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International "Talk like a pirate day".

The 19th promised to be either hilarious or excruciating and in the event turned out to be vaguely amusing but nothing more.  Does this all sound a bit cryptic?  Let me explain.

19th September is "International talk like a pirate day", I kid you not, and it had been advertised in the Prince Albert pub (my local in Broadstairs for those who are just happening upon this journal entry without having read the previous ones).

I have a number of issues with this ludicrous concept.  Firstly, how does anyone know what pirates talked like as our perception is of someone with a broad Cornish accent who has been gargling with broken glass for years and is totally driven by Hollywood.

International "Talk like a pirate day".
  Secondly, why the 19th September?  I'll tell you.  The two chancers who "invented" it in 2002 (as historic as that, eh?) were looking round for a date and the best idea they could come up with was that it was the birthday of the ex-wife of one of them.  Ex-wife?  Why does that not surprise me?  They come from Oregon in the USA so what is the pirate connection there?  Oregon was barely settled when pirates were at their height if at all (indigenous people excepted obviously).  I think that their website ends in .com tells the reader all they need to know.  It is a scam to sell shoddy tat.

The Prince Albert has recently been taken over by a new pub management company who seem to be Hell-bent on milking every pathetic excuse for a "day" to maximise profits and they promoted this whilst totally ignoring Battle of Britain Day a few days previously (see previous journal entry) which has a huge local significance and actually means something.
Even Sir Winston got in on the act.
  RAF Manston, which played a large part in that pivotal battle against the Germans is about five miles from here.  The locals had to organise that one themselves.  It is pretty shoddy really but just about what I would expect.

The ladies behind the bar had been ordered to dress up and, bless them, they did throw themselves into it with a will.  They had bought costumes online and wore them all day.  The "day" was quite amusing for about an hour, especially as I know the ladies and they are all great friends but there is only so often you can have some idiot bellowing "Aarrrrrrrrrr, Jim lad, pieces of eight, shiver me timbers and where's the grog?" in your ear whilst you are trying to read the newspaper before it starts to grate a bit.

I must say I cannot wait for Bikini Day (5th July 2018) or even Nude Day on July 14th.  Let's see how far the maniacs who inhabit this utterly brilliant pub are prepared to go!

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Even Sir Winston got in on the act.
Even Sir Winston got in on the act.
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