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When I glance over to see if anybody has fallen asleep while eating sandwiches, I'm surprised to see that full plates of frites have been delivered too. Then the surprise is double, because I see ketchup too. I don't remember ever seeing it in the club's café before.

Which reminds me that Tim has confidentially asked me what a 'demi' is. It isn't possible to get thisphoto: focus puller, demi tim explained by saying it is 'French logic,' because a quarter-litre glass of tap beer is called a 'demi' because it is half of a half-litre.

I am glad when he somehow orders the big glasses for Kathy and himself without me telling him they are called 'formidables,' because I have no idea why they are called this.

'Semi-good' of the focus-puller, but only 'semi-semi' of the subject, Tim.

Then Tim is telling me about the acrobatics he has been going through in order to send digital photos from a Paris cybercafé to his home email address, and how it got 'full-up' before he figured out how to put them in 'zip' files and send them to all of his close friends because his mailbox was full.

He also shows me a CD-ROM disc without getting to tell me what it is. Partly because of this I haul out the old and slightly tattered 'focus- puller' and start waving it around and taking lots of photos of it instead of club members.

Then Kyle - oops! I can't make out her last name - comes in from the terrace to say the dissident half of the club members have seen more than enough little French cars and double-decker sightseeing buses passing by, and feel like shoving off.

This means it is 'Group Photo of the Week' time. We 'insiders' barge out on to the terrace. Everybody lines up nicely and holds still for the couple of minutes it takes, and Tim makes a diagram on the back of a beer coaster with all the names in order - so everybody is ID'd even though there are too many names to fit into the caption space beneath the photo.

If it is any help, Bill, who is wearing sunglasses and sits fourth from the right, says "Nothing can go wrong with my doctor - Kathy - on my right and my lawyer - Kyle - on my left."

Anne, who is sitting about fourth from the right, just in front of Kyle, says she is going to be everybody's analyst when she finishes her studies. Richard, who is standing behind and is a photographer in London, says the Eurostar is overpriced because British Airways thought up its fare structure, based on how to make money running an airline that competes with Eurostar.

I don't remember to tell him Eurostar is giving away free fried eggs in Paris today.

The Coming Meeting

The next weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 4. July. This will be a perfectlyphoto: kat, kathy normal 27th Thursday in the year 2002 - except for it being the first one in the second half of this year - named for the occasion, for Saint-Florent.

Kat, on the left, wanted nothing but chicken in her sandwich. Kathy didn't want to say a lot about Kat's slightly green hair.

There are at least three place names in France that begin with 'Saint-Florent,' so I'm not sure which of these 'saints' the day is named after. If I say any one will do, I have no doubt I will be put straight quickly.

The location details for this meeting are below, followed or preceded by the multiple métro-stop names and all the date and time details, all of which have been identical for years, almost like this paragraph, which has not changed by even a comma this week.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

To learn how to become a member you may read the page called 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explains nearly everything you should know about this club - which is next to nothing - and its meetings - only a bit more than 'not much.'

'Club rules,' such as they used to be, suggest that if you feel like giving this 'About' page a pass - do so. All you really need to know is that you can become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club in a second by simply being at a meeting when you are at one.

An added benefit of attending a meeting is to learn the difference between 'virtual' and 'reality.' The latter is a club meeting and the former is what the secretary does at them.

The 'Coming Meeting' Standard Details

Meetings of this club in Paris begin no sooner than 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00, still on Thursday, in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'PIF' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide zones without 'Euro Metrictime,' which is now in its long-day summer version.

The club's secretary will be listening to you at the same time as he is concocting some 'report' notesphoto: frites of the week during the meeting. Please note your name, hometown, and your own email address in the members' booklet in case the secretary forgets to ask you to do it.

On the plate, before they got cold - frites. Behind - empty ketchup squeegee things.

Come with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your own 'City of the Week' - the secretary can't do this - or dream up any other 'Things of the Week.' 'No-names' is an option you can adopt too if everything if you want to be 'not found.' Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Things you say may be treated with great respect and may be really appreciated by the other members present, if are any are listening - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they read them - if they turn out 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: Louvre-Rivoli, Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.
Every Thursday from 15:00 to 17:00.

A bientôt à Paris
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