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I hoofed it through the park, past Montparnasse and up the Boulevard Raspail and along between the two parts of the cemetery, to Dennis' place to pick up the loaf of bread I'd left with him earlier. We continued our conversation, right down the five flights of stairs, until where we parted - with him set up to get the Métro for Trocadéro, andphoto: snack kiosk, luxembourg me to go home and unravel a week's worth of photos, mostly taken on one day.

People sometimes ask me how I do issues like last week's. I used to do issues that had more in them than last week's, but that has been getting less likely these days.

Everywhere on Sunday - hungry Parisians.

This explains, I hope, why this issue wouldn't be what it is without Laurel Avery's contribution, and the material added by Benigne de Vilmorin to the question of the birth of the telegraph, which is really a weeks-long plug for the book, 'Van Gogh Walks... Paris.'

Without these two contributions this issue would be simply a 'faux'-double issue, which is probably what it is supposed to be. I think I should just let the last good weather go and reconcile myself to doing the winter numbers, bright or cloudy, rain or shine.

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 remains 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'

Tap this link to have a look at last week's ''Ozone Doesn't Help''photo: fiat 500 of the week club 'report.' There was a modest turnout of members, some new, mostly because the club never changes its time or location, and Patrick wasn't the 'Waiter of the Week.'

Long time not seen - the 'Fiat 500 of the Week.'

An few details concerning the club can be found neatly 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 24 hours a day.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 16. October. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Sainte-Edwige. Probably nobody knows the story of this saint, and neither do I. She is not in the 'Saint's Book, nor anywhere else in the 'Nouveau Petit Larousse,' and not in the big red dictionary, and not in 'Der Sprach Brockhaus.' Despite all these lacks, I actually knew an Edwige once, but she emigrated to, I think, Ohio.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.42 - 14. Oct 2002 - For rhis week the Café Metropole column was headlined 'Fabulous Fictional Fall Weather.' The feature of the week was about the future with 'Le Mois de la Photo 2002' is Coming.' The Scene's column'stitled was ' Constable and Jimi Hendrix.' The club's update on 17. October had the 'Five Buckphoto: sign, rue ravignan Water' report. There were four stunning new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, 'Nobel Peace Prize for Peanuts.' Quoi?

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.42 - 15. Oct 2001 - This issue started off with the Café Metropole column's blunt 'Not Sweet, Not Short.' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined, 'Old, 'Frozen,' News.' A feature was titled, 'Light' From Hungary Is Brighter Than You Think.' The update for the Café Metropole Club's meeting on 18. October was titled the 'No Rules' report. The 'Scene' column was headlined, 'Christmas Starts Early.' Not this year. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned, 'Our Illuminated Lion.'

In the Corner of the Countdowns

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 Auman 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, hephoto: sign, pelouze authorisee 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 60 days from now.

Also, Jim's other 'countdown' was for last Saturday, 11. October, marking the 40th anniversary of the death of Edith Piaf. This was appropriately remembered in Paris - there is a modest expo for her at the Salon d'Acceuil in the Hôtel de Ville - and radio France-Info also mentioned that Jean Cocteau died on the same day. His expo is at the Pompidou Centre.

The number of days left this year is 79 - now a lot less than three months. Soon we'll be standing elbow to elbow in front of cheery department store windows gaily illuminated for Christmas, counting the months until next summer.
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