Monday, 31 October 2011

Interior Design with Gwendoline Alderton

Today we were joined on the show by our interior designer, Gwendoline Alderton who was specialising this week in bathrooms. Gwendoline broke down her bathroom management into easy categories that defines a bathroom. Her belief in "Design is in the Detail" defines how to throw together a bathroom successfully.

To begin with, Gwendoline explained how function needs to take place before form. So consider how much space, storage, how many sinks or baths you may require and what the needs are for those in the house such as if they're disabled or young children for example. Those who are disabled may prefer walk in units to high top baths, shower curtains to doors or seats in showers and easy-to-use taps.

Secondly, take into consideration the style you'd like your bathroom to take have. The style will dictate the content of your bathroom. For example, would you like a modern or traditional bathroom? If traditional you may want to consider a roll top bath or a free standing bath and a lick of paint as opposed to tiles. A modern bathroom on the other hand may require more floating units, carcass frame units or walk in units.

Finally, use luxurious items to help decide where and how you would like to set up your bathroom. Why not consider having the bath positioned in the middle of the bathroom to fully utilise space? Another pointer to ensure that the bathroom oozes luxury could be lighting. Head onto the web to research 'Lighting Zones' for your bathroom and always, always make sure that the lights you do use are waterproof and are fully sealed lights. Twin this expert lighting with tactfully placed mirrors to show off and enhance your bathroom. For finishing touches, include artwork (make sure it's waterproof!), bath bubbles, salts and perhaps the odd magazine to pass time and help you relax.

For more information about interior design, check out Gwendoline's website

Friday, 28 October 2011

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 28st October 2011

Tonight Simon Carver was not available so Chris Aikman snuck in and discussed with Danny the new releases of the week, including The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn 3D, The Ides of March and Anonymous.

Below are Chris' choices for the best films on TV in the coming week:

12:25am - 1:55am

8:00pm - 10:00pm

No Country for Old Men
9:00pm - 11:20pm

Brighton Rock
3:00pm - 5:00pm

1:15pm - 3:55pm

Chris runs his own film and television blog and it can be found at

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Live from Assisi, Italy: Father Richard Watson

Canon Richard Watson, Sub-Dean of St. Albans Abbey, joined us on the phone all the way from Assisi to explain the amazing feat that he and a group of young Christians have been undertaking. They've walked from Loreto, on the east coast of Italy, to Assisi. That is about 108 km in all!

They did this to attend a meeting of all different faiths, attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and The Pope. Once the group get back to St. Albans (and have a good rest!) expect to hear them again on Radio Verulam, telling us all about their adventure (and this time not over a dodgy phone line!)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Living The Dream in the studio!

Tonight we were joined in the studio by Zoe Jackson, Danny Lane and Sarah Offer. Zoe is the founder and Managing Director of Living The Dream, a performing arts company run by young people, for young people. Danny and Sarah are just two of those young people that take part and perform in the company and they discussed the aims of the company, what sort of things the company provides (classes, after-school events and corporate events to name but a few) and how you can get involved. For more information you can visit their website here.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

New Music Playlist w/c 24th October 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Beverley Knight - One More Try
Chris Rea - The Chance Of Love
Coldplay - Paradise
Dolly Parton - The Sacrifice
Ed Sheeran - Lego House
Glen Campbell - Any Trouble
John Allen - Lucky I Guess
Juan Zelada - The Blues Remain
Kate Bush - Wild Man
Manic Street Preachers - This Is The Day

Matt Cardle - Run For Your Life
Maverick Sabre - I Need
Nickelback - When We Stand Together
Nick Howard - Days Like These

Noah And The Whale - Waiting For My Chance To Come
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - AKA What a Life
Paul Carrack - Time To Move On
Smoove & Turrell - Hard Work
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Dark Side Of Love
The Pierces - Kissing You Goodbye
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - The Lady Is A Tramp
Westlife - Lighthouse

Items in BOLD are new additions.  


Friday, 21 October 2011

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 21st October 2011

On this week's film guide Simon and Danny discussed the week's new releases, which includes Contagion, Monte Carlo, Paranormal Activity 3 and The Help.

Below are Simon's choices for the best films on free-to-air TV for the next seven days:



11.30pm- 1:30am



The Hurt Locker

9.00pm – 11.30pm

Channel 4


Die Hard

9.00pm – 11.35pm



The Bourne Ultimatum

10.00pm - 12.15am



Monty Python’s Life of Brian

9.00pm – 10.30pm



The Blues Brothers

9.00pm – 11:40pm



United 93

12.25am – 2.30am


Thursday, 20 October 2011

Magic Legend Paul Daniels!

Tonight we were joined on the show by magic (and dancefloor) legend Paul Daniels. He talked about his career in magic and the show that he is currently touring with 'Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow'. Also, Danny impressed Paul with some classic radio magic. Well, 'impressed' may be a strong word......

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Special Feature on WHD - Danny talks to Georgie Tovell of The Single Parent Project

Today on WHD Danny spoke with Georgie Tovell who has set up The Single Parent Project in order to help single mothers in her home country of South Africa. Many single mothers live in poverty in the townships, often with no electricity or running water but work and live in the cities, to help keep their family going and send the money home to their families who help raise their children.

Georgie wanted to help two women she knows from back home -
one in South Africa and one in Zimbabwe, that have both been widowed and are the sole income providers for their children. So, The Single Parent Project is having a fundraiser tonight Wednesday, 19 October at 8:00pm
at The Rose and Crown, 10 St Michael's St, St Albans.

Georgie says 'Our aim is to raise £1000, so please come along (and bring some friends), have some fun, enter our raffle (and hopefully win some great prizes), shout the loudest in our auction to win fabulous things, from champagne to signed books of local authors. £5 entrance at the door, which includes nibbles and live music (and great company!).'

You can find out more from

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson

My motto has always been 'Never trust a skinny cook!' I do like to share recipes that I know work for me. They are not necessarily of my invention – but I will always give you the origin and maybe the story behind them! These recipes are relatively easy to make – hence the title, Faff-Free Cooking.'

So today's treat is …. Golden Syrup Cuddle Cake – the cake that gives you a big warm hug!


100g butter or margarine

250g Golden Syrup

150g self raising flour

50g fresh white breadcrumbs

grated zest of 1 lemon

1 egg

150ml plain yoghurt

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp salt

1, Put the butter or margarine and 200g of the Golden Syrup in a small saucepan and melt together gently and leave to cool. Pre heat your oven to 180C/gas 4 and grease a 2lb loaf tin and line the base with baking parchment.

2, In a large mixing bowl sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.

3, Add the breadcrumbs and lemon zest and mix well together.

4, in a separate bowl, beat the egg and mix in the yoghurt. Pour into the dry ingredients and add the cooled syrup and butter or margarine mixture.

5, Beat well with a wooden spoon or a hand held mixer on medium speed until well combined. The mixture will be quite loose and look a bit like porridge!

6, Pour the mixture in the tin and bake for about 40mins. The cake will rise and be golden and springy to the touch when done.

7, Just before the cake is done, mix the remaining 50g of Golden Syrup with a tablespoon of hot water.

8, Take the cake out of the oven and with a skewer or cocktail stick prick the surface all over, nearly through to the bottom. Then pour the warm syrup over the cake and leave to cool in the tin.

You can also serve this cake warm with a bit of custard too!

Local Author Feature with Mark Clementson of the Verulam Writer's Society

Today we interviewed Mark Clementson, who is a member of the Verulam Writer's Circle.

The Verulam Writer's circle is St Albans based and has members ranging in both age and ability. The aim is to encourage each other's works through presentation and critique sessions. This occurs weekly and alternates between St Michael's church and is followed every other week with an informal session at the White Hart pub. Mark assured us that the critiquing isn't as scary as it sounds, but is reassuringly encouraging and aims to better each other's work. Honesty is the best policy after all, eh?

The VWC also have their annual conference approaching. With authors such as Toby Frost, Nick Cook, Leigh Russell and many other authors, the conference is looking to be action packed. There will also be the opportunity for networking, workshops and most importantly, lunch! The conference is £55 for the day and will be held on the 11th February at the University of Hertfordshire.

To find more details please head to the VWC's website at or follow them on twitter @getwriting2012.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Monthly Volunteering Feature with Michelle Hart from the CVS

Michelle Hart from St Albans Centre for Voluntary Services was our guest on the show this evening, Michelle told us about the upcoming Dragons Apprentice awards and the Local Strategic Partnership Community Conference on 3rd November.

Details of this and all other events you can become involved in can be found at the web site

Paul Daniels On Drivetime

You're gonna like this (not a lot)...

Legendary magician Paul Daniels will be joining Danny Smith on Thursday's West Herts Drivetime.  Paul, along with his son Martin Daniels & the very lovely Debbie McGee will be at the Radlett Centre on Sunday 30th October 2011 with their new show "Hair Today - Gone Tomorrow!"

Do tune in between 4pm - 7pm on Thursday 20th October 2011 to hear Paul & Danny in conversation.

Friday, 14 October 2011

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 14th October 2011

On this week's film guide Simon Carver & Danny Smith discussed this week's new cinema releases; including Dolphin Tale, Footloose & Real Steel.

Below are Simon's choices for the best films on free-to-air TV for the next 7 days:


The Big Kahuna
12.55am- 2:20am

6.55pm – 9.00pm


Close Encounters of the Third Kind
6.20pm – 8.55pm
Channel 5


Local Hero
6.50pm  - 9.00pm

Internal Affairs
1.05am – 3.20am

9.00pm – 11:15pm


Amazing Grace
11.20pm – 1.30am

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Masai Cultural Arts Interview

Tonight Danny was joined on the phone by Marge from Masai Cultural Arts. They are a group who perform dances and music, as well as tell stories, from a variety of different African cultures. They do demonstrations for schools, cultural events and also private functions. There is a serious point behind the group's work and that is to highlight the famine currently occurring in East Africa.

The Masai Cultural Arts group is taking part in a show at the Watford Colosseum on Friday so if you fancy going down and seeing dances and hearing music from Zambia, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Africa then get a ticket here.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Special Guest - Karen Fisher from Welwyn Garden City FC

Today on WHD Danny spoke with Karen Fisher from Welwyn Garden City FC - other wise known as The Citizens! The club play in the Spartan South Midlands League and the 1st team are in 9th position in the table and their reserve team are top of their league!

The club was formed in 1921 and will be celebrating their 90th birthday in December 2011. They have a reunion planned and Karen would like anybody past and present to get in touch to help them celebrate and share memories.

Welwyn Garden City FC are run completely by volunteers and always need new volunteers to help out with anything from being a linesman to manning the bar.

For more information on the above you can email Karen at or see their website

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson

My motto has always been 'Never trust a skinny cook!' I do like to share recipes that I know work for me. They are not necessarily of my invention – but I will always give you the origin and maybe the story behind them! These recipes are relatively easy to make – hence the title, Faff-Free Cooking.'

So today's treat is …. Hazelnut and Nutella Macaroons


125g ground toasted hazelnuts

150g caster sugar

2 large egg whites

1 tsp vanilla extract

50g chopped plain chocolate

Nutella spread

To toast and grind hazelnuts – put hazelnuts with skins on in a dry frying pan and toast over a medium heat for 3-4 mins until the skins begin to crack and flake off. Keep shaking the pan to prevent them from burning. Take them off the heat and let them cool. Pop them in a tea towel and run vigorously until the skins come off. Then grind finely in a food processor or coffee grinder.

1, Pre heat the oven to 180C or gas 4. In a mixing bowl combine the sugar and the ground hazelnuts.

2, In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until white and frothy but not stiff. Using a metal spoon, lightly fold the egg whites into the nut and sugar mixture.

3, Then fold in the vanilla and the chopped chocolate. Dot small dessert-spoonfuls of the mixture on to 2 baking sheets covered with baking parchment leaving a good 4cm between them as they spread out. Approx 10 to each baking sheet.

4, Bake for 10-15 mins until just firm and lightly golden. Leave to cool on the baking sheet and use a flat knife to remove them.

5, Arm yourself with a jar of Nutella and spread a generous amount on the bottom of one macaroon and sandwich together with another macaroon. Repeat.

These are so good!

Travel Feature with Andy Jaroz

On WHD today we spoke with Andy Jaroz who told us about his month long trip to Japan!

Andy travelled Japan by interail and found the service, standard of timekeeping and comfort exceptional - and the staff bow to you as you enter and leave the train! And all announcements are in English as well!

Japan is a mix of old and new - harking back to the days of the Shoguns and then, modern city skyscrapers. Japanese people are hospitable, polite and friendly.

Food - very good quality, lots of fresh seafood and noodle joints but Andy thankfully didn't try Puffer fish!

For more information on travelling to Japan, please see and Andy's blog can be found at

Monday, 10 October 2011

Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau

Today saw the return of Elizabeth Crampton of the CAB to the studio. She joins us on a monthly basis and today chose to speak on the subjects of Payment Protection Insurance (PPI), cyber bullying and so-called 'boiler room' scams.

Elizabeth gave some advice to those who have been mis-sold PPI when taking out loans etc. Often when people attempt to get money back through various claims management companies with their PPI they don't get anywhere near as much as they were expecting, with the companies themselves taking a large percentage of the money. Elizabeth suggests that anyone having any problems with PPIs visit

Elizabeth also broached the serious topic of cyber bullying and what you should do if you are the victim, or know someone who is the victim, of cyber bullying. Elizabeth said that anyone suffering from bullying of any kind should always talk to someone. There are also some helpful hints for victims. If you are being bullied via your phone then you can contact the phone company; if it is on an online message board the moderator can deal with it and if it is happening at work then your HR department should deal with it promptly.

Elizabeth spoke to us about the serious issue of 'boiler room scams' which are scams in which small groups of people target would-be investors and use high pressure tactics to get them to invest in companies that don't exist. People are regularly conned out of around £20,000 and if you have been targeted then you can give Action Fraud a call on 0300123204. Remember, if it sounds too good, then it probably is.

Friday, 7 October 2011

The Film Guide



9.00pm - 11:15pm



Beverly Hills Cop

9.00pm – 11.05pm



Vera Drake

11.15pm - 1:40am



Coming to America

9:00pm – 11:15pm




11.20pm – 1:00am


Thursday, 6 October 2011

Interview with local author Felipe Guerra

This evening Danny was joined on the phone by local author Felipe Guerra who spoke about the excitement of releasing his debut novel, Tarnished Chords, earlier this year. Felipe was born in Spain but moved to Borehamwood when he was younger and became a teacher. He admits that when he should have been marking students work he was busy working on his own stories!

Felipe will be doing a book signing at Waterstones in St. Albans on Saturday 22nd of October so if you're interested in meeting the man himself then head on down there then.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson

My motto has always been 'Never trust a skinny cook!' I do like to share recipes that I know work for me. They are not necessarily of my invention – but I will always give you the origin and maybe the story behind them! These recipes are relatively easy to make – hence the title, Faff-Free Cooking. I have given quantities in ounces as well for those of you who still like to know stuff 'in old money!'

So today's treat is …. Classic Victoria Sandwich Cake


175g/6oz butter or margarine

175g/6oz caster sugar

3 beaten medium eggs

175g/6oz self raising flour

Vanilla extract

Raspberry jam

A little caster sugar to dust the top of the cake

1, Cream butter or margarine, caster sugar until fluffy.

2, Gradually beat in eggs with a tablespoon of the flour to prevent the mixture curdling.

3, Mix in the flour gently.

4, Grease two 8 inch/20cm cake tins and line the base with baking parchment or greaseproof paper.

5, Divide the mixture between the two prepared tins and level the tops with a knife.

6, Bake in a pre heated oven at Gas 5/375F/190C for 20 mins until risen and golden.

7, When cooked, turn out on a wire rack to cool. When cool, sandwich the two cake layers together with raspberry jam and dust the top with caster sugar.

Her Majesty would be most pleased and amused! Gawd Bless 'er!

Local Tourism Feature with Charles Baker

Today we welcomed Charles Baker from St Albans District Council who gave us the heads up on the very successful St Albans Food & Drink festival.

Charles told us that the Beer festival held at the Alban Arena was the biggest one ever with 34,000 pints of ale sold (not including ciders etc) and 9,000 people attended! For all details of up coming events please see the website at

Monday, 3 October 2011

Playlist w/c 3rd October 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Amos Lee - Flower
Beverley Knight - One More Try
Cee Lo Green - Cry Baby
Cliff Richard & Freda Payne - Saving a Life
CocknBullKid - Hold On To your Misery
Coldplay - Paradise
Darren Hayes - Black Out The Sun
Dionne Bromfield - Ouch That Hurt
Erasure - When I Start To (Break It All Down)
James Blunt - Dangerous
James Morrison - I Won't Let you Go
Joss Stone - Don't Start Lying To Me Now
Julian Lennon - Lookin' 4 Luv
Katherine Jenkins - Break it to my Heart
Lady Antebellum - Just A Kiss
Lady Gaga - You & I
Mads Langer - Riding Elevators
Matt Cardle - Run For Your Life
Noah And The Whale - Waiting For My Chance To Come
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - AKA What a Life
Paul Carrack - Time To Move On
Ryan Adams - Lucky Now
Smoove & Turrell - Hard Work
The Overtones - Second Last Chance
The Pierces - Kissing You Goodbye
Thirsty Merc - Tommy and Krista
Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse - Body & Soul

Items in BOLD are new additions

We hope you like our choices!

Today we heard from Sarah Buckingham of the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Sarah reported on the succesful members day held on 1st October at Brickendont which attracted over 100 members.The evnt provided guided walks around Balls Park Wood and Hertford Heath.
Upcoming events include;
Saturday 8th October - Tewin Orchard - guided walks around the orchard looking at work undertaken following a £50k grant that has seen 90 new trees planted.
Sunday 16th October - Fungal Forage in Welwyn
Full details of this and all other events can be found at the web site

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Thomas Dolby on West Herts Drivetime - Listen Again!

Hi Drivetimers

If you missed our interview with Thomas Dolby yesterday, don't worry!  Clicking on the link below should enable you to hear it in it's entirety: