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Around the World in Eighty Martinis : The Logbook of a Remarkable Voyage Undertaken by Gustav Temple and Vic Darkwood [Hardcover]

Gustav Temple , Vic Darkwood
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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6 Oct 2003

A fantastic spoof of the Jules Verne classic and an indispensible ‘Rough Guide to the World’ for Chaps everywhere.

On a wet November evening, in the refined surroundings of the Sheridan Club on London's St James's Street, Messrs Temple and Darkwood entered into a quite extraordinary 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.

It is an adventure that takes the Chaps into territory previously 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.

Their journey is eased by the indispensable 'Trubshawe's Handbook for the 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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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (6 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007169205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007169207
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for THE CHAP MANIFESTO:

• 'This book is manna to all of us who feel that Rupert Brooke's lines "Stands the Church clock at ten to three?/ And is there honey still for tea?" are among the most poignant in the English language. As the chaps say: "Welcome to the cult of couth."'
Independent

• 'It is meant to be a joke but, frankly, makes more sense to us than anything we've chanced across in ages. Inspired.'
Jockey Slut

About the Author

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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Effort! 4 Jan 2004
Format:Hardcover
Messers Temple and Darkwood recant their tale of a truly spiffing adventure, to travel to world using a different form of transport for each country. Chaps everywhere will rejoice at their bravado, and those of us who are commited to the twin pleasures of Brandy and Sitting Down will find inspiration in their glorious tale.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than Jules Verne 17 Oct 2003
Format:Hardcover
What clever fellows Gustav Temple and Victor Darkwood are. How very funny. How very well dressed. They're so charming that you won't mind them being rude about just about everyone on the planet. In fact, you'll positively enjoy it. I know I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 6 July 2010
Format:Hardcover
A Rough-ish Guide to world travel. Messrs Temple and Darkwood travel the globe as much style as their fluctuating funds and fortunes permit.

Possibly one of the least politically correct books you'll find, with much of the humour deriving from Victorian imperialist ideas of Johnny Foreigner, and an overly sensitive 21st Century reader may well find reason to be offended many times over.

All round jolly good fun with some of the very best bits being among the small print and classified ads. The Devil is in the detail as they say. The worst I can say about this book is that the joke might be wearing slightly thin for some readers by the end of the book but there are still the little ads to amuse.

Sit back with a dry martini in hand, dear boy, and enjoy.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Some what pointless and silly 23 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read teh Chap magazine and love it however this book is rather silly and pointless, not at all funny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Around the world in 80 Martinis 5 Jan 2013
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i bought this for my uncle for christmas. someone had given it to me,. i enjoyed this book very much.
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