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Over the years the Mac has spawned desktop publishing, the personal laser printer, user programmability, thephoto, mac screen SCSI interface, the CD–ROM drive as a standard feature, the possibility of working over multiple monitors, Ethernet, RISC–based processors, DVD drives and flat–screen displays.

Mac turns old enough to drink.

Last in line, 13 days ago, was the Mac mini, barely bigger than the square of a CD–ROM disc. For the first time the entry is 500 dollars or euros, to be complemented with cheap PC add–ons. Okay, even granted that the UNIX operating system requires more RAM memory to be comfortable, many users are seeing the 'mini' as a household server, as the motor for their home entertainment centres.

Winter Comics Fever

This year's Angoulême comics festival begins this Thursday, 27. January and continues until Sunday, 30. January. This year's edition will feature Zep, Scrooge, Dave Cooper, Hugo Pratt, Blake and Mortimer, with guest Yoshihiro Tatsumi, the father of the Japanese adult comics. Check the Web site for details such as the special air or SNCF combo rates for transport, lodging and festival entries. A simple three day entry for adults costs 19€.

Strikes of the Week

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Chinese New Year

The official date is Wednesday, 9. February and next year's official animal is the rooster. Several arrondissements host Chinese New Year festivities, which include the dragon parade, which leaves from the Hôtel de Ville at 15:00 on Sunday, 13. February. Expect parades on the same weekend in Chinatown.

Shopping & Soldes d'Hiver Alert X

The Soldes d'Hiver have begun and they continue for a bit less than three weeks until Saturday, 12. February. Even if cheap is what you want, don't wait until near the end when cheap will mean 'no choice.'

Headline of the Week

Another winning headline from Le Parisien on Friday asked, "Vous êtes perdu?" If yes, then the minister will answer all your questions about health insurance, but you'll have to wait until Monday's Le Parisien to find out that some dentists will put you on a waiting list forever.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The last club meeting's 'Philosophy of Smoke' club reportphoto, patisserie sud tunisien is not as sublime as a citron vert but does hint at the French word for lime by taking you a short way on the yellow lime road. What is this? Some meetings are a puzzle to me too. I should clear them up.

Pastery shop good enough to eat.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a Thursday again. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Sainte–Angèle. She founded, in 1535, the Order of Ursalines, meant to help young girls in difficulty. It was the first time religious ladies left their monastery to teach.

Other, largely true facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The real design of the edgy club membership card on this page looks as avant–gardephoto, sign, rue lalande online as printed. You may think it is too good to be true that the club membership itself is totally free too, but it is.

One Year Ago On Holidays

'Countdowns' Pass Jupiter

This Monday's 'Quote of the Week,' found buried in deepest obscurity, is attributed to Muhammad. He reportedly said, "Even as the fingers of the two hands are equal, so are human beings equal to one another. No one has any right, nor any preference to claim over another. You are brothers."

The Unique, Real, Only, 'Countdown'

photo, sign, notaireThe major anniversary of Jules Verne is now a mere 60 days from now. The idea to stage a live reenactment of the writing of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' has been scrapped in favor of re–running the original film on TV as a late show some coming Monday morning.

Notable Anniversaries

Ice cream on a stick covered in chocolate was invented and patented by Christian K. Nelson on this day in 1922. In French this is known as a 'eskimau glacé.' Today also marks the dubious birthday of the beer can,photo, red nose bear of the week which first appeared in 1935. The Krueger Brewing Company of Richmond, Virginia, was responsible. A can of beer is known as the diminutive 'canette de bière' in French, without there being a full–sized version.

Other 'Outstanding Dates of the Week'

There are only 341 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1732 when author Pierre–Augustin Beaumarchais was born. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 24 days, the same number that 1924 had when ex–Saint Petersburg, ex–Petrograd, was renamed Leningrad, only three days after the death of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov.
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