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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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