• Simon O'Donovan

Chocolate Box

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." Charles M Schulz NEWS ROUND UP George Bush senior died this week, aged 94. He was the 41st US President, in office from 1989-1993. Quote “We are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family. To make American families a lot more like the Walton's and a lot less like the Simpsons.” There are now only 5 Living Presidents. Jimmy Carter, 94 years old Bill Clinton, 72 years old George W Bush, 72 years old Barack Obama, 57 years old And Donald Trump, of course, who is 72 years old. The painting from 'Allo Allo' - the 'Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies' by the fictional artist Van Clomp, sold at auction this week for £15,000.

'The Apprentice' series continued it's run on BBC2. Coincidentally this week, the contest involved making and marketing a new brand of chocolates. Another tie in, of course, is that the hit reality TV show is hosted by Lord Alan Sugar. It's that time of year when people are putting their Christmas decorations up, sending cards, buying presents and opening Advent Calendars each day. These are normally filled with various chocolates, though you can get whisky, gin, cheese and even pork scratching Advent Calendars these days! So this week's themed activities centred around Cholocate. We asked, who likes chocolate? Or dislikes it... and the reasons why? Would anyone describe themselves as a 'Chocoholic'? Does anyone have a favourite chocolate bar? Does anyone remember getting a selection box for Christmas when they were younger? Who prefers Milk, Dark or White chocolate? Aside from Christmas, which other events normally include chocolates as gifts? - Easter - Birthdays - Anniversaries - Valentines - When someone is ill.

IDIOMS Next, we asked members to complete these well known phrases... (clues are in brackets) Sweet and - SOUR (Chinese food) As useless as a chocolate - TEAPOT (not fit for purpose) Death by - CHOCOLATE (name of a chocolate desert) Sweet - TOOTH (likes sweet foods) That's the way the cookie - CRUMBLES (tough luck) A tough - COOKIE (a strong person) A piece of - CAKE (easy) As sweet as - HONEY (sickly sweet) Icing on the - CAKE (to better something) Have your cake and - EAT IT (best of both worlds) The cherry on - THE TOP (finishing touch) A rose by any other name would smell - AS SWEET (‘Romeo And Juliet’ quotation) Short and - SWEET (brief) Be sweet on - SOMEBODY (fancy a person) Do something in your own sweet - WAY (take your time) Forbidden fruit is the - SWEETEST (Adam & Eve reference) Home sweet - HOME (comfort of familiarity) Keep somebody - SWEET (play somebody) Like a kid in a - SWEET SHOP (excited) Revenge is - SWEET (get your own back) Sweet - DREAMS (goodnight) Sweet Fanny - ADAMS (sweet FA) Whisper sweet - NOTHINGS (words of love) The sweet smell of - SUCCESS (gloating) Eye - CANDY (good looking) Like taking candy from - A BABY (easy peasy) Chocolate - BOX (tips jar for staff)

QUIZ John Cadbury founded his business in 1824 in Birmingham. What religion was he? QUAKER Chocolate contains the endorphin phenylethylamine, which is a feel good brain chemical. One survey found what percentage of women would prefer chocolate over making love? OVER 50% Which chocolate bar sells the most in the UK? KITKAT (The middle layer of a KitKat is smashed up KitKats. Nothing goes to waste!) What is the name of Cadbury's dark chocolate, sold in the UK? BOURNEVILLE Which small oval chocolate treat appears in shops in January in readiness for Easter festivities? CADBURY'S CREME EGGS How many calories are in a deep fried Mars Bar? 600 (Has anyone had one?) Which traditional cream cake is covered in chocolate? ECLAIR OR PROFITEROLE (choux pastry) What spread is used in a Chocolate Crepe? NUTELLA What chocolate do you add to a cornet of vanilla ice cream to make a 99? FLAKE The chocolate treat with a nut on top? WALNUT WHIP The chocolate mixed bag with orange, coffee, raisin, peanut, toffee and biscuit centres? REVELS What Christmas cake has a chocolate coating? CHOCOLATE LOG Which American biscuit has chocolate rounds with a creme fondant in the middle? OREO Which chocolate cake has black cherries in the middle? BLACKFOREST GATEAUX The chocolate egg with a children’s toy in the middle? KINDER SURPRISE Which actor is said to have invented the Magnum to replace choc ices? ROGER MOORE In which sitcom did Patsy Stone call Edina Monsoon 'Sweetie darling'? - ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (starring Joanna Lumley & Jennifer Saunders) In which film did Tom Hanks say, "Mama always said that life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." - FORREST GUMP Which TV vicar LOVES chocolate (and Mel Gibson)? - VICAR OF DIBLEY (DAWN FRENCH) Which 'Little Britain' character loved 'Choclit'? - MAJORIE DAWES - FATFIGHTERS (PLAYED BY MATT LUCAS) Complete these advertising slogans... (and sing those which you can remember) 1. See the face you love light up with ...... ... .... - TERRYS ALL GOLD 2. The ..... .... are on me - MILKY BARS 3. A .... . ... helps you work rest and play - MARS A DAY 4. And all because the lady loves .... .... - MILK TRAY 5. ..... A hazelnut in every bite - TOPIC 6. .... ....... ...... Full of eastern promise - FRYS TURKISH DELIGHT 7. You’re not you when you’re hungry! ........ - SNICKERS (Snickers used to be called ........ - MARATHON) 8. A ...... .. ..... is just enough to give your kids a treat - FINGER OF FUDGE 9. After ..... - EIGHTS 10. It's not Terrys ......... ...... its mine. - CHOCOLATE ORANGE (Or ‘Tap it and unwrap it’) 11. Only the crumbliest milkiest chocolate tastes like chocolate never tasted before ........ ..... - CADBURYS FLAKE 12. Everyone's a ..... ... ... case. - FRUIT AND NUT 13. (Hey Mr Beaver) Take it easy with ........ ....... - CADBURYS CARAMEL 14. Get that Friday feeling with Cadburys ........ - CRUNCHIE (or ‘Thank Crunchie it’s Friday’) 15. It takes a glass and a half of milk to make ........ ..... .... taste so creamy. - CADBURYS DAIRY MILK 16. Have a break, have a ... ... - KIT KAT (Made by Nestle) 17. When you feel a little ppeckish ppppick up a ....... - PENGUIN 18. ..... grow on you. - ROSES 19. ......... melt in your mouth not in your hand. - M&MS (Used to be called ‘Treats’) 20. Do you love someone enough to give them your last ....? - ROLO 21. ...... the taste of paradise. - BOUNTY 22. The lighter way to enjoy chocolate. ......... - MALTESERS 23. ..... ... The sweet you can eat between meals without losing your appetite. - MILKY WAY 24. Who knows the secret of the ..... ..... ...? - BLACK MAGIC BOX 25. Nuts whole hazelnuts ........ take them and they cover them in chocolate. - CADBURYS WHOLENUT 26. If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit join our .... - CLUB (Flavours were biscuit, fruit biscuit, orange and mint) 27. Full moon, half moon, total eclipse ..... ..... - JAFFA CAKES 28. How do you like to eat them? ........ ..... ... - CADBURYS CREAM EGGS 29. .... ... It's a bit of a beast. - LION BAR 30. Only ....... have the answer. - SMARTIES 31. Bridge that gap with ........ ..... - CADBURY'S SNACK 32. Hot chocolate, drinking chocolate ........ ........ ......... - CADBURY'S DRINKING CHOCOLATE 33. It's so big you've gotta grin to get it in ..... ..... - WAGON WHEEL (Are they smaller, or are our hands?) 34. Not for girls ...... ... - YORKIE BAR 35. The Ambassador’s chocolate ....... ..... - FERRERO ROCHER 36. Outchews everything for 3p ..... ..... - CURLY WURLY 37. Somebody somewhere is having a ...... ..... - TOFFEE CRISP (rice crispies) 38. Feel the bubbles melt .... - AERO 39. What’s your favourite? ....... ...... - QUALITY STREET 40. Out on its own ......... - TOBLERONE (made from triangular chocolate)


Spotify Playlist link here We Are The Ovaltineys - The Ovaltineys Name some bedtime hot drinks? OVALTINE, HORLICKS, COCOA, HOT MILK, CAMP COFFEE Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate Name the lead singer? ERROL BROWN What 1997 comedy film featured this song? THE FULL MONTY (starring Robert Carlyle) Pure Imagination - Gene Wilder What 1971 children’s film featured this song? WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY What were the little people in this film called? THE OOMPA LOOMPA Sugar Sugar - The Archies Name the different types of sugar? BROWN, GRANULATED, DEMERARA, CUBES, ICING, CASTER, MOLASSES, HONEY Lollipop - The Chordettes Who carries a lollipop on the street? LOLLIPOP MAN AT PEDESTRIAN CROSSING Which TV detective sucked a lollipop? KOJAK Lollipop Guild - The Wizard Of Oz What were the little people called in this 1939 film? MUNCHKINS What road did they follow to find the Wizard? THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD On The Good Ship Lollipop - Shirley Temple How old was she when she had a hit with this song (from the 1934 film ‘Bright Eyes’)? 3 Name the child actor from the 1990 Christmas film ‘Home Alone’? MACAULAY CULKIN Sweets For My Sweet - The Searchers Name some old fashioned sweets? GOBSTOPPERS, BLACK JACKS, FRUIT SALADS, PINEAPPLE CHUNKS, COLA CUBES, MOJOS, SHERBET LEMONS, DIB DABS, SHERBET FOUNTAIN, BONBONS, LIQOURICE ALLSORTS Who likes liquorice? Candy Man - Sammy Davies Jnr This song was used on a Friday in the Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 ‘Breakfast Show’. He has just been tempted back to Virgin with an annual salary of how much? £2m (currently £1.6m) Thank You Very Much - The Scaffold This song advertised which tin of sweets? QUALITY STREET What colour wrapping has the Brazil Nut chocolate? PURPLE CELLOPHANE Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This - Eurythmics Name the two musicians in the Eurythmics? ANNIE LENNOX & DAVE STEWART I Get The Sweetest Feeling - Jackie Wilson What was Jackie Wilson’s nickname? MR EXCITEMENT What type of music did he produce? AMERICAN SOUL Black Magic Woman - Santana What nationality is Carlos Santana? MEXICAN AMERICAN The capital of Mexico, Mexico City, was once the capital of which ancient empire? AZTEC Yummy Yummy Yummy - Ohio Express Is anyone able to rub their tummy and pat their head at the same time? Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones True or false. Mick Jagger’s newest son is younger than his great grandson? TRUE. On 8th December 2016 Mick Jagger, then aged 73, welcomed his son Deveraux. His great granddaughter was born in 2014 Sugar And Spice - The Searchers What are little girls and little boys made of? SUGAR AND SPICE AND ALL THINGS NICE SLUGS AND SNAILS AND PUPPY DOG TAILS Nutcracker Suite - Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky What style of dance does this song represent? BALLET Who is the ballet dancer on the judging panel of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ currently? DAME DARCEY BUSSELL Gonna Make You A Star - David Essex Which TV reality series awards celebrities gold stars for eating jungle critters, as well as other tasks? I’M A CELEBRITY GET ME OUT OF HERE Is anyone watching either of these two shows?

A couple more Hot Chocolate songs, for if you have time and to try and get people up dancing...

Everyone's A Winner

So You Win Again

It Started With A Kiss

ACTIVITY We purchased some figures to decorate and made a string of ‘Happy Smiley People Holding Hands’. See the images above. Then we had our chocolate tasting round. We cut up several bars of chocolate and passed tasters around for people to identify. (We had some diabetic chocolate on stand by, so no one missed out.)

About Me

Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.


He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 


The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.


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