Sunday, May 21, 2006


The Fantastic Mr Dahl (Roald) ABC 2 pm
Flake (Cadbury)

When he was 9, Roald Dahl was sent to St Peter's Preparatory school, a private school in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, which he attended from 1923 to 1929. From 13 he was educated at Repton School in Derbyshire, where he was a fag (personal servant) for a prefect, became captain of the school Fives team and developed an interest in photography. During his years at Repton, Cadbury, a chocolate company, would occasionally send boxes of new chocolates to the school to be tested by the pupils. Dahl himself apparently used to dream of inventing a new chocolate bar that would win the praise of Mr Cadbury himself, and this proved the inspiration for him to write his second book for children, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I didn't realise Roald was absolutely fascinated with chocolate and new so much about Cadbury's chocolate and chocolate. His passion was for the Flake.

I absolutely loved Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I read it non stop on a flight between Perth and Sydney. I had just seen Johnny Depp in a new version of the film and I wanted to see how much the producers had unfortunately changed his original book.

I love the fact that Mr Dahl writes about the good, the bad and the ugly in children and not some romanticised version which seems so common these days.