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It has been a wonderful Christmas here in Paris. Maybe it has been a bit too wonderful - I have 78 photos of it all, and all of them have to fit into this 'Café Life' column, because this is all there is going to be.

For readers who have been wondering about the weather, I have mixed news. At the flea market last Saturday it looked awful, but during the pinball yesterday it was great. Today is just so-so without rain, without sunshine, without being too cold at all. Isabelle, on France-2 TV-weather news tonight, says it will stay the same.

Café Life - Is Above

Metropole's Holiday Issues

Last week's thin issue 7.51 is merged this week with issue 7.52, which consists of holiday related 'Café Life,' entirely on this page. There are two new posters too, on a different page.

The following issue 8.01 straddles 2002 and 2003, but for unrelated reasons it may simply appearphoto: iceskate montparnasse as an update to the double issue 7.51/7.52, thus making it Metropole's first three-issues-in-one in the history of the Internet.

Free skating at Montparnasse, with 5euro 3 sign for skate rental.

'Ed' suggested that the club's secretary would be 'on holiday' for the meetings scheduled for Thursday, 26. December and Thursday, 2. January. A couple of club members wrote to say the secretary should 'get lost' and hinted they would 'get even' later.

The first 'complete' issue of 2003 will be number 8.02 and it will appear on Monday, 6. January. This will probably be a multiple-week issue too, with highly interesting reports and features from New York City, including some of its famous boroughs like Coney Island.

See this issue's 'contents' for information about the Café Metropole Club as well as the most recent club report. Also see this page for a link to the latest news about Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine. Ditto for the 'Extra-Special Multiple-Time Offer.'

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.51/52 - 17/24. Dec 2001 - This issue, like all others, began with the Café Metropole column with the headline, 'The Weather, Coluche and the Euro.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was, 'More Than You Wanted To Know About You Know What.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 20. December was called 'The Big 'Oops' of the Week ' report of the week. This double issue had a second club report for the meeting held on 27. December, called 'The Stereo New York-Paris' report. The issue's 'Scene' column doubled its value with two columns crammed into one, with, 'Christmas - and New Year's 2002.' The week's four new 'Posters of the Week' were present and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, 'Seasonal Greetings, Sincerely.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago + Week

Issue 5.51 - 18. Dec 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Bigger Than My Head.' The 'Au Bistro' column was absent again on account of legless legwork. There were two features, titled 'Paris' 'Little Belt' Tram Line' and 'Réveillon' - Midnight Supper.' The Café Metropole Club had two updates in this issue, for 14. December, with the oddly titled, 'Adrian Leeds' report and on 21. December with the '"What Happened To Roissy's Rabbits?" report. The 'Scene' column was replaced by Eva Lee's 'Conspiracy of Flop' email musings. Thephoto: sign, fin du marche des puces four new 'Posters of the Week' were featured somehow and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Watching Out for Speedbumps.'

This Was Metropole Exactly Two Years Ago

Issue 5.52 - 25. Dec 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Minuscule Holiday Issue.' The 'Au Bistro' column was absent again on account of mininess. There were no features, but there were two 'Scene' columns titled, 'Better Late Than Nothing' and 'New Years 2001.' The Café Metropole Club's update for 28. December, had the "Look for Our Photos!" report. The four new 'Posters of the Week' were again featured somehow and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was mis-captioned 'Metropole's Greeting Card.'

Next-to-Nothing Count-Down

The number of days left to go until we get a new year, which is almost dead-certain to be 2003, is only six! This is really very few days left to go and frankly, doesn't allow time to start a new count-down here or now.

Even though this feature of your weekly online magazine about Paris is one of the most popular, it hasphoto: pinball wizards only one known reader - who is also its main contributor, besides 'Ed.' This is completely normal for Internet Life and for the time of year.

On behalf of the entire staff of Metropole Paris - online since 1996! - I wish to thank all readers and all readers who have written to express their appreciation of the magazine, or ask tricky questions like 'what pay can they expect if they work here.'

Free games galore for pinball wizards from Dublin.

The Café Metropole Club is thriving, and its members number 437, more or less. This may not seem like a big number but if you consider that all of you converted yourselves from being spacy electron-like virtual readers of an online magazine into being real, live members of the magazine's club in Paris for its readers, then the number is still 437. The club's secretary is not sneezing at it.

It has been a difficult year for the magazine, partly because it remains seriously unfunded, but mostly because it took about six months to find a new physical home for it. The search ended successfully, and the new chair will make a great difference too.

In November, Metropole Paris lent its name to the new Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine. This is made by expert winemaker Allan Pangborn, who is a long-time reader of the magazine as well as being a paid-up member of the free Café Metropole Club. Shipping problems and less than instant payment methods should be resolved positively early in the coming year - which means soon.

Meanwhile, there is room for improvement of the content of Metropole Paris. I hope to get around to this soon or one of these days, whichever comes first. Along with a lot of readers, I hope 2003 will be better for all of us than the present year has been for some of us. Thanks for reading - and thanks for your support.
signature, regards, ric

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