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photo, place and rue de l'odeon, christmas lights The place and the rue de l'Odéon.

ABC for You from Matt

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 28–odd pages, and simple words, and the publisher – who is none other that Matt himself – wants you to buy it today. I've seen it – it's certainly worth the 10€ he's asking. 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 to La Poste in person, as simple as ABC.

The Café Metropole Club

Any club meeting with two polite members is fine with me, such as the one last week. All other members and prospectals are still welcome. The next Thursday everything at the Café Metropole Club will be 101% new, on the 24. January, in the terrible month of January. Any members–in–good form, any standing, of any sort will be welcome, so long as you read this.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 24. January, exactly a paragraph after mentioning it already. The boring Saint of the Day is fini, over, banned to perdu. We will have instead famous days to forget, such as Thursday's Beer Can Day. Clever folks at Krueger's put some beer in tins and sold it for the first time in 1935. If that doesn't grab you, what about the first Macintosh being sold on Thursday's date in 1964? Not that either? How about Hadrian's birthday? He was born in 76.

photo, fiat 500 of the week A sad Fiat 500 of the Week.

Endless repeats forever, related to Paris by a long and invisible but strong thread. A sparkling fact plus one phoney rumor about the club and its lone RGB factoid are on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually have read it, and two or three might have, need no longer be curious. If I am wrong as has happened, write your own version. The free membership card for real members is still free. Whatever is asked for it, it's copyrighted.

photo, sign, rue des grands augustins

This Was Metropole a Long Time Ago

What is this morbid fixation with the past? An ordinary decade is ten years, yet it was only 8 years ago that the Café column had Black and White All Over, Au Bistro raved about the 35–Hour Work Week Becomes Law, and there was a feature about Photography and Eugène Atget. There were four posters, and a cartoon, titled Where Is Libya? That was really enough in Issue 5.03:– Monday, 17. January 2000 and I'm still losing hair over it.

Café Life Légère 93.1

Incredible Issac

Here is an unique new Quote of the Week. It has a connection or relevance to today, but none to tomorrow or next week. Take one by good old Isaac Newton. He had several things to say, such as, "The main Business of natural Philosophy is to argue from Phenomena without feigning Hypotheses, and to deduce Causes from Effects, till we come to the very first Cause, which certainly is not mechanical." Yes, certainly, but what does it really mean?

photo, sign, rue suger

'Patahistory of Tonga

There are no more than 344 days left of this year, the same number that 1643 had when Abel Janszoon Tasman was the first man to reach Tonga, which anyone can find at 20° South, 175° West. In fact Tasman was preceded by Willem Schouten and Jacob Le Maire but not on this date, in 1616. Tongan ceramic plates have been dated to 2800–2750 years ago, and Tongans went all over the Pacific discovering things before they were found themselves. Tonga is still a monarchy, and owns itself. The average temperatures are between 23 and 32 degrees, but it rains a lot, especially around the northern islands, closer to the Equator.

Wobble–Winter Racing

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 21 days, the same number that 1911 had when the first Monte Carlo Rally was raced. In the beginning competitors started at five different locations, all in winter, to arrive in Monaco, also in winter. The Rally, as it is laughingly called, tests the hardiness of cars and drivers, and is second only to the Gibraltar GP, where once all the drivers were Peter Ustinov. If interested, check on the 75th Monte Carlo Rallye right here.

photo, sign, bas relief, the scribe

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 1908 that the Sullivan Ordinance was passed in New York City. If it hadn't been vetoed by the mayor it would have made it illegal for women to smoke in public. I always thought it was against women carrying pistols. Meanwhile in 1925 it was left up to Albania to declare itself a Republic because nobody else wanted to. Later in history, like in 2002, the Canadian dollar would only buy 61 US cents. Finally there was a birthday for Christian Dior in 1905 and popular music got a boost from the birth of Wolfman Jack, in 1938. Neither, alas, is with us today.

A bientôt à Paris
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