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This made up for 10 minutes of sunshine on a Saturday a couple of weeks ago. I walked all the wayphoto, cafe le buci, friday over to the Raspail Vert and it was closed. What kind of a café with a terrace in Montparnasse is closed on a Saturday?

One of hundreds of full café terraces last week.

The Raspail Vert is a very old café. You can see photos of it when there was no hotel upstairs, and then in the 1920s after the hotel was added. But it's all modern now, with decent music, fair café, comfortable seats, a couple of terraces, a tabac, and free papers to read.

And then in the evening without even intending to be out, I was strolling around in Montparnasse and without even intending to sit down I was sitting on another terrace at the Place Edgar Quinet. It was pretty mellow once I got used to the idea of just sitting there, doing nothing but watch people who were looking for a place to sit down.

Drinks On the College

The idea was to meet at the Bouquet and then go over to the Irish Cultural Centre to have free drinks with John Montague

to be continued

Headline of the Week

There were few head–turning headlines of the week in Le Parisien but the best was, 'Référendum NON?' This appeared on Friday's front page and the 'non' was in red. The 'referendum' is a vote that will allow the French to say whether they favor the new European Constitution or not. Not long ago polls indicated that a solid majority were for acceptance, but doubt is creeping in and a poll published Friday showed the 'yes' vote slipping to 49 percent.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The most recent club meeting's 'With Sunshine, but Without Scorpions' clubphoto, librarie monte cristo report is slightly apt, being as it is an appreciation of the wildlife situation in Florida. The actual meeting wasn't really about Florida, but it came up in passing, after the volcanos and the earthquakes. It was a moving meeting.

Jules Verne's days are adding to the fête of spring.

The next Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a Thursday as usual. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Sainte–Catherine de Suède This week's 'Saint of the Day' was the daughter of Brigitte de Suède, the celebrated 'prophet of the north.' Together they went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which was a considerable exploit in the 14th century, according to legend.

Equally accurate and true facts about the club are available on the 'About the Club' page. The sketchy design of the somewhat edgy club membership card on this page looks as much like a membership card as any scrap of computer monitor, but is isn't. It is sufficient to be virtual, while the club membership itself is free and neat too, which can be proved in Paris.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.12 – 15. March – the Café Metropole column noted the weather with, 'Is Spring Coming Early?.' A spring event was mentioned in 'Old Iron and Hams – On the Ile de Chatou.' The 'Contest' was launched with the 'Search for France–Is–Not–Silly Slogan.' Laurel Avery's 'Paris Life was about 'Worlds of Transit.' The update for the 18. March meeting of the Café Metropole Club was headlined as the "Hi Mac!" report. The Scène column was, 'Withphoto, sign, rue pierre et marie curie Joan Mirò, Picasso & Ingres.' There were four darling 'Posters of the Week' and the caption for Ric's weekly cartoon asked and answered, "Can't get on the bus? Go online!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.12 – 17. Mar 2003 – this week's Café Metropole column opened the issue with 'Sunball Days.' The Au Bistro column's headline was, 'War Reaction in Paris.' The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 20. March was headlined, the 'Nutley of the Week' report. There were four, still average, 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was merely curious with, "Stayed Too Long?"

How Singing Began

For the fifth time in a row, this is not about some old saint. It was on this day in 1964 that Gigliola Cinquetti, singing for Italy, won the 9th Eurovision song contest in Copenhagenphoto, sign, ce college irlandais with her rendition of 'Non ho l'età.' It's hardly any coincidence that Johann–Sebastian Bach was born on the same day in 1685.

I regret to report that club member, Jules Verne fan and New Jersey snow expert, Jim Auman has not emailed any exciting news about rotten climatic conditions in New York this week. Otherwise, the exhibition, 'Le Roman de la Mer' – aka '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,' is at the heart of a super big show at the Musée de la Marine. The 100th anniversary of Jules Verne's death, on 24. March 1905, is a mere 3 days from now.

photo, mungo jerry, in the summertime albumIt was on this day in 1804 that Napoléon Bonaparte's Napoleonic Code went into effect. It was called the 'Napoleonic Code' because Napoléon asked some lawyers to write a civil code, somewhat like the one existing in Bavaria which was called the 'Codex Maximilianeus Bavaricus Civilis' for short. The Napoleonic Code deals with inheritance, property and divorce, and it's still around although divorce was liberalized some more last week.

Refound at last – 1970's tube d'été.

Therefore we'll take today's 'Quote of the Week' from Ovid. He wrote, "Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour." Ovid, probably writing in Greek, but by no means certain, may not be correctly quoted here because many things come all too quickly and others never arrive at their 'appointed hour,' or ever.

Today's Other 'Notable Deaths of the Week'

There are only 285 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1076 when Robert I, Duke of Burgundy, died. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 80 days, the same number that 1306 had when Robert II, Duke of Burgundy died too. To be absolutely clear and to avoid any misunder– standings, note that Catherine de Suède has nothing in common with the Sainte–Catherine celebrated on 25. November.
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