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For those of you joining this page for the first time, let mephoto: virtual membership card point out that the possession of the membership card is so unobligatory, I don't know why I even mention it.

The real Café Metropole Club membership card. Carry it with pride.

However, the actual card, as reproduced here, potentially contains millions of vibrant colors; far more than any standard computer system set of only 256 dull and boring colors.

Printing it in black and white is therefore highly unrecommended. In mere black and white, it looks like some scrap ripped out of a poorly-printed flyer for sunlight treatments.

For 'virtual' or real Café Metropole Club members who have come in late you will note that this is a 'virtual' membership card. If you want to carry one around with you - perhaps to prove that you belong to an exclusive* club in Paris - you will have to make a print of it; in full color, if possible.

*'Exclusive' in this sense means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts anybody as members, and their pets if they are not fluffy. People from other planets or star systems are requested to not apply. If you have not had actual contacts with such people, there is no need to mention it.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

With its eighth meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club has gotten so incredibly long and mind-deadenly boring that to repeat it would be patently redundant. It is therefore, hereby, suppressed. Older versions of its 'History' do remain online, somewhere in ' All Past Issues.'

The Café Metropole Club Is a Good-Value Club The 'Club' is excellent value for what it costs but it has no actual or virtual real benefits, except for being free. Its sole purpose is to offer an opportunity for its 'Ed' to meet whoever shows up at its weekly meetings - or read the paper if nobody bothers to attend. This has happened almost once.

The club's meetings are held in the centrally-located café La Corona in Paris. This café has drink, tabacco products, post-cards and food, which includes onion soup.

Other than warning you about how hot this may be when served, I only wish to add that La Corona does not have any potholed leeks on its menu, with or without 'flufflenutter.'

'Virtual' membership is not only permitted, but encouraged - no one is excluded from membership by failure to be in Paris. Possession of the now somewhat aged 'virtual' membership card is not obligatory if you do not have a color printer.

For some weeks now I have been saying that reading the club's online magazine, 'Metropole Paris,' is not obligatory.

This non-policy has changed to one that is slightly more positive. Be sure to read Metropole next Thursday for the latest news of the club's latest meeting. If you are having a siesta then, don't worry. We probably are, too.

Practical Information

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

photo: location map, la coronaCafé-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' beside 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 held at the far end of the big 'salle.'

When you enter the bar area of La Corona you will not immediately see any club activity. To find it, go around the left side of the bar, away from the 'tabac' section of the café.

If you are unfamiliar with bars, the one in La Corona has a zinc top and has beer handles sticking up like antlers. Near the cash register, you might see a little wire stand holding hard-boiled eggs. Go left past the eggs and turn right to find the 'club.'

If all else fails, simply ask whoever is behind the bar - in any language that suits you - 'Où est le club?' ['Club' is pronounced 'cloob.']

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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