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For my Bastille eve finale I walked back, across the Pont de Sully, along the Boulevard Saint–Germain to Maubert and up the Rue de Carmes past the Panthéon and then south on Saint–Jacques. The air was soft and all sounds subdued and few were about. The walk took about a hour, and then more than a hour to do the photos.

Saving Private Rico

The response from last week's lamentable 'cri au secours' has been swift and generous. You are a wonderful bunch of readers. If the other 29,999 of you had a dime to spare I would be out of danger and looking in the catalogues for vacations for 'camping sauvage' in Yvelines, somewhere on the Route des Impressionistes.

Thanks also to those who have written words of encouragement, and with suggestions for resolving this situation. By this you have indicated you want Metropole to continue rather than see me retire to a life of idle retirement, eating daisies.

However I am not out of the weeds yet. Eating daisies is not nourishing even if one can afford them. Please take a look at thesupport facility today and dump in all you can stand without letting your grandparents starve. Think of it as a pre–payment for a magazine subscription that never expires Without urgent aid it is Metropole that will expire.

Soldes d'Ete – If you haven't found your treasure before next Saturday, start saving now for the 'Soldes d'Hiver.' These should begin early in January, only about 169 days ever shorter from now.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last Thursday's club meeting report headline was not based entirely on 'More Bastille.'poster, vdep, raid dingue We had a tidy 'City of the Week' with Lone Tree, Colorado, and the trace of the Bastille was mentioned, but Bastille wasn't the only item of conversation. There was no fishing and no birds either, for a change.

The weekly Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be this coming Thursday again, and for a change it won't be Bastille Day. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Victor. This 'Saint of the Week' is famous for having a latin name – 'victorieux' – and for becoming a martyr in Marseille in the 3rd century, somehow.

Somewhat less concrete notions about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page should you happen to glance in its area. The slick design of the club membership card on the page looks as cunning as a membership card as any laundry wrapper, but it isn't. Totally free of charge, the club membership itself is pretty absolute without actually being anything virtual.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.30 – 19. July 2004 – this issue's Café Metropole' featured the ever astounding 'Bastille, Again, Like Clockwork.' The Au Bistro column's headline mentioned, starkly, 'Sarkodrama!' Then there was an email feature, with 'Xmas In July, Alone with 23 Cézannes.' The Scène columns were repeated again. The update for the 22. July meeting of the Café Metropole Club was characterized as the 'Snook of the Week' report. There werephoto, sign, rue maison dieu four summertime 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was captured in a police station with the caption, "Out you go, Bozo!"

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 7.30 – 22. July 2002 – the week's Café Metropole column was topical with, 'There Was 'Happy' Weather.' The Au Bistro column had local news again with 'The Postman Rings Again' for no reason at all. The 'Feature of the Week' was titled 'Todo El Mundo – Vamos a la Playa!' There were no cheap links to old Scène columns. An email column featured 'Dimitri's Postcard – Goes and Comes.' The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 25. July was headlined by the dozy secretary as the 'Two Real Members Really' report. There were four third–rate 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was more poorly than a week earlier, with "You Said, You Promised..."

Another Standup Moment

For the 20th time almost in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is a near certain 'Quote of the Week.' South Africa's Nelson Mandela said, "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." That's the trouble with success – the more standing up you do the harder it is not to fall off the stairs.

If the Past Is Any Indication

The battle of Allia was incorrectly thought to have taken place in 390 BC but serious historians are now certain that it was in 387 BC, only 2392 years ago. This fight pitted the Romans against the Gauls of the Senones tribe, both about 40,000 strong. Brennus wasted the Romanphoto, sign, place charles de gaulle right wing, and then the centre and the left gave way, and the Romans checked out. Back in Rome they hid at home and the sacred geese honked when the Gauls attacked. They pillaged, plundered and destroyed. The Romans agreed to pay Brennus a thousand pounds of gold to go away. Clever Brennus fiddled the weighs and when the Romans complained he said, vae victis, which means, 'woe to losers.' At this opportune moment, Marcus Manlius Capitolinus showed up, alerted by the noisy geese, and with an army he beat up the Gauls. "Not gold but steel, suckers!" he said. This had nothing to do with Rome's great fire, which was exactly 323 years later.

Always Right

Today is the Vatican's anniversary of the definition of the dogma of infallibility, which has meant that since 1870 the Church is incapable of error in expounding its doctrine on faith and morals, and also applies to the pope when he is speaking 'ex cathedra.'

Ancient Patapsphysics

It was on this date in 962 that the chapel of Saint–Michel at Puy–en– Velay was inaugurated. The construction was led by Gothescalk or Godelscalc, who was the bishop of Puy, and the first Frenchman to make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The chapel is unusual because it is built in the chimney of the volcano overlooking Puy.

Alpinist of the Week

This was Petrarch, who died 631 years ago today. In a later letter written to Francesco Dionigi, Petrarch described a mountainphoto, sign, no dogs, not even on a leash climb to the top of Mont Ventoux that took place on 26. April 1336. He might not have been the first to climb a mountain simply because it was there, but he was the first to write about it.

Other, 'Odd Dates of the Week'

There are only 166 days left of this year, which means this year is far more than half over long before autumn even begins. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1857 when Louis Faidherbe led a force of relief to Kayes, which ended El Hajj Umar Tall's little war on the French. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 199 days, the same number that 1898 had when the Marie and Pierre Curie announced the discovery of polonium, a new element that had not been lost, exactly.
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