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    Senior Member Country: Scotland julian_craster's Avatar
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    The barefaced cheek of Roald Dahl's family.....

    Do it yourself: outcry over Roald Dahl�s shed
    The family of Roald Dahl have provoked an angry backlash after launching a �500,000 campaign to save his garden shed.



    Daily Telegraph:
    Do it yourself: outcry over Roald Dahl’s shed - Telegraph


    <<The appeal was aired on the annual Roald Dahl Day but immediately backfired. The BBC was deluged with complaints from listeners who asked why the cost could not be met by the family and the proceeds of the author�s estate, which receives millions each year from book and film royalties.

    Many listeners asked why Miss Dahl, a successful model, writer and BBC cookery presenter, could not fund the project herself. She is a millionairess in her own right and is married to Jamie Cullum, the jazz musician with an estimated personal fortune of �5 million...>>

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    Senior Member Country: Europe Heinrich's Avatar
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    A lot of very rich people are tightwads.

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    Senior Member Country: Ireland Edward G's Avatar
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    Someone should write a book about all this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward G View Post
    Someone should write a book about all this
    He already did. The Twits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinrich View Post
    A lot of very rich people are tightwads.
    True, that's why they stay rich!

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    Senior Member Country: UK golightly's Avatar
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    The half a million price tag sounds a bit suspicious, I think it must be the firm run by a Mr H Enfield, I saw you coming Ltd.

    Last edited by golightly; 15-09-11 at 03:50 PM.

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    Senior Member Country: England jaycad's Avatar
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    Why can't it just be repaired and stay where it is? The high costs seem to be for the 'taking apart piece by piece' and relocation process-I think that the Dahls have sinister plans for a hot tub in its place!

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    To be fair, if the museum want it, and it will be there for the public to see ( although it seems to me to be more of a piece of art than a piece of heritage), then the public who want to see it can decide whether they want to donate or not. However, if the Dahls want rid, they should pay the costs until it arrives safely at the museum.

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    Miss Dahl (why is she called Dahl anyway when she was born Sophie Holloway?) should put her own hand in her pocket. The family must be rolling in money.

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    Senior Member Country: England faginsgirl's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by didi-5 View Post
    Miss Dahl (why is she called Dahl anyway when she was born Sophie Holloway?) should put her own hand in her pocket. The family must be rolling in money.
    Because she would be a nobody if she was a Holloway

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    Quote Originally Posted by didi-5 View Post
    Miss Dahl (why is she called Dahl anyway when she was born Sophie Holloway?) should put her own hand in her pocket. The family must be rolling in money.
    I thought her parents weren't married? I don't think she had much to do with her father while she was growing up

    Quote Originally Posted by faginsgirl View Post
    Because she would be a nobody if she was a Holloway
    I know which my favourite of her grandfathers is!

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    Whoever has quoted 500k for shed moval needs a visit by both Dom Littlewood and Matt Alwright

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    i think this is another occasion where the press have managed to twist around a story to suit themselves .
    another side of it was featured on the one show where that super slueth chris evans and the welsh girl alex jones revealed a bit more about the story and it was a mundane but a very expensive bit of saving national heritage
    the dahl family have already met quite a cost of it

    i think the vast amount of the money needed to rehome the artefacts is not in employing pickfords but is in fact buying another property or an amount of land to re home it

    its another case of sun or daily mail hacks twisting facts around or even not mentioning facts to start with .

    for example

    super rich dahl family need 500 k to move a shed a few hundred yards etc

    there is even a grain of truth in that bizarre though it seems
    Last edited by captainhaddock; 17-09-11 at 10:45 PM.

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    Senior Member Country: England jaycad's Avatar
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    Or maybe the Dahl family feel responsible for its importance yet want neither the cost of repair to fall solely on themselves or the public to have the right to encroach on their privacy?

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    Did he sit in that thing when he did the Tales of the Unexpected intros? If so burn it down!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by captainhaddock View Post
    i think this is another occasion where the press have managed to twist around a story to suit themselves .
    another side of it was featured on the one show where that super slueth chris evans and the welsh girl alex jones revealed a bit more about the story and it was a mundane but a very expensive bit of saving national heritage
    the dahl family have already met quite a cost of it

    i think the vast amount of the money needed to rehome the artefacts is not in employing pickfords but is in fact buying another property or an amount of land to re home it

    its another case of sun or daily mail hacks twisting facts around or even not mentioning facts to start with .

    for example

    super rich dahl family need 500 k to move a shed a few hundred yards etc

    there is even a grain of truth in that bizarre though it seems

    Not sure what the Sun or Daily Mail have to do with the issue - Sophie Dahl actually rattled her begging bowl on the Today programme and the response was such that a woman from the Dahl Museum stepped forward with some (rather inept, IMO) damage limitation, claiming that the requests were directed towards trusts, not the public. BTW, the �500,000 isn't for moving the shed, just the contents

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    Senior Member Country: England jaycad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy_Lea View Post
    Did he sit in that thing when he did the Tales of the Unexpected intros? If so burn it down!!!!
    That was his naughty chair-see how the series suffered when it didn't feature?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy_Lea View Post
    Did he sit in that thing when he did the Tales of the Unexpected intros? If so burn it down!!!!
    His intros were brilliant!

    MInd you, I did often think it would burn down anyway, with him in it, as it was always so close to the fire!

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    its actually where he got that nudie woman to dance while the into music was playing so save it i say.

    who was that woman ? did she also do the shake n vac ads ?

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    "This figure does not simply relate to the relocation. Once installed in the Museum, a major new interactive exhibit will set the hut in context for school groups and all our visitors"

    Save the Hut

    I wonder what the movement of the materials actually costs. What we need is a set dresser to comment no the price tag.

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