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1998May Day at République, also see Eyewitness to Paris in May '68, by Jim Auman and 30 Years Later – A Chronology of 'May '68'
1999A Week Asleep
2000Red Flags, Blue Skies, May Day
2001The May Day Issue
2002Parisians Vote for May Day, Massively
2003Day of club meet, 1st missed May Day
2004Four Parades Instead of One
2005Primo de Mayo

As Marx or Lenin or Willy Brandt used to say, 'Workers of the world, unite! You got nuttin' to lose!'

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The notional report about last Thursday's club meeting was headlined 'Superpanne ...of the Week,' of course. This was a reference sophoto, rue daguerre, wed, 31 degrees oblique that when Josef Schomburg phoned to ask what was 'super–broken,' I had no idea what he was blathering on about. On re–reading the report I am none the wiser, other than it's a catchy headline.

31 degrees in Daguerre, on August's last day.

The coming Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a Thursday yet again. Most weeks have one after all. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Sainte–Notre–Dame Nativité. This is far from exact, because the Sainte in question is Mary, but she is honored on several other days, each with an explanation, leavingphoto, sign, pelouses et baignades interdits only 8. September without one. Anyhow, part of it was decided in 431 and some of the rest 150 years ago, and it all started with Adam and Eve, without whom there would be no sin.

Grass and bathing forbidden, plus risk of cannons.

More exact facts about the club can be gleaned from the 'About the Club' page should you happen to be in that region of pages. The foul design of the club membership card on the page looks about as like a membership card as a rabid bananabird. Hors d'âge, the club membership itself is virtually worthless, while being a valuable item you would hardly want to give away for something.

Silent Radio

For the 26th time almost in a row without fail, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is an intellectual 'Quote of the Week.' Federico Fellini, probably, wrote, "I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusionphoto, sign, place de varsovie of voices. What role does silence have in all this noise?" Next week right here, as a special feature, the 'Silence of the Week' will be in Italian.

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the date in 1638 when Louis Dieudonné was born in Saint–Germain– en–Laye, at the western terminus of the RER 'A' line. When little Louis became king at the age of five, he changed his name to Louis XIV, although he probably remained a religious soul. His mom, Anne d'Autriche became regent when dad, Louis XIII died, and Cardinal Mazarin was his godfather. Then, on the same date in 1661 d'Artagnan arrested the general superintendent of finance, Fouquet. As if this wasn't enough of a coincidence, on the same day in 1793 the Convention initiated the Reign of Terror that was supposed to terrorize counterrevolutionaries, and did, as well as wiping out quite a number of revolutionaries too.

Disgusting Old Patapsphysics

It was on this date in history that several major massacres happened, rather than beautiful ceremonies of light and joy. So these are skipped here, leaving a reminder that today is not only Labor Day, but its anniversary as well. The first Labor Day parade was held in New York City in 1882, and the day was a Tuesday. Again there was a coincidence, for it was on this date in 1666 the Great Fire of London flamed out after burning for three days, after destroying 10,000 buildings, including Saint–Paul's Cathedral. The death toll was very low.

First Euro Saint?

It was on this day in 1948 that Robert Schuman became Prime Minister of France. He is not especially famous for this, however, but he studied law at the University of Bonn and atphoto, sign, average waiting time 30 min Humboldt University in Berlin, and was in the Kaiser's army in WWI. He is not famous for this either, but was elected as a French deputy for Thionville in 1919, and he kept this seat until 1940. A year later he was arrested by the Gestapo and escaped in 1942, and then he joined the resistance, but he is not really famous for this either. He was also French foreign minister, and in 1950 invited Germany to join a joint management of the iron and steel industries. This eventually became the European Union, and the French voted against accepting its constitution only this year, but not because Robert Schuman always spoke with a German accent. Now the Vatican has got into the act, with an ongoing beatification process. If nothing else, Robert Schuman might become famous one day.

Barely 'Significant Dates of the Week'

There are only 117 days left of this year, which means this year has already run out of low–priced gas.photo, trocadero pool, jets This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1698 when Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax of 100 rubles a year on beards, except for priests and peasants. Commoners, unlike peasants, had to pay a tax of one kopek. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 248 days, the same number that 1957 had when Jack Kerouac had his novel On the Road published. At the beginning of August, a poll in a British music magazine, seeking the top 100 songs, movies, television shows or books that 'changed the world,' judged Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' the top of the tops. The first book on the list, at number 19, was 'On the Road.'
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