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For the green one, there are nifty matching green slippers. But the photo of the white bathrobe came out better, and the big 'M' t-shirt looks like something that Métroman might wear to fancy parties. Oh, where am I going to get the 55euro 3 sign needed, and the other 18euro 3 sign for the slippers?

While a white bathrobe is nice, the green one looks like smart money.

I don't know if these items are featured on the Web site, but they are certainly worth looking for. If you try it, look for the section named, 'Memorabilia, Souvenir.'

The Flat Hunt 00.2

I forgot to read what was written here last week and enjoyed several fruitless strolls around the block in last week's heatwave, looking for 'last year's' non-existent apartments to rent. For some reason, connections started working without warning on Friday. Nothing is 'in the bag' yet, but I am more optimistic.

Metropole Took a Holiday

I can't figure out how I can take a one-week holiday handling thousands of dud emails at the Cadillac Ranch, and skip doing two whole issues of this magazine. Anyhow, the 'ranch' story is in this issue, plus a lot of September 'futures,' but alas, no 'Au Bistro' column. It's a shame, because there was some totally silly summer-type news too.

Other good news involves Metropole's readership. This was edging up to the 20,000-mark at the beginning of the year, but leaped to about 25,000 readers a month in April and May.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Even with little going on in the world these days, I can't understand why you might have been a bit indifferent to news of last Thursday's club meeting 'report.' If you plain forgot, you can catch up with your club's 'news' by hitting this link to the "It Might Have Been In British English" report.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 22. August. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Fabrice for the first time, making it a true 'first.'

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

Joining is almost as easy. Do it by being here! Being here on a Thursday is better yet. Keeping up with club 'news' is no great hassle either - unless you forget - 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 hideously-long name every time you feel like reading a club report, or a regular edition like this one.

Metropole's Affiliates

The following product or service providers have chosen Metropole because their offers may be of value to you and I agree with them.

'Bookings' has extended their reservation service for a wide selection of Paris hotels. Check out their wider offers and make your choice long before your arrival in France. Try this one. Other Metropole readers have.

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

'Petanque America' exports quality Obut boules from France and will ship them to you anywhere in the Americas - which will save you the effort of carrying them all the way from Paris. Be the first on your block to introduce the game of pétanque - or boules. Everybody can play this game, nearly anywhere - such as on any vacant lot covered with suitable dirt.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.34 - 20. Aug 2001 - This issue's Café Metropole column explained summer as 'Open, Closed, Rain, Sunshine.' The 'Au Bistro' column must have been short of news to run 'Tour Eiffel Plans Basement.' This issue had one dilly of a feature entitled, 'In Auvers-sur-Oise Visiting Vincent Van Gogh.' It also had an update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 23. August, called the 'The Dogs' Day' report. The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'August's Final Third.' There were four new 'Posters of thephoto: sign, rue guenegaud Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'It's Still August!' A photo page was titled 'Wednesday, 15. August.' This was enough 'August' to last for years.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.34 - 21. Aug 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Tourist Traps' that Aren't.' Aren't what? The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Uncle France Is Rich.' The issue's only feature was titled 'Paris - a Tourist Trap? 'Hell' On Montmartre.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 24. August, was called the 'Yawn of the Week' report. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'Paris In Deep Drowse.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were only two and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'No Time To Waste.'

Countdown To the Recent Future

This feature would have been elected as the most boring in the magazine if it was a candidate for election. Despite being suspended four weeks ago, the situation is unchanged because I'm not putting it to a vote.

However, before you read too much further I had better come clean andscan: 5 franc note, issued 1944 admit that I have no handy 'count-down' date this week for everybody to snicker at.

Instead, here is an odd five-france note, with a 'Série de 1944' mention on it. This was passed on to me from a guy I met last Christmas Day in New York nicked-named Shnay, who probably picked up the note here the year it was issued and kept it as a souvenir. It was 59 years ago this summer that a lot of guys like Shnay helped to make Paris open again for regular visitors after having been closed for four years.

Sixty-one years ago, some other guys made an aborted attempt to arrive via sea at Dieppe, and today France has been remembering them too.
signature, regards, ric

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