Monday, March 19, 2012

Twitter Ye Not - The Eiffel Tower

Twitter Ye Not - The Eiffel Tower

A regular piece for the Daily Mail Weekend magazine about how figures in history might have twittered or tweeted or whatever, had they the chance, inclination and technology.

On the 31st March 1889, the gateway to the Universal Exposition in Paris – the Eiffel Tower - opened. Here, we imagine how the controversial structure was received on Twitter.

I have shown two heroes of mine and giants of the Belle Epoque flanking Gustave Eiffel's magnificent structure on the banks of the Seine. À gauche we have author Alexandre Dumas père, with his most famous work, The Three Muskateers, beneath his arm. Like that other great raconteur, gourmand, bon vivant and essayist Peter Ustinov, Dumas had a black grandmother and his mad Larry King hair-do was part of that rich legacy. I have a great tome by Dumas père on Gastromony - a brilliant read.

Facing him is diminutive and aristocratic painter Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, this box of pastels and oil paints in his hand.

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