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ericksonr@wanadoo.fr. But if you still have the old 'Worldnet.fr' address in your email address book, it is time to replace it with the new one.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Use this link to have a look at last week's "Magic Still Happens Here" clubphoto: moulin rouge 'report.' There was a modest turnout of 11 members, partly because the club never changes its time or location.

Not the club's café, but in the same town.

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.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 2. October. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Léger. He was the Bishop of Autun in the Saône-et-Loire department in the seventh century, and was no relation to the cubist painter Fernand Léger, who was born in 1881 in Argentan.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.40/41 - 30. Sept - 7. Oct 2002 - In this double issue there were two Café Metropole columns, titled 'The Big Cheese Thing' and 'The Move and the 'White Night.' The 'Au Bistro' column had 'Dwarf-Tossing Nixed by UN.' The feature of the week's's title was 'The Silly Car Show - World's Biggest, Etc Etc.' The Café Metropole Club update on 3. October had the "Numbers of Ducks?" report. The 2nd meeting for10. October resulted in the '"Paris Is Almost Normal" report. There were four only-averagephoto: sign, rue de l'armee d'orient new 'Posters of the Week,' but two times as many, and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, "It don't look like much, but it's home."

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.40 - 1. Oct 2001 - This thin issue started with the Café Metropole column's 'Poor Excuse for 'Café Life.' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined, 'Euro News of the Week.' It was another lousy week for headlines. The update for the Café Metropole Club's meeting on 4. Octobber was titled a 'Really New 'First!' report. The 'Scene' column was headlined, 'Fall Events Nearly Complete.' There were four new autumnal 'Posters of the Week' because it was autumn. Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned, 'Rare, Antique Camera.'

The Fête des Countdowns Corner

Part of this section is thanks to Jim Auman, who has declined to promote any new countdowns this week.

His most recent 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.' The anniversary is 74 days from now.

Also, Jim's other 'countdown' for Saturday, 11. October continues, marking the 40th anniversary of the death of Edith Piaf. The date to remember is 13 days from today.

Reader John McCulloch writes, "Edith Piaf's last concert was a few weeks before I arrived in Paris, and she died a few weeks after I'd left. She was one of the few French performersphoto: sign, vincent and theo van gogh lived here that I'd heard of in the US before coming. I later met Charles Aznavour when he appeared at the Hollywood Palace."

John provided two URLs for readers wanting to know more. They are Piaf and Little Sparrow. He added that there is a small Musée Edith Piaf, at 5. Rue Crespin-du-Gast, Paris 11. Métro: Ménilmontant. It is open Monday through Thursday afternoons, from 13:00 to 18:00, but only by appointment at least 24 hours in advance. InfoTél.: 01 43 55 52 72.

Edith Piaf was born outside 72. Rue de Belleville in 1915. She was christened Edith Giovanna Gassion. If you care to visit her grave in the Père-Lachaise cemetery, it is located at Transversal 3, in the 97th Division, somewhat opposite Modigliani, but hard to find. Look for 'Famille Gassion-Piaf' - and the flowers.

The number of days left this year is 93 - now less than 100. In only three months we'll be standing elbow to elbow in front of cheery department store windows gaily illuminated for Christmas, if we survive the upcoming 'Nuit Blanche' next weekend.
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