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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Wildlife and Nature! Jim works in it; Claudia and John spend a few months of the year in a remote village in Costa Rica. As the only wildlife guest ed ever sees is his furry felines, all he had to share was second-hand news stories about the re–introduction of a bear population in the French Pyrenees mountains. Tomoko even knew where the bears were from - Checkoslovakia! Jim had a few stories about the (sometimes not–so) amusing things bears would do to get food: if it was hanging from a rope between two trees, they always found a way to get to it. He told of one mama bear sending her little one out on a fragile limb to gnaw the rope... and another the park staff called 'the dive bomber' who would try to jump from the tree directly onto the hanging bag – all of this Jim saw on video in one of the wildlife conferences he attends regularly – the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (an acronym that Jim says I should pronounce "NO–EE–AH!") Claudia and John spoke of the transformations going on around their Costa Rican village – oceanfront nature has been protected by law, but inland land@ndash;sales abound. It seems that they have to clear the land and mark out where the house should go before potential landowners understand that they can really build there...

Tomok & Renaud
(Yoko Ono+(Beatles–3)) x France = Tomoko & Renaud

At about that moment (or just before) Renaud Siry comes in from the drizzle – Renaud is a real and in–the–flesh Frenchman, he is a friend of Tomoko, as she is Yoko Ono in his "Beatles Story" show. Renaud plays the drums as Ringo Starr, although he is much cuter than the original (sorry Ringo!) Every time Tomoko says she has a show coming up I have to wonder: What does the Yoko Ono character do with the band? Does she close the show? If she 'gets involved' at the start, are the rest of the sets a retrospective of each Beatle's solo career (and on that note, will Ringo be narrating "Thomas the Tank Engine?") By the looks of it it's just gonna be pure good ol' rock n' roll. Just in case you didn't get last week's plug, they'll be playing at the Petite Journal Montparnasse on the 5th of April. Come as many!

It is time for the club photo of the week, and this done Renaud bids us all good-bye. After a brief 'pay-up' time, the rest of us follow – 'guest ed' had put off the photo towards the end of the meeting – perhaps because of the bears and all. Anyhow, John and Caroline will be around for next week's meeting (they'll be here for three weeks) so let's hope they have time to return – while I'm at it, here's hoping you do too!

The Café Metropole Club's About Page

This (second) patched–together club report pasted together by little more than inexperienced 'guest ed' may leave you expecting ... so please be sure to check in next week for less boo–hoos and even better and hopefully almost the same amount of writing. Under the spotlight behind the mystery some facts about the club are on the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page, with its very professional photos, chatty paragraphs and the confection of a membership card made of whatever weather you decide to bring from outdoors. You can join the club in any year containing at least 32 remaining 'Thursdays of the Week' left this year, except for the rare exceptions, mentioned above.

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

Regular club meetings begin at 15:00 next Thursday and normally continue until 17:00 when members are present. These times, fixed in steel, are said in some lands to be 3 pm to 5 pm. Around somewhere else is not where meetings are held. Substitutes are rare. Bring yourself to the café La Corona. Come with a friend or relative. The folk in the rear of the big room is ze club, or more exactly, the club's only secretary.

Attend any meeting – by being at one or more. Pass a hour or two or a whole meeting with other club members pretty much like yourself. Real 'firsts' are welcome. True stories will get a hearing. Other stories will depend on your skill. Attending more than one club meeting per membership is cool.

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

The 'ex–rules' that the club once had continue to be former. These rules were mostly nonsense, even if you can find them. Otherwise you may, in theory, learn that this club features unlikely stories that are pretty true sometimes, and never institutes new rules because members can't remember them.

Talking to other club members at meetings is fairy 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 pure chance be written here.

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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