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Semi-retired From New South Wales, Australia

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John 25th Jul 2017 Semi-retired

BIG Memory Cards

A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: BIG Memory Cards
John 15th Oct 2014 Semi-retired

Tongue Twisters

Hi Everyone.
Here are a few more Tongue Twisters from my friend Joy:
(1) The sixth sheik's sixth sheep's sick
(2) Six thick thistle sticks
(3) Whistle for the thistle sister
(4) A tin of mixed biscuits in a mixed biscuit tin
(5) Rick's a cricket cricket
(6) It's an Irish wrist watch
(7) Two tiny orangutan tongues
(8) Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better
(9) The shells she sells are seashore shells I'm sure
(10) The sea ceaseth, and it sufficeth us

Heres a couple of longer Tongue Twisters:
(1) Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie?
(2) A tutor tried to tutor two flute tooters to toot. - Is it harder to toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?

Now try this:
Ask someone to spell S.H.O.P. three times.
Then ask them: What do you do at a green light?
They will invariably answer: Stop!
The answer is of course Go!

Here's a strange spelling situation:
MACNAB spells McNab
MACBETH spells Macbeth
MACCANN spells McCann
MACHINE spells Machine. Does this make sense to you? It should spell McHine.

Last one for this week:

1 1 was one racehourse.
and 2 2 was one too
1 1 won one race and
and 2 2 won one too

or you could say;

1 1 was 1 racehorse
and 2 2 was 1 2
1 1 1 1 race,
and 2 2 1 1 2.

All the best
John 4th Sep 2014 Semi-retired

Tongue Twisters

Hi Kim
You have saved someone a lot of work, and done us all a big favour.
Thanks a LOT!!!
John 26th Aug 2014 Semi-retired

Tongue Twisters

Just got these requests for more Tongue Twisters.
I will post a few more as soon as I can.
Thanks for the feedback.
John 18th Aug 2014 Semi-retired

Tongue Twisters

A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: Tongue Twisters
John 20th May 2014 Semi-retired

I Went to Market Memory Game

I have made up a set of Memory Cards which are much larger than the usual ones.
They are about 180mm x 200mm, (7" x 8"), in size and I have hand-made them from Corflute, (the stuff that real estate sales signs are made from).
So far I have devised about 20 different symbols and pictures of various objects, but there is really no limit to the themes that could be used.
My intention in making them so large is that they are designed for the Memory Game to be played standing up and moving around a table, rather than sitting down.
I will be testing the Memory Game at Sunrise Supported Living Tuncurry for the first time this week, and will update this site with a report on how it is received by the residents.
If anyone is interested in finding out more about this Large Version of the Memory Card Game, please contact me via the Golden Carers forums.
John 2nd Apr 2014 Semi-retired


A friend has told me about a game of "bowls" that can be played on the surface of a regular Pool Table.
The benefits for aged participants are:
(1) It is played standing up, without the need to bend.
(2) All that is needed is an old pool table and a set of numbered "Kelly" pool balls. - These balls have an inbuilt bias, in the same way as regular lawn bowls.
(3) A game can involve a number of players, and of course several watchers.
I am interested to know whether anyone has seen this activity in action.
John 1st Apr 2014 Semi-retired

10 Ways to Improve Activity Participation

I'm not sure whether it's politically correct or not, but I believe there is a lot to be gained by simply holding hands with another human being.
Why not suggest that with a group of any size sitting in a circle, and starting at one point, ask the first person to reach out and hold the hand of the person next to them.
Once that connection is made the second person then holds hands with the person on the other side of them, and then progressively round the circle.
Once the circle is complete, a short musical item could be played allowing a measured amount of time for the hand-holding to continue.
When the music stops, it would be a good idea to "unwind" the friendship circle, one person at a time, until no one is holding hands again.
I must say that I have never tried this before, but I do know that there is an immeasurable power in making contact with another human being.
John 25th Mar 2014 Semi-retired


I am working on several projects such a BIG Sudoku, BIG Scrabble and BIG Connect Four. I am trying to make these games/puzzles more active, (stand up, move about), rather than passive, (sitting down).

If anyone would like to discuss these type of activities, or has any experience using something like this, please contact me via Golden Carers forums.
Thanks. John English
John 25th Mar 2014 Semi-retired

BIG Sudoku

A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: BIG Sudoku