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Old 16th September 2016
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The Chimenea: Montezuma's Revenge!

For several years we had wondered if one of those pot-bellied patio accessories was for us. At about this time last year, we took advantage of end-of-season discount at our local garden centre and purchased one of the larger, black metallic ones. Most importantly, it had a shelf for BBQ use.

I can't remember whether we tried it out last year but we have used it three times this summer.

The first time, I was a little too generous with the charcoal fuel, making the fire too hot. The kebabs were rather black and crisp but edible.

The second time, the weather had been a bit iffy and, as I bent down to light it, the first drops of rain fell. The rain continued throughout the cooking but was just a nuisance, making my clothes damp.

The third time was yesterday evening. It had been a hot sunny day, with thin cloud moderating the sunshine towards the end of the afternoon. My wife had warned me that heavy rain and thunder showers were likely from about 6pm. So I chose to start at 5.20pm.

No kidding, as I struck the match there was a roll of distant thunder, the first of many to come. By the time I needed to turn over the embers it was raining quite hard. Having done so, as I stepped into the back doorway there was a dazzling pink flash and an instantaneous explosion. Missed me, but not by much!

Loading the kebabs, turning them, over, and eventually unloading them, was all done in heavy rain and numerous nearby flashes of lightning. Fortunately, the meat was well cooked but my waterproof jacket was dripping for some time afterwards.

The rain and thunder continued, intermitently, for more than 12 hours. As I was shaving, this morning, there was the most brilliant pink lightning flash of all and a deafening explosion of thunder, which woke the whole household*. Missed me again!

There is clearly an escalation factor here, so next time will be on a very clear day!

* Update: That struck a house about half a mile from here. The Fire Service attended. "It destroyed some of the roof and took out all the electrics. We covered up the hole with sheets to protect the house from the weather.”

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Re: The Chimenea: Montezuma's Revenge!

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My wife had warned me that heavy rain and thunder showers were likely from about 6pm. So I chose to start at 5.20pm.
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I had imagined 'Montezuma's Revenge' would be about the dramatic effects of food poisoning rather than you trying to become the 'King Canute' of the rain waves.

But then I'd rather read about you dodging the lightning strikes! than the other thing...!

NB - maybe next time take a large metal-framed golfing umbrella with you!
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NB - maybe next time take a large metal-framed golfing umbrella with you!
I have one of those and very briefly considered using it.

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Re: The Chimenea: Montezuma's Revenge!

Harold, next time you intend to light that thing can you please give us 24 hours notice!
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Re: The Chimenea: Montezuma's Revenge!

It is said that Benjamin Franklin, the inventor of the lightning conductor, demonstrated his theories by sending a kite up into a thundercloud attached to a string with a fine metal wire wound into it. The string and wire were secured to the ground with a wooden peg. The string was connected to a metal key which was suspended above the ground, so that sparks would be seen if lightning were to strike. The key and wooden peg were housed inside a tent, as Franklin thought it would be easier to see any sparks in the dark.

Civic dignitaries were rounded and taken to the tent when a storm was imminent. However, the faint spark that Franklin was expecting was more like a small explosion, which proved his theory, but injured several of the dignitaries and also set his tent on fire!
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Re: The Chimenea: Montezuma's Revenge!

Probably be a good idea to fit a lightning conductor to the thing connected to garden lights, thus saving on fuel as the power cooks your food and also provides light to eat it by
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Re: The Chimenea: Montezuma's Revenge!

There's an old golfing joke which says that if you're caught on the course in a thunder storm you should take out your 1 iron and hold it in the air because even God can't hit a 1 iron.
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Re: The Chimenea: Montezuma's Revenge!

Friend of mine was done dead standing under a big tree struck by lightening on a golf course.............ruined his balls Never been to the East End
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