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The Café Metropole Club

Most club members could not make it to last week's club meeting for reasons that are unclear but understandable. Next Thursday there will be another fabulous Café Metropole Club meeting, and the secretary sincerely promises to be there in person.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 12. April, for an absolute exclusive this year. The Saint of the Day is sort of routine. Please cheer, on this Easter Monday, Saint–Julius, also known as Pope Julius I. He was born in Rome and was Pope for 15 years in the fourth century, outlasting many Roman emperors. He succeeded Mark somebody–or–other.

photo, tour eiffel, palais chaillot From the Parvis to the tower.

Although this is unrelated to France except for it being Easter, all about the club and its eternal truths are nearby handy on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who grasp a modicum of words, and all of you certainly do, will not fail to sense the sensible but hard to believe true facts about it, and should not fail to download the club's scrap of an official membership card. Thank you.

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

photo, sign, place leutenant stephane piobetta

Saying that ten years ago was 1997 may seem obvious but that was in the last century before this one. Other Internet magazines have come and gone but this loopy one stays online. The true fact about Ten Years Later is that it should be more like 12 but that's only a minor detail of history, like some of the oddball items below.

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The Almighty Dollar

The Quote of the Week keeps a high level of heritage week after week, blessed by our forefathers who had little to do other than dream up cute bons mots. Today's "They who drink beer will think beer" is attributed to Washington Irving who wrote Tales of the Alhambra and Rip van Winkle. He gave us the word Gotham for New York City and its comic versions, plus managed to turn up in Catch 22 when Yossarian signed in as Irving Washington. In contrast I used my own name when I checked onto the Hotel Washington Irving in the Alhambra in Granada, 156 years after Washington Irving.

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Wobble–i Kamikaze

There are as many as 266 days left of this year, the same number that 1937 had when the Kamikaze landed at London's Croydon airport. It was the first flight of a Japanese airplane, a Mitsubishi Ki–15, to land in Britain or Europe. The flight, sponsored by the newspaper Asahi Shimbun, took 51 hours and 17 minutes. The local tabloid papers were surprised that the airmen found Croydon, dramatically disproving their claims that Japanese pilots had poor eyesight.

Great Patahistory

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 99 days, the same number that 1917 had when the Canadian Corps attacked the German lines on Easter Monday after a massive week–long artillery barrage, the biggest in history. The first wave of 15,000 Canadian troops met 5000 German defenders and then a second wave of 12,000 Canadians charged 3000 German reserves. Within four days the Canadian forces controlled all of Vimy Ridge and had captured 4000 prisoners. It was the first Allied victory in 18 months and it demoralized the German defenders who thought their position was impregnable. Estimates put the total casualties at Vimy as 200,000 killed and 800,000 wounded during WWI. Today in France the battle was celebrated in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, prime minister Dominique de Villepin and Stephen Harper, Canada's prime minister.

photo, sign, pont neuf

Joy in Brooklyn Faint

It's unnecessary to thank Metropole for reminding you of the first day of baseball at Ebbets Field today in 1913. Located in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, the field's home team was the fabled Brooklyn Dodgers. They were ever more popular but the stadium could only hold so many. When the owner Walter O'Malley hinted that a bigger stadium was necessary the borough told him to take a hike, and he did, to Los Angeles. The Mets arrived in New York to battle against the Yankees, but they chose to play in Queens after Ebbets Field was demolished in February of 1960 and major league baseball was no more in Brooklyn.

photo, sign, easter egg

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Many folks have probably been reminded that today is the anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq by forces led by the United States 1462 days ago. Meanwhile some of the rest of us are sending birthday greetings to Jean–Paul Belmondo, nicknamed Bébel, who had his breakthrough in A bout de souffle by Jean–Luc Godard in 1960. Nobody should forget that this day in 1967 was the occasion of the maiden flight of Boeing's 737 passenger jet. Finally, Hugh Hefner got his start today in 1926 and after Esquire refused him a $5 raise in 1952 he started Playboy and the rest is history.

A bientôt à Paris
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