We might consider this to be the new European upgrade to the older British thought, that an umbrella is what you leave at home when you want it to rain*. That a barbecue is something that is bought when that cloudburst is desired. Certainly it has just worked for us this morning.
So far so humdrum an observation.
The true interest coming in the instructions. Those for assembly are of course the usual Ikea** garble, translated though several SE Asian languages to Scandi then some simulacrum of English. But the instructions for usage are really quite a delight:
4) Do not use charcoal or similar combustible materials in this appliance.
5) Before using the barbecue for the first time, it must be heated and the charcoal must be incandescent for at least 30 minutes.
It’s the combination of the two I find so lovely. And no, it’s not just a translation issue, the instructions in (four) other languages make the same two points.
Even, it’s actually in pretty good English, just totally incomprehensible all the same.
*Originally, I think, George Mikes. As ever, the immigrant who understands the natives better than they do themselves.
** No, we didn’t buy from Ikea, but they do seem to be the instruction manual model globally.