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Posted by | Posted in Pirates | Posted on 26-09-2008

I know, I know, I’m a week late. International Talk Like A Pirate Day was last Friday. But do you know what reminded me? This story from the BBC News website. I was amazed recently, as I didn’t actually realise that real-life pirates existed. I suppose it’s a bit silly when you think about it, but the only time I ever hear of pirates is while drooling over Keira Knightley in Pirates Of The Carribean. (You know, after the many offers that Jack Sparrow extended to Elizabeth Swan during those films, you would have thought that at least once she would have taken him up on the offer to wear nothing from his wardrobe…)

Speaking of Keira Knightley, here’s a picture.

You can see why Jack Sparrow never had anything decent for her to wear…

For those who play the lottery, and in particular, the Euro Millions lottery, today is an exciting day. The guarunteed jackpot for tonight’s draw is £100million (yes that’s pounds, not Euros). Brilliantly, if nobody wins the jackpot, then the jackpot money gets split between all the winners of the next prize down. So whatever happens, someone (or a few people) are going to be very lucky indeed.

I’m not usually a gambling man, but this is an exception. Fair enough, the chances of winning the jackpot are 76 million to one, which is rather small, but who cares. To be honest, though, I wouldn’t even know what to do with £100million. Sure, I’d sort my family out and keep my word with regards to a certain pact that I made at uni, but beyond buying a nice house and a car, I wouldn’t know what else to do with money.

I’ve recently been watching The Secret Millionnaire on Channel 4. For those who haven’t seen it, the basic premise is that a UK millionnaire goes undercover for 10 days in a rather deprived area of some of the UK’s most poverty-stricken towns and cities. The millionaire spends that time getting to know the locals, and joining in on various voluntary activities in order to find some people, groups or charities that need help in some way (usually financial). Once they’ve spent some time with the people they might like to help, they decide how they’d like to help them, and eventually reveal the stark truth to the “victims” before presenting them with a rather large sum of money to help with their cause.

It’s a great idea, and each and every week the people being helped have absolutely no idea that the stranger they’ve just let into their lives is a millionaire on a mission to help them. So it made me think that I might like to do something similar with my life for a while. Should I win tonight’s £100m jackpot, I wouldn’t need to do anything with it. It could simply sit in a high-interest bank account earning me money, while I spend my time helping people less fortunate than myself.

The look of satisfaction on the millionaire’s faces (let alone the people they’ve helped) is quite inspiring, and certainly the best part of the program. The most annoying part, however, is that they never give away any details about how they made their millions in the first place. Of course, I wouldn’t have to worry about that if things pan out how I’d love them to tonight.

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