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Headline of the Week

"ASPHYXIÉ" was on Le Parisien's front page today. This is supposed to be what's happening to the prime minister Jean–Pierre Raffarin after Nicolas Sarkozy seemed to have emerged as the 'strongman of the right.' In fact, the first order of business may be to find a successor for Mr. Perpetual Motion.

However, the truly big news is that Le Parisien has given its logo a face–lift. This is also calledgraphic: logo parisien a 'relook' in French. The paper says it is more elegant, more modern, richer in information, while presenting an attractive summary of news that isn't always smiling.

In reality the new logo is narrower in width in proportion to height, making it more adaptable for reduction – for Web display, and for all those lines of little marching logos located on the bottoms of posters and other graphics in your face.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Even though September has just begun you can find the latest "It Is What It Is" reportphoto: sculpture, louvre still online. No members turned up for a quiet afternoon in the club's café which gave the club's secretary ample time to read some interesting comments by members, found in the members' booklet.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 9. September. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Sainte–Inès. I have just found out why I can't find some of these saints. Inès, for example. Her day is 10. September! My calendar is offside. The real saint next Thursday is Saint–Corbinien, who may have been a Celt. He became a bishop in Munich and died on 8 or 9. September 725, and was moved to Freising in 768. In 1711 the priest of the Saint–Germain de Châtres parish asked for the relics of Saint–Corbinien to be returned to Arpajon.

More much 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 a hundred times better online than printed, but is free. The club membership itself is valuable, even if it's free too.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.37 – 8. Sept 2003 – this issue's Café Metropole column was titled 'Salvador Allende's Week.' This issue's feature was titled, 'The Nowhere Tour – For It, Perfect Weather.' Laurel Avery's 'Paris Life' was headlined 'From Zen to Dreams.' The new Scène column's title was 'Some, Few Highlights for Autumn 2003.' The Café Metropole Club update for 11. September was called, "Thephoto: sign, rue danielle casanova Best Frozen Food" report. There were six 'Posters of the Week' and the caption of Ric's cartoon of the week was "We're not late after all."

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.37 – 9. Sept 2002 – The headline for the Café Metropole column was 'Any Peniches for Rent?' The shocking headline for the 'Au Bistro' column was 'The Paperless.' The Scène column's lame title was 'Try and Take a Pick for September, October.' The Café Metropole Club update for 12. September plowed on with the headline of, "He Eats French Dog Food" report. There were six great–to–be–back type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "No Kids, No Dogs!"

A Countdown Minus 3 Days

Three days from today will be the occasion of the 500th birthday of the erection of Michelangelo's colossal statue of the biblical David in the Piazza Signoria, in the centre of Florence.

On that Thursday, 8. September in long–ago 1504 all was not rosy because Florentines took a violent exception to the monumental work, and threw rocks at it. In just a few days there will be a big birthday party, from Friday, 10. to Tuesday,14. September, to celebrate the statue's survival. Florentines are looking forward to seeing the latest results of the umpteenth restoration, because they've changed their minds about it.

Today's 'Birthday of the Week'

Today does not seem to have been a great day in history for births or deaths so I include no shopping list this week. Todayphoto: boulevard madeleine marks the birthday of Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette, 247 years ago, in 1757. At the tender age of 20 he took 'French–leave' from France, to arrive in Philadelphia, where Congress appointed him as a Major–General.

He became a friend of George Washington, was wounded, and spent a winter at Valley Forge. Lafayette returned to France to scare up some aid and went back to help with Yorktown. Back in France again he got into politics, and ended up as the commander of the militia on 15. July 1789. Then he made a mistake and became unpopular, but recovered in 1792 and went off to fight the Austrians. He was captured and then liberated by Napoléon, andphoto: sign, rue honore chevalier joined the Liberal party. He managed to survive this and returned to visit the United States in 1824. He also designed the present French flag.

This also marks the anniversary of the return of Fernão de Magalhães' fleet to San Lucar, in 1522. He started out to see the world in 1519 with five ships and 265 sailors, and returned with one leaking hulk and 18 men. Magellan did not actually witness the end of the voyage because he died in 1521, but is generally credited with being the first to circumnavigate the world, 482 years ago.

More Witless Nonsense?

There are only 116 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1748 minus seven, when Jacques–Louis David was born somewhere in France, I think. This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 250 days, the same number that 1122 had when Saint–Bertrand finished a very busy life. It is, however, possibly not his 'Saint's Day' today.
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