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Walt Disney shits up beach in Eastbourne


They snuck in under cover of darkness and planted these ugly statues at low tide at Eastbourne this morning. I gather it’s to promote the new Pirates film, which is out today. I’m about twelve or fifty films behind in that series, frankly.

Anyhoo! Rejoice! I have finished my work (including my guts homework), a long weekend stretches before us and tomorrow is the first of the big country fairs. It is time to par-tay.

Wait, do people still par-tay? Well, I’m going to par-tay like it’s 1837. Good weekend, y’all!


Comment from Mitchell
Time: May 26, 2017, 9:30 pm

You ought to rent the first one, it was actually pretty good. Not that the others were bad, but the characters were all fresh and the story was original. It’s worth the price of admission just to watch ol’ Geoffrey Rush chew the scenery.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 26, 2017, 9:44 pm

I saw the first…two, I think.

I’m bad at serieseses. I never finished Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, either.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: May 26, 2017, 10:43 pm

Saw a review of PotC V in this morning’s paper: one star. I can’t remember the last time a major studio movie got panned that hard.

Comment from Bruce of Oregon
Time: May 26, 2017, 11:36 pm

I checked Google Earth for the Laughton Fayre site and the only year showing the Fayre is 6/1/2009. Nobody has ever posted pictures from the fayre on Google Earth.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: May 27, 2017, 5:05 am

This is the weekend each year, when I think about my Dad’s Cousin Francis, who is still On Patrol on the USS ALBACORE. I would so liked to have known him. http://www.oneternalpatrol.com/riley-f-a.htm

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 28, 2017, 1:12 am


Interesting twitter account with photos of cool artifacts:
lots of fancy beads from anglo saxon era
blue measuring bottles from Pompeii
Early Roman pet cemetery
Nice Byzantine jewelry
Viking buttons

Just keep scrolling down. Hats off to the past!

Comment from Veeshir
Time: May 28, 2017, 1:27 am

The first Pirates movie was one of the best pirate movies ever I think.
The rest rank among the worst.
And not just because the governor’s daughter got all anorexic and lost her decolletage after the first one.
Although that didn’t help.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 28, 2017, 10:25 am

That’s strange, Bruce but I suspect it says more about Google Earth as the Laughton event has been going for 22 years and attracts thousands of people.

I’d ask Her Stoatliness to post a pic but most of them have her in the frame and you know how secretive weasels are….

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 28, 2017, 10:37 pm

@SCOTTtheBADGER – We’ll be having very similar thoughts.

My father, USNA 1942, was a submarine officer and performed patrols around Japan during the war. He came back, I’m glad to say, but some of his classmates and fellow officers did not. One of his friends almost didn’t: Dick O’Kane. The Japanese POW abuse almost killed him. He later became somewhat famous for his book Clear the Bridge!: The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. In it he recounts some of the action of other subs, and IIRC mentions the Albacore.

My dad passed away in July 2012, just a few weeks shy of his 94th birthday. I miss him greatly.

May you all satisfactorily observe Memorial Day. Go ahead and have a cook-out, I know I will, but spare some thoughts for the valiant, especially those whose sacrifices are no less meritorious for having being sent to unnecessary wars (I’m not including WWII in that category).

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: May 29, 2017, 3:56 pm

I enjoyed the first film, it was fun. A rollicking romp, as it were.

The second, nope. As a professional mariner I couldn’t stomach the moral inversion, where the pirates are the good guys and “the authoritays” are evil. Obviously that was going to be the unifying theme of the series, and screw that. I’ve spent way too much time off the Horn of Africa and the Straight of Malacca, where real pirates inflict real mayhem on real people. I suppose in a few centuries popular culture will rehabilitate torturers and murderers of today’s drug cartels and they’ll be the new romantic antiheroes.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 29, 2017, 11:03 pm

@Steve Skubina – You are right, of course, but here’s an historical observation: One man’s holder of a letter of marque is another man’s pirate.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 30, 2017, 5:55 am

The Dick has been won with Manuel Noriega…!!!!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 30, 2017, 11:00 am

@ExpressoBold – one less scumbag – cosmic justice is slow.

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