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During the coming week the city will be holding a press conference to let me know the details of their newer, bigger, more-better-more, plans for the summer. I don't expect this to add much to the 'Scene' column but I do like to get the free crackers that go along with the PR session. And who knows - there may be some surprises after all.

I realize that the absence of the 'Au Bistro' column of weekly 'news' from Paris is missed by many readers. I buy the papers daily but I seldom get time to read them. When I do, I see good stuff, but then something robs me of the time to set the juicier items into text. I am not 'on strike.' I think I am slowing down, because my clutch is slipping.

Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc News

It is ready at last. Allan Pangborn, the maker of the Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine has written to say that it can now be ordered through the Moonlight Web site. It is really real.

Now that online ordering is possible, you will also be able to read the latest news about the wine on the Moonlight site. On this end I'll be adding an 'About Metropole's Wine' page that will tell the story, plus have a link like the URL above so that you can place orders easily - which I hope you will do. Every bottle sold will make Metropole's tax inspector happier.

The last bit of news about Metropole's wine was the report by Allan 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'

Click this link lightly to get last week's 'Eulipian Vision' is a Meeting 'First' club meeting report, the one that would feature some cool jazz by member Farris Smith if Metropole had anything as nifty as 'RealAudio,' or whatever it's called.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 12. June. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Guy. This is another one on the calendar but with no mention in my saints-book. For a substitute I propose Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, which may not have a calendar day, but is a small place near Montpellier with a very old church.

Only a few of the minor details concerning the club can be found handily grouped on the all-purpose 'About the Club' page, because there are only a few. The virtual membership card on this page may also be useful, but not for getting discounts except during the Soldes d'Eté. It is free even if they are not.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.24 - 11. June 2001 - This issue's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Free Champagne & Street Eats.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Take the TGV-Med.' The feature of the week was titled 'Fête In Les Frigos - Art On Ice.' There were two email pages, with 'The Flying Rhino' from Charles Fremont and 'The Politics of Orangina' from Al Riley. The Café Metropole Club update for thisphoto: sign, rue vercingetorix, 14th issue on 14. June had a kind of instructional 'When In Paris' report. There were the four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, 'Mole Art.'

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 5.24 - 12. June 2000 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column's 'Exclusive Art Discovery.' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined , 'Mega Johnny Lights Mega Fire.' One feature was titled 'Peep! "Hey! Move it! Hey!" Peep!' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 15. June resulted in the 'What Happened?' report. Other club 'news' was titled, 'A Cavalcade of 'Firsts.' The Scene column's title was 'Varoom-varooooom Weekend.' Like every year at this time. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned 'Johnny Sells Out.' He is doing it again too.

'Mardi Noir' Part 6.5

The government, after a meeting tomorrow, is expected to announce concessions about its the proposed decentralization measures and retirement pension 'reforms.' Those opposing the measures, are readying 8500 amendments for the Assembly National sessions.

It has already been decided to go ahead with another 'Mardi Noir.' The last one continued after lastphoto: sign, rue de grancey Tuesday, and some effects of it were felt by citizens leaving for the long Pentecôte weekend. Many returned early today in order to have enough time to walk to work tomorrow, if necessary.

Therefore, expect a less splendid 'Mardi Noir' tomorrow. The forecast for it tonight has been less comprehensive that last week's, but pretty much the same actors will be on stage, or 'on strike:'

- Métro - 25 percent operational
- TGV - one out of three trains
- Eurostar - normal schedule
- Air France - one flight out of five, with long-distance flights 'normal.' - Air controllers - expected to be on strike until Thursday
- Truckers - all sizes, everywhere
- Autoroutes - south of France, free passage
- Public transport - throughout France, varying degrees
- Expect some post offices to be closed, as well as some banks. Other public sectors affected will be teachers, tax collectors, garbage collectors and national unemployment services.

For Never-Say-Die Hardnosed Countdown Fans

With next-to-no fanfare, the number of days left this year is 205. This may not seem like an overly long time until 2004, but who can count higher than twenty? Otherwise it is nearly no time at all until summer, which is 'officially' only 13 short days from today, and commences with the Fête de la Musique.
signature, regards, ric

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