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Tune in to Petanque America Open International for tournament details. To take place in Miami on Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13. November. And if you haven't got your French boules yet, get a set of Obut pétanque balls from Petanque America today and start practicing.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The most recent Thursday 'Club Meeting of the Week' was reported in the 'Murder in the Café Corona' meeting report because mystery writer Cara Black became a member, without actually doing any detecting during the club meeting, without saying that the 'Waiter of the Week' done it.

The next Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be more routine. But this is not any oldphoto, snack kiosk, lux garden Thursday either because it is the first one of the month. When November is over the first will be over for ever. The 'Saint of the Week' will be Saint–Hubert. This saint du mois is admired in the Ardennes, since Merovingian times. When not being bishop of Liège or Maastricht Hubert had a vision, which has caused him to become the patron of hunters, as well as reputed powers against rabies.

Autumn garden in the Luxembourg.

Other equally true facts about the club adorn the 'About the Club' page if you like reading medium–sized fine words. If not, just look and the photos. The club membership card looks about as much like one as a wanted poster for stray Loto winners. Totally hors d'âge, the guaranteed free club membership is in itself worth peanuts regardless of being valuable for life.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.45 – 1. Nov. 2004 – the week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'By a Whisker, the Issue that Almost Wasn't.' There was a hot feature titled, 'Like Old Times – A Real Cure for Jet–Lag.' The update for the 4. November meeting of the Café Metropole Club appeared as the 'First Annual 'Day After' meetingphoto, sign, rue de cice report. The Scène columns were desolated reruns. There were four utterly miserable 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was tip–top with the beverage caption of, 'Change plonk into wine.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.45 – 3. Nov 2003 – the issue's Café Metropole column had dining tips along the lines of 'How To Not Dine Out.' The famous 'Support Metropole' began to get boring, with, 'Readers Like You Can Support Metropole.' You still can. The 'Feature of the Week' was missing again, probably lost in translation. The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 6. November was totally new with the 'Cappuccino of the Week' report. There seems to have been a new Scène column, with 'Two Picassos for the Price of Two.' There were merely four brilliant 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week again dealt with indifference with the caption of, "Treat' is Over but Ticket Isn't?"

Beware the Jaws of Power

For the 33rd time almost in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but is instead a somewhat apt 'Quote of the Week.' "The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing." This has been attributed to John Adams, the second US president.

If the Past Is Any Indication

photo, sign, square ozanamToday marks the date in 1517 when Martin Luther became famous forever. Martin was a bit upset with his religion so he tacked a 95–point thesis to the door of his church in Wittenberg, which denounced certain shoddy clerical practices. Without his permission the list was reproduced and plastered all over the country, finally being burned by Pope Leo X in June of 1520, and the rest is history.

Slightly Fictional Pataphysics

It was on this date in 1938 in the evening, that HG Wells' futuristic novel 'War of the Worlds,' in a treatment as a radio play by Orson Wells, was broadcast in America. Wells later, the next day, expressed surprise and 'deep regret' for the trouble caused to credulous listeners. As it turned out the invasion of the world by Martians, was fiction.

Escape of the Week

This honor goes to Giacomo Girolamo or Giovanni Jacopo Casanova, who in 1756 escaped from I Piombi in Venice, where he had been locked up by the Inquisition, charged with witchcraft. Casanova fled to Paris and made a fortune in the lottery business but lost it investing in a silk factory. Somehow, he was even banished from France, but then he managed to be banished from most places, until he retired in 1785, to work as a librarian for the Count of Waldstein at the castle of Dux in Bohemia.

Faits Divers V

In 1992 on this date the Vatican decided that it was no longer angry with Galileo, who claimed in the early 17th century that the Earth spins around the Sun, and not the opposite. At the time the church put the Inquisition on his case and the scientist had to repent or something, until 359 years later, when the church changed its mind. Galileo could not be reached for a comment. However in 1512, Michelangelo's Sistine chapel fresco hadphoto, roger & gallet soap its debut today, being much admired by everybody except some German priests who thought it too expensive and not especially evangelic, equally unaware of what was awaiting them in Wittenberg in exactly five years' time.

Odd and Unlikely Dates of the Week

There are only 61 days left of this year, which means this year has less than 55 Christmas shopping days left. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1892 when Arthur Conan Doyle saw 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' published for the first time. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 304 days, the same number that 1993 had when Italian circus fan and master film maker, Federico Fellini quit making movies once and for all.
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