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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Umbrellas

Umbrellas are great; they do the job they’re meant to do very well, except however when it gets windy and they turn inside out. I’m sure almost every umbrella user is aware of the problem and so the manufacturers should also be. So why don’t they fix it? It looks like a relatively simple fix – when you pull up the umbrella, its slides up the centre bar and then there’s a little stop that holds it there to ensure doesn’t fall down. All that has to be done is to put another stop to make sure the umbrella doesn’t go up! I really can’t believe how simple it is! Go and have a look at an umbrella and see what I mean. Another option for umbrella manufactures, if they can’t afford to put a stop on every umbrella, would be to create umbrellas that can be turned back the correct way very easily when they do open up.

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