An Authentic 'First' for a Change

photo: cafe la corona

Not a 'first' - the 30th photo of the club's café, La Corona.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 6. May 2000:- After 30 weekly club meetings you would think I would have thought to mention the club's 'dress code.' To tell the truth, this vital question of etiquette had completely slipped my mind.

Last Thursday's presence of 'real' club member Marion Nowak wearing a 'Zorro' hat should have reminded me, but it wasn't until 'virtual' member Stephen Pierce showed up to become 'real' by signing the members' booklet, did it occur to me that club has an unofficial 'dress code.'

Now that Bamberg has been inducted as 'City of the Week,' I have taken the trouble to look it up. Silly me; I should have known all about it even through it is not on the autobahn between Würzburg and Nürnberg - the one where you drift left after Kassel, pass Fulda - where the 'no speed-limit' can be really tried out.

If conditions are right and you are lead-footing it to Munich - from 'Prussia' - you will miss seeing Bamberg entirely - even if you are doing this legal speeding in a Renault R4 - the French car that innovated the four-door plus hatchback, with a tiny motor, concept.

Ninety-nine point three-fourths of all 'real' Café Metropole Club members dress as if they are on holiday, which is the way most people dress nowadays - including the Canadian farmers 'on rampage' who were in Paris recently.

Even most Parisians dress this way, so having this as the essence of the club's unofficial 'dress code' will not be a strain on anybody. For myself, I dress 'up' for meetings, because the typical Paris journalist 'dress code' tends to be in the class of motorcycle grease-and-leather.

How pleased I was then, to see that Stephen decided to bring his suit to the club! This wasn't one of ourphoto: close-up, suit usual dubious 'firsts,' but an absolutely true one - our very first 'Suit of the Week.' Thank you, Stephen!

For those of you with suits, here is a close-up of the one to top.

It is true that some of the club's lady members do wear classy attire. This is definitely not frowned upon; the only reason I haven't mentioned it before is because I am discrete. Another member, who admitted to being a banker, did not wear a suit because he was supposed to be home in bed, pretending to be ill.

Last Thursday also marked the final club appearance of 'real' members Carmel McKenzie and Alan Savage. Before returning to Australia, they have gone off to do some sightseeing in Denmark. One of Denmark's plus points is its lack of need for alpine gear for looking it over.

Even binoculars are unnecessary for observing Denmark's cows because they are usually quite close.

Three Coming Dates To Note

1.: The Movie - Is the Meeting After the Next

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 for two days.

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.

I am sorry to announce that the club and its members have not been asked to appear in this film. I have been told that it is a costume feature; possibly some sort of re-enactment of the cruel murder of our collective hero, the Amiral Coligny.

2.: The 100-Gallery Vernissage

Exactly six days later, on Thursday, 25. May - following the club's 'official' meeting, club members who are present in person will be invited to the wine-and-cheesephoto: art st germain poster part of 'Art Saint-Germain des Prés,' which begins at 18:00.

This event will take place in the Quartier Latin, right across the Seine from the club's café. For this occasion we will be allowed to use the Pont des Arts to cross the river and will not have to swim across.

I have a limited number of invitations for this event - which features the open doors of 100 art galleries in Saint-Germain - so if more members than usual wish to participate, you should let the secretary know so that more invitations can be begged, borrowed or stolen.

3.: The Secretary's 'Holiday'

I will be absent from two meetings - the last one in June and the first one in July, which are Thursday, 29. June and Thursday, 6. July. Like many of you are all the time, I will be temporarily hors-continent until Thursday, 13. July.

On return, if the plane lands on schedule and if I can transfer from its landing place to Eurostar's Paris departure station, and if métro line four is operating correctly, then I will arrive for the club's meeting on Thursday, 13. July, but late.

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 entire history of the whole world on Friday, 14. 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 stunningly original new 'first' - so if you want to read last Thursday's original report, then you can see the unofficial account of the weekly Club meeting - which has richer 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 of the 'virtual' online magazine 'Metropole Paris' who are visiting Paris to really 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. 'Free' in the sense of the club, means it is more than worthless because it is priceless.

Club meetings are seldom boring, unless only the club's unofficial secretary is present. We all should do 'our best' to avoid a situation like this.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Here is the Café Metropole Club's membership card. Unlike other clubs' cards, this 'card' is completely 'virtual' as you can see here. It is possible to print it but it is not absolutely necessary unless you want to carry it around to as company for your plastic cards.

Metropole readers who have not had a chance to attend a club meeting in Paris in person can upgradephoto: virtual membership card from their simple reader status to 'virtual-member' status by using any method you want to use, including the usual recognized forms of classic voodoo.

All 'virtual' members and plain readers who actually show up for meetings in Paris, automatically become exclusive* and 'real' Charter Club Members, unless they wish to refuse this distinction on the grounds they have forgotten to bring a writing instrument.

*'Exclusive' means that the Café Metropole Club in Paris accepts any sort of live human beings from any part of our general planet as members. Any other virtual Café Metropole Clubs in Paris that claim to be authentic are actually virtual or pirate copies and should not be confused with the sole 'virtual' and unofficial 'real' one, which is this one here.

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 legible the semi-official members' booklet.

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

This reminds me for the 88th time that I should send out this list for those who have signed on for it. The deadline has been placed in the near future, which is currently unobtainable.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

The first meeting of your club took place on Thursday, 7. October 1999. The weekly meeting next Thursday will be the club's 31th. Your club in Paris now has 67 'real,' signed-up members.

Vital 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 11. May, in Paris. This is Sainte-Estelle's Day - so attendance at the club meeting may possibly interfere with any festive rites you may be planning.

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 your timezone to the east of Paris, the report may not be online before Friday.

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 - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf
Every Thursday at 15:00, until 17:00.
In non-continental terms, even in Paris, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The club has a rotating set of friendly waiters. You can order anything you want from them because the café has nearly everything, including some French stuff named 'Banana Slips.' The 'Waiter of the Week' will keep a precise tab on this, for you to settle before you leave.

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

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

An alternative is to ask for 'Mr. Internet,' but this nickname is 'cruel-shoes' and if you need to use it, I'd rather not know about it.

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
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