"I would like to make one thing quite clear," said Mary Poppins famously. "I never explain anything." The film, however, would like to explain everything – her aversion to pears, funfairs, made-up words, mustaches. The only thing left for Thompson to do is turn on the waterworks at the film's premiere, an event which in reality left her bearing down on Disney crossly, demanding the film's animated sequences be removed. "Pamela, that ship has sailed," he told her, before walking off. Instead we get tears and hugs with Mickey, with Travers "hurtling her way to a happy ending like a kamikaze", as she earlier voiced her fears about what Disney will do to Poppins. Well quite. … [Read more...] about Can Tom Hanks rescue Walt Disney from Saving Mr Banks?
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4 LEARN THE LESSONS OF THE HOME FRONT Through the co-ordinated efforts of government and public action, wartime Britain achieved feats that would be considered extraordinary today. In just six years, British homes cut their coal use by 25% (a total of 11m tonnes) and their use of personal motor vehicles by 95% (public transport use increased by 13%). So could some Blitz spirit be the answer to climate change? Green MP Caroline Lucas thinks so, and has launched the New Home Front, a project that aims to learn the lessons of World War II-era Britain and apply them to the new global crisis. Think of how relevant some of those wartime posters sound today: "Is your journey really necessary?" … [Read more...] about Ethical ideas: Ten ways to change the way we live
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In the SNOW lane: Up to four inches of the white stuff fell... Ironbridge holds its breath: Residents of Shropshire town... Wife of Vladimir Putin ally 'paid £45,000 for tennis match... Peak conditions reached at one of Scotland's top ski... Boris Johnson is savaged for 'schmoozing' at Tory fundraiser... MORE flood barriers fail along the River Severn: Bewdley... … [Read more...] about Now for Storm Jorge! Third consecutive weekend of misery starts with another MONTH of rain falling today as 70mph gales blow in from Spain bringing fears the worst floods may be yet to come