I'm Not Eating Any Of That Foreign Muck: Travels with me Dad

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Allen & Unwin, Oct 1, 2005 - Travel - 288 pages
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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5 Rethinking Australian social policy
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About the author (2005)

Brian Thacker was born in England but didn't like the weather so immigrated to Australia when he was six (Harry tagged along for the ride, anyone spotting a pattern here?). He considers himself Australian, but does, rather frustratingly he admits, support England in the football. The author of Rule No. 5: No sex on the bus (2001), Planes, Trains and Elephants (2002) and The Naked Man Festival (2004) Brian has so far visited 66 countries (67 if you count Tasmania). He currently lives in Melbourne with his wife Natalie and daughter Jasmine. Harry lives close enough by to be on regular babysitting duty.

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