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For civilians, not being one of the herd is a handicap, a disqualification for being trendy. And inversely, trends without followers are ex-trends, to-be trends - but tendency-wise, nowhere.

The final word from Marie-Christiane Mareck - 'every season has its 'given tone' and one has to follow it.' It's a good thing a lot of people in Paris have never heard of this. If you look at the magazine covers, there is a new season every week.

This serious investigation takes until the middle of the meeting. I look around and see members are still not present. There isn't anybody else in La Corona's 'grande salle' either. There is nobody for the 'group photo of the week.' I call for my ritual café.

When it arrives I take its ritual 'photo of the week,' both before and after, kind of like 'in' and 'out,' full and empty. As I am alone, this is not any kind of trend.

I take photos of everything else, mostly three times each, to pass the time. I have written all the notes necessary for this 'report' so I begin to read Le Parisien. I not only brought the papers, but I brought my reading glasses too. Will this become a trend?

According to a report in the paper, a European directive calls for France to cut back its dependence on using nuclear power to generate electricity. This is a good thing - EDF charges a fortune for 'cheap' nuclear power.

What France does have is a lot of free wind. The problem with it is, nobody wants a 30-metre high windmill in their back yard. This doesn't concern Parisians who have no back yards. Apparently there are a lot of suitable sites around Paris, especially in Yvelines and the Seine-et-Marne department.

If case these are ever built, you should know that they are called 'Eoliennes.' The word comes from historical Greek - Aeolian. Every taxi driver will be able to confirm this.

However this isn't the 'News of the Week.' Luckily in a space left over on the same double-page, therephoto: waiter of the week, cafe is a short note describing the two-ended sandwich, which has just been invented in France and will be unveiled in two weeks during the annual Fête du Pain.

Today's 'Waiter of the Week' with the 'café of the week' in the nick of time.

Here's how it works. You take a baguette and slice it lengthwise. At one end you put in cheese - Brie de Meaux for example - and at the other you put in ham - Jambon de Paris for example.

Then you can eat either end without having the two tastes mixed up. It'll be like having two sandwiches in one. It will be more revolutionary than a three-decker hamburger or a grilled cheese sandwich with a pickle held on with a toothpick.

A boulangerie in the Rue Saint-Honoré plans to sell them for 3.50 euros, but doesn't have a name for them yet. Golly! Here's the beginning of a whole new food-trend, and it doesn't even have a name. How the heck will anyone ask for one?

What Used to Be Here

The 'Call for Your Favorite Restaurants' used to be here.

About the 'Café Metropole Club About' Page

Becoming a member of this club is really easy if you read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page. Thephoto: empty cafe page says a bit about the club, like about it being free and other stuff. If you require any other information, just send me a lottery ticket.

The empty 'café of the week.'

Skip this 'About' page if lack of details disturbs you - they are not contained in the weekly 'reports' either. You don't really need to know more than the simple fact that you can become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by being at any of its meetings in Paris, in person and awake if possible. Not being at meetings gets you no cigar.

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

The club's meetings begin - contrary to Paris 'exceptions' - about 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's semi-summer-like Zone of Mythical Time - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'SSZMT' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in rare Anglo areas of the globe, even though club meetings are usually only held in the un-Anglo Paris part of it.

Bringing your own 'Quote of the Week' or concocting any other 'Things of the Week' are not 'rules.' True 'firsts' are always welcome too, with 'first' having preference over 'true.' The club secretary's own 'firsts' are disqualified even if 'true,' unless a member will accept credit.

'No-names' is an option you can also opt-in, or out of. If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, or 'in-out-opted.' 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' or a 'rule' anymore. There are some other 'exceptions,' butgraphic: club location map really, not many of them are rules.

Whatever you say will be honestly appreciated by the other members present if they are listening, which they really do sometimes - and by all readers of this online magazine - if it should happen to be written here, as some of it is, sometimes.*

*The above paragraph is unchanged since last week because the lonely club secretary lacks 'tendance.'

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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