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Have a Swashbuckling Day Me Hearties
Who likes pirates? I do. Did you know that 19 September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? I am so lucky as it is also my Birthday. Hooray! I mean, Hoorarrr! I love the silliness of it: it's brilliant. You don't have to dress up (as it's not called International Dress Like a Pirate Day) but you can if you like. I like to. Actually, I love to. Because it's my Birthday, I want to be the centre of attention and have a swashbuckling day.
Pirate Treasure Chest
Some phrases to get you started:
Ahoy me hearties!
Shiver me timbers!
Pieces of 8!
Walk the plank ya salty dog!
Stand by to go about ya land-lubbers!
Hoist the Jolly Roger ya scurvy scum!
(Don't ask me - I have no idea what they mean either.)
Free Doughnut from Krispy Kreme
There is a sweet side to International Talk Like a Pirate Day: Krispy Kreme give away FREE doughnuts. My favourite Krispy Kreme store is the Myer Centre in Brisbane's CBD. They will give you a free doughnut if you talk like a pirate to them. How good is that? But it gets even better - they will give you 4 free doughnuts if you're dressed like a pirate (which of course, I will be). Last year they liked my pirate outfit so much they gave me a free dozen. Ah, me hearties! Click here to see if your local Krispy Kreme shop is participating.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO ON INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY
Dress Like a Pirate Especially if you want free doughnuts.
Here are some tips:
Pirate hat or bandana
Scarves (stripes are good)
Eye patch (This is a must - you can print a template from the net and add elastic if you don't already have one.)
Loose black or white shirt OR stripy T-shirt
Leather belt with big buckle
Black or brown boots
Silver or gold chain necklaces, hoop earrings and chunky rings
Peg legs and parrots are optional.
It is probably best if you don't have real weapons (unless you arrr a real pirate, then of course you will need them).
Tell Pirate Jokes Do you know any good pirate jokes? Nor do ayyye! Here is my favourite pirate joke: Q. Why are pirates so mean? A. They just arrrrr! You may already know some but try Googling for treasure chests full of them.
First Mate Eduardo
Get a Pirate Name You can make up your own pirate name but not just any old Captain Tom, Deadeye Dick or Blackbeard Harry. Try to channel Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean or Long John Silver from Treasure Island. Or you can try the Pirate Name Generator here. When I'm in costume, I'm called Piratey McPirateface. So don't even think of using my name, or I'll come over there and rip yarr buccaneers off!
Decorate yarr Home, School or Office.
You can go mad with the pirate theme. Pirate flags (or Jolly Rogers - sometimes called the skull and cross bones) are a must. There are plenty of free downloadable ones. Think of piratey things like parrots, treasure maps, coins, jewels and pearls, swords, skeletons, skulls and so on. Anything nautical is also good, such as boats, stripes, ropes, netting and sea creatures.
Host a Pirate Party
It's my birthday (did I mention?) so of course I want a party. The invitation is a treasure map (X marks the spot). The house will be decorated in red, white and black with loads of Jolly Roger bunting. I love bunting. Any excuse for bunting and I put it up. My motto is: a party without bunting is just a meeting. There will be plenty of "booty" in a treasure chest. Drinks are ginger beer and rum punch. And what do pirates eat? Fish and Ships! Finish off with a marathon session of Pirates of the Caribbean DVDs. I hope your crew has as much fun as mine.