'Phone Call of the Week'

photo: terrace col coligny, la corona

View number 38 of the café La Corona.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 24. June 2000:- If I hadn't been reading four-year old Paris statistics for the first 50 minutes of last Thursday's club meeting, I would have noticed that La Corona's 'grande salle' had at least 86 empty seats free for members. There was me, the club's secretary, and the club's waiter, Monsieur Ferrat.

If you think you've read this before, you are almost right. The only difference between the beginnings of the last two meetings of your club in Paris, was the different sets of new members who turned up to distract me from my heavy reading.

I know - I'm supposed to sit upright, looking perky and alert, smiling and winking at everybody in the 'grande salle' who may be a member-in-waiting. But this is hard to do for more than eight or eleven minutes when the room is empty.

Eventually Nicole Martineau and Charles Fremont did arrive; huffing and puffing a bit after a fast trek from the Musée d'Orsay. Most members just wander over from the Louvre across the street, to arrive calm and refreshed, but - hey! - Orsay is okay too. Providing you are sporty.

The club's new members came from Webster Groves near Saint Louis, Missouri, before they came from the Orsay. While everybody agreed Webster Groves should be 'City of the Week,' nobody thought to make Louis 'Saint of the Week.'

Nicole said, "It is a classic suburb," on account of it having been designated as such by a CBS-TV documentary in 1964. The TV company remembered what it had done and came back 35 years later to see what was new.

Whatever it was didn't make 'Anything of the Week' because neither Nicole nor Charles could think of anything new. Or maybe they did, and I didn't hear it.

Charles had a similar story. He last visited Paris - three times in one year! - in 1963, which wasphoto: charles, nicole 37 years ago. The only change I remember him mentioning was missing the impressionists in the Jeu de Paume in the Tuileries, and having to cross the Seine to Orsay to see them.

Thursday's new members, from right to left; Nicole Martineau and Charles Fremont.

The couple started out their Paris trip in Florence, in Italy. After seeing the sights there they took the Eurostar-Italia 'Rialto' train to Paris, without reservations. As people with reservations got on they had to keep finding unoccupied seats; but they sat down all the way to Paris. Don't try this in July!

Half an hour after the new members' arrival I was called to the phone in the bar of the café. The caller was Badger, who was attempting to join the meeting in progress, from some suburb near London.

Badger became the 'Caller of the Week,' but did not manage to sign the members' booklet. All the same it was a genuine 'first' of sorts. I wonder if the club will be as exciting when it have all the 'firsts' it can get - sometime around 2009.

The club meeting broke up at 17:30 because Nicole and Charles had to leave to get ready for an evening of dining in the Quartier Latin at a well-known typical brasserie. I got the idea Charles had been waiting 37 years to try the place out.

In 1963 he liked the looks of the place, but the prices on the menu were a bit high. They probably still are, but Charles has been saving up for a long time for this meal.

About the Club

The Café Metropole Club is a meeting place in Paris for the readers of the weekly online magazine Metropole Paris - which is this magazine you are reading - 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 magazinephoto: neo classic kitsch decor who have not had a chance to attend a club meeting can become members of the club by inducting themselves into it in the privacy of their own homes, no matter where they live.

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 readers.

Neo-classical, or neo-kitsch; it is our club's spiffy decor.

The club has a long and colorful history and a great number of signed-up members after 37 whole meetings; including the ones with no members present.

The club is informal. There is no 'club poem' 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 handclasp or 'high-fives-sign.' Non-readers of the online magazine can also become members. This has happened, usually by accident.

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 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 meeting will continue with the server-lady Linda Thalman sitting in as the official unofficial club secretary.

The club meetings affected are the following:

  • Next 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. Three times is lucky! If I am not present at this meeting, it will be because I am circling lazily over some part of Europe while striking air-traffic controllers try to find alternate landing spots in Africa.

This last date above 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.

Details about this are scarce. In next week's Metropole there will be links back to this time last year, plus tips for finding out more for this year, for those who are in Paris.

Next Thursday's club meeting will be held as usual in the same place at the same time, rain or shine.

Mumbo-Jumbo Fine-Print Suspended

This was threatened last week, and this week it goes into force. If you want to read it again, or for the first time, pleasephoto: virtual membership card refer to 'Past Issues' or read next week's 'Club News' which will magically appear in next week's issue.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Secretary's Note:-The following cannot be suspended because then you wouldn't know about the club's membership card. This is the Café Metropole Club's membership card. This rest of the blah-blah concerning this can still be found on the six weeks before last's 'Club News' page. I can tell you right now that having this card in your possession is not officially necessary, and it is unofficially not discouraged.

The Next Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 29. June, in Paris. This is the dual Saints Pierre and Paul Day in Paris. If you need to celebrate this day all the same - even twice - remember that after subtracting club time, there are still 21.5 hours left on this day for other celebrations.

The club's 'report' about the next meeting is unlikely to be put online before the secretary's return from holidays. I haven't figured out this part yet, so you'll just have to wait until the Monday, 17. July issue of Metropole to find out.

Stand-in club secretary and bona-fide member, the server-lady Linda Thalman, may write a report - but I think her Cadillac Ranch will be keeping her busy, probably cutting some large amounts of grass.

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
In non-continental terms, even in Paris, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The usual balderdash about the café La Corona which used to be here can still be found on the six 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 behind it into the 'grande salle.' The way is signposted.

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
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