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"YOKO!" I yell out just as soon as Yoko reminds me that she isn't Tomoko anymore. About Japan – she says it was raining every day there in May, mainly because it always rains there every day in May. She knew this before she went but she went anyway. The reason for going was on account of all the holidays here in May.

"I got lots of call for jobs while I was in Japan," she says. This was because lots of people here go away because of all the holidays, so this is when they phone Yoko. You are damned if you do and damned if you don't. But I don't say this.

Yoko says something about the Da Vinci Code. She was reading it before she left and then the movie came out, so she saw it too. Here, that was a month ago so nobody mentions it anymore. It is over. Finished. Since then we've had the tennis at Roland Garros and now it's the World Cup. The Da Vinci Code is like last year's news. Ready for DVD and cable, basta!

photo, cafe la corona Recognition tip – red, rouge, red.

Apparently Osaka is very hot. It is very hot because everybody has air conditioning and it's all turned full on, creating even more heat. I mentally add Osaka to the list of places I have of places that I may not visit if I ever get the chance to.

"I ate a lot of raw fish, Yoko says. It reminds me of a TV–news story I saw last week about the red tuna fishing in the Mediterranean. Apparently it is a major source of fish for sushi, so instead of using fishing boats they use tugboats instead, and just scoop up everything and drag it to shore where they put the red tuna in pens until – when? What? Why?

Well I guess this is hardly interesting for Paris lovers, so I'll add here that next Wednesday, 21. June, it's the Fête de la Musique and the rock group the Beatles Story that Yoko is associated with, will be on stage at the city hall – the Mairie – of Courbevoie. Yoko says you can get there from Porte de Champerrret by catching the bus 163 or 164 there. Even if the bus is not, the show is free.

Whew! All of that has tuckered me out, so I slip the waiter enough for our 'drinks of the week' and check out the ice cream sales by the café's front door, and scoot, scoot, scoot until next week.

photo, bob symondsBob Symonds plays in 'Faith Healer.'

Club Members On Stage

On the way back to 'Ed's' paradise last week I encountered member Bob Symonds who explained he isn't at meetings because he in rehearsals for Faith Healer by Brian Friel. Also in this are Leslie Clack and Patricia Kessler. To be at the Théâtre de Nesle in the Quartier Latin on the following dates – from 24. to 29. June at 21:00, with an additional matinée at 17:00 on Sunday, 25. June. No performance on 28. June. For tickets contact Helen Later via email or InfoTel.: 01 46 34 61 04.

What this is about:– It is an epic tale of Francis Hardy – no relation! – who is a faith healer who is drink–sodden and has a sordid but hilarious, somewhat chaotic voyage towards fateful destiny in Ballybag, a notorious jar house. But if you think Francis sounds a bit unsympathetic the story is also told from the viewpoint of his wife Gracie and his manager, Teddy, who has an accent. I think Bob must be Francis, but I haven't ever seen him being sodden at the club. But he is an actor so don't miss it.

About the Café Metropole Club

Somewhat as credible, but very true in this club meeting 'report,' especially the ones omitted. You might take a peek at the explanation about what might be going on here, on the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page, for its few morsels of wisdom, raw fish, morals, garlic, poems, boomers and poison blow fish.

graphic, club location map

Who, Why, When, What, How, Where?

These darned club meetings, as they are reasonably called, begin at 15:00 every Thursday and continue until 17:00. These times, according to the clock fingers, are equivalent to 3 pm to 5 pm. Around somewhere else is not where these meetings are. 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 rare chance be written here.* Other stories will depend on your skill.

Caution – should you have the personal goal of remaining unfindable via the Web, be sure to inform the club's secretary that you prefer to be '404 – not found' by Web search engines before becoming 'found.' Not becoming a club member is another way to remain unfound, but it is far less fun.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of my wonderful new system, for garble which with of miniscule several minor 'firsts' proportions, loosens control routinely randomly substituting gibberish of the keyboard, again.

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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