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Happy Roald Dahl Day!

September 13th, 2006 at 8:16 pm by Gerard

From the AP :

Britain celebrated its first Roald Dahl Day on Wednesday to mark the 90th birthday of the much-loved author of children’s classics “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Matilda” and “James and the Giant Peach.”

Children and parents across Britain participated with parties and book-readings this week to celebrate the writer, who died in 1990.

A special train ferried fans from London to Great Missenden, 35 miles west of the city, where Dahl lived for more than 30 years.

Guides from the Roald Dahl Museum conducted tours of the town, stopping to read passages from stories and pointed out landmarks that inspired scenes from Dahl’s books, including the library where Matilda reads and Sophie’s orphanage from the “BFG,” the Big Friendly Giant.

Dahl is survived by sons Jeff and Bobby.

In a completely unrelated story, U.S. authorites have cancelled “Ann Marlowe Day” and are investigating links to the author’s works and outbreaks of projectile vomiting.

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2 Responses to “Happy Roald Dahl Day!”

  1. Mike Says:

    Amazing that Roald Dahl made such a contribution to the world of literature and spawned two (count them) legends of Rock.

  2. Ruairi Says:

    It was always a point of pride for me to have the same birthday as Roald Dahl when I was younger. Man, I was a geek.