In the meltingly hot Summer of 2011 I have become a parasol convert. Yes, like a victorian maiden I often tuck an umbrella under my arm to shield me from the intense rays of the beating sun. This week I found a very unusual take on the umbrella . The Kota Nezu clock parasol is an umbrella and a sundial. It was retweeted by Grantourismo on Twitter and I had to scour the internet to find a reference. While it is difficult to obtain, it’s worth it just for the wow factor. Imagine. You can keep shaded, dry and know what time the next bus is coming. What could be better?