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Lol: You survive 12 days in the Australian bush. Everyone thought you were dead...and your dad has a right go at you when you're found!

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TsarChasm Wed 15-Jul-09 17:17:00


(I'd probably do the same btw, but I might wait a week or twogrin)

whomovedmychocolate Wed 15-Jul-09 17:23:59

"I'm glad you back, you -daft-- -twat--" grin

Yes I can see how that conversation would go wink

FabBakerGirlIsBack Wed 15-Jul-09 17:25:20

Quite right too.

It will have cost loads to find him, people shouldn't be allowed out if they can 't prepare properly.

edam Wed 15-Jul-09 17:29:09

He's got a point about his son being the only teenager in the world who isn't surgically attached to his mobile. grin

TsarChasm Wed 15-Jul-09 17:30:16

Oh I agree! A king sized bollocking is the order of the day alright.

But it made me chuckle about his dad doing it straight away. (Chuckling in a nice way of course - his poor parents are obviously delighted.)

I'm imagining a Cpt Mainwaring 'You stupid boy...' conversation.

FabBakerGirlIsBack Wed 15-Jul-09 17:31:42

He forgot his phone apparently as it was charging.....

Greensleeves Wed 15-Jul-09 17:32:46

what a lovely blokegrin

I'm so pleased for them.

Itsjustafleshwound Wed 15-Jul-09 17:34:31

His mum was being quizzed on LBC today - she sounds lovely !!

GrapefruitMoon Wed 15-Jul-09 17:36:07

Agree about preparing properly but can't help thinking it's not only about the mobile phone - they haven't been considered "essential" always and 20 years ago I managed to spend a considerable amount of time in the outback without getting lost for a week hmm Anyone else think it odd that he was found very close to where he set off from?

FabBakerGirlIsBack Wed 15-Jul-09 17:38:42

I heard the news reader ask if it was a stunt...

2shoes Wed 15-Jul-09 18:55:43

I just saw this on the news, bless his dad

CHOOGIRL Wed 15-Jul-09 22:25:20

I'm glad he's safe, but wonder if it's just me who feels a bit hmm about this story. He looked really well for someone who had spent 12 days in the outback.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Wed 15-Jul-09 22:32:09

I heard on the radio this morning that he'd go up onto the cliffs to see where he was going, then have to go back under the trees, and because they were so dense, he would loose his way again. It was because of the trees and his blue coat that he couldn't be seen by the helicopters.

I particularly liked his father's line of "he's not going to South East Asia, he's cocked this one up enough" grin or words to that effect...

"When i get him home, well, I won't kill him, that would defeat the point of finding him again, but..."

Lovely story.

PeggyGuggenheim Wed 15-Jul-09 22:34:09

Yes lovely. I wonder whether Max Clifford is on the phone to him yet...maybe he could get a reflected glory sort of fame, like Boris's dad did...

Loshad Wed 15-Jul-09 22:38:14

great story, the dad was fab, really down to earth chap.

AppleandMosesMummy Wed 15-Jul-09 23:23:19

I bet he was relieved though, I'd be distraught.

poorbuthappy Wed 15-Jul-09 23:25:29

Glad he's alive etc etc, but as dh said, he wasn't important enough for them to tell us that he have gone missing in the first place!

Or did we not watch / listen to the news for the past 2 weeks...hmm tis possible I suppose...

FabBakerGirlIsBack Thu 16-Jul-09 11:49:25

I knew someone was missing but it wasn't headline news or mentioned daily.

PrincessToadstool Thu 16-Jul-09 12:04:11

I've heard it mentioned on R4 news at least three or four times.

london0hull4 Thu 16-Jul-09 12:22:14

I thought the dad came across as a really lovely bloke. As for not hearing about the son going missing, I definitely heard it a number of times on the news over the past couple of weeks.

scottishmummy Thu 16-Jul-09 12:28:08

thought father came over as empathic and caring.natural reaction to vent and expel all the pent up fears

eidsvold Thu 16-Jul-09 12:34:58

we certainly knew here in Aus he was missing and he is not the only one.

The thing you often find is backpackers lob into Aus on a big adventure and take risks that they would not normally take back in the UK. They then come unstuck - things like - hey I have never driven a 4wheel drive let alone driven one on a beach but lets get a mob of backpackers together and drive up a beach which has a lot of changing conditions - cue accident - tragic accident in some cases. I know - lets buy a cheap car and attempt to drive from one end of Australia to another.

I have seen and heard them in action. It is actually scary to see how mad some of them are in terms of risks etc.

NormaSknockers Thu 16-Jul-09 12:45:28

I think the Dad is fab, clearly very relieved but very down to Earth too - made me grin

bran Thu 16-Jul-09 12:45:54

I think Europeans don't understand the scale of Oz eidsvold. I certainly didn't before I actually went there. When you fly over the centre it feels like the plane isn't moving because it looks the same for hours. The train from Perth to Adelaide made my mind boggle with days of emptiness.

It's like the difference between people telling you that your life will change after children and actually experiencing the difference. When people say that Australia is big and dangerous it's hard to really understand until you're there.

Hulababy Thu 16-Jul-09 17:11:26

Good on dad

He sounded very down to eart, clearly relieved to have his son safe and well, but sensible enough to vent too. Considering the money spent on the rescue efforts, etc. I don't blame dad.

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