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So without further ado, I put Stephen's apparel up for 'Suit of the Week.' The club's café is by no means shabby, but Stephen and his suit add a touch of extra class to your club today.

But what about this? The club's camera does its best for Carmel!

Stephen tells us he helped Ford convince the French government that Ford is a European car. This reminds him of nearly getting busted for telephoning while driving his car. He got off with a finger-waggle.

Next, the musicians who perform in métro wagons or RER trains are discussed. The RER 'B' line is considered to have the world's worst violin players - or, are they the best? My notes are hazy, because then the people who do the Punch-and-Judy shows while rolling underground are fondly mentioned.

Carmel McKenzie and Alan Savage from Melbourne show up for their last club visit on this trip. After introductions, Stephen says he has to leave. He is nervous about the traffic because he has to get to either the Rue de Lille or Lille itself before Friday.

I'm sorry to see him go because I didn't get a chance to mention the lady I saw park a four-metre long Volvo in a three-metre long parking space, while talking non-stop on her phone.

She used her other ear for audio signals about her progress, and left two short cars a bit shorter after completing the operation successfully - and was still having the same conversationphoto: suit of the week as she walked away, without bothering to put a parking ticket on her battleship.

"Has graffiti increased in the last two years?" Carmel wants to know. Even though I have to answer 'yes,' I'm glad she hasn't asked about the dogs.

The club's camera is also fond of the nifty 'Suit of the Week.'

Carmel and Alan have found free music at several places around Paris and mention the noontime concerts at the Trinité church. Times are 12:45 to 13:30; métro Trinité.

I give the new and modest Promenade d'Australie a big build-up; and I think Carmel and Alan decide they will give it a visit before they go. The idea of sending an eucalyptus tree from Australia for it springs to mind.

It is somewhat after club time when we split up to go our different ways. From the centre of Paris, there are a lot of different ways to go; but I go back to ed's place and get the battery charger going.

Now that I think of it, today's meeting has had no 'Food of the Week,' no 'Drink of the Week' and no 'Quote of the Week.' It was a quiet meeting - except for the traffic outside on the Quai du Louvre.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next 'real' meeting is Thursday, 11. May. If it seems to be Thursday andphoto: empties of the week you are definitely in Paris, come to the meeting. If you don't happen to be in Paris and you happen to remember it is your club's day, wherever you are you can say "It is Café Metropole Club day again!"

No 'Drink of the Week' this week; just empties.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open on both outsides as usual, plus inside, next Thursday, 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 if you have a timepiece that only goes up to 12.

Come however you are, especially if you can. If you do not expect to be present you can read the regular - this week's - Monday page for your last week's club's news.

The Film Shoot Club Day-Change

The café La Corona's management has now confirmed that the club's café will be taken over by a crew to film some movie scenes. This will happen on Wednesday and Thursday, 17 and 18. May; because the Louvre is always closed on Tuesdays. For this particular week only, the Café Metropole Club's meeting will be held on Friday, 19. May. Repeat: Friday, 19. May. The times remain unchanged.

The café's location is still:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf

A bientôt à Paris,
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