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You can come to the club meeting without this card. Other members do so all the time. It is annoying but there's nothing I can do about it. Right at the beginning, let me point out that the possession of the membership card is not at all obligatory or necessary.

On the other hand, if you want to carry the membership around with you - perhaps to prove that you belong to an exclusive* club in Paris - you will have to make a print of it. I'm afraid this has to be a 'rule.'

*'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 to get into other clubs. It is okay to use it for this club though.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

With its 13th 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 2000-year old silt.

The Café Metropole Club Is Good-Value For You

Your 'Club' is 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 untie his shoelaces to wiggle his toes, if you decide to just peek in the window of the club's café.

Important Information

The club's meetings are held every Thursday afternoon in Paris. The time and the 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.

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 next Thursday's time before you fall asleep now.

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, which should be somewhat less now that the Seine's flood has receded.

If you are unfamiliar with cafés, bars or troquets in Paris, La Corona's has a zinc top and a sleek beer dispensing thingee with six nozzles, not all of which are for beer. Near the cash register, you will not see a little wire stand holding hard-boiled eggs. Go left past the beer nozzle thing 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 still pronounced 'cloob.']

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

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