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

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


I've been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive our 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. 


My colleagues and I have been using these approaches regularly in our day to day work and have found them beneficial. The materials provided have been tried and tested, then refined to improve and further develop them for future use.


The main aim of this website is to share our 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.

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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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Watching The Detectives

April 16, 2018


The theme this week was 'Watching The Detectives'.

We started by discussing the news about the increased rate in violent crime, which has been linked to 21,000 fewer police officers in the UK.
We asked what members thought about this. Are the police less visible on our streets and in our communities lately?

We then discussed the case of the man who killed an intruder in his home this week. The pensioner, having been arrested was later told he would not be facing charges.
We discussed the phrase, 'An Englishman's home is his castle'.

We then talked about modern day policing, compared with when we were children or teenagers in the 60s and 70s?
The differences we could think of included the ever present terrorist threat, increased gun and knife crime and the recent phenomenon of acid attacks.

We discussed how modern day uniform has changed, e.g. taser versus truncheon. Also the police helmet and cape are rarely seen these days. Police horses and officers with cameras are also often visible on our streets, especially when a match is on.

We all agreed that we owe our police service a debt of gratitude for keeping us all relatively safe. And that we similarly highly value our fire and ambulance emergency services.

Next, we spoke about the news this week. The champion darts player Eric Bristow had sadly died, aged 60, as well as Ray Wilkins, former England, Chelsea and Manchester footballer, aged 61.

It was 'National Pet Day' this week. We all remembered our most beloved pets, whom most viewed as family members.

Other news this week...

Doris Day turned 96
Marlon Brandon would have been 94
James Garner would have been 90.

Back to the theme, we asked each person to introduce themselves, by stating their name and their favourite TV detective show?


Next we tried to remember all of the James Bonds that there have been and asked people to say what their favourite James Bond film is.

James Bonds are:
- Sean Connery: 1962–1967, 1971 and 1983
- David Niven: 1967
- George Lazenby: 1969
- Roger Moore: 1973–1985
- Timothy Dalton: 1986–1994
- Pierce Brosnan: 1995–2005
- Daniel Craig: 2006–present

James Bond films are:
- Dr. No (1962)
- From Russia with Love (1963)
- Goldfinger (1964)
- Thunderball (1965)
- Casino Royale (1967)
- You Only Live Twice (1967)
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
- Live and Let Die (1973)
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
- Moonraker (1979)
- For Your Eyes Only (1981)
- Octopussy (1983)
- Never Say Never Again (1983)
- A View to a Kill (1985)
- The Living Daylights (1987)
- Licence to Kill (1989)
- GoldenEye (1995)
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- The World Is Not Enough (1999)
- Die Another Day (2002)
- Casino Royale (2006)
- Quantum of Solace (2008)
- Skyfall (2012)
- Spectre (2015)

How is 'Dr Who' linked to this week's theme?
Dr Who's Tardis is a Police Box

What is the Welsh word for Police seen on police cars locally?

In the game 'Monopoly', how do you get out of jail?
Pay £200 or throw a double

Who starred as Inspector Clouseau in the 'Pink Panther' movies?
Peter Sellers

Name some famous prisons?
Alcatraz, Colditz, San Quentin, Wormwood Scrubs, Pentonville


In which prison was the Australian series 'Prisoner Cell Block H' set?


What is the name of the Police Chief in 'The Simpsons'?
Clancy Wiggum

What is the name of the Police Officer in 'Top Cat'?
Charlie Dibble

Where was the TV thriller series 'The Prisoner' set?
Port Meirion in North Wales

What did Nick Ross say at the end of every episode of the BBC 'Crimewatch' programme?
Don't have nightmares

What Gilbert and Sullivan opera is the lyric, 'A policeman's lot is not a happy one ...' from?
The Pirates Of Penzance

Which Agatha Christie detective featured in the book and film 'Murder On The Orient Express'?
Hercule Poirot

Who wrote the 'Sherlock Holmes' books?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Who starred as Sherlock in the recent BBC TV adaptation?
Benedict Cumberbatch

Where was 'The Hound Of The Baskervilles' set?

Name the characters in the game 'Cluedo'?
Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Miss White, Reverend Green, Miss Peacock

What was 'The Famous Five's dog's name?

Who wrote 'The Famous Five' books?
Enid Blyton

Who stars as the TV amateur detective sleuth 'Father Brown'?
Mark Williams

What was the name of the vehicle in the children's TV series 'Scooby Doo'?
The Mystery Machine

What year was 'The Great British Train Robbery'?

How much was stolen from the Royal Mail train on that fateful night of 8 August 1963?
£2.6m (£50m in today's money)

Ask members to name their favourite or most memorable Alfred Hitchcock movie?
The top grossing films are:
- Psycho
- Rear Window
- North by Northwest
- Vertigo
- The Birds
- Dial M for Murder
- Notorious
- The Man Who Knew Too Much.

What did Alfred Hitchcock do in each of his films that was unique to him?
He made a cameo appearance

Who wrote the book 'Rebecca', which later became a Hitchcock hit movie starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine?
Daphne Du Maurier

Which film starring Michael Caine contains the phrase, "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"
The Italian Job

Who wrote the book about racism in the deep south, 'To Kill A Mockingbird'?
Harper Lee

Who starred as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film version of this book?
Gregory Peck

In which type of building did the amateur TV detective 'Jonathan Creek' live?
A windmill

Who starred as Inspector Frost in 'A Touch Of Frost'?
David Jason

What was special about the TV detective 'Ironside'?
He was in a wheelchair

What is a 'Black Mariah'?
A police vehicle for carrying apprehended suspects

What is a 'Grass'?
An informant

What is a 'Gumshoe' or 'Dick'?
A private investigator

Who had a hit single with 'Watching The Detectives'?
Elvis Costello

What about 'I Shot The Sheriff'?
Eric Clapton

What was special about the TV police series 'Juliet Bravo'?
First female detective inspector on British TV

Who is our Home Secretary now, in charge of policing?
Amber Rudd

Who was it before Amber Rudd?
Theresa May (our second female British Prime Minister)




Spotify playlist here https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/16SCKQdpJeNSYbhnEpxAYP?si=cmFuDrB7RyGZ8RBSRgWMEw

Murder She Wrote - TV Theme -
Who starred as Jessica Fletcher? ANGELA LANSBURY

Magnum P.I. - TV Theme -
Who starred as Magnum? TOM SELLECK

Mission Impossible - TV Theme
Who starred in the later series of movies? TOM CRUISE

Hawaii Five O - TV Theme
Catchphrase of Steve McGarrett? BOOK HIM DANNO

Kojak - TV Theme
What was Kojak's catchphrase? WHO LUVS YA BABY
(Always said with a lollipop in his mouth)

Six Million Dollar Man - TV Theme
How much was Steve Austin worth? 6 MILLION DOLLARS

Starsky and Hutch - TV Theme
Who was their sidekick? HUGGBY BEAR

Rockford Files - TV Theme
Who played Jim Rockford? JAMES GARNER

Charlies' Angels - TV Theme
Who made all their arrangements? BOSLEY
(The Angels were Farrah Fawcett Majors, Cheryl Ladd, Kate Jackson & Jaqueline Smith)

The Bill - TV Theme 

Another question would be, think of as many 'slang' names for the Police as we can?

Cagney And Lacey - TV Theme
Who played Cagney and Lacey? TYNE DALEY AND SHARON GLESS

Midsomer Murders - TV Theme
John Nettles, the star of 'Midsomer Murders', also starred as another TV detective? BERGERAC (set in Jersey)

Miss Marple - TV Theme
Who wrote the Miss Marple series? AGATHA CHRISTIE
(Favourite Miss Jane Marples could include Joan Rutherford, Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan & Julia McKenzie)

Hill Street Blues - TV Theme
What was Capt Frank Furillo's catchphrase? LET'S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE

The Avengers - TV Theme
Who were John Steed's (played by Patrick Macnee) most famous sidekicks? 
(The 'New Avengers' starred Joanna Lumley as Purdey)

The Saint - TV Theme
Who played The Saint, a.k.a Simon Templar? ROGER MOORE

Columbo - TV Theme
What type of clothing was Columbo known for always wearing?
A Macintosh raincoat.
(His catchphrase was, 'One more thing!')

Batman - TV Theme
Where was Batman set? GOTHAM CITY
(His arch enemies included The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin and Cat Woman.
His sidekick was Robin.)

Van Der Valk - TV Theme
Where was this detective series set? AMSTERDAM

The Sweeney - TV Theme
John Thaw who played Det. Insp. Jack Regan (sidekick was Det Sgt George Carter played by Dennis Waterman) went on to play another TV detective? INSPECTOR MORSE
Dennis Waterman also starred in another TV comedy-drama show about the London criminal underworld. What was it? MINDER

The Professionals - TV Theme
Who starred as Bodie and Doyle? LEWIS COLLINS AND MARTIN SHAW

The X Files - TV Theme
Who were the two sci fi investigation agents? FOX MULDER (DAVID DUCHOVNY) AND DANA SCULLY (GILLIAN ANDERSON)

Dixon Of Dock Green - TV Theme
Catchphrase? EVENING ALL
(Jack Walker was the name of the police constable)

Z Cars - TV Theme
Ran from 1962 - 1978. Set in the fictional town of? NEWTOWN (based on Kirby, Lancs)
Another question would be, what animal is a Police car commonly named after?
A Panda

Alias Smith And Jones - TV Theme
Who were the main actors starring as villains turned good? BEN MURPHY AND PETE DUEL
(At the end of the opening titles what phrase was always said? "I sure wish the governor'd let a few more people in on our secret!")

Porridge - TV Theme
What was the name of the criminal that Ronnie Barker starred as in this hit 1970s TV comedy?

Tales Of The Unexpected - TV Theme
Who wrote 'Tales Of The Unexpected'? ROALD DAHL

Every Breath You Take - The Police
What is Sting's proper name? GORDON SUMNER

Band On The Run - Wings
Who appeared on the 'Band On The Run' album cover? (Have a picture handy)
Left to right Michael Parkinson, Kenny Lynch, Paul McCartney, James Coburn, Clement Freud, Linda McCartney, Vincent Price, Denny Laine & Tom Conte

Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
What James Bond film is this from (listen carefully)? THE SPY WHO LOVED ME

Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
What is Shirley Bassey's nickname? THE GIRL FROM TIGER BAY

Can anyone think of any TV police or detectives shows missing from this list?


Our activities this week, linked to the 'Watching The Detectives' theme, included.

- A game of 'Cluedo'
- A game of 'Who Am I?' (sticky label name of well known celebrity on forehead of person guessing, with others answering questions and giving clues one at a time)
- Some hidden objects and spot the difference photos printed off the internet for those who prefer individual activities
- Jigsaw as an alternative






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