Monday, September 11, 2006

More inventions

Last week I spent a couple of days with my youngest son Ric, the street performer. He lives near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, a lovely little town which I had not visited before. I gave my camera a good workout, and if you are interested you can see my pictures here. Whenever I stay with him I find something interesting to photograph. A year ago it was spare legs, and he was so pleased with the picture I took that he framed it and hung it in his workroom where the legs are also hanging on the wall. I was well chuffed!


What intrigued me this time was his hands-free Ikea dustbin. I had been trying to open it with my right foot on the pedal to drop a teabag into it, but this got me all of a twist, until I realised it would be much easier if I used my left foot, which would leave me still standing square in front of the bin! When I questioned the arrangement, he explained that he had been fed up with having to use one hand to open it, leaving only one hand for scraping plates etc, so he worked out this rig. It's hard to believe, but when you press the pedal, the lid actually lifts at the front, and Bob's your uncle, as they used to say.

The pedal came from a 'hi-hat' cymbal stand from a drum kit, and if you don't know what that is, which I didn't, I have found a picture for you.

Yesterday afternoon one of my grandsons had his eighth birthday party, and Ric (who is his godfather) entertained them with an outdoor game which he has invented and constructed called "Card Sharp Capers". This involves guessing the values of giant playing cards, with wrong guesses incurring penalties of buckets of water tipped over their heads! Two children play at a time, and can enjoy the fun of pulling the handle to douse each other.

4 comments:

Sharon J said...

I still say "Bob's your uncle". And "Nellie's your aunt" too :-)

herhimnbryn said...

A lovely insight to your visit with your son.
Ingenious invention Grommit!

Mehreen said...

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Judith said...

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