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And then they, half–starved, go out to eat foie gras and cakes, bread and butter, and drink red wine, in places where foreigners see them looking so carefree and weightless. It's not fair, is it? The slimming pills don't work. It's all attitude.

Headline of the Week

Last Thursday's Le Parisien featured an enormous–type headline, with "Enorme !" splashed across three of its four–column front page. This was to reflect the size of PSG's win over Olympic Marseille in their Stade–Vélodrome on Wednesday, even if the score was only 3–2.

I'm sure there aren't many PSG fans out there, so I should have chosen today's "La bataille" instead, except that it's a big headline for a little scrap between two Socialist politicians – more likely more obscure than a slight football score. Although meaningless, these are two headlines for the price of one. Rejoice.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last week's 'Sorrow for Geese' club report is still online, throughphoto, four on bench, luxembourg editorial inertia. The club's secretary was less than exhaustive with note– taking but there were several digital photos of digital photos, perhaps proving that mice play while there's idle fingers.

Better autumn in Marie's park.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, which is 18. November this year. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Aude. If folks could remember, Aude would be remembered for being a pious companion of Sainte– Geneviève, the lady who 'saved' Paris from Attila the Hun in 451. She did this by convincing Parisians to fast for three whole days, and by praying a lot. Geneviève lived to be 89 and died in 512, and is buried next to close friends, King Clovis and Queen Clotilde.

Other, more mundane, facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The artistic graphic of the virtual club membership card on this page looks several dozen times better online than printed, but is free either way. The club membership itself is totally free too, even though the club's secretary made a mistake.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.47 – 17. Nov 2003 – the headline for this issue's Café Metropole column was, 'Beaujolais Nouveau Week.' Laurel Avery's 'Paris Life' column followed with 'Light Levity Un–French.' The week's Scène columns were repeats titled 'Noël in Paris 2003,' and 'Two Picassos for the Price of Two' was a double–repeat. The Café Metropole Club update for 20. November was inappropriatelyphoto, sign, rue saint beuve named the 'Bananas! Bananas!' report. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and the caption of Ric's weekly cartoon was 'New Form of McJob.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.47 – 18. Nov 2002 – the Café Metropole column started with, 'Café Life' Is Like a Long River.' The 'Au Bistro' column headline was 'UMPs Decide UMP Is Best.' Metropole's 'Wine News' continued with a 'Small Champagne Vocabulary.' There was one feature about the 'Salon 'Paris Photo' and Three Daguerréotypistas.' The Café Metropole Club update for 21. November resulted in the "Something Must Be Wrong!" report. There were four nifty Paris type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Read the User Manual!'

The 'Countdowns' are Still in Arizona

The new feature 'Quote of the Week' is back again for the third time in modern history. Groucho Marx once said, apropos of I don't know what, "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." This sounds like the 'countdowns' themselves.

One Real, Urgent 'Countdown'

From snow–bound New Jersey Jim Auman writes, "The local weekly French newspaper announced thephoto, sign, vanne, police, mazout upcoming 100th anniversary of the death of Jules Verne. But, in what is becoming more typical French non–reporting, the exact date was not announced. So, a trip to the Encyclopedia Britannica revealed that Monsieur Verne died on March 24, 1905 – not exactly a close, upcoming event."

Maybe not for New Jersey, but for Paris this major anniversary is a mere 130 days from now.

More Famous Anniversaries of the Day

Only 211 years ago today the Convention decreed that there be only one kind of bread in France, and it was to be called 'Le Pain Egaltié.' Bakers could be thrown in prison for making finer bread for 'les riches.' During the reign of Napoléon III, only 63 years later, an additional decree stated that bread had to be 40 centimetres long and weigh about 300 grams. After WWII thephoto, antique clock, baguette became common, with a length of 80 centimetres and a weight of 250 grams. Longer but less.

On Tuesday, 15. November 1796 Bonaparte almost lost the battle of Arcole in Piemonte after three days of indecisive combat. Little Napoléon charged across a bridge and fell into a swamp, yelling, "Forward troops – to save your general!" The grenadiers charged until the Austrians gave up. This happened on Jéröme Bonaparte's own 12th birthday. On the same day in 1927 the revolutionary Léon Bronstein was expelled from the Communist Party, 44 years before the birth of the revolutionary Intel microprocessor, invented by Frederico Faggin.

Today's Other Additional 'Significant Dates of the Week'

There are only 45 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1887 when the painter Georgia O'Keeffe was born. This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 320 days, the same number that 1956 had when Elvis Presley's first film, 'Love Me Tender,' had its premiere, coinciding with the Roman holiday of Feronia, who was the multi–goddess of fertility, travel, fire and lastly, of water.
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