Monday, 30 January 2012

Risa Hall singer songwriter


This evening our guest on West Herts Drivetime was Risa Hall
http://www.risahall.com/

New Music Playlist w/c 30th January 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon - Do It Our Way (Play)
Amy Winehouse - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (2011)
Chris Isaak - Live It Up
Ed Sheeran - Drunk
Emeli Sandé - Next To Me
First Aid Kit - Emmylou
Goldfrapp - Melancholy Sky
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Gretchen Peters - Hello Cruel World
Jessie J - Domino
Jo Birchall - Don't Let It Go To Your Heart
Juan Zelada - What Do I Know
Kasabian - Goodbye Kiss
Kid Rock - Care (ft. Martina McBride and T.I.)
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Leonard Cohen - The Darkness
Mamas Gun - Only One (ft. Beverley Knight)
Matt Cardle - Amazing
Maverick Sabre - No One
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Miss 600 - Fever
Mull Historical Society - The Lights
Nerina Pallot - All Bets Are Off
Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight
Paul McCartney - My Valentine
Ren Harvieu - Through The Night

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track this week is Drunk by Ed Sheeran:

Friday, 27 January 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 27th January

Tonight our resident film pundit Simon Carver joined Danny Smith in the studio to look at the box office top 10 and discuss the weeks new releases: A Monster in Paris, The Descendants and The Grey.

They also discussed Simon's recommended free-to-air films on TV for the week:


Friday

Beverley Hills Cop

10.00pm - 12.05am

E4


Saturday

As Good As It Gets

10.50pm – 1.35am

More4


Monday

The Wrestler

9.00pm – 11.10pm

Film4


Tuesday

Funny People

9.00pm-11.50pm

ITV2


Wednesday

The Hurt Locker

9.00pm – 11.35pm

Film 4


Thursday

Gladiator

10.00pm – 1.10am

ITV2


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

James Deane on Drivetime


 We were extremely fortunate to have singer/songwriter James Deane with us in the studio today.  James performed three tracks from his debut album Diamonds & Hearts.and you will shortly be able to hear the session via the listen again feature on our blog.

For more information about James and his music, check out http://jamesdeanemusic.com/

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Interior Design feature with Gwendoline Alderton of G.A. Interiors


Today on WHD we welcomed Gwendoline Alderton of G.A. Interiors and the theme was bringing colour into your home!

This year is the year of the Dragon and the in-trend colour is tangerine orange. This colour is fun, lively, invigorating and warm and will make your home feel cosy and inviting! You can use colours such as tangerine orange as accents, with soft furnishings like cushions, throws etc.

Or be really contempory with a drastic colour scheme such as orange and black!

Be bold!

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Anzac Biscuits - Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson


Tuesday Recipe Spot – Anzac Biscuits - 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 …. Anzac Biscuits – these were sent by the wives, sweethearts and mothers of the ANZAC ( Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops fighting in far away Gallipoli, Turkey in WW1. These treats were ideal as they kept for months without any refrigeration on the long ship journey.
Ingredients – makes 12 biscuits
125g plain flour
100g porridge oats
100g soft light brown sugar
50g desiccated coconut
100g butter
1 tbsp honey or golden syrup
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp boiling water

1, Preheat the oven to 170C/gas 3. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment.
2, Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the oats, sugar and coconut and mix together.
3, Put the butter and honey or golden syrup in a saucepan and heat over a low heat until melted. Put the bicarb in a cup and pour on the boiling water to dissolve.
4, Carefully stir the bicarb and water into the melted butter mix – be careful as it will fizz a bit.
5, Pour the fizzing mixture into the dry ingredients and mix quickly. The mixture will be quite crumbly.
6, Put generous tablespoons full of the mixture on the prepared baking sheet and gently flatten each one. Space out as they will spread.
7, Bake for 20 mins until golden brown, leave on the baking sheet for 10 mins to firm up and then place on a wire rack to cool.

Just in time for Australia Day on Thursday 26 January.

Monday, 23 January 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 23th January 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Alesha Dixon – Gonna Do It Our Way (Play)
Amy Winehouse - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Chris Isaak - Live It Up
Emeli Sandé - Next To Me
First Aid Kit - Emmylou
Goldfrapp - Melancholy Sky
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Gretchen Peters - Hello Cruel World
Jessie J - Domino
Jo Birchall - Don't Let It Go To Your Heart
Juan Zelada - What Do I Know
Kid Rock - Care (ft. Martina McBride and T.I.)
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Leonard Cohen - The Darkness
Mamas Gun - Only One (ft. Beverley Knight)
Maverick Sabre - No One
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Miss 600 - Typically Me
Mull Historical Society - The Lights
Nerina Pallot - All Bets Are Off
Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight
Paul McCartney - My Valentine
Ren Harvieu - Through The Night
Seal - Let's Stay Together
The Brilliant Things - Dance

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for this week is Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye:

Friday, 20 January 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 20th January

Tonight our resident film pundit Simon Carver joined Danny Smith in the studio to look at the box office top 10 and discuss the weeks new releases: Haywire, J. Edgar, Underworld: Awakening and The Sitter

They also discussed Simon's recommended free-to-air films on TV for the week:


Friday
Jaws
10.35pm - 12.55pm
ITV1


Saturday
When We Were kings
12.55pm – 2.35am

ITV4


Sunday

127 Hours
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Channel 4

Monday
Slumdog MIllionaire
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Film4


Tuesday
The Shawshank Redemption

9.00pm-11.50pm
ITV2


Wednesday
Enemy of the State
9.30pm – 11.35pm

BBC3


Thursday
Lethal Weapon

11.00pm – 1.15am
ITV4

Listener wins tickets to Rumours of Fleetwood Mac



West Herts Drivetime would like to congratulate Stephen Geers for correctly answering our competition question and winning tickets to see Rumours of Fleetwood Mac. Ever since the band joined us on the show on Wednesday we have been running a competition which asked the following question:


What was the Fleetwood Mac song covered by The Corrs for their debut UK top 40 single?


The answer was of course Dreams. Stephen now has tickets to see the band at the Alban Arena on 3 February.



Thursday, 19 January 2012

The Onslow Tigers!

Lydia, Kristina and Holly joined us in the studio tonight from The Onslow Tigers, a Dragon's Apprentice team from Onslow St. Audrey's. They are raising money for The Prince's Trust, a charity dedicated to improving young lives. They are having a North Indian cuisine and quiz night at Veer Dhara. If you're interested in the event then send the The Tiger's an e-mail at thetigers@onslow.herts.sch.uk or you can find out more information here. They will be doing more events in the future so e-mail them to find out what is going on.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Win Tickets to see Rumours of Fleetwood Mac at the Alban Arena






West Herts Drivetime are giving you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see Rumours of Fleetwood Mac at the Alban Arena on Friday 3rd February.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is click here and answer one simple question.

The draw will take place this coming Friday during West Herts Drivetime.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Basil's Coconut Ice - Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson


Tuesday Recipe Spot – Basil's Coconut Ice - 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 …. Basil's Coconut Ice – It's sweetie time!

Ingredients

750g granulated sugar

190g desiccated coconut

225ml milk (full fat or s/s)

red food colouring


1, Prepare a 20cm x 20cm square tin by lining the bottom and sides with greaseproof paper.

2, Combine the sugar and milk in a large pan and boil for 10 mins or until it reaches 120C on a cooking thermometer. This is known as the 'hard ball stage'. To test - with a spoon, carefully drop a bit of syrup into cold water. If it has reached 120C, it will make a hard blob in the cold water. But generally boiling the mixture vigorously will get it to the desired stage. Be careful as sugar reaches a higher boiling point than water. And it really hurts if you spill it on yourself!

3, Take the pan off the heat and stir in the coconut. Pour half the mixture into the prepared tin.

4, Add a little of the red food colouring to the rest in the pan to make it pink. Now pour this quickly over the mixture in the tin and mark into small squares when half set.

5, Leave to set completely and then break up the pieces. Makes a lovely home made sweet present!

Monday, 16 January 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 26th January 2012

Hello Drivetimers

Towards the end of last year we got out of the habit of publishing our new music playlist online - sorry!  However, one of our new year's resolutions was to ensure we do this every week in 2012 so here is our Drivetime new music playlist for this week (albeit the 1st of the year and we are 3 weeks into 2012!):

Alesha Dixon - Gonna Do It Our Way
Amy Winehouse - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (2011)
Chris Isaak - Live It Up
Emeli Sandé - Next To Me
Goldfrapp - Melancholy Sky
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Gretchen Peters - Hello Cruel World
Heather Nova - Higher Ground
Jessie J - Domino
Jo Birchall - Don't Let It Go To Your Heart
Katie Cole - Found You
Kid Rock - Care (ft. Martina McBride and T.I.)
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Leonard Cohen - The Darkness
Mamas Gun - Only One (ft. Beverley Knight)
Maverick Sabre - No One
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Miss 600 - Typically Me
Mull Historical Society - The Lights
Nerina Pallot - All Bets Are Off
Noah And The Whale - Give It All Back
Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight
Paul McCartney - My Valentine
Ren Harvieu - Through The Night
Seal - Let's Stay Together
The Brilliant Things - Dance

Our featured track for this week is Gretchen Peters - Hello Cruel World and she will be a guest on Tuesday's show!  Here is the video:

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Gretchen Peters on Tuesday's Show



On Tuesday's West Herts Drivetime, Danny will be interviewing acclaimed country singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters. This Grammy Award nominated artist started off as a songwriter then singer, as she wanted to be understood for who she was. Her songs have been sung by such great artists as Neil Diamond, Etta James, Trisha Yearwood & Martina McBride. The release of her new single "Hello Cruel World" is being complimented by a UK tour of over 18 dates throughout March and early April.


Gretchen Peters will also be heading to Ireland and Europe. The full tour dates can be found at www.gretchenpeters.com

Friday, 13 January 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 13th January 2012

Tonight Chris Aikman was in Simon's seat so Danny Smith and him looked at the box office top 10 and discussed the weeks new releases: War Horse, Margin Call and Shame.

The following are Chris' recommendations for films on free-to-air TV over the next week:


Saturday

The Devil's Backbone

11pm
Film4


Monday

Unforgiven
9pm - 11:40pm
ITV4


Wednesday

Sleepy Hollow

9pm - 11:05pm
E4


Thursday

Logan's Run
7:45pm - 10pm
Film4 +1


Friday

The Quick and the Dead
9:00pm - 11:05am
More4

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Miss 600 Return To West Herts Drivetime For A Live Set - Tomorrow!

Pop duo Miss 600 make a triumphant return to Radio Verulam's studios tomorrow (Friday 13th January) to perform a live acoustic set.  They first visited the studios in June 2011 and have since performed live sets for the likes of Chris Evans and Sir Terry Wogan.  Their debut single "Twist" was a huge radio airplay hit in 2011 and their current Single "Typically Me" (out on Monday) was Danny Smith's last featured track of 2011.  Hannah & David will be chatting with Danny and performing a few acoustic versions of their songs.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Exclusive Interview with Classical Guitarist, Craig Ogden


Today Danny interviewed and played a track by the world renown classical guitarist, Craig Ogden.

Craig has been playing guitar from the age of seven and is a well established solo artists in the world of classical music. Not only has both his solo albums in 2010 and 2011 shot to number one in the UK classical charts, but he's also played concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and is a principal lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music and also a frequent guest lecturer at London's Royal College of Music. Originally from Perth, Australia Craig moved to Manchester for his musical studies.

Craig plays his recital at Beechwood Park School, Pickford Road, Markyate, Herts, AL3 8AW on the 27th January at 7pm. He ensures us that his recital will include a range of music from classical to contemporary music. Craig makes his live events "relaxed" and "chilled out" so if you fancy a classical event without all the formalities then this even could be right up your street. To get tickets email louisepeck@beechwoodpark.herts.sch.uk or phone 01582 840333 ext. 4. Adults are £12 and concessions (under 18 and students) are £5.

For Craig's website, head to http://www.craigogden.com/

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Coconut and Cherry Cake - Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson


Tuesday Recipe Spot – Coconut and Cherry Cake - 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 …. Coconut and Cherry Cake.....Cherrytastic!

Ingredients

175g butter or margarine

175g caster sugar

75g desiccated coconut (save a bit to sprinkle on top)

175g chopped glace cherries (save a whole few to put on top)

3 beaten eggs

115g self raising flour

splash of milk


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

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

3, Stir in the chopped glace cherries and desiccated coconut.

4, Fold in the flour gently.

5, Grease a 2lb/1 ltr loaf tin and line the base with baking parchment or greaseproof paper. Sprinkle some coconut on top.

6, Bake in a pre heated oven at Gas 4/180C for 30 mins – then, place some whole cherries on top of the cake in a line and cook for a further 15 mins until risen and golden.



Monthly feature with Andy Jarosz





Our monthly interview with Andy was based around where the best places to visit in 2012 are.


His top spots are;


  • Poland and Ukraine who play hosts to the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament.



  • Southampton, Liverpool and Belfast as it's been 100 years since the Titanic sailed and all these relevant cities have commemorative activities, displays and gatherings. Also, but across the pond, is Newfoundland in Canada, where the first survivors of the disaster were taken to.



  • Central USA and the Mayan region could also be a potential honey pot for tourists as the 'end of the world prophecy' or the Mayan calendar has lead to an increase of activity in this region in relation to art, souvenirs and novelty factor.

  • Finally, advised by Andy is Dubrovnik, a "beautiful walled city" which is a short swim from Greece and so not as cold sounding as one may have originally thought!

For more info, head to Andy's website: http://www.501places.com/ or follow him on twitter @501places.

Monday, 9 January 2012

St Albans CAB


This evening Elizabeth Crampton and Michelle Buyukertas from St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau joined us and spoke about pay day loans amongst other items


Pay day loans

A pay day loan is a short term loan intended to tide you over until you get paid. Many cheque cashers offer this service. Cheque cashers are companies where you can take a cheque and exchange it for money. You will be charged a fee for this service.

How pay day loans work
To get a pay day loan you must:
be over 18
have a bank account
be in full time employment.
You write out a personal cheque to the cheque casher and they give you cash for it. They will deduct a fee which will usually be quite high. On pay day, the cheque casher will present the cheque you have written to your bank. It’s up to you to make sure there’s enough money in your bank account to pay it.
You can also get pay day loans online using a bank debit card.
Pay day loans are an expensive way to help people over temporary problems and are not suitable for longer term difficulties. If you have a bank account, you may be able to agree an overdraft instead but be careful of going overdrawn without permission. If you do decide to use a pay day loan, make sure you know about all the costs and charges first.
For more information about going overdrawn, see Bank overdrafts.
If you need to use pay day loans regularly you may like to get help with budgeting or dealing with debts, for example, at a Citizens Advice Bureau. To search for details of your nearest CAB, including those that can give advice by e-mail, click (New window) nearest CAB.

What happens if the cheque bounces
If the cheque bounces, the cheque casher will charge you a fee and may be able to take court action to recover their money. The bank will also charge you a fee for bouncing the cheque.
Sometimes you can delay repayment by agreement with the cheque casher but you will have to pay a further fee.

Making a complaint about pay day loans

If you have problem with a pay day loan, you should contact the lender and try to sort things out. If you are still not satisfied, and the lender is a member of the British Cheque & Credit Association (BCCA), you can make a complaint to them. The BCCA is a trade association for companies which provide pay day loans and cheque cashing services. It has a consumer code of practice which members must follow. You can check whether the lender is a member and get more information about the BCCA code of practice from the BCCA website at (New window) www.bcca.co.uk.

If the lender is not a member of the BCCA, or you are still not satisfied, you can make a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). You can get information about making a complaint on the FOS website at www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk.
Further details about all financial matters including loans can be found at the Citizens Advice Bureau web site http://www.stalbans-cab.org/

Friday, 6 January 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 6th January 2012

Tonight Simon Carver & Danny Smith looked at the box office top 10 and discussed the weeks new releases: Goon and The Iron Lady.

The following are Simon recommendations for films on free-to-air TV over the next week:

Friday
The Manchurian Candidate
9.00pm - 11.25pm
More4



Saturday
LA Confidential
11.50pm – 2.15am
Channel4



Sunday
The Bodyguard
10.00pm – 12.40am
ITV2



Monday
Hunger
10.50pm – 12.45am
Film4



Tuesday
Once Upon a Time in America
11.40pm-3.55am
Film4



Wednesday
The Beguiled
12.00am – 2.15am
ITV4



Thursday
The Bridges of Madison County
11.05pm – 1.40am
ITV3

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Lotte Mikkelsen gets us laughing!


Tonight Danny was joined on the show by Lotte Mikkelsen who runs an organisation called United Mind Through Laughter which aims to make people feel better and healthier, both mentally and physically, through the act of laughing. Lotte explained how the act of laughing releases endorphins into the body and makes us feel more relaxed, happier and it even tenses your stomach muscles so that you can have a buff bod! Danny even promised to try laughing at himself for 10 minutes every morning to see if it makes him feel better. The rest of the Drivetime team agreed that laughing at Danny every day makes them feel better!

For more information you can visit their website here and you can even follow Lotte on Twitter here.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Local Tourism feature with Jenny Swatton from St Albans District Council

Today on WHD Nick spoke with Jenny Swatton from St Albans Tourism on the forthcoming Residents First Weekend which takes place on the 28/29 January 2012.

There will be lots to see and do and also offers on 'Residents Feasts' with many restaurants giving meal deals!

To find out more information go to www.stalbans.gov.uk/tourism or you can pick up a leaflet at the Tourist Information Centre, or you can call them on 01727 864511.

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Lemon Curd Muffins - 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 …. Lemon Curd Muffins – light and fluffy after all the Xmas richness

Ingredients

225g plain flour

2 tsps baking powder

pinch of salt

100g caster sugar

1 egg

125g plain yoghurt

125 ml milk

75g melted and cooled margarine

175g lemon curd


1, Pre heat oven to 180C/gas 4 and place 12 paper muffin cases into a muffin tray.

2, In a large bowl, put the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar and mix lightly to combine.

3, Mix the egg, yoghurt, milk and melted and cooled margarine together in a jug. Pour this into the dry ingredients and mix lightly. Don't over mix or the muffins will be too dense in texture.

4, Add the lemon curd and stir lightly through the mixture.

5, Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake for 30 mins until lightly golden brown.

6, Place on a wire rack to cool.