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Metrical News by the Yard

by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Monday, 19. February:–  If it wasn't February one could think spring is coming early but maybe it's one of the few side–benefits of global warming. The sort of average high of 10 degrees last week seems to have edged up to 13 most recently. Details are in the little weather puddle below –

Some Laps In the Birdbath

We don't care about 15 degrees with blue skies and only a whisper of wind because that was yesterday. Mind you, several thousand were in the Luxembourg to enjoy it before their return to the hearths of industry, to the sweat–shops of capitalism, today. On second thought, a lot of those Sunday folks are in the Left Bank's playground on weekdays too.

On top of the problem of trying to decipher the new TV–weather maps on France–2, my teevee is dying, giving up its ghost. In addition to wobbles the color is dropping out. With the new sunshine areas being shown in orange I am out of luck. Of course they may not have been orange for sunshine at all. They may have really been the grey I saw.

On Tuesday there will be a wave of dark clouds to the west and they will pass through here, pushing what might have been somewhat cloudless skies to the east, where they will be wasted. At least we can expect a high of 14 degrees, somewhere around 14:38.

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My impression was that we might have a band of brightness on Wednesday but maybe this will be a band of rain instead. Nothing is supposed to be violent so it will be light rain if there is, in fact, any rain. High for the day was predicted as 12 degrees.

Thursday bring more bands – these stretch all the way from north to south – and the one to the left – ah, west – will have rain in it. Here, to the east of it, it will not be raining but it will only be a matter of time. The temperature is foreseen to pick up a tick, to 13 degrees, just right for the Café Metropole Club day.

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depth color photo.

From over the Atlantic shoppingnews is rampant again but we expected no less after Valentine's Day. We spin our arms, arrange our cuffs and turn to Météo Jim, with the latest... fleece?

Snow Is White, Fleece Is Golden

Today, the third Monday in February, is celebrated as a holiday in La Grosse Pomme, Pommeland, Pommelandia. All federal, state and local government offices are closed along with post offices and public schools. Most businesses, companies, stores and other forms of commercial fun and transactions are open, however.

On this day which celebrates the births of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Pommelanders and everyone else are expected to descend on the stores in frenzied droves to get the final winter discounts and pre–spring offerings. However, if Pommelanders are stuck doing work, donc, ergo, clearly, this is a situation where French logic could solve the problem.

photo, flying saucer kiosk, sitters in luxembourg Sitting, what else? – in the Luxembourg.

Usually there is a major storm around this time. This year it arrived on Valentine's Day, interfered with love but left in time for store owners to clean the snow from the parking lots to receive customers who aren't coming to spend money because they are at work making it. Since this is for French readers, making money is a taboo subject, and we won't talk about it any more.

On Saturday and Sunday the thermometer actually rose above freezing for a few hours, only to be sent scudding back to the basement. Snow showers are predicted for Sunday followed by temperatures in the 20s a–grad for Monday. Tuesday will see snow–rain showers with highs in the low 40s a–grad. This heatwave – temps in the low 40s – will continue into the rest of the week until other weather replaces it or it continues unabated. As usual, see the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly disclaimers.

A la prochaine , Météo Jim

Café Life

A Double Birthday

This page has grown to its customary length of 2000 words and I haven't even written anything yet. I've done the weather and added Jim's exciting report from New York and added a pile of the usual nonsense at the bottom of the page, and here we are in the middle, totally blank.

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Well, listen. There is something, actually. There are two somethings. The first is next Monday. It is the anniversary of Metropole Paris, the very Internet magazine you are holding in your hands right now. It began on next Monday's date in 1996 and here we all still are.

The second event happens in the next issue too, in Issue 12.09. On Thursday, 1. March the Café Metropole Club will hold its 365th meeting.

Metropole has never had any awards of the sort that used to be common on the Web and I don't expect any in the future. Readers are quite enough – I mean, what else does Metropole need besides readers?

These anniversaries are liable to cause a bit of overemotion around here. If you feel the same way, why not drop me a line or two? As is usual every day, I can always use some feedback. In fact it would make a nice anniversary issue if you, the readers, would write it. Send your cards and letters right away. I am setting up as many pages as necessary to fit everyone in. Let's show who we are. Let's kick out the walls, jams, and go serious crazy.

To be continued... right here, in the coming issue. Hey, this is page 2. I meant continued...

The Café Metropole Club Meets Again

Recently on Thursday with two members present, the club met. Most other members, old and new, near and far, remained absent, more or less as unexpected. This week on Thursday there will be a new Café Metropole Club meeting unless I am mistaken. It will be happening on France's 22nd day of partial no smoking, regardless of the weather.

photo, sailboats, big pool in luxembourg Sunday sailors have the weather.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 22. February. Did I write this already? The Saint of the Day next Thursday is a rather famous one. Please welcome Sainte–Isabel de France, born in March of 1225 into a noble family. Her brothers were Louis VIII and Alphonse of Toulouse and Charles I of Sicily. However she founded the Abbey of Longchamp, because she was more devoted to the Franciscans than her royal brother. She refused to marry Konrad IV of Germany who was the son of Frederick II, a Holy Roman Emperor no less. The pope, Innocent IV, praised her determination to die a virgin, which she did in 1270.

Considerably less exciting, all about the club and its moldy legends are on an ordinary page lamely called the About the Club Webpage. Many readers who process a slight notion of English won't fail to grasp the few facts and astonishing fables, and should not hesitate to view the club's out–zonked hand–rolled membership card before its renewal, pending now for the last 118 weeks.

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This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

Other Internet magazines that claim to have been online for 11 years are making stuff up, most of them. The important item that was to be here this week has been put off a week, as a result of the calendar. I actually looked at one. Next week is the Ten Years Later thing. Don't miss it.

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Café Life Légère 90.6

Two Morons

The Quote of the Week is more boring this week than last, a situation that has altered since last week when it was less boring for one week in a row. "Even if we accept, as the basic tenet of true democracy, that one moron is equal to one genius, is it necessary to go a further step and hold that two morons are better than one genius?" With this let us wish Leó Szilárd something special for his efforts to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle, albeit far too tardily.

The Wobble–W Piece de Vichy

There are as few as 315 days left of this year, the same number that 1942 had when Léon Blum was one of many put on trial by Vichy and charged with losing World War II. According to the law those responsible for running France from 1936 to 1940 were guilty, so they were convicted and deported. Blum survived Buchenwald and returned to France to run the provisional government after the war. He had been found guilty of the 40–hour work week and annual paid holidays for workers, but Maréchal Pétain who had been Minister of War in 1934, was not charged because he was Vichy's head bonzen. The trial is called the Procès de Riom.

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Heliocentric Pataphysics

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 50 days, the same number that 1473 had when a mathematician and astronomer named Nicolaus Copernicus was born and grew up to write, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, which is Latin for On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres. Little Nicolaus grew up in Prussia and studied at Cracow, Bologna and Padua, but lived most of his life in Frauenburg. He invented modern astronomy, but while alive he had to keep the most interesting details quiet. He also defined Gresham's Law in the same year that Thomas Gresham was born, in 1519.

The Usual Suspects

Do not thank Metropole for reminding you of the law Loi des Suspects, passed on this date in 1858. About a month earlier Napoléon III had been targeted by malcontents, unsuccessfully. The law was aimed at ridding France of anybody who had been convicted of a political crime. Only five days later the law was exercised and about 100 persons were deported to Algeria. Today in Versailles, French politicians gathered to vote to insert the banning of the death penalty into the French Constitution, at the urging of the president, Jacques Chirac. Meanwhile the funeral of Vichy official Maurice Papon, who died on Saturday, was held up because he wanted to be buried with his medal, the Légion d'Honneur, according to his attorney.

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The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Some folks might be unaware that today is the anniversary of the record player which was patented by Edison in 1878. This came after serfdom had been abolished in Russia in 1861, and exactly 20 years before Kansas was the first US state to prohibit booze. For those who follow such things, you would have had to wait another 32 years before getting a prize in a box of Cracker Jack. but the wait was worth it, most would say.

A bientôt à Paris
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