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The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published when the wind blows
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 114, Sept. 12, 2014
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One Week Until International Talk Like a Pirate Day

In this issue:

Help for the Holiday

Where does the time go? It's only a week until International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Are you ready? We've got some videos on line that'll help.

For the basics of pirate talk, check out (if you haven't already) this helpful video course. We'd call it the ABCs of Talkin' Like a Pirate, but that wouldn't be right because they all begin with A. So we call it The Five As.

And if you want to dress like a pirate (see Doughnut note, below) it couldn't be easier. You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on your pirate outfit, although that'd be cool. But if you want to pull something out of the closet and pirate it up, here's a video that'll show you how.

And here's one of our favorites, just because it's fun.

And finally, Ol' Chumbucket takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Mutiny Magazine Talk Like a Pirate Day Party and Other Events

With the blessed holiday falling on a Friday this year, there's party's all over the map. You can search our map of piratey fun on the website,

The biggest event (at least as far as we know) is in Los Angeles, where our buccaneer bud Talderoy is hosting the Mutiny Magazine All-Day Pirate Party on Friday. It starts at noon and runs until 10 p.m. (so, alright, that's not *all* day, but it's a good long party, so belay the jabber!)

It'll take place at Studio City Tattoos. 11032 Ventura Blvd., Studio City Calif. Pirates from all over Southern California and beyond will be on hand for the free raffles, live music, street performers, good food, and quality tattoos. All the shop's tattoo artists will be there providin' special pirate tattoos for the one-day price of $50. Talderoy is both owner of Studio City Tattoos and the founder of Mutiny Magazine, plus several other things that perhaps we won't get into here. To mix memes, he's the godfather of the pirate community on the West Coast, and possibly everywhere else.

Another crew of our pirate pals, Tom Mason & The Blue Buccaneers, will raise sail for Destin, Florida, to play a celebration at HarborWalk Village. Join them at the beach for this full-on pirate party. Tom and the crew have a new album coming out next month, "The World Is Ablaze," and you can bet you're likely to hear a few of the new tunes at the doin's in Destin.

(True story – As I was typing this, the postman dropped an advance copy of the album in my mailbox! Talk about timing! Let me just say, the title track is great, with a slithery, syncopated rhythm you can dance to it!) Tom and the crew will also be performing his "Talk Like a Pirate" song, which I'm proud to say I supplied some of the lyrics for.

Destin is on the Florida panhandle, just east of Fort Walton Beach, across the Choctawhatchee Bay channel.

In Ottawa, Canada, the band Celtic Sea will perform as part of weekend set of performances for the 2014 Canada Army, a major fundraiser for Canadian veterans. On the Friday they'll play from 6 to 8 p.m. on the main stage at Marion Dewar Plaza in Ottawa, Ontario. Then from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

In Blackpool, England, watch a bunch of our barmy brethren test their mettle by climbing to the top of the tallest roller coaster in the UK (235ft!) and raising their Jolly Rodger at the top. We are told that harness and protective clothing will be provided, but those taking part have been told to bring "sensible shoes or boots." Minimum age is 12.

Finally (for now,) Steve Kimball of Pirate's Way Magazine is holding a Talk Like a Pyrate Party from 7 p.m. to closing at the Mutiny Bar and Island Grill, 1653 Marley Ave, Glen Burnie, Maryland. Live music and piratey fun for the whole crew

Don't Forget the Doughnuts!

Once again, Krispy Kreme is making an offer no pirate can refuse. Walk into your local Krispy Kreme and *talk* like a pirate they'll give you a free doughnut. Mmmmm. Free doughnut! But if you swagger in DRESSED like a pirate! A dozen free doughnuts! Talk about yer golden treasures! Understand, the good folk at Krispy Kreme want you to go to a *little* effort.

Don't just squint closed and claim yer a pirate. Here's what they're looking for:

"Qualifying pirate costumes must include three or more of the following items:

  • Eye Patch
  • Pirate Hat
  • Bandana
  • Peg Leg
  • Parrot on Shoulder
  • Pirate Shirt / Loose white shirt
  • Knickers
  • Leather belt
  • Silver and gold necklaces and earrings
  • Pirate Hook
  • Pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals ."
  • That's not asking that much, especially if you check out the video I mentioned above. They also insist on one thing: No Weapons Allowed. So get to work on it. You've got a week. Because fresh doughnuts beat weevil-ridden hardtack any day!

- Ol' Chumbucket