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photo, cafe terrace, place de la bastille How to pass an afternoon with a few friends.

Dimitri left to walk Line home. Uncle kept on talking until Dimitri came back. I had another seven cigarettes outside, where it had changed from cool to cold. Even some people who didn't smoke went out to talk to the outlaws. Some of them went to their cars and brought booze back. It was that kind of a Valentine's. You know, I doubt if anybody cares about this. It's not like earth shattering, is it?

I am leaving town on Wednesday. I don't have much to say here, except for the bright Sunday we had. Everybody in Paris who could, went out and walked around in the sunshine. A big crowd of them got plunked on the sunny side of Bastille and probably sat there all afternoon. I can't say it was a bad idea. It turned out to be a might fine February.

The Café Metropole Club

photo, how to have fun with water How to have fun with water.

One or two club meetings with no members is okay with me, such as the rotten one last week. All other members and candidates are still welcome. The next Thursday that everything at the Café Metropole Club will be 110% new, will be on 27. March, in the last month of winter. All members–in–any form, any standing, of any sort will be welcome, anyways and always.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 27. March, which is a few weeks in the future rather than 7 days from now. The Saint of the Day is not marching here any more. Do you remember that the new thing is famous days to forget? Thursday is not a club day but it is the 160th anniversary of the publication of the Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The two met in Paris on 28. August 1844 at the Café de la Régence and were commissioned by the underground German Communist League in Brussels to write their major work. The month it appeared, there was an unrelated revolution in France, by sheer force of habit.

Unending repetition is related to Paris by a slender and all but invisible thread. Several erroneous facts and other true rumors about the club and its single myth are on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually have read it, and two or three might have, often become club members. If I am mistaken as some have claimed, write your own version. The free membership card for real members is still as free as ever. Whatever you pay for it, it's cheap for the price.

photo, some candles for metropole's birthday Running out of candles for Metropole.

Metropole For a Real Long Time

Who, exactly, cares about the past? An ordinary decade is ten big years, yet it was no less than 624 short weeks ago that Metropole Paris first appeared on an Internet newsstand near you. I think today might be about 5 days short of the actual anniversary. We had a different calendar back in those days. We had different air too. Everything was different, even nights. But new stuff is better, cleaner, fresher. No wonder I need to take a holiday.

photo, sign, place de la bastille

Café Life Légère 94.2

Kingly Oppressions

This week's minor Quote of the Week has a no connection or relevance to today, and none to next week or last year. Consider this one by Abraham Lincoln who has had a couple of things to say, such as, "Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us." He can say that again!

photo, sign, rue de la bastille

'Patahistory of Cows

There are no more than 316 days left of this year, the same number that 1930 had when Elm Farm Ollie became the first cow to fly in a hard–wing airplane from one place to another for the sheer hell of it. But wait, there's more. Wisconsin farmer Elsworth Bunce milked Ollie during the flight. The 24 quarts of milk produced were put in paper cartons and parachuted to thirsty spectators on the ground, who were hoping for beer. Several major firsts were involved here but nobody can remember who it was that thought up this stunt, therefore there is no patent on it.

Flying Wobble–Post Cards

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 49 days, the same number that 1911 had when Henri Pequet, a 23 year old French dude, piloted the first plane to carry airmail. This he did in a Sommer biplane, flying from Allahabad to Naini, about 10 kilometres away. Since both places are in India nobody's postcards got far. The flight itself lasted 13 minutes and I for one do not want anybody to forget how speedy airmail used to be.

photo, sign, stalingrad, direction

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 1814 that France won the Battle of Montereau. Nobody remembers this because the French beat the Austrians and their Württembergeois allies, who nobody remembers either. While we're at it, let's recall that Winston Churchill made his maiden speech in the House of Commons today in 1901 and it wasn't his last. Also noteworthy today was the Sahara's first snowfall, in 1979. Finally, some sad news. The justly famous Tamerlane died today in 1405, aged maybe 69. That was a long life for a guy who ran a huge empire, one that included all the places constantly in the news these days. That's our world, folks!

A bientôt à Paris
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