The Kingsman umbrella is real!

If you saw the Kingsman film you know the umbrella is pretty cool, well I went to see the sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle a couple of days ago, and yet again the brolly has a starring role. I t all looks a b bit sci-fi, but boffins at the Hacksmith have made it real.

Take a look:

I want one!

This has absolutely nothing to do with umbrellas.

Forgive me for straying from my usual brolly related waffle, but this is for a good cause.

If you are a Supernatural fan, and watched it last night (in the UK), then this T-shirt will make sense.

Using my birthday money (yes, I'm a 47 year old who still gets birthday money!), I've just bought one of these exclusive charity fundraising t-shirts by the King of Hell himself, Mark Sheppard.

I love the T-shirt, it's a cool design & I'm a fan, so I wanted it, but I also love that money goes to a camp that teaches kids that being diabetic doesn't mean you have to miss out on the fun that is camping and the outdoors.

Being diabetic myself I definitely know, with all the misinformation out there, how easy it is to believe that you can't/shouldn't do certain things. It took me a long time to learn the opposite (Sir Steve Redgrave taught me that nothing is out of bounds), so being able to positively affect the minds of young, probably a bit scared, youngsters is brilliant.

There's only a few hours left to get yourself one, so why not get a cool T-shirt, and do some good too. Get it here: https://represent.com/sheppard/mark-sheppard-limited-edition-tee

Why are umbrella stands bad for wet umbrellas?

I love this idea of watering plants with the drips from drying umbrellas. (photo found on Pinterest)

From classic to the funkiest of funkys, umbrella stands are great for keeping your beautiful brollies neat and tidy, and ready to grab on your way out of the house, but there is one thing you should beware of.......

NEVER LEAVE WET UMBRELLAS IN THEM!

Umbrellas do not take kindly to being left wet or even just mildly moist.

Why?

  • Over time they may go rusty if they have metal ribs
  • The waterproof layer of the canopy can be compromised (especially if sunlight is also shining on them)
  • I have come across some that have even started growing smelly mould (yuk).

So before you put your brolly away after a downpour, open it up and let it dry.

"But it's bad to open a brolly indoors"

If you are particularly superstitious, and don't want to fully open your umbrella indoors then unfurl it, allowing it to be loosely open, and put it in a place that air can circulate around it or near a radiator (not too close though). 

Take a look at these beautiful modern umbrella stands.

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Karen Lee

The story behind Arnold Palmer's umbrella

If you are keen on golf you may have wondered how a 4 coloured umbrella became synonymous with golfing legend Arnold Palmer.

Golf fans can expect to see lot of the signature red, green, white and yellow umbrellas throughout this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament at Bay Hill, Florida, U.S.A., although the great golfer is no longer around to host the tournament that bears his name, as he sadly passed away last year.

How did this colourful brolly design become associated with Palmer?

In 1961 Palmer was trying to come up with the perfect logo for his new business Arnold Palmer Enterprises, Inc., and he went back and forth with his team over potential designs. Ideas such as crossed golf clubs and a nature scene were put forth, but the ideas were just too generic.

According to his website, Palmer grew so frustrated during the meeting that he took a walk in the rain to calm down, and inspiration struck:

Image courtesy of arnoldpalmer.com

The frustration level in the meeting was rising and Arnie went to walk it off only to find it was raining outside. He saw a lovely woman get out of her car and pop open a multi-colored umbrella. Arnie dashed back into the conference room.

"What about an umbrella?" said Arnie. Someone at the table shot back, "What kind of umbrella?"

 Arnie suggested a multi-colored golf umbrella. A few heads bobbed in agreement. But nobody was even close to calling it a good idea, yet. Somebody told Arnie not to get his hopes up too high because it would be a miracle if someone hadn't already trademarked it.

A quick check confirmed that the image had not been trademarked, and the colourful umbrella won the day.

A major reason for the logo's popularity is Arnold Palmer himself. He always understood the importance of building and maintaining a brand, and was a usually seen wearing something bearing the famous umbrella logo.

Image courtesy of @BrandenGrace on Twitter 

See a sea lion doing umbrella twirls.

Take a look at this adorable video of a sea lion twirling along with a lady's umbrella at the Oceanographic Aquarium in Valencia, Spain.

Anton Juhant and his family, from Slovenia, noticed the sea lion taking an interest in umbrella and decided to film its reaction, and we, here at Hello Brolly, are so glad he did. 

Is a £1,299 drone the future of umbrellas?

It's named the Umbrella Drone, and, yes you've guessed it, it’s a drone with an umbrella on it. 

Photo Credit: Drones Direct

Using cutting edge drone technology, this specially adapted Phantom 4 drone hovers above you, and automatically tracks your movement via GPS in your smartphone.

The company blurb says that 'it frees up your hands so you can concentrate on things like walking the dog, riding a bike and shooting photos in style'; but that's as long as you only go for a short walk, as 30 minutes is the extent of its battery life.

It seems like fun, and I know techies will love this idea, but, at a cost of £1,299 each, I don't think the humble umbrella is going to go the way of the dodo anytime soon.

Take a look : www.dronesdirect.co.uk

Photo Credit: Drones Direct

1000s of fans create a Lightsabers & Umbrellas tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

On Saturday, January 14th at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, fans raised lightsabers and umbrellas toward the sky in tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who sadly died within a day of each other at the end of December. 

It all started as a small, fan created event to remember the lives of Star Wars' Carrie Fisher, and her mother, Singin' in the Rain's Debbie Reynolds. The tribute was masterminded by Katie Shuman, a long time Disney fan and fashion blogger.

"I am a huge Star Wars fan, too, and when I heard about Carrie's death, I knew that I had to have a day at the parks where I could dress up as her to honour her legacy." she said.

She created an event on FaceBook, and used her blog, The Dressed Up Dame, to promote the event through local fashion and Disney fan groups, but she never realised it would create such a massive gathering. 
 "When I started this event I expected like maybe 100 people to even be interested in coming, but I'm happy that so many people are wanting to pay tribute to two wonderful women."

More than 4,000 has expressed an interest in going, and over 1,200 went actually attended throughout the day, with many fans dressed up as Princess Leia, sporting the iconic hair buns and lightsabers, with men dressing as her love interest, Han Solo Others wore bright yellow coats and dresses, and carried umbrellas in tribute to Reynolds' most famous role in Singing' in the Rain. 

Princess Leias boarded the studios' Star Tours ride to fly over Jakku, Naboo, Hoth and Coruscant with C-3PO as tour guide, whilst many of Reynold's umbrella toting fans rode The Great Movie Ride in the replica Chinese Theatre to watch the legendary Singin' in the Rain scene.

The Disney park heard about the fan event, and reached out to Katie the week before and offered to create a slideshow of Fisher and Reynolds for the tribute, and in a final celebratory display to honour the late duo, hundreds of fans gathered at 6.30pm in front of the Star Wars stage, and held up their glowing lightsabers and umbrellas while a special mix of Singin' in the Rain and the Star Wars theme played.

La La Land inspired by Umbrellas of Cherbourgh

The Golden Globe's big winner La La Land broke the record for the most Golden Globes ever won by a single film with seven wins. Stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling won in the Best Performance categories for a comedy or musical, and the film won Best Motion Picture in the comedy or musical category.

La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling

La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling

Director Damien Chazelle revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that he used the 1964, Palme D'or winning, French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg as inspiration for his film. Jacques Demy's romantic tragedy is about a young girl, working in her mother's umbrella shop, who falls in love with a young auto mechanic. 

 Every line of dialogue is sung in the rhythm of ordinary speech, which Demy described as 'film in song'. Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which itself is an homage to 1950s Hollywood musicals, was a major influence on La La Land.

"It was the combination of fantasy and realism that got me. No movie has ever hit me more," director Damien Chazelle told The Hollywood Reporter. "I remember seeing it for the first time as a kid and going from annoyed  'Are they really going to do this much singing?'  to utterly overwhelmed by the end. It was the combination of fantasy and realism that got me." 

Last few days of the SALE!

Don't miss, there are still some amazing bargains to be had in the Hello Brolly SALE.

There are only a few more day to get yourself some gorgeous umbrellas, accessories, hosiery and underwear. These are just a few of the designs in the sale:

NEW PAYMENTS METHODS INTRODUCED!

To make it easier for you, as well as the usual cards (Visa, MasterCard, AmEx & Discover), you can now pay for your order using Apple Pay and PayPal.

We used to have PayPal a while ago and many of you loved paying that way, but unfortunately when we moved website platforms we found we couldn't integrate PayPal. The platform creators have been working long and hard, and, thankfully, we have PayPal back, along with the equally easy-to-use Apple Pay!

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1000s of traditional umbrellas featured in Indonesian Umbrella Festival

I find it amazing that there are so many festivals, events, art installations and charity events throughout the world that feature the humble umbrella, and the city of Solo (also known as Surakarta) in Central Java, Indonesia holds an amazing festival to celebrate and preserve the traditional Indonesian umbrella.

Thousands of visitors flocked to the third Indonesian Umbrella Festival, which was held from 23rd-25th of September, just to see the stunning array of colourful umbrellas which were displayed in each corner of Taman Balekambang, which once was the royal park of the Javanese monarchy, in the heart of the city.

16 other Indonesian cities from Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi and Bali were also invited to participate as display their own unique traditional umbrellas.  This year they were also joined by representatives from Japan, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Germany.

Photos courtesy of Kusumasari Ayuningtyas - BenarNews

Source: http://www.benarnews.org/english/slideshow...

Guinness World Record for Umbrella Dance in Gujarat.

A new Guinness World Record was created on the 7th September when more than 2,000 people performed the traditional umbrella dance at the famous Tarter Fair in Gujarat, India's westernmost state.

Traditionally, the dance is performed in rural parts of the state with wooden umbrellas, however in the record breaking dance modern colourful umbrellas were used. 

Canadian umbrella sculpture comes to lovers' rescue.

Last year Paris officials removed thousands of padlocks that couples from all over the world had attached to the city’s Pont des Arts bridge, but now the Vancouver Park Board have come to the rescue of padlock bearing lovers.

A sculpture called Love in the Rain, located near the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, Canada features four entwined couples under umbrellas, and each pair has a metal skirt designed for people to attach their padlock to.

Vancouver-based artist Bruce Voyce was inspired by the Japanese tradition of sharing umbrellas as symbols of love “I tried to create a special place for each special love. You’ll notice that each sculpture is unique to celebrate the diversity of love. It seems fitting to celebrate love with two figures, locked in an embrace, reaching towards the sky with an umbrella.

The piece is not complete without locks. “These figures look a little bare. They look like they may get cold in the rain so I would like to invite everyone to cover them with their locks of love” said Voyce. 

The $50,000 display is made from 5,000 pieces of handcrafted stainless steel, and each sculpture can hold several thousand locks, and the keys can be thrown away in a container provided by the park board, where they will be recycled and melted down.

 

Umbrella Quote of the Day

It’s always going to rain. You’ve got death, taxes and you’ve got rain. That’s the three guarantees in life. Umbrellas, they’re something nobody wants to buy, but everybody needs, and instead of just being black, and navy, and dreary, we bring them alive with vivid printing.” by Mr. Blackmar owner of an umbrella company in Toledo, Ohio, USA.

Here at Hello Brolly we couldn't agree more!

New uses for old umbrella covers.

Do you have a collection of covers from long gone umbrellas? Yes, well don't throw them away because they can have other uses too. 

They make great make-up brush holders, or if they have a drawstring they can be used as makeshift purses.

As they are usually made from the same waterproof material that the brolly is made from, they are perfect for putting your toothbrushes in when travelling.

Thanks for reading

Karen Lee

Wausau creates a street of floating umbrellas.

Mark Craig is the General Manager of Compass Properties in Wausau, Wisconsin in the United States, and he wanted to show his appreciation to the area for 20 years of employment. 

Mark was inspired by a similar display in that is done annually in Águeda village in Portugal, Compass Properties covered the cost of the display. The eight strands of 300 umbrellas will be on display in the city until they are swapped over for holiday decorations. 

Over a 1000 umbrellas to create US National Park Service Emblem

On Thursday 25th August, more than 1,000 people using brown, green and white umbrellas created a giant living version of the National Park Service emblem Thursday.

Later, 40 people from 33 different countries took part in a special naturalization ceremony at the World War II memorial. Both events were held to honor the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service which shows people on the National Mall in Washington.

“National parks belong to all of us,” said NPS Spokeswoman Kathy Kupper. “They’re the most important natural and scenic spaces we have in our country and there’s no better place to welcome our newest citizens and to show them what is now part theirs as new citizens of the United States.”

Rain on your wedding day brings good luck!

According to quite a lot of religions and various superstitions, the heavens opening on your big day is a good thing (only as long as you have yourself a good supply of umbrellas, hint, hint.)

These are just a few of the reasons for rain to bring good luck:

Happy tears as seen on this lovely picture from Kay English Photography

No more tears - Rain on your wedding day is thought to represent the last tears that the bride will shed as she now enters a happy blissful life.


Cleansing & renewal - Rain washes away dirt and leaves a fresh, clean scent when the sun returns, so rain on your wedding day signifies the washing away of bad memories, tough times or sadness, giving you both a fresh slate on which you can metaphorically write down your happy future together.


Fertility - Rain is thought to signify that you will have children. This belief came from our agricultural past, because as gardeners know, when the rains arrive the ground becomes fertile, allowing for the new growth of plants and vegetation, and in some hot lands there are insects and small animals that lie dormant underground until the rains appear. These creatures magically appear almost overnight making it seem that the rain has created life.
 


A lasting marriage - A knot that becomes wet is very hard to untie, therefore when you 'Tie the knot' on a rainy day your marriage is supposedly just as hard to unravel. We can thank Hindu traditions for this belief.

We all deserve to own great art.

Monet's Water Lillies

Monet's Water Lillies

Great art is 'GREAT', but there is a problem with a lot of famous artworks, in that most of the amazing paintings are locked away in museums, and because of that the only chance you get to see them is to buy a plane ticket, book a hotel, get a taxi to the museum. Then with fingers crossed you hope that thousands of other people aren't doing the same thing so that you may get up close, or as close as they'll let you, to see the picture in all it's glory.

This isn't something that most of us could do on a regular basis, but modern technology has created a great opportunity for us all to get a good look at these works of art. The rise of the internet allows you up close access to most of the paintings. I know it's not the same as being there and seeing the brush strokes, but every year technology creates innovations that improve our experience of the virtual, so watch this space.

Degas' Dance Class at the Opera

Degas' Dance Class at the Opera

What currently technology allows is the recreation of amazing art on products that you can own, and at Hello Brolly we look for the best examples in umbrella form so that you can now walk around with a Monet or Klimt in your hand. How amazing is that!

Thanks for reading, and I love shares and would love to read your comments.

Karen Lee