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This was a shame because it was the 100th anniversary of Bloom's odyssey around Dublin, even though 'Ulysses' was published in February of 1922. 'Bloomsday' itself was invented in 1954, or 50 years ago. The first daylong pilgrimage around Dublin, 'structured and humorless,' began with a brawl and went downhill from there, being abandoned halfway through, at the Bailey pub.

The Pigeon Situation

To hold Paris' pigeons in check, the city has hired some falcons to keep them in abject fear. Falcons don't like building their own nests, and are perfectly happy moving into pre–fab concrete blockhouses on top of the Mitterrand BNP, where they'll have a good view. I don't know about the 14th though. The city built an apartment building on a pole for pigeons down in the southwest corner. The sneaky idea there is to lace their birdseed with dope so that no eggs are the result.

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.

The Olympic Flame

Makes its way from Le Bourget through Paris, from 11:30 to 20:00, to finish at the Tour Eiffel. Free and one day only – on Friday, 25. June.

Headline of the Week

"Inquiétant..." was the Le Parisien's big headline in Friday morning's edition. The French team at the 'Euro' only managed a tie with Croatia. In French, a tie is called a 'match nul,' even though credit is often given for them. All the same I can't explain it because soccer or tennis scoring is beyond me. The photo shows the French team looking like basketball players, with very small heads.

There's no 'Inquiétant...' for us having the continent–wide football 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, 'Inquiétant...' If we could send football players to Strasbourg we might know the score, before next season.

Last Week's Café Metropole Club 'Report'

In one of your spare moments take a peek at the latest version of the 'Hard Rock 'Shirt of the Week' report. Two members were present for most of the meeting that was one without 'Much of the Week' other than t–shirts and Don's hat.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 24. June. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint–Jean–Baptiste. This is a major saint and probably one of the first, because this Jean became beheaded in anno 28 or 29. Calendars weren't too accurate back then.

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 fresh air and continues to be worth as much, no matter how little it may cost.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.26 – 23. June 2003 – this week's Café Metropole column began with, 'Server–Lady Meets Horse.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was, 'José Bové Goes to Jail Suddenly.' The issue's feature was titled 'The Fête de la Musique was Full of Sparkles.' There were hotlinks to both Scène columns. The Café Metropole Club update for 26. June was titled, the 'Spacy Ice Cream is Warm 'Food of the Week' report. Therephoto: sign, place andre malraux were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's cartoon of the week was captioned as, "Don't Smile!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.26 – 24. June 2002 – the Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Summer Is Officially Here.' The 'Au Bistro' column's entire story was in the headline, 'José Bové Goes To Jail, Slowly.' The issue's lone feature was titled 'The Reds' Last Stand – On the Butte–aux–Cailles?' The Café Metropole Club update on 27. June was headlined as the "It's a Virtual–Reality Club," report. The Scène Eté column's title was 'More, Better, Summer.' There were four brandnew 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Adventures In the Jardin des Plantes.'

'Countdowns' – Suspension Resumes

If you really miss them, you can find the 'countdowns' in a recent issue by clicking here. Do not, I remind you for the thousanth time, forget to subtract seven days from all count–down dates.photo: sign, tabac

Were You Invited?

Every year for the past 16 years, some mysterious person has organized a spontaneous dinner for selected guests and close friends, at a mystery location in Paris. Last Tuesday evening 2000 people dressed in white aged between 25 and 40 showed up at the Palais–Royal and sat down without warning to eat raspberries and drink Champagne for three hours until midnight. The police didn't interfere with them for holding an illegal 'white dinner.' As described in Le Parisien, all were west–Paris bobos – many perhaps from Sarkoland – aka Neuilly.

This Year Becomes Better, Shorter

As of today there are still 193 days left of this year. This is more or less the same number of 'days left' as at this time in 1949, and the year before. These might be the best 193 days left of any year in our lives. Or last year's may have been, or next year's will be. Whichever year you pick, make sure its 21. June has nice weather.
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