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FIVE REASONS TO WATCH THE NEW MARY POPPINS MOVIE WHILE STILL LOVING THE OLD ONE

There is wind in the east, there’s a mist coming in, something is brewing, and about to begin on December 19th! This something never brings her resume or references because she meets all qualifications. Here are five reasons to watch the new May Poppins Returns while still giving deference to the first film. 

 

  • Emily Blunt – She won’t be wearing Prada but is sure to by practically perfectly stylish in her attire as Mary Poppins.  An outspoken advocate for young women, Blunt is also on the board of the American Institute for Stuttering. She has been heard telling people that she is afraid of being in a brutal world and not being able to protect the children. What better role to take on than Mary Poppins, the iconic English magical nanny. 
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We can’t wait to see Emily Blunt play iconic English nanny Mary Poppins (photo credit: Getty images)
  • Dick Van Dyke  – Did you realize that Dick Van Dyke took on a dual role in the first “Mary Poppins”, playing the old banker Mr. Dawes Sr.? Well, he did. It took him two hours in makeup to look old for the part.  Well, now Van Dyke is actually old, 92 years old to be exact. And he willingly takes on the role of  Mr. Dawes Jr in the new film. It’s just Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! (We do miss him as Bert, though).

 

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photo credit: daily express co, UK
  • New Songs:  There is a NEW soundtrack of original songs written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman that should appeal to new and old fans of the original 1964 “Mary Poppins” movie, according to media outlets that visited the “Mary Poppins Returns” film set in England. songs in the movie will be “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” “Can You Imagine That,” “The Royal Doulton Music Hall,” “Turning Turtle,” “A Cover Is Not the Book,” Trip a Little Light Fantastic” and “Nowhere to Go But Up.”     

 

  • Meryl Streep: Have you beard of “Topsy”, Mary Poppins’ cousin? Streeps brings us this character in all her glory. She lives in a topsy-turvy world and performs an original topsy turvy song, wearing a very very interesting wig!!

 

  • Hoping for a Julie Andrews Cameo? That would be a miracle. And even though miracles take a little time,  you would need infinite time: Julie Andrews refused the cameo, saying it would detract from Blunt’s moment in the limelight. Would you like more of an explanation from her? Well she never explains anything.

The question now becomes will the Mary Poppins character at Disney change its tune when it comes to an official photopass photographer being available royalty-free????  My gut instinct is yes. Click here for more.

 

OUR TRIPLE CROWN PREDICTIONS AND THE HISTORY BEHIND A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF RACE

Nachos, Deviled Eggs, or a spoonful of sugar? 

While some are celebrating the Mexican Army’s difficult victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, others are preparing for the 144th Annual Kentucky Derby – still others are  obsessed with a very different kind of race: 

Would you rather watch the Derby? Or Mary Poppins magically bringing carousel horses to life for the race of a lifetime. 

For those that choose Mary Poppins, here are a few fun facts to think about while you watch the wooden horses make a break for it:

  • Some carousel advertisements in early nineteenth century America stated that the ride was highly recommended by physicians as an aid in circulating the blood.
  • Reputedly, one of the C.W. Parker Company’s most notable former employees was Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander of D-Day in World War II and later U.S. President, who, as a young lad, was said to have sanded carousel horses at the Parker factory located near his home in Abilene, Kansas.
  • The St. Bernard is one of the carousel’s most rare menagerie figures (animals other than horses).
  • Between 2,000 and 3,000 carousels were produced in the U.S. during its golden age of wooden carousels (early 1880’s to early 1930’s); today, there are less than 150 still left operating.
  • The earliest known use of the term merry-go-round is found in a poem written by Englishman George Alexander Stevens in 1729.
  • Contrary to popular belief, golden age carousel figures were not carved out of a single piece of wood; instead, several body panels were connected using wooden blocks, the whole of which was then worked over to create a basic (hollow) body; the head, legs, and tail were then attached, having been crafted by the manufacturer’s most talented carvers since the detail of these elements was essential in defining the figure’s personality.
  • To relax before taking off on what became the first successful solo nonstop trans-Atlantic flight in 1927, American aviator Charles Lindbergh ventured down to Coney Island to ride the carousel.
  • Carvers from the golden age would sometimes craft the mane of a horse figure so as to create a pocket where the hand could grasp it to help swing the rider into the saddle.
  • The oldest operating platform carousel in the United States, named the Flying Horses, dates from 1876 and is located on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
  • Carousels have been featured in such popular Broadway musicals as Carousel and such famous movies as Mary Poppins and The Sting.
  • The town of Mansfield, Ohio, may be the only one in America to have initiated its downtown revitalization efforts with a brand new wooden carousel, completed and unveiled in 1991.
  • All carousels manufactured by Peter Petz Productions of Germany are pre-dated by 100 years (thus 1998 becomes 1898) to give his period pieces an even greater nineteenth century feel.
  • Figures on America’s golden age carousels were typically arranged by size according to their concentric row, with the largest situated on the outer edge progressing to the smallest in by the center pole.
  • There are less than ten carousels with operating brass ring machines left in the U.S.
  • At its annual conventions in the late 1920’s, IAAPA held carving contests entered by a number of America’s premier carousel manufacturers.
  • Measuring 80 feet wide, weighing 35 tons, and containing 269 hand-crafted animals, the carousel at The House on the Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin, USA, is the world’s largest.
  • In the early 1940’s, Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered that Britain’s carousels be reopened, despite widespread material shortages, in an effort to boost morale during World War II.
  • The original entrance sign to the shop of one of America’s earliest carousel pioneers, Gustav Dentzel, is on display at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio, USA, and dates from around 1867.
  • Patriotic trappings such as flags and eagles were often incorporated into figures crafted by the many immigrant carvers who helped create America’s golden age of wooden carousels.
  • Many amusement parks and attractions around the world employ a carousel theme in one section of their facility with names like Carousel Kingdom or Square or Cove or Circle.
  • The U.S. Postal Service has twice issued commemerative stamps honoring the carousel, in 1988 and in 1995.
  • Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Horsin’ Around is one of America’s few carousel figure carving schools.
  • Golden age carvers in the United States occasionally inscribed their initials in a figure and, even more rarely, their full name.
  • Along with roller coasters, carousels are the oldest amusement ride still in use.
  • The only operating steam-powered carousel left in the U.S. is hard at work every Labor Day weekend at the annual Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag, Minnesota.
  • Germany’s Peter Petz Productions makes both hand-cranked and solar-powered carousels.
  • Menagerie figures are enjoying a current resurgence in popularity, a trend no doubt benefiting from the labors of The Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, USA, which makes a carousel whose figures consist entirely of endangered species.
  • America’s earliest known carousel seems to have appeared in 1799 in Salem, Massachusetts, and was advertised as a wooden horse circus ride.
  • Carousel chariots from the golden age typically had two seats to accommodate ladies and small children, as the customs of that era precluded women from sitting astride the machine’s horses; chariots allowed them the thrill of a carousel ride without sacrificing their dignity.
  • The smooth galloping motion so familiar to today’s riders actually had quite a few competitors in its early days: some figures rocked, either forwards and back or from side to side, while others used a grasshopper mechanism (attached to the platform at the rear of each figure) to spring forward.
  • In the early 1900’s, Euclid Beach Park in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, possessed quite a unique carousel: it tilted at a 10-degree angle. The aim, one would assume, was to create a more thrilling ride, yet no other versions of this machine are known to have been built.
  • Some golden age carvers like John Zalar and Daniel C. Muller received formal instruction in fine arts and sculpture either before or during their carousel careers.
  • Spurred by a surge of patriotism following the Boer War (1899-1902), centaurs appeared on several British-made carousels; these double-seater horses replaced their usual heads with lifelike, waist-up carvings of domestic political or military heroes.
  • Some horses produced during the golden age were originally outfitted with a mane and/or tail made of real horsehair.

 

For those who pick today’s Kentucky Derby: 

I’m going with one of the following two (stats are taken from THE COURIER): 

6. GOOD MAGIC
Why he can win:
The third start of his 2-year-old campaign was the Breeders’ CupJuvenile, which Good Magic won and parlayed into the Eclipse Award for top juvenile male. The Derby will be his third start as a 3-year-old, and he looks to be on a similarpath.
Why he won’t:
His Beyer Speed Figure numbers this year are a cut below the best in the field. The Blue Grass victory was nice, but how strong was that field?
Morning-line odds:
 12-1.
Last time out:
Won the Grade 2 Blue Grass by 1 ½ lengths over Flameaway on April 7 atKeeneland.
Running style:
Has some early speed but generally a middle-of-the pack runner.
Owners:
 e Five Racing Thoroughbreds (Bob, Kristine, Cassidy, Riley and DelaneyEdwards) and Stonestreet Stables (Barbara Banke).
Trainer:
 Chad Brown.
Jockey:
Jose Ortiz
11. BOLT D’ORO
Why he can win:
 There’s little question he’s one of the most talented 3-year-olds in the country, and he already has two Grade 1 victories and a Grade 2 win. He’s a battle-test colt who has been through the wars.
Why he won’t:
 What does he have left after a pair of grueling battles at Santa Anita duringthe prep season? He was placed first after McKinzie was disqualified in the San Felipe,which may have been the most exciting prep race of the year. And as hard as he tried, he couldn’t catch Justify in the Santa Anita.
Morning-line odds:
 8-1.
Last time out:
Second place — 3 lengths behind Justify — in Santa Anita Derby on April 7.
Running style:
Likes to be near the front early, though not on the lead. A stalker.
Owner:
Mick Ruis.
Trainer:
 Mick Ruis.
Jockey:
 Victor Espinoza

 

Check out the race yourself, today at 6:46pm ET. Or else let me know if I picked correctly!

As far as food selections, we may try all three – it is supposed to be a triple kind of day, isn’t it? 

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH MARY POPPINS. EVEN A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR WON’T GET ME TO WATCH THIS SEQUEL

Mary Poppins may not be on many kids top five wish lists in terms of who to see at Disney, but she is a mainstay. She can be seen strolling around the Magic Kingdom with her white dress and parasol, and can also be found along with Alice and the Mad Hatter at 1900 Park Fare

Does she deserve her own meet and greet or even her own ride? Definitely. Wouldn’t a spot where you can have tea on the ceiling with Uncle Albert be a nice idea??? Or how about a walk through an English Countryside? Or some sort of adventure where you “tidy up” in a magical fashion?

Mary Poppins has her own style. A sense of fashion. It took twenty years for Walt Disney to secure the rights to P.L Travers’ book. The movie itself is practically perfect in every way. So why make a sequel? Why make us see Jane and Michael Banks “all grown up?”

The sequel, set to air in December of 2018 has Emily Blunt taking on the role originally played by Julie Andrews.  

Emily Mortimer and Ben Winshaw play the grown up Jane and Michael Banks.  As per Disney, Mary Poppins Returns, will be set 20 years after the events of the original 1964 film. The official synopsis reads: “In the story, Michael and Jane are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen, living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack, uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.”

Michael Garber, who played Michael Banks died of pancreatitis at the age of 21, so sadly will not even make a cameo appearance. There is a small possibility that Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke may make an appearance, and supposedly Ms. Andrews gave the movie a “seal of approval”. 

I will watch it but I hope that nothing takes anything away from the original feature film!!

Some questions for Mary Poppins if you see her walking around the magic kingdom: 

What do you have in your bag today?

Can you help me tidy up?

Where’s Bert? 

Can we have some tea?

Can you measure my height?

What does it feel like to fly?

How many times have you shaken hands with a chimney sweep?

Have you jumped into any paintings at the Magic Kingdom? If so, which ones?

*** Be aware, there are no fastpasses or photographers for Mary Poppins. According to a source, royalties were demanded by the original Mary Poppins and Disney refuses to give them out. 

 

 

 

 

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE MAD AS A HATTER TO LIKE TEA… WITH OR WITHOUT A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR, TEA IS FOR EVERYONE

Before coffee there was tea. I’m not sure if that’s exactly true but it sounds about right.  Check out this interesting website, coffeeshop of horrors, that tackles the battle between the two. You don’t have to be mad as a hatter to like tea. 

I love tea because there are so so many different types of tea out there (they say that herbal tea isn’t real “tea” because it is actually an infusion of different plant types, but for my purposes I am including it all). Picking a tea at the end of the day is exciting. Tea can boost endurance. Green Tea has been known to burn fat. Most tea serves as a natural antioxidant and a great defense against cancer and heart disease. 

As Mrs. Potts says, tea will warm you up in no time.

I love having tea parties and making food to go with it.  There are so many different fun snacks that can be made in a “miniature” way. Pretend tea parties also teach children table manners. Tea can be served all day, every day. 

It can be served outside, inside, or even on the ceiling.

Did you know? Little Michael Banks was paid ten cents for ever time they filmed this famous tea party scene, as he was afraid of heights. 

Looking for Mary Poppins at Disney? If you want to ask her about her favorite type of tea, look for her strolling around the bridge just off Main Street in the Magic Kingdom or at the 1900 Park Fare Character breakfast(click here to visit Disney’s description).  Maybe you can convince her to take you on a journey of your own. Ask her why they ended the Mary Poppins Practically Perfect Tea Party.  It sounded fantastic. 

Wherever you are, a cup of tea is always good for the soul. Not only is it a great hostess offering, it can also be used as a relaxation technique after a long day. By drinking tea slowly, you nourish your body and quiet your mind. 

 We have this tea set at home, it’s tin so won’t break but can hold liquid: