The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published now and again
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 78 Dec. 15, 2009
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278 Days Until Talk Like a Pirate Day
10 Days 'Til that Other Holiday

Happy Holidays from all of us at International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Whether ye celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Chrismukkah or somethin' else – make it a merry one!

In this issue:

Website: Changes are Here and More Are Coming

Keep an eye on our Web site, Change is in the wind.

The Web Wench has already added Goggle's translation tool, down on the left side, under the menus. Now with just a mouse click and a selection from the pulldown menu, you can view our site in any of more than 40 languages. Not just the usual -- French, Spanish, German and the like. No, you can translate our site into Maltese or Welsh, Mandarin Chinese or Afrikaans. It's so quick and easy you'll wish you actually spoke some of those languages just so you could read it!

And that's just the first of many changes you can expect to see in the site over the next few months. The Web Wench is planning a major overhaul of the site as soon as she has a few free minutes, sometime after the first of the year. By next spring, you'll see a whole new Still with "Ask Cap'n Slappy," The Poopdeck, and quizzes and one of the best pirate links pages on the planet. But there'll be a whole lot more, as well. So keep your eye on us.

A Piratey Christmas List

The holidays are upon us, and here's a few things to consider for the pirate on yer shopping list or to put on yer Christmas list for those who love you -- or at least those who put up with you -- to consider for your Christmas gift.


There are plenty of offerings from the Pirate Guys (see our Books page). You can start with:

"The Pirate Life: Unleashing Your Inner Buccaneer" - This is our pirate self-help book, which gives advice on how to improve your life by adding pirattitude to every aspect of your life, from exercise to diet to dating to business – even helping you plan your presidential campaign. No need to thank us, just part of the service. Now buy the book!

The best sea stories are outlandish, outrageous, hardly to be believed, and that's certainly the case with our "Caper" series, the fictional exploits of the crew of the Festering Boil, led by Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket. The four books (so far) in the series are all available at, through our Web site. They are: 1) "The Diego Garcia Caper," 2) "The Sao Paolo Caper," 3) "The Maracaibo Caper" and the 4) "Havana Caper."

There's also our tip o-the tricorn to youngsters -- "A L'il Pirates ABSeas," a piratey romp through the alphabet. Delightfully illustrated by Jonathon Cooke.


There's also plenty of pirate booty at our Café Press online shop, everything from T-shirts and coffee cups to baby bibs carrying piratey deep thoughts (such as “Rum: It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymore”) that you've come to associate with the Pirate Guys.

And of course, there's our pirate Christmas shirt which offers the perfect greeting for the holiday – “Yo Ho Ho Ho Ho.”

There are also plenty of pirate goodies made by a variety of freebooters who don't happen to be us. You can find links to their sites on our links page. And of course, you can check Ol' Chumbucket's Book Club for recommendations on other books.

But naturally, we like our stuff best, and hope you feel the same when you make your holiday purchases.

Ol' Chumbucket's Book Club: " Heart of a Pirate"

"Romance" is a word with many meanings, from intense love to sex to adventure – and when you do it right, it can mean all three.

Pamela Johnson has hit all three of those in "Heart of a Pirate," a fictional account of the life of pirate icon Anne Bonny. There's a love story – several actually – adventure and even a little sex.

Because the little we "know" of Bonny's actual life is more myth and legend than verifiable fact, Johnson has no trouble working the bits of Bonny lore into her tale seamlessly. The story is more "historic romance" than pure piratey adventure. Any book that takes almost a full page to describe a ball gown is, perhaps, aiming at a slightly different audience than this pirate guy. The "love story" parts of the tale outnumber the scenes of swashbuckling action, although sometimes the borders between the two are blurred, given that it's Anne Bonny and Jack Rackham we're talking about. Sometimes a sword fight is a sword fight, and sometimes it's foreplay.

Johnson has captured perfectly the essence of the golden age pirate, his (or her) motivations and attitudes. These were men (mostly) who had lived lives of freedom during the struggle with Spain, when buccaneers weren't pirates but tools of statecraft. When that war was over and England decided to curtail the privateers, the freebooters weren't ready to slip back into the roles society demanded of them. They were free men and made a free choice – to live and if need be die under the black flag rather than accept the yoke of servitude. There are several scenes in "Heart of a Pirate" where those sentiments are perfectly expressed.

"Heart of a Pirate" is a tale well told, an entertaining and intriguing tale of what life might have been like for Anne Bonny, the most famous female in pirate history.

I give it three tankards of grog out of a possible five.

Movie Buzz

Our friend "The MacKay," owner of Captain Jack's Pirate Hats and the Pirate Trading Co., has finished a screenplay, "The Buccaneer" and is trying a different marketing strategy to pitch the project. He has posted a pair of pitches and some other goodies on his Facebook page in the hopes of creating enough buzz to catch the interest of Hollywood moviemakers. If you're on Facebook, you can check out his video pitches, the teaser, plus the treatment and character profiles and marketing strategy by becoming a fan. Simply go to and click on the "Become a Fan" box at the top of the page.

That's all for now. Happy holidays to all our friends in the pirate world and remember to keep spreading the word. The word, of course, is "Aarrr!"

-- Ol' Chumbucket, editor

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