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Open letter to "The Captain" and other Hub Pages Pirates

  1. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago

    Everyone knows about Errol Flynn, the first of the swashbuckling screen legends who is an inspiration and role model to all the "pirates" on hub pages today.

    What is NOT so well known is that he was really born in Tasmania, the small island state underneath Australia. Where I live.
    The studio told people that he was from Ireland, because nobody had ever heard of Tasmania. Luckily, that's still the case 70 years on smile

    He was born 100 years ago today, on 20th June 1909.

    To celebrate this event, his daughter and grandson are here for a day of special events, including sailing  around our beautiful harbour on a replica sailing  ship, not  unlike one that Errol fought so bravely aboard in his many films.

    So all you hub pages pirates - doff your hats, and raise your swords to Errol on this special day.

    (I might go down and get some photos, etc and make a hub about this event)

    In years gone past, the local authorities actively discouraged any association with Errol Flynn. I don't recall an Errol Flynn park or street, or anything like that to recognise the connection with him.
    Now they are proud of Errol, and any association with him. is keenly sought.

    Funny old world, innit.

    1. sixtyorso profile image71
      sixtyorsoposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Errol Flynn was one of my childhood heroes and his exploits including rumours of his physical prowess were legend.
      I see he was born in thr same month as me!

      1. profile image0
        ralwusposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        SOS, if you are a Gemini then you must visit my Gemini hub. Need your birthdate to include you too.

        1. sixtyorso profile image71
          sixtyorsoposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          No I am a borderline cancer 29 June

  2. Mighty Mom profile image90
    Mighty Momposted 8 years ago

    That is cause for celebration, indeed!
    I propose that all pirates and crew get into the Flynn of things by drawing on pencil thin mustaches!

  3. Jewels profile image81
    Jewelsposted 8 years ago

    And he did a wonderful rendition of Robin Hood.  A pirate or a chivalrous thief, Errol can save me anyday he likes. Swoon!

    1. agvulpes profile image88
      agvulpesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Sorry I missed the party.
      Jewels I believe the expression "In like Flynn" was coined with saving damsels in distress in mind. roll

      1. Jewels profile image81
        Jewelsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Referring to how damsels fell IN love with their hero of course. What else would IN refer to?

        1. agvulpes profile image88
          agvulpesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          I think Jewels it started out meaning that good Errol was always  "dashing in" to save the damsel in distress. I don't know what you were thinking, our Errol was a good guy !roll

          1. Jewels profile image81
            Jewelsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            He was dashing wasn't he.  He swung in, stuck the sword in, damsels fell in love. Ummmm, I think that's all ins taken care of.

            1. agvulpes profile image88
              agvulpesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              Jewels are you leaving the rest up to our imagination ?

              1. Eric Graudins profile image60
                Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                Hi AG,
                With her new catsuit, I don't think she's leaving anything to the imagination!

                1. Jewels profile image81
                  Jewelsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                  You think Errol will not save me looking like this?

                  1. agvulpes profile image88
                    agvulpesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                    Er...No Jewels, the word save is not the word I would have used. cool

  4. Mrvoodoo profile image61
    Mrvoodooposted 8 years ago

    For all the Hubber pirates that use facebook (if you haven't already seen this).

    STEP 1: GO TO THE BOTTOM LEFT OF YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
    STEP 2: CLICK ON ''ENGLISH UK'' (or whatever your selected language)
    STEP 3: WHEN ALL THE DIFFERENT LANGUAGES APPEAR, CLICK ON ENGLISH (PIRATE)

    big_smile

    1. RooBee profile image84
      RooBeeposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Mrvoodoo, I should have known.
      I did this recently and it made me like facebook all over again (I don't use it much anyway). Seriously, everyone should do this!!! I was going to suggest it here, but my vigilant friend has beat me to it. smile
      http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-merv/pirate.gif

  5. earnestshub profile image89
    earnestshubposted 8 years ago

    Eric, don't New Zealand make a claim on him too?

    1. Eric Graudins profile image60
      Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Nah, that was Errol the Sheep lol

      @ Mightymom:
      I reckon that the pencil thin mustache on avatars would be great!

      @MrVoodoo:
      I tried the pirate thing on Facvebook a while ago, but had to change back to normal English because I couldn't bloody understand anything that was written in the pirate lingo. Alas, I'm obviously not pirate material

      1. Mrvoodoo profile image61
        Mrvoodooposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Same here, it does get a little confusing, but it was funny for half an hour or so.

        1. HealthCare Basics profile image81
          HealthCare Basicsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          You are too much............ Love the humor.... smile

  6. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    Yeah, I would swoon in his presence too wink Errol ..darlin, O do come hither tongue lol smile awesome info, Eric, thank you

  7. Hovalis profile image88
    Hovalisposted 8 years ago

    Sings the first couple of lines of Errol, but without James Reyne's unique warble. smile

  8. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago

    "But nobody has wielded a sword, swept away a damsel or filled a pair of tights like Errol Flynn since he first commanded the world’s attention. He was, and is likely to remain, Tasmania’s most famous son"

    A couple of web site links:

    Info about Errol's centenary celebrations
    http://www.flynncentenarycelebration.com.au/

    Official website:
    www.InLikeFlynn.com

    His daughter, Rory Flynn, has written a book called "Baron of Mulholland" which is available from bookshops and Amazon now.

  9. raiderfan profile image60
    raiderfanposted 8 years ago

    I'm not a pirate, I am a raider. the pirates are in pittsburgh and thats baseball not football. so I dont care about them.

    1. Eric Graudins profile image60
      Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      So why the hell did you bother opening this thread ????
      Go and do some raiding - there's a good lad smile

    2. nicomp profile image59
      nicompposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Isn't a raider a pirate?

      1. Candie V profile image69
        Candie Vposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Oy, Noooooooooo!

  10. Jewels profile image81
    Jewelsposted 8 years ago

    Good to see Voodoo dressed for the occasion.  Notice the other pirates haven't shown yet. Are they worried they won't stack up? They do have big pants to fill afterall.

  11. The Captain profile image60
    The Captainposted 8 years ago

    Arrrgghhh.  I thank ye, Mr. Graudins, for bringin' this important event to my attention. Also for your acknowledgment that I am the one true Captain (see..it's actually me moniker).

    Now Mr. Flynn and I go way back, and one night during our frequent nights of debauchery, he said to me, "Cap'n, I based my character on you."  Of course I was flattered, but I was more impressed with the bottle of rum he bought me to thank me for his inspiration. Twas an honor.

    And you, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar and yer sorely missed by the crew aboard the ship. I'll be looking forward to yer log of the event.

    @ Miss Jewels: It is the other's claiming to be pirates that must measure up to me.

  12. Teresa McGurk profile image61
    Teresa McGurkposted 8 years ago

    His father, Professor T. Flynn, lived in Belfast, though -- in the street next to where I grew up. I think he was a prof. at the university.

  13. Jewels profile image81
    Jewelsposted 8 years ago

    Oh good, The Captain has arrived.  Perhaps it may lure the one with the parrot.  Swooning here, waiting for the dual and all that muscle and sweat and manly behavior.

    1. The Captain profile image60
      The Captainposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Once again, my muscled arms have ripped through the sleeves of my pirate shirt!

    2. sixtyorso profile image71
      sixtyorsoposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Wow great new atavar!

      1. Jewels profile image81
        Jewelsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        It's a mood thing sixty. Thanks for noticing!

        1. profile image0
          nazishnasimposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          I love your avatar! big_smile Between, we're burning ya up on the Gemini's hub at C.C's place! big_smile. No offense intended though!

          1. Jewels profile image81
            Jewelsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            Oh dear! I must go check and see what's been said since yesterday - you guys get so out of control!

            1. blondepoet profile image78
              blondepoetposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              Didn't you use that avatar a little while ago Jewels I am sure you did.!!

              1. Jewels profile image81
                Jewelsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                Yes, I had to put the suit on again - seems fitting for this topic anyway!

  14. blondepoet profile image78
    blondepoetposted 8 years ago

    Cheers to Mr. Flynn
    http://www.abfabulous.com.au/pictures/1616/1/1950551-1.jpg

    1. The Captain profile image60
      The Captainposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hmmm. This calls for a real pirate.

      1. blondepoet profile image78
        blondepoetposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Yes this calls for The Captain he is a real pirate, and a lovely one too

      2. sixtyorso profile image71
        sixtyorsoposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Perhaps in memory of Errol Flynn and the fact that hubpages is starting to fell like it used to before the big "challenge" lets all get back to the Captain's hub and have some fun?

        1. blondepoet profile image78
          blondepoetposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          Yes I agree Sixty I went back earlier on, esp after reading this, I heard him calling my name in the wind, "BP, BP."

          1. Eric Graudins profile image60
            Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            I think he was just out of petrol lol

            1. Jewels profile image81
              Jewelsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              Hahahaha.

            2. blondepoet profile image78
              blondepoetposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha omg EricG you go to the top of the class with that one, ohhhhh where is the ladies room hahaha

    2. lxxy profile image60
      lxxyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      You're such a lead on, blondie. wink xx

      1. blondepoet profile image78
        blondepoetposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        What is a lead on Ixxy? Is that like a bus being towed by a metal rope on a sem-trailer LMAO

  15. cindyvine profile image88
    cindyvineposted 8 years ago

    Fun, where, fell asleep, so tired, big night last night, another big one tonight, when will it end...

    1. blondepoet profile image78
      blondepoetposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hey Cin

  16. cindyvine profile image88
    cindyvineposted 8 years ago

    yawn yawn, whats the rugby score, are the all blacks getting thrashed by the french again

  17. RedElf profile image86
    RedElfposted 8 years ago

    Errol certainly buckled a mean swash. You look a tad piratical, yourself, Eric. are all Tasmen so nautical-looking? So glad you are not of the Warner Brothers persuasion of Tasmanian.

    1. Eric Graudins profile image60
      Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Only a tad? I'll have to try harder smile
      May be time to put up a new photo. Perhaps that will get rid of the Shaun Connery persona with which I've been annointed at HP. (By persons who shall remain nameless.)

      Warner Bros? - I take it you mean TazDevil?
      Yeah, I'm like him sometimes lol

      @BP
      How about we all chip in and get you a pack of super absorbent incontinence pants. Seems like you're always flooding the place. lol lol

      1. blondepoet profile image78
        blondepoetposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Oh Lord Eric can you pick me up some?,oh you always manage to totally crack me up with the things you come out with, that BP thing was the most funniest thing I heard. I guess I left myself wide open for it ROFL

  18. embitca profile image87
    embitcaposted 8 years ago

    Errol Flynn was my first celebrity crush. I was so disappointed when my dad finally told me he'd died before I was born smile

    He was so incredibly handsome and really independent-minded. So many of his movies are among my favorites, but particularly Captain Blood. I really love that movie.

  19. RooBee profile image84
    RooBeeposted 8 years ago

    Also, hurrah to Errol Flynn - the only Robin Hood for me. big_smile

  20. lxxy profile image60
    lxxyposted 8 years ago

    Way cool, thanks for sharing Eric.

  21. SweetiePie profile image83
    SweetiePieposted 8 years ago

    Anyone interested in Bounty films will also remember Errol Flynn was the first actor to portray Fletcher Christian in the documentary styled film In The Wake of the Bounty (1933).

  22. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago

    Here's the true story from the official website, www.inlikeflynn.com/flynn.html

    We get a lot of questions regarding the origination of the phrase
    "In Like Flynn"
    The phrase "In like Flynn" originated as a coarse reference to Errol Flynn's powers as a seducer.
    In November, 1942, Flynn was charged with statutory rape, arrested and brought to trial, then acquitted.
    He was charged with having sexual intercourse with two girls under the age of 18. (He was 33 at the time).
    It was Flynn's belief that the Los Angeles district attorney had made him a scapegoat for Hollywood in order to discipline the film community.
    Jerry Giesler (Flynn's ace lawyer) considered Flynn an excellent witness and thought that his "gentlemanly demeanor throughout the trial had been an important factor".
    A new phrase was added to the English language: "In like Flynn".

  23. Candie V profile image69
    Candie Vposted 8 years ago

    Happy Birthday Errol!! Mwah!! I loved the way you swashed your buckle!

 
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