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Banana Chat – meet Sam Marsham

Hi I’m Samuel. I am 20 and from Southend-on-Sea. I work in the city in the financial sector. I love to travel and visit as many new places as I can. I’m also a real foodie and am always looking for good restaurants to try out.

What is your favourite joke?
Did you hear about the quarry that went out of business? They hit rock bottom!  

What makes you smile?
Food

What is your favourite good news story?
How over 1 million Americans have signed up to a Facebook event to storm Area 51 and free the aliens there. 

What inspires you?
Seeing others around you succeed and wanting to match that.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
For governments to address the dangers of climate change.

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
The ability to teleport because I’d always be on time.

What is your favourite food?
Steak 

What is your favourite drink? 
Lemonade and lime cordial 

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
My bed.

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
Large companies who cause huge amounts of pollution should have to pay towards green energy schemes.

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know? 
My right ear has no cartridge in it so I can bend it all the way back.

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
Sometimes later becomes never, so always act now.

What cause, project or event would you like to promote? 
Havens Hospice

Who is your favourite music artist?
Travis Scott 

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most? 
My dad

PJ’s or Not? 

Hot or cold? Cold 

Cat or dog? Dog 

Blue or pink? Blue

Tea or Coffee? Yes 

Glass half-empty or half full? Half full

Night out or night in? Night in 

Pizza or pasta? Pasta 

Biscuits or cake? Biscuits 

PJ’s or Not? PJ’s

Wine or beer? Beer

Football or rugby? Rugby 

Cinema or theatre? Cinema 

Gym or TV? Tv

Naughty or nice? Nice 

Silver or gold? Silver 

Tent or hotel? Hotel

Bath or shower? Shower

Starter or pudding? Starter 

Sheets or duvet? Duvet 

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Love island  

Finally, apple or banana? Apple

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Banana Chat – meet Jack Barry

Hello, my name is Jack Barry and I work in the City of London at a Bank. Alongside my job, I study a part time degree in Financial Risk and Compliance. I am a huge football fan and am currently a Tottenham Hotspur season ticket holder. I travelled to Amsterdam and Madrid for the Champions League Semi and Final. I enjoy going away as much as possible, with family, friends and my girlfriend.

What is your favourite joke?
Did you hear about the mathematician who was scared of negative numbers. 

He’ll stop at nothing to avoid them. 

What makes you smile?
Watching Tottenham on a Tuesday night

What is your favourite good news story?
The 15 year old girl beating Venus Williams at Wimbledon 

What inspires you?
Plenty of my Family

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
End homelessness

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
Ability to fly. Would never have to pay for flights again. 

What is your favourite food?
Duck pancakes

What is your favourite drink? 
Chocolate Milkshake

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
My bed. 

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
Every new build home should be fitted with solar panels. Would help to tackle climate change. 

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know? 
I have flown a small plane. 

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
Up the Spurs

What cause, project or event would you like to promote? 
The Samaritans 

Who is your favourite music artist?
Anderson Paak

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most? 
My Mum

PJ’s or Not? 

Hot or cold? Cold

Cat or dog? Dog

Blue or pink? Blue

Tea or Coffee? Neither

Glass half-empty or half full? Half Full

Night out or night in? Night out

Pizza or pasta? Pasta

Biscuits or cake? Cake

Wine or beer? Beer

Football or rugby? Football

PJ’s or not ? Not

Cinema or theatre? Cinema

Gym or TV? TV

Naughty or nice? Nice

Silver or gold? Gold

Tent or hotel? Hotel

Bath or shower? Shower

Starter or pudding? Starter

Sheets or duvet? Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Love island

Finally, apple or banana? Apple

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Banana Chat – Meet Jack Tarrant

Hi my name is Jack, I am a 26 year old from Southend now living and working in Cambridge. I studied History at univeristy and now I never use it in my work helping chemistry students at the Royal Society of Chemistry. I have also worked for the Prince’s Trust helping young people kick start their careers. I like to keep fit by gymming and playing football and cricket (badly). I am a boring history and politics fan who has learnt to keep quiet about it.

What is your favourite joke?
What do you call a man lying face down in a pool? Bob. 

What makes you smile?
Animals 

What is your favourite good news story?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-47536861 

What inspires me?
People discovering their passions, which is why I have worked in charities with young people helping them achieve their goals and find a reason to work hard. 

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Deforestation

If you could have one superpower what would you choose?
Shapeshifting, not just because of the cool stuff but day to day you will never even need to do your hair. 

What is your favourite food?
BBQ Ribs

What is your favourite drink?
Dr. Pepper

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
I don’t own anything luxury. 

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
Universal Income

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
I have had my appendix removed.

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
Wildlife protection.

Who is your favourite music artist?
The Manor

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
My parents, they taught me how to be responsible and be able to look after myself. They also showed me how to cope with adversity and that’s by relying on the people around and then be there for them when they need.

PJ’s or not? Not

Hot or cold? Cold

Cat or dog? Cat

Blue or pink? Blue 

Tea or coffee? Coffee

Glass half-empty or half full? Half-Empty

Night out or night in? Night Out

Pizza or pasta? Pizza

Biscuits or cake? Biscuits

Wine or beer? Beer

Football or rugby? Rugby

Cinema or theatre? Theatre

Gym or TV? Gym

Naughty or nice? Naughty

Silver or gold? Silver

Tent or hotel? Tent

Bath or shower?  Shower

Starter or pudding?  Starter 

Sheet or duvet?  Duvet

Love island or game of thrones? Love Island

Apple or banana?  Banana

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Banana Chat – Meet our Chief Banana – Matt Austin

My name is Matt, I am 21 and currently living in Essex. I work in London whilst studying a part time degree.  The majority of my spare time is spent playing Cricket or watching Football, but to be honest, give me any sport and I’ll give it a go. I came up with the idea of Banana Crumble whilst on a train home – the idea of the FREE cash draw is not to change someone’s life drastically but for someone to be able to afford to go out for dinner or to put towards their weekly shop. I really hated the bad press many people my age were getting and wanted somewhere we could prove 99% of the time we are achieving some great things. Luckily enough my parents agreed with me and liked the idea and Banana Crumble was born.  My mum has since become the Director of the company. I am really lucky with having some great friends and family who support me in everything I try to achieve.

Favourite Joke

What cheese do you use to hide a small horse?

Mascarpone.

What makes you smile?

Hearing about all the good things that happen in people’s everyday lives. Also, I can’t complain about watching England smash Australia in the cricket!

Favourite good news story? 

I have seen a lot recently about how a few members of the German community in WW2 managed to smuggle out children who were meant to be going to concentration camps. For people to put their own lives at risk to save people they don’t know is a real heart warmer for me. This was made doubly true after my recent trip to Krakow where I toured Auschwitz.

What inspires you?

One of my major inspirations for choosing the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as our charity of the year was my next door neighbour Sophie Holmes. Being able to achieve some of the amazing things she has done and keep pushing herself even harder and faster is a great inspiration and I think everyone could help use her as motivation to realise you can achieve anything you want to in your life.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

People seeing the good in what others do rather than the negatives. On average, I believe there is one good news story to every ten bad ones reported, when in real life that isn’t the case. Why is it that bad news gets all the press? That’s where Banana Crumble can hopefully come in.

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?

I would have to say teleportation – could you imagine you could go on holiday or be able to get from A to B with a click of your fingers? It would make life so much easier and also means no queues.

What is your favourite food?

My dad’s chicken and gammon pie is incredible but who can say no to a medium rare fillet steak?

What is your favourite drink?

An odd one here but you have to try it – Dark Rum (Kraken) and Apple Juice.

If you are going on holiday, what luxury item would you take from home?

I think, nowadays a mobile phone is a very important item. This is because it has a number of different uses. You can see a beautiful view – get your phone out and take a picture. You want to liven up the atmosphere – get your phone out and put some music on. Lost in the middle of a place you have never been to before – get your phone out and check a map. For these three reasons alone plus many others, I have to say a mobile phone. If a mobile phone isn’t considered to be a luxury item, then it would have to be my hair gel!

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?

If the weather gets above 28 degrees (highly unlikely in the UK I know) schools and work have to allow its members to wear shorts and receive free ice cream to keep them cool. Working in a ridiculously hot room no matter how old you are, is never enjoyable.

Random piece of information that people wouldn’t know about you. 

When I was 17 I lived in a tent in the Malaysian jungle. A truly great experience. I really don’t talk about it enough but what a great experience to share with my best friend Joe.

What is your favourite phrase or saying?

“Forti Nihil Difficile”

What cause/project/charity or anything else would you like to plug?

Of course, it has to be Banana Crumble. I believe signing up is a no brainer. We don’t send you spam emails, just one weekly newsletter. It is completely free to be a member and we are helping out a fantastic charity Cystic Fibrosis. Why wouldn’t you sign up?!

Who is your favourite music artist?

In the modern day, I have to say Ed Sheeran. I am a huge fan as are so many people in the world. On a night out I’m happy with anything that I can sing along with as well!! (Although my voice isn’t much to behold)

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life the most?

I have been really lucky throughout my life and had a number of friends and family support me in what I do but I do have to say the opportunities my Mum and Dad have given me have really shaped me into who I am today! Whether it be holidays, work or education they have always been there with me and I cannot thank them enough for all they do for me.

PJ’s or Not? – Quick Fire Questions

Hot or cold? Hot.

Cat or dog? Dog.

Blue or pink? Pink.

Tea or coffee? Tea.

Glass half empty or glass half full? Half full.

Pyjamas or not? Not.

Night out or night in? Night out.

Pizza or pasta? Pasta.

Biscuits or Cake? Cake.

Wine or Beer? Beer.

Football or rugby? Football.

Cinema or theatre? Cinema.

Gym or TV? Gym.  Ha just kidding TV!

Naughty or nice? Naughty.

Silver or gold? Gold.

Tent or hotel? Hotel.

Bath or shower? Bath.

Starter or pudding? Pudding.

Sheets or Duvet? Duvet – it’s never warm enough just for sheets!

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Game of Thrones but Love Island is also a cheeky pleasure.

Apple or Banana? Banana, why do you think it’s called Banana Crumble?!