Upsurge of pirate activity in the Antipodes
This just in from the international wire service: http://www.seashepherd.org/news/media_051228_1.html
"The Southern Oceans, specifically in the area formally known as the Australian Antarctic Territory, now rivals the 17th Century Caribbean for the reported acts of piracy during the last two weeks.
"The Japanese whalers are accusing Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace crewmembers of being pirates. Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace are accusing the whalers of being pirates. Australian and New Zealand politicians are throwing the word piracy about as freely as the Governor of Jamaica once did a few hundred years ago..."
Local Portsmouth identities this morning were speculating on the possible connection between the recent absence from our shores of the notorious pirate vessel, The Purple Primrose, and the recently reported upsurge of piratical activity in the southern oceans. One Captain Tanguerra, reputedly the commander of the alleged vessel, was asked to comment on this speculation yesterday evening when accosted outside a local establishment known as the "Scurvy Dog". Unfortunately, the journalist in question is still in a serious but stable condition in the Portsmouth General Hospital, but is expected to be back at work next Tuesday, if the operation is a success. More news on these developments as they come to hand.