Monday, 30 July 2012

Playlist w/c 30th July 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:


Amy Macdonald - Pride
Blur - Under The Westway
Elton John vs Pnau - Sad
Eric Church - Springsteen
George Michael - White Light
Gossip - Move In The Right Direction
Honey Ryder - You Can't Say That
Jason Mraz - 93 Million Miles
JD McPherson - Your Love
Joss Stone - While You're Out Looking For Sugar
Karima Francis - Glory Days
Keane - Sovereign Light Cafe
Matchbox Twenty - She's So Mean
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Everybody's On The Run
Noisettes - That Girl
Paloma Faith - 30 Minute Love Affair
Pet Shop Boys - Winner
Rumer - Travelin' Boy
Scissor Sisters - Baby Come Home
Simple Plan - Summer Paradise
Status Quo - The Winner
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Butterfly
The Proclaimers - Whatever You've Got
Tom Jones - Tower Of Song
Train - 50 Ways To Say Goodbye

Items in BOLD are new additions


This week's featured track is She's So Mean by Matchbox Twenty:


Friday, 27 July 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 27th July 2012

Simon could not be in tonight so he was joined by the charismatic and dashing Chris Aikman, who joined Danny, Jimmy Hoffa, Amelia Earhart and Lord Lucan in the studio for a game of poker. Danny took an early lead in the chips but blew it all on a two-pair against 'Bluffa' Hoffa, whilst Chris failed to capitalise on Earhart's mysterious disappearance half-way through the game.

Ok, that was a lie, but Chris did come in to discuss the box office top ten, the best films on free-to-air TV this week and the weeks new release: Dr Seuss' The Lorax.

Here are Chris' picks of the best films on TV this week:

Friday
More4
9.00pm – 11.15pm

Saturday
ITV4
11.10pm – 1.10am

Sunday
ITV3
9.00pm – 11.40pm

ITV4
9.00pm – 11.00pm

Tuesday
Film4
11.25pm – 1.35am

Wednesday 
Film4
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Thursday
Film4
6.55pm – 9.00pm

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Chris’ Film Club - Speed

Sandra Bullock’s birthday is tody to celebrate this Chris has offered the infamous film 'Speed'. Bullock plays Annie, a passenger on a bus that gets hijacked remotely by Dennis Hopper (at his nuttiest) but Keanu Reeves is there to save the day. The bus can’t drop below 50mph or it will explode. Tense action and suspense, with Hopper stealing the show (mainly because Reeves is so weak, but we know that)

Chuck Out the Chuggers debate

Today we were joined in the studio by The Herts Ad editor Matt Adams to discuss the problem of 'chuggers' or 'charity-muggers'. West Herts Drive Time and The Herts Ad have joined forces to stamp out the practice of 'chugging' and its increasingly hostile tactics. Whilst the companies that run these 'chuggers' do have their own regulations to govern how their employees approach potential

We were also joined on the show by Karl Wilding, Head of Policy and Research at the NCVO (National Council of Voluntary Organisations) who helped to provide an alternative side to the story. Whilst Karl agreed that more regulation is needed, he did argue that the practice of 'face-to-face fundraising' generates a huge amount of money, especially considering the amount that is spent on hiring the 'chuggers' (it earns £130 million out of a total of £11 billion that is donated to charity every year). Karl suggests that should you feel harassed or hassled by 'chuggers' then you should certainly complain to the Fundraising Standards Board.


This certainly is an interesting story that you'll be able to follow both in The Herts Ad and on West Herts Drive Time in the coming weeks.

Christine John from the Vine Trust


Christine John from the Vine Trust joined us on the phone to tell us all about the exciting work that the Vine Trust does. It is a volunteering charity taking people out to South America and East Africa and assists other charities in building schools, homes and other important buildings. They take anyone between the ages of 18 and 70 if you're fit and dedicated enough. You can find lot of information about future trips and how you sign up by just going to their website here or by e-mailing Christine directly on christine@vinetrust.org.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Chris’ Film Club - Unforgiven

Today in 1868 Wyoming became a US Territory. In celebration Chris has suggested the film 'Unforgiven'. 'Unforgiven' is set in Wyoming and stars Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris.It's an undoubted classic about a retired gunfighter who takes one last job. It deals with the seedier, grittier side of the myth of the Old West. It was only the 3rd Western to win the Best Picture Oscar.

2000 miles on a bike for charity!


We were joined this evening by James and Stuart, two guys from St Albans planning to cycle 2000 miles around the UK in aid of Help for Heroes and the Banana Tree Project. Their journey will take them from St Albans to Land's End, then up to John O'Groats before cyling back to St Albans, averaging around 100 miles per day over 22 days, and they have invited anyone who is interested to support them on the final day, cycling 45 miles from Cambridge to St Albans (or joining part of the way through the route).

They are aiming to raise £10,000 for their two charities: Help for Heroes, which supports those who have been wounded in Britain's current conflicts, and The Banana Tree Project, a local charity helping orphans in Tanzania. James had the idea of supporting these charities a couple of years ago, and mentioned it to Stuart who was mad enough to join him! Since the start of this year, the lads have been planning their route and preparing for the challenge - Stuart has cycled 350 miles in the past week alone, and both have been cycling as much as possible. The route is as long as the Tour de France, and James and Stuart will be tackling it by themselves, taking everything they need with them.

The final day, 19th September, will be open to everyone who wants to join, cycling from Cambridge through Royston, Letchworth Garden City, Kimpton, Wheathamstead and Marshalswick: you can join for the whole route, or meet at one of the stops, finishing at Verulamium park - see their blog at 2000milesonabike.wordpress.com for full details.

Although the pair are funding half of their £4000 costs themselves, they are looking for corporate sponsorship to help with accommodation or equipment - if you may be able to help, please contact James and Stuart or Radio Verulam.

You can keep up with James and Stuart's adventures on their blog, 2000milesonabike.wordpress.com, their Facebook page, facebook.com/2000milesonabike, or their Twitter, @2000milesonabike, and you can donate at charitygiving.co.uk/2000milesonabike.

(Photo by Salim Virji on Flickr)

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Hemel Hempstead author John Conway talks about his new novel, Suburbia

Local author John Conway joined us on Drivetime to talk about his latest book, Suburbia, a science-fiction novel set in Hemel Hempstead. The novel has a contemporary feel far removed from some of the more 'space-y' sci-fi, as a group of friends from the area discover there are dark secrets hiding under the surface of suburbia... John's inspiration for this novel came from the idea of creating a British 'Twin Peaks', the '90s American TV series following a murder investigation, and in this vein the novel chronicles the reaction to a murder as it gradually becomes clear there is more going on than meets the eye, with sinister forces at work.

Although this is John's first science fiction book, he has three previous novels published: Obsession, Voyeur and Icons, which satirise the media and celebrity culture. He is also working on two more projects, as well as running his own business: he is working on his next solo project, and a joint project called 'Large Mediums', a comedy about a lady who begins receiving texts from the dead.

Speaking about his writing routine, John revealed that he is fuelled by caffeine, and tends to write for a couple of hours in the afternoon, dividing his time between this and his small business. In working with his writing partner for 'Large Mediums', the pair met weekly over beer to come up with a detailed outline, which they fleshed out separately.

Suburbia is available from Amazon, in paperback and Kindle editions, and is released in Waterstones tomorrow. More details on John Conway and all his work can be found on his website, thewrongtree.com

Chris’ Film Club - The Usual Suspects

It's Dan Hedaya’s birthday so Chris has provided us with the film 'The Usual Suspects'. Hedaya is part of a large and talented cast including Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Pollak, Benicio Del Toro, Chazz Palminteri and Pete Postlethwaite in this film. Directed by Bryan Singer the film is a classic crime story as told by small-time crook Verbal Kint (Spacey) about a group of criminals that pull together to work for the mysterious Keyzer Soze.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Chris’ Film Club - Natural Born Killers

As it's Woody Harrelson’s birthday today Chris has reccomended the film 'Natural Born Killers'. Harrelson stars as Micky Knox, who along with Juliette Lewis as Mallory Knox, goeson a killing spree and becomes the fascination of the country. Directed by Oliver Stone the film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Sizemore and Rodney Dangerfield. Very controversial at the time of its release, but worth a watch for its satire and interesting visual style.

Ian Rogers Talks About St Albans City FC



This evening Danny spoke to Ian about our local football side St Albans City FC. He started by reviewing the previous season and how they could have qualified for the play-offs if the team had the form they did in the latter half of the season in the early season.

The hope for this season is that the pre-season games, positive results or not will kick start the squad so they are on form for the season. The view on last Saturday's 10-2 loss against League 2 Barnet was an acceptance that a proffesional side would perform in that manner but Ian reckons not only is it good to get out and support your local side as well as the opportunity is to see new talent upcoming in other teams, particularly referring to their pre-season draw against Chelsea.

The club already has loyal fans worldwide but Danny asked Ian what St Albans City was looking for and forwards to. Admittedly the local club has limits to the following, being a semi proffesional side but the benefits are it's cheaper to watch, you can change ends at half time, the club is looking strong this season, their are none of the pathetic rivalries found in proffesional football in it's grass-root form and Danny is the new PA announcer!!! 

If you feel you would like to suuport your local team as a member of the community details of all the upcoming pre-season matches visit are on our website: http://www.radioverulam.com/?q=noticeboard or on the football clubs website www.sacfc.co.uk

New Music Playlist w/c 23rd July 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:


Amy Macdonald - Pride
Blur - Under The Westway
Daniel Powter - Cupid
Elton John vs. Pnau - Sad
Eric Church - Springsteen
Florence + the Machine - Breaking Down
George Michael - White Light
Gossip - Move In The Right Direction
Honey Ryder - You Can't Say That
Jason Mraz - 93 Million Miles

JD McPherson - Your Love
Joss Stone - While You're Out Looking For Sugar
Karima Francis - Glory Days
Keane - Sovereign Light Cafe
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Butterfly
Maroon 5 - Payphone
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Everybody's On The Run
Noisettes - That Girl
Paloma Faith - 30 Minute Love Affair
Pet Shop Boys - Winner
Rumer - Travelin' Boy
Scissor Sisters - Baby Come Home
Status Quo - The Winner
Tom Jones - Tower Of Song
Train - 50 Ways To Say Goodbye

Items in BOLD are new additions


Our featured track for the week is That Girl by the Noisettes:


Friday, 20 July 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 20th July 2012

Tonight Danny was joined in the studio by Simon Carver and they staged an impromptu beach volleyball session in the office.


Ok, that was a lie, but Simon did come into the studio and discuss the box office top 10, the best films on free-to-air-TV this coming week and the weeks new release: The Dark Knight Rises.


Here is Simon's pick for the best films on TV:



Friday
The Talented Mr Ripley
9.00pm – 11.40pm
More4


Saturday
Date Night
9.00pm – 10.45pm
Channel 4


Sunday
Brief Encounter
5.15pm – 7.00pm
Film4


Internal Affairs
11.55pm – 2.00am
Channel 4


Tuesday
Law Abiding Citizen
10.55pm – 1.00am
Film4


Wednesday
The Reader
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Film4


Thursday
Midnight Express
10.45pm – 1.05am
Film4






Thursday, 19 July 2012

Elton John Vs Pnau 'Good Morning To The Night'



So Sir john is back, and not just back with a nifty hair cut, outrages outfits or turning all exhibitionist on us (Madonna, take note).

But he's returned with a new attitude and musical responsibility to endeavour and better his previous material. Sticking to his roots and retaining elements of traditional Elton, the veteran of disco has collaborated with producers Pnau (AKA Empire of the Sun) to create a project worthy of recognition from the likes of Zane Lowe amongst others.

The main vibe for the record is a well produced dance album with funkadelic bass, typical Elton melody lines and plentiful of spacey effects. The songwriting and development of tracks ('Sad' and 'Black Icy Stare') are of course, perfect.

 Smashing the opening track and latest Single, 'Good Morning to the Night' with a distinctive guitar loop, build in layers and bouncy bass line, this track is sure to be used in the clubs and on Radio 2 alike. I have no doubt that every person you ask whether they like this track will agree and then continue to gasp when you announce to them in proud knowledge that it's Elton John's. Savour the moment and feel smug.

With different tracks offering alternative takes to genre, the production of vocals and showcasing Elton John's songwriting talents the album does a very good job of providing canape sized examples of the trio's work. With 'Black Icy Stare' conveying elements of reggae and seamless mixing as well as staying in your head for hours. 'Foreign Fields' offers a bit more of a disco pop vibe. Indulgent 'Telegraph to the Afterife' presents an indulgent and spaced, soothing track. The finale, 'Sixty' is something altogether off this planet and a brilliant piece of music.

I'm glad the three haven't over indulged in their excellence. An eight track record is a good, short and sweet approach to a very fine album.

Fave tracks; 'Sixty', 'Morning to The Night', 'Phoenix' and 'Back Icy Stare'.

 Like Elton?? Hmmmm..... then give Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs or Grimes a go! Head to my blog Vive's Verve for more reviews!

Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton



This month's interior design feature is focused on interior design for males of all ages, taking a look into the rooms of different aged males. Starting with young boys, moving along to teenagers and ending with the older man.

When decorating young boys' bedrooms one must take into consideration their likes and hobbies.  If there is a certain football team that he supports use this to create the perfect room. Use the colours of the team to paint the room bearing  in mind to keep it tasteful, use the teams logo for themed bedding or accessories.

Teenage bedrooms are usually very messy so its important to have a lot of storage space with a clean desk, as a working enviroment is funamental in the development of a teenager.  Clean lines and dark colours help with the changes he may be going through.

The Older man doesnt really have a bedroom to themselves as they may be sharing with their wife. It is important for them to find a haven that is their's, whether it be the shed or basement.  The colours should be  balanced and adjusted to suit the individual. The main piece of funiture is the chair or sofa; this is hugly important as this is the heart of the room.  Flooring and lighting are also key features as this will set the mood for the retreat.

For more information about interior design, why not check out Gwendoline's Pinterest board
http://pinterest.com/gainteriors

Chris’ Film Club - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

As it is Benedict Cumberbatch’s birthday today Chris has suggested the film 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'. Cumberbatch is part of a great cast in this film that includes Gary Oldman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Tom Hardy and many many more. There is a spy in British Intelligence and Gary Oldman is tasked with rooting them out. It is a very tense film, carefully paced and with superb performances from the cast, but be warned! The film is rather confusing, if you don't follow the action carefully!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Travel with Andy Jarosz: Germany - Bavarian castles, Rhine cruises and Christmas markets!


Travel expert Andy Jarosz came into the studio to talk about an often-overlooked European destination: Germany. Germany has loads to offer as a tourist destination. Andy suggested river cruises along the Rhine, which dock in historic towns for visitors to explore, and may allow the opportunity for hiking along the banks of the river or visiting some of the vineyards alongside the Rhine.

Another great destination is Bavaria: the 'Romantic Road' winds through many picturesque towns, and you can see some of the beautiful castles Bavaria is famous for. On the practical side, while coach tours are available, Andy suggests getting the train through Bavaria since it is so cheap and easy - 'Bavaria tickets' will get you on all buses and trains in the region, and are quite cheap.

Another draw for many people is the famous Christmas markets. These take place all around the country and are an amazing experience!

For more information see 501places.com

(Photo by Michal Osmenda)

Chris’ Film Club - Total Recall

It is director Paul Verhoeven’s birthday today, in that vein Chris has reccomended the film 'Total Recall'. Arnold Schwarzeneger plays a man who undergoes ‘Total Recall’ which is meant to implant exciting memories into a person but only succeeds in awakening his actual role as a spy on a mission involving Mars. Starring Arnie, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin and Michael Ironside the film has a star studded cast. Chris has suggested the film for it's full of fun special effects, violent action and Arnie puns. The film is also loosely based on the Philip K Dick story “We Can Remember it For You Wholesale”

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Seared Lamb chops with garlic and fennel


Seared Lamb chops with garlic and fennel
by Sheba Promod of Absolute Indian


These lamb chops are utterly glorious! Inspired by the Kerala Mutton Curry prepared by my mum, these chops are succulent, flavour packed and best of all, totally effortless.  I love the simplicity of lamb chops and often serve these as a starter during a dinner party (in fact, they are on this weekend's supperclub menu!). If opting for this as starter, you can also use lamb cutlets should you prefer a more 'dainty' appearance.

The key thing here is to allow the lamb to have sufficient time to marinate in the spice rub, 24 hours if you are super organised but a minimum of 6 hours for those choosing a quick supper for the day! If you happen to prefer beef, this works equally well as a marinade for a steak. A light summer supper just needs slices of the cooked steak alongside a mildly dressed salad! Enjoy!

Ingredients
(Serves 3-4)

Whole spices                                                                                                  
1inch cinnamon stick
5 cardamom  pods
3 cloves
½ tsp fennel seeds

Powdered spices
¼ tsp garam masala
1 tsp cracked black pepper


Fresh herbs/leaves
15 curry leaves plus a few extra for garnishing

6 lamb chops (weighing approximately 130g each)
½ tsp minced ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
1 ½ tbsp. vinegar
½ - ¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp oil

Grind all the whole spices to a fine powder using a pestle and mortar or spice grinder. In a large bowl, combine the powdered spices along with all the other ingredients and mix well.

Using your hands, rub the paste all over the lamb chops, ensuing that it fully coats all sides of the meat. Lay the chops flat in a large dish and cover and keep in the fridge for a minimum or 6 hours but if possible, overnight.

Remove the chops from the fridge 20-30 minutes prior to cooking. Heat the oil in a large frying pan/grill pan over a medium to high heat. Fry the chops for 3 minutes on each side, ensuring that the curry leaves are also added to the pan. 

Garnish with extra curry leaves and serve.

For further recipes, do take a look at the website. If you try these lamb chops, do get in touch and let me know how you got on! You can do so via:

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Chris’ Film Club - Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

It's David Hasselhoff’s birthday today and in honour Chris has slected the film 'Dodgeball'. Hasselhoff has a small cameo in the film that plays on his popularity in Germany. 'Dodgeball' stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Rip Torn, Justin Long, Christine Taylor and Alan Tudyk. Vaughn is the owner of a gym that needs $50,000 to stay open and so they enter a dodge ball competition, where they come up against Stiller’s rival gym owner. Full of slapstick moments and highly reccomended.


This Week's Featured Album: Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night

Our featured album for this week is Elton John vs Pnau with Good Morning To The Night.  It came out yesterday (16th July) and here is Elton talking about how it came to being:


Monday, 16 July 2012

Playlist w/c 16th July 2012

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:


Blur - Under The Westway
Carrie Underwood - Blown Away
Daniel Powter - Cupid
Elton John vs. Pnau - Sad
Eric Church - Springsteen
Florence + the Machine - Breaking Down
Gossip - Move In The Right Direction
JD McPherson - Your Love
Joss Stone - While You're Out Looking For Sugar
Karima Francis - Glory Days
Keane - Sovereign Light Cafe
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Butterfly
King Charles Feat. Mumford & Sons - The Brightest Lights
Lady Antebellum - Wanted You More
Madonna - Turn Up The Radio
Maroon 5 - Payphone
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Everybody's On The Run
Norah Jones - Say Goodbye
Paloma Faith - 30 Minute Love Affair
Pet Shop Boys - Winner

Ren Harvieu - Tonight
Rufus Wainwright - Jericho
Rumer - Travelin' Boy
Scissor Sisters - Baby Come Home
Status Quo - The Winner
Stooshe - Black Heart
Tom Jones - Tower Of Song
Train - 50 Ways To Say Goodbye

Items in BOLD are new additions


Our featured track for the week is Travellin' Boy by Rumer:


Cinema? What Cinema? - Chris Baker from the Alban Arena



Chris Baker came in to the Studio today to dispell the myths surrounding cinema in St. Albans. Many people in the community have been complaining that there is a lack of cinema in St. Albans but Chris tells us that Alban Arena has had a cinema screen up and running since 1974!

Not only does Alban Arena have a cinema, they have recently installed a new screen, new sound system and new digital projector, which Chris tells us has vastly improved the quality and put the Alban Arena in contention with the Luton cinema for value for money and quality.

For more information about the cinema, we have put up all the films which will be screening in July on the community noticeboard or you can email aamarketing@leisureconnection.co.uk.

Chris’ Film Club - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Will Ferrell’s birthday is today so Chris has reccomended possibly one of his most memorable films to date 'Anchorman'. Directed by Adam McKay it stars Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and Christina Applegate. Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, San Diego’s premier news caster, at the height of his fame in the sexist and macho 70's. The film is full of quotable lines and Ferrell’s man-child shtick works in this, whilst it has grown a little tiresome in some of his other films.

Friday, 13 July 2012

The Radio Verulam Film Guide - 13th July 2012

Tonight Simon Carver joined Danny in the studio to share old war stories over a couple of glasses of brandy.

OK, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to discuss the UK Box Office Top 10, his pick of the best films on free-to-air television this week and the new releases in the cinema: Cocktail and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

Here is Simon's pick for the best films on TV:


Friday
Million Dollar Baby
9.00pm – 11.35pm
More4


Batman Begins
10.35pm – 1.05am
ITV1


Saturday
Avatar
9.00pm – 12.05am
Film4


Sunday
Aliens
9.00pm – 12.05am
Film4


Monday
Alfie
10.40pm – 12.55am
Film4


Wednesday
Memento
9.00pm – 11.15pm
Film4







Thursday, 12 July 2012

Chris’ Film Club - Avatar

As it is Michelle Rodriguez’s birthday today Chris has referred us to 'Avatar'. James Cameron’s big budget film has now become the biggest film of all time according to records. Avatar shows the military trying to exploit the natural resources of an incredibly exotic, alien planet but the natives are in the way. While the film can be criticised for its acting, writing (cliché galore), story and almost everything else it cannot be criticised for its special effects and style. It stars Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Giovani Ribisi and Rodriguez.


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Herts Wildlife Trust feature with Sarah Buckingham - Open Garden event this weekend, swift nest boxes and Wild in the City members day!


Today we were delighted to have Sarah Buckingham from the Herts Wildlife Trust on the show telling us about some of the exciting events the Trust is involved in. This weekend, the Trust is organising an Open Garden event, with three gardens in the area open to the public: Grebe House Wildlife Garden (St Albans) and Coldharbour Lane Allotments (Harpenden) on Saturday 14th, and 34 The Broadway (Wheathampstead) on Sunday 15th. The event will showcase what we can do for wildlife in our own gardens, and members of the Trust will be able to answer questions. For full details see here.

We also heard about a scheme running in Stevenage to encourage swifts - tenants can opt to have a swift nest box installed in their roof as part of routine roof work. The population of swifts has dropped by 40% in the last 15 years, as breeding sites have been lost, so this project is trying to increase the breeding sites available to swifts.

Sarah also told us about the 2012 Members Day, Wild in the City, which will take place on Saturday 27th October, in Cassiobury Park Local Nature Reserve. As well as guided walks, games and activities, the 'Urban Birder' David Lindo will also give a talk. David has worked on television programmes such as Springwatch and The One Show, and believes that you don't need to go out into the countryside to appreciate nature: the wildlife in our cities can be just as fascination.

For more details on any of the above, go to www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk

(Photo by Richard Lowkes )

Chris’ Film Club - The Fugitive

As it's Sela Ward’s birthday Chris has provided the film 'The Fugitive' for a watch. Ward plays the unfortunate Helen Kimble, who is murdered and her husband Richard (Harrison Ford) is convicted. He manages to escape and attempts to track down the real killer. It also stars Tommy Lee Jones, who won the best supporting actor Oscar for the film. A gripping ride of a film.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Interview with Writer and Director: Mervyn Weir

   We were incredibly luckily to have Mervyn Weir as our guest on the show today. He phoned in to talk to us about his latest work which he wrote and directed called Beyond Gold which will showing in London, Reading and St Albans. Beyond Gold is a new innavotive theatre production that aspires to capture the excitement and history of the Olympic Games.

  The show brings together a number of elements such as dance, drama and gospel music to the the true and inspiring stories of some of the worlds's greatest athletes including Marion Jones, Derek Redmond and Eric Liddle (The man who inspired the film Chariots Of Fire). Mervyn also told us that it will illuminate the importance of Christianitys' role within the international event.

 


   The show will engage the audience with epic tales of faith and determination as well as the highs and lo of those pursuing olympic success. Expect a number of big names in the cast and crew such as Eastenders very own as well as the highs and lows of those pursuing olympic success.

   Expect a number of big names within the cast and crew such as Eastenders very own Rudolf Walker. The music has also been arranged by Celia Wickam-Anderson (Who has appeared with Ray Charles and Jules Holland) and Jason Tompson (Who has performed with the likes of Corin Bailey Rae and Sir Cliff Richard).

  Mervyn has earned a reputation for bringing new talent to the stage and attracting new audiences to the theatre and with his latest offering will continue to do so! The first showing of Beyond Gold will be on Sunday the 15th of July. Doors will open at 7.00pm. The final showing will be at the St Albans arena on 29th of July.

For more information go to: www.beyondgold.net

For the St Albans showing click on the following link: www.alban-arena.co.uk

Chris’ Film Club - Shaun Of The Dead

As it is Peter Serafinowicz’s birthday today Chris has suggested 'Shaun Of The Dead'. The film stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Serafinowicz and more. It is a horror comedy film about a  pairof lazy friends who find themselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. The film is extremely funny, very gory but also rather emotional.Chris has also issued the challenge of spotting all the different film references the film incorporates.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Chris’ Film Club - Saving Private Ryan


It is Tom Hanks’ birthday today and in celebration Chris has reccomended from his vast appearances on the big screen the film 'Saving Private Ryan'. The 1998 Steven Spielberg film that followed a group of soldiers in WWII on the hunt for the eponymous Private Ryan. It also stars Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Ed Burns, Vin Diesel, Giovani Ribisi and many more. Hanks’ platoon are sent through France to find Damon’s soldier who, having lost several brothers, is being returned to the US. The film was nominated for 11 Oscars and won Spielberg the best director award so well worth a watch!


Monthly Advice Feature with Elizabeth Crampton


Today we had Elizabeth Crampton in from the Citizens Advice Bureau, on her regular feature giving us some fntastic advice. At first we discussed the change in Sick Notes to Fit Notes. Originally you were required to provide a Medical Certificate which the government through new legislation have renamed Fit Notes. The new goverments agenda is to push the idea that you are never too sick to work. This of course has exceptions but pushes people to come back to work sooner. The new Fit Notes allow your GP to say whether you are genuinely not fit for work, fit for lighter duties (e.g. working on lighter, less challenging work under controlled conditions) and when you should be back.

Fit Notes are not always compulsory, you can stay off work if this is the case, but tell your employer.Some people want to return earlier than their Fit Note states and employers are wary about this, you can go back to doctor  to have this changed and and employer does not necessarily have to provide work for you if your Fit Note states you are fit for lighter work. If you recieve employer contractual sick pay - your employer can demand a sick note, make you phone in yourself - phone in by a set time so obey the rules! If your on minimum pay a Fit Note will not be required until a week has past.

We then discussed Nuisance calls these are cold calls, promotional calls etc. To deal with these you can register to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) - while it isn't foolproof it does help and cuts the number of calls dramatically. The service doesn't cut off calls from companies your a customer of but you can report companies from inside the UK if you recieve a nuisance call for more details visit www.tpsonline.org.uk. Other solutions include removing your number from the directory, when signing up online be aware that you don't allow the company to pass your details on, don't give out your mobile phone number and purchase a caller display facility phone so you can use your answer phone to screen calls, hold personal details unless you know caller is genuine and you can ask your phone provider to screen all withheld numbers.

Finally we discussed Car Hire Charges, these can be airport server charges/ charges on petrol/ charges for extra driver costs and are frequently complained about. To protect yourself you can visit the British Vehicle Rental and Leasal Company, they will help with deals between the customer and company, providing the company is addressed first, this service only holds within the UK - when going abroad visit the European Vehicle Rental and Leasal Company.

For more advise on the topics discussed or any others visit www.adviseguide.org.uk where you can also find the address of your nearest C.A.B

New Music Playlist w/c 9th July 2012

Hiya Drivetimers (I seem to be getting more familiar with each post)

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:


Andy Grammer - Fine By Me
Blur - Under The Westway
Carrie Underwood - Blown Away
Daniel Powter - Cupid
Dolly Parton - From Here To The Moon and Back (ft. Kris Kristofferson and Jeremy Jordan)
Elton John vs. Pnau - Sad
Eric Church - Springsteen
Florence + the Machine - Breaking Down
Gossip - Move In The Right Direction
JD McPherson - Your Love
Joss Stone - While You're Out Looking For Sugar

Karima Francis - Glory Days
Keane - Sovereign Light Cafe
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Butterfly
King Charles Feat. Mumford & Sons - The Brightest Lights
Lady Antebellum - Wanted You More
Maroon 5 - Payphone
Morten Harket - I'm The One
Noel Gallagher's Hugh Flying Birds - Everybody's On The Run
Norah Jones - Say Goodbye
Ren Harvieu - Tonight
Rufus Wainwright - Jericho
Scissor Sisters - Baby Come Home
Status Quo - The Winner
Stooshe - Black Heart
The Brilliant Things - Feels Like Summer
Tom Jones - Tower Of Song
Train - 50 Ways To Say Goodbye
Will Young - I Just Want A Lover

Items in bold are new additions


Our featured track for the week is Glory Days by Karima Francis: