Preamble for a Pram

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Preamble for a Pram

We’re off to Hull tomorrow to get a pram.

Did I mention that I’m going to be a dad? Oh, it seems I didn’t. Well, Clare’s pregnant and our baby is due in April, so that’s why we’re off to Hull tomorrow to get a pram.

The reason why I didn’t mention this monumental, life-changing, most-important-thing-to-ever-happen-to-me-in-my-life event any sooner than this is because I wanted to tell people about it in person. By the time I finally got around to doing that, however, Clare had already started a pregnancy blog. She’s doing such a damn fine job of it that I felt somewhat ill-equipped to discuss our shared experiences on here. Instead, I decided to stick to the subjects I know best, namely, popular culture, low humour and saucy limericks.

The reason why we’re going to Hull to get a pram is because we bought it from someone on Ebay who lives in Hull. It’s a long way to go to get a pram, I guess, but it does give me the chance to revisit my old stomping ground. I spent three very-fondly remembered years at Hull University, so tomorrow will give me the opportunity to give Clare and Lily a guided tour of my past. No doubt I’ll still be writing blog posts about it six months from now.

Anyway, the pram is a black Quinny Buzz and it looks something like this:

As Clare observed, it has “a certain Batmobileness about it…”

Being somewhat clueless when it comes to babies, prams and most practical matters, I was surprised to discover that the Quinny Buzz isn’t just an ordinary pram: it’s a pram that can change into a pushchair. That’s impressive – to me, at least. A pram that can change into a pushchair, a pushchair that can change into a pram. I didn’t know that sort of thing was possible.

I’ve already started calling it Optimus Pram‘.


About the Author:

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.


  1. Rol February 28, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Congrats to you both.

    I get the feeling Baby L will have to fight daddy for a go in the pram.

  2. Tom February 28, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks, Rol.

    Unfortunately, I’m too big to fit in it… 😉

  3. Pete March 2, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Looks like an adapted golf trolly to me. Perhaps you could teach baby to select clubs and pass them to you. Now that would be really useful…

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