June 5, 2007

The Peril of a Pirate Flag

Posted in Random Oddments at 8:49 pm by Calico Jack

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

As his sixth birthday approached, Morgan Smith’s parents thought hoisting the Jolly Roger would be the perfect way to make the pirate-mad youngster’s day.

The flag was duly run up the pole in the back garden, leaving Morgan looking forward to a party on Saturday with lots of friends wearing eyepatches and wielding toy cutlasses.

But little did the family know that out on the treacherous high seas of bureaucracy, trouble was heading their way.

Council officials branded the skull and crossbones flag “unneighbourly” and banned Morgan’s parents Richard and Sharon from flying it.

There’s more at the link, including a cool picture of Morgan doing a rather good impersonation of a swashbuckling pirate — sword and eyepatch included.

And I’d like to apologize in advance for the following. I’m so very, very sorry.


  1. CIndy Moorhead said,

    How could you do that? Your apologies mean nothing since obviously you knew in advance the extent of this atrocity.

  2. whitishrabbit said,

    If it’s atrocious and campy enough, it’s like art… That video totally made the cut.

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