On the Blink

photo, breizh touch, breton, floating fish Whatever this is, its name is Breizh Touch.

Close To Lights Out

by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Monday, 24. September:–  We have just gotten through another weekend stuffed with circuses and free shows, sports of all sorts, garden parties and parades, and all of it was blessed with days free of rain, semi–to–more–than–semi sunny, with temperatures well above freezing and probably on the money for the season, that included a couple of near–classy sunsets.

Ed Calls for Toleration

It just goes to show that it does not matter how much I rant and rave about the local weather, because it just keeps on doing what it intends to do no matter what I say. For this reason I do not feel compelled to editorialize about how horrible the next three days are likely to be. The weather shall be blameless, if only this once.

Tuesday is supposed to begin very bright and possibly sunny, depending on how soon or how much effect there is from the big, low, twirl centred over Ireland that will be shifting waves of cool air this way from the northwest. However by noon or 14:00 at the latest it may tend to become somewhat rainy if not outright stormy, but you are dressed for it. Right? Meanwhile the temperature at ground level will hike from 9 degrees to maybe 16, and you should, maybe, welcome it.

photo, mini sailboat, la gazelle des sables Cute sailboat for solo crew.

The following day there may be some frozen pellets of snow – grésil – flying around in some higher places but you should be able to take this in stride, especially if you have a suitable anorak to wear on the open, top deck, of tour buses. Otherwise it will likely rain in the morning and be stormy in the afternoon, while the wind from the north will merely be 70 kph and the temperature could get as high as 13 degrees.

On Thursday there may be brief flashes of sunshine in Brittany, somewhat far away from here. Expect more of that jolly grésil at higher elevations but no more than semi–showers around here. The wind from the north should be a lot less too, no more than 60 kph, and a high of 14 was forecast. Actually, Météo France thinks the temperatures will be 15, 11 and 12 but that's pretty close, isn't it?

Météo from New York across the Atlantic will be more good than here, according to our expert, semi–wise forecaster, Météo Jim. Take it away Jim:–

photo, figs, smoked duck, alvin's saladAlvin's figs and smoked duck.

Basking In Pommeland

As Ed, Ric, Radio Ric and his cousin Radial Ric who works for Michelin lament the passing of summer and yearn for the summer of 2007 that never was, Pommeland is basking in temperatures that are 10–15 a–grad above normal. Instead of temperatures in the low 70s – last weekend they were in the mid–60s during the day – the weekend will see the thermometer in the low to mid–80s a–grad. But as the week flows into October, October's cooling breath will bring a chance of rain and temperatures back to the low 70s.

To keep on boring Metropole's readers, Tropical Depression #10 has formed in the Gulf of Mexico close to Florida's western shore. Should it increase in force, it will be named Tropical Storm Jerry. For Tom and Jerry aficionados, neither Tom nor Tuffy are on this year's list of hurricane names. In short, in the City, Tuesday mostly sunny and 30 degrees, Wednesday semi and 31, and Thursday sunny, cloudy, thundery, humid, and 28 on the old centimometre.

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A la prochaine, Météo Jim

Café Life

On the Blink

Consider, if you will, that this is a non–issue of Metropole. After all the excitement of the past weeks I feel sleepy. I did go the the Quai Saint Bernard and looked over the revelries of the Bretons showing off their fishing boats and oysters, their games and music, their sailboats and yellow submarines.

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photo, fishing, quay, seine, notre dame, ile st louis, sunset On the dock of the Seine.

But I got distracted by the blue in the river reflected from the blue in the sky as the sun was drifting off towards the Atlantic. Ordinary folks were walking across bridges being silhouettes or just camped out on the stone quays, some in the orange of the setting sun, and it was so simple that I forgot the Bretons, and forgot their parade on Sunday, so I can't remember any of it now.

Even writing this little bit is making my eyelids feel like falling shut. Blink goes clink. Next week, not next month of course, there will be much more of everything. There always is, more drowsy, more yawns, more who knows what next year.

The Café Metropole Club

More of the club's totally new members showed up at the last club meeting. The club's secretary took one beautiful photo, one of the café and basta! Next Thursday everything at the Café Metropole Club meeting will be new. Any sort of members regardless of any standing will be welcome, as well as are all future members regardless of the year. You could know who you are. Just ask yourself.

photo, cruising, loungingSome ride, some sit.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 27. September, less than three days from now. The Saint of the Day will be Saint–Vincent de Paul. Captured by pirates, sold into slavery in Tunis, he converted his Turkish owner and then returned to Paris where folks were giving away babies, so he founded a home for them.

More déjà, this is completely unrelated to Paris because it happened on the other side of a century. Much compelling stuff about the club and its lonely factoid are on a page mis–matched as the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually have read some of it, and some have, will hardly need to be curious about the unwritten rest of it. Should queries arise, check out the club's dismal but free membership card for clues odors, secret ink or fingerprints.

photo, lounge lizards, ile st louis Outdoor lounge lizards.

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

No one should be surprised that last week ten years ago was weeks ago. Metropole used to have lots of real new stuff in it, such as last week's Autumn in Paris and Still Nice, possibly in the Café column, The End of Heritage in Rochefort – Goodbye La Tourelle, possibly was the week's feature, along with some posters and a cartoon entitled Apple Has 'Fire Sale.' That was enough in Issue 2.38 – 22. September 1997 because it is Ten Years Later.

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Café Life Légère 90.4

When He Says That, Smile

Today's Quote of the Week has no connection to today's date, but what do we care? For today's tidbit of philosophy I suggest a quote by H. L. Mencken, who had plenty of things to say, such as, "Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right... The United States has never developed an aristocracy really disinterested or an intelligentsia really intelligent. Its history is simply a record of vacillations between two gangs of frauds." No wonder he was considered bad tempered.

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Steam Into the Patazone

There are no more than 98 days left of this year, the same number that 1852 had when inventor Henri Giffard set off on the world's first powered flight, in a steam–powered hydrogen–filled passenger–carrying Dirigible. The odd–looking contraption flew 27 km from Paris to Trappes. Helped by a tail wind, it was not possible to make a return journey into a head wind. Turning and circling proved maneuverability, but the 3 hp engine proved no match for prevailing breezes. Rail tycoons expressed no concerns about this possible competitor.

Wobble–H Day

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 267 days, the same number that 622 had when Muhammad ibn 'Abd Allah completed his hegira from Mecca to Medina, or Yathrib as it might have been known then. In Medina Muhammad united the tribes in conflict and together numbering ten thousand, they fought the Meccan tribes for eight years until they won. This event, the Hijra, still marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar.

photo, flag, drapeau breizh, breton flag

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

A few folks have might have been thinking that it is fair to remember that it was in 1947 on this date that President Harry Truman signed an executive order establishing Majestic 12, a secret all–star committee set up to investigate UFO activity after the Roswell Incident in July of 1947. However the US Government still insists it is all a hoax, much to the disgust of those who believe in UFOs. While mulling it over remember that today is the anniversary of the sighting of the Periodic Great White Spot, on Saturn in 1990. This was first spotted in 1933 by the actor Will Hay, but nobody knows why it wasn't noticed earlier. Finally let us not forget the sad passing of Pippin the Short, aka Pepin the Younger or Pepin III, aged 54, today in 768.

A bientôt à Paris
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