More about Mary Poppins

I have given myself a project… to find out as much as I can about Mary Poppins and her creator P.L.Travers. There is now a movie coming out called “Saving Mr.Banks” which is about how Walt Disney fought with P.L.Travers over making the books into a film. Mr Disney is played by Tom Hanks and Mrs Travers is played by Emma Thompson. I love Emma Thompson and I believe that she fits the role perfectly!! I am so excited! 

So far from the trailer they have depicted Mrs Travers as though she is very much like Mary Poppins – which a lot of people thought. Mrs Travers is a mystery to most. From what I can see of the trailer this film will demonstrate that. As well how these two people had many conflicts over the making of the film… 

Here is the trailer… 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvKcwNyOnWo 

It looks so bloody brilliant. I must, I must see it!!! 

It has also sparked my interest in reading more of Mrs Travers’ books as well as more about herself. I will of course share what I find out through here… 

I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 

The bizarre world of Mary Poppins… the book! By P.L.Travers

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I love Mary Poppins! I have seen the movie probably a million times and watched the stage show… but never have I ever read the books. Up until now that is! I read the first Mary Poppins book by P. L. Travers just recently. Because lets face it, if I were to be a fan I had to read the books too. But let me tell you… The movie version is almost nothing like the book.

It is written by P. L. Travers who although was born in Australia but considers herself to be British. You can understand the British tone to the story and the fact that a family would live they way they did in this story even though they aren’t terribly well off – a very British tradition. But the world that she writes… is very bizarre, very strange and most definitely influenced by drugs – that’s for sure! It is more like a series of short stories that one story as there isn’t much of a flow or a link between chapters.

It is very enjoyable and I can see why Disney wanted to make a film of it… but I can also see why they chose to tone it down a bit. There are just a bit too many unusual things happening… having said that, it is Disney and they liked presenting a more innocent picture of the world to their young audiences. Which I guess does make sense.

The main changes to the books are the fact that the story isn’t told through song, the Banks family have four children Jane and Micheal who appear in the movie as well as two babies John and Barbara… Mary sleeps with the babies in the book instead of having a room adjacent to the children in their nursery, that there are more household staff in their house and that Mary herself isn’t as likable.

That was probably the crushing part of the book and being a huge fan of Julie Andrews and her version in the movie… that the book version although the children liked and eventually loved her was sometimes quite rude even towards the parents, held a few secrets close to her and could seem a little harsh towards the children. Plus she taught the children ‘lessons’ in odd ways. She is also described as not being that pretty.

But I guess Julie Andrews just couldn’t act in the way the book describes Mary Poppins… it just wouldn’t happen. It’s Julie Andrews after all – plus she is really pretty…

I am curious to read other Mary Poppins books just to see where the story goes and to figure out where other parts of the movie come from as well as the stage show.

If you are like me and wanted to know more about the world of Mary Poppins this is something you should read – it is indeed a great story even if a bit odd.

If however you don’t want the Julie Andrews image of Mary Poppins to be in some way tainted… then I would stay away because it will change!

For anyone else who hasn’t actually seen or read Mary Poppins then well – what are you waiting for??

Signing off… hope everyone is having a good week!

“Some tasty little flavour bombs…” -Jamie Oliver

Once upon a time I remember not really liking Jamie Oliver… I cannot remember why I just didn’t. There are a few reasons that I can think of now that might have been why… like a silly one being that so many other people liked him and therefore I decided not to… or simply because I wasn’t all that interested in cooking and didn’t need a reason to be interested in him.

I think when I started liking him was when he started his healthy school dinner projects in England. He has such a passion for food that when it came for him to teach children about it he became a naturally good teacher. He didn’t go into to schools and got children to follow recipes, take notes from the board, gave them rote learning exercises, etc. He got the children involved in not just the cooking of the food, but in what types of food are good for us and how they can become delicious. From there he went into people’s homes and talked to the parents about why their children were eating unhealthily and how they could make changes in their cooking.
I remember that something he was teaching was learning a ‘set’ of recipes maybe about ten that you know off by heart, that will keep you and the family happy, that are affordable and most importantly – healthy.
Around the time that this show was being aired in Australia I was about to move into student accommodation and begin my uni degree. Knowing that I wouldn’t have Mum there to help me,I gave myself that very challenge. One of the recipes I learnt was how to make my own fried rice… I loved it and knew the Chinese take-away option wasn’t always the best…

Unfortunately, arriving at my new home some of these ideas I had for cooking great food…came crashing down as soon as I saw the state of the kitchens…hmmm hundreds of young students sharing kitchens together isn’t always a good idea… just maybe… I learnt to be a bit more resourceful with my cooking… but it was not quite the same.
The year after I had almost the opposite experience. Boarding with family friends who cooked for me and not just simple basic meals either… I’m talking about barley and lamb shank cassroles, middle eastern feasts, yummy soups, chocolate puddings, apple cakes, roasts, etc, etc… just really good food! I was never hungry!
But then the year after that, I was living in a share house and diagnosed with Coeliac Disease.
Not only was I cooking for myself again, but I had to figure out what on earth I was going to make that was Gluten Free. I had to enjoy it and try and put on weight, healthily.

I was hungry all the time and just could not work out how to be full.
Last year came and things started to improve… I was cooking pretty decent meals, all gluten free, healthy, filling and great tasting. But I was wasting lots because I did not know what to do with it.
This year came and with my weird hours in before and after school care… it was either really basic cooking or take-away… a little ashamed to admit it… but it’s true…
I have have since resigned from my job to get back into focusing on teaching and with more time comes better cooking.
I have decided to shop at the market, try out lots of different recipes, transform ones with gluten to make gluten free and cook from recipes that are already gluten free.
On top of which I have been watching Jamie’s show “Save with Jamie” and it has really inspired me to be aware of not just how to stretch money when cooking but on how not to waste so much food. The show is really upbeat and it looks like most his recipes are doable. Maybe not in his style, with his perfectly stocked pantry or team of cooks… but it actually looks realistic.

Plus his crazy passion for food oozes from the screen as he gets excited with Jamieisms such as “Some tasty little flavour bombs”
It’s just a great show and is making me just want to cook and eat well!
Signing off… need sleep… it’s late…