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Humanitarian doubloons targeted by pirates

The Department for International Development (DfID) has admitted that it may have been an error to send buccaneer-themed aid, notably 17,000 peg legs, to Somalia, rather than food, tools or medicine.

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Posted: Aug 13th, 2013
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Somali pirates blame ‘Health and Safety gone mad’ for downturn

Pirates operating off the coast of Somalia have blamed ‘overregulation’ and an over-zealous attitude to enforcement of Health and Safety rules for their recent lack of success.

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Posted: Jan 27th, 2012
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Somalia laments another year of Wimbledon frustration

Advantage: Scrap dealer‘It’s difficult when the only two tennis courts in Somalia are given over to grazing cattle.’

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Posted: Jun 23rd, 2009
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Anti-piracy film to be shown in Somalia

pirates can't wait for opening nightThe UN Security Council has announced a major tactical shift in the war against Somali pirates today. Highly-trained special ops teams will be deployed deep into the war-torn territory, where armed with projectors and pull-down movie screens they will show a new version of the classic anti-piracy film that British movie fans have sat through at the beginning of every commercially produced DVD for years.

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Posted: May 30th, 2009
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Somali pirates to wear more traditional outfits

parrot 'de rigeur, darling'Pirates off the coast of Somalia have been undergoing a radical re-branding exercise in a bid to help increase public sympathy with their cause. Henceforth cargo ships risking the dangerous waters off the horn of Africa will have to look out for Somalis wearing eighteenth-century frock coats, eye patches and black hats featuring the distinctive ‘skull and crossbones’ logo. A spokesman for the new-look Somali privateers explained the shift to more traditional pirate attire; ‘Aha, Jim lad, thar be pieces of eight in that there Spanish galleon!’, after which the ‘pieces of eight’ point was re-iterated several times by the green parrots on his left shoulder.

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Posted: Apr 21st, 2009
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