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photo, river seine, pont des arts, institut de france, dusk Even in winter Paris can be romantic.

Barkeepers put up signs saying something like smoke allowed and the customers cheered. But after the gendarmes saw the report about it on the TV–news, there they were the next day, enforcing the laws dictated by Paris. They didn't actually penalize anybody but next week will probably be another story. They've got their names.

To get even a Sunday paper started a rumor about President Sarkozy getting married again. That's more than we need at the moment. Meanwhile he gave pass and fail notes to his ministerial crew, and said they weren't pass and fail notes. It would have been an amusing guessing game to figure out from their faces on the TV–news which was which, but we were too depressed.

Send Matt Your Money

photo, mister rose's abc bookMatt Rose's ABC book.

Matthew Rose, a pal of Metropole, has written, painted, spindled, folded and printed a little book titled Mister Rose's ABC Book for folks who need reminding about their ABCs or are just learning. It is in full color with pages and words and the publisher – who is none other that Matt himself – wants you to buy it right now. It's certainly well worth the 10€ he's asking. Okay, there's postage too, but it's still less than the book price. Matt will even hand–sign your copy. Buy lots a copies and Matt will give a nice discount. After you hit this buy Matt's ABC Book link , think of Matt carrying your new book by hand to La Poste in person, as simple as ABC.

If You've Any Left, Bring It

Bring your money for winter sales,, and in return Paris is going to give you a big discount. That's right! On Wednesday, 9. January, the Soldes d'Hiver take off and continue until February, until the 16th, which is the Saturday following Valentine's Day, slightly before Easter. Discounts will run to huge or more on some items. First–come first–served even if you aren't a shopper. Seeing Parisians in riot mode for something other than food will be rare.

The Café Metropole Club

A unique meeting without any members I can do without, such as the last club meeting last Thursday. Week after week, you are still welcome. The next Thursday everything at the Café Metropole Club will be 100% new, yet it will be 10. January, after the begin of the fabulous Soldes d'Hiver. Any kind of any members–in–good form of any sort will be welcome if you aren't reading this.

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The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 10. January, exactly one paragraph after I mentioned it already. The boring Saint of the Day is suspended. Instead we will have famous days to forget, such as Thursday's Margaret Thatcher Day in the Falkland Islands, but not in Argentina. For her services to mankind she became a life peeress, to wit, the Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven. When in London she has a reserved seat in the House of Lords .

Déjà vu forever, related to Paris by a slender but long thread. A fascinating fact plus one rumor about the club and its single green factum are on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually have read it, and few more than none have, need no longer be curious about any of the rest of it. If I am wrong as can happen, write your own version. The free membership card for real members is still free. Whatever is asked for it, it's overpriced.

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

What is this fascination with the past? A normal decade is ten years, yet it was only yesterday about 520 weeks ago that the Café column mentioned a big wind, the Soldes d'Hiver were starting, and there was something about the Egyptian wing of the Louvre. Of course there were posters and a cartoon, titled "Guess How Much." That was all in Issue 3.01:– Monday, 5. January 1998 and I'm still losing sleep about it.

photo, sign, place pablo picasso

Café Life Légère 92.8

Happened Before

This unique new Quote of the Week has no connection or relevance to today, yesterday or tomorrow, or anywhere. I propose one by Douglas Adams, who had a great many things to say, such as, "There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." Just who is this dude?

Perpetual 'Patahistory

photo, sign, crepes

There are no more than 358 days left of this year, the same number that 1558 had when Calais was retaken by the French from the English who had been holding on to it for a long time and making pots of money out of it. The French needed it for a ferry terminal. The English had it since 1347, in perpetual perpetuity, but let it get decrepit enough for the French to recapture. Queen Mary I thought the loss was a dreadful misfortune, but it was actually laziness and bungling. Then in 1596 the Spanish came along and snatched it away from the French and Bob's your uncle.

Wobble–CQD SOS

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 7 days, the same number that 1904 had when the Marconi International Marine Communication Company issued Circular 57 that said that the distress signal CQD meant the same as the SOS signal would mean two years later. CQD never meant "Come Quick, Danger," "Come Quick – Drowning!" or "Come Quick, Dammit!" Due to the confusion, in 1912 the RMS Titanic radio operator sent out CQD signals several times before a humble midshipman suggested that SOS might be more appropriate, to, alas, slight avail.

photo, sign, boulevard montparnasse

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

A few folks have might have been thinking that it is only right and proper to remember that it was today in 1735 that Hieronimus de Salis married Mary Fane in Westminster but I failed to find out why anybody would want remember this. It's not like either of them ever went to Bulgaria. However it was on this day in 1610 that Galileo Galilei, an Italian, using his own telescope, observed Jupiter's four largest moons. Two years later this original "Father of Science" also saw Neptune without realizing it was a planet, but it wasn't until 1718 that the Inquisition lifted its ban about publishing these observations. Before it's too late, let's wish Charles Addams a happy birthday today. Weird cartoonist, he also went out with ladies such as Greta Garbo, Joan Fontaine and Jacqueline Kennedy, according to a faintly reliable source.

A bientôt à Paris
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