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The outside's glass panels are supposed to be the latest idea from the architectural heavens, but do not have muchphoto: tunisia fans effect just before sundown. After sundown, long blue neon tubes zoom around, and these are better – but hardly worth a postcard. Comparing them with Le Parisien's photo, it didn't look like all of them were turned on.

Passing football fans, playing winners on the Champs.

Back out on the sidewalk, I saw that the celebrating football fans had increased their numbers – of cars, of honking, of flags. While some of these were those little compressor Merc SLKs, others had come in rental vans and were hanging out of the doors and windows or standing up through roof hatches.

Red flags with stars, white and green flags with red stars – honking honking – and groups were forming on the sidewalks too. Wow! Saturday night in foot–boom town! The police, while I was there, tolerated all.

The Coupe d'Afrique, played in Tunis on Saturday, saw Tunisia overcome Morocco by two to one.

Headline of the Week

'Shopping is no longer possible in Paris' is a paraphrase of Le Parisien's 'On ne peut pas faire ses courses à Paris' in today's edition. According to the rest of the story, Paris discourages suburbanites from driving to town and parking in front of their favorite department stores. As shoppers, using the Métro, Parisians apparently don't count.

Another 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'

Pop this link to have a look at the last meeting's the 'China Lake Gets On the Map' clubphoto: le renault de doisneau report. For the 'Group Photo of the Week' we huddled in the café's 'grande salle' and did not do any Mardi Gras steps.

Very minor details about the club can all be found on the 'About the Club' page. The virtual club membership card on this page is free and valid for your whole lifetime, worldwide.

More free shows for pedestrians.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 19. February. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint–Gabin. He is not in the Saint's book and the only Gabin in the names part is Jean, whose real name was Jean Alexis Moncorgé, born in Paris in 1904 – which makes him a legit countdown candidate!

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.08 – 17. Feb 2003 – The Café column led off with 'Beware of Avalanches.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Decree Days are Back.' This slim issue had no features, and even had the Scène column as a repeat, as in 'What Isn't Rétro Seems Very Modern.' The Café Metropole Club update for 20. February came out asphoto: sign, place de berlin the 'Christmas In February' report. There were four brand new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's cartoon of the week had the caption,"Is this a Hustle or Not?"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.08 – 18. Feb 2002 – The Café Metropole column began with, 'Low–Key Café Life.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Do You Remember the Franc?' Who does? This issue had two email features titled, 'Hugo In New York & Count–Downs In Paris' and 'The French Can't Always Know.' The Café Metropole Club update for 21. February featured not the first 'Drowsy Club Secretary' report. The headline for the Scène column's was 'Beautiful Cows Coming On Friday.' There were four average 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's cartoon caption of the week was, "These Are All FRANCS!"

Countdowns – Abbreviated

No new countdowns have been added this week, and Saint–Augustine was removed because there are more than enough saints already in this area. Since this page will be a day late if I don't wrap it up quickly, please turn to last week's countdowns, and subtract six days from all dates.

For those who must have their countdown no matter what, it was exactly 81 years ago today that the burialphoto: sign, h2o peugeot chamber of King Tutankhamen's lost but found and freshly unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt, where it had been buried for a really long time.

Paris Commune fans may wish to change their travel plans because Les Amis de la Commune of 1871 will be presenting an exhibition about the Commune from Thursday, 18. March until Thursday, 8. April. This will be in the Hôtel de Ville, open except on Sundays, and the free entry is by the front door.

This is generous of the city. The Commune, during 'Bloody Week' in 1871, dosed the priceless Hôtel de Ville with kerosene on Wednesday, 24. May, and burned the whole thing down. It took 12 years to replace it with the modest replica you can see today.

2004 Is Going Away, Slowly

Although irksome, there are about 319 days left this year. I realize this is more days–left than last week's number, but do not have any idea how this kind of foolish goof could have happened.

Despite last week's sunshine but slightly chilly temperatures we can still 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 by stronger than Paris' own wispy breezes.
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