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I'm Not Eating Any Of That Foreign Muck: Travels with me Dad by [Thacker, Brian]
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One of the drawbacks of writing funny, irreverent and - worse yet - honest travel books is that you can't stop your parents from reading them. Because once they have they forever have the upper hand when it comes to knowing about all those insane overseas adventures you'd really rather they didn't.

In a fearsomely foolish display of pro-activity Brian Thacker decided the only way to get his own back, and finally uncover the truth about his dad's mysterious early life, was to scam a couple of business class flights and drag 73-year-old Harry Thacker off the couch and half way across the planet to such far-flung and exotic locations as Gibraltar, Sri Lanka, Malta, Singapore and - not forgetting that haven of the international jet set -Butlin's Holiday Camp at Mine Head, in an attempt to retrace his Dad's history

Along the way Brian's hoping to finally figure out just how Harry lost those two fingers on his right hand, not to mention where he picked up such an inexhaustible supply of truly awful jokes. Which is all fine with Harry, just so long as Brian's paying and Harry doesn't have to eat any of that bloody foreign muck'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 777 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (1 October 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U4WN80
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #580,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 August 2014
By Grahame Thorne - Published on
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Brilliant Brian Thacker is one of the best travel writers in the world
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not eating any of that foreign muck 13 March 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Great Humour, a good light hearted read by a fantastic story teller. Good adventure with his Dad, would be fun to do the same type of trip.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like With His Other Books You Just Want to Keep Reading 23 April 2009
By James N Simpson - Published on
I've read most of Thacker's travel books and it is hard to explain just why these books are so hard to put down. I mean nothing remarkable happens like getting kidnapped or waking up in a bath full of ice with a rushed stitch job on his back, they are not hilariously funny reads like say a Dave Gorman or Danny Wallace but he certainly does know how to tell a tale, even when things are occurring which in reality probably weren't that interesting, the way he tells the stories is just plain entertaining.

In this book Brian decides he'd really like to be able to have better conversations with his father than just what Manchester United's prospects or performance was that week. Losing his biological mother at a young age meant his father never really went into details about Brian's younger days in England before the emigrated to Australia. Brian wants to get his father to open up so decides he'll travel and retrace the places they both lived, holidayed as a young family as well as where his father served in the British Navy before, during and after World War II. His father Harry is 72 years old and not really into experimenting outside his comfort zone or walking much for that matter. Brian, I'm not sure how old he is but from this and his other books I would say he's at the younger end of the baby boomer generation, Brian has extensively travelled including being a tour guide in Europe, his father has not.

Their travels take them to England, Gibraltar, Spain, Malta, Sri Lanka, Singapore. Along the way Brian's patience will be tested (in a another book (Sleeping Around a Couch Surfing Tour) he struggles to accept why an Australian girl who hates curries would partake on a working holiday trip to India, and his father's aversion to foreign foods is 100 times that). What will also test his mindset is the realisation of the effort his father is putting into and stepping out of his comfort zone just to please and travel with his son.

It's a good book, pick it up and give a read!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and heartwarming 14 November 2007
By L O'connor - Published on
Brian Thacker worries about the fact that he and his Dad never talk about anything except football (soccer if you're American). So he decides to take his father on a journey to visit all the places he's known in his life. They start off in England, visiting numerous relatives and being served enormous meals wherever they go ("enough food to feed a small country" as Thacker describes one huge roast dinner). Then they proceed to the places where Thacker's Dad went when he was in the Navy, Gibralter (with a detour into Spain), Malta, Sri Lanka and Singapore.

Food predominates wherever they go. Dad's tastes remain resolutely English and insular, while Brian wil try just about anything (except Macdonalds, for which he has an obsessive aversion). This is not a book to read while you are hungry or on a diet, there is far too much delicious food in it. As they eat their way around the world, Brian discovers more and more about the history of his family and his father, and they both return home to Australia enriched by the experience.

This book is both very funny and very touching, in my opinion it is Brian Thacker's best book by far.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not eatin any of that foreign muck 22 March 2007
By Christine Gravener - Published on
I'm not eating any of that foreign muck travels with me dad was just as funny as Rule no 5 this guy knows how to write a good book. I have now read all of his books and have never been disappointed.

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