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Did the armed panda pay for the sandwich before causing all the ruckus?

Find out in the 2nd edition of 'A Dictionary of Modern English Usage' by Henry Fowler, first published in 1926. At one point in WWI after Fowler fainted on parade on account of being 57, he considered asking to be transferred to a lunatic asylum. The preface to the 1st edition of 'Usage' begins, "I think of it as it should have been, with its prolixities docked..."

The Regular Plugs – First Time In 2004

Metropole's Lodging page is online and in this issue. Thisphoto: soldes is likely to be a high-traffic page. Listing your apartment or house for rent on it will create a good chance of finding tenants for it.

Well–started winter sales end on Saturday, 7. February.

Unlike Metropole Paris and the Café Metropole Club, listing your property in Metropole is not 'free.' Rates for your listing will be reasonable. If you have a Web site for your apartment, your listing in Metropole will link to it. If not, we can work something out.

Write today to enquire about details. All of the conditions have not been fixed yet, but they have advanced a bit. Your suggestions will be very welcome. To those who have already enquired, thanks.

Metropole's Only Version Is 'Shareware'

To get around the problem of being a free virtual magazine, I am asking readers to consider Metropole Paris as 'shareware.' If the magazine 'works' for you, contributing a bit towards its upkeep will do wonders for keeping it online.

'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. Whatever you voluntarily choose contribute, you'll get 'Ed's 'thanks' in a return email, and 'Ed' will make sure you do.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Tap this link to have a look at the last meeting's 'Wisconsin–sized Dinner Plates' club 'report.' The weather wasn't nice, most Parisians were engaged in the 'Soldes d'Hiver' battles, and the best 'Group Photos of the Week' were unshown. Thanks members – for your outrageous poses!

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

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 15. January. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint–Remi, another 'unfound' saint, except for being the bishop of Reims. Saint–Remi converted the German barbarian Clovis to Catholicism, with a baptism in 496. Fortunately for this date, Saint–Remi's day used to be 1. October.

This Was Metropole Three Long Years Ago

Issue 6.03 – 15. Jan 2001 – The issue began with the Café column's headline, 'A Really Dumb Headline.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was ' Semi–Okay In Paris.' The feature of the week was 'Paris' Centre – Funk City.' The Scène column's title was 'Chinese Year of the Serpent.' The Café Metropole Club update forphoto: sign, place frehel, 20 arr 18. Jan was the 'Answer of the Week' report. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's re-run cartoon of the week had the caption, 'Coming Into Charlie Etoile.'

This Was Metropole Five Whole Years Ago

Issue 4.03 – 18. Jan 1999 – The Café Metropole column's headline was 'A Dog's Life for Strollers.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Paris' 'Monster' Blizzard.' This small issue contained one little feature titled, 'Foujita – Superstar! In Montparnasse.' The issue's headline for the Scène column's was 'Now Featuring 1999.' How original. There were four never before seen 'Posters of the Week.' Ric the lazy cartoonist managed to include 'L'Apéro Aprés–Ski,' without raising much of a sweat.

The Revenge of the Countdowns

Jim 'Countdown' Auman writes, "This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the death of the colossus of Colmar, Frédéric–August Bartholdi, the designer of the Stature of Liberty. His death occurred on October 4, but since he casts such a long shadow, we should start counting down early, especially if the EU wants to outlaw these countdowns."

Since the EU is still mulling over its ban on countdowns, there should be as many here as possible while there is still time. As you are 'counting–down' 274 days until Monday, 4. October, you'll have an opportunity to learn more about Bartholdi's life and works by visiting the virtual Musée–Bartholdi, plus the real one too, if you should happen to be in France.

Another big figure in French history to have a countdown this year is Saint–Augustin. He was born on Saturday, 13. November 354 at Souk Ahras in Algeria – formerly Tagaste – and died 76 years later in Annaba – formerly Hippo Regius – on the coast, about 75 kilometres away. The days remaining until the anniversary of his birthdate this year are 313. It is 1574 years since Saint–Augustin's death in 430.

On a major literary note, we should also be 'counting–down' to the 150th anniversary of the birthdate of Jean–Nicolas–Arthur Rimbaud, which is on Wednesday, 20. October, 289 days from now.

An even bigger literary splash will be made this year for George Sand, who was born 200 years ago onphoto: posted mitten Sunday, 1. July 1804. Named Aurore Dupin – this year will officially be the 'Année George Sand' all year long. For lots more, Cécile Pichot's Web site is worth a visit as is the one run by Marc Nadaux. I almost forgot. This 'count–down' lasts 178 days, until 1. July.

Paris, Ville Antique

This not a count–down exactly, but a Web site tip. The Ministry of Culture's 'Paris, Ville Antique' is worth an in–depth look, firmly in the 'now–for–something–different' department. Amaze your friends and neighbors with new–found knowledge about daily life in Paris about 2055 years before Starbucks opened their first coffee house here.

Firmly In 2004

There are 353 days left the year, which is a vast number of days as well as months. There are only 48 days left until our bonus 'Leap–Year' day extra in February, which will actually be a public holiday in many parts of the world, so don't miss it.

Despite the rains we are still able to skate on semi–frozen rinks in front of the Hôtel de Ville, the one in front of the Gare Montparnasse, or maybe even the one out at La Défense – supposing anybody would go that far to be soaked to the skin.
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