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Soldes d'Ete

photo, tabac, boul montparnasseAs is becoming usual the summer sales were announced as beginning on Friday, 24. June and continuing until about Saturday, 23. July. This doesn't suit everybody but it never does. It just goes to show that if it takes more than four weeks to find a tiny bikini there must be more to it than meets the eye.

Rio de Bastille

Wednesday, 13 July, is the eve of 'Basille Day' and the star guest at big fête at the Bastille will be Gilberto Gil, Brazil's musical ambassador and current Minister of Culture.

Headline of the Week

One of the Le Parisien's snappier headlines of the week was last Friday's 'Panique à l'Elysée.' Then the French went out and voted on Sunday and angst over the result of the voting turned to dismay.

The good news is that the uncertainty is over and we no longer need listen to arcane discourses about the finer points of a big boring Constitution. We can go back to discussing all the unfinished business that has been unresolved since the spring of 2002. Whoopee!

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last Thursday's club meeting report was partly based on all new members doing some 'All Talking At Once.' Thisphoto, metro vavin is right and good and is wonderful to hear, except that the club's secretary is not a speed–listener and an even slower writer, so if you want to get a true unvarnished flavor of a club meeting as they really are, you know what you need to do.

The Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on next Thursday once again. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Blandine. This 'Saint of the Week' is France's best–known martyr, one of 48 Christian slaves in the time of Marcus Aurelius, arrested for not paying homage to the correct gods. On 2. August 177 Blandine was tossed to the bulls and torn to pieces in the Trois Gaules sports arena in Lyon.

Some really vague and confused lore about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The sketchy design of the club membership card on this page looks as unlike a membership card as any other Eldorado map used by De Soto, and it isn't. Essentially free, the club membership itself is virtually priceless, without actually being worth anything.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.22 – 26. May 2003 – this issue's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Men with Naked Ties.' The Au Bistro column's title was, in 6 words, 'Tour Eiffel Lights Up Again in June.' The 'Feature of the Week' was headlined as 'The Key to Cable–Access is the Garbage Room Door.' There was the repeat Scène column with the title, 'Choo–Choo Champs–Elysées.' The update for the 29. May meeting of the Café Metropole Club was headlined as the "I have a Thing for Macaroons" report. There were four ordinary 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weeklyphoto, sign, rue fermat cartoon was straight from the tennis graveyard with a caption like, 'It's Roland "Swivel–Neck" Garros Time Again.'

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 7.22 – 27. May 2002 – this week's version of the Café Metropole column was extra topical with, 'George Visits Jacques.' The Au Bistro column wasted no more words than other weeks with 'Europe Needs Immigrants?' The Scène column's headline was, ' The Everything Weekend.' The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 30. May was billed as the "Where Are All the Flower Stalls?" report. There were four so–so 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was very 'social' again with, "Eddie, Wake Up!"

A Bit More Rude History

For the 13th time almost in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is aphoto, sign, towing, de camions true historical story. Jeanne d'Arc, who had helped liberate Orléans, was captured on her way to Compiègne by a weasel of a Burgundian who sold her to Les Anglais for 10,000 crummy livres. Jeanne was tried by the Inquisition at Rouen and found guilty of relapsed heresy, and burned alive at the stake until dead on this date in 1431. Luckily she was exonerated 25 years later, but without any help from Charles VII.

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the landing in 1539, of Hernando de Soto, who was born in Jerez de los Caballeros in Extremadura. He landed somewhere around Tampa Bay in Florida more or less on purpose. Three years before he had returned to Seville with a pile of stolen pesos and he married Inés de Bobadilla, the daughter of a comrade he had foully double crossed. De Soto saw a report about Florida and imagined that he could become as famous as Pizarro or Cortez, but Florida was fuller of swamps and mosquitos than gold, and it was extremely hot and humid too. De Soto did not have a happy end, and it's unlikely that anyonephoto, figurine, accordeon player who ever met him wished him one.

La Gazette

It's a birthday today for France's first newspaper, a weekly sheet named after the Venetian coin which was the paper's price, or would have been if the paper was available in Venice instead of Paris. La Gazette was founded by Louis XIII's doctor, Théophraste Renaudot, who had the support of Richelieu. Another paper, started some months later, did not fare so well on account of its mouthful of a name which was 'Nouvelles Ordinaires de Divers Endroits.' Most successful of all was London's boringly named 'Weekly News,' which had been launched seven years earlier, in 1624.

Other, Barely 'Notable Dates of the Week'

There are only 215 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1574 when Henri III became king of France. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 150 days, the same number that 1883 had when the rumor went around that the Brooklyn Bridge was falling down, and a dozen New Yorkers were stampeded to death by accident.
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