Friday, 30 September 2011

The Radio Verulam Film Guide with Simon Carver - 30th September 2011

On this week's show, Danny & Simon discussed the new cinema releases, including; Abduction, Shark Night 3D, The Debt and What's Your Number.

Below are Simon's choices for films on free-to-air TV for the forthcoming week:

Friday

Goodfellas

10.00pm - 1:00am

ITV4


Sunday

Star Trek

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Channel4


Monday

Trading Places

9:00pm - 11:15pm

Film4


Tuesday

There’s Something About Mary

9:00pm – 11:15pm

Film4


Wednesday

Witness

10.40pm – 12:50am

Film4


Interview with Martin Daniels


Today on the show we spoke to funny man and magician Martin Daniels. Now on tour with his Father, Paul Daniels, Martin filled us in with what it is like to be back on stage with his Dad.

The twosome will be on stage with Debbie McGee at the Radlett centre on Sunday 30th October. For more information and to book tickets, go to www.radlettcentre.co.uk/What-s-On/Theatre/Paul-Daniels

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Guys and Dolls comes to Harpenden Public Halls- Interview with George Edkins


Today Danny spoke with George Edkins from the Harpenden Light Operaric Society. George told us how the cast of 'Guys and Dolls' are preparing to put on the show and take their audience to a colourful New York City, where 'gambling guys' and 'missionary dolls' come together for the perfect musical comedy!

The production of 'Guys and Dolls' is on Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th at 7.45pm at the Harpenden Public Halls.

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 Guys and Dolls, or would like more information on joining, go to www.harpenden-operatic.co.uk

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

WHD Interview - Danny Smith speaks to Thomas Dolby


Today on West Herts Drivetime, Danny Smith spoke with Thomas Dolby, the ground breaking '80s star whose smash hits 'She Blinded Me With Science' and 'Hyperactive' were a huge part of the MTV generation.

Thomas has worked with luminaries such as George Clinton, Herbie Hancock, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder and many more.

He has released his first studio album in 20 years - A Map Of The Floating City and this follows conclusion of his groundbreaking transmedia game.

Details of his album and forthcoming tour can be found on www.floatingcity.com

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Monthy Interior Design Feature- With Gwendoline Alderton


Today on the show we were joined by Interior Designer Gwendoline Alderton, who filled us in with all that we needed to know about this seasons colour schemes and wallpaper choices! From bottle green to moss green, Gwendoline knows all the top tips on how to keep your homes up to date and stylish.

If you would like to know more about her interior design work, the website is www.ga-interiors.co.uk

Monday, 26 September 2011

Social Enterprise


This evening we heard from Roma Bhowmick our business correspondent who infomed us about Social Enterprise;

“Socially motivated enterprise plays a fundamental part in the world of business, and it is great to be involved in a conference that showcases the wealth of support on offer – both to social entrepreneurs and other businesses,”

“It is also an opportunity to share experiences and success stories, as well as learn more about trading between sectors.”

The event takes place at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford on October 19. For more details go to the web site www.enterprise2impact.org

Playlist w/c 26th September 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Amos Lee - Flower
Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood - Remind Me
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)
Grace Griffith - My Life
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
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - AKA What a Life
Peter Grant - Too Close
Ryan Adams - Lucky Now
Scarlette Fever - Elated
The Feeling - A Hundred Sinners
The Overtones - Second Last Chance
Thirsty Merc - Tommy and Krista
Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse - Body & Soul

Items in BOLD are new additions

We hope you enjoy our selection!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 23rd September 2011

We were joined in the studio by our resident film expert Simon Carver. Here is his choice of the best films on television this week:


Friday
Crash
9.00pm - 11:40pm
More4


Saturday
Spartacus
1.45pm
ITV4


Sunday
Star Trek: First Contact
1:00pm – 3:10pm
Film4


Monday
Reach for the Sky
12:35pm - 3:15pm
Film4


Tuesday
A Time to Kill
9:00pm – 11:50pm
Film4

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Interview with Jean McCann of the RNLI


We were joined on the phone tonight by Jean McCann of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) who told us all about the organisation's efforts to raise money in the St. Albans area. If you would like to find out more about the RNLI then please visit their website here.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

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 The Ultimate Cheese Scones!
Easy cheesy.....

Ingredients:
225g/8oz self-raising flour
Pinch salt and sprinkle of white pepper
50g/2oz butter or margarine
100g/4oz grated strong cheddar
2 tbls grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp wholegrain or English mustard
5-6 tablespoons of milk

1, Sift the flour, salt and pepper into a bowl. Rub in the butter or margarine with your fingertips so it looks like fine breadcrumbs.
2, Add the two cheeses (saving a bit to sprinkle on the top of the scones before baking). Mix the wholegrain or English mustard with the milk and mix with a knife to a soft but not sticky dough. If it does look a bit sticky add a touch more flour.
3, Place the dough on to a floured surface, knead very lightly and either press out with your hands or roll out to just under an inch thickness.
4, Cut into 5cm or 2 inch rounds – I used a 3 inch diameter glass to do mine and the recipe made 8 large scones. Brush the tops with a little milk and sprinkle with the reserved cheese.
5, Bake in a pre heated hot oven Gas 7/425F/220C for 12-14 mins until lightly golden and firm to the touch.
6, Allow to cool on a wire rack and to serve split and load up with butter. These are fabulous warm.

Enjoy

Playlist w/c 19th September 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - I'll Take Care Of You
Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood - Remind Me
Caro Emerald - The Other Woman
Cee Lo Green - Cry Baby
Chris Rea - Dancing My Blues Away
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
Doris Day - Heaven Tonight
Erasure - When I Start To (Break It All Down)

Grace Griffith - My Life
James Blunt - Dangerous
James Morrison - I Won't Let you Go
Julian Lennon - Lookin' 4 Luv
Katie Cole - Sunrise
Lady Antebellum - Just A Kiss
Lady Gaga - You & I
Mads Langer - Riding Elevators
Matt Cardle - Run For Your Life
Noel Gallagher & His High Flying Birds - AKA What a Life

Peter Grant - Too Close
Scarlette Fever - Elated
SuperHeavy - Miracle Worker
The Feeling - A Hundred Sinners
Thirsty Merc - Tommy and Krista
Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse - Body & Soul


Items in BOLD are new additions
See you on the air!

Monthly Feature- Verulam Writers Circle with Mark Clementson


On today's show we spoke with Mark Clementson from the Verulam Writers Circle. Mark filled us in with some of the success that local authors from the group have achieved. With one member just having had their book published and another having their work aired on Radio 4, things seem to be looking very bright on the literary front in West Herts!

Mark mentioned the following authors on the show, KJ Bennett and John Spencer and praised them for their 'brilliantly written work'.


The Verulam Writers Circle meet every Wednesday at 8pm in the White Hart Pub on Holywell Hill in the upstairs room. So if you have a passion for writing, beginner or experienced, come along and see what it is all about!

To find out more about the Verulam Writers Circle, visit the website www.vwc.org.uk

Monday, 19 September 2011

Monthly Feature- With Michelle Hart From CVS



Our regular volunteering correspondent, Michelle Hart, joined us on the show this week to tell us all about 'Get Involved', a new project aiming to put the sense of community back into West Herts.
The first event will take place in Harpenden on the 3rd November to kick start the new project.

For more information on some of the events taking place, email Michelle at michelle@cvsstalbans.org.uk

Further details of all volunteering events can be found on the CVS website www.cvsstalbans.org.uk

Friday, 16 September 2011

The Radio Verulam film guide, Friday 16th September; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

This week, Simon Carver joined Danny in the studio to discuss this week's box office top ten, the best films on television this week and new cinema releases; 30 Minutes or Less, The Change-Up, I Don't Know How She Does It and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy.

The following are Simon's choice of films for the week ahead on television.

Friday
12:05am - 1:45am
BBC2


Saturday
5:00pm - 6:30pm
BBC2 London

9:00pm - 12:45am
ITV4


Sunday
50 First Dates
6:10pm - 7:55pm
Channel 5

Parenthood

9:00pm - 11:30pm
ITV3

Monday
10:00pm - 12:25am
ITV4

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Interview with Aled Jones


On today's show we had Danny interviewing Aled Jones! He's back in the spotlight with his new album Forever and spoke to Danny about his career, his music and growing up in the public eye. The full recording of the interview will be posted online soon!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Exclusive interview with Australian musician Katie Cole


We're were joined in the studio today by Australian singer/songwriter Katie Cole. She had chosen Radio Verulam as the place to hold her first ever UK radio appearance and we were very honoured by this. Born in Melbourne and living in Los Angeles, Katie arrives in the UK ahead of the release of her latest song Sunrise and several gigs around London.

Katie played several songs during her time here and spoke about the first time she picked up the guitar at 15; about never having been in either Neighbours or Home and Away and the dynamics of song writing (a subject that our very own Danny Smith seemed to be suspiciously knowledgeable on!)

Katie played her songs Lost Inside A Moment, Walk On and Sunrise, was a delightful interviewee (and even turned the interview back onto Danny at one point!) and we hope to see her again around Radio Verulam in the future. To get more information about Katie go to her personal website here and you can also follow her on Twitter (@katiecolemusic).

Tuesday, 13 September 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. 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 …. Shortbread – topped with flaked almonds if you like!

Ingredients – makes about 20 biscuits

225g/8oz butter (has to be butter!)

125g/4oz golden caster sugar

325g/12oz plain white flour

1tsp vanilla extract

30g/1oz flaked almonds (you can omit if you want plain shortbread)


Method

1, Work the butter until soft in the mixing bowl.

2, Mix in the sugar until creaming but don’t over beat the mixture. Mix in the vanilla extract.

3. Mix in the flour with a wooden spoon. The mixture should be firm and look like damp breadcrumbs. Form lightly with your hands so the dough is smooth and free from cracks but don’t over handle it or it will become oily.

4, Lay out flat a length of cling firm on your work surface and sprinkle lightly with caster sugar. Gently roll the dough into a fat sausage shape about 2 inches in diameter and wrap tightly in the cling firm and place in the fridge for just under an hour to firm up.

5, Then using a sharp knife, cut slices about ½ inch in thickness and place on baking trays. If you want to top the biscuits with flaked almonds now is the time to gently place a few on each biccy.

6, Bake at gas2/300F/150C for about 30 mins until golden. Do not over bake.

7, When cooked, remove from the oven, sprinkle with caster sugar and leave on the trays to firm up. Then slide on to a wire rack to cool.


Then get the kettle on!


Monday, 12 September 2011

An Afternoon in the Pub


An Afternoon in the Pub is exactly what it says on the tin. Spend an afternoon in The Peahen in St. Albans talking to experienced local business people about web, branding, copywriting, graphic design and social media. It’s free, it’s fun and you’ll feel much more confident about your business on the way out than you did on the way in!

Chat, connect, talk and discuss anything you want, but DON’T thrust your business cards in
people’s faces, they don’t like that. If it seems like the right thing to do, do it, but don’t just divvy
them out willy-nilly
for more details go to www.afternooninthepub.co.uk

Thursday, 8 September 2011

David Courtney interview

British born David Courtney is a renowned composer, record producer and recording artist who has worked with some of the music industries legendary names including Roger Daltrey David Gilmour - Jimmy Page - Eric Clapton - Sir Paul McCartney Ritchie Blackmore, Adam Faith - Gene Pitney - Blues Brother guitarist Steve Cropper to name but a few. David Courtney was also the man responsible for discovering international recording artist Leo Sayer and co wrote many of his top selling hits.

David Courtney’s life would have ended at the age of 10 had his father not rescued him from an abandoned refrigerator. David went on to enjoy a successful lifetime in the music industry as a composer and record producer and in; ’The Truth Behind The Music’ he gives a unique insight into the music business working with some of its biggest names in rock during the past 45 years, over 30 million records sold around the world, his marriages, personal tragedies including the mysterious and controversial death of his former actress wife in her native Venezuela and ensuing meetings in London with the Venezuelan Ambassador. In the book David recounts a menacing confrontation with the bosses of a major US record company over deliberately abandoning the promotion of the Roger Daltrey album in fear that it’s success would inspire Roger to leave The Who, his conflict with convicted multi-millionaire fraudster Roger Levitt over the multi million dollar deal he brokered with Home Box Office for his prize fighter Lennox Lewis and his long time friendship with Roger Daltrey and the late 60’s pop icon and actor Adam Faith

‘The Truth Behind The Music’ is written & narrated by David Courtney mixed together with a wealth of his musical works including original demo recordings and the many hit records with Leo Sayer, Roger Daltrey, Dollar, Odyssey and more, an altogether highly colourful life and an extraordinary journey.

‘The Truth Behind The Music’ is available as a digital download from all leading online stores and at www.davidcourtney.co.uk

Tuesday, 6 September 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 …. Bounty Bar Cake!

Ingredients

Cake

50g desiccated coconut

150ml milk

150g self raising flour

25g cocoa powder

150g caster sugar

150g margarine or butter

2 eggs

Icing

100g dark chocolate

50g butter

1, Put the desiccated coconut in a small bowl with the milk and leave for an hour or so to let the coconut soak up the milk.

2, Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar in and mix well.

3, Add the butter (or margarine) and the eggs and using a hand held electric whisk beat for a couple of mins until the mixture is light and creamy. You can beat with a wooden spoon but you need to do it for longer.

4, Stir in the coconut and any residual milk until nicely combined.

5, Grease a 2lb loaf tin and spoon the mixture into it and level the top. Bake in a pre heated oven of Gas4/180C for 50mins.

6, Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 mins then leave to cool on a wire rack.


To make the chocolate icing

1, Have ready a small pan of simmering water and place the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl. The bowl should just sit over pan but not touch the water.

2, Allow the chocolate to just melt and then take off the heat and beat in with a wooden spoon the butter gradually until smooth and glossy.

3, Put it aside for 5-10 mins to let it thicken then spread all over your cake!


'A taste of paradise' all right!

Brand new feature Local Tourism with Charles Baker


Charles Baker, St Alban's Local Tourism Manager spoke with Danny today about the events that will be going this autumn.

From 8th - 11th September St Albans will be holding its Heritage Open Days. The public are given a chance to look round the places that are never usually open to the public. Such places of interest are St Alban's Crown Court, Rothamsted Manor, Abbey Gateway and our very own Radio Verulam Studio! For more information on other buildings or places of interest that are open you can collect a booklet from the Tourist Information Centre, or visit www.stalbans.gov.uk

Also, taking part between 28th September - 9th October is the St Alban's Food and Drink Festival in its fourth year running! This event includes events along the following: Beer Festival, Whisky Tasking and a Sausage and Ale Festival. You also have the chance to nominate and vote for what you think is the best bar, pub, restaurant, etc. as there will also be a Food and Drink Awards ceremony. You can still vote until 30th September. For more information see their website http://www.stalbansfoodanddrink.com

Monday, 5 September 2011

Ten things you might not know about... Dragonflies

Today on West Herts Drivetime Danny Smith spoke with Sarah Buckingham, on behalf of Herts Wildlife Trust. Here are her top 10 facts about... Dragonflies!


1. If you have heard of a damselfly you might have thought it completely different to dragonflies when actually they come under the same family -Odonata.

2. Dragonflies have a sharply serrated lower jaw which can extend and shoot out and grab prey in a split second! Scary!

3. But I wouldn't be too scared as dragonflies cannot sting you. Their deceptive looking tail is actually for laying eggs.

4. If you thought you were getting old then fear not! Dragonflies have been around since before dinosaurs according to fossil records. There oldest fossil records show an individual with a wingspan of 75cm... nearly two and a half feet!

5. If you're lucky you might spot a dragonfly in the early autumn months - possibly even in November. Dragonflies tend to hang around if it is warm.

6. Larvae (dragonfly egg) can take anything from 2-3 months to five years to develop. However, after all that waiting around the dragonfly itself lives only up two weeks! Poor thing!

7. Dragonflies, believe it or not, are big eaters. They are voracious predators in the underwater larval stage will eat crustaceans, worms, snails, leeches, tadpole and even small fish.

8. Dragonflies are sun worshippers and only fly when it is sunny.

9. In Hertfordshire we have 19 species of dragonfly in total. All of which have been recorded at Amwell Nature Reserve.

10. Finally, what's the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly? Well, damselflies generally rest with wings folded, whereas the stockier, more robust dragonflies rest with wings spread outwards.

The Wild Life Trust have a few events going on. On 11th September from 11am till 5pm you can participate in their version of Giant Monopoly! Entry is FREE and so is most city centre car parks so there is no excuse if you are FREE to not show your face. There are a range of activities suitable for children including Street Magician and community art project. For everyone who finishes the Monopoly route will receive a certficate and a badge.

Visit: http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk for more details.

For the trust's members they have a Members' Day on Saturday 1 October from 10am to 4pm. See their website for more details: www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/membersday

Playlist w/c 5th September 2011

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Beverley Knight - Cuddly Toy
Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood - Remind Me
Caro Emerald - The Other Woman
Cee Lo Green - Cry Baby
Chris Rea - Dancing My Blues Away
Dolly Parton - Together You And I
Glen Campbell - Ghost On The Canvas
Grace Griffith - My Life
Imelda May - Road Runner
James Blunt - Dangerous
Jonathan Jeremiah - Lost
Julian Lennon - Lookin' 4 Luv
Katie Cole - Sunrise
Lady Antebellum - Just A Kiss
Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger
Melanie C - Think About It
Pixie Lott - All About Tonight
Scarlette Fever - Elated
Snow Patrol - Called Out In The Dark
The Feeling - A Hundred Sinners
Tony Bennett & Michael Bublé - Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Will Young - Jealousy

Items in BOLD are new additions

See you on the air.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Sick Childrens Trust - trip to Machupicchu

This evening we heard from Chloe, Emily & Rebecca who are undertaking a trip to Machupicchu in Peru to raise funds for the Sick Children’s Trust.

The girls are taking part in a 5 day walk that will see them complete 6- 8 hours walking a day over 10- 18km. The equipment they will need to carry is water , medical supplies and a change of clothes, the maximum height they will reach is 4,500m above sea level.

You can donate by going to justgiving.com/chloerebeccaemily.

All funds raised will go to the charity and the girls are funding the trip themselves.

Details of the charity can be found at www.sickchildrenstrust.org