I broke my umbrella! It was mad: the fabric broke from the stem and I found myself holding just the handle. At this point, the top of the umbrella was 3 metres in the air, spinning like a frisbee. -Gogo gadget brolly! People for 10 metres around ran in panic.
In the end, no-one was hurt, but I don’t have an umbrella anymore. And given how much I got soaked yesterday, I thought it might be time to get another! My research led me to eBay where I found a wide range…
Another Piganiol, this large style with a wooden stem and a chestnut handle for €72, or this square one for €93 (again, delivery is included). Also compact, but more high-tech and stylish: this style from Davek (New York). The structure is carbon-reinforced, the handle is stylish (like a gearstick) and the case is leather. From $120, which at the current rate makes €79 (and it’ll probably be €60 in a month ;)