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Roald Dahl Day - all you
need to know about the much loved Author
ON 13 September 2020 it is:-
'Roald Dahl Day,' a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our favourite
Dahl stories and characters with fellow fans all over the world. Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach… children and adults
have been delighted by Roald Dahl's books for generations. Here, Dahl fan
and former Primary School Teacher, Laura Steele, of educational resources
experts PlanBee shares her top facts about the much loved Author.
So who was Roald Dahl?
Roald Dahl is 1 of the most famous Authors in the world. His children's books
have been translated into almost 60 different languages, and sold over 250
million copies worldwide. He was born on September 13 1916, in Llandaff, South
Wales. His parents were Norwegian.
Roald joined Llandaff Cathedral School in Wales when he was 7. He was said to
have been a mischievous child. On 1 occasion, he and his friends devised the
'great mouse plot' when they hid a dead mouse in a jar of gobstoppers in order
to give an unpleasant old sweet shop owner a fright. The boys were later found
out and caned by their headmaster while the sweet shop owner watched. (This
story, as well as many other tales from his childhood, is recounted in his
autobiography, 'Boy'.) As a result of the caning, Roald's mother withdrew him
from the Cathedral School and sent him to St Peter's Boarding School, located in
Weston super Mare, England. He was just 9 years old. Roald was very homesick to
begin with, and even pretended to have appendicitis, so that he would be sent
home! When he was 13, Roald became a pupil at Repton School, in Derbyshire,
England. 1 of the rare highlights of being a pupil there was when the boys were
asked to sample and rate new chocolate bars for Cadbury! Overall, however, he
did not enjoy his School days, calling them 'days of horror' that were filled
with:- 'rules, rules and still more rules that had to be obeyed.'
When, aged 17, he was asked by his Mother if he wanted to go to University, his
reply was:- "No, thank you. I want to go straight from School to work for
a company that will send me to faraway wonderful places like Africa or China."
Did you know?
adventures... Roald's 1st job with an oil company sent him to work 1st in Kenya,
and then Tanzania. In Tanzania, Roald saw many wild and dangerous animals,
including:- lions, rhinos and hyenas, but it was the snakes he feared the most.
Roald joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in Kenya, at the outbreak of World War 2,
and became a fighter pilot. Unfortunately, he crash landed in the Western Desert
of North Africa and was badly injured.
After being discharged from the RAF, Roald became a British Intelligence Officer
(a spy!), passing on important information to the Government. He worked
alongside another spy, Ian Fleming, who later became famous for his James Bond
Author... Roald Dahl's 1st novel for children called:- 'James and the
Giant Peach' that was published in 1961. In total, he wrote 20
children's books; 17 fiction books and 3 poetry books.
Do not disturb!
Roald had a small hut at the bottom of his garden where he would go to write. It
contained a battered old armchair and a table of strange mementos, including a
silver ball made from old chocolate wrappers, and a piece of his own hip bone
that was removed during an operation!
10 Fun Facts about Roald Dahl...
10. Roald's parents named him after the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, who
was the first man to reach the South Pole, in 1911.
9. In Norwegian, Roald's name is pronounced:- 'Rooo-al,' with a
8. When he was a child, he had two pet mice called Marmaduke and Montague.
7. As an adult, Roald was 2 metres tall.
6. He could speak 3 languages, English, Norwegian and Swahili, the official
language of Kenya and Tanzania.
5. Roald's first ever piece of published writing was an account of his plane
crash during the 2nd World War.
4. Roald invented over 250 new words (there is even a special Oxford Roald Dahl
3. According to his Teachers at School, Roald was never very good at writing.
4. 12 September 2020 would have been his 104th birthday.
1. Roald wrote for four hours every day. He did not want his children disturbing
him while he was in his writing hut, so he told them wolves lived there!
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Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:-
3,330 cases and the
total number now stand at:-
368,504, that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in
the 4 National totals.
The number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be:-
5 according to the
Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people
who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public
Health or NHS laboratory is:-
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
884. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:-
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
In England, there are a total of:-
318,121 confirmed cases.
North West - total of:-
60,543 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
3,442 confirmed cases.
St. Helens, 1,471
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
Blackburn with Darwen,
Bury, 1,826 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,525 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester,
Lancashire, 9,242 confirmed cases.
Manchester, 4,983 confirmed cases.
Oldham, 3,281 confirmed cases.
Preston, 1,644 confirmed cases.
Rochdale, 2,544 confirmed cases.
Salford, 2,174 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 2,163 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 2,274 confirmed cases.
Trafford, 1,851 confirmed cases.
Warrington, 1,684 confirmed cases.
Wigan, 2,534 confirmed cases.
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