Today is my favourite annual ridiculous day: international talk like a pirate day.

Oooo-aaaaarghh me hearties


Me hearties, today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Which, aside from reminding us it’s fun to talk like a (Disney make over version of a) pirate, also tells us a bit of history about the web and how the www is changing how our society functions.

These guys in Oregon (i believe)  invented a mock holiday in the mid 90s and it is now a world-wide phenomenon cos they whacked it up on a website and it went viral.

Can you imagine how long it would have taken to spread the word before the web?

What book did you really like when you were a kid?

When I was reasonably young, I really loved The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide.

When I was at school there were some books about pirates (the blue pirate, the red pirate, the green pirate, as I recall). But I have no idea who they were by or what they were called. I remember loving them when I was in the first year at junior school. I think one of the pirates got stuck on an island and met a Griffin.

A little older and I got into Roald Dahl. I don’t think I ever read one of his books I didn’t like.After reading his children’s books it was pretty awesome to discover his adult fiction also rocked.

Eventually I read The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien and from fantasy I got into sci-fi as well with John Christopher and The Tripods Trilogy.

Any recommendations from your childhood welcomed:

(and if you know anything about the pirate reading books, I’d love to hear from you.)




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