Today is Roald Dahl Day

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bernjb56, Sep 13, 2019 at 6:59 AM.

  1. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Moderator

    Roald Dahl has a truly amazing history, and it all started in 1916 in Cardiff, Wale, where he was born to Norwegian parents Sofie Magdalene Dahl and Harald Dahl. He lost both his sister and his father at the age of three, but his mother chose to remain in Wales to honour his father wishes that he be educated in British schools.

    From there he continued to Repton School in Derbyshire, where one of his most important works would be conceived. Cadbury regularly sent chocolate bars to the school to be tested by the students, which led to Roald having dreams of creating a chocolate bar so delicious that Mr. Cadbury would praise it. This was the origins of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    He went on to be a Fighter Ace during WWII, and had a long and distinguished career in which he fought in some of the most significant air battles of the war. Ultimately he started experiencing severe headaches that prevented him from flying, and spent the rest of his career working as a diplomat, writer, and intelligence officer.

    It was during this time that he wrote The Gremlins his first children’s book, and it was written for Walt Disney Productions to promote a full-length film that remained unmade. From there on out he continued writing prolifically, creating some of the most popular stories in history.

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  2. Aah yes, Danny the Champion of the World. Teaching kids how to poach using sleeping pills :D
     
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  3. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Moderator

    Little Red Riding Hood was one of my son’s favorites:

    The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
    She whips a pistol from her knickers.
    She aims it at the creature's head
    And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
     
  4. Is it a peach of a day ?
     
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  5. Merlin Cat

    Merlin Cat Moderator

    I heart Roald Dahl
     
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  6. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Mod

    I like dhal :food:
    And the lake in Kashmir named after him is pretty special too.
     
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  7. Brilliant story teller. Have loved reading his books to my two. He's anarchic, doesn't like bullies, has a healthy disdain for authority :thumbsup:
     
  8. Was he related to Roald McDoald?
     
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