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"little shade" indeed - "roof on a stick" is more like it, as in those old insurance adverts. A satisfying accessory nonetheless. Here in Brussels there is a shop on the Chaussée de Wavre selling nothing but.

Working in Brussels is another reason for not bothering – leaving aside those days of fine, penetrating rain against which an umbrella is no defence, rain here is either an unannounced two-minute monsoon (the famous drache) or something borne on a capricious wind that turns even the most robust umbrella inside out in seconds.