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Last Thursday's club meeting was not routine, pretty much as usual. Eight new members individually signed the members' booklet. This was not a 'record of the week,' but it was a lot of new names to learn.

In addition, five existing members put in appearances. You'll have to read the 'report' to find out how this meeting was bungled by the club's secretary - as one member has so kindly pointed out in this week's Email feature.

Keep up with this so-called 'news' by checking the 'report' of the last meeting. It'sphoto: rue d'orsel, textiles details may seem just as vague as usual, and equally routinely, this is entirely the secretary's fault.

The winter sales season may be over, but in the the Rue d'Orsel this season lasts all year.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 22. February 2001. As is now commonplace, this particular meeting will only happen once. If you muff it, it means muffed for forever - which is a much longer muff than the average millennium.

New readers and prospective club members are also urged to take a look at the current version of 'About the Club,' which is practical for finding out about the club's reason, its meeting time and location.

This page also contains lesser 'facts' about this free club in Paris, which is the only one 'Metropole Paris' has for all of its readers who are either Metropole Paris readers or Café Metropole Club members, or are in Paris for any reason. Should you not fall into any these categories, come anyway and bring a friend, or any likely stranger.

Metropole's Affiliates

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'HighwayToHealth' provides a 'city healthphoto: fiat 500 of the week profile' as well as travel insurance for potential Paris visitors. These services will be only be a benefit if you've signed up for them before you need them suddenly - which I hope won't be the case.

A missed feature - the 'Fiat 500 of the Week,' returns.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.08 - 21. February 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'An Expo Too Soon.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Funeral In Saint-Tropez.' This issue had two features, titled 'Champagne, Champagne!' by Allan Pangborn and 'My' Corner Café Re-Opens.' The Café Metropole Club began its 'Week's' honors in ernest with, Alpharetta - 'City of the Week?' The club's weekly update on 24. February featured some silly question like 'What Demo Was That?' It was the 'Demo of the Week' of course. Thephoto: sign, rue de la lune 'Scene' column's title was, 'Cow and Cheese Show Coming Up.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Never Raced.' Just that - 'Never Raced!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.08 - 22. February 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Your Paris Magazine Turns Three.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Head-Count in France.' This issue' had three oldie features, '1996 - Dracula Sings; Blood Curdles,' '1997 - Putting the 'Grands' Into Boulevards' and '1998 - High and Extra-Wide at Trocadéro.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Latino Takes Over.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Want Wine, Pizza?'

This Is the Former Location of the Recent 'Count-Up'

Metropole's postmillennial 'count-up' - introduced here several issues ago - is hereby suspended until two things happen - I fill out my tax-return for 2000, and somebody writes to protest the absence of this highly interesting feature that is not present this week..

However, for the three truly unconditional 'count-up' fans, the existing Day One of the 'Count-Up' is still Tuesday, 9. July 1776. As of today, it has been 82,130 days since the first American tourist had a continental breakfast in Paris.
signature, regards, ric

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