Thursday, 29 March 2012

Debbie Gilbert talks Talent 2012


Tonight we were joined in the studio by Debbie Gilbert from ReachOut Plus, a charity that supports disabled and disadvantaged people and organises day outs and events for these people and their families.

Talent 2012 is a talent show that is designed to encourage younger people to get involved with the charity. You have to be 14+ to enter and your act cannot contain fire, knives or animals (sorry!) but if you feel you have a worthy talent and want to raise some money then there are three heats: 21st April at the Sandpit Theatre in St. Albans, 28th April at Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead and 12th May at the West Herts College in Watford. The lucky and talented people who make it to the final will be performing at the lovely Watford Palace Theatre on 30th June. It cost £10 to enter and you can find more information and download an application form from here.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

TV Switchover to Digital

On this fine sunny afternoon Danny interviewed helpful Liam from the digital help scheme regarding the TV switch over from analogue to digital which is fast approaching this April.

The scheme 'Digital TV' is under the management of the company Digital UK. In short, TV stations will be permanently changing over to a digital signal for two reasons. The first is that the picture on a digital signal will be clearer and stronger than the previous analogue signal. The second is to allow the viewer access to an additional forty channels via freeview.

Dates for the diary are;
4th April when BBC2 makes the first move to the digital signal.
The main move however is the 18th April when all channels move to digital.

Those who are registered disabled, blind, partially sighted, aged 75 or over as well as others are eligible for help with the Switchover Help Scheme that is under the management of the BBC. You should have already received a form. If you havent however, then please call 0800 40 85 900 for free or head to www.helpscheme.co.uk to see who else is eligable. You will be entitled to make an appointment where someone can come to your house, update the digital channel on your TV, install a freeview box and have 12 months after care all for free.

If you do not qualify for the free benefits then you can still apply for this help but will have to pay a fee of £40. Call Digital UK on 08456 50 50 50 or head to www.digitaluk.co.uk.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton - Part 2

Gwen couldn't make it in this week in person but she gave us a bell and gave us some more friendly advice to help us make the most of our homes.



Today's feature focused primarily on the childrens bedroom, on how the change in weather and daylight hours can be disruptive for childrens sleeping pattern. Now that the clocks have gone forward, the sunlight may wake up the sprogs an hour or two earlier then you'd like on a Saturday/Sunday morning. Gwen suggested that you purchase some black out lining to stop the sunlight creeping through the curtains.

Another factor that could prevent the kids could from getting to sleep is the heat in their rooms. Don't forget that it's getting warm now and you can now put away the winter thermal duvets.

Also rearranging and catagorising your childrens room will generally help create a positive and nuturing environment that's so important in those early years.

For more information please follow Gwen on the twitter:

twitter.com/ga_interiors

Or alternativelycheck out her website:

www.ga-interiors.co.uk/

Monday, 26 March 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 26th March 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:


Amanda Mair - Sense
Avalanche City - Love Love Love
Charlie Grace - Baby Doll
Chris Isaak - My Baby Left Me
Coldplay - Charlie Brown
Florence + the Machine - Never Let Me Go
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
Jack Savoretti - Knock Knock
James Morrison - One Life
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
Lisa Hannigan - What'll I Do
Madonna - Masterpiece
Marcus Collins - Seven Nation Army
Marlon Roudette - New Age
Michael Kiwanuka - I'm Getting Ready
Olly Murs - Oh My Goodness
Paul Carrack - Good Feelin' About It
Paul McCartney - Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive
Paul Weller - That Dangerous Age
Robin Thicke - Love After War
Roxette - It's Possible
Rufus Wainwright - Out Of The Game
The Band Perry - If I Die Young
The Shins - Simple Song
Train - Drive By
Will Young - Losing Myself

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for this week is Out of the Game by Rufus Wainwright:

Friday, 23 March 2012

George Edkins from Harpenden Light Operatic Society


Tonight Danny spoke to George Edkins from the Harpenden Light Operatic Society about their upcoming show 'A Grand Night for Singing'. The show will be packed with classics by the great Rodgers and Hammerstein but with fresh new muscial arrangements by Fred Wells.

The show will transport you from the fun and frolics of Oklahoma to South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music to name but a few. However, what makes the show such fun and so entertaining is that all of the songs take on a new meaning and are set in a different context from the original productions. This includes 'How do you solve a problem like Maria?' originally from musical The Sound of Music but for a modern audience will be sung from the point of view of a lovestruck teenager about the object of his affection

'A Grand Night for Singing' will be on from Tuesday 27th March to Saturday 31st March at the Harpenden Public Halls. For more information or to book tickets visit: http://www.harpenden-operatic.co.uk/

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 23rd March 2012

On today's Film Guide, Simon Carver & Danny Smith looked at the week's top 10 UK cinema box office chart and the following new releases: Act of Valor, The Hunger Games and The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists.

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

Friday

In Her Shoes

9.00pm-11.30pm

More4


The Devil’s Advocate

10.00pm-12.50am

ITV2


The Spy Who Loved Me

9.00pm-11.30pm

ITV4


Saturday

Dogma

9.00pm – 11.25pm

Film4


Taxi Driver

9.00pm – 11.15pm

Dave


Sunday

Waterworld

10.00pm – 12.40am

ITV2


The Green Mile

10.00pm – 1.40am

ITV3


Monday

Fight Club

11.00pm – 1.50am

Film4


Tuesday

The Transporter

9.00pm – 10.55pm

5USA


Wednesday

The Shawshank Redemption

9.00pm – 11.50pm

ITV2


Thursday

The Matrix

11.15pm – 2.00am

ITV2




Thursday, 22 March 2012

Michelle and Emily from the CVS


Tonight we were joined in the studio by the delightful duo of our regular guest Michelle Hart and the somewhat newer but equally delightful Emily Huntingford. Michelle works for the CVS and was on the show to talk about volunteering over the summer months. If you're interested in volunteering over the summer or even right now you can get more information about the CVS in St. Albans you can visit their website: www.cvsstalbans.org.uk and even 'like' them on Facebook. All you have to do is click here.

Emily was in the studio as a CVS Youth Volunteer Intern to explain her efforts to get younger people into volunteering. The CVS are running a youth volunteering event from the 3rd to the 5th April. At the event the CVS will be able provide young people with advice about voluneteering and there will be volunteering workshops. If you're interested and want more information you can send Emily an e-mail at emily@cvsstalbans.org.uk.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 16th March 2012

On today's Film Guide, Simon Carver & Danny Smith looked at the week's top 10 UK cinema box office chart and the following new releases:  21 Jump Street, Contraband, The Devil Inside and We Bought A Zoo.

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

Saturday

Copycat
10.30pm – 12.55am
Channel4


Sunday

War of the Worlds
10.25pm – 12.10am
BBC1


Monday

Starter for 10
11.20pm – 12.50am
BBC2


Wednesday

Nil by Mouth
1.00am – 3.35am
Film4

Aliens
10.00pm – 1.10am
E4


Thursday

Mermaids
11.00pm – 1.10am
ITV3

Friday, 16 March 2012

Brilliant Things Marie and Greg


Tonight we were joined in the studio by two of The Brilliant Things, Marie and Greg. The Brilliant Things are a great band from Dublin and we were honoured that they came in and were very funny and talented guests.

They played a couple of tunes for us, including one of their BBC Radio 2 playlisted hits 'Dance', and took some time out of their busy schedule to physically threaten Danny. However, they did it with charm and a twinkle in their eye so we'll let them off!

If you want to know more about the band then you can visit their website here.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Lauren and Natalie talk about 'The B.I.G. Event'


Tonight we were joined in the studio by Lauren and Natalie who filled us in on 'The B.I.G. Event' which is happening this Saturday, the 17th of March. 'B.I.G.' stands for 'Because I am a Girl' and is a campaign by the charity Plan UK with the aim of giving millions of women around the world the opportunity to escape poverty.

The girls are from St. Albans High School for Girls and Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls and they are being joined by girls from St. Albans Girls' School and are putting on a raffle, fashion show and a 'Nearly New' sale on Saturday. The fashion show is an 'ethical' fashion show but tickets are very limited so you should get in contact very soon and you can do this via their Facebook event here. All the information about all the events, such as times and places, can be found on that Facebook group.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Sabrina de Souza from 'Live Below The Line'


This evening Danny spoke to Sabrina de Souza who is participating in the 'Live Below The Line' project. The project challenges people to feed themselves on just £1 a day as a way to raise awareness of what it is like to live in extreme poverty. Sabrina commented that although people are often sympathetic to the millions of people living in poverty across the globe it is difficult to really understand what the reality is like and this challenge helps people to experience some of the hardship for themselves. The £1 mentioned in the challenge is the equivalent of what many people in the developing world have to live on everyday. Anyone interested in participating can be part of the challenge between 7-11 May. People getting involved are also encouraged to fundraise for one of the six anti-poverty charities who are supporting it. Details of these charities and other information can be found at www.livebelowtheline.com/uk

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Travel Feature with Andy Jarosz

 
     Andy Jarosz popped into the studio today to have a chat with us on travel around the UK and europe. 2012 could be the year to investigate the rich culture and history of Great Britain. With the London Olympics just around the corner those who would like to avoid the hustle and bustle may wish to make an exodus to the country.

The picturequse Romney Marsh was just one of the recommendations given by Andy. He also gave us advice on the best ways to avoid bad exchange rates and spoke a few words wisdom to the football fans who wish to travel to see Euro 2012.

If  you wish to get more of the low down on UK holiday travel, exchange rates advice and travel blogs visit Andys' site.

501places.com


New Music Playlist w/c 12th March 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Avalanche City - Love Love Love
Bruce Springsteen - We Take Care Of Our Own
Chris Isaak - My Baby Left Me
Coldplay - Charlie Brown
Emeli Sandé - Next To Me
Florence + the Machine - Never Let Me Go
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
James Morrison - One Life
Jamie Hartman - Girlwise
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
Katie Melua - Better Than A Dream
Lionel Richie feat. Shania Twain - Endless Love
Madonna - Masterpiece
Marcus Collins - Seven Nation Army
Michael Kiwanuka - I'm Getting Ready
Nickelback - Lullaby
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Dream On
Olly Murs - Oh My Goodness
Paul Carrack - Good Feelin' About It
Paul McCartney - Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive
Paul Weller - That Dangerous Age
Phantom Limb - Gravy Train
Robin Thicke - Love After War
The Band Perry - If I Die Young
The Brilliant Things - Pointless
The Shins - Simple Song
Will Young - Losing Myself

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Pointless by The Brilliant Things:

Friday, 9 March 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 9th March

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: Bel Ami, John Carter and The Raven.

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

Friday
Hitch
9.00pm – 11.20pm
5*



Saturday
Freaky Friday
5.25pm – 7.20pm
Film4



Wednesday
Keeping Mum
9.00pm – 11.00pm
Film4



Thursday
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
10.00pm – 12.15am
ITV2

Gillian MacDonald from the Isabel Hospice


Tonight we were joined on the phone by Gillian MacDonald from the Isabel Hospice, an organisation that provides end-of-life care to thousands of patients.

The organisation are running midnight swimming sessions at Hatfield Swim Centre and Haileybury College Pool on Saturday 17th March. The pools are open from 8pm and people can swim as much or as little as they like. Entry prices are £12 adult and £5 children and you can even dress up for the event as they are having a 'surf and sun' theme! If you want more information about the event or the organisation as a whole then you can visit their website here.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Music City and St Albans Entertainment Feature with Charles Baker

   Charles Baker the tourism manager of St Albans, came into the studio today to inform us of the plethora of events going on in the latter half of March.

  March will be an exciting month for avid music fans. St Albans Music City will be kicking off on Saturday 17th March (St Paddy's no less!) and carries on to the 25th of March. Music City will appease devotees of all genres from blues, rock, jazz and many more!

  For more info click go to either the tourist info centre or click on the link www.stalbans.gov.uk/musiccity/

  There's also plenty of films and shows to see at the St Albans arena and the Maltings Art Theatre. For showtimes and screening please check out the St Albans Community Events notice board on our website : radioverulam.com  

  For more inspiration for places to visit and entirtainment visit www.stalbans.gov.uk/tourism. Alternatively you could contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01727 864511 and ask for the "What's On" listing.

Tuesday Recipe Spot – Orange Polenta Cake (Gluten free) -Faff-Free Cooking with Jackie Johnson


Tuesday Recipe Spot – Orange Polenta Cake (Gluten free) -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 todays treat is …. Orange Polenta Cake – a Greek style, gluten free cake

Ingredients

Cake:

225g ground almonds

125g fine polenta

225g butter or margarine

1 tsp baking powder

3 eggs

200g caster sugar (golden is nice)

Grated zest from 2 big oranges


Orange Syrup:

150ml juice from the 2 oranges

50g caster sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas3 and grease and bottom line an 8 inch loose bottomed high sided tin. This is a ‘tall’ cake!

  2. In a mixing bowl, put the ground almonds, fine polenta and baking powder together and mix well.

  3. Beat the butter or margarine until soft and then add the sugar and orange zest. Beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time as you are beating the mixture.

  4. Fold in the polenta and flour mix and spoon the mixture in the tin.

  5. Bake for 50 mins until golden and springy to the touch. Leave in the tin.

  6. Just before the cake comes out of the oven, make the syrup by heating the orange juice with the sugar until the sugar dissolves and simmer for a couple of mins.

  7. Prick the top of the cake with a skewer and pour the syrup over the cake. It will soak it all up! Leave in the tin to cool.When cool, turn out onto a plate.


Just in time for Spring!

Monday, 5 March 2012

New Music Playlist w/c 5th March 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Avalanche City - Love Love Love
Bruce Springsteen - We Take Care Of Our Own
Coldplay - Charlie Brown
Emeli Sandé - Next To Me
Glen Campbell - It's your Amazing Grace
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know
James Morrison - One Life
Jamie Hartman - Girlwise
Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
Jodie Marie - I Got You
Katie Melua - Better Than A Dream
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
Phantom Limb - Gravy Train
Rebecca Ferguson - Too Good To Lose
Red Sky July - Loving You's Easy
Robin Thicke - Love After War
The Band Perry - If I Die Young
The Brilliant Things - Pointless
The Musgraves - Last Of Me
The Shins - Simple Song
Will Young - Losing Myself


Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for this week is Love After War by Robin Thicke:

Friday, 2 March 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - Friday 2nd March

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: Project X, This Means War and Wanderlust.

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

Friday
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
11.05pm – 1.15am
More4


Saturday
Space Cowboys
7.30pm – 10.00pm
ITV4

City of God
10.00 – 12.35am
Dave


Sunday
Inglourious Basterds
10.00pm-1.00am
Channel 4


Wednesday
Independence Day
10.10pm – 1.00am
E4