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photo, sunset on tuesday Sunset of the Week, on Tuesday.

Oh, there was London too, because Ghandi arrived there once and some hacks of Fleet asked him what he thought of funky western civilization. He said he thought it was a very good idea. Ghandi was quite a funny guy, as I'm sure everyone will agree. He wasn't a Red for one thing, even if the Brits considered him to be a subversive.

There's the Chinese too. You see all that stuff they are building in Shanghai. Is it still called Shanghai? What is its real name nowadays? Anyway, all the stuff being built there, and the western hippies living in old neighborhoods being torn down while they are sleeping in them. What always strikes me is that they – the TV – never shows Chinese cemeteries.

Listen, there's 1,329,349,000 folks in China – including Hong Kong, and about 9,305,000 of them die every year. There must be huge cemeteries. Or, if folks are cremated, like in India, that probably takes a lot of wood. Where do they get the wood? Doesn't it cause some pollution, burning all those logs? I mean, the whole world is up in arms about all the SUVs being driven in California and nobody says anything about all those cremations in China, or India.

Lucky and I grapple with questions like these until we get tired of not having any answers, and then Lucky orders a sandwich, which turns out to be the French National Sandwich. You know, a hunk of baguette with a slice of rubber cheese and two thin slices of tired ham inside. No pickle, no nothing on the side, no little greenery and no toothpick. The basic item.

photo, the club's secretary At work, the club's secretary.
Photo by Lucky.

Somehow when I show Lucky the club's official camera – to be frank, it probably wasn't Lucky at all – the focus thing goes for a hike, and when we are outside on the pavement getting the Group Photo of the Week, it can't find Lucky. I suspected this while I was looking in that little window but I shot him up anyway. Passing truck drivers waved and shouted remarks. Ohh, if Lucky only knew! He uses a 4x5 and sheet film.

But in the end there were no complaints. Lucky paid the note and we walked out the door together, and we left the question of all that wood burned in India behind, one of those little mysteries. Next year of course, the Tour de France will be all new, with new dope rules, and it will be an exciting race that wipes out the participants but they are happy to do it for the sheer joy of all those jovial folks that line the roads of France and other countries, under the sunny skies of July.

Reminder – News You Can Use

WiFi For Email Addicts

Cyber cafés may be a bit thin on the ground in Paris but the city has begun offering free access to the Net via the magic of WiFi. Operational now are 400 points of access spread around 260 city locations – libraries, museums, city halls, parks and open spaces. In general, you should be able to obtain access from 07:00 to 23:00, but it will depend on the open hours of the location. Note:– the Tuileries and the Luxembourg are not parks operated by the city. No WiFi alors. Additionally, there may be not 400 access points until September, therefore if you don't connect it's your fault.

Soldes d'Eté To End

The annual summer sales in Paris continue until 4. August, next Saturday. Try and remember this.

About the Café Metropole Club

Tickle your mouse towards the club meeting report buried deep in the fathomless archive of the Internet. Speed–scrolling long semi–tiresome reports is faster than being at boring club meetings but only provides a scoot of the real dialogue. An explanation for what we are doing here may be unconvincing but can be found on the outlandishly named About the Café Metropole Club webpage.

graphic, club location map

Speed Written Fine Print Here

Nearly spontaneous as always, half unrehearsed, partly out of control and again less than two members. Club meetings are actually from 15:00 to 17:00 every Thursday. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 9. August. These times are virtually the same as from 3 pm to 5 pm around some other places, while meetings are held around here. Whatever you truly feel like saying will be fully appreciated by the other members present if they are present and listening, and sometimes they are, but not always.* Your other, absolutely true, stories are all welcome too. Members like funny jokes.

Caution – should you have a personal desire to remain 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. To stay unfound decline membership.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the wood missing from China and India, except for making baguettes. Is that it? They use used baguettes?

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.
Next club meeting on Thursday, 9. August..

A bientôt à Paris
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