NEWS ROUND UP
Doris Day reached age 97 on Wednesday 3rd April 2019. Do members remember her hit songs, 'A Secret Love', 'Sentimental Journey' and 'Que Sera'?
'Burger King' has launched a new vegan whopper burger. It's supposed to be so meaty and leaks beetroot juice such that it's very convincing and people don't quite believe it's not beef!
It was 'April Fools Day' on Monday 1st April, of course.
Some of the best April Fools spotted included:
Wales Online - A new 100mph zipwire linking Wales and England is to be built on top of the Severn Bridge.
BBC iPlayer - Launched a 'Skip The Sex' button to save embarrassment if watching adult themed programmes with your children.
US Open Tennis - Announced they would be adding puppies to their ball person team for the first time.
Travelodge - Announced a new 'Bed Share Scheme' to save on hotel bills by bedding down with strangers.
KitKat - Launched a new tea bag range to accompany their chocolate fingers. The tea bags come in one, two, three and four finger strength.
BMW - Announced they have invented 'Lunar Paint' which when painted on electric cars could charge them overnight using moonlight.
British Transport Police - Launched a new crack down on rail passengers who eat smelly foods. Fines of up to £2000 for 'really stinky' foods were announced. (What about noisy passengers?)
Do members recall probably the best April Fool by Panorama in 1957, which filmed the spaghetti harvest being picked from trees in Switzerland?
This week our theme for Cognitive Stimulation Therapy was Space because it is 'International Day Of Human Space Flight' on 12th April.
Ask members to complete the following phrases...
April Showers Bring May - FLOWERS
April Fools - DAY
Space, the final - FRONTIER
May the force (May 4th) be with - YOU
Once in a blue - MOON
Living on another - PLANET
Come back down to - EARTH
Under the - SUN
Lost in - SPACE
Aim for the - STARS
Over the - MOON
Houston we have a - PROBLEM
Live long and - PROSPER (Can anyone do the Spock - Vulcan hand signal?)
Thunderbirds are - GO
We have lift - OFF
Twinkle twinkle - LITTLE STAR (full poem below)
Hey Diddle - DIDDLE (full poem below)
'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'
Jane Taylor, 1806
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
‘Till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveller in the dark,–
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
'Hey, diddle, diddle'
By Mother Goose
The Dorling Kindersley Book of Nursery Rhymes (2000)
Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Click on the above image to be taken to an album of pictures to printed off for the tables.
This is great to allow people with language problems to fully participate. Also it offers a visual identification and recall opportunity.
What does NASA stand for?
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
Where do space craft take off from in the USA?
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA
Where is 'Space Command'?
What were the fleet of spacecraft which landed like an aeroplane called?
How many of them were there?
SIX (5 flew in space)
The first orbiter, 'Enterprise', made its maiden flight in 1977, on the back of a 747. It was an unpowered glider.
'Columbia' was the first space worthy orbiter and made its inaugural flight in 1981.
'Challenger', 'Discovery' and 'Atlantis' followed in 1983, 1984 and 1985 respectively.
In 1986, 'Challenger' was destroyed in an accident shortly after launch.
'Endeavour' was built as Challenger's replacement, and was first launched in 1992.
In 2003, 'Columbia' was destroyed during re-entry, leaving just three remaining orbiters.
'Discovery' completed its final flight on March 9, 2011, and 'Endeavour' completed its final flight on June 1, 2011.
'Atlantis' completed the last ever Shuttle flight on July 21, 2011.
What is the name of the spacecraft which orbits the earth at between 205-270 miles above the surface?
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
How long has it been permanently crewed for?
SINCE NOVEMBER 2000
How fast does it travel through space?
17,100 MPH (That's 15.5 orbits a day or 92 minutes to circle the earth)
What is the name of the British Astronaut who was there from 15 December 2015 for 185 days?
Can people remember when the Apollo 11 moon landing took place?
20TH JULY, 1969
Who was the first person to step on the lunar surface?
What was the name of the landing craft?
THE EAGLE (HAS LANDED)
What were Neil Armstrong's first words?
IT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN; ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND
Who else walked on the moon?
Who flew the command module?
Can members remember where they were when watching this happen live on their black and white TV sets?
Does anyone believe the conspiracy theory that this never happened?
What was the name of the 1977 conspiracy film about fictional Mars landings, starring Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Sam Waterston and O. J. Simpson as the astronauts?
What are the 9 Planets Of The Solar System?
Which of these planet names was a Disney character?
Whose pet dog was he?
Which classical musician composed The Planets Suite?
What does U.F.O. stand for?
UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT
What is the highly classified area in Nevada associated with U.F.O.s?
Do members believe in alien life?
What 'incident' refers to an alien autopsy being carried out in 1947?
THE ROSWELL INCIDENT
Who wrote 'The Time Machine', published in 1895?
This futuristic dystopian vision had which species at odds with each other?
MORLOCKS & ELOI
He also wrote which 1897 book, about Martians landing on Earth?
WAR OF THE WORLDS
Who wrote 'The Day Of The Triffids', published in 1951?
What happens to most people on earth when there is a meteor shower in this sci to novel?
THEY WENT BLIND, THEN THE MOVING PLANTS BEGAN TO EAT THEM
Who starred in the 1978 version of the film, 'The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers'?
What was the name of the underground living animal in the children’s TV show ‘The Clangers’?
Can anyone make any Clanger noises?
Which instant food product had aliens saying, "Earth people peel their own potatoes with their metal knives, boil them for twenty of their minutes, then smash them all to bits"
(Singalong) FOR MASH GET SMASH
What was the name of the popular 1980s computer game where you shot at alien craft before they landed?
Who is the physician who died last year, famous for his theory of black holes?
PROF STEPHEN HAWKING (Clue, he spoke using a computer)
Who hosted a TV programme about astronomy from 1957-2013 (772 episodes, which is a Guinness World Record for presenting)?
SIR PATRICK MOORE (Clue he wore a monocle and played the xylophone)
From this list, ask the questions. Then ask members to rate their Top 3 all time Sci Fi Movies.
'2001: A Space Odyssey', 1968
Director - Stanley Kubrick
Name of the computer - Hal
'Planet Of The Apes', 1968
Starring - Charlton Heston & Roddy McDowall
What famous American landmark was on the beach towards the end of the movie? - Statue Of Liberty
Director - Ridley Scott
Cast - Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt & Ian Holm
Ship computer - Mother
Ask members if they remember the first Alien contact scene?
'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind', 1977
Director - Steven Spielberg
Starring - Richard Dreyfuss
Ask members if they remember the musical signal? Can anyone sing it?
'Star Wars', 1977
Which characters did the following actors play?
Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker
Carrie Fisher - Princess Leia
Harrison Ford - Hans Solo
Spaceship - Millennium Falcon
Arch enemy - Darth Vadar
'Star Trek The Movie', 1979
Starring whom and as what characters? - William Shatner (Cpt James T Kirk),
Leonard Nimoy (Spock), DeForest Kelley (Leonard 'Bones' McCoy), James Doohan (Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott), George Takei (Hikaru Sulu), Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov) & Nichelle Nichols (Lt Uhura)
The name of the space ship was? - US Enterprise
What species was Spock? - Vulcan
Director - Ridley Scott
Starring - Harrison Ford
Rutger Hauer & Darrell Hannah were - Replicants
'ET The Extra Terrestrial', 1982
Director - Steven Spielberg
Children stars - Henry Thomas (Elliott) & Drew Barrymore (Gertie)
Catchphrase - "ET phone home!"
Do members remember the flying bicycles scene?
'The Terminator', 1984
Director - James Cameron
Starring - Arnold Swarzenneger
Who became politician where? - State Governor Of California 2003-11
Catchphrase - "I'll be back!"
'Back To The Future', 1985
Starring - Michael J Fox
As whom? - Marty McFly
How did he travel back in time? In a DeLorean car
'Jurrasic Park', 1993
Starring - Sam Neill, Ellie Sattler & Jeff Goldblum
Where did scientists get the DNA to recreate the dinosaurs?
MOSQUITO (BLOOD) TRAPPED IN AMBER
What event is said to have wiped the dinosaurs out?
ASTEROID (Chicxulub crater in Mexico - 66M YEARS AGO)
'Apollo 13', 1995
Directed by Ron Howard
Starring - Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon & Gary Sinise
TRUE OR FALSE There is more computer power in a first generation iPhone than there was in the Apollo mission? TRUE
'Independence Day', 1996
Starring - Will Smith, Bill Pullman & Jeff Goldblum
What day is Independence Day in the USA? 4TH JULY
Space Music Quiz
Spotify Playlist link here
Space music questions:
Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op 31 - Richard Strauss
This music was used in which film we mentioned earlier?
'2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY'
Space Oddity - David Bowie
What year was this song released in?
What was his character with the lightning bolt across his face called?
Rocket Man - Elton John
What is Elton's real name? REG DWIGHT
Who is he married to? DAVID FURNISH
Blue Moon - The Marcels
What horror film character is said to come to life on a full moon? WEREWOLF
What 1981 film about a Werewolf was this song used in? AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
What was Frank's nickname?
OLD BLUE EYES
Breathe - Pink Floyd
What album did this track come from?
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Who was lead guitarist?
Moon River - Audrey Hepburn. What film included this song? (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonny Tyler
Can anyone remember where they were for the total eclipse of the sun on August 11th 1999? (11mins past 11am was the start of totality)
Fanfare for the Common Man - Emerson Lake and Palmer
The classical and original version was by which composer?
Dr. Who - TV theme
Lets name the Doctors (William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi & Jodie Whittaker)
Joe 90 - TV theme
Who produced this show?
Captain Scarlet - TV theme
Who was the arch enemy?
X Files - TV Theme
Name the investigators?
FOX MULDER (DAVID DUCHOVNY) & DANA SCULLY (GILLIAN ANDERSON)
Thunderbirds - TV Theme
What was the model that the children’s TV magazine show ‘Blue Peter’ guided viewers to make that was associated with ‘Thunderbirds’?
Forever Autumn - Justin Hayward. Who was speaking at the beginning of the song? (Richard Burton)
Which album is this song from?
JEFF WAYNE’S WAR OF THE WORLDS
Justin Hayward was lead singer of which group? - MOODY BLUES
Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft - The Carpenters
Who played the drums?
I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper - Hot Gossip
Who was Sarah Brightman married to?
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Star Trekkin - The Firm
Can anyone remember the catchphrases in the song?
'THERE'S KLINGONS ON THE STARBOARD BOW'
'IT'S LIFE JIM, BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT'
'IT'S WORSE THAN THAT, HE'S DEAD JIM'
'WE COME IN PEACE, SHOOT TO KILL'
'YA CANAE CHANGE THE LAWS OF PHYSICS'
Aquarius - The 5th Dimension
What are the 12 Signs Of The Zodiac?
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces
Does anyone believe in Astrology or read their stars? (Maybe read someone's stars out?)
Name the famous Astrologist who featured on BBC Breakfast Time?
What musical does this song come from? HAIR
Venus and Mars - Wings
Who was Paul McCartney's wife?
What is she famous for today?
HER VEGETARIAN FOOD PRODUCTS
Starry Starry Night - Don McLean
'Starry Starry Night' was painted by? - Vincent Van Goch
Voyager 1 is a space probe launched by NASA on September 5, 1977 to study the outer Solar System. Apparently, on board there is a gold disc of sounds from the earth and an image of a man and woman holding their hands up in peace, in case alien contact is made. Also a diagram of Earth within the Solar System, so we can be found.
If you could send something into space to let aliens know what human life is all about, what would it be? (Someone in our group said 'David Attenborough's Life On Earth' DVD Series, which was a great suggestion)
Star Man - David Bowie
Richard Branson's 'Virgin Galactic' company is focused on sending tourists into space within the next couple of years (it's been pushed back a few times). Who would book a place if they could, and why?
Using black card and coloured chalk pens, draw a space picture - alien life force, the sun and moon, saturn and it's rings or whatever.
Or make models of flying saucers or aliens with modelling clay.
All for later display.
Give out space related sweets - flying saucers, space dust, Mars Bars, Galaxy chocolate & Milky Ways for refreshments.