Maraudin Sparky

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About Maraudin Sparky

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    Deck Swabber
  • Birthday 04/08/1976

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    Ye Olde London in Englande, where everythin' began!
  • Interests
    Now let's see... I like plunderin', fightin', drinkin' (lots! Rum, Whisky, Port, Cider, Ale, Lager, Bitter, Brandy, Vodka, Absinthe etc...), eatin', and also the occasional scuba diving (for treasure!), caving (to hide my treasure!), hiking (to come at the lubbers unawares like!) and dancin', singin' and finally being cunningly mischievous! (There's more... but thats for another day).
  1. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    It's still alive! I am surprised... And happy. This is far better than Facebook. A lot more information, and a better group of people... (As far as pirates can be called better). I have missed the old look of the pub, with it's wooden effect. But I guess this less image heavy incarnation is more stream- lined I guess. Oh well. I am still living in Asia, trying to get money together.. and never a sight of a pirate crew here. Not 16th-18th century anyway. I will keep popping my head in.. Never say die!
  2. The Pyracy Pub is Closing!

    Arr.. so sad. I often visited these pages. I shall miss them. It has been a long time since my first login here. Thank you to all the contributors for brightening my days.
  3. Treasure Island (2012 with Eddie Izzard)

    Of course.. some 'enterprising' individuals may have uploaded this onto the net.. If you happen to download it. Ahem.. Anyway, yes, it was on in the UK. The Amazon route might be a good idea if you want something of better quality.
  4. Treasure Island (2012 with Eddie Izzard)

    Anyone else seen this? I don't often post.. ahem.. but thought I'd write a line or two.. I watched it the other day... and though some people seem to be having a poor opinion of it.. I thought it was great fun... I especially liked some of the work songs being sung on board ship. A very different rendition of Lowlands to what I have heard before. I thought the character of Trelawney was an interesting departure from normal. And couldn't help but wonder if it was a reflection of how bankers/ fund managers etc.. are being viewed since the economic downturns that have been affecting world economies? Anyway.. was great to hear Silvers voice done with a VERY London accent.. Awesome.. made it much more real for me at least. Hope someone else had a chance to see it too!
  5. Just curious

    I wouldn't say delusional, I am only reporting on others words! :) As to making others laugh, well, I can be a wit, though not a 'witty fool' (in case anyone is deciding to be a Kate to my Petruchio). Anyway, am going somewhat off topic now.
  6. GAOP medicines, tools and treatments

    I'm not quite sure what they'd do on ships, considerin even if they did have the equipment would they know how to use it? But if you want to know the state of medical knowledge at the time, then you could do worse than starting here: Medical History Of course, leeches and blood-letting have been used for centuries, with leeches even coming back into use in hospitals now. :) Though I'm not sure if they would have kept them onboard(?).
  7. Just curious

    Or that sober! I am truly one of the handsomest pirates ever. (So I says) I can't really remember how I found this place... But think it was while being blown off course searching for something else... probably gold, weapons or ships.
  8. Treasure Island

    Personally I quite like the version of Treasure Island with Jack Palance... Pirates win!!! Though on the subject of different versions of Treasure Island, then surely the cult classic with Anthony Quinn & Ernest Borgnine - Treasure Island in Outer Space, is sheer genius. Originally an Italian production, some of the sets are great.
  9. Read any good books lately?

    Well, I'll add to this, and say that Long John Silver by Bjorn Larssen is a brilliant book (translated by Tom Geddes).. It's well researched and fleshes out one of the most enduring, villainous characters of fiction till you can almost reach out and touch him. (Oh, and you'll find out the real reason why & how he became one-legged) Secondly, I would advise anyone to read The Bounty by Caroline Alexander, as a very interesting portrait of the unfairly maligned Capt Bligh. An utterly brilliant navigator, and a brave and forward-thinking Captain.
  10. torture

    Arrr now this is an interestin thread I say, and so many sources to go to... but here's some which seem to have stuck in my head from somewhere.. Woodling I think it was called, where rope was twisted so tightly round someones head, their eyes would burst out of their sockets.... I know there's the usual cutting peoples nose/lips/putting-out-o-eyes and even making them eat them... Or even, cutting someones stomach open and nailing part of their intestine to the mast and then beating them with burning things until their entire gut would be hanging out. Or being forced to drink lots of seawater, or even lots of rum (I know which I would think I would prefer). Of course some of the more entertainin could always be the fun mock trials... I seem to remember hearing about a Chinese pirate prisoner who was kept in a small cage for so long, that he was permanently deformed. Oh and I think I remember reading that Captain Morgan put a woman on a stove for not telling where her jewellery was hidden (or was it because she wouldn't give something else to him!!?) If I think of any others I'll post them,... Of course some of the nastiest tortures I have heard of came from inquisition times... and I would be surprised if the pirates wouldn't have been inspired by this.
  11. Plush Cap'n Jack Sparrow

    Hmmm, maybe you could use it as a voodoo doll and stick pins through it... Get him to hand over gold rather than sufferrr!
  12. Pirate Weaponry

    Wot kin' o pirate are ye??? Tho personally, I reckon it depend on the type o fight... Grenades could be quite fun along wit pistols and other assorted firearms for boarding... an then cutlasses o' course... But if you're jus settling a private argument... then a knife and a length o rope to connect you be very satisfactory like... :) Havin said that, I'd be quite happy to jus use me fists.
  13. Trouble with chat room

    Sorry - nothing to do with thread... just noticed KL's signature... just like my old school motto - Dum cresco spero.. A blast from the past! As for chat room... well, have never been there myself either!
  14. pirates versus cowboys

    I like the piratecaptainmorgan's description... As to the cowboy 'cannon'... well, uncannily, it seems to be something which blows lots of smoke, makes lots of noise, but has no balls! Pirates!Pirates!Pirates!Pirates!Pirates!Pirates!
  15. Let's talk about seasickness for a moment ...

    I don't know any of these 'Bovine' drugs people are talkin about... But you generally find different people are affected in different ways by movements onboard ship. For instance, one of my Navy mates was fine in the heaviest storms... but in harbour he felt awful! So don't worry about it too much, and eat lots! Then if you're sick, at least you have something to show for it!