The Falklands, Thatcher and Mini Metros: interview with Andy Beckett, author ‘Promised You A Miracle’ – the definitive ’80s biography

Posted on 31 July 2019 at 16:17 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Opinion

The early 1980s was a time of unparalleled change in British society as the old certainties crumbled and new forces – in politics, business and the arts – took centre-stage. In Promised You A Miracle, journalist Andy Beckett forensically examines the years 1980-82, and here, tells Umb... Read more


The simple pleasures of spaghetti bolognese

Posted on 29 July 2018 at 15:59 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Opinion

We know by now that spag bol isn’t authentically Italian. That you can go from Turin to Palermo, stopping off at countless trattoria along the way and you’ll never come into contact with the dish which until the River Cafe and Jamie Oliver surfaced was pretty much the only Italian mea... Read more


The Umbrella-ist: Bill Brewster – DJ, author and record collector extraordinaire

Posted on 10 November 2017 at 11:23 by Interview: Elliott Lewis-George, Staff Writer, Umbrella magazine in Opinion

You can’t file Bill Brewster snuggly under one genre: he’s done all the cool stuff we dream of doing but just never get round to. DJ, writer, record label boss, club night organizer and, hell, sometime chef at a Michelin-starred spot, Bill Brewster is a jack of c... Read more


Q&A: The invention of GPS by Greg Milner

Posted on 23 February 2017 at 18:40 by Anthony Teasdale in Opinion

This article appears in Issue 15 of Umbrella. Umbrella: Hi Greg. What actually is GPS? Greg: GPS – Global Positioning System – is a system run by the US Air Force and wholly owned by the United States Department of Defense and the federal government. It’s a co... Read more


Why The Cinematic Orchestra’s Every Day album just won't go away

Posted on 03 February 2017 at 11:02 by Anthony Teasdale in Opinion

From Issue 8: Umbrella editor Anthony Teasdale on how The Cinematic Orchestra’s Every Day album seeps deeper into our consciousness with every passing year Some records seem to get better, and often more popular, with age. It’s like we’re not quite rea... Read more


Angry, angrier, angriest: how an internet mob works

Posted on 17 October 2014 at 08:03 by Anthony Teasdale in Opinion

Despite the glowing, rectangular devices we spend our days staring at and the ethically farmed food we eat in gastropubs, underneath, we humans are essentially the same pitchfork-wielding rustics we were a thousand years ago. And nowhere is this more apparent than on internet forums and chat room... Read more


Mark Easton: the BBC's Home Editor on what Britain and the British are really like

Posted on 27 June 2014 at 10:55 by Anthony Teasdale in Opinion

This article first appeared in Issue Six of Umbrella The BBC Home Editor Mark Easton’s book, Britain etc is an examination of what sets the people of these islands apart through an A-Z of objects, themes and living things. Our attitude to them, he concludes, tells us everythi... Read more


Why cities are good for you: Interview with Leo Hollis

Posted on 11 April 2014 at 09:19 by Anthony Teasdale in Opinion

This article appeared in Issue Nine of Umbrella This magazine makes no secret of its devotion to the concept of the city. Elliott Lewis-George sits down with writer and historian, Leo Hollis, author of Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of The Metropolis, to try and understand why we love th... Read more


Why Kirby Ferguson's This Is Not A Conspiracy Theory is the most important film of the year

Posted on 07 February 2014 at 10:51 by Anthony Teasdale in Opinion

The conspiracy theory is one of the phenomenons of our age. As soon as anything significant happens, whether it's a terrorist attack or a controversial court judgement, the web fills up with people speculating about which shadowy organisation is really behind it all. Kirby Ferguson, whose bri... Read more


Why men care about their identity – and why they’re wasting their time

Posted on 17 October 2012 at 20:00 by Jim Butler in Opinion

Here’s a poser for you: when was the last time you saw upwards of 10,000 women boisterously marching through a city centre, bellowing out hymns in defence of their home town, while at the same time mocking another large gathering of women and their place of residence for its abun... Read more


How technology killed rock ’n’ roll… and gave birth to the ‘experience society’

Posted on 25 September 2012 at 20:07 by Anthony Teasdale in Opinion

Stanstead airport, spring 2009. As I stand there, I notice men and women of various ages and social classes on their way to different corners of Europe. The groups of smartly-turned out women, Man United football fans and wealthy-looking retirees may not look as though they have much in common, b... Read more


1961 - the world of 50 years ago

Posted on 20 January 2012 at 11:39 by Tony Teasdale in Opinion

The past really is a different place, yet as these photos of 1961 from The Atlantic demonstrate, the globe always has its fair share of drama, tragedy, injustice and courage. There isn't enough space to show the full collection, but with people like John F Kennedy, Muhammed Ali, Marilyn Monro... Read more


Issue 5 out now

Posted on 19 December 2011 at 12:00 by Tony Teasdale in Opinion

It’s here – a Christmas present you might actually want, the new issue of Umbrella. In it, you’ll find an eye-opening account of life in the French Foreign Legion, a scathing indictment of George Osborne, and a jacket by MA.STRUM that’s so magnficent, words cann... Read more

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