Seven reasons you may need to say bye-bye to your balcony barbie

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Could this be our last summer of unfettered fry-ups on balcony barbecues, asks Jimmy Thomson.  It’s certainly heading in that direction with everybody getting  very worked up about flammable cladding fires, not to mention legislation that makes it easier for apartment residents to get rid of the smoky, smelly and potentially cancer-causing cook-outs that have become commonplace on many unit block balconies.

For some, barbecue bans would be truly un-Australian and make many reconsider if apartment living was for them. But for others, it’s a long-overdue curb on a selfish practice that doesn’t belong on high rise balconies and is just as intrusive and a lot more harmful than loud music.

So here are seven good reasons to ditch the one part of our lifestyle that belongs in backyards and nowhere else. Starting with a occasionally hilarious, often horrifying, collection of  a compilation of some epic  barbecue “fails” from around the world.

Now read on to find out why balcony barbies may be bad for you and why their time may be up.

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  1. Mary Ashton says:

    More of the nanny state. Windows can’t be fully opened in case children fall out by parents who don’t watch them. Now maybe no bbq’s on balcony. It was an internal refrigerator that caused the Grenfell fire – so what now – no electrical appliance in units. We have tenants who cook Indian food and I’m so hungry when I arrive home I would like to take my begging bowl and knock on their door. So are we to ban anyone to cooks smelly food. I don’t think so.

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