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The other day he was telling me about being out at a church in Créteil, to look at a job of fixing up some sort of casket containing a couple of saints.

He and the priest worked hard to get the lid off. After mucking about a bit, Dimitri figured there shouldphoto: bateau from pont des arts be a user's manual with it, and sure enough, one popped out. It was written in the 1830's when the casket was last closed up, with trick bolts and seals and whatnot.

The box was supposed to contain the saints Algibert and Agoard, a couple of Roman-era French christians who were martyred by the usual barbarians, sometime in the 4th century.

The Seine is like sea-level. Everything else in Paris is above it, except the métro.

Dimitri said the bones weren't much more than slivers. He stuck his hands into them to find the biggest ones. He said it gave him a funny feeling, handling this 1600 year-old stuff - and left-over people at that. The oddest thing, he said, was that there were four skulls in the box.

Apparently, according to what he was told, there is a kind of 800 year blank spot in their history, because written accounts of their martyrdom are only attributed to about 1200.

Dimitri sure gets interesting jobs sometimes - or he will, if his bid on the job is accepted. As is the custom, we shook hands when he parted in the café. This is how I got a second-hand touch of a couple of guys who ran into a little bad luck 1600 years ago.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

If you are no longer distracted by sports news, I cannot understand why you haven't had time to read last Thursday's club meeting 'report.' In case this is the case, you can catch up with your club's news by hitting this link to the "It's a Virtual-Reality Club"" report, and nobody will know the difference.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 4. July. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Florent's day.

Readers who wish to become real club members can scan the few minor details concerning thisphoto: resto la maison rose free club in 52 seconds by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page and maybe clipping the virtual membership card off the screen.

Around the Maison Rose restaurant on Montmartre, nothing is level.

Joining is easier than simply easy. Do it by being here! Being here on a Thursday is even better. Keeping up with club 'news' is no great chore either, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings, right after I finish writing them slowly; 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 6.27 - 2. July 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column, titled the 'Saved! The Bélière.' The 'Au Bistro' column became legal with 'Triple Jeopardy.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Villa Paris - Out In the Country In the City' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 5. July was called the 'Surprise' of the Week' Report. The week's 'Scene' columnphoto: sign, rue maurice utrillo was headlined 'Paris Open 24/24, All Summer.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Back To Normal.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.27/8 - 3. July 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'It'll Be a Picnic.' This small issue had no 'Au bistro' column and no features, distinguished or otherwise. The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 1. July, was called the 'Huge Success of the Week report, but it was not a report' because the secretary was 'hors continent.' Linda Thalman hosted a meeting on 6. July, instead. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'Paris Eté 2000.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'The New World' which might have been anything.

Countdown To Saturday, 13. July

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

As of today, there are only 183 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 182 days now - nearly exactly six whole months! - more than long enough for everybody to treat it like regular old money.

This week's second countdown is to Saturday, 13. July, which is only 12 days off. This date isphoto: sign, entree interdite the eve of Bastille Day, when most of the cultural street parties take place - weather permitting - with the official stuff happening the following day.

The parade on the Champs-Elysées is important, but a lot of people tend to skip it so they will have strength enough to go to see the fireworks on the evening of the 14th at the Tour Eiffel. If you have TV in your hotel room, the parade is always broadcast. It usually rains too, and hotel rooms are usually dry.

Of course, if you've just gotten off a plane from Brazil after looking at new videos of World Cup fireworks for 19.5 hours straight, maybe you'd rather just skip the whole thing and get up early enough on Monday to see the garbagemen sweeping up the confetti left over after the Fête.
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