Umbrella magazine, issue 14


I really don't blog as much as I should. I also know that I shouldn't make excuses but I'll make them anyway. One such excuse is that I'm contributing more and more to the excellent Umbrella magazine – a project that started life as an online page-turner but has grown steadily into popular print title amongst people who delight in the details of modern life.

If you've only taken a passing glance at the latest issue of Umbrella, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's guest edited by Alan Partridge. I mean, there's a feature debating whether Michael Portillo is the best-dressed man on TV, a coloumn on the simple pleasures of going for a stroll (written by myself) and a piece in praise of the minutiae of the UK's railway stations (also helped along by myself).

However, Partridge could never manage to make all this stuff dead cool by jamming it up against loads of nice menswear, inspiring interviews and those type of stories enjoyed by the type of person who appreciates the intricacies of maps, as well as expensive coats.

Oh, and I don't think he'd be able to design it as nicely either – even the paper Umbrella's printed on smells of cool.

Don't believe me? Here's what the trendy folk over at Proper magazine, The Rig Out and Buckets & Spades have to say about it.

Keep an eye out for the latest issue in newsagents or get a copy here if you can't be arsed to look for it.