Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Time To Vote On April's Calendar Artist

Make Your Vote Count!
Make Your Vote Count!

The shortlist of contenders for April's Calendar Artist has been selected from your suggestions. You have until Friday to cast your vote and the winner will be announced on Friday's Lunchtime Verulam with Jonathan Reynolds.

To vote, visit our blog and click on your choice. West Herts Drivetime Blog

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Ellen Hanns - Verulam Writers Circle


Today, Ellen Hanns from the Verulam Writers Circle joined us live in the studio. Ellen was previously the youngest author in the area ,but has just been beaten to the title by a 16 year old writer last week! 

Ellen is a published author in the collective book 'The Archangel and The White Hart', by the members of the Verulam Writers Circle. 

Ellen is currently working out which writing style works best for her, recently discovering that first person writing is what she is enjoying at the moment. 

During the light-hearted interview, Danny found out that amongst other things, Ellen prefers:

Simon cowell to Louis Walsh
Rap to Reggae
Batman to Spiderman
Dvd's to Cinema
Football to cricket
Dancing to singing
Eastenders to Coronation Street
Brad Pitt to Tom Jones
I'm a Celebrity to Big Brother
fortune to fame!

Keep an eye out for Ellen's latest work, and check her blog for updates: http://blog.verulamwriterscircle.org.uk/?author=125

http://www.vwc.org.uk/ - For more details on the Verulam Writers Circle.

Andy McMenemy - The Marathon Man!

Earlier, Danny caught up with Andy McMenemy on the phone. Andy is currently trying to establish a new Guiness World Record for consecutive ultra marathons, an overall target of 50km! The challenge goes by the name of Challenge66, as Andy aims to run 66 ultra marathons in 66 days.

Andy is supporting www.soldierscharity.org, and is aiming to raise £20,000 in each city he is running in. The charity is there to support the men and women who put everything on the line to defend us and our country. They offer lifetime support whether they're serving soldiers or veterans. 

To help support Andy go to http://www.everydayhero.co.uk/city_of_st_albans

Head to www.challenge66.org for more details.  

Playlist w/c 28th March 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Sorry for the delay but here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adele - Someone Like You
Alice Gold - Runaway Love
Alison Krauss & Union Station - Paper Airplane
Asa - Be My Man
Cee Lo Green - Bright Lights Bigger City
Dionne Bromfield - Yeah Right
Duran Duran - Girl Panic!
Eliza Doolittle - Mr Medicine
Emmylou Harris - Hard Bargain
George Michael - True Faith
Imelda May - Sneaky Freak
In-flight Safety - Model Homes
James Blunt - If Time Is All I Have
James Vincent McMorrow - This Old Dark Machine
K.D. Lang and the Siss Boom Bang - I Confess
Patrick Wolf - The City
Paul Simon - The Afterlife
Roxette - She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Rumer - Goodbye Girl
Sick Puppies - Maybe
Sugarland - Tonight
Taylor Swift - The Story Of Us
The Hoosiers - Bumpy Ride
The Human League - Never Let Me Go
The Pierces - You’ll Be Mine
Tim McGraw & Gwyneth Paltrow - Me And Tennessee
Wonderland - Not A Love Song

Items in BOLD are new additions

See you on the air!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Friday Folk


This afternoon, Danny chatted to Bob Barrett from Friday Folk. Friday Folk is a social dance club which meets at the Church Hall, Marlborough Road, St Albans, on most Friday evenings from 7:45 - 10:00 pm. Normally they do barn dance style dancing, but they have a taster of salsa coming up, and have done ballroom dancing in the past! It is a different dance leader every week, so there are many dances to be learnt!

No experience is necessary to join and there is no age restriction, although it is more of an adult group. To join, just turn up. There is also a great social side to the club! Bob told us that they sometimes go to the pub after the session, and there is a summer BBQ, garden dances and theatre trips! And with the 50-60 people who usually turn up, it's sure to be a good time!

For more information, go to www.fridayfolk.org.uk

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Lighting with Gwendoline Alderton


This afternoon we were talking to Gwendoline about different lights to suit your house. She was reminding us how important it is to have lights in doorways and on stairs to make sure your house is well lit at night for visitors; little nightlights upstairs would make the nightly scramble to the bathroom much easier! She also emphasised the importance of making sure the number of your house is well lit and visible, especially if you are selling your house and for visitors.

Gwendoline went on to talk about general lighting. If your room is north facing, its likely to be colder, so consider decorating it in warm colours such as reds and oranges. In the same way, if you have a warmer south facing room, you may want to decorate it in blues and greens to cool it down a bit.

Another important need for good lights is in the kitchen; with sharp knives and hot ovens all over the place, you need to be able to see where you are going! Because of this, it is necessary to have either strip lighting, or spot lighting that can focus on particular worktops. In the bedroom it's always useful to have two lights so one of you can read whilst the other tries to sleep, and if you're reading always have the light behind you to make it easier to read. Although many of us like watching TV in the dark to get that cinema atmosphere, it will make you strain your eyes, so is also0 important to think about lights in rooms with TVs.

For information on Gwendoline and interiors, go to www.ga-interiors.co.uk

Monday, 21 March 2011

Playlist w/c 21st March 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adele - Someone Like You
Alice Gold - Runaway Love
Asa - Be My Man
Bruce Springsteen - Rendezvous
Cee Lo Green - Bright Lights Bigger City
Dionne Bromfield - Yeah Right
Duran Duran - Girl Panic!
Eliza Doolittle - Mr Medicine
Emin - Obvious
George Michael - True Faith
Imelda May - Sneaky Freak
In-flight Safety - Model Homes
James Blunt - If Time Is All I Have
James Vincent McMorrow - This Old Dark Machine
Jessie J - Price Tag
Jonathan Jeremiah - Happiness
Julian Velard - Love Again For The First Time
Kassidy - I Don’t Know
Maroon 5 - Never Gonna Leave This Bed
Mim Grey – Lay Your Head Down
Patrick Wolf - The City
Paul Simon - The Afterlife
R.E.M. - üBerlin
Roxette - She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Rumer - Goodbye Girl
Sick Puppies - Maybe
Sugarland - Tonight
Taylor Swift - The Story Of Us
The Hoosiers - Bumpy Ride
The Human League - Never Let Me Go
The Pierces - You’ll Be Mine
Wonderland - Not A Love Song

Items in BOLD are new additions

We hope you like our choices, why not leave a comment and let us know what you think?

Friday, 18 March 2011

Simon Carver's Film's On Free-To-Air TV

Hi Drivetimers

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

Friday

I, Robot
9:00pm - 11:10pm
Channel 4

Saturday

While You Were Sleeping
5:05pm - 7:10pm
Channel 5

Sunday

The Bourne Ultimatum
11:25pm - 1:35am
ITV2

Monday

Cabaret
11:20pm - 1:20am
BBC2 London

Tuesday

Serenity
11:50pm - 2:10am
ITV4

Wednesday

Keeping Mum
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Film4

Thursday

Rocky/Rocky II
9:00pm - 11:30pm/ 11:30pm - 1:50am
ITV4

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Fundraising Event For The Japan Tsunami Appeal

As you will all be aware, Japan is suffering the catastrophic effect of the recent earthquakes and Tsunami.

In order to assist the relief effort, a member of the Japanese community in St Albans, Herts-JP, has organised a fund-raising event this coming Saturday, 19th March 2011 at Jubilee Centre from 11am to 3pm.

There will be cake sales, Japanese food sales, raffles, table top sales, Japanese craft activities for children and some family entertainment.

Also, we appreciate any help such as

1. Home baked cakes / biscuits
2. Quality second hand items for bric a brac sales
3. Raffle prizes

- please bring them on the day between 10 - 10:30am to the Jubilee Centre or contact Chiho Sharp to arrange for pick up

4. Help at the stalls or setting up/clearing up on the day of event

All of the raised funds will be donated to the British Red Cross. The Japanese pharmaceutical company based in Hatfield called Eisai has pledged to match the donation from their employees, therefore, we will be donating through the company.

We also have a Facebook page www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=195796480451242


For more information contact Chiho Sharp chihosharp@gmail.com

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Verulam Writers Circle


Today we talked to Mark Clementson from the Verulam Writer's Circle. The writer's circle operates to encourage people to write, and to share their writing. They meet at the White Hart and St Michael's Church Hall on alternate weeks.

The Writer's Circle recently released an anthology of about 52 works from more than 30 local authors. These works are from every genre; there are children's stories, poems and some more adult material!

For more information on joining, or purchasing an anthology, go to www.vwc.org.uk

Monday, 14 March 2011

Playlist w/c 14th March 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Sorry it's a bit late but here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adele - Someone Like You
Asa - Be My Man
Brooke Fraser - Something In The Water
Bruce Springsteen - Rendezvous
Duran Duran - Girl Panic!
Eliza Doolittle - Mr Medicine
Emin - Obvious
George Michael - True Faith
Imelda May - Sneaky Freak
In-flight Safety - Model Homes
James Blunt - If Time Is All I Have
James Vincent McMorrow - This Old Dark Machine
Jessie J - Price Tag
Jonathan Jeremiah - Happiness
Julian Velard - Love Again For The First Time
Kassidy - I Don’t Know
Maroon 5 - Never Gonna Leave This Bed
Mim Grey - Lay Your Head Down
Noah And The Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Patrick Wolf - The City
R.E.M. - ÜBerlin
Roxette - She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Sick Puppies - Maybe
Sugarland - Tonight
Take That - Kidz
Taylor Swift - The Story Of Us
The Hoosiers - Bumpy Ride
The Human League - Never Let Me Go
The Pierces - You’ll Be Mine
Wonderland - Not A Love Song

Items in BOLD are new additions.

Our featured track for this week is The City by Patrick Wolf.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

World Kidney Day

Treating kidney disease early could help reduce deaths from heart disease

Targeted screening and treatment of kidney disease could help reduce the number of deaths from heart disease and strokes, according to the Kidney Alliance, a group representing patient and professional organisations.

The Kidney Alliance is using World Kidney Day, on 10th March 2011, to raise awareness of the fact that people diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease are at increased risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease (CVD), and the risk rises as the kidney disease worsens. Early diagnosis of kidney disease can improve outcomes for patients, and help ease the financial burden on the NHS. However, kidney disease is usually ‘silent’, showing no specific symptoms until it becomes more advanced; screening is often the only way the disease can be detected in its early stages. If diagnosed early, kidney disease can often be successfully managed through medication and lifestyle advice, delaying or preventing a move to dialysis. If diagnosed late, renal failure is complex, challenging and expensive to treat.

As Dr Richard Fluck, President-Elect of the British Renal Society, says: “Screening for kidney disease is extremely simple, requiring a blood test to measure kidney function, as well as a test to measure the amount of protein in the urine, as increased levels indicate kidney damage. People at high risk of CVD, such as those with diabetes or high blood pressure, should be screened routinely.”

It is believed that between 3 and 5 million people in England have some level of kidney damage, and although only a small proportion of these require dialysis and transplantation, the cost of these treatments accounts for around 2 per cent of the total NHS spend. Cardiovascular disease kills around 200,000 people in the UK every year and costs the NHS nearly £15 billion annually

To ensure that kidney care is identified and managed, it is vital that GP consortia, once they are fully operational, ensure that they have the right mix of skills to identify patients at the critical early stage. This needs to be supported by appropriate specialist teams, providing care to the more complex cases. The Alliance believes that, as the NHS undergoes change, dialysis and transplantation must remain a nationally commissioned specialised service. Kidney patients need to know that skills will not be lost and that consistent and high quality treatment will be supported and improved throughout the National Health Service.

”Screening for kidney disease is still not the norm for all those at risk. We need to change this, increase detection and raise awareness of kidney disease, especially for those with heart or circulatory problems, or a family history of kidney disease. As a kidney patient, I want to know that fewer people are moving onto dialysis, but I also need to know that there is an integrated service available for those who do need it“, comments Fiona Loud, Chair of the Kidney Alliance.

Dr Abraham Abraham, kidney doctor from Aintree University Hospitals, adds “Increased screening for kidney disease is a win-win situation. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent people developing heart problems and save them from a life on dialysis. More than ever before, it is vital that we ensure every penny spent in the NHS counts, and this is the perfect opportunity to streamline costs while improving patient outcomes.”

For more information and details of local activities running all over the UK to support World Kidney Day – please see www.worldkidneyday.co.uk

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Harpenden Light Operatic Society


Today Danny talked to George Edkins from the Harpenden Light Operatic Society. The Society mostly puts on American musicals and has put on a good few Gilbert & Sullivan shows, including a rather funky version of HMS Pinafore in 2005! The Society celebrates 60 years this year, and is stronger than ever.

Their next production is that of Carousel; it's taking place between the 21st and 26th March. The shows are performed in the Harpenden Public Halls, and George tells us the tickets are great value for money!

The Society is always keen for new performers/back stagers/front of house or even tea makers! There is no age restriction and no need for prior experience. If you are interested in purchasing tickets for Carousel, or would like more information on joining, go to www.harpenden-operatic.co.uk

This Week's Featured Track: In-Flight Safety - Model Homes

Hi Drivetimers

Here is this week's featured track:

Monday, 7 March 2011

Playlist w/c 7th March 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Below is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adele - Someone Like You
Asa - Be My Man
Brooke Fraser - Something In The Water
Bruce Springsteen - Rendezvous
Duran Duran - Girl Panic!
Eliza Doolittle - Mr Medicine
Emin - Obvious
In-flight Safety - Model Homes
James Vincent McMorrow - This Old Dark Machine

Jessie J - Price Tag
Jonathan Jeremiah - Happiness
Julian Velard - Love Again For The First Time
Kassidy - I Don’t Know
Lady Gaga - Born This Way
Maroon 5 - Never Gonna Leave This Bed
McFly - That’s The Truth
Michael Jackson - Hollywood Tonight
Mim Grey - Lay Your Head Down
Noah And The Whale - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
Olly Murs - Heart On My Sleeve
R.E.M. - ÜBerlin
Ray Lamontagne - New York City’s Killing Me
Roxette - She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
Sick Puppies - Maybe

Take That - Kidz
The Hoosiers - Bumpy Ride
The Human League - Never Let Me Go
The Pierces - You’ll Be Mine
Wonderland - Not A Love Song

Items in BOLD are new additions

We hope you enjoy our selections.  Please feel free to leave comments (but if you don't like our choices, please be nice!)

Another Interview with Cerys Matthews - Listen Again

Hi Drivetimers

On Friday's show we welcomed Cerys Matthews back onto our show, ahead of her appearance at the Alban Arena on Saturday 12th March.  To hear the interview, click below:

Thursday, 3 March 2011

St Albans Council For Voluntary Services

This evening we heard from Michelle Hart from St Albans Council for Voluntary Services, upcoming events include;

16th March
: Dragons' Apprentice awards night. 12 teams have been busy raising money for their chosen charity (from the CVS members list) and this is the night the cheques are handed over.

18th March: Mayor's Civic Banquet and Ball.

28th March
: Building better Boards event to match local people with business skills to local charities needing support on their trustee boards.








28th April Mayor's Pride Awards 2011. Tickets FREE!
Nomination Forms avaliable from the CVS offices and St Albans Central Library.

29th September: THE event of the year for our sector - put the date in your diary today.

1st or 3rd November: LSP Community Conference. Always a popular event. The date is yet to be finalised so keep a hold on both for now so there is no disappointment. We'll let you know when the date has been fixed.

Date tbc. Community Coffee Morning 'Individualised budgets across the health and social care board'.
more details of all these events can be found at the web site;http://www.cvsstalbans.org.uk

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Rickmansworth Players


Today Danny talked to Andrew Cox from the Rickmansworth Players, an amateur dramatic society based in Rickmansworth. Andrew has been involved with the society since 2002 and has been there ever since! He started on the stage, learning to dance in West Side Story, but now has more of a business role.

At the moment, the company is looking forward to many things; a production of 'Stepping Out' is set for May, there are plans for a production of 'Meet Me in St Louis', a quiz is coming up and there are thoughts for a choir in the pipeline! They also put on murder mystery plays, where the audience play a part in discovering the murder.

They are always looking for new recruits, whether you like acting, dancing, singing or working behind the stage. No prior experience is necessary and there are no age requirements. If you are interested in auditioning for a part, helping out backstage or just want some more information, go to http://www.rickmansworth-players.org.uk/

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

World Book Night


This afternoon, we chatted to local author, Oscar Windsor-Smith from the Verulam Writer's Circle about World Book Night. This Saturday 5th March, one million books will be given away to members of the public across the UK and Ireland. 40,000 copies of 25 selected titles are being given away by 20,000 'givers', who will distribute 48 copies to whomever they choose on World Book Night.

Oscar is acting as one of these 'givers', and has been given 48 copies of Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre to give away! Agent Zigzag is the true story of World War II British agent, Eddie Chapman. It tells of his workings for the Germans and the English; a life full of amazing luck, daring and amorality.

Oscar will be giving out about 24 of his 48 copies at Waterstones bookshop between 6pm and 8pm. If you would like a copy, pop along to Waterstones this Saturday. The idea is that then these books will be passed on to others, so Oscar and Danny were discussing putting a date of reading on the inside, that then can be continued down the line.

For more information on the books being given away, or just World Book Night in general, go to www.worldbooknight.org