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The Most Recent Café Metropole Club 'Report'

If you have absolutely nothing better to do take a look at the last meeting's version of the 'Hoboken of Germany' Is True 'First' report. A statement like this could only have been made by a club member that knows both places better than the rest of us.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club is on Thursday, 29. April. The Saint's Day of the Week will bephoto: terrace cafe la corona Sainte–Catherine de Sienne. This week there are several Sainte–Catherines but only one of Sienna. She was famous for being ecstatic and making revelations, and died in 1380 after convincing Pope Gregory XI to move from Avignon to Rome.

The café where the contest winners will be chosen next Thursday.

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

Shameless Plugs are Back

The usual plugs encouraging 'support for this magazine' and its 'Lodging' page are quietly waiting for you to visit them. The commercial page for Metropole's 'Partners' needs an occasional re–read too.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.18/19 – 28. Apr/5. May 2003 – this double–issue began with Café Life's 'Ton Amie, Mabutu Mosa,' after the Café Metropole column's 'Bagdad Café Makes Comeback.' There was no 'Au Bistro' column in any words. The single feature was titled 'Looking for 'Typical' in Paris' 'Business District.' The Scène column was was titled 'Cops and Image Hunters, From Maigret to Cartier–Bresson.' The Café Metropole Club update for 1. May was titled the 'First Country 'City of the Week' report and the meeting for 8. May resulted in the 'Somebody'sphoto: sign, square delambre Swedish Grandmother' report. There were six new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's cartoon of the week was captioned 'World Premiere Sandwich.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.18 – 29. April 2002 – this week's Café Metropole column was not exciting so it had 'Intermission, to Meet Flat Stanley' as as picker–upper. The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined 'Back To the Past.' The Café Metropole Club update on 2. May was titled, the "Why I'm In a Good Mood" report. The Scène column's headline was 'May's 'Bridges' – As In Olden Times.' There were four pretty neat 'Posters of the Week,' and Ric's cartoon Caption of the Week was, 'Vote Like That.'

Another Repeat of the 'Countdowns – Repeated!'

Luckily I have mislaid the 'old' countdowns, except two, from Jim Auman. He wrote to remind us all that the Père Lachaise cemetery is having the 200th anniversary of its opening, on Friday, 21. May. This is 26 days from now. This doesn't coincide with the 'Web site' date above, but what the heck!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sad death of Frédéric– August Bartholdi, the designer of the Stature of Liberty. His death occurred on Tuesday, 4. October. This anniversary is 162 days from now.

For a major literary dude, we can also be 'counting–down' to the 150th anniversary of the birthdatephoto: door, cemetery montparnasse of Jean–Nicolas–Arthur Rimbaud, which is on Wednesday, 20. October, 178 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 week will officially be the 'Année George Sand' all year long. The anniversary is 64 days from today.

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 42 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 119 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, but not in August, usually.

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 without quibbling. A plebiscite was held and 2569 reckless souls in all of France voted against it. The coronation took place on Sunday, 2. December.

Part of the official record is David's painting of it. David, whose first name was Louis, also added his own inlaws who were not there because they were uninvited, and Napoleon's mom, who was sulking in Italy at the time. The 200th anniversary of this dubious event is 221 days from now. David, meanwhile, died in 1825, possibly in exile.

Last Week's Only New 'Countdown of the Week' Is Dubious

Jim 'Countdown' Auman writes, "March 31 or April 1 marked the 800th anniversary of the death of Aliénor d'Aquitaine – Eleanor of Aquitaine – in 1204. The dates are aphoto: sign, stationnement genant bit uncertain because they had to be translated from Early Medieval Sundial or Late Dark Ages Sand Clock – sundials were notoriously unreliable in the Dark Ages. She was buried in the abbey of Fontevraud next to her husband, Henry II. The abbey will host various cultural events this year concerning Aliénor and her times." About 800 years ago, even within a sundial day, is dubious.

If you should happen to look at a map of France at the end of the 12th century, most of it – much of the centre and all of the west – was under British control. Eleanor was born in 1137 and was 67 when she died. France did not get control of Aquitaine until 1453.

2004 is On Its Way Out

That this year will be worth remembering, is questionable. The most we can do is hope it isn't. As of today there are 249 more days left in it. 'Ric's Day Off' last week was also as completely unremarkable as the one the week before, so that it isn't worth mentioning a week later, now.
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