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This becomes, of course, the 'Quote of the Week.' Way to go Köln!

When Marion arrives and after she takes off her 'Zorro' hat - remember it? - she agrees with Doug about Krakow in Poland being a good place to visit if you get tired of riding on Danube cruise liners. I think there may be good sausages there, because the Krakowauer is very popular in Hamburg.

Since half of us are German today, Doug tells us his German joke. It is a joke that was told to him by residents of Heidelberg. "Heidelberg is beautiful," they said, "Because the Americans bombed the rest of Germany to rubble, saving Heidelberg for their HQ."

This leads to everybody's stock of 'Berliner' jokes and somehow Marion tops it all off with the observation that, "Hungarian is impossible!"

Stephen then astonishes us with the news that Frankfurt's FAZ newspaper has returned to old-style 'correct' text - which was called 'rechtschreibung,' the same as the 'new' version.

Apparently, some years ago Germany decided to streamline its written language, by suppressing some odd characters like the 'ß' in 'daß' for example, and tossing out 'umlauts' - which are the cute 'ü's with two little dots over them.

Everybody thought the reform meant freedom to write German any old way - somewhat like I dophoto:marion nowak because I don't know any better - and this has resulted in making a shambles out of the written language.

This line is certainly philosophical, and it attracts a passing fly. It won't shoo away, so Doug declares it to be the 'Animal of the Week' which is not quite correct because it is an insect - but 'animal' is what I write in the club's 'reports' booklet - so 'animal' is what it is.

Marion is smiling because she's remembered what she hasn't got from Samaritaine yet.

Doug has another surprise for us. After umpteen years split between here and Savannah, he is determined to learn French. He has signed up for lessons and will start hitting the books soon.

On this note of satisfaction with the course of the club's meeting and the day in general, a great number of small coins are dumped on the table to cover our consumptions - and outside the day has still a lot of good promise in it even if the Quai du Louvre traffic is as tinny and irrational as usual.

The New 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

For new readers and club members who may have forgotten photo: end of club drinkswhat the above 'report' may be about, details about the Metropole Paris Club for readers in Paris have been moved onto a permanent page which is accessible from each week's main 'contents' page.

This is how the club's cocktails look when the meeting is nearly over.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page - also accessible here - contains the details of membership, the members' card and the other unofficial non-rules concerning the club and how it operates. If you think you need to know more about all this bumpf about the club, please read this 'About' page.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next meeting is Thursday, 17. August, which is Saint-Hyacinthe Day in Paris. On this date the café La Corona meeting place will again be open like today - and the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm.

Come to the next meeting just as you are - especially if you happen to be in Paris.

The café's location remains:

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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