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Alice Gray has an accent that is more mellow, much more, than the heroine's in 'Gone with the Wind,' and says that her mother can speak 'Gullah,' but that she, Alice Gray, can't.

To demonstrate, she says some things in 'Gullah' that Linda and I can't make out at all. It must be because of the traffic noise from the Quai du Louvre. Finally, Alice Gray spells 'Gullah' for me.

Outside of club life, Alice Gray is in Paris to co-ordinate the seminars that Polly Platt is giving. Anybody who has read her 'French or Foe' knows that Polly Platt knows all about the differences between the French and everybody else in the world, and how to convincingly pretend to be semi-French.

I've read the book and thought it might be useful to talk to Polly about it, and Polly wrote to say she is willing to talk to me - but in the meantime she intends to spend three years in Provence or someplace far south the last métro station in Paris

All the same I am aware that some immigrants to France do feel a bit anxious here, and would benefit from Polly's seminars - so details about these will be in next Monday's edition of Metropole Paris, and not here, right now, because this is a club meeting 'report.'

In fact, by this time, it is past club-meeting time. Before we can go Linda reminds us thatphoto: poobear, lulubelle we've forgotten the 'Group Photo of the Week' which is a good thing to remember. The new Chihuahua members have been a bit too excited to sit still long enough for portraits - and, as it turns out, they are too small to see clearly in the 'Group Photo of the Week' photo too.

I should have caught them when they were sleeping, which is what they have been doing the whole time since they got over being excited about becoming club members.

The 'law' is, while one Chihuahua is still, the other is a blur.

I have a feeling I might get another chance through. There are more than one or two club members who live in Paris who have club members as pets, and they may just all show up for a meeting at the same time. Linda says she will not bring her cat, Tiger, who thinks it doesn't want to be a member.

The Next Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 29. August. This will be a perfectly normal 35th Thursday in the year 2002 - with the day being named Sainte- Sabine, which will doubtless be a 'first.'

The never-changing paragraph which used to be here, is... [...clip...]

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Find out how to become a member by looking over the page called 'About the Café Metropole Club.' If you are reading this 'report' of today's club meeting, 'how-to-become-a-member' may not be perfectly clear, even though it is easy enough for Chihuahuas.

'Club rules,' if any were still active - but none are - would suggest that if you feel like giving this 'About' page a pass - do it. 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 wink by simply being at a meeting. This is all there is to it, so I guess you can skip the 'About' page after all.

Special Dubious Note

It is not true that the club's secretary makes up the club members' quotes in these 'reports.' Club members make them up.

The Standard Details Concerning Meetings

Club meetings begin in Paris no sooner than 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00, stillphoto: corona street signs 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 areas with 24-hour-time.

Where to find the club - look for these signs, especially in Paris.

The club's secretary will be listening to what you may say at the same time as he may be trying to concoct some 'report' notes, which might be completely different from anything your hear at a meeting. Please note your name, hometown, and your own email address in the members' booklet. The club's secretary is often incapable of remembering to ask you to do it.

Come equipped with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your hometown as 'City of the Week' - the secretary can't make up fake ones - 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 appreciated by the other members present, if there are any, and if they are listening - and by all readers of this online magazine, if some of them 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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