knt & mike1967 - thank you both for your posts!
Yes, I'm active on NAM & yes, there's plenty of information there.
What I can't find locally is a locksmith to cut/engrave the MINI-style key blade.
I'm not much concerned about the remote key fob, although the security slug may be an issue. It appears that Timpson's can supply & program this, but it's not entirely clear from their website. Timpson's site also won't let me find their stores with the 'specialist' capabilities.
My primary goal is a key that will open the door if I lock my keys inside.
I was hoping someone had hands-on experience!
Just for clarity, I have 2 original MINI keys.
1 - with remote buttons in the fob & the tiny security slug.
2 - no buttons but with the slug.
I also have an aftermarket fob with no internals at all, just a blank blade.
Mike - MVPeters at comcast.net
2002 R53 MINI Cooper 'S'