Monday, April 02, 2007
I am considering a campaign modelled on the anti-4x4 uprising. This would involve sticking fake parking tickets with the slogan 'Poor Buggy Choice' on excessively large baby buggies - or, as I think they are called in the US, strollers. Struggies, as I shall call them for perfect transatlantic understanding, are getting bigger. Cafes and restaurants are routinely thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a colossal uber-struggy containing, somewhere amidst the over-engineered melange of steel, fabric and gigantic off-road tyres, one very small toddler, the poor chap bound for a life of self-esteem problems - too much or too little, it could go either way. Here you can see the issue defined with admirable objectivity. What this page does not mention, however, is the way the bigger struggy is becoming as much of a status symbol in fashionable London as the Porsche Cayenne, the vehicle of choice for the Bulgarian Ambulance Service. In this context, the struggy to note is the Britax Teutonia, so-called, I assume, because of its striking resemblance to a Panzer division. I await with dread the Boudica with knives projecting from the wheel hubs to assist in path-clearing through crowded eateries.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 12:00 pm