'National Sideburns Day' - 11th August

Here is a short picture quiz for a CST activity to celebrate 'National Sideburns Day', which is held on 11th August.

This theme seems especially relevant, as Barber Shops have only just re-opened after lockdown and members will have been left without a haircut or beard trim for several months.

It's a straightforward facial recognition picture quiz, with a few interesting facts thrown in. Embellish it as you see fit, with music and film clips and discussion about each individual.

Have conversations focused on preferred hairstyles and whether sideburns are liked or disliked. Have the gents always shaved, or has anyone ever sported sideburns or a beard? How about favourite aftershaves? Have a few old fashioned ones on hand to add another dimension to the CST activity.

A shared album is included here, if you should wish to print off pictures for the tables, or enlarge them individually - https://photos.app.goo.gl/Pk3cSJDnQ1TbcSnj6


From left to right

Top row

BRADLEY WIGGINS - Sir Bradley Marc Wiggins, CBE (born 28 April 1980) is a British former professional road and track racing cyclist, who competed professionally between 2001 and 2016.

ELVIS PRESLEY - Elvis Aaron Presley, also known simply as Elvis (lived January 8 1935 – August 16 1977), was an American singer and actor. He is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".

Most successful songs - Can't Help Falling In Love, Suspicious Minds, Burning Love & Jailhouse Rock

JOHN LENNON - John Winston Ono Lennon MBE (lived 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles.

Most successful songs (he wrote when with The Beatles) - Strawberry Fields Forever, Help, In My Life & Tomorrow Never Knows. Imagine was also a huge solo hit.

MICHAEL NESMITH - Robert Michael Nesmith (born 30 December 1942) is an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, best known as a member of the pop rock bandthe Monkees and co-star of the TV series The Monkees (1966–1968).

Most successful The Monkees songs - I'm a Believer, Daydream Believer & Last Train to Clarksville"

DAVID BECKHAM - David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born 2 May 1975) is an English former professional footballer, the current president & co-owner of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City.

ROBERT REDFORD - Charles Robert Redford Jr. (born 18 August 1936) is an American actor and director, best known for his many Hollywood films. Over his more than 60 year career, he has won several film awards, including an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. He is also the founder of the Sundance Film Festival.

Most successful films - The Sting, The Great Gatsby & Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

LIAM GALLAGHER - William John Paul Gallagher (born 21 September 1972) is an English singer and songwriter. He was the lead singer of the rock band Oasis from 1991 to 2009 and the rock band Beady Eye from 2009 to 2014, before releasing his debut solo album in 2017.

Most successful Oasis songs - Wonderwall, & Don't Look Back In Anger

Second row

LEMMY - Ian Fraser Kilmister, better known as Lemmy (lived 24 December 1945 - 28 December 2015), was an English singer, songwriter, and musician. He is best remembered as the founder, lead singer, bassist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Motörhead. Lemmy's music was one of the foundations of the heavy metal genre.

Most successful songs - St Valentine's Day Massacre & Golden Years

LEONARD NIMOY - Leonard Simon Nimoy (lived 26 March 1931 - 27 February 2015) was an American actor, film director, photographer, author, singer, and songwriter. He is known for playing Spock in the Star Trek franchise, a character he portrayed in television and film for almost fifty years, from a pilot episode shot in late 1964 to his final film performance in 2013.

GEORGE BEST - George Best (lived 22 May 1946 - 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger, spending most of his club career at Manchester United. A highly skillfull dribbler, Best is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

BRAD PITT - William Bradley Pitt (born 18 December 1963) is an American actor and film producer. He has received multiple awards, including two Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award for his acting, in addition to another Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award as producer under his production company, Plan B Entertainment.

Best films - Meet Joe Black, A River Runs Through It & Ocean's Eleven

GUY MARTIN - Guy Martin (born 4 November 1981) is a British lorry-mechanic better known publicly as a motorcycle racer turned television presenter of engineering-based projects, being likened to the late Fred Dibnah. Martin started racing in 1998 and in 2004 competed on a road circuit for the first time at the Isle of Man TT.

HUGH JACKMAN - Hugh Michael Jackman AC (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He is best known for playing Wolverine/Logan in the X-Men film series, a role for which he holds the Guinness World Record for "longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero".

Best films - The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables & X-Men

PIERCE BROSNAN - Pierce Brosnan OBE (born 16 May 1953) is an Irish-American actor, film producer, activist, and environmentalist. After leaving comprehensive school at age 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration, then went on to train at the Drama Centre in London for three years.

Most successful films - Mrs Doubtfire, Mamma Mia!, Goldeneye, Die Another Day & Tomorrow Never Dies

Third row

JUDE LAW - David Jude Heyworth Law (born 29 December 1972) is an English actor. He has received multiple awards including a BAFTA Film Award as well as nominations for two Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, three Laurence Olivier Awards, and two Tony Awards.

Most successful films - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Gridelwald, Sherlock Holmes & A.I. Artificial Intelligence

KEANU REEVES - Keanu Charles Reeves (born 2 September 1964) is a Canadian actor, author, director and musician. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Reeves grew up in Toronto. He began acting in theatre productions, and in television films before making his mainstream film debut in Youngblood.

Most successful films - Bram Stoker's Dracula, Speed & The Matrix

GEORGE MICHAEL - George Michael (lived 25 June 1963 - 25 December 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! and later embarked on a solo career. Michael sold over 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Most successful songs - Careless Whisper, Faith & Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

DAVID TENNANT - David John Tennant (born 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor. He is best known for his roles as the tenth incarnation of The Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who, Giacomo Casanova in the BBC comedy-drama serial Casanova (2005) and the title prince in the RSC's 2009 adaptation of Hamlet (2009).

JOHN TRAVOLTA - John Joseph Travolta (born 18 February 1954) is an American actor, singer, dancer, and pilot. Travolta rose to fame during the 1970s, appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

COLIN FARRELL - Colin James Farrell (born 31 May 1976) is an Irish actor. Farrell appeared in the BBC drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone in 1999, and was discovered by Hollywood when Joel Schumacher cast him as the lead in the war drama Tigerland in 2000.

Most successful films - Minority Report, Crazy Heart & Widows

JAKE GYLLENHAAL - Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal (born 19 December 1980) is an American actor and film producer. Born into the Gyllenhaal family, he is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner. He began acting as a child, and made his acting debut in City Slickers, followed by roles in his father's films A Dangerous Woman and Homegrown.

Most successful films - Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain & Everest

Fourth row

JAMIE DORNAN - James Dornan (born 1 May 1982) is an actor, model, and musician from Northern Ireland. Initially beginning his career as a model in 2001, he appeared in campaigns for Hugo Boss, Dior Homme, and Calvin Klein. Dubbed "the Golden Torso" by The New York Times, he was ranked one of the "25 Biggest Male Models of All Time" by Vogue in 2015.

Most successful roles - The Bodyguard & Shades Of Grey

ZAC EFFRON - Zachary David Alexander Efron (born 18 October 1987) is an American actor and singer. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s and rose to prominence in the late 2000s for his leading role as Troy Bolton in the High School Musical trilogy. During this time, he also starred in the musical film Hairspray and the comedy film 17 Again.

ELLIOT GOULD - Elliott Gould (born 29 August 1938) is an American actor known for his roles in MASH (1970), his Oscar-nominated performance in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), and more recently, his portrayal of old-time con artist Reuben Tishkoff in Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007).

JAMES DEAN - James Byron Dean (lived 8 February 1931 – 30 September 1955) was an American actor. He is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark.

BORIS JOHNSON - Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British politician, author, and former journalist who has served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2019. He was Foreign Secretary from 2016 to 2018 and Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016.

DONALD TRUMP - Donald John Trump (born 14 June 1946) is the 45th and current President of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and raised in Queens, a borough of New York City, and received a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School.

MORGAN FREEMAN - Morgan Freeman (born 1 June 1937) is an American actor, director and narrator. He is particularly known for his distinctive deep voice, and has appeared in a range of film genres portraying character roles. Freeman is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

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Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.


He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 


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