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
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.
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.
@ 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
"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"
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.
Only a tad? I'll have to try harder 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
@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.
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
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".
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