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Saving Mr Banks

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on Monday, 28 October 2013
Along with a huge gust of wind and an almighty downpour, up went our brollies in true Mary Poppins style as He and I skipped out of the house last Sunday night.

We were rushing to arrive at Leicester Square in time for the BFI world premiere of Saving Mr Banks, the film that tells the real story of Ms. Poppins. Along with Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Colin Farrell, we were truly stepping out in time, but if you missed Monday’s papers you might not realise what a treat this film really is.

In fact, the (almost) true story of an author, PL Travers, and the king of manufactured childhood fun, Mr. Walt Disney, had me hook, line and sinker. Desperate not to hand over her ‘precious Mary’, Travers proves to be a tough nut to crack while Walt, on the other hand, is as sugary as Mickey Mouse on a giant spoonful of roller coaster. Despite considerable artistic licence, the duo share heart-rending stories of their relationships with their respective fathers, as we mock and admire the magic of Disney in equal measure.

Of all the family classics, Mary Poppins is a firm favourite in our household. Not least because our Small is a carbon copy of their small Master Banks but also because the story reinforces a message of the parental fun one should have with ones’ offspring. Of course, once Mr. Banks flies his kite (and sticks up a couple of fingers at his workplace), he is indeed saved. And his smalls live happily ever after. Amen.

Saving Mr Banks will be released on Nov 29.



You can read more musings from Emma at www.lifeofyablon.com.

If you’ll excuse me

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on Thursday, 17 October 2013
If Downton Abbey were to have a catch phrase, it would have to be ‘if you’ll excuse me’. The Earl of Grantham, for example, hardly leaves a room without uttering these words. ‘If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in the library’, he says as he leaves the dinning room. ‘If you’ll excuse me, Bates, while you fiddle with my cufflinks, I’ll tell you what’s really on my mind.’ And so on. As a huge fan of the Sunday night period drama, I’m going to borrow this phrase as an introduction to me, my life and my new home here, The Lady’s website. You see, I’m the magazine’s new blogger and, at present, you’ll have to excuse me as I have more than slipped out of the room.

Actually, I’ve slipped out of the country altogether and I’m currently on board a BA flight bound for New York. Unbelievably, I am being excused of my normal life for a WHOLE WEEKEND. That’s right: no homework, spelling tests, ballet run, recorder practice, laundry washing nor cooking for me. I’ve given Him and the Smalls the slip. Or at least I’ve fed them a good yarn and they’ve gone and swallowed it. Heading for the Big Apple, I’m destined for some precious time with my brother and his family, cleverly combined with a sprinkling of shopping and a line-up of interviews for my blog.

You can imagine how giddy with excitement I am. Mums, in general, are rarely given the freedom ticket and as a freelance working mum (i.e. no big fancy business trips), solo trips are most definitely few and far between. I’m determined to savour every moment of this adventure.

Of course, the troops back home have been instructed with military precision. A detailed document lists all that He could need. During a rushed goodbye, I thank Him profusely for my sneaky freedom, throwing in that as long as I return to a standing house with the same headcount, the rest is His ballgame. Meanwhile, I’m off to make the most of my blue moon where bath time, bedtime and long division quite simply don’t exist.



You can read more musings from Emma at www.lifeofyablon.com.


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