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It has been the weekend - for others - of the first 'grand départ' of the summer. Since we have been having summer weather in Paris for some time now, the difference here seems to be fewer people, but more drowsy on the terraces, almost like a postcard from the past.

Then, obviously, because it is the last day of June today, the weather has flopped over to 'typical for July.' Since I have nearly all of Metropole to do that is going to get done, I recklessly decide if is a perfect day to defrost my refrigerator.

Metropole's 'mailto:' Change

Please read the following carefully. The new email address for 'Ric,' 'Ed,' and the Café Metropole Club secretary is henceforth ericksonr@wanadoo.fr It may be ugly, but most of the time all you need to do is click it wherever you see my name, and a ready-to-go email form pops up.

To be on the safe side, even if you never intend to write, make a note of it and maybe put it in your address book. For doing this, I promise that if you never do write, I will not reply.

If case you have not read this important note carefully, do not worry. I will repeat it one way or another 3500 times.

For the Love of Dogs

Daguerréotypista Matt Rose convinced me I would be better off getting broadband, from 'Wanafoo' for example, rather than from the cablo- operator 'Noos,' so here is another plug for the group show he co-stars in, starting Wednesday.

See Matt's collages at the exhibition 'Pour l'Amour des Chiens,' along with other artists and their important paintings, photographs, sculpture and installations. From Wednesday, 2. July until Saturday, 30. August. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 to 18:15. At the Mona Bismarck Foundation, 34. Avenue de New York, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma- Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 38 38.

Be Kind to the Server-Lady Week II

This was a highly successful operation, aided by readers of this magazine and Linda Thalman's co-clubphoto: van of the week members, enhanced by the fact that the Cadillac Ranch has a garden for relaxing in after having had a collision with a horse.

Here at last - the 'Van of the Week.'

Both Linda's little Fiat and the horse survived the strange encounter, but the Fiat's damage is still being estimated. With the big Italian auto company about to lay off 12,000 workers, getting another bumper for her puddle-jumper this year has become less than a certainty.

As for the horse, I asked Linda if she had taken a souvenir photo of it. "No comment," was her terse reply. If you intended to have dealings with the server-lady this week, why not put it off for another one?

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

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

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'm about to add an 'About Metropole's Wine' page that will tell a short version of the story, plus have a link identical to the URL above so that you can place orders easily - which I hope you will do.

Every bottle sold will clear out the space Allan needs for the next batch. He sent me a photo of a boxcar load of new empty bottles, so this appeal is not without foundation.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Click this link slightly lightly to get last week's 'Spacy Ice Cream is Warm 'Food of the Week' club meeting report. Despite the warm weather, this was a heavily attended meeting, before, during and after.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 3. July. The Saint's Dayphoto: photos, grille luxembourg of the Week will be Saint-Thomas. In my saints-book, this one is the name of two different places. One is in Canada north of Lake Erie and the other is a Virgin Island in the Caribbean.

On the grille outside the Luxembourg - another free photo show.

But, no alphabetical bingo this time! Oops, I'm looking at the wrong page. Of course, next Thursday's Saint-Thomas is none other than Didymus, of the Twelve Apostles, the one of doubt.

However, deeper research reveals that there are four Saint-Thomases. The one belonging to next Thursday is Saint Thomas More, who was beheaded by Henry VIII in the 16th century, and was only besainted in 1935.

A mere couple of slight details concerning the club can be found handily grouped on the self-contained 'About the Club' page, because there aren't more than a couple. The virtual membership card on this page is still as free as it was last week though.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.27/28 - 1/8. July 2002 - The Café Metropole column was titled, 'Leftover Confetti and Empty Ping-Pong Balls.' The 'Au Bistro' column 'Fell Victim to Flat-Hunting Sports.' The feature of the week was titled 'Taking a Long View On a Clear Day.' The Café Metropole Club updates for this double issue on 4. July had a 'Martinique's One Season' report and on 11. July there was a 'A Bungle of a 'First' report. Since it was summer, the two Scene columns were titled, 'Two 'Scenes' for the Price of One' and 'Scenesphoto: sign, symbol, danger electrocution d'Eté - Some of It Is Free.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' right on schedule and Ric's Cartoon was cleverly captioned, "HEY! It's France! Right on the nose!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.27 - 2. July 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column's 'Saved! The Bélière.' The 'Au Bistro' column had an item about 'Triple Jeopardy.' A lone feature, was titled, 'Villa Paris - Out In the Country In the City.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 5. July featured the boring 'Surprise' of the Week' report. The Scene column's contents were timely, with 'Paris Open 24/24, All Summer.' There were four dazzling new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned 'Back To Normal.' Normal what?

'Mardi Noir' Ends Its Suspension

This will be disappointing news to all those intending to visit France for its vast selection of summer festivals.photo: sign, no dogs, meme tenus en laisse The government in its infinite wisdom, using the agency of the employers federation, has managed to cause theatrical stage workers to have grave doubts about their future pension plans.

The immediate result has been the sudden cancellation - so far - of a couple of important festivals, due to strikes or threats of them, right at the beginning of the incredibly rich summer program here.

The reason that the employers' federation is the bat-boy here is a technical one. The timing of the conflict could have only be chosen by dimwits - and these are not the performers and the backstage grunts, who are not all rich and famous stars of movies and TV.

Many smaller towns have a serious financial dependance on these popular once-a-year festivals. The economic consequences of the disruption of the festivals goes far beyond the future pensions of stage workers, who have precarious employment situations at the best of times.

For Indefatigable Countdown Fans

For openers, no 'count-up' is planned in here for Johnny Hallyday's planned opening of a dance hall in the Montparnasse area. After becoming infamous for conducting the longest silly count-down in the history of the world - by holding Metropole's own record-breaking 'count-down' to the year 2000 - I decline further distinctions along these lines.

With absolutely no minimum fanfare, the number of days left this year is 184. This may not make it seem like an overly long time since 2002, but who knows for certain? Otherwise it is nearly no time at all until fall, which is 'officially' only less than a quarter-year from the Saturday before last.
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