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But some new posters will probably go up on Friday, and there are other posters that will only be seen on the Champs-Elysées. And all of the posters plastered all over the métro network are out of bounds. There are some good ones down there too.

While I write this, I hear the constant tweet of the 17:45 whistles of the minders in the cemetery, to chase out the fans of the dead before closing time.

Slightly less than 24 hours earlier, I was talking to the server lady on the phone when a marvelous sky full of a circus of action clouds suddenly cleared, leaving a huge rainbow rising up out of the far side of the cemetery and looping high above to arch over to the 13th.

I asked Madame Thalman to 'hold the phone' while I grabbed the camera, opened my windows and popped off three shots of it without the faintest idea of how to photograph a live rainbow. When I picked up the phone again, irritated steam was coming out of it.

An Abbreviated 'Au Bistro'

France's oldest rock star, Johnny Hallyday, was on TV-news the other night to promote his new album, which consists of two CDs with 23 new songs, composed by dozens of top songwriters. So far as I can tell Radio-FIP has managed to play none of them - but the station doesn't say what it's playing anyway.

Although Johnny is the 'oldest,' he is only 59. We have to wait until next spring when he will make a triumphal tour of Paris and the provinces to celebrate his 60th birthday, and his 62 years in the 'oldest French rock-and-roller' business.

On TV, Johnny did not look a lot older than 49 but he said he does some sports to keep in shape when he was asked about how he maintains his voice in singing condition.

This is important of course because Johnny only performs in big places, which require big voices. It is obviously an advance for mankind and Johnny's hundreds of thousands of faithful fans that amplifiers were invented in time to support his voice, which sounded a little bit garbly on my TV. This could have been due to it still be tuned to the Saint-Germain-en-Laye relay instead of the closer Tour Eiffel.

Café Metropoleô Survives a Cold Snap

The long-awaited 'Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc' sparkling wine is brought up again in this issue, following its official unveiling here two weeks ago. The wine went on sale 12 hours early, on Halloween, instead of waiting for its official date of Friday, 1. November. Stupendous sales figures are not yet available.

In order to keep abreast of this major 'first' for an Internet magazine - it's the only 'drinkable' one - be sure the read all about it in this issue, in the last issue, two issues ago, and tell all of your friends about it, if they happen to be drinkable Internet magazine fans.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Lightly hit this link to last week's 'A New 'Food of the Week' First' report, even if you are not interested in the club's only meeting ever held on Halloween, which I will admit, had no special effect on the meeting except for some peanut butter chocolates.

All the necessary details concerning the club - practically 100 percent zilch - are available on the 'About the Club' page. If you think you need one, you can hack the virtual membership card right off the screen and forge the secretary's signature on it.

Joining this club - your own free club after all! - is also mentioned on the same page. To savephoto: tuileries you a short hyperlink trip to it, all you need to know is - show up at the clubhouse known worldwide as the Café La Corona on a Thursday.

More 'atmosphere' in the Tuileries before the rains came.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 7. November. The club's 'Saints' Day of the Week' next Thursday is Sainte-Carine. The equivalent meeting a year from now will also be the first in the club's existence, to be held on a Thursday in November 2003.

Save 'Metropole Paris' today or earlier as one of your all-time favorite bookmarks to avoid mistyping its overly-long 'URL' name every time you feel like reading a club report, or a regular edition like this one.

Metropole's Affiliates

Anticipating the creation of a new page for 'Partners' of Metropole Paris, the 'affiliates' that have been listed here since before the Romans occupied Paris, have been chopped from this space. They are still reachable via the column on the left of the contents page, and their 'blurbs' will reappear on the 'Partners' page when it becomes available not long from now.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.45 - 5. Nov 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column, 'Crocodile Nigel's Biannual Visit.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Who's Afraid of the Institut Pasteur?' This issue had no features. The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 8. November was called the 'Church of the Week' report on account of some event at the meeting. The week's 'Scene' column was headlined 'Malraux et la Modernité.' Thephoto: sign, avenue champs elysees week's new four 'Posters of the Week' were on show again and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, "Bonjour Manhattan."

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.45 - 6. Nov 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column headlined 'The 'Week of the Photo.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'France's Flying No Smoking Zone.' There was one feature, titled 'Jim Morrison Isn't Here.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 9. November, was called the 'Election of the Week' report. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'Holding Pattern' but to make up for it there was the additional 'Month of the Photo' Program.' The four brand new 'Posters of the Week' were viewable and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Family Portrait.'

Seriously 'Real' Count-Down III

To return the regular program of semi-serious count-downs the number of days left to go until we get a new year, which for the purposes of this 'count-down' will be 2003, is 57.

As suggested here last week - having a count-down until John Motta receives his prize for having the best guess for the previous semi-serious count-down - well, this is overphoto: sign, napoleon 1810 too because he should have it by now. The exact status of this is unknown due to the long-weekend email strike. We could have a count-down for this too, but I say to hell with it.

The current 'count-down' has been suggested by reader and club member Jim Auman, who almost always sends in a timely new count-down subject when I run out of one, which is all the time, like this week.

Jim has said he has found out that Alexandre Dumas' is to be unburied someplace and reburied in the Panthéon on Saturday, 30. November. My magic 2018-year BC-AD calendar says this is 27 days off.

Wherever Alexandre Dumas is now, he will be ceremoniously dug up and spend a ceremonial Friday night at his 'folie' - the Château de Monte-Cristo, on the edge of Marly-le-Roi - before being hauled off to the Panthéon on Saturday, where he may remain in ceremony for eternity - at long last!

This just goes to show that in France it is possible to be quite famous here for a very long time before getting planted in the place reserved for people everybody agrees is quite famous. Put another way, there is no 'overnight' fame in France. Johnny Hallyday's 'overnight fame' is in its 42nd or 43rd year now.
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