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All the figures show that film-makers and publishers go for the safe option,'' says Peter Hunt, children's literature professor at Cardiff University.


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I've always said to myself that if a little pocket calculator can do it why shouldn't I?
ROALD DAHL
But where, you might ask, is this book that the BFG wrote? It’s right here. You’ve just finished...
ROALD DAHL
We must always remember with gratitude and admiration the first sailors who steered their vessels th...
ROALD AMUNDSEN
So we arrived, and planted our flag at the geographical South Pole. Thanks be to God!
ROALD AMUNDSEN
I'm excited about this year and I'm looking forward to competing on the Nationwide Tour. I'm ready t...
ANDREW DAHL
I won one (championship) as a freshman, and I want to win a couple more before I'm done.
ANDREW DAHL
I told them you have to go out there and forget the score. You have to stop them from scoring and yo...
CHRISTINA DAHL
The atmosphere in here (Friday) was electric. That was my second-favorite game ever.
CRAIG DAHL
He didn't smoke or drink. He had low cholesterol. He worked out and walked a lot -- he didn't really...
ELIZABETH DAHL
Yesterday's fire showed that nobody is immune to fire.
ERIC DAHL
For every day you spend in the hospital, you need two days here.
JAMES DAHL
We are right on the bubble as far as postseason play is concerned.
PAULA DAHL
It means a lot to me to go undefeated. There were a lot of tough wrestlers here (like Riley). I did ...
ANDREW DAHL
When we beat North Dakota here in 2001.
CRAIG DAHL
You're walking around here with a smile on your face, Asher. It's freaking everybody out.
VICTORIA DAHL
I have two of them in the morning. I enjoy it for breakfast. It can be a treat.
ERIC DAHL
I met a man across the street, he's in a wheelchair and he patrols the neighborhood, yeah, and I met...
LORETTA DAHL
Adventure is just bad planning.
ROALD AMUNDSEN
It's going to be a good match. ... The way I look at it, it's just another kid to wrestle. Don't wor...
ANDREW DAHL
It was used and it worked yesterday.
ERIC DAHL
It means a lot to know his memory is as alive for other people as it is for us.
ELIZABETH DAHL
We give them that emotional and physical assurance. We have a strong camaraderie of residents and st...
JAMES DAHL
Jerry said if anyone ever found out how much fun we were having, we'd have to pay an entertainment t...
JULI DAHL
A yard for my little Charlie...he's fit right in, he seems like he loves it.
LORETTA DAHL
When he shot in overtime and got that nice double(-leg), I knew it was going to be over.
ANDREW DAHL
[Infantry boot camp was so effective that Dye organized POW simulation exercises as well.] We made a...
JOHN DAHL
This class is special in the fact that they were completely dedicated to basketball. They're all I'v...
CHRISTINA DAHL
I considered the years in Hollywood nothing but an interim. What I always wanted was to be was a mus...
ARLENE DAHL
It's a story about American combat in a foreign country, ... and it's a heroic story. Right now, not...
JOHN DAHL
Up here it's a little different because you're not so emotionally involved in the game. You're not a...
CRAIG DAHL
They basically backed the truck right out of the building.
ERIC DAHL
We're a skilled nursing rehabilitation facility open to the community. We're staffed by nurses 24 ho...
JAMES DAHL
We've used all kinds of resources to furnish this place.
JULI DAHL
I hadn't ever really planned on owning a house again because I'm on social security.
LORETTA DAHL
It means...it just means so much that I can have a home and be independent...its just great.
LORETTA DAHL
Let's go skiing right now!
ROALD AMUNDSEN
Frank was her one true love, she told me.
ARLENE DAHL
It's about righting a wrong. Somewhere along the line, someone screwed up. The feeling about the POW...
JOHN DAHL
Aw, hell, Tessa. I was in ninth grade. By the time I got to the part where I imagined a girl without...
VICTORIA DAHL
I remember thinking this can't be happening, this can't be happening.
ELIZABETH DAHL
One of the things I love about this program, the kids know this is a safe place to fall. For example...
JULI DAHL
The study showed that head injuries are very common. One in every six injuries in the study was a he...
DR. ROALD BAHR
That means that six out of 10 head injuries could be avoided if everyone wore a helmet. If you're sm...
DR. ROALD BAHR
Wearing a helmet, if you're a skier or snowboarder, reduces your risk of having a head injury by 60 ...
DR. ROALD BAHR
I believe helmet use should be promoted strongly, and ski resorts could make helmets available for f...
DR. ROALD BAHR
Do as the Olympians do. Wear a helmet, even if you're not an elite skier or snowboarder -- especiall...
DR. ROALD BAHR
Do as the Olympians do. Wear a helmet, even if you're not an elite skier or snowboarder _ especially...
DR. ROALD BAHR