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But the Spurgeons' most astonishing story is about the naked statue of former président François Mitterrand in Rambouillet. Apparently, it was made to order for Jack Lang when he was Superminister of Culture. It is supposed to be called 'Le Barque du Soleil' but all I can find out about it is that Marie-Antoinette nicknamed the château, 'La Crapaudière.'

In order to distract her, Louis XIV had a dairy built for Marie-Antoinette to play around with, and you can visit this on Sundays and holidays - or look for the statue which is not actually of François Mitterrand.

Trust Cannes to become 'City of the Week,' and the only thing the people who introduced it want tophoto: dinny moyer, cobia talk about is Napoléon's small bathtub in Rambouillet. Afterwards, Louis XVIII had all the 'N's removed from the doorhandles, but he wasn't altogether such a bad egg.

Suddenly, at ten minutes before the meeting's official end, it is deemed wise to remove the canine members to some other place where they can perform their possibly necessary bodily functions in some privacy, because neither of them has the small change necessary for the keeper of the café's waterworks.

What little Cobia has to say he says seldom.

Zip. Just like -that! Forty percent of the members present have to go, so all the members go. There is nobody left to pronounce the meeting's minutes duly read and approved, seconded, and passed by a majority.

So much for the club's 'non-rules.'

Important Alert - Pending Club Meeting Move!

The club's meeting place in the Café La Corona for the past two years will make a temporary move to another café. La Corona is getting its first facelift in 30 years and this is the reason for the change.

Temporary Location, Vital Dates

The last meeting at La Corona before its renovations begin will be next week on Thursday, 1. November. The following meeting, on Thursday, 8. November, will be held nearby at Le Café Lodi.

La Corona's renovation is scheduledphoto: cobia's cocktail to begin on Monday, 5. November and will be completed on Friday, 14. December. The first meeting to be held in the renovated Café La Corona will be on Thursday, 20. December.

This means that club meetings will at the Cafe Lodi, on Thursdays, 8, 15, 22, and 29. November and on 6. and 13. December.

In fact, Cobia doesn't drink much either.

While La Corona's important renovations are in progress, attend club meetings at Le Café Lodi, which is located at 24. Quai du Louvre. It is about 60 metres away from La Corona, towards the Pont Neuf, next to the pet shop. See the map on the other club page in this issue.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can learn lots of other stuff about this club if you really feel you need to - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club' - which also explains exactly where to find the club in Paris and the day and time of the meetings.

You will also be able to find out that you can become a member of this online magazine's cozy club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting, while ignoring all of its expired 'rules,' which have been abolished. When other 'new rules' pop up, they are abolished because 'no rules' is the club 'rule' now.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 1. November, which is really on a Thursday again this year. It is also the annual day known as Toussaint, which is sort of a holiday in France.

The previous day will be Halloween and the following day will be an ordinary Friday, called 'Défunts' Day. Assuming you like Fridays, make the most of it - there will only be 9 more of them this year.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is nearly every week with Thursdays, except when it is being renovated. Your club's meeting time will begin at 15:00 and drag out to 17:00photo: leffe beer in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'UTUP' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without squared metrical 24-hour time.

The club's secretary, now sometimes known as 'Ed,' will be making some 'report' notes during the coming meeting. It is merely a regular club ritual - not a 'rule!' - even short-time members should recall that all club 'rules' have been abolished.

Bring a new 'Quote of the Week' or come with your own 'City of the Week' or even concoct any other 'Things of the Week.' New 'rules' will not be unacceptable. Any other darn thing is eligible.

Your comments, thoughtful or not, will be warmly received by the other members present, if they overhear them - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they read them.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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