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Britain's Channel 4 is producing a new series of their successful 'House Trapped in the Sun' programmes.photo, pont neuf The show's producers are looking for vendors with problem properties to take part in three full–length episodes to be filmed late this year and early in 2006.

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 bungled electricity or starving termites or damp 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 The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last week's Thursday 'Club Meeting of the Week' was reported as the 'Thurso Colder! & Club Birthday' report. Wephoto, marche rue daguerre learned that Thurso in Scotland is colder than Chicago but it wasn't much of a surprise even if we didn't know where it is.

The next Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on next Thursday. This is not any old Thursday either because it is the last one of this month. When it's over it'll be over for ever. The 'Saint of the Week' will be Sainte–Emeline. This sainte du mois is much beloved in Champagne and this is since the 12th century. Emeline trained ladies to live simply like Saint–Bernard, near the abbey at Boulancourt near Troyes.

Other equally fascinating facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page if you like reading medium–sized fine print. If not, just forget it. The clumsily dashed–off design of the club membership card looks about as much like a 500 €uro note as a losing Loto ticket. Guaranteed hors d'âge, the totally free club membership is in itself not worth a great deal in the wrong hands but all members have the right hands.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.43/44 – 18/25. Oct. 2004 – this double issue's Café Life column was titled, 'Free Beef Sunday – Pink TV Arrives at Long Last' and the Café Metropole column had the headline, 'Batten the Hatches.' The Au Bistro column was on another sort of holiday with 'Speak You Globish?' and 'Church Kicks Halloween.' Another Au Bistro column had 'What About Us?' Some sort of feature was titled 'October Rendez–Vous.' The update for the 21. October meeting of the Café Metropole Club was 'Big Noise is 'City of the Week' for a change and the meeting on 28. October came out as the 'What's In a Civet?' report. The Scène columns were, regrettably, reruns. Therephoto, sign, sortie de voiture were six utterly fantastic 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was actual with the news caption of, "Protest high gas prices!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.43/44 – 20/27. Oct. 2003 – the double issue's first Café Metropole column featured echos with, 'Help' Echos,' and the other column had 'It's Not a Holiday.' The famous 'Support Metropole' began with, 'Readers Like You Can Support Metropole.' You still can. The 'Feature of the Week' was something headlined 'The Overlooked 4th Birthday,' which was about the club. The original report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 23. October was highly original with 'The Overlooked 4th Birthday' report. Then on 30. October everybody had the "It's Been 103 Weeks" report. There seems to have been a dismal repeat of one Scène column, with 'From Cocteau to Piaf' mentioned. There were only four ugly 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week again mentioned news of no importance with the caption of, "You are supposed to be on strike today!"

Lightbulb of the Week

For the 32nd time almost in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is an inspiringphoto, sign, guitares 'Quote of the Week.' Tommy Edison, who might have had a birthday recently, once said, "Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety–nine per cent perspiration." Now we know why Picasso's canvases smell odd. Next week right here, as a special feature, the 'Birthday Message' will be broadcast in both in French and in Spanish. You will only need to turn up the volume.

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the date in 1957 when Christian Dior became a legend forever. To train for the fashion business he studied diplomacy at Sciences–Po but his family was wiped out in the Crash, so he left Granville and came to Paris to utterly fail at running a gallery featuring no–name hacks such as Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau, so he switched to frocks. In 1946, big–time textile magnate Marcel Boussac hired Christianphoto, telephone rose in order to have a minor tax–deduction, but it turned out wrong. Twelve years later Dior had 2000 employees and was selling threads in 15 countries.

Slightly Colorful Pataphysics

It was on this date in 1790 that the assembly, in one of its irrational fits of blind passion, decided to adopt the tricolore as France's official flag because it had three colors, two more than Louis XVI's white flag. The new flag was based on a popular sort of button worn by Parisian revolution fans since 1789, called the cocarde. The red and blue colors are city of Paris' and the white, which was kept just in case, was and is royal.

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In 1260 on this date the cathedral at Chartres was dedicated with the help of Louis IX, which handily set the stage for UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage Site. On the same date in 1599 Henri IV decided to quit being the husband of his first wife, Marguerite de Valois, who was called La Reine Margot for short. Henri III chased her away from court and a little while later Henri IV married Marie de Médicis and they had four kids, one of whom turned out to be Louis XIII. This has nothing whateverphoto, pumpkin, halloween to do with the founding of the United Nations today, in 1945, or with the Toronto Blue Jays winning the very first 'World' Series in the history of baseball, in 1992.

Odd and Unlikely Dates of the Week

There are only 68 days left of this year, which means this year has about 60 Christmas shopping days left. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1901 when Anna Edson Taylor rode over the Niagara Falls in a barrel trying for a new 'first,' and succeeded, only to return to her humdrum life as a widow. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 297 days, the same number that 1360 had when the Treaty of Brétigny was ratified at Calais, thus ending part one of the Hundred Years War, which continued for quite some time before getting this name..
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