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Pirate Flashmob

By Louise Curtis - 23 July 2009 22

Canberra author Louise Curtis is creating a twitter “novel”, and launching it with a pirate flashmob at Lyneham shops on Saturday 1 August from 2:00pm. This is a free family event.

Normal-looking crowds will gather outside Tilleys and the second-hand bookshop, then at 2:00pm pirate hats, beards, eyepatches, fake rum and scars will spontaneously appear – along with pirate talk, free lollies, and free short-short stories. At 2:30pm all the pirates will spontaneously vanish, leaving an ordinary group of people and their suspiciously-bulging bags.

Information on the flashmob and Louise Curtis’s twitter tale can be found online at or call Louise on 0402 548 978.

[ED – When zeitgeists collide]

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bubzie 8:30 pm 23 Jul 09

Holden Caulfield said :

Isn’t talk like a Pirate Day at the end of August (or sometime thereafter)?

yarr, it be september 19th 🙂

Louise Curtis 7:48 pm 23 Jul 09

A flashmob is a group of ordinary-looking people who (prepared in advance) suddenly act oddly all at once in a public place (mystifying all around them). Very shortly afterwards – often only a few minutes later – they stop doing whatever it is and look and act completely normal again.

This flashmob is unusual because it’s openly publicised (usually flashmobs are advertised via social networks, so the effect is more unexpected), and is advertising an upcoming twitter story. Purists – as you can see above – object to the flashmob having a purpose other than to confuse/amuse.

To follow the tale/flashmob developments (the story begins August 1, hence the flashmob that day), join twitter via

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