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It is not known if the Pope ever drove the car when he was Cardinal. He has lived at the Vatican for 20 years before his elevation and wasn't known to drive.

Not the Pope's Golf.

Reports said Mr. Halbe followed the bidding on a portable from a hospital where he was being treated for an upset stomach. He told reporters that the first thing he was going to do was buy another car and then go on holidays. As of Saturday, eBay's 'kultauto' page had received 9.4 million visitors. Not bad for a car that might not have ever been driven on Sundays.

Fake Contest

A TV–news report about the Pope's Golf showed a gent washing a dark blue car, so I went out and snapped one. Only later did I discover that it should have been silver or metallic grey. So, the photo is not of the Pope's Golf, and I cleaned the bird droppings off it. To add a German touch I placed the false Golf in front of a real Turkish grocery shop, shot in Berlin Kreuzberg, about 1974. There is something fundamentally wrong with the above fake photo montage. What is it? The first right answer will get a real but modest prize.

Uncle Den–Den Rents

The Daguerrèotypistas' favorite Uncle Den–Den is going to an important graduation party, leaving his apartment behind. In Montparnasse at the top of five flights of walk–up stairs, it's a one–bedroom affair with kitchen and bath, without TV. Free for three weeks from 2. June until 21. June. Write to 'Ed' who will forward. Uncle Den–Den will reply with a snazzy info–photo.

Headline of the Week

There were few striking headlines of the week in Le Parisien and none more confused than today's 'Qui va faire quoi.' This is about next Monday's disappeared holiday of Pentecôte, the day of solidarity with France's old folks.

Everybody is supposed to work on this national 'day off' and the tax revenue from it is supposed to go into a big fund to buy air conditioners before the next killer heatwave. Instead, some of the French feel that the government has no business decreeing when they have to give up a statutory holiday and work for nothing. The Germans have been doing it for ten years but this just doesn't impress the French.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last Thursday's club meeting came out as 'A Smell of Frites' in the report. The smell was faint and out on the street while inside the café a gang of us lounged around whiling away an afternoon, spinning out a meeting with the windows open, until it was time to go on to other things, elsewhere in the evening of Paris.

The next Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a Thursday, around the same time as every week. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Achille. This 'Saint of the Week' – Greek for 'nice lips' – was a Homeric character, but also the bishop of Thessaloniki who helped out with the Council of Nicaea in 325, and ended up in Bulgaria.

More, somewhat different but vague facts about the club are on view on the 'About the Club' page. The ragged design of the club membership card on this page looks as much like a membership card as any other expired Orange card, but it isn't. Entirely free, the club membership itself is virtually real, except when you join in person on any Thursday.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.19 – 3. May 2004 – this issue's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'The Kazoo Race – Too Big To Understand.' The week's 'Feature of the Week' concerned, 'May Day 2004 – Four Parades Instead of One.' The other 'Feature of the Week,' about the terrific slogan contest, was titled 'And Now for the Winners! – of the Bumper–Sticker Slogan Contest.' There was a repeat Scène column with the title, 'Par Amour de l'Art, and Thread Trips.' The update for the 6. May meeting of the Caféphoto, sign, avenue du general lemonnier Metropole Club heralded the "That's Only a Truck–stop!" report. There were four full–zen 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was a breath of air about 'Air, Spring Air!'

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 7.19 – 6. May 2002 – in this issue the Café Metropole column was about 'No 'Good Old Days' for Paris.' The week's Au Bistro column screamed 'Election – France Wins!' The single feature's headline was, 'Parisians Vote for May Day 2002, Massively.' The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 9. May was handled as the 'Best Friends' Plus One, Minus One' report. There were four average zen–cool 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week lit up the page with, "Emigrate to Canada?"

A Little Cryptohistory

For the tenth time almost in a row, this is not about some dusty old saint, but instead is a true myth. Thisphoto, sign, wooden board, non date in 1905 is not the anniversary of the first Mother's Day, but of the original mother, Anna Maria Reeves Jarvis. She promoted pacifism and social activism, but it was her daughter Anna Marie Jarvis who got Mother's Day put on the calendar in 1914. However the fun wore off and she campaigned against the commercialization of the day, blew her inheritance on it, and died broke and bitter, because lazy folks sent their moms printed cards instead of handwritten notes.

The World Goes To Pot

Today marks the founding of the city of Reno, Nevada, 137 very long years ago. Not to be outdone, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show opened in London a mere 19 years later. Jeanne d'Arc also led a gang that defeated the British who were besieging Orléans, but that was in a different century, in 1429. In the 20th century Johnny Logan won the fabled Eurovision Song Contest held in Brussels in 1987 with the smash hit, 'Hold Me Now.' Not to be trumped, Linda Martin singing in Malmö in 1992, won the same contest with the totally unforgettable, 'Why Me.' If Friedrich Schiller had been a songwriter, he would have turned over in his grave in 1805.

Remembering 9. May

In 1950 when Europe was still completely wrecked and still smoking, Robert Schuman made his modest proposal, which has more or less led over time to what we have now, the European Union and the cash, called the '€uro' for short. Schuman's declaration is generally knownphoto, sign, detail, luxembourg grille, 1867 as the 'Schuman declaration' today, but nobody is required to memorize or salute it.

Some Other 'Notable Dates of the Week'

There are only 236 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1502 when Cristoforo Colombo sailed away from Cadiz on his fourth and last trip to America or anywhere. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 129 days, the same number that 1754 had when the first political cartoon appeared in Benjamin Franklin's 'Pennsylvania Gazette.' It showed a sorry snake hacked in pieces, with the caption, "Join or Die."
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