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After covering a shopping list of topics we decided around midnight that it would be a good idea to start thinking métro. On our way out I inquired upstairs at the bar about the much–anticipated straw poll, but it seems that that event only occurs for presidential elections, not mid–terms – which was too bad, as these were the most interesting in weeks.

No matter! We all trooped out into the cold for the family photo – plus one of l'artist in front of his expo locale, and I'll be by to see his photos again soon. You can find them at Harry's New York Bar at 5. Rue Daunou – remember sank roo doe noo like it says in the window – near the Opéra, not two minutes from métro Opéra. InfoTél: 01 42 61 71 14.

The 'Salade Gets Bigger' Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Less than dozen members and the club's secretary lounged around last Thursday for the 2nd meet in November. Some members posed all at once, kind of together, for the famous photo. Only Mark was missing. We missed you, Mark. But there was that other great photo. The entire report of this classic meeting is online, like gangbusters. It was a Turnout Falls Drastically meeting and the subhead was, Salade Gets Bigger – in honor of elections.

photo, cafe corona terraceSunset on the Corona Terrace.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on the third Thursday in November. The Saint of the Day on 16. November will be Sainte–Margaret of all over, but possibly from Hungary. She was the sister of Edgar Ætheling who was a heir to the Anglo–Saxon throne. Margaret married Malcolm III who was King of Scots and thus she became his Queen Consort, and she might have rebuilt the monastery of Iona. For whatever reason, she was canonized in 1251.

Concrete facts surrounding the club's lore are sketched out on a thing named the About the Club Webpage. If you have an average grasp of deduction examine some true facts, some idle speculation, and don't overlook the club's somewhat hand–carved membership card before its exit, impending now for the past 20 months.

photo, sign, rue des pretes saint germain l'auxerrois

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

This popular feature has fallen by the wayside after being updated every week for 9 mindbending years. It continues its unavailability this week for no particular reason. After presenting the flimsy excuse–per–week here for the past nine weeks I give up. There is no longer no reason why this feature isn't here, is there?

Café Life Légère 104.7

Widespread Docility

The Quote of the Week has been having hard times but this week we have a dilly for you, even if I don't know what it means. For some reason Carl Sagan once said, "Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term." In the official version there was more, but enough is enough. The election is over.

photo, sign, rue du four

The Wobble–W Corner

There are a mere 48 days left of this year, the same number that 1990 had when Tim Berners–Lee, with help from Robert Cailliau, finally published a more complete proposal for the World Wide Web. The first conception dated to 1989 and by Christmas of the following year Berners–Lee had created the first web browser, the first web server and the first Webpages. The idea of the project was posted online in 1991 and in 1993 the CERN announced that the Web was free. HyperCard was one of the basic notions for the Web, but it was the Mosaic browser of Marc Andreessen that pushed the Web on to the World's stage. Metropole was launched in February 1996 and the rest is history.

Helio Pataphysics

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 317 days, the same number that 1907 had when bicycle mechanic, inventor and pioneer aviator Paul Cornu flew the first helicopter in France. This happened somewhere around Lisieux if you know where that is. While this was not a major first let us not forget that the Vicomte Ponton d'Amécourt invented the word hélicoptère in 1861, while Leonardo de Vinci invented the concept 4 centuries earlier. Finally, the first helicopter to fly was a machine invented by the Italian engineer Enrico Forlanini and the flight happened on 15. April 1877. Forlanini's machine had a steam engine.

photo, sign, danger! par fortes marees

Red Plonk Day

As hard as it might be to believe that Beaujolais Nouveau was invented, it is nevertheless true. What began as a gimmick to get rid of bathtub wine in 1951 has continued to get rid of bathtub wine with considerable success. You are supposed to drink it all on the third Thursday in November, which this year is on the 16th, but if you can't get rid of it all you can pretend it is rosé and serve it very cold, up until next summer.

What Is In Names

Often forgotten if it were not for Metropole to remind you that Louis VII once married Adèle de Blois–Champagne on this day in 1160. Adèle was 20 and the daughter of Thibaud II de Champagne. Adèle was Louis' third wife, after Aliénor d'Aquitaine and Constance de Castille. Didn't they have great names?

Formerly a Question of Schleswig–Holstein

In 1938 an actress was born today and she grew up to become Jean Seberg and she came to France so she could co–star in a gritty New Wave film titled, A bout de souffle, or Breathless, along with the young Jean–Paul Belmondo. Life turned hard for Jean but throwing herself under a métro train didn't end it. Today she lives across the street in the Cimetière du Montparnasse, only disturbed by the evening whistles of the gatekeepers when they throw out fans as darkness approaches.

A bientôt à Paris
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