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But the practical result is that the Café Metropole Club has been a rare Parisian non-smoking area for the duration of its meetings on Thursday afternoons.

I am not trying to suggest non-smokers may be more welcome than confirmed addicts of the evil weed. If really desperate, there is a lot of café La Corona left to smoke in without going outside and standing in the rain. It even has a 'tabac,' so you don't even have to bring anything.

Remember, this is the club that abolishes rules and has 'no governor.' It does have its 'Ed' but you don't have to talk to him either. Last Thursday, in true Parisian custom, everybody talked to everybody else all at the same time.

For this reason my notes are somewhatphoto: location map, la corona abstract. You can read them for what they are but if you are dead-set against doing this, well, forget it then.

Here are the day, time and location details for you to note:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf
Every Thursday at 15:00, until 17:00.

La Corona has a small 'salle' just off the bar and a large 'salle' behind the bar. There is a small terrace on the Rue de l'Amiral Coligny side, which faces west; and a big terrace on the Quai de Louvre side, which faces south. The club meetings are at the rear of the big 'salle.'

About the Café Metropole Club

The 'Club's' purpose is to offer an opportunity for all readers to meet each other and me, the 'Ed' of this online weekly magazine about Paris. Together, we will have an opportunity to transfer from the 'virtual' of the online magazine to the 'real' of Paris.

However, as of right now 'virtual' membership is not only permitted, but encouraged. It is no longer necessary to be in Paris in person if you wish to do this.

For my part, I am going to try to answer any questions you may have. Do not be surprised if for every question you ask me, I ask you one. Do not be surprised if I ask for your permission to take your photo and run it in Metropole Paris, along with my version of your story. This part is not compulsory; a simple 'no thanks' will be sufficient to maintain your privacy.

For readers who are unable to attend 'Club' sessions, do not be surprised to see accounts of these encounters appear in Metropole Paris. The magazine's normal weekly edition will continue to appear as usual on Mondays, but the weekly 'Club' meeting 'report' will be added as an update to it on Thursdays.

The Café Metropole Club's Boilerplate Cop-Out

I will be in the 'Club' at 15:00 every Thursday. With Paris being the way it is, please take into account the usual unreliable fates - if you look out of a window and see the Seine flooding all the way up to Montmartre, there will probably be no club meeting, if the day happens to be a Thursday.

The Café Metropole Club has no 'dues' in the form of cash in any sort of currency, cheques or any kind of plastic. Therefore everything you consume at the club is your responsibility. There will be no pressure to consume anything. If you prefer not to, nobody is going to notice except possibly our waiter, who earns his livelihood at La Corona.

Club meetings will officially end at 17:00, which will release all of us from these humble formalities.

In theory, I have to return to the editorial kitchen table of the magazine to prepare an account of the day's meeting for immediate online publication.

In practice, if nobody shows up, I will sit around reading Le Parisien until I fall asleep or until 17:00. If nobody has still not shown up, I will make up an entirely fictional account of the meeting that will make you curse missing the meeting of a lifetime.

More Café Metropole Club Boilerplate:

At the moment 'exclusive club services' still amount to none. But this is your club as much asphoto: ric mugshot it is mine; so I expect there will be suggestions for services. If these are possible to implement then they will become available.

We are starting out with two 'suggestions' but otherwise everything else is a blank. Together we will make up the transitory details of the 'Club' and together we will see what becomes of it.

At left, Ed's mugshot. If I'm asleep when you arrive, drop an ashtray on the floor.

Last week I re-wrote that Groucho Marx said he wouldn't join a club that would have him as a member. In fact, Groucho Marx is dead and this class of people cannot even become 'virtual' members. The only 'live' person required to attend this club's meetings is the 'Ed' who is really me. If you want to avoid Ed, or me, you now know where not to go in Paris next Thursday.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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