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This little shindig began in 1996 and now is an almost week–long annual affair in Saint–Agrève with barrel racing, roping, bronco riding, bull riding, and even 'cow–milking,' whatever that may be. Along with daily programs of cowboy sports, there's a lot of music too and western dancing – whole halls full of it. All the cowboys wear 15–litre Stetsons and the cute cowgirls wear the 10–gallon models. Yippee!

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The report about last Thursday's club meeting was not about 'Some Remote Places.' Heather, the club's number one member, the first to join it, walked into a no–member meeting and transformed it into being a meeting with member number one, a vast improvement over one without. The 'remote place' was somewhere in Indiana, unnamed, and thus failed to become a 'City of the Week.'

The weekly Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a Thursday again, amazingly like most Thursdays. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Sainte–Hélène. This 'Saint of the Week' was the wife of Constantius Chlorous – the pale one – a deputy co–emperor who was promoted to caesar in 293, and upped to 'august' in 305. Appointed by Diocletian, Constantius Chlorous was mild towards Christians, and was the father of Constantine the Great. Hélènephoto, popcorn, st germain might not have been the mother, for she was off in Jerusalem looking for relics of the 'true cross,' which were transferred to the abbey of Hautvillers in 845. If Diocletian, who retired in 305, knew of this, he probably didn't approve.

And here's popcorn, for no taste is overlooked.

Equally likely real notions about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page should you happen to be in the area. The skillful sketch of the club membership card on the page looks as much like a membership card as horsewhip. Practically priceless, the club membership itself is worth quite a bit without actually being anything you would want to pawn.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.33/34 – 9/16. Aug. 2004 – this double issue's other Café Metropole' column asked, 'Work In August?' The 1st Café Metropole column headlined 'Spiderman's Summer.' The issue's Au Bistro column spoke of 'Nights In August, Smoke In Delambre.' The Scène columns detailed 'Many Photographers Coming Up' and kept up with 'Libération 1944' plus reminded all of '4 More Days of Paris Plage.' The update for the 12. August meeting of the Café Metropole Club was hardly credible as the 'Maybe Next Year' report and true to form on 19. August with the 'Tchaikovsky Rolled Over' report. There were sixphoto, sign, x-rue ferou old 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was snarky with the caption, "Go back if you want to."

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 7.34 – 19. Aug 2002 – this issue's Café Metropole column was blistering with, 'Two Heatwaves.' The Au Bistro column was scrapped in favor of 'A Ranch Holiday with a Cat Named Tiger.' There were cool links to new Scène columns, titled 'Summer Is Not Over' and 'Coming Ultra Soon in September.' The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 22. August was headlined as the "You Need To Speak Antarctican!" report. There were four fantastic 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was less upbeat than a week earlier, with the caption "Nawwwwwwww... I'm staying here..."

Shining Moment 49

For the 23rd time almost in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is a pithy 'Quote of the Week.' Gilbert Keith Chesterton said, whispered, or may have written, "There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect." Yes, perhaps it goes through the nose.

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the date in 1969 that the Woodstock Festival began, and it probably hasn'tphoto, sign, passage montbrun been forgotten by anybody who was awake at the time, including Joe Cocker. It happened on a cool and rainy three–day weekend with a planned attendance of 50,000. Advertised as a weekend of peace and love, 400,000 turned up to wallow in the mud, and most lived to buy the resulting video, so they could actually see and hear Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, Santana, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and the unforgettable Joe Cocker.

Very Old Patapsphysics

It was on this date in 1914 that the United States officially opened the Panama Canal. Europe was two weeks into a new war at the time and did not notice the event which took decades to achieve. There must have been something wrong with 15. August becausephoto, pont des arts many overlooked the forerunner of iTunes, when in 1877 Thomas Edison made the world's first recording of the popular hit single, Mary Had a Little Lamb. Then, just three days after the beginning of the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, Vopo Conrad Schumann jumped over the barbed wire and moved to Bavaria.

Cri du Cochon

This isn't an anniversary because it only happened yesterday. In front of 500 enthusiasts, the son and father team of Yohann and Olivier Roussel beat out six competitors to win the all–France championship of the cri du cochon. It was only Saturday that Roussel senior decided to enter the prestigious contest, and the team's sole training session was on Sunday morning. With a 'why not?' of true sportsmen, the duo managed to mimic the sounds of pigs in love most convincingly, to win the prize pig. The town of Trie–sur–Baïse organizes its fête du cochon annually and also gives a prize to whomever eats the most boudin.

Other, 'Unusual Dates of the Week'

There are only 138 days left of this year, which means this year has nearly expired. This is exactly the samephoto, sign, mosiac 1 number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 30 BC when Cleopatra checked out. The 39 year–old Egyptian queen had a basket of figs delivered with a concealed asp and she stuck a finger in its deadly mouth. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 227 days, the same number that 1769 had when Napoleone Buonaparte was born on the island of Corsica, far too early by 460 years and on the wrong island if he wanted to grow up to be one of the Knights of Saint–John of Rhodes, who share the date as an anniversary.
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