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[Nov. 18th, 2008|11:02 pm]
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I bought a big, stout, black umbrella with a spike on top but so far it's been a disappointment. It seemed huge in the shop, and I thought it would measure up very nicely to the puny telescopic things you see around. But now that I have it, there are great big umbrella people abroad everywhere, and I don't feel as special as I had expected. And it's actually quite hard to compare sizes properly - once you're alongside a rival who appeared impressive at a distance, all you can really see is the inside of your own umbrella. Of course, there isn't anywhere venerable in Brighton any more that has an Umbrella Dept., where you could seek the advice of a gentleman who has been in umbrellas for many years, and has some opinions on the subject, and will shoot a few up and down for you from the dozens on display. I had to go to Debenhams.

Stepping about with my new umbrella, I noticed a new convenience store in Preston Street called Thingslicious. A very fine name, if not as utterly post-descriptive as Well Done, the newsagent now open at Castle Square. Also, a new place in Montefiore Road that repairs boots and shoes. It's very conveniently located for me, but I can't leave any footwear at an establishment called Cobbler's Nest. I mean excuse my language, but what the fuck kind of idiotic name is Cobbler's Nest? Was there a bygone age when the most resilient shoe repairs were performed by craftsmen seated high in the branches of a tree? Is that what they're harking back to?
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[User Picture]From: tomatorama
2008-11-19 08:08 am (UTC)
Was there a bygone age when the most resilient shoe repairs were performed by craftsmen seated high in the branches of a tree? Is that what they're harking back to?

YES!!!!! Shoe trees!
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[User Picture]From: restingpedant
2008-11-20 12:20 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure they don't have access to that level of classy punning, but I'm going to have to go in for a chat to make sure now. My friend Neil told me he bought a pair of shoelaces in there for £2.75 and when he queried the price, the man said, "Well, you do get two for that." Neil didn't think he was joking.
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[User Picture]From: restingpedant
2008-11-20 12:11 am (UTC)
Well I lose mine so often that I can't afford to limit my purchases to a single major European city like you. We do have James Smith and Sons here, just around the corner from the British Museum but, much as I feel a sense of natural entitlement to a £145 city umbrella with whangee cane crook, funds do not currently etc. Such a beautiful shop, with its original frontage and workshops too. I can't see the pics in the post you're linking to but, as always, I get the point!
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[User Picture]From: restingpedant
2009-01-09 08:30 pm (UTC)
It is lovely, the beige pagoda.

Is that a fake studio rock you're posing on?
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