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That's where I started to feel cool. That's also where I decided 300 guitars on Montmartre were too far away, as was the 'Drôles d'endroits' in the 11th arrondissement or the 'Nuit de Fête' up at Stalingrad. More accurately, from Père Lachaise to the Quai de Valmy.

The city is saying that 1.2 million folks were out on Saturday night, along with a lot of other big numbers and superlatives. I don't know how all these Parisians got counted in the dark. But I don't doubt that they were there. I don't doubt other people have sniffles today either.

Cimémathèque's New Home

Just a quick note about the reopening of the Cinémathèque Française at Bercy in its new building that has been converted into a shrine for the movies. It's big and wonderful, has four cinemas and a museum, and if you are a movie fan it is the nec plus ultra.

50th Birthday for the Citroën DS

Café Metropole Club member Paul Vogel tipped me to the coming birthday for the Citroën DS, and said that he will bephoto, cafe l'etoile, nuit blanche diving one in the parade on Sunday, 9. October, when 1600 of these cool cars are expected to roll down the Champs–Elysées and then assemble at the Tour Eiffel for a birthday family photo. Kick off is supposed to be at 10:00 near the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs–Elysées.

Part of Nuit Blanche involves sitting.

The birthday party will get going on Thursday, 6. October, with a gathering at Saint–Quentin in Yvelines, not far from Versailles. If you need a replacement fender you should plan to be out there. Expect to pay a modest entry fee.

Another party for the DS has been going on at the Cité des Sciences out at La Villette and it continues until Monday, 31. October. This year's arty FIAC show will also feature the DS, from Wednesday, 5. October until Monday, 10. October.

Citroën unveiled the DS on 6. October 1955 at the Auto Salon in Paris. It came after a couple of decades and several movies featuring the ever–black 'Traction.' The DS was smooth, the DS was modern and the DS was comfortable – even if a few people got seasick riding in it. More than 1.4 million were made over two decades and a few are still seen in daily operation on the streets of Paris.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last week's most recent Thursday's club meeting was headlined as the 'Yoohoo of the Week' for no obvious reason other than to signal yet another 'new Waiter of the Week' about members' thirst. As for why, it was an obvious way for getting a drink.

The next Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a Thursday, as it has been in the past. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Sainte–Pélagie. This sainte du semaine is not the same as on my calendar, which has Bruno instead. Pélagie might have been Syrian, and she jumped off a high place in 283 so soldiers couldn't grab her. She was 15 when she did this and some fondly remember her better than Bruno.

Several interesting facts about the club can be mined from the 'About the Club' page should your pick and shovel happen to be in that area. The edgy design of the club membership card looks about as much like brown sugar as Monoprix toilet paper. Guaranteed hors d'âge, the club membership itself is so priceless you would hardly want to trade it for a personalized credit card.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.41 – 6. Oct 2003 – the week's Café Metropole' column had gossip with 'Johnny's Amnésia' for a subject. A Life column was headlined, 'Matt's Mail–Art, Christophe and Bertrand's 'Nuit Blanche.' New Jersey weather guy Jim Auman sent an email, asking 'Another French Exception?' The Scène column tuned in again with 'From Cocteau to Chen Zhen, Piaf and Lollobrigida.' The update for the 9. October meeting of the Café Metropole Club was cheery again withphoto, fiat 500 brochure the 'Ozone Dosen't Help' report. There were four so–so 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was apt with the heated caption of, "Because It's... Warm!"

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 7.40/41 – 30. Sept / 7. Oct 2002 – the double week's Café Metropole column I was a bit smelly with, 'The Big Cheese Thing.' Café Metropole II had, 'The Move and 'White Night.' Au Bistro news featured 'Dwarf–Tossing Nixed by UN.' The 'Feature of the Week' was headlined 'The Silly Car Show – World's Biggest, Etc Etc.' There seems to have been no dismal repeat of any Scène columns. The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 3. October resulted in the "Numbers of Ducks?" report and the meeting on 10. October gave us the "Paris Is Almost Normal" report. There were four pages of 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week mentioned soft news of slim importance with the caption of, "It don't look like much, but it's home."

On His Birthday

For the 29th time almost in a row, thisphoto, sign, jcdecaux toilet is not about some dusty old saint, but instead is a delicious 'Quote of the Week.' Gore Vidal, who might have written or spoke, once uttered, "There is not one human problem that could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise." Next week right here, as a special feature, the 'Birthday Message' will be in braille.

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the date in 1918 when King Boris III climbed on the throne of Bulgaria. in the same neck of the woods, 11 years later but on the same day, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was created out of the old Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. This is not be confused with the Land of the North Slavs, which was further north somewhere.

Hardly Shipwrecked Patapsphysics

It was on this date in 1990 that the Germany was reunited and millions of Berliners sang some Beethoven songs and waved their red, gold and black flags around, happy that the Wall had fallen down, which allowed them to visit 'daruben' and even buy property there for less than what slums in Kreuzberg cost.

Faits Divers

In 1932 Iraq became independent. On this day in 2005 there was a solar eclipse, which was not so visible in France but perfectly clear in Madrid, where it was sunny and warm. In 1559 the Duc d'Anjou beat up Coligny at Moncontour and everybody said what a hero the futurephoto, sign, verpasian Henri III would be, but he really owed his success to old generals like Cossé et Tavannes. The writer Louis Aragon was born today in 1897, exactly 30 years after the painter Pierre Bonnard.

Remarkable 'Forgotten Dates of the Week'

There are only 89 days left of this year, which means this year has almost reached only 80 shopping days left. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1925 when Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was born. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 276 days, the same number that 42 BC had when Mark Antony and Octavian had an indecisive battle with Caesar's assassins, Brutus and Cassius, which is fondly remembered by one and all as the First Battle of Philippi.
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