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As soon as the guests leave, everybody returns to a diet of bread, wine and radishes, if they are in season. The problem for me is I have no handy country châteaux in Paris to photograph and I didn't see any in Malakoff. Laurel suggested I take pictures of fruit instead, and then she flew off to Santa Fe.

The good news is, she promised to send reports from Santa Fe's châteaux. She didn't say anything about photos of them though. In this issue see 'Weekend 'Jaw Cramp' Yum!'

Metropole's 'mailto:' Change

Please read the following, again, with more than your usual attention. The new email address for 'Ric,' 'Ed,' and the Café Metropole Club's 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 3498 times. I know this is unnecessary, because the Nigerian business-lady formerly married to the nation's top swindler, has found the new address - it took four whole days - and continues to offer me, confidentially, zillions of dollars.

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

The Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine can now be ordered online through thephoto: old building, barnMoonlight Web site. It is really real thanks to Allan Pangborn, its maker, Metropole reader and Cafe Metropole Club member.

Could be, but probably not - a wine cellar in Malakoff?

Now that online ordering is possible, you will also be able to read the ongoing story of the wine on the Moonlight site. On this end I've added an 'About Metropole's Wine' page that will tell the entire history of the story, plus it has the same link as the URL above so that you can place orders easily - which I hope you will do.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Click this link lightly slightly to get a look at last week's 'Osaka 'City of the Week' club meeting report. The blistering weather helped produce calm meeting, which included the club's first new member who is a known actress, Tomoko Yokomitsu.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 17. July. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Sainte-Charlotte. This week I abandon my trusty saints-book, to bring you an important message instead. For a change.

The club's secretary will also be officiating at the meeting on 24. July. But then he - as a result of holiday deprivation - will be 'Not Found' for the meetings of 31. July, 7. August and 14. August. At the moment negotiations for replacement hosts or hostesses are continuing, but the heat wave is hindering decisions. Thus, the meetings are not definitely 'off' but they are not 'on' either. Watch this space for updates.

A mere couple of other details concerning the club can be found tidily 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 free though.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.29 - 15. July 2002 - The issue's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'A Strange Thing Happened On Bastille Day.' The 'Au Bistro' column failed to appear, without reason.. The feature of the week was titled 'The 14th of July Surprise Party.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 18. July announced the 'No Rules' Rule Kicks In' report. Since it was summer the Scene column was titled, 'Paris' Long Summer has More than a Short One.' To make up for it there was a 'Scènesphoto: sign, sentir du tir, malakoff d'Eté' column with 'A Lot of It Is Outdoors.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' again Ric's Cartoon was nautically captioned, 'Beached Parisians.'

This Was Metropole Three Whole Years Ago

Issue 5.29 - 17. July 2000 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column's 'Travel Tales.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Incredible Weather Bombs Incredible Picnic.' The only feature was titled, 'More Trees Than People - Oh! Canada In 2000.' There was kind of no update for the Café Metropole Club meeting, with the server-lady Linda Thalman merely reporting, "Full House" for 13. July. But, ah, for the club meeting on 20. July there was the 'Métro, Clubo, Dodo' report. There were four summery-type new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned, 'No Smoking, Remember?'

'Mardi Noir' Recesses

The disappointing news to all those intending to visit France for its vast selection of summer festivals is that casts and crews have been on strike, over unemployment issues, recently modified by France's employers' federation.

The paragraph above hasn't changed from last week. Metropole does not generally run an eventsphoto: sign, rue eugene varlin, malakoff program for the hundreds of festivals going on in the summer around France, so it doesn't have to undo its program.

But some events in Paris are getting closed-down too, on a piecemeal basis. I don't know whether the outdoor movies are going ahead out at La Villette, for example. I've heard that the 'Paris - Quartier d'Eté' program is having some difficulties. Be sure to use the 'InfoTel' numbers if in doubt.

For Indefatigable Countdown Fans

No 'count-up' is planned in here for the Rolling Stones' concerts in Paris because they have come and gone. After becoming infamous for conducting the longest silly count-down in the history of the planet - by holding Metropole's own record-breaking 'count-down' to the year 2000 - further distinctions along these lines are, hereby, declined.

With absolutely no minimum fanfare, the number of days left this year is 170. This may not make it seem like an overly long time until 2004, but who knows for certain besides my calendar? Where, in fact, is my calendar? It is nearly no time at all until fall, which is 'officially' only less than a quarter-year from three Saturdays before last. Just where, is my calendar?
signature, regards, ric

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