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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 not at all obligatory. For those of you who have read this page 13 times, do not accept substitutes.

However, the actual 'virtual' card, as reproduced here for the dozenth plus oneth time, potentially contains millions of techno day-glo colors; far more than any standard computer system palette of only 256 dull and insipid RGB colors.

Printing it merely in black and white is therefore highly unadvised. In black and white, itphoto: virtual membership card looks like some flyer for X-video rentals or a frozen pizza-takeout franchise.

For 'virtual' or real Café Metropole Club members who have not managed to show up before now you will note that this is a 'virtual' membership card, which I have already mentioned several times more than once, above.

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 any color other than black. Using white ink to print it on white paper is not a good idea.

*'Exclusive' in this sense means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts people as members. 'Virtual' persons from other online magazines' clubs are requested to not use the card. If you have had actual contacts with such people, snitch them off to the Exterior Ministry as being 'virtual' aliens.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

With its 12th meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club has been abolished. Ancient versions of its 'History' do remain online, somewhere in ' All Past Issues,' where they are now covered with 1900-year old silt.

The Café Metropole Club Is Good-Value For You

Your 'Club' is a truly astonishing value for what it costs even though it has no actual real, pretended or 'virtual' benefits, except for being free.

Its single purpose is to offer an opportunity for the readers of Metropole to meet its 'Ed' and each other at its weekly meetings - or see him wondering whether to tie his shoelaces if you decide to just peek in the window of the club's café.

Impractical Information

The club's meetings are held - how to get to it is above, its address is below.

'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 antique but still colorful 'virtual' membership card is not obligatory if your color printer has run out of ink of any color.

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

This anti-semi-policy has changed to one that is very much more positive. Be darn sure to read every page of Metropole every Monday and especially next Thursday for the latest news of the club's latest meeting. If you are having a relaxing siesta at the moment, set your alarm clock to Thursday now before you fall asleep.

photo: location map, la coronaPractical Information

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' 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 does not have its meetings in either 'small' part.

The club's meetings are held at the far end of the big 'salle,' where there is little danger of being run over by the traffic on the Quai du Louvre.

If you are unfamiliar with cafés, bars or ginmills, La Corona's has a zinc top and a sleek espresso machine with 16 nozzles. Near the cash register, you will not see a little wire stand holding hard-boiled eggs. This object has been pinched by unknown persons. Go left past where the egg thing used to be and turn right to find the 'club.'

If this no-fault scheme 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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