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Guess what? Here it is 02:00 in Paris on Tuesday, and the 'Au Bistro' column is still in my head. The first round of voting for France's next Président takes place with 16 candidates next Sunday, José Bové is thinking of going to jail for six months instead of accepting a legal slide-out, and France's football championships are hanging by a thin and fragile thread.

As much as some of it is 'in my head,' I can't just rattle it off like a machine-gun, so I'm going to quit now while I've still got a slight hope of being in shape to bash it out tomorrow and add it to this issue. Stay tuned.

'Au Bistro' II

After a bit less than 24 hours later this issue now contains an 'Au Bistro' column. If I hadn't promised one, it wouldn't be here now. It was going great until I got sidetracked by watching what turned out to be the worst movie ever made. It was called 'Mars Attacks.'

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

To update yourself with the news about the two Thursday club meetings while I was hors-continent - which were hosted by the server-lady Linda Thalman - you will have to wait no longer until I get around to formatting her notes. I cut Thursday's 'lit. night,' ditched the heavy edit, and attached them to last week's issue containing the regular club 'report.'

If you hit the link on this issue's contents page that takes you to last Thursday's meeting report, look around in the same issue for Linda's earlier reports.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 18. April. It is not the least annoying to have all club meetings on Thursdays, because there is only one of these per week, unfortunately. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Parfait's day, which is no longer Victor's Hugo's birthday.

Readers with a genuine desire to become real club members can easily grasp the few details about this free club in 30 seconds by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page.

Want to join? Do it by simply being here! Being here on a Thursday with a saint's name is better and every Thursday has one. How to keep up with club 'news' is even easier, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings. All you have to do is hit the right one of your favorite bookmarks.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.16 - 16. April 2001 - This issue started with the week's Café Metropole column, titled, 'The Issue of Fashion' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Neighborhood Bomb Site.' This issue had one feature titled 'In the Ex-Rue des Rats - Looking for Romans.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 19. April was called the "It Was Like Coming On a Stagecoach!" Report. The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'This Is Paris After All.' The photo page was titled 'Boules inphoto: sign, rue saillard the Arènes de Lutèce.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'The Annual Fashion Tip.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.16 - 17. April 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Weather Fixation 'Fix.' The 'Au Bistro' column continued with, 'Is There Life After 60?' This issue had one feature, titled 'The '20's and '30's In Boulogne.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 20. April, was called 'Non-Readers Become Members!' A club page announced, 'More New Members.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Paris Is Surrounded' and there was a 'Scene Update' titled 'Last Minute Easter Program.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Birds Sing.' Yes, birds.

This Year's Unflagging 'Count-Down'

There are only 260 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 105 days now and is no longer eligible of the 'first 100 days' routine.

Despite total indifference I intend to conduct a count-down for Charles Lindbergh's solo arrival in Paris after a 33-hourphoto: entry, gaz de france non-smoking flight without movies or commercials from the United States. He landed without a visa for France at Le Bourget, on Saturday, 21. May 1927. This was 75 years ago and this anniversary is 36 days from today.

For another, closer, date, the first round of voting for France's next Président is only five days from now, since it is Tuesday already. Newspeople here keep asking Arlette if she'll feel bad if she steals votes from Lionel Jospin. She says he is over 21. The final, run-off vote, will be two weeks later.

The 14 other candidates are slugging it out more furiously than ever around the country, on TV and in person. France-2 TV news has regularly been featuring various shades of Trotskyists, again, still. You didn't know they came in different colors of red? Conservatives are not only blue, but they are pale too.

Wind your clocks, turn over your egg-timers, get a red - Red! - marker to 'X'-out days on your calendars, and start counting-down. Especially if it is until the time you arrive in Paris.
signature, regards, ric

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