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Equally useless facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The tacky graphic of the virtual club membership card on this page looks two times better online than printed, but is free either way. The club membership itself is totally free too, because it doesn't cost much.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.41 – 6. Oct 2003 – the Café Metropole column's title was, 'Johnny's Amnésia.' Additionaly there was a Café Life column headed, 'Matt's Mail–Art, Christophe and Bertrand's 'Nuit Blanche.' The issue's Email feature from Jim Auman was headlined 'Another French Exception?' Laurel Avery's 'Paris Life' column was called 'High–heeled Banana Shoes.' The Scène column was titled 'From Cocteau to Chen Zhen, Piaf and Lollobrigida.' The Café Metropole Club update for 9. October camephoto, sign, rue hippolyte maindron out as the 'Ozone Dosen't Help' report. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and the caption of Ric's weekly cartoon was "Because It's... Warm!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.40/41 – 30. Sept/7. Oct. 2002 – the head for the Café Metropole column 1 was 'The Big Cheese Thing' and for Café version 2 it was 'The Move and the 'White Night.' News was present for a change with the Au Bistro column's 'Dwarf–Tossing Nixed by UN.' The 'feature of the week' for this double issue was 'The Silly Car Show – World's Biggest, Etc Etc.' The Café Metropole Club update for 10. October came out as the "Paris Is Almost Normal" report, and the update for the 3. October meeting was called the "Numbers of Ducks?" report. There were 8 wonderful Paris type 'Posters of the Weeks' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "It don't look like much, but it's home."

Semi–Repeat of the 'Countdowns'

The countdown to the 100th anniversary of the death of Frédéric–August Bartholdi, the designer of the Stature of Liberty, is over. He died 100 years ago today. Honest.

Seven days ago it was on this date 182 years ago that Jean–François Champollion discovered how to readphoto, laundromat hieroglyphic writing. Napoléon stole the Rosetta Stone from Egypt, and Nelson stole it from Napoleon, and gave it to the British Museum. Champollion got a copy of the hieroglyphic writing, which was duplicated in Greek and Demotic, which was a simplified form of ancient Egyptian.

More Nuit Blanche, every night.

Cleopatra's name leaped out of the mystery and Champollion passed out. It was only five days later that he was able to tell anybody about his discovery, which made him famous until he died young in 1832. He has had a cinema in the Quartier Latin named after him.

Famous Anniversaries

We should remember today for the birth of Buster Keaton in 1895 in Piqua, Kansas. It was also the birthdate of Richard Cromwell, Jean–François Millet, and of the first transatlantic flight of a jetliner. Also, the first shovelful of dirt was dug for the Paris Métro on this date in 1898, with the first line going into operation on 19. July 1900.

Some think that the night of 3–4. October 1226 marks the date of the death of Saint Francis of Assisi, when he was about 44 years old. Before becoming a saint he was named Giovanni Bernardone, but his father called him Francis, which was a popular name in France at the time. In 1202 Giovanni or Francis took part in a war with Perugia and was captured, but fell ill and went on a pilgrimage to Rome. On the way he had a vision, and the rest is history.

Today's 'Significant Date of the Week'

Monday, 4. October 1582 was the day that Pope Gregory XIII put the Gregorian calendar on the map, vaporizing 10 days forever. In Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain the following day was Tuesday, 15. October. In France it was still 9 days earlier.

Today's Other 'Important Dates of the Week'

There are only 88 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1289, when Louis X, 'The Headstrong,' wasphoto, wallace fountain, detail born. Louis married Margaret of Burgundy, whose daughter Jeanne II married Philip, Count of Navarra, and gave birth to Charles II, 'The Bad.' Louis' second wife Clemence of Hungary, produced Jean I, king from 13–20. November 1316. Louis X was King of Navarra for nine years and king of France for two. This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 278 days, the same number that 1337 had when Edward III of England publicly insulted Philippe VI of Valois, and launched the 100 Years War, which lasted 116 years.
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