I used it for a good...I would say five years at least. So that's pretty good for an umbrella. And I've never seen an umbrella that collapsed any smaller than that thing. It's great.
I had to buy a new one because I left my last one at a court and it's pretty far away and I don't know when I'll be there again and it was just a cheap umbrella so not worth a special trip or asking them to post it to me. It was a gift but...a crappy gift. And I used it for a year at least so it got some good use.
Looks like they changed the grip. I can't remember what the old grip was like but I remeber it being bad. Oh wait. It's coming back to me. I can't describe it but it wasn't ergonomic. This new grip looks better.
Some bad reviews on Amazon, though. People mention that the umbrella turns inside out at the slightest breeze. That's true. But isn't that the case with most umbrellas? At least collapsible umbrellas.
Also bought a tub of Red Vines licorice. Also a lot of bad reviews. But they seem to mostly be from xenophobic cock suckers. "Yeah! British candy is the best! Go UK confectionary manufacturers!"
If you don't like the stuff, don't eat it. But I suspect that they don't like it out of anti-Americanism.
I mean, what are the UK licorice brands? They don't sell the shit here. You have to go to old tyme sweets shops and maybe there will be some generic stuff in the pick and mix section. But there's no branded licorice. Not even classic black licorice. Forget about the red licorice.
I'm sure that every other country in Europe sells black licorice. Finland certainly does. Big licorice culture there. Panda is perhaps the big brand there but there's loads. Sifu is like the national candy and it's a sort of licorice. Licorice is probably the main sweets there. Licorice pipes. Licorice buttons. Every type of licorice you can imagine. Mostly the black stuff. Of course, black licorice is actual licorice. Red licorice doesn't actually have licorice in it. But they sell red licorice too. Panda does a good raspberry licorice which uses real licorice. It's a more refined, mild flavour than, for example, the clearly synthetic, sweet Red Vines.
So a lot of licorice in Finland and I think Europe generally. But nothing in the UK. So you have these pole smokers leaving negative reviews on Amazon. It's a cultural thing. They never learned to appreciate licorice.
It's like an American leaving negative tea reviews. "Aw yeah, this Earl Grey is shit. I'm not drinking this. Zero stars, dude." That doesn't mean that the tea is shit, it just means that this guy doesn't like tea. He doesn't have the palette. Can't appreciate the flavour.
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