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Jobs du Luxe

The luxo business involves 24,000 companies in France, including two globally recognized giants, l'Oréal and LVMH - which stands for Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. These two coloassalos alone control a dozen major brands. 'Luxe' in France accounts for an annual turnover of 35 billion euros. Despite today's tough times there may be a job for you. Check out the transnational recruitment Web site Be The 1.

Riviera Life

The Café Metropole Club's member number one is offering a furnished three-bedroom villa on the French Riviera for rent. It has a swimming, pool wood-burning fireplace, ADSL for Internet, satellite TV, a two-car garage and an automatic gate. It is located in Biot, only ten minutes from shopping in Antibes, and a mere twenty minute drive from the airport at Nice. Italy is also handy. Update - Heather says the house has been rented, so its URL has been deleted from this note.

Metropole's 'Partners'

Metropole's .COM area is handily gathered on the relatively new 'Partner' page. Occasionally this page will feature exclusive offers, only available to Metropole readers. Check out this page every week, if for no other reason than the 'Photo of the Week,' which it will only be on view for one week.

Metropole's long-time affiliates are on this page too. The Café Metropole wine is also on it, with a link to its own permanent About Wine page. Both pages can be accessed from the blurbs on the left, and sometimes right-hand columns, on many pages.

The Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine can now be ordered online directly from the Moonlight Web site. This is thanks to Allan Pangborn, its maker, Metropole reader and Cafe Metropole Club member.

Metropole's 'mailto:' Change

The new email address for 'Ric,' 'Ed,' and the Café Metropole Club's secretary has become ericksonr@wanadoo.fr. It may not be snappy, 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.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Click this link slightly lightly to have a look at last week's "It's a two dog day" club 'report.' There was another good turnout, mainly because last Thursday was the first day sort of like early fall in Paris, and it was glorious.photo: sitters, shadows, tuileries

A few of other unimportant details concerning the club can be found tidily grouped on the 'About the Club' page, because there aren't more than a couple. The virtual club membership card on this page continues to be available for free.

Sitters in the Tuileries, not yet dozing.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 11. September. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Adelphe. This saint is unknown to my saints book. It is not a place in France either, nor, apparently, anyplace else. As a plural form, 'Les Adelphes' - it was the French name for a comedy by Terrance - 160 BC - which inspired Molière quite a bit later for 'L'Ecole des Maris.'

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.37 - 9. Sept 2002 - The Café Metropole column headline asked, 'Any Peniches for Rent?' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'The Paperless.' The feature of the week was absent, again, for several reasons. The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 12. September had the "He Eats French Dog Food" report. Thephoto: sign, rue mararine Scene column's title was 'Try and Take a Pick for September, October.' There were four nifty new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon exclaimed, "No Kids, No Dogs!'"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.37 - 10. Sept 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column's 'Café Life' Takes a Beating.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was, 'BLACK TUESDAY on 11. September.' The the weekly feature was titled, 'You Can Look for the Bièvre.' A week earlier it was 'Looking for Clichy.' The update for the Café Metropole Club's meeting on 13. September was titled 'A Trashy But Worthless' report. The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Hello! Fall Season.' There were four new autumnal 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned, "Café Time Is Over!"

The Historical Countdown Corner

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Prosper Mérimée is coming soon, a week after the Journées du Patrimoine weekend. Until Prosper's day, only Greco-Roman architecture, even in ruins, was considered to have any value. He was the Inspecteur Général des Monuments between 1834 and 1859 and realized the crumbling historical sites had to be saved from Baron Haussmann's renovations. During his tenure he succeeded in creating the first legislation in the world for the protectionphoto: sign, defense d'afficher of historical monuments, thus becoming the father of 'le patrimoine français.'

Prosper Mérimée was also a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He wrote Carmen, which was made into an opera by Bizet in 1869. In his spare time he studied law, Greek, Spanish, English and Russian and translated many works into French. Prosper was born in Paris on Wednesday, 28. September 1803. He died in Cannes on Friday, 23. September 1870 after a somewhat busy life. His anniversary is 21 days from now.>/P>

Besides the new 'countdown' provided by Jim Auman above, we still have the his 'countdown' for Saturday, 11. October which marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Edith Piaf. The date to remember is 34 days from today.

The number of days left this year is 114. There is no more than this left of 2004! In next to no time at all we'll be standing elbow to elbow in front of department store windows decorated for Christmas, if we survive the upcoming 'Nuit Blanche' in October.
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