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On top of it one of the greenies in Paris' Hôtel de Ville has proposed fining outside smokers for tossing their butts in the gutter. There's been another suggestion that any concerned citizen can snitch on a bar or café owner who permits smoking. What is this? Are these block wardens going to collect rewards?

So far it's too early to detect any reaction. The Prime Minister only announced the decree today. He is not, not officially, running for President. His idea that cafés can install fumiors – dinky little closed booths with extractors and ashtrays – is not what could be characterized as a bright, shining, lightbulb of the week.

The 'How Many Firsts?' Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The umpteenth club meeting of the week in September happened and we had our first in October. The secretary was there as usual and and three members posed for the famous photo, equally like usual. The report of this this memorable meeting is online, also like usual. The members were Terrie Blazek from Chicago, Sandy Hague from Seal Beach, California and Yoko, just returned from her artistic triumph.

photo, repairs to pont neuf Repairs to my bridge nearly finished.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on the next Thursday in October which is the 12th. The 'Saint of the Week,' will be Saint–Wilfried. This British saint lived in the 7th century, and was the only one around with a name you can pronounce. Wilfried had a difficult life but he managed to die of old age. Meanwhile, Terrie said her iPod with the cat photos, finally turned itself off.

The equally pronounceable legend of the club is on a page of complete sunshine aptly named the About the Club Webpage. Test your powers of logic with a few tue facts, and make note of the club's sharp and blurry hand–crafted membership card before its impending oblivion, now promised for the past 15 months.

photo, streetview, barriers, cobbles What's this?

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

This popular feature, once updated weekly for nine years, continues to be unavailable this week for murky reasons, partly because Ed was out during the Nuit Blanche, half the night long.

Café Life Lite 101.6

No Relation

Today marks the date in 1000 when Leif Ericson discovered Vinland. Unlike many other early explorers, Leif had some other names such as Leifr Eiríksson and I forget the other one. He discovered Newfoundland and said it was a green and pleasant land. One of his party, perhaps a thirsty German named Tyrkir, found some grapes and the rest is history – including a Leif Ericson Day, today in fact, declared in 1964 by Lyndon Johnson. There is also a statue of old Lief in Minnesota. In Minnesota?

Pataeronautical Genius

There are only 83 days left of this year, the same number that 1890 had when Clément Ader piloted the world's first aircraft at the Château de Gretz–Armainvilliers. His creation was a batwing contraption named the Eole. It flew only 40 metres, but what else would you expect for a first? Powered by steam, its propellors were made of bamboo. Adler also invented caterpillar tracks, stereo broadcasting, submarine cable and a V8 motor, but airplanes were his passion. However, his flights were military secrets at the time and so they remained. His somewhat later aircraft, the Avion III is on display at the Musée des Arts et Metiers as well as photos by Nadar of the Eole and other neato inventions. He also invented the word, Avion.

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 282 days, the same number that 1967 had when Ernesto Guevara de la Serna was killed in by members of the Bolivian army at La Higuera in Bolivia. Due to a haphazard youth that began in Argentina young Ché travelled widely in Latin America, and eventually joined Cuban rebels and stayed with them until they took control of Cuba.

photo, sculpture, mademoiselle boggleville Mademoiselle Boggleville, again.

The Cow Didn't Do It

It is fairly certain that O'Leary's cow did not start the great fire in Chicago which was brought mostly under control on this day in 1871. Hundreds were killed and a third of the city was destroyed. Rebuilding was too rapid for a thorough investigation, so there are many theories about the fire's cause. One theory, suggested in 1882, claimed that when Biela's Comet broke up over the midwest it started many fires over a wide area. The O'Leary house was one of the town's survivors. The cow lived through it too.

Does Any Date Mean Anything?

In Italy, Portugal and Spain this day does not exist in 1582 on account of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, which is regretted by few if any. Anxious Supernova fans need to be aware that the most recent one, seen in the Milky Way, was a mere 402 years ago, in 1604.

In a Class of Her Own

This date in 1683 should be remembered as the marriage date of Françoise d'Aubigné with 45 year–old widower Louis XIV even if it was secret. Françoise was born in the prison at Niort and she grew up to become Madame de Maintenon. As such she looked after the illegitimate offspring of the king and Madame de Montespan. The new queen later founded the school at Saint–Cyr near Versailles, for the education of noble girls sans fortune who were unrelated to her.

A bientôt à Paris
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