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Just call me baby driver! Astonishing pictures of the 1920s motor pram that made nanny’s job a doddle ©

The Dunkley Pramotor allowed mother's and nannies to effortlessly take baby on a trip around town without getting warn out

The Dunkley Pramotor allowed mother’s and nannies to effortlessly take baby on a trip around town without getting warn out

Built by British motor firm, Dunkley, in Birmingham, the Dunkley Pramotor was the company’s fourth attempt at a useful automobile to meet unmet needs.

Launched in 1923, the one-wheeled power pack was designed to be a practical mother’s helper, but in reality the bizarre machine earned Dunkley immortality.

The mother, or more often the nanny, would stand astride the single wheel of the scooter having attached it to the back of the pram.

The early machines were kick started, meaning nanny had to jump on with zeal and hope for the best.

They were originally designed with one horsepower, horizontal, single-cylinder two-strokes.

Initially, there was only one gear and once kick started, the noisy machine’s hectic progress was controlled with twin handlebars bolted to the back of the pram, with a hand-controlled clutch.

From the 'inventor's notebook' it appears they intended the device to enable mothers to seem as though they could effortlessly glide behind the pram

From the ‘inventor’s notebook’ it appears they intended the device to enable mothers to seem as though they could effortlessly glide behind the pram

Throwing caution to the wind, Dunkley introduced in 1924 the two-speed series.

Had there been such considerations as health and safety at the time, perhaps speeding along the road, baby-first in a non-crumple proof, open top vehicle, without any kind of restraint, may not have been permitted.

But thanks to the early freedoms to innovate potentially dangerous contraptions at will, people paid anything between 40 to 135 guineas for the Dunkley Model 20 Pramotor and the Saloon Pramotor with 26 x 2 in Palmer Cord motor tyres, respectively.

One of Dunkley's earlier models was a 'Patent Self-charging Gas Motor Car', pictured, which took its supply of gas from any ordinary gas pipe or street lamp post, as shown to the right

One of Dunkley’s earlier models was a ‘Patent Self-charging Gas Motor Car’, pictured, which took its supply of gas from any ordinary gas pipe or street lamp post, as shown to the right

For sporting nannies there was the option of this space-age looking 21 horsepower engine - a 750 cc two-stroke single - which at 75 guineas promised performance far beyond the roadholding capabilities of the average perambulator

For sporting nannies there was the option of this space-age looking 21 horsepower engine – a 750 cc two-stroke single – which at 75 guineas promised performance far beyond the roadholding capabilities of the average perambulator

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Instagram Gets Updated For iPhone 5′s 4-inch Screen And iOS 6 ©

 DARRELL ETHERINGTON

The new big happy Facebook family is certainly on the ball with iPhone 5, delivering and update not only for its own app, but also one for new subsidiary Instagram designed to work on the new iPhone and iOS 6. The update now ensures that you’ll be able to check out your photos using the iPhone 5′s full 4-inches of glory.

Use of the larger screen doesn’t bring any major interface changes to the table: you’ll just see more of your feed at once. Would’ve been nice to see some additional use of the extra space, but at least the app, which is all about a pleasant viewing experience, isn’t letterboxed anymore. You’ll also get a new onboarding process for new users, useful if you’re just picking it up for the first time, as well as better password recovery options. It’s available now as a free update from the App Store.


Hunger Games’ Jena Malone Dating Galen Pehrson — Kisses Him During the Emmys ©

Hunger Games' Jena Malone couldn't keep her hands off her new man at the Emmys. Instagram

Hunger Games’ Jena Malone couldn’t keep her hands off her new man at the Emmys.
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There’s no hiding new romances during awards season!

Life & Style can exclusively reveal that actress Jena Malone, who is set to star as Johanna Mason in the next Hunger Games installment, Catching Fire, is dating artist Galen Pehrson.

“I was sitting behind them during the Emmys, and Jena was all over her Galen,” a guest at the lavish awards show tells Life & Style.

“She was kissing him throughout the show,” the guest adds. “They were holding hands and she put her head on his shoulder a few times. She kept smiling and touching his face — she was so into him.”

And the two seem to be mixing business with pleasure. In May, Jena, 27, lent her voice to one of Galen’s animated short projects, El Gato. Galen has since tweeted multiple pictures of her on his account.

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Rep Confirms to Life & Style: Sarah Michelle Gellar Gives Birth to a Son ©

Sarah Michelle Gellar and her hubby Freddie Prinze, Jr. welcome their second child. The CW

Sarah Michelle Gellar and her hubby Freddie Prinze, Jr. welcome their second child.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar has given birth to her first son!

The star welcomed a baby boy, her rep confirms to Life & Style.

“Sarah and husband Freddie Prinze Jr. gave birth to a son in Los Angeles last week,” the rep tells Life & Style.

“It’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me,” the actress has said about motherhood.

This is the second child for Sarah and Freddie, whose daughter, Charlotte Grace, turned 3 this month.

The couple first met while filming 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer. Though they didn’t rev up a romance straight away, they began dating three years later and tied the knot in September 2002.

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Katie Holmes: Joshua Jackson Was “My First Love” ©

Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson
Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

She may have kept a poster of Tom Cruise on her wall as a kid, butKatie Holmes‘ first big, real-life romance was with another tall, dark and handsome Hollywood man: Joshua Jackson.

Last Thursday, Jackson, 35, revealed that he recently received an out-of-the-blue call from his Dawson’s Creek costar Holmes, now 33 and freshly divorced from Cruise, 50.

“Like any old friend, it was like, ‘Oh, hi how are ya? What’s going on?’; ‘I had a kid,'” the Fringe actor said of his phone chat with Suri’s now-single mom. “It was very nice, actually.”

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And though the Fringe star has been in a relationship with Diane Krugersince 2006, back in the day, he and Holmes were a very serious item.

In a September 1998 Rolling Stone cover story (“Katie Holmes: The Sweetheart of Dawson’s Creek”), the rising WB star, then 19, opens up about her romantic misfortunes — and fortunes.

PHOTOS: How Katie changed during her marriage to Tom

“I had really good luck this past year and I had a really wonderful, amazing experience,” says the actress. When asked point-blank whether that “amazing experience” was with her costar Jackson, Holmes fesses up.

“I’m just going to say that I met somebody last year, I fell in love, I had my first love, and it was something so incredible and indescribable,” admits Holmes, who first broke out as a young star in director Ang Lee’s 1997 filmThe Ice Storm.

PHOTOS: Katie and Suri

She adds of Jackson: “I feel so fortunate because he’s now one of my best friends. It’s weird, it’s almost like a Dawson-and-Joey type thing now.”

Continues Holmes of fellow young actor Jackson: “He’s been in the business so long, and he’s really helped me. I respect him as a friend and as a professional.”

Before marrying Cruise in 2006 — they finalized their split last month — Holmes dated Chris Klein for five years. Shortly after she and Klein, 33, called off their engagement in 2005, Holmes and Cruise stepped out together.

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Ms. Xquisite

By Juli WeinerPhotograph by Miguel Reveriego
 READ  A Compendium of Channing Tatum’s Shirtless Roles.

The genre of a Channing Tatum on-screen love interest can be subdivided into three categories. One: wounded, doe-eyed woman based on a Nicholas Sparks character (see: Seyfried, Amanda, in Dear John). Two: wounded, doe-eyed woman whose magnetic delicacy and plot-advancing toughness will inspire a future Nicholas Sparks character (see: McAdams, Rachel, in The Vow). And three: a heretofore unseen species, the drop-dead—though not particularly doe-eyed—girl who is breezy, even-tempered, and in a relationship with a stripper who dances at a club called Xquisite. Tatum, whose abdominal muscles ripple and curve like graphs of calculus functions, plays the titular entertainer in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike. Cody Horn co-stars as Paige, the sister of one of Tatum’s …peers. The daughter of Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan F. Horn, she previously played underqualified new hire Jordan on the 2010–11 season of The Office. Jordan’s office-mates unhappily suspected she was hired for her femininity. Predictably, such H.R. concerns do not trouble anyone at Xquisite.
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Ace Young Proposes to Diana DeGarmo on American Idol: See the Ring!

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Credit: Michael Becker/FOX

Credit: Michael Becker/FOX

Neither Ace Young nor Diana DeGarmo won their respective seasons ofAmerican Idol, but they pretty much stole the show on Wednesday’s season 11 finale. Before Phillip Phillips was announced as the winner (besting Jessica Sanchez), host Ryan Seacrest invited season five contestant Young, 31, and season three runner-up DeGarmo, 24, onstage.

Once the lights were dimmed, Young said, “This has always been home to us and I felt that this would be the perfect place to ask a simple question.”

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Getting down on one knee and presenting a ring, the crooner went on:

“We have conquered Broadway together. We have created our new music together. We have an amazing group of people around us. And with the help of David Webb jewelry I have a way to make this last forever. Are you ready?”

PHOTOS: Amazing Idol makeovers

As DeGarmo looked tearful and flabbergasted, he gushed, “I love you to death. You’re my best friend. I want to make this last forever and I will do anything in my power to have the most … amazing life together if you will have me. Diana Nicole DeGarmo, will you marry me?”

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