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After the bombardment of publicity that has been dumped on billboard space and TV–news for the past year and last week in particular, we can now have a very short countdown to the cinema debut of the super colossal production of the Da Vinci Code, to open on Wednesday, when it will also be presented as the opener at the Cannes Film Festival. It's all so thrilling.

Do not forget that Café Metropole Club member David Pitt's Tricolors Web site has a daily 'Da Vinci' quiz located in a section called 'Common Denominator.' This will continue throughout May and June. For 'Da Vinci Code' related tidbits also take a look at David's 'Cowboy In Paris' pages. Maybe there will be clues.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last week's 'Club Meeting of the Week' last Thursday took place recently in the club's café which was about what club members have come to expect. Toss a glance at the 'report' of the meeting, which, with some minor artistry was titled, 'Pétanque, Bring Balls.'

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will without doubt be next Thursday, with all the usual 'firsts' such as a new 'Water Drink of the Week.' The 'Saint of the Week' will be Saint Eric, also known as Eric IX and Eric–le–Saint. Good old Eric was King of Sweden for four years until being bumped off by a Danish prince in 1160. His other real name was Jedvardsson but he is still not well known.

The hugely large and true story of the club is on the 'About the Club' page. Should curiosity befall, throw a gander at the club's original and hand–made membership card, before its eventual replacement with a sturdy item.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 9.20 – 10. May 2004 – this week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Below Par, Good Bread News.' This issue's Au Bistro column proclaimed, 'Sarko says, "Consummez!"' The 'Feature of the Week' was headlined 'And Now for the Winners! – of the Bumper–Sticker Slogan Contest.' There was a double–repeat Scène column with the title, 'Par Amour de l'Art, and Thread Trips.' The update for the 13. May meeting of the Café Metropole Club cried, 'Big Moment of the Year' Bungled' report. There were four classic 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was straight from the Foire de Paris with the 'Baguette News from the Inventors Corner.'

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This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 8.20 – 12. May 2003 – in this issue the Café Metropole column wasn't shy, with 'Bring Your Own Tapas.' The Au Bistro column wasted no words with 'In 6 words: 'Mardi Noir' Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.' The lone feature's headline was, 'On a 'Typical' Street No More than Just Average.' The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 9. May was titled as, "We've Just Hung Up Our Sleds!" report. There were four marvelous 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week promoted the rails with, "No Trains to Nantes."

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Café Life Lite 1O1

Don't Read the Fine Print

For the 42nd time, almost in a row, this is not about some martyred old saint, but is instead an exciting and very apt 'Quote of the Week' based loosely on a true one. Once upon a time Pete Seeger, who was a folk guy, said, "Education is what you get when you read the fine print and experience is what you get when you don't." Mind you he was not thinking of software. He was lucky enough to live in a time before its invention..

If the Past Is Any Indication

Seven years after the invention of the moving picture, today marks the premiere showing of the first movie, directed by Georges Méliès. The film's title was Voyage dans la Lune and it had a big success in Paris in 1902. Twenty years later its creator was struggling to survive as a flower vendor at the Gare Montparnasse.

Ever Better, Softer Pataphysics

Arletty won born on this day in 1898 in the almost–Paris suburb of Courbevoie but it didn't stop her from becoming a big star of musical halls, theatre and cabaret, really taking off around 1936 when she appeared in Les Joies du Capitole and Fric–Frac. After commencing in movies in 1930 her most famous film role was in Marcel Carné's Les Enfants du Paradis, in 1945. This was after she was imprisoned the same year for consorting with the recent enemy. Later she said, "Si mon cœur est français, mon cul lui, est international." Arletty died in 1992.

Streets of Dreams

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Around here today is remembered as Mutiny at the Palais Bourbon day, recalling the events in 1848 when Armand Barbès, Auguste Blanqui and François Vincent Raspail led 50,000 Parisians to the seat of government, to demand intervention in Poland. The government, unimpressed, arrested the ringleaders and all the other usual suspects. At the time it was a setback for the workers and the Socialist cause, but all three of the leaders have streets in Paris named after them now.

Forgettable Dates of the Week

There are 230 nights and days left this year, which means there are several baker's dozens of them left until the begin of the Soldes d'Eté, on Wednesday, 28. June. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1902 when genial inventor Lyman Gilmore became not very well–known for making the first flight in a steam–powered aircraft. A short time later he became completely unknown. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 135 days, the same number that 1919 had when nearly everybody in Winnipeg quit work in order to participate in a general strike, which is now fondly remembered by everyone who took part as the Winnipeg General Strike.

A bientôt à Paris
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