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Of course, this is the photo that the 'focus-puller' falls down on. No focus, no right exposure, all wrong! It is the poorest, sorriest, 'Group Photo of the Week' I have ever seen.

An Airedale pin named 'Ric.' Is it rare?

At the time, none of us know this. Robin is telling me about her Airedale pin named 'Ric,' and asking me is these are really common. Apparently some models of these date to the '30s, but this is news to me.

For trivial buffs, please note that today's meeting has not included anybody named 'Moyer' for a change. That this should be the case of obviously a pure fluke of fate.

It is slightly after 18:00 and I have this report to invent, so I am trying to get to the café's waterworks when I inadvertently ask Madam Naudan, La Corona's proprietress, about the expected arrival of the new upholstery for the banquettes and chairs.

Café La Corona News

A good number of club members return to club meetings when they are back in Paris, and one of the things they look for is the Corona's new décor. They are puzzled that the club's café seems to be so unchanged from its former appearance.

One of the main reasons is that the red pin-dotted upholstery still covers all of the chairs and banquettes. While Monsieur Naudan goes off in disgust, madamephoto: corona terrace explains that an expert from Britain has been called in to find out why the existing upholstery faded drastically in two years instead of ten.

No new upholstery is going to be installed before this question is answered. As for the rest, she says that the café's interior is also 'classified' as an authentic '50s 'monument.' This means that its 100-year old Carrera marble that was installed 50 years ago, must remain untouched.

La Corona's terrace at night, in winter. Tonight in fact.

This goes for the marble on the bar's front too. The 'flying saucer' element over the bar was raised a bit, but to the uneducated eye it looks pretty much the same.

Most of the club café's renovations have been out-of-sight, like all the new marble in the waterworks in the cellar. What is 'in-sight,' both exterior and interior, is 'classified,' so it has been cleaned up, rebuilt if necessary, painted, but is visually unchanged.

This means that it was quite clever of the club's secretary to pick the café La Corona as the club's meeting place. No matter what else changes in Paris, the club's café will remain as it is.

Club members can absent themselves for years, return, and wonder whether they've ever left. Like it says on the club's 'About' page, membership is for 'life.'

This Report's Delay

Metropole Paris' modem dialed the ISP's number and a recorded voice said, "Your correspondent's line is occupied. Phone back again sometime real soon." Your secretary decided to follow this advice, sometime later on Friday.

The Next Meeting

The coming weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 21. February - which will be exactly one week after today.

Again, it will be a fairly usual third Thursday in the second month of 2002 kind-of-day called Saint-Pierre Damien. Pierre Damien? Last week I looked up Valentin, but not this Damien this week.

The address for this meeting is at the bottom of this page, proceeded or followed by all the date and time and multiple métro-stop names, which must be pretty-well known already because they are exactly the same as last week's.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

If you think learning more about this club could improve your comprehension of a meeting, you can do so by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explains where to find the club in Paris and the day and time of the meetings.

But if you want to skip the tedious 'About' page, all you need to know is that you can easily become a member of this online magazine's free and real club by simply coming to a meeting if you happen to be in Paris. Being elsewhere on a Thursday gets you no cigar.

Date, Time and Location of the Coming Meeting

The next meeting of your club in Paris will begin at 15:00 and zip along to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'MOPT' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in rare zones without 24-hour 'Eurotime.'

photo: club secretaryThe club's secretary will be making some effort to concoct 'report' notes during the meeting. This will require absolutely no effort on your part. If you seldom remember your name, hometown and email address, note these on your wrist for reference.

A club secretary named 'Ric.' If it isn't exactly rare, it is out-of-focus.

Show up with a new 'Quote of the Week' or name your own 'City of the Week' or even bring any other original 'Things of the Week' you want to see them mentioned in a 'club report.' Otherwise, there are no other 'rules' except 'no rules.'

Your comments, whatever, will be treated with respect and truly appreciated by the other members present, if they happen to overhear them - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they happen to read them, if they chance to be written here.

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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