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photo, champs elysees, sunday While the game was still undecided.

Eventually Uncle went his way and I mine, back to the Ed's office to train a bit more for the evening. I dithered about whether to get to the Champs–Elysées hours in advance and decided to watch the TV–news instead, which began just as the match between France and Italy was starting in Berlin. Seven minutes later Zizou scored a goal. I sensed the Champs–Elysées vibrating.

Wait! There's More – please turn to this week's Au Bistro page, which, while not adorned with real 'news' has more for sportsfans in the form of 'Ed's version of sportsnews.

The 'Nuit des Bleus' Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last Thursday's Club Meeting of the Week last Thursday occurred with somewhat fewer members than the club's secretary often expects. Update yourself with the credible report of this solo meeting, which, with a ray of pink hope, was titled, 'Nuit des Bleus.' There was no food subheaded because there was a 'Semi–Important Notice' instead.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a day of quaint importance, a plain 'Bastille Eve of the Week.' The coming 'Saint of the Week' will be Saint–Henri II le Saint. He shares the date with Saint Joël for some reason. Henri was born in Bavaria in 973 and was crowned Holy Roman emperor in 1014. Henri married Sainte Cunégonde who made a vow of chastity. They had an interesting life together, ending up in Bamberg.The saying goes, 'when Henri shows up on the calendar you are supposed to plant your celery.'

photo, fiat 500 of the weekBy popular acclaim.

The equally interesting legend of the club is on a page inexplicably called the 'About the Club' page. Treat your belief to a strong challenge and flick a glance at the club's original and hand–crafted membership card before its renovation.

The reason why I intend to take a holiday this summer is because I feel irresponsible and the way I see it August is as good a month as any to throw off my formal office clothes, abandon my pressing duties and just run wild, crazy rotten wild. I need a grilled chipolata now!

This is the reason there will be no meetings of the Café Metropole Club for the following Thursdays of August:– 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Meetings, with or without members present, will be held on 13, 20 and 27. July. After August the first Thursday in September will be a meeting day. Mark the 7th on your calendar. For a free club noted for rare and unusual 'firsts,' this is the second one.

photo, sign, neon tabac

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

This feature is again unavailable this week for dictatorial reasons, partly because 'Ed' is the decider here but mainly because it is hot again and these keys are getting sticky.

Café Life Lite 1O1

You Thought We Forgot

Italy's gift to mankind the Vespa scooter had its 60th birthday on Sunday, 23. April, but it was celebrated a few days later, and some months later, here. A new black one of these is Matt Rose's favorite ride and it is quite a sight to see him dressed for tennis, unchain his rig and put his space helmet on, hit the electro starter and slowly glide past Le Bouquet as if the rue Daguerre is the world's centre of La Dolce Vita.

Pataphysical Métro Tickets

There are a slew of 174 days left of this year, which means there is only about a week left until Paris–Plage opens for sunbathing. This is exactly the same number of 'days left' as in 1925 when Meher Baba quit talking. This he did until he died on Tuesday, 30. January 1968. Before he fell silent he gave us "Don't Worry, Be Happy!"

photo, sign, neon dome

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 191 days, the same number that 1900 had when the Paris Métro was inaugurated. The Vincennes–Porte Maillot line was opened to the public on 19. July to take passengers out the the Olympics in the Bois de Vincennes. The Métro system is 210 kilometres long and has 297 stations, with the average distance between them being 300 metres. Note:– your used Métro ticket can be re–used if it is less than two hours since you popped it in the turnstile first.

Latest Florida News

On this date in 1821 the United States purchased Florida from Spain for an undisclosed sum. Although it wasn't lost, Juan Ponce de León 'found' it on Saturday, 2. April 1513. The highest place in Florida is the lowest high point altitude at 105 metres in the United States. Despite the long ago purchase, 16.5 percent of residents speak Spanish. Why French is Florida's third language is your guess, while German is fourth and Italian is fifth.

Also World Class

This date may be remembered, by some, for several anniversaries of note, including those of Marcel Proust in 1871 and The Beatles, for the 1964 release of their album, A Hard Day's Night. This day in 1999 also well known for the triumph of the United States' women's team, during the 3rd World Cup soccer tournament held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

A bientôt à Paris
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