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If the club's secretary hears one of these and manages to record it - it is seldom put to a vote because members are usually in agreement in advance anyway - unless the secretary hasn't heard it. This opens the door more multiple submissions, and may the best one win!

The Secretary's Impending 'Holiday'

For more than a dozen years I have gone on holidays by slinging some baggage into a car and simply driving away from Paris for a period of time. This year is an exception.

I have to take an airplane to another continent. I have forgotten how complicated - needlessly! - this can be, compared to jumping into a car or getting on a train.

The most complicated part involves travelling to outlandish timezone areas. It seems as if professionals in the travel industry are only vaguely aware of the implications of these. To make matters worse, I must transit through London in the UK, and nobody seems to know where its airports are in relation to Paris.

I have also learned that airlines have only vague notions of 'running on time.' I have been informed that aircraft arriving at airports do not necessarily land immediately, but may fly around in circles for hours to give passengers their proper money's worth of flightime.

Taking all of this into account, it now appears as if my presence at the club meeting on Thursday, 13. July is somewhat more than doubtful. Here then are some meeting dates for you to note:

  • Thursday, 29. June - this meeting's secretary will be the server-lady and club member Linda Thalman.
  • Thursday, 6. July - this meeting's secretary will be the server-lady and club member Linda Thalman again.
  • Thursday,13. July - this meeting's secretary will be Linda Thalman. If I am not present at this meeting, I will be circling lazily over some part of the UK in a long-haul Ford Tri-Motor with no landing priority.

This last date coincides - this is not fiction - with the eve of Bastille Day, and will be the occasion for a lot of party-like activities in Paris - which may be more extreme this year on account of its '2000' character. If you intend to participate be sure to wear sturdy dancing shoes.

I do not want to miss this club meeting nor this evening in Paris, but the matter seems to be completely out of my control. 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 don't recommend that you read it - there are no new stunning 'Firsts of the Week' - but any particular club meeting only happens once, even if nothing happens at it. See the unofficial original report of last Thursday's weekly Club meeting, here.

The Boilerplate Is Suspended This Week

The club's usual 'boilerplate cop-out' can still be found on the three weeks before last's 'Club News' page.photo: virtual membership card Prospective new members may want to give this a glance before jumping in without looking.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Here is the Café Metropole Club's membership card. This rest of the blah-blah concerning this can still be found on the three weeks before last's 'Club News' page. I can tell you right now that having this card in your possession is not officially necessary.

How To Contact a Club Member

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 inter-reader or member contacts your decision.

Both reader and member name-and-email lists exist, but are not for any sort of distribution to anybody not involved with Metropole Paris or the Café Metropole Club.

Trivial 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 8. June, in Paris. This is Saint-Médard Day in Paris but it is not a public holiday. If you are intending to celebrate this day all the same, remember that after subtracting club time, there are still 22 hours left on this day for other celebrations.

For all people who do not celebrate Saint-Médard's Day, the 8th of June is known as the '8th of June Day' and you should do whatever it is that you are required by law or belief to do on this day.

The club's 'report' about the next meeting will be put online as usual at its regular time. This may still be Thursday in your timezone but most likely it will be Friday unless I speed-write. Lacking a license for this, I seldom do it.

What, Where, When, How? What?

photo: location map, la coronaHere 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 usual blah-blah about the café La Corona usually found here can still be found on the three weeks before last's 'Club News' page. For those too overstressed to hit the link, the information missing here describes the club's location within the café La Corona. Condensed info: ask at the bar or go to the rear of the large dining room.

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

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