Thursday, December 09, 2010

Handyman or Artist?




Living as we do in a little Italian medieval hilltop town where attacks by the walls of narrow streets are par for the course, one doesn't invest too much in a car. Our second-hand Mitsubishi Space Star was only meant to see out our planned two year extended holiday in Italy. Five and a half years later, Space Star isn't a pretty sight but a more loyal and reliable motor you couldn't find.

Space Star only came with one key, the rubber head of which was already perishing. Over the years it's been patched with Superglue but it finally lost its head entirely the other day.

HWEM loves a handyman challenge. My suggestion was a novelty eraser with a slit cut into it, into which could be inserted the wrong end of the key and a generous dab of Superglue. HWEM opted for the Hardware Shop Solution.

Do you think Tate Modern would be interested in acquiring the result? Or perhaps Mitsubishi would like it for their motor museum.

Anyway HWEM headed off a little while ago to take Space Star for a spin with her new key. He's just returned. She won't start. There is obviously a limit to what Space Star will tolerate.

11 comments:

Charlene Brown said...

It's a sign! Contact the Tate immediately...

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Very derivative!

I'm just sat here wondering whether it's a new key or a new car?

How long to get a new key?

Dermott said...

No more derivative than a Cosmo furball installation.

Ho sollevato il problema della chiave con il mecanico l'anno scorso e ha detto: "Dato che la macchina ha piu' di dieci anni - scordatelo. Mitsubishi non ne avra' piu' una coppia'".

And if Super Glue didn't work the half-dozen other times, why would it this time? Why is logic so foreign to some people?

Bah.

travelingsuep said...

What a shame it won't start as the key is amazing- a true objet d'art!

moreidlethoughts said...

Looks horribly like a thumbscrew. Probably quite appropriate in a mediaeval town! ;-)

Jeanette said...

Most inventive! Shame the car didn't approve. Then again, cars have no taste...

sue said...

That's hilarious! I love it. Space Star has her pride, after all!

Joan said...

The key definitely has an artistic look to it! Now the key will work, but not the car. lol I'm sure Graham will work out that kink too.

All the best on this wintry day. We had a dusting of snow this morning, so I feel like winter is here. Enjoy!

caseytoussaint said...

At first I thought it was a corkscrew- it's a very interesting object, in any case.

africantapestry said...

He he...you fit right in with the medieval surroundings...it looks like some torture tool to me, can you trust handyman with it?
Ronell

Pat said...

You crack me up every time. Thanks for the laughing and chuckling.

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