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The light is kind of dim inside the café so we try the terrace as the spot for the 'Group Photo of the Week.' I have a feeling this isn't getting it, so we do a backup 'Group Photo of the Week' with everybody sitting in a line at the club's tables.

Sally, who is very jetlagged remember, says this might be the 'lineup of the week.' Eva might as well be just as jetlagged, because she discovers some innocent civilians with a baby, and tries to get them to join this club they know nothing about.

At 16:56 Dinny comes bouncing in.photo: orangina, orange peels Great timing! The 'Group Photo of the Week' is over. Akkk! Dinny is dressed - she has dressed her eyes for Halloween. She looks like she has borrowed the eyeballs Michael Jackson used for one of his hit video-clips. Her orbs give me the creeps and it isn't even dark yet.

Meanwhile, while Sally swills litres of Orangina, Gary peels oranges.

Four minutes later we pack up, pay up and blow out of the joint. We are all invited to member Frank Watson's vernissage for his photo exhibition, 'Elisabeth och Christine.'

Sally and Eva go off towards the Pont Neuf, while Gary, Dinny and I go the other way to cross the Pont des Arts, and go looking for the Rue de Verneuil.

This turns out to be beyond the Rue des Saints Pères, a block further from Seine than the Rue de Lille. It is a long street with little traffic and a great number of small, fancy shops, for people with flush platinum cards.

Near the far end of it we find the Café des Lettres, which fronts a terraced courtyard that has the Maison des Ecrivians behind it. The café is Swedish and the 'maison' is French.

Inside the tidy place we find drinks, olives, peanuts and Frank, who is dressed correctly for the semi-secretive 'Mois de la Photo,' and he introduces up to Martine Leonard from Le Mans, because they did a show there together.

Martine tells me she has done photos of the bal-musettes along the Marne for years, and we exchange email addresses in order to talk about this some more.

Frank says his daughters Elisabeth and Christine are no longer little girls. Putting the photos up in Paris keeps them this way for another few says - until Saturday, 30. November.

Stocked up with a wine, an orange juice and one olive between us, Dinny uses a time-out to disengage her Michael Jackson pin-eyes, and we head for the métro station at Solférino.

We get to this by dumb-luck dead-reckoning. Waiting for the green man at the Boulevard Saint-Germain some civilians behind ask us where the métro is, and I point out the construction site hiding it - which I luckily spotted about a week ago.

Dinny changes her mind about the métro and decides to hunt for a taxi instead to get to a place where she will reinstall her pin-eyes, and be creepy for the whole rest of the evening.

Every Club Meeting Is Different

Besides not being likephoto: pin eyed dinny today's meeting, the next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 7. November. With Toussaint and the Day of the Dead over for this year this will be a fairly normal 45th Thursday in the year 2002 only seven days from now.

If the award existed, it would go to the 'Creepy Club Member of the Week.'

Otherwise, the Saint's Day next Thursday is Sainte-Carine. Besides being a saint, about whom nothing is mentioned in my saint's book, I know nothing about this saint.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

By taking a look at the page called 'About the Café Metropole Club' you can learn how to become a member. However, if you are reading this 'report' of today's club meeting, becoming a member should be pretty obvious.

'Club rules' are so nearly nothing that they don't even have 'exceptions.' If you feel ignoring this 'About' page - exceptionally - do so. All you need to know is that you can be a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply being at a meeting. While you may think this to too easy to be true, it is still fairly easy to join.

Dubious Glum Note

Last week I asked you if the club having its third birthday meant it is four years old now. Dinny wrote to say I am off my head. Tonight she told me this again. She is very sure about it. She says the Café Metropole Club in Paris is three years old even though it is living in its fourth year now. I have a glum feeling Dinny is speaking for everybody. Who is right?

What, Where, When, Who, How, Why Not?

Club meetings begin in Paris not before 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00, in Europe'sphoto: frank and martine Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'WIZZ' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide areas with a couple of daily sets of 12-hour-time.

Martine and Frank - are posing! - not being overtired at the beginning of the opening of his photo exhibit.

Please note your name, hometown, and your own email address in the members-only members' booklet number three. The club's secretary often forgets to remember to ask new members to do this legibly.

Come prepared with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your hometown as 'City of the Week' or invent any other 'Things of the Week.' True 'firsts' are welcome too even if they are rare 'drinks on the house.' 'No-names' is an option you can also opt for if you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet. Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

What you say may honestly be appreciated by the other members present, if there are any, and if they are awake and listening - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they read it - if it should happen 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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