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This led to the necessity to change all of Metropole'sphoto, xmas bunny underlying code. This is a very tedious business. The only thing that takes care of it is time. You don't know how much time except that it's going to take the amount of time it takes.

This week time has run out and the changes aren't finished. In addition there isn't much in the way of new content either. On the brighter side you might be able to find whatever you are looking for in Metropole now.

Try out the search & site map page when you get a chance. The link to it can be accessed from the navigation line at the top and bottom of some pages.

You saw it here – the year's 1st xmas bunny.

Please report all strange behavior, mistakes and booboos to me. If you feel the need to complain about anything else, address your emails to me and I will forward them to Matt where they'll be lost.

Headline of the Week

Today's Le Parisien features a modest headline, with "Le canal Saint– Martin réempoissonné" squinched into a one–column box on the front page. I was going to pick 'Zazie se lâche' but I don't feel like looking up 'Zazie.' Anyway, the Canal Saint–Martin has had a ton of live fish dumped in it, for the joy of Parisian fish fans.

The canal gets its water in a constant flow from the Ourcq river, not from the Seine. When the canal was emptied for cleaning a couple of years ago the fishermen culled four tons of fish from it. After the cleaning 200 kilos of little Pike were tossed in. They thrived and ate the other fish – thus the reason for the new fish.

However all is not rosy for the fishermen. They complain about the hordes of joggers along the canal tripping over their rods, and poachers with nets who don't belong to the association. Other careless people use the canal like a trashcan, throwing hamburger wrappers in it.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The recent club meeting's 'Beaujolais Nouveau Day' club report is stillphoto, bar, corona, beaujolais nouveau available, through editorial inaction. The club's secretary talked less and scribbled more notes than usual, producing a 'report' richly nuanced with the profound observations of members, aided as they were by refreshments.

Beaujolais Nouveau at the Corona last Thursday.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, which is on Thanksgiving this year. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Sainte– Catherine. This saint should be remembered for being such a smooth talker that she converted Maximo's sages to christianity in the 3rd century, but wasn't a smooth enough talker to convince Maximo to let her keep her head.

Other, less exciting facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The impressionistic graphic of the virtual club membership card on this page looks hardly better online than printed, but is free either way. The club membership itself is absolutely free too, even though the club's secretary made an error.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.48/49 – 24. Nov/1. Dec 2003 – for this double issue the Café Metropole column two titles were, 'The Best Baguette' and 'Under Construction.' Laurel Avery's 'Paris Life' columns followed with 'Apartment Hunting Zen' and 'The Gilded City.' The week's Scène columns were repeats. The Café Metropole Club update for 27. November was named the 'Reunion(s)' report and the report for 4. December was called the 'Patagonia and Detour Village' Report. The 'Lodging' page joined the 'Support Metropole' pagephoto, sign, place jacques et therese trefouel in this issue. There were six new 'Posters of the Week' and the caption of Ric's weekly cartoon was "Under Eternal Construction."

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.48 – 25. Nov 2002 – the Café Metropole column began with 'Spotlight On a Bender.' The 'Au Bistro' column headline asked, 'Anyone for Zero Tolerance?' Metropole's 'Wine News' continued with "The Best Sparkling Wine Possible." There was one feature concerning 'Rudolf Augstein Dies,' that was translated by Chris Irwin. The Café Metropole Club update for Thanksgiving on 28. November resulted in the 'Icons of the Week Return' report. There were four super Paris type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "Pizza? What kind?"

'Countdowns' Move to New Mexico

The old feature 'Quote of the Week' is back again for the fourth time in recent history. One November in the past Thomas Carlyle is said to have said, "Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity." This doesn't sound much like the 'countdowns' themselves.

The Only Real, Urgent, 'Countdown'

Last week, writing from then snow–bound New Jersey Jim Auman wrote, "The local weekly French newspaper announced the 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."

Possibly not for New Jersey, but for Paris this major anniversary is still a mere 123 days from now.

More Famous Anniversaries Today

If he was still alive it would be Charles de Gaulle's 114th birthday today, but he has been dead for two weeks more than 34 years. The same can be said for René–Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, who was born 361 years ago, and André Gidephoto, sign, 131, bis who breathed his first 135 years ago. Edward Teach, known to kids as Blackbeard, breathed his last 286 years ago, on account of being shot and stabbed 25 times.

Meanwhile, in 845 Nominoë the Breton beat up the Franks, which assured the independence of Brittany for seven centuries. Frédéric II von Hohenstaufen, King of Sicily, was crowned Emperor of Germany in Rome by Pope Honorius III in 1220. In Paris, Maurice Ravel's 'Bolero' had its debut in 1928. Regular passenger service of the Concorde flying across the Atlantic began 27 years ago, and Juan Carlos became King of Spain two years earlier.

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

There are only 38 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1916 when the writer Jack London died. This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 327 days, the same number that 1980 had when actress and writer Mae West quit being quotable.
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