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From experience I can say that you probably would not care to live in a public housing tower in Sevran or Noisy–le–Sec. The centrally–heated apartment rooms would be correct without being overly large, the elevator could be modern, the estate could be green with ample free parking.

But decent shopping might not be within walking distance as it is in Paris, nor the Métro or RER or buses. There would be no 3000 cafés and restaurants within a short ride, no hundreds of cinemas, clubs, museums, libraries, no incredible variety of services and things to do – even if only walking for the pleasure. Ten years of strolling around a housing estate has few surprises for an 18 year–old full of energy.

Well then, if Paris is not burning, what comes next? So far it seems as if the government is acting as usual, which means that it is not acting at all only reacting. Police arrest those they can catch and courts send them to jail, and firemen put out the fires, while ambulances cart off an unknown number of injured.

Sunday night marked the 18th consecutive night of suburban violence in France. Later today president Jacques Chirac will be on television to tell the French about his vision of the events and what the government intends to do to restore calm. See this week's Au Bistro column.

For the past week Metropole has posted a daily news capsule, called simplyNews. Until calm returns 'News' will continue, with a link at the top of the contents list, plus a link to last week's 'News.'

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The last Thursday 'Club Meeting of the Week' was reported as the 'Secretary Twiddles, While Waiter Burns' meetingphoto, tables, cour de commerce st andre report. Due to a total lack of members, readers, the bird Eva, civilians and odd objects, the headline for the 'report' summed up the meeting far better than attending it, alone, with only the club's solo secretary.

The coming Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be quite a bit different because it is not any old Thursday either because it will be the annual Beaujolais Nouveau day. The 'Saint of the Week' will be Saint–Elizabeth. This sainte du jour is fondly remembered for being a Hungarian princess who married the Duke of Thuringa when only a blushing 14 because it was love at first sight. However the good Duke was bumped off during a Crusade in 1227, and the tender Elizabeth spent the rest of her life taking care of les malades.

Some other fairly true facts about the club are on the 'About the Club' page if you fancy reading it. Should this be tiresome, just peep at the fabulous photos. The club's membership card can be virtually printed right off the screen page and you can use it for your own personal use, absolutely free. Equally absolutely, even hors d'âge, the free club membership is guaranteed to be an amazing truque for what it actually is, ever so modestly.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.46/47 – 8/15. Nov. 2004 – this double issue's Café Metropole column began with, 'Bees In the Opéra, Ditto Weather Forecast' Instead of a hot feature of the week, the 2nd Café Metro column had 'No Mucho Ado Headline Even Worse.' The update for the 11. November meeting of the Café Metropole Club was dealt as the 'Sorrow for Geese' meeting report. A week later on 18. November we had the 'Beaujolais Nouveau Day' report. The Scène column had 'More Who Napoléon?'Then there was Photo Scène with 'Month of the Photo' followedphoto, sign, rue vieille du temple by Scène Noël with its 'Sneak Preview.' There were eight outstandling 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was tragic with the morose caption of, "Salut victory 2008!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.46 – 10. Nov 2003 – this issue's Café Metropole column had the headline, 'Nothing Happened – Holy Cola!' There was no hot feature of the week. The update for the 13. November meeting of the Café Metropole Club was concocted as the "12 Extra for Getting Wet!" meeting report. One Scène column had 'Noël in Paris 2003' but it was out of date and the other column was a rerun. There were four totally delightful but wonderful 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was no kidding with the dumb caption of, "Vous Américains!" And this is, a re–run, of a blasted re–run run run.

Dias, Horas, Minutos

For the 35th time in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but is instead a lamebrained 'Quote of the Week.' "Seventy–two days, six hours, eleven minutes and fourteen seconds after her Hoboken departure," begins the story of Nellie Bly's record–breaking round–the–world trophy dash, intended to beatphoto, sign, rue des archivesJules Verne's fictional time of 80 days. The record stood from this day in 1889 until 1929 when a Zeppelin did it, quicker.

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the date in 1913 when part one of Marcel Proust'sA la Recherche du Temps Perdu was published. This was a very long – the longest in French – novel in seven parts that was written, not all that slowly, over 17 years. Part one was called Du Côté de Chez Swann. Life is far too short for me to have looked up the names of the other six parts, and besides, they weren't published on this date anyway.

Surrealistic Pataphysics

It was on this date in 1925, that the Galerie Loeb inaugurated the first collective exhibition of the Surrealists. They included Paul Klee, Man Ray, Juan Miro, Max Ernst and Pablo Picasso. All of this was inspired by inspirational troquets in Montparnasse and the dual mentors, Robert Desnos and André Bréton. The opening party lasted until late in 1929.

Faits Divers VII

Just in time to create a vaccine to save us from the Asian bird thing, we should remember that the Institut Pasteur has a birthday today, based on being founded in 1888, a couple of blocks from here. Another famous book first appeared on this date and we should all remember its name of Moby Dick if not the date, 1851, or the author, Herman Melville. One death is worth remembering, and it is of Louise Renée de Penancoët de Keroual in 1734. She was the Duchess of Portsmouth and the girlfriend of Britain's Charles II, but she was secretly a spy in the pay of Louis XIV. This was not well–seen by our friends across the Channel, especially Nell Gwyn, anotherphoto, poster, paris 1730, archives nationales of Charles' girlfriends. One day, the story goes, Nell was riding through London when some foul louts mistook her for the Duchess of Portsmouth. Nell is reported to have said, "You are mistaken; I am the Protestant whore." Nell died of apoplexy, at 37, but not on this date.

Humble Famous Dates of the Week

There are only 47 days left of this year, which means this year has less than 45 Christmas shopping days left. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1719 when Leopold Mozart was born, long before he realized that he would become the father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 318 days, the same number that this year has today when Prince Charles turns 57.
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