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photo, seine, cruise boats, freight barge, race Rare boat race on the Seine.

When we left, after I paid, Matt put new postcards in all the bike baskets. In a half hour most of them had disappeared. We went over to Daguerre and walked up to the horse butcher's place so Matt could get a roast chicken. He said they were the best 6€ chickens in Paris. He said he thought the other butcher, with the 5€ chickens, got them a day–old from the horse butcher. The horse butcher denied it.

He didn't invite me to eat half a chicken. I can understand that – they last two days if nobody is invited. I went home and had my tomato sauce that has whole chunks of olives. Matt said mine was soupy but he doesn't know what he is missing, especially when I jazz it up with Vietnamese hot sauce. Maybe next year in August I will go back to Brittany.

Free Photos of Paris

A lucky chance took me to a Website that is apparently not new, but is most worthwhile. Photo archives tend to be paranoid these days so it is refreshing to find Paris en Images online and accessible to all. These are Paris photos, oldies and goodies, and the site itself is clean and neat.

photo, best 6 euro chicken in paris, matt roseWhole world goes chicken crazy.

More So–So So–Sos

Paris–Plage opened for the summer season in July. Next week, not this week of course, there will be much more everything – especially if it ever stops raining.

The Café Metropole Club

Some of the club's absent members showed up near the end of last week's club meeting, but it was it perfectly fine with the club's secretary. On Thursday there will be another one–and–only Café Metropole Club meeting. The secretary doesn't know why he is excited or even awake but he'll be there. Maybe, deep down, the club is more exciting than August.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 16. August, exactly one whole day after you–know–what. The Saint of the Day will be Saint–Armel. Starting out at Clamorgan in 482 in Wales, he went to Plouarzel to found an abbey. He stayed at Childebert's court and then was given the territory of Saint Armel des Bochaux, for the foundation of a monastery. He is still well known in Ille–et–Vilaine, Morbihan and Finistère, and for slaying one dragon. He died around 552 or 570.

photo, citroen 2cv, from scooter Daring shot taken from racing scooter.

As always, this is totally unrelated to Paris because it happened in some other places near Brittany. You can read lots of stuff about the club and its lone fact on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually have read half of it, and some of you might have, will hardly fail to comprehend the other half of it all, and should therefore attempt to download the club's scrap of a free but worthless membership card. A half is more than a third, sometimes.

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

It is hardly surprising that last week ten years ago was a long time ago. This Metropole used to just have real new stuff in it every week ten years ago, and even five years ago and even two years ago. All of the good feeling is still here somewhere as strong as ever, totally unlike like this August, which is oozing sticky rain.

photo, sign, rue nanteuil

Café Life Légère 92.1

Time Concept Travels

Today's Quote of the Week could have some connection to something serious, but what do we care? For today's jewel I suggest a quote by Konrad Adenauer. He wrote, "An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured." This observation could easily have been made by any of us, but ordinary folks might prefer, "Do not make fun of someone until you walk a mile in their shoes... that way you are a mile away and have their shoes."

Balkan Wobble–King

There are no more than 140 days left of this year, the same number that 1913 had when Otto Witte, an acrobat from Berlin, happened to notice that he looked like Halim Eddine. Otto went to Durres in Albania with the sword–swallower Max Schlepsig, and some local troops thought he was real enough to crown on 13. August. This gave him access to the harem for five days and allowed him to declare war on Montenegro. With help of the harem, the two scallywags managed to escape with the royal treasury. In later life the Berlin police noted on Otto's identity card that he was a professional circus entertainer and former King of Albania. During his lifetime this was never challenged. Otto permanently resides at Ohlsdorf, in Hamburg.

photo, sign, chat perdu

Enlisted In the Patazone

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 225 days, the same number that 1918 had when Opha Mae Johnson became the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. She was a reservist in the F category, and probably worked at non–lethal jobs in the corps. Female Marines did not serve in war zones until WWII. If Opha Mae Johnson is still alive she will have her 107th birthday this year.

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Many folks have probably been thinking that there should be an anniversary for the closing of the sector border in Berlin on this date in 1961. Before this it was easy to cross from the Russian sector, to work in one of the western sectors, but East Germany was worried that too many skilled workers headed west weren't coming back. After that they built a wall, which stayed closed until 9. November 1989. Born today in 1902, Felix Wankel was self–taught. He conceived his Wankel Motor in 1924, but in the 1930s he disagreed with Hitler and was tossed into jail. Since he was handy in WWII, for engine seals and things, the Allies tossed him into jail and confiscated his lab after the war. The first Wankel prototype ran on 1. February 1957, and it was licensed by several manufacturers. Wankel–powered Mazda racing cars have been banned from competing at races such as the 24 Hours at Le Mans, after they won several times.

A bientôt à Paris
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