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Rather than go that route here is where I draw the line. This is the end of today's club 'report.' It saddens me that there is no 'City of the Week,' no 'Cocktail of the Week,' no 'Quote of the Week,' no 'Joke of the Week,' no 'Nothing of the Week.' Where's my hanky?

Vacances de Noël

TV–news mentioned tonight that kids' school holidays start tomorrow, while my calendar indicates that it is Monday. Kids' parents do not necessarily have holidays so there will be some kids around, touring museums and so on. But there are special events for kids, like circuses, and many of these will be operating full–time until January. If you like circuses, there are a lot of them scheduled for this season.

Grand Palais

Besides the merry–go–roundsphoto, quai du louvre of the week in every arrondissement, this year Paris has three big ferris wheels. One is located at the Place de la Concorde and the other two are nearby, inside the Grand Palais. This year, in addition to the two important art exhibitions in the Grand Palais, the big part is full of sideshow rides, 20 in all, plus the two wheels, and a circus. Entry costs 5€, the doors are open from 14:00 daily, except Friday, 24. December and Saturday, 31. December. The show continues until Monday, 2. January. Photo: The ever–present 'Traffic of the Week.'

Golden Chicken

In France where a king once told all the citizens – 500 years ago – that they should have a chicken in every pot, it is the season to feast on tasty birds, regardless of threatening epidemics. In fact bird growers are having beauty contests for their chickens right now and a chicken that looks good is a chicken, duck, goose, or turkey, that tastes good. The Cadillac of chickens is the capon. They are raised in the open air, fed good grains, and have wiggled their chicken toes in good dirt.

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This miserable club meeting 'report,' including next to nothing about not much, may leave you perplexed. True facts behind the mystery are illuminated on the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page with its rustical photos, puerile prose and farrago of a membership card made of waste paper not suitable for recyclage. You can join the club in any year containing at least one unused 'Thursdays of the Week' left in December.

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

Club meetings always begin at 15:00 and continue until 17:00. These hours are recognized in distant lands as 3 pm to 5 pm. Around somewhere other than Paris is seldom where meetings are held. Accept no substitutes. Come to the café La Corona. Bring a friend or relative. The guy in the rear of the big room is ze club, or more exactly, the club's secretary.

Attend any meeting – by being at one. Pass a hour or two or a whole meeting with other club members pretty much like yourself. Real 'firsts' are welcome, with 'first' being equivalent to 'true' even if 'real' is likely, and if it is an alternate form of fact with any sort of connection to fiction, like petanque stories. Attending more than one club meeting is not discouraged.

Caution – you may have a personal reason for remaining unfindable via the Web. If so, be sure to inform the club's secretary that you prefer to be '404 – not found' bygraphic: club location map Web search engines before becoming 'found' in one of these literate club reports.

The 'ex–rules' that the club once had continue to be former these days. These rules were total nonsense, even if you can find them. Otherwise you may, in theory, learn that this true club of aimless talk and unlikely stories never institutes new rules because everybody nixed the old ones, which explains why they are obscure.

Talking to other club members at meetings is okay rather than optional. There are always some empty chairs, so sit – wherever you like. Lounging is okay too. Whatever you say will be truly appreciated by the other members present if there are any listening, and sometimes there are but not always – and if it should by astonishing chance be written here.*

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because even though it is winter, the above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week.

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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