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The café Naguère was open to the passing air, with everybody on the terrace listening to the band at the Quinze across the street. The whole quartier was listening – or hearing – that band. And there was another quartier within a block.

Friday's Le Parisien said we had a good time. They mentioned the scene at Denfert, estimating that there were 10,000 there. It's a big place. There were probably that many at any one time. That's a hard rock scene. All the kids go pogo and the families with baby buggies have to watch out. That's why they were probably in Daguerre – with only a few cars to dodge.

This story is quite likely to be continued next 21. June.

The Café Metropole Club

Some of the club's long absent members showed up at last week's club meeting but you know about all this 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, actually breathing and drinking.

photo, linda thalman, server lady Linda the Server–Lady in the métro.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 28. June, three whole days before July. The Saint of the Day is a Monsieur. Please greet Saint Irenaeus from the 2nd century. He was bishop of Lugdunum and was buried under the church of Saint John's in Lyon. However some Huguenots dug him up in 1562 and the Lyonnais have never forgotten it.

This is unrelated to Paris because it happened somewhere in what was Lugdunum. You can read all about the club and its few unlatin facts on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually understand, and all of you surely will, will not fail to grasp the thrust of it, and should endeavor to download the club's official chit of a free membership card. You are more than welcome.

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

I should be tired of writing here that ten years ago was still 1997. Everybody probably knows this by now. After doing it for nine or ten years I got tired of doing it and I admit that I quit but so I dangle this tease every week, hoping I will feel like doing it again, but realizing that it is a lost cause like looking for the Holy Grail or the Seven Messages of Sin.

photo, sign, quai branly

Café Life Légère 91.7

Not A Bit Funny

Today's Quote of the Week has no connection to Ed this week. Today's shorter quote is from the Devil's Dictionary, which was created by Ambrose Bierce. For example, take an "Abstainer, n. A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others."

Wobble–Tour of Vélos

There are no less than 189 days left of this year, the same number that 1947 had when the Tour de France, after a 8 year pause for World War II, was relaunched. The roads were in such terrible shape that the paper L'Auto became L'Equipe just like it is today and Jean Robic won the pot.

photo, sign, jumbo, air show, le bourget

Raisin Bombers

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 176 days, the same number that 1948 had when the Allies decided to fly in all the food and fuel necessary for Berlin's survival. The Rosinenbomber were only expected to be necessary for two weeks. Instead they flew 278,000 sorties and hauled 2.3 million tons of supplies, more than half of it coal for heating and power generation. The airlift continued until 30. September 1949.

From the Patazone to Greasy Grass

It's unnecessary to thank Metropole for reminding you that today marks the anniversary in 1876 the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Often remembered were the deaths of the gallant 7th Cavalry and its leader, Major General George Armstrong Custer. Not remembered so well were the loses of the winners, a combined force of the Lakota–Northern Cheyenne, but then they didn't have modern stuff like cannons and machine guns. For this reason, after winning, many of the braves retreated to sanctuary in Canada where they were arrested by a Mountie.

photo, sign, 
rue vavin

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Many folks have probably been reminded that today is the anniversary of the 1982 decision by the Greek army to quit scalping new recruits. Big Brother fans will be glad to hear that it is George Orwell's birthday today, but probably less exited than Mets fans about Carlos Delgado's birthday. Unless tonight's game was rained out like it would have been if it were played in Paris. Finally, we have missed Charles de Batz–Castelmore since 1673. Otherwise known as the Comte d'Artagnan, brave captain of the Musketeers.

A bientôt à Paris
signature, regards, ric

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