ISS. 42010. 10VOL. 1
Gregory and theChocolate Factory
Taipei Cinema Talk
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Gregory and the Chocolate Factory
In elementary school I read
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahlfor a reading assignment. I had foundmemories of the book and I alwayswonder what it would be like to visitchocolate factory and see river of milk chocolate. So it was with great delightthat I jumped at an opportunity toindulge in the pleasantries of life andvisit
The World Chocolate Wonderland
exhibit on display at The NationalTaiwan Science Education Center thispast weekend. The exhibit showcasedall things chocolate in a playful andunique way. Located on the 7
floor,the display begins with a few wonderfulchocolate molds of dinosaurs andDisney characters which then blendsseamlessly into the internationaldisplays. Only a few countries arerepresented, including my personalfavorite (Belgian chocolates), but, sinceOctober 31
marks the festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-an) or as we know it today,Hallowe’en. Hallowe’en is a modern incarnation of the Samhain festival which originatedamongst Celtic peoples of Great Britain and Ireland many centuries ago. They believed that duringthe seasonal transition from the ‘lighter’ to the ‘darker’ part of the year that good and evil spiritscould interact with the living. The term Hallowe’en comes from ‘all hallows-even (evening)’which corresponds to the day before (Oct. 31
) All Saints Day in Christianity. The moderntradition of wearing a scary costume and carving Jack-O’-lantern (original turnips) comes from theold traditions to scare away evil spirits. Recommended movies for Hallowe’en include:Paranormal Activity (2007), Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Night of the Living Dead (1968),The Exorcist (1973) and Dracula (1931).they are the main purveyors of chocolates, it does not disappoint. Ihad a good laugh when I saw theTaiwan display because it shows eightauthentic Taiwanese foods (e.g. xiaolong bao, sausage, friend chickencutlet, soup) all made from chocolate.The transition from the internationaldisplays to the main exhibition passesthrough the history of chocolate andits use by Meso-American peoples as aspicy bitter drink known as xocoatl(pronounced so-co-la-tle). The real funbegins in the main exhibition as thereis a Great Wall of chocolate, a lifesized terracotta warrior and numeroussmaller ones, a wall of chocolateBuddha, Taipei 101 and somemagnificent sculptures of cars, teapots, tigers, footwear and a personalfavorite, a violin with a broken string(
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