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Free Beef Sunday

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A brasserie in an alley in the Quartier Latin.

Pink TV Arrives at Last

by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Monday, 25. October 2004:– It has been pretty warm here lately. You know, the kind of weather when you take all the stuff out of the winter pockets and put it all back in the summer pockets, put on a sweater and go out and still be too warm.

Luckily this kind of weather happened between the Thursday club report and last night. What we have today is real weather and not that fake 'Indian Summer' stuff, about as substantial as lukewarm soap bubbles.

In fact there's a storm warning tonight, but it's down on the Riviera. There's probably not many people think that the Riviera gets many storm warnings, but there are more of them down there than here. France Météo has no warnings for flat, boring, weather.

Well now, what do we have facing us? I have to rub out "all cloudy' for tomorrow morning andphoto, expo dragon, grille luxembourg replace it with partly cloudy, which will evolve to mostly clear for tomorrow afternoon. The high will be about 14 degrees, down from 21 on Sunday.

The Senat's 'Dragon' photo show on the fence of the Luxembourg.

On Wednesday the western half of France will be mostly cloudy and the eastern half will be pretty sunny, but it will only be 13 degrees at the most. Winds will blow towards the clouds at 70 kph. I don't know whether anybody will notice.

By Thursday some of western France will still be cloudy, and half of eastern France will be extra cloudy. In the centre, for some part of the day, it might be a bit sunny. With a high of 14, again, it might be okay to sit outside if it can be out of the wind, which is forecast to be from the south, gusting along at 70 kph, again. There's nothing brilliant about any of this.

Café Life

Free Beef

France's Senat hosted the beef feast put on by the Ile–de–France Butcher's Federations in the Luxembourg garden on Sunday after it was advertised all week long. When I got there all I could see was a big white tent, but when I got around it there were about 300 or 400 hungry Parisians waiting for a taste.

Guests of honor were a Charolaise, a Limousine and a Blonde d'Aquitaine, each weighing aboutphoto, beef in luxembourg 300 kilos. Blue smoke drifted in the still air against a background of leaves about to change color as 30 beef cooks wandered around while waiting for the president of the Senat.

Burning beef on Sunday.

Overcome by a fainting spell, one excited Parisian received aid from firemen who arrived in a big red truck. When the first ten were let in to the food, all the people near me behind a tape barrier simply slipped under it and jumped the line, unbothered by the few security dudes.

Guys with knives attacked the three beeves while guys with platters hauled it away to some of the cooks, or butchers, who trimmed it, hacking away like it was some sort of slash contest under the open sky on a fall day.

I think there were other food items in the tent to go along with the meat but no free pizza. If not, there was bumpy dinner music in there, but it wasn't raining and I didn't take my share. I didn't know if their fingers were clean, but it was certainly democratic.

Unmuzzled Ox

Montparnasse artist Matt Rose crawled off the plane from Miami – where he had been promoting his gallerypostcard, lalande digital art press show – last Tuesday and immediately plunged into hustling the Lalande Digital Art Press down at the Porte de Versailles where the just–over FIAC had been amazing the contemporary art–buying public.

Told to take his postcards and buzz off, Matt raced home to his apartment several floors too low to be a penthouse – or a garret – and rolled up his sleeves to begin the drum–roll for the next event, which will feature poet, art critic and editor of the legendary Unmuzzled Ox, Michael Andre, author of seven books of poetry.

Next Friday Michael Andre will be reading from his works and discussing his latest work, Orfreo, the opera about the late American artist Ray Johnson, which was produced last spring in New York. Matt will take part by reading from his own 'Plan B,' a true–love story about the life and sorry times of a crippled day–trader named Von Spatzl.

Billed as the 'Cultural Event of the Fall,' be sure not to miss this free show. It happens on Friday, 29. October, starting at 20:00. At the éof Galerie, 15. Rue Saint–Fiacre, Paris 2. Métro: Bonne Nouvelle. InfoTel.: 01 53 40 72 22.

Pink TV

Announced with some fanfare in Le Parisien this morning and on France–3 TV–news tonight, the arrival at 20:40 of Pink TV – is being fêted tonight in the Chaillot theatre. That's right – France's first homosexual TV program is in a classy theatre.

The date corresponds to the 20th anniversary of pay–TV Canal+ and probably means something to TF1 too, because the two are behind Pink TV. Oddly there is no mention of it inphoto, more beef the magazine section or the program listing of my TV–guide.

After scanning Le Parisien's front page, pages two and three, I finally find the mention that Pink TV is available for 9€ per month from any of the cable and satellite operators.

Some more of Sunday's beef.

If it's on in the daytime I guess I can get a look at it if I wander down the Avenue du Maine to the Darty outlet. I think they have the cable there. After all, Darty sponsors the evening TV–weather news.

Headline of the Week

Last Thursday was another major–type day for Le Parisien with the headline, "ENFIN!" After a perfectly lackluster season begin and several other headlines, PSG took on some of the World Cup winners playing for Porto, and snatched a victory from them.

Of course, like all true football fans of a hapless club, many said that the Porto of Wednesday wasn't the Porto of last May. But! Hey! – it was PSG's last chance to stay in the Champions League so everybody should be happy. After all, PSG went to beat Ajaccio on Saturday night just as if it had been winning matches all along.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

You can continue to find last week's 'Big Noise is 'City of the Week' clubphoto, marie de medicis, gardens owner report still online waiting for your inspection. Several members were in the club's area of the 'grande salle' almost simultaneously, mostly at the same time, at the same line of tables, for the 260th meeting.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 29. October. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saints Simon and Jude, a couple of original Apostles. Since I mistakenly looked up the Saint for 29. October – Narcisse – I don't have the history for these two. Narcisse was elected as the 30th Bishop of Jerusalem when he was 100, in about 212.

Former Luxembourg owner, Marie de Medicis.

Other random facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The wretched graphic of the virtual club membership card on this page looks several times better online than printed, but is free either way. The club membership itself is totally free too, even though nothing's perfect.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.43/44 – 20/27. Oct 2003 – this double issue's Café Metropole column's double headlines were, 'Help' Echos' and 'It's Not a Holiday.' A special feature, a plea really, was titled 'Readers Like You can Support Metropole.' Laurel Avery was present with two 'Paris Life ' columns headed 'Swinging from the Chandeliers' and 'Singing, Dancing, Music.' There were also two Café Metropole Club reports, one for 23. October titled the 'Cold In Bogota Not Good Enough for 'City of the Week' and on 30. October, the "It's Been 103 Weeks" report. Another club feature involved 'The Overlooked 4th Birthday.' The Scène column wasa repeat, with 'Fromphoto, sign, rue casimir delavigne Cocteau to Piaf.' There were four spanking new 'Posters of the Week' and the caption of Ric's weekly cartoon was "You are supposed to be on strike today!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.44 – 28. Oct 2002 – the Café Metropole column started off this brief issue with 'Brief Heaven for Ducks.' There was one feature about Metropole's wine, titled 'Moonbeam and the Slug' – Wine Lore from 'The Shed.' The Café Metropole Club update for 31. October was fobbed off as 'A New 'Food of the Week' First' report. There were four artistic Paris type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "Bring Your Sister!"

The 'Countdowns' are Still Out to Lunch

But this won't hinder the 'Quote of the Week' from appearing here for the second time in history. Check this out – 'C'est la poule qui chante qui a fait l'&brkbar;uf.' Which kind of means it's the barking dog that's laid an egg. All the same, for hard–core fans, it was only 1557 years ago that Attila the Hun choked to death on his own nosebleed, on his wedding night, of all times.

This week's other strange death involves last week's Guillaume le Conquérant [ou le Bâtard]. He died in Rouen's Saint–Gervais convent at the age 60 from a stomach injury he received from his saddle pommel when he foolishly fell off his horse at the Siege of Nantes 917 years ago.

Famous Anniversaries of the Week

Today also marks the anniversaries of two great battles involving the French and the English. Only 589 tears ago Henry V of England with 6000 troops, took on a French team with 20,000 players at Agincourt. English longbowmen mowed down two charges by the French, who then declined to try a third charge to fight on top of their fallen comrades. The Britsphoto, fronton, henri larochelle picked up all the marbles and proceeded to Calais to take the ferry home.

It was only 439 years later that the British and the French, with Turkish allies, staged the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava. This was led by a couple of old humbugs named Cardigan and Raglan, who paraded 673 lancers practically right up to Russian cannon muzzles. Twenty minutes of boom boom later and half of the lancers were down, with 113 dead, beyond the aid of Florence Nightingale.

This resulted in a poem by Tennyson and a film by Tony Richardson. The whole thing was a result of a crazy argument between Napoléon III and Czar Nicolas over who would have the exclusive right to protect the holy sites in Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, 27. October, the New York City subway will be 100 years old. We toot our horn. Toot.

October's 'Birthday of the Week'

This was the day in the same year that walls in Paris were plastered with the sign prohibiting posters, that Pablo Diego José Santiago Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Crispín Crispiniano de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz Blasco y Picasso López was born in Malaga 123 years ago.

Picasso, as he was known, became a famous artist in Paris. He was 'the archwizard of modern art,' according the André Malraux. "There is no such thing as a bad Picasso,"Picasso once said, adding, "Some are less good than others."

Today's Other 'Important Dates of the Week'

There are only 67 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1811, when Evariste Galois was born. This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 298 days, the same number that 1838 had when Georges Bizet was born too.
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