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Cricket night-of-nights renamed Australian Cricket Awards

Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) have today announced Australian Cricket’s preeminent awards event will be renamed the Australian Cricket Awards from the 2019 event onwards.

This announcement follows several changes to the awards night in past years to reflect the shifting landscape of Australian cricket and, in particular, the increasing recognition of women’s cricket and the popularity of the T20 format.

The event is held on an annual basis to celebrate the performances of Australian players across national and domestic cricket, and is headlined by the Belinda Clark Award and Allan Border Medal, awarded to the female and male cricket of the year respectively.

Australian Cricketers’ Association CEO Alistair Nicholson said:

“This event has a rich history and updating the name to the Australian Cricket Awards is a very positive step in recognising the current state of the game.

“Whether current-day players or our past legends, this event is a great opportunity to recognise some outstanding achievements, and for the players to celebrate with their peers.”

Commenting on the name change for the awards event, Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said:

“We are very proud of the history of cricket’s premier awards and have taken the opportunity to change the name to reflect the evolution of the sport that has taken place in the years since the Allan Border Medal and the Belinda Clark Award, were first introduced.

“The Australian Cricket Awards will be a wonderful celebration of our sport and an occasion that highlights the achievement, passion and dedication of our women’s and men’s players across all formats of the game.”

The 2019 Australian Cricket Awards will be held on Monday 11 February 2019 at The Crown Palladium, Melbourne. Further information about the awards will be provided closer to the event.

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ACT/NSW Country wins Under 19 Male National Championships

ACT/NSW Country has taken out the 2018-19 CA Under 19 Male National Championships, defeating Queensland in the Final by four wickets at Karen Rolton Oval today.

In a rain-affected match, Queensland was sent in and was 2-46 after nine overs when rain hit.

After a lengthy delay, which saw the match reduced to 20 overs per side, Queensland reached 7-124 on the back of 37 runs to Corey Hunter.

Kaleb Phillips claimed 2-18 off four overs for ACT/NSW Country.

Chasing a revised total of 131 due to the DLS Method, ACT/NSW Country got home by four wickets with five balls to spare.

Matt Willans claimed 2-15 off four overs for Queensland, but four ACT/NSW Country batsmen passed 20 in an even batting display.

Phillips backed up his bowling effort with 36 not out, while Henry Railz (29), Blake Nikitaras (27) and Matthew Calder (21) also made vital contributions.

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Dubai’s Meydan One Takes Shape

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  • Incubation district and immersive digital interface in a free-zone environment offer unmatched advantages

Meydan One, a pioneering, next-generation lifestyle and retail destination, has announced that the project is on track for its launch in early 2020 with 60 per cent of structural work already completed.

The Meydan One project is Dubai’s latest centrepiece development aimed at enhancing the Emirate’s mall landscape through a wholly reimagined approach that combines retail, hospitality, entertainment and leisure experiences.

A sprawling, next-generation destination, Meydan One offers immersive lifestyle experiences, world-class design, entrepreneurship and technologies, reaffirming Dubai’s vision to become the preferred global hub for tourism and shopping.

Meydan One offers a unique business proposition for global and local investors eyeing investments in Dubai. As a free-zone entity, the destination offers unmatched advantages in facilitating business activities, attracting investments from local as well as international businesses, thus reinforcing Dubai’s status as a global investment hub.

Seeking to drive start-up innovation in the UAE and across the region, Meydan One will feature an incubation district as a fully-enabled plug-and-play facility for up-and-coming entrepreneurs in fashion, beauty and F&B, among others. The three-phase incubator program will offer brands competitive leasing incentives and positioning through careful curation, mentorship and support to take new businesses from emerging brands to global ones – born in Dubai and proudly nurtured in Meydan One.

Meydan One also seeks to disrupt the traditional retail experience through reinventing convenience and ease of movement with advanced wayfinding solutions. This disruption will also be embodied in Meydan One’s virtual platform to ensure seamless accessibility and customer service. The platform focuses on being truly omnichannel, empowering the visitors to start their experience at home or at the airport via technology that is fully integrated with the physical infrastructure.

Upon completion, Meydan One will host 580 retail stores including 30 anchor stores and 80 flagship luxury stores, 190 dining outlets and a 13,200sqm hypermarket. These will be located across indoor and outdoor spaces oriented by an iconic retractable sky lit atrium space, measuring 160 metres by 100 metres, featuring flexible areas for events and entertainment as well as unique al fresco dining experiences.

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La Ville Unveils their Unique Identity

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  • Exactly Like Nothing Else

Renowned for their distinctive contemporary artistic wall illustrations, La Ville Hotel & Suites unveils their unique identity. Capturing the essence of City Walk and the Autograph Collection Hotels, the sketches bring to life the 5-star boutique hotel’s unique character and stories. 

The black and white sketches of a bustling City Walk with specs of colours and the Dubai skyline makeup the iconic backdrop of every hotel room at La Ville Hotel & Suites CITY WALK. The sketches are complete with elegant shoppers, active families and charming couples strolling in the vicinity of the chic hotel’s neighbourhood. 

Resembling the Autograph Collection’s motto, “Exactly Like Nothing Else’, unique to the property, through visual expression of care and attention to detail, the artists’ illustrations celebrate the hotel’s prominence in City Walk. Anke Glässing, General Manager of La Ville Hotel & Suites, says, “We wanted to connect our guests and their experiences to the pulse of the urban artistic landscape of Dubai. Inspired by the property, and the idiosyncratic City Walk, we wanted to demonstrate skill in an unusual flair. Now, the wallpaper illustrations have become an important part of guest experiences and help them identify and connect with the property.”

Embodying the subculture, spontaneity and sophistication of City Walk, the hotel worked closely with a Dubai-based artists’ group, Art Painting Lab., to create custom artworks for the hotel room wallpapers. Commenting on the collaboration, Anna Florian and Max Laurence, of Art Painting Lab., the artists who dedicatedly worked on creating an immersive illustration, say, “The project began just around the time when the plan for City Walk was being implemented – and wasn’t ready for viewing. The illustrations in the room are inspired by our understanding of the very early stages of City Walk’s design and architecture.”

Blending the quirky illustrations with contemporary furnishings, the low rise La Ville Hotel & Suites makes for surprising cosmopolitan and social experiences. 

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Over 80 developers showcase top projects at Indian Property Show in Dubai

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  • 3 day expo at Dubai World Trade Centre from 13-15 December to attract thousands of investors
  • H.E. Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, Director General of Dubai Land Department and Bollywood Actor Arbaaz Khan inaugurate Indian Property Show 

A weaker rupee against the US dollar is making investment in Indian realty cheaper for NRIs and boosting the demand as we also witness increase in enquiries from Indian expatriates in UAE. And to cater to the rising interest and provide home buyers plethora of choices and an opportunity to interact with the real estate developers from across India, the popular Indian Property Show is back in Dubai for a three-day realty shopping experience.

Being held at Hall No 7, Dubai World Trade Centre, the bi-annual property exhibition now in its 13th year, brings crème de la crème of the Indian real-estate to the UAE doorstep in its 23rd edition. The 3 day expo is taking place from Thursday, 13th December until Saturday 15th December, between 12 noon to 9pm everyday.

The event was inaugurated by His Excellency Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, Director General of Dubai Land Department along with Bollywood celebrity Arbaaz Khan.  The entry to the exhibition is free with provision for complimentary parking and a separate kids play area. Visitors to the exhibition also stand a chance to win a couple holiday package to Europe, courtesy Travtips Holidays.

“Indian Rupee is nearly 71.9 against the US dollar presently, the fluctuating rupee and tight regulations to bring in transparency in Indian realty is making real estate in India an attractive proposition for NRIs. This is spurring the demand and encouraging Indian expats living in the UAE to further invest in their homeland with lesser dependence on finance”, said Kowshik Mukherjee, Head of Indian Property Show and Chief Operating Officer at Sumansa Exhibitions, the organizers of the show.

“Stakeholders say that the NRIs’ off-take in the property market constitutes around 7-8 per cent of the country’s total real estate inventory which is expected to increase over a  period to time, eventually leading to business growth”, added Mukherjee

More than 80 developers from India are showcasing thousands of apartments, villas, row houses and commercial properties at the expo. Developers such as Adani Realty, Total Environment, Seedwill Consulting are the Silver Sponsors of the Indian Property Show. Joining them on the floor are Lodha Group, Prestige, Siddha Group, Kanakia Spaces, Sobha Group, Wadhwa Group, Paradise Group, Bhartiya City, House of Hiranandani, Godrej Properties, Mahindra Lifespaces, Ozone Group, Isha Homes, Puravankara, Brigade Group, VNCT Ventures, Supertech, L&T Realty, Ruparel, Raheja and many such developers from across India.

The Indian Property Show features exclusive North, South, West and Central India Pavilions with properties from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Kolkata, Goa, Ahmedabad, Kochi and Dehradun and other Indian cities.

Visitors can also benefit from attending free seminars on the Indian RERA law, Taxation, Property Investment, Vaastu, Legal aspect of buying a property, Business Motivation, high growth cities in India alongside other interesting topics. Attendees can further avail exclusive deals and get insight into latest and pre-launch projects in preferred cities.

For more information, please visit the  www.indianpropertyshow.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndianPropertyShow/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IndianPrptyShow

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indianpropertyshow/

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New Year’s Eve Like You’ve Never Experienced Before

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If you can beat the crowds and find a spot, you could greet the new year before everyone else and head to Sydney Harbour this New Year’s Eve (quite possibly the best fireworks display the world has to offer on NYE). Likewise, you could watch the ball drop in Times Square, see the Eiffel Tower pulse with colour, or go to London to hear Big Ben strike midnight.

But if all that feels a bit, well, expected, conventional, a bit ‘been there, done that’, what about something completely different to welcome the new year?

The Winter at Tantora Festival has its roots in Al-Ula’s celebrations of the winter planting season, but this year it’s taking on a whole new dimension as it announces the reawakening of the Al-Ula region, Saudi Arabia’s first tourist destination. An open, living museum the size of a country, the region is regarded as the world’s best-preserved heritage site.

In this unique, and quite magical setting, guests can truly expect the unexpected – from tours of ancient, unseen, heritage sites, unparallelled stargazing explorations and shopping in a traditional souk to light shows, a sculpture trail, cooking classes, a Balloon festival and Fursan, the King’s Cup Equine Extravaganza featuring Arabian horses.

Every weekend during the festival, guests can also enjoy concerts performed under the stars by some of the world’s most stellar musical talents, including Andrea Bocelli, Lang Lang and Yanni.

So, for a totally different experience this NYE – or want to inject light, colour and life into the winter months of December, January and February, discover the world’s best-kept secret at Winter at Tantora. For more information please visit www.winterattantora.com. Day packages begin at $933 and weekend packages begin at $2080.

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Boxer Amir Khan celebrates ambassador deal in star studded evening at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

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World renowned boxer Amir Khan joined partner of Berkeley Assets, Omar Jackson last night for an evening of celebration to announce their new partnership.

Held at Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Uptown Bar, the event was hosted by radio presenter, Kris Fade and featured live entertainment and a raffle prize giving.

Among the prizes were flights, accommodation and tickets to Khan’s next fight, a signed pair of his gloves, and an exclusive training session with the boxer.

Berkeley Assets, an offshore multi-asset company with a strong, diversified portfolio of investments across the real estate, hospitality, logistics and technologies sectors, has offices in Dubai and London and a presence in Far East Asia with a view to expanding those operations within the next few months.

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As per directions of IG Punjab Amjad Javed Saleemi the process of upgradation and beautification of Police Lines for provision of healthy environment to force is continued speedily, IG Punjab inaugurates renovation of mess and residential rooms upon completion at Qurban Lines Lahore today.

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Welfare and health of the force is our top priority as it can guarantee to have professional fighters who remain alert round the clock to eliminate crimes and to protect the human life and property.

This was stated by Inspector General Police Punjab Amjad Javed Saleemi while inaugurating the renovated mess and residential rooms at Qurban Police Lines Lahore this morning. Addl: IGP Welfare and Finance Rao Sardar, Addl: IGP Investigation Punjab, Abu Bakar Khuda Bukhsh, Addl: IGP CTD Rai Muhammad Tahir, DIG Telecommunication Shahid Javaid, DIG R&D Faisal Ali Rana, SSP MT Punjab, Azhar Akram, SSP Telecommunication Mansoor ul Haq, AIG development, Ahsan Younas and other senior officers were also present at this occasion.

IGP said that the renovation work will be completed within two weeks across Punjab. IGP directed the officers of Qurban Lines to pay special attention to the welfare of the force as they are like our family members who perform their duties 24/7 and no negligence in this regard will be accepted.

Addl: IGP Welfare & Finance, Rao Sardar briefed the IGP Punjab that funds required for beautification of all police lines have been provided and this process will be completed within given time.

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Cricket night-of-nights renamed Australian Cricket Awards

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Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) have today announced Australian Cricket’s preeminent awards event will be renamed the Australian Cricket Awards from the 2019 event onwards.

This announcement follows several changes to the awards night in past years to reflect the shifting landscape of Australian cricket and, in particular, the increasing recognition of women’s cricket and the popularity of the T20 format.

The event is held on an annual basis to celebrate the performances of Australian players across national and domestic cricket, and is headlined by the Belinda Clark Award and Allan Border Medal, awarded to the female and male cricket of the year respectively.

Australian Cricketers’ Association CEO Alistair Nicholson said:

“This event has a rich history and updating the name to the Australian Cricket Awards is a very positive step in recognising the current state of the game.

“Whether current-day players or our past legends, this event is a great opportunity to recognise some outstanding achievements, and for the players to celebrate with their peers.”

Commenting on the name change for the awards event, Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said:

“We are very proud of the history of cricket’s premier awards and have taken the opportunity to change the name to reflect the evolution of the sport that has taken place in the years since the Allan Border Medal and the Belinda Clark Award, were first introduced.

“The Australian Cricket Awards will be a wonderful celebration of our sport and an occasion that highlights the achievement, passion and dedication of our women’s and men’s players across all formats of the game.”

The 2019 Australian Cricket Awards will be held on Monday 11 February 2019 at The Crown Palladium, Melbourne. Further information about the awards will be provided closer to the event.

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NEW YEAR, NEW SKINCARE RESOLUTIONS

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  • Switch up your skin routine and improve dry skin in 2019 with Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel

If soft, smooth skin is among your 2019 resolutions then Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel is the perfect solution. Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel is a breakthrough oil-based formula that keeps moisture locked in the skin like never before.

While other water-based moisturisers evaporate from the surface of the skin on application, Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel uses oil instead of water meaning it’s 100% active.  This next generation treatment for dry skin is dermatologically tested, hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic and suitable for all skin types.  Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel tubs come in three sizes so you can keep them handy this winter season

Skin routine tips with Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel:

  • Apply Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel twice a day, ideally after a shower to lock in extra moisture
  • Drink up: 8 glasses of water are a must for healthy skin.
  • Exfoliate: Before you lather on Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel, scrub the dead skin off. Getting rid of all the dead cells helps the product absorb deeper into the skin.

Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel is available in all leading pharmacies across the UAE, in three different sizes, 50ml retails for 26.50AED, 100ml retails for 45AED and 200ml for 75AED.

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Al Raha Beach Hotel unveils deals & offerings for the festive season

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  • Bringing the seasonal spirit to life, the beach side resort is the perfect place to soak in the luxury and celebrate the festive season

Al Raha Beach Hotel, a 5-star beachfront resort set in the beautiful landscaped gardens along a stretch of white sandy beach, offering magnificent views of the Arabian Gulf and a panoramic view of Abu Dhabi’s premier Al Raha Corniche, has panned out several magical delights for the whole family to revel in the exquisite festive season celebrations.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Sevilla restaurant – On Christmas Eve, gourmet food lovers can indulge in festive specials like whole roasted Christmas turkey and an extensive array of global specialties and traditional dishes with an authentic touch. With live music and excellent food accompanied by soft or house beverages, the festive feast is priced at AED 250 per person with soft beverages or AED 350 per person with house beverages.

Christmas Day Brunch at Sevilla restaurant – Take the stress and strain away of preparing the most anticipated meal of the year and gather your friends at family at the hotel’s family friendly international themed restaurant to eat, drink and be merry. Guests can relish a festive Christmas buffet with international and traditional food, irresistible spread of freshest seafood, selection of desserts and beverage in elegant surrounding. Priced at AED 250 per person with soft beverages or AED 350 per person with house beverages, a choir will also be present serenading the diners with Christmas jingles. Kids will be entertained with various activities at the kids Christmas party while the adults enjoy the impressive food. Kids can also expect a visit from Santa himself.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at La Piscine – Turn up and brace yourself for an epic chill New Year’s eve party by the pool side at La Piscine Pool Bar & Restaurant. With breathtaking views, live performances and exciting games, guests can feast on a lavish festive buffet with their friends and family. The venue will set up a dedicated kids’ area and activities for the younger crowd to have the best time of their life. The package priced at AED 580 per person includes 2 bottles of wine and soft beverages on each table.

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at The Grand Ballroom – Usher in the new year in fine style with a retro-themed gala at the Grand Ballroom. Take a step back in time and bring out your fanciest costume. Dance the night away with some groovy tracks, artful décor and gourmet surprises that will leave you asking for more. Priced at AED 380 per person, the package includes 2 bottles of wine and soft beverages on each table.

New Year’s Day Breakfast or Brunch at Sevilla – Keep the party going and start the New Year with New Year’s Day themed breakfast or brunch with live entertainment from the in-house band. Enjoy a lavish menu featuring an exquisite seafood selection, dishes with a regional flair, international cuisines, LIVE cooking stations and an enormous amount of choice for desserts. The breakfast served from 06:30 am to 10:30 and brunch served from 01 pm to 4 pm is priced at AED 250 per person with soft beverages and AED 350 per person with a selection of house beverages.

Make the last days of the year the best days of the year and savor the flavor of the festive season in a joyous atmosphere with your loved ones. For bookings or more information, call +971 2 508 0431 or email fbsecretary.alraha@danathotels.com or visit www.danathotels.com.

 

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES | MARY POPPINS RETURNS

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Ahead of the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures feature Mary Poppins Returns (showing in cinemas in the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, KSA on 27nd December 2018 and Egypt on 26th December 2018), kindly below information surrounding the new cast and characters and images which may be of interest:

Film Synopsis

  • Genre: Live-Action Musical
  • Release Date:

27th December 2018 in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, KSA and Oman

26th December 2018 in Egypt

  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, introducing Joel Dawson with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep
  • Director: Rob Marshall
  • Screenplay by: David Magee
  • Screen Story by: David Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca
  • Based upon:         The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers
  • Producers: John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt
  • Executive Produce: Callum McDougall
  • Music by: Marc Shaiman
  • Lyrics by: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns”, nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 2018 Golden Globes, stars Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn an ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure. In this all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. The enigmatic nanny is joined by her friend Jack, played by Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”), an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

Meet the cast of Mary Poppins Returns

Emily Blunt, nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 2018 Golden Globes, plays a quintessential English nanny, Mary Poppins. She is the practically-perfect nanny whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure. Returning once again to the home of the Banks family having not aged a single day, the enigmatic governess helps the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss.

An old friend of Mary Poppins, Jack, played by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is a charming and eternally optimistic lamplighter. Together, they take the Banks’ children on a series of whimsical adventures and introduce them to colorful characters, bringing life, love and laughter back into their home. Lin-Manuel Miranda has been nominated at the 2018 Golden Globes for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his performance as Jack.

Jane Banks is portrayed by Emily Mortimer in the 2019 sequel. All grown up, Jane is elated to see the return of her childhood nanny Mary. The daughter of a suffragette, Jane has inherited her mother’s enthusiasm for good causes. While always busy promoting workers’ rights, she finds time to help her brother Michael and his children every chance she gets.

In addition to playing Bert in the first film, Dick Van Dyke also played the role of Mr. Dawes, the chairman of the bank. Now, he’s playing that character’s son, Mr. Dawes, Jr., who had taken his father’s place as the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, but has recently been forced to retire.

Another character that has made a return to the sequel is Ellen, the Banks’ family maid. Having worked at 17 Cherry Tree Lane since Jane and Michael were children. But these days the house is rundown and in a constant state of chaos. The fun-loving character is played by BAFTA and Golden Globe winning actress Julie Walters. Housekeeper for the now-grown Michael Banks, who still resides at 17 Cherry Tree Lane.

Annabel Banks, played by Pixie Davies, is the bright and strong-willed daughter of Michael Banks, who, along with her twin brother John, has taken on more adult responsibilities around the house since her mother’s passing.

John Banks, played by Nathanael Saleh, is the perceptive and thoughtful eldest son of Michael Banks. He is protective of his twin sister Annabel and younger brother Georgie and steps up to the plate to assist his father following his mother’s death.

Eight-year-old Georgie Banks, played by Joel Dawson, is a beacon of light in the Banks’ home, his cheerful nature piercing the sadness which has recently filled the house. He is quick to embrace Mary Poppins, urging Annabel and John to accept her magical ways.

Mary Poppins Returns introduces Mary’s eccentric cousin Topsy Turvey, played by Meryl Streep. Topsy exists in her own world of upside-downs and opposites. She runs a fix-it shop which turns upside down the “Second Wednesday” of every month. Quite eccentric with an untraceable accent, she discovers the value of seeing things from a “new point of view.”

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