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163227.  Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:18 am Reply with quote


163283.  Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:55 am Reply with quote

That picture looks familiar

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163330.  Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:30 am Reply with quote


164342.  Tue Apr 10, 2007 4:34 am Reply with quote

Errr, come again?

164538.  Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:03 pm Reply with quote


164691.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:46 am Reply with quote

Ah, of course. If the comma had been there, I'd've got it instantly :)

Molly Cule
167785.  Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:59 am Reply with quote

The BBC Broadcasting House in London has a mini Eiffel Tower on the roof.

s - i saw it on monday

167858.  Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:07 am Reply with quote

173236.  Thu May 10, 2007 4:43 am Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Guy de Maupassant liked to eat lunch in the tower's restaurant because he hated the building so much it was the only place he could not see it.

Or ... he could have just sat with his back to it. Bloody drama queen.

Mind you, it is said that Verlaine made detours around Paris to avoid seeing the Tower.

173238.  Thu May 10, 2007 4:46 am Reply with quote

One of the designs for the great Tower, in the competition eventually one by Gustave Eiffel, was for a giant watering can which would have “sprinkled Paris with water on very hot days.” I’d have voted for that, personally. Much better than what Maupassant called “a disgraceful skeleton.”

S: ‘Murder on the Eiffel Tower’ by Claude Izner (Gallic Books, 2007).

173287.  Thu May 10, 2007 7:41 am Reply with quote

Maybe there's an E for Eyesores topic here? With a possible Elephant in the Room discursion re White Elephants.

179231.  Thu May 31, 2007 1:42 am Reply with quote

Question: Who designed the Statue of Liberty?

Forfeit: Gustav Eiffel

Answer: Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi

Eiffel merely engineered the internal structure of the monument, it was Bartholdi who designed and sculpted the statue. He was supposed to have based the face of the Statue on his mother and the body on his mistress - ugh.

179234.  Thu May 31, 2007 2:15 am Reply with quote

For a year, beginning in 1884, the Statue of Liberty sat in a courtyard belonging to Bartholdi. He'd finished building it, but the pedestal wasn't ready in the US - $100,000 was needed to complete it.

La Monde began a campaign to raise the money which began to pour in. Laxative makers Castoria offered to give $25,000 provided the name of their laxative would be displayed at the top of the statue for a year - the offer was politely declined.

185602.  Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:45 am Reply with quote

We've done the fact about the tower weighing less than the air contained in a cylinder around it, but according to the chief engineer of the tower, interviewed on BBC2's "Paris" last night, if you melted the entire thing down to a cuboid contained within its footprint, it would be only 6cm high.

185865.  Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:27 pm Reply with quote

I hope somebody's keeping a note of all this for the F series - surely there must be some other good stuff around France.


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