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I think she and the Aumans are talking about Versailles but it's hard to tell because I'm too close to a couple of people trading phrases such as, "Let them eat bullets," and "Kosher baguettes?" followed by "Swimps," which is apparently what Nawlins people call 'shrimps.'

In the midst of this Paul Binkley from 'LA CA USA' - he joined the club in September so I remember his hometown, state, and country - has come in and added to the animation at the far end of the club's multiple tables with some wine talk - while all I can hear is Adrian saying, "I'd rather eat than drink," followed by Sharon saying, "I'd rather drink while cooking."

When Adrian recklessly says, "'British cook' isphoto: paul binkley an oxymoron," I have to ask Sharon to tell me how to spell 'moron.' She then disagrees with Adrian.

Obviously, anybody who has ever cooked a Zebra has some faith in British cooking. With a sigh of relief, the food talk is closed off by a general agreement that vultures are not anybody's favorite food.

Paul Binkley is in the sensible wine conversation part of the meeting.

This is about when I hear that Linda the server-lady thinks the hardware department of the BHV department store is a great place to pick up strange French nouns. One on them, she says, "Is a 'do-ya.' And when you ask for one, the guy says it is right over there!"

The last soaking-wet club members to arrive are Maureen and Terry Cooper, from San Francisco. Their lunch at the two or three-star restaurant of Michel Rostang's in the 17th arrondissement ran way into overtime as can easily happen on Beaujolais Nouveau Day - which is possibly not even served there.

Maureen puts 'Bongo Beanie Bingo' on the table and points out its fancy 'Made in Lyon' tag. The stuffed - whatever it is - is clutching a miniature bottle of Beaujolais and has a hunk of good rosette sausage as part of a necktie.

This - today's club 'Mascot of the Week' by the way - is a new member of a family numbering 150. 'Bébé' is back in the hotel - no it's an apartment - "Big enough for a big party!" - anyway, 'Bébé' has been to Paris, "Nine times." Correction, "Six times."

The details about this are a select crew of - 'Beanies?' - come to Paris two or three times a year - except - if the Coopers go to Palm Springs, the whole gang goes, all 150 of them. Or is it - Springed Palms?

The Coopers have really nice things to say about their lunch, except, as Maureen says, "I prefer one-star restaurants because they try harder."

I am still three 'quotes' behind when everybody more or less leaps up together to put their sodden coats back on, after having strewn the tables with enough cash to cover all the 'notes.'

This is when I see the medium-sized glass forest of empty half-litre 'pots' and balloon glasses. The reason they are all leaving before I can verify the club's notes, is supplied by Linda, the server-lady one.

"I have to go to another bar to meet somebody a half-hour ago," she says. My last note is, 'I think I'll wa...'

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This 'about' page contains vague notions about everything free concerning the club - which is everything. You don't actually need to know any of this, unless you want to know the true details about being a member of the only 'real' Internet club in the world for readers of Metropole Paris.

By rooting around in the 'All Past Issues' file you can also find out all about this club's history. The last year's worth of past issues contain 'Updates' of club reports plus hundreds of other unrelated articles.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The club's next meeting will be on Thursday, 23. November. If you are in Paris this will no longer bephoto: beanie Beaujolais Nouveau Day - but will be 'Thanksgiving Day' instead. This is celebrated in the United States by eating turkeys. This day is also Saint-Clément's Day, which can also be used for eating turkey in La Corona in Paris if you wish to do so.

One of the club's more exciting scoops - today's 'Mascot of the Week.'

The café La Corona meeting place will be open just as it is every Thursday - 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 in places that don't have their own zero meridian lines.

Come to the next meeting during its official hours. All of the rest of Thursday 'before the club' meeting remains free for your other important Paris activities concerning turkeys and will be followed by 'after the club,' when you can continue these vital activities.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet. Important note: the handy métro station Louvre-Rivoli is closed until Wednesday, 13. December.

A bientôt à Paris,
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