Yarrr, Mateys! September 19th be here again, which means it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day™! And I’ll be keelhauled fore I be missin’ out on the festivities. A
blogger’s pirate’s career be, almost by definition, a spotty one, wi’ periods of inactivity due to laziness excessive interest by the British Navy (ptooie!), but I have yet to be missing an ITLAPD, and I’ll be hornswoggled if this year be any different!
Let’s be swingin’ into our reel with this fantastical video from Distort. These two swabbies’ pirate schtick be a mite lubberly, but it shows promise. Per’aps I should have the crew give ’em the cosh and “invite” them to join our merry band…. What isn’t lubberly is the fantastic tiny cannon they’ve constructed, nor the slo-motion footage they have of it trying to sink a pirate vessel. They could use a bit of help with the editing o’ their introduction. Aside from the pirate material, it is a bit long, but don’t let that barnacle bottom heave ye off from watching the whole thing. It be worth it!
If that only whets yer appetite fer all things cannon this happy day, I’ll gift ye two more links. The first be a down in the hold look at how to be makin’ such a fine beauty of a brass cannon, though this one be a mite bigger, and with no pirate prattling at all, more’s the pity. The second be the construction of a wee bit more Hollywood pirate-looking cannon, that alas doesn’t actually fire. The maker does be meritin’ big points fer his pirate robot though, arrr!
Next to walk the plank be the obligatory cocktail!
Good! It be about time ye be rememberin’ this be a cocktail blog!
And of course, every good pirate cocktail needs to be made with…
Aye. When ye be out plundering the Spanish Main, there be more than golden booty to be found aboard yer prey. Ye also gets to be drinkin’ their…
I like rum!
Guy, will you cut it out? It’s hard to stay in character and concentrate on this schtick with you running around with that cutlas and shouting!
Sorry! I’ll be quiet.
Just get on the with drink, dammit!
Ok, I will. I mean, belay yer impatience, you bilge rat!
And don’t be fergettin’ the last thing!
I will hang yer scurvy neck from the highest yardarm! No matter how much it might be hurtin’ me own wrist….
I wanted a new ter me pirate drink fer this year’s festivities, and found me answer in a post from two years ago by me mate, Captain Bamboo. He offers up a Pirate’s Punch that has several points in its favor. It doesn’t have one rum in it. It doesn’t have two rums in it either. It be offerin’ three rums, and one be of the overproof variety. It also be offerin’ me the opportunity to plunder another of Ol’ Bamboo Bucket’s spectacular works o’ art:
- 1 1/2 parts dark Jamaican rum
- 3/4 part light rum
- 1/2 part Lemon Hart 151 rum
- 1 1/2 part pineapple juice
- 1/2 part orange juice
- 1/4 part lime juice
- 1/4 part homemade grenadine
Shake with ice and strain into a tall glass filled with fresh, preferably crushed, ice.
This be a punch, so I used parts so ye can scale it to any size crew ye possess. If it just be fer yer own enjoyment, a part be an ounce.
Ol’ Bamboo Bucket has an entertainin’ yarn o’ his fruitless voyage o’ discovery fer this drink, and it be well worth yer time to click over and let him spin it fer ye.
And last, but certainly not least, me first mate Guy needs a bit o’ Rule 5 or he’ll be interruptin’ again. This year’s batch of beauties be brought to you mostly by a search of Pinterest boards like these, which be revealing this year’s hoard of treasure:
Via DeviantArt, It be good ter remember that they have pirates in the East, too.
A logical outfit fer a pirate. It be pretty warm wherever pirates be sailin’.
There’s a bit of the Steampunk to this outfit. The maker be a Miss Katie, but her web store appears to be off-line right now.
Remember, Rule 5 be not just fer the lads!
This next picture be of a… Arr… It be… Argh. I’ll be hornswoggled if I know what it be! I just knew that me mate Captain Jack Sparrow would take one look at this and utter, “Why is the rum gone?”
And last, to send ye off the plank to dive into ITLAPD™, I give ye this. Because everybody loves this holiday! Click on the picture for lots more pirate animal pics like it.
And just as a bonus, if ye never read Doug’s interview a while back with Talk Like a Pirate pioneers, Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket, stagger on and check it out!