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The next Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a Thursday again, amazingly like a digital watchworks. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Gilles. This 'Saint of the Week' was a hermit in the Languedoc area, and spent a lot of time in the desert of Crau, before becoming an abbot, and before having somebody build a basilica on his tomb, around which the town of Saint–Gilles– du–Gard developed.

Quite true facts about the club can be discerned on the 'About the Club' page should you happen to be in that neck of the woods. The clumsy sketch of the club membership card on the page looks about as like a membership card as a toothbrush. Timeless, the club membership itself is virtually priceless, while being something you would hardly want to sell for a discount on eBay.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.36/37 – 30. Aug/6. Sept. 2004 – the issue's first Café Metropole' column featured 'Libération!' and the second column had 'Fine Weather Keeps On.' The week's Au Bistro column asked, 'Three More Years, of Sarkomania?' The Scène column finally made it with 'More Fall Program – Whew!' The update for the 2. September meeting of the Café Metropole Club was bleerily positive with the "It Is What It Is" report. The 9. Septemberphoto, sign, rue cloche perce meeting report put all back to rights with 'Bongo 253.' There were six fabulous 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was also positive with the end–of–summer caption, "There's no way forward!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.36 – 1. Sept 2003 – the week's Café Metropole column was spacy with, 'Ne Ratez Pas Mars!' The Au Bistro column had short news with 'RAIN in Paris!' Somehow there was a feature titled 'Plucky Henri IV – France's First, Best Bourbon.' There was a dismal repeat Scène column, titled 'Events Carry Over,' again. The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 4. September was heralded as "It's a Two Dog Day" report. There were four stupendous 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was even wilder than ever with the caption "We're Taking the Train!" Toooot.

Preserve Your Clan

For the 25th time almost in a row without fail, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is a 'I–told–you–so' 'Quote of the Week.' Confucius mayphoto, sign, french delice have written, "The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security, he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved." Next week right here, as a special feature, the 'Quote of the Week' will not be in Chinese.

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the date in 1896 when it is believed that Li Hung Chang invented chop suey in New York City. Monsieur Chang was a famous royal Chinese ambassador making a state visit to Pommeland, and he feared that there would be nothing suitable to eat except rice balls. So he commanded his personal cooks to make something tasty for his American guests, and they all asked for chop suey and a Coke. However, the origin of chow mein, much favored in Canada, is unknown. According to American experts, chow mein is simply a northern version of chop suey, but with noodles instead of overcooked vegetables. Canadian experts say that sprinkling crispy chow mein noddles on chop suey will turn it into authentic chow mein. This may be the way it's done in Toronto, but not in Vancouver, which is much closer to China.

Reasonably Old Patapsphysics

It was on this date in 1982 that the Meitnerium was inventedphoto, sign, absense de marquage on purpose at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionen– forschung in Darmstadt by a research team led by Peter Armbruster and Gottfried Münzenberg. Wearing safety hats, the team bombarded some spare bismuth–209 that was lying around unused, with some speedy nuclei of iron–58. With the creation of Meitnerium it was proved that you can use nuclear fusion techniques to make heavy nuclei in your kitchen using common household utensils. Meitnerium, named after Lise Meitner, is 109 on the Atomic scale, and its name was confirmed in 1997 when it was decided not to call it Unnilennium.

Oliver Cromwell Gets Boot

On today's date in 1660 Charles II was proclaimed King of England in London, after returning from an exile that began in 1649. His father was Charles 1, who this history says started a civil war so that Oliver Cromwell would have to behead him, which is apparently what happened. Cromwell was some sort of blue–nose born–again Christian who was so strict that even his son resigned, so there was nothing else to do but get one of these Charlies back, and after that there was a hot time in the old kingdom that even the French would have enjoyed.

Chicken Trumps Red Bear

It was on this day in 1991 that the Supreme Soviet, the parliament of the USSR, decided to suspend all the activities of the Soviet Communist Party in Russia. Various other Communist parties, including as the one in France, decided not to dissolve themselves and continue the struggle to assure a chicken in every pot.

Some 'Significant Dates of the Week'

There are only 124 days left of this year, which means this year has just about run out of high–priced gas. Thisphoto, sign, rue victor considerant is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1920 when Charlie Parker, composer and be–bop saxophone player, was born. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 241 days, the same number that 1521 had when the Ottoman Turks captured Nándorfehérvár in Serbia. Somewhat amazingly, on the same date in 1526 the Ottoman Turks won the Battle of Mohács. Then, going for a grand slam, they picked 29. August in 1541 to capture Buda, the ancient capital of the Hungarian kingdom.
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