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Extra Special 'Fiat 500 of the Week'

Metropole reader and Café Metropole Club member Bruce Poole, living in Fredericton, New Brunswick,photo, fiat 500, poole captured a mint blue metallic Fiat 500 in London a couple of weeks ago and sent the photo to me for Metropole's collection of Fiat 500s 'of the week.'

A stand–in for the UK 'Fiat 500 of the Week.'

A few days later I snapped two others in Paris and was thinking of running all three – especially if I could have found two more – but something else came up and that was one more good idea that never happened. But this week I am determined to run Bruce's Fiat – except that I can't find the darn thing.

I swear that the blue one here is nearly the same color and you can hardly tell that the steering wheel is on the left instead of on the right like it would be if it was an offshore model. A big tip of the cap to Bruce Poole!

Headline of the Week

There were many bold headlines of the week in Le Parisien but the strangest was, Les horodateurs sont–ils illégaux?' This appeared on today's front page, and is about a court case in Boulogne that handed down a decision saying that parking metres must accept cash money, not just various kinds of cards.

In Paris however, parking officials claim that city parking metres that only accept cards are legal because you can buy themphoto, comedie italienne, gaite for cash or with plastic all over the place. All the same about 50 folks with tickets are going to challenge the city in court. The law in France stipulates that if something is for sale a consumer should be able to pay for it with money.

The Comédie Italienne in the Rue de la Gaîté.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The most recent club meeting's '20 Questions' club report is highly apt, because new member Bonnie Blythe brought her notebook full of questions to the meeting, plus an entire TV remote control that didn't work. Suggesting where to find a replacement was the club secretary's sole contribution of Paris lore to members in residence.

The next Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a Thursday, more or less as usual. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Maxime. This 'Saint of the Week' was the private secretary to Emperor Heraclius, but was arrested by his successor Constant II and had his tongue removed as well as his right hand. Other than this he died in 662.

Equally true actual facts about the club are available on the 'About the Club' page. The edgy design of the somewhat sketchy club membership card on this page looks as much like a membership card as any balled–up scrap of a parking ticket, but it isn't. It is sufficient to be virtual, while the club membership itself is free, available and neat too, and can be tested in Paris.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.15 – 5. April – the Café Metropole column's headline was, 'Metre–reader Readiness, 'Fluff' Turns Into Drizzle.' The week's Au Bistro was was extra concise with, in two words, 'RÉVOILA! and RISQUÉ.' The slogan 'Contest' cruised along with 'Still Time to Send In Your Entries.' Laurel Avery's 'Paris Life' was about a 'Change for the Better.' The update for the 8. April meeting of the Café Metropole Club was characterized as the 'Members 'On Location' report. The Scène column was a repeat jumbo with, 'Dante et Virgile aux Enfers – with Francis Bacon, Elsa Schiaparelli' again. There were six edgy 'Posters ofphoto, sign, rue huyghens the Week' and the caption for Ric's weekly cartoon was about the thrilling 'Fête de l'Arbre.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.15 – 7. April 2003 – this small issue's Café Metropole column started with 'Dozy in Paris, More Air, More Fresh.' The Au Bistro feature was complete, 'In Only 22 Words.' The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 10. April was headlined as the 'The Return of Bongo' report. The Scène column announced, 'From Gauguin to Ming.' There were four merely adequate 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was on–the–mark with, 'Only Smoking is Legal.'

Welsh Rarebit

For the sixth time almost in a row, this is not about some old saint, but is instead a true story. Llywelyn ap Iorwerth was born in 1173 and he was the grandson of Owain Gwynedd, whose sons overthrew Iorwerth after Owain's death, leaving Llywelyn up the creek. However he defeated his uncles to take Gwynedd for himself, becoming its prince and Prince of Aberffraw and Lord of Snowdon, or Llywelyn the Great or, in Welsh, Llywelyn Fawr.

In 1205 he married Joan, a beautiful but illegitimate daughter of mean King John. He had occasional disputesphoto, sign, bd edgar quinet, ancien with old John and later, Henry III, but succeeded in keeping Wales independent. He also triumphed over his main rival, Gwenwynwyn of Powys, who was not related.

After the birth of a heir, Dafydd ap Llywelyn, and a daughter, Elen – who married the Earl of Chester – Joan became too friendly with William de Braose, a noble from south Wales who was allied with Llywelyn on account of the marriage of his daughter Isabella to Llywelyn's son, Dafydd. Llywelyn, on discovering the fooling around in 1230, had de Braose bumped off and Joan was tossed into a crummy dungeon. Later, he forgave her and she regained her position as princess, of Aberffraw, and only died in 1237.

Llywelyn died of natural causes in 1240 and a power struggle began between his legitimate son, Dafydd, and his older, illegitimate son, Gruffydd, who according to Welsh law had equal rights of inheritance. Llywelyn had departed from tradition by naming Dafydd as heir, because he recognized the inherent flaws in Welsh law, namely that Gruffydd was a booby.

But silly Gruffydd was killed while 'attempting to escape' from the Tower of London in 1244, leaving the field clear forphoto, sign, 1897 Dafydd. Unfortunately Dafydd himself died without heirs two years later, and was eventually succeeded by his nephew, unlucky Llywelyn the Last.

All the same we'll take today's 'Quote of the Week' from Gautama Siddhartha. He wrote, "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, and no matter if I have said it." Gautama, probably writing in Sanskrit, but by no means certain, may not be correctly quoted here because it isn't the entire quote.

Today's Other 'Notable Dates of the Week'

There are only 264 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1713 when Louis XIV ceded Newfoundland to 'les Anglais.' This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 101 days, the same number that 1814 had when the Napoléon abdicated and was exiled to Elba, exactly 11 years after Talleyrand offered to sell all of the Louisiana Territory.
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