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This 'pretended' benefit is meeting 'Ed' and the club's members who happen to be at meetings. Rising membership seems to show that some members think membership is a benefit, and I don't want to argue with them even if I suspect the 'free' part is more of a benefit.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

I know that the tradition-bound official membership card is starting to look a bit frayed around the edges - it started out raggedy in fact - but this frayedness is not a good reason for not having one.

The only valid reason for neglecting to provide yourselves with this distinctive but raggedly membership card is if you don't want to be a member of this still quasi-exclusive club.

This may your situation. If so, simply neglect to cut the virtual membership card off yourphoto: virtual membership card monitor, and quietly keep your non-membership status to yourself. If you choose to tell me it will be your decision, which I will take badly but I won't rat on you.

However, 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, then you are a member. I don't know of any official way to become an un-member.

Having a membership card is recommended because I've taken the time to include it here - even though it is free - and not every Tom, Teresa and Tony who have been to Paris has one.

When the membership card was first displayed here, I expected that prospective members would simply clip it off their screens. Warning - other members, who have tried this, have told me this tends to scratch their expensive monitors.

Let me just point out that the possession of the membership card is not at all necessary even if you have several hundred monitors to spare.

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. No one will ever ask to see this card in its 'real' form but if you have one, showing it to 'Ed' will not make me unhappy.

'Virtual' membership is not only permitted, but encouraged - no Metropole reader is excluded from membership by mere 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" at least four times, while twirling your left hand around in the vicinity of your head.

*'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 'virtual' and authorized 'real' one.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

With its 19th meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club has ceased ceasing to be 'real' so I am going to just skip it. In case you are wondering , the 17th meeting has not been 'lost.' I was at the 17th meeting and there were witnesses.

Vital PR Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 24. February, in Paris. This is not any particular day - in fact it is named after Sainte-Modeste, who is not well-known.

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 and far to the west of Paris.

Reading the club's online magazine, 'Metropole Paris' is again necessary after a period in which it wasn't. This really only applies to last Monday's edition, which was Metropole's latest - and last Thursday's club 'report.' If this doesn't suit you, there a four years' worth of other past issues to look at too.

Regardless of other important stuff you have to do, be 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.
In non-metric terms, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The club's meetings are held at the far end of the La Corona's big 'salle' - see the photo - 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 has other areas, including its bar, a small 'salle,' another terrace, and a downstairs part, but these are not where the club's meetings are held - so pay no attention to them.

Apropos of La Corona's bar - if you are unfamiliar with cafés, bars or bistros in Paris, La Corona's bar has a stainless steel top and a sleek beer dispensing tower with six taps, not all of which are for beer. Go left past the six-taps thing and turn right to find the 'club.'

If you are uncertain about where to find the club, 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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