The Kingdom Stays United!


Avast, me hearties!  Scottish independence from Great Britain has been scuttled!  (It’s also International Talk like a Pirate Day, so I’m killing two birds with one stone.)

The vote was pretty close, something like 55% to 45%, but the majority of Scots felt it was in their best interest to stay part of the Kingdom . . . er, Queendom (little baby George isn’t quite ready to take over yet, although he’s already conquered the world with cuteness).  I understand that even though the United Kingdom will be remaining fully united, there’s going to be some changes made.  I guess there’s some controversy about Scottish MPs voting on things that don’t pertain to them, but English MPs aren’t allowed to vote on Scottish matters, or some such.  That’s just one little bit I picked up from CNN late last night; I don’t actually know anything about British politics, except that the system is pretty complicated.  (I’m not judging, just saying.  American politics isn’t exactly a relaxing walk in the park.)

Now that the vote is in, it’s time for my local news to stop doing vaguely informative man-on-the-street segments from British-style pubs and showing clips of men in kilts playing bagpipes.  We can get back to our full time coverage of crime, bus crashes, and high speed chases.  (And saving little dogs who get hit by the idiots who start the high speed chases.)  But here’s some awesome Rock from the Sensational Alex Harvey Band to complete the Scottish experience.

“Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me”


Avast, me hearties!  It’s once again International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  So let’s hoist sail, and find some villages to plunder.

Okay, so I kinda suck at talking like a pirate.  But I’ve been listening to this little ditty my whole life, so that’s gotta count for something.

This version is obviously from some Disney television special in the 60s or 70s.  It features clips of the ride from before it changed.  Before Disney got a little worried about the animatronic pirates chasing the animatronic ladies, probably in order to animatronically rape and ravage them.  (Disney addressed this by putting trays of food in the ladies’ hands, and saying the pirates were probably hungry.)

This was also before Disney started basing movies on what is really one of the most popular rides at Disneyland.  (More recent updates have been to add lots of references to Captain Jack Sparrow, and a couple of animatronic Johnny Depps to the ride.)  It’s also the last ride Walt Disney had anything to do with, opening just a few months after he died.  What really gets me is how detailed and fun it is to look at.  Pirates of the Caribbean is the longest ride in Disneyland (from sit down to disembark, not line time), but you never get bored.  It’s probably the most fully realized and intricate ride in the park.  (If you want to take the ride, click here.  But it really is long.)  I always make sure to ride this one at least once whenever I visit.  It’s especially good after you’ve been walking around all day and need a rest.