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It should go without saying that the staggered starting times will allow most everybody to join the last parade. The unions have been fairly quiet throughout the election campaign, so this will be their sole effort to "hoist a message." More about this tomorrow in GoodBlogWeek.

This story is very likely to be continued.

The Café Metropole Club

99.8 percent of club members did not make it to last week's club meeting so they missed hearing about all the good stuff. Next Thursday there will be another opportunity to attend a Café Metropole Club meeting, and the secretary promises to be there in person, but promises little else.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 3. May, another kind of inter–election day. The Saint of the Day is not obscure at all. Please greet Saint–Philip, martyred by means of crucifixion in the year 80, in the town of Hierapolis, an ancient city on top of the famous Pamukkale spa which is located in Turkey near Denizli. The date was 1. May, then switched to 11. May, but now it is 3. May, next Thursday.

photo, nigel and maivan, camels, chinaClub members Nigel and Maivan,
posted from China.

After this meeting the club secretary will disappear for four weeks, to check out a bicycle race in Queens on Sunday. Meetings will resume on Thursday, 7. June at 15:00, which is 3 pm.

This is related to Paris because it is in Europe. You can continue to read all about the club and its two facts on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually understand words, and all of you surely do, will not fail to understand the mysterious but easy to credit true myths about it, and should endeavor to download the club's official scrap of a membership card. Thanks all.

photo, sign, villa du mont tonnerre

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

Ten years ago was 1997 and although obvious it can't be amiss to mention that the whole ball of wax is online, accessible by merely tapping your mouse, or clicking it on an appropriate thingee. Other Internet magazines have come and gone but this one is online. There are more than facts about Ten Years Later but who cares?

Café Life Légère 89.8

Boris Was Golden

The Quote of the Week returns to the earth of cultural heritage, guided by Ed who has nothing else to do every Monday. Today's quote runs, "It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical – at such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold." This is attributed to Boris Yeltsin, who checked out recently, as you may have noticed if you were watching TV.

photo, sign, artisan cordonnier

Wobble–Mooling Goths

There are as many as 245 days left of this year, the same number that 642 had when Chindasuinth became the head Visigoth in Spain. He was 79. He ruled somewhat ruthlessly by nipping off revolts even before they were budding. He had 200 nobles and 500 lesser Goths bumped off, and this was nothing compared to what he did to his enemies.

Seesaw Over 7 Centuries

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 120 days, the same number that 711 had when Tariq ibn–Ziyad, leading Moslem troops landed at Gibraltar to begin the conquest of Spain. By 732 the Moors had crossed the Pyrenees and advanced as far as Tours where they were defeated by Charles Martel. It took until 975 before the Moors were pushed out of France, but in Spain the Reconquista began with a victory by Pelayo in 722, but wasn't completed until 1492.

Pata–Pluto Day

It's unnecessary to thank Metropole for reminding you of orbital calculations made today in 1483 suggested that Pluto sometimes came closer to the Earth than Neptune. I don't know if I believe this. Was the sky really that clear in 1483? Could folks see further? Apparently Pluto was only discovered in 1930, when it became our solar system's 9th planet. Last August some techno folks decided that Pluto isn't really a full–fledged planet. It was kicked out of the club. Its other pals, like the somewhat larger clump of rock named Eris, are in the same fix.

photo, sign, jewel box

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Many folks have probably been reminded that today is the anniversary of the terrible 1900 train wreck that made its engineer Casey Jones famous but dead. The wreck happened near Vaughn, Mississippi when Casey was driving the Cannonball Express, a little bit behind time on the Illinois Central. Some freight trains that were pulled over to let the Cannonball by weren't pulled over far enough. Casey told his fireman to jump but stayed aboard, with his hands on the whistle cord and brake lever. He was the only fatality. This is also a reminder of this day in 1988 when French–Canadian singer Céline Dion won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin while a TV audience estimated to be 600 million watched. It's called Eurovision because Céline was the entry for Switzerland, singing Ne partez pas sans moi in French. This is also the first I have ever heard about it. Good luck Céline!

A bientôt à Paris
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