There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Car

Italian media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi began his political career in 1993, as leader of the Forza Italia party, and in 1994 he became Italy’s Prime Minister. No. In actual fact, Berlusconi had already dipped his big toe in the pool of Italian politics ten years earlier, in 1983. To ensure his election in 1984, he promised that every Italian who …

The Devil's Pin Cushion

The Devil’s a sneaky bastard (though technically, he has no parents). Ever since his early days in the Garden of Eden, he’s been plotting to pervert and enslave man. His latest trick was the internet. Initially, it was intended as the digital era’s apple: a means to drown man in a world-engulfing sea of knowledge of everything and all, in …

This Is How I Roll and Fall

O dear, it’s gone all figurative! Sometimes dyslectic this happens. I try to be a good deconstructionist and capture the soul of objects in the coldest, most engineeringlike way possible by arranging the parts as close to their relatives as I can. And so I did with this roller skate from Mezo Holland. But sometimes, clinical deconstruction results in a …

Dead Ringer

I don’t think I ever played with the Fisher Price Chatter Telephone myself, but somehow other people’s nostalgia has contaminated me to such a degree that this little toy evokes vivid fake memories of a childhood that never was. The Chatter Telephone was born years before myself, in 1962. This particular specimen is one of the first generation, with a …

Ve Are ze Robots <BR>(Pling Plang Pling Plong)

I. Love. Robots. I know I recently said I love cars, and that’s still true. I just love machines, I guess. When I found this shiny colourful guy (you can tell by looking between the legs), he was quite aggressively marching toward me, shouting: ‘Fire. Fire. [something I couldn’t quite make out –robot language, perhaps] Fire. Pew pew pew.’ Not …

Smoking at the Speed of Black

Being the real man that I am, I obviously love cars. They’re simply fabulous, darling. And being a boy, I love toys. So what could possibly top the joy of a toy car? No, that’s not a rhetorical question. The answer is a deconstructed toy car. This Lamborghini Countach by Burago is another record breaker. Of course, anything is special …