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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 camp–days, eating cheap daisies.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The report about last Thursday's club meeting was not entirely about 'O' for Oxygen.' We had no 'City of the Week,' no 'Food of the Week' and there was no 'Fiat 500 of the Week.' These all seem to have disappeared. Actually it was 'Tour de France of the Week' but nobody thought to mention it except Lucky. Members who are also Gumby fans should check out the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens for the definitive history of your hero, until 16. January.

The weekly Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be this next Thursday again, and for a change it won't be a holiday. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Venceslas.photo, tabac This 'Saint of the Week' shares billing with Saint–Samson – who? Anyway, Venceslas, crowned Duke of Bohemia at 14 in 921, was assassinated by his brother eight years afterwards. But as he was dying he forgave him, which is what christians used to do in those days.

As the sun dips behind the Tour Eiffel, poets form lines.

More likely true notions about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page should you happen to be looking in its area. The dull design of the club membership card on the page looks as tired as a membership card as any fish wrapper, but it isn't smelly. Just about free of cost, the club membership itself is pretty valuable without actually being anything worth much.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.31/32 – 26. July/2. Aug. 2004 – this double issue's 2nd Café Metropole' column highlighted the ever astonishing 'Summer Weather – Temperature. At Last!' The 1st Café Metropole' column had 'Dead of Summer, with Minor Rumors.' The issue's feature headline screamed, all green, 'Being Outside, Better than Camping.' The two Scène columns amounted to 'Art & Stuff & Lit & History' and 'Libération 1944 – 18 More Days of Paris Plage.' The update for the 29. July meeting of the Café Metropole Club was unbelievable as the "You Gotta Be Crazy!" report and true to life on 5. August with the "She Had Shoes On" report.photo, sign, rue vandamme There were six good old 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was sporty with the caption, 'Yellow Shirt of the Week.'

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 7.31/33 – 29. July/15. Aug 2002 – another double week's issue with the Café Metropole column blathering with, 'Surprise Holiday for 'Ed.' The Au Bistro column had local news again with 'Pedestrians Are Dangerous.' There were cheap links to old Scène columns, but there was a new Scène 3 too, titled 'Paris' Outdoor Summer.' The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 1. August was headlined by the sleepy secretary as the 'Vat 19 the 'Drink of the Week' report and for the 15. August meeting it came out as the "It Might Have Been In British English" report. There were four stunning 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was more upbeat than a week earlier, with "We're going back to Paris." Hello?

Another Shining Moment

For the 21st time almost in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is a famous 'Quote of the Week' about America. Emma Lazarus said, probably wrote, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest–tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Amen, brother.

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the date in 1547 that Henri II was crowned king of France in Reims. He spent some of his reign persecuting the Huguenots by burning them up or cutting out their tongues orphoto, sign, place dauphine tossing them in prison forever. So I say, forget Henri II, and remember today for Henri IV instead, because on this day in 1593 he converted from Protestantism to Catholicism. After the ceremony, overlooking Paris from Montmartre, he is supposed to have said, "Paris is worth a mass." Besides being parked on the Pont Neuf, Henri IV is also famous for having said, "If God allows, I will see to it that there is not a laborer in my kingdom without a chicken in his pot every Sunday." He was nearly as good as his word and is still popular because of it.

Old Patapsphysics

It was on this date in 1835 that Fieschi bungled the assassination attempt on the life of Louis–Philippe 1st. After this, in September, the King pronounced the laws against acts of rebellion andphoto, sculpt, artist hand the liberty of the press, and his regime evolved towards authoritarianism and consequent unpopularity, but who cares anymore?

Aviator of the Week

This was Louis Blériot, who flew his Blériot XI averaging about 75 kph from Calais to Dover 96 years ago today, in 38 minutes. But in a sloppy landing at the international airport at North Fal Meadow, he busted his prop and landing gear. The first man to fly across the Channel thus claimed the Daily Mail's prize of £1000. Another report of the event says the crossing took 37 minutes. Whichever, it was a true 'first.'

Other, 'Unique Dates of the Week'

There are only 159 days left of this year, which means this year is almost as good as gone. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1799 when Napoléon Bonaparte led a French army at Aboukir in Egypt which defeated some Ottomans. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 206 days, one more than 2005 had when Lance Armstrong won his 7th Tour de France without apparently breathing hard, and promptly retired. 'Vive Armstrong, forever.'
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