"I wanted to get far away from those who believed in cruelty, so then I went to France, a land of true freedom, democracy, equality and fraternity.” - Josephine Baker
This week's theme for our Cognitive Stimulation Therapy session was 'Vive La France', as Wales were to play France in the 'Rugby World Cup' this weekend.
After a brief orientation session and introductions, where members said what they liked best about France or French people, we used the following materials to prompt recall and discussion.
NEWS ROUND UP
The Queen's Speech, outlining the government's agenda for the coming Parliament, fell on 14th October 2019. We discussed the pomp and circumstance associated with the event, as well as how uncertain things are politically at the moment, given the Brexit situation.
Interestingly, @Indy100 announced everything the Queen eats in a day. To quote them:
"The Queen meets with the head chef to the royal household twice a week, to decide what meals she fancies.
The Queen likes cereal, usually Special K, and fruit, or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, according to a former chef.
Former chef Owen Hodgson said he would often make the Queen mushrooms with a bit of Marmite, and crustless tuna sandwiches with thinly sliced cucumber and pepper.
She’ll often have an evening meal consisting of something like grilled sole with vegetables and salad.
The Queen likes a gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon and ice, and also likes wine and champagne."
Apparently, when on a long train or plane journey she also enjoys a Fray Bentos pie!
Also, random information, she enjoys dancing to 'Dancing Queen' if at a function which involved dancing.
(Play Abba - 'Dancing Queen' if there is time.)
The Independent highlighted that for the first time, UK renewables had generated more electricity than fossil fuels, according to an analysis of energy use for the third quarter of this year. Wind farms, solar panels, biomass and hydropower generated 29.5 terawatt hours (TWh) of energy for the months of July, August and September, compared to 29.1TWh from fossil fuels, according to Carbon Brief. We all agreed this was great news and something to build on.
(Play The Beatles - 'Here Comes The Sun'.)
Portuguese Men O' War invaded Cornwall beaches this week, sparking red flags and RNLI warnings. We discussed whether it was true or false that one should wee on a jellyfish sting? FALSE, it can inflame the sting. Vinegar is far better.
(Play Gustav Holst - 'The Bringer Of War')
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to run a sub-two hour marathon, smashing the barrier by almost 20 seconds 👏 (in the Vienna Marathon).
(Play Ultravox - 'Vienna')
'National Album Day' was on 12th October 2019. We discussed what albums we would recommend to one another and what we each had in our vinyl collection. I started with Joni Mitchell ' Blue' and Kate Bush - 'Hounds Of Love'.
Boyzone paid tribute to Stephen Gately this week, on the 10th anniversary of his death on 11th October 2019. A young life lost too soon, we discussed some of their greatest hits.
(Play Boyzone - 'No Matter What')
A rare copy of the first Harry Potter book, 'The Philosopher's Stone', sold for £46,000 at auction this week.
(Play 'Harry Potter Theme')
🤩 THE #EUROMILLIONS JACKPOT HAS BEEN WON! 🇬🇧The winning ticket was purchased in the UK! The prize was £169m. We discussed how we would begin to spend this vast amount of money.
(Play Abba - 'Money, Money, Money')
Finally, on October 9th we celebrated what would have been John Lennon's 79th birthday. We discussed our favourite John Lennon lyrics, songs and quotes. We started with "Imagine all the people living life in peace"
(Play The Beatles - 'Hey Jude')
* Click on the image above for slides to print off for the tables *
PARDON MY FRENCH
Ask members to give the meanings of these French sayings that have become embedded in the English language.
Oo la la - SURPRISE
C'est la vie - THAT'S LIFE
Double entendre - DOUBLE MEANING / RUDE CONNOTATION
Avant garde - NEW OR EXPERIMENTAL IDEAS / RISQUE
Carte blanche - FREEDOM TO ACT AS ONE WISHES
Deja vu - A FEELING OF HAVING ALREADY EXPERIENCED SOMETHING
Faux pas - AN EMBARRASSING OR TACTLESS ACT OR REMARK
Cliche - STEREOTYPE / AN OVERUSED PHRASE WHICH BETRAYS A LACK OF ORIGINAL THOUGHT
Creme de la creme - BEST OF THE BEST
Cul de sac - DEAD END ROAD
Je ne sais quoi - A CERTAIN SOMETHING
Raison d'etre - REASON FOR BEING
Hors d'oeuvre - APPETISER
Vis a vis - IN RELATION TO
Tete a tete - HEAD TO HEAD
Et voila - THERE YOU HAVE IT
Tour de force - A PERFORMANCE OR ACHIEVEMENT ACCOMPLISHED WITH GREAT SKILL
Pied a terre - SECOND HOME
Art deco - DECORATVE STYLE OF 1920s and 30s
En suite - BATHROOM
Femme fatale - A SEDUCTIVE WOMAN WHO WILL CAUSE HARM TO HER LOVER
Sacre bleu - EXPRESSION OF EXASPERATION
Laissez faire - ANYTHING GOES
Joie de vivre - JOY OF LIFE
Nom de plume - ALIAS OR PEN NAME
RSVP - Respondex sil vous plait - PLEASE RESPOND
Fait accompli - FOREGONE CONCLUSION
Aide memoire - MEMORY AID
FRANCE QUIZ QUESTIONS
Click on the photo above to link to a pictures slideshow for printing off for the tables, to illustrate this next activity.
What is the name of the French flag?
What are the colours of the French flag?
BLUE, WHITE AND RED VERTICAL STRIPES
What is the motto of France?
LIBERTE, EGALITE, FRATERNITE (Freedom, Equality, Togetherness)
Which animal is the symbol of France?
COCKEREL (GALLIC ROOSTER)
When is 'Bastille Day'?
What does it celebrate?
THE STORMING OF THE BASTILLE IN 1789, A TURNING POINT IN THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
Who is the President of France?
What is the capital of France?
What did the Romans call France?
What do the French call Wales?
PAYS DE GALLES
What do French people call English people?
LE ROSBIF (after their like of Sunday roast dinners)
What is the river that flows through Paris?
What is the highest point in France?
MONT BLANC (French Alps)
Where would you find Le Mont Saint-Michel?
(It is twinned with Saint Michael's Mount in Cornwall)
Which station in London would you leave to travel to France via the Channel Tunnel?
How far is it to swim from England to France?
What is the national railway of France?
What is the underground in Paris called?
What side of the road do you drive on in France?
RIGHT (Opposite to UK)
What currency do the French use?
What was it previously?
How many steps are there to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower?
(Nearest guess) 1,710
Where would you find the 'Grave Of The Unknown Soldier'?
ARC DE TRIOMPHE
Which is at the top of which avenue?
CHAMPS DE ELYSEES
Where did the D-day landings take place in the Second World War?
(The beaches were named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword)
Who starred in the 1998 film 'Saving Private Ryan' about this event which occurred on June 6th 1944?
Which historic Paris building was sadly damaged in a fire in 2019?
Who wrote 'The Hunchback Of Notre Dame' (1831)
(Lon Chaney starred in the classic 1923 film version. He was in love with Esmerelda)
... 'Murder On The Orient Express' (1934)
(Hercule Poirot was the detective who featured in the story)
... 'Robinson Crusoe' (1719)
(Man Friday was his best and only friend)
... 'Les Miserables' (1862)
ALSO BY VICTOR HUGO(The story focused on the young girl, 'Cosette')
... 'Around The World In Eighty Days' (1871)
(The main character was Phileas Fogg)
Name The Three Musketeers?
ARTHOS, PORTHOS & ARAMIS
(D'Artagnan was the young man befriended by the Musketeers before he was old enough to join their ranks)
What does the 'Bayeux Tapestry' depict?
THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS IN 1066
(The death of King Harold is depicted - he was shot through the eye with an arrow)
Which Saint is renowned in Lourdes, with a shrine venerated to her in the place where she saw The Virgin Mary in 1858?
Who is otherwise known as 'The Maid Of Orleans' in French history?
SAINT JOAN OF ARC
(She died, burned at the stake, in 1431 aged 19 and was a famous heroine for fighting in support of Charles VII dressed as a man in the 'Hundred Years War')
Who said "Let them eat cake!"?
(In or around 1789 when she was told the people had no bread and were starving)
How tall was Napoleon Bonaparte?
(Nearest guess) 5FT 7INS
Who defeated him at the Battle Of Waterloo in 1815?
THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON
How do you make a 'Beef Wellington'?
BEEF COATED IN PATE AND WRAPPED IN PASTRY
When was the last guillotine execution in France?
(Nearest Guess) 1977
Who painted the 'Mona Lisa'?
LEONARDO DA VINCI (In 1503)
Where would you find it?
How much is it worth?
$620M (Insurance value)
Claude Monet & Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted in which style?
What annual arts event is held in May in the French Riviera?
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
What about the annual sporting event held in Monaco every May?
Who starred as Inspector Clousseau in 'The Pink Panther' films?
(His Chinese sidekick was Cato)
Who starred in the 1998 film 'The Man In The Iron Mask'?
LEONARDO DE CAPRIO
Which character wears a French beret in the TV sitcom 'Some Mothers Do Av' 'Em'?
FRANK SPENCER (Played by Michael Crawford)
What was the name of the missing painting in the TV sitcom 'Allo Allo'?
THE FALLEN MADONNA WITH THE BIG BOOBIES
(Rene and Edith were the bar owners)
In the Dan Brown 2003 book 'The Davinci Code', where were Mary Magdelene's remains hidden?
THE LOUVRE (Underneath the glass pyramid)
Who invented Champagne?
(The monk) DOM PERIGNON IN 1693
(Patsy Stone was the main character in the TV sitcom 'Absolutely Fabulous' who especially enjoyed this alcoholic beverage)
Name some other French wines?
BORDEAUX, BURGUNDY, SAUVIGNON, COTES DE RHONE, CHABLIS, CHARDONNAY
When is Beaujolais Nouveau Day?
How about French cheeses?
CAMEMBERT, BRIE, PORT SALUT, ROQUEFORT, BOURSIN ETC
What drink did Kylie Minogue as 'The Green Fairy' depict in the 2001 film 'Moulin Rouge'?
- Croc Monsieur?
HAM & CHEESE TOASTIE
(A 'Croc Madame' is the same, but with a fried egg on top)
- Cuisses de grenouille?
- Viande chevaline?
- Coq au vin
CHICKEN IN RED WINE
PROVENCAL FISH STEW
- Moules Mariniere
MUSCLES IN WHITE WINE AND ONION BROTH. Often served with Pommes Frites - French fries
- Crepe Suzette?
PANCAKES FLAMBEED IN GRAND MARNIER
ANISEED FLAVOURED SPIRIT
- Creme de Menthe
GREEN MINT LIQUER
Buttery flaky pastry
- Pain au Chocolate
Croissant with chocolate spread inside
Which famous French TV chef has a restaurant/hotel called 'La Manoir aux Quat Saisons' in Great Milton, Oxfordshire? (His surname is French for 'White')
What card was Gerard Depardieu looking for in a 1990 'colour' film?
(Also starring Andie McDowell)
What career does the retired French footballer Eric Cantona now have?
Which famous French football player advertised 'Vidal Sassoon' hair products?
Which advert featured 'Nicole' and 'Papa'?
What is a French holiday cottage called?
(Has anyone ever stayed in one?)
What about a French manor house?
What does "Vive La 'Difference" mean?
CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES (especially gender)
What about "Vive La France" mean?
LONG LIVE FRANCE
Medley - Casablanca
(NB Start this track playing at 1.57. End it at 3:00)
What is the name of the French national anthem?
As Time Goes By - Dooley Wilson
(NB Start this track playing at 1:00. End it at 2:20)
Who starred in the film 'Casablanca'?
INGRID BERGMAN & HUMPHREY BOGART
When was it released?
Chanson d'Amour - The Manhattan Transfer
What does 'Chanson d'Amour' mean?
She - Charles Aznavour
Who had a major hit with a re-recording of this song in 1999. (It featured in the film 'Notting Hill')?
Allo Allo - TV Theme
Who starred as the Cafe owner Rene Artois in this 1980s TV sitcom?
What was the catchphrase of Michelle of the Resistance?
I SHALL SAY THIS ONLY ONCE
Can Can - Jacques Offenbach
Where is the Can Can traditionally danced in Paris?
AT THE MOULIN ROUGE
(We all stood and attempted to dance the Can Can)
One Day I'll Fly Away - 'Moulin Rouge' (2001) soundtrack
Who is singing this song?
Who originally had a hit with this song in 1999?
Je T'aime Moi Non Plus - Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin
Who was this song originally written about in 1967? (Clue: Famous French actress, model and animal rights campaigner)
(The song was later used to advertise the perfume with the same name by Yves Saint Laurent.)
The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe - Soundtrack
What is the name of the BBC Radio 4 weekly show introduced by Kirsty Young where famous people choose their top eight songs to illustrate their life story?
DESERT ISLAND DISCS (Roy Plomley originally devised and presented the show.)
In the 2000 film 'Castaway' what was the name of Tom Hanks (Chuck Noland) best and only friend?
WILSON (A BASKETBALL)
Go around the room and ask members which Luxury Item they would take to the island?
Thank Heavens For Little Girls - Maurice Chevalier
Which musical does this song feature in?
What are little girls made of?
SUGAR AND SPICE AND ALL THINGS NICE
(Boys are - SLUGS AND SNAILS AND PUPPY DOG TAILS)
Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien - Edith Piaf
What does 'Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien' mean?
I HAVE NO REGRETS
Edith Piaf's nickname was?
La Vie En Rose - Grace Jones
Which chat show host did Grace Jones assault on live TV in 1981?
Which James Bond movie did she star in?
A VIEW TO A KILL (1985)
Frere Jacques - The Rainbow Collections
Have a go at singing this song in two groups, as this French nursery rhyme is traditionally sung in 'a round'.
BROTHER JACQUES ( A MONK)
Are you sleeping?
Ring [the bells for] the matins!
Ding, dang, dong.
The Phantom Of The Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Who starred as the first Phantom?
And the first Christine?
What dance troupe was she in?
I Dreamed A Dream - Susan Boyle
Who is the main character who features on the 'Les Miserables' poster (little girl)?
And her adoptive father?
Susan Boyle came second in 2009's 'Britain's Got Talent'. Who came first?
The dance troupe, DIVERSITY
Michelle - The Beatles
Which 'Michelle' has recently written a best selling book entitled 'Becoming'?
What does 'Ma belle' mean?
Where Do You Go To My Lovely - Peter Starstedt
Who is the first person named in the song?
Comment Te Dire Adieu - Francoise Hardy
(Translation, 'It hurts to say goodbye')
How would you say 'Goodbye' in French?
AU REVOIR, SALUT, ADIEU, BON VOYAGE
Oxygene - Jean Michel Jarre
How much of the oxygen in our lungs is produced by the Amazon rainforest?
What was the highest ever recorded temperature for France set in July 2019.
45C / 113F
La Mer - Charles Trenet
What was the name of the French explorer and underwater conservationist?
And the name of his ship?
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
Which album did this song feature on?
THE MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
How old would John Lennon have been this month?
(Time for a singalong.)
(Note the song begins with the start of the French national anthem.)
Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand
What genre of music is this?
What does it mean?
THIS WORKS FOR ME
(The remaining songs on the playlist are included to accompany the cheese and wine party!)
Next we had a Cheese and Wine tasting session, with the remaining tracks on the playlist playing in the background.
We tried Brie, Camembert, Port Salut, Boursin and Roquefort with grapes and crackers.
We washed it down with some low alcohol wines.
We then played a game of Boule, otherwise known as Petanque.