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Roald Dahl’s Biography

This is the task Pilar Pando has given us on the author Roald Dahl.

He was born on September 13 of 1916 in Llandaff, South Wales. When he was four years old his father died. He recieved a great education as his father wished and his mother offered him to pay for his tution in Oxford, but he didn’t accept it. He just went away, as far as possible and spent 7 years in Tanzania working for Shell Oil Company. Then in 1939 he joined the Royal Air Force.

He got married twice, with Patricia Neal, with the one who he had 5 children. One of his children, Neal, who died from several  brain hemorrhages. After he got divorced he married Felicity Ann Crosland and stayed with her unti his death.

While in Washington, D.C., Dahl met with author C.S. Forrester, who encouraged him to start writing. His most popular adult story is »Someone Like You». Then he started writing children stories, which were inspired on the stories that he told to his children when they went to bed. This was his key, as he realised what kids want and like.

The two most famous stories he wrote are Charlie and the chocolate factory and  Matilda. These stories were turned to pretty famous movies.

He died from an unspecified infection in November 23, 1990, at the age of 74, after a long life writing books and stories, that have get to thounsands and thousands of people.

Here there’s a quiz on Roald Dahl’s life we’ve made.

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Today at History class after watching a video about a man giving a TED talk about writting our story and changing history , Lenny gave us this task . So, I’ve chosen Shakira.

Shakira, is better known for her incredible voice but she is actually an example to follow. She uses her fame to spread a message of unity and helping others no matter their appeareance.

She founded »Pies Descalzos Foundation», which is a Colombian charity that provides special schools for children all around that country .Pies Descalzos could reach an agreement with the FC Barcelona foundation to include sports in education. Many people donated money to the foundation, which has made possible the contruction of seven schools through the past 12 years.

These schools were built in the poorest places, where there was no potable water or even electricity. Where children couldn’t have access to education, but after this project they could go to the university. These institutions, in the actuality, are located in Barranquilla, Cartagena and Quibdo.

»More than 10.000 children and 67.000  youths and adults benefited from our programs.» – Says in Pies Descalzos web page.

Shakira has travelled through many parts of the world helping children, and one of her most known trip was to Africa where she helped many kids with their education and nutrition.  She is always transmiting that peace message.