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photo: quai du louvre, terrace

This is La Corona's Quai du Louvre terrace. See the cars?
See the trucks? Roomy, but noisy.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 17. June 2000:- If I hadn't been reading about Paris for the first 50 minutes of last Thursday's club meeting, I would have noticed that La Corona's 'grande salle' had at least 78 empty seats free for members. There was me, the club's secretary, and the club's waiter, Patrick.

Then the 'four-pack' arrived. From halfway across the 'grande salle,' Susanne Chaney insisted that the club meeting should be held outside on the terrace.

It was warm enough to do this, but by about 16:00 traffic on the quay is getting ferocious, as well as loud, so I invited the new members to sit down to discuss it. The ensuring conversation - about everything except sitting on the terrace - was so intensive that sitting outside on the terrace was forgotten.

The Chaneys from Fairfax, California and the Martins from Birmingham, Alabama, had just comephoto: thursday's group from an after-lunch trip to the Louvre. Since the club's café, La Corona, is right across the street, this is easy to do.

Last Thursday's bi-coastal 'four-pack' of new members: from left, the Martins and the Chaneys.

I have heard that doing it the other way around - going to the Louvre after a club meeting - is even better. Even the Louvre has its quiet periods of the day, and 17:00 to 19:00 may be one on them.

But, according to Susanne, the Louvre's shops were closed on account of a 'lack of employees.' This is a handicap for visitors who have come a long way with the intention of buying the Mona Lisa.

'Lack of employees' does not mean that full employment is the rule in France; it is only another way of saying there is a little bit of a strike going on. Even people who work in the Louvre's shops are expecting 35-hour work weeks, and if they haven't got it yet, they may be sore about it and staying home.

With this explanation, I hope the members and all other readers will now be aware that anything can be closed at any time in Paris on account of the 35-hour work week. Back-up shopping lists are recommended.

All in all, it was a very good meeting even if it was only 70 minutes plus overtime, long. Members uttered several recordable 'Quotes of the Week,' and a few that weren't so recordable. These can be summed up as, beware of pickpockets in London.

The pickpocket warnings that have been broadcast in Paris' métro stations for the past several years seem to have been replaced by no warnings at all. It is possible that the pickpockets' union has not come to any agreement about the 35-hour work week, and has therefore shifted its operations to London, to protest unfair working conditions in Paris.

I would not rely on this theory, because Paris will have become attractive to freelance and non-union pickpockets, so you should stay alert.

About the Club

The Café Metropole Club is a meeting place in Paris for the readers of the weekly online magazine Metropole Paris - this very same magazine! - who are in Paris on a Thursday and are in the vicinity of the club's café at the right time on the right day.

Readers of the online magazine who have not attended a club meeting can become members of the clubphoto: all the empties by inducting themselves into it in the privacy of their own homes, no matter where they live. This is called 'auto-induction.'

First-time visitors who can find the club's café can sign the unofficial members' booklet, to become members. Generally, this has no negative effect on your universal rights as human beings or as members.

The club has a long and colorful history and a great number of signed-up members after 36 whole meetings; including the ones with no members present.

The club is informal. There is no 'club song' for you to learn. The club's unwritten and unofficial rules state quite clearly that the club has no 'dress-code.' There is no unofficial secret handshake or 'high-sign.' Non-readers of the online magazine can also become members, sometimes by accident.

Welcome to the club, members, no matter what you choose to wear.

The Original 'Report' of the Last Meeting

There were several new outstanding 'Quotes of the Week' last Thursday. Every club meeting only happens once, so these are original too. See the unofficial original report of last Thursday's weekly Club meeting, here.

The 'New Version' Club Sub-Clauses

Your club is so famous now that it is senseless to repeat these unofficial non-rules week after every darned week. Below you will find links back to past 'Club News' pages - if you feel that you need to refresh your memory.

The 'Thing-of-the-Week' Awards

At Café Metropole Club meetings all members are invited to propose their 'Thing-of-the-Week,' be it your home town or an item of food or drink or whatever comes to mind. If all present actually hear one of these being uttered, they can propose one of their own - this has been called the club's auto-chaos.

Since the chance of all members actually hearing a 'Thing-of-the-Week' all together at the same time is unlikely, anyone who thinks they may have heard one - even if they said it themselves - should being it to the secretary's attention, if they can get it.

The club's secretary will try to hear all of these and perhaps manage to record them, for the meeting 'report.' If the secretary hasn't heard one this opens the door more multiple submissions, and may the best one recorded get an award!

The Secretary's Impending 'Holiday'

For the first time in 14 years I will be leaving the continent for a short holiday. During this time club meetings will continue with the server-lady Linda Thalman sitting in as the official unofficial club secretary.

The club meetings affected are the following:

  • 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, it will be because I am circling lazily over some part of the UK in an ex-Air Liberty 707 with no landing priority.

This last date is the eve of Bastille Day, and will probably 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 colorful and stout dancing shoes.

I will do what I can not miss this club meeting and this evening in Paris. Moreover, I do not 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 Boilerplate Is Suspended

The club's usual 'boilerplate cop-out' can still be found on the five weeks before last's 'Club News' virtual membership card Prospective new members may want to give this a glance before taking a blindfolded leap into club membership.

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 five weeks before last's 'Club News' page. I can tell you right now that having this card in your possession is not officially necessary, but it is not discouraged. Unofficially, of course.

How To Contact a Fellow Club Member

Write to me with the name of the reader or club member you wish to contact. I will then write to this reader or club member and ask her or him if they are in agreement or not. I pass the response back to you. This makes inter-reader or member contacts up to you.

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

The Next Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 22. June, in Paris. This is Saint-Alban's Day in Paris but I have no other information about it. If you need 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.

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. I doubt that I will do this because my keyboard is worn out.

What, Where, When, How?

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 bushwah about the café La Corona which used to be here can still be found on the five weeks before last's 'Club News' page. The information missing here describes the club's location within the café La Corona. This can be summed up as: ask at the bar or go to the rear of the large dining room.

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
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