To use one of my nana's favourite sayings, way back, "when pussy was a kitten", I did a post telling of THE ROALD DAHL BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE which celebrates what would have been the author's birthday. Today sees the day when people all over the country are coming together to hold events and trying to complete the SPECTACULAR ROALD DAHL CHALLENGE - originally a one-off, it is now an annual event and for the first time is happening in America as well.
To refresh your memory - there were 10 challenges altogether and your target was to try and complete as many as your age which means if you are 10 or over you have to try and complete them all. So, how am I doing so far? (If it's in purple, I've completed the challenge.)
1. Wear yellow - Roald's favourite colour.
2. Wear one or more items of clothing backwards. (Though I don't think I'll go out like this).
3. Give someone a treat.
4. Swap a Roald Dahl book with a friend. (I've sort of completed this challenge in that I read two of his books and SWAPPED reviews, if not actual books, with a friend.
5. Talk backwards. (Much more difficult then it sounds, I only kept it up for a short period of time).
6. Tell a silly joke.
7. Play an unexpected prank.
8. Drop 'gobblefunk' convincingly into a conversation. (I'm not too sure how convincing I was but I tried).
9. Write your own revolting rhyme.
10. Make up an Oompa Loompa dance and get your friends to join in. (HMM!! This one could prove rather difficult).
And, just so you know;
"This autumn an animated movie of 'Fantastic Mr Fox' starring George Clooney and Meryl Streep is released. John Cleese has been involved in the early development of Working Title's film of 'The Twits'. A musical of 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory', involving Sam Mendes, is intended for the West End and Broadway, while the Royal Shakespeare Company is working on a production of 'Matilda'.
"Then there is the merchandising and the ROALD DAHL FOUNDATION, which gives millions to charity, and the ROALD DAHL MUSUEM down the road from GYPSY HOUSE (The family home where Dahl dreamt up 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory', 'James And The Giant Peach' and 'The BFG') in Great Massenden, Buckinghamshire. Plus last week the shortlist was announced for the second ROALD DAHL FUNNY PRIZE, which is awarded to authors of humorous books for under 6's and 7 to 14 year-olds."
SOURCE: The Times.