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Meanwhile, this year's version of Paris Plage only lasts until next Friday. In spite of a little rain and some sudden downpours, it was a pretty good edition with lots of sunshine at all other times.

The URLs of the Week

Café Metropole Club member and Hollywood pipe smoker Alan Pavlik who runs Just Above Sunset has come across Clotilde's Chocolate and Zucchini Web site, or blog. It's just had a big plug from the AFP, which also mentions Leite's Culinaria, almost in the same paragraph. Both are supposed to be treats for good food fans. While I'm near Hollywood, pop over to nearby Los Feliz and take a look at Los Angeles' Libération reporter Emmanuelle Richard's bilingual Web site too.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Despite it being August you can still capture the latest 'Maybe Next Year'photo: paris plage report. This was the sum total of what I got to hear about Heather Stimmler–Hall's Tour de France adventures.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 19. August. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint–Jean Eudes. I am pretty sure we've had this one before, even though I probably claimed he was missing. Born at Ri in 1601, Jean Eudes is well–known for founding the Jésus–et–Marie society of priests. For short they were called 'Eudistes.'

Other relatively minor facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The graphic of the virtual club membership card on this page looks better online than printed, but is free and original. The club membership itself is worthwhile, even if it's free too.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.30/34 – 21. July/21. Aug. 2003 – the lead for this month–long summer issue was the Café Metropole column's 'Django, Johann, and Edith.' The lead 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. This issue also contained the rest of the summer's club reports, by Linda 'Cools' Thalman, and more 'Paris Life' from Laurel Avery. There were a couple of other pieces written in New York, one of which was 'Lobsters'photo: sign, rue schoelcher Short Lives in New England.' 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 Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.34 – 19. Aug 2002 – The title for the Café Metropole column was, 'Two Heatwaves.' The issue's feature was 'A Ranch Holiday with a Cat Named Tiger.' The Scène column's headline was 'Summer Is Not Over' and Scène 2 was titled 'Coming Ultra Soon in September.' There were four summer–type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned,"Nawwwwwwww... I'm staying here..."

Something Not So Completely Different

photo: sign, a tous les francaisWhile old countdowns languish in past issues new ones come along, and finally we have such a dilly that I wonder why the countdowns are so neglected. Exactly 24 days from today it will be the 500th birthday of the erection of Michelangelo's big statue of the biblical David in the Piazza Signoria, in the centre of Florence.

All was not rosy on that Thursday, 8. September in 1504 because the Florentines took a violent exception to the monumental work, and threw stones at it. Then delayed lightning struck the stature's pedestal eight years later. But this year there will be a big birthday party, from Friday, 10. to Tuesday,14. September, to celebrate its survival. Florentines will turn out en masse to see with their own eyes the latest results of its umpteenth restoration.

Nearly Nothing, Next to Useless

There are only 137 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left' as at this time in August of 1977, when Elvis Presley died at his Graceland Mansion home in Memphis, Tennessee. Everybody working here thanks radio FIP for playing lots of rock 'n' roll today, in memorium. This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 229 days, the same number that 1858 had when England's Queen Victoria sent the first trans–Atlantic telegram to President James Buchanan.
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