"Members of a North Devon WI were left embarrassed after a number of them had dressed up as pirates for a talk by a former sea captain who has been held hostage by Somali pirates for several weeks."
Ooops. But then who were they expecting - Captain Pugwash? Captain Jack Sparrow?
It reminds me that for my niece's fourth birthday party last year, a joint bash with her friend, the theme was pirates and princesses. My dad's outfit consisted of an eye patch, and - in lieu of a parrot - the nearest approximation he could find: an 8cm-high plastic budgie attached to his shoulder by string...
(Thanks to Matt for the link.)