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Here we go…

I wasn’t planning to do this, I really wasn’t.

Having a Myspace page and Blogging all seemed a bit too 21st Century for my 20th Century tastes. It was like owning a SatNav or worrying about my carbs – I could grasp the concepts and appreciate the benefits but I just couldn’t be arsed with the technicalities.

It was the same with mobile phones. I held out for ages, almost making it into the 21st Century landline-locked and mobile-free. Once again, the concept was grasped and the benefits appreciated, but my reluctance to follow the herd coupled with a deep-rooted fear of looking like an 80s options trader or a media twat reinforced my stubborness. Over time my position became increasingly farcical, as my positions have a tendency to do. Vast chunks of my social calendar were consumed by endless, Tolkein-esque quests to find loose change and a working telephone box. Friends and loved ones began to question my sanity. I began to question my sanity. During the very last week of the very last month of the very last year of the 20th Century I gave way to social pressure and bought a Nokia that looked like one of those black rubber bricks you used to fetch from the deep end of the swimming pool.

I like to think that in a previous life I wrecked Spinning Jennies for a living.

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My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.

One Comment

  1. Rol Hirst September 13, 2007 at 2:36 am

    Blimey – Tom Lennon… you still with us, old chap?

    Your opening blog post reminded me of my own, way back when…

    I’m very worried about the carbs, but my mobile phone is still from the 90’s. Got to keep one foot in the past… and keep smashing them looms!

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