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Bill says he has been baking for 30 years, but always wanted to 'improve his croissant technique.' He says they should be fairly dark, but not burned. James agrees with everything and when Patrick passes, orders another pot of wine.

For some unknown reason the talk shifts to Hamlet. Aloisia says she saw the complete and entire version of it. My notes say, "Toyota is Hamlet's advisor."

James says, "'Los Angeles' translated into Japanese is 'Osaka,'" and then Aloisia wants to know why the Palais de Tokyo is named the 'Palais de Tokyo.' It was built for the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques in the 1930s.

Aloisia says she didn't bring her portable PC with WiFi so she can't look it up. James tells everybody how to avoid mental breakdownsphoto: wine drink of the week caused by computers by using UNIX. "Hello world," he says. Actually, he suggests that all attachments should be converted to plain text, and included within emails.

Then he pulls out a handful of printed pages, several of which are full of tongue–twisters. Here's one – 'Le chasseur, sachant chasser sans son chien, chassera seul.'

The meeting, which is now well beyond 17:00, ends with a 'Haiku of the Week' by James – one of dozens he has handy.

"Wrinkled leaves will fall
where greened trees abound
two butterflies soar"

Contest Deadline Is Midnight Today

Co–producer of the bumper–sticker slogan contest, Heather Stimmler–Hall, wasn't at today's meeting for 'administrative' reasons. She did say in her email that she had received 89 slogans. I have not made my final email check yet, and do not know how many slogans I've already received.

France Mongolfières has offered a balloon ride for the first prize winner of the contest. There will be nine runner–up prizes. The fabulous Bumper– sticker Slogan Contest is running jointly in Heather's Secrets of Paris newslettertoon: 2cv with bumper sticker and in Metropole.

Judging of the entries will be held at the next club meeting on Thursday, 29. April. All members who are present will be asked to assist with choosing the winners. This will be a club meeting you shouldn't miss, I think.

You can find the latest details about the contest on the aptly–named Contest page.

115 Years Ago Today

The Oklahoma 'land rush' began exactly at noon, when the starting gun was fired, to send thousands of over–eager homesteaders racing into former Indian Territory, to grab as much 'free' land as they could stake out and register. This happened on Monday, 22. April 1889 and Oklahoma has never been the same since.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This brief 'report' about today's club's meeting should give you a hint of the sometimes unusual times to be had at some club meetings. The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page has all the additional information you need to know about joining. Luckily, it isn't 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.' The 'rules' that were, were abolished by the club's members long ago. Some are remembered fondly.

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

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

Doing anything 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.' Actually 'true' is acceptable too, especially if it's remotely plausible.

One 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 still 'former' and have been eliminated from the club's chronicles except for all the original rules still online buried deep in the archives, which you can read if you are at loose ends. All 'exceptions' to any other 'rules' have been suspended forever, quite a bit like all the 'rules,' except one.

Making comments 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 occasionally.*

*The above paragraphs are unchanged since last week because club members at today's meeting produced many new true 'firsts' whether they intended to or not.

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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