Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sam Rolfe our science correspondent joins us

Sam Rolfe joined us today to talk about methane and organic molecules on Mars. The term organic molecules describe any molecules that contain carbon atoms. Examples include methane, hydrocarbons and amino acids. 

Methane is a gas that has been detected on Mars before. Previously though methane has been detected using remote telescopic observations from the Earth or from space. This is a very exciting discovery because this is the first in situ (on site, in place) measurement from the surface of Mars. 

Methane being actively produced, what of it! 90% of the methane on Earth is produced by biological processes. so that means there is life on Mars?! Let’s not jump to conclusions here. The discovery of methane definitely does not mean that there is definitely life on Mars. However, we never know, we may meet some martians soon... 

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Chris' Film Club: Bad Santa

I've gone for a darkly comic film today for the theme of 'Christmas films'. Bad Santa tells the story of a career criminal (Billy Bob Thornton) who dresses like Santa to rob malls at Christmas. He is rude and crude, but starts to turn it around when he meets a young boy called Thurman Merman.

The film is delightfully dark and certainly not one for the kids this Christmas time.

Monday, 15 December 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 15th December 2014 & this week's featured track by @MarkRonson

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Annie Lennox - Georgia On My Mind
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Barbra Streisand & John Legend - What Kind Of Fool
Culture Club - More Than Silence
Deacon Blue - Bethlehem Begins
Engelbert Humperdinck & Ron Sexsmith - Something To Hold On To (feat. Fox Primary School Choir)
Gregory Porter & Julie London - Fly Me To The Moon
Johnny Altman and JoanOvArc - Wild One
Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - It Don’t Mean A Thing
Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
Military Voices - 1914 The Carol Of Christmas
Neil Diamond - In Better Days
Nell Bryden - May You Never Be Alone
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Olly Murs - Up (feat. Demi Lovato)
One Direction - Night Changes
Paloma Faith - Leave While I'm Not Looking
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again
Rumer - Reach Out
Sam Smith - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Sia - You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
Spandau Ballet - Steal
Status Quo - Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Take That - These Days
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Tom Odell - Real Love
Train - Cadillac, Cadillac
Wilko Johnson And Roger Daltrey - Muskrat

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars:

Chris' Film Club: Home Alone

The theme for this week is 'Christmas film's (rather unsurprisingly), so I've decided to start with one of the biggest comedy films of all time. Home Alone stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, a young boy who is left behind at his house over Christmas. He tries to make the most of it, until his house is invaded by two steely-headed burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). He then almost kills them both, basically.

Lisa Pearson - Lifestyle Correspondent

Lisa Pearson was our guest tonight talking about Pampering.

What is a Pamper?
A Pamper is time, time for yourself.

Why is it important?
Amongst other things a pamper can reduce your stress and cortisol levels.

How often?
Some people have a pamper each month, it can be every week or even every day.

Self pamper
Remember that it is about bringing a moment to your life, with some joy, and a feeling of happiness and calm.

Full details from Lisa's blog about pampering can be found at