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Another young guy, running a snack kiosk, fought off a masked and armed robber. In the scuffle, he was only slightly wounded in a leg by the robber's Beretta .38. The robber, totally unnerved, dropped the still-loaded gun plus a sack containing another 4000 francs in loot, and fled. The snack guy walked out of a nearby hospital a few hours later.

Other crooks tried to break into an ATM by using a Renault Clio as a battering ram. This was a failure, and these wise guys fled the scene in their unknown-brand back-up car. If they had been métro riders, they would have seen the new poster for a Clio with 172 hp.

Finally, the zoo at Vincennes has reopened and all of its monkeys, elephants, wild cats, and snakes are waiting for your visit. While fixing things up, a crane fell on the monkey mountain, but this has been fixed up too. Nearest métro: Porte Dorée.

Not in the paper, but worth noting, is the comics festival at Angoulême, which is having its 27th annual run-off this week. Robert 'Mr Natural' Crumb was last year's designated hero, so he got to do thisphoto: cafe paper booklets year's festival poster and was supposed to be the honorary 'president' of the fête. I write 'supposed' because I haven't seen the poster or read anything about Mr. Crumb's presidency.

Today's club secretary's typical gear, and dregs of 'Drink of the Week.'

This has brought the time around to 16:45 and I still don't see any actual or potential 'charter' club members within the club's café area. Outside, the sun is still shining and inside the café it is still warm.

Because there is nothing else to nominate, I put up my double-express as 'Drink of the Week' and nominate Ulan Bator in Mongolia as 'City of the Week.' I won't go so far as to nominate anything for 'Food of the Week,' but second the first two nominations. As club secretary, I accept the votes of all present and record these two weekly awards for all members to see.

This brings your club's 16th meeting to a quiet end. Since there are no clouds in the sky I can't say they have silver linings. But I do need to contact a plumber urgently, so I whisk out the cafe's door at 17:03 in order to find one. The métro is running fine this week and by 17:45 I've got a plumber lined up for tomorrow.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Thursday, 4. February 2000, rain or shine, cold or hot, is the date for the club's very next meeting. If you cannot make it, please take the time to induct yourselves as 'virtual' members in your exclusive Paris club.

If you are already a member of either sort - 'virtual' orphoto: interior grande salle 'real' - do not hesitate to re-member yourself. You can do this as many times as you want, even if it doesn't actually increase overall membership much.

Untypically empty clubroom at La Corona.

The café La Corona meeting place will be as open as usual, so the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00, regardless of whether anybody besides its staff and your club's secretary are present.

Come any time you feel like as long as it is not much later than 15:00 and you are in Paris. If you are not present and do not know the ritual for becoming a 'virtual' member, you should read the regular Monday PR page for your club instead. The place is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf

A bientôt à Paris,
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