Once ubiquitous at weddings, the humble telegram has suffered in the wake of new-fangled things such as emails and texts. But it’s back, and it’s online. You can now send a telegram anywhere in the world for a few pounds, and for inspiration:

When American author Mark Twain heard that his obituary had been published, he sent a telegram from London in 1897 saying: ‘The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated’.

The shortest telegram in the English language was from Oscar Wilde. He was living in Paris and he cabled his publisher in the UK to see how his new book was doing. The message read: ‘?’ The publisher cabled back: ‘!’

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