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Even if too big, all of the page layouts needed changing. The code that displays the pages is fussy. When it is checked, a long list is generated saying 'error' or 'warning.' After fixes, what was okay before changes to 'error' or 'warning.'

Then, to be snazzy, a bit of code needs to be added in the places where the ads will be. This code tells another bit of code to 'include' itself. If it works correctly, the ad displays and you see it. Then, to update the ads, all that needs changing is the 'include' code - and voilà! - out with the old and in with the new.

If you think I'm really good at this, then you are mistaken. Why I want to know, did some code not work at all on Friday? And why does this very same code appear to work 'as advertised' today, on Monday?

It's better to hope for the best. It's better to be confident that the 're-construction' will not affect editorial production. When it does, it's better to do as much as possible - to avoid the dreaded blank page saying, 'Under Construction.'

During the past week I have sat in front of the screen long enough to write the four-part sequel to 'War and Peace' but do not have much to show for it - that you can see. What little you can see, is what you get now in return for 'more-better' later.

Rooms To Let - 50¢ Etc.

Within a short time expect to see a 'Rental' page as a permanent feature of the magazine. If you have an apartment here that is vacant most of the year, why not rent it to another club member when it is unoccupied?

Unlike Metropole Paris and Café Metropole Club, listing your property in Metropole is not going to be 'free.' Rates to list your apartment will be reasonable - especially considering that your announcement will be seen by many people 'just like you' - perhaps other club members who you have already met at club meetings. If you have a Web site for your apartment, your listing in Metropole will link to it.

Write today to enquire about details. The exact conditions have not been fixed yet, but they have advanced beyond zero. Your suggestions will be welcome too.

Metropole As 'Shareware'

Some weeks ago I suggested that readers and club members voluntarily pay a 'shareware fee.' This is an idea based on paying for software that is created by independent producers. The 'idea' is, if you value Metropole, then you can pay according to its worth to you, and to ensure that its publication continues.

So far, response from readers like you has been generous. I am flattered and I think all of you are wonderful. Some contributors have exceeded the 'suggested price sticker' that was once mentioned.

You are not expectedphoto: fiat 500 of the week to 'donate' anything to 'Ed.' The 'shareware fee' is not for a subscription with a secret-code access to a 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.

Yes! It's the 'Fiat 500 of the Week' again.

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

On the page you will find a link to 'Kagi' - Metropole's 'software retailer.' Hitting this will bring up the page Kagi has created for Metropole. Then insert the amount you feel like contributing 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 comfortable with to support Metropole. Whatever it is, you'll get 'Ed's 'thanks' in a return email.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Use your cursor to hit this link to have a look at last week's 'Bananas! Bananas!' club 'report.' Most members tried some Beaujolais Nouveau, at least once.

Some unimportant details concerning the club can all be found on the 'About the Club' page. The virtual but tattered club membership card shown on this page is free, so long as you print it yourself. The card is valid for an unlimited time worldwide, but ultra-valid in Paris.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 27. November. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Séverin, who would be located between Saint-Sever-Calvados and Saint-Siège - if he were not Pope in 640, the very year he was martyred suddenly.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.48 - 25. Nov 2002 - The issue began with the Café Metropole column's 'Spotlight On a Bender. 'The 'Au Bistro' mentioned 'Anyone for Zero Tolerance?' A note about the death of Rudolf Augstein was translated by Chris Irwin. More 'Wine News' featured the "The Best Sparkling Wine Possible" The club's update on 28. November was dubbed as the 'Thanksgiving 'Iconsphoto: sign, rue des fr d'astier de la vigerie of the Week' Return' report. There were four new graphically interesting 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, "Pizza? What kind?"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.48 - 26. Nov 2001 - The opening Café Metropole column's headline was 'The Search for High Heels.' The 'Au Bistro' column reported 'Cops On Strike.' The week's feature was titled, 'Is It True?' - Not a Jot of Difference.' The Scene column was updated with 'A Week of No 'Last Chances.' The club's update on 29. November was titled the "A Lot of Gravity Here" report. Metropole's photos were offered, with, 'The Idea of the Year,' Again?' There were four more new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, 'Bobbi Red Boots.'

The Black Swamp of the Countdowns

To find the last known regular version of this insanely popular but sadly neglected feature, turn to the last Café page with it, andphoto: glitzer ball subtract about 35 days from all numbers except the anniversary dates. These have probably expired. Every item in this feature has probably expired. It is what comes from doing too much 'construction' work.

Many Fewer Days Left

The number of days left this year is only 37 - far, far, far fewer than last week. Very much sooner than we expect we'll be 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' and maybe a bit of 'cheerily.'

In another short 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, which is so close to here that I need to wear wool socks while writing this.
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