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But about a week ago when I went past, I saw the window showing some very strange things - in color. Intrigued, I went inside to find out what this could mean.

Thus I met a neighbor, Didier Brousse, who has had the gallery for about 10 years. The photos were done by Laurent Miller, and this current exhibit of them, called La Méthode,photo: la methode, ©laurent millet, galerie camera obscura was also on view earlier in the year at the Robert Mann Gallery, in New York.

La Méthode, ©Laurent Millet

Yes, Didier Brousse assured me, the photos are photos. They are of constructions of cardboard and wire - not of Photoshop image making. With La Méthode, Laurent Miller has given his whimsical constructions background landscapes, which make them even more unlikely to be photographs.

But they are. Knowing that they are photos, you have to look at them very, very carefully. Some reward by slowly giving up their secrets and some remain mysteries. Worth a long look in other words.

Until Saturday, 29. June. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 14:00 to 19:00. Galerie Camera Obscura, 12. Rue Ernest Cresson, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau or Mouton-Duvernet. InfoTel.: 01 45 45 67 08.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

If you were too distracted to read last Thursday's club meeting 'report' you can top-up now with club news by hitting this link to the "Where Are All the Flower Stalls?" report. This 'Quote of the Week' was a definite 'first' because nobody has ever noticed the missing flower stalls before - not even me.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 6. June. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Norbert's day. I'm sure every year has one of these but it is new for me.

Readers who want to become real club members can scan the few minor details concerning this free club in 26 seconds by reading the large sized fine print on the 'About the Club' page and maybe clipping out the virtual membership card.

Joining is really easy. Do it by simply being here! Being here on a Thursday named after a saint or 'sainte' is even better and every day in a year has at least one of these. Keeping up with club 'news' is a snap too, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings, after I finish writing them, and you can read them in this magazine, which is online too.

Save 'Metropole Paris' as one of your favorite bookmarks to avoid mistyping its overly-long name every time you feel like reading a club report, or a regular edition like this one.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.23 - 4. June 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column, titled the 'Free Lunch Is Over.' The 'Au Bistro' column became unserious with 'The Big Fish Story.' This issue had two features, titled 'Half the Free Sights' and 'Anyone for Etchings?' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 7. June was called the 'Lost and Found' Report. The week's 'Scene' column was headlined 'The 'Future' Gets Longer.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoonphoto: sign, passage de la petite boucherie of the Week was captioned, "I've Seen Your Engravings" The issue concluded with a photo page titled 'Champs-Elysées.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.23 - 5. June 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Non-fiction Splinters.' The 'Au Bistro' column turned serious with 'The 'Fake Voters,' Part II.' This issue had two features, titled 'To Paris Plage! - At the Palais-Royal' and 'The Hunt for Harrison's Clocks' was by Linda Thalman. The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 8. June, was called the 'Unmentionable of the Week' report. A club page began with the 'Big Yawn of the Week' and went nowhere from there. The 'Scene' column pre-announced the Fête de la Musique - again - with 'Music Still Tops Calendar.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Tennis Needs the Right Driver!'

Countdown To Friday, 21. June

Despite the several important upcoming dates that could be suitable 'countdown' candidates - only two of them are here this week, for cultural reasons.

As of today, there are only 211 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 154 days now - five whole months! - long enough for everybody to figure it out.

This week's first countdown is to Thursday, 13. June, which I'll admit is only ten days off. This isphoto: sign, in tiles, babylonia cafe the day when hundreds of thousands of students in France will begin their philosophy exams, which start out the annual round of BAC tests. Wish them luck.

The second countdown runs slightly longer, until Friday, 21 June, which is 18 days off. Besides being official 'Eté' day - of the same saint's name by the way - it is also the day when the 'Front de Liberation des Nains de Jardin' has threatened to carry out massive garden gnome 'liberations,' kidnappings, and perhaps even assisted suicides.

This recalls the daring gnome snatch in 2000 from the exhibition of gnomes at the Bagatelle. While worrying about this, try and sooth yourself with the idea that Friday, 21 June is also the date of the Fête de la Musique in Paris and in France.

If you forgot to feed your canary before leaving home last week, try to remember to phone home to alert a neighbor with some birdseed.
signature, regards, ric

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