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Let’s catch some dreams: The BFG DREAM JAR TRAIL

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Hello, this is Diddly. I thought since the world has gone cray cray, I should make my writing debut by sharing something beautiful. Let’s catch some dreams or even better let’s make some dreams reality…not necessarily our dreams but children’s dreams around the world.

This summer, the streets of London are transformed with magical giant Dream Jars to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday – the world’s number one storyteller and The BFG  movie which is in cinemas in the UK and Ireland now.

(run to watch it, if not already regardless your age)

The talents of two of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Roald Dahl’s beloved classic The BFG  to life. Directed by Spielberg, The BFG tells the extraordinary tale of a young girl named Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant County. Together they embark on a marvellous and buckswashling adventure filled with snozzcumbers, dream jars, frobscottle and even the Queen! The mismatched pair forms an unlikely friendship that will inspire enormous bravery in the BFG and give Sophie a taste of the family she dreams of.

This new public art installation called The BFG Dream Jar Trail which has been jointly organised by Save the Children, the Roald Dahl Literary Estate, Entertainment One and and supported by Unilever, are currently being on display in London and other parts of the UK  until the 31st of August. (If I weren’t so shy I would even blow you a kiss ya all *blushes)

The unique trail has seen the childhood dreams and aspirations of 50 celebrated famous people (Steven Spielberg, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Professor Stephen Hawking, Dominic West, Maisie Williams, Mr. Buzz Aldrin, Dame Helen Mirren &  The Delevingne sisters amongst others) transformed into sculptures by talented artists. The whimsical sculptures have been placed in giant Dream Jars up to six feet tall to form an art trail in London and across the UK for everyone to see for free this summer.

(you may have already stumbled upon a jar of dreams! Lucky ya)

I have a video for y’ all sweet human beans and make sure to plan your visit so you don’t miss out on this “absolutely squiffling” experience this summer!

Rumour has it that the GIANT jars belong to The BFG himself who mislaid them during his night time wanderings delivering dreams to the children of the world. Follow The BFG Dream Jar Trail to help the friendly giant find his missing jars – you can find them  in some gloriumptious locations around the UK. Most are in London in iconic spots such as Tower BridgeTrafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Leicester Square and Buckingham Palace but you’ll also discover some in BirminghamCardiffGlasgow and Cheshire.

THE REASON WHY THIS IS SO Whoopsy wiffling!!!

The trail helps raise money for Save the Children to support their vital work in some of the toughest places in the world so that every child has the chance to make their dreams come true. It will also benefit a specialist nursing programme supported by Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. The jars are being auctioned in collaboration with Paddle8 to raise money for both causes.

And everybody wins so *high five* dreamers!!

“My dream is to be in my swimming costume underwater, when suddenly out of the blue comes a GIGANTIC SPERM WHALE. He swims right up to me and we are nose to nose. He’s huge and I’m very, very tiny, but we swim along together under the ocean waves.”

A Whale’s Tale, Maisie Williams


“I had a childhood dream of having all of the sweets in the whole world. All kids naturally dream big, no matter what you dream of you should relish that dream.” 

Sweet Dreams, Steven Spielberg


Share your pictures using the hashtag #BFGDreamJars 

and let us Whizzpop!!!!


Guest Blog Post: Why Do We Mock Fanfiction?

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I feel like fanfic (short for fanfiction) gets a bad rap.  I think it’s probably because people assume it’s all shameless smut full of Mary Sues (when an author writes themselves into the story, usually as a troubled but bad-ass heroine, or the love interest of their favourite character).  And sure, there is some terrible stuff out there, but there’s also a lot of amazing work written by talented writers.


For me, fanfiction, or any fanworks, make up a valuable part of their fandom.  They’re about picking up where the original left off, exploring alternate realities and delving deeper into the characters’ lives.  I think it’s wonderful that fanfiction brings together talented, creative people, who are so inspired by the world created by their favourite film, book or TV show, that they simply want to live in it a while longer.

Some of the most beautifully written stories I’ve ever read have been fanfiction, and it’s no surprise to me that publishers trawled through fanfic to find their next superstar author (though I’m personally not a fan of 50 Shades of Grey, I think E.L. James’ discovery and subsequent rise to fame is pretty incredible).

Fanfiction may well lead you to some weird places.  For example, and no judgement at all here, but I personally don’t get the whole wolf pack A/B/O dynamics thing.  However I know what I like and what I don’t, and sites like AO3 have a pretty good system of warnings and tags, so you usually know what you’re in for.  Also, I recently stumbled upon Chuckle Brothers fanfiction (I bet my husband that it would exist somewhere, and quickly wished I’d been wrong.  Read in all its bizarre glory here).  I know, I’m as confused as you are.


Sites like AO3 and foster a wonderfully creative and (for the most part) supportive environment, where people can share ideas, theories, and character analysis.  As soon as I finish a show I love, I check out fanfic, often to see other people’s take on a particular scene/character, or what they think might come next.  If fills in gaps, gives a unique insight into other people’s interpretations, and sometimes challenges my own.

The power of fanfiction

I love to write fic as well, get myself completely lost in the world, and truly become friends with the characters.  I think what most writers love about it is there are no limits or restrictions, which can take you down some bizarre paths, but can also be wonderfully freeing.  The creator of the original work has established the universe and its parameters, but you’re free to bend them however you like.  You can bring in characters from other universes, change gender and sexuality, and explore alternate realities.

I’ve been reading and writing fanfic since I was a teenager, and it’s always disappointed me that it’s seen by many as nerdy or lame.  It’s exposed me to some truly gifted writers, made me laugh and cry, and meant I could keep enjoying my favourite books/films long after they ended.

Fandom in general gets a bad name, and is perceived by many as screaming girls obsessing over their favourite celebrities.  But for me, it’s so much more than that.  It’s wonderful to get lost in something, over-analyse it, and let your imagination run wild.  And really, isn’t that what entertainment’s all about?

There’s a lot of different fic out there.  Personally, I prefer fics that stick to canon.  For me, that’s when the best stories are born, the ones that truly delve into a character’s mind and explore their motivations and relationships with others.  But again, each to their own.  And that’s truly the joy of fanfiction.  There’s something for everyone.


About the author

Melissa is a lifestyle blogger based in sunny Bournemouth, UK.  Geek Magnifique covers everything from wedding planning, TV and movie reviews, to mental health.  When she’s not blogging, Melissa can usually be found destroying her husband at Mario Kart or trying to cuddle other people’s cats.  If your camembert has gone missing she’s probably your prime suspect. Come say hi on Twitter for a good chat or kindly stalk her on Instagram.


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