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Finally, sitting President Jacques Chirac has not yet made clear what his plans are. None of his followers made any headway within the UMP against Sarkozy. Quoted in Le Parisien, Sarkozy spear–carrier François Fillon said there was no longer any space available for a – new – candidate.

To be continued...

Reminder of the Week

The Soldes d'Hiver began last Wednesday real early in the morning and they will continue until about the third week of February. TV–news has been saying that some knockdowns amount to 70 percent but if they were any good, there probably isn't much left of them. Traditionally Parisians spy out the shops in advance and when the opening bell rings they grab their prize. Everybody else gets leftovers.

The Next Café Metropole Club 'Report'

photo, bus 82, luxembourg, reflections Reflections on a night bus.

Back in town a week I managed to attend last Thursday's club meeting. This week on Thursday there will be the coming Café Metropole Club meeting and unless I am mistaken if these add up they will amount to a year of Thursdays. In fact the coming meet will be the 359th, so we are almost there.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 18. January. The Saint of the Day on Thursday is no longer a mystery. It will be Sainte–Prisca's turn. She was martyred sometime during the earliest centuries of our era in Rome, and buried in the Priscilla catacombs in the Via Salaria, between the 1st and the 3rd century, more or less.

Some precise facts about the club and its legendary legends are on the page usually called the About the Club Webpage. Most readers have a notion of English and won't require much of it to understand the lore, some idle musings, and don't forget to view the club's handsome hand–crafted membership card before its renewal, pending now for the past 47 months.

photo, sign, raspail metro station

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

There are hardly any Internet magazines that can claim to have been online for 10 years but this is one of them. This and a nickel gets you next to nothing – like no podcasts, no videoblogs, no Flash animations, no instant messaging, no other blog tricks, no myscene yourscene, practically nothing other than words words words. It hardly seems worth the lousy deal it seems to be. You may as well keep the nickel.

Café Life Légère 99.9

The Blue Meanies

The Quote of the Week is new this week. After last week's whopper I thought nothing could top it. You decide about this: "To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated at, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither the right nor the knowledge nor the virtue." Let's wish Pierre–Joseph Proudhon happy birthday today, and remember him for being the world's first anarchist.

photo, sign, turtle,  ivory

The Wobble–W Wiki Corner

There are a mere 350 days left of this year, the same number that 2001 had when Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales decided to invent Wikipedia, the mother of online encyclopedias. Many complain about the accuracy but there's no getting around its 6 million free articles in umpteen languages. At the moment the English version is getting overloaded with the birthdays of minor sports and entertainment figures, so it's not perfect. It's just the best there is.

Gooey Pataphysics

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 15 days, the same number that 1919 had when the Great Molasses Flood happened to an unsuspecting Boston. A huge storage tank of molasses in the North End burst, sending a tidal wave of sticky goo through the streets. It was an unusually warm day – like now! – and the wave of icky treacle caught hundreds, killing 21 and injuring 150. The incredible mess took a long time to clean up too. The event, also known as The Great Boston Molasses Tragedy, is sometimes recalled by residents who think they can still smell it.

Early Dot Com Hero

If it were not for Metropole to remind you of Wilson Bentley and his vital contribution to human knowledge, you would probably remain unaware that he is credited with taking the first photo of a snowflake, in 1885. There are several reasons why this is significant, other than, how did he do that? New York City is still claiming that no snow fell there in December. However I saw six flakes with my own eyes but didn't know how to photograph them. As for Bentley, he died of pneumonia in Vermont when he was 66, two days before Christmas.

photo, sign, visite panoramique

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

In 1431 Joan of Arc died as a result of being burnt alive, at the stake, in Rouen. The date was Thursday, 30. May 1431. However we are supposed to remember that Jeanne d'Arc's birthday was today but nobody seems to know when it was exactly, not then and not now. The best guess picks 6. January 1412 but that is hardly On This Day is it? According to Pernoud, a dude named Lord Perceval de Boullainvilliers wrote a letter in 1429 claiming that Joan was born in Domrémy at Epiphany. Was it hearsay? Witnesses, and relatives, they were all unsure at the trial. 24 years later, the original conviction of heresy was tardily reversed, and Joan was finally canonized in 1920.

A bientôt à Paris
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