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For, out on the mean morning streets of downtown France, the best alternative you will be able to find will be a crossaint, half a micro-baguette, a miniscule pat of butter, and an infintesimal pot of weak jam. If you are super-lucky there might be orange juice.

I also specifically requested a double-espresso to drown my breakfast-of-champions sorrows, but got a double-noir instead. This is what Matt orders when he wants people to think he is having a double-espresso but only wants to pay for a watery solo espresso in a bigger cup.

So, there. If you have read Metropole all year it is now not possible to say that it contains no good advice. For 9€ a hotel breakfast is a steal if it is an all-you-can-eat one.

The Regular Plugs

These are not here this week because they are within this double super bonus jumbo issue on last Tuesday's day-late 'Café' page, which you should turn to in case you dont know anything about 'Rooms to Let Online - 50¢ Etc' and 'Shareware' Is Metropole's Only Version.'

If you are thoroughly familiar with both of these, then you can take a week off, erase them from your memory - so that I can save myself from slightly rewriting them next week when I intend to do as little as this week.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

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. For the curious, this is Saint-Emmanuel's Day.

Hit this link to have a look at last week's "I Will Bring You a Blow–Fish" club 'report.' On an outrageously sunny Paris day, several winter-style members were on hand.

A few minor details concerning the club can all be found on the 'About the Club' page. The virtual recycled-paper but artistically tattered club membership card shown on this page is free, so long as you print it for yourself and allphoto: civic sculpture, troyes of your relatives and other relations. The card is valid for yours and their whole lifetimes worldwide, so it shouldn't be abused

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 1. January. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Sainte-Marie.

Modern civic sculpture in Troyes.

My saint's book seems to have no reference to this one, but there are three other Sainte-Maries, with dates of 9. April, 24. April and 15. August, and two double-barreled ones on 29. May and 22. July. I am losing faith in my Saint's book.

The Paleolithic Countdowns

True Paleolithians can forget discovering the last known regular version of this ice-encrusted and miserably rusty feature by not turning to the last Café page with it, and subtract about 64 days from all numbers, although I don't know why anyone would bother doing this.

Nearly Zero

The number of daysphoto: sign, impasse des enfants sans souci left this year is only nine - far, far, far less than the '14-left' last week. The arithmetic doesn't add up, or subtract right. Maybe my printed calendar is broken.

Some of us 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 shoppers. Some of us are not skating or shopping at all.
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