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TableTalks is a national collection of conversations… born out a bunch of friends’ desire to talk and share opinion about stuff that matters and occasionally stuff that doesn’t much.

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Peter Boughton – his words
Kate Bamber – her pictures
Richard Brett – his beard
Richard Upton – immaculate Tweed
Philippa King – her panache
Sam Gregory at Wise Buddah for his nifty dance moves
The Bell Inn - for being our inspiration

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The Bell In Ticehurst
February 21st "This house believes you are kidding Mrs Merkel"
March 21st "This house believes in passing the parenting test"
April 18th "This house believes charity is a convenient crutch"

The Sir Richard Steele Belsize Park London
February 14th "This house believes we should come together"
March 14th "This house believes the kids are alright"
April 11th "This house believes in the event of the end of the World we should save no-one"

The Warrington Maida Vale London
February 13th This house believes that perfect love is rare indeed
March 13th This house believes the kids are alright
April 10th This house believes beauty is the beast


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None of our guests get paid
(they get £20 expenses and some dinner)
No-one pays to come and watch
None of the guests are elected party officials
There are no microphones
Nothing is recorded or broadcast
There is a host and 6 guest speakers who get 2 minutes un interrupted to respond to the motion
The floor is invited to get stuck in
The debates are an hour long with a vote at the end
The next debate is announced at the end

This house believes the chicken came before the egg

This house believes the chicken came before the egg

  • The Bell – 24th June 2012

    “This house believes the chicken came before the egg”

    Frog Morris / Father David Houlding / Lucio Buffone / Kiran Stacy / Felicity Davies

    Motion denied
  • Frog Morris delighted us all by donning a lab coat and goggles, imploring the audience for willing volunteers to participate in a chicken or egg and spoon race. This marvellous ‘eggsperiment’ resulted in a win for the chicken! Kiran Stacy, having first voiced his disappointment at the lack of cock jokes, raised the political question not of what came first but what comes next. “Governments want to replace chickens by manufacturing meat.” Father David Holding admitted to hating chickens due to a childhood spent collecting eggs from 2,500 battery hens. “The milk comes before the cow, the egg therefore comes before the chicken. The egg is full of potential of new life, once the egg is broken the potential is lost.”
  • The debate was enhanced by contributions from the floor. A lady member of the audience asked us to define a chicken and then define an egg – “exactly, the chicken had to come first.” A gentleman declared that “until the cockerel did his stuff the chicken was redundant.” So it’s a feminist issue after all! Throughout the debate, a lively bantam kept the tweets coming, finally reporting that the motion was denied
    Philippa King

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