Wednesday, January 21, 2015

J/Alphabe-Thursday

A Jolly Roger (aka pirate flag)

J is for JOLLY

The skull and crossbones flag looks ominous to me but I'm pretty sure the flag above was flying just for fun...but I dunno for sure. The term Jolly Rogers for black flags with smiling skulls goes back at least three centuries, and the originals meant business. Serious business.

A Jolly Roger was not flown most of the time but was raised - often accompanied by a warning shot - when a pirate ship was about to take over another ship. It warned the captain on the victim ship to surrender - no harm would be done to anyone on board.  If the victim ship resisted, the Jolly Roger was replaced by a red flag and there would be no mercy.

And now for something completely different

Don't you think this guy looks jolly out for a walk in his cozy coat?

 Not-so-jolly ring-billed gull

I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE 

FYI City Daily Photo bloggers:  The  February 1st theme - If you had to leave forever the city from where you usually post, what would you miss most?  

45 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

The dog looks lovely although I think dogs are getting soft these days. Never had coats on in my day! Now the Gull manages beautifully.

Revrunner said...

Interesting how you caught the dog in mid-stride.

Andy said...

A pirate walks into a bar wearing a paper towel on his head. He sits down at the bar and orders some dirty rum.

The bartender asks, "Why are you wearing a paper towel?"

"Arrr..." says the pirate. "I've got a bounty on me head!"

eileeninmd said...

The dogs looks so cute and a great shot of the gull. It looks very cold there, I am a wimp! Have a happy day!

Bob Bushell said...

The Gull and the dog are superb, and skull and crossbones, well, I'll say any more.

Jacquelineand.... said...

The photo of Sir Jolly Pooch made my day... but does anyone else smell dog poo? Hehe. ;-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oi me hearty.. How very adorable is the doggie in his jolly jumper :)

Roan said...

That pup sure does look jolly.

see you there! said...

Great flag and I like Andy's joke.

Darla

Aimeecakes said...

What an adorable puppy! And i love me a pirate flag (or any other pirate reference for that matter!)

Stephanie said...

Cute puppy! Great info on the pirate flag and great capture on the gull.

Sandra said...

the jolly pup is Jogging and that is so sweet. the bird with the attitude made me feel jolly

William Kendall said...

I've got a couple of variations on the Jolly Roger flag as bandannas. And that dog is so cute!

The gull seems suspicious of you.

Judy said...

I love that little guy with his lumberjack plaid coat!!! I wonder if his name is Roger...

VP said...

Love the dog with the coat and the pirate flag, a bit less the gull...

TexWisGirl said...

the prancing pup was very cute and the unjolly gull was too funny. i'd not want to encounter a jolly roger on the seas.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I agree with Tex -- again! Love the prancing pup! Such a cutie!! That gull does indeed look annoyed by the weather -- or something!! Hope he's having a better day!!

Small City Scenes said...

Yes that little dog is just prancing along. Probably proud of his lovely coat. MB

Karen S. said...

Happy puppy! Great photos!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love the pic of the jolly dog out for a walk.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The JOlly and JAunty pup is my favorite today. We have tourist 'pirate' boats out on the river here .... I guess they do some kind of show for the people as they take a river cruise. They fly that flag and Im pretty sure it is just for fun. But not my cup of tea.

visualnorway said...

Pity today's pirates are not very jolly. I much prefer the gulls!

RedPat said...

Funny how so many dogs have clothes these days! ;-)

Sharon Anck said...

Three very fun shots!

Linda W. said...

Cute doggie! :)

Lowell said...

By jolly, you got a nice doggy pic and a nice gull pic. I'm curious, though, as to where that pirate flag was flying!

Malyss said...

The small dog is so cute! the Gull seems to be a cruel pirate , jolly or nor this one will have no mercy for ennemies!

A Quiet Corner said...

The Ring-Bill looks more like "old cranky pants" to me!...:)JP

Lois said...

That gull is definitely not jolly!

Rose said...

I had not clue about the flag/jolly Roger. Just so much that I don't know. And so much I learn through blogging.

That little doggie is cute...likes like a happy little guy...the gull looks like he is wondering about life.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Ahhh Art Muse Dog looks so cozy in his coat!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Love the coat on the doggie!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

That wasn't Art Muse Dog! hah! Well, he looks cozy all the same...

carol l mckenna said...

All wonderful 'jolly' photos ~ love your doggie ~ reminds me of artmusedog a bit!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Ginny said...

Where did you see the pirate flag? LOVE the cute little dog, all dressed up for winter. The gull sure looks mean! He is watching his back for sure.

Terri B said...

Most interesting- I did not know that about the flags. What a cute pup you spotted!

Michelle said...

That is one cute dog.

edenhills said...

Three totally different shots, and they are all great for Jolly! All my pirate friends are pretty nice these days.

Randy said...

That pup is too cute.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I like seeing the critters. Such a cold, frosty land out there.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest EG; Thank you very much for the information about 'Jolly Roger flag', never knew about the detail :-)
The gull sure doesn't look jolly mood p;) And Tex taught me the word 'prancing', yes the cute dogie is the one looking jolly♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

Felicia said...

nice "jolly" images. :>)

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Su-sieee! Mac said...

The jolly dog is adorable in his blue plaid jacket. It makes me wonder if he has a British soul.

Dominique Goh said...

Love the dog in it's blue jacket..it looks so cute :)

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