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I bumped the diary on Paul's request.

We really should make a couple of decisions about meeting places... at least one for Saturday evening after, say, 8pm and into the night and one for noonish on Sunday.

Colman suggested it would be good to have the Sunday near Jerome's flat and Colman's and Sam's hotel, on account of little Christopher, so that seems to be taken care of pending confirmation by, I suppose, Jerome...

About Saturday night, someone (maybe redstar, since he's suitably stalinist :-) should simply make a decision. Paul, how late can you get back to St. Cloud on Saturday night, and from where? (assuming you want to take public transport rather than a taxi)

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 24th, 2008 at 12:54:47 PM EST
As a note, the Paris metro runs until 2 in the morning, on saturdays ; and there is a limited bus service during the night... And Velibs !

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Thu Apr 24th, 2008 at 08:00:52 PM EST
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I propose to eat at Bistro des Batignolles, about a midway between the square and the boulevard des Batignolles on the on the rue des Batignolles, in the 17th, metro Rome or Clichy (we could meet for apero at a good portuguese resto on rue de rome, it's quiet and out of the way and not far). They do super good pretty cheap couscous at bistro des batignolles (careful, not the bistrot les batignolles) and all you can eat vegetables (pretty much, within reason), I haven't had good couscous I haven't made myself in a couple of years, they only do the moroccan pied noir stuff in La Seyne, not the same thing. I know for the Parigo this is probably a trifle but remember some of us come from very far. Actually I may eat there all week though I am staying near the jardin des plantes in the 5eme, at least at first.

After, I think we can walk or, if having too much boukha drunk, take the metro, to Kitty O'shea's, which is on the rue des capucins if i remember correctly, south of the opera station. the bartenders didn't used to speak french there, so this might make some feel at home (or not). alternately we could finish up at the moosehead (odeon), where i may just sleep over if the canadien are playing on satellite at 4am.

cheers. i'll be in an out of email et c. for the next week or so, but hit me with suggestions and i'll respond as soon as i get them, mig knows the email...
 

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Thu Apr 24th, 2008 at 11:45:19 PM EST
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That's for Saturday?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 25th, 2008 at 02:18:03 PM EST
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Yes it is.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill
by r------ on Fri Apr 25th, 2008 at 04:12:59 PM EST
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Colman, can I ask you to figure out a plan with Jerome for Sunday?

Re: children, there will be yours and mine, and Jerome and Geezer also have children who tend to be taken care off and out of the meetup planning, but we might want to organise some family-friendly outing... Paul suggested a picnic (depending on the weather) and I think that's a good idea.

Any suggestions from anyone else?

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Apr 26th, 2008 at 08:02:53 AM EST
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A big picnic for everyone would be very nice. If it must be near Colman's, Bois de Boulogne it'll probably be. - unless Jerome knows of another nicer park ?

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Apr 26th, 2008 at 08:25:35 AM EST
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Problem with a picnic is that it complicates event planning, and we're herding cats as it is. Do you know how long it takes to move this lot from point A to point B under the best of circumstances??

You need contingency plans in case the weather is nasty.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sat Apr 26th, 2008 at 09:02:37 AM EST
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That's when point A and B are 100m apart and all the food and drink at point A has dried up and there's more at point B!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sat Apr 26th, 2008 at 09:16:39 AM EST
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Jerome suggested "nice for kids" Parc Sainte Perrine for the picnic, and in case it rains the Firenze restaurant on Avenue de Versailles.

But the restaurant probably requires a reservation for a Sunday morning, so we should get a head count and make a reservation... We could go to the park afterwards if the weather allows.

Thoughts?

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Apr 26th, 2008 at 06:53:27 PM EST
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Can you set a time and place for Saturday dinner? The Bistro des Batignolles is fine with me. I'll skip the apero because just one glass of wine and I go to sleep. I don't find Bistrot des Batignolles in the Pages Jaune.
I find the Rallye Batignolles at 31 rue Batignolles.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Apr 26th, 2008 at 03:33:43 PM EST
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Rue de Rome, which would be right next to the Portuguese place. Same neighborhood, but on the 8eme side of the Boulevard des Batignolles, more towards Parc de Monceau.

It's definitely not the Rallye.

I'll go and check out tomorrow and report back.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Sun Apr 27th, 2008 at 10:22:15 AM EST
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Hi, Red! Are you in Paris already?

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Sun Apr 27th, 2008 at 12:50:58 PM EST
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After that, I'm just too damn old. If it's near a Metro, I'll take it to La Defense and transfer. Otherwise, the first taxi that will actually go to St. Cloud.

Redstar's recommendation as to location is OK with me.


paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Mon Apr 28th, 2008 at 03:01:00 PM EST
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