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Discussing this prompted the playwriter - I can almost say his name, he said, but I cannot come close to writing it because it is Irish - he asked me if I could look up 'Sally Ann Howe' who he met at the Sorbonne sometime around 1967 or 1968.

Is there something wrong with my face? Why do people keep asking me to find missing persons for them? Or sending me to restaurants that have disappeared.

I'll tell you, you wouldn't want the reputation I've seem to have acquired without seeking it. It's hard enough putting Metropole online with an eyedropper - but it seems to work in reverse when I'm doing one of these missing persons things.

Anyhow, enough whining. The Sally Ann Howe who was born in 1930 and was in 'Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang' or in the unforgettable 'Death Ship' in 1980 is not the Sally Ann Howe the playwriter is looking for.

When we finished this, it was raining and everything was closed for the afternoon, so the best thing it seemed to do, was go home and put my new TV antenna cables together, fix up something else for the FM receiver, and charge a few batteries for fun.

A Long Story Short

Between the weather, missing persons and surprise visits from my landlord, there is no feature in this week's issue - yet. A reader and Café Metropole Club member has sent a story about his visit to Paris, and I'm killing time writing this while waiting for the photos that go with it.

If this hadn't popped up this morning there would have been an 'Au Bistro' column, and I might have gotten started with the ever-increasing list sent by readers and club members about their favorite restaurants, and I could have - and - so - on.

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

I am sure that Allan Pangborn is very busy making lots more Café Metropole wine, and has been too rushed to write any more 'lore' about the brand new winery or about making champagne-types wines.

You are therefore advised to re-read last week's report from 'The Shed' so that when you are sipping Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine, you will know what you are talking about.

Besides spring being only 47 days off, there are still two important issues that may be resolved soon. One is the ability to order and pay for Metropole's wine online, and the other is the impending possibility that residents of New York State will be able to do it too. Both coming soon, I hope.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Lightly tap this link to last week's weather related 'Not at the Rendez-Vous?' club meeting report. This was a quiet meeting, due to the promised blizzard that was no-show.

The 'Call for Beano 'List' - asking readers and club members for the favorite Paris restaurants - if they are willing to share their secrets - is getting a steady stream of responses. Although the 'list' is still not long, I need to put it together, but I think I wrote this last week already.

If you have been paying attention, you will remember this is to be sort of the Café Metropole Club's own guide, suggested exclusively by its hungrier members. You should trust fellow members taste because they trust yours.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 8. February. This secondphoto: flamingos February meeting marks the definitive end of January meetings for this year. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Gaston. I swear this is true.

Further on, two flamingos watch for restaurant customers.

Nearly all of the four details concerning the club - actually only the club's address is useful to know - are handily placed on the 'About the Club' page. If you think the virtual membership card may be useful, you can try to peel it right off your monitor and keep it right next to your snazzy visiting cards.

Extra-Super Forever-Time Offer III

Linda Thalman, sometimes known as the 'server-lady,' chattily comments about language, tourism news, events and stories from and about Paris, France and some very foreign places. The newsletter is sent by email every month. Many Café Metropole Club members recommend it too.

Linda's 'Paris In Sites Newsletter' has been plugged here for several eons now. Linda also produces a companion Web site. Every sub increases my 'café-credit' by one thimble.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 7.06 - 4. February 2002 - This issue, like some others, began with the Café Metropole column's 'Only a Day! Late.' The 'Au Bistro' column featured a 'Sketchy 'euro' Report.' There were sort of two features, titled 'The Palais de Tokyo - With Two Views of Modern Art' and 'Is It True? - Is France a Hypochondriac?' This issue also had an Emails feature posing the question, 'Is It the 'Year of the Hugo?' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 7. February was called the 'Whole 'Band of Moyers' report of the week. The issue's 'Scene' column halved its value with a re-run. The week's fourphoto: sign, rue de l'hotel saint paul new 'Posters of the Week' were shown and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, 'Ever More Interesting - Winter Sports.'

This Was Metropole Four Years Ago

Issue 4.06 - 8. February 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Where the Money Is.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Firemen Take Silent Action.' There were two features, titled 'The Seine's Lonesome Quais' and 'The Secret 'Euro' Bug.' There was no Café Metropole Club update for this issue because the club didn't begin until later in the year. The 'Scene' column's headline was '1999's Big Expos Have Begun.' The four new 'Posters of the Week' were featured and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned ''Geodynamics of Picnics.'

Four Count-Downs That Are

Jim 'Exciting Count-Down'photo: sign, metro Auman has come through with yet another stupendous count-down, even though he is getting tired of his neighbors pointing him out and saying, "There goes Jim 'Exciting Count-Down' Auman! Get his autograph while he's still famous."

For readers - readers! - he has proposed the 50th anniversary of the French pocketbook. The publication date was Monday, 9. February 1953. The book was 'Koenigsmark' by Pierre Benoît, and the publisher was Henri Filipacchi. Jim says the first pocketbook's cover featured a woman wearing a German military uniform. The coming anniversary is only seven days from today.

Music lovers may be delighted to learn that Hector Berlioz will have his 200th anniversary this year, on Sunday, 11. December. Hector is headed for permanent residence in the Panthéon too, on Saturday, 21. June - coinciding with the Fête de la Musique - which is 139 days off. Otherwise, Hector's 200th birthday is 312 days from now.

Not last, and not least, the number of days left this year is 324. Jim's latest date is the centennial anniversary of the Tour de France, which will be about 100 this year.
signature, regards, ric

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