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And what I don't understand is why both of them are in 'my' café, because neither of them like it. I don't even like it, except perversely, and for Libération. It looked like both of them might just stay, in this anteroom of the cemetery, so I went home to make some weak and tasteless café and tried and figure out the sense of the world.

The next day Dimitri phoned to ask if he could come over to borrow some pulp fiction to while away his hours, days, of illness. I pointed out a nice selection for him and urged him to take five instead of three, because they are fast reads. I am worried about the Daguerreotypistas. They usually read Uncle Den–Den's books. I prefer them too.

Headline of the Week

Another super headline from Le Parisien last Thursday shouted "Ce qui peut vous arriver dans un commissariat." Apparently, in the home of human rights, the last place you want to find yourself is in the wrong part of a police station. The paper's advice is, if you are hauled in for no reason other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time, be very polite and have a lot of respect – and maybe you'll be allowed to make a phone call, avoid getting strip–searched, and handcuffed to a radiator.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The last club meeting's 'Mastodon's Dentist' clubphoto, dead end, montparnasse report is more sublime than it sounds because the meeting really concerned food photos and had, as far as I can remember, absolutely nothing to do with mastodons or their dentists. Plus, none of the members present at the meeting were dentists, either.

A deadend in Montparnasse.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club is always on a Thursday again. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Modeste. This 'Saint of the Day' was the bishop of Trier, in the Rhineland, sometime in the 5th century, and was a saint for a reason probably known somewhere by somebody.

More, largely true facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The ace design of the extra edgy club membership card on this page looks as much like brown paper art online as the Monoprix's brown paper. It is good enough to be true that the club membership itself is free too, for which all rejoice.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.08 – 16. Feb. 2004 – the Café Metropole column began with, 'Saturday Night On the Champs.' The news in the 'Au Bistro' column was, 'in 9 words – Air Controllers Strike at Orly, Then Maybe at CDG.' One feature was titled 'A Lot of Clean Metal – Rétromobile' and another was titled 'A Four–Star Test, the Hôtel Chambiges Elysées.' Laurel Avery's 'Paris Life urged, 'Stop the Sushi!' The repeat Scène column was titled 'No Duck Soup and No Nuts.' The update for the 19. February meeting of the Café Metropole Club was headlined, the 'Real Conversations Lost In Translation'photo, sign, rue danville report. There were four average 'Posters of the Week' and the caption for Ric's weekly cartoon stated, "First Africa, then Bagnolet!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.08 – 17. Feb 2003 – this week's Café Metropole column opened the issue with 'Beware of Avalanches.' The Au Bistro column had, 'Decree Days are Back.' The repeat Scène column's headline was 'What Isn't Rétro Seems Very Modern.' The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 20. February was titled, the 'Christmas In February' report. There were four, again average, 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week posed an apt question, "Is this a Hustle or Not?"

Jeanne Calment's Birthday Today

For once, this is not about a saint. Jeanne Calment was born in 1875 on this date and she died, in peace, on 4. August 1997. The reason for remembering this is that in between, 122 years and 164 days passed. When she was 90 in 1965, she sold her house 'en viager.' The buyer agreed to pay a monthly sum until her death, when the house would become his. However he died first, after 30 years, and his widow had to pay Jeanne for another two years.

Club member, Jules Verne fan and New Jersey snow expert, Jim Auman has emailed news about Christo's 7500 saffron gates in New York's Central Park. Since Saturday a week ago normally blasé New Yorkers have been going gaga over it and Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been nearly counting 'all the money' thousands of extra visitors to the city will spend in the couple of weeks the 'Gates' are on view in Manhattan until next Sunday, 27. February.

Today is also the 80th anniversary of 'The New Yorker' magazine. This is a city magazine so cosmopolitan that it read beyond New York City, mainly because it is available in malls throughout the land and overseas. When Harold Ross started it, it was not meant to be read by any 'little old lady from Dubuque.' This is a smaller city in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi, with malls, but without being near any cosmopolitan coasts, east or left.

'Countdowns' Return to Venus

The 'Quote of the Week' belongs to about now, and is attributed to Jeanne Calment. She allegedly said, "I've only got one wrinkle, and I'm sitting on it."

Today's 'Countdown' Under the Sea

The 100th anniversary of Jules Verne's death on 24. March 1905 is a mere 39 days from now. Publicity drums have started to roll for this event, with magazine covers showing premature space machines and other gadgets for travelling to the centre of the earth, plus solar–powered submarines foreseen by neither Verne nor Da Vinci.

Dubious Anniversary of Note

The date, in 1431, is remembered in France's history for the Saint Joan's Day trial, during the Hundred Years War. Poor photo, sign, rue sivelJoan, aka Jeanne d'Arc, aka La Pucelle d'Orléans, was sold down the river after defeating the English at the Battle of Orléans, thus enabling the coronation of Charles VII. Captured by the Burgundians, and handed over to the English, they had some hired clergy stage a trial, in which Joan was condemned for heresy which was a serious crime at the time. Today, by sheer chance, is also the anniversary of the first publication of the Communist Manifesto. Written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, it suggested having a proletarian revolution to overthrow capitalism and, if possible, to put a chicken in every pot.

Today's Other 'Notable Dates of the Week'

There are only 313 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1823 when Pierre Laffitte first appeared. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 52 days, the same number that 1903 had when Anais Nin, the French girlfriend of Henry Miller, was born, and grew up to become an American author.
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