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This puts the club time into 40 minutes over the hour. Everybody has paid and there's no chit left for me. It has been a good club meeting all the same; and everybody has said they will be back - someday.

Just as I'm about to dive into my métro entrance on the Rue de Rivoli, I spot the new model 'C' entrance over at Sainte-Opportune, which is the one I couldn't find last week. I try it out and it works fine.

"Paris is even quirkier than Metropole lets on!" has been added to the member's booklet by Dannye Powell. I only mention this because it is probably true because only a Café Metropole Club member could possibly know this.

The Club's Birthday Party: Next Week

The Café Metropole Club will have its first birthday next Thursday, on the occasion of its 53rd meeting. This will be a time for modest merrymaking and the occasion of a low-key 'fête' - provided some members are present.

Not much planning for this unique event has actually happened, but some members have beenphoto: paul binkley sending welcome emails. The Corona's management has promised to lend a plate to the club when I show up with the birthday cake next week.

This may be small but visible, in keeping with the club's 'free' nature; but also because it only has to support one candle, or as they are called in Paris, one 'bougie.' If it is too small, we can get reinforcements from a nearby cake shop.

Paul Binkley told other members about surprises he found in the Rue Saint-Denis in Paris.

This will not be an unique event to miss. Even though I do not expect that there will be any accordion music or dancing - the club's waiters will be formally dressed. As they usually are. Members need not do this, even if you have been to a fancy lunch.

Thursday, 5. October - is the date for your club's 'fête.'

Both members and members-to-be should plan to be present on this 'Once-Only Ever' occasion. If you cannot come yourself, try to send any sort of stand-in. If this too is impossible, send another greeting to fellow club members.

These will be presented at the meeting - if we are not having too many 'Things of the Week' votes - and will be recorded here or in some other suitable location, provided they arrive in time. Ready, set, and send in your emails soon.

Put on your party hats, folks!

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

To find out about the club's year-long history since its historic beginning, you should consult the 'All Past Issues' file, which provides links to all past issues with 'Club Reports.'

For actual real historical details about your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed to plainphoto: diane, livio broccolino nonsense - in Paris, please read 'About the Café Metropole Club,' which is about your club and is accessible here, and from each issue's 'home' page.

Diane and Livio Broccolino were not at all uneasy about being better dressed than the club's 'Waiter of the Week.'

This 'about' page contains all the details of the free membership, the free members' card and the other free unofficial non-rules concerning the club and other free but needless information - none of which you really need to know and are unlikely be quizzed on, unless you have temporarily remembered all these details in order to avoid looking at this page.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next meeting is Thursday, 5. October. In Paris this is Saint-Wilfried's Day - and I am not making this up. The whole 'before' of the day remains free for other random activities and will be followed by 'after,' when you can continue these vital affairs.

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 during its official hours. If you get a fair offer to be elsewhere, turn it down cold.

The café's location is:

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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