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🇺🇸 Celebrating America on 4th July 'Independence Day'

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty." John F. Kennedy

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Thomas Jefferson

This week's CST session focuses on 'America', in light of it being 'Independence Day' on 4th July. It could also be used for 'Thanksgiving', which is on 24th November this year.

We invited members to attend the group with a photo of their own American icon - their favourite person, living or dead. After introductions, we asked members to say why they rated that person so highly.

We asked members what they think of America and Americans generally? Have they ever visited or holidayed there? Have they a favourite place to recommend?

We then completed these idioms together ...

Independence DAY

The land of the FREE

Star spangled BANNER

As American as Apple PIE

I'm a Yankee Doodle DANDEE

A dime a DOZEN

More bang for your BUCK

Bite the BULLET

Break a LEG

Piece of CAKE

Jump on the band WAGON

The whole nine YARDS

Let the cat out of the BAG

Spill the BEANS

Take a rain CHECK

It's not rocket SCIENCE

It knocked my socks OFF

Straight from the horse's MOUTH

I couldn't care LESS

Reach first BASE

Ballpark FIGURE

Tell me about IT

Shoot the BREEZE

Blow off STEAM

Call it a DAY

Chill out MAN


We then moved on to work through our songs and quiz questions, allowing time for story-telling and reminiscences.

Round 1. History

​Who discovered the Americas in 1492?

What nationality was he?

​Which indigenous people were already there?

Name some tribes?

​What was the name of the ship that took Pilgrims to 'The New World' in 1620?

Where in the UK did it set sail from?

​Which US President brought slavery to an end in 1863?

Which war did he lead the nation through?

​He also introduced a day of celebration in November. What is it called?

Name these three characters?

​What is the national bird of America?

What bird was originally chosen to have this honour?

​What is the name of this 'House' & where would you find it?

​Name the current US President?

What is his unwanted nickname?

​Who came before him?

What reality TV show did he host?

And before him?

Where was he born?

Song break - 'Star Spangled Banner', sung by Whitney Houston -

There are 50 states in the USA. How many of them can you name?

Here they are ...

Round 2. American Icons

​Name this film director?

Which cartoon character did he introduce in 1928?

​Name this actor?

Complete this 1955 film title 'Rebel ...'?

​Name this actor?

What was his real name?

​Name this civil rights activist?

What was his famous 1963 speech called?

​Name this US President?

Who assassinated him in 1963?

​Name this actress?

What was her real name?

Here is Elton John's song about her -

​Name the 1969 space mission?

Name the three astronauts?

Here is a video of the historic event -

​Name the singer?

What was his nickname?

Here is his greatest hit -

​Name the boxer?

What was his real name?

​Name this TV presenter?

Which ex-royals did she recently interview?

What was his nickname?

More American Icons



Comedy duo

Kim Carnes had a hit single about her eyes

She married a Prince

He starred in the 'Road Movies' with Bing Crosby

He starred in the best ever Christmas movie 'It's A Wonderful Life'

He was Superman

Film director

The richest man in the world

She starred as Eva Peron in the movie 'Evita'

He invented the iPhone in 2007

She gives free books to children in the USA and is a Country & Western singer

Round 3. Landmarks

​Name the Mount?

Which four US Presidents are carved into it?

​Name the bridge?

Name the city?

​Name the Canyon?

Which river carved it out?

(Does anyone fancy taking the 'Skywalk'?)

​Name this Statue?

What is it made of or why is it green?

​Name the city?

What four letters originally came after this word?

​Name this monument?

What date is it associated with?

​Name the falls?

Name the boat?

​Name this prison island?

What nickname was given to prisoner Robert Stroud?

​Name this bell?

In which city would you find it?

​Name this tall building?

Name the city?

What was the 'spike' used for? (It wasn't for the King Kong movie!!!)

She also wrote a song about which music festival in 1969?

Round 4. Food & Drink

​Name this meal?

Which 'Golden M' is associated with it?

​Name this meal?

What name is given to the sausage?

​T or F. Coca-Cola used to have cocaine in it as an actual ingredient?

​Name these two vegetables?

What do Americans call them?

​Name these two food items?

What do Americans call them?

​Name this meal?

Which variety is this?

​What do the initials 'K.F.C.' stand for?

What is the name of the Colonel?

​Name this meal?

What is the green stuff on top of it?

​Name the pie?

Where was it first made?

​Name the meal?

Which syrup is poured on top?

The song speaks of "The day the music died ...". Who was 'The Music'?

Round 5. American Movies

​Name the 1939 movie?

Name the two characters & actors?

​Name the 1960 movie?

Where was it set (thinking the hotel)?

Who directed it?

​Name the 1961 movie?

Name the character & actress?

Song -

​Name the 1972 movie?

Name the character & actor?

​Name the 1977 movie?

Name the two characters?

Which date is the film associated with?

​Name the 1978 movie?

Name the two characters & actors?

Song -

​Name the 1981 movie?

Name the character & actor?

​Name the 1985 movie?

Name the two characters?

What car did he time travel in?

​Name this 1993 movie?

Name the two actors?

Where did they finally meet in the movie?

​Name this 1997 movie?

Name the two characters and actors?

Song -

Name the three actors?

Final Round. Americanisms

What are the American words for ...

- Dummy

- Tap

- Petrol

- Noughts & Crosses

- Full stop

- Autumn

- Toilet

- Football

- Tick

Final Singalongs ... Ask members to choose which ones to sing

What was Dorothy's dog's name?

Who did she co-star with in several rom com movies?

What was his chimp's name?

Which English city did his brother sing about?

What was Louis Armstrong's nickname?

What trousers did he sing about?


We made a paper chain, using a template so that everyone could make their unique 'Happy Shiny Person'.

As we made them, we listened to songs of member's choice from American artists.


Buy a box of 'Dunking Donuts' to share ...


Round 1

Christopher Colombus / Italian

Native American Indians / Navajo, Cherokee, Sioux, Apache Nations etc

'Mayflower' / Plymouth Hoe

Abraham Lincoln / American Civil War

Thanksgiving / Charlie Brown, Snoopy & Woodstock ('Peanuts')

Bald Eagle / Turkey

'The White House' / Washington D.C.

Joe Biden / 'Sleepy Joe'

Donald Trump' / 'The Apprentice USA'

Barack Obama / Hawaii

Round 2

Walt Disney / Mickey Mouse

James Dean / 'Rebel Without A Cause'

John Wayne / Marion Robert Morrison

MLK Martin Luther King / "I Have A Dream ..."

JFK John Fitzgerald Kennedy / Lee Harvey Oswald (In Dallas)

Marilyn Monroe / Norman Jean Mortenson

'Apollo 11' / Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins

Elvis Presley / 'The King Of Rock & Roll'

Muhammed Ali / Cassius Clay

Oprah Winfrey / Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

'Old Blue Eyes'

Harry Houdini, Laurel & Hardy, Bette Davis

Grace Kelly, Bob Hope, James Stewart

Christopher Reeve, Stephen Spielberg, Bill Gates (worth $99.8 billion - he has given much of his 'Microsoft' fortune to charity. Elon Musk is now Number 1)

Madonna, Steve Jobs, Dolly Parton

Round 3

Mount Rushmore / George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt & Abraham Lincoln

Golden Gate Bridge / San Fransisco

Grand Canyon / Colorado

Statue of Liberty / Copper

Los Angeles / 'HollywoodLAND'

Ground Zero / 9/11 2001

Niagara Falls / 'Maiden Of The Mist'

Alcatraz / 'The Birdman Of Alcatraz'

'The Liberty Bell' / Philadelphia

'Empire State Building' / New York (Which was originally called New Amsterdam) / Airships (but it became too dangerous to fly them into the city due to the skyscrapers being built at the time)


Round 4

Hamburger / 'McDonald's'

Hot Dog / Weiner or Frankfurter

True. The first bottles of 'Coke' contained 3.5 grams of Cocaine

Courgette - Zucchini & Aubergine - Eggplant

Spring Onions - Scallions & Coriander - Cilantro

Pizza / Pepperoni

'Kentucky Fried Chicken' / Colonel Sanders

Nachos / Guacamole (Avocados)

Key Lime Pie / Florida - Key West