The fashion for follies

It was all so simple. Two hundred years ago if you wanted to be a city of note, you built a great big needle. London has one, Paris has one, Tring has one, Washington has a big one. Here we are, we are on the map and here’s a mighty stone protuberance to prove it.

Needles suited everyone for a while, but just over a century ago, the French went and got all clever, erecting the Eiffel Tower. Designed as a radio tower, it’s value as a symbol was quickly recognised: Look at what we can do. See how we sneer at your little stone pointy things. Read more

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