Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Talk like a Pirate Day

It's pirate day. I speak a little pirate, or rather I can say a few useful things in languages that pirates speak, e.g. Indonesian (Malay), Tagalog, Arabic and Somali

Once, I even lived in pirate infested waters, between Sumatra and Borneo.

Generally, pirates are good people, and being a pirate is what passes for economic opportunity in a few desperate places, alongside smuggling, fishing, farming and running brothels for people who work on big fishing boats and oil platforms.

There is a fun excerpt available online from John S. Burnett's excellent book on modern piracy, Dangerous Waters.

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