Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Heavy rain threatens to sink Flotilla Thrilla

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
Moogieman - punting song

Moogieman kicks off the evening with a song about punting

Plucky performers defy miserable weather

Although last Friday’s waterborne open mic event was dogged by persistent rain from start to finish, the organisers – aided by the predictions of a friendly meteorologist – had fortunately possesed the foresight to build a shelter using a large tarpaulin in (more…)

Perfecting the parapluie

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Silhouette of couple picnicking under umbrella in the rainWhy have there been virtually no serious developments in umbrella design since Totes Inc. brought out their folding model in 1970?

This isn’t going to be one of those blog entries that claim a fabulous new idea in the field of non-wearable rain protection. The fact is, there’s no shortage of ideas. There are thousands of patents on umbrella-related inventions but practically none have ever made it to the high street.

This wouldn’t be so odd if the standard umbrella was an elegant and simple design that worked perfectly. But despite the obvious drawbacks of the standard brolly – drawbacks that become apparrent once rain is combined with all but the lightest of winds, not to mention durability, portability or ease of deployment – the field seems stubbornly resistant to innovation. (more…)