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We went north towards downtown Montparnasse but I had been there earlier on my brief tour. I was getting full of walking. Back in front of my building Matt pitched me again on appearing in his video documentary. His idea – from my place I cross the street to visit Tristan Tzara where he resides in the cemetery. I am to say that a parcel like his is what Matt aspires to, leading the camera there and pointing it out.

Aha! This was the goal of our random walk. If I had known we could have just gone over there, and maybe checked out Serge Gainsbourg to see how he's doing. I don't want to hang out with Tzara until the camera is turning. Matt's video has to be totally spontaneous.

This story might be continued.

The Café Metropole Club Blessed by Texas

During the last club meet the club picked up three new members, all from Texas. Some other members, both far and wide, some of them, remained inexplicably absent, more or less as unexpected sometimes. Next Thursday there will be another new Café Metropole Club meeting, and the secretary promises to be more alert than he promised to be last week.

photo, terrace, cafe coronaThe club's own café on Thursday.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 29. March, on the same date as in February if February had 29 days. The Saint of the Day is a duet. Please welcome Saint–Gwynllyw and Sainte–Gladys, or Gondèle and Gladuse. They were a married pair of 5th century Welsh saints, the parents of Saint–Cadoc, who is not next Thursday.

Although Wales is related to France, all about the club and its veritable truths are right here on a page called the About the Club Webpage. All readers who possess a modicum of English, and all certainly do, will not fail to grasp the true but hard to believe facts about it, and should not neglect to peep at the club's scrap of a membership card in passing.

photo, sign, rue saint amand

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

Just like last week, well, well, here we are again. Nearly no other Internet magazines claim to have been online for 41 years, for any reasons, otherwise they are fabulating. The truth about Ten Years Later is that it should be something else like 12 but to exclaim this high and loud would seem to be beating my drum here when all I want is Internet, telephone and TV for $99.

Café Life Légère 102.03

Six Feet To Lie Down

photo, sign, havana club ashtray of the week

The Quote of the Week maintains its boring heritage week after week but at least it's longer again, a situation that has altered little since last week when it was much too brief. "What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade." Let us all tip the old bookmark to Sterling Hayden, who was born today in 1916.

photo, inside cafe, rue daguerre Too wet out to sit in the café.

Sterling Hayden, at 1.96 metres, was five inches taller than that six–foot bed. A one time spy in the OSS, he also joined the US Marines under a phoney name, and every time he got enough money from Hollywood he ran away to sea. On one occasion this was on a barge moored in Paris. He was in Dr. Strangelove and played the loveable part of General Jack D. Ripper, the very one who sent the B–52s on a one–way bomb run to Russia.

Wobble–G Blade

There are as many as 280 days left of this year, the same number that 1814 had when Joseph–Ignace Guillotin died of fairly natural causes, like a carbuncle in effect. Against the death penalty, in 1789 he nevertheless proposed a more humane method of bumping folks off because up until then hacking off their heads had been a casual business, marred by many skip–ups. Dr. Guillotin did not actually invent the guillotine and his family went so far as to change their name – perhaps to Leroy – when the government refused to change the name of the guillotine to something else, like maybe, couperette.

Pataphysical Best Friend

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 85 days, the same number that 1978 had when Edouard–Jean Empain, who had been kidnapped on 23. January, was released after a ransom reported to have been 100 million francs was paid. The Belgian industrialist had been held so long that his associates and family had given up all hope of seeing him alive again. At the time of the kidnappers' trial in 1982 he said the only welcome home he got was from his dog, a Labrador.

photo, sign, porsche design pipe of the week

Fancy Sharpshooting

It's unnecessary to thank Metropole for reminding you of the injury of Richard the Lionheart today in 1199 which caused his death 11 days later. The crossbow shooter was Pierre Basile, one of two knights defending a French castle from a siege by a bunch of English, mostly with broken–down equipment, including using a frying pan for a shield. This was so ridiculous that Richard left off his armor, and the result is history. Before he died of blood poisoning Richard is said to have paid 100 shillings for Basile to be left in peace, but he was flayed alive and hanged to death anyhow.

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Few folks probably recall that today is the anniversary of the introduction of the driving test in 1934 in Britain. Also to be remembered, in 1953, was the polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk which went on sale a year later. Few famous people picked 26. March to be born but several checked out. Some include Ludwig van Beethoven in 1827, Cecil Rhodes in 1902, Sarah Bernhardt in 1923 and Raymond Chandler in 1959.

A bientôt à Paris
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