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According to today's Le Parisien Mme Royal said, "J'ai demandé à François de quitter le domicile, de vivre son histoire sentimentale de son côté, désormais étalée dans les livres et des journaux, et je lui ai souhaité d'être heureux."

For those who have come in late, François Hollande is the boss of the Socialist party in France, and Ségolène Royal was the Socialist party's presidential candidate. She came within 6 points of winning the election.

While many Socialists are congratulating themselves tonight for surviving the right's tidal wave, Ségolène Royal's next rumored mission is to capture François Hollande's position as leader of France's Socialists.

Young Socialists have started to refer to themselves as lions, as opposed to the party's entrenched elephants, who have not managed to convince 51 percent of the French that they should be running the country.

For the moment the French seem willing to flirt with the dynamic Nicolas Sarkozy – so long as he leaves the high value–added tax alone – but this may be a short–lived fling. The new government intends to have an extraordinary session this summer, in the hopes that it can shove through four major planks of their campaign platform while the French take a deserved rest by the seaside, away from non–stop electioneering.

This story is quite likely to be continued.

The Café Metropole Club

photo, pink tables, green wall, raindropsRain on Friday.

Not many of the club's members showed up at last week's club meeting but you still haven't missed hearing about all the good stuff especially if you read the report. Next Thursday there will be another Café Metropole Club meeting, and the secretary promises to be there again in person, breathing and bushy.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 21. June, another-one of those days that happen to be the Fête de la Musique. The Saint of the Day is ultra cool. Please welcome Saint Raoul or incorrectly, Rodolphe de Bourges, who was archbishop of Bourges from 840 to 866. Other than this it is also World Humanist Day, which is very positive especially if you happen to be a humanist.

This is unrelated to Paris because it happened somewhere in Bourges. You can read all about the club and its few known facts on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually comprend, and all of you surely will, will not fail to grasp the mythical but true mysteries about it, and should endeavor to download the club's official scrap of a free membership card. You are most welcome.

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

Last week I wrote ten years ago was still 1997. Every issue I used to look up what had been in Metropole the same week the year before and two years ago, but after doing it for nine or ten years I got tired of doing it and so I quit. But it has taken some time for me to admit that I quit and so I dangle this tease every week, hoping I will feel like doing it again, but realizing that it is 20 minutes of my life I would rather spend on Web surfing, or goofing off, as it used to be called. All of this is still true this week.

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Café Life Légère 91.3

Not A bit Funny

Today's Quote of the Week has no connection to Ed this week. Today's less long–winded quote is, "The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds." This wisdom is from John Maynard Keynes. I am learning that an awful lot of received wisdom like these quotes isn't very amusing.

Wobble–Facts of Oscillation

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There are no less than 196 days left of this year, the same number that 1178 had when 5 Canterbury monks thought they saw the Giordano Bruno crater being formed on the moon. It is thought that the moon was oscillating at the time on account of being hit by some unknown object, like a meteor, on account of the Taurid meteor shower that took place while the monk's were watching, the lucky devils.

The Longbow System

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 169 days, the same number that 1429 had when the French forces led by Jenne d'Arc crushed the Brits led by Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay, which turned the tide of the Hundred Years' War for the thousandth time in two weeks. This-all happened 83 years after the Brits beat the French at Agincourt, using the same tactics since the Battle of Crecy in 1346. The French finally wiped out enough longbowmen and commanders, so they could win with sieges. Then they went to Rheims and crowned Charles VII, which meant they had more time to spare having their Hundred Years' War.

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Tales from the Patazone

It is unnecessary to thank Metropole for reminding you that today marks the anniversary in 1923 of the first Checker Cab to operate on the streets of America. The true story is long and colorful – mostly yellow – and you may remember Travis Bickle who was Martin Scorsese's taxi driver in the 1976 film of the same name. Anyway, the Checker cabs wore out and they stopped making them, so now taxis may still be mostly yellow – in New York City – but they are mostly passenger sedans like big Fords or window vans. The black Lincolns are phone–up taxis without metres, without bulletproof protection cages.

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Many folks have probably been reminded that today is the anniversary of the 1959 commitment of Louisiana governor Earl K. Long to a state mental hospital. He arranged to have the hospital's director fired, and himself declared sane and released. Self-proclaimed as the last of the red–hot poppas, Uncle Earl predicted that the people of Louisiana would someday elect "Good government, and they won't like it." Until this day the only thing certain about Long was his unpredictability. Meanwhile it's the 1st birthday for Countess Zaria of Orange–Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg. Her proud parents are Prince Friso and Princess Mabel and the cute little Countess is 816th in line for the British throne.

A bientôt à Paris
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