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Some members and the club's secretary found themselves together last Thursday for the third meet in October. The Ed was there, I think, and and four members posed for the famous photo, including Yoko, but excepting one new member. The report of this terrific meeting is online, like usual. It was A Two–pronged Shambles meeting and the subhead was, Just Like Any Other Meeting.

photo, cafes, crowds, place june 1940, montparnasse Contact sport on Saturday.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on the next Thursday after the 19th in October which is the 26th, a thrilling number. The Saint of the Day will be Saint–Demetrius . Called the Megalomartyr by some Greeks, there is doubt about whether Demetrius ever lived in Thessaloniki which is a nice town if you learn to pronounce it like the locals. However, legend says he was bumped off in 306 and he got really popular in the Middle Ages, along with Saint–George of dragon fame.

The suitably folkloric legend of the club is on a longish page somewhat aptly named the About the Club Webpage. Test your powers of logic with a few true facts, some idle speculation, and don't overlook the club's in–focus hand–wrought membership card before its impending doom, now pending for the past 17 months.

photo, sign, place de l'abbe jean lebeuf

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

This feature once popular, covered in rust and updated every week for nine years, continues to be unavailable this week for philosophical reasons, partly because Ed is no longer young and frisky despite his good, but worthless intentions.

Café Life Lite 101.8

Afflict the Uncomfortable

Today does indeed mark the date in some unknown year when John Kenneth Galbraith, writing in an unattributed source, wrote, possibly in his own hand, "In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong." It just goes to show that one can be uncomfortable, sadly wrong, and discontented about it, and being poor isn't going to make any difference.

More Better Pataphysics

There are a mere 69 days left of this year, the same number that 1648 had when James Ussher published a thesis about the calendar that led to his opus work contending that the earth, the whole solar system and the entire universe were created in 4004 BC – to be exact, in the early morning hours of 23. October. Other scholars, nit–pickers all, said it happened either at 9 in the morning, noon, or 9 at night. These days, due partly to inflation, the earth is estimated to be 4 billion years old and the universe 9 billion more.

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 296 days, the same number that 1906 had when Alberto Santos–Dumont made his first flight in Paris in his 14bis. Unlike earlier efforts – mentioned here recently – this was witnessed by a mass of Parisians and verified by the Aero–Club De France. The takeoff in calm weather was from an ordinary airstrip, the flight was made with the plane's own power and the plane came down on its own landing gear. It was a true first.

photo, sign, idc, inspection des carrieres

But there's more. Two years previously, while celebrating another extraordinary feat at Maxim's, Santos–Dumont asked Louis Cartier to invent the wristwatch. The flyer needed a watch he could look at while flying tricky airplanes and in those days all of them were too unstable to be rooting around, looking for a pocketwatch. The watch was on display at the Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget, along with Santos–Dumont's last airplane, the Demoiselle . If you want proof, ask any Brazilian.

All the Great Anarchists

The number 23 is supposed to be significant because "All the great anarchists died on the 23rd of some month or other," according to Moon. This had something to do with Illuminatus! which was staged in London on Friday, 4. March 1977, 10,826 days ago. The 8.5 hour play, with its cycle of five 23 minute acts, was performed at the Cottesloe Theatre in the Royal National Theatre in London. It was the first time the new theatre was used. Of the book's authors, Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea, Robert Shea was there and so was your Ed. The connection with today is the Palace Chophouse shootout on Wednesday, 23. October 1935 in Newark, New Jersey. As Dutch Schultz lay leaking blood, full of bullets, he said, "French Canadian bean soup," and this was connected to a global Illuminati–related conspiracy, which found its way into Illuminatus! and onto a London stage.

photo, sculpture crocodile, turtle, snake

Round Up the Usual Suspects

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 is celebrated on 23. October. It was a totally spontaneous uprising against the Stalinist government, its Soviet–inspired policies and secret police, and for a time the Commies dithered. Then they decided to ruthlessly crush the folks, with Red Army tanks because they calculated that the west, which encouraged the uprising, would not interfere. An estimated 350 rebels were executed, 13,000 were imprisoned, 26,000 were put on trial and 200,000 escaped to the west. After the Wall fell Hungary became a republic on 23. October 1989, 33 years after its revolution. Happy birthday, Hungary!

A bientôt à Paris
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