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It sort of means the place has no bedroom. If I'm mistaken and it does have one, then it has no room for Metropole's editorial office. One or the other is missing. But in all fairness, I must say a regular closet is a pretty rare feature in a flat in Paris.

This has been sort of a 'ritual' visit, even through it has taken two weeks to get it over with. Now that the agency has taken note of what isn't suitable, we can work together and maybe come up with something that is.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

If you are still too distracted by the World Cup football championships, I can understand why you haven't time to read last Thursday's club meeting 'report.' But before next Friday's game you can catch up with your club's news by hitting this link to the 'Nothing of the Week' report, which is pretty much about nothing.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 20. June. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Silvère's day, which is followed by Saint-Eté day which includes the Fête de la Musique as a bonus.

Readers who have a desire to become real club members can scan the few minor details concerningphoto: peace poles, champ de mars this free club in 114 seconds by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page and maybe clipping the virtual membership card off the screen.

Part of the Year 2000 'Peace' expo, still standing on the Champ de Mars.

Joining is super easy. Do it by simply being here! Being here on a Thursday is even better. Keeping up with club 'news' is no chore either, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings, right 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 6.25 - 18. June 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column, titled the 'Proust, Joyce & Co.' The 'Au Bistro' column stayed unserious with 'Nearly No News, Hardly.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Marcel Proust's 'Pleasures and Days' - A Review. This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 21. June was called the 'The 'Feet of the Week' Report. The week's 'Scene' column was headlined 'Music, Parades andphoto: sign, quai de bethune Fireworks.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "Temps Perdu' - Enough!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.25 - 19. June 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Posters at Forney.' The 'Au Bistro' column became serious with 'Montmartre Barricades the 'Butte.' This issue had one feature, titled 'In the Tuileries - With the 'New Yorker.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 22. June, was called the 'Nearly a 'Louie of the Week' report. An ever-helful club page began with a question, 'Perfect Breakfast Wine?' The 'Scene' column pre-announced the Fête de la Musique - yet again - with 'If You Can't Sing, Hum.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Petting Station.'

Forgotten Item of the Week

Bloomsday. It was yesterday, Sunday, 16. June. Completely forgotten. Right out the window.

Countdown To Friday, 21. June

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

As of today, there are only 197 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro'photo: sign, house decor currency has been around for a whole 168 days now - almost six whole months! - long enough for everybody to figure it out.

The second countdown runs slightly longer, until Friday, 21 June, which is four whole days off. This is official 'Eté' day - of the same saint's name by the way - which means that summer is officially here. The weather might not be so fine, so it could be an idea to re-read the weather 'report' that begins this column.

While not bothering to worry about this too much, 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!

Of course, if you've just gotten off a plane from Australia after listening to canned music for 22 hours straight, maybe you'd rather spend the day in the Catacombs.
signature, regards, ric

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