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Of course he could hear what we were doing and we could not. I mean, try it, and you'll see what I mean. But I think we will look around a bit and see if we can find some genuine kazoos in this town somewhere.

I mean it – if it looks like a kazoo it might be easier to make it sound like a kazoo, and then there'll be no stopping the formation of the 'Paris Kazoo Club.' If we get one for Jonathan, he might let us come along to play backup with René's Wedding Band, sometime when they are set up on the Pont Saint–Louis on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Headline of the Week

'The Revenge of the Train' is Le Parisien's front–page headline on Saturday, and it refers to the exceptional number of travellers to the Alps who chose the comfort of a TGV to take them where there is plenty of ice and snow and high fees for sliding around in it.

Another February Repeat of Regular Plugs

photo: louvreMetropole'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 good tenants for it.

A part of the Louvre facing the Pont du Carrousel.

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'

Putting out a free virtual magazine entails some financial outlay, 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 'Real Conversations Lost In Translation' club report. The partial 'Group Photo of the Week' was taken in the café's 'grande salle' again, and nobody could tell we weren't the whole group.

Infinitly 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.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 26. February. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint–Nestor. He is another one not in the Saint's book and the only Nestor in the names part is Greek, I guess. He was the legendary King of Pylos and the oldest Prince in the gang that besieged Troy. Somehow I don't think it's the same Nestor.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.09 – 24. Feb 2003 – The Café column opened the issue with, 'Turns 7 Again.' This anniversary issue offered a selection of features from past issues, starting with, '1996 – Dreaming in Montparnasse.' The other articles were '1997 – In the Other Versailles,' '1998 – East of Bastille, Work and Play,' '1999 – On the 'Route des Impressionists,' '2000 – Café Metropolephoto: wine barrel, sympa Club Report' and '2001 – Beautiful Cow Week. 'The Café Metropole Club update for 27. February was presented as the "HEY! The 11th is OKAY!" report. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's cartoon of the week had the caption, '1 Bougie for 7 Years.' Again!

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.09/10 – 25. Feb 2002 – The Café Metropole column began with, 'Surprise – We Are Seven!' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Chunnel Rocky Horror Hungry Trip' – probably from the very first issue 1.01. This issue had two Café Metropole Club updates, with the one for 28. February featuring the 'No Sausage of the Week' report. The following week's 7. March report was a 'first' with the 'Club Mutiny' report. The Scène column's title was 'Much, Much, Way Much More.' There were six better than average 'Posters of the Week' over two weeks, and Ric's cartoon caption of the week was, '7 Bougies At Last.'

Countdowns – Unplugged

One new countdown have been added this week. Since this page will be a day late again if I don't wrap it up soon, please turn to the latest of the countdowns, and subtract 13 days from all dates.

For those who must have their countdown no matter what, it was exactly 81 years ago last week – subtractphoto: sign, libre seven days – that the burial 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. Those finder folks got a snoot full of 'mummy dust' I bet.

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, except on Sundays, and the free entry is by the front door.

Olympic Fans will be happy to learn that the Olympic flame will be hustled through Paris by a series of torch–bearers on Friday, 25 June – as part of its journey back to Athens for the summer Olympics – which are called 'JO' here. This is 124 days from today.

This year the Olympic flame is travelling to five continents, to 26 countries and through 33 cities – carried in the hands of 15–20,000 flame–carriers.

2004 Is Going Away, Ever So Slowly

Although more than four–score, there are still about 312 days left this year. This week there are fewer days–left than last week, which puts right a foolish goof that could have happened to anybody.

Despite last week's nasty breezes and slightly chilly temperatures I am not sure we can still skate on semi–frozen rinks in front of the Hôtel de Ville, the one in front of the Gare Montparnasse, because they might have been removed by now. In any case, most Parisians went to the mountains to do this sort of stuff.
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