A recent defector from Colonel Gaddafi's regime is said to have revealed that there was a connection between the umbrella the colonel was using a few days ago and the later urgings he was giving to his remaining followers to dance in the streets of Tripoli.
Apparently the umbrella he'd been holding was just one of thousands he had imported from Britain after seeing a video recording of the winning performance of George Simpson dancing to the song 'Singing in the Rain' during the final of the 2008 television show 'Britain's Got Talent'.
Gaddafi was apparently so impressed with the performance that he decided to have his soldiers trained to march along to a form of dancing while using umbrellas.
The colonel was to choreograph the arrangement of the dance steps to be used.
It is claimed he believed it would impress all the other Arab nations and show the whole world that he was not just a great leader but also a brilliant choreographer of dance.
The source says this explains why Colonel Gaddafi is so unwilling to give up his position.
It's because he feels that to leave now would deny him the opportunity to demonstrate to the world just how great a dance choreographer he is.
'The soldiers have rehearsed many hours' says the source of the claim 'but they have still not perfected the dance routine and are not yet ready to perform in public. But the Colonel is now so desperate to see his men dancing in step through the streets of Tripoli with the umbrellas that he's insisting they do so immediately while there's still time. I fear it's all going to be a total mess if they do.'
However, from a different source comes the claim that the umbrellas were bought from Britain in the belief that he was buying hand held protectors from air attack.
That he paid several million pounds for what he assumed to be state of the art weapons, and that when he realized they only defend a person from rain coming down from above he came up with the idea of using them in a dancing march with his soldiers in the hope he might save face.
It's impossible at this time to say if either explanation is true.
The current situation in Libya makes all reports coming out from the country unreliable.