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All of our time senses are lagging so it is only at about 16:45 that we actually get out on to the café's terrace for the 'Group Photo of the Week.' This requires its usual six photos because of the usual closed eyes and shadows and passing hecklers.

But I think just before this happens, Lucky tells us he was born in Trinidad, but he didn't say exactly where - so Trinidad becomes the 'Country of the Week' - and this is especially valid because of its local rum, named 'Vat 19.'

This is usually mixed with Coca-Cola and there is a very famous song about it. I ask Lucky why he thinks the same drink is called a 'Cuba Libre' in some parts of the world but he says he has never heard of it, so he doesn't know the answer.

Worse, since I made hundreds of them for thirsty people in Spain, I should know but don't either. It's a good thing I am only the club's secretary and not some kind of expert.

Scrumpy then becomes annoyed when we hold an unscheduled overtime session in another part of the café's grande salle. But we abandon whatever this is - there's no 'rule' for impromptu overtime sessions - when Scrumpy begins to drag Dinny out of the place.

Café Metropole Club Takes a Holiday

There will be no club meeting on Thursday, 8. August with the club's secretary present, whichphoto: scumpy means there will probably be no meeting at all.

There is also going to be an interruption with the weekly issues of this magazine, most likely until the issue scheduled for Monday, 19. August.

You can count on the secretary's presence for the meeting on Thursday, 15. August, which is a holiday in France known as Assumption rather than mid-August, which is about what it really is. This meeting's report will be put online in the usual way, to be within this extended 'holiday' issue.

Scrumpy, not entirely willing to be in the 'Group Photo of the Week.

I realize that this may upset the plans of readers who intend becoming members and members who intend to be at the meeting. All I can suggest is that if you are either of these, you have a perfect right to hold the meeting yourselves, without bothering about any of the club's 'rules,' because there aren't any.

The Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 15. August. This will be a perfectly normal 33rd Thursday in the year 2002 - named for the occasion, for Assumption, just like every 15. August

The paragraph which used to be here and never changed, is a repeat of another paragraph above, which says there will be no 'official' meeting on Thursday, 8. August.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

To find out how to become a member you can look over the page called 'About the Café Metropole Club.' But if you are reading this 'report' of today's club meeting, maybe you needn't bother.

'Club rules,' if there were any still active, would suggest that if you feel like giving this 'About' page a pass - do so, as I've already suggested. 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 twinkle by simply being at a meeting when there is one to be at.

The Standard Details Concerning Meetings

Normally, club meetings begin in Paris 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 'TABZ' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide areas without 'Euro Metricaltime,' which is now sort of in its semi-dismal summer version.

Usually, the club's secretary will be listening to what you may say at the same time as he may bephoto: smart bush transport concocting some 'report' notes, which might be completely different. Please note your name, hometown, and your own email address in the members' booklet. The club's secretary is perfectly capable of forgetting to ask you to do it.

'Car of the Week' is a Smart-type bush transporter.

Except for next week, come with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose a neighborhood in your hometown as '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 opt for too if you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet. Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Some things you say may be considered with due respect and will be appreciated by the other members present, if there are any and they are listening - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they read them - if they turn out to be written here.

Please remember that there is no requirement to be present for the club's meeting on Thursday, 8. August because there isn't going to be one with a club secretary at it. Bonne vacances!

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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