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Going up Daguerre to my new café number two - Le Naguère - I notice other shopsphoto: saint germain usually open on Monday, are closed too. Luckily my new paper shop is open and it has Le Parisien. Its headline says, 'Hommage aux 68 derniers poilus' - which is a reference to the remaining French survivors of WWI.

So, it is 11. November today and it is 'Remembrance Day' in France and many other places throughout the world. Obviously, if it had been raining buckets like usual, I might have remembered.

It was long ago in Saint-Germain, possibly last Thursday.

So it was also perfect weather for Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë to make his comeback in public, a week earlier than expected - after having recovered from the attack in the Hôtel de Ville during the 'Nuit Blanche.'

Café Metropoleô Survives Roadworks

The 'Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc' sparkling wine is brought up again in this issue, with the latest news about the road repairs that will allow its speedy shipments to fancy wine fanciers. Also be sure to read about how the wine survived its first serious test on Saturday night. No prizes yet, but these are early days.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Pop this link to last week's "Eeek!" She Said' report, even if you are not interested in the club's only meeting ever held exactly one week after Halloween, which I will admit, had no special effect on the meeting whatsoever.

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

Joining this club - your own free club after all! - is also mentioned on the same page. To save you aphoto: my window, monday short hyperlink trip to it, all you need to know is - show up at the café in Paris known worldwide as the Café La Corona on any Thursday.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 14. November. The club's 'Saints' Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Sidoine. My 'saints book' actually lists names of places in France named after saints, but doesn't say who they are or how they became that way.

First-time readers of 'Metropole Paris' can save its URL as one of your 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 Notre-Dame was built, have been moved out of this space. They are still reachable via the column on the left on the contents page, and their 'blurbs' will reappear on the 'Partners' page when it becomes available not long from now, which will be in less time than it was last week.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.46 - 12. Nov 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column, 'The Buffalo Grass Rip-Off.' The 'Au Bistro' column was replaced by one feature titled 'Underground' Rises to Surface In Paris - More Freakin' Freaks.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 15. November was called the 'Beaujolais Nouveau Day of the Year' report even though it was a week off. The week's 'Scene' column wasphoto: sign, hotel sign headlined 'With the Year's Final Events Again.' The week's new four 'Posters of the Week' were on view as usual and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, "HEY MAN!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.46/7 - 13. Nov 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Ed' Does a Bunk.' Wasn't possibly true. The 'Au Bistro' column posed the eternal question, 'Where's the Beef?' There were two features, titled 'The Prince of Montparnasse' and 'Two Photo Exhibits.' There was an eMail feature with Paul Babbit writing about an election somewhere. The Café Metropole Club updates for this double issue were on 16. November, for the 'Meat of the Week' report, and on 23. November for the 'Vachement Cool' report. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'Besides Photos, Other Stuff.' The four brand new 'Posters of the Week' were featured and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had a caption asking, 'Are You Blind?'

Monte-Cristo Type 'Real' Count-Down

On Tuesday, 31. December there will be no fireworks set off at the Tour Eiffel, so this isn't what the 'count-down' is about. 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 50. Until the next New Years Eve fireworks it is about 997 years.

Since John Motta has now received his prize 'M'-cap, there is no longer any reason for this being a 'count-down' unless you see him buzzing around in his new Corvette with the top down and his new lid on.

The current 'count-down,' suggested by reader and club member Jim Auman, is still active. Jimphoto: sign, cette plaque is phoney has said he has found out that Alexandre Dumas' is to be unburied someplace and reburied in the Panthéon on Saturday, 30. November. This is 20 days off.

Wherever Alexandre Dumas is, he is commemorated by a wall plaque somewhere. It has just come to the notice of the minority UMP party in the Hôtel de Ville that there are some wise guys around who are putting up illegal signs - 'plaques sauvages' - that commemorate nothing but good humor. But doing so without permission, is not supposed to be funny.

This just goes to show that in Paris it is possible to be quite unknown and yet by honored by a commemorative plaque, like the mysterious Karima Bentiffa, a 'civil servant who lived in this house from 1984 to 1989.' This is posted on houses in both the Rue Saint-Sauveur and the Rue Perignon. Our plaque here, photographed in the Rue Boulard, can also be seen in the Rue Charlemagne.
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