Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Talk Like A Pirate Day — 19-09-2012



Yes, that’s QUITE enough, there, I think … 

But today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, which means — obviously — that opening with the odd phrase seemed appropriate.

Along with confessing I’ve thought of at least three more questions, since I actually wrote today’s Teaser.

Isn’t that ALWAYS the way … ?

At any rate, let’s get moving on, shall we?

Whilst encouraging each other to shock people, by getting as suddenly piratical as possible* … 


Yesterday’s teaser saw no-one putting in their answersº.

So let’s see who we can persuade to try today’s piratical questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) In the Pirates Of The Caribbean films, Captain Jack Sparrow is played by Johnny Depp.   Name either of the two series that feature Captain Jack Harkness … 
Q2) Who played Captain Jack, in those series … ?
Q3) Moving on … what was the real name of pirate, Calico Jack … ?
Q4) More to the point, who was Calico Jack’s famed lover … ?
Q5) Even more to the point, which iconic piratical item is Calico Jack supposed to have designed … ?
Q6) What name is given to the letters used to hire a privateer … ?
Q7) Notorious privateer, El Draque was better known how … ?
Q8) And finally … which Strait — near the South China Sea — sees a lot of modern day piracy … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 18th September, 1961, saw the death — in a plane crash — of Dag Hammarskjöld: which body was he the General Secretary of … ?   A1) The United Nations.
Q2) More to the point, Hammarskjöld was involved in peace talks in a civil war in which African country …    A2) The Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Q3) Moving on … 9 years later, 18th September, 1970, saw the death of rock legend, Jimi Hendrix: what was the name of his band’s first UK hit album … ?   A3) Are You Experienced.
Q4) More to the point, what was the name of the last album Hendrix completed, during his lifetime … ?   A4) Band of Gypsies.
Q5) Moving on … 18th September, 1739, saw the signing of the Treaty of Belgrade: which ceded Belgrade to which empire … ?   A5) The Ottoman Empire.
Q6) 18th September, 1851, saw the first publication of The New York Times: under what name … ?   A6) The New York Daily Times.
Q7) And finally … 18th September, 1972, saw refugees from where start to arrive in the UK … ?   A7) Uganda.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll leave you with this little tune from Captain Jack Sparrow … 

And this one from Adam and the Ants … 

Oh … and a bit of a folk tune …

And also leave you with this quote from Captain Kidd …
“My Lord, it is a very hard sentence. For my part, I am the innocentest person of them all, only I have been sworn against by perjured persons.”
Captain William Kidd, 1654-1701

*        On a more serious note, I’m also going to encourage people to check out this piece on the BBC’s news site: it seems there’s a newly discovered exploitable hole in Internet Explorer 9 — and earlier — that is as yet, unpatched.   Be warned.   (

º        We ok, there, Debbi … ?   I hope so!   I’m going to keep my fingers crossed …

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Hey there! :) Hope this comes through okay.

1. Torchwood and Doctor Who
2. John Barrowman
3. John Rackham
4. Anne Bonny
5. the skull-and-crossbones design of the Jolly Roger Flag
6. letters of marque
7. Sir Francis Drake
8. the Strait of Malacca