Friday, September 12, 2008
Yarr! It be that time o' the year again!
The wind is in me britches and I've greased me rollocks ... It can only mean one thing, me proud Buckos! Talk like a Pirate Day be just one week away, wi' a curse!
The idea be as simple as one, two ... er ...
On ye day in question, ye talk like a pirate all day! No matter where ye be ... at work (damn the honest man!), at play, or at nefarious business, ye pepper yer parlance wi' lot of 'Avast!' and 'Look'ee!' and strange gutteral growls. If ye wants to dress yerself as a pirate too, then that adds to ye fun. Then you tap the honest men and women you meet of all their coin to give to charity. Aye, for that be the point of Pirate Day - to ease the sufferin' of those less fortunate than we.
In the fair city of London this year, all kinds o' events are taking place on ye South Bank of Old Father Thames. Mad Cap'n Tom (ye ringleader) explains all:
"The big news this year, matey, be that the Cap'n be attendin' the first-ever London Pirate Festival, which be happenin' on Pirate Day an' the weekend after along the South Bank. For the young'uns, there be a Pirate Fun Day an' a sleepover on the grand ship Golden Hinde, plus pirate foolin' wi' a wondrous bloke called Jonathan Kaye. Fer yer more grown-up pirates, there be parties galore on the nights o'the Festival including a top secret one on the final night, plus a proper grand Rum Tastin' event (ten types o'rum, six quid) on the Saturday. Also, they be gettin' pirate skirmishes goin' up an' down the South Bank - text a number, an' on each day ye be gettin' a couple o' locations t'meet at an' swashbuckle (safely, o' course!)I be proud t'be a part o'the whole thing, an' I hope t'be seein' ye there! More info an' tickets from the London Pirate Festival website or from Cap'n Tom's Facebook page. Yaaaarrrr!"
I shall be there with me new-fangled camera to capture some visages no doubt. I may even wear me best eyepatch. 'tis all for charity after all! Gaaarrn!
Poster art by me - a larger PDF copy for display can be downloaded from the UK Talk Like a Pirate Day website (above).