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'Techno' is like the opposite of Jean Cocteau. He could do more than one thing well. While this was suspect, he did ride into the Panthéon with it. 'Techno' can't even do one thing better than an unamplified steel mill. Louder maybe - not better.

While a rolling rave party was sanctioned to run right through the middle of Paris for an entire Saturday afternoon, licenced full-time music clubs in other parts of town were threatened with 'administrative' closure - for being too loud.

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, and a two-car garage. 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 after two mentions here, so its URL has been deleted.

Metropole's 'Partners'

Metropole's .COM area is handily gathered on the relatively new 'Partner' page. Occasionallyphoto: gaspard, the free dog 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.

Gaspard, busilly 'at work' in the quartier.

Metropole's long-time affiliates are on this page too. The Café Metropole sparkling 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 Café 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. The old email address was active from 1995 until Worldnet tossed its keys under the door in August, and quit the business.

Metropole's server-lady, Linda Thalman, has not quit the business. Metropole is still hosted by Web France International. But Linda has requested that emails concerning Metropole be sent to 'Ric,' 'Ed,' or the Café Metropole Club's secretary, and not to the server-lady unless you want to know more about Web France International.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Tap this link lightly to have a look at last week's "The Best Frozen Food" club 'report.' There was a modest turnup of members, mainly because last Thursday was the first day sort of like early fall in Paris, and it pretended to be miserable.

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

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 18. September. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Sainte-Nadège. Like last week, this saint is also unknown to my saints book. She is also unknown to my big red dictionary, which is really big. It is not any place in France either, nor, apparently, anyplace else. How did this 'saint' get on my calendar?

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.38 - 16. Sept 2002 - The Café Metropole column headline was, 'Techno BOOM Techno BOOM!' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'France Télécom Sees Red.' The feature of the week was hunting for an apartment and was titled 'With a Little Help from the Agency Ladies.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 19. September had the 'The 'Flatphoto: sign, quai du louvre Stanley' Major 'First' report. There were four only-average new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon asked, "Abandoning the Bench?"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.38 - 17. Sept 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column's 'Black Tuesday, Blacker Week.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was, 'Mourning In Paris.' The weekly feature was titled, 'School Reunion,' and done together with Dana Shaw. The update for the Café Metropole Club's meeting on 20. September was titled the 'No City of the Week' report. The 'Scene' column was headlined, 'The Rest of the Show Goes On.' There were six new autumnal 'Posters of the Week.' For this issue there was no 'Cartoon of the Week.' Instead - 'Deuil à Paris.'

The Cavalcade of Countdowns Corner

I have been able to abandon all claim to authorship of this section thanks to Jim Auman, who has a real nose for names and anniversaries - while I can hardly remember my own.

This week's new entry is Hector Berlioz, formerly well-known as the hero of France's last 50-franc note. Jimphoto: sign, kurt hamsun, lived here 1893 writes, 'Thursday, 11. December is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the composer Hector Berlioz. After not having found fame in France for his music, he died 69 years later.

'Hector remains an outstanding figure in French romantic music. He was typical of the period, particularly in his literary interests. Beginning as a medical student, he eventually entered the Paris Conservatoire. During musical slumps he earned his living as a critic and writer, which won him few friends.

'There was talk earlier this year of transferring his remains to the Panthéon, but this is a place for famous but grateful countrymen. The 'official' line for not interring him in this hallowed place is that Berlioz wasn't 'Republican' enough, but there is speculation that the real reason may be that he had the nerve to be admired by the British, who are leading a rehabilitation of Berlioz' music'

Whatever the real reason, Hector does have his fans, including Matthew Tepper. See his Hector Berlioz Page as a starting point.

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Prosper Mérimée arrives a week after the Journées du Patrimoine weekend. Until Prosper's day, only leftover Greco-Roman architecture was considered to have any value. Between 1834 and 1859 he was the Inspecteur Général des Monuments, and worked to save historical sites - from Baron Haussmann's renovations. During his tenure he became the father of 'le patrimoine français.'

Prosper Mérimée was also a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He wroteposter: journees patrimoine; 20 21 sept Carmen, which was made into an opera by Bizet in 1869. In his copious spare time he studied law, Greek, Spanish, English and Russian. Prosper was born in Paris on Wednesday, 28. September 1803. He died in Cannes on Friday, 23. September 1870 after a prosperous life. His anniversary is 14 days from now.>/P>

This is a good place to put in a reminder that next weekend is the date for the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine. 'Open doors' for all, all over Europe as well as in France and in Paris.

Besides the new 'countdown' provided by Jim Auman above, we still have his 'countdown' for Saturday, 11. October which marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Edith Piaf. The date to remember is 27 days from today.

The number of days left this year is 107. 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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