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Some people wanted to argue that this William Shakespeare engraving didn't look like William Shakespeare's other likenesses, but we couldn't find any for comparison. To defuse the situation, Dennis played a tape of John the Poet reading his works a long time ago. He doesn't sound like he does today, but who does?

This called for singing and the singers sang. Jonathan played the spoons and sang too, but nobody really knew the words. Luckily by then, it was cheese time.

Dimitri's Political Fashion Tips

Minding his own business, Dimitri was accosted in the Rue Daguerre by a TV crew who wanted to know his opinionphoto: trabant of the week, 501 s about how politicians dress. It must be pretty obvious that people wandering around in the Rue Daguerre are probably thinking of something else, but Dimitri took some time off from his life to answer the burning question.

Here it is for the first time - a fairly rare Trabant 501 S. Model year unknown.

"I think as much about the way politicians dress as the way they think," he said. Then the TV people wanted to know if Dimitri thought Président Jacques Chirac should have a beard like Dimitri's. Before he could answer, they asked if politicians should be 're-lookée' - which will give you an idea of the utter depths of 'Franglais' these days.

"Si, bien sûr," Dimitri had a ready answer for this, "Chirac's beard? He should have one like Napoléon III."

I can prove all of this because I have a photo of the encounter taken by Ludwig, but it doesn't quite show Dimitri's Alexander III-style goatee, so it is not here. Maybe you can catch it all when it is broadcast on TV's France-2.

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

The most recent news about Metropole's wine was the report by Allan Pangborn about taking the wine to the 'Taste Washington' exhibition in Seattle, where visitors to the Moonlight booth had to stand in line to get a taste or two. Use this link to take you to this news about Metropole's sparkling wine, with vague links to all the previous 'news' about it.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Tap this link lightly to get last week's "We've Just Hung Up Our Sleds!" club meeting report. This was one of the ultra rare club meetings with twin 'Cities of the Week,' unless the club's secretary thought San Antonio had been one before. It hadn't, so it is.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 22. May. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Emile, another saint who seems to be quite unremembered by my aging but Nouveau Petit Larousse. For concerned club members and casual readers I will blind-pick a saint at random with one of my fingers. Poke. There! As far as we are concerned, next Thursday should be Saint-Fons day. It is named after a southern suburb of Lyon.

A few of the minor details concerning the club can be found handily grouped on the all-purpose 'About the Club' page. The virtual membership card on this page may also be useful, but no member except one has ever said so.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 7.21 - 20. May 2002 - This issue started as usual with the Café Metropole column, 'Don't Forget to Feed the Canary.' This issue's 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Only 8474 New Candidates.' The lone feature was about the 'Lone Eagle,' in 'Lindberghphoto: sign, best crossiant, beurre aoc charentes poitou Flies from New York to Paris Non-stop.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 23. May was a quiet moo of a quote with "Has More Cows Than People." There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was curiously captioned, 'Ricolitti's Last Design.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.21 - 21. May 2001 - This issue's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'The Edition With 'l'Addition.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was, 'Speedways for Roller Folks?' The feature of the week was titled 'An Afternoon of 'Café Life' With Dennis.' An email featured self-help with 'Lost and How-to-Find,' by Tim Stanton. The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 24. May had some sort of 'Midget Tootsie Roll' report. The 'Scene' column headline was, 'May's Holdovers Run Into June.' There were the four beautiful new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon performed a public service with 'For Men, Paris Fashion Tips, Not Funny.' This issue's Photo Page featured 'Sunday On Daguerre,' because it was close and easy to shoot.

Worldnet.Fr Finally Kicks the Bucket

This unusual countdown began, perhaps as long ago as Easter of 2002, when Worldnet's Web sitephoto: bombardier 415 said that Worldnet had ceased to exist. This is of little importance except that Worldnet has been my ISP since January of 1995.

The same Canadian company that makes parts for métros, makes Bombardier water bombers for French forest fires.

Worldnet was one of France's first ISPs, and in its early days most of its subscribers were journalists. It never went after big numbers, never tried to be an universal portal. But it sold itself to a larger, business-oriented operator, and this one got swallowed up by an even larger one - one that also appears to be in competition with France Télécom.

Now, after being non-existent for 15 months, they have decided to kill off Worldnet for good. Its service will cease in August. As far as I am concerned, its service ceased some time ago - getting Metropole uploaded for the past six months has been taking hours instead of minutes.

The result will be a sign-up with a new operator. Times have moved on while my equipment hasn't, so I havephoto: sign, capacity 36; 40 hommes, 8 chevaux, boxcar no idea if the changeover is going to be smooth - not to mention the furniture I am going to have to move on Wednesday to clear a way for the new wire's installation.

Even if next Thursday's club meeting report is delayed, access to Metropole will remain unchanged. What will change is my email address. The new one will be posted here. The 'mailto:' one on every page of Metropole will be changed - I hope, successfully - behind the scenes, on more than 3500 pages - and in some if not most of your address books.

So then, a short countdown to incroyable turmoil. There are two short days left to go. I will sleep first and work later.

For fans of European anythings, the number of days left this year is 225. This may seem like a long time until 2004, as if anybody cares. But it is no time at all until summer, which is 'officially' only 34 short days from today.
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