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Foodchain continued... on this week's Au Bistro page.

The Café Metropole Club Crosses the Hump

The last meeting with three club members was totally routine, as if the club will continue to meet for an additional 365 Thursdays. Many other members, both far and wide, many of them, remained sadly absent, more or less as unexpected. Next Thursday there will be another new Café Metropole Club meeting, rather than a re–run.

photo, escalope, poulet, fritesThe foodchain on the table.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 15. March, itself a Thursday. The Saint of the Day is a more famous one. Please welcome Sainte–Louise de Marillac, born in 1591 in Paris. She helped start the Filles de la Charité and in 1657 Vincent de Paul said she was like dead for the past 20 years, but she only died three years later. I better read that again. Ah, she died only a few months before Vincent. I wonder if he was sure.

Vastly more certain, all about the club and its simple truths are on a page called, sans rire, the About the Club Webpage. All readers who possess a notion of English won't fail to grasp the few but astonishing facts about it, and should not fail to view the club's un–zonked hand–fashioned membership card before its destruction, pending now for the last 140 lousy weeks.

photo, sign, rue giordano bruno

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

Few other Internet magazines claim to have been online for 11 years, for any reasons, undefined or otherwise. The truth about Ten Years Later is that this magazine's Ed has become senile and he can no longer remember what it is supposed to mean, other than it is one year short. No, seriously, it means 10 years later than the time before.

Café Life Légère 100.01

Exploding Spiders

photo, sign, cabourg sardine tin

The Quote of the Week is still boring this week but at least it's longer, a situation that has altered little since last week when it was short. "They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes Awww!" Let us all tip the winecup to Jack Kerouac, who would be 85 years old today if he hasn't died of long sentences that run on and on and on.

photo, sign, chocolate sardines Chocolate sardines!

The Moto Wobble–W

There are as many as 295 days left of this year, the same number that 1948 had when the Hell's Angels motorcycle club was formed in San Bernardino. However some Canadian dudes have been very busily making sure that the Wikipedia entry has the complete north of the border history. It is long, detailed, and sounds like a bloody history of anarchy on two wheels in the North Woods. Canadians used to be so sweet and boring!

No–Hoax Pataphysics

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 71 days, the same number that 1958 had when André Claveau won the Eurovision Song Contest with the French sleeper, Dors, mon amour. Also, we shouldn't forget that today is also the anniversary of Marmaduke Wetherell's photo of the Loch Ness Monster being confirmed as a bungled hoax. Mind you this proves nothing about the monster itself, because it is extremely shy.

photo, sign, little green lamb

Le Roi des Greenfingers

It's unnecessary to thank Metropole for reminding you of the birth of the park and its inventor, André Le Nôtre, on this date in 1613. Monsieur Le Nôtre invented the park at Versailles, the Tuileries extension including the axe of the Champs–Elysées, plus parks at Chantilly, Château Fontainebleau, Racconigi, Saint–Cloud, Saint–Germain–en–Laye and St. James's Park across the Channel. With Louis Le Vau and Charles Le Brun he helped out on the park at Vaux–le–Vicomte in his spare time.

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Some folks might be unaware that today is the 40th anniversary of Jacques Chirac's first election as a deputy to the French parliament. Since then he has been elected continuously from the department of Corrèze, although he managed to be elected as mayor of Paris, which he ran for 18 years. Our Jacques was Prime Minister twice, and after many attempts he was elected in 1995 as President of France. On Sunday night he said he would not ask French voters to return him to the Elysée palace again. He did not suggest that voters should send Nicolas Sarkozy there either. As always, the now somewhat elderly bulldozer signed off with Vive la France!

A bientôt à Paris
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