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In Deep Trouble

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Glitter and plush, but not for Metropole's 'Ed.'

First Aid Needed Now

by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Monday, 11. July 2005:– Tonight I am going way out on a limb to pass on the TV–weather news prediction of perfect July weather for the eve of Bastille Day, Wednesday, 13 July and for Bastille Day which is, logically, Thursday, 14. July.

Normally we don't have July–like weather in July. Some folks think it is odd to have it in March or May, but if you live here long enough you get to expect it in surprising months. The main problem is that we seldom have Bastille Day in March but often have snow at Easter, unless it is early like it was this year and we had fleurs instead.

Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be in training for Wednesday, so it may feature some clouds that have quite a bit of sunshine behind them. The temperature is going to be trying too, with a forecast high in the afternoon of 27 degrees.

Then on Wednesday, we have been told that it will be sunny pretty well all over France, and I guess, surrounding Europe; However it is here that it will be Bastille Day eve and not somewhere else. If you happen to see a thermometre it may run up to 28 degrees.

I do not know what the low will be as we start Thursday, but it has been forecast as a very sunny day, with a high of 30 degrees. We are not supposed to expect some funky clouds that are gathering near the Channel to get near here, but you never know. Next weekend is supposed to be cooler too – whatever it means.

From across the mighty ocean Météo Jim sends a short historical note about hurricanes, which I have clipped in an attempt to avoid evil omens. Althoughphoto, metro vavin not inappropriate, here is Jim's capsule forecast for regular weather this week:–

Les Orages Tropicales

On Friday the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy visited Pommeland but not before flood alerts were issued. She left about two anglo inches – 5 euro middle meters – of rain and temperatures of 63 anglo degrees – 15 euro grad. She did not say if she was going to cross the Big Pond to visit Paris and take advantage of les soldes d'été. The projected forecast for Pommeland is hot and sunny on Sunday and Monday with temperatures around 90 anglo grad – 32 euro grad, then cooling off for the rest of the week with scattered thunderstorms and highs in the mid 80's anglo grad – about 28 euro grad. This is not taking Hurricane Dennis into account since he is the strong, spontaneous and rambunctious type that leaves the forecasters guessing about his intentions.

Café Life

Unsinkable Metropole Submerges

This magazine has long appeared to be unsinkable despite no visible means of support. When readers or club members have asked me how this works I have always been at a loss for a plausible answer. All I knew was that it kept floating from month to month, from year to year.

In the last couple of years this has been getting more problematical because of rising prices and a high rent. Effortsphoto, superette, rue odessa to pry revenue out of the magazine have been made but the results have been minor. Other sources of revenue have been very erratic and unreliable.

A Montparnasse night and day minimarket.

Last Friday my angry landlord informed me that my bank had not transferred two months' rent. On the same day my bank send a letter demanding that I return my debit card because I am overdrawn. There are other bills to pay too, some of them important. Everything added up, the total comes to being deep in the hole.

At this moment I do not know what happens next. If I say nothing there is a good likelihood that a bailiff will turn up and cart off the computer and the camera, and that will be the end of Metropole Paris.

Instead I am mentioning it here. Through the magazine, and especially through the Café Metropole Club, we are a sort of community.

Some readers have been contributing their support through the magazine's 'pals' link. This has always been welcome and I thank those of you who have done this.

Please take a look at the support facility today and throw as much cash at it as you can stand withoutphoto, cafe la select your kids going hungry. Consider it as a payment for a magazine subscription that doesn't expire every year. Without urgent aid it is Metropole that will expire.

Bossa Nova Bastilla

Les Sapeurs –Pompiers – have a tradition of turning their firehalls into dancehalls for the Fête de la Bastille. The 'bals' will be held on the evenings of Wednesday, 13. July and Thursday, 14. July. At various locations in Paris and throughout France. These 'bals' are popular so you are advised to arrive early. Some feature live music, others have DJs. Initially held in 1937, the first 'bal' lasted until the afternoon of the next day, and everyone at it missed the Champs–Elysées parade.

Mairie of the 3rd – in addition to the firemen some city halls stage Bastille Day fêtes too, such as this one to be held on Wednesday, 13. July, from 21:30 until 02:00. At Rue Eugène Spuller, Paris 3, this is also part of the Festival Soirs d'Eté program.

Rio de Bastille – 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. According to reports Se-or Gil has brought a crew with him and they are rehearsing with energy. It sounds like the show planned for the Bastille may be a big one.

Bastille Day Parade – this always takes place on the whole Champs–Elysées, from Etoile to the Place de la Concorde. The parade begins at 10:00 and will last until about 11:30. This is a rain or shine affair, so be prepared. To be on Thursday, 14. July. The official viewing stand is usually set up at the Place de la Concorde. Paris 8. Métros – count on the Métro stops at Etoile, George V,photo, montparnasse Franklin Roosevelt, Clemenceau and Concorde being closed. Plan to arrive by foot or from the next nearest ones. This is also the day that Paris plays host to the military, so buy that sailor or soldier a drink!

Fireworks – fans will have their night on Thursday, 14. July, beginning about 22:30. The rockets will be fired off from the Trocadéro's gardens, so the best place to be is across the Seine on the Champ de Mars, with possibly 350,000 other Fête Nationale fans. Another good viewpoint is the Pont de Bir Hakeim, for early arrivals. The show usually lasts about 40 minutes. Paris 7. Métros – Alma–Marceau, Ecole Militaire, Bir Hakeim or La Motte–Picquet–Grenelle – also the RER 'C' line stops of Pont de l'Alma and Champ de Mars.

Soldes d'Ete Now – The summer sales continue until about Saturday, 23. July or maybe longer, but not for ever.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last Thursday's club meeting report headline was based entirely on the names of the cities 'Tijuana! and Ballarat!.' As this was a rare club 'first' of a 'Double–city of the Week,' it had absolutely nothing to do with fishing. Nothing at the meeting had anything to do with fishing. There weren't any birds either.

The weekly Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be this coming Thursday again, as regular as a metronome, even on Bastille Day. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Camille. This 'Saint of the Week,' full name Camille de Lellis, is famous for being the patron saint of nurses.

Somewhat more solid notions about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page should you happen to glance towards it. The cunning design of the club membership card on the page looks as slick as a membership card as any fish–and–chip wrapper, but it isn't. Absolutely free of charge, the club membership itself is pretty virtual without actually being anything pricey.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.29 – 12. July 2004 – this week's Café Metropole' featured the astounding 'I Am Not a Duck,' but what then? The Au Bistro column's headline was first 'Fête,' then 'Celebrate 215 Years of Révolution.' The Scène columns were two repeats again. The update for the 15. July meeting of the Café Metropole Club was called the 'Only On Thursday' report. There were four stockphoto, sign, rue ducouedic boring 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was direct from a government department with the caption, "Good enough!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.29 – 14. July 2003 – this issue's Café Metropole column was extra slick with, 'In the Tropics.' The Au Bistro column shorted local news in favor of 'A New Six–Word 'News' report,' for a change of pace. The 'Feature of the Week' was titled 'A Bastille Day with No Score.' There were cheap links to old Scène columns rather than to expensive new stuff. The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 17. July was headlined by the inept secretary as the 'Coincidental Meeting' report. There were four barely fantastic 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was more sporty than a week earlier, with "You're too heavy!"

Another Comedy Moment

For the 19th time almost in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is almost aphoto, figure, rooster accordion 'Quote of the Week.' Bill Cosby, possibly reciting from a TV script but not certain, said, "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." That's the trouble with success – nobody knows where the key is.

If the Present Is Any Indication

The first Bastille Day was celebrated in 1790 on the Champ de Mars by 260,000 party folks. However it was called the 'Fête de la Fédération' because the king and queen were there, and so was General de La Fayette, and it was the pacific nature of the Révolution that was being honored along with respect for individual rights. Nearly a century later it was renamed as the 'Fête nationale de la République française.'

A Tale of Two Cities

Today is the anniversary of the publication of the novel by Charles Dickens, about London and Paris. According to legend it is a somewhat soppy story, but has one of the most famous beginnings, with –It was the best of times. It was the worst of times," in the opening passage. Then, after a lot of words, it ends with the equally famous, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

Advanced Patapsphysics

It was on this date in 1895 that the Lumière brothers showed a movie to some scientists. The only thing remarkable about this was that they had to shoot the film first, but before that they had to invent the movie camera and film for it. It doesn't say where they got the film but they patented the camera, an early model 'cinématographe,' in 1894, Thenphoto, snack, waffles, churros they got some film from some place and shot 'La sortie des usines Lumière' on 19. March 1895. This movie was the hit of the Christmas season that year when it was seen by paying customers at the Grande Café.

Other, 'Curious Dates of the Week'

There are only 173 days left of this year, which means this year is more than half over. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1848 when Waterloo station was opened in London. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 192 days, the same number that 1919 had when the Netherlands introduced the eight–hour work day with free Sundays every week.
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