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I objected on the grounds that there is 'hardly anybody up there to deny anything.'

According to the 'Is It True?' gang, Canada is the pits because it sent William Shatner south to appear endlessly on US television. Worse, the Canadian actor Loren Green appeared more than endlessly, because he was on US television in two TV series' that were so boring neither had fan clubs like TV's 'Star Trek.'

What the American members of 'Is It True?' crew seem to have forgotten is both of these TV series were on view in Canada too - deliberately beamed north by the US - and the only way to avoid them was to take a Transatlantic escape route.

The Flat Hunt XVII.5

This little personal exercise of mine continued last week, mostly based on welcome tips and rumors, and unavoidable blind alleys and blunders. Some of these - either good or bad - may turn out to have real value, because looking at classified ads in papers or on the Web seem to be simply ways to spend money on useless sources.

But I think this must be as boring for you as it is for me, so I will not waste more of your time with it this week. Next week may be another story, but don't count on it.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

With all that's going n in the world these days, I can understand why you might not have had time to read last Thursday's club meeting 'report.' If this is the case, you can catch up with your club's news by hitting this link to the 'No Rules' Rule Kicks In' report and get up-to-date.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 25. July. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Jacques.

Readers who want to become real club members can scan the few minor details concerning this free clubphoto: sculpture garden, tuileries in 17 seconds by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page and maybe scraping the virtual membership card off the screen.

Only minutes from the Seine, this cool oasis of calm is also in the Tuileries.

Joining is no more than easily simple. Do it by being here! Being here on a Thursday is the best bet. 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.

Metropole's Affiliates

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.29/30 - 23. July 2001 - This double issue began with the Café Metropolephoto: sign, paris plage column's breathless 'Bigger Yawn Than Last Week.' The 'Au Bistro' column raved about the 'Lost Rave Party Found.' This issue had no features of any kind. But it had updates for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 19. July, called the 'The 'Frites' of the Week' report, followed on 26. July with the 'Steamy Meeting' report. The week's 'Scene' column was headlined 'Something for You Rain or Shine.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Is It 'Ed?' The 'Ed' who runs these things two weeks in a row?

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.30 - 24. July 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Two Tours In One Day.' There was 'FlashNews' update on 25. July about the Concorde's crash. The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Friday Roller Rando Banned.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 27. July, was called the 'No Doctors, No Lawyers!' report. There was an additional club page with the title, 'Non-Member Says Club Non-News Not Boring.' The 'Scene' column's headline was 'Paris In Deep Drowse.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'You Promised!' Have I heard this before?

Countdown To Real Soon

This feature has almost been elected as the most boring in the magazine. It would have won if there had been a vote on it, but it was suspended a whole week ago and it thus missed out on having its own 'count-down.'

As luck would have it, this feature's lonephoto: sign, rue malar reader, Jim Auman, has written to remind me and you that on Wednesday, 24. July, Alexandre Dumas will have his 200th anniversary too, and this is a whole two days away. According to Jim we should remember Dumas as being, "the author of the celebrated 'Three Moustaches' followed by a wretchedly forgettable sequel - 'Three Moustaches and a Goatee.'

As of this issue the 'days remaining' and the number of 'days to go' of this year 2002 are no longer worth counting up, down or sideways. Same 'carpe diem' for the almighty 'euro 3 signuro.'

Thursday, 8. August is expected to be the date of arrival in New York via Route 66, by way of Chicago from LA, of 28 or 30 teams piloting pre-war Citroën 'Tractions.' On Friday, the surviving 'Tractions' are scheduled to show off in a parade on 5th Avenue. Even though 'count-downs' are henceforthly discounted here, the first date is 17 days from now.

The Web site also seems to give Monday, 12. August as an arrival date in New York, so if there is a little confusion about this - is it 17 or 21 days? - it is not the fault of Mr. Auman, this feature's only reader and contributor.
signature, regards, ric

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