The BFG stars in the World’s Largest Dot-to-Dot

BFG Dot-to-DotHow cool! The folks at Puzzler in the UK have created the world’s largest dot-to-dot puzzle and projected it onto a beautiful mansion in Surrey. And guess what? It’s a picture of the BFG! You’ll see from the video below that the end result is brilliant.

If you want to try the BFG puzzle yourself, it’s going to be available in the September issue of Creative Dot-to-Dot magazine.

Thanks Alison for sharing this unique project with us!

BFG’s real life inspiration was Roald Dahl’s friend and snooker partner | Daily Mail Online

Walter Saunders, a 6ft 5in local builder, spoke with a thick rural accent, had a bulbous nose and sported a long, wrinkly face which beamed with warmth – characteristics which Dahl used to create the BFG.

The Daily Mail Online has a lovely article today about Wally Saunders, Roald Dahl’s friend and inspiration for The BFG. I was actually lucky enough to meet Wally myself in 2000 when I visited Gipsy House. He was a charming old fellow, but it did amuse me that I towered over the BFG!

Me and Wally

BFG Corn Maze (Cambridgeshire, UK)

How cool is this? A Cambridgeshire farmer in the UK has planted a giant BFG corn maze. The BFG himself stands over 150 metres tall – that’s 500 feet! The maze will be open from July 16th until September 4th. You can find more details on the website: http://www.skylark-events.co.uk/.

Review: Rotsome at Koi Dessert Bar, Chippendale, Australia

Reynold PoernomoLast week I found out that there was going to be a special BFG-inspired foodie event today at Sydney’s Koi Dessert Bar, only a few blocks from my house! Chef Reynold Poernomo would be doing a “rotsome” three-course meal and turning his restaurant into Giant Country. On a whim, I sent them an email asking if it would be possible to stop in to take some photographs. To my surprise they invited me to the special VIP lunch. How could I refuse?

I walked over this morning and was greeted by some enormous letters and a crowd starting to form.

Koi Dessert Bar - Rotsome

There were dream jars hanging from the tree.

Koi Dessert Bar - Dream Jars

A nice young man offered to take my photo, which I promptly Instagrammed. (The hashtag was #rotsomebfg if you want to see what everyone posted.)

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I was one of the first people to turn up. I was ushered inside and upstairs into the restaurant, which was decked out specially for the occasion.

Koi Dessert Bar - Rotsome

Koi Dessert Bar - Rotsome

Koi Dessert Bar - Rotsome

Koi Dessert Bar - Dream Jars

The decor was very lush and green, which I don’t necessarily associate with the book of The BFG. But it does tie in with the movie’s version of Giant Country, and especially with Dream Country. They also had some ladders and shelves and a giant cog, which reminded me of Spielberg’s vision of the BFG’s cave.

A couple members of staff were dressed as ringmasters, and they greeted me in effusive Gobblefunk: “DOES YOU HAVE ANY CHIDLERS WITH YOU, HUMAN BEAN?” I said I did not, thus I was seated at a small two-person table off to the side. There were two different three-course menus available at each table, depending on where you sat.

Menu #1 was SWIGPILL (Squid ink pasta with pea puree, jamon & tendrils), PHIZZWIZARD (Exploding, nitro cucumber palette cleanser with mint dust), and ZOZIMUS (Chocolate sphere on a nest of crispy celeriac with surprise yolk of mango, passionfruit, and sago).

Koi Dessert Bar - Rotsome Menu #1

Menu #2 was SWATCHSCALLOP (Tender beef ribs with charred pumpkin puree & mushrooms), PHIZZWIZARD (same as menu #1), and THE SNOZZCUMBER (Pistachio mousse with caramel gel centre, lime yoghurt, matcha moss, pistachio sponge & green apple sorbet).

Koi Dessert Bar - Rotsome Menu #2

A waiter poured me a glass of water and asked if I’d like to try some frobscottle. Of course I would! I had no idea what to expect.

That was amazing. It was a sort of lime cordial made with sparkling water and little fruity bits, and they chilled it with dry ice. The bubbles didn’t go down, sadly, but the fruity bits did! It was a lovely effect and the kids nearby were amazed. To me it tasted of bubble gum and lime and maybe even some vanilla, and I drank two glasses of it!

Koi Dessert Bar - Frobscottle

Koi Dessert Bar - Frobscottle

I really liked the mirrors on the ceiling. It reminded me of the pond from Dream Country. Were we on the real side, or the dream side?

Koi Dessert Bar - Mirror

My first course arrived swiftly. I had the SWATCHSCALLOP – the beef ribs. They were incredibly tender and juicy, with a nice char on the outside. It was a pretty big portion too! I devoured it. It wasn’t the most kid-friendly meal though, and I noticed the little girl at the next table didn’t finish hers. I wonder how many parents ended up finishing it for their kids?

Koi Dessert Bar - Swatchscallop

The second course was the Phizzwizard – the “exploding nitro cucumber palate cleanser”. It reminded me of Heston Blumenthal’s Nitro Poached Cocktails. I wasn’t sure what would happen when I broke through the crust…

Koi Dessert Bar - Phizzwizard

No explosions, sadly. But it was tasty! Very light and refreshing.

Koi Dessert Bar - Phizzwizard

And then it was time for dessert! The sun was in my eyes, so I switched sides of my table. I hadn’t realised that the waitress would think I was indicating a dessert preference, so I ended up with the ZOZIMUS.

Koi Dessert Bar - Zozimus

Isn’t it pretty? For some reason I got it into my head that I needed to smash the sphere open, despite it obviously being two separate halves. The top was quite thick though, so in the end I succeeded in smashing the bottom!

Koi Dessert Bar - Zozimus

It was wonderful. The yolks burst into mango and passionfruit puree, which I happily scooped up with my white chocolate shards. How inventive! To be honest, Chef Reynold was reminding me more of Willy Wonka than the BFG.

And then the man himself came out to address the very happy crowd of diners. We gave him and his staff a big round of applause.

Chef Reynold

I took a quick selfie with one of the ringmasters, who so impressed me with her fluent grasp of Gobblefunk.

Koi Dessert Bar - Rotsome Ringmaster

As I was leaving, there was a few more surprises. I was invited to take the menus home, each of which has a BFG movie poster on the back! And as I descended the stairs, I was given a tiny dream jar filled with jelly beans. I clutched it happily as I skipped out into the sunshine.

Koi Dessert Bar - Whizzpopping strictly allowed!

Thank you so much to the wonderful folks at Koi Dessert Bar, Disney Australia, and Mango for inviting me along today. It was such a novel way to celebrate the movie, and Chef Reynold and his staff exceeded all my expectations. Well done!

Photos: Local artist makes impressive balloon sculptures

Balloon artist Dustin Queary takes a photo of Sam Wood, 7 of Harrisburg, with the “BFG” balloon sculpture Queary created Friday, July 1, 2016, at Regal Cinema 13 in West Manchester Township. Balloon artist Dustin Queary used about 700 balloons to create a balloon sculpture of Roald Dahl’s eponymous Big Friendly Giant, in anticipation of the movie premiere on July 1.

Pretty neat, eh?

Source: Photos: Local artist makes impressive balloon sculptures

Roald Dahl classic BFG is translated into Scots for festival

Roald Dahl classic BFG is translated into Scots for festival | News | The National

What a neat idea! The new version is called “The Guid Freendly Giant,” and he eats “feechcumbers” instead of snozzcumbers…

‘BFG’ to ‘Matilda’: How Roald Dahl Books Became Big Movies | Variety

From “The BFG” to “Matilda” to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” here’s how five Roald Dahl books became movies.

Reynold Poernomo opens BFG-inspired pop-up at Koi Dessert Bar

Wow – just discovered that a BFG-inspired pop-up dessert bar will be open this Monday, July 1, near where I live in Sydney, Australia. I’ll try to get over there to check it out!

How Steven Spielberg is reinventing Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’ for the big screen

Thanks to Rafer Guzmán for mentioning the site in this Newsday article: “How Steven Spielberg is reinventing Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’ for the big screen“. I had a long chat to Rafer last weekend about Dahl’s books and movie adaptations, as well as all the activities happening this year for the hundredth anniversary of his birth.

Quentin Blake’s unpublished illustrations of The BFG

The Guardian has a lovely collection online of some of Quentin Blake’s unpublished illustrations of The BFG. These are currently on display at the BFG in Pictures exhibition at London’s House of Illustration. What do you think of them? I’m really glad that they didn’t go with this younger, boot-and-apron-clad version of our favourite Giant!

Unpublished BFG illustration by Quentin Blake