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Unlike Metropole Paris and the Café Metropole Club, listing your property in Metropole is not 'free.' Rates for your listing will be reasonable. Your announcement will be seen by many people 'just like you' – some who are 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 very welcome.

'Shareware' Is Metropole' Only Version

Readers and club members are invited to voluntarily contribute a 'shareware fee' for reading Metropole. If you value this magazine, then you might be able to contribute according to its worth to you – to ensure that its publication continues.

Nobody wants you to 'donate' anythingphoto: foie gras luxe, r montmartre to 'Ed.' The 'share–magazine–ware fee' is not for a subscription with a secret–code access to an exclusive 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.

Foie gras joints, even hidden in alleys, are rare in Metropole too.

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

Metropole's 'support' page will link you to 'Kagi's' Metropole page. Insert any amount you feel like. The rest of the procedure is like buying anything else via the Internet, 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, and 'Ed' will make sure you do.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Pop it to this link to have a look at last week's 'The Real Turtle Soup' club 'report.' On an outrageously dreary Paris day, two first–class members showed up to keep company with the club's secretary.

Some terribly minor details concerning the club can all be found on the 'About the Club' page. The virtual recycled–paper but shining new club membership card shown on this page is free, so long as you print it for yourself and all of your neighbors. The card is valid for your whole lifetime worldwide, but ultra–valid in Paris.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 18. December. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint–Gatien, which is spelled the same in English. My saint's book has no reference to this one, but the other part of the name book has a 'Gatien,' who was the first bishop of Tours, a really long time ago.

As an exceptional exception, but mainly because the club's café will be closed, there will be no meeting of the Café Metropole Club on Christmas Day, Thursday, 25. December.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.51/52 – 16/25. Dec 2002 – The issue began simply enough with the Café Life column's 'Wednesday, 25. December.' But there was a Café Metropole column too, titled, ' A Small Issue, For Real.' Yet another update of 'Wine News' was headlined, 'Tools of the Trades.' The Scene and Noël 2002 columns were last seen in the previous issue. The club's update on 19. December wasphoto: sign, telephone public titled, the 'Amsterdam, Oh, Amsterdam!' report. There were six new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, "Turkey Pizza!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.51/52 – 17/24. Dec 2001 – The Café Metropole column's headline was 'The Weather, Coluche and the Euro.' The Au Bistro headline was 'More Than You Wanted To Know About You Know What.' There was no feature but there were two Café Metropole Club updates, one for 20. December with the 'Big 'Oops' of the Week' report, and one for 27. December with the 'Stereo New York–Paris' report. The Scene column was titled, 'Christmas – and New Year's 2002.' There were another four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, Seasonal Greetings, Sincerely.'

The Paleolithic Version of the Countdowns

Paleolithians can discover the last known regular version of this sand-obscured and miserably moldy feature by turning to the last Café page with it, and subtract about 57 days from all numbers except the anniversary dates. However, I believe today is the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers first flight, which we can celebrate without bothering with a boring countdown because we are at zero days left.

Whoops! Today is only 99 years and 364 days since the first flight on Thursday, 17 December 1903. Tomorrow is the big day. We did have one day left to 'countdown.'

Driverless Métro Line 14 Expands

The RATP's Métro line 14 that began service between the Madeleine and the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand on Thursday, 15. October 1998, has reached the Gare Saint–Lazare today, linking this major Paris train station to France's biggest public library.

With this extension, the driverless Métro line 14 has transfer possibilities with five RER lines, three train stations, ten other Métro lines, and scads of bus lines. If you use none of these possibilities, the trip from the Gare Saint–Lazare in the 9th arrondissement to the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand in the 13th arrondissement, takes 13 minutes.

This new extension has required thephoto: sign, rue paul lelong creation of a new station at Saint– Lazare, which may be named Haussmann– Saint–Lazare. I write 'may be' because the hoopla over the line 14's extension, has somewhat submerged the news of the concurrent extension of the RER 'E' line to Saint–Lazare.

Not thought to be any relation to Carl Lefong.

Actually, this may be 'news' only to me. The RER's line 'E' seems to have always had Haussmann–Saint–Lazare as its Paris endstation. I find it, for the first time, clearly printed on a Métro map I always carry, which is dated 'January 2000.'

Well. This means it has long been possible to take this RER line from Saint-Lazare to Gare du Nord, nonstop, which is a lot quicker than any other way to get from station to station. As long as it's confession time, I will admit to having maybe ridden on the RER's line 'C' exactly once – but now I think of it, I probably took the regular train from Montparnasse.

This SNCF–operated RER 'E' line now reaches five stations further east from Paris, going all the way to Tourman–en–Brie. I don't know where it is, but I expect there is dancing in the streets out there today.

Nearly No Days

The number of days left this year is only 14 – immensely fewer than the '21–left' last week. Hardly sooner than anyone expects – already in fact – we'll be standing in front of cheery department store windows gaily illuminated but unheated for Christmas. In fact, we can do this now. The only thing lacking was the exceedingly few days we've got left to do it.

We are now able to skate on frozen rinks in front of the Hôtel de Ville, the one in front of the Gare Montparnasse or the one out at La Défense, even if it is going a bit far just to be colder than on a plain sidewalk crammed with Christmas trees.
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