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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 were scarce before I left. Elsewhere in this week's issue 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.

The Café Metropole Club Is Good-Value For You

Your 'Club' is outstanding value for what it costs even though it has no actual real, pretended or 'virtual' benefits, except for being absolutely free.

Its single purpose is to offer an opportunity for the readers of Metropole to meet its 'Ed' and each other at its weekly meetings - or see him quietly reading Le Parisien, if you decide to just peek in the window of the club's café.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club, Part 2

With its 39th meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club continues exist, but it is extremely long and possibly boring to those whose names are not in it yet. Extremely ancient versions of its 'History' do remain online - written in illegible sanskrit - somewhere in 'All Past Issues,' where they can be found included in each issue's contents, I think.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Even though there has not been any 'popular demand' for membership cards lately, 'due to popular demand' here it is again. I include the old and slightly ragged virtual Café Metropole Club membership card here because if I don't you won't know what one looks like.

Now that it is here, I expect there will be no objections to it in one form or another. As I am unready forphoto: virtual membership card these, you needn't bother. The new card is only for diehard fans who want a membership card. If you don't have one when visiting the club, don't worry; nobody will ask to see it.

You will note that this is a 'virtual' membership card. If you want to carry around with you - perhaps to prove that you belong to an exclusive* club in Paris - you will have to make a print of it. Do this by hitting your 'P' button.

The only tangible thing of any kind about the club is this card, and it almost isn't real. When it was first displayed here, I expected that aspiring members would simply clip it off their screens. Other members, who may have tried this, have told me this tends to ruin monitors.

Once printed, simply cut it out along the dotted line I have failed to indicate - you can imagine about where it is. When trimmed, it should be about the size of a standard plastic card. It is not plastic, however, so do not try to use it to withdraw money from an ATM.

A 'text-only' version of the card is still acceptable for use by folks who have no 'P' button and no printer. For folks without electricity, printing by candlelight is acceptable

*'Exclusive' in this sense means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts any sort of people as members. Any other virtual Café Metropole Clubs in Paris that claim to be real are virtual and should not be confused by the 'real' virtual one which is not fake.

Unimportant PR Information

For some months now I used to say that the reading the club's online magazine, 'Metropole Paris' is not necessary. This really only applies to next Monday's edition, which will not be, because of 'Ed's holiday.

Be darn sure to read every page of Metropole every Monday and especially next Monday, 17. July for the latest update news of the club's latest meeting, if available.

The Next Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 6. July, in Paris. This is the Sainte-Marietta's Day in Paris. If you need to celebrate this day remember that after subtracting club time, there will still be 178 days left on this day until New Year's Eve.

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 ever-enthusiastic 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 which grows ultra rapidly in summer.

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-metric terms, especially in Paris, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

La Corona has a small 'salle' just off the bar and a large 'salle' behind the bar. There is a small terrace on the Rue de l'Amiral Coligny side, which faces west; and a big terrace on the Quai de Louvre side, which faces south. The club meetings are held at the rear of the big 'salle.' 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,
signature, regards, ric

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