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For some reason, the emails about the monarchy remain. There are about six of them and one includes the long history of the founding of the American Bar Association.

One 'Scene' Item of the Week

This column is being held over a week, until I get the strength to add all of its new 'fresh-air' stuff. However one item appears here, because of this week's Morris column on the contents page:-

Ubu, Opéra - Alfred Jarry is back, just in time, in this opera version of - what? Direction and music by Vincent Bouchot. Dates are 7, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18 . and 19. May. At the Opéra Comique, Place Boïeldieu, Paris 2. Métro: Richelieu-Drouot. InfoTel.: 08 25 00 00 58.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

If you neglected last Thursday's club meeting 'report,' catch up with club news by hitting this link to the "Why I'm In a Good Mood" report.

photo: la coronaThe coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 9. May. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Ascension's day, which may not be the name of an actual saint. Some days have two or three and others have none.

The club's own café La Corona.

Readers with a desire to become real club members can scan the few minor details about this free club in 18 seconds by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page.

Joining is really easy. Do it by simply being here! Being here on a Thursday called Ascension is even better and every year has at least one of these. Keeping up with club 'news' is even easier, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings and you can read them in this magazine, which is also online.

Record 'Metropole Paris' as one of your favorite bookmarks to save yourself typing out its overly-long name every time you feel like reading a club report, or a regular edition like this one.

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 wide 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.

'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 lot covered with suitable dirt.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.19 - 7. May 2001 - This issue began with the week's Café Metropole column, titled, 'The May Day Issue' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Président 'Superforme.' This issue had one feature titled 'A Four-Wheeled Bike With an Umbrella?' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 10. May was called the 'The 'Chili' of the Week' Report. The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'Some Changes, Musée de la Vie Romantique' and was followed by the photo page titled, 'Re-Runs.' There were four new 'Posters ofphoto: sign, 2 roues the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "The Way to Antony?"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.19 - 8. May 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Another Darn Long-Weekend.' The 'Au Bistro' column was not serious with, 'France's Dubious Record.' This issue had three features, titled 'A Pair of Nude Twenty Years In Montparnasse,' 'Sitting Around Paris, a Bit' and 'Euro Road Tips' by Badger. The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 11. May, was called 'What Is a Paris Monsoon?' The club's promo page announced, 'An Authentic 'First' - the first of many less authentic ones. The 'Scene' column was titled, 'In the Place Vendôme...' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were viewable too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Pardon! Gaston'

'Picks Sags' Was Incorrect Last Week

Something got in my eye while doing last week's headline for this popular 'Count-Down' feature, making it nonsensical. Luckily nobody noticed. To continue -

As of today, there are only 239 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 126 days now, long enough to be counterfeited using ordinary kitchen utensils, if you keep high-end laser printers in your kitchen.

A count-down for Charles Lindbergh's solo arrival in Paris after a 33-hour flight from the United States is currently underway. He landed without a parachute or a visa forphoto: sign, in front of petit palais France at Le Bourget, on Saturday, 21. May 1927. This was 75 years ago and this anniversary is 16 days from today.

Erik Lindbergh got tired of waiting for this date to come around and landed in Paris at Le Bourget last Thursday morning at 11:24, following his grandfather by slightly less than 75 years.

Erik took off from Long Island in the New Spirit of St. Louis monoplane 17 hours before landing here after the non-stop flight, cutting his grandfather's flight time nearly in half. For this reason, he only consumed half as many ham sandwiches during the trip.

Without adequate warning of the junior Lindbergh's arrival, no 'Count-Down' had been prepared for it. His flight has been a welcome reminder that the current 'Count-Down' is not entirely frivolous.

Wind your clocks right up tight, turn over your egg-timers, get any kind of marker to 'X'-out days on your calendars, and start counting-down. Especially if it is until the time you arrive in Paris, non-stop or not.
signature, regards, ric

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