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photo, tour d'argent Above, below, beside the Seine.

Some News That Wasn't

The TV–news generally lasts 40 minutes non–stop in the evenings and it's the same on Sundays. The politicos visit their fans on Sundays and there can be a lot of sports, so there is usually a lot of news. Luckily France hadn't had its World Cup match yet – hadn't had its Korea angst before newstime – so were spared some of that.

However I had seen a partial clip of the 24 Heures du Mans race on France–3 so I was looking forward to seeing a complete report on France–2. I sat through the politicians, the latest medical wonders, the homage to Coluche, the fearful angst from the French football camp in Germany – saw them jogging, jogging again! – and on to the bitter end, including a lifetime roundup for just–expired comedian Raymond Davos. But no car racing news.

photo, sign, dr pez

Nowhere in the program guide did I see any mention about having to watch France–3 carefully for the motor racing because there's none on France–2. A quarter million folks went down to Le Mans for the weekend to experience a 24–hour full–bore race and it was won for the first time in the history of the horseless carriage by a car with a diesel motor – an oli–burner! Yeah, keep on trucking! The kind of motor some of the French are filling up with sunflower oil. Fastest. Endurance. That's not news? And a Corvette came in fifth, I think. Bravo!

The 'Not Pizza' Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The most recent Club Meeting of the Week last Thursday occurred with one member present, which was one more than the club's secretary often expects. Update yourself with the 'report' of this significant meeting, which, without a load of hearty hyperbole, was headlined, 'Yoko Ate Raw Fish, Not the Pizza Boom.'

photo, rue harpe Looking for a well–lit place.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will fall on the day after the night of the Fête de la Musique, a 'Thursday of the Week' again. The coming 'Saint of the Week' will be Saint–Alban, who began his sainthood as simple Alban de Verulamium. He ran afoul of the Emperor Diocletian and legend says he converted his executioner not quite soon enough in 287, which might have resulted in Alban being the first Christian martyr, the very one who started this saints' business.

The somewhat more recent legend of the club is on a page inexplicably called the 'About the Club' page. Unleash your curiosity and spend a view on the club's original and hand–made membership card, before its eventual replacement, threatened for many months but still imminent.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 10.24 – 13. June 2004 – this issue's Café Metropole column was headlined, '50–Cent Tour – Exactly Half of the 'Dollar Tour.' The Au Bistro column's title was, 'Taps for Samaritaine – 50¢ Tour Continues.' Again the 'Feature of the Week' was absent so readers were left with two Scène columns, with the titles 'Lights In the Night' and 'Summer Is Near.' The update for the 16. June meeting of the Café Metropole Club was titled the "France Is Out of Order!" report. A week later on 23. June the club 'report' was summed up with 'Honolulu 'First' At Last.' There were four impressive 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was direct from Toulouse with the caption, 'Welcome Airbus and Zeppelin.'

photo, sign, place des cinq martyrs du lycee buffon

This Was Metropole Four Years Ago

Issue 7.25 – 17. June 2002 – the Café Metropole column was bang–on topical with, 'Grilling Like Sardines.' The 'Feature of the Week' was titled 'Anything for a Photo – the Non–Feature of the Week.' The 'Hotel VW' was the title of an email from Jim Auman, Metropole's Pommeland weather voyant. The Scène column was headlined 'Huge Hugo Marathon. The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 20. June was hailed by the secretary as the 'Forgotten Tab' report. There were four kind of wonderful 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was extra 'scientific' with 'Chute de Météorites.'

Café Life Lite 1O1

photo, fiat 500 The Fiat 500 of the week.

Pataphysical Baseball

There are a pile of 195 days left of this year, which means there are hardly any complete months until the begin of the Soldes d'Eté next week. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1846 when the first game of baseball was played according to semi–modern rules, and the honor went to Hoboken, New Jersey.. This was based, loosely, on the rules first printed in Paris in 1810 with the title of Les Jeux des Jeunes Garçons.

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 170 days, the same number that 1885 had when La Liberté éclairant le monde, sculpted by Frédéric Bartholdi and paid for by a subscription in France, arrived in New York City. It was inaugurated a year later by President Cleveland, on the occasion of the United States' first centennial.

A bientôt à Paris
signature, regards, ric

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