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Steve Camera-Murray arrives while this is going on. Or maybe he arrives when Lucky and Roy are discussing the Carte Orange or telephone cards. It is a bit unclear, because the notes are in the wrong booklet.

Lucky is quite interested in my intention to visit Coney Island. As I understand it, only people who live in Brooklyn orphoto: steve moves at wrong time Oueens ever go there in summer. Coney Island's seagulls get a few words, and Roy tops these with Albatross stories. Which lead, naturally to dwarfs, then to gnomes, and the Metropole reader who was looking for his ancestral relative of a gnome, last seen at the Château de Suresnes in the time of the big Louis.

For experimental photo, Steve moves, out of synch with unmoving camera.

Oh. I remember now. It is Roy who has started the gnome stuff, because all the ones who've been kidnapped are in Oz. As a joke, somebody collected all the letterboxes on Roy's street in Brisbane, and left them in his driveway one morning.

While I have said, quite by accident, that the things on top of the wicket are egg-timers, Lucky says the real ones really look like egg-timers, but lying in their sides instead of upright with sand dribbling through them. Then Steve has a cricket question, and we are about to go through the whole thing again.

But Lucky instead suggests that Paris Plage needs a cricket wicket or pitch or whatever it is. Eurostar could use this in its advertising in London, to balance the 'Swinging London' billboards it strews around Paris.

You might have noticed by now that no names of ladies have been announced. If you are in suspense, there won't be any because today is an all male affair. Football and politics get not one solitary mention.

Instead, both Roy and Steve discover that Lucky is like a professor of photography. "Why?" Roy wants to know, "Didn't you declare this earlier?" Roy also says he has a 15-year backlog of diapositives with to be 'fixed' with Photoshop 6.

Not 'like,' I guess. Lucky shoots ten to 15 rolls of film of all kinds per week. When I ask, he doesn't knowphoto: steve's half empty thimble of cafe how many this adds up to in a year. Roy is also a wholesale producer and collector of images. Steve has latched onto a plastic, made in China, 6-by-6 twin-lens reflex, and he thinks it makes great negatives.

Not the secretary's 'beer' - a half-empty thimble of café.

Just as they are about to really get into this subject, they can't because it is almost 17:00. To make this a balanced 'report,' I need to add here that every week Steve mentions some food item Paris lacks and this week it is 'Crispy Cream Donuts.'

When they are hot - the only time to eat them, according to Steve - a neon sign lights up saying the donuts are hot. Steve goes a step further when he orders his portion, by insisting on the ones that have just plopped off the conveyor belt - rather than the ones already off it and bunched up in a corner, hoping somebody will buy them. "You don't want the ones in the stall," he says firmly.

This ends the meeting even if it was not at the end. The 'Crispy Cream Donuts' were before the end, but the end of the meeting is really at the end. I have Lucky's card, so I can meet him when I visit New York. I want him to tell me the secret of photographing the Brooklyn Bridge.

Club Secretary to Take a Holiday

The management of a few upcoming meetings will be undertaken by the server-lady, Linda Thalman, andphoto: new citroen 2cv the club's member number one, Heather Stimmler-Hall, because the club's secretary will be off the continent.

Remember you saw it here first - Citroën's new 2CV. Converts into roofless, converts into a pickup. Converts into fun.

The two nifty ladies are tossing coins to find out who wins which of the three following meetings on 31 July, 7. and 14. August. The regular secretary will resume his post on Thursday, 21. August, for club meeting number 199. There are no other 'possible new details' worth mentioning.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

Being a member of this club is more fun than spending an August weekend in Malakoff. If you are relaxed, you can read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page. It will tell you next to nothing about the club except how free it is. But if needless information, even in degrees of free, is your goal, you could read something else in the magazine, which is also free.

There is only one other factlet to retain. You can become a lifetime member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by being at any one or more of its meetings in Paris, without even buying a single métro ticket. The café La Corona won't mind if you chose to buy a refreshment though, after walking to the club.

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

Club meetings begin - in true exception to the usual Paris 'rules' - about 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's only Zone of Paris Plage Time - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'EoZoPPT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in rare 12-hour areas of the planet. Club meetings are only held in the Eurometrical right-bank Paris part of it.

Bringing a 'Quote of the Week' or concocting any other 'Things of the Week' are not 'rules' to be obeyed. Not doing so will be tolerated. True 'firsts' are more than welcome too, with 'first' having a higher value than 'true' if not untrue. This is a general rule rather than a club ex-'rule' or informal 'exception.'

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, please tell the club's secretary before he or she makesgraphic: club location map you mildly famous, but less famous than some members who bring their fame with them to share with you. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' or a 'rule.' There are some other 'exceptions,' but really, none anyone can remember.

Talking in any languages at meetings is okay. Dancing may be permitted too, but only the server-lady has tried this. She may do it again. 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 paragraphs are unchanged since last week on account of today's 'Food of the Week' being hot as well as topical, but unavailable in Paris.

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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