jollyrogerWell, mateys, I see where today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day.  Arrr, have at it!

Some random pirate-related observations, me buckoes:

♦   A month or two ago, Ol’ Robbo finally got around to reading Treasure Island for the first time and found it a right ripping yarn.

♦   I know the entire score of The Pirates of Penzance by heart.  “We seek a penalty fifty-fold for General Stanley’s story.”***

♦   I’ve never made it all the way through any of the Pirates of teh Caribbean series without dozing off.  (Too much rum, probably.)

♦   You can imagine for whom ol’ Robbo cheered during the semi-final between the Bournemouth Gynaecologists and the Watford Long John Silver Impersonators. (No link, mates.  Them’s what gets it, gets it.)

♦  Historickal Fact:  This be Lancelot Blackburne, Anglican Archbishop of York (1658-1743).  In his misspent yoot, he was a buccaneer.

Lancelot_Blackburne_(1658–1743),_Archbishop_of_York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yo, Ho!

***The last line of that delightful little throw-away chorus, sung offstage, heralding the arrival of the Pirate King and his band for the big climax in the last act.  Full verse:

“A rollicking band of pirates we/who, tired of tossing on the sea/are trying our hands at burglaree/with weapons grim and gory.

We are not coming for plate or gold/A story General Stanley told/We seek a penalty fifty-fold for General Stanley’s sto-ree!”

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