Things we love to hate: DIY

‘DIY’ is one in a series of 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles with the overall title of ‘Things We Love To Hate’. James Alexander is the illustrator, and what a talented fellow he is. The six rooms in the house in the picture each contain an unfolding disaster. People are tripping over electric flex, struggling up stairs with big rolls of carpet, ripping up floors, plunging through ceilings and generally creating mayhem. Even the poor old cat has been chased up a ladder by a fierce little dog!

Perfectionists will often tell you that if a job’s worth doing, you should do it yourself. Realists say you’re better off paying someone else to run all the risks. I know whose side I’m on, although I am teaching myself electrical wiring. Now, someone remind me, is it blue on the left or blue on the right?


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