Of course the organisers take pains to point out that they do not mean to celebrate the brutal side of piracy such as walking the plank and other assorted and random acts of cruelty. Far less talking like a modern Somali pirate - mercifully not many people know the Somalian for 'This is an AK 47 pointed at your head. I suggest you do exactly what I say. Arrrr!'
|Arrr Robert Newton lad....|
Enjoyable though Disney's Treasure Island was, it was a Disney production with all the soft edges that implies. For FB the definitive pirate films are those starring Errol Flynn - Captain Blood (1935) and The Sea Hawk (1940). By comparison the recent Pirates of the Caribbean series is toe-curlingly awful - cartoons of no merit.
|A real film|
FB finds much to commend in Talk Like a Pirate Day. But he thinks that the world is ready for an alternative. He is therefore launching International Talk Like A Cricketer Day - celebrants may dress in whites if they wish though that is not essential. All that is required is to utter the phrase 'Howzat' in response to any remark directed at the celebrant.
This time next year everyone will be doing it. 'Arrr MS Dhoni lad, see if they aren't or you'll be walkin' the plank.'