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After making wineries and being a wine consultant for big outfits for his entire career he has decided to make his own, and label it 'Café Metropole.'

Edge to edge on Daguerre - French, Asian and European eats.

Metropole in turn is more than willing to lend its name to this. 'Café Metropole' will not only be the 'house' wine, it will also be the magazine's sponsor, and vice-versa.

This is definitely an 'Internet-ploy' that has never been tried before. Just because it wasn't dreamed up by MIT's 'Media Lab' is no reason why we shouldn't try it.

At present we are still before the beginning of this. This label is not done, not approved. Although 'Café Metropole' sparkling wine will be Metropole's sponsor, no details have been settled on for this adventure. All I know is a lot of bottles are waiting for labels and Allan has gone out to buy a car.

You can expect to see further news about this here.

'Au Bistro' Killed by Taxes

Even though there was news in Paris during the past week - strikes, demonstrations, fires, the usual mayhem - and even though all the photos for the new column are done, I have to do my tax return and do it quick. 'Au Bistro' dies for another week on account of this. This is why it's called death and taxes.

Putting the numbers in the form is a snap because I don't have any, but reading about how to do itphoto: cafe bistro 48 requires some concentration because the 'rules' about where to put the zeros changes every year.

The Bistro 48 is only 10 metres from the next place.

I realize that the 630 metres of idle 'flânnerie' in this issue are a poor substitute for no 'Au Bistro' column, so you have my apologies. Actually, I prefer doing this column much more than the 'Scene' column. It is the order that things are done in that keeps knocking off 'Au Bistro.'

Next week I hope to make nothing but cuts to the 'Scene' columns - I say this to myself every week too - but I still hope to give you one before I get on the jet to see Easter snow in New York instead of in Paris.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

To catch up on news about last Thursday's club meeting, read the club's first "We Had a Great Cab Driver!" report.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 21. March. This will be unidentical to last Thursday because every week has a brand-new one, with this particular one being a Saint-Clémence day.

Metropole readers with an irresistible urge to become real club members can grasp the few details available about this free club by speed-reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page. This page still needs its pre-updated map to be restored even if the updated one it has isn't terribly out-of-date.

How to join? Simply by being here! Being here on a Thursday is better. How to keep up with club 'news' is easier, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings - right after I do all the attending members' photos and write the darn reports.

Metropole's Affiliates

The following product or service providers have chosen Metropole because their offers may be of value to you and I agree with them.

'Bookings' has extended their reservation service for a widephoto: spring styles for kids selection of Paris hotels. Check out their wider offers and make your choice long before your arrival in France. Try this one. Other Metropole readers have.

While adults are still be offered different shades of black, kids can have other colors.

'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.'

'Petanque America' exports 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. Everybody can play this game, nearly anywhere - such as on any vacant lots before they become parking fiemds for malls.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 5.12 - 20. March 2000 - This issue started with the week's Café Metropole column, titled, 'Clueless Weather' - endlessly, still! - and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Demos, Jackpots, Smart Cards.' This issue had one feature titled 'Bookville At Paris-Expo - 20th Salon du Livre.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 23. March was called the 'Secretary Libre' At the Club Report.' There was also a club blurb titled, 'The Club Is Not Fumes.' The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'A Re-Run of 1900.' There werephoto: sign, entree four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Only a Couple Pages More.'

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 4.12 - 22. March 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Big Horn Battle On a Bridge.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Dubious News Remains Unreported.' This issue had one feature, titled 'The French Book Show - Salon du Livre.' The 'Scene' column was unexciting again with, 'Free Museum Day in Yvelines.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were viewable too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week posed a vital question, which was 'Have You Read the Code Pénal Lately?'

The Sorry 'Count-Down'

There are only 288 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 77 days now. It is starting to seem like longer.

We can also forget Victor Hugo's 200th birthdate because it is past, although there will be a lot of Hugo events around Paris for some time to come.

Saint-Patrick's day is also behind us, having been on Sunday. This was the date in 1995 that I produced my first online report, but I forget how many years ago it was.

As noted here last week, John McCulloch and Jim Auman have proposed 'counting-down' to Alexandre Dumas' - the elder! - birthdate. Alexandre Dumas - père - was born on Saturday, 24. July 1802 at Villers-Cotterets and he wrote the 'Three Moustaches,' whichphoto: vespa dashboard, piaggio is still second behind the Bible in sales. From today, Dumas' birthdate is 155 days off.

Matt Rose's Vespa command-central.

Because of failing to produce 'Au Bistro' columns I hesitate a bit to add that the first round of voting for France's next Président is only 34 days from now. The campaign is in its full glory, with the two leading candidates being very cagey - but a good number of the others are making transient news.

Set your chronos, turn over your egg-timers full of sand, tune your video-recorders, get a red marker to 'X'-out days on your calendars, and start counting-down even if it is pretty silly, unless it is until the time you arrive in Paris.
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