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A sort of mid-way ring road was established to allow drivers to get around the closed centre, and part of it was my street so it probably had a bit more traffic than usual.

Nothing is perfect, but these 'car-free' days are another signal to drivers that they can't always go where they please. When added to the other inconveniences of operating a car - cost of gas, cost of parking, loss of time in traffic - then the domination and confidence of the automobilistas begins to erode.

Metropole's 'Partners'

Metropole's .COM area is handily gathered on the relatively new 'Partner' page. 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 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.

Metropole's 'mailto:' Change

The formerly new email address for 'Ric,' 'Ed,' and the Café Metropole Club's secretary has become ericksonr@wanadoo.fr. If you still have the old 'Worldnet.fr' address in your address book, it is time to replace it with the new one.

Metropole is still hosted by Web France International. But Metropole's server-lady, Linda Thalman, 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'

Pop this link to have a look at last week's 'A 'Wanted' Poster' club 'report.' There was a modest turnout of members, mainly because lastphoto: moliere was born here maybe, in 1620 Thursday was the middle of a sort of extra summer in Paris, and was mightily pleasant.

An absolute minimum of details concerning the club can be found cozily grouped on the 'About the Club' page, because there are no more than a few. The virtual club membership card on this page is still available for free, so long as you print your own.

Molière might have been born here, maybe in 1620.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 25. September. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Hermann. His real name was Jacobus Arminius - in its Latin form - and he was a Protestant and founder of a sect that believed in a softer form of Calvinism, which was opposed by the Calvinist hardliner, François Gomarus.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.39 - 23. Sept 2002 - The Café Metropole column was titled 'Winter Before Autumn?' The feature of the week's's title was 'The People's Palace, at the Hôtel de Ville.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 26. September had the "Geezer Meeting" report. The week's Scène column was headlined 'Some Coming Events Right Now.' Therephoto: sign, rue de la chine were four about-average new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon queried, "Free Rooms at La Santé?"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.39 - 24. Sept 2001 - This issue started with the Café Metropole column's 'The First Day of Fall That Was.' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined, ' A Lot Less Than All the News.' There was an Email feature titled, 'Reader's Reactions.' It was a lousy week for headlines. The update for the Café Metropole Club's meeting on 27. September was titled the 'Meeting of the Week' report. The 'Scene' column was headlined, 'More Than the Stuff that Wasn't.' There were four new autumnal 'Posters of the Week.' Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned, "Change for 50 Francs?" Do you remember 'francs?'

The Festival of Countdowns Corner - Stalled

Authorship of this section is thanks to Jim Auman, who has had the good taste to not promote any new countdowns this week.

Last week's new entry was Hector Berlioz, formerly known as the face and baton on France's last 50-franc note. Jim wrote, '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.' Whatever thephoto: sign, defense d'afficher 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 soon. 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 wrote Carmen, which was made into an opera by Bizet in 1869. In his copious spare time he studied law, Greek, Spanish, English and Russian.photo: sign, tele fun ken 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 only six days from now.

'Carmen' was staged in the Stade de France for one show only on Saturday evening. With a cast of dozens, hundreds of singers and musicians, thousands of watts of sono, and perhaps an audience of 50,000 - the TV-news report about it lasted 25 seconds on Sunday evening. Easy come, easy go.

Finally, we still have Jim's 'countdown' for Saturday, 11. October which marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Edith Piaf. The date to remember is 20 days from today.

The number of days left this year is 100. 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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