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*Listen Again to Tess Lewsey's interview with former serviceman Lee Franks talking about the importance of the poppy and his experiences in Bosnia.

Listen Again to Tess Lewsey's interview with Rhys Williams about self employment.

Listen Again to Tess Lewsey's feature about Babyloss Awareness Week.

Listen Again to Tess Lewsey's interview with Joseph Booton, puppeteer and actor who is producing a new play at the Archway Theatre in Horley - "A Day In The Death of Joe Egg".

Listen Again tto our interview with Richard Semmens from the autism support group Engine Shed South London.

Tess Lewsey on air Sundays 10am - 1pm featuring guest interviews, her take on the week's news and Tess' Talking Point.

My talking point this week - This week I'll be looking back over the talking point topics I've covered since September. From cream teas to cup of teas, from a possible female James Bond to the first record you bought. Please feel free to leave your ideas of any future topics for talking points. 

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Tess' Talking Point

School Summer Holidays
The Government has been discussing whether to change the length of the summer holidays from 6 to 4 weeks with other school holidays being lengthened.

Is this a good idea? How practical is this when booking time off work and arranging holidays?

Valentine's cards

With Valentine's Day coming up, do you remember the first Valentine card you sent/received?

Should cards/gifts be exclusively for that special person, 

or is it OK to send cards to family members, like your children?

A Nice Cuppa Tea
It seems that traditional cups of tea are falling out of fashion with younger people who prefer herbal teas or coffee. 

White Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Iced Tea, Japanese Tea.

Is there still a demand for good old fashioned Builder's Tea?

My question this week - Do you still drink a traditional cuppa or do you prefer the more exotic blends?

Children in pubs
Last week it was reported parents can be banned from buying more that two alcoholic drinks in Wetherspoons pubs if they are with children.

In recent years the law has changed.

Today the blanket rule is that children are allowed into pubs as long as they are with an adult. 

But the final say is down to the pub landlord. 

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A Female James Bond?
Do you watch Doctor Who? Jodie Whittaker is playing the Doctor for a second series. Being the first female Doctor, do you think it works having the character played by a woman?

And what do you think to there being a female James Bond? Would it work or should the role remain one for a man?

New Year's Resolutions

We are just about half way through January. Did you make a new year's resolution? If so, is it still going or have you dropped it already?
Has the new year's resolution gone out of fashion? 

It appears to have. None of you make new year's resolutions any more. 

If you did in the past, then you didn't stick to them. Without mentioning names, one person said he was going to learn to cook last year (2019) but didn't get round to it. Someone else said her new year's resolution was never to make new year's resolutions! She then went on to say she started a diet on 1st January and so far has stuck to it.

First record you bought?

We all love music and there are plenty of ways to listen to it these days. But what was the first record you ever bought?

For majority of you, your first record was a vinyl 45.  Though for a few of you, your first record was a 78.  Looking back through your record collection (if you still have it) would you say your musical taste has changed over the years?  Is that first record still a firm favourite?

Quality Street chocolates
The Quality Street tin has been ranked from best to worst. For some it's all about the Orange Cream. 

You told us about your favourites.

The Quality Street tin has been ranked from best to worst. 

For some it's all about the Orange Cream. 

You told us about your favourites.

 

The above picture shows the order of favourite to least favourite sweets from Quality Street, as voted on Good Morning Britain. 

It was a mixed reaction with your comments on this one. You all have your own favourite . But the green triangle and the purple came out on top.  A few old favourites mentioned alas are no longer included in the mix.  As for the new chocolate brownie added last year, a few of you said it was OK, but you thought the coffee flavour it replaced was better.

Christmas Songs
What's your favourite Christmas song?  

An oldie from Bing Crosby or Johnny Mathis? 
A classic from Wham or Band Aid? Or maybe a comedy Christmas song, like Mel and Kim, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree?

As well as on Surrey Sound, I asked about - family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues, in fact anyone who would listen to me.  I got a great response.  Many different songs were mentioned, even a few I hadn't heard of before.  But the song with the most votes was the Pogues with Kirsty McColl - " Fairytale of New York".

Boxing Day
Should
shops stay closed on Boxing Day? 

Home Bargains are staying closed until December 27 to give their staff the day off to spend with loved ones over the festive period.

So shops could close on Boxing Day in the future? 

But what about those who work in hospitals, the police, fire and ambulance services, hotels. pubs, restaurants etc. Should they also be given the day off over Christmas too? 

Thank you for taking the time to vote in this poll.

It seems majority of you think shops should shut on Boxing Day. It worked out to 69% and 31% of you think no, it should be business as usual.

A comment from Jamie. He said he has worked over Christmas for various radio stations over the years. He doesn't mind it and he gets extra pay.

Steph used to work for a well known retail store and said she hated getting up early on Boxing Day to get to work early for the sales.  She has recently left that job and is looking forward to her lie in this year.

So will it be a thing of the future - shops closed on Boxing Day?  Watch this space.

Previous Talking Points

School Summer Holidays
Should the length of the summer holidays from 6 to 4 weeks with other school holidays being lengthened?

Valentine's cards

A Nice Cuppa Tea
A traditional cuppa or do you prefer the more exotic blends?

Children in pubs
Should children be allowed in pubs? 

A Female James Bond?
We have a female Dr. Who but what about a female 007?

New Year's Resolutions
We are just about half way through January. Did you make a new year's resolution? 

First record you bought
You told us about the first record you bought.

Quality Street chocolates
The Quality Street tin has been ranked from best to worst. You told us about your favourites.

Christmas Songs
Do you have a favourite Christmas song?  We reveal the song chosen by you as your favourite.

Packed Lunches
Prue Leith - the Great British Bake Off judge - suggested that packed lunches should be banned and that children should only have one lunchtime treat per week. 

Quirky Hobbies
The singer Rod Stewart's father once told him that every man needs a hobby. In Rod Stewart's case, it's model railways. Do you have a hobby? Maybe an interest others might think is geeky?

Christmas
With roughly 6 weeks until the big day, when do you put up your tree and decs?   Is November too early for it?   Should Christmas be kept in December?

Remembrance Day
I've heard several stories over the years about banning the poppy for various reasons. Should we ban it? Or is it a tradition that should stay? 

Self Employment
Have you ever thought about setting up your own business? What type of business would it be? If you have set up your own business, has it been successful?

Charging your Children for Rent
Should you charge your grown-up child rent if they live at home?

Multi coloured sweets like Skittles, Smarties or M&Ms. How do you eat them?  Do you sort them into colours or just eat them randomly?

Loyal customer or shop around?
Home or car insurance - do you shop around or stay loyal to one company?

Ketchup, Mayo or Gravy? When the chips are down, what do you prefer? Salt? vinegar? gravy?

Gender Neutral
Following a story in the media about a couple who kept their child's gender a secret, I asked if you thought they had gone one step too far.

Snickers
Snickers are to change their name back to Marathon. And while we're at it should Starburst change its name back to Opal Fruits?

Cream Teas 
Do you put the jam on the scone first then the cream - or the other way round.


Tess' Talking Point

 

Packed Lunches
Do you have children who go to school and do you give them a packed lunch?

And if so, what do you put in it?  

Prue Leith - the Great British Bake Off judge - suggested that packed lunches should be banned and that children should only have one lunchtime treat per week. 

Do you remember your school dinners? Or did you take a packed lunch into school? With school meals meant to be nutritious and tasty, are they any better than they were when you were at school? 

 

At my son's school they have 3 options for dinner, with at least one being vegetarian, a choice of veg, a salad bar, bread and a pudding. Despite school meals that are meant to be following healthy guidelines, some of you still think the food is not tasty or nutritious enough. Then there's the fussy eater who doesn't like the food and prefers something from home.

I had one comment saying their school in Cambridgeshire had stopped packed lunches. 

But on the whole, you feel it should be up to the parents to decide whether or not their child has a school dinner or packed lunch.

Quirky Hobbies

The singer Rod Stewart's father once told him that every man needs a hobby. In Rod Stewart's case, it's model railways. He has a huge layout at his home in Los Angeles was recently featured in the press.

It seemed that no one wanted to actually own up to having a geeky or unusual hobby.  But you came up with a list of hobbies you thought to be geeky or weird.These include:
Stamp collecting
Re-enactment (cosplay)
Comic conventions
Taking photos of radio masts
Building model railways
Trainspotting
Collecting beer mats

Christmas
With roughly 6 weeks until the big day, when do you put up your tree and decs?  Is November too early for it?  Should Christmas be kept in December?

When it comes to Christmas, many of us have the same thoughts. 

You think November is too early for putting up your tree and decorations. Though there are a few of you who like to put them up early.  Nothing wrong with that. Each to their own.

Majority of people put up their tree and decs on the first of December or during the first week of December. 

But what about taking them down? Trudi is a traditionalist and says she puts up her tree and decorations 12 days before Christmas and 12 days after.

Remembrance Day
This week my talking point is about remembrance and poppies. 

I've heard several stories over the years about banning the poppy for various reasons. Should we ban it? Or is it a tradition that should stay? 

This week's talking point was accompanied by an interview with ex serviceman Lee Franks.  A big thank you to Lee for speaking to Surrey Sound.  You can hear his interview in full on our features page on the website.

When it comes to the poppy, majority agreed it should remain red and no one said it should be banned.  Love live the poppy.

Self Employment
This week my talking point is part of an interview. Rhys Williams is from Octivo. Their aim is to help people into self-employment with a free training course. My question to you, have you ever thought about setting up your own business? What type of business would it be? If you have set up your own business, has it been successful?

A few of you have set up your own business and it seems to be running nicely. 

If you are still thinking about it, why not take the plunge? Or at least find out if it really is for you. The Optivo course is being held in Redhill, Surrey between 18-22 November 10am to 3pm. Details on their website

 

Should you charge your grown-up child rent if they live at home? Did your parents charge you rent for living in their house? Do you charge your children rent? Is it the full amount or have you struck a deal? Well this was unanimous. 99% of you said yes, parents should charge their adult children rent if they're still living at home. 

Several of you said you had to pay rent while still living in your parents or partner's parents home and you would charge your adult children rent for doing so. It was agreed the money should go towards bills and grocery shopping to help with the upkeep of the household. 

Only one person said no, but that person had a reason - her son was still in college and not receiving any money. 

In this instance I agree that no rent be charged until the person in full time education is able to get a job. Do you agree?

Multi coloured sweets like Skittles, Smarties or M&Ms, how do you eat them?  Do you sort them into colours or just eat them randomly?

I got the idea for this talking point from a friend's facebook post. She gave me permission to use it. 

There are numerous varieties of multi coloured sweets to choose from. Like my friend, some of you like to eat your sweets in colour order, starting with the colour that has the lowest number.  But some of you don't care what order you eat them in, you just eat them. 

However, a few of you do have a particular colour you will leave until last, quite possibly because it's your favourite. 

One person said they eat all the M&Ms except the blue ones, as these have a different taste. Someone else said they like to eat the fruity flavours first and leave their favourite - the chocolate ones - until last. Another person said she likes to sort all the Smarties from the jumbo tubes into a certain order, then put them back into the tube in that order. 

There is no right or wrong way. However you eat your sweets, whatever they are, enjoy them how you like.

Loyal customer or shop around?
Home or car insurance - do you shop around or stay loyal to one company?  And what about your gas and/or electricity provider?  

According to the Financial Conduct Authority, loyal customers are paying 200 a year more in premiums than those who shop around.

So what did you make of this talking point?  I strayed off the subject of food this week and used something that was in the news.  It seems that majority or you like to shop around to see what deals you can get, although some people are happy to stay loyal to the company they are with for various reasons.  These people tend to be from the older generation. 

 

Ketchup, Mayo or Gravy? When the chips are down, what do you prefer? Salt, vinegar or both? 

When it comes to chips it seems you don't mind whether they are fat or thin.  Some of you like salt with your chips and a few people like vinegar.  

Tomato ketchup was a favourite at 38% followed by mayo and gravy taking joint 2nd place with 19%.  Just below that was curry sauce at 14% and 10% said they liked ketchup and mayo mixed together. Apparently Heinz are now selling a bottle of this. 

One person mentioned cheesy chips and another person (a bit too late for the show) said brown sauce.  However you like yours, enjoy your chips.

 

Gender Neutral.  Following a story in the media about a couple who kept their child's gender a secret, even from family and friends, used the pronoun 'they' and said they could choose their own gender when older, I asked if you thought they had gone one step too far. 

And should we still dress out girls in pink and boys in blue?  Comments were mixed and made for an interesting read.  Overall you decided that it didn't matter what colour you dress your child in and that you are born either male or female. But the important thing is to let your child be themselves. 

From one comment: All any of us need is love and acceptance at the end of the day.

Snickers
Snickers are to change their name back to Marathon. And while we're at it should Starburst change it's name back to Opal Fruits?

Do you remember when Snickers was called Marathon?  It changed its name in 1990 to come in line with the rest of the world. The company Mars are changing it back to Marathon for 3 months to celebrate 85 years of putting chocolate on our supermarket shelves.  But should Snickers stay Marathon?  It was a close call. About 50% said yes and 50% said leave the name as it is.

Starburst used to be called Opal Fruits.  This was quite interesting.  About 80% of you think we should change Starburst back to Opal Fruits. Then this discussion widened to feature other sweets from our childhood.  

You can hear my talking point during my show this week. Check the schedule to find out when it will be repeated.


Cream Tea. 
Do you put the jam on the scone first then the cream - or the other way round?

(15 September 2019)

This was an interesting first topic for my talking point.  It seems about 60% of people like jam first then cream on their scone - the Cornish way and 40% like it the other way round, cream first then jam, the Devon way.  And it has to be clotted cream.  Is there any other kind!

Do check our website, facebook and twitter to find out next Sunday's talking point topic and leave your comments.

 

 

 

 


 

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