Yoko's Curriculum Vitae

photo, terrace la corona, where is everybody As they say, two's a group, at La Corona every Thursday.

Loose Commas, Café and Orange

by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Thursday, 10. April:–  In the way of extravagant street riots it was pretty calm in Paris today if you managed to overlook the 30,000 students mostly peacefully demonstrating against the government's plan to unload a bunch of teachers. The demographics have fallen so students expected the ratio of students to professors to narrow. Forever dreamers, those students.

The usual 20 trouble–makers were arrested, after the usual flying rocks and teargas. The turnout of marchers was estimated to be double the number that were in the streets on Tuesday. Some teachers were also out on the bricks today. Of course it was nothing like the feisty turnout for the Olympic flame on Monday, but quite a bit more than on Wednesday, when nothing happened.

Spring is still lurching around, trying to get the upper hand on nasty intentions floating in from the Atlantic. The good news is the temperatures which have made a lunge for 15 degrees, getting halfway there from 10. More weather follows the club report.

photo, orange juice of the week What's that spell?

The Curriculum Vitae of the Week Report

The club's café was not full of chilled strollers or TV crews today when I arrived. Although warmer than last week the café's terrace attracted no takers. With a feeling that I might get to read most of Le Parisien I glided past all the empty booths and tables to the rear of the grande salle and took up my usual cozy station.

According to the paper, students want the same chance as their parents had. Elsewhere somebody was claiming that there are 1.3 million unfilled jobs in France. Hotels apparently lack the most manpower. Meanwhile, in Romania autoworkers at Renault's factory there are still on strike. They have had a big success with the cheapo Logan, a sort of retro–Renault, and now that they are in the European Community they want appropriate pay. Finally, there's was a Belgian who found a niche teaching the French how to spell.

photo, yoko, job seeker of the week Yoko checks her three–page cv.

I never got to Faits divers because today's Member of the Week arrived. It was our very own Yoko, missed by last week's members, but in fine shape, wearing a scarf I've not seen before. She asked me to help her with her CV. She needs one in English to give to Japanese companies, she said.

There was nothing much wrong with what Yoko had done on her own. Some pesky commas were adrift, and not much more than a few deft touches to tidy the pages were needed. But by the time we were finished with it there were scribbles, cross–outs, lines and arrows all over. I hope she can make sense of it later. Take my word for it – it's a great CV!

photo, cafe of the week What's that smell?

Since there were no other members present, we talked about TV, the war, and Charlton Heston, the actor who recently died. He played Moses in real life in the film The 10 Commandments. He was also in Ben Hur but we couldn't remember the name of his film character. That film was famous for the race of chars around the Colosseum. Tonight's TV–news showed Berlusconi campaigning there. Paris' mayor Bertrand Delanoë was on too, shown supporting Rome's mayor, Walter Veltroni.

Oops. Well, that's what it's like with a quiet club meeting. No Cities of the Week, no Frites of the Week and no Crazy Thing of the Week. The café remained calm and peaceful, and finally it was 5 o'clock and the meeting was declared over, and I could go home to Montparnasse and listen to jazz with the new speakers that sparkle, and the surround sound.

Some Oh–Bother Weather

For you weather fans out there , I explained last week that I am not going to take the weather as a personal insult and write a 400 word tirade about it two times a week. It doesn't mean I know what I'm going to do with the rest of my life, but here is – the new and improved version.

photo, scrappy fiat 500 of the week Bonus Fiat 500 photo, never raced or rallyed.

In the Paris area the planet is having a mighty struggle to give up winter. Timid sprays of weak green are appearing on trees and there are some blossoms of some sort here and there. Friday will have a swath of semi–fine skies, with a high of 14 degrees. Then Saturday might be semi–semi all day, with 13 forecast. Returning on Sunday, the swath of Friday will be reversed, to be full of clouds and rain, also with 13 degrees. On all three days expect a wind from the southwest, maybe up to 70 kph. Oh, bother.

About the Café Metropole Club

Grip your fingers tight to your mouse to see a club meeting report hidden in a buried archive somewhere here. Less exciting than reading sports news during club meetings but nothing is seldom perfect. A clue about what we might have been doing today may help and can be found on the About the Café Metropole Club webpage.

graphic, club location map

Back From the Patazone Again

Like other unrehearsed Thursdays , semi out of control and on occasion, like today, most wonderful members absent. Club meetings run from 15:00 to 17:00 on Thursdays. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 17. April. The metric times are the same as 3 to 5 pm around other unmetric places, while meetings are held right here. Whatever you feel like saying can be heard by the other members present if there are any and if they are listening, and sometimes they are, but not always.* Your other, absolutely true, stories are totally welcome too even if they are true.

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. Stay unfound if you must.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since the last meeting because your reporter started to watch The 10 Commandments on the big widescreen TV tonight. So that's what a Cecil B DeMille movie looked like! TV has grown up.

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, 17. April.

A bientôt à Paris
signature, regards, ric

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