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The way we live now: Chalet chic

Alpine chalets are tremendously filmic. And a bit suburban-sinister too. You think of all those bright saturated-colour Sixties and early Seventies films, you think of Roger Moore and Petula Clark types chaleted-up. And Julie Andrews. And then you think of Hitler.

It's island life, baby

Malta's neighbour Gozo is small, intimate and sleepy. Add to that good food and Ayurvedic massages and it's just the place for some prenatal R&R, says Jon Bowd

Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Flappery will get you nowhere

Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shaftesbury Theatre, London

More perspiration than inspiration in a thoroughly middling Millie

Barbara Benedek: Women in media can bring about change

From the address by the chair of Women in Film and Television, given at the annual awards ceremony in London

Letter: Song for Julie

I WAS fascinated by Douglas Adams's attack on that notorious non-line from "Do-Re-Mi" in The Sound of Music: "La, a note to follow soh" (The Last Word, 31 October). I have long been irked by this and I always trill an alternative: "La, that's Arabic for `no' " (which happens to be the case).

It Was 35 Years Ago Today `Mary Poppins' floats in

On 25 September 1964, the US public got the first sight of an umbrella-borne Julie Andrews as she flew through the air to 17 Cherry Tree Lane to rescue two children from harridan nannies and take them on a series of magical, musical adventures. Disney's Mary Poppins, adapted from a 1934 book by P L Travers, was ecstatically received, even though "passionate devotees" of the book might have found "Walt Disney's musical version - the very idea of it - an act of cultural vandalism". But "even when sentiment borders on the saccharine and Walt Disney's little pieties become more than a little sticky, it's a pleasure" (Newsweek). The New York Times urged viewers to be thankful for "the intrusion of Mr Disney and his myrmidons": "Praise heaven that there are such as they still making films". Variety thought that, though over-long, it was "a top-flight accomplishment".

Arts: EDINBURGH FESTIVAL '99: Diary: Geraldine McNulty, comedian

THIS YEAR I decided to make Edinburgh a challenge. I view myself as a dynamic, self-assured and positive character and so, one day in spring (after a counselling session) the voices in my head told me to take on not one, but two shows. I arrived in Edinburgh full of the miraculous confidence exhibited by Julie Andrews as she arrived at the gates of the Von Trapp mansion!

Arts: The stalls are alive...

... with The Sound of Music. A one-off singalong was the unexpected highlight of last year's Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Now we all have the chance to climb every mountain

Net Gains: The sound of music

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