The BFG Dream Jar Trail
Today's walk was another stroll around London tracking down the BFG's mislaid Dream Jars. The jars were made by arts and design specialists 3D Eye and based on the dream stories from the likes of Graham Norton, HRH The Countess of Wessex, Steven Spielberg, and Buzz Aldrin. The trail is celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th birthday and the release of The BFG movie. The jars will be on display until August 31st 2016 and will then be auctioned off to raise money for Save the Children and Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.
Roald Dahl was born on September 13th 1916 in Llandaff, Wales and was a novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His first published work was in 1942 and he has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century". His works for children include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach and Matilda. He died on November 23rd 1990, at the age of 74 and is buried at St. Peter and St. Paul's Church is Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. He was apparently buried with his snooker cues, burgundy wine, chocolates, HB pencils and a power saw!
The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) was released in 1982, illustrated by Quentin Blake, and was an expansion of a short story taken from Dahl's 1975 book Danny, the Champion of the World. It has been adapted as a theatre performance and as an animated TV adaptation was released in 1989 with David Jason providing the voice of the giant and Amanda Root as the voice of Sophie. The new Steven Spielberg directed live-action film stars Mark Rylance as the BFG and Ruby Barnhill as Sophie.
Distance: around 12 miles walking, plus public transport for some of the further afield jars.