Sunday, 26 December 2010

Recent Guest Gets Rave Reviews

Hi Drivetimers

One of our recent guests, musician Risa Hall, has just had a great review posted here.

Risa will be on our show again in 2011, coming into the studio to perform a live set.

On behalf of the Drivetime team I hope you're all having a wonderful Christmas time!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Lee Evans - Videographer - -

This Evening we heard from Videographer Lee Evanswho provides a service to both private bookings such as weddings and corporate events and also converting older format footage to modern day media.Lee gave some tips for filming over the festive period;


* Check your equipment first - batteries charged, lens cleaned.
* Edit as you go along
* Quality not Quantity of footage
* Be creative and film scenes from several different angles
More details can be found at Lee's web site ;www.tindell.co.uk

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Monthly Feature with Mark Clementson of the Verulam Writers Circle


Today we heard from Mark Clementson of the Verulam Writers Circle.

Mark talked about the enjoyment of writing and reading aswell as mentioning the Get Writing conference on Saturday 19th February 2011, 9.00am-6.00pm. Taking place at the University of Hertfordshire, the conference offers speakers, workshops and a chance to meet other authors.

And if your a writer, perhaps seeking some inspiration or maybe looking for workshops to hone your writing skills you could join other writers at Verulam Writers Circle. For more information check out http://www.verulamwriterscircle.org.uk/






Monday, 20 December 2010

Playlist w/c 20th December 2010

Hi Drivetimers

Below is our penultimate new music playlist for 2010 and this week's featured track:

Adele - Rolling In The Deep
Annie Lennox – Universal Child
Bruce Springsteen - Ain’t Good Enough For You
Caro Emerald - Riviera Life
Cee-Lo Green - It’s OK
Cheryl Cole - The Flood
Coldplay - Christmas Lights
Diane Birch - Fools
Ellie Goulding - Your Song
Hurts - All I Want For Christmas Is New Years Day
James Blunt - So Far Gone
Jools Holland - Enchanted Castle (featuring Louise Marshall)
Kings Of Leon - Pyro
KT Tunstall - Fade Like A Shadow
Kylie - Better Than Today / Let It Snow
Leddra Chapman - Edie
Lissie - Everywhere I go
Manic Street Preachers - Some Kind Of Nothingness
Matt Cardle - When We Collide
Michael Jackson – Hold My Hand (Ft Akon)
Mim Grey - Xmas Kiss
Neil Diamond - Ain’t No Sunshine
Nell Bryden - Glory To The Day (Helen’s Requiem)
Paul Carrack - It Ain’t Over (‘Til It’s Over) (feat. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Pixie Lott - Can’t Make This Over
Plain White T’s - Rhythm Of Love
Scarlette Fever - Crash and Burn
Seal - Weight Of My Mistakes
Take That - The Flood

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Crash and Burn by Scarlette Fever:


Friday, 17 December 2010

The Radio Verulam Film Guide Recommends . . .

Hi Drivetimers, here are Simon Carvers film choices for the week ahead on free to air TV.

Friday
Black Book
11:10pm - 2:00am
Film4

Saturday
Catch Me If You Can
7:50pm - 10:05pm
BBC3

Sunday
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
6:50pm - 9:00pm
Film4

Monday
The Truman Show
10:00pm - 12:00am
More4


Tuesday
Looking for Eric
9:00pm - 11:15pm
Film4


Wednesday
The Others
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Film4


Thursday
300
9:00pm - 11:20pm
Channel 5

Interview with Tank Montana - Listen Again

Hi Drivetimers

Whilst I was having a well-deserved day off, Jonny Seabrook was presenting the show and had as his special guest broadcaster and one of the stars of this year's panto Tank Montana.  To listen to this collision of two broadcasting beasts, click below:

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Thursday, 16 December 2010

In Conversation & Session with Mim Grey - Listen Again

Danny Smith, getting his "Xmas Kiss" from Mim Grey (that's the title of her new single - geddit?)
Hi Drivetimers

On today's show we were joined by the gorgeous & talented Mim Grey.  She performed acoustic versions of 3 of her songs, including a brand new one not on her album!  For more information, check out her website www.mimgrey.com and to listen again click below (it will sound better if you go to our facebook fan page and click on Videos to listen www.facebook.com/westhertsdrive):

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Monday, 13 December 2010

Monthly Feature with Elizabeth Crampton of St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau


Recommended during the feature was being aware of your consumer rights when buying christmas gifts. All goods should meet the description of what you've paid for, be fit for purpose and be of satisfactory quality. If not, the retailer should offer a replacement at the very least. Some shops go further and offer refunds if you've just simply changed your mind, however many smaller retailers do not and they are not legally obliged to do so.

When making a purchase on the internet, you do have the same rights plus you have the right to cancel the order for 30 days after the date of purchase. However, some items are exempt like flowers and personalised goods.

If you buy goods using a credit card, you also get extra consumer protection. If this happens and the trader won't address a problem, you're credit card company may be able to sort the problem for you. If you pay for goods using a visa debit card, visa can also offer you additional protection.

The next subject was fuel. Many peolpe have turned up the heating with the recent cold weather. Information on how to save energy and reduce energy consumption in your home can be found at http://www.energysavingstrust.org.uk/

For those with illness or disability, social tariffs are also offered by some energy companies and are cheaper than standard rate tariffs. More information should be available through your energy company.

Energy costs can also be reduced by setting up an online account with your energy provider rather than having bills sent through the post. It's sometimes possible to change tariff with your current supplier, and you always have the option of changing your energy supplier if you find a better tariff with a different supplier in your area.

And conventional ways of keeping warm still work.....extra layers, hot drinks and hot water bottles!

The last subject discussed was rent arrears. If you don't deal with rent arrears quickly you could lose your home. The advice was to contact your landlord as soon as possible and then speak to the CAB who will be able to advise on how you can manage the situation.

St Albans CAB are based at London Road, St Albans and can be contacted on 08444 111 444. For more information, visit www.stalbans-cab.org/contactus

Playlist w/c 13th December 2010

Hi Drivetimers

Below is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week & our featured track:

Annie Lennox - Universal Child
Bruce Springsteen - Ain't Good Enough For You
Caro Emerald - Riviera Life
Cee-Lo Green - It's OK
Cheryl Cole - The Flood
Coldplay - Christmas Lights
Diane Birch - Fools
Ellie Goulding - Your Song
Hurts - All I Want For Christmas Is New Years Day
James Blunt - So Far Gone
Jools Holland - Enchanted Castle (featuring Louise Marshall)
Katherine Jenkins - Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming
Kings Of Leon - Pyro
KT Tunstall - Fade Like A Shadow
Kylie - Better Than Today / Let It Snow
Lissie - Everywhere I go
Manic Street Preachers - Some Kind Of Nothingness
Maroon 5 - Give A Little More
Michael Jackson - Hold My Hand (featuring Akon)
Mim Grey - Xmas Kiss
Neil Diamond - Ain't No Sunshine
Nell Bryden - Glory To The Day (Helen's Requiem)
Paul Carrack - It Ain't Over ('Til It's Over) (feat. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Pet Shop Boys - Together
Pixie Lott - Can't Make This Over
Rod Stewart - That Old Black Magic
Seal - Weight Of My Mistakes
Take That - The Flood
Plain White T's - Rhythm Of Love

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Rolling In The Deep by Adele:

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Interview with Mark Thomas - Listen Again

Hi Drivetimers

On Thursday's show we chatted with comedian and activist Mark Thomas, ahead of his appearance at the Maltings Theatre in February.  To hear this interview again, simply click below:

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Friday, 10 December 2010

Film Guide with Simon Carver


FILM RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD


SATURDAY

Airport
4:40pm - 7:15pm
Channel 5

SUNDAY

Music and Lyrics
11:00pm - 12:55am
ITV1 London

MONDAY

27 Dresses
9:00pm - 11:10pm
Film4

TUESDAY

The Wackness
11:35pm - 1:15am
BBC1 London

WEDNESDAY

Dogma
9:00pm - 11:20pm
Film4

THURSDAY

Wilderness
11:50pm - 1:40am
Film4

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Interview with Milton Jones - Listen Again

Hi Drivetimers

On today's show we were joined by one of the stars of TV's Mock The Week - Milton Jones.  To listen to this interview again, click below:

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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton


Gwendoline chose the themes of 'top interior design tips of this year' and also 'design tips for christmas' for this months feature.

Colour was a theme Gwendoline talked about earlier this year, especially 'warm' colours and 'cold' colours. Recommended colours for christmas are a white tree with red decorations, or a more traditional green tree can work well with plum colours. And a splash of black can also work well with plum.

Flexible fiurniture was also discussed. Furniture that is multi-purpose can have many uses over many years, particluary as children are growing up.

Next, Gwendoline reminded us of the advantages of de-cluttering. Start small, perhaps with a few drawers, and see how much you can clear out! It's considered to be refreshing, therapeutic and creates lots of extra space (which can of course taken up with all those christmas presents you're hoping to get!).

Lighting was also mentioned as an important consideration to your home. Mentioned in an earlier feature this year, Gwendoline reminded us that a balance between different kinds of lighting can create great atmospheres in different spaces in the home. Various lighting effects can be created for practical, atmospheric and safety uses.

For more information, contact Gwendoline at Gwendoline@GA-Interiors.co.uk.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Jenny Barden Interview

This evening we heard from local author and artist Jenny Barden , Jenny began her career as an artist before becoming a lawyer in the City of london. Full details of Jenny's work can be found at her web site:
http://www.jennybarden.com/

Jenny is also part of the Verulam Writers' Circle and is helping to organise their Get Writing 2011 Conference in February next year.

Playlist w/c 6th December 2010

Hi Drivetimers

Below is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alexandra Burke - The Silence
Annie Lennox - Universal Child
Bruce Springsteen - Ain't Good Enough For You
Caro Emerald - Riviera Life
Cee-Lo Green - It's OK
Coldplay - Christmas Lights
Diane Birch - Fools

Ellie Goulding - Your Song
Jools Holland - Enchanted Castle (featuring Louise Marshall)
Josh Groban - Hidden Away
Katherine Jenkins - Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming
Kings Of Leon - Pyro
KT Tunstall - Fade Like A Shadow
Kylie - Better Than Today
Lissie - Everywhere I go
Manic Street Preachers - Some Kind Of Nothingness
Maroon 5 - Give A Little More
Michael Jackson - Hold My Hand (featuring Akon)
Mim Grey - Xmas Kiss
Neil Diamond - Ain't No Sunshine
Paul Carrack - It Ain't Over ('Til It's Over) (feat. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Pet Shop Boys - Together
Pixie Lott - Can't Make This Over
Rod Stewart - That Old Black Magic
Seal - Weight Of My Mistakes
Take That - The Flood
The Plain White T's - Rhythm Of Love
Tone Damli - Butterflies

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for the week is:

Hurts - All I Want For Christmas Is New Year's Day

Friday, 3 December 2010

Film Guide with Simon Carver


Here are Simon's recommendations for Films on TV over the next week.........

TONIGHT

10:00pm - 12:00am
More4

TOMORROW

Slumdog Millionaire
9:25pm - 11:45pm
Channel 4

SUNDAY

Apollo 13
5:15pm - 8:00pm
ITV2

MONDAY

Se7en
10:00pm - 12:35am
Five USA

TUESDAY

Transformers
9:00pm - 11:45pm
Film4

WEDNESDAY

11:25pm - 1:30am
BBC1 London

THURSDAY

My Best Friend's Wedding
10:00pm - 12:00am
Channel 4

A Jolly Good Week!

On Monday, 6 December, JENNY BARDEN, local author, will discuss her epic novel, To the Ends of the World.

On Tuesday, 7 December, GWENDOLINE ALDERTON will be talking about interior design

On Wednesday, 8 December, Danny will be interviewing MILTON JONES, COMEDIAN.


MARK THOMAS, COMEDIAN, will be joining us in the studio on Thursday, 9 December to discuss his forthcoming tour.


And last but certainly not least, listeners will be treated to SIMON CARVER'S WEEKLY FILM GUIDE on Friday, 10 December.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

St Albans Bereavement Network


Today we were joined by Viv Lawman from the St Albans Bereavement Network. The charity was established about 7 years ago, providing a free service to help individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one. It's based mainly in St Albans and has over 100 volunteers.


Viv was talking today about the Network event this Friday. A 'Shopping Evening' is being held in the Trinity United Reform Church, on the corner of Victoria Street, from 7pm-9pm with a range of stalls to find that present for a special someone! Tickets are £7, on the door, and it buys you a glass of mulled wine, mince pie and entrance.


Viv also wanted to thank everyone who attended the Remembrance Service - it was a great success with over 1000 people attending from around the area! It will be held next year on November 20th 2011 so put the date in your diary!


Further information can be found at http://www.sabn.org.uk/

Is It Too Early To Play Christmas Songs?

Some would start playing Christmas songs at the beginning of December, others would start when Advent commences (which was actually last Sunday).  Others would leave it until the week before the big day.  We want to know what you think.  Cast your vote on our blog http://westhertsdrivetime.blogspot.com

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Playlist for w/b 29th November 2010

Alexandra Burke - The Silence
Annie Lennox - Universal Child
Brandon Flowers - Only The Young
Bruce Springsteen - Save My Love
Caro Emerald - Riviera Life
Cee-Lo Green - It's OK
Charlotte Church - Logical World
Ellie Goulding - Your Song
Jools Holland -
Enchanted Castle (featuring Louise Marshall)
Josh Groban - Hidden Away
Katherine Jenkins - Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming
Kings Of Leon - Pyro
KT Tunstall - Fade Like A Shadow
Kylie - Better Than Today
Lissie - Everywhere I go
Manic Street Preachers - Some Kind Of Nothingness
Maroon 5 - Give A Little More
Michael Jackson - Hold My Hand
(featuring Akon)
Neil Diamond - Ain't No Sunshine
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Sister Marie Says
Pet Shop Boys - Together
Rod Stewart - That Old Black Magic
Seal - Weight Of My Mistakes
Take That - The Flood
The Plain White T's - Rhythm Of Love
The Script - Nothing
Tom Jones - Didn't It Rain
Tone Damli - Butterflies

Items in BOLD are new tracks

Interview with Kirsty and Molly from St Albans Girl School 'Dragons Apprentice' team


This afternoon we interviewed Kirsty and Molly from the St Albans Girls School Dragons Apprentice team.

They explained that Dragons Apprentice is all about raising money and awareness for local charities. The challenge is to turn £100 into £1000 or more!

Dragons Apprentice runs until March 2011 with teams of students (The Apprentices) from various local schools competing. Local business 'Dragons' and mentors are providing support in the form of advice and resources to ensure business goals are reached.

This community challenge not only encourages schools and businesses to work together to support charities within the district of St Albans and Harpenden, but also inspires a new generation of students entering the business world to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test!

So far, the STAGS team have sold raffle tickets and table decorations at a Mayors dinner which raised an impressive £730. They are also volunteering to help the Round Table run the 'Santa Float' which travels around St Albans during the festive season. The STAGS team will be given a share of the money raised from this event to put towards the overall team total.

All money raised by the STAGS team will go directly to Homestart, St Albans, which is charity the team have chosen to support.

The winning team is the team that raises the most money for their charity, with a second prize going to the team with the best business plan.

Good luck to them all!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Lots to Listen To This Week............


Tomorrow we have an interview with Amelia Sweeny from STAGS Dragons Apprentice Team and Diane Currie (Business Teacher)

On Wednesday, Viv Lawman from St Albans Bereavment Network will be giving an interview and telling us about a Christmas fundraising event they are organising

Rory from 'Britains Best Dish' will be giving an interview on Thursday about the next competiton and appealling to local aspiring cooks to join the East of England competiton heats!

And on Friday it's the Film Guide with Simon Carver

Monthly Feature with Sarah Buckingham from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust


Today's topic with Sarah from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) was all about TREES!

Sarah told us that the wildlife trust has just taken part in a tree planting event at BALLS WOOD near Hertford. Over the course of a day, many HAZEL and WILLOW trees were planted for the good of local wildlife and the environment.

Door mice like HAZEL trees for the hazel nuts they produce and WILLOW trees are very good at attracting the 'Purple Emperor' buterfly which is a very rare species.

The trust has over has over 43 reserves, many of which have great examples of trees and particulary ancient trees. Check out the HMWT website to locate some of the many reserves you can visit.

Trees in garden wre also mentioned in the feature this month. Recommended garden trees that don't get too big are wild cherry, crab apple, hazel, hawthorn and holly. These trees are all native British trees and are great for wildlife as they provide berries, which is a valuable food source for many birds, and also shelter during the colder months. Other wildlife that need trees to survive include insects. Over 300 species of insect live in or on trees. If you want to give a gift to wildlife, particulary insects - plant a tree!

And if you want to make another sort of gift inspired by wildlife visit the HMWT website. They have lots of ideas on how to have some fun making wildlife-inspired gifts for your friends and family this Christmas.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Film Guide with Simon Carver


Here are Simon's recommendations for Films on TV over the next week.........


TONIGHT


AVP - Alien vs Predator
9:00pm - 10:50pm
Film4

TOMORROW

On the Town
4:25pm - 6:20pm
Film4

Genova
11:45pm - 1:30am
Channel 4

SUNDAY

Final Destination 3
11:05pm - 12:50am
Film4

MONDAY

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
11:00pm - 1:05am
ITV2

TUESDAY

Zoolander
9:00pm - 10:50pm
E4

THURSDAY

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly
10:30pm - 12:15am
BBC4

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Vineyard ACTIVE

Today we were joined by Andrew Mills from Vineyard Active - a team of 70 to 80 volunteers carrying out practical jobs for the local community.

Active is a growing initiative by the Vineyard Church, which aims to help the local community by offering assistance in the form of practical jobs to those who can't do it themselves or really don't have the time. The jobs are free of charge and can be arranged at a mutual time.

If you have a job that needs doing, or know someone who could benefit from this, please email aactive@rocketmail.com or phone the church office 01727 812765.

Also contact Vineyard Active if you would like to volunteer yourself!

Check out their website and promo video:
http://www.thevineyardchurch.co.uk/active
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUiyJiD26Cs

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

St Albans Cathedral Guides


Today we chatted to David Griffiths who is one of the 75 volunteer guides at St Albans Abbey.

Free tours run every day at the Abbey at 11:30 and 2:30, with Sunday tours only running in the afternoon due to church services. There is also the possibility of booking a tour for a large group for a fee. The tours are a great way to learn more about the spectacular cathedral, whether you are a local or a tourist! They give an introduction to the history of the building as well as an explanation of the Cathedral's ministry.

For more information go to http://www.stalbanscathedral.org/visit/what-to-do/tours

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Monthly Travel Feature with Andy Jarosz


Andy told us that he has recently hosted a group of travel bloggers who had travelled to St Albans from Belgium, Holland, Italy and Spain to get a flavour of what St Albans is all about.

It was an opportunity for St Albans to get get some great publicity and many businesses helped out, giving these travel critics a warm welcome by providing food, accomodation and transport.

These writers have thousands of followers so St Albans will hopefully getting some great reviews and hopefully many more tourists!

Next, Andy commented on a question from a listener......'does a full board coach trip include drinks with meals?

And the answer.......NO. You might get water served at the table but you'll need to pay for all other drinks like a beer or a glass of wine. The only time you would usually get drinks included in your holiday booking is on an all inclusive holiday.

All inclusive is sometimes an option with package holiday deals. With some hotels included in package holidays you might be able to upgrade to all inclusive on arrival - sometimes at a better rate than what the tour operator/travel agent was offering!

India as a holiday destination was the next topic of conversation. An amazing place, sometimes hectic, great sights and culture. Highly recommended!

Monday, 22 November 2010

Monthly Business Feature with Rhoma Bhowmick

Today, Rhoma talked about starting a business in a recession.

Is recession a bad time to start a new business? Well, not necessarily!

Certain businesses actually thrive during times of recession. For example the businesses involved in food, affordable luxuries and also new inovative ideas.

It's also possible to buy a well established business that has been trading well, including a franchise.

However - be careful and be cautious. It's very important to check the market conditions you could be trading in and minimise risk wherever possible.

And if you have an innovative new idea, it could do really well despite the difficult trading conditions that a recession often brings.

A great new product or idea can be brought to market with the help of Businesss Link who can help and advise on setting up and managing all aspects of new businesses. From giving advice on how to safeguard your product (eg patents) and take it to market, through to managing cashflow, employing staff and everything else you might encounter in the world of succesfully running your business and getting your new idea or product to market.

If you would like to contact Business Link in this area (which is a FREE to use, government funded organisation), you can check www.businesslink.gov.uk/east or call them on 08457 171 615.

Coming Up this Week......


Danny Smith is holidaying this week, however, fear not as the show is covered and we have a great selection of interviews and features to listen to.

Today, we have our monthly Business Feature with Rhoma Bhowmick

Our monthly Travel Feature is tomorrow with Andy Jarosz

On Wednesday we will be talking with David Griffiths of the Society of Abbey Guides

On Thursday we have an interview with Andrew Mills from Vineyard ACTIVE

And it's the Film Guide on Friday, with Simon Carver


Sunday, 21 November 2010

Interview & Live Set with Kirsty Almeida - Listen Again

Hi Drivetimers

On yesterday's show we were very privileged to be joined in the studio by the wonderfully talented Kirsty Almeida.

To listen to this interview and live set again, click below.

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Saturday, 20 November 2010

Film Guide with Simon Carver


Here are the TV film recommendations for next week.....

SATURDAY

The Descent
11:05pm - 1:00am
Film4

SUNDAY

Speed
9:00pm - 11:15pm
Channel 5

MONDAY

Resurrected
11:05pm - 12:50am
Film4
TUESDAY

Gallipoli
6:50pm - 9:00pm
Film4

WEDNESDAY

The Fifth Element
9:00pm - 11:40pm
Five USA

Friday, 19 November 2010

Kirsty Almeida plays a live studio session!

Today we were joined by Kirsty Almeida who treated listeners to a live acoustic session, accompanied by Matt on double bass.

The Manchester based songstress has just presented her first full length album which is called 'Pure Blue Green'.

Although Kirsty doesn't at present have the commercialism of her counterparts, she does hold the title of being able to creatively genre hop, mixing hints of folk, blues, jazz, country and soul as the stunning new album proves!



Check back on the blog to listen to the full recording of the material Kirsty played during today's show.

For more information go to www.kirstyalmeida.co.uk

and www.myspace.com/almeidagirl

Kirsty Almeida's online shop can be found at www.dejavoodu.co.uk





Interview & Live Set with Henry Cross - Listen Again

Hi Drivetimers

On today's show we were joined by local musician Henry Cross.  He performed two of his own songs live in the studio and you can hear our interview and the songs by clicking below:

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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Henry Cross - Live in the Studio

Today Henry Cross played a fantastic acoustic set live in the studio. Songs from the set will be available for download later. In the meantime check out Henry's band Verra Cruz at:

http://verracruz.com/
http://www.myspace.com/verracruz

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

St Albans Gang Show


Today we were joined in the studio by the very enthusiastic Ben, Abi and Matty from St Albans Gang Show!


They were telling us all about the 2011 Gang Show and sharing some backstage gossip! The show opens on Wednesday 16th February and runs til Saturday 19th February at the arena, with evening, and a matinee, perfomances. We are told that tickets go extremely quickly, so after 21st November, when they go on sale, its a good idea to buy sooner rather than later!


Gang Shows are variety shows performed by young scouts and guides between the ages of 11-25, featuring dancing, drama and comedy. St Albans District Scouts and Guides staged their first Gang Show in 1980 and have produced an annual show ever since! St Albans Gang Shows are well known for being fantastic all over the country and boast a wide range of talent.


The guys in the studio are all currently in the rehearsal stage, and thoroughly looking forward to the performance! Abi said that she was pretty worried about the prospect of auditioning but they played games and her nerves quickly vanished! Ben, Abi and Matty are all old hands, since they have all performed at least once before, and could not express enough how much fun it is, and how every year, the cast form a real family-like bond.


If you want to get involved next year or want more information on tickets, visit the website at http://www.stalbansgangshow.com/


You can also have a look at clips of previous Gang Shows on www.youtube.com/stalbansgangshow


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Monthly Feature with Mark Clementson from Verulam Writers Circle (VWC)



Today we heard from Mark Clemenston from Verulam Writers Circle.

Mark told us all about the forthcoming 'Open Mic Night'. It's free, unique and can be found at the Goat Inn Pub, 37 Sopwell Lane, St Albans, AL1 1RN. It's on Thursday 25th November and open to all. Starts 7.30pm.

Another event, and a popular one, is the 'Get Writing 2011' conference. This VWC is being held at the University of Hertfordshire. You can book tickets NOW through the VWC website www.vwc.org.uk./ You can also follow details of the event at twitter.com/getwriting2011. There will be numerous workshops and talks, book signings and a chance to chat with publishers and agents. All for just £55.

And some tremendous news.........Jonathan Pinnock, a member of VWC who we interviewed last week, has just landed himself a publishing deal! His book 'Mrs Darcy v's The Aliens should be available soon!

If you would like to join VWC or would like more information about what they do, check out www.vwc.org.uk/.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Monthly Feature with Michelle Hart from St Albans Centre for Voluntary Services



Today Michelle pointed out that volunteers are needed both before and during the festive season.

Opportunities exist at Christmas shelters that provide warmth and food to those that need it. You'll need to be 18 years or over to volunteer and a CRB check will also be needed.

Also, Highfield Park Trust is looking for people to help out at the Christmas Market. You need to 16 years or over for these opportunities.

Grove House Hospice are also looking for volunteers. You can get involved in lots of different ways including helping out at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival, the 5K Jingle Bell Jog and the Reindeer Run. And can you bake cakes! Grove House have a huge freezer and are always happy to receive donations of cakes that they can sell at the various events they run year round.

Next, Michelle talked about residential Volunteering. Would you like to volunteer on a placement lasting between 4 and 12 months, get some great experience and meet new people? If yes, well opportunities to do this exist! An organisation called CSV can provide these opoortunities. It's even possible to volunter abroad. In return, you'll get free accomodation, food and some expenses. No qualifications are needed but you do need to be a UK or EU resident. Check out http://www.csv.org.uk/ for more information.

For further details of any of these opportunities, please contact the CVS on 01727 852657 or call in to the CVS office at 31 Catherine Street, St Albans.

http://www.cvsstalbans.org.uk/ / enquiries@cvsstalbans.org.uk

Playlist for w/b 15th November 2010


Here is our playlist for the forthcoming week......

Alexandra Burke - The Silence
Annie Lennox - Universal Child
Brandon Flowers - Only The Young
Bruce Springsteen - Save My Love
Charlotte Church - Logical World
Duffy - Well Well Well
Goo Goo Dolls - Notbroken
Hurts - Stay
Imelda May (Ft Lou Reed) - Kentish Town Waltz
James Blunt - Stay The Night
JLS - Love You More
Josh Groban - Hidden Away
Kassidy - Oh My God
Katherine Jenkins - Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming
Kings Of Leon
- Pyro
KT Tunstall - Fade Like A Shadow
Kylie Minogue - Better Than Today
Manic Street Preachers - Some Kind Of Nothingness
Neil Diamond - Midnight Train to Georgia

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Sister Marie Says
Pet Shop Boys - Together
Rod Stewart - That Old Black Magic
Take That - The Flood
The Script - Nothing
Thea Gilmore - Teach Me To Be Bad
Tom Jones - Didn’t It Rain
Tone Damli - Butterflies
Westlife - Safe


ITEMS IN BOLD ARE NEW ADDITIONS

FEATURED ALBUM: Rumer - Seasons Of My Soul

Features and Interviews to listen to this week.....PLUS TWO LIVE SESSIONS!

( Pictured: Kirsty Almeida)

Today: we have our monthly interview with Michelle Hart from
St Albans Centre for Voluntary Services

Tuesday:
we have our monthly interview with Mark Clementson from
Verulam Writers' Circle

Wednesday:
we will be interviewing members of the
St Albans Gang Show

Thursday:
Local musician, Henry Cross, will be playing an
acoustic set - LIVE!

Friday: Kirsty Almeida will be playing a LIVE session from our studio! Also, it being Friday means we'll also have our usual
Film Guide with Simon Carver.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Film Guide with Sue and Ian Rogers

Here are the TV film recommendations for the next week..........

SATURDAY

Mr Hobbs Takes a Vacation
5:00pm - 7:15pm
Film4

The Spiderwick Chronicles
5:45pm - 7:30pm
Channel 4

SUNDAY

10,000 BC
9:00pm - 11:05pm
Channel 5


MONDAY

Mr and Mrs Loving
3:50pm - 6:00pm
Five USA

TUESDAY

Monsoon Wedding
11:05pm - 1:20am
Film4

WEDNESDAY

The Crossing Guard
11:25pm - 1:15am
BBC1

THURSDAY


23 Paces to Baker Street
5:05pm - 7:10pm
Film4

Gaslight
12:55pm - 2:35pm
Film4

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Jonathan Pinnock - Author

Today on the show we were joined by author Jonathan Pinnock. Jonathan started by writing children's stories in the early 90s and then went on to write a series of technical software manuals. He returned to writing fiction and has written many short stories.

“The Amazing Arnolfini and His Wife”, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 back in August. Jonathan has been published in a number of anthologies including the recent "50 Stories for Pakistan".
Jonathan also talked about his "Mrs Darcy vs The Aliens" (a slightly demented sequel to Pride and Prejudice) which is being serialised online at: http://www.mrsdarcyvsthealiens.com/ "Mrs Darcy vs The Aliens" has fans on Facebook and followers on Twitter!

Jonathan's web site is at: http://www.jonathanpinnock.com/

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Interview with Clive Glover, Chairman of Radio Verulam


This afternoon, Danny spoke with Clive Glover, Chairman of Radio Verulam.

Clive told us all about the Radio Verulam 'Open Meeting' that is taking
place next week:

VERULAM COMMUNITY RADIO
OPEN PUBLIC MEETING

'SOCIAL NETWORKING MADE EASY'

8.30pm, Tuesday 16th November 2010 at Dagnall Street Baptist Church Hall

Verulam Community Radio would like to invite you to an Open Public Meeting following our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16th November 2010.

The meeting will start at 8.30 PM with a presentation on “Social Networking Made Easy” by Gwendoline Alderton, a local business marketing expert and member of Verulam Community Radio.

This will be followed by an open session at which those present can ask questions
and discuss Radio Verulam's services with the Directors, members and presenters.

Verulam Community Radio is a Company Limited by Guarantee which operates Radio Verulam 92.6 FM, the Community Radio station for St Albans and West
Herts. We are a not for profit company run entirely by volunteers.

We broadcast from studios in the centre of St Albans to a potential audience of 350,000 people living within a 10 mile radius from the City.

Radio Verulam 92.6 FM aims to enable local people to become radio broadcasters, and to help local community, charitable, social and voluntary organisations
to promote themselves and attract new volunteers through the medium of
community radio.

So, come along to Dagnall Street Baptist Church, Upper Dagnall Street, St Albans
AL3 5EE

Monday, 8 November 2010

Monthly Interior Design Feature with Gwendolnie Alderton

Gwendoline was back this month to talk all about lighting!

Natural light was first to be discussed. It all depends on how much light you need or want in any particluar room. A good tip to alter or reduce natural ligh levels in a room is to use 'window fusion' or your windows.

Next, Gwendoline recommended safety lighting for both inside and outside the home. Good lighting around stairs and hallways is very important as is task lighting for when you're doing particular work or jobs around the house. And outside the house, good lighting can be very useful if returning home late at night and also for guests visiting your home.

Occasional lights are also very effective and can provide great atmoshphere and add to and compliment the design and style of any room in the house. You don't always need that big main light on!

Playlist for w/b 8th November 2010

Hi Drivetimers,

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Annie Lennox - Universal Child
Brandon Flowers - Only The Young
Bruce Springsteen - Save My Love
Charlotte Church - Logical World
Duffy - Well Well Well
Goo Goo Dolls - Notbroken
Hurts - Stay
Imelda May (Ft Lou Reed) - Kentish Town Waltz
James Blunt - Stay The Night
Jamiroquai - Blue Skies
JLS - Love You More
Josh Groban - Hidden Away
Kassidy - Oh My God
Katherine Jenkins - Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming
Kid Rock - Born Free
Lady Antebellum - American Honey
Neil Diamond - Midnight Train To Georgia
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Sister Marie Says
Paloma Faith - Smoke & Mirrors
Pet Shop Boys - Together
Pete Lawrie - In The End
Robert Plant - You Can’t Buy My Love
Rumer - Aretha
Take That - The Flood
The Script - Nothing
Thea Gilmore - Teach Me To Be Bad
Tom Jones - Didn’t It Rain
Tone Damli - Butterflies
Westlife - Safe

ITEMS SHOWN IN BOLD ARE NEW ADDITIONS

Friday, 5 November 2010

Film Guide with Nick Hazell


Here are the recommendations for TV films to watch over the next week:

Saturday

Blade Runner
11.45pm - 1.35am
BBC3

Sunday
2.35pm - 4.20pm
E4

Monday
10pm - 12.35pm
C5
11.50am - 1.30pm
More4

Tuesday
9pm - 10pm
ITV1
Midnight - 2am
ITV2

Thursday
11.50am - 1.25pm
More 4
12.50pm - 2.55pm
C4

Thursday, 4 November 2010

St Albans Operatic Society

Today we were joined by Hayley Evans from the St Albans Operatic Society (or SAOS for short). The society is celebrating its 60th anniversay and has a lively mix of members of all ages. They produce 2 large scale musicals every year usually performed at the Alban Arena.

Their next show:
Andrew Lloyd Webber's -- Jesus Christ Superstar
Tuesday 9th Nov to Saturday 13th Nov 2010
Alban Arena
Performance start time: 7.30pm (Saturday Matinee – 2:30pm)

Tickets from the Alban Arena on 01727 844488

Find out more information at the SAOS website: http://www.saos.org.uk/

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Middlesex and Herts Scalextric Club


Today we were joined by Nic Picot from the Middlesex and Herts Scalextric Club. Nic has been racing since a young age and encourages people of all ages to take part in this lively, friendly yet competitive club! At the moment there are clubs all over the world, and there are hopes to bring a Scalextric league to the UK.

All races are computer controlled, recording lap times to a thousandth of a second! All times are recorded and listed on a championship leadership board. Furthermore, the club provides exciting Scalextric racing for parties, corporate events, car launches, exhibitions and team building.

The Middlesex and Herts club meets every Monday from 7pm-11pm, and is located just off the A41 in Watford.

www.mhsc.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Interview with Marion Hammant of St Albans Civic Society

Founded in 1961 and part of the nation wide civic society movement, St Albans Civic Society is a registered charity, a non party-political and non religious organisation of over 500 members, ready to welcome everyone who cares about the future of St Albans.

Often referred to as the ‘City’s Watchdogs’, the Civic Society is the conservation and amenity movement for St Albans. They are a member of the national organisation 'Civic Voice'.

Put simply, that means they keep an eye on the City’s heritage, its buildings and the characteristics that make St Albans that special place in which to live, and perhaps work, and the reason why people come and visit.

The Society scrutinises the weekly planning lists, commenting on proposed developments, big and small, across the City centre, its suburbs and Green Belt, that may either enhance or adversely affect the appearance or environment of St Albans. To this end they are represented on local working groups and forums which deal with a wide range of issues affecting St Albans.

They are an organisation that wants to preserve our heritage, but at the same time encourage quality modern building – and they do mean quality, not anything-will-do pastiche.

If you would like to join them, maybe to offer to help, or maybe just to show support of what the Society aims to do. They offer, above all, a chance to be involved and have a say in what our city looks like and how it functions.

To join or for more information, check out http://www.stalbanscivicsociety.net/

Even more Features and Interviews this week....


Tune in and enjoy......

Today we have an interiview with Marion Hammant from St Albans Civic Society

On Wednesday we have an interview with Nic Picot of Middlesex & Herts Scalextric Club

The interview on Thursday is with Hayley Evans of St Albans Operatic Society

And on Friday, it is of course the Film Guide, this week co-presented by Nick Hazell

Monday, 1 November 2010

Monthly Feature with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust



Today we were joined by Sarah Buckingham from Herts and Middlesx Wildlife Trust.

Sarah advised not to keep your garden tooooo tidy! By doing so, you can enjoy your outside space and so can some of the local wildlife. For instance, insects really like hollow stems for hibernating in and dead flower heads provide seeds for birds. And if you have any apple tress in your garden why not leave a few on the tree for the birds. Building a log pile also makes a nice home for hibernating wildlife including hedgehogs, slow worms, frogs and toads.

And especially try and remember any wildlife that might be in your garden if you're going to have a bonfire - please check your bonfire for hedgehogs before lighting.

Next, sarah recommended leaving your grass to grow long over the winter . This is great for small mammals and will also look great after the first cut at the end of winter. And why not make a bird bath! Birds need to wash to keep feathers in good condition which is really important over the winter. If you have a bird bath or make one, remember to break the ice up on your bird bath when the weather is cold. A good tip is to put a tennis ball in the bird bath which stops ice from forming.

Lastly Sarah talked about composting! All your scrap vegetable waste, grass and general garden cuttings can all go in the compost heap and can be used to nourish your garden in the future. If you choose to buy your compost, then please consider not buying any with peat in it. The reason being that if peat is being used for composting it removes natural habitats for some wildlife and as peat takes thousands of years to form, it could endanger some species.

For more information of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, check out the website at www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk.

Playlist for w/b 1st November 2010

Hi Drivetimers,

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:


Bon Jovi- What Do You Got?
Bruce Springsteen- Save My Love
Duffy- Well Well Well
Elton John & Leon Russell- If It Wasn’t For Bad
Elvis Costello- I Lost You
Goo Goo Dolls- Notbroken
Hurts- Stay
Imelda May- Kentish Town Waltz
James Blunt- Stay The Night
Jamiroquai- Blue Skies
JLS - Love You More
Josh Groban- Hidden Away
Kassidy- Oh My God
Kid Rock- Born Free
Lady Antebellum - American Honey
Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Way I Feel
Michael Bublé- Hollywood
Neil Diamond- Midnight Train To Georgia
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark- Sister Marie Says
Paloma Faith- Smoke & Mirrors
Pete Lawrie- In The End
Robert Plant- You Can’t Buy My Love
Rumer- Aretha
Take That- The Flood
The Script- Nothing
Thea Gilmore- Teach Me To Be Bad
Tone Damli- Butterflies
Westlife- Safe

ITEMS IN
BOLD ARE NEW ADDITIONS.


Friday, 29 October 2010

The FILM GUIDE recommends.....




This week the FILM GUIDE was presented by Danny and special guest Becky Payne (pictured).

This weeks TV film recommendations are as follows:

TOMORROW
12.50pm - 2.45pm
ITV3

SUNDAY
9pm - 11.25pm
TCM

MONDAY
11pm - 1.15am
Film4

WEDNESDAY
11.25pm - 1.15am
BBC1

THURSDAY
10.35pm - 12.50am
Film 4

Next week our guest presenter is Nick Hazell.  Many thanks to Becky for helping us out.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

The University of the Third Age (U3A)

Today we were joined by Margaret Wainwright of the St Albans University of the Third Age.

U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.

Margaret explained that the organisation has no buildings, no permanent teachers, no qualifications, no tests and no homework! There are many local groups including languages, music, bus pass explorers, walking, creative writing and many, many more.

The St Albans group currently has about 570 members and the Chiswell Green group over 300 members.

St Albans local website:
http://u3asites.org.uk/frontpage.php?publish=stalbans

U3A national website:
http://www.u3a.org.uk

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

The Abbeyfield Society


This afternoon we were joined by Manuella White from the Abbeyfield Society. Abbeyfield is a non-profit organisation that provides housing, care and support for older people. They have provided over 700 houses and care homes across the UK with 14 of these houses in Hertfordshire.

On Friday, Abbeyfield are looking for wannabe wine conoisseurs to attend their event 'Call My Wine Bluff'! The event will involve three experts leading you through a variety of wines of different complexity and character but only one will be telling the truth. Then it is up to you and your table to decide - Wine Bluff or Buff? Tickets are £20 and include a welcome glass of fizz, six tasting wines, quality raffle prizes, cheese and pate platters, a great band and a bar which will be open all evening. It's not just for the elderly, its for anyone who likes a glass of wine! To reserve a place, contact Nicola Cohen on 07802465910 or visit www.abbeyfield.com/events.

All proceeds will go to the Abbeyfield Society. For more information about Abbeyfield, call 01727 857536 for head office or go to www.abbeyfield.com

This Week's Featured Track: The Goo Goo Dolls - Notbroken

Hi Drivetimers

This is my featured track for the week, let me know what you think.


Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Playlist w/c 25th October 2010

Hi Drivetimers,

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Bon Jovi - What Do You Got?
Bruce Springsteen - Save My Love
Cee Lo Green - Forget You
Chris De Burgh - Everywhere I Go
Elton John & Leon Russell - If It Wasn’t For Bad
Elvis Costello - I Lost You
Goo Goo Dolls - Notbroken
Hurts - Stay
Imelda May - Kentish Town Waltz
James Blunt - Stay The Night
Jamiroquai- Blue Skies
JLS - Love You More
Lady Antebellum - American Honey
Lauren Pritchard - Not The Drinking
Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Way I Feel
Michael Bublé - Hollywood
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Sister Marie Says
Paloma Faith - Smoke & Mirrors
Pete Lawrie - In The End
Robert Plant - You Can’t Buy My Love
Rumer - Aretha
Take That - The Flood
Taylor Swift - Mine
The Drizabone Soul Family - Don’t Break My Heart
Thea Gilmore - Teach Me To Be Bad
Westlife - Safe

Items in BOLD are new additions

Friday, 22 October 2010

Thursday, 21 October 2010

St. Albans Laughter Club

This afternoon Lotte Mikkelsen of the St. Albans Laughter Club joined us on the show. Lotte was inspired to start the St Albans Laughter Club after attending World Laughter Day and laughing with 8000 other people! Lotte explained that the brain doesn't know the difference between between real and fake laughter and that they follow the principle of "Fake it until you make it". The outcome is an intake of plenty of fresh oxygen and a release of endorphins that make you feel good!

The club usually meets on the second Sunday of the month between 1 - 2pm. Although their next meeting is on 7th November at the Jubilee Community Centre, Catherine Street.

Find out more and details of their daily free telephone laughter club, on their website at:
http://www.unitedmind.co.uk/clubs.html

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

St Albans Friends Of The Earth

Hi Bloggers

This evening we heard from Amanda Yowerth from St Albans Friends of The Earth who told us that the local branch deals with both local and international envrionmenatl issues concerning the planet.

Amongst the issues currently under review are the proposal for a local incenerator and the climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico.

Some ideas for all of us to help the environment are:

- Saving energy in the home by switching of lights and appliances when not in use
- Use public transport instead of the car.

Amanda went on to talk about another current issue which is the trade in soya beans which are used to feed livestock in the UK, the soya is grown in the Amazonian area which causes destruction of rain forests. This item is the subject of the Sustainable Livestock bill which goes before parliament on 12th November and you can contact your local MP to raise support for this bill.

The local branch of Friends of the Earth are also undertaking a project in local schools at present by demonstrating how energy can be saved in the home by use of portable energy monitors.

The branch hold meetings locally on the first Monday of each month at 8.00pm and full details can be found at http://www.stalbansfoe.org/or email stalbansfoe@hotmail.com