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Last Sunday, 13. April, I received a new email. "We would like to introduce ourselves as thephoto: shop, bazar des ecoles manufacturer of the Okapi knives that were previously manufactured in Germany from 1902. Since 1987 the knives have been manufactured in South Africa to the same specifications and quality standard.

Increasingly rare bag, pot, mop, everything, shop.

"The reason why we are contacting you is that during an Internet search last year we came across an email that had been sent to you by John McCulloch regarding the Okapi knives in Jamaica

"We are pleased to inform you that the Okapi knife is as popular as ever in Jamaica with us exporting container lots to Jamaica on a regular basis.

"We are furthermore pleased to inform you that we do have a website and that we invite you to visit it to obtain information about our company and view all the products we manufacture."

After being in suspense for five years I quickly turned to the 'Okapi' Web site, and saw what appears to be the very knife described by John McCulloch in 1998. Thanks for this are due to Okapi's export manager, Mrs. Renate Voss, and to the WorldWideWeb without which few of these truly amazing true stories would be possible.

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

In this issue Allan Pangborn reports about taking Metropole's wine to the 'Taste Washington' exhibition in Seattle last week, where visitors to the Moonlight booth had to stand in line to get a taste. Use this link to take you to the latest news about Metropole's sparkling wine, with vague links to all the previous 'news' about it.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Tiptap this link to last week's 'The Return of Bongo' clubphoto: shop, gepetto et velos meeting report. A fine meeting was had by all members who attended and the club's secretary. Bongo declined to comment.

Not so rare bike shop - on account of the city's bike lanes for pedal crazies.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 17. April. The saint's day of the week will be Saint-Anicet. This saint is not listed under saint's names, but is found as Pope Anicet, who actually had a longish run from 155 to 166, before being martyred during the time of Marcus Aurelius, who was a part-time Stoic.

Nearly all of the many details concerning the club - not much more than the club's address is useful to know - are handily placed on the one-stop 'About the Club' page. The virtual membership card on this page may be useful, but only one member has ever said so.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 7.16 - 15. April 2002 - This skimpy issue began with the Café Metropole column's 'The Weather News Is All There Is.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was, 'Before You Know It the Elections Will Be Over.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meetings on 18. April featured the 'New 'First Extinct Volcano' report. This issue's 'Scene' columnphoto: sign, rue basse des carmes had 'Maybe Just a Skim, Not Skimpy.' There were four sparkling new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, 'Out of Gas?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.16 - 16. April 2001 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'The Issue of Fashion.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Neighborhood Bomb Site.' The feature of the week was titled 'In the Ex-Rue des Rats - Looking for Romans.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 19. April had a "It Was Like Coming On a Stagecoach!" report. The 'Scene' column headline was, 'This Is Paris After All.' There were the usual four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, 'The Annual Fashion Tip,' which have proved not to be annual. This issue's Photo Page featured 'Boules in the Arènes de Lutèce.'

Birthday for Georges Simenon

Of all the writers I know next to nothing about, I probably know the least about Georges Simenon. I regard this lack as a black hole in my personal 'lit history' but after watching his works translated to television, I was never able to force myself to read more than 10 pages of one of his books. And I tried twice.

Since this year is the 100th anniversary ofphoto: sign, scuplture, 4th arr the birth of Georges Simenon there is no reason for a count-down, mainly because I don't know the exact date, and I forgot to look it up.

But since this is Metropole's first - and possibly last 'crime' issue - I have been in crime locales, museums and libraries, and a flyer announcing an exciting contest has gotten fastened to me. First prize is a week in New York for two. If this isn't appealing, then there are other prizes.

This has been organized by the publisher Omnibus and the contest can be found on their Web site. All you have to do is answer 15 easy - maybe for you! - questions on a handy Web-form and pop it back. Click on the moving text band to pull up the Web-form frame with the questions.

For crime-stressed count-down fans, the number of days left this year is 260. This may seem like a long time until 2004, and it still seems to be a long time until summer, which is 'officially' only 69 ever-longer days from yesterday. Unofficially, we will be having a preview of summer tomorrow here.
signature, regards, ric

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