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What I was doing on Friday was facing a lot of sunshine near the Invalides, on the lookout for the week's only photos with bits of blue sky in them. After looking at an old cannon I realized I was near the Rue de Constantine, which meant I was near to finding the Centre Culturel Canadien. A couple of weeks ago I tried to find it on a map, but couldn't believe where it was – it looked as if it was in the Quai d'Orsay's back garden.

As it turned out it was easy to spot because it had a very large red and white flag hanging over the door. Inside, it was cold, like Canada. On a hot day, around the bare plains of the Invalides, it is worth visiting just for the air conditioning.

I was curious to see the portraits, 'from 1950 to 2000,' to see if I recognized anybody. Yes, there was 'lucky' Pierre Tredeau, in about 1968, and there was Chief Dan George, probably from about the same time. I thought I recognized a diner on south Granville, but it might have only been on account of looking at so many cafés here.

My 'history' was restricted to a few of the photos taken before 1969. The bulk of the photos were as familiar to mephoto: pool tuileries as the landing on the moon, which I didn't become aware of until about 1971. There wasn't one photo of any Joes leaving shiftwork at a sawmill, or trance dancing at the Black Spot on West Broadway.

Not upstairs and not in the basement. It was nice and cool everywhere though. I guess if the exhibition of photos was meant to show the inhabitants of Vancouver, everybody else moved there after I Ieft.

Lazy times in the Tuileries

There was one guy though, the Foncie. He had some kind of street camera and he took photos of everybody, mostly in the rain. You wouldn't even have to break stride and he'd hand out a ticket and you could get a print later the same day if the shot had been early enough. I think everybody in town had a least one Foncie photo. I'm glad they had him in the exhibition.

At the Centre Culturel Canadien, 5. Rue de Constantine, Paris 7. Métro: Invalides. InfoTel.: 01 44 43 21 90. Until 18. September, on Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00, until 21:00 on Thursday, and from 14:00 to 18:00 on Saturday. No entry charge.

Paris Plage 2004

If case you don't notice, this year's edition of Paris by the Seaside begins on Wednesday. It will last for a month, then it will be dismantled and put away, until it's time for Paris Plage 2005.

Headline of the Week

"Cette fois, ils sont partis!" was the mysterious headline on the front page of Saturday's Le Parisien. It went on to say nobody was surprised to see beaches, hotels and restaurants deserted. 'But,' the paper says, 'vacation time seems to be here. This year, the Juliettists decided to go at the last minute. Most of them took to the roads Friday.'

No summer is complete without gigantic traffic jams, even if it has to start in the middle of July while the weather is still lousy. A week ago the paper summed it up with, 'Calamiteux!' As of this week, no change.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

If your life seems tedious at the moment take a peek at the latest 'Only On Thursday'photo: fiat 500 of the week report. Eleven were on hand, some to become new members, some from the frozen north woods in the area of Winnipeg.

This week's completely different 'Fiat 500 of the Week.'

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 22. July. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Sainte–Marie–Madeleine. Everybody should know who this saint is even if she became one a really long time ago, because she was Lazarus' sister, while he was Marthe's brother too. A classic saint in other words.

A few minor and totally irrelevant details about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The virtual club membership card on this page continues to be as fresh as canned heat and remains worth as much. If you want your money back you'll need to show proof–of–purchase.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.30 – 21. July 2003 – the lead for this month–long Café Metropole column was, 'Django, Johann, and Edith.' The 'Au Bistro' column was only a headline. The initial feature in this issue was titled 'No False Modesty for Paris Plage.' Laurel Avery contributed 'Tiny Points of Light.' There were links to the two current Scène columns. The Café Metropole Club update for 24. July was titled, the 'Nearly All Sports' report. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's cartoon of the week was captioned, "Where's this beach we're going to?" This issue also contained the restphoto: sign, rue tallyrand of the summer's club reports, more 'Paris Life' from Laurel Avery, and a couple of other pieces written in New York and New England.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.30 – 22. July 2002 – The Café Metropole column was headlined, 'There Was 'Happy' Weather.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'The Postman Rings Again.' The issue's sole feature was titled 'Todo El Mundo – Vamos a la Playa!' The Café Metropole Club update on 25. July was titled as the 'Two Real Members Really' report. There were four summer–type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "You Said, You Promised..."

'Countdowns' – Something Continues

If you really miss them, which I find difficult to believe, you can find the exciting 'countdowns,' snugly tucked into a recent issue by clicking here. Do not, I remind you for the fifth time, forget to subtract 35 days from all count–down dates. If you want, subtract the whole thing.

Fond Memories of Today

We should remember this day inphoto: sign, paris plage 2004 1941 because it was the first time Winston Churchill held up his fingers in a 'V' and nobody put a cigar in them. He converted the minor gaff into a war–time signal still occasionally seen. Contrary to rumor, it had nothing to do with the Franco–Prussian War, which began on 19. July 1870, a Tuesday.

Edgar Degas could be remembered today for his birthday in Paris in either 1832, but most likely in 1834, as claimed by my saint's book. Whichever year it was, it was on a Saturday that his parents gave him the additional first names of Hilaire and Germain. Edgar was a great painter but a poor subject for biographers. After his eyesight failed he lived as a lonely hermit, but before that he ran up a big tab at the Café Guerbois in the Avenue de Clichy. Edgar died on Friday, 28. September 1917.

Less Year, Even Quicker

There are only 165 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left' as at this time in July of 1533, when Lady Jane Grey was deposed as Queen of England after a kind of reign of nine whole days. Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's daughter, got the job next and managed to reign for the year's remaining 201 days. Then she married Phil II and moved to Spain, and inherited America.
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