Monday, August 4, 2008

A SpoonFul of Sugar Has a Lot of Calories

The author of Mary Poppins is Australian. She was born in Queensland.

Okay, speaking of Queensland. McLeod's Daughters cracks me up because the only state they seem to refer to is Queensland. I never hear anyone mentioning Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, or New South Wales. They did mention Uluru once, so I guess that counts for the Northern Territory.

I don't even think they mention South Australia that much--where the show is filmed and takes place.

It's Queensland this and Queensland that. Peter Johnson's family lives in Roma Queensland. Meg's husband Kevin runs off to Queensland. Brick goes to work in Queensland.

What is the deal with Queensland?

Oh yeah.

Back to Mary Poppins.

The author changed her name from Helen Lyndon Goff to Pamela Lyndon Travers to PL Travers--pulling the same trick as JK Rowling. Don't tell them you're a girl. They won' t want to read your book. Sadly, probably true. Although Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary did okay for themselves.

According to the gospel of Wikipedia, Travers was not pleased with the Disney version of Mary Poppins. I guess it was all too cheerful for her.

So with that in mind, I think she'd be very pleased with this following video.