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I got no further down the stairs than a half–flight when I met a shouting man coming up, complaining about the noise coming from the Camera– Murray's apartment. I told him not to worry and it's okay because they are going away, all the way to the Pacific coast. Besides, it was not even after midnight yet.

This was not an answer he was expecting. He quit shouting, and I kept on going down, wondering if the lights would stayphoto: tuileries forest on until I got to the ground floor. By the Métro entry across from the Cirque d'Hiver a man talking on a portable phone asked me for a cigarette. He selected one, but saved it while he continued his conversation.

The Tuileries, with an almost forest–look.

I took the Métro towards République instead of Bastille, and make a pretty easy change at Sébasto and rode south towards the Porte d'Orléans. It took about half the time of the Place d'Italie route. Or maybe I didn't notice the time because 'Paris Pas Cher' is so fascinating.

At Denfert I placed the book on the bar of the Rendez–Vous and ordered a short café. The book did not entitle any discounts in this café, and none were offered, but the Madame of the cash said 'Bonsoir' all the same.

Headline of the Week

More words in today's headline on Le Parisien's front page has reduced the height of the type to only 30 millimetres from last week's 40. However, there is a photo of Président Chirac, looking worried after yesterday's election results. "But What's He Going To Do?" the headline asks. This is also the 'Question of the Week' and I expect we shall know the answer soon.

The Last Semi–Annual Repeat of Plugs in March

Push this link to a recent issue's 'Café' page, where the usual plugs encouraging 'support for this magazine' and its 'Lodging' page are waiting patiently for you to visit them.

The Recent Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Take a look at the last meeting's text and photo version of the 'Portland, Oregon Ties' club report. The 'tie' involved Paris, Texas. A new member thought he might have a cousin living there, and research showed that Portland had never been a 'City of the Week' before.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 1. April. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint–Hugues. There are several Hugues to consider and one is even a saint. This is 'de Cluny,' but the date is wrong. Then we have a choice of 'le Grand,' a Capet, 'de Payns,' and a 'de Saint–Victor,' who was born in Paris in 1141. Hugues de Payns founded the Templars in Jerusalem in 1118 or 1119.

Some minor details about the club can all be found on the 'About the Club' page. The virtual club membership card on this page is as free as standard air and valid for your whole lifetime, everywhere in the world.

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 6.14 – 2. April 2001 – the issue began with the Café Metropole column's 'Springtime for Museums,' followed by the 'Au Bistro' column's 'Jacques Gets a Summons.' The lone feature was titled 'A New New–Age 'Startup.' The Scène column's title was 'A Run Around Paris.' The Café Metropole Club update for 5. Aprilphoto: sign, quai francois mitterrand was titled the 'Late Mardi Gras On 'Black Thursday II' report. Four 'Posters of the Week' times were on view and Ric's cartoon of the week was captioned "What Kind of 'Ed' Are You?"

This Was Metropole Five Years Ago

Issue 4.14 – 5. April 1999 – began with the Café Metropole column's 'Surprise Easter In Paris.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Lost' News Isn't Here.' There were two unrelated features, titled 'Not Finding Paris' Oldest Tree' and 'Model Salon: On Land, On Sea, In the Air: In Scale.' The Scène column's title was 'When in Rome, Do Paris.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's cartoon caption of the week was captioned, 'No 10,000 Lira Notes Please.'

Countdowns – On Hold

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Frédéric–August Bartholdi, the designer of the Stature of Liberty. His death occurred on Tuesday, 4. October. This is 190 days from now. 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 dude, we can also be 'counting–down' to the 150th anniversary of the birthdate of Jean– Nicolas–Arthur Rimbaud, which is on Wednesday, 20. October, 206 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. This 'countdown' lasts 95 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 70 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, which will be celebrated 150 days from today. The 'Liberation' started on Tuesday, 15. August, with a strike – by the Métro and the police – followed by more strikes until the shooting was over. Some sporadic strikes still continue.

Some Olympic Fans may be out of their heads with joy to learn that the Olympic flame will be hustledphoto: sign, batobus, champs elysees 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 only 89 days from today.

After getting hired flunkies to vote in favor of inventing the title of Emperor for Napoleon on 3. May 1804, the Senat passed the measure on 18. May. A plebiscite was held and 2569 reckless souls voted against it. The results were announced six days before the coronation that took place on Sunday, 2. December.

Part of the official record is David's painting of it. But slighted by getting only two entry tickets for the ceremony, the artist depicted Napoleon crowning Josephine instead. David also added his own inlaws who were not there because they were not invited, and Napoleon's mom, who was sulking in Italy at the time. The 200th anniversary of this dubious event is 256 days from now.

Melting Away, 2004

There are still about 277 days left this year. But 89 days have already dribbled away. Nothing in Paris is still getting any younger by the minute, just as it has been not doing every day for over 2000 years.

I clearly recall that there was very good weather for 'Ric's Day Off' last week but none of it was spent in a small park sitting in the sunshine watching some sort of strange bird build a nest. After catching up with last week's issue, no time was left for frivolous pursuits.
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