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I am pretty sure this can't be so, because club members have not only learned to pronounce it, but it has been the club's 'City of the Week' too.

'Food of the Week' turns out to be good old French-style meringue.

"I'm looking for the perfect breakfast wine," PJ says, and this is what becomes the 'Quote of the Week,' even though John insists that, "It doesn't go with orange juice."

I may have forgotten to mention that beer is the club's 'Drink of the Week,' now that most glasses are empty. This also seems as good as time as any to mention that brittle French meringue is the 'Food of the Week,' especially after Susanne takes a bite of some that she has brought, to show me it is edible if one is determined.

There are other stories about Paris-style 'artistic' parking, seen from a hotel window, and this reminds Ken to tell me why Birmingham was called 'Magic City' in olden times; having something to do with Birmingham, UK, and iron, and the stuff used to make it.

A good tip is offered for those who stay more than five days in Paris, and it involves mailing all purchases home, if the workers in the Louvre's shops ever return to sell anything, and if you can do this before getting your pockets picked.

At some point I interrupt the 'four-pack' for the group photo. The Charneys and the Martins get together on what seems like two chairs instead of ten, and say 'cheese' in unison about 28 times.

Doing this allows me to get two clear shots out of 14 blurred ones. Thisphoto: same group 3 is many more than I usually get to take, so I include one of the blurred ones here too. I tell myself to remember the 'cheese' trick.

Almost not blurred, after 'cheese' number 23.

Shortly after club time is up for the week - it could be called 'Time of the Week' - but no, I can't do this without members being present - I see the 'four-pack' on the Quai du Louvre, all pointing in different directions.

Pointing towards the 'Chef of the Week,' the 'Four-year Old Waiter of the Week' or the 'Breakfast Wine of the Week?' I don't know; all of them or some I haven't even heard of yet.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next meeting is Thursday, 22. June. This will be Saint-Alban's Day in Paris. If you sense it is Thursday and you seem to be at loose ends, come to the meeting.

If you do have the good luck - 'bon chance!' in French - to be in some other paradise, but you do remember it is the day for your club's meeting - whereverphoto: formidable french beer you are you can say "It is Café Metropole Club day in Paris again!"

The café La Corona meeting place will again be open on both outside terraces like today - plus all of its inside places - 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, depending on what sort of chronometre you may have - and, provided its battery is functioning.

This is one of the originals; not a re-fill.

Come as you are - even in jeans especially if you can. If you do not expect to be present you can read the regular - this week's - Monday page for this week's general club's news. In particular, I don't remember what in particular I wrote, but it was something.

Monday's 'club news' will be available next week in Metropole's regular edition, pretty much as usual unless something unusual happens which hasn't been often lately.

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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