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So then, in order to keep Metropole Paris online and maintain its ability to put up a new issue occasionally, you are being asked to pay a 'shareware' fee. This is method used by independent software authors. If you use the software, you are asked to contribute to support its continued development. If the software is useful for you, it is in your obvious self-interest to do.

Also obviously, if you no longer read the magazine, you have no self-interest involved in its continued existence. It's like declining to buy any more copies of 'Parents Magazine' after all your kids have their doctorates and nifty certificates to prove it.

All of this is by way of saying that you are not expected to 'donate' anything to 'Ed.' Nobody is suggesting that you pay for a subscription for secret-code access to some special part of the magazine either. Metropole remains a single version magazine with unlimited access for all. The Café Metropole Club remains just as free as it's always been.

'Keeping Metropole flying' is simple. You can add your contributions today by hitting this link to the new 'support' page.

When you switch to this page, there is another pitch. You can skip it. About halfway down the page you will find a link to 'Kagi' - Metropole's software retailer - after the headline beginning, 'Contribute.' Hitting this will bring up the page they've created for Metropole. Then just add the amount you want to contribute to support the 'shareware' version of Metropole.

The rest of the procedure is like buying anything else via the Internet, but with one difference. You can voluntarily contribute any amount you feel like to support Metropole. Whatever it is, you'll get 'Ed's 'thanks' in a return email. If you don't, complain to 'Ed' by using the email address below.

Metropole's 'mailto:' Change

The changed email address for '' and the Café Metropole Club's secretary is ericksonr@wanadoo.fr. If you have noted it in your address book since last June, you have the correct address. If not, all emails sent to me are going into outer space, along with a lot of spam.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Use your cursor to hit this link to have a look at last week's 'Cappuccino of the Week' club 'report.' There was a terrific turnout of members, some of whom stayed for the meeting.photo: fiat 500 of the week Walter was unable to send the great photos he took with his portable phone, so the 'report' only contains normal ones.

This week's only 'Fiat 500 of the Week.'

Minor details concerning the club can all be found grouped on the 'About the Club' page, because there are no more than a few even if there is room for more. The virtual but tattered club membership card on this page is available for free, so long as you print it yourself. The card is good worldwide, but super-valid in Paris.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 13. November. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Brice. There are two of these in the Saint's book. One is Saint-Brice-en-Coglès and the other is Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt. But the real Saint-Brice died in 444 and was the Bishop of Tours, which is not near either of the other Saint-Brices, I think.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.46 - 11. Nov 2002 - This issue's Café Metropole column began with the weather, followed by 'Bon Anniversaire Dimitri!' Metropole's wine was featured again with, 'Winery's Truck Falls Ill.' The Scene column changed to 'Noël 2002,' with the 'Not Quite the Full Program.' The other, repeat, feature was 'Le Mois de la Photo 2002' - The Mid-November of the Photo.' The club's update onphoto: sign, metro falguiere, 150 m 14. November was headlined the 'Best Crêpe Stand in France' report. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, 'Since You Asked.' Oh?

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.46 - 12. Nov 2001 - This issue was launched with the Café Metropole column's 'The Buffalo Grass Rip-Off.' The 'Au Bistro' column was replaced with non-news titled, 'Underground' Rises to Surface In Paris - More Freakin' Freaks.' The week's feature was 'absent' - not here, no show. The update for the Café Metropole Club's meeting on 15. November was titled the 'Beaujolais Nouveau Day of the Year' report. The Scene column's title was 'With the Year's Final Events Again.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned, "HEY MAN!" All in all, a skimpy issue was had by all.

The Pit of the Countdowns

For the regular version of this hugely popular feature, turn to the last Café page with it, and subtract 21 days from all numbers except the anniversary dates. If these have expired, and you are still at loose ends, begin counting-up.

Toussaint Round-Up

For last week's return weekend of the Toussaint holiday, the government had its robot speeder detectors in place in time. From Friday to Monday the robots clocked 4400 over-fast drivers, took their photos, looked up their names and addresses, and everybody who hadn't given fake names and addresses got their speeding convictions in the mail, plus had 'points' deducted from their licences.

Today the government is reporting that fatal road accidents dropped 24 percent in October. But the governmentphoto: sign, carrefour de la croix rouge is not saying a lot about the robot speed detectors that have been vandalized. A police spokesman explained that shooting out their lenses is futile, because they are so high-tech, or bulletproof. Some vandals have realized this, and have wrapped up the robots with masking tape instead.

The government is pretending not to worry about this lack of civicism. It was counting on the income from the initial robot speed detectors to finance the cost of the thousands of others it hopes to place behind every curve and handy bush.

FlashNews - tonight's TV-news reported that the Minister of Transport was recorded as speeding - a couple of weeks ago while on the way to the official inauguration of the robot speeder detectors. His official minister's car was clocked at 98 kph in a 90 kph zone.

To change the subject, the number of days left this year is only 51 - a great many fewer than last week. Much sooner than we expect we'll be thinking about standing elbow to elbow in front of cheerily freezing department store windows gaily illuminated for Christmas. In fact, we can do this now. The only thing lacking is the 'freezing.'

In another long wink of an eye we'll be able to skate on a frozen rink in front of the Hôtel de Ville, or the one in front of the Gare Montparnasse. Just imagine, all the roller folks have to do is switch their blades to wheelies, and they can skate straight from the rink to the Friday Night Roller Rando.
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