Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Birthday, Roald

dahl and dogs
Born today in 1916, one of the great children's authors ever

I had a little nut-tree,
Nothing would it bear.
I searched in all its branches,
But not a nut was there.

'Oh, little tree,' I begged,
'Give me just a few.'
The little tree looked down at me
And whispered, 'Nuts to you.'

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At 10:20 AM, September 13, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

"UK campaign seeks to save Roald Dahl writing hut":


LONDON (AP) -- The family of Roald Dahl is trying to raise the funds to preserve a hut in which the late writer wrote tales of big friendly giants, fantastic foxes and magical chocolate factories

The family hopes to raise 500,000 pounds ($790,000) to stop the 50-year-old brick and polystyrene shed - preserved as it was when Dahl died in 1990 - from falling apart.

Relatives plan to move the interior of the structure from the backyard of Dahl's former house in the village of Great Missenden, northwest of London, to the nearby Roald Dahl Museum.

Dahl called the shed, where he worked daily, "my little nest." Its contents include his chair, writing board and notepads, along with an eclectic array of objects including the writer's own hip bone.

Visitors can currently see its exterior in the garden of the house, where Dahl's widow Felicity still lives, but the interior is off-limits.

Dahl's granddaughter, model and writer Sophie Dahl, said the family wanted to share the writer's "palpable magic and limitless imagination" with visitors.

"It's an icon," she told the BBC. "In this humble place, magic was created."

But some people have balked at spending so much money on a shed and suggested royalties from Dahl's best-selling books could cover the cost...


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