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A long long ways from the Quartier Latin. this is still desert island stuff. "Under these paving stones – the beach!" The Quai de la Gare is going to be slick when it's finished, but it maintains its scruffy character while it's still becoming, maybe only for another few weeks. There's still a little honest grit underfoot.

The 'Dancing Chopsticks' Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last Thursday's Club Meeting of the Week last week took place with somewhat more members than the club's secretary has come to expect. Top yourself up with the smooth report of this historic meeting, which was aptly titled, "Cut It With Chopsticks." There was no food to go with the chopsticks but there was a repeat of the Semi–Important Notice, beginning its ad nauseous repetition.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on an ordinary day in this paradise, a plain 'Thursday of the Week.' The coming 'Saint of the Week' will be Sainte–Marina. She shares the date with a host of other saints for some reason, and there are at least six other Marinas. Which then, is the right one? It appears as if only two of them are remotely real – Marina of Antioch and Marina the Monk who pretended to be a monk instead of a nun. She suffered horribly for this, at the Monastery of Qannoubine in Lebanon and at the end of a long search I don't even know if she really is the 'saint of the day' or why she became a saint if it was all that trouble.

The hardly more interesting legend of the club is on a page of inexplicable wonder called the 'About the Club' page. Challenge your belief with a serious test by glancing at the club's original and hand–crafted membership card before its impending oblivion.

photo, pirate ship, bar, cafe Nautical café with real fishnets.

Club Secretary Tells All

The reason why I intend to take a holiday this summer is because I feel like being irresponsible and the way I see it August is a better month than any other to toss aside my business uniform, abandon my pressing duties and just run crazy rotten wild. I need a grilled chipolata smothered in garlic 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 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 secretary's second one.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

This feature continues to be unavailable this week for scheduling reasons, partly because 'Ed' is the decider here but mainly because it is hot again, these keys are getting more sticky and Ed's calendar is soggy, substituting all Fridays for Saturdays.

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Lest We Forgot

Causing no end of worry the saints continue to be an editorial problem. For example, in 180 AD twelve residents of Scillium were executed on account of being Christians. It is the first mention of Christianity in connection with this part of North Africa. But by reading further I learned that Scillium might not be the name of Scillium, it might not be near Carthage, and there might not have been any Christians there anyway. History is a bit foggy on the subject.Apparently none of the Scillii who were bumped off became saints, but Scillium was the home town of Saint Cucuphas who was martyred somehow in Barcelona. It was also the home town of Saint Felix who came to a premature end in Gerona, and those places have their celebrations for them on 25. July and 1. August. But if nobody can even find this missing Scillium why should I expect myself to turn up a 'saint of the day' for Thursdays?

Hundred Pataphysical Years

There are a bagful of 167 days left of this year, which means there is only about two minutes left until Paris–Plage opens for sunbathing if not swimming in its new pool. This is exactly the same number of 'days left' as in 1463 when the Hundred Years' War became finished. Charles VII led the French to a victory over the British at Castillon and then did something else to them at Bordeaux in October, and they were "booted out of the kingdom of France," which was not as big as the France of today, just like the Hundred Year's War was actually somewhat longer.

photo, fireworks begin, 14 julyFirst boom, first ahh!

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 198 days, the same number that 1791 had when the Massacre at the Champ de Mars happened. It might have been named after the Campus Martius in Rome but in 1791 it was the scene of the Fête de la Fédération so some disgruntled folks came along a few days later with a draft petition to get rid of Louis XVI. For some reason, the mayor, Jean–Sylvain Bailly, ordered troops to open fire and they massacred either 50 or 1500 Parisians, while General Lafayette tried to stop it. Probably totally unrelated, but some bungler was guillotined for this on 12. November 1793, but who wasn't?

No Florida News This Week

On this date in 1867 the first edition of a popular work by Karl Marx was published, most likely in German, in London. Eventually becoming a best–seller, Das Kapital took about a century before being noted on the New York Times best–seller list for science fiction. By that time a disillusioned Mr. Marx, joined by three bothers living in Corona, formed a comedy trio and they travelled widely, especially entertaining Loyalist troops in Spain during the Civil War which stared today in 1936, which was also won by the bad guys in 1939, while the good guys had a shot at bumping off George Orwell, the famous author of Animal Farm and 1984 whose real name was Blair.

photo, sign, frog

Also World Class

This date may be remembered, by some, for several anniversaries of note, including one for Angela Merkel, in 1954 among others. The French warship Medusa sank on this day in 1816 off the coast of Senegal and its story became the world's first multimedia event, with news accounts, books, paintings, album covers and not least, a movie based on the event. Finally it was on this day in 1897 that the Klondike gold rush began in Seattle when the initial lucky winners came to town to cash in their chips. After that there was a big argument about how to spell Klondike and most contented themselves by saying they were going "North to Alaska," which was also made into a movie, starring John Wayne, Stewart Granger and Fabian. Yeah, just plain Fabian.

A bientôt à Paris
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