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Its 45,000 books are to be donated to French libraries - which will probably be happy to get them. Another section, the Teacher's Resource Centre, an invaluable collection of manuals, was transferred to Bordeaux. Only ten or 12 of these books ever arrived there. The rest are 'unfound.'

Apparently, as a 'cost-cutting' measure, the library is to be transformed into a bookless 'computer library' with the aid of a grant of 1.7 million - dollars? euros? pounds?

The appeal to 'do something' comes a bit late because as early as 1997 the library began reducing its services to its users. But who knows? If you think kids should be able to put their hands on real books, why not write to say so? Here is the address:-

Sir John Holmes,
Her Britannic Majesty's Embassy,
35. Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré,
75008 Paris, France

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

If you were too distracted by tennis or other sports to read last Thursday's club meeting 'report' you can catch up now with club news by hitting this link to the "Something Pulled Us Here" report.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 13. June. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Antoine de Padque's day. I wonder how this is pronounced.

Readers who have a desire to become real club members can scan the few minor details concerning this free club inphoto: bike taxi 14 seconds by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page and maybe clipping the virtual membership card off the screen.

Paris' 'Vélo-Taxis' have been highly recommended by the server-lady.

Joining is really easy. Do it by simply being here! Being here on a Thursday is even better and every week 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.

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. 'Things Happen' - but I hope won't be the case.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.24 - 11. June 2001 - This issue began, as usual, with the Café Metropole column, titled 'Free Champagne & Street Eats.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Take the TGV-Med.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Fête In Les Frigos - Art On Ice.' Two emails filled out the week, titled, 'The Flying Rhino' from Charles Fremont and 'The Politics of Orangina' from Al Riley. This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 14. June was called the 'When In Paris' Report. Thephoto: sign, passage tenaille week's 'Scene' column was not present. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Mole Art.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.24 - 12. June 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Exclusive Art Discovery.' The 'Au Bistro' column was hypermega with 'Mega Johnny Lights Mega Fire.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Peep! "Hey! Move it! Hey!" Peep!' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 15. June, was titled the 'What Happened?' report. A club page announced 'A Cavalcade of 'Firsts.' The 'Scene' column was titled the 'Varoom-varooooom Weekend.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' showed up and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Johnny Sells Out.'

Countdown To Friday, 21. June, Again

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 204 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 161 days now - more than 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 three days off. This is 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 lots of luck.

The second countdown runs slightly longer, until Friday, 21 June, which is 11 days off. This is official 'Eté' day - of the same saint's name by the way - which means that summer is officially here and the weather is so fine that you can skip the weather 'reports' that begin this column.

While not bothering to worry 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. Just think, 24 hours of mostly free music!

If you forgot to feed your canary before leaving home two weeks ago, forget I brought it up.
signature, regards, ric

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