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This date coincides with the eve of Bastille Day, and is usually reserved for a lot of party-like activities in Paris - which will be more this year on account of its '2000' character.

I do not want to miss this club meeting nor this evening in Paris, nor do I wish to miss the biggest picnic in the history of the world on Friday, the 14th of July.

Next Thursday's club meeting will be held as usual in the same place at the same time, rain or shine.

The Original 'Report' of the Last Meeting

I will recommend this - for its entirely unforseen new 'first' - if you want to read last Thursday's original report, then you can see the unofficial account of the weekly Club meeting - which has other details than above.

The Boilerplate: The Café Metropole Club Is Free

The one purpose of the Café Metropole Club is to provide a chance for readers - and non-readers! - of the online magazine 'Metropole Paris' who are visiting Paris to meet its 'Ed,' and each other at its weekly meetings in the club's Paris café.

You will find that your 'Club' may be more value than it costs - which is nothing - even though it has no actual real, pretended or 'virtual' benefits, except for being absolutely free. Club meetings are seldom boring, unless there are no members present.

Since you don't want to be members of a boring club, you should try to be at its meetings.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

The Café Metropole Club has this membership card. Unlike other clubs, this card is completely 'virtual' as you can see here. If you feel the urge, it is possiblephoto: virtual membership card to print it but it is not absolutely necessary unless you want to carry it around to show to me when you are in Paris.

'Virtual' members who have not had a chance to attend a club meeting in Paris in person can upgrade from their simple reader status to 'virtual'-status by using any method you want to use, including slight-of-hand.

All 'virtual' members, plain readers and now, non-readers, who actually show up for meetings in Paris, automatically become exclusive* and 'real' Charter Club Members, unless they refuse this distinction.

*'Exclusive' means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts any sort of living human being from any part of our planet as members. Any other virtual Café Metropole Clubs in Paris that claim to be real are actually virtual or bogus and should not be confused with the sole 'virtual' and unofficial 'real' one, which is this one.

Charter Club Member List

As 'virtual' members induct themselves at the weekly club meetings in Paris, they become 'real' members of the club by writing anything the semi-official members' booklet.

After becoming 'real,' members will be asked - someday - via email - if they wish to have their email addresses passed on to other 'real' members. If in agreement, this will be done. If not, the member's name will be on the distributed list, but without their email address.

This reminds me for the nth time that I should send out this list for those who have signed on for it. The nearly eternal deadline for doing this in the past was well-intentioned. The deadline has been moved to the near future.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

The first meeting of your club took place on Thursday, 7. October 1999. The meeting next Thursday will be the club's 29th - clearly over six months' worth. Your club in Paris now has 63 'real' members.

Vital 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 27. April, in Paris. This is a particular day - it is Sainte-Zita's Day actually - so attending the club meeting may interfere with any festive rites you may be planning.

Be sure to check this week's 'Scene' column for possible festivities you may miss by attending the club's meeting.

The club's 'report' about the next 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 +0100 or +0200 Summer-Time scheme of things and far, far to the west of Paris. If anyplace to the east of Paris, It may be Friday already.

photo: location map, la coronaWhat, Where, When, How?

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, GMT +01:00
In non-metric terms, even in Paris, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The club has a changing roster of regular waiters. You can order anything you want from them because the café has nearly everything, including some French stuff like crêpes sans-flambée. The 'Waiter of the Week' will keep a tab on this, for you to pay before you leave.

The club's meetings are held at the far end of the La Corona's big 'salle.' The café has several other areas, including its bar, a small 'salle,' another terrace, and a downstairs waterworks part, but none of these are where the club's meetings are held - so pay no attention to them - except, maybe, the vital downstairs part.

If you are still uncertain about where club meetings are held within the café, simply ask any tolerant person standing behind the bar - in any language that suits you - "Où est le club, s'il vous plaît?&qout;

Do not do this if you are carrying a bag full of golf clubs. You may be directed to the links at Saint-Nom-la-Bretêche.

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

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