...Continued from page 1

So, anyhow, today is Bloomsday and I was invited to share it with some depraved friends of Dennis, who are mostly poets or philosophers, musicians or American culture teachers at the Sorbonne - and Dimitri of course, who cooked the sausages in some cunning Russian way he knows.

I took a break from writing this and went over there. Instead of finding them uttering Joyce's very words, they were all drooling in anticipation of the sausages.

My idea was to crouch near a window and get them to cram themselves into its frame, so I could photograph all of their heads together in the fading light - and then caption it, 'None of these people are afraid to speak Joyce out loud in the privacy of Dennis' living room.'

Before I could cajole them into doing this, the sausages waltzed in, and out waltzed my dream of giving this modest but basically dull magazine a literary shot of cocaine.

But I got Dennis' attention and he gave me the script. We did this in a hurry because he was on his way to place another open bottle on the table, so all I have is what Elizabeth was supposed to say. It goes like this, from page 423 - are the kids in bed asleep?

'I gave it to Molly
Because she was jolly
The leg of the duck
The leg of the duck.'

I see my part now. It is on page 428. I am the 'motorman.' I almost run Bloom over with my trolley. Dimitri was supposed to be the narrator. I can't make head nor tail out of this. Just as well - I am having the shortest Bloomsday since Shakespeare wrote 'Gone With the Wind.' Next year, my chance, Bloomsday is on a Wednesday.

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

The Web site 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 online 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've added an 'About Metropole's Wine' page that will tell a short version of 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 clear out space Allan needs for the next batch.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Click this link slightly lightly to get last week's 'Secretary in Coma, Loses Marbles'photo: closing time, cafe le bouquet club meeting report, the one with six new members plus at least four or five already-members..

At the Bouquet when they want us to go home, they take away the chairs.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 19. June. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Romauld. This is another one on the calendar but with nothing in my saints-book. But, ah-ha! He is listed under his non-saint's name, which is Romauld. He founded the Camuldules, probably in the 10th century.

Only a couple of the minor details concerning the club can be found handily grouped on the all-purpose 'About the Club' page, because there aren't more than a couple. The virtual membership card on this page is free though.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.25 - 17. June 2002 - This issue's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Grilling Like Sardines.' Oh ho! The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'No Show' - 'In Paris, Pinks Beat Blues.' The feature of the week was titled 'Anything for a Photo - The Non-Feature of the Week.' There was one email page, with 'The Hotel VW,' from Jim Auman. The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 20. June had a kind of 'Forgotten Tab' report. Thephoto: sign, control panel, auto toilet Scene column's title was 'Huge Hugo Marathon.' There were the four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, 'Chute de Météorites.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.25 - 18. June 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column's 'Proust, Joyce & Co.' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined , 'Nearly No News, Hardly.' The single feature was titled Marcel Proust's 'Pleasures and Days' - a Review' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 21. June came out as the 'Feet of the Week' report. The Scene column's title was 'Music, Parades and Fireworks.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned "'Temps Perdu' - Enough!"

'Jeudi Noir' Part 7.0

A great many people in France have given up marching in demonstrations, or holding massive strikes. The kids got to write their precious BAC examsphoto: sign, auto toilet on the exact day they were supposed to do them. All the media worry on their behalf was for nothing.

However we are not out of the woods yet and the trees may become visible at any moment. To be precise, there are rumors of a transport strike on Thursday instead of the traditional Tuesday. This will call for repainting all 'Mardi Noir' signs with 'Jeudi Noir.'

Nobody seems to be particularly excited about this. For myself, a nice day is forecast so I may walk to Thursday's Café Metropole Club meeting anyway.

For Diehard Hardcore Countdown Fans

For openers, no 'count-down' is planned in this corner for Johnny Hallyday's upcoming 70th birthday, as much as I would like to become famous for conducting the longest count-down in the history of the world - by beating Metropole's record-breaking 'count-down' to the year 2000.

With a bare minimum of minor fanfare, the number of days left this year is 205. This may not make it seem like an overly long time until 2008, but who can tell?. Otherwise it is nearly no time at all until summer, which is 'officially' only five short days from today.
signature, regards, ric

Go to page : 1 - 2
In Metropole Paris
Latest Issue
2008 Issues
2007 | 2006 | 2005
2004 | 2003 | 2002
2001 | 2000 | 1999
1998 | 1997 | 1996
In Metropole Paris
About Metropole
About the Café Club
Links | Search Site
The Lodging Page
Paris Museums List
Metropole's 1996 Tours
Metropole's 2003 Tours
Support Metropole
Metropole's Books
Shop with Metropole
Metropole's Wine
metropole paris goodblogweek button
Send email concerning the
contents to: Ric Erickson, Editor.
Metropole Midi © 2014
– unless stated otherwise.
logo, metropole sml midi logo No matter how good it tastes,
there is no such thing
as a free lunch.
Waldo Bini