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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'

Recently I suggested that readers and club members voluntarily pay a 'shareware fee.' The 'idea' is, if you value Metropole, then you might be able to contribute according to its worth to you, and to ensure that its publication continues.

You are not expected to 'donate' anything to 'Ed.' The 'share-magazine-ware fee' is not for a subscription with a secret-code access to a special part of the magazine either. Metropole remains a single-versionphoto: horse meat butcher 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 send your contributions today by hitting this link to the 'support Metropole' page.

Shoppers getting food to ward off chills.

Metropole's 'support' page will link you to 'Kagi' - Metropole's 'software retailer.' When you get Kagi's Metropole page, insert any amount you feel like contributing. 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. Whatever it is, you'll get 'Ed's 'thanks' in a return email.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Pop this link to have a look at last week's 'Reunion(s)' club 'report.' Many members tried some more Beaujolais Nouveau, at least once. There were several reunions too, some of them believeable.

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

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 4. December. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Sainte-Barbara, which is spelled the same in English except for the 'e.' My saint's book has no Barbara, but the other part of the name book has 'Barbares,' which was a Greek word for everybody who wasn't Greek - or civilized. When the Romans took over the world, the Francs became the 'Barbares.'

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.49 - 2. Dec 2002 - The issue began calmly enough with the Café Metropole column's 'Metropole, 'On Strike!' 'The A 'Café Life' column mentioned 'Dimitri's First Car.' The issue's feature was titled 'Reds In My Street Wasn't In the Brochure.' Yet more fine 'Wine News' was headlined, 'Allan Is Not On Strike.' The Scene, Noël 2002 and 'Mois de la Photo' columns were re-runs. The club's update on 5. December was titledphoto: sign, rue auguste mie as the "Rock of Cashel Set On Fire" report. There were six amazingly new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, "Ever Wonder About Retiring?"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.49 - 3. Dec 2001 - The Café Metropole column's headline was '150 Horses, 'Not Found' for some reason. The 'Au Bistro' column would have reported 'd' On Strike' because it didn't appear. The week's feature was titled, 'About the Club Meeting In New York.' This was some weeks before it happened. The Scene column was titled, 'One-Night Stand, Once.' The club's update on 6. December was headlined as the'Prague of the Week' report. There were another four more new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, "I Had a Dream..." I must have been sleeping.

The Anthropological Version of the Countdowns

Historians can find the last known regular version of this obscure and sadly neglected feature by turning to the last Café page with it, and subtract about 42 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 'sorry for the inconvenience' work.

Jacques' Birthday

France's Président Jacques Chirac celebrated his 71st birthday on Saturday with a headline on the front page of Le Parisien. It said, "Santé, Président."photo: sign, enneigeur The type was so big there was no space for 'Monsieur' or an exclamation mark. The day's other big front-page news was the arrival of snow, just in time to remind all shoppers that new ski equipment takes precedence over Christmas gifts this year.

Almost No Days Left

The number of days left this year is only 30 - far, far, far, far less than the '37-left' last week. Vastly sooner than we expect we'll be squeezed elbow to elbow standing 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 absolute 'freezing' and maybe a tiny bit of 'cheerily.'

In another rapid blink 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 - not 'woll' - socks while attempting to write this.
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