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Heather shows us her salary slip from her latest extra job. It has a lot of deductions for various social security charges. Then, 'Willy the Bird' flies in to see about the bread crumb situation, but doesn't stay long because the café is a bit hectic.

For example, after Heather says she is feeling cranky because she hasn't got her hot chocolate yet, Daniele says Heather is cranky because she hasn't got her hot chocolate yet.

The day's news is that Ireland has just turned itself into a no–smoking zone in all public places – like pubs! – andphoto: pay slip, movie extra no revolution has happened there yet. Heather says, "I think every place should be like Amsterdam."

Tomoko has a new purse mascot, named 'Kiki.' She says the other one became lost. While we are taking the 'Group Photo of the Week' Tomoko corrects the spelling to 'Kity.' Daniele in turn corrects the spelling to 'Kitty.' I wish it had stayed 'Kiki.'

Heather's pay slip is longer than the time she spent being an 'extra;'

Rob and Stan's daughter plays semi–pro water polo in Rome, but lives in Florence, which she likes less than Rome. I can't tell Stan if there is a semi–pro water polo league in France, but it wouldn't surprise me if there were one.

Water polo is played in the 18th arrondissement, in 'Les Amiraux' municipal pool, which was built in 1927 and renovated in the '80s. It was classified as a monument in 1991. In a book put out by the Hôtel de Ville, there is a mention of a European Water Polo tournament that took place in another pool in Paris in December of 2002.

It just goes to show that Europe is not backward just because very little baseball or American–style football is played here. Take water polo – this is a game that can be played anywhere so long as there a heated swimming pool. There are 34 swimming pools in Paris.

Attention – On Location

According to Le Parisien today, there are about ten films being shot on location at any given time in Paris.

Some of the movies being filmed on the streets of Paris today or within the next two weeks include:– '36,' being directed by Olivier Marshall, 'Les Sœurs Fâchées' by Alexandra Leclère, 'De Battre Mon Cœur S'est Arrêté' by Jacques Audiard, 'Clara et Associés' which is the first episode of a TV series being directed by Gérard Marx, 'L'Empire des Loups' by Chris Nahon, an episode of the TV series 'Frank Riva' with Alain Delon, and 'Premiers Secours' which is a new TV series, being produced by TF1.

The Bumper–Sticker Slogan Contest

Send in your entries for the fabulous Bumper–sticker Slogan Contest that is running jointly intoon: 2cv with bumper sticker Heather's Secrets of Paris newsletter and in Metropole.

To enter you should submit very short slogans that sum up Paris and France positively in a few pithy words that will fit on a bumper– sticker. There will be a suitably 'grand' prize for the best slogan, and nine runner–up prizes for the next best ones.

Judging will be held in late April at a club meeting, and the members who are present will be asked to assist with choosing the winners. Find all the details on the Contest page.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This brief 'report' about today's club's meeting should give you a hint of the cozy times to be had at some club meetings. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has all the information you need to know about joining. Luckily it is not much.

Become a real lifetime member of this online magazine's real, live and free club by becoming a member in seconds by attending any of its meetings in Paris, for free. There are no hidden costs, or 'rules.' In the beginning there were some but they were demolished by members.

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

The weekly Thursday club meetings start around 15:00 on the dot, on days that are Thursday afternoons. Meetings continue until about 17:00, in the European Time of Paris' annual 'semi–real spring' – which is really 'CET' for short and not 'les temps douce de avril' although they are sometimes – and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm. Paris is where all club meetings are held.

Doing anything interesting at a meeting – like being at one – is considered the opposite of not being at one. True 'firsts' are welcome, with 'first' having a slightly greater 'report' value over 'true.' 'True' is acceptable too, especially if it's remotely plausible.

A note of caution – you may have any one of a hundred personal reasons for not wanting to be traceable viagraphic: club location map the Web. If so, be sure to inform the club's secretary that you prefer to be '404 – not found' by Web search engines before becoming 'found' in a club report.

Former 'rules' are 'former' and have been eliminated from the club's chronicles except for all the latter ones still online buried deep in the archives, which you can read if you at a loss for anything to do. All 'exceptions' to any other 'rules' have been suspended forever, quite a bit like all the 'rules.'

Saying stuff at meetings is fine. If there's an empty chair sit – optional – wherever you like, or haul one over from another part of the café. If they are listening, whatever you say may be honestly appreciated by other club members present, and there usually are some – and if it should chance to be written here, as some of it is sometimes.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because Paris is a 'live' film set on most days, rather than a re–run.

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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