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Back in the 80s when my Dad got made redundant (hello Dad!), he spent all the redundancy money on one of those big motor caravans.

Us kids loved it, apart from when my sister threw up on my sleeping bag, but looking back I'm not so sure my mum did. There was a certain tension every time the big van was even mentioned, let alone driven around France for weeks on end with her still having to cook and do all the washing.

What went wrong, what went right, and how did you survive the shame of having your family with you as a teenager?

(, Thu 2 Aug 2007, 14:33)
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Embarrassing parents on hols...
When I was younger and my parents could afford the airfare for us, we used to go to Malaysia a lot (my mum's from there so we always had somewhere free to stay, yay!)

Anyway, even though my mum's family and friends can speak pretty good english, my Dad always spoke to them slowly and loudly. Infront of everyone. Not only does this make him an object of dislike, it makes everyone think this is how my brother and I would treat someone from a different country.

And he thinks his slow and loud voice is "helping them learn." He is a really nice bloke, just... a bit tactless/slow on the uptake/strange.

Also, this is kinda off topic, but he does it to waiters and waitresses ANYWHERE who have a foreign accent.

(, Thu 2 Aug 2007, 15:11, Reply)

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