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The next day I was listening to Radio France–Info while making breakfast. Yeah, I know. How could anybody even think of breakfast after all those sausages? I think I must have breakfast out of plain habit.

The radio said the election looked good, but they still had to count something in Ohio. By afternoon café timephoto, temps des cerises, shop somebody was throwing in the towel. Then Yassir Arafat came to France to check into a military hospital south of Paris, and the election was completely over.

If this restuarant has sausages, it is closed.

If there was any lingering doubt about it, the Côte d'Ivoire blowing up on the weekend settled it for good. I had a lot of work to do and didn't pay a lot of attention. When I finished it I switched to doing the events columns for Metropole. Maybe if I'm lucky I can watch the video of the 'Battle of Algiers' that I taped while doing last week's club 'report.'

Not every week is spent walking around Paris as free as a bird. Some weeks are a hard slog without even going out for anything other than a walk around the block and having a sausage or two.

Headline of the Week

Friday's Le Parisien featured a major–type headline, with "LA FIN" splashed across a full front page photo of Yassir Arafat. Three days later the chairman is still in the hospital, still hanging on. The people keeping a vigil outside the hospital might be there for a long time.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last week's 'First Annual 'Day After' Meeting' clubphoto, la corona report is still online, by popular assent. While Paris and the café La Corona seemed deserted, the club had its usual number of members present and an average number of new members there to join us.

But the club's café is always open and well–ligthed.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 11. November. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Martin. This Martin was a Roman legionnaire from the area of the Danube who was in Amiens one winter when he lent half his coat to a 'miserable.' For this good deed he got another half–coat. So impressed was he with it that he converted, became bishop of Tours in 371 and died 16 years later on the edge of the Loire. Tours still has half the coat. According to tradition, it is supposed to get warmer after today. If it does, it is sometimes called Saint–Martin's summer.

Other highly interesting facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The silly graphic of the virtual club membership card on this page looks several hundred times better online than printed, but is free both ways. The club membership itself is totally free too, even though the club's secretary is far from perfect.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.46 – 10. Nov 2003 – this issue's Café Metropole column headline was, 'Nothing Happened – Holy Cola!' This was followed by Laurel Avery's 'Paris Life' column titled 'Cocteau In the Hamster Cage.' The week's Scène column was titled 'Noël in Paris 2003' and 'Two Picassos for the Price of Two' was a repeat. The Café Metropole Club update for 13. November was appropriately named the "12 Extra for Getting Wet!" report. There were fourphoto, sign, rue croce spinelli new 'Posters of the Week' and the caption of Ric's weekly cartoon was, "Vous Américains!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.46 – 11. Nov 2002 – the Café Metropole column opened with 'Bon Anniversaire Dimitri!' Metropole's 'Wine News' followed with 'Winery's Truck Falls Ill.' There was one preview Scène column titled 'Noël 2002 – Not Quite the Full Program.' The Café Metropole Club update for 14. November turned into the 'Best Crêpe Stand in France' report. Another item was called 'Le Mois de la Photo 2002, the Mid–November of the Photo.' There were four jolly Paris type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Since You Asked.'

The 'Countdowns' are in Schwabing

The new feature 'Quote of the Week' is back again for the second time in history because there are no famous quotes with a connection to today. However I found the following today, so I guess it counts. 'Il faut manger pour vivre, et non vivre pour manger.' Roughly this means, 'Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.'

However you might be interested in learning that Christianity became Rome's official religionphoto, sign, do not neter, turn back 100 metres exactly 1612 years ago, and that all other cults were forbidden. This was far from perfect because a century later, under Diocletian, Christians were still having sand kicked in their eyes.

Famous Anniversaries of the Week

On returning from a crusade against heretics, Louis VIII was struck dead by dysentery 778 years ago today, at Montpensier in the Auvergne. On a lighter note, Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 'Brothers Karamasov' was published on this day in 1880, a year before he died. It was on this day in 1793 when the Louvre was opened to the public for the first time. Because it is also Alain Delon's birthday, he will be returning to Friday night TV as 'Frank Riva.'

Today's Other 'Significant Dates of the Week'

There are only 53 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1923, when Hitler's Beer Hall Putsch failed in Munich. This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 313 days, the same number that 1939 had when Hitler escaped an assassination attempt carried out while he was celebrating the Beer Hall Putsch.
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