"Vive La France" on 'Bastille Day', July 14





“I do not believe there is another city on earth so beautiful as Paris nor another people with such an appreciation of the beautiful as the French...” - Edward Hopper




Our virtual CST 'Cariad Dementia Cafe' this week focuses on all things France and French, as 14th July is 'Bastille Day'.


Members came to the session wearing berets and carrying French flags, if they had one, and introducing themselves by saying something French. They also said what they most about France or French people, food and culture. "Ooo la la!"




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


Vive la difference - CELEBRATE DIFFERENCE & GENDER EQUALITY






We then moved on to the picture and music quiz. Here are the images, songs and questions we used.


Our virtual prize was a bottle of Champagne, invented of course by the French monk Dom Perignon.







MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ QUESTIONS



ROUND 1. Factoids





1. What is the name of the French flag?






2. The French motto is 'Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite'. What is the English translation of these three words?







3. Which bird is the emblem of France?







4. Which London station does the 'Eurostar' journey to Paris from?







5. Here is a photo of Sarah Thomas from Colorado, who in 2019 swam the English Channel four times consecutively, without a break. How wide is the English Channel at its narrowest point in the Strait of Dover?







6. What is the highest point in France?

(Does anyone enjoy skiing holidays, or the 'Apres Ski'?)







7. What is the name of the river that runs through Paris?







8. SONG. Our first song was 'Non Je Ne Regrette Rien', sung by Edith Piaf - YouTube link here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRCYEkA0_q8


What does 'Non Je Ne Regrette Rien' mean?

What was Edith Piaf's nickname?






ROUND 2. Places



9. Here is the 'Arc De Triumph', which can be found on Avenue Champs Elyses in Paris. Whose grave is underneath it?







10. How many steps are there to the top of 'The Eiffel Tower'?

(Anyone been up it?)







11. Which annual arts event takes place in Cannes every May?







12. Which annual sporting event takes place in Monte Carlo, again in May?







13. Which UK landmark is twinned with Mont Saint Michel in Normandy?







14. Which French cathedral was damaged by fire on 15th April 2019?







15. According to the Dan Brown book 'The Da Vinci Code', who is laid to rest here?

Where is it?







16. What is the estimated value of 'The Mona Lisa'?

Who painted it, and where is it?







17. SONG. 'She', sung by Charles Aznavour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esE0zlP7AWs


Who re-recorded this song for the a 1997 rom-com movie starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant and what was the name of that movie?






ROUND 3. People




18. What is the name of the French President?

He married his teacher. He is aged 43 years old. How old is she (nearest guess!)







19. Which Cardiffian won 'The Tour de France' in 2018?

What do the French call Wales?







20. What is the name of this French TV chef? He has a hotel and restaurant in Oxfordshire called 'La Manoir Aux Quat Saisons'.







21. What is the name of this Maitre D from the TV show 'First Dates'?







22. What is the name of this ex French footballer?

Which hair product does he advertise?







23. Name this French actor and the 1990 film he starred in about a French man with a big nose?







24. Which character (and actor) wore a beret in the TV sitcom 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em'?







25. Which actor starred (as identical twin brothers) in the 1998 movie 'The Man In The Iron Mask'?







26. Who are these characters and actors from the 'Pink Panther' films?







27. In the TV comedy series 'Allo Allo', what was the name of the bar owner and who played him?

What was the catchphrase of 'Michelle Of The Resistance'?







28. What was the name of the painting from 'Allo Allo'?

How much do you think it sold for in 2018?







29. Who and how old is the 1950s and 60s actress and sex symbol?







30. SONG. 'Je T'aime', sung by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlpDf6XX_j0


Who is this song about?

What does 'Je T'aime ... Moi Non Plus' mean?






ROUND 4. History




31. When is 'Bastille Day'?

When was the 'French Revolution' (nearest guess)?







32. How tall was Napoleon Bonaparte?







33. When was the last guillotine execution in France?







34. Which French saint was known as 'The Maid Of Orleans'?

(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')






35. Which French queen (the last one!) infamously said 'Let them eat cake' when told her subjects had no bread to eat in or around 1789?







36. Which battle does 'The Bayeux Tapestry' depict? And which English king here is shown with an arrow through his eye?







37. Which French saint is depicted in this stain glass window? She saw visions of 'The Immaculate Conception' ("Holy Mary, Mother Of God") in a grotto at Lourdes in 1858.







38. What were the names of 'The Three Musketeers' and their young protege?







39. What were 'The Hunchback Of Notre Dame' and his girlfriend's names?







40. In the TV drama series 'Robinson Crusoe', who was his one and only friend?

Who wrote the book, published in 1719?







41. SONG. 'I Dreamed A Dream', sung by Susan Boyle on 'Britain's Got Talent' in 2009 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deRF9oEbRso


Which musical does this song come from?

Susan Boyle came second in the competition. Who came first?






ROUND 5. Food & Drink




42. Which ex French footballer advertises beer on TV currently, and which beer is it?







43. Which type of French bread is this?







44. What is a cheese and ham toast called in France?







45. What dish is 'Escargot'?







46. What dish is 'Cuisses De Grenouille?







47. What meat is 'Viande Chevaline'? (Some found its way into 'Findus' products a couple of years back)







48. What flavour is the French drink 'Pastis'?







49. Beef up your points with naming as many French cheeses as you can?







50. And French wines?





FINAL SONGS





51. 'Music Of The Night', sung by Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNrkY8X8qyE


Which Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical is this song from?








52. 'As Time Goes By', sung by Dooley Wilson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_paHK6JdHA


Complete these catchphrases from the 1942 movie?


- "Here's Looking At You, ***."

- "Of All The Gin Joints In All The Towns In All The World, *** ***** **** ****." ...

- "We'll Always Have *****." ...







53. 'Thank Heavens For Little Girls', sung by Maurice Chevalier - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRsb9qyvofU


Which musical does this song come from?







54. 'Elephant Love Song Medley', from the 2001 movie 'Moulin Rouge' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxLaO8Xzjsk


Who are the actors singing in this video?







55. 'Vincent', Don McLean - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxHnRfhDmrk


Which French artist painted 'A Starry Night'?







56. 'The Can Can', composed by Jaques Offenbach - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F7B2i02jrM


What is the English translation of 'Moulin Rouge'?


Get everyone up dancing, if they wish ...




57. BONUS SONG. 'All You Need Is Love', by The Beatles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-sme6SYyvk


Included for a good old fashioned singalong. But also noting, the song starts with the opening bars of 'Les Marseilles'.









PRACTICAL ACTIVITY 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.