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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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Eurovision Song Contest


NEWS ROUND UP

We discussed the following news stories ...

Freddie Starr had died in his apartment in Spain, aged 76. This popular comedian first appeared on 'Opportunity Knocks' in 1967. Doris Day had also died, aged 94. We remembered some of her best songs and films: - Deadwood Stage - Secret Love - Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps

- Que Sera Sera

- Calamity Jane

- Pillow Talk

- Move Over Darling

- The Man Who Knew Too Much

We read this quote from her ...

“I like joy; I want to be joyous; I want to have fun on the set; I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. And that's all I want. I like it. I like being happy. I want to make others happy.” There had been a deep dive 7 miles down into the Mariana Trench. Amazingly, a plastic bag had been observed on the ocean floor. We noted with sadness that Coca Cola bottles are the most common plastic items found on British beaches. 13-19 May 2019 had been 'National Vegetarian Week'. We discussed the pros and cons of vegetarianism and asked who could manage to live without bacon butties. This week also marked the 60 years anniversary of the 1959 film 'Tiger Bay', set in Cardiff Docks. ITV broadcast a documentary about the making of the film, with Hayley Mills returning to revisit the new and improved Cardiff Bay.

Finally, Dame Shirley Bassey was awarded the Freedom Of The City in Cardiff this week, in honour of her massively successful career, who had humble beginnings as 'The Girl From Tiger Bay'. Dame Shirley is now aged 82. IDIOMS

We asked members to complete the following phrases ... Dutch TREAT OR COURAGE French LETTER OR CONNECTION Welsh DRAGON OR RAREBIT OR LAMB British BULLDOG Luck of the IRISH Scotch MIST OR EGG English ROSE The rain in Spain stays MAINLY ON THE PLAIN

Spanish OMELETTE Swiss ARMY KNIFE OR ROLL Turkish BATHS OR DELIGHT Russian ROULETTE Norwegian WOOD Spanish FLY German SAUSAGE Mexican WAVE Delhi BELLY E viva ESPANA Italian STALLION Holland - AISE SAUCE OR AND BARRETT It's all GREEK to me

Double DUTCH Chinese WHISPERS OR PROVERBS When in ROME ... Do as Romans do Talk for ENGLAND Indian SUMMER

EUROVISION QUIZ

(Linked with pictures for printing off for the tables, or for looking at on the iPad.

Click on the image below to link to picture gallery.

Questions with pictures have a * alongside them.)

How many years did Terry Wogan host the 'Eurovision Song Contest'? * 1961-2007 (46 YEARS) Who used to announce the British vote? KATIE BOYLE * Who is the current British host? GRAHAM NORTON * Madonna is featuring in this year's 'Eurovision Song Contest', which will be held in Tel Aviv on Saturday 18th May 2019. * What is her real name? MADONNA LOUISE CICCONE How old is Madonna? 60 What was her first hit single? HOLIDAY (1983) (On Playlist) Why does Israel take part in Eurovision?

THE ISRAEL BROADCASTING AUTHORITY IS A MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN BROADCASTING UNION

How long has Australia been represented in the contest? SINCE 2015, WHEN THEY WERE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE AS PART OF THE CONTEST'S 60TH BIRTHDAY

What is the currency of Europe? * EURO How many member states are there? *

28 How many stars are on the EU flag? *

12 - THEY STAND FOR THE PRINCIPLES OF UNITY, SOLIDARITY AND HARMONY

If members were travelling to Europe would they get there?

AEROPLANE, TRAIN (EUROSTAR) OR FERRY

From which London station does the Eurostar leave? *

ST PANCRAS

Where does a ferry leaving from Dover travelling to France arrive? *

CALAISE (USUALLY)

Has anyone any stories about travelling on the Eurostar or a ferry?

What is the largest body of water in Europe? MEDITERRANEAN SEA What is the largest country in Europe?

RUSSIA

What is the largest city in Europe?

ISTANBUL, FOLLOWED BY MOSCOW, PARIS & LONDON

Now we will travel around some landmarks, cities and countries of Europe, noting who has visited the places mentioned or enjoyed the food and drink pictured. LONDON * Tower of London - Who guards the Crown Jewels? BEEFEATERS

'Beefeater' is a brand of which drink? LONDON GIN Buckingham Palace - How do we know if the Queen is at home? THE ROYAL STANDARD IS FLYING Tower Bridge - How many times does the bridge open on average a day? TWICE Big Ben / Palace Of Westminster - What is the name of the tower? THE ELIZABETH TOWER (BIG BEN IS THE CLOCK)

The Shard - How many floors are there? 95

London Eye - How long does it take to make one full rotation? 30 MINUTES

FRANCE *

Paris Eiffel Tower - How many steps are there to the top - 1,710? * Notre Dame - Which book/film character is associated with this building? - THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Written by Victor Hugo in 1831) *

(This particular image was commented on in the media as people thought they could see an image of Christ in the flames!)

Mona Lisa - Which museum houses the Mona Lisa? - THE LOUVRE * Mont St Michel Twinned with which Cornwall tourist attraction? - ST MICHAELS MOUNT * Bayeux Tapestry Who is depicted being shot with an arrow through his eye? - KING HAROLD (Battle of Hastings 1066) * Lourdes Which Catholic Saint had a miraculous vision at Lourdes, in the French Alps? - SAINT BERNADETTE *

BELGIUM *

Which Agatha Christie detective came from Belgium? HERCULE POIROT

Has anyone travelled on the Orient Express?

Who likes Brussels Sprouts? *

Or would prefer Belgian Waffles?

NETHERLANDS * Amsterdam

What is the name of the river which runs through Amsterdam? - AMSTEL *

Name two classic songs about Amsterdam? (On Playlist) - A Windmill In Old Amsterdam - Tulips From Amsterdam Who likes Edam Cheese or Dutch Gouda? *

Who would prefer a French (Brie, Camembert) or British cheese (Cheddar, Stilton), or anything else? List as many European cheeses as you can ... ITALY * Venice * Who can remember the song from the Cornetto advert? (SING ALONG) (On Playlist) Name some different types of pasta ... * Which pasta sauce has the advert, "Just like Mama used to make"? DOLMIO SAUCE Where in the UK is Little Venice? - LONDON (PADDINGTON) Rome * What is the name of the armed soldiers who protect the Vatican? - SWISS GUARD *

Where did Gladiators fight in Rome? - THE COLLOSSEUM * Which Roman fountain was the song 'Three Coins In The Fountain' about? - FONTANA DE TREVI

Pisa * What angle is the Leaning Tower of Pisa leaning at? 10 DEGREES SPAIN * Where would you find the La Sagrada Familia Basilica? - BARCELONA *

Who created this cathedral? - GAUDI

Which UK TV comedy series has a character from Barcelona? - MANUEL IN FAWLTY TOWERS * Benidorm In the UK TV sitcom 'Benidorm', what is the name of the Hotel? - SOLANA And the hairdresser? - BLOW AND GO

SWITZERLAND *

Switzerland is a leading exporter of what? WATCHES AND CLOCKS

What is the name of the breakfast cereal which is associated with the Swiss Alps? - ALPEN *

Which chocolatier is famously Swiss? - LINDT *

NORWAY * What is the proper name of the Northern Lights? - AURORA BOREALIS *

What is the Nordic dish Gravlax? - RAW/CURED SALMON *

SWEDEN *

Which famous Swedish furniture store is in most UK cities? - IKEA *

What is a Smorgasbord? - SWEDISH BUFFET * GREECE * Where would you visit the Parthenon? - ATHENS * Which 1963 film based on Greek mythology concerns a hunt for the Golden Fleece? - JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS What cheese would you find in a Greek salad? FETA *

Who likes olives?

Which 2008 film, set in Greece, featured ABBA music? MAMA MIA

IRELAND * Dublin What is the name of the river which runs through Dublin? - LIFFEY

And the name of the bridge? HA'PENNY BRIDGE

What was the song about a fish seller in Dublin? - MOLLY MALONE (On Playlist)

AUSTRIA * Where was the 1965 film 'The Sound Of Music' filmed? - SALZBURG *

(If time the overture from the film which includes many extracts of the songs is included on the Playlist.)

MALTA * Which 1941 Humphrey Bogart thriller concerned a statue from Malta? - THE MALTESE FALCON

What is the capital city of Malta? - VALETTA PORTUGAL * What is the most dangerous jellyfish in the sea? - PORTUGUESE MAN O'WAR

What drink enjoyed at Christmas is made in Portugal? - PORT

ICELAND *

What is the capital city of Iceland? - REYKJAVIK Which Icelandic singer wore a swan around her neck? - BJORK

What is the advertising slogan associated with the food store Iceland? THAT@S WHY MUMS GO TO ICELAND

MUSIC QUIZ

Spotify Playlist Link here https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/4GoAISb2E2Eb0EWe9rzcVT?si=VQm1i4B1QrKcotw_vC6SsA

Refrain - Lys Assia (Switzerland)

This was the first winning song of the first Eurovision Song Contest/

What year was it?

1956

(Lys Assia died in 2018, aged 94) Possibly the biggest winner/best song Waterloo - ABBA Sweden winner - 1974

Who was defeated in the Battle Of Waterloo?

NAPOLEON Boom Bang A Bang - Lulu

UK winner - 1969

Lulu starred alongside Sidney Poitier in which 1969 movie?

TO SIR WITH LOVE Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz

UK winner - 1981 Can anyone remember the dance?

How do you make a Bucks Fizz?

CHAMPAGNE AND ORANGE JUICE Congratulations - Cliff Richard

UK 2nd place - 1968 What year was the film 'Summer Holiday'? (Also on Playlist)

1963

TIME FOR A SINGALONG

Puppet On A String - Sandie Shaw UK winner - 1967 Which Disney puppet had a nose which grew when he lied? PINNICCHIO

Who was his master? - GEPPETTO Save Your Kisses For Me - Brotherhood Of Man

UK winner - 1976

What card would you sign with a kiss on the bottom? - VALENTINE'S CARD (AS YOU WOULDN'T WRITE YOUR NAME) Hold Me Now - Johnny Logan

Ireland winner - 1987

He also won in 1980, but with which song? - WHAT'S ANOTHER YEAR (It's on the Playlist) Riverdance - Bill Whelan What year was this music played during the interval and became more famous than the competition itself? - 1994 Who were the lead dancers? MICHAEL FLATLEY & JEAN BUTLER Love Shine A Light - Katrina And The Waves UK winner - 1997 (The last time the UK won it!) Where was Katrina walking on in 1983? WALKING ON SUNSHINE Rise Like A Phoenix - Concitta Wurst Austria winner - 2014 What was interesting or different about the appearance of this Eurovision star? HE DRESSED AS A WOMAN BUT WORE A FULL BEARD Clodagh Rogers - Jack In The Box UK entry 1971 (4th position) Who was British Prime Minister in 1971? EDWARD HEATH (PM from 1970-1974) (Heath took the UK into the European Economic Community on 22nd January 1972) All Kinds Of Everything - Dana Ireland winner - 1970

Which flowers are mentioned in this song?

SNOWDROPS AND DAFFODILS Barcelona - Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Cabalier

What year were the Olympics held at Barcelona?

1992

Lost In France - Bonnie Tyler How would you avoid getting lost in France these days? SATELLITE NAVIGATION Vienna - Ultravox Who was the lead singer and where did he come from? MIDGE URE - Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Why is he called Midge?

HIS HEIGHT IS 5 FEET 6 1/2 INCHES

Y Viva Espana - Sylvia Vrethammer

What are the Costas? COASTAL REGIONS

What are the English translations for -

COSTA DEL SOL - SUNSHINE COAST

COSTA BRAVA - RUGGED COAST

COSTA BLANCA - WHITE COAST

COSTA DORADO - GOLD COAST

ACTIVITIES

This week we simply had a Group Karaoke Session. We sang some Doris Day and Shirley Bassey songs, loudly. These have been added to the Playlist.

- Deadwood Stage

- Secret Love

- Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps

- Que Sera Sera

- Diamonds Are Forever

- Goldfinger

- Big Spender

- I Am What I Am We had a glass of Bucks Fizz for extra enjoyment.


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