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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.

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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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