Contents Index – 1996 Issues

'Reports' from 17. March to 30. December 1995:

For reports done in1995, see 'Ric's Reports from Paris' in Norman Barth's 'The Paris Pages – Les Pages de Paris'

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Issue 1.45 – 30. December 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Metropole's Last '96 Gasp
  • 'Au Bistro' – It Feels Colder Than It Is – To Some
  • The Rue Daguerre – Personal Inspection Finds No Yuppies or Real–Estate Speculators
  • New Year's in Paris – Gold Card, Cash Only and Empty Pockets Choices
  • Huge Contest Big Winners – Entries Wildly Unsurpass Expectations
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.44 – 23. December 1996
  • Metropole Diary – "La Dolce Vita" – Fin
  • 'Au Bistro' – First, Mostly Good News; Then a Little Bad News
  • Metropole's Big Contest – Vote for Paris' Best Christmas Window
  • The Eating Season – The French Christmas Menus
  • A Very Big Library – Encyclopediac Opening Expo: "Tous les Savoirs du Monde"
  • Email – The Short–Sighted and the Deaf
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.43 – 16. December 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Time Not Looking at Paris is Lost Forever
  • 'Au Bistro' – One Big Unanswered Question and Miss France in 3–D
  • 'Shopping' on the Rue Saint Honoré – Just a Short–Cut Between Windows and Food
  • Standing Around Waiting for Food – Cash and Carry, No Shopping Carts, No Credit
  • Not Everybody a Winner Contest – Best Christmas Window – Prizes are Few and Tiny
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.42 – 9. December 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Looking for the Why It Has Happened Before
  • 'Au Bistro' – First the Good News; and With Regret, the Bad News
  • Cruise by Day, Cruise Fast by Night – Motor Nautics at the Salon Nautique
  • On the Roman Road to Where? – If They All Go to Issy, Then What?
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.41 – 2. December 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Out of the Rain and Into Dreamland
  • 'Au Bistro' – Truckers and Johnny Hallyday End Suspense, With Mixed Results
  • More Keels Than I Can Haul / Salon Nautique Features – Big Boats, Little Boatsand Old Boats and Other Stuff
  • Rare Book Search Gets No Café – Elusive Book Remains Unfound in Latin Quarter in the Rain
  • The Sorrow of Raicho Gunchev – Scholar–Hunter Turns to Conservation and Video in Bulgaria – by Paul Swider
  • e–Mail – Bobo at the Opéra, Light at the Louvre
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
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Issue 1.40 – 25. November 1996
  • Metropole Diary – André Malraux 1901–1976
  • 'Au Bistro' – Sydney Beats Paris to Beaujolais Punch?
  • Fair Deal Restaurant in High–Rent District Tested for Good Value, – Le Palet Gets Three Forks, Two Spoons
  • The Crowd that Wasn't – This Isn't the Story It Started Out To Be
  • The South Pacific in Paris – Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, Part I
  • Africa! Africa! – Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, Part II
  • e–Mail – 'Lost' – A New Friend from China
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.39 – 18. November 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Enter Our Christmas Display–Window Contest
  • 'Au Bistro' – Strike Outs and Bad Rap Gets Busted
  • Lost and Found In the rue Saint–Roch – Overlooked Old Street Worth a Look
  • Old Bridge – Shortcut to Latin Quarter – A Couple of Minutes On the Pont–Neuf
  • Nothing But Numbers – Some Statistics About Visitors to Paris
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.38 – 11. November 1996
  • Metropole Diary – A Century to Remember
  • 'Au Bistro' – Remember the 20th Century, Cafés Close and Snails Race
  • The 800 Year–Old Road to Montmartre – Almost Right Near Where Molière Might be Buried
  • The Fragonard Museum – Two Heads, Six Legs – All True – Inside Out and Fullsized
  • The Passage Jouffroy – Window–Shopping With Warm Feet at Downtown Alternative to a Mall
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.37 – 4. November 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Closed For Renovation, or Wear Hard Hats
  • 'Au Bistro' – No Paper, Dud Paper and Bicycle Ladies
  • Georges Brassens – The Times, They Are Not Changing
  • At Pre–Industrial Museum – The Hand – Ultimate Tool – and Daily Artifacts On Show
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
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Issue 1.36 – 28. October 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Multimedia Leaves French Cold
  • 'Au Bistro' – Heavy–Duty Education
  • Mellow Yellow in the Jardin du Luxembourg – Another Last Best Day of the Year?
  • Halloween in France, a Week Early – Witches Haunt Public Marché in Broad Daylight
  • Weather Report from Buci – Halloween Posters and Concentrated History in the Latin Quarter
  • Red on the Green Métro – Francs were Cheap and So Was Fare
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.35 – 21. October 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Kick Out the Marine
  • 'Au Bistro' – Lots of Funny Numbers and Some Not So Funny
  • Ahoy! The Seaside at Trocadéro – Ships, Cannons, Charts and Great Naval Heros
  • Lines for Picasso, Elevators for Berlin – Big Expos, Big Cities
  • The Last of the 'Isagiyoi' Plays20 Years in Paris – Porn in Japan is Psycho in Paris, Nearly Forever – by Makiko Suzuki
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.34 – 14. October 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Total Strike or Only Semi – Be Prepared
  • 'Au Bistro' – Time, Heavens, Fallout, Bikes and Hero
  • Nifty 50 Year–Old Cars – From the 1946 Auto Salon in Paris
  • Not for Urban Cowboys – Sub–Mini Vans and a Couple of Pickups at Auto Salon
  • Save the Faubourgs! – Paris' Planning Department Signals Change in Thinking
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.33 – 7. October 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Too Many Events and Oyster Problems
  • 'Au Bistro' – Bombs, Drugs, Bardot and Baseball
  • Paris Car Show – Features Very New, Very Shiny Cars In the Glitzer Dome
  • Montmartre's 48–hour Party – Wine, Wine, Wine. And Cocktails
  • The Last Nice Sunday at the Arc – London Bookies Pay Free Dinner in Paris
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
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Issue 1.32 – 30. September 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Only Promises This Week
  • 'Au Bistro' – If not 60, Then 50
  • Utrillo: Born Nobody on Montmartre – Buried on Montmartre, Famous
  • The Fast Lane is for Bicycles – If Traffic Isn't Crawling in Paris, It's Stopped
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.31 – 23. September 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Bistros Close – Ours Remains Open
  • 'Au Bistro' – Light and Shadow on Pope's Visit
  • The Boul'Mich in Rippling Shadows – Thousands Throng Boulevard St. Michel – Why?
  • A Little Stroll Down Vaugirard – From Boul'Mich to Porte de Versailles, if I can Find It
  • Where Has the Magic Gone? – Empty–Headed at Apple Expo
  • e–Mail – Who Invented the 'Croque–Monsieur?'
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.30 – 16. September 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Sushi Over Haussmann
  • 'Au Bistro' – School Daze Continues, Part III
  • Hemingway in Montparnasse – 'A Moveable Feast' – A Sort of Book Review
  • On the Run in Montparnasse – Next Door to Miss Stein's House
  • National Heritage Weekend in France – Open Doors for Memories
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.29 – 9. September 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Like a Tourist Brochure
  • 'Au Bistro' – Taxes and Danger for Rabbits
  • Japanese Lessons in Paris – They Ate My Pet and Other Stories About Love – by Makiko Suzuki
  • Back to School in France – Chaos for 12.4 Million, Again
  • Deluxe Cheapo Shopping – Less than Wholesale, Less Than On Sale
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.28 – 2. September 1996
  • Diary and 'Au Bistro' – Batten the Hatches, Here Comes the Rentrée!
  • Doing Nothing, Thinking About Less – In the Second Best Place After Ratlands
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week

Issue 1.27 – 26. August 1996
  • Diary and 'Au Bistro' – Summer in France, Right in France
  • Palmy Days in the Bretagne – Low–Key Three Weeks in August
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.26 – 19. August 1996
  • Diary and 'Au Bistro' – Nothing in View on the Horizon
  • How To Not Be In Spain – Membership at the 'Club Vacances' Not Wanted
  • This week's Paris Posters – Two Fish Tiles
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.25 – 12. August 1996
  • Diary and 'Au Bistro' – Views and News for Summer
  • A Different Beat – Amsterdam in Summer
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.24 – 5. August 1996
  • Diary and 'Au Bistro' – Views and News for Summer
  • In Search of Romanticism In Nouvelle–Athénes – Look for La Païva at St. Georges
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
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Issue 1.23 – 29. July 1996
  • Diary – Industrious Industrial Tourists
  • 'Au Bistro' – Which Half of the Bottle is Full?
  • Paris As Bazaar – Low–end Sales With High–end Sights
  • Downtown Hideouts – Rest Areas for Heavy Plastic Users
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.22 – 22. July 1996
  • Metropole Diary – St. Rêmy Sees Tour de France, Without Me
  • 'Au Bistro' – Not Much News and Not Much Of It
  • Bastille Day at the Buttes Chaumont – Just Another Day, Not Spent Drinking and Dancing
  • Real Reader, Really in Paris – Editor Nearly Flubbs Rendezvous
  • BRIGHT Light, BRIGHT City – Whatever It Is, It Is On the Way
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.21 – 15. July 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Out In the Country
  • 'Au Bistro' – At Long Last, the 'Real' Holidays Can Begin
  • Bastille Day in Paris, CCVI Edition – Long–time Popular Favorite in France – Revolution !
  • Bastille Attacked and Captured – Shopkeepers and Tradesmen Defeat Swiss Guards
  • Showtime at the Iron Lady – Tour Eiffel National Party Site on Sunday
  • The Garage of Dreams – On the Road on Foot; Nightmares Under the Hood
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.20 – 8. July 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Defective Memory
  • 'Au Bistro' – Roadblocks and Free Rides
  • Prehistoric Impressionism – 20,000 Year–Old Baubles, Bangles and Arrows
  • The Stone Place – Titles, Money, Power, Baubles and the Ritz
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.19 – 1. July 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Nonsense in Paradise
  • 'Au Bistro' – Logical Start to Tour de France, in Holland
  • Turning Coin into Paper – Not Hard to Find, but Hard to Spell: the rue Quincampoix
  • Sorry for the Inconvenience – Marble Malls and Renovations
  • Half–Price Wooden 'Garage' Shirt – Paris On Sale – Bring Money or Plastic
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
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Issue 1.18 – 24. June 1996
  • Metropole Diary – One to One: Reader–Editorial Interactivity
  • 'Au Bistro' – France Is Holding Its Breath
  • Former 'Bottle House'is Now Respectable – Trocadéro – Four Museums, Parvis and a Theatre
  • Lounging at Trocadéro – Ambiance, Good View and Plenty of Seats
  • Bring Little Money and No Tipping – First Restaurant Review [and Last?]
  • Goodbye Dollies – Film Review : "Conte d'Eté" – "A Summer Tale"
  • e–Mail – The Avenue Foch – Gloriously Intimidating? Nah!
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.17 – 17. June 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Not Much About Anything
  • 'Au Bistro' – Not Much Bad News is Good News
  • From Provincal 15th to Revolutionary 18th – A Little Bus Ride on Line 80
  • Quiet Days In the Rue de la Butte aux Cailles – Sun and Wind, North of the Pyrenees
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.16 – 10. June 1996
  • Metropole Diary – French Movies – No Popcorn
  • 'Au Bistro' – Mini–Heatwave, Rocket Flop, No Strike and Bats
  • A Warm Stroll in the Rue du Faubourg Montmartre – Lost and Found, Rues and Boulevards
  • Get a New Life – Film Review : A Very Discreet Hero
  • 20 Puzzles for Fun – Review of CD–ROM Title : "Art Puzzle"
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.15 – 3. June 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Green and Gentle Land – France?
  • 'Au Bistro' – Where's the Money?
  • In the Pit of Le Forum des Halles: Le Mall; This is Paris Life?
  • Le Mall as Marché – Handily Wins 'Do the Right Thing' Prize
  • Sunshine in the rue Montorgueil – La Rue is Paris' Life
  • e–Mail – Is La Palette Still Open? Do Ducks Like Water?
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
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Issue 1.14 – 27. May 27 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Welcome to Metropole – Again
  • 'Au Bistro' – Tunnels, Mad Cows and More Tunnels
  • Silver Disc Souvenirs – Dodgy CD–ROMs and Music Top Tens
  • Paris – Pay per View – For a Family of Four, Bring Money
  • This week's Paris Poster is Called Cartoon Too
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.13 – 20. May 1996
  • Metropole Diary – A Photograph of Gloom
  • 'Au Bistro' – Loto, Jazz and Sports, Losers and Winners
  • Propellers by the Hundreds – Little Club Puts On Big Air Show
  • The House of Photos – Contents Unknown Due to Lack of Appointment
  • Pull, Mac and Brolly to Go – As Damart Used to Say: "Me Cold? Never! "
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.12 – 13. May 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Our Deadline Fails 'Putzfrauen Test'
  • 'Au Bistro' – Smoke and Football
  • Faits Divers – Too Much News – Overshadowed by Bigger News
  • "We Are All Guilty" – French Internet Providers Go To Jail
  • Warning: Our Art May Be Your Porn – Editors Refuse to Guarantee 'Clean' Metropole
  • U2 and Spot Are Watching You – Not Starwars; but Spyplanes, Satellites and a Dog of a CD–ROM
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.11 – 6. May 1996
  • Metropole Diary – The Light is Red – On Air Quality
  • 'Au Bistro' – 'Ponts,' Honors, Dishonors and Good News
  • Red Flags on May Day – Workers March to Bastille, Again
  • Driving Ladders, Joysticks and Hot Water – Inventor's Contest is Annual Fair High Point
  • A Home is a Good House – Crummy Substitutes Are Merely Shelter
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week

Issue 1.10 – 29. April 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Trading Simulation for Stimulation
  • 'Au Bistro' – After Macao and Paris, What's Left to Conquer?
  • Lounging Around the Luxembourg Gardens
  • The Camera You've Been Looking for is Here
  • Foire de Paris – 1996 Edition
  • e–Mail – The Vélosolex is not a Batmobile
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.09 – 22. April 22 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Have You Seen My Missing Marathon?
  • 'Au Bistro' – And Finally, the Big News – PSG Wins! Once.
  • Spring on the Rive Gauche
  • Window Shopping on the Right Bank
  • e–Mail – Eliot Paul on the rue de la Huchette
  • This week's Paris Poster
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.08 – 15. April 15 1996
  • Metropole Diary – A Bit of This and That
  • 'Au Bistro' – Bombs Away in Suburbia–la–ville
  • Sculpture Garden on the Champs–Elysées
  • Days of Wine and Ice Cream – Remembering 'The Paris Métro'
  • The Way We Were is the Way We Are
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.07 – 8. April 1996
  • Metropole Diary– Frigid Freak Easter
  • 'Au Bistro' – Time for Thermal Underwear – It's Easter Again!
  • Diehard Better Late Than Never Carnival 1996
  • The Right Salon for China; Wrong Salon for Me
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
Issue 1.06 – 1. April 1996
  • Metropole Diary– New Bucks, New Wife, Cruel Toes
  • 'Au Bistro' – Silly Europe Week
  • Book Salon – The Art Book Game in Paris
  • Book Salon – French Democracy Goes Online
  • Book Salon – Sales Up 10 to 25 Percent at Salon
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
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Issue 1.05 – 25. March 1996
  • Metropole Diary – Mad Cows and Depression, Football and Faxes
  • 'Au Bistro' – Paris is a Rip–Off and Parisians are Horrible
  • 16th Salon du Livre – The Short Guide
  • More Books Than You Can Shake a Stick At – Book Salon Kicks Off Today, Expecting 200,000 Visitors
  • Smoke and Zinc – Visiting the 6th Salon des Cafés, Bars, Tabacs, Brasseries
  • This week's Paris Posters
Issue 1.04 – 18. March 1996
  • Metropole Diary – 52 weeks in Paris; The Short Way
  • 'Au Bistro' – Nice Days With Francophonie, Gutters, and Short Marathons
  • 10 years of Science
  • This week's Paris Posters
Issue 1.03 – 11. March 1996
  • Metropole Diary – The Pit of Winter and What You Can Do About Unspeakable Weather
  • 'Au Bistro' – Women's Day, the Death of the R5 and Dubious Affairs
  • Arsenal Expo
  • Winter... in Paris
  • This week's Paris Posters
Issue 1.02 – 4. March 1996
  • Metropole Diary – A 'Grand Depart' Weekend, Danger and Taxes
  • ''Au Bistro' – This Is a True Story About French Taxes
  • Salon International de l'Agriculture
  • Salon Feature: Food and Drink
  • Salon Feature: Cheese
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
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Issue 1.01 – 26. February 1996
  • Metropole Diary – The Weather, and the SNCF and RATP Response to Client Relations
  • 'Au Bistro' – Chunnel Rocky Horror Trip by Tony Brock
  • Dracula Sings, Blood Curdles
  • Dreaming in Montparnasse
  • 'Poste Restant' Goes Digital
  • Internet is a Universal Human Right
  • CopyRIGHT – Or Else
  • Online Omlette Makers
  • This week's Paris Posters
  • Ric's Cartoon of the Week
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'Reports' from 17. March to 30. December 1995:
For reports done in1995, see 'Ric's Reports from Paris'
in Norman Barth's 'The Paris Pages – Les Pages de Paris'
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