If I hadn't forgotten my camera at a friend's place, I would have taken some pictures. There are broken umbrellas everywhere in this town and I'd like to acknowledge and remember that. I would portray them where they lie, most of them crammed violently into waste baskets. Because Swedes are clean, but lose their temper very quickly when their umbrellas betray them when needed the most.
Sadly, this is often the case with umbrellas. Before this rainy autumn in Gothenburg, I had the notion that there's a trade-off between durability and portability when it comes to umbrellas. If you want a durable umbrella, you have to buy the large ones that you have to carry as a walking stick. But since then, I have discovered that the trade-off effect is minimal. The big ones break almost as easily, although they might not look as miserable when broken. They somehow retain a portion of their dignity. There's no sadder sight than a broken telescope umbrella, with its delicate metal skeleton permanently deformed.
But even the most robust-looking umbrella seem to suffer from a basic problem. The fabric is, of course, water-resistant, but also windproof. This puts an enormous strain on the mechanisms beneath. The ideal umbrella fabric would be one that's ONLY water-proof. Most thin fabrics I come to think of are either not resistant to any elemental attack at all, just windproof or windproof AND waterproof. It seems if they are waterproof they are also windproof. Now, I'd love a functional, durable umbrella, so if you've got a suggestion... don't bore us with it!
written by Mattias
Jag har funderat på att investera i ett golfarparaply från någom sportaffär. Som jag inbillar mig är de för paraplyer vad robocop är för poliser.
posted by Kenneth
Jag hade en sådan, en stor sådan. Ockuperade halva gatan när jag gick med den, robust var den. Glömde den så klart i en choklad affär där en kompis jobbar, kanske ska höra efter om den finns kvar. Om inte annat så kände jag iaf mig som robocop med den!
posted by jyrki