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After I finished my marché photo business and was up at the upper end of Daguerre getting my Sunday bread, I could hear the sounds of the 'Demo of the Week' half a kilometre away.

News reports later said the score was 'only' 30,000 for the parade. However this was a good turnout for a crummy-weather Sunday in December.

This was a relief for the Minister of Education, Luc Ferry, who said it wasn't a strong turnout. He could have left it like this, but felt it necessary to add that the parade had included 'Trotskyist leaders' and that the movement was divided between extreme leftists and leftist-liberals.

This is the minister who has just sacked 5000 young school-watchmen and 20,000 teacher's aides. Many young people with these five-year contracts were expecting them to be rolled over into permanent jobs in the education branch.

Now, with many just short of the age of 30, they face unemployment with exactly no credit for anything, and next-to-nothing for unemployment benefits because they were paid the minimum wage or less.

The right's logic on this is that they are better off unemployed than under-employed. The watchmen are being replaced with video cameras because the right's uppermost preoccupation is 'security.'

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

There are a few more words about Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc in this issue. Winemaker Allan Pangborn took some Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc to Las Vegas for a holiday, away from the boring 'Shed.'

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Follow this link to last week's extraordinary "Rock of Cashel Set On Fire!" club meeting report, especially if you are interested in Ireland more than in club 'lore.'

All the mundane details concerning the club - actually somewhat useful - are handily available on the 'About the Club' page. If you think the virtual membership card may be valuable, you can attempt to pry it right off the screen and keep it next to you.

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, 12. December. Thephoto: skating rink, montparnasse official 'Saints' Day of the Week' next Thursday is an extremely long name that nobody here can remember. Not this late on Monday, at any rate.

On ice in Montparnasse.

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.

Multiple-Time Extra-Special Offer

The server-lady's 'Paris In Sites Newsletter' has not been plugged here for a really long time, and my 'café-credit' for doing so has expired and with the high price of café these days, I need a thousand new subs fast. 'Ed' in withdrawal is not a wholesome sight.

Linda Thalman serves no food or cafés as such, but runs Metropole's Web server. On the side she produces a Paris In Sites newsletter and a companion Web site. Hit the first to subscribe and the second to see the fuller Web version.

Linda writes about language, tourism news, events and stories from and about Paris and France. She also reports about her various travels around the world and to Saint-Rémy - hardly 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 tomorrow.

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 sign up for one tonight.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.50 - 10. Dec 2001 - This issue, like every other one, began with the Café Metropole column's 'Under the Weather Week.' The 'Au Bistro' column was substituted by 'A Christmas Present from Paris' Mayor.' Not this year though. This issue had one Email feature titled "Down, Way Down, Way Way Down." The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 13. December was called the 'Moyer-Moyer 'Meet of the Week' report of the week. The issue's 'Scene' column doubled its value with 'Two 'Scenes' for the Price of One,' followed by 'Thephoto: sign, promenade rene capitant Christmas Scene' to make a threesome. The week's four new 'Posters of the Week' were presented and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, 'Was Only a Dream.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.50 - 11. Dec 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined 'Global Warming Rant.' 'Ed' was in a bad mood. The 'Au Bistro' column was absent for lack of legwork. There was one feature, titled 'Walking Like a Penguin,' which was about faulty legwork. The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 7. December, was oddly titled, the "Mostly To Eat!" report. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'Last New Stuff of the Year' and Scene 2 had 'Paris Christmas Season.' The four new 'Posters of the Week' were featured but Ric's Cartoon of the Week was 'no show.'

'Butt-saving' Count-Downs

The number of days left to go until we get a new year, which is almost certain to be 2003, is only 22. This may not seem like many days left to go, and really isn't if you are counting them until the next time there are fireworks at the Tour Eiffel.

The count-down that was - was suggested by Jim Auman. He has been the inspiration for many past count-downs and some of the few popular ones, but in this issue he explains why there is no new famous event countdown in this issue because he is 'on strike.'

He got ticked off at 'Ed's' strike threat in last week's issue and I can't say I blame him. But when I look around here right now, I see that the planned 'Au Bistro' column is without one wordphoto: sign, bach, hendrix written yet - ideas, yes, but no words - the 'Noël 2002' events column is not complete, and I still have to write about the Café Metropole wine's visit to Las Vegas without ever having been closer to it than Seattle.

As a precaution against bleary eyes at 04:00 on Tuesday, 46 photos and images have already been uploaded to Metropole's server. Later this week the club 'report of the week' will be added, with its additional five to seven images.

I am not 'on strike.' It didn't used to seem like a lot to do two columns, two features, two events columns, a couple of poster pages and a weekly cartoon, with 50 other images, plus the various updates and archiving, but tonight it does. Luckily for me, it is Jim who has written about being 'on strike' in this issue.
signature, regards, ric

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