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Worst Movie of the Year?

On Wednesday before last Le Parisien created a major new 'first' for itself by using its front page and inside pages two and three to pan a stupid but harmless new movie, named improbably, 'RRRrrrr !!!'

Libération merely said the movie wasn't the fault of the director, Alain Chabat. Early this week the box–office results for the initial week gave the movie the second best score in France with almost 850,000 tickets sold, a quarter million of them in the Ile–de–France.

Thus the silly 'RRRrrrr !!!' wildly outsold the Hollywood blockbuster, 'Le Dernier Samouraï' in their first week in the cinemas, and was second only to Disney's 'Frère des Ours' – which Le Parisien judged lame.

One French film directed by Sylvain Chaument, 'Les Triplettes de Belleville,' has been nominated for two Oscars. Results are to be known during the prize ceremony in Hollywood, on Sunday, 29. February.

The February Repeat of Regular Plugs

Metropole's Lodging page is online and in every issue. Listing your apartment or house for rent on this page will create a good chance of finding tenants for it.

Unlike Metropole Paris and the Café Metropole Club, listing your property in Metropole is not 'free.' Write today to enquire about details. Your suggestions will be welcome. To those who have already enquired, thanks.

Metropole's Only Version Is 'Shareware'

I can't overcome the financial problems of putting out a free virtual magazine, so I ask 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.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Click your cursor on this link to have a look at the last meeting's the 'Poison Blow–fish 'Food of the Week' clubphoto: expo, l'express, luxembourg report. Paris was sunny again, so a good number of club members posed for the 'Group Photo of the Week' on the terrace of La Corona, without their coats.

The best photos from l'Express on show on the grille of the Luxembourg.

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

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 12. February. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint–Félix. He was the Pope for five years before suddenly ending his career in 274, possibly in Rome. The problem with this Félix is that his 'day' was 30. May, and none of the other two saints named Félix have 12. February. Neither do the two anti– Popes named Félix.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.07 – 10. Feb 2003 – The Café column's headline was 'Buzzer Dayz, Signs of Too Many.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Rétromobile – Wheels of Fire, Real and In Scale 1:6.' The Café Metropole Club update for 13. February resulted in the 'Chocolate Frogs?' report. The issue's new 'Wine News' mentioned the laborious 'Labelworks.' There were four brand new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric'sphoto: sign, place pablo picasso cartoon of the week had the caption, "Cause I Love 'Em" – for some reason. I don't feel like looking it up, but you can.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.07 – 11. Feb 2002 – The Café Metropole column's headline was, 'This Magazine Is Online!' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Jacques Is Running.' Was it news? This issue contained one small feature titled, 'It's Wheelie Time Again at Rétromobile.' The Café Metropole Club update for 14. February turned into the ''First' Valentine Meeting' report on account of it being Thanksgiving. The headline for the Scène column's was 'The Year of the Horse.' There were four somewhat ordinary 'Posters of the Week' and Ric the love–crazed editor and cartoonist decided the week's cartoon caption should be, 'Rétro Valentine.'

Countdowns – Subtract One

No new 'counting–downs' have been added this week, and Saint–Augustine has been removed because there are more than enough saints already on this page. Since this page is a day late, please subtract one day from all the numbers of days below, to get the number of days from today instead of Monday.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Frédéric–August Bartholdi,photo: statue liberty, luxembourg the designer of the Stature of Liberty. His death occurred on Tuesday, 4. October.

As you are 'counting–down' 239 days until this year's Monday, 4. October, you'll have time to learn more about Bartholdi's life and works by visiting the virtual Musée–Bartholdi, plus the real one as well if you happen to be in France.

For a major literary gent, we can also be 'counting–down' to the 150th anniversary of the birthdate of Jean– Nicolas–Arthur Rimbaud, which is on Wednesday, 20. October, 255 days from now.

An even bigger literary razzle–dazzle will be made this year for George Sand, who was born 200 years ago on Sunday, 1. July 1804. 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 'countdown' lasts 144 days, until 1. July.

The date of the Normandy landings in WWII was on Tuesday, 6. June 1944. The 60th anniversary of this fateful day for 2,846,439 allied liberators is 119 days from now, on a Sunday this year.

Another WWII event 60 years ago to note is the liberation of Paris. Its official date is Friday, 25. August 1944. This date is 199 days from now. The liberation started on Tuesday, 15. August, with a strike – by the Métro and the police – followed by more strikes until the shooting started on Saturday, 19. August. Five days later the first tanks of the 2nd French Armored Division reached the Hôtel de Ville at 20:45 on Thursday, 24. August. Général de Gaulle arrived the following day, slightly less than three hours after the German surrender.

Paris, Ville Antique

Here is 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 details of daily life in Paris 2000 years ago.

2004 Is Still With Us

Although irksome, there are about 316 days left this year. But there are only 21 days left until our bonus 'Leap–Year' day extra in February, which may be a public holiday called Sunday, in some parts of the world. .

Despite last week's sunshine and warm temperatures we are still allowed to skate on semi–frozen but slushy 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 – where local winds may blow your mind away.
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