubbing' and 'Exhibition: the XIVe Arrondissement.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 3. February, was called 'The Dollar of the Week Is the 'Sacajawea.' A club page announced, 'The Member's List Gains Steam.' The 'Scene' column was unexciting again with, 'Not Everything - Just Some.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were viewable too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week posed a vital question, which was 'What About You?'

This Year's 'Count-Down' - Goes Into Multiples

There are only 337 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01, has been around nearly forever. This particular 'count-up' goes into the trashcan of history next week.

During the past week reader Johnphoto: sign, rue de varenne McCulloch proposed some new count-down topics. One of these is the 200th anniversary of the introduction of the 'Code Napoléon,' which will be on Sunday, 21. March 2004. Besides this involving about 784 days, I'm not too excited about it.

He says there is also Victor Hugo's 200th birthdate, but this is a mere 30 days from now, on Tuesday, 26. February. On Tuesday, 24. July, Alexandre Dumas has his 200th anniversary too, and this is a whole 178 days away.

Then there's Charles Lindbergh's solo arrival in Paris without a visa at Le Bourget, on Saturday, 21. May 1927. This was 75 years ago and this anniversary is 114 days from now.

I don't see any reason not to run multiple count-downs. As soon as Victor Hugo has had his day, we can start again with Charles Lindbergh. With what we have here, we can have three whole count-downs and still have almost half a year left over for subjects with other silly numbers.
signature, regards, ric

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