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Then, about 16:00, a new member joins the club. This one invokes the 'no-names' clause of the rules that no longer exist except for this clause, and becomes no-name member number 437, while the accompanying dog - Malou - becomes an associate member.

After telling us about her desire to become the 'first singing philosopher,' Petrie explains how to attend a Sunday philosophy meeting at the Café Phare at Bastille. She says all philosophic keywords are Greek or Latin, so except for the French words in between, anybody can easily understand philosophy in public in Paris, especially after a couple of pastis cocktails for eye-openers.

This calls for the club's first snap poll, which is this week's first true 'first.' While everybody is feeling philosophic or lost in Venice or has socks over their shoes, the secretary wants to know which newspapers are read by the members present. For philosophical content there are:-

Petrie - Libération
Joe - Le Monde
Don - Google News
No-name member no. 437 - online New York Times, online International Herald Tribune, and the real IHT

Exclusive Café Metropole Club poll results © Metropole Paris

Then this very same bona-fide member begins looking for a watch on a wrist a very long way fromphoto: cafe, glass, perrier the top of a glove reaching somewhat past an elbow. Just when I am beginning to think it may be on the other arm, it is found, and our new member declares that it is 'time to go to work.'

The meeting drifts on for a while after the departure of the new member with no-name, with Don telling us where to find Paris' 'best baguette,' and Joe telling us where to find his 'best Paris baguette.'

Today's 'Drinks of the Week' were few and unexceptionally boring.

Outside, on the Quai du Louvre the time of the evening's 'crépuscule' has passed, and the curb-to-curb street full of cars, fire trucks, trucks, buses, motorcycles, ambulances and taxis sound like their drivers are pretty annoyed about it.

The Coming Club Meetings

To put this into perfectly clear English - the next two meetings are on days following holidays - Thursday 26. December and Thursday, 2. January - and the club's secretary would prefer that these be holidays for himself.

But if there is anybody who has no other chance to attend a club meeting in Paris, let the club's secretary know and he will host either or both of the meetings as usual, while choosing a likely date in 2007 for having his own holiday at last.

As a matter of general interest, the Saint's Day next Thursday is Etienne. The following Thursday's Saint's Day is Basile, and will coincide with 'only 363 days left' in 2003.

Metropole's Holiday Issues

It more than likely that the issues 7.51 and 7.52 will be combined next Monday, 23. December. The following issue 8.01 straddles 2002 and 2003, but for unrelated reasons it may simply appear as an update to the double issue 7.51/7.52, thus making it Metropole's first three-issues-in-one in history.

The first 'complete' issue of 2003 will be number 8.02 and it will appear on Monday, 6. January. This will probably be a multiple-week issue too, including terrifically exciting reports and features from New York City in January.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page to learn how to become a member. If you have read this 'report' about today's club meeting instead, all you need to know about how to become a member is to be here.

Ignore this 'About' page if you will - even though its information is next to nil. All you need know is that you can become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply being at one of its meetings in Paris. Not even club members know what could be more simple than this.

Endless Christmas Season Note Repeat

Many Paris stores stay open on Sundays until 22. December, which is probably a Sunday. The Soldes d'Hiver start shortly after New Year, so they will be on in January 2003, which everybody knows follows this year.

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

This club's meetings begin in Paris at 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'XTNT' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in other worldwide areas, even though club meetings are only held in Paris.

Come with your own new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your hometown as 'City of the Week' or invent anyphoto: corona terrace other 'Things of the Week.' New true 'firsts' will be welcome too, with 'first' being more necessary than 'true.' 'No-names' is an option you can also opt for if you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet. 'No rules' is no longer an 'exception.'

Today probably has the last 'terrace weather' of the year.

For example, the club's secretary thought Amsterdam was a dead-certain for 'City of the Week,' but a consultation of the club members' 'A' list reveals that Jan Major of Amsterdam is a long-time member. However a careful examination of the club's dusty archives of 'reports' reveals that Vancouver, Washington was that particular meeting's 'City of the Week.' Amsterdam is awarded, therefore, this week's honor.

What you have to say may be truly appreciated by the other members present, and there usually are some, and if they are listening which they do sometimes - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they read this - if it should happen to be written here, as some of it is occasionally.

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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