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The 'Report' of the Club's Last Meeting

If you want to know how a 'Monaco' got to be 'Drink of the Week' last Thursday, you can read the unofficial account of last Thursday's weekly Club meeting - even if you have already read it several times. Hit the hyperlink lightly to see what happened.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Your exclusive club in Paris has a 'virtual' membership card because it is vitally important for aspiring members to have some tangible evidence of membership, for the period in which they are 'virtual' members.

If you have entered your bona-fides in the 'Members booklet' in person at a weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club in the café La Corona in Paris, it is no longer really necessary to have a membership card. However it is recommended because I've taken the time to include it here - even though it is free - and not every 'Tonio Santoni and Rita Matkiko has one.

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 potential members would simply clip it off their screens. Other members, who have tried this, have told me this tends to scratch their expensive monitors.

Members come to the club without this membership card all the time so you can do it too. Let me just point out that the possession of the membership card is not at all necessary, even if you are a habitual collector of intangible and rare items.

But 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 mere failure tophoto: virtual membership card be in Paris. The ritual for becoming a member in the privacy of your own home is simple:- Just repeat "I am a member" several times, while twirling your right hand around in the area of your refrigerator's door handle.

*'Exclusive' means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts any sort of people as members. All other virtual Café Metropole Clubs in Paris that claim to be real are virtual and should not be confused by the sole 'real' and authorized virtual one.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

After its 16th meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club has ceased ceasing to exist so I am going to just skip it. 'Lost' earrings and my 'lost' keys are not 'history.' One virtual member claims he lost his gloves here, but this is not 'history' either because it was not on a Thursday afternoon.

The Café Metropole Club Is Good-Value For You

Your 'Club' is astonishing value for what it costs - nothing - 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 dozing, if you decide to just peek in the window of the club's café.

Vital PR Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 10. 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, if it is in the GMT scheme of things.

For some months now I have been saying that the reading the club's online magazine, 'Metropole Paris' is again necessary. This really only applies to last Monday's edition, which was Metropole's latest - but if this doesn't suit you, there a four years' worth of other past issues to look at too.

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 - see photo at top - not all of which are for beer. 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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