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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.

This week my talking point - what is your favourite Christmas Song?

Do you have a favourite Christmas song?  What is your preference? 

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?

The song with the most mentions will get played during my show on Sunday 15 December.

Tell us what you think via   or send Tess an email.

Thank you for your comments so far.  Keep them coming in for my talking point on my show on a Sunday between 12-1pm, repeated during the week.  Check the schedule on our website for details.


Tess' Talking Point

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

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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