Naturally we didn’t have an umbrella, because the laws of nature dictate that you only carry one when the heavens are kept at bay.
Thankfully however, a group of clever people in Vancouver have created UmbraCity – an umbrella-sharing service which echoes London’s Boris Bike system.
Users sign up with a credit card and their email address, so that the system can detect when an umbrella has been taken and returned to a designated kiosk.
The service itself is completely free, as long as you return the umbrella to a kiosk within 48 hours. If you go beyond that deadline, you’ll be charged CA$1 a day, up to a maximum of $CA20, which seems fair enough.
Sadly the useful service is only available at the University of British Columbia Campus in Vancouver for the time being, but we urge people to send miserable soaked selfies to the company in a sympathetic attempt to include the UK in their roadmap.