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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

One of the shorter headlines of the week in Le Parisien is today's 'Drôle de lundi.' Told to work forphoto, fiat 500 of the week nothing, on a holiday, many French seemed to decide to be civically disobedient, by being away from work for various reasons, or by being on strike.

Why it's the 'Fiat 500 of the Week' again!

The paper says that the government's plan for raising a lot of money for aid for the older generation was 'expressed poorly.' The French have sympathy for the old and poor, but they see the 'work for nothing' day and the suppression of a holiday as a sneaky way of extending the hours of work.

Disk Full

It's not even a big issue but when it was time to upload it to the server, the message was 'this disk is full.' By now this technical glitch has been resolved. If you have been inconvenienced by this 'Retard of the Week' the entire staff of management of Metropole Paris is very sorry, but does not wish to say that it won't happen again. Gremlins are always lurking, eagerly waiting to pounce on dubious certainties.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last Thursday's club meeting report had no answer to the question, "Where are the Gypsies?" This is part of a another question often raised by club members – 'where are the musicians who used to perform in the Métro?' These days, plugged in iPods are a poor substitute for riders without them.

The next Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a Thursday, around the same time as last week. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Yves. This 'Saint of the Week,' born in Brittany in the 13th century, became a brilliant lawyer and wound up as a judge of the religious court at Rennes. Yves Hélory aided the poor and left his manor to them, and was such an all–round good guy that he became the patron saint of lawyers.

More, somewhat vague and confused facts about the club can be consulted on the 'About the Club' page. The dim design of the club membership card on this page looks as little like a membership card as any other piece of waste paper, but it is. Entirely free, the club membership itself is virtually valuable, especially when you join in person on any Thursday.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.20 – 10. May – this week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Below Par, Good Bread News.' This issue's Au Bistro column proclaimed, ' Sarko Says, Consummez!' The 'Feature of the Week' was headlined 'And Now for the Winners! – of the Bumper–Sticker Slogan Contest.' There was a double–repeat Scène column with the title, 'Par Amour de l'Art, and Thread Trips.' The update for the 13. May meeting of the Café Metropole Club cried, 'Big Moment ofphoto, sign, boulevard de la somme the Year' Bungled' report. There were four amazing 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was straight from the Foire de Paris with the 'Baguette News from the Inventors Corner.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.20 – 12. May 2003 – in this issue the Café Metropole column wasn't shy, with 'Bring Your Own Tapas.' The Au Bistro column wasted no words with 'In 6 words: 'Mardi Noir' Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.' The lone feature's headline was, 'On a 'Typical' Street No More than Just Average.' The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 9. May was titled as, "We've Just Hung Up Our Sleds!" report. There were four stupendous 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week promoted the rails with, "No Trains to Nantes."

A Bit of Pseudohistory

For the eleventh time almost in a row, this is not about some dusty old saint, but instead is a true historical fact. On today's date in 1770 the marriage conceived by Choiseul to cement the alliance between France and Austria at the expense of Prussia and the British took place in Versailles when Marie–Antoinette, daughter of Marie–Thérèse of Austria and François 1st of Lorraine, was united with Louis, grandson of Louis XV. She was 14, Louis was 16, and both lost their heads in 1793.

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the defeat, 641 years ago, of the justly–named King of Navarre, Charles II 'le Mauvais,' as a resultphoto, poster, oui, non, posters sarkozy, ump of a victory led by the Breton mercenary, Bertrand Du Guesclin, who was in the pay of Charles V, 'le Sage.' It permitted Charles to add a bit of luster to a tarnished image left by his father the inept Jean II, 'le Bon,' who died a few weeks earlier in a London prison. Du Guesclin was named Count of Longueville, near Dieppe, then he was captured by les Anglais. Charles V paid a ransom of 100,000 livres to free him, and Du Guesclin went off to Spain to bother the King of Navarre some more. It was, by the way, Charles V who had the Bastille built, for repressing Parisians who had a ready tendency to revolt.

Remembering 16. May

Fanciers of fine drinks will want to celebrate today because it marks the 189th anniversary of the invention of root beer in Philadelphia by Charles Elmer Hires who threw some sarsaparilla root, sassafras root bark, vanilla, cherry tree bark, licorice root, nutmeg, anise, molasses and other secret stuff together to make the wonderful drink we all know and love. He may havephoto, poster, a ta sante, je vote non, pcf added some dandelion root, spikenard, pipsissewa, juniper, ginger, wintergreen, hops, spicewood, allspice, birch bark, coriander, yellow dock, honey, clover, cinnamon, prickly ash bark, yucca or dog grass, but exactly which and how much is also secret so most root beer is made from concentrate rather than fresh roots. Hardly needless to mention that it took 27 years, until 1893, to bring bottled root beer to the market.

Other 'Notable Dates of the Week'

There are only 229 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1920 when Pope Benedict XV canonized Sainte–Jeanne d'Arc. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 136 days, the same number that 1913 had when Woody Herman was born. He went on to give a new meaning to the word 'herd' and set off a lot of jumping.
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