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'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

Read more about Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc in this issue's installment of 'How To Become Known as Champagne-Ricky' by writing about a sparkling wine named after this magazine that you are reading right this very minute.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Follow this link to last week's "Thanksgiving 'Icons of the Week' Return" club meeting report, especially if you are interested in club 'lore.' You do, after all, come to Paris for its rich 'lore' and it must be reassuring to know that your club has some too even if it isn't quite so 'rich.'

All the mundane details concerning the club - actually somewhat useful - are available for youphoto: alesia on the 'About the Club' page. If you think you need the virtual membership card, you can attempt to pry it right off the screen and keep it next to your loved ones' photos.

Dim days in Paris are getting normal no matter how early they are.

Joining your own free club is also mentioned on the same page. To save you a short hyperlink trip to it, all you need to know is - be up at the café on the Quai du Louvre in Paris known worldwide as the Café La Corona on any Thursday.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 5. December. The official 'Saints' Day of the Week' next Thursday is Gérald. Nobody will put you down if you tell everybody it is 'Gérald's Day.'.

New readers of 'Metropole Paris' can save its URL as one of your favorite bookmarks to avoid snarl-typing its overly-long 'URL' name of www.metropoleparis.com every time you have an irresistible urge to read the club report about the meeting you attended, or a strike-bound regular edition like this one.

One-Time Extra-Special Offer

Is neither 'one-time' nor 'extra-special,' but is merely to catch your attention because the server-lady's 'Paris In Sites Newsletter' has not been plugged here for a long time, and my 'café-credit' for doing so has expired.

Linda Thalman serves no food or drinks, but runs Metropole's Web server. On the side she produces aphoto: window, bhvParis In Sites newsletter and a companion Web site. Hit the first to subscribe and the second to see the fuller Web version.

The Christmas windows at BHV are simple and tasteful.

Linda writes about language, travel, tourism news, events and stories from and about Paris and France. She also reports about her various travels around the world - seldom to ordinary places. The free newsletter is sent by email every month and is worth much more than it costs. The coming issue is currently scheduled for emailing on Tuesday, 10. December.

The Web site version is more complete as well as being 'in color.' However, I only get the café-credits for subscriptions to the newsletter, so please consider the perk-up 'color' that I will get from this.

Metropole's Affiliates

The current editorial 'strike' is also affecting the snail-like creation of the new page for 'Partners' of Metropole Paris. The 'affiliates' that were listed here are still reachable via the column on the left on the contents page. Watch for the 'Partners' page when it becomes available to serve you sometime before the next great flood.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.49 - 3. Dec 2001 - This issue trotted off with the Café Metropole column's '150 Horses, 'Not Found!' The 'Au Bistro' column was sluffed off in favor of something 'About the Club Meeting In New York.' Otherwise, this issue had no features titled, 'Is It True?' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 6. December was calledphoto: sign, venetian perfume bottle the 'Prague of the Week' report. The week's 'Scene' column changed its tune, again, with 'One-Night Stand, Once.' The week's four new 'Posters of the Week' were on view, yet again, and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, "I Had a Dream..."

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.49 - 4. Dec 2000 - Due to passing a fruitless weekend - after the accident the previous Thursday on the way to the Club meeting - in a clinic in a woebegotten sector of the 18th arrondissement, this issue was a bit abbreviated. The Café Metropole column's title was 'La Rue de la Vie Is Bumpy.' This was followed by a bunch of useless nonsense, headlined, 'Mini-Issue - 2nd Week of 'Pratfall of the Week.' No features, no 'Scene' column, no Posters of the Week, no Cartoon of the Week and no recent past issues rounded off the near-non issue. It was pitiful.

Count-Down Continues As Dumas Comes to Rest

The number of days left to go until we get a new year, which will very likely be 2003, is only 29. This may not seem like many days left to go, and really isn't unless you are counting them until next Halloween.

The count-down that was - suggested by Jim Auman - has seen a successful conclusion. There was ceremony in Paris on Saturday, there was pomp, and a lot of Parisians turned out in untidy weather to see the final voyage of Alexandre Dumas to his designatedphoto: sign, italian egg, glass jewels eternal resting place in the Panthéon beside five other French authors.

Alexandre Dumas was born in Villier-Cotterets on Saturday, 24. July 1802. He died in Dieppe on Monday, 5. December 1870 and was buried, according to his wishes, at Villier-Cotterets. It took a lot of agitation by 'Friends of Alexandre Dumas,' the previous Minister of Culture Catherine Tasca and the Président of France, Jacques Chirac, to get him lifted out of his home town and planted in Paris.

Between the two dates above, Alexandre Dumas wrote 646 volumes and eight magazines. Writing too much and too popularly, kept him out of the Panthéon for a very long time, but his book sales are still clipping merrily along - more or less worldwide.

The historian Alain Decaux summed this up with a six minute speech, while the Président's took 15 minutes. This just goes to show that not all good writers necessarily need more airtime than politicians, even if they are both used to being on TV a lot.
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