Umbrella Chandelier at Escher Museum, The Hague
The Umbrella Tea Towel by Tansley and Tansley $15US
The Borrowed Umbrella (no snow) 10x10 digital print from A Rabbit Girl $20US
Goth Lolita Spiderweb Parasol by Parasols By Tamie $75US
Getting in on the act here at my place -
And for something a little less genteel an article from E How on 'Using an Umbrella for Self Defense'!
Many of the tactics to use an umbrella for self-defense are the same as those used with a cane or stick. One advantage of carrying an umbrella versus a stick is that you won't have police officers eyeing you suspiciously because it is not considered a weapon at first glance. You will also have the element of surprise with a would-be attacker. Read on to learn how to use an umbrella for self-defense.
Step 1 Purchase a long umbrella. Choose one with a hook type handle and a metal tip at the end.
Step 2 Grip the middle with the forward hand facing up and the back hand facing down to use an umbrella for self defense. If you are thrusting from the right side of your body, your left hand will be in front; the opposite is true if thrusting from the left side.
Step 3 Drag the tip of the umbrella across the assailant's stomach and pull back all in one quick motion.
Step 4 Follow up by thrusting the tip into the chin. You then have several options if the fight is not over.
Step 5 Drag the tip down the attacker's face. Then swing the handle up and strike the face.
Step 6 Finish by thrusting the middle of the umbrella, with both hands at the ends, up into the throat.
Step 7 Become familiar with your umbrella. Practice your moves just as you would practice target shooting if you owned a gun. Then instinct will take over if you are ever in a situation where you must use an umbrella for self defense.