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Lauren says she has started up her own 'Easyanglais' service for teaching English to people who don't speak it. She is a fast worker - only last week she was still learning how to teach English. Steve says they wish they could have used 'Speakeasy' but it has already been used.

It has. I thought up the name 'Speakeasy' for a French publisher in 1978 or 1979, to use for a magazine for French schoolkids learning English. It's probably still being published even if I haven't heard anything about it for some time.

Philip is a flying fan. He says he prefers to fly back and forth between London and Paris, even through Eurostar has lopped 20 minutes off the time it takes for the journey. They finally got their high-speed tracks working from the Chunnel to London, after about ten years.

British Airways has big posters in Métro stations this week advertising a price of something like 29.95€ for the flight from Paris to London. In much smaller type the ad says the real price is 53€.

Philip says that BA is trying to tell us secretly that 'airport taxes' are too high, or that BA is trying to 'stem'photo: tomoko, barry, terri, philip, laurel demand. Philip flies a lot and he reels off several stories about airlines that advertise flying from here to there, but don't have any planes flying from here to there because they are too busy flying from there to somewhere else.

A fragment of today's 'group,' shot from the café's terrace.

With all the airlines going belly-up in France it occurs to me I should buy one, to fly from nowhere to nowhere, but collect all the airport taxes I can get my hands on. I could tell passengers their baggage isn't lost because it is nowhere, and then demand 29.95€ airport tax.

This is about how the meeting is going, when at 15:30 member Barry Wright arrives together with member Laurel Avery. Without particularly thinking about it one way or the other, Laurel takes a seat in the club's area next to Laurel.

This is a true 'first!' A really major 'first.' This is the first meeting - out of 204! - in the history of the club, with one Lauren and two Laurels present. I may as well tear the meeting notes into confetti and throw them on the floor for Willy the Sparrow to peck through.

Laurel A is delighted to meet Laurel R and Lauren C-M is equally delighted when she finds out she is a major unit of this triple-header of a 'first.'

Barry Wright, who is not wearing aphoto: yellow tab, coins suit, says he is looking at a part-time job in the area of artificial intelligence, or 'AI,' as it is known in the game. He says this was something he had something to do with ten or 20 years ago when it looked like it had a future.

This money dish shows how coins keep paper from being blown away.

He says it sort of dribbled away to 'not much' after the coders hacked away at it for several years, before coming to the conclusion that there isn't any way to code intuition - which is what some lucky people use instead of intelligence. You can't, it seems, trick transistors into having hunches.

But people are still trying. Barry, on the other hand, is convinced that Paris is the place to live. "Because," he says, "Magic still happens here."

I have to agree with this because it is time to get the 'Group Photo of the Week.' The same problems apply to this meeting's effort as last week's with the difference that now 11 people have to fit into the same-sized little photo as last week's eight members.

Bright sun and dark shadows cause their usual problems. I forget to tell everybody to keep their eyes open at the same time and I forget to mention the dance step of the week. When it is over I have enough shots to make a reasonably true composite photo of most of the members at today's magical meeting.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' About Page

Being a member of this club is a lot more fun than writing a club meeting report. It would be easier if the notes madephoto: red tab, 10 euro note more sense. Read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page anyway. It will not tell you a dot more than you need to about the club, including how few 'rules' it has. Even if you feel a need to know more than this, this is all there is.

And this one shows the correct use of the spring-loaded clamp thing.

Only one other fact is worth noting. You can become a lifetime member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply attending any of its meetings in Paris. Although this is a longish 'fact,' it is nearly really the only one of any length.

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

Weekly club meetings start about 15:00 sharp on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in the European Zone of Paris Time - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'ZBOFA' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm. Paris is the only part of the world where these meetings happen.

Doing nothing special during a meeting is tolerated. True 'firsts' are more than welcome though,graphic: club location map with 'first' having a higher 'report' value than 'true.' See the Lauren-Laurel-Laurel example above. This is a general-purpose rule rather than a club ex-'rule' or French-type 'exception.'

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, please let the club's secretary know before you become mildly famous for a week. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' or an 'ex-rule.' There were some other timeless 'exceptions,' formerly called 'rules,' but these have landed in the left-luggage locker of history.

Talking in multiple languages at meetings is fine. Dancing may be permitted too. Whatever you say will be honestly appreciated by the other members present, if they are listening, which they do sometimes - and by all readers of this online magazine, if it should happen to be written here, as some of it is, sometimes, but not always.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because magic still happens here, sometimes.

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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