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Andrew Winter, presenter of 'Selling Houses,' will be in France to assist vendors selected to appear in 'House Trapped in the Sun' with expert tips and advice. The programme, watched by 3 million viewers, has helped sell all featured properties in the past and expects to repeat its success with the new series.

Even if you are not planning to sell, but have problems with flaky electricity or hungry termites or crumbling walls two metres thick, you may be invited to take part in the programme. Participation by state agents is welcome too.

For complete details you can phone 44 (0)1 27 32 24 800 or email housetrapped@ricochet.co.uk. Analog postal works fine too if you address it to: Housetrapped, Ricochet, Pacific House, 126 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3TE.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last week's Thursday 'Club Meeting of the Week' was headlined as 'Does It Sound Like Gin' whichphoto, vespa of the week involved the 'Waiter of the Week' putting down a pot of gin with a slice of orange instead of a glass of Orangina. As for why, it was a warm drowsy day. It's not normal at this time of year, so we didn't complain too bitterly.

The 'Vespa of the Week,' with frills.

The coming Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a Thursday. This is not any old Thursday either because it is the first one of the club's 7th year, which is not too bad for a real virtual club. The 'Saint of the Week' will be Sainte–Adeline. This sainte du mois was the first abbess of the Dames Blanches, founded early in the 12th century at Mortain in Normandy. Although not a saint, it is also Arthur Rimbaud's birthday next Thursday. He would have been 151 years old if he hadn't died suddenly.

Other true and interesting facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page if you can see well enough to read fine print. If not, skip it. The carefully crafted design of the club membership card looks about as much like an informal chit as brown fish wrap, if you have ever had any. Certified hors d'âge, the free club membership itself is so valuable that you should never leave Paris without it, plus it's good 'for life.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.42 – 13. Oct 2003 – the Café Metropole column was titled, 'Fleeting Heat.' The Au Bistro column was on some sort of holiday. Reader Jefferey T. Spaulding sent an email to explain 'The Télégraphe Explained.' The repeat Scène column was a rerun with 'From Cocteau to Piaf.' The update for the 16. October meeting of the Café Metropole Club was a comedy for a change with the "Einstein is Worried About Us" report. There were sixphoto, sign, rue pestalozzi astounding 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was edgy with the nervous caption of, "Only 14 Cafés More"

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 7.42 – 14. Oct 2002 – the week's Café Metropole column was highly informative with, 'Fabulous Fictional Fall Weather.' The 'Feature of the Week' was something headlined 'Le Mois de la Photo 2002' is Coming.' There seems to have been no dismal repeat of any Scène columns, with only 'Constable and Jimi Hendrix' mentioned. The original report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 17. October was strikingly original with the 'Five Buck Water' report. There were four average 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week again mentioned soft news of little importance with the caption of, 'Nobel Peace Prize for Peanuts.' And Albert smiles like Mona.

On His Birthday?

For the 31th time almost in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is a clever 'Quote of the Week.' Oscar Wilde, who might have had a birthday yesterday, once said, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." On most nights in Paris, you would have to be hit on the head first. Next week right here, as a special feature, the 'Birthday Message' will be both in Italian and down to earth but not in a gutter.

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the date in 1253 when Ivo of Kermartin, was born near Tréguier in Brittany. His dad's name was Helori and is mom was Azo du Kenquis. Ivo became a civil lawyer at the University of Paris and then he studied canon law at Orléans. Backphoto, sign, tiles in Brittany he was appointed as an ecclesiastical judge, of the archdeanery of Rennes. He kept his nose clean and climbed further, showed zeal and considered that the king's taxes on the church were excessive. Somehow he got into the charity business and became a patron of the poor. He was ordained and worked at it for a while before dying in 1303 of natural causes and was buried in Brittany right where he started out. Ivo was canonized in June of 1347 by Pope Clement VI. Ivo wasn't killed by Romans or murdered by the king or peasants, and wasn't burnt at the stake or anything dramatic. Saint–Ivo is another patron saint of lawyers. Folks used to say, "Sanctus Ivo erat Brito, Advocatus et non latro, Res miranda populo" about him.

Slightly Silly Pataphysics

It was on this date in 1722 that Parisians, in one of their irrational fits of rage, decided to burn the paper money issued by John Law's bank. They started a tradition by doing this in front of the Hôtel de Ville. The money had been issued as IOUs in return for investments in the speculative exploitation of Louisiana, and the whole swampy klotz went bankrupt. If Iphoto, sign, attention pietons remember correctly, after that the banks all moved to the speculative piece of real estate called the Place Vendôme.

Faits Divers III

In 1662 Charles II of Britain sold Dunkirk to the French for 40,000 livres, plus tax. On this same date in 1448 the Hungarian prince Janos Hunyadi affronted Sultan Mourad II at Korsovo. This was 50 years after the Serbs were defeated there. Hunyadi was beaten by forces numbering four times his own but he somehow got revenge some years later. However that is peanuts compared to the fact that one of the fighters against the Turks was Vlad Tepes, who would become known as Dracula.

Strange 'Co–incidental Dates of the Week'

There are only 75 days left of this year, which means this year has fewer than 80 shopping days left. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1849 when Frédéric Chopin died young in Paris after nearly a decade of a liaison passionnée with George Sand. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 290 days, the same number that 1915 had when the Arthur Miller was born, the same number that 1918 had when the Rita Hayworth was born, and ditto in 1920 for Montgomery Clift.
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