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Rio de Bastille II

Wednesday, 13 July, is the eve of 'Bastille 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 sappier headlines of the week was today's 'Les 100 jours de Villepin.' This wasphoto, star wars bee inspectors coupled to '100 lecteurs lui proposant 100 questions.' He's probably sorry now that he ever said anything more than ten.

Don't panic! These are only beekeepers in the Luxembourg.

Everybody caught up on it. Socialist party leader François Hollande on the TV–news last night said, "100? What about the 1100 days until they 'discovered' unemployment?" He had just come from booting Laurent Fabius off the Socialist leadership team for voting 'non' and he seemed to be in a foul mood.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last Thursday's club meeting report was loosely founded on some members doing some 'Amazing Walking.' This was well and good because it was a way of avoiding making too much out of the bus running over the Smart story, whichphoto, friday roller skates wasn't all that hilarious anyway. For this note here I have just read the report again, and it all comes back to me now.

The Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on next Thursday once again. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Sainte–Diane. This 'Saint of the Week' was seduced by the preaching of Dominique de Guzman, the founder of the Frères Prêcheurs, or Dominicans for short. Diane's rich family in Boulogne prevented her from entering an Augustinian convent but she persevered and entered the Dominican, and eventually died happy in 1256.

Some terribly confused facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The sketchy design of the club membership card on the page looks as unlike a membership card as any other rare baseball card, and it isn't. Basically free, the club membership itself is virtual, priceless, without actually being worth anything.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.24 – 7. June 2004 – the week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'D–Day In Paris – Red Carpets and the Marseillaise.' The Au Bistro column's headline was, 'The Longest Weekend – Marriage in Bègles.' There was no 'Feature of the Week' so readers could skip straight to the repeat Scène column with the title, 'Ready for Summer with Any of 220 Events.' The update for the 10. June meeting of the Café Metropole Club was called the 'Coincidencephoto, sign, rue du pont de lodi of the Week' report. There were four rather plain 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was direct from somewhere else with a caption like, "No Saint–Cola!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.23 – 2. June 2003 – this issue's edition of the Café Metropole column was super topical with, 'On the Terraces.' A Café Life column explained hospitality with 'Giving One Out.' An Email feature was titled 'Calamity Ends at Sundance,' from Grace and Colin Lim. The Scène column's headline was, 'Choo–Choo Champs–Elysées.' The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 5. June was hailed as the 'Eulipian Vision' is a Meeting 'First' report. There were four no–way 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was extra 'social' again with, 'Not Delayed by Strikes.'

Shipping News

For the 14th time almost in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is a true 'Quote of the Week' again. Aleksandr Pushkin, who was named after the ship photo, sign, pourboires interdits that brought me to Europe, said, "Fearing no insult, asking for no crown, receive with indifference both flattery and slander, and do not argue with a fool." Since it was back in the good old days of the KGB, nobody argued with Boris, first class barman and major, out of uniform.

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the death in 1941, of Louis Chevrolet, who was born in La Chaux–de–Fonds, Neuchatel, in Switzerland. Louis learned car–making skills in Beaune as well as developing his interest in auto racing, while working for in the Roblin mechanics garage between 1895 and 1899. Louis then worked for a spell in Paris before moving to Montreal and then to New York City, in 1901, where he worked for Fiat. His younger brother, Gaston, won the Indianapolis 500 race in 1920 in his own car, and died the same year at 28.

A Near–Miss

Today is the anniversary of the 10–metre diameter asteroid that slammed into the earth in 2002 with the force of 26 kilotons of TNT, which was slightly more powerful than the bomb dropped on Nagasaki in WWII. However the space junk blew up in mid–air and the noise was not noticed in Paris because this happened over the Mediterranean south of Greece, west and south of Crete and north of Libya, over open water. Small asteroids hit the earth a couple of times a month, according to scientists, but we should not worry unduly about big asteroids because these will only hit the earth about once in ten million years.

A 'First' of the Week

On this date in 1933 the first drive–in cinema opened for business in Camden, New Jersey. It wasphoto, sign, decor oeufs frais du jour invented by Richard Hollingshead, if you can call a cow pasture with a screen an 'invention.' All the same, Richard added speakers that could be attached to cars and a snack–bar that sold greasy frites and soggy popcorn. After a heyday in the 1950s and early '60s, drive–ins declined because movies became lousy and kids turned to rock–n–roll for fun. These days so–called 'guerilla' drive–ins exist, out there in the dark somewhere.

Other, Slightly 'Notable Dates of the Week'

There are only 208 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1954 when Eurovision became Europe's common television broadcaster, charged with producing its justly famous 'Song Contest' and broadcasts of World Cup soccer matches and riots. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 157 days, the same number that 1606 had when French writer Pierre Corneille was born. Happy birthday, Pierre!
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