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That’s right peeps of the internets! It’s Roald Dahl day today and we’re busy celebrating one of the nations favourite authers in style with some of our fantastic retro Roald Dahl T-Shirts on and diving headfirst into the land of the man himself.
To help celebrate this big day, we’ve decided to pick out some cool Roald Dahl facts that’s hopefully you won’t already know, just to you can learn a little something new. Enjoy!
1) His first job wasselling kerosene in Midsomer Norton, he later went on to work for Shell while living in Kenya.
2) He was a Hurricane fighter pilot during World War II where he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of wing commander.
3) He survived a plane crash! Struggling to find the airstrip, running low on fuel and with night approaching, he was forced to attempt a landing in the desert. The undercarriage hit a boulder and the aircraft crashed, fracturing his skull, smashing his nose and temporarily blinding him. He managed to drag himself away from the blazing wreckage and passed out. Later, he wrote about the crash in his first published work.
4) If not an Author, he’d liked to have been a doctor.
5) Born in Wales by Norwegian parents Harold and Sofie, he was named after one of the most celebrated explorers in Norwegian history, Roald Amundsen.
6) He always wrote in pencil on yellow paper. Yellow was also his favourite colour.
7) Roald Dahl could speak Norwegian, English, and Swahili. Norwegian was the first language he learned to speak.
8 ) Roald Dahl’s first book was published when he was 27 in 1943. It was “The Gremlins”.
9) He was once punished by the headmaster at school after putting a dead mouse in a jar of gobstoppers at the local sweet shop. Naughty!
10) In the 1986, he was offered the Order of the British Empire (OBE), but turned it down, supposedly because he wanted a knighthood so that his wife would be Lady Dahl.
That’s all folk! We hope you had some fun and learned a few extra pub quiz facts. How will you be celebrating this amazing day in honour of an amazing man?
Don’t forget to check out our fab an expanding range of exclusive and official Roald Dahl merchandise including T-Shirts, Vests and more covering all of your favourite works….
So under the Big Top Circus tent amongst a ramble of multi coloured dysfunctional clowns in floppy shoes and ill fitting dungarees, let us be your well trained tricycle riding chimps as we race to find you retro movie magic before we jump the ramp of awesome cinematic magnitude so we can receive a standing ovation of celluloid wonder.
Have a happy retro weekend.
SATURDAY 7th September
Brewster’s Millions (1985) Film4 1:00pm-3:00pm (2 hours)
A baseball player is stunned to learn he has come into a massive inheritance. Unfortunately, there is one condition – he must somehow find a way to spend $30million in just one month, or he will lose the lot. Meanwhile, two scheming lawyers, who stand to get the money if he fails, are determined to sabotage his efforts. Comedy, starring Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee and Jerry Orbach.
The Lost Boys (1987) Sky Movies Sci-fi & Horror 1:45pm-3:35pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Two teenage brothers move with their mother to a coastal town in California, where the eldest falls in with a local biker gang. He soon discovers that his new friends are vampires and he is turning into one himself, forcing his younger brother to team up with a pair of heavily armed comic shop employees to battle the undead and save his soul. Comedy horror, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Dianne Wiest, Corey Feldman and Corey Haim.
Spider-Man 3 (2007) 5* 2:50pm-5:30pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
A sinister alien parasite brings out the web-slinging hero’s darker side, filling him with thoughts of revenge on his uncle’s murderer, the shape-shifting Sandman. Meanwhile, he also has to contend with the challenge of his best friend following in his father’s villainous footsteps – and a jealous rival developing superpowers of his own. Superhero sequel, with Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco.
Lake Placid (1999) E4 9:00pm-10:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A palaeontologist, a game warden, a conspiracy theorist and a redneck sheriff each set out to investigate a mysterious death on the shore of a lake, only to find themselves up against a man-eating 30ft crocodile with an insatiable appetite. Comedy horror, starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson and Betty White.
SUNDAY 8th September
Bugsy Malone (1976) Channel 4 2:25pm-4:15pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Alan Parker’s slapstick musical comedy, featuring a cast composed entirely of children and following a war between rival gangsters in 1920s New York – fought with custard pies and cream-firing Tommy guns. When a slick mobster acquires devastating new weapons, his arch rival enlists the aid of a small-time chancer to steal them. Starring Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger and John Cassisi, with Jodie Foster in an early appearanc.
James and the Giant Peach (1996) Film4 3:05pm-4:40pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
An unhappy orphan living with his cruel aunts discovers a gigantic peach growing in the garden. Venturing inside, he meets six friendly insects and together they embark on a magical journey. Animated and live-action fantasy, based on Roald Dahl’s novel, starring Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes and featuring the voices of Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Film4 6:45pm-9:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Hapless youngster Kevin somehow manages to catch the wrong plane and finds himself heading for New York, while his family jets off to Florida. Having got his hands on his father’s credit card, he is enjoying the good life staying in a luxury hotel – until he bumps into two familiar burglars with an axe to grind. Comedy sequel, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Brenda Fricker and Tim Curry.
Fame (1980) BBC1 London 11:45pm-1:55am (2 hours 10 minutes)
Alan Parker’s musical drama charting the lives of four talented teenage students at New York’s School for the Performing Arts as they try to balance training for a career in showbusiness with a more conventional education. Starring Irene Cara, who also sings the Oscar-winning theme tune, with Lee Curreri, Gene Anthony Ray and Paul McCrane.
BaaBoooom! Bonus movie clip time. This week a little something from my personal favourite 80’s movie the Lost Boys.
Whatever you get up to this weekend remember avoid the shadows and always enjoy yourselves.