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If you want to dispute this, or if you want to know how 'café noisette' became the 'word of the week,' you should read the unofficial and unauthorized account of last Thursday's weekly 'Club' meeting - in case you haven't already read it. Hit the hyperlink to see what happened.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

For those of you reading this page for the first time, let me point out that the possession of the membership card is so unobligatory, I don't know why I even mention it. For those of you who have read this page before, forget it.

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 an out-of-register brochure for sunny, beachside holidays in Maidenhead.

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 tophoto: virtual membership card 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 birds. People from other planets or star systems are requested to not use the card. 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 ninth meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club has gotten to an almost mythic length, much too long to repeat. It is therefore, hereby, suppressed. Older versions of its 'History' do remain online, somewhere in ' All Past Issues.'

The Café Metropole Club Is Good-Value For You

The 'Club' is outstanding value for what it costs but it has no actual real or virtual benefits, except for being free. Its sole purpose is to offer an opportunity for the readers of Metropole to meet its 'Ed' at its weekly meetings - or see him reading the paper if you choose not to attend. This has not happened almost once.

The club's meetings are held in the centrally-located café La Corona. This café has drink, tobacco products, post-cards and food, which includes French-style hot dogs. Other than warning you about how big one of these may be when served, I only wish to add that La Corona does not have any deep-fried Mars bars on its menu, with or without chlorpromazine.

'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 but still colorful 'virtual' membership card is not obligatory if you do not have color printer.

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

This non-policy has changed to one that is much more positive. Be darn sure to read Metropole next Thursday for the latest news of the club's latest meeting. If you are having a relaxing siesta then, wake up!

Practical Information

photo: location map, la coronaHere 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' 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,' where there is little danger of falling in the Seine.

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 and into the big room behind.

If you are unfamiliar with bars, La Corona's has a zinc top and has beer handles sticking up from it 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 anybody standing behind the bar - in any language that suits you - 'Où est le club, s'il vous plaît?' ['Club' is pronounced 'cloob.']

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

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