Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton

   Today Gwendoline Alderton was back in the studio, telling us how we can revamp and refresh our homes to pull us out of those cold damp Winter months and step into Spring 2012 with a postive mind set.
  
   Whether your moving out or in or simply wish to change the look of your living space, Gwen's mantra was to Start Small and Be Kind to Yourself! 

  Start in a corner then work out, even if it's simply starting with organising a cupboard. Get yourself prepared, gather together your bin liners and boxes and labels. Don't procrastinate! Boxing your belongings and bagging your rubbish is one thing but leaving things around for days isn't going to help you achieve that feeling of Xen.

Once you've done a bit of hard graft, don't forget to treat yourself! Have a break with your favourite chocolate and let release those endorphins.

  Now you've gained a bit more space you can gain a bit more perspective. Have you been using your space effeciantly? You should arrange your room cleverly, so what do you use your space? Do you have children? Do you entertain a lot of guests? 

Now your on your way to rearranging your home into your perfect calm centre!

For more tips in decluttering visit Gwen's website at : www.ga-interiors.co.uk


Tuesday Recipe Spot – Coffee & Walnut Cupcakes- Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson


Tuesday Recipe Spot – Coffee & Walnut Cupcakes- 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 - Coffee & Walnut Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cake:

125g butter or margarine

125g caster sugar

2 large eggs

125g self raising flour

75g chopped walnuts

Cold strong coffee

Whole walnuts or coffee beans to decorate

Icing:

150g icing sugar

75g butter

A little of the strong coffee

  1. Pre heat your oven to 190C/gas 5 and put eight paper muffin cases on a tray.

  2. Beat the butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Beat the eggs in one at a time with a tablespoon of flour to prevent curdling. Add three tablespoons of the cold strong coffee.

  4. Add the chopped walnuts and fold in the flour. Fill the paper cases 3/4s full with the mixture and bake for 25 mins until golden and springy to the touch.

  5. Allow the cakes to cool and make the icing by beating together the icing sugar and butter and adding two tablespoons of the coffee. Allow to firm up for ½ hour in the fridge.

  6. With a flat/pallet knife swirl the icing over the cold cupcakes and decorate with whole walnuts or coffee beans.

Enjoy!

Monday, 27 February 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 27th February 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Avalanche City - Love Love Love
Beth Hart - Sister ft. Slash
Coldplay - Charlie Brown
Darren Hayes - Bloodstained Heart
Emeli Sandé - Next To Me
Glen Campbell - It's your Amazing Grace
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Jamie Hartman - Girlwise
Jodie Marie - I Got You
Lady Antebellum - Dancin' Away With My Heart
Lionel Richie feat. Shania Twain - Endless Love
Marcus Collins - Seven Nation Army
Michael Kiwanuka - I'm Getting Ready
Nickelback - Lullaby
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Dream On
Paul Carrack - Good Feelin' About It
Paul Weller - That Dangerous Age
Reba McEntire - Turn On The Radio
Rebecca Ferguson - Too Good To Lose
Red Sky July - Loving You's Easy
The Band Perry - If I Die Young
The Brilliant Things - Pointless

The Musgraves - Last Of Me
Theory (Of A Dead Man) - Out Of My Head
Will Young - Losing Myself

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track this week is Seven Nation Army by Marcus Collins:

Friday, 24 February 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 24th February

Tonight our resident film expert Simon Carver joined Danny in the studio for a look at the box office top 10 and the week's new releases: One For The Money, Safe House and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

They also discussed Simon's choices for the best films on free-to-air television for the coming week:

Friday

Sommersby

11.10pm – 1.25am

More4


Saturday

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

7.15pm – 10.00pm

5USA


Sunday

Iron Man

9.00pm-11.25pm

Film4


Monday

The Devil Wears Prada

9.00pm – 11.10pm

Film4


Tuesday

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

9.00pm – 11.15pm

Film4


Wednesday

Saturday Night Fever

11.15pm – 1.30am

Film4


Thursday

A Prophet

11.00pm – 1.55am

Film4

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Look! St. Albans with Peter Trevelyan


We were joined on the show tonight by Peter Trevelyan from Look! St. Albans, who areLink holding two Public Open Design Sessions next week on Monday 27th and Wednesday 29th. These open sessions will give people a chance to have a say in how St. Albans will look in the future. There is also a photography competition for anyone to get involved in and the prize is £100 for the best picture of St. Albans.

If you want more information on the open sessions then you can find all the information on the website here.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Faff-Free Cookery - Welsh Tea Bread – with Jackie Johnson


Tuesday Recipe Spot – Faff-Free Cookery - Welsh Tea Bread – 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 Cookery.

So, today’s treat is Welsh Tea Bread – Bara brith
A lovely treat for any time you fancy a little something with a cup of tea.......
Ingredients:
250g mixed dried fruit – a mix of sultanas, raisins, currants and mixed peel
200ml of strong hot tea – I used Earl Grey ( 2 tea bags)
150g light soft brown sugar
225g self raising flour
1 beaten egg
1 tsp of ground mixed spice
Grated zest of an orange
  1. Put the mixed dried fruit, orange zest and strong hot tea (minus the bags!) in a large bowl and leave covered overnight so the fruit plumps up and absorbs most of the liquid.
  2. When you are ready to make the teabread, preheat your oven to 180C/Gas 4 and grease a 2lb/1 litre loaf tin and line the bottom of the tin with baking parchment.
  3. Add the beaten egg and sugar to the mix and stir in. Then sift the flour and mixed spice into the mixture and fold in with a metal spoon. The mixture will be a soft dough.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the tin, level off the top with a spoon and bake for an hour until golden brown.
  5. Leave it in the tin for around 10 mins and then cool on a wire rack.
This is lovely sliced and spread with butter and it is great with a slice of cheese too!

Special feature - Danny talks to Steph Morren from RSPB


Today on WHD, Danny spoke with Steph Morren from RSPB on their Date With Nature Project in Herts and Beds. Watching wildlife is really popular due to programmes such as Springwatch and RSPB are Heron watching at Verulamium Park in St Albans.

Heron Watch is running from now until 15th April, Wed-Sun from 10am-4pm each day. The RSPB have a large green trailer where you can watch the birds and find out more. Last year Verulamium Park had 14 pairs of Herons!

To find out more log on to www.rspb.org.uk/datewithwildlife

Monday, 20 February 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 20th February 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Avalanche City - Love Love Love
Beth Hart - Sister ft. Slash
Darren Hayes - Bloodstained Heart
Ed Sheeran - Drunk
Emeli Sandé - Next To Me
Glen Campbell - It's your Amazing Grace
Goldfrapp - Melancholy Sky
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Jamie Hartman - Girlwise
Jessie J - Domino
Jodie Marie - I Got You
Kasabian - Goodbye Kiss
Katie Melua - Better Than A Dream
Lady Antebellum - Dancin' Away With My Heart
Lionel Richie feat. Shania Twain - Endless Love
Matt Cardle - Amazing
Maverick Sabre - No One
Michael Kiwanuka - I'm Getting Ready
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Dream On
Paul Weller - That Dangerous Age
Reba McEntire - Turn On The Radio
Rebecca Ferguson - Too Good To Lose
Red Sky July - Loving You's Easy
The Musgraves - Last Of Me
Theory (of a dead man) - Out Of My Head

Items in BOLD are new additions

My featured track for this week is That Dangerous Age by Paul Weller:

St Albans Council For Voluntary Services


Spring into Style
SABN are holding a pamper evening on Fri 9th March from 7.00 to 9.00. Entrance £6.00
Taster session to be booked in advance (£5 each).

All proceeds go to St Albans Bereavement Network.
To buy tickets ring 01727 841914


5 Mile Walk - Family Fundraiser for Cruse Bereavement Care Hertfordshire Saturday 19th May 2012 starting at 10am.
Substance misuse training for people who work with Children and Young People In Jan, Feb and March 2012.

Get the best from Early Support
Early Support is a national programme providing information and resources for Parents and Practitioners to work together to get the very best for families of children with disabilities.


PCT progress update. A letter from the Chief Executive of NHS Hertfordshire (PCT), to update you on the progress made at the PCT implementing the NHS reforms and other matters of interest to partners and stakeholders.

ReachOut Plus Appeal £3 per month

Local businesses need your support.

£10k per county councillor. Each has a budget to award within their 'patch'.

Local Strategic Partnership conference report and video annual report available.
HCC Funding information Please note they have a NEW web address.


Tell us about your events, news and information and we'll publicise it for you.
Full details of all these events can be found at the web site http://www.cvsstalbans.org.uk/

Friday, 17 February 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 17th February

Tonight our regular film pundit Simon Carver joined Danny Smith in the studio to look at the box office top 10 and discuss the weeks new releases: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.


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


Saturday
Dead Calm
11.00pm – 12.55am
ITV3



Sunday
Collateral
12.40am – 2.45am
Channel 4



Monday
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
7.20pm-9.00pm
Film4



Wednesday
Quadrophenia
12.45am – 3.05am
ITV4



Thursday
Goodfellas
10.35pm – 1.25am
ITV4

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Julia Chapman - Chair of the National Association of Women's Clubs


Julia Chapman, Chair of the National Association of Women's Clubs, joined Danny on the phone this evening to discuss the role of these women's clubs in society. There are in fact 23 of these clubs in Hertfordshire alone and welcome women from 18 and over to come along and enjoy a relaxing night with like-minded women.

The groups also start campaigns within a variety of fields, campaigning for things such as stopping the abolition of cheques to introducing stiffer sentences for young offenders to discourage anti-social behaviour.

If you wish to find out more about the NAWC then you can visit their website here or give Julia a call on 01727 758669.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Sarah Buckingham from Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust


This afternoon we were joined in the studio by Sarah Buckingham from the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. She was in to talk about National Nest Box Week (NNBW), which is designed to encourage people to put up nest boxes in their own gardens and also to get people thinking about how they treat the birds in their gardens. If you want to find out about how you build your own nest box then you can visit the NNBW website here.

Danny and Sarah also spoke about orchards and the project being undertaken at Tewin Orchard in which many trees are being planted and a greater variety of fruit is being produced. Tewin Orchard also provides nature fans with the chance to catch a glimpse of some of the mammals this country has to offer, with it's Mammal Hide. You can book a time to go view badgers, foxes deer and rabbits among others. For more information you can go directly to the Trust's website here.

Finally, Sarah spoke about Petition Fish, a campaign to get more of Britain's waters to be protected for marine wildlife. To sign the petition or get more information on the campaign you can visit the site here.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Valentine Chocolate Brownies - Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson


Tuesday Recipe Spot – Valentine Chocolate Brownies - 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 …. Valentine Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients

185g unsalted butter

185g plain chocolate

3 medium eggs

275g soft brown sugar

40g cocoa powder

85g plain flour

100g plain or milk chocolate roughly chopped

  1. Grease and line a 25 x 20cm shallow baking tin and line with baking parchment. Preheat your oven to 180C/gas 4.

  2. Put the 185g plain chocolate in a heatproof bowl with the butter oven a pan of simmering water to melt. When melted, stir to blend

  3. Whisk the eggs and the sugar together until thick and pale and the mix will have lots of volume. With an electric whisk it will take about 5 mins – longer if whisking by hand.

  4. Fold the chocolate and butter mixture into the mousse like egg mixture and then fold in the sifted flour and cocoa. Lastly, fold in the 100g chopped chocolate.

  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 35 minutes. The baked brownie should still be a little bit wobbly and slightly soft in the middle.

  6. Leave to cool in the tin and then remove and cut into squares.

These are lovely served slightly warm with ice cream!

MonthlyTravel Feature with Andy Jarosz

Today on WHD we welcomed Andy Jarosz who gave us the lowdown on Romantic Destinations! If you are on a budget - don't go where everyone else goes or where the marketing people tell us to go to - follow your heart!

Try somewhere as a city break - why not try Budapest - a beautiful city and reasonably priced. Or sightseeing in London. Being with your loved one is the most important thing!

For more ideas go to www.501places.com

Monday, 13 February 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 13th February 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:


Beth Hart - Sister ft. Slash
Chris Isaak - Live It Up
Darren Hayes - Bloodstained Heart
Ed Sheeran - Drunk
Emeli Sandé - Next To Me
First Aid Kit - Emmylou
Glen Campbell - It's your Amazing Grace
Goldfrapp - Melancholy Sky
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Jessie J - Domino
Jodie Marie - I Got You
Juan Zelada - What Do I Know
Kasabian - Goodbye Kiss
Lady Antebellum - Dancin' Away With My Heart
Marcus Collins - Seven Nation Army

Matt Cardle - Amazing
Maverick Sabre - No One
Nerina Pallot - All Bets Are Off
Paul McCartney - My Valentine
Reba McEntire - Turn On The Radio
Rebecca Ferguson - Too Good To Lose
Red Sky July - Loving You's Easy
The Musgraves - Last Of Me
Theory (of a dead man) - Out Of My Head

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for this week is Out Of My Head by Theory (Of A Dead Man)

Friday, 10 February 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 10th February

Tonight our regular film pundit Simon Carver joined Danny Smith in the studio to look at the box office top 10 and discuss the weeks new releases: Big Miracle, The Muppets, The Vow and The Woman in Black.

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

Friday

Erin Brockovich

9.00pm - 11.40pm

5*


Saturday

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

9.20pm – 11.10pm

E4


Sunday

Blazing Saddles

9.00pm – 10.55pm

ITV4


Tuesday

Twilight

9.00pm-11.25pm

Film4


Wednesday

Let The Right One In

10.55pm – 1.05am

Film 4


Thursday

Scarface

10.00pm – 1.20am

ITV4

Andy Jordan introduces 'Valentine Whispers'


Former Drivetime studio assistant, Andy Jordan, paid us a visit to talk about an exciting new way to send secret valentine messages. Using Whispero, The Secret Social Network people can send their valentine an e-card including a 'Valentine Whisper' which can be a few words, a phrase or a sentence uniquely created by them.

The recipient can then reply to the message using the 'Valentine Whisper' as a passcode to an individual secret online message board where they can swap messages and pictures with their admirer.

To find out more, visit Whispero.com and watch the Valentine Whispers video.



Thursday, 9 February 2012

Alison Jarvis from NACOA



Tonight Danny was joined on the phone by Alison Jarvis from National Association for Children of Alcoholics. Set up in 1990 to support children living with one or two alcoholic parents, NACOA counts England and Bath rugby player Olly Barkley, former Arsenal and England footballer Tony Adams and supermodel Elle Macpherson among its patrons.

NACOA offers confidential advice to children of alcoholics with the aim of giving them more information about alcoholism and advice with how to proceed with helping. This Sunday sees the start of COA Week, an event designed to raise awareness of children of alcholic parents. For more information you can visit the NACOA website here and the COA Week website here.

5 top tips for Valentine's Day singletons

Who says on Valentine's Day everyone needs to be a duo? However, if you are looking to get out of the house and meet like minded people here are five tips that will get you moving in the right direction.   Jessica Valentine from The St Albans Wellness Centre suggests you try these 5 top tips to help motivate you.

1.  Hook up with friends.   Who says that Valentine's Day always needs to be a duo?  Call your friends to see what they are up to.  You may surprise yourself.  They may invite you to come with them to a movie or dinner.  Who says three always has to be a crowd?

2.  Treat yourself.  Whether it is a mani or a pedi, a day at the spa, meal out or tickets to that show you've always wanted to see- treat yourself!  Do something for yourself that you wouldn't normally do- buy that cool jumper you've had your eye on for a while or take a bubble bath with candles.  After all- you're worth it!

3.  Go to a party or plan a party.   Everyone likes a good party! Why not make it a Valentine's Day themed party?  Everyone has to wear silly red sweaters or something sexy.  I will leave that up to your own imagination.  If you don't want to sit at home on your own- then don't! Get out there, be proactive and do something about it.  You don't want your flat to be over crowded with party people- get your neighbour to throw the party if he or she has the space.  Let's innovate!

4.  Cook a nice meal for yourself.   You don't need to be Jamie Oliver to get those hot buns in the kitchen and cook.  Grab a cookbook from Waitrose or your local supermarket and/or get on line to search for a recipe.  Is there anything you've always wanted to try, but never had the chance to?  Well, here is your shot!


5.  Get involved.   What is it that you actually like doing?  Is it walking, hiking or biking?  Is it art, museums, children, or pets?  Whatever it is join like minded people.  Do you like modern art?  Then get yourself to The Tate Museum in London.  This will be a trip you won't forget.  Indulge in the things that you like to do.  If you like sport spend the day watching your favourite team.  It is as simple as that.  If you have children and you are single find organisations where others have that same interest.  Trust me, they are out there! You just need to find them!




For all of you singletons out there that want to get back in the social scene- look no further your answers are here!

Check out Amici Singles
Social Events Clubs in North and East London, Essex, Herts.
membership@amicisingles.co.uk
30-40 events per month such as bars, weekends away, etc.
CALL NOW! 020 8593 4224

Spice.co.uk 
'live your dream'
age 30, 40, 50's
membership/2000 members
MOKOKO meet up 15th February 2012, 8pm.  Grab a drink and out what they are all about.

Interested in dating? 
RSVP-int.co.uk

New in town? Don't have any mates? Need a bloke to watch the football with?
'they provide friends in your town' 
www.roundtable.co.uk
men age 18-45

Want to ask a question about sex and/or relationships? Ask Josephine!  (confidential)
Not Tonight, Josephine! 
www.nottonightjosie.tumblr.com

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

February Events & Pancake Race

Jenny Swatton from St Albans community services was our guest this evening telling us all about events in and around St Albans this month this including;
The Gang Show is a traditional cabaret production, featuring singing, dancing and comedy sketches by a stellar team of performers aged between 11 and 25.
This year's show opens at the Alban Arena on Wednesday, February 16 and runs through to Saturday, February 19.

Sincerely Noel
Thursday February 16th 7.30pm at Harpenden Public Halls
A vibrant personal selection of Noel Coward’s well-known (and many of his lesser-known) songs and verse which will give you laughs a-plenty and possibly prompt a few tears as well.

McGowan and Page (one of the country’s most versatile sopranos) take their much-lauded show on tour at last after a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009 and two runs at The Riverside Studios in Hammersmith which thrilled Coward aficionados and Coward virgins alike !

Many of the dramatised verses (including the staggering Not Yet The Dodo) are being performed for the first time and the songs (from Never Again to If Love Were All) have been freshened up by Warren Wills’ wonderful new arrangements.
St Albans pancake race

Get your frying pans ready for not just one, but two pancake races that will be held in St Peter’s Street, St Albans on Shrove Tuesday.

A traditional running race and the Flippin' Walkers race, sponsored by McDougalls and organised by St Albans City and District Council, will take place outside the Town Hall on 21 February, from 12 noon.
The St Albans Pancake Race is a running race where each team member has to run very fast, stop suddenly, flip a pancake and set off again at a sprint.
The St Albans Flippin’ Walkers’ Race is a walking race where you must toss a pancake continuously. It is all about good hand, eye and foot co-ordination.
Teams of four can chose to enter either race. Fancy dress or corporate branding is welcome, so get some publicity for your organisation, or just come along with friends for some fun.
Councillor Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism, said: “This event has been a great success over the years, so get your four- person teams together for a chance to win one of our stunning and fabulous frying pans awards.”
If you want to take part in one of the two pancake races, simply register your team and team name with us by 4.30pm on Monday, 20 February. To enter, simply complete and return an entry form to us. These are available from the Tourist and Information Centre, Market Place, St Albans or on the Council’s website at: www.stalbans.gov.uk/tourism.
For further information please contact the Tourist and Information Centre by telephone on 01727 864511 or email jenny.swatton@stalbans.gov.uk

Monday, 6 February 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 6th February 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)
Beth Hart - Sister ft. Slash
Chris Isaak - Live It Up
Darren Hayes - Bloodstained Heart
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
Jodie Marie - I Got You
Juan Zelada - What Do I Know
Kasabian - Goodbye Kiss
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Leonard Cohen - The Darkness
Matt Cardle - Amazing
Maverick Sabre - No One
Nerina Pallot - All Bets Are Off
Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight
Paul McCartney - My Valentine
Reba McEntire - Turn On The Radio
Ren Harvieu - Through The Night

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is I Got You by Jodie Marie:

Friday, 3 February 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 3rd February

Tonight our regular film pundit Simon Carver joined Danny Smith in the studio to look at the box office top 10 and discuss the weeks new releases: Chronicle, Jack and Jill, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and Man on a Ledge.

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

Friday

The Untouchables

9.00pm - 11.20pm

Film4


Saturday

Sleepless in Seattle

9.00pm – 11.15pm

5*


Sunday

Stargate

3.20pm – 5.45pm

ITV4


Tuesday

Three Men and a Baby

7.00pm-9.00pm

Film4


Wednesday

A Matter of Life and Death

2.50pm – 4.55pm

Film 4


Thursday

Sudden Impact

10.00pm – 12.25am

Channel 5

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Special Feature on WHD Danny speaks with Gillian McDonald from Isobel Hospice


Today on WHD, Danny spoke with Gillian from Isobel Hospice who told us about their forthcoming fundraising event - The Midnight Swim! This takes place at the Hatfield Swim Centre from 8.30pm on Saturday 17 March - 1am on Sunday 18 March and is for all abilities. Lots of fun and there will be refreshments and a raffle!

The Isobel Hospice provides free end of life care to people in the East Herts area. To contact them please call 01707 382500 or go to www.isobelhospice.org.uk