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Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Hit this link to have a look at last week's "One Month Has Gone By... So Fast" club 'report.' There was a modest turnout of a few members, mostly because the club never changes its time or location, and Patrick was the 'Waiter of the Week' again.

Last Thursday was also the occasion for the Galeries Lafayette to have its first 'single' shoppers night, and club members were there after the meeting. Tomoko Yokomitsu was interviewed by radio France-Info - which I heard on Friday morning - and by France-3 TV-news, whichphoto: tomoko I saw just before 20:00, also on Friday. Asked if she thought she might meet a new boyfriend there, Tomoko said, "Pas vraiment, pas vraiment."

While the Galeries Lafayette's 'singles' shopping night might not be the best place to meet new friends, let's not forget that the club does far better in this sort of thing. Meeting media news crews is not likely at club meetings, but meeting new friends is.

Tomoko stays single so she can keep coming to the club.

An few 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 card is valid worldwide.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 9. October. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Denis. Everybody knows the story of this saint, but the saint's book mentions the town and its cathedral, which was merely a basilica until 1966. This means a Roman design having two rows of columns dividing the interior into a nave and two side aisles, but also means kingly or royal - as in, the place where French kings are buried. It is a really old place going back to the seventh century, but the Saint-Denis himself is not mentioned.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.41 - 8. Oct 2001 - The Café Metropole column was titled 'Euroflation Hits Europe.' The feature of the week's's title was 'On Tour With the 'Shopping Lady.' The secretary patted the Café Metropole Club on the back with 'Your Club Turns Two - Yet Another New 'First!' The club's update on 11. October had the '2nd Birthday Begins 3rd Year' report. The Scène column'sphoto: sign, place du louvre title was 'Paris - Barcelona' Starts.' There were six new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon qwas captioned, "Café 7 francs? Euroflation!"

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 5.41 - 9. Oct 2000 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column's lame 'Autumn Is Here.' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined, 'Rotten Summer Blues.' The update for the Café Metropole Club's meeting on 12. October was titled the "Sunburned in Seattle" report. 'Club News' reported that 'Your Club Is Now Two.' The 'Scene' column was headlined, 'A Couple More 'Big' Shows.' There were four really new 'Posters of the Week,' because there always are. Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned, 'You Took Him To the Auto Salon!'

The Fête des Countdowns Corner

Part of this section is thanks to Jim Auman, who has not promoted any new countdowns this week. Instead, he has written a 'correction' to 'Ed,' concerning telegraphs.

Hector Berlioz, formerly known as the face and baton on France's last 50-franc note, is having the 200th anniversary of his birth on Thursday, 11. December. After not having found fame in France for his music, he died 69 years later, 131 years ago.

Jim wrote, '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 67 days from now.

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

Reader John McCulloch wrote too. "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 Frenchphoto: sign, rue des pretes dt germain l'auxerrois performers 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. InfoTel.: 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 86 - now fewer than three months. In less than 90 days we'll be standing elbow to elbow in front of cheery department store windows gaily illuminated for Christmas, handily having survived Paris' 'Nuit Blanche' over the weekend.
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