Archive for 03/27/2012

Angela Pownall –

Ruthless, murderous and cruel yet charismatic and passionate, Black Jack Anderson ruled the islands and waters off WA’s Recherche Archipelago in the early 1800s.

He is Australia’s only known pirate, yet the story of his life and crimes is little known outside of Esperance, the south coast town closest to Anderson’s hunting ground.

WA archaeologists, who went to Middle Island – the biggest island in the archipelago – during a recent expedition to the remote area, surveyed what is believed to have been Anderson’s cave in a bay on the south side of the island.

Facing open ocean that stretches to Antarctica, “Black Jack’s bay” can only be accessed in good weather, conditions that are not common in the wild Southern Ocean.

The limestone cave, which leads to chambers and tunnels that go deep into the ridge, is the perfect place for a pirate to hide his loot, as local legend has it.

Anderson was an American who came to Australia as his countrymen and Europeans hunted for seals and whales in the bountiful Southern Ocean.

He roamed the waters around Middle Island, robbing passing boats and ships.

Anderson was reported to have killed local Aboriginal people and kidnapped women to live with, and serve, him and his followers.

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From Daily Record –

The sequined celebs of Strictly Come Dancing may finally have found themselves out of their depth.

For the bosses of the hit BBC show have made them perform underwater.

Actress Chelsee Healey and last year’s winner Harry Judd can be seen taking their partners for a turn in the deep end of a pool.

They slipped on scuba gear and goggles – along with the usual sequins – for a Sport Relief stunt.

And the dance pool was even fitted with a staircase and glitter balls.

Judd teamed up with Aliona Vilani again while Healey was back with Pasha Kovalev.

They performed their moves to Take That’s The Flood and Bobby Darin’s Beyond the Sea.

Healey said: “I wouldn’t say I’m a strong swimmer and I’m not that keen on water. I like to bath in it but that’s as far as it goes.”

And Judd admitted: “When I first heard about Strictly Underwater, I thought ‘How is that going to work ?’.

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