I would like to thank:
My parents, who gave me my first copy of Mary Poppins and who let me rummage through their book shelves when I was little; Professor Grilli, whose book was a revelation and confirmed my view that there was more to Mary Poppins than meets the eye; Professor Dr. Elmar Schenkel, who was so kind to offer me the opportunity to publish this book and whose lectures and seminars on all kinds of eccentric topics I always thoroughly enjoyed; Anne Malewski, my friend and almost neighbour (had it not been for the chocolate woman), who was so kind to put her creative energy into the cover of this book; Judith Escher, without whose help this book would have been published on a papyrus scroll and who is, well, “practically perfect”, and a special friend, who proofread this book and never tired of telling me when my sentences were “too German” or when a word existed “only in Finnish”.
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