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The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

You can find the last week's 'The Club's 6th Year Begins!' club report online as the years ooze into the future. Nine membersphoto, carrousel, horses were in the café's 'grande salle' almost simultaneously, almost at the same time, almost at the same string of tables. A Kir Royal was the 'Drink of the Week' of course.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 21. October. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Sainte– Céline. This is yet another early christian who was Saint–Rémi's mom. He in turn, as Bishop of Reims, baptized Clovis who was the king, and was won over to Catholicism.

Hardly similar important facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The grotty graphic of the virtual club membership card on this page looks several times better online than printed, but is free both ways. The club membership itself is totally free too, because nothing's perfect.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.43 – 21. Oct 2002 – this issue's Café Metropole column's title was, 'Drizzle On My Head.' A special version of club news announced 'Your Club Turns Four (Three!) – Whichever, It Only Took a Whole Year.' This was followed by 'Grape Days for Café Metropole, the World's Only Drinkable Online Club.' Actual content consisted of 'Le Mois de la Photo 2002' – More Cheese.' The Café Metropole Club update for 24. October was seriously called "A Complex Philosophicalphoto, sign, place joachim du bellay Question" report. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and the caption of Ric's weekly cartoon was "Pure Breton Cola!"

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 6.43 – 22. Oct 2001 – the Café Metropole column began with 'Hello, Goodbye – Indian Summer.' The Au Bistro column's headline was "Put an End To the Beginning!" There was one tiny little feature titled 'Maybe Not the Last Day of Fall.' The Café Metropole Club update for 25. October was a 'Rare 'Calm' Meeting' report. Another thing was called 'Important Club Alert – 'No Trick, No Treat, No Fooling.' There were four wonderful Paris type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Euro–Alert for Robbers.'

The 'Countdowns' are Still Repealed

But this won't hinder the 'Quote of the Week' from appearing here. For the introduction I propose, 'A l'impossible nul n'est tenu.' Which kind of means you shouldn't expect the impossible countdowns to go on for ever. All the same, for hard–core fans, there are 32 days left until the anniversary of the Grand Banks earthquake, which ripped up a lot of Transatlantic communications cables in 1929.

Famous Anniversaries of the Week

In 1867 the United States took over Alaska from the Russians and in 1898 it acquired Puerto Rico, which wasn't quite the same thing. Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the French general and author, was born 263 years ago and Thomas Edison died 73 years ago today. This is also the anniversary of the date that Louis XIV scrapped the tolerant Edict of Nantes, which had been signed by his grandfather, Henri IV, in 1598.

Champion rock and roller Chuck Berry was born today 78 years ago in St. Louis. At his high schoolphoto, poster, conciergerie, palais de la bd graduation dance he played 'Confessin' the Blues,' which was not exactly appropriate, but got him onstage where he has stayed, ranked number five on Rolling Stone's list of 50 greatest 'artists.'

October's 'Significant Dates of the Week'

On Friday, 18. October 1016 the Danish chief Knut beat up his Anglo–Saxon rival, Edmond Iron–Coast at Ashingdon in Essex. The winner was offered the crown by the Anglo–Saxons, to become the first Viking ruler of Britain.

My carefully researched history then adds that the second was Guillaume le Conquérant [ou le Bâtard]. As a Duc de Normandie it is possible that he was a Viking, but all my French history remembers is that he was famous for the Doomsday Book. As France seemed to have no books at the time, it was probably the best–seller of the century.

Today's Other 'Important Dates of the Week'

There are only 74 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1919, when 'Lucky' Pierre Elliott Trudeau was born, most likely in Canada. This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 291 days, the same number that 1860 no longer had when Lord Elgin ordered the sacking and burning of the Summer Palace in Beijing. It must have run in the family because his grandfather wrecked the Parthenon in 1801.
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