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Paris 'Reports' Anniversary

Had I not been reminded, Saint-Patrick's Day might have slipped my mind, and along with it my 8th anniversary of 'covering' Paris, which began on Friday, 17. March 1995.

I'm starting to wonder if it isn't a day I should forget, even if I've been reminded of it. Eight years ago today, it was a Friday full of omens. With a brand-new digital camera I covered the opening day of the Salon du Livre.

Because of a Saint-Patrick's Day party at my home, I merely downloaded the salon photos, and then co-hosted the party. It was a bit rowdy. At some point I decided to demonstrate the magic of a digital camera, and this was successful. Nobody who was at the party would want me to publish the photos of it.

It was 01:30 by the time the last guests left and I got around to dealing with the salon photos. When 'opened up' they all looked like photos of tar. Using Photoshop to its extremes three or four photos were dragged out of the murk - sort of - and then it was time to write. This went on and blurrily on.

At the end of it, I had to upload everything. I had done only one test upload, but it worked without a hitch. The feature was online on 17. March in some time zones, while Paris was sleeping well into the following day.

The 'report' was published in Norman Barth's 'The Paris Pages.' Until Metropole started in February of 1996, about 90 'reports' were put online by Norman, and he still uses an average of a piece per month from Metropole today.

This is the short version of the history. The long version, the one with the 'omens,' is a lot less tidy. 'What happens next' is a question I have been asking myself for years. The answer seems to be - keep on going.

If you have been following this since the beginning, thanks for the company.

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

Readers eager to try the Café Metropole wine made by Allan Pangborn have had to use cheques to acquire it. Allan has just written that the Moonlight Sparkling Wine Cellar Web site is being set up, and it will accept the usual cards as a medium of payment.

If all goes to plan and the necessary debugging is successful, the Web site should be operational by the endphoto: tiger of this month. This doesn't mean you shouldn't order some of the fine sparkling wine now. But if you intend to wait, watch this space for a big announcement soon.

A couple of weeks ago Allan told me that 'Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc' together with 'Seattle Caviar' is going to be on show in Seattle at the 'Taste Washington' exhibition, on Sunday, 6. April.

Tiger - the cat that looks like a seal because of its tuna diet.

There will be 140 wineries paired with 85 restaurants. The restaurants will create a dish to accompany the wines selected by the wineries. The event takes place from 16:00 to 21:00, with different entry charges for 'early entries' or the regular one at 17:30. Tickets are limited to 3000 and it was sold out last year.

The last report about the Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc was about its label and why it is like it is and why Allan likes it. Maybe it will fit on a t-shirt.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Deliberately hit this link to last week's 'A 20 Eye-ball Meeting' club meeting report. Actually there were more than '20 eyeballs' present, but some were 'no-names.' But not the 'City of the Week,' which was Blue Bell, New Jersey.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 20. March. The saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint-Joseph, which is also the name of a town on the island of Réunion. It had 21,000 inhabitants in 1969.

Nearly all of the details concerning the club - actually only the club's address is useful to know - are handily placed on the 'About the Club' page. The virtual membership card on this page may be useful, especially if it is printed and laminated.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 7.12 - 18. March 2002 - This issue started with the Café Metropole column's 'Rain In Paris Is All the News There Is.' Not this year! The 'Au Bistro' column failed to appear on account of something or other. There was one feature titled 'The Art of 'Flânnerie' - Aimlessness As a Paris Sport.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 21. March was titled the "Heads or Tails?" report. This issue's 'Scene' columnphoto: sign, rue moufle, 11th headline was 'Circus City.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, 'Traffic Ringmaster.'

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 5.12 - 20. March 2000 - That week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Clueless Weather.' The 'Au Bistro' column's triple title was 'Demos, Jackpots, Smart Cards.' The feature of the week headlined 'Bookville At Paris-Expo - 20th Salon du Livre.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 23. March was the 'Secretary Libre at the Club' report. Another feature about the club said 'The Club Is Not Fumes.' The 'Scene' column had 'A Re-Run of 1900,' for a change. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned 'Only a Couple Pages More.'

Hector's Count-Down

Whatever else happens, don't forget that Hector Berlioz will have his 200th anniversary in 270 days. Although the 200th anniversary of the franc was mentioned here recently, this willphoto: sign, ici poules, coqs, poussins, canards, oies, cygnes, paons, cailles, pigeons, colombes be only useful if you are reading about the trial surrounding the ELF boondoggle.

1803 was also the year that France sold Louisiana to the fledgling United States for the mere bagatelle of $15 million. But if you spend 15 seconds to look up '1803,' you will fall on Hector Berlioz instead.

In his time Hector was not especially popular. He started out as a medical student and later worked as a critic and writer, and it may be for these reasons that much of his music has themes from literature.

Catch up with Hector with recordings of his 'Symphonie Fantastique,' 'Harold in Italy,' and the overtures 'Benvenuto Cellini-Waverley Beatrice,' and 'Benedict-King Lear,' 'Roman Carnival,' 'Rob Roy' and 'Le Corsaire.' Excerpts from his 'Roméo et Juliette' and 'Les Troyens à Carthage' are also available on the Naxos label.

The number of days left this year is 289. This may seem like an excessive length of time until 2004, and still seems to be a long time until summer, which is 'officially' 97 days from now. It will be sooner than you think.
signature, regards, ric

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