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It's your club, so put on your 'thinking-caps' and send in your ideas.

Three Coming Dates To Note

1.: The Movie - Affects Next Week's Meeting

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-cheese 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 for crossing the river and will not have to swim it.

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 Parisphoto: virtual membership card 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.

I need to print one of these out for myself - to amaze natives in foreign lands.

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. See the rest of this issue for info about the picnic.

Next - Friday'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 recommend reading this more than usual - not for its unexpected new apparel 'first' - but because there are no details about it above. See the unofficial original report of last Thursday's weekly Club meeting, here.

The Boilerplate Is Suspended This Week

Due to thorny membership issues - see above - the club's usual 'boilerplate cop-out' can still be found on last week's 'Club News' page.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

The Café Metropole Club's membership card is above. This rest of the blah-blah explaining this can still be found on last week's 'Club News' page.

Charter Club Member List

Now that I've taken about 15 weeks to think about this, my conclusion is that distributing 'real' Charter club members names and email addresses should conform to the same method as the exchange of regular Metropole Paris readers' email addresses.

This is how it works: Write to me with the name of the reader or club member you wish to contact. I then write to this reader or club member and ask her or him if they are in agreement or not. On reply, I pass the response back to you.

This makes it your decisions; and it will keep the members' list from going astray. To all 'real' Charter members who have already agreed to have their names and email addresses distributed to other members in agreement, thank you for supporting the idea.

Vital 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Friday, 19. May, in Paris. This is Saint-Yves' Day - narrowly missing Saint-Eric's Day on Thursday, which could have caused endless confusion between what is not 'Ed's' name and what is.

The club's 'report' about the next meeting will not be put online as usual at its regular time, but a day later. This may still be Friday in your time zone. If your timezone to the east ofphoto: location map, la corona Paris, the report may not be online before Saturday.

What, 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. Exceptionally, next Friday at 15:00, until 17:00.
In non-continental terms, even in Paris, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The usual blah-blah about the café La Corona usually found here can still be found on last week's 'Club News' page.

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

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