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The only tangible thing of any kind about the club is this card, and it almost isn't real. When it was first displayed here, I expected that aspiring members would simply clip it off their screens. Other members, who may have tried this, have told me this tends to ruin monitors.

You can come to the club meetings without this card. Other members do it all the time. Let me just point out that the possession of the membership card is not at all obligatory or necessary, unless you are a habitual collector of rare and intangible items.

If you want to carry the membership card around with you - perhaps to prove that you belong to an exclusive* club in Paris - you will need to make a print of it. Carrying the card on your person 'virtually' will not work.

However, 'virtual' membership is not only permitted, but encouraged - no one is excluded from membership by failure to be in Paris. The ritual for becoming a member in the privacy of your own home is simple:- Just repeat "I am a member" three times, while twirling your left hand around in the vicinity of your right elbow.

*'Exclusive' in this sense means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts all sorts of people as members. Any other virtual Café Metropole Clubs in Paris that claim to be real are virtual and should not be confused by the 'real' virtual one.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

With its 15th meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club has long ceased to exist. Extremely ancient versions of its 'History' do remain online - written in illegible sanskrit - somewhere in 'All Past Issues,' where they are now covered with mouldy server-worms.

The Café Metropole Club Is Good-Value For You

Your 'Club' is outstanding value for what it costs even though it has no actual real, pretended or 'virtual' benefits, except for being absolutely 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 quietly reading Le Parisien, if you decide to just peek in the window of the club's café.

Unimportant PR Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 3. February, in Paris. The club's 'report' for this meeting will be put online as usual at its regular time, which may still be Thursday in your time zone.

For some months now I have been saying that the reading the club's online magazine, 'Metropole Paris' is not necessary. This really only applies to last Monday's edition, which was not, because of 'Ed' taking a week off.

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.

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.

The club's meetings are held at the far end of the La Corona's big 'salle,' where there is little danger of being run over by the traffic on the Quai du Louvre which always heavy around the club's closing time of 17:00.

La Corona also has a small 'salle' beside the bar. There is a small terrace on the Rue de l'Amiral Coligny side, which faces the Louvre to the west; and a big terrace on the Quai de Louvre side, which faces south and the Seine. The Club does not have its meetings in either 'small' part.

If you are unfamiliar with cafés, bars or troquets in Paris, La Corona's has a stainless steel top and a sleek beer dispensing thingee with six nozzles, not all of which are for beer. Near the cash register, you might see a little wire stand holding hard-boiled eggs, but it is often elsewhere. Go left past the six nozzles 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' continues to be pronounced 'cloob.']

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

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