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As the club hit double-time, Allan and Lewis and Diane went off in the pelting rain, to have dinner at the Absinthe near the Marché Saint-Honoré, and I came back to the 'Ed's' office to write this.

A Dollar Named Sacajawea

Allan is keeping up with his far-flung investment schemes by buying the Wall Street Journal. From this, we learned that the WSJ has had some sort of new layout since Monday - way to go WSJ! - and today's issue has last week's Metropole story about the 'Sacajawea' dollar.

Well, not the whole story. Allan got his new dollar from a Wal-Mart the day after they got them. The 'story' is about Wal-Mart getting the coins before banks got them. Allan told us this last week too, but I felt it wasn't worth mentioning.

Even so, with reader Jeff Widen's photo of the 'Sacajawea' dollar that appeared in Metropole's Monday's edition, it seems as if your magazine about Paris beat the WSJ on this story. This is somewhat unusual, so I would like to warn readers that if you see any investment tips in Metropole - ignore them.

An 'Amiral Coligny' Named Kielbasy?

An alert reader in New York City wrote to say that Julia Childs claims that 'Amiral Coligny' is a misnomer, and the real name is in fact, that of a noble Polish cook named Stefanphoto: petit rouge, club drink Kielbasy. Antoinette Poisson, aka the Marquise de Pompadour, thought this Polish guy did sausages neatly, and therefore the street is named after him.

This is possibly true - but unlikely. Amiral Coligny died 149 years before the Pompadour was born. While the Marquise's and the Amiral's names figure prominently in French history, no such thing can be claimed for Stefan 'Who?' Kielbasy.

The business end of a 'petit' rouge.

The hôtel where Amiral Coligny lived is about 75 metres from the street named after him - es logo, no? - and 'Stefan Kielbasy' cannot be converted into 'Amiral Coligny' by any form of sausage bending.

This brings your club's 18th meeting to a end, somewhat into double-overtime. Outside it is dark and serious rain is being pushed down from the north-west. It is the kind of night that we used to let the cat stay inside.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Thursday, 18. February 2000 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.

All readers of Metropole are reminded that they may become members of the Café Metropole Club very easily. If you are not in Paris, you can induct yourself as a 'virtual' member in the privacy of your own home.

If you are in Paris, all you need to do is show up for a club meeting and sign the member's booklet. I will lend you my own Bic pen to do this.

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 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm in certain time zones - 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 - in Paris' time zone - 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,
signature, regards, ric

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