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Then the Joe came in the bar, yelling, and in came his wife, yelling too. They were very upset because they thought they'd been photographed. They wanted their images back. Pierre looked like he was making himself absent. What was going on?

Millie's guy had a video camera too, and the two of them had been looking at its small screen. After a bit of the yelling Millie's guy moved behind the bar. The Joe demanded the camera. "I want that film!" he yelled. His wife screamed that nobody had any right to photograph their kid. They said they were going to the prefecture – 150 metres away – and bringing back the cops. Millie's guy invited them to do it, but said they were not getting his camera. Millie wanted these people out of her bar pronto.

Nobody bothered telling them that Millie's guy had been shooting the image projections on the buildings, on the wall of the Bistro 48. The civilians probably weren't even on the tape. They finally left, still hot, disgusted, still yelling out in the street.

A neighborhood lady came in. She said it has been the worst 'Faites de la Lumière' of allphoto: batobus time. She had her four decorated windows showing at ten on the dot, and wanted to know what all the yelling was about. Pierre introduced everybody and I declined having another orange juice.

When I left the bar the young ladies had their 'Lumière' thing nearly right and the wall projections were still doddling on. All the doors and windows were open and there were few people strolling in the midnight streets. There was a fair breeze scooting through Rue Fermat from the cemetery, but it was warm enough to think it's summer. Music and laughter floated out of lighted, open windows.

Soldes d'Eté

The official dates of the summer sales are not decided by merchants but by local police prefectures, and these do not fix the dates all together. About half the departments in France know their dates already, but Paris doesn't. It is possible that the starting date will be earlier again this year – on Wednesday, 23. June. The 'soldes' continue for at least a month, until Saturday, 24. July, or trudge wearily on for six weeks until Saturday, 7. August.

Headline of the Week

"INCROYABLE!" was the Le Parisien's super big headline in this morning's edition. We had a successful European–wide election involving 25 countries and 350 million potential voters on Sunday, and the news is that France's football team beat England in the last three minutes of a game in Portugal.

There's no 'Incroyable!' for us having the continent–wide voting results faster than the names of the Eurovision Song Contest winners – actually before the football game was over. In fact we had to wait until the match was over to get the real score. So, right, 'Incroyable!' If we could send football players to Strasbourg we might know what's going on.

Last Week's Café Metropole Club 'Report'

If you ever have a spare moment take a gander at the updated version of the 'Co–Incidence of the Week' report. Member, reader and Utrillo expert Shirley Lindsay's Winston– Salem, North Carolina would have been 'City of the Week' if it hadn't already been at the meeting held exactly one year before.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 17. June. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint–Hervé. This is a 'lost' saint whose name may be spelled wrong because it's not in the Saint's book. However on my calendar there is a Saint–Hervé and his day is next Thursday, for what it's worth. Last week's anniversary mention for the Vatican has not helped at all with this saint business.

Some minor and unimportant details about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The virtual club membership card on this page remains as free as sea air and continues to be worth as much, no matter how little it may cost.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.25 – 16. June 2003 – the Café Metropole column started off with, 'Bloomsday In the 14th.' The entire 'Au Bistro' column was in these four words, 'France Wins NBA Championship!' Instead of fish, Ed had 'Sacré Job! – Seeing Marguerite at the Agri–Village.' There was a Scène Eté column, titled 'Highlights for Rest of June, All July.' The Café Metropole Club update for 19. June was titled, the 'Elvis Costello is Not a Club Member, Yet' report.photo: sign, paris badge, gare d'austerlitz There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's cartoon of the week was captioned as 'Fêtards de la Musique.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.25 – 17. June 2002 – this issue's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Grilling Like Sardines.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'In Paris, Pinks Beat Blues' and that was it. The issue's non–feature was titled 'Anything for a Photo – The Non–Feature of the Week.' There was one Email feature, titled 'The Hotel VW,' from Jim Auman. The Café Metropole Club update on 20. June was headlined as the 'Forgotten Tab' report. The Scène Eté column's title was 'Huge Hugo Marathon.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Chute de Météorites.'

Another Popular Request Returns the 'Countdowns'

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, when he was 70. This anniversary is 113 days from now.

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, 129 days from now.

An even bigger literary hoopla 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 only 18 days from today.

The Liberation of Paris has the official date of Friday, 25. August 1944, which will bephoto: sign, bureau de vote no 3 celebrated 73 days from today. The 'Liberation' started on Tuesday, 15. August, with a strike – by the Métro and the police. Some sporadic strikes still continue, but are rare in August.

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 as a personal favor. A plebiscite was held and 2569 reckless souls in all of France voted against it. The coronation took place on Sunday, 2. December. The 200th anniversary of this dubious event is 172 days from now.

This Year Is Getting Better As It Gets Less

As of today there are still 200 days left of this year. This is more or less the same number of 'days left' as at this time last year, and the year before. These might be the best 200 days left of any year ever. Or last year's may have been, or next year's will be. You have a choice of three.
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