Around the World in 80 Martinis: The Logbook of a Remarkable Voyage Undertaken by Gustav Temple and Vic Darkwood

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2003 - Travel - 144 pages
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This title is a spoof of the Jules Verne classic and a Rough Guide to the World for Chaps everywhere. on London's St James's Street, Messrs Temple and Darkwood entered into a wager: Is it possible to travel the entire world, crossing all five continents, using a different method of transport for every leg of the journey? This is the story of their remarkable attempt. unchartered by gentlemen, such as three-star hotels and standard class railway carriages, and involves some of the more curious forms of travel, including balloon, yak, elephant, Kon-Tiki raft and a sperm whale. Along the way they have to negotiate the unpalatable cuisine of North America; cross the entire Congo jungle in a sedan chair; and resort to selling their internal organs after a disastrous night spent at a seedy casino in Bangkok. Gentleman Traveller and by Ahmed, their quick witted Moroccan boyservant, who can always be relied upon to locate the nearest opium den or baccarat table. Principally though, it is an adventure fuelled by dry Martinis - the only food stuff that Messrs Temple and Darkwood feel they can trust at every corner of the globe.

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User Review  - ManipledMutineer - LibraryThing

The third book from the stable of The Chap Magazine, marking a slight change of direction; whilst it didn't appeal to me as much as the first two (The Chap Manifesto and The Chap Almanac), still an excellent, entertaining read. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Having overseen the debut-de-siècle Tweed Revolution, Gustav Temple and Vic Darkwood turned their attentions to other pressing matters, such as where to find the most elegant fez. Their research took them to their old stamping grounds of Cairo, Constantinople and Bermondsey. These visits raised a quizzical eyebrow here and produced a winsome smile there, as the pair discovered the true extent of their Charmed Uprising. Temple and Darkwood now oversee hundreds of Chappist outreach projects all over the world, developing various mystical branches of their credo in association with local priests, shamans and soothsayers.

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