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Bill writes, "We will be doing a one week cook'n'look holiday in February. We'll focus on truffles – a one day tour to Lalbanque just south of Cahors, where they have the truffle markets on Tuesday. We'll see a demo of truffle finding, have a truffle –oriented meal, then two days around foie gras – buying, cleaning, preparing, eating – touring the area for markets and general sight–seeing. Corinne will show the essence of onion soup, I'll do a wine tasting – that's a week. We want to show a group of American gourmands how to enjoy the 'real' France."

Hosts Corinne Campbell and Bill Boychuk live at the Le Vieux Couvent permanently and know the area well. Write to Le Vieux Couvent, 46310 Frayssinet or InfoTel.: 33 5 65 24 50 13.

Headline of the Week

"GRAVE" underlined, was on Le Parisien's front page in fair–sized letters this morning. Paris' football team, PSG, has resumed its cycle of losing matches. After the first six games of the new season the team is in 17th place in the national league. A radio report this morning said that the club's fans are not happy.

I don't understand. Since there are 20 teams there must be three other clubs with worse scores than PSG and the radio didn't say anything about their fans being disgusted. Monaco beat PSG by 1–0 yesterday to lead the league. On Wednesday PSG goes against Lens which is in 10th place, having actually won two games. The paper adds that this is PSG's worst season start ever.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Even though September is receding into October you can find the latest 'Fighting Elephants' reportphoto, neon grande salle still online. Jerry Stopher became a member after reading Metropole for years, and gave the meeting Thibodaux, Louisiana as a singular 'City of the Week.'

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 23. September. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint–Constant. He came to the attention of Pope Saint–Grégoire for having transformed water into oil, allowing alter lamps to burn brightly forever. However, which Grégoire this was is unclear because they are numbered I through XVI.

Equally minor facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The ratty graphic of the virtual club membership card on this page looks three times better online than printed, but is free either way. The club membership itself is free too, even if it's valuable.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.39 – 22. Sept 2003 – the Café Metropole column's title was 'Freak Factory and Chicken Farmers.' The issue's feature had the title of 'Visiting Edith – But Not Cemeteries, Folies or Prisons.' Laurel Avery's 'Paris Life' column was titled 'A Crabby Birthday.' The Café Metropole Club update for 25. September was titled as the "Magic Still Happens Here" report. There were four new 'Posters of the Week'photo, sign, villa seurat and the caption of Ric's cartoon of the week was "This – is 'no car' day?"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.39 – 23. Sept 2002 – the title for the Café Metropole column was 'Winter Before Autumn?' The headline for the week's feature was 'The People's Palace, at the Hôtel de Ville.' The Scène column had 'Some Coming Events Right Now.' The Café Metropole Club update for 26. September was treated as the "Geezer Meeting" report. There were four typical Paris type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "Free Rooms at La Santé?"

Lamentable Repeat of the 'Countdowns'

The 100th anniversary of the death of Frédéric– August Bartholdi, the designer of the Stature of Liberty, is very soon. His departure occurred on Tuesday, 4. October, when he was 70. This anniversary is 15 days from now, on a Monday.photo, sign, cafe signs

We can also be 'counting–down' to the 150th anniversary of the birth on a Friday of Jean–Nicolas–Arthur Rimbaud. He was a major literary dude, and explorer, and his anniversary is on Wednesday, 20. October, only 31 days from now.

Napoléon convinced some close friends to vote in favor of inventing the title of 'Emperor' for himself on Thursday, 3. May 1804. The Senat willingly passed the measure, as a civic gesture. The coronation happened anyway on Sunday, 2. December and the 200th anniversary of this significant event is 74 days from now.

The anniversary of the first helicopter flight comes up in 55 days, on Saturday, 13. November. In 1906, near Lisieux, Paul Cornu managed to rise vertically, 1.5 metres off the ground. However the actual word 'helicopter' was invented much earlier in 1861, by Viscount Ponton d'Amécourt, who was thinking of Leonardo and Greek roots.

Today's 'Anniversary of the Week'

There are only 109 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1792, when French Républicains beat up the Prussians at Valmy. This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 257 days, the same number that 1870 had when Italian troops snatched control of the Papal States, which led to the unification of Italy for the first time in a long while.
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