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As I understand it, 'Havalook's basic plot is making the Web sites for the artists, engravers, print-makers and photographers. It does the nuts and bolts part and either turns over the finished files to the artists' hosting ISP, or hosts them on 'Havalook's servers.

I guess the difference four years has made, is the artists are ready for the Web now and they were very wary about it back then.

As for me, I'm still not sure why I was invited to 'Havalook's open-house today. I didn't get any of the buffet, but I got to see 'Havalook's original dungeon - and all of the young ladies who are focused on their big monitors.

When I've had my look and I come out I am in Montorgueil again and a clock tells me it is about the time Dennis usually stops into the café up the street, so I go up there.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Readers and club members can catch up with the most recent club affairs by reading about last week's meeting. See this report which includes the club's most amazing 'first' - the club's only triple-Moyer meeting of the week.

If anybody takes this as being extremely unlikely, the club's secretary was there in person and reported the event - no matter how unlikely it may seem.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday,14. February. Itphoto: morris column with toilet will not only be a Thursday again - because every week has one of these - but it will also be Saint-Valentin's day.

Other than this it will be another ordinary Thursday-type day, which we might not have had before on Saint-Valentin's day even though it is never any kind of holiday in France like the first of May. The day after will be an ordinary-type Friday again.

Yes folks - Paris not only has Morris columns with telephones, some even have toilets in them.

Metropole readers and those wishing to become real club members can get most of the details about this free club by committing to memory the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page, which badly needs an update of its own.

It explains how to join - simply by being here! - its meeting time and so on, and other true facts such as being free. This page also contains an out-of-date location map for the club's café La Corona. The map is still good though because the café hasn't moved anywhere.

Metropole's Affiliates

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'HighwayToHealth' provides a 'city health profile' for Paris as well as travel insurance. If you have 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.'

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.07 - 12. Feb 2001 - This issue began with the week's Café Metropole column, titled, 'No 'Café Life' This Week' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, ''Gotcha' of the Week Arrives.' This issue had two features titled 'Being In Paris Mediaeval' and 'The True Meaning of 'Rétro.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 15. February was called the 'Exciting New 'Tip of the Week' Report' Thephoto: sign, panhard & levassor week's 'Scene' column was titled 'Stars of Stage, Screen and Even TV.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "Forget Two Motors!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.07 - 14. February 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Wheels, Wheels and More Wheels.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Love At First Sight In the Métro.' This issue had two features, titled 'Champs-Elysées - 'Most Beautiful Avenue In the World?' and 'World's Oldest Car Seen At Rétromobile.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 17. February, was called 'Airport to Apartment to Club.' A club page proclaimed, 'Real Estate Is Not a Club Topic,' but this is not a 'rule.' The 'Scene' column was even more unexciting again with, 'Where's the Program?' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week proposed a '80 Percent Off Valentine.'

This Year's 'Count-Down' Heats Up

There are only 323 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 42 days and Chicken Little hasn't cried 'wolf' yet.

Two week's ago reader John McCulloch proposed some new count-down topics. His proposalphoto: observatoire time of Victor Hugo's 200th birthdate should be retained even if it is a mere 16 days from now, on Tuesday, 26. February. Otherwise, I would probably forget it.

Club members have finally written to protest about this duo or trio of count-downs or whatever the darn things are.

Jim Auman has tuned in with the suggestion to hold a count-down until the Tour Eiffel is repainted - counting while paint dries - and Alena Bohmova has written from Prague to suggest holding a count-up for 1001 nights - so long as I tell a story for each of them.

Next week we will look at these intensely interesting proposals more closely. I need a bit of time to figure out how to weasel out of them.
signature, regards, ric

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